BUDGET BUY: BLUE & WHITE LINENS

Budget Buy | The Pursuit of StyleIndigo Tye Dye Napkins | Blue Chevron Ikat Napkins | Indigo Oversized Dot Napkins | Indigo Block Printed Napkins

Spending a ton of money on table linens is something I’ve never been able to wrap my head around. Maybe it’s because I have the grace of a toddler, but while I love the idea of beautifully monogrammed linens, I also know that odds are they’ll end up with a big old dollop of ketchup spilled on them.

World Market is one of my not-so-secret sources for inexpensive table linens. I’ve always been impressed with their selection of solids, but they’re really killing it this season with a collection of blue and white napkins (shown above) and coordinating reversible placemats.

You can never go wrong with a blue and white tablescape, and the boho options above would provide the perfect juxtaposition to a more traditional pattern like Blue Willow. I just spotted these Isnik plates and if I weren’t already in trouble for hoarding one too many sets of dinnerware, I think they’d be the perfect thing for an Easter brunch.

Check out a few of my other blue and white favorites below…

SETTING THE TABLE

Fall Entertaining | The Pursuit of Style

When my sister and I were growing up, two of our chores were to set and clear the table. Unsurprisingly, setting the table was always my preferred task (and I still hate loading the dish washer). Well, it’s November, so that means it’s almost time for the ultimate day of table setting: Thanksgiving.

This year I’m all about warm, woodsy accents glammed up with gold flatware and a healthy dose of blue and white for tradition’s sake. I got so excited when I recently unearthed these feather napkins I bought last year (last seen here). The pattern is just too good. I think they’d be especially great with these faux bois plates.

I’ll let you in on another secret as you’re getting prepped for the feast: World Market. I had never been to one prior to moving to DC, but they are fantastic for stocking up on entertaining basics like these hemstitch linens, or these extra large serving platters (I served our turkey on this exact one a few years ago).

I’m headed home to the Cape for the holiday so I won’t be in charge this year, but I’d love to know what your planning for your table if you’re hosting!

BE OUR GUEST: KATE SPADE NEW YORK, INSTYLE, AND ME!

Kate Spade Charlottesville Opening | The Pursuit of Style

I’ve been on the edge of my seat waiting to share this invitation with you! Next week, September 5th, I’ll be in Charlottesville, VA hosting an event with kate spade new york and InStyle. This is a pinch me moment for sure, so I hope you’ll join me for sips, snacks, and some shopping (with 20% off!) I’d really love to meet you, so if you can make it please RSVP to instyle_ksny@timeinc.com by Wednesday, September 4th.

P.S I’m planning to drive up early so if you have any recommendations for things I can’t miss while in the Charlottesville area I’d love to hear them.

BARTENDING

Pheobe Howard | Southern Living

It might be a little early to start drinking–yes, even for a Friday–so until the clock strikes 5:00 (or maybe 1:00 for those of you with summer Fridays) let’s chat about bars and mixing a drink.

The little bar area we have set up in our apartment is in need of re-stocking and I’m curious, what are your essentials? This gorgeous set-up by Pheobe Howard accompanied this Southern Living article:  “How to Stock the Bar“.

I’m always interested in how other people entertain so I’d love to know how you stock your bar. Do you have a signature drink you mix for parties?

P.S my re-stock will definitely include these neon bordered cocktail napkins, and pineapple drink stirrers. Maybe this neon lucite serving tray too because it’s just too fab!

SPRING SETTINGS

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Wedgwood Chinoiserie Dinnerware | Pomegranate Inc. Raffia Placemat | Echo Design Dinnerware | Kim Seybert Seersucker Napkins | Glassybaby Elise Drinker | Pomegranate Inc. Floral Placemat | Juliska Bamboo Flatware

Hosting a holiday brunch this weekend? How about a little springtime table setting inspiration. If I had gotten my act together and actually planned something for this weekend (Easter creep up on anyone else this year?) this is what I’d want my table to look like. Fresh, pastel, and a little preppy. It’s what springtime’s all about, right?