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1 Nov

Dia de los Muertos: The ULTIMATE Birthday Celebration

Last month, I hosted a fabulous Dia de los Muertos 50th birthday party for my husband in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, complete with authentic altar and ofrenda. What better way to celebrate a commemorative milestone, than with a Day of the Dead theme. Enjoy all the details below.

The Invitation

Earlier this year, I was dining with a friend and the ever-so-fabulous Billy Fong at Neiman Marcus Cafe.  As we were chatting about everything under the sun, he showed us the most fantastic invitation I had ever seen. It was that invitation that inspired me to think outside of the envelope for a once in a lifetime celebration.

I immediately knew Paper Planet would be the perfect company for the job. I carefully sourced all of the unique items that went into this invite and worked closely with Julie, the owner of Paper Planet. The results? I think it’s pretty clear; they are talented at what they do.

Calavera Face Painting

I surprised our friends with artists, who painted traditional Dia de los Muertos calavera designs on their faces. A Day of the Dead party isn’t complete without your guests looking like they are ready to honor departed loved ones at the nearby cemetery.

The Altar and Ofrenda

An official Day of the Dead birthday celebration must include an altar with an ofrenda. Fortunately for us, the Hyder House had this beautiful altar build into the architecture. I brought personal photos from home, and the house staff completed the look with traditional items that were used to honor the deceased, including things that Jason loved most, like favorite chocolates, meals and even beverages of choice.

The Tablescape

In keeping with the Dia de los Muertos theme, the florist used plenty of Marigolds with splashes of other brightly colored roses. The orange placemats, yellow napkins, and green glasses tie in all of the floral. Of course, this birthday celebration wouldn’t be complete without original Mexican pottery from San Miguel de Allende, topped off with jewel-crusted menus from Paper Planet.

The Dance Party

After dinner, we headed to the lower loggia for a dance-off, and a dance-off it was. LED bling and a mega bag of Cheetos were the perfect addition to the ultimate competition. The acrylic-lit dance floor provided ideal ambiance lighting to party the night away.

The Party Favors

I firmly believe in party favors. It’s a gracious gesture, and your guest will appreciate the thought, no matter how big or small. In this case, we hosted 10 of our nearest and dearest out of the country, so our party favors were the guest amenity baskets.

In keeping with the theme, the items chosen below all had significant meaning to the weekend. From hydration to hot sauce, sanitation and fashion, I had it fully covered, including the weekend itinerary; if it had only arrived on time from customs.

Stay tuned!

I’m wrapping up my annual ULTIMATE and BEST Holiday lists, which you don’t want to miss. I always do a sleigh load of giveaways that spread cheer all over DFW.

And, did you hear? I’m going to the Academy Awards in March! Over the next few months, I’ll take you on my journey of what it takes to get Oscar ready.

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3 Oct

Tablescape Tuesday: Celebrating the Last Day Of Summer

Celebrate the Last Day Of Summer

A celebration of the Last Day of Summer on the actual last day of Summer. I mean, who wouldn’t want to bust out the cocktails? If you know my mother Carol, then you know she loves any excuse to throw a fab dinner party. Kids are back in school! Check! Cooler temps are moving in! Check!

This seasonal table was designed around a coastal theme using various types of coral, starfish, sand dollars and Tridacna gigas clam shells.

Three crustaceous floral arrangements placed on glass risers were filled with 20 stems of white Hydrangea, 20 yellow and coral Roses, 2 stems of yellow Cymbidium and 40 stems of yellow Oncidium Orchids. The larger arrangement in the center of the table was topped off with a wooden sail boat.

Bright turquoise napkins and striped placemats symbolize blue Caribbean water. The flatware for this place setting was Laguiole and the vintage Stuart Crystal dessert compotes were topped off with antique David Andersen sterling silver guilloche enamel demitasse spoons.

Mom used silver starburst chargers, along with complimentary dinner and salad plates, all from Z Gallerie. She then paired standard Fleur dessert plates with the crystal dessert compotes. Color tinted stemware for water and wine tied it all together.

For the kitchen centerpiece, in addition to the flowers used in the giant clam shells, 1 bunch of Dianthus and 2 bunches of hanging Amaranthus were tightly packed into the large green urn.

Kitchen Centerpiece

As a gesture of thanks for attending dinner, these darling octopus kitchen towels and Stonewall Kitchen jams were the favors guests took home with them.

Summer Party Favors

Summer Tablescape RECAP!

Yup, I know what you’re thinking. Why in the world is Christy talking about a summer tablescape, when Central Market already has pumpkins spilling out their doors. Well, nothing like planning a photoshoot on Friday, September 22nd (the actual last day of Summer), waiting for the rushed images to be edited, all while October is coming in hot. Sometimes, it’s just the way the ball rolls. In the meantime, we are knocking out the punch list on this website and I’m still learning the back end of Word Press with all of its bells and whistles.

Tridacna gigas clam shells in  Large and Extra Large

Silver starburst chargers

Dinner and salad plates

Dessert plates

Napkins and placemats


Kitchen towels and jams

Sail boat

I didn’t have links for the items below, but sourcing these with a simple website search should produce many options to help you achieve the perfect look.

Coral, starfish and sand dollars

Glass votive candles

Vintage Stuart Crystal dessert compotes.

David Andersen sterling silverware

Large ceramic green urn

Colored glass stemware

A special thank you to Jim Irwin Floral and talented photographer Jodie Miears with Reverie Photo Co.

6 Sep

SoFortWorthIt LOVES Entertaining

Entertaining is the name of my game. It’s by far the hobby I’m most passionate about. From easy backyard BBQ’s to elaborate formal seated dinners, I’ll show you how to make any event fabulous…from simple to extravagant, I’ve got you covered!

Jan Barboglio
Final set up for my sister-in-laws rehearsal dinner, 2010. IMAGE-Sommer Photography

Building and designing a tablescape is my FAVORITE way to release creative energy. From a hot chocolate/coffee bar to full catered buffets, I’ll teach you simple tricks and tips that will inspire you to recreate that special look in your own style.

I have worked with some of the best florist and event planners in the metroplex and beyond. We’ll peek behind-the-scenes of charity events, extravagant galas, and fabulous parties with top people in the industry. You won’t want to miss it!

Preston Bailey
Fort Worth Garden Club celebrates Preston Bailey at my parents home, 2012.
Jill Fortney Productions
Jill Fortney, event planner for my 40th birthday bash, 2015.

Speaking of florists, I absolutely love to do my own floral – but I’ve learned to delegate this task to the peeps who do this stuff full time. Seriously, time management is super important when it comes to entertaining, and no one has time to stay up till 1AM arranging flowers, especially the night before a big event. Lesson learned.

Pumpkin Flowers
flower cake-2
wedding flowers
jim cross
Jill flower ball

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