Monday, June 10, 2013

A Southern Graduation Soiree

My younger brother, Douglas, recently graduated from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina (my beloved alma mater), and I wanted to host the perfect graduation celebration for him. I knew I wanted to incorporate his love of seersucker, bow ties, and Southern home cooking into the celebration, so I set about creating the perfect soiree with a Southern upcountry feel. 

The party was held in a private room at one of Douglas’ favorite restaurants in Greenville: American Grocery. They’re known for their amazing farm-to-table Southern fare such as pork belly, duck confit, and a variety of fresh vegetables. Their cocktails are so fun, too! 

I chose navy blue, white, pale blue, and yellow for the color palette. Navy blue chargers purchased from CV Linens served as the base of the table setting. Atop the chargers sat a white plate with the American Grocery napkin and a yellow napkin folded into a perfect bow tie.

I found the tutorial for the bow tie napkins here and thought they added so much to the table. I was tickled with how great they turned out! 

The table runners were blue seersucker, the fabric de rigeur of every Southern gentleman’s suits during the spring and summer months. 

Douglas and his many academic accomplishments were feted in perfect Southern style, and I’m so very proud of him! 

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