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joy of nesting
California designer Shiree Hanson Segerstrom's weekly tips for decorating, gardening, and stylish living

Let Me...Entertain You: A Gallery of Party Decorating Ideas























My inner, social butterfly appears whenever I see images like the ones featured here in today's Joy of Nesting blog. I especially love informal gatherings which is odd because I'm more of a formal person.

There is something warm and wonderful about entertaining ala rustica. Most of these entertaining ideas capture that rusticity. I provided photo or designer credit wherever available.






















Grapefruit and rosemary spritzers on a tray.
























Lovely graphic patterns from Hen House Linens.
























Dining Etiquette 101, because we need a little guidance at times.























Lavender votive, sweet as can be and easy to assemble with a dab of double sided Scotch Tape.























Monogrammed bottle tags.
























Dining chez Muriel Brandolini.















Margarita shots in salted lime halves. Adorable, even if a little cumbersome.


































































A spot of brilliance from Los Angeles interior designer Nathan Turner: green beans and dips in pewter julep cups.























There is nothing quite so convivial as a service bar. This one features olive and olive oil samplings.























One of the most charming ideas I have seen in awhile...fireflies.























There are times to pull out all the stops. This Moroccan inspired table shouts "girlfriend's birthday".













































My neice Ruby Sabine would approve of this idea: slate place mats.






















For the bridal shower. Swizzle sticks are easy and inexpensive to make. I did mine with quality balsam sticks from a craft store.






















Rugs leading to an outdoor pavilion provide a sense of festivity.























































































Creativity can fall by the wayside when faced with the challenges of cooking for company. When I plan an event or dinner party, it's extremely helpful to have one or two go-to places for a wide variety of curated ideas. I like keeping mine in my Pinterest files.

For more of the ideas I've been collecting lately, click here.


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