The sun started to set, and light begins to fade from the windows of the Tendue space. The dinner party was soon to begin as I walked around the gorgeous French tables with a large handful of golden silverware, setting the table. “A thumb’s length from the edge of the table,” I thought, as I put each utensil in its place.
I have set Christmas dinner tables since I was five years old. It was my job to find the matching silverware and put out my mother’s fine china, making sure every little bow engraved on the plates was clean and dry. And while I’ve helped host many, many dinners before, this was “my” dinner party. I smiled at the thought, with a slightly tremulous stomach.
As the guests came in, I could not be more excited! These were people that I’d followed on Instagram for a while, admiring their work and love for their clients and others and it was such a pleasure to meet them face to face.
Located in Portland, it’s a popular place for small intimate wedding, meetings, and photo shoots as they were named one of 2018 hottest venue!
My good friend Mani with Copper Blossoms Designs made the dinner come together with gorgeous centerpieces and light touches around the room. When I sent her the inspiration board a week before, I didn’t realize we had gone for the color palette of the year: Coral! We had to congratulate ourselves for unknowingly pulling that in. Mani not only does events, but weddings are what her jam is! You can check out all her beautiful work here and find her on Instagram as well!
If you know me, I’m all about the FOOD!! So for dinner, we had delicious bone broth chicken and vegetable stew, paired with a delicious salad that my friend Renee brought ( Renee is an incredible makeup artist, you can take peek at her lovely work here!).
On the table was my favorite part of the meal – bread. This wasn’t any ordinary bread, but a secret family recipe. Our dear family friend kindly made it for the event. I personally know several people that would come to lunch with just her bread and butter on the menu (yes, it is that good)!
The night wrapped up with the Cookie Dough Cafe’s delicious cookie dough bites and ice cream. I enjoyed getting to see the guests thoughtfully making their own creations with the desserts!! A big thank you goes to the Cookie Dough Cafe ( if you haven’t checked out their adorable cafe here in Portland, you should!!) for sponsoring the desserts- I’m so glad I was able to share my love of cookie dough with all my new friends!
And this post would not be complete without acknowledging one person who helped make this event a success, and that is my mama. She has an event planning background, a hospitality personality, and an eye for style & detail. She was such a tremendous support behind the scenes this time around by using those skill sets to make sure everything ran smoothly the whole night long!