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Roxy Te of ‘Society Social’ Shares Her “6 Easy Entertaining Tips”

Society Social Bar Cart & Chair // FashionableHostess.comSociety Social Bar Cart // FashionableHostess.com

Roxy Te, the gorgeous Founder & Designer behind bar-cart haven and Southern prep must-shop E-Commerce site Society Social, knows entertaining. From her successful website selling one-of-a-kind furniture items to adorable hostess-friendly gifts {my favorites include the Cruiser Cocktail Napkins, the Madison Mixer Bar Cart {featured in this post}, and the Darling Set Chairs in gold}, I immediately became obsessed with her Instagram and Website’s Blog. Roxy was kind enough to share 6 of her “Easy Entertaining Tips” and they are so in line with FH readers that I was swooning and had to share! Thanks Roxy!!

Roxy:

Here are a few of my easy entertaining tips that will have you hosting in effortless style even if you’re short on time and/or have taken the party al fresco!

Entertaining al fresco by Society Social // FashionableHostess.com

1. Don’t be afraid to take indoor furniture out for the night! Because you’ve already invested in multi-functional furniture, like one of my bar carts (duh), load that mobile beauty up with all your table setting essentials then stock it up with priorities, in my case booze, and simply roll it to the scene of the social, set the table, then style the cart. You won’t have to keep going back and forth and guests are encouraged to gather round and mingle while partaking in your party offerings. **Of course I love my bar carts the best, but if you’re going to stray, make sure to find a sturdy cart on wheels with super functional upgrades to get the most bang for your dollar. I didn’t use them below, but had I hosted a larger party the wine and glassware racks would’ve prevented frolic-interrupting trips to the kitchen. And don’t forget to bring her back in! She’s not meant to hang out for more than a few hours!

I stored and chilled the replenishments in this monogrammed ice bucket (Etsy!) on the bottom shelf of the bar cart while the smaller Palm Beach ice bucket (Society Social!) held the ready to pour supplies. This also made room for other essentials on the top, like food!!

Monogrammed Drink Bucket // FashionableHostess.com

2. As a big city small space dweller, this one is always at the top of my list. When maximizing limited counter and table space, choose vertically oriented serveware and individually plate some or all of the main dishes. We had several “mains” so this was necessary to fit all the food on the table!

Along with this tip, most people think of sweet treats when it comes to vertically oriented serveware and towers, try something different like a fruit and cheese “plate” for a memorable, not to mention healthier, presentation. I love this acrylic 4 tier “wedding cupcake stand.” It comes in 5, 6, and 7 tiers, too.

Tiered Server with Cheese, Fruit and Veggies // FashionableHostess.com

3. Always use name place cards, even for more casual parties. They may seem like a formal or old fashioned touch, but doesn’t it always feel special to see your name spelled out? Like the host planned the party especially with you in mind? A good hostess has this effect on their guests and a simple name place card is an easy way to achieve that.

Name Cards // FashionableHostess.com

4. Reusable (and usable aka edible!) tabletop decor can be easy on the eyes and the budget. A bright tablecloth and pretty placemats that can be used from party to party (ahem, these here!) are a quick way to add color without splurging on an elaborate tablescape. Also, try something other than flowers, for your centerpiece. 2 bags of lemons set me back a couple of dollars and we ended up using them right away at the table then later for lemonade and cocktails!

IMG_1925Society Social Dinner Party // FashionableHostess.com

5. Drape Turkish towels or throws over chairs for chilly nights. Spring weather can be fickle so when hosting an al fresco affair provide each guest with a turkish towel. They can wrap up in it when the festivities inevitably stretch into the evening (they did!) and they’ll be warm from the towel as well as the thoughtful touch! These towels are actually quite handy to have around as they also make the perfect beach or picnic blanket, bath sheet, sarong, tablecloth, and scarf.

Society Social Dinner Party // FashionableHostess.com

6. Just because you throw a last minute party– sometimes the best parties are the less orchestrated ones– doesn’t mean you have to trade the invite for an email or text. Order digital invites online that you can quickly print at home. This Etsy shop customized their “ombre watercolor bachelorette invite” to my spring social and they also sent my printable proof in less than 24 hours.

We had such a lovely evening! I hope you’re inspired to host a changing of the seasons social on your own because after all, spring is here! Cin cin y’all!

Written by Roxy Te of Society Social. Photography by Lawrence Te

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Passover Checklist

Passover Seder Checklist // FashionableHostess.com

Passover, the Jewish Holiday celebrating the Jews’ exile from Egypt and their escape from slavery, begins the evening of Monday the 14th. While growing up I dreaded the Holiday because it meant a week without any of my usual indulgences – saying goodbye to bread, bars, cereal, pasta, and rice, I now have come to embrace it for the lovely Seder dinner as well as an added week-long cleanse from all unnecessary carbs.

This year I am celebrating the first night of Passover with my in-laws in Nashville {stay tuned for a really incredible spread on my Instagram}, but the second night I am hosting a small gathering for family at my apartment in NYC. In prepping for the dinner before I leave town, I decided to get out my essentials so I wouldn’t be panicking the day I get back. If you are also planning to host a Seder, I have put together a checklist for what you will need to be prepared to host the holiday, of course with the most stylish and modern FH-approved Seder accessories.

Michael Aram Pomegranate Seder Plate // Fashionable HostessMichael Aram Matzah Playe & Sterling Silver Kiddush Cup // Fashionable HostessClassic Haggadah for Passover // Fashionable Hostess

Passover Seder Table Checklist:

Shop these items:

Passover Checklist // Fashionable Hostess

On your actual Seder Plate you will need the following:

1. Z’roah - a shank bone 2. Beitzah - a hard boiled egg 3. Maror- bitter herbs 4. Charoset - mixture of sliced apples, walnuts and wine {I would recommend extra because it’s so yummy!} 5. Karpas - parsley {As well as a cup of Salt water.} And lastly, there are three matzahs on the table; we break the middle matzah, which becomes the Afikomen.

*Note: I got this list from the JewishVirtualLibrary.com which has a lot of other helpful holiday prep tips. Still confused? Sometimes a picture of each of these items can help make it more clear/ less of a hassle in the supermarket. I found a helpful one on Wikipedia.

Crystal Candle sticks // Fashionable Hostess

Love some of the other accents on my table? I added some pops of gold and raffia for Spring via my Kelly Wearstler Signature Bronze Legs and a Lapinu Tribal Necklace from DAKORUM.

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Fashionable Hostess & Beyond Mom Cocktail Event for Mom-preneurs

WOVEN SILVER BENCH, Shop HDB

On Wednesday, March 19th I partnered up with Randi Zinn of Beyond Mom to co-host the “#FHBeyondMom Event” a Private Cocktail Party featuring speakers Kaity Velez and Jessica Pallay, the founders of NYC’s Top Pregnancy Resource Website, Well Rounded NY. These dynamic “mom-preneurs” shared their journey from Magazine Editors to founders of this highly recognized online community (Featured by Daily CandyBig City MomsStroller Traffic), while attendees included a coveted list of Editors, Bloggers, CEO’s of Clothing Brands, and more. Held at the newly debuted Chateau FH, guests mingled over their passion for their work {while maintaining a balance with motherhood}, all the while sipping Uproot wine, nibbling on a gorgeous spread created by yours truly {deets below}, and taking home incredible goodie bags. I am excited to add this fab event to my hostessing resume!

A little bit more about My Co-Hosts:

Randi Zinn is the founder of Beyond Mom and RandiZinn.com. Born from a vision and the need for community connectivity, Beyond Mom offers Mixers, Seminars and Retreats for New York Moms. A yogi and mom, Randi encourages moms to cultivate wellness and live life inspired.

Mom-preneurs Kaity Velez and Jessica Pallay conceived Well Rounded NY out of love and the need for a savvy pregnancy resource. These former magazine editors curate everything hip, stylish and city-friendly for expectant and new mamas. Whether you need suggestions for a great pair of maternity jeans, strategic direction for a chic nursery in your one bedroom apartment, or crave-worthy restaurant recommendations, Well Rounded NY will help you navigate, revel in and even celebrate pregnancy and parenting in the city.

So on to my forte, the spread…

Julia Knight Tray, Kim Seybert Capiz Placemate

I decided to remove the chairs from my dining table and create an easily accessible buffet overloaded with appetizers. I created an elegant table runner by laying 5 Kim Seybert Capiz Placemats across the center of the table and then layering silver platters and cheese boards on top. For appetizers I created two main cheese presentations. One included Simple & Crisp Dried Fruit chips (a healthy alternative to crackers) with Parmigiana and cranberry goat cheeses, red seedless grapes, dried apricots, and nuts. On the other platter, I served fresh mozzarella balls with toothpicks, green olives, and apple flavored Simple and Crisps. For mini menus, I took my Michael Aram Ocean Coral Mini Frames and framed print-outs beside each platter. I kept with the silver theme using my Michael Aram Molten Double Snack Bowl Set for the small items like dried fruits and nuts. For dessert, I really wanted a pop of color, so I couldn’t wait to introduce guests to one of my favorite desserts, mini rice crispie treat cakes by Treat House.

At the Bar I served a delicious selection of white wines, the option of Sauvignon Blanc or Grenache Blanc by Uproot Wine; or for the pregnant mammas, Pellegrino and water {which I served in a Kim Seybert Paillette Wine Decanter}. Lastly, I knew we would be sitting around the couch and coffee table for the main speech so I put out a few easy snacks like nuts and more dried fruit as well as a fan of MacKenzie-Childs Cocktail Napkins.

Then on to the lust-worthy giftbags…

Courtly Check

Worth close to $150 in value, lucky guests scored Michael Aram picture frames, Simple and Crisp samples, a Mustela travel set, MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check cocktail napkins, Alba Botanica lip balm, FLOWER Beauty lipstick and nail polish, a free Soul Cycle class, a discount card for music with Jam with Jamie, and a set of Kim Seybert coasters.

Randi and I plan to co-host more events in the future, so stay tuned for more details!!

Interested in hiring me for an event? Contact me now and review some of my event packages here.

Review the Fashionable Hostess Event Planning Resume. Photography by Madeline Wolf.

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