Set + Sip: Mimosa Bar

Friday, July 12, 2013
Celebrations call for specialty drinks, and we can think of none better than fresh mimosas. It's time to break out the champagne for weekends with friends or brunch with the bridesmaids - and we have just the stemware for it. But first, here are a few tips to set the bar. 

A beautifully set outdoor bar is perfect for easy Summer entertaining, and Pure Stemware is a clear choice for beautiful stemware.
PREP:  Drinks: Pick your favorite champagne along with at least two fruit juices - orange and grapefruit are two crowd pleasers. (We like the choices at Whole Foods.) Fruits: Summer is the best time for fresh fruits. First, get down to your local farmers market for strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and pineapples. Wash and slice the fruit into smaller pieces and place in decorative compotes or bowls with a spoon so guests can choose their own fixings. 
SET: Indoors: Create counter space so there is enough room for chilled champagne and juices, plus your favorite stemware. We like using our Vintage Carnival Glassware for a festive feel for easing summer entertaining, and you can never go wrong with our Pure Stemware. Outdoors: Set a table with a great linen to make your stemware and bar really pop. (Our in-house linens have a variety of textures and patterns sure to be perfect for your party.) Then, use a combination of our champagne buckets for a beautiful presentation.

Left, A streamlined, modern set up for a juice bar. Right, Royal Gold Stemware with fresh, summery drinks. Add a twist to your lemonade with different juices and fruits.
OPTIONS: For kid-friendly or alcohol free parties, you can have the same set-up with a variety of lemonades. You'll need more prep for this besides the fruit. Think basil leaves, fresh ginger, and even rosebuds, as well as a variety of juices for mixing.
ENJOY: Have enough goods on hand so you can enjoy the mimosas with your guest.

Petite: Stripe Party

Thursday, July 11, 2013
From left: A stylish kids table with P.O.S.H. Petite Avalon Chairs in Black and Red and our Black + White Stripe Linen. Photography by Lynn Michelle. // Black + White paper goods from Martha Stewart featured on A Night Owl

The pattern we're loving most right now is stripes of every color. It's a classic staple when it comes to decor and fashion. And best of all, it easily transitions to every tabletop you've ever wanted to create. Take the kids table (above, right) designed by Di Fiori: It fit into the theme of the wedding in the front of the venue and allowed the kiddos to feel like they were truly a part of a special day while keeping them occupied. We like the idea of using it for summer parties and gathering as well, complete with kid stations full of fun treats and drinks. We want to know, how do you incorporate your P.O.S.H. petites into your events?

Plan: Before the Fall

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Places, please. From left: Mottahedeh Tree Tea Cup + Saucer, Dynasty 24 Karat Flatware, Jan Barboglio Hammered Copper Charger, Gold Rimmed Glass Charger, Gold Leaf Dinner Plate, Mahogany Rose Salad Plate, Mottahedeh Tree Salad Plate, Amber Goblet, Pure Stemware

July in Texas means it's hot in here. We prefer to keep it haute by dreaming up autumnal tablescapes with fab pre-fall trends. It's all about the texture while transitioning to crisp weather, not to mention, heavy metals and glowing hues. Terra Hoebing, our Inside Sales Manager, hand-picked her favorite Fall finds for an elegant and artistic place setting. Geometric prints, classic Mottahedeh patterns, amber goblets, and 24 karat gold flatware - and even Fall favorites are on our Summer Special. What's not to love about that?

With just a few months left to plan for your Fall fetes, it's time to get over the lazy days of summer and prepare for festive evenings and cooler temperatures. If anything, it will help these triple-digit days go by a lot quicker. Tell us; what are you planning for Fall?

Tabletop Tuesday: Pure Elegance

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Dreamscape: A beautiful take on shades of (pewter) and gray with Pewter Chiavari Chairs and a fabulous La Tavola linen.

The elegance of mixed metals, subtle hues, and bold patterns make a strong statement when it comes to tabletop. Designed by Elizabeth Gonzalez of After Yes along with an extremely talented list of vendors (see list below), this is easily one of our favorite tabletops for its easy sophistication and intricate details - a rounded edge here, an accent piece there. This gorgeous tabletop would certainly make the rounds from stylish weddings to unforgettable dinners. 

// what we love \\
A tabletop that has us singing "A Whiter Shade of Pale" / A stellar linen pattern / Simply yet stunning stacked plates /  A delicate compote for serving fun dishes / A purely dazzling arrangement of all white flowers 

Serve it up: White Chloe Goblet, Pure Stemware, Silver Rimmed Glass Charger, Simply Platinum Dinner Plate, Rounded Square Glass Salad Plate, Barcelona Silver B&B Plate, Parisian Flatware, Mother of Pearl Napkin Ring

An array of pure floral perfection from Branching Out.

Individual flowers for each place setting.

Silver Compote, perfect for fruit, ice cream, or champagne.

Mood lighting done right.
Photography, Nine Photography
Design + Planning, After Yes
Floral, Branching Out
Linen, La Tavola
Rentals, P.OS.H.
Lighting, Astounding Sound DJ + Elegant Lighting
Venue, Hotel Palomar
Menu Card, Southern Fried Paper

Entertain: S'more Love

Monday, July 8, 2013

July has us thinking of backyard parties, outdoor dinners that last all night long, and ways to engage guests of all ages. When it comes to guest participation, is there anything more well-received than a s'more station? Perhaps it's the perfect mix of rich chocolate, gooey marshmallow, and crisp graham cracker; perhaps it's the act of standing over the fire with a creation of sugary bliss; or, perhaps it's simply the way you can't help but smile while trying not to catch your gastronomic creation on fire. It's an engaging and bewitching way to get the party started or end the night. (And, yes, you can get it at P.O.S.H.) So what are you waiting for? We want s'more!

Get your s'more station in time for your next summer soiree.