Posts Tagged ‘Dinner Party’

Get The Look: Seaside Inspired Holiday Dinner

Seaside Inspired Table Setting From Layla Grayce
Featured On: The Pretty Blog Photographed by: by Christine Meintjes

Looking for a new twist on your traditional holiday decor? Try bringing a little coastal glam to your season! We’ve taken a cue from Nicola’s stunning Summer Beach Christmas from the Pretty Blog, which was inspired by her childhood holidays near the South African seaside. Using a natural color palette inspired by beautiful sea oysters, she delivers eclectic touches to the home with stunning shells, gorgeous plants and more to tie together an unforgettable yuletide look.

Seaside Inspired Table Setting From Layla Grayce
Featured On: The Pretty Blog Photographed by: by Christine Meintjes

Set on a neutral gray tablecloth, the beautiful dining room beach scene features a breathtaking DIY centerpiece. Cost-effective and chic, this seasonal accent delivers an earthy aesthetic with a texture-rich mix of nautical ropes, succulent plants, sea shells and twigs. To provide a simple contrast to the table’s focal point, she chose crisp, white dinnerware for an elegant polish.

Seaside Inspired Table Setting From Layla Grayce
Featured On: The Pretty Blog Photographed by: by Christine Meintjes

Sometimes it’s all in the details! Textured glasses deliver a traditional touch to the dining table’s eclectic array of found pieces and rustic accents, while frosted bottles serve as creative and affordable candleholders.

To get this sophisticated, sea-inspired look in your own home, we’ve put together a distinctive collection of our favorite dining accessories, accents and decor. Shop the products below!

Seaside Inspired Dinner Party From Layla Grayce
1. Rosanna Petite Plate Set of 2 2. Know Your Ropes Serving Utensil Set 3. Regina Andrew Decor Antique Silver Shell Set 4. Regina Andrew Decor Coral Reef Bowl Large 5. Chambord Mercury Glass Tealight Candleholder Set of 3 6. Pom Pom at Home Linens Napkins Gracie Set of 4  7. Aidan Gray Decor Frederick Candlestick Set of 2 8. Giant Lettuce Coral

Get The Look: Formal Fall Dinner Party

Formal Dining Room From Layla Grayce
Featured On: Lonny

We’re excited to introduce our Holiday Hostess series today! Throughout this season, we’ll be exploring fresh and unexpected new ways to decorate your tabletop for guests. When most of us think of fall parties at home, we tend to imagine cornucopias, turkey, warm cider and red and orange decorations. This November, however, we were ready for a new take, and found ourselves spellbound by this Mediterranean-inspired dining room. In captivating shades of white, beige and blue, this formal space’s intriguing tabletop decor sets the stage for a simple yet captivating dinner party.

Formal Table Decor From Layla Grayce
Featured On: Lonny

In this stunning room, white dishes and linens lay the foundation for a stylish formal gathering, while white pumpkins add a touch of sophisticated fall nostalgia to each guest’s space. The designers boldly added blue and white pitchers and urns to the mix for a pop of color, while the shimmering silver tray and mercury glass vases make a dramatic impression at the bar and dining table.

Formal Table Setting From Layla Grayce
Featured On: Lonny

To achieve this ultra-glam fall look for your next formal dinner party, shop our curated collection of dining accessories, serveware and tabletop decor below.

Formal Dinner Party From Layla Grayce
1. Hammered Glass Decanter 2. Jamie Young Lighting Small Etched Glass Hurricanes Set of 3 3. Rosanna La Patisserie Compote Medium 4. Summer Palace Jar 5. Dwellstudio Decor Wooster Street Platter 6. Global Views Decor Charleston Hurricane Vase 7. Eclectic Place Setting Set of 5 8. Global Views Decor Ice Pillar Candle Holder

California al Fresco Summer Dinner Party

Crostini Recipe from Alfresco Dining Party

Event styling and photography: Marina of Yummy Mummy Kitchen

California Alfresco Dining Party

Event styling and photography: Marina of Yummy Mummy Kitchen

Grilling Vegetables at California Alfresco Dining Party

Event styling and photography: Marina of Yummy Mummy Kitchen

California Avocado Salad for Summer Alfresco Dinner Party

Event styling and photography: Marina of Yummy Mummy Kitchen

Marina, a food blogger in California, is here with a guest post today to tell you all about hosting a summer al fresco party! We are so excited for her first post on the Layla Grayce blog – enjoy!

A few weeks ago, two of my girlfriends and I hosted a backyard dinner party for our dear friends who were moving to the Netherlands. We wanted to send them off with a beautiful table, flowers, delicious California style food and wine, and 12 of their closest friends. We all have young kids, so we arranged babysitters for the evening so we could spend some rare adult time together.

I was in charge of the table setting. For our 13 guests, we set two 6-foot long tables together in the backyard. I chose a simple white tablecloth, homemade burlap runner, and beautiful Pom Pom at Home White Linen Napkins tied with twine and lavender flowers. Our guests loved these super soft linen napkins. I also love the matching Pom Pom at Home White Table Runners, which have a rustic, elegant and cozy feel. For the centerpiece, I used a gorgeous Aidan Gray Decor Metal Plate Stand and filled it with jars and roses from my garden. Its patina is stunning and reminds me of something that could only be found in Europe.

My friend Holley was in charge of appetizers. Her crostini station was a huge hit with our guests, who nibbled on baguette toast, cheeses, spreads and nuts. Holley, another friend, Ronda, and I divided up the cooking and chose make-ahead recipes that could be served at room temperature. We served dinner family style, which was easy and created a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. Grilled summer vegetables were served using this Eclectic Hostess Serving Set, which has a beautiful patina and vintage flair. I’ll definitely be ordering another few sets of these to give out as hostess gifts. I love that no two sets are identical.

Crostini Station


  • ~ 1-2 baguettes, toasted and sliced
  • ~ 3 soft cheeses
  • ~ 3 spreads or soft toppings, such as hot pepper jelly, apricot jam, roasted tomatoes or tomato bruschette
  • ~ 3 hard toppings, such as various types of nuts


Arrange bread and all toppings in small bowls for self-serving

Grilled Summer Vegetables


  • ~ 2 zucchini, sliced lengthwise
  • ~ 2 yellow squash, sliced lengthwise
  • ~1 Japanese eggplant, sliced lengthwise
  • ~ 1 large red onion, quartered
  • ~ 1 bunch asparagus, tough ends trimmed off
  • ~1 bunch small carrots, tops trimmed off
  • ~ 1 each red and yellow bell pepper, halved and seeded
  • ~¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ~ 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ~ 3 sprigs fresh oregano, chopped
  • ~2 sprigs fresh rosemary, chopped
  • ~ ¼ teaspoon sea salt


Place all ingredients in a large bowl and toss to coat vegetables with oil, garlic, herbs and salt Cover and refrigerate 4-8 hours..

Heat a grill or grill pan over high heat. Lightly coat the grill with cooking spray.  

Place vegetable pieces on hot grill and cook, turning once, until tender crisp, about 2 minutes per side.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Heirloom Tomato, Cucumber and Avocado Salad


  • ~ 5 cups mixed heirloom tomatoes wedges
  • ~ 2 small English hothouse cucumber, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • ~2 avocadoes, peeled, pitted and sliced
  • ~ 1 bunch fresh basil, sliced or torn
  • ~ 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ~2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ~ Sea salt
  • ~ Freshly cracked pepper


Place tomatoes, cucumber, avocadoes and basil in a large serving bowl or platter.

Drizzle with oil and vinegar and gently toss to coat.  

Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

*Can be made several hours in advance, covered and refrigerated.