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Hannah Fulton : Pretty in Pink!

Recently some friends and I threw a shower for our sweet friend, who is expecting a baby girl this month.  Pink was center stage and we took cues from fashion and design to pull the shower together with current style!

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The hostesses (and the mommy to be) love chevron!  This paper runner from the J Banks Retail Store ($34 for a 20” x 50” roll) was a perfect way to add a graphic pattern to our tabletop. Another of my favorite J Banks finds are these acrylic wine glasses.  I have a set of the tumblers and the wine glasses in clear, and another friend has the pink, so we combined them on the table and didn’t worry for a second about anything breaking!

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The shimmery gold and cream hues were set off by mercury glass votives that were sprinkled along the table. The look was so subtle and pretty, we decided to mirror it on chevron place cards and menus. The left over paper will be perfect gift wrap!

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When we designed the cake, we used an ombré concept on the icing, and within the cake for the layers!

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Pink Montage

There is lots of love for ombré these days –ombré painted walls, furniture, fashion, finger nails and even hair.

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We also used this concept for our flower arrangement, starting with light blush colored roses and cascading into deep pink tones.

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And speaking of the flowers, nestled into the candelabra of fresh roses are (faux!) hydrangeas which I purchased from the J Banks retail store – at only $12 per stem. These were key in adding fullness to the arrangement, and because they are silk, they are hearty and not fragile, perfect to work with when creating this kind of detailed arrangement.

One of the hostesses is also a J Banks client, so it was fun to see our interior design as the perfect backdrop for our celebration.

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The elegant Osborne & Little window treatment fabric created a billowy, soft, dreamy background to our intimate table for twelve.

One of my favorites from the J Banks Collection for Stanford Furniture, the Deb chair, provided the perfect perch for the mother to be to open gifts!

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For this chair, our savvy client selected a textured aqua fabric. You’d never know it was suitable for outdoor use!  Not only does it look fabulous, but it performs well and is a suitable choice for her family of five.

Pink Vietri Flatware

I gifted baby (who’s mother and I share a passion for cooking and gourmet foods) with a set of Vietri Bambino flatware in PINK of course!  (J Banks also carries these in blue and clear for other foodie babes.)

The menu was delicious but light (we had to leave room for that cake!).

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As guests arrived, they sipped on a bubbly rosé accented with a hot pink rock candy stick and nibbled on caprese sticks, melon and prosciutto pops and crab cakes. Baskets of assorted mini muffins were nestled on the table. A savory goat cheese soufflé was served aside spring greens tossed in a light balsamic, topped with roasted beets, candied walnuts and grilled chicken.

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‘….Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice!’

Party guests were invited to create their own favors using pink sweet treats! They chose from cotton candy, pink popcorn, hand dipped marshmallows and more – all displayed in clear glass vessels. We also used this darling book, What Are Little Girls Made Of? (J Banks Retail $7.00) as the guest book for the event!

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Despite the chilly temperatures lately, this shower has me in full spring mode!

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Check back soon for more inspired entertaining ideas!

Enjoy!

 

Hannah Fulton, Retail Designer

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Perfectly Patriotic Outdoor Entertaining!

The Fourth of July is the perfect holiday for outdoor entertaining and relaxing, and the J Banks Retail Store has just received several new items that would make great additions to anyone’s Independence Day Soiree!

These new outdoor pillows are perfectly patriotic!

This graphic navy and white chevron pillow pairs nicely with this red one with a horizontal ruffle.

We love the nautical rope and grommet detail on this pillow. Wow – We can’t believe these are outdoor pillows!

We have a great selection of customizable trays, buckets and bins.  This “Cocktails” tray would be great beach or poolside!

Our new Graf & Lantz tote bags come in a variety of color combinations.  With leather straps and details they are chic, durable and most importantly – functional!

This white side table is perfect for a porch or patio.  Topped with glasses, red linen coasters and nautical print napkins it is the ideal place to set down your iced beverage or cocktail.

New rope napkin rings look great with nautical inspired red, white and blue place settings. These hand painted plates come adorned with red coral, lobsters and crabs!

For more information or to order any of these items please call our Retail Store at 843-682-1745.

Happy Fourth of July!

JB

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Setting the Perfect Table

Whether you are planning an informal or formal dinner party a proper place setting is especially important and sets the tone for the entire evening.  Many experts have more detailed ideas regarding a perfect place setting; however, arrangement and creativity are the keys to an artful and unique setting perfect for your style.  Whatever the occasion here are some general guidelines that will allow you to add your own creative twist!

The Everyday Basic Table Setting

The Everyday Basic Table Setting is probably the most common place setting we all use.  If you have monogrammed napkins, make sure that the monogram is on the corner that faces downward toward the edge of the table.  A few additional points to remember: the knife blades always face the plate and the bread and butter plate and knife are optional.  Use your silverware from the outside in.  Let the plates be your guide.  You will build on this basic setting when creating an informal and formal table setting.

We created the basic table setting above by using items from our retail store that include Vietri flatware and glassware, a Daisy Hill placemat, Dransfield and Ross napkins, L’Objet salt and pepper and  Antheor tabletop.

Informal Table Setting

An informal dinner usually consists of a three-course menu including soup or salad, entrée and dessert. This builds on the basic place setting to create an informal arrangement.  All napkins at this point should be cloth and you should allow two feet from plate center to plate center at your table setting- all other items should be equally balanced around the table. Optional dishes include: bread and butter plate, salad plate, dessert spoon and fork, and coffee cup and saucer.

We created the informal table setting above using Vietri flatware, glassware, salt and pepper and  Incanto patterned tabletop. Alligator serving piece from Arthur Court, Daisy Hill placemat, Kim Seybert napkin, Dransfield and Ross napkin ring and seder tree serving piece from Michael Aram.

We had to share a detail shot of these fabulous octopus napkin rings!

Formal Table Setting

A formal dinner usually consist of a five-course menu. Not limited to but including an appetizer, soup, salad, entrée and dessert. Your menu will dictate what utensils, china, and drinkware you will use, hence, you may not need all the utensils shown in the image above. Once again, creating balance among all the items on the table is essential to avoid clutter and to maintain a formal table setting.

Our formal place setting includes tabletop by Antheor, flatware by Vietri, glassware by Vietri, Kim Seybert napkin and napkin ring, Frances Stoia placemat and Sylvie Goldmark salt and pepper.


Above is an additional informal table setting that we created for a beautiful spring luncheon table.

For this tablescape we used Antheor china, Vietri flatware, Vietri glassware,Kim Seybert napkin, Kim Seybert placemat and Michael Aram salt and pepper.

Additional Table Setting Helpful Hints Include:

  • A great way to remember where the bread and butter plate goes is to make a lowercase ‘b’ with your fingers.  The left hand will show a lowercase ‘b’ and this will be the side you place your bread and butter plate.  Try it!
  • Always work from the outside in with your utensils.
  • Be creative with your selection of placemats, chargers, and napkin rings.
  • Bread and butter plate and knife should be set at 11 a.m. and your water glass should be placed at your 2 p.m. location.
All of the fabulous items shown in these pictures are available in our retail store.  For more information or assistance planning the perfect table setting call 843.682.1745.

Table setting images and some content from EmilyPost.com.

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It’s SUPER Bowl Week!

Most equate the Super Bowl with the big game at the end of football season.  However, at the J Banks Retail store we have ‘super’ bowls throughout the year.  Our ever-changing inventory is host to so many treasures.  In fact, what could be more perfect than incorporating one of our beautiful bowls into your Super Bowl tablescape?  Here are a few bowls we have right now that we felt were particularly ‘super.’

Stunning textured ceramic bowl with metallic gold finish

Stainless Steel Orchid Punch Bowl

Black bowl with gold horse motif and gold interior

Large glass pedestal compote/fruit bowl

Horn and resin bowl with circular starburst pattern

Italian ceramic pasta or salad bowl (plus we have all of the corresponding dinnerware pieces)

Modern ceramic bird with platinum tone finish

French ceramic serving bowl

If you like any of these bowls, come into our retail store at 35 Main Street on Hilton Head Island, SC to view our full inventory.  If you don’t live nearby just give us a call at 843-682-1745.  We will be happy to ship and always offer complimentary gift wrapping.

Now those are some ‘super bowls’ we’re getting excited about!

JB

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