Candlelight Dinner Al Fresco

Justin, JR and I were so dissapointed when we had to cancel our trip to London at the last minute earlier this year.  We were Britain-bound for the wedding of two people we adore, Justin’s cousin Philip La Londe and Georgie Dinham.  Because we missed the wedding, we decided to host a seated dinner in their honor in Los Angeles so we could gather together with friends and family and toast the newlyweds!

The weather in LA called for dinner al fresco under the stars!  The long out-door table had seating for 16 so we packed it tight and started to set the table!  I used a random collection of brass candle sticks in various styles, shapes and sizes down the center of the table.  I ordered six different colors of taper candles to add a little bit of color to the big stone table.

Then the talented Carly Cylinder, also known as The Flower Chef,  got to work!  She brought dozens of small glass vases and jars and placed the down the center of the table, mingling with the candles.  The effect was sweet yet dramatic and it was exactly what I was looking for.  Carly was amazing to work with. She always had a big smile on her face and shared my excitement for the tablescape!  I can’t wait for her book to come out soon!  You can pre-order it now!
Here is Carly posing between Georgie and I.  We had so much fun putting the finishing touches on the table.

The table was set with the first round of linen samples from my new line, Halo Home. I love the fringe placemats and dinner napkins and I can’t wait to make them available to you on-line.  In the meantime, you can order them by calling or visiting The Loveliest, a fabulous monogram shop in Dallas.   We mixed and matched colors because we didn’t have eighteen of a single color in our sample order at the time! 

As the sun went down, I lit the candles (do you know the trick about using a long dry stick of spaghetti?) and counted down the moments until the guests arrived.

Justin made a toast to the bride and groom and in my family’s tradition, made everyone go around the table and share a blessing they had for the bride and groom.

The gluten free meal was from Made by Meg and she and her team were wonderful!  They made us forget that we were eating gluten free in honor of the groom!
As our guests left for the night, the took home Graybill and Downs hand cremes.  I had taken over their Instagram account that week and they graciously sent candles, soaps and lotions for the house and our guests.  Such a treat!
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  1. Carrie C on September 8, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Kim! This is so beautiful. I LOVE the candle idea.


  2. Paige McDaniel on September 9, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    What a gorgeous table — love that you used multi-colored candles — so unexpected! Hope you have a great week!

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