Summer Scent-sation

I had the high honor, many years ago, of helping one of my closest friends plan her wedding.  It was so much fun, a total dream come true – on many levels, for many reasons.  One of them, because at each and every decision point she said “whatever you want…you choose…I love what you love”.  I was on cloud nine the entire duration of her engagement.

Now, I get to help her all over again.  But this time it is even MORE fun, because we aren’t right out of college, and there are no mothers looming over shoulders, gently responding to our young, dreamy, girly ideas with a “hmm…are you sure?” at each dainty detail.

So when said friend called me yesterday to share the news, that the wedding date was set, I got busy whipping up her picture perfect reception decor.  Don’t you just love the texture of this arrangement?  The succulents, lady’s mantle, blueplurem,  hydrangea, lavender, thistle, berry…individual perfumed hyacinth mercury glass cups at each setting…one word…YUM.  The table not only looks divine, but the fragrance is intoxicating.

The botanical plates, found in New York are right off the shelves of my shop, A Perfect Event.  They sit atop my latest obsession – the crystal charger plates from Tablescapes, perfectly paired with their pearl handled flatware and varied styles of silver rimmed glasses (no more matchy matchy, I love the wide and narrow rims paired together).  Gorgeous!  These details make the table look like an intimate dinner party, not a 100 person wedding with tabletop rentals.

The menu card, also from A Perfect Event, combine the brightly colored backer with an elegant, yet chic printed ecru card.  The long, narrow design allows an easy tuck between the layered china, which allows plenty of space for the silver cups at the placesetting.

Last, the linen.  Ahhh…the belgian sackcloth linen.  I used it on Nantucket at the south of france birthday garden fete…and have the August window ready to assemble in a few short weeks.  And I am using it again at The Drake next weekend for the unbelievable Bride-to-Tea Party…we are counting the days!

I want to thank, as always, Matt and Stevi from Avery House, for capturing the scene so sweetly.

But back to my wedding – errrr – I mean friend’s wedding.  Watch for more reveals over the next few weeks – as it all comes together in perfect style, for a perfect couple.

Debi Lilly,

Bridal Par-Tea!

We would love to have YOU help us plan our next wedding trend par-tea…

Here is the only hitch.  The party is next weekend, which comes quite quickly after the big 4th of July holiday long weekend…

Even so…we know that you are up to the task.

We thought it would be SO MUCH FUN to ask what YOU want to see next weekend – for ceremony and reception trends, wedding color palettes, floral centerpiece designs, custom designed menus, placecards, programs, favors, and so much more!  Isn’t this so exciting?  We think so.

Simply leave us a comment, chock full of your wedding wishes.  We will choose the lucky winners next Tuesday – just in time for floral, linen, and wedding design details to kick into high gear and produce each and every single perfect little detail.

I am on the edge of my seat…filled with suspense…holding my breath…

Debi Lilly,

Sneak Peek…

Sneak Peek...

Here is a quick photo of the South of France inspired table for the birthday garden fete on Nantucket.
Custom made belgian sack cloth linens, blue and white porcelain that varied in pattern around the table (Blue Willow is such a family favorite – I love it for summer), my favorite glassware from Posh ( – they ship anywhere for any occasion), Strasbourg silver (another personal favorite, and my own pattern at home), and so much more.

Many more details and photographs again soon…I promise.

Debi Lilly,

Delicious Duck Confit

Delicious Duck Confit

This too was beyond words – also at Town.

Michaela – by the way – was waitress extraordinaire on the sunny patio.

Today’s special – Duck Confit ontop Frisee with haricot vert, fried pancetta and a fried duck egg. Wow. Really, simply, tasty. Michaela was so glad I bit – she’s been trying to sell it like mad and so far noone else had ordered it.

You must come for bites and bevs. And pray this is the salad du jour.

Debi Lilly,

Sensational Summer Salad

Sensational Summer Salad

Ok – I confess. I read about this salad in N Magazine and had to taste it for myself.

It is just as amazing as it looks…each bite is summer on a fork.

We are at Town, downtown Nantuvcket Town, sitting on the most gorgeous garden patio with built in bench sofas, oversize linen and canvas pillows, chic umbrellas and leafy tree branches creating a canopy overhead, flickering candles and lanterns dancing among the sunset shadows.

Oh, and we are sipping Graham Beck sparkling rose.

Now on to hors’d number one.

Step 1:

Cool long rectangular white porcelain plate.

Step 2:

Fried proscuitto slice, nice and crispy.

Step 3:

Top with cantelope, balled with melon baller, mixed with yellow and red teardrop tomatoes, micro greens.

Step 4:

Long linear drizzle of balsamic syrup, for taste and visual interest.

Step 5:

Fresh pepper grind and course sea salt pinch to finish.

Step 6:


Debi Lilly,

Hydrangea heaven

Hydrangea heaven

I sure hope this is just what heaven looks like.

Flowers on Chesnut is the MOST gorgeous floral shop – complete with this luscious garden courtyard overflowing with ivy and boxwood topiary, garden urns and faux bois filled with bright blue hydrangea, and statuary in every shape size and theme.


Debi Lilly,

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