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Monthly Update

Can’t believe how quickly October went but now it’s November so that means it’s time for our monthly update! Here’s what’s hot going into this holiday season.

As we all know, November is all about being thankful for everything we have, so it’s the perfect time to invite friends and family over to celebrate or start planning for Thanksgiving early and get a head start!

Of course we need a November color palate and we are loving neutrals, dark berry colors and a deep mustard yellow for a pop and something to excite the eyes. Incorporate these colors into your food and drink menu as well as your decor for a truly awesome autumn event.

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Flannels are so in right now and we are not complaining! Add tasteful touches of flannel into all your holiday decor. Use it as a table runner or napkins, add it into centerpieces or use for placemats. Another fall fave is to create a flannel pillow or blanket to “fallify” your event space and make it as warm and inviting as possible!

 

 

Another hot trend for November is incorporating outdoorsy aspects like tree slices into your event. Farm tables are the perfect canvas for your creative and beautiful fall tablescape. Add in tree slices as the base for your centerpiece or use them as chargers for each place setting. Also a great place card or table number! Can you tell we are loving the rugged look this month?!

 

It’s all about taking those rustic and rugged pieces like tree slices, logs and flannel and making them classy and inviting for your event. Serve mulled apple cider in copper mugs and food on white or cream plates to let the colorful fall foods act as part of your color scheme.

Some of our fave products this month are customized pillows and linens, Walnut Farm tables, Tree Slice bars, French Countryside china, Forged Flatware, Copper Mugs and Flax Lounge Furniture! Perfect for any style, theme and event, these products are begging to be spruced up with warm fall colors and hearty food.

Whatever event you are hosting this month, enjoy the people in your life that attend and all that you have to be grateful for. Keep it simple and involve all your loved ones as much as possible. Take the time to tell those you love all that they mean to you. ec4fe150dba29ca2ae09eacbe6636c45-3

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Bringing the Outdoors In

Well, it has officially gotten to the cold part of fall which means being outside for extended periods of time sounds less than enjoyable. As we head inside for some holiday cheer and warm food and drink, let us give you some creative ideas to give your holiday party an outdoorsy feel while enjoying the warmth of the fireplace and mulled cider.

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We are loving outdoor fire pits as a centerpiece of a room. Interlace twinkle lights as an alternative to an open flame (which you should not try at home, or inside at all). Another option is to use lanterns which are usually a super cute accent for outdoor events to warm it up and make the space cozy, so why shouldn’t we use them inside for the same purpose!!

Another idea is to incorporate woodsy items into your table scape. Use a tree slice as the base for a centerpiece or birch branches in a vase. Pinecones and fall fruits also make for more understated, yet equally beautiful centerpiece.

One of our products we love is our tree slice bar which is an awesome and unique piece to “bring the outdoors in!”

Use greenery, pumpkins and gourds wherever possible to spruce up your event space. They make everything look festive and organic.

You can’t go wrong with shades of brown, forest greens and reds and golds. These are the colors of nature and the best way to give an organic and outdoorsy feel without actually using trees at your event.

Above all think earthy decor and color scheme which is perfect for Autumn and is the perfect way to bring the outdoors in now that we have to suck it up that our days of late night bonfires on the beach are a little out of the question. Unless maybe you have invented a full body sized hand warmer that we can wrap ourselves in?! No… us either… what a shame. Guess our only option is to have wonderful cozy parties with comfort food and hot spiked cider with pumpkin flavored everything. How ever will we survive?!

Keep an eye out for our post on creating a winter wonderland that Jack Frost himself would be proud of!

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Halloween Brews and Chews

Halloween is right around the corner and whether you are hosting a kids party, costume party or you need to bring an awesome drink or dish for a party you are attending we are here to give you creative and fun ideas for any taste!

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Mix equal parts:

  • Caramel Vodka
  • Pumpkin Spice Liquor
  • RumChata

Shake with ice, strain and enjoy!

 

 

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Mix together:

  • 1 Bottle Sparkling Cider
  • 1 Bottle White Wine (Sauvignon Blanc is best)
  • 1/4 Cup of Caramel Syrup
  • Diced apples
  • Optional- your preferred amount of Jack Honey or whiskey of your choice

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  • 1/2 oz Curacao, Blue
  • 1/2 oz Melon liqueur
  • 1/2 oz Raspberry liqueur
  • 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Cranberry Juice
  • 1/2 oz Sour Mix

Serve shaken over ice

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  • Muddled raspberries and sugar (place in bottom of glass)
  • Mix equal parts Vodka and Baileys
  • Line the rim of the glass with chocolate syrup to drip down the edges

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  • 2 oz Vanilla or Cake Vodka
  • 2 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 2 oz Sour Mix
  • Splash of Grenadine

Layer Sour mix and grenadine, then Pineapple Juice and Vodka and top with whipped cream

 

 

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Dip strawberries in white chocolate leaving an extra bit of drizzle at the end and draw on eyes and an “OOOOO” mouth. Equally adorable and decadent

 

 

Spooky Deviled Eggs

  • Pumpkin deviled eggs-Use paprika and/or food coloring to make the yolk orange and use a chive as a stem
  • Eyeballs- Let your green eggs and ham take on a new look. Use food coloring to dye the yolk green and place a pimento green olive slice in the middle to look like an eye. Make is extra scary by drawing red veins on the white to look like the white of an eye.

 

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  • 10 ounces pretzels, sticks or twists
  • 5 cups Cheerios
  • 5 cups corn Chex
  • 2 cups peanuts
  • 12 ounces candy corn
  • 2 cups mini-marshmallows
  • 2 (10-ounce bags) white chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons solid vegetable shortening

Directions:

  1. Melt the white chocolate and shortening together in the microwave in 30 second intervals until all chocolate chips are melted.
  2. In another bowl, mix all other ingredients together
  3. Pour white chocolate mixture over the snack mix and stir to coat equally
  4. Place on wax paper to dry and place in refrigerator to cool.
  5. Break into pieces and enjoy!

 

 

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Pretty in Pink Bridal Shower

We are in love with this bright and girly bridal shower shoot featured on the Perfect Palette (check it out here).

We had the great pleasure in helping create this fun shoot and are so happy with the turn out.

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The Tolix chairs were the perfect way to offset all the pink and add a fun modern touch to the look of the shower.

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From custom french macaroons to handwritten calligraphy invites and place cards to sweet cotton candy champagne cocktails, this bridal party knows how to do it. The ladies looked stunning all in white for their pretty in pink styled shower!

 

 

Fall Color Palettes

The Knot recently published an article talking about fun innovative fall color palettes (read it here). We took those ideas, and created some looks using some of our NECR products.

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Products Featured:

Blush Charger, Gold Swirl Flatware, Blush Runner, Cranberry Napkins, Glass Tasting Plate, French Countryside China.

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Products Featured:

Ivory Flatware, Gray Vintage Linen, Gray Cotton Napkin, Blue and Gray Swirl China, Silver Rim Charger

Gray and Navy

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Products Featured:

Silver Rim china, Silver Rim Charger, Gold Flatware, Navy Hemstitch Napkin, Gray Vintage Linen Runner

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Products Featured:

Yellow Dot Runner, Red Cotton Napkin, Embellished Forged Flatware, Red Charger, French Countryside China

 

Halloween Table Setting

And just like that it is October. As soon as October hit, pumpkins and halloween decorations start crawling out of the woodwork. With so many decorations to choose from, how can one make a tasteful and sophisticated table scape that is equally as spooky as it is beautiful?

Create the best Halloween table setting by taking the best parts of the holiday (black and orange, spider webs, pumpkins, scary things) and making them cute and more “adult”. Combine the classic color scheme with burlap, lace of a simple tablecloth to capture the “spooky” aspects of Halloween.

Add to the table some pumpkins and fun china, glasses and flatware. Choose colors that fit in the color scheme, rich oranges, blacks, and golds. Of course pumpkins should be added to the table. They can be real, glass or even wooden, for a more rustic touch.

 

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Monthly Overview

Fall is finally here. We can officially buy a pumpkin spice latte and not feel like we are jumping the gun. That being said the beginning of fall brings about a whole new round of trends! Here is what we are loving for the month of October:

Add fun pumpkins to any table to create a festive harvest table scape. Pumpkins and gourds are the perfect way to make any table scream Fall!

One of the best parts about October are the fall foods and drinks like apple cider, pumpkin bread and squash. Fall is all about warm and comforting foods and scents. Cinnamon, apples, and pumpkin everything is the way to go and a great excuse to throw a party. Whether you just want a fall get together because you have 17 pounds of apples after going apple picking  and just want to share the love with pies and crisps or you have an event and need to make something yummy, pumpkin is still in and a hot commodity. Try sprucing up a pumpkin dish with something like pumpkin ravioli with a sage, brown butter sauce or stuffed and roasted mini pumpkins. There are so many more uses for pumpkin than just in your latte!

The colors of autumn are warm and cozy to offset the cooling weather outside. Think burgundy, mustard, caramel and burnt orange for your events this month. we are also loving a sage or moss green and warmer gray colors this year!

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Flannel is in so dress up a backyard fire pit with flannel blankets to end the night right. Serve some hot apple cider (with booze if you so choose) and roast marshmallows. Perfect for any age!

For October brides still looking for beauty inspiration we are loving a half up half down look with loose waves and warm natural makeup. Choose either a taupe inspired smokey eye and nude lip or go simple eyes with a little extra oomph on your lashes and a bold dark lip. Keep one feature subtle and let the other stand out.

Fall is also a perfect time for potluck events. Keep it easy on yourself and jazz up the decor while you let your guests do the cooking. Create a gorgeous space for your event with customized decor and a warm color scheme and don’t stress about cooking your own food.

 

October is one of our favorite times of the year in New England because the air is crisp and you get to rock a sweater and booties, not to mention the scarves! Fall is a great time for fashion but also one of the best times to host an event because everyone is happy and there is so much to celebrate before the stress of the holidays starts to kick in. So proudly sip on your Pumpkin Spice Latte with a blanket around you and together your friends and loved ones because October is the time to celebrate!

Of course we can’t forget that October=Halloween!

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Real Wedding: Ocean House, R.I.

NECR recently had the great honor of being a part of creating a beautiful wedding at the Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island. 

The gorgeous setting was highlighted by simple furnishings with a pastel color palette. The main focus was on the gorgeous beach scene. 

The stunning table was set with simplicity flatware, rattan chargers and french countryside china. All of which helped to capture the natural beauty of the surroundings. 

The evening came to a close under the stars, magically surrounded by the beautiful Ocean House and the Atlantic Ocean. 

Check out the full post on Style Me Pretty

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Wedding Planner: Yes or No?

One of the first steps when planning your wedding is deciding whether or not you want to hire a wedding planner to give expert advice and help you through the process. We are here to help decide if this is an additional expense that makes sense to spend or not.

There are a few types of couples when planning a wedding. Some, who are relatively knowledgable about different aspects of the planning process and already know the kind of wedding they want. Then there are those who haven’g got a clue about what to do or where to start. This will start to determine whether you can figure it out yourselves or if you may need a helping hand to get you to your perfect day.83b106e0-f052-11e5-8d16-12313d2529c5-rs_729

If you are the type of couple that has an exact vision for your day, a Day of Coordinator may be the best option, this way you can do all the planning yourself but get to enjoy a stress
free wedding day for a much smaller price than having a planner to help you with all the decisions you already know the answer to.

If you are the couple who is completely overwhelmed by all aspects of wedding planning from picking a venue, to color scheme, to dress, to food and drink, a planner may be the best option for you. This expert can guide you through all the decisions to give you the wedding you couldn’t have even dreamed of. However, this will come with a pretty high price tag if you want someone who will do a good job. The expense may be worth it if you don;t have the time, effort or desire to devote to planning your special day, but if not you can become your own wedding planner by doing some research and reaching out to knowledgable friends and family.

Any of your friends married? Ask for help!! Ask parents and cousins and family friends, between all of their combined info you could have enough to at least get started. From there just take the decisions one day at a time and use a wedding planning guide which you can find anywhere! Here’s a couple great wedding planning checklists we found to help you out! From Real Simple, Here Comes the Guide, Pinterest, and even a whole printable binder with guide from Botanical Paper Works!

Even if you know exactly how you want your wedding, these guides and checklists will help to ensure you don’t miss any of the little details and give you a better idea off a wedding planning timeline which is the most difficult aspect of the wedding planning process.

So what it comes down to in determining whether you want to hire a wedding planner or not, the real question is whether you have the time and ability as well as the desire to do it yourself or if you are content with spending the money to get professional help.

If you do, great! They will help you to find the best venue, food, dress shops, music, florists and photographers because they know the market and who and what the best options are in your budget. They will do the grunt work and you just have to give opinions and say necr-oh-lovely-day-ashley-therese-photography_12816060334_owhat you like better. They will deal with the stress and put in the time and effort, because that is their job. The day of you get to enjoy yourself and have a wonderful wedding that
you didn’t have to stress over too much to plan. However, it is key to find  planner who you will work well with and who will be as detail oriented or as lax about the process as you will. You will have to give up control so make sure you will be okay with this because it could cause problems down the line when things don’t go exactly as you wanted but you aren’t in complete control. You do have to let the planner do their job and figure out some situations while you sit back and just hope they are great at what they do!

If the answer is no and you decide to give it a whirl yourself, that’s also great! You’ll save a lot of money that can be spent on elements of your actual wedding. You get to be 100% involved and feel accomplished when it all comes together the day of. You also get to be in the driver’s seat the entire time and don’t have to worry about working with anyone but your significant other and anyone else you want assistance from. It’s time consuming and will  be stressful at times but can save you a lot of money and may be worth it in the end when you get to enjoy your day knowing you made it happen!

Either way, you can use planning guides and our good friend Pinterest to help you through it all and when you need help from friends and family, don’t be afraid to ask because we guarantee they want to help in any way, shape or form that they can!