Chic Design For Casual Entertaining {Guest Feature}

If you love casual entertaining with a chic twist, this inspiration shoot by Vanessa of Alchemy Event Design is for you!  The theme revolves around the cheese and fruit display incorporated into the dessert table, and decorative elements include cheesecloth runners, and sheep, cow, and goat graphics to represent the sources of the cheese.   
The centerpiece of the table is a combination of old bottles and vases which hold flowers as well as fig branches, bunches of cabbage leaves, and herbs.  Rustic boxes in different heights adds elevated interest and is a great place to set food for serving family style.  When it’s time to eat, you can simply move the smaller vases & bottle out of the way to make room for the platters.
The sweets table is a lovely mix of cheese and fresh fruit, along with some Greek pastries – I just love this idea!  All the vintage pieces and props add much personality and charm to this table.  The entire party setting would be fantastic for a wine & cheese engagement party, a family reunion, or a special birthday
Styling & Stationery: Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations  /  Photography: Cameron Ingalls  /  Flowers: Renae’s Bouquet  /  Props: Found Vintage Rentals


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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. LOVE the green with thatch/cane!!! So cutes!!!

    I made those tuxedo peeps, Chris. I made wedding dress ones, too and gave a couple to each guest at my bridal shower! They loved them!!! They'll be posted at my "house" on Wednesday!

  2. melismama says:

    Love it…I just wish I had friends who appreciated the effort, style and fun of a party like this.

  3. I really like this style a lot! Very tasteful and gorgeous. The cheesecloth runners are an incredible idea (that I WILL be trying)! 😉

  4. I <3 everything about this! The mix of natural elements, antiques, and green pops of color is lovely!

  5. Ophelia says:

    Hi! I’ve been reading your site for some time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Huffman Tx! Just wanted to say keep up the excellent job!


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