Category Archives: Entertaining

Holiday Martini Bar

Eastern Shore Maryland Event Planner & Designer

Entertaining, Studio, Styled Shoots

Another holiday, another themed bar! This time, we’re sticking with a tried and true favorite: the martini bar. It’s classic, simple and always a crowd pleaser! Stock some vodka and gin, add in the mixers—we offered vermouth, olive juice and Lillet—finish with some garnish, and voila! We loved designing this bar with a modern black, white and gold look—highlighted by a custom Martini Bar sign from Surcee Calligraphy and fun black and gold accents like the Crate & Barrel cocktail shaker and McGee & Co. geometric objects. Cheers!


Photography: Kate Headley
Design & Styling: Kari Rider Events
Custom Sign: Surcee Calligraphy
Spirits: Hair O’ The Dog
Cocktail Shaker: Crate & Barrel
Black & Gold Objects: McGee & Co.
Console Table: Target

Eastern Shore Gift Guide

Easton, Maryland Event Planner & Designer

Community, Entertaining

We know, we know, another gift guide! But trust us, this one is different—mainly because we scoured our little town of Easton, Maryland, to hand pick our favorite gift finds of the holiday season. So whether you live here or are planning a visit, make sure you stop by these fabulous stores to check out our picks. Happy holidays and happy shopping!  

1. Pom-Pom Beanie, $49 at Dragonfly
2. Juliska Flint Toile Set, $189 at Dwelling & Design
3. Votivo Aromatic Candle, $30 at Dwelling & Design
4. Tea Forté Tasting Assortment, $30 at Chef & Shower
5. Pineapple Taper Holder, $15 at Curlicue
6. Moscow Mule Shaker & Mugs, $53.99 at Hair O’ The Dog
7. Gold Marble Notebook, $15 at Curlicue
8. Laleti Pillow by John Robshaw, $160 at Dwelling & Design
9. Silver Tassel Earrings, $98 at Curlicue
10. Juliska Pewter Salad Plate, $38 at Dwelling & Design
11. Julie Vos Soho X Stud, $68 at Dwelling & Design
12. Julie Vos Fern Ring, $65 at Dwelling & Design
13. Tassel Key Ring, $24 at Dragonfly
14. Le Creuset Dutch Oven, $130-$300 at Chef & Shower
15. Creative Candles Thin Tapers, $25 at Dwelling & Design


How to Design Your Thanksgiving Table

Eastern Shore of Maryland Event Planner & Designer

Entertaining, Studio, Styled Shoots

Still looking for inspiration for your Thanksgiving tablescape? We’ve got you covered! From classic and traditional to bold and earthy, these designs prove Thanksgiving is all about the table—the food, the company and, of course, the place settings! When setting our Thanksgiving table, we like to avoid all things kitschy—namely pumpkins—and embrace the colors of the season—gold and copper metallics, wood tones, and occasionally a pop of bold color in shades of burgundy and berry. Also, don’t be scared to get creative with the place cards: leather, wood, or even magnolia leaves can make for fun additions. Enjoy! 


Photography: Elizabeth Fogarty
Design & Styling: Kari Rider Events
Florals: Crimson & Clover Floral Design
Calligraphy: Surcee Calligraphy
Farm Table: Eastern Shore Tents & Events
Rentals: White Glove Rentals
Plates: Party Rental Ltd.
Runner: La Tavola Fine Linen


Photography: Elizabeth Fogarty
Design & Styling: Kari Rider Events
Venue: Wye River Conference Center
Florals: Intrigue Design & Décor
Tabletop Rentals: borrowedBlu
Linen: La Tavola
Bamboo Chairs: Select Event Group
Upholstered Chairs: Dwelling & Design
Calligraphy: Surcee Calligraphy


Photography: Natalie Franke
Design & Styling: Kari Rider Events
Florals: Crimson & Clover Floral Design
Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy
Paper Goods: Allison Barnhill
Farm Table: Vintage Affairs
Rentals: DC Rental