Labor Day Lobster Party

Happy Thursday my darlings! The final hurrah of summer, Labor Day represents the closing ceremonies of warm balmy weather, lazy afternoons at the beach, fresh squeezed lemonade, and of course oodles of free time before everyone heads back to school. To celebrate this festive occasion, I’m delighted to share an MBB-approved (not to mention sensational!) Labor Day Lobster Party that will truly wow your family and friends – everyone will be asking how you so cleverly devised such a spectacular end-of-summer bash! Cheers to the final days of summer, and beginning of a gorgeous fall!

PARTY PLANNING

Grilled Corn on the Cob
Coconut Cupcakes 

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Sunset 

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Table Setting Inspiration: Tory Burch

For those of you who follow me on Pinterest, you may have noticed that I simply adore table settings – be it an extravagant masterpiece of ravishing florals, fine china and sparkling crystal, or a simple yet elegant combination of crisp linens, French porcelain, and hydrangeas from the garden. So as I was pinning the other evening, I came across this fabulously whimsical Tory Burch handbag and scarf and felt a tickle of inspiration! I marveled at the harmonious marriage of vibrant blue, green, gold, and white, and thought to myself, “Mrs. Buns, this color combo would make for the most sensational of table settings!” Next thing I know, I’m combing the Internet for dinnerware, glassware, silverware, and blooms to match this TB-inspired vision, with a MBB twist of course. I hope you enjoy my interpretation, and do tell dear readers, what inspires you?

Ask B: Who to Invite to the Rehearsal Dinner at a Destination Wedding

Mindy Weiss
Dear B, 

I’m planning my son’s rehearsal dinner (it’s a destination wedding), and am unsure about who to invite. Do I invite everyone? Just the bridal party? I need your expert advice! 

Sincerely, 
Mother of the Groom

MOG,  

Congratulations on your son’s nearing nuptials – how wonderful! When it comes to the rehearsal dinner,  modern protocol requires you invite all of the bridal party and their significant others, immediate family, clergyperson and his or her spouse, as well as all out of town guests. A loophole: if the budget doesn’t allow for this, all out of town guests need not be included. Given that your son’s wedding is destination (a fabulous locale I’m sure!), etiquette calls for all wedding guests to be invited. In the event the blushing bride and dashing groom were envisioning a cozier wedding-eve celebration, another option to consider dear MOG, is to hold an intimate rehearsal dinner Thursday evening with just the bridal party and their significant others, immediate family, and clergyperson and their spouse, and then on Friday night host a “Welcome Party.” A celebratory soiree aimed at welcoming loving family and friends who have traveled far and wide, the Welcome Party provides an opportunity to greet wedding guests après-flight with cocktails, appetizers, music, florals, etc., in a jovial and casual atmosphere. Hope this helps and happy planning!