decor May 23, 2016

Spring Dinner Party At Our Home

I’m not sure if I love to throw dinner parties at our house because I love having our friends over, or if I just love to legitimize purchasing an otherwise-inappropriate amount of overpriced fresh cut flowers.  Ok, the company is definitely the best, but the flowers are a close second.

spring outfit green pants ivory sweater ankle strap sandals mary orton flower marketfashion blogger with bouquet of flowers

Pants: Banana Republic  |  SWEATER: old, similar HERE  |  SANDALS: Steve Madden  |  BAG: Moyi Moyi (similar HERE)  |  SUNGLASSES: Wonderland  |  BRACELET: Monica Vinader  |  PENDANT NECKLACE: Melinda Maria  |  FRINGE NECKLACE: Melinda Maria

pink peonies bouquet for spring

The party prep started with a flower run during the lunch hour on Friday, first to my favorite corner floral shop in the neighborhood, and then to Trader Joe’s where they happened to have an actual ocean of peonies, hydrangeas and other gorgeous flowers at prices that immediately made me regret running errands in this order.  Word to the wise—in the spring when all of these beauties are in season, head straight to TJ’s and hoard away.  I only learned this after basically wasting my future children’s college tuition on overpriced peonies elsewhere.  If you follow me on snapchat (maryorton) you know that the pain was very real.

pink spring floral bouquet

Sometimes our 9-to-5 jobs mean we don’t have all the time in the world to pull together a dinner party.  If this is true for you, check out my five easy entertaining tips for the working girl HERE and you’ll see how easy it is to trick people into thinking you’re Betty Draper.  I love to keep a lot of house plants—both large and small—throughout our apartment, and the small ones in particular can come in super handy when throwing together a centerpiece.  As you can see below, I threw a small wheatgrass plant between some low bunches of peonies that I picked up on Friday, and between that, a simple linen table runner and a bunch of tea lights that I had in the cupboard, my table was ready for action.

modern table setting

GLASS DINING TABLE: William Sonoma Home  |  CANE CANTILEVER CHAIRS: Marcel Breuer  (also HERE)  |  CENTER WHEATGRASS PLANTER: CB2  |  LINEN RUNNER: Pottery Barn  |  GOLD VOTIVES: BHLDN  |  DISHES: Juliska (combination of Jardins du Monde and Berry & Thread patterns)  |  PLACEMATS: Juliska  |  GREEK KEY DINNER NAPKINS: Ann Gish (tons of great colors!)  |  SALT & PEPPER SHAKERS: Oscar de la Renta  |  FLATWARE: Couzon (La Perle pattern)  |  WINE GLASSES: Riedel

mary orton spring dinner party

CULOTTES: White House Black Market (sold out, similar HERE)  |  BODYSUIT: c/o Tuxe  |  SANDALS: Steve Madden  |  NECKLACE: c/o Melinda Maria (similar HERE)  |  CHOKER: Fallon (similar HERE and HERE)  |  RUG: similar HERE

pink peonies centerpiece

I didn’t have the right vase for the kind of low arrangements of peonies I wanted to have, so I just threw these guys in our short double old-fashioned glasses and they were good to go!

dinner party with greek key napkinsmary orton dinner party at home spring dinner party fashion blogger dinner pary

PLANTER: Modernica  |  RUG: similar HERE

The rest of the flowers were placed throughout the house, which is always such a quick, easy way to make the house feel more festive.

piano fashion blogger home

CUSTOM FRAMING: Framebridge (obsessed with them)  |  GLASS VASE: JULISKA  |  GOLD PLANTER: similar HERE and HERE

white spring flowers in vase


cactus and candle home decor

PLANTER: (similar HERE and also have THIS ONE that is one of my absolute favorites)  |  CANDLE: Illume (similar HERE) |  AGATE COASTERS: Jonathan Adler (also similar HERE)

peonies on fireplace

MIRROR: similar HERE |  HOBNAIL VASE: similar HERE

succulent in white modern vase


spring floral arrangement BRASS PLANT MISTER (that desperately needs to be polished, but is great for spritzing succulents!): CB2

Happy Monday! xx

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18 Responses to Spring Dinner Party At Our Home

  1. I was dying over your snaps about the peonies the other day! Glad your dinner party turned out well. It looked like you made some amazing dishes. And I loveeeeee those suede culottes!

  2. What a beautiful table decor!

  3. Helene says:

    Beautiful table and flowers, polished and perfect. I also adore the culottes and simple, elegant styling.

    May I be cheeky and ask what was on the menu?!

  4. Kathy says:

    Love this post (almost) as much as the fashion posts. Please, please keep them coming. How about every couple of months, you do something like this? Your home looks beautiful. How about a closet tour? 🙂

  5. Kathy says:

    P.S. Forgot to ask…..what is the white fuzzy throw over two of the chairs?

  6. Natali says:

    Oh my! You’re such an amazing host! So well prepared!

  7. Keri says:

    I really enjoyed this post. Your home is as stylish as your wardrobe. I look forward to seeing more of it- very inspiring!

  8. Kari says:

    Beautiful flowers and your home is lovely!

  9. Thuy says:

    Love both outfits that you wore and love the home decor with the metallic accents.

  10. Maggie says:

    Your home is gorgeous!! I love your decor!

  11. Kelly says:

    What a gorgeous table and you can never go wrong with fresh flowers!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  12. Camille says:

    The colors used to set your table (black, white, and pink) are so classic . The peonies are to die for, obviously.
    I love that you wore a simple black shirt and suede culottes for the dinner – a stylish host indeed, but not pretentious in the least (and definitely not overly “matchy-matchy” with the place settings).

  13. Monika says:

    Wow, such a beautiful set up for an event!

  14. Edye says:

    Two great outfits! Love the table setting as well 🙂

    Edye |

  15. JANE says:

    may I ask where did you get the beautiful chandelier? Very nice looking!!

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