Entertaining With Bev: Varied Vignettes

Fall in Pass Christian

As dyed in the wool New Orleanians, we love to go to Pass Christian, Bay St. Louis and Waveland, Mississippi whenever we get a chance! So many locals have summer houses on the coast and the fall is the best time to go and enjoy the water, waves, boating, walking and playing on the beach because it’s finally cool. Whenever I go, I have to visit Mimi Parker Thomas at her shop, Parkers, Inc. in Pass Christian, because it has everything!

I decided to set up different vignettes for you to enjoy, using items almost entirely from her shop. The first setup is on the beach. Why not use a lamp as a centerpiece and have a late afternoon lunch? We used handpainted placemats and coasters by artist Heather Hewitt Daniel, originally from New Orleans.

Next, we went to a friend’s house and created a fun dinner party for friends who were spending the weekend. I made the tablecloth and we added gurgle pots for the wine and water, and added handpainted square pictures by artist Tracey Stieffel for the favors for each guest to take home. Pillows by Stieffel made the chairs more comfortable and bright.

Cocktails were set up by the pool, so everyone could gather after a boat ride to relax before dinner. After dinner,watch the sun set, start a great fire, turn up the music and dance. House parties are so much fun, because no one has to drive home!