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We’ve been here before, right? Hosting a wedding related activity that isn’t stuffy, doesn’t serve crustless sandwiches, and is actually a lot of fun. It can be – we promise!

Our dear friends were recently engaged, and – being the crew that we are – thought it was a great reason to have a party it would be nice of us to shower them with the love they’ve shown us (and each other!).

The key ingredients to planning a successful party haven’t changed: identify the party throwers, settle on a theme that exemplifies the couple, have the budget talk, and know that something’s going to go wrong on the day – so just relax and go with it!

For Buddy and Brad, the theme was pretty obvious: Dallas (a decidedly different kind of southern), food-centric, family style, and crisp. These attributes made the decision making process much easier.

Our invitations led the way, thanks to one very talented Bird (Emily!):

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I gathered all of the china I had and mixed it on each table. I just so happen to have china that coordinates, but I can’t imagine any pattern combinations that wouldn’t elicit the same curated and eclectic feel. Same went for the glassware, as we pulled everything out. Flatware had some special moments, as it was a party maiden voyage for my great-grandmother’s luncheon set. Table linens were kept simple, with a little gingham thrown in for good southern measure.

Flowers were kept minimalist yet impactful, favoring architecture over frill. These simple IKEA vases come in handy again and again! Bs of all shapes, mediums, and sizes were scattered about the table, reminding guests of the two we were honoring.

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The menu was savory and delicious: fried chicken and pancakes, biscuits and gravy, egg casserole, fruit, and – most importantly – bacon. We set up multiple filling stations for mimosas and poinsettias, as well as water and coffee.

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Here’s a closeup of that ribbon up the stairs – those are vintage coasters! And a few of the other details we enjoyed sneaking in.

All in all, our party was a success. Buddy and Brad enjoyed their framily style brunch, and our goals of a Dallas-style brunch were achieved.