A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of hosting a preview party for Mark and Graham’s 2013 Summer Collection. Thirty or so creative gal pals from Austin and beyond gathered at my place for champagne cocktails, seasonally-inspired tartines and shopping the brand’s nautical-inspired offerings. From the stripe-centric photobooth to the thunderstorm that sent us all running for cover, it was a totally unforgettable night…and of course I had to share all the details as captured by Wynn Myers. Click through for the highlights, including a peek at Mark and Graham’s newest offerings and a few ideas of throwing a “French Nautical”-themed fête of your own!


We welcomed guests at the door in a perfectly-French way with beautiful calligraphy by Mia Carameros. A few strands of rope, picked up at the hardware store and knotted, gave it a nautical vibe.

We displayed some of my favorite Mark and Graham items around the patio so guests could see the products up close and feel for themselves how luxe the materials are.

A tiered galvanized stand displayed ingredients for cocktails, and guests could take their pick from the menu: lavender lemonade, french 75 or summer crush. (so tough to choose! Though the summer crush was a smash hit.)

*stand from Pottery Barn. Calligraphy by Mia Carameros.



Champagne on ice pretty much screams summer party, and I love Mark and Graham’s hand-blown ice bucket. I had mine monogrammed with the word Chill.

*shown with Mark and Graham Grosgrain Border Dinner Napkins and Classic Tall Pitcher.


Since Mark and Graham is all about personalized gifting, each guest took home a monogrammed cosmetic bag, perfect for summer travels. We packed them up in kraft paper bags adorned with anchor key fobs.

Guests jumped on board the nautical theme… love Lisa’s striped wedges.

A café table set with Mark and Graham accessories to provide a little tabletop inspiration for summertime gatherings.

*typographer linen table runner, skinny mint juleps, elegant everyday sloped highballs.  


So many great totes – and I love the modern take on a classic monogram shown here.

Jenn carries a straw bag that’s so on-theme.

Word of Mouth whipped up these tartines (open-faced French sandwiches) in flavor combos straight out of my dreams:

  • roquefort, chambord figs, local honey, toasted walnuts
  • sweet pea hummus, grilled asparagus, lemon zest
  • seared tuna, tapenade, blanched haricot verts, watercress
  • shaved lamb, smashed white beans, mint pesto

It was such a great party menu – guests could grab a little slice and sample each one (no utensils required!)

 


Anchors away!

*Tiered stand by Pottery Barn set with Mark and Graham mint juleps.


“Liquid courage.”

*Mark and Graham pewter circle flask.


Guests were loving every bit of the summer catalog…

Shay did such a great job of getting guests to loosen up and have some fun in the photobooth. Erin and I were workin’ it.

Sally and Molly came in from Dallas to party with us!

The Mirror Mirror girls… always glam.

Jenn &  Lisa.

22 comments
  1. 1
    Desiree {CHIC COASTAL LIVING} | May 29, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Camille! You don’t know how much I’m loving this! It’s totally a party I would have loved to attend! Nautical fun! Beautiful job! I’m so checking out their line! XO

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    Bluebonnets for Sal | May 29, 2013 at 7:28 am

    What a fabulous party- yet again!!! I love checking in to see all the creative ways one can entertain! Looked like a fabulous summer soiree =) xx Sallie

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    Laura | May 29, 2013 at 9:13 am

    You should do a giveaway for a chance to attend one of your fab parties! I’d love to go to one & I’m sure I’m not the only one.

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  4. 4
    Kelly Hurst | May 29, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I just had someone show me how to make the galvanized stand – so excited!

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    Melanie | May 29, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Love the Mark and Graham products — especially that tote bag! — and all the personal touches that make this party look like such fun.

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  6. 6
    Elizabeth | May 29, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Positively ILL that I missed this. Love all nautical so hard!

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    Lisa | May 29, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    I love how these pictures turned out!! The party was so much fun, and I’ve been loving my Mark and Graham cosmetic bag. Miss y’all so much!

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    Wynn Myers | May 29, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    So glad you like the photos, Lisa!! xo

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  9. 9
    Kirsten and Co. | May 29, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Love this! Such a gorgeous looking event.

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    invitation consultants | May 30, 2013 at 8:16 am

    looks like SUCH a fun event! love the tiered ‘display’ of drink ingredients – so festive 🙂

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    Vanessa | May 30, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Where is the phenomenal bag Jenn is carrying from? It’s perfection!

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    • Jennifer Rose Smith | May 30, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      Thank you, Vanessa! It’s from a darling line called WHIT by Whitney Pozgay. http://www.whit-ny.com

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    Shalyn | May 31, 2013 at 11:41 am

    So much fun! Beautiful photos, ladies and products! Thank you for letting me be a part of it! <3

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    stephanie | June 6, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    i am trying to read the ingredients in the hit drink of the night…summer crush…peach, basil and ??? please let me know…thanks 🙂

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    • Camille Styles | June 6, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      Scroll to the bottom – the whole recipe is there, and you’ve GOT to give it a whirl! 🙂

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    Krissy | June 9, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    mmm those tartine combos sound so tastey. love figs! and i’m loving all the flowers!

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