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Recognized as one of the nation’s leading tastemakers, noted style expert Tara Guérard is best known for creating spectacular Southern-inspired celebrations. She's been featured in Food & Wine, InStyle, Southern Living, Traditional Home, Town & Country Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings and on The Martha Stewart Show, The Nate Berkus Show and the Style network, among other media outlets. Guérard's brand—which grew out of successful event design firm, Soiree—has expanded to include two books, furniture design for Frank and Lane, and commercial and residential interior design, as well as custom invitation suites and printed pieces through Lettered Olive. Though Guérard and Soiree are based in Charleston, she recently added a New York studio to better serve clients in the Northeast and elsewhere.

Tara Guérard's Blog Posts


You can't go wrong with chocolate treats for teachers, out-of-town relatives, and even the mailman!

Sharing the spookiest of party tips for your Halloween-themed celebration!

Tomorrow, summer's official. And what better way to greet the season than with a perfect outdoor picnic? Get Tara's tips for one here...

We used Pantone's Color of the Year to inspire a get-ready-for-summer cocktail party—here are our five picks for pulling it together

Ready to whip together a lively brunch this Sunday? I've got your quick list of what you need (really, these five things have you covered!)

Brides- and grooms-to-be (and anyone else looking to spruce up a drab dining room table)—have you seen what's in our local shops in the way of china and glassware? Here are two great resources

Mary McDonald's cabinet bar in House Beautiful

Wine. Cheese. Chocolate. Here are my simple, but spot-on picks for getting it right.

Find these—mini cups of hot cocoa, easy-yet-elegant candle embellishments, and place cards that double as take-home ornaments—here, in Part Two of my holiday entertaining inspiration

Part One of my holiday entertaining inspiration is here: I've got good-looking tabletop ideas like mini-souffles, velvet-wrapped menu cards, and more. What will YOU do with your holiday table?

As candles are one of my entertaining must-haves, the recent grand opening of the Colonial Candle flagship store proved to be an "enlightening" event!

Last time we talked about the fare, so let's move on to the spirits. Here are ideas for what sips to serve this weekend (including a recipe for my Seaside Bloody Mary), plus tips on how to pack them

With a hint of fall in the air (here’s hoping it stays!), I can’t help but get excited for tailgates—or any form of outdoor entertaining, for that matter. To start, here are some well-suited dishes

Full selection or just beer and wine? Some quick inspiration for rethinking your bar setup for your next party

Here it is: My big secret for pulling off last-minute dinner parties (and indulging in a bit of good old Charleston nostalgia, too)

With the kids headed back to school, you can spend a little of that extra me-time in the kitchen—I suggest bringing these two books with you, if nothing else

Nothing says summertime like a good ole' tomato sandwich. Here's a super simple take on the delicious classic, plus a look at farm-fresh produce from the mountains of North Carolina

An easy (and cool) summer recipe I store in a pitcher and pour right into mugs as part of a light lunch or supper

A quick refresher on protocol for these important family events, along with my tips for making them stress-free and memorable for hosts and guests

Recently, I was asked to design a birthday party for a friend's son. These ideas are easy to tweak and repeat (edible centerpieces, anyone?) for a hit kids' summer bash

Need a reason to host an impromptu happy hour this evening? Try this super-easy recipe for a refreshing summer favorite.

This is one of my all-time favorite go-to recipes, showcasing the season's abundance of local shrimp and vine-ripened tomatoes


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