• Melanie

Cocktail party prep: A behind-the-scenes look at elegant simplicity

Updated: Dec 4, 2018

When I was invited to photograph some pre-party prep for Mary Spalding of Spalding Way, I jumped at the opportunity. Her design philosophy is very accessible to me, and I always enjoy the assignments she puts me on.


This party was for the board members of the Nature Conservancy. Mary kept the refreshments simple, with a bar on the patio overlooking the gardens and easy to eat finger foods like meats, cheeses, fruits, and flatbreads.


In Mary's generous kitchen, it was easy for the chef and staff to work even as guests came in. Clean flowers and greenery added lovely touches to the ambiance. Scroll through to see the full party preparation and for the link to her blog post.

Want to read Mary's original post? Click through here for her helpful tips that are sure to enhance any party.


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