17 Jun

REAL PARTIES: Dinner Among Friends

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You might remember Michelle Schobert from the colorful, Tinkerbell-inspired party that she created for her daughter’s birthday. Well, she’s back with a gorgeous, adult-friendly soirée this time! Read on for the details, as told by Michelle…


“Here is the first official event planned by the newly established Six Chicks Designs. With Interior Architecture degrees under their belts and an eye for design, two chicks set out to find something they would love and that would give them an outlet for their endless creativity. Inspired by their daughters, Cassidy & Courtney (Michelle’s daughters) and Madison and Emma (Jennifer’s daughters) the designers and best friends launched Six Chicks Designs, a collaborative design company specializing in interior, event and graphic design.

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Dinner Among Friends” was an intimate dinner party for six dear friends featuring a black and white theme accented with bits of sparkle. The idea of the party was inspired by a fabulous set of black and white dishes handed down from a family member.

dinner party ideas

Utilizing digital scrapbooking materials, the graphic was created for the invitations, place cards and menus. They were simply printed out on cardstock with a home printer.

dinner party ideas

We also printed elegant saying to help set the mood and placed them in small rhinestone picture frames. Black velvet ribbon and silver wrapping paper was wrapped around a clear flower vase, topped off with an additional festive saying and a few more rhinestones for a little glitz.

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The meal began with floral shaped French bread (baked in fluted Pampered Chef bread tubes) and Italian spread. The main entrée consisted of grilled chicken, whole fresh green beans and roasted red potatoes.

The highlight of the evening was definitely the dessert bar…

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Double chocolate fudge cupcakes, Hershey bar cupcakes, white and milk chocolate covered cheesecake pops, “rollo” turtles from HWTM and chocolate martini’s were just a few of the tasty treats on the bar.

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The tall cupcake/cake stands were a fantastic find, half off at a local craft supply store (Hobby Lobby). The stands were also dressed up with black velvet ribbon, printed tags and rhinestones.

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Favors included small silver tins filled with Hershey kisses and small bags of glazed sugar cookies tied with black and white polka dot ribbon.”

dinner party ideas

dinner party ideas


Thanks to Michelle and all of the Six Chicks for sharing these ideas. There’s so much great DIY inspiration here!

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Tori {Thoughtfully Simple} SAYS:

I am loving those cake stands- the height adds so much interests! What a great table scape. Michelle Schobert obviously has a great eye, thanks for sharing!

June 17, 2009 at 7:33 am

Kristi SAYS:

Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing. I’m going to file this idea away – it would be awesome for a classy girl’s dinner!

June 17, 2009 at 7:44 am

Melissa SAYS:

Wow, that’s gorgeous! What a nice way to host a special dinner for friends!!

June 17, 2009 at 7:46 am

Nikki SAYS:

LOVE IT!!! Very Elegant & Classy!

June 17, 2009 at 7:48 am

Elisa SAYS:

Gorgeous! And great tips!

June 17, 2009 at 8:07 am

Michelle Johnson SAYS:

Lovely details!

June 17, 2009 at 9:17 am

Tara C SAYS:

I am so glad Michelle is getting out there. It is about time others got to see her talent and now she has a partner to bounce ideas off of…I know we will be seeing more from Six Chicks Designs! Awesome – Tasteful – Perfection!

June 17, 2009 at 10:53 am

Molly M SAYS:

How did they print white ink on black paper with a home printer? I’ve been trying to figure out a way to do this for years!

June 17, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Alexandra Rembac SAYS:

I absolutely love Black and White! Girls after my own personal style. I totally love the combination of the different prints mixed together too, from the linen pattern to the enjoy labels and event the ribbon on the favors. It looks fabulous together! Nice work!!!

June 17, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Tyna Werner SAYS:

Ohhh, I really love this look – so elegant, classic and pretty! I loved that they included what we call “the disco absolute bottle” in my house look so classy. And I adore the simple white flowers – so perfect.

June 17, 2009 at 1:47 pm

Michelle Schobert SAYS:

I wish you could print white on black paper….unfortunately you can not. The black is printed and it can get very costly….but sometimes it is worth it!

June 17, 2009 at 3:54 pm

Cupcakes in Heels SAYS:

Beautiful! I love the classy black and white theme! The dessert table look gorgerous!

June 17, 2009 at 5:47 pm

Natasha SAYS:

Love every detail!

June 18, 2009 at 6:51 pm

Tommy Bahama Bedding SAYS:

Such a great-looking spread :)

June 21, 2009 at 5:12 pm

christy SAYS:

how did you get white ink onto the black cardstock?? i couldn’t do it when i tried for my halloween bash? is there something special i have to have/do?

June 26, 2009 at 10:48 am

Gretchen SAYS:

Simply elegant. I have been brainstorming for an idea and concept for a simple and yet elegant dinner party for the important women (fam & friends) in my life. And I have purchased black & white elements but this just serves as further inspiration for my soiree! Love absolutely every detail of this!!!

June 27, 2009 at 1:10 pm

Julianne SAYS:

Very elegan and chic!


June 30, 2009 at 2:38 pm

sam SAYS:

This post provides some great Organization Tips for throwing dinner parties and hosting friends!

July 15, 2009 at 10:29 am
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