A Charleston Luncheon (& Trivia Answers)

What are the key ingredients to a good party?  Turns out, BBQ, a little bit of day drinking, some awesome ladies and a little Ryan Gosling.  Last Thursday, I threw a launch party for my brand new collection of Charleston Rice Beads, a revival of a vintage bead chain inspired by the port city (and my current home) Charleston, SC.  I invited some of my favorite (and most creative) ladies in Charleston.  While it may appear so, this is hardly your typical “ladies who lunch” crowd.  Filling out our table at The George Gallery  in downtown Charleston were entrepreneurs, interior designers, bloggers, editors, writers, store owners – women (and fellow Charleston dwellers) who inspire me daily.

Everyone got their own little sample from my new collection as well as the opportunity to fill our my tongue-in-cheek Charleston Trivia quiz that I posted Friday.  If you scroll down to the bottom of this post, you’ll get all ten answers…

I spelled out CHARLESTON in gold letter balloons that made a wonderful backdrop to the luncheon in the airy and modern George Gallery.  On the menu was serve yourself BBQ from one of Charleston’s best spots – Home Team – with key lime pie and banana pudding for dessert.  I also accented the bar and tables with CIN CIN Vintage’s great prints and cocktail napkins inscribed “Champage is Always The Answer.” (Isn’t it though?)

And of course, front and center was the jewelry itself, a small pop-up of all of our Charleston Rice Beads currently on offer in shades of silver, gold and even a bright turquoise.  The necklaces are 5′ in length and can be doubled and even tripled plus look great layered together.  And our Charleston Rice Bead bracelets are only $28 and a perfect way to begin your own collection:

The signature cocktail of the afternoon was a vodka and St. Germain cocktail over crushed ice and topped with fresh lime and a splash of champagne.  I served it up in these adorable kraft coffee cups with fun, striped straws along with some rosé Champagne from the boys of Wine Awesomeness:

Me putting on my “party face” (above) in some of my Charleston Rice Beads and Jessica Morse of Bare Beauty doing a little shopping with Elizabeth Gumb of Well Coiffed Closet (below):

These are some of the first ladies I met in Charleston and my closest friends, Martina Radic a practicing psychologist in Charleston, Harper Poe of Proud Mary and Stella French who currently works for AirBnB and Charleston gal about town:

Stylist Ayoka Lucas, taking a break from her pre-Charleston Fashion Week prep chats with Harper just after I give everyone the lowdown on how to fill out their trivia questions:

I had the opportunity to make a small presentation on the collection and of course announce all the trivia winners. Lunchtime trivia was the perfect activity to keep things moving along and also fun and interesting, plus one lucky guest even got to take home Ryan Gosling.

And of course these girls always look wonderful – Hanna Seabrook (gadabout), Chassity Evans (Look. Linger. Love)  and Olivia Mitchell Block (Lacquered Life). They have three of the best blogs around.

Big thanks to Clay Austin for capturing the luncheon magic, to the George Gallery and Anne Siegfried for lettings us throw a party in her fab space and Ryan for being so courteous with the ladies.

Want to see more luncheon photos?  Head over to our Candy Shop Vintage Facebook Page.  As for our Charleston Trivia Quiz from our previous post, here are the answers: 1) 1920’s  2)  Mark Sanford  3)  Stephen Colbert   4)  The Notebook  5)  2007  6)  Garden & Gun  7) (d) cocaine  8) Sean Brock of HUSK and McCrady’s  9) Gold Bug Island  10) Bill Murray