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Simple Evening Raleigh: The Setup


Simple Evening: Raleigh The Setup  |  The Fresh Exchange

Well I hope you all have been enjoying this in-depth look in to the process of creating a Simple Evening because today marks the third to last post on the Raleigh Simple Evening. I really have enjoyed sharing all the info behind what we did to create this evening come together.

Today we are showing the setup of the event. Really I think it is important for me to share this post because I really do not do these events all on my own and in-fact there was probably somewhere between 10-15 people who helped pull this dinner together on the day of. It was a huge effort as a collective group to make this come together the way we had envisioned.

Simple Evening: Raleigh The Setup  |  The Fresh Exchange

Jenn had created the most amazing garland out of salvaged denim. She asked her friends and family for old jeans they no longer used and ripped them in to strips. We felt that it would be fun to have the garland because of the high ceilings at Videri. It would visually connect the table and the high ceilings in a way that felt organic and natural. She felt that denim was the perfect material because of the amount of inspiration we were drawing from the Clyde Oak brand. Honestly I couldn’t have thought of a more material we could have used to create the garland. This was the first Simple Evening we had strung another other than some bistro lights, but the combo of the wood and denim really brought everything together.

Simple Evening: Raleigh The Setup  |  The Fresh Exchange

Right around the time Jenn was finishing up hanging the garland our tables arrived from Arrowhead Collective. These guys had handmade 3 tables for us for the event. The wood was found and milled by the Arrowhead team. The steel work for the legs was also done by them as well. It was beautiful and really neat to have custom tables for the event. Not only that, but to have them be custom made in Raleigh where the trees were also grown.

Simple Evening: Raleigh The Setup  |  The Fresh Exchange

Simple Evening: Raleigh The Setup  |  The Fresh Exchange

Videri had just finished up their new coffee bar and so while we were all setting up they had a letterer come in and hand letter on the chalk boards above the bar. It was really cool to watch him freehand the chalkboards for the bar while we all were working to pull together the dinner.

Simple Evening: Raleigh The Setup  |  The Fresh Exchange

Simple Evening: Raleigh The Setup  |  The Fresh Exchange

Once the tables were in, Jenn and I began to style the table. We placed the plants, candles, napkins, plates, silverware, glasses, and menus on the table. Jenn directed me through making the table come together the way she had envisioned it. She has such an incredible eye that there was no way I was going to discuss her choices. Sometimes you just got to trust those around you.

Simple Evening: Raleigh The Setup  |  The Fresh Exchange

While we finished the table, the guys began to bring in all the stumps for the seating. That’s right we sat on stumps. We felt that it was the perfect thing to make the dinner have more of a farm-style to it and to feel less formal. Clyde Oak is about being back to the earth and what better way to do that than to bring in elements from the ground such as stumps. It couldn’t have been more perfect.

Simple Evening: Raleigh The Setup  |  The Fresh Exchange

Finally, the whole time we were working on the setup we had a camera clicking photos every 30 minutes so we could put together a time lapse of the event coming together. We felt it was the perfect way to show the full transformation of Videri‘s space. So don’t miss watching it all come together.

Next week we will be serving up the cocktails and apps with White Whale and Capital Club 16. We have a really fun video and a good look into the experience of White Whale. I know some of you have heard us talking about it so I am really excited to show you all the cocktails in action!

Simple Evening: Raleigh The Setup  |  The Fresh Exchange

Missed any posts? No worries!
Going to Commonplace Farm  | Cooking with Chef Jake Wolf of Capital Club 16  |  Sourcing with Jenn Elliott Blake  | Styling

Thanks to our whole team that day:
Styling: Jenn Elliott Blake
Videography/photography: Mike Gilger
Space: Videri Chocolate Factory
Styling Assistant: Jonathan Grant
Inspiration/Art Direction: Corey Mason of Clyde Oak
Tables: Arrowhead Collective


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  1. You are living out my dream job. Seriously.

    Can’t wait to see the actual party!

  2. Denim garland? Never would have thought of that! Pretty cool setup. You guys make a great team.

  3. I love how much of the outdoors you brought inside!

    Raleigh has such a special place in my heart, it’s been fun to see it shared through someone else’s eyes.

  4. This is so beautiful! Are these dinners open to the public? Gorgeous!

  5. This is absolute perfection! I would love to throw a party just like this! xx. McKenna Lou
    p.s. Be sure to check out our Anthropologie gift card giveaway!

  6. I love your “Simple Evening” series! You should come to Dallas to do one!

  7. love the table settings and the stump seats! perfection.

  8. Amazing make up video. I’m that kind of “ignorant” person that doesn’t realize all that BIG effort behind, all the details taking in mind and all the previous study to do it. The result has been wonderful!

  9. No they are not. The goal has been to bring together a group of creatives to collaborate and enjoy a meal and evening together. Those at the table have all contributed to the event in some way. We have talked about it, but for now we plan to focus on making these intimate and about the creatives that are coming together 🙂

  10. All Jenn! She is a genius!

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  12. Love the customized details for the person and the location, great job!

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  14. […] Entertaining a group? You can’t miss this fresh, earthy table styled by Jenn Elliott Blake. A salvaged denim garland hangs overhead, while the table features plants, candles, napkins, plates, silverware, glasses and menus. And you’ve gotta love those tree stump stools! For more details (plus a video), head on over to The Fresh Exchange… […]

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