Bringing our June Porch Party to Life!

May 7, 2016 | By | Comments (5)

2467301_Porch.bal2087.JPGIn Charleston, the locals will be the first to tell you – we live on our porches. They are the home of our happiest and most festive summer memories. We enjoy the breezes rolling off the harbor, fresh seafood from the docks, and are always quick to offer our guests a cold cocktail.

For our June issue (on newsstands May 20th) Charleston-based event planner Tara Guerard shares her tips for planning an effortless porch party.

Here are a few behind the scene snippets from our photo shoot with Tara this past winter. That’s right…winter. It’s amazing what a few good sports and beautiful styling can do!


Feeling inspired? Tara and I will be bringing this porch party (insider tips and all) to life for a handful of Southern Living readers this June at Southern Living Live: Charleston–a 50th Anniversary celebration in one of our favorite cities.


Homemade miniature tomato pies


Tara’s signature cocktail: vodka, soda water, crushed ice, and a splash of fresh grapefruit juice


Don’t miss us on June 11th…we’ll be sipping, tasting, and sharing our favorite entertaining secrets.

Buy tickets here.

See you on the porch!


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  2. Kim Amason

    What name brand sports coat is the gentlemen wearing on the porch. It is an usual blue. color. My husband would love it.

    June 9, 2016 at 12:18 pm
  3. Judi Blakeley

    Please provide recipe for Tara’s cocktail. Looks so good and refreshing!!!


    May 28, 2016 at 4:42 pm
  4. Susan Flynn

    The numbers on the steps!

    Sent from my iPad


    May 7, 2016 at 10:23 am
  5. steve mckenzie’s

    We’ll be on the lookout for this, Elly and Tara, as we’re always looking for entertaining tips. Thank you!

    May 7, 2016 at 10:07 am

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