Friends are the family that we get to choose & there’s no better time to celebrate these relationships than Friendsgiving. This “new holiday” has quickly emerged because who would argue with two turkey days & an excuse to get glam with your girlfriends? Essentially, when it comes to Friendsgiving- forgo the customary. The only rule? There are no rules!
Stella Ivy is here to make sure your day is as [fashionably] fulfilling as the savory turkey and sides you’re about to enjoy with your squad! Praise the Lord & pass the pumpkin pie!
WHAT TO WEAR
Festive + On-Trend
Casual + Cute
Cozy + Comfy in our Boy Bye Sweater
Must-Have Ankle Booties by Dolce Vita
Must-Have Heeled Booties by Dolce Vita
Schedule Your Friendsgiving
•You might consider holding your feast earlier in the month to prevent turkey fatigue.
• Are you going to include significant others &/or children? Is so plan accordingly [translation: kids table & football]
• Make a FB event group if you don’t want the hassle of invites.
• Encourage a “pot-luck” to avoid becoming overwhelmed.
Set the Scene/Serving
Whether you use fine china or paper Chinet, there are a million ways to establish a simply fabulous scene. Want to jazz the event up? This is the perfect time to use the china or elegant everyday dinnerware that you never get to use.
We love the plates below for an easy clean-up that still looks elegant!
Gold >> https://amzn.to/2SCpqV4
Rose Gold >> https://amzn.to/2JsctZw
Silver >> https://amzn.to/2SzKH1k
Fall-Themed Place Mats (on sale) >> http://bit.ly/2JqlyCl
Neutral Place Mats for any Occasion >> http://bit.ly/2Ogx6bU
Plaid Place Mats >> http://bit.ly/2qkMx9q
My favorite >>http://bit.ly/2OXhgbA
Glam Chargers >> http://bit.ly/2qj4llt
Gold Chargers >> http://bit.ly/2qko7gE
Beautiful Glassware will take your event up a notch!
Gold Accent Glasses >> Ultimate Gifts in Southaven http://bit.ly/2DecOPc
Avoid the symmetry norm and add varying heights.
Warm things up with fall colors and candles.
Add Autumn florals and blooms to your beautiful table.
Photo Props >> https://www.pinterest.com/pin/37014028173863471/
Smore Bar >> https://www.pinterest.com/pin/AUl2dI5Ns5zq6TVU_gRdnjKJ1eJ07Q4J-piBM15VypMMaYn2G3oRq8Y/
Another Smore Bar >>https://www.pinterest.com/pin/AU2Zd-N-BHrkQAYICKl2wpPAjpzyt5BMVzxNQtOZagg8mnb5rll8g2I/
Photo Credit >> http://onestylishparty.com/ways-to-style-a-balloon-garland/
Candles and Candlesticks to make your home smell like fall!
Fave Candle >> Oxford Candles (Stella Ivy Boutique)
Bathroom Essentials >> Wooden Door in Olive Branch http://bit.ly/2qhBLRv
Cute Hostess Gift >> Tea Towels at Paisley Pineapple in Olive Branch http://bit.ly/2SwUYLV
Plan the Menu
Turkey is obviously top priority when it comes to Friendsgiving menu planning! For all of you domestically challenged divas (& even sassy seasoned chefs), DO NOT attempt to cook your first turkey on the day of your celebration! There’s a strong chance this will end in disaster! :) [see the turkey carving scene in Christmas Vacation]
Not much on cooking? There is hope! Ham is an awesome alternative to its tasty turkey counterpart, & so much easier to cook! Overwhelmed? Hunny, go to Honey Baked Ham! No one ever has to know that you didn't cook it.
Sweet & Savory Ham
Recipe Credit >> http://ladywiththeredrocker.com/2012/12/10/the-best-copy-cat-honey-baked-ham/
- Fried Mashed Potato Balls
- Creamed Corn
- Charcuterie Boards
- Green Bean Casserole
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Pecan Pie
- Chess Squares
- Pumpkin Pie
Picture Credit: Hi Miss Puff
Want to send your besties home with a little treat? We LOVE these cookies from The Painted Cookie in Olive Branch, MS. You can find this amazing company on Facebook and Insta!
Regardless of how you plan your day, as long as your table is full of friends who are fabulously dressed :) [& your friends are full of delicious food], consider your Friendsgiving a success!
[Important to remember: calories do not count of Friendsgiving!! So go ahead and gobble until you wobble!]
Fall Shoe Trends | Coming Soon
First up, here’s a sneak peek at the fab fall shoe trends that we are flipping for this Fall. These shoes will allow you to seamlessly skip from sunny days to crisper weather. We can hardly wait for these styles to hit our store-front. Shoe lovers, we’ve got you covered! Shoes are quite possibly the one fashion item that ACTUALLY IS TRANSITIONAL! Pound the pavement in style with these lovely styles + a sneak peek at lots of coming soon styles!
- For the trend-driven fashionista: We recommend the Walk-On booties by Matisse! (bottom pic, top left)
- For the corporate girl looking to freshen her after-hours style: We recommend the taupe wedgie by Steve Madden.(Top Pic,Top Row)
- For the comfort enthusiast: The Camden Matisse Sneakers all the way! (Bottom Pic-Bottom Right)
- Walk On Booties Link ---> https://bit.ly/2C7THoR
- Harlan Black Snakeskin Sneakers Link ---> https://bit.ly/2RJfZmk
- Harlan Rose Gold Snakeskin Sneakers Link ---> https://bit.ly/2OiXyH5
- Camden Black Snakeskin Sneakers Link ---> https://bit.ly/2IRIl9E
- Harlan Taupe Leopard Sneakers Link ---> https://bit.ly/2OY1oEK
Hey, friends! I'm Brianne Howard, and I am the owner and buyer of Stella Ivy Boutique. I want to personally welcome you and take this opportunity to give you the back-story on my small business! It all started back in 2009, so let's start there. Shall we?
After graduating from Ole Miss in 2009, I began a rewarding career as a third grade teacher in DeSoto County. For a creative outlet and side hustle, I started a small monogramming business. I have always had a desire to be an entrepreneur after being in my grandparent’s store while growing up, so this was the perfect way for me to blend my two dreams together. Thanks for being such an inspiring girl boss, Grandma!
My monogramming business quickly took off, and it got to the point that I couldn’t take on any more clients as it required so much hands-on time. In 2011, this small business began to open my eyes to my customer’s needs for on-trend styles that were affordable, versatile, and great quality. While sitting in an airport on the way back from Disney, I decided that I was ready to expand my business. I sought to offer clothing styles for work, running errands, and even date nights. Soon after planning, I hand-picked my first collection of Summer Styles that I thought my customers would love.
To launch my newest idea, I started out of a spare bedroom in our home. One bedroom quickly turned into me taking over another. Before I knew it, the house was covered in shipping supplies, clothing, racks, UPS boxes, and marketing materials. At this point, we knew we were onto something. I decided to start doing monthly trunk shows to increase brand awareness in our area and test out our market. After receiving so much positive feedback, we made the plunge and opened our first store front in 2013. At this time, Stella was only open Friday Night, Saturday, and Sunday! I continued my full time job as Literacy Coach for our school district that entire year while juggling the up and downs of owning a boutique. Talk about an exhausting, yet amazing year!
In 2014, I was once again ready for more. I resigned from my coaching position in June, and I opened the store full-time in a new location a couple of miles down the road. I was very aware of the financial risks in involved, but I had to try either way. After a successful relocation, we were able to grow again! I doubled our sales floor space in September of 2017. This expansion allowed us to carry double the inventory, and it also allowed us to grow our online business as well. I thank God every day for the extra space, because it has truly helped the business flourish this year.
Throughout this amazing experience of owning and growing my business, my amazing husband of 10 years, Barry Howard, has always been by my side supporting me with whatever crazy idea I have. He is my banker, handyman, therapist, and the list goes on and on. God knew what he was doing when we had us cross paths in 7th grade! We have an adorable Golden Doodle, Huey, who likes to make an appearance at Stella from time to time. Most importantly, we are beyond excited about our biggest news! After many years of trying, we are expecting our first baby in February of 2019. God is good!
Our goal is to give each and every customer an amazing shopping experience. Creating a positive and fun-loving atmosphere for my customers and employees is of the utmost importance to me! No matter your purchase, big or small, I truly appreciate your business. Thank you for supporting me and allowing me to pour into my staff and my community. I am forever grateful for the opportunities that I have been given.