Pret-a-Party with Lela Rose and Celerie Kemble

Lela and Celerie

Lela Rose and Celerie Kemble

When you take two super elegant Manhattan-based designers, one in fashion and one in interior decor, and have them throw a “tea-quila” party on a rooftop garden, you know you’re in for lively afternoon.  This dynamic duo had fun rooting around their cabinets and closets for traditional items which they put to use in fresh and new ways – antique teapots became vases and shot glasses held individual servings of ceviche.

Witty Placecards

Witty Place Cards

A Shot of Ceviche

A Shot of Ceviche

Known for getting around on two wheels, we can only imagine Lela showing up with bundles of pretty pink petals with which to decorate the table.  “Everything I did was about infusing unexpected fun into the clichés of formal entertaining,” she says.  This includes assigning each guest a special “tipsy name” on place cards and making napkin ties with leftover floral fabric from her spring fashion collection.

Lela and Her Cargo Bike

Lela and Her Cargo Bike

Lela Sets the Table

Lela Sets the Table

All these unique touches are wrapped up in Lela’s new entertaining book, Prêt-a-Party, which showcases nine celebrations, each with a different theme, menu ideas and stunning table decorations.  With the fall party season underway (and the holiday season not too far off!), it’s time to start planning…

Lela's New Book

Lela’s New Book

Photos: setting the table, place cards, ceviche, riding a bike, table setting and book


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  • Reply The Enchanted Home September 16, 2015 at 7:53 am

    How fun….love the theme. Its all in the details and they nailed it….hope your fall is off to a wonderful start.

  • Reply designchic September 16, 2015 at 9:37 am

    I am completely obsessed…no surprised when two of my favorites join forces…love the bamboo place card holders!! Happy Wednesday!

  • Reply Sandy @ You May Be Wandering September 16, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Looks like a fun party and a great book! Hope you both are well and enjoying this glorious September weather! xoxo

  • Reply Katie Clooney September 17, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Looks like a great book! It would make a great gift for a hostess, but better yet, for me!!

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