Anatomy of a Dinner Party: a day in the life of a hospitalityaholic

The Larson-Juhl Experience

Written by Patti on January 11th, 2010

Good Afternoon, Darlings!

Saturday afternoon I was treated to the most wonderful time by Larson-Juhl, those fabulous folks who hosted Thursday night’s dinner with Eddie and Jaithan. This event was a splendid afternoon tea and framing workshop with Eddie, and it was quite the fête.  Held at the gorgeous Larson-Juhl headquarters in Norcross, GA, a group of about 50 were lavished with the most amazingly presented food,  luscious sauvignon blanc and spectacular floral arrangements, created by Eddie himself. I also got a chance to meet reader Audra – Hi Audra! xoxo

Greeting everyone were the fantastically warm team at Larson-Juhl; Steve McKenzie, CEO, as well as the lovely Arlynn, charming Lynn and adorable Meg. I really fell in love with these folks over the weekend – they know exactly how to throw an incredible party!

Steve was so generous to take a group of us on a tour of the facilities – and what a facility it is!  The highlight of the tour was the workshop upstairs where the magic is made.  This is the Artaissance section of Larson-Juhl and so worth a look-see.  Some information on Artaissance:

Artaissance was born from a love of art and a passion for experiencing life to the fullest. Whether you’re choosing one special piece or looking to transform your entire living space, Artaissance will help you write your story – the story of what you love and who you are.

Our collection spans the art scene, from traditional landscapes to hip, contemporary abstracts. We continually update our portfolio to keep it fresh and exciting, and we look for artists who offer a unique voice in the art world. With thousands of images to choose from, we believe you will find several that speak to you.

With Artaissance, you also have the option to choose canvas or paper to give your selection just the right look. We also understand the importance of having your art in the size you need to fit your unique space. We are here to make sure that whether you choose large or small, your art is presented in a way that will inspire you.

This is a brief synopsis. I encourage you to visit their website and see how they can enhance your home. Because you wouldn’t want to have a dinner party without your home being just-so, now would you? 🙂

After the tour and some yummy treats, Eddie spoke to the group about framing and all it can bring to not only photos or canvas art, but 3-D art as well. As usual, Eddie was completely engaging and adorable. My only regret is that he and Jaithan do not live closer. And more gifts! This was the giftiest weekend ever. Each attendee was gifted with a lovely print from Larson-Juhl as well as a botanical print dating back to 1800. Both will make stunning additions to our home.

But enough talk, I know you are anxious to see the photos:

Eddie's Art, Framed Beautifully by Larson-Juhl

Eddie's Art, Framed Beautifully by Larson-Juhl

Precious Centerpieces

Precious Centerpieces

Glorious Table Setting

Glorious Table Setting

Lovely Looking As Well As Delicious

Lovely Looking As Well As Delicious

Tarts Posing for Their Close-Up

Tarts Posing for Their Close-Up

Long Time Friends Steve & Eddie Open The Workshop

Long Time Friends Steve & Eddie Open The Workshop

The Always Fab Tami Reed with Eddie & Steve

The Always Fab Tami Reed with Eddie & Steve

It was a remarkable afternoon of sheer indulgence. I cannot thank my new friends at Larson-Juhl enough for their hospitality.

xoxo, Patti


12 Comments so far ↓

  1. KD says:

    I could have used some help when I had you at my place! That was the SECOND worst dinner I put on a table that year. Can you believe? Raw steaks and…ugh..

    Hope you are well! I stumbled on this because Alison Veltman sent the link to me.

    Hope all your time is great in GA. It’s unchanged here…

  2. Patti says:

    KEN!! Hello my darling! I was just thinking of your this weekend! And we had a great time at your dinner party. xooxx, Patti

  3. Jennifer says:

    Hi Patti! It was such a grand weekend wasn’t it!? I enjoyed meeting you and getting to know you through the different events of the last four days. I sincerely hope that we will be able to get together again.

    xo, Jennifer

  4. Patti says:

    Jennifer! I loved meeting you and Audley – you all are fabulous! Lets keep in touch and give Hamlet my love! xoox, Patti

  5. tammie reed says:

    Hey bookie wasn’t that event to die for omg! I love a great party,workshop,gala had so much fun! You looked so perty!

  6. Patti says:

    Tami, Wasn’t it great!? Loved spending time with you! Now let’s get to work on all the stuff we discussed! xoox

  7. Jill McKenzie says:

    So happy you enjoyed the framing, art and Eddie. Your photos are lovely.

  8. Patti says:

    Jill! How wonderful to see you here! Thanks so much! xoxo, Patti

  9. So fun to meet you. We should “do” tea more often!

  10. Patti says:

    Lynn, yes, lets! xoox, Patti

  11. Patti,
    What a delight you are. I am thrilled to have met you and now count you as a friend. I made it to Paris and I am getting setled. I have cooked the last two nights and wish I had someone to share it with. The fresh markets are at the end of my street and my head reels when I start to plan dinner.
    Thanks for joining us for the Eddie events, it was such a pleasure to get to know you and I look forward to following anatomyofadinnerparty in the future. Hope to see you soon.


  12. Patti says:


    It was definitely my pleasure to meet you all. I thought of you today as I walked outside and saw that my peonies had started blooming!!! Oh No! I called the Song Sparrow Farm, to ask if something was wrong and they told me my peonies, “were confused”, which I thought was hilarious. So I have some confused peonies.

    What have you been cooking for yourself in Paris? I bet Jill wishes she could be there with you! Heck, I wish my husband and I were there with you – I would cook for all of us!

    i look forward to many years of friendship with all my new Larson-Juhl friends! Let me plan a dinner for you and Jill upon your return to the states.