After many years working for some of the top event planners in New York City, Kristin Doggett and Lauren O’Shaughnessy decided to launch their own business. Founded in 2009 with a focus on curated and memorable events, Bellafare quickly became the boutique firm for fabulous parties in both Charleston and New York City.

For Kristin, creativity is the best part. “With each new event, there is an opportunity to create something beautiful that has not been done before and reflects the client’s personal style,” she says. “I am driven by aesthetics and am fulfilled when I am able to create something from nothing.”

On this styled shoot, Kristin wanted to show off a classic Charleston backdrop. Connected to one of Charleston’s beautiful American made home good stores, The Commons, the space exudes Southern charm. With a smile, Kristin says, “as soon as I saw the cascading ivy and peeling stucco walls, I knew this site would be the perfect location for our shoot.”

For a warm yet modern feel, Kristin incorporated lots of ceramics with imperfect lines, as well as natural elements including furs, cotton, and feathers. The close proximity to The Commons couldn’t have been more convenient, as the china, glassware, and hand woven table runner can all be found in the shop. Rose gold flatware, rented from Polished, sits pretty alongside custom stationery by Charleston’s own Silver Starfish.

Of course, Kristin hopes our readers will be inspired to create something similar in their own homes this spring. “Invest in timeless and simple china, glassware, and flatware, that can be mixed and matched and layered into various designs. Don’t overthink it; nothing needs to match perfectly,” she explains.

But Kristin’s top tip? “The vibe can make or break a party. Decor is certainly important but people will remember the conversations, food/wine, and overall feel of the night the most.” According to Kristin, achieving this isn’t too tough. “It’s important to find the right playlist, create a menu that doesn’t keep you in the kitchen the whole time, and encourage seating that will lead to interesting and diverse conversations. If you’re ready to relax and kick back, your guests will be too!” Cheers to that!