Family-style dinner party inspiration. The School of Styling Nashville - A three-day hands-on workshop for creative entrepreneurs. Photo by Love, the Nelsons.

After two days of non stop fun and surprises, we ended the workshop with new friends, new knowledge, and more gifts. The ladies arrived to The Cordelle with a beautiful Mimosa Bar and a little pampering to kick off the morning. Le Grand Courtage provided champagne for the mimosas and Katie Russo Beauty sent professional hair and makeup artists to get the ladies ready for their head shots with Shalyn Nelson. Most of the morning was spent sipping on mimosas and spending time together. 

After all of the head shots were taken, everyone took their seats to hear another encouraging talk from Jess Connolly. Hester and Cook provided cute gold and white notepads for the ladies to write their notes. After Jess’s talk, we took a break for another delicious lunch by Flavor Caters, and then headed directly back to the classroom for another talk by Shanna Skidmore. Shanna really opened all of our eyes to the importance of budgeting not just for the present but for the future, as well, working towards building the life you want to live. Next up, Jessica Clinch taught a watercolor calligraphy class. This was so fun, as it allowed everyone to try something creatively stimulating and to also be pushed out of our comfort zone. 

When the attendees were finished with their watercolor designs, the ladies from 12th Table came to demonstrate vignette styling. The attendees stood and watched, asked questions, then headed to get a snack at the Humus Bar. They took their snack back to their seats and had the opportunity to hear from a panel of all the speakers from the entire workshop. The attendees got to pick the brains of the panel, ask questions, and get to know all of them on a more personal level. This time always proves invaluable, as they can learn from hearing other’s experiences. Once all the questions were answered, we took a group picture, and sent all the ladies back to their hotel with a “goodbye” gift that consisted of a mini bottle of rose from Le Grand Courtage, a candle from Apotheosis, a tea towel, and a disposable champagne glass. We wanted the ladies to take some time and relax before our final dinner.

After the ladies went to their hotel and freshened up, they traveled through the pouring rain and crazy traffic (the SEC tournament was at the same time!), to come back for the final dinner. Of course, they arrived to more surprises! When the attendees walked in, they were greeted by a Kendra Scott Mobile Jewelry Bar, where they got to choose a bracelet, necklace, or earrings, and design their own piece. After all of the jewelry was made, the ladies took their seat at our Final Dinner, styled by Stephanie Scholl. Our final dinner is so special, because by this point in the workshop, we truly feel as though we have connected with everyone. We have heard their story and have gotten to know a little bit of their heart. This dinner is the last chapter of our workshop, but it is at this moment, as we connect one last time over a meal, that we send them off to write a new chapter for themselves and their business. It is at this moment, that we know all of the hard work and months of planning is worth it. It is this moment, that we hope every woman feels that this workshop was created especially for them. That they were here on purpose. 

And of course, what would our final dinner be if they couldn’t keep those adorable mini salt and pepper shakers by For The Host! It is always a joy to say “Yes! You can keep it!” and it is even more of a joy that these amazing ladies are now our friends, and that we got to be a part of their success story. 

Photography by: Shalyn Nelson, from Love, The Nelsons


  1. Niki Stoller says:

    Y’all!!! These pictures are great!! Love the write ups.


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