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A DIY Perspective on High Hampton’s Dinner in the Dahlias

August 4th, 2014 by Staff

Where in the world can you enjoy a five-course meal among two acres of five ft heirloom dahlia blooms in an amazing color palette? At North Carolina’s Mountain Resort – High Hampton Inn!

Caroline Grogan, Director of Group Sales/Events at High Hampton, helps orchestrate each of these extravagant dinner affairs.

In this DIY world, her insight into planning High Hampton’s Dinner in the Dahlias can help inspire even the least creative of party planners in the making.

What makes Dinner in the Dahlias so special and why are they important to you?

The Dinner in the Dahlias events are my signature events that I look forward to each year.  The dinners have a restricted number of guests for an intimate affair, so I’m able to put all of my energy into the design—the tablescapes—and be immersed in the details.

How do you and the team prepare/research for these dinners?

Our culinary team insists on the freshest ingredients—so their research for building the menu for these grand meals happens very close to the evening to incorporate High Hampton’s Southern roots with fresh vegetables, intricate spices from our gardens, and menu items that tickle the palette.   Our Food and Beverage Manager, Brian Humphreys, works closely with the Chef to create a wine list for the evening that pairs well with the menu offered. 

Décor research is treated differently, as I plan months in advance.  With each new season of Dinner in the Dahlias, my goal is to constantly change the look and feel of the event, but to have one detail that ties each season’s dinners together.  For example, in one year I will use a specific table runner material but in different hues for each dinner.

What are your plans for the upcoming August dinners?

This year I am taking the approach with my design of “modern meets vintage.”  I’m combining very modern crisp linens with vintage china and centerpiece containers.  Each dinner will have this overall theme, but color schemes and china patterns will be different.

What is tablescaping and why is it important?

Just as a yard is landscaped—so should your dinner space.  “Tablescaping” is the design approach you use for your dining tables.  The design of the table décor sets the tone of the evening.  If you are planning a fancier evening, proper glassware and candle holders can set that mood for you—and the same being true for a more casual affair.

Where do you get your inspiration and what advice do you have for people who might be looking to recreate the elegance of these dinners at home?

Surprisingly, I get a lot of inspiration for my tablescaping in the produce department at the grocery store.  I would recommend looking in unusual and unique places for new ideas. At the grocery store, there are so many vegetables that are delicious but also can be beautiful in their texture and colors within centerpieces or as accents.  Another suggestion is to incorporate design trends. For example, the current mix-and-match trend with different patterns and antiques can be a very economical way to stage your table and make the look appear very eclectic, yet professional.

For additional details regarding Dinner in the Dahlias next scheduled dinner on August 18, 2014, visit www.highhamptoninn.com/events-detail.aspx?eid=17.

 

High Hampton Inn: A doggone perfect location for you and your pet!

May 23rd, 2014 by Staff

 

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Two of our four-legged friends relaxing on High Hampton’s spacious lawn.

Pristine views, miles of hiking trails, and NC pet-friendly accommodations are the perfect ingredients for a getaway for you and your pup at High Hampton Inn during our 92nd season.

Vacationing with your pet can be a nightmare filled with outrageous fees and no fresh air, leaving them cramped in the car and not happy. With Southern hospitality in mind, we at High Hampton understand the desire for your pets to tag along during your getaway.

The outdoor paradise of Cashiers is just the right setting to spend time with your loyal companion. Whether it is bringing your furry friend along on one of our many hiking trails or spending a day playing lawn games, there is always something for your pet to be a part of.

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A dog vacation at High Hampton is sure to keep your pup happy.

Pets are free to join their owners on our spacious lawn of luscious grass for a game of fetch or for a leisurely stroll on our Lake Trail. Our 35-acre Hampton Lake is also open for your dogs to enjoy. The cool stream-fed waters are tranquil, safe, and ideal if your pup would like to take a dip during a summer afternoon.

Bringing your pet on vacation can be stress-free at High Hampton. Thirty percent of our cottages can house your pets, and we have a variety of pet-friendly rental homes that welcome pets as well.

Call 800-334-2551 to arrange your summer getaway with your entire family. We can’t wait to see you and your four-legged friends!