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“In the South, most everyone looks forward to fall—not just for the cooler temps and college football, but for oyster season!” says blogger and stylist Monica Lavin, wearing our Draper James Roxanne Button Down Shirt and Denim Wrap Skirt. (All images by Kelli Boyd Photography.)

 

 

Down in the Lowcountry, if the name of the month has an “r” in it, then you know it’s oyster season—the best time of year to enjoy the abundance of meaty, briny oysters that can be harvested from September through April. During this time of feasting and friendship—which peaks around Christmas, but begins to build in October—you’ll find folks shucking away at oyster festivals and roasts all over the region.

Here with tips for an elevated take on the traditional oyster party is Monica Lavin. The Charleston-based stylist, who blogs at Southern lifestyle blog Lavin Label and contributes regularly to Southern Living, took advantage of an Indian summer afternoon to inspire us with a tablescape for a dockside oyster party.

kelliboydphotography0003Setting is paramount for any party. “We took advantage of the Black Banks River views at our friend’s dock on Sea Island, Georgia and set up a farmhouse table with white-washed bamboo chairs,” says Monica. An abundance of greenery gives the table an earthy but elegant vibe.

kelliboydphotography0102“The table runner—a maritime map of the Golden Isles—perfectly highlights the marsh landscape surrounding us,” says Monica. Best of all, since it’s paper, it makes for easy clean-up.

kelliboydphotography0057“Of course every oyster party needs the oysters!” says Monica. You also need oyster knives for shucking, sauces, crackers and plenty of lemons.

kelliboydphotography0043In addition to calligraphed place cards, Monica used calligraphed chalkboard signs to “encourage guests to snip fresh herbs to garnish their own oysters and cocktails.”
kelliboydphotography0007Draper James Single Letter Cocktail Napkins make the perfect accompaniment to iced tea with fresh-cut herbs.
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“These yummy lemon-flavored pops are the perfect pairing for the briny oysters,” says Monica. “On top of that, they’re pretty darn cute if you ask me!”
kelliboydphotography0079“I love all of the fall arrivals at Draper James,” says Monica, “especially this classic fringe denim skirt and silk floral button down top. The denim wrap skirt is a fabulous choice for a casual oyster roast, and a flowy top is an optimal fit for breezy evenings.”

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Special thanks to: Beachview Event Rentals and Design for the farm table and bamboo chairs (@beachview_event_rentals); Dot and Army for the oatmeal linen napkins and oyster napkin rings (@dotandarmy); Erin Goodman of Gunner’s Daughter for the Golden Isles maritime map for the paper runner (@gunners_daughter); Kara Anne Paper for the calligraphy design for chalkboard sign, notecards, and drink menu (@karaanne_paper); Kelli Boyd Photography for images (@kelliboydphotography);  Mainely Lobster and Seafood for the fresh oysters (@mainelylobsterandseafood); Minette Rushing Custom Cakes for the mini lemon cake pops (@savannahcustomcakes); Sea Island Forge for the oyster knives and chainmail shuck guards (@seaislandforge); Vine Garden Market for the floral design and large oyster container (@vinegardenmarket).

 

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