From the Desk of Dixie

Myka Meier's Takeaways from Dixie's Etiquette & Entrepreneurship Luncheon

Dixie's Creative Director Holly Hollon and Dixie Founder Jennifer Hunt with Etiquette Expert Myka Meier

The Dixie Design team is still on cloud nine from the fabulous two-day event series we hosted featuring modern-day etiquette expert Myka Meier. Be sure to scroll through our latest blog post and our Instagram page to experience the amazing Paper Petals Plates evening event. The next day we hosted an Etiquette & Entrepreneurship luncheon focused on the creative career woman.  We enjoyed the gorgeous space at the John Hand Club and delicious food by Kathy G & Co. on stunning Tea and Old Roses china while Myka led us in a fun and interactive discussion about etiquette in the modern day workplace. 

Just in case you were unable to make our etiquette luncheon, we wanted to share with you some of our most memorable takeaways from Myka.

To all of the entrepreneurs at the luncheon, Myka firmly insisted on the necessity of making a lasting first impression. Someone’s first impression of you is formed in the first seven seconds of your time together…that’s it!

So, whether you are facing a job interview or you have a career-launching presentation to make, you will want to make those seven seconds really count! Here is what Myka recommends:

  • Know the room before you walk in!  Be sure to thoroughly research your audience, so you can easily maneuver conversations towards individuals’ interests and skills, as well as avoid any potentially uncomfortable topics.
  • Small details count!  Be sure to make sure that all of your accessories (i.e. notepad, pen, cell phone case) portray a professional appearance.
  • Social media sweep!  Myka gave the statistic that 65 percent of people google you the minute you call them or email them! Be sure that your online presence is something that you would be comfortable with a potential boss or potential client seeing.
  • Check your voice!  Myka taught us that everyone needs to work on either their pitch, their pace, or their pauses when engaged in verbal communication.
  • Shoulders back!  Does anybody else hear their mother’s insistent voice in their head when “posture” is mentioned? Myka taught us that people who stand up straight exude more confidence than their slouching neighbors. She also taught us to look at people in the left eye if you want to show them compassion or in the right eye if you want to appear authoritative.

If you were able to join us for our Paper Petals Plates evening event or for this luncheon, we want to sincerely say THANK YOU for making the both events so successful and delightful! We hope to see you again really soon.

Also, a huge thank you to our luncheon event sponsors, Regions HerVision HerLegacy and Birmingham MagazineAnd to Alisha Crossley for these beautiful images!

Paper Petals Plates: The Loveliest Evening

Our Paper Petals Plates event has come and gone and now all of the sterling silver, crystal, vintage china and delicate serving ware have been carefully put away. The jaw-dropping floral centerpieces have been deconstructed. And the fabulous Myka Meier has flown back home to the Big Apple. But we still cannot stop gushing about all of the fun from that evening!

The night began with guests enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from Coretti Catering while they toured the 12 different tablescapes, each inspired by one of Dixie’s new wedding stationery suites. Bromberg's partnered with us to provide gorgeous china place settings for some of the tables. Guests were also invited to a calligraphy bar to have their name penned by Jan Pruitt and Vaughan Pursell to be ordered on stationery. Myka Meier then gave her presentation on “Wedding Etiquette for a Gracious Couple,” which even included advice for the appropriate attire for different wedding start times. The evening concluded with the door prize giveaways and scrumptious slices of Early Grey and Lemon Lavender wedding cake from The Cakerie served on vintage china from Tea and Old Roses rental company.

Thankfully, we have Mary Margaret Smith’s stunning photographs of the evening to look back on when we start feeling nostalgic. We are reminded of all of the lovely, generous and talented people who made our Paper Petals Plates evening not only possible, but positively spectacular! Please allow us to show off just how very hard they all worked to make this night a success.

The Florentine Event Center ballroom

Corretti Catering food

Rebekah Fowler Miller of Fists Full Designs florals

BBJ Linen Rentals table linens | Event Rentals Unlimited tables

PropHouse chinoiserie vessels and cake stand

Cookie FixAugusta Cole photography styling | Cocoon Silk Ribbon | Hazen Jewelry | Susan Gordon Pottery | Tea and Old Roses vintage china

Bella Bridesmaids dresses | Hartbrook Clothier suits | Glow App makeup and hair styling

Pursuit Gifts gift boxes

Piper and Leaf Tea Company artisan tea

Swag Bag vendors: Southern Weddings | Birmingham Magazine | Olio Olive Oil | Merry Cheese Crisps | Elisabeth & Butter | Honeycreeper Chocolate                               

Not Pictured: A.M. Bakery | Chocolata | Cookie Fix | Creative Sweets N Treats | Reabakes  | Regions Bank

And we would absolutely be remiss if we did not introduce you to the fabulous event planner who executed the night flawlessly! Kalee Baker of Kalee Baker Events not only effectively coordinated with more than 50 different vendors, but she also perfectly carried out our vision for the event. We are tremendously grateful for her expertise throughout the planning of Paper Petals Plates.

Stay tuned for future features on each tablescape and the vendors involved who made each table truly stunning.  Birmingham, Alabama is full of incredible talent and we're excited to share them with you!