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JUL-AUG 2019

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J U LY/A U G U S T 2 0 1 9 | 83 THIS PAGE: Elements of the day include (clockwise from top left) seasonal canapés such as toast with sweet-pea spread and radishes, casual conversation, sparkling lavender lemonade, a taste of something sweet in ribbon shortbread, ladies in floral dresses, and dogs underfoot. OPPOSITE: W. C. Fields' line about never working with children or animals definitely doesn't apply in The House of Bedlam, where Loecke and Nixon's beloved one-eyed pug, Amy Petunia, makes sure to greet even the littlest guest. PARTY VIBE Easy, relaxed, no pretense. "Feel free to kick off your shoes, and dogs and kids are always welcome," says Nixon. DRESS CODE Come as you are—colorful and comfortable. "In New York we'd go to a party and everyone would be in black," says Nixon. "Southerners wear pink, orange, and yellow; the women love their floral dresses, and the men sometimes have critters on their pants." BLOOMS FOR ROOMS "We look to the garden for bright, happy flowers such as zinnias and dahlias and mix with traipsing vines—a sort of Constance Spry moment," says Loecke. TASTY BITES Southern favorites a little gussied up. Think pimento cheese and red peppers on pumpernickel toast, and zucchini roll-ups with goat cheese and matchstick vegetables. "Everything is easy to pick up," says Nixon. CRAFTY COCKTAILS "Our house cocktail is a Gin Rickey, but we switch it up a bit for a party," says Loecke. Today they serve Gin Brambles (gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, blackberry liqueur) and Lavender Lemonade (vodka, lemonade, lavender simple syrup, prosecco). PARTY PLAYLIST "We start with jazz, and as night falls we kick things up a notch—Blossom Dearie and Nina Simone segue into Roxy Music," says Nixon. "We have a disco ball that spins in the basement, so the party often ends up down there." PARTING WISDOM "Be confident and relax," says Loecke. "And if something doesn't turn out as planned, open more liquor and order a pizza. No one will notice the gaffe." THERE'S A METHOD TO THE MADCAP

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