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Polo Park Pop Up


Polo Park Pop Up

Only the most fabulous of nights take place under starry skies and in a sea of whites…

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The email blast went out at 3 pm, revealing the secret location of Charleston’s first inaugural Pop-Up Dinner to be held at Hyde Park Polo Farm. Upon driving down the winding dirt path, past horses grazing in pastures and a perfectly polished polo lawn, it was evident why the beautiful barn was chosen as the backdrop for an unforgettable night.

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Intriguing me with the concept from the start, Handmade Events exceeded my expectations and solidified the Pop-Up as the new “see and be seen” event of the year. Guests flooded the lawn, adorned in white, meals in tow and ready to decorate the tables with crisp linens and fresh cut flowers. With beautiful violin music in the background, we feasted and frolicked from table to table, taking in the glowing ambiance.

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Charleston’s finest did not disappoint on the fashion scene and broke all the rules, making statements in everything from winter white tuxedo jackets and faux fur to fedoras and flower crowns. Local celebrities, Whitney Sudler-Smith of Bravo’s “Southern Charm” and meteorologist, Tom Crawford, even joined in on the evening’s festivities.

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With our bellies full and spirits souring, we swarmed the dance floor to bust our best moves as DJ Natty Heavy spun a vast array of tunes, from R&B to retro pop. Then, just as the clock struck 11; the music stopped, the floor cleared, and guests disappeared into the darkness, as if it never even happened. Was it all a dream? My feet would beg to differ, but this is the allure of the “pop-up” concept.

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Kayleigh Hopkins, of Handmade Events, was so incredibly pleased by the turnout and charming spirit of the holy city that she assured me the Pop-Up dinner will return to Charleston and next time be even grander and more glamorous! I, for one, will be counting down the days!

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“live for the nights that spontaneous decisions become awesome adventures”


Tara Belle

Photo Credit: Marie Rodriguez Photography


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