"Make me something cool," she said. "We're not going quite all out, like last year - but I want it to be nice: maybe something teal. Or just green and white is fine."
I like parties hosted by people who enjoy the finer things in life, but also realize parties are parties and guest will be better served by a measure of practical and a dash of chill. Ie, "Please dress to impress, but I won't mind if you and my sister accidentally knock a pergola beam out of place with an ill-aimed champagne cork".
(Thanks, Emily - you're a great hostess!)
Here's a few of my favorite pre-party pics: