If you haven’t noticed, we like to celebrate around here. Whether it is a cookie cake for a job well done (our guilty pleasure around the studio), the tiniest of flower halos for that new precious babe or a gorgeous tented reception in honor of the new Mr. and Mrs., celebrating the small and large events in our lives brings a revived sense of love, appreciation, happiness and encouragement.  With the fourth of July approaching what better way to kickoff the love for our country and appreciation for those who paved our way to independence than great company, good food and sparkling desserts (literally…)?!  Raising a Cheerwine to you and yours this week and hoping this fun styled shoot has you longing for beach days, candlelight picnics and fried chicken and waffle sandwiches.

Random fun fact? Recently we have had the privilege to speak to a few garden clubs about design. One thing I love demonstrating is how to use potted flowers/plants in your centerpiece designs. Take a close look ladies and gents…a few of the blooms and foliages you see here can be found at your local home improvement store.  Don’t worry we will be teaching you soon too!

Elisabeth and butter knocked these desserts out of the park.  From right to left:  vanilla raspberry tarts with a shortbread crust, mini blueberry bundt cakes and mini strawberry cakes

Try forgoing the chairs and create a casual atmosphere for your guests.  Give them a place to kick off their shoes, toss in some comfy pillows and a blanket or two. 
  

  

Jennie Weller whipped up these delicious and festive eats. Add these to your next dinner menu. Recipes coming soon for y’all but here’s a hint at what to include.

Fried Chicken and Waffle Sandwich with Roma Tomato, Lettuce, Maple Aioli

 Fresh Made Potato Chips made with Beets, Sweet Potatoes, Yukon Golds

 Mason Jar Layered Cornbread Salad filled with Cornbread, Cucumber, Tomato, Peppers, Red Onion, Shredded Iceberg Lettuce, Grated Cheddar, Chives, Applewood Smoked Bacon topped with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

 Grilled Corn topped with Parmesan Butter

 

               

    

Toss in unexpected table elements like this canoe that we used as a signature drink station.  Lay a piece of glass over top with a pretty linen and voila!

Opt for a twist on the traditional drink menu by adding the recipe to your catering service staff aprons. Custom aprons are such a simple yet purposeful detail to add to any event and create more of a culinary experience for your guests.

Vendor Lineup and Credits

Concept, Planning and Floral Design: Southern Posies

Photography:  Matty Drollette and Nick Drollette

Catering: Jennie Weller

Desserts:  Elisabeth and Butter

Stationary and Apron Design:  Antlers and Peonies 

Rentals:  Brendle Rentals

Venue: The Waters

Plates, Flatware and Glasses: World Market

Stainless Steel Wine Glasses:  Pier 1 Imports

Berry Baskets:  Amazon

Gingham Apron:  Amazon

Bakers Twine:  Amazon

Silver Lanterns:  HomeGoods

Pillows and Rug:  At Home