March 29, 2012 § Leave a comment
One of the most important wedding decisions to make (immediately after deciding who you want to marry) is to decide on what your budget for your wedding will be. Whether your budget is big, small, or somewhere in between, it is important to stick to what you have decided. There is a wonderful and resourceful site, The Budget Savvy Bride, that offers wonderful ideas and tips for sticking to your allotted budget.
This week, we were honored to see that one of our precious couples had been featured on their site! Congratulations to Tara and Rodney for the beautiful wedding you planned! Also, congratulations to their fabulous photographer, Brittney Melton. Here are some of the pictures from their beautiful wedding. For more details about Tara and Rodney’s wedding and budget, click here
January 20, 2012 § 1 Comment
This project was one of the easiest I have ever done. I love it because you can use this cute wine glass idea for so many things. It would go great as a personalized place setting at a dinner party. Or, it could be a great gift given with a bottle of wine.
I actually had all of the supplies on hand, but even if you didn’t this is a very inexpensive craft. You need…
Wine glasses. Any size or shape you like.
Chalk board spray paint
Wax paper (I used foil and it worked fine)
1. Hold the glass, not the stem or the base.
2. Spray the paint on the base of the stem, going up the stem as far as you want. It may take about 1 1/2-2 coats.
3. Blot any excess drips under the base on the foil or wax paper.
4. Let the glass dry. Pick it up every so often to make sure it is not stuck to the foil/wax paper.
5. You are now ready to personalize your wine glass!
January 9, 2012 § Leave a comment
This past weekend was an exciting one. After much planning and preparation, wedding show weekend was finally upon us here in Austin. I couldn’t be more happy and proud of how it all went and how our vision truly came together in ways we couldn’t envision. 2012 has made me so thrilled to see all the new trends and how the ones from 2011 evolve into something even better than before. The planning process for our theme gave us the opportunity to try new things and come up with a look that was truly “Plantation House,” but with a twist of something new.
Our theme started out with thoughts of Ralph Lauren. He always creates a look that is both appealing to men and women. Feminine meets masculine, if you will. Isn’t that what marriage is all about anyway? We used wood, leather, pearls, antique pocket watches, china, old book pages, and clocks. A perfect mixture of items that are beautiful and strong.
We partnered up with Pappas Catering and they served the most delicious poblano cream soup. Seriously, people were freaking out over this soup. One of my favorite parts of the day was the fashion show, styled by my good friend, Leonardo D’Almagro. He featured jewelry designs by Gay Isber and Beth McElhaney. I can’t wait to share more on these 3 fabulous people as the new year progresses! Overall, if was a fabulous day surrounded by incredibly creative and talented people!
October 24, 2011 § Leave a comment
I can not wait to share with you all the fun details of the recent girls’ lunch that me and my mom hosted at The Plantation House! We wanted to just have a fun yummy lunch for our amazing and wonderfully creative friends. A little intimidating…yes.
We wanted to keep the base color scheme very simple with caramel and cream colors. That way the food and other little touches of color really popped out.
Each place setting had a Cymbidium orchid and an artichoke for the name cards beautifully done by Millie Skidmore
We used Bosc pears and honey crisp apples throughout our decor and meal
Apple-Pear Salad with Maple-Pecan bacon & Cranberry Vinaigrette
Oven-roasted cherry tomatoes for our pizza bar
Olive oil brushed flat bread
Sparkling autumn punch
Pizza bar complete with flat bread, basil pesto, fresh mozzarella, Canadian bacon, baby arugula, basil, and roasted cherry tomatoes. Food cards are held by the Bosc pears.
Everyone got to create their own pizza. So fun and yummy!
Of course, we had dessert. Angel food cake with caramel whipped cream.
A little apple pie on a stick. You know, for when everyone gets hungry again.
Beautiful, simple flowers done by Luanna Cole, The Plantation House
Thanks to all our fabulous friends for joining us for lunch and giving us a reason to throw a fun fall-inspired fête!
Apple-Pear Salad with Maple Bacon
Makes: 10 servings
8 thick bacon slices
1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
1 1/2 cups finely chopped pecans
2 (5 oz.) packages gourmet salad greens
1 large Bartlett pear
1 large Honey Crisp apple
1 cup halved seedless red grapes
4 oz. Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place a lightly greased wire rack in an aluminum foil-lined 15 x 10 inch jelly roll pan. Dip bacon slices in syrup, allowing excess to drip off; press pecans onto both sides of bacon. Arrange bacon slices in a single layer on rack, and bake 20 minutes; turn bacon slices, and bake 5 to 10 more minutes or until browned and crisp. Remove from oven, and let stand 5 minutes. Cut bacon crosswise into 1-inch pieces.
2. Place salad greens on a serving platter. Cut pear and apple into thin slices; toss with salad greens. Top with grapes, cheese, and bacon.
3. Serve salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette.
Makes: 2 cups
Whisk together 1 cup canned whole-berry cranberry sauce, 1 tsp. orange zest, 1/2 cup fresh orange juice, 1/4 cup each balsamic vinegar and olive oil, 1 Tbsp. light brown sugar, 2 tsp. fresh grated ginger, and 1/2 tsp. salt in a medium bowl until blended and smooth.
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September 8, 2011 § Leave a comment
Here are some fun tabletop ideas for entertaining. I love everything about these trends. Colored and patterned plates, glasses, and linens are so bold and eye-catching.
Mix and Match Patterns
Blue and white always look so fresh and neat. Anchor contrasting patterns with a white background.
Chromatic, that is. Having a table set in the same color family is perfect for a romantic themed event. Especially the pinks.
Let the Flowers do the Talking
Setting the table in earth tones allows the floral and the food to pop.
Non Place Mat Place Mats
Anything goes. If you can place it under a plate, it can be a place mat.
Silver ware doesn’t have to be the color silver.
Stemware For Stems
Take a break from having to fill a large vase with an excessive amount of flowers.
If you want the latest in dinnerware design, take a look at http://cru-intl.com/
Those are just a few of my favorite patterns from the cutest dinnerware line I’ve ever seen!