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Oct 17, 2018

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We love getting a new Charleston Weddings Magazine in the mail. We’re often too busy planning or traveling for weddings, we miss some of the new and exciting stuff going on in Charleston… But, we’re even more grateful to receive the mag when we have a feature in it!

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Stay tuned for more details from this wedding with tons of entertainment (think Drag Queens, arielists, and marching bands), and a major transformation of the space, on a future blog post…

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Oct 17, 2018

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No matter the temps, here in the South we entertain throughout the entire summer. Today, I’m sharing two of my favorite classic recipes that are easy, perfect for any entertaining occasion and will surely impress your guests- My mother in law’s shrimp paste sandwiches and our signature Lowcountry Lemonade.

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INGREDIENTS

1 pound medium size local shrimp (cooked, peeled and deveined) ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste juice of ½ fresh lemon 1 bunch fresh dill ¼ teaspoon of finely diced or pureed onion ¼ teaspoon Tabasco sauce ¼ cup Hellman’s (or your favorite brand) mayonnaise 1 baguette, sliced and toasted (or loaf of your favorite local bread) 1 cup diced cucumber 1 cup diced tomato

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  • To prepare shrimp, place unpeeled shrimp in boiling water for 2-4 minutes until they turn pink. To test, cut one open; it should be pink all the way through. If it’s transparent, return to water for an additional minute. Be careful not to overcook shrimp as they will become mushy!
  • Add all ingredients to food processor and process until the mixture forms a chunky paste (refer to images). Again, be careful not to over-mix – a little texture and tiny chunks of shrimp are good things!
  • Spread mixture on toasted slices of baguette. Top with diced cucumbers and/or diced tomatoes, or serve as tea sandwiches on your favorite bread. I like tea sandwiches best when the crust is off (and so do my children)!

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Lemonade Collage

Lowcountry Lemonade (Adult version; serves 4-6)

3/4 cup sugar

5 lemons

2 oz peach schnapps for every 6 oz of lemonade

one bunch of mint, rinsed and dried

1. To make a pitcher to share with friends, you should first make the simple syrup (heat 3/4 cup sugar with 1 cup water in a small saucepan until sugar is completely dissolved). Add the juice of five lemons and add both to a pitcher. Add 3 to 4 cups (to taste) of cold water (therefore, 8 to 10 ounces peach schnapps). Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

2. Serve over crushed ice and garnish with fresh mint leaf.

These sweet letterpressed surcie tags from Lettered Olive are perfect to have on hand for last minute guests or entertaining occasions.

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We loved having Lela Rose in town for Charleston Wedding Week. I’m a big fan of her designs, and she’s a fellow Southerner! In order to celebrate the release of her new book- Pret-A-Party we decided to throw a Biscuits, Bloodys, and Book Signing party in her honor. Love having Friday a.m. parties now, going to make it my new thing!

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Perfect for a ladies’ brunch, little Callie’s Biscuits in a variety of flavors- ham, jam, and cinnamon.

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We set up a Do-It-Yourself Bloody Mary bar with every addition you could think of- peppers, pickled okra, shrimp skewers, even bacon slices. For those needing to go back to work we had a juice bar with fruit and veg garnishes as well. Just putting in simple containers with nice signage makes for a lovely focal point.

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Of course, it’s not a party without the pups- Georgia girl was there, and our new Soiree pup, Ruthie… She was a big hit with Lela!

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