Category Archives: Entertaining

Aug 19, 2017

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As school is starting and summer is starting to wind down, I’m sharing a sweet 70th birthday poolside party we did for some former clients inspired by the Peppermint Lounge a Miami hotspot in the 60’s frequented by the birthday girl.  Thank you to Leigh Webber for the photography.

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Guests were greeted by “pink flamingo” cocktails, and a poolside lounge and cocktail hour before dinner in the garden.

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Cheese board displays were strategically set for guests to snack on, and “interactive” oysters on the half shell were passed with mignonette sauce in mini champagne bottles- genius food by Chef Sarah Adams.

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After cocktails, dinner was served in the garden. Large brightly topped tables were set with custom Birthday menus, and fun flower pieces. An artist created a flamingo mural on the stone garden wall as the background for dinner.

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After dinner, guests could lounge around the pool and enjoy the open air evening, or party the night away in the “Peppermint Lounge”.

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 A birthday treat display capped off the evening.. the perfect sugar pop to keep everyone dancing all night long….

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Aug 19, 2017

I LOVE the motto- Use What you Have… dig in your cabinets to set a lovely table, die old stained linens giving them new life, and go cut in your yard or garden for simple and lovely centerpieces.  Here, tips on how to use what you have from our Life is a Party episode featuring Marty Whaley Adams and Mrs. Whaley’s Garden.

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Aug 19, 2017

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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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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.

8.19.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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