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Sep 19, 2018

photo by Marni Rothschild

One of the most fun events surrounding a wedding weekend can be the bridal luncheon. It’s the last time to be with just the girls and take your mind off of all the last minute details. Today, we’re sharing some snippets from some of our favorite past ladies’ lunches.

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The first luncheon took place on the decks of a private yacht. The girls got to lounge and enjoy each other’s company, eat and sip, and had manis/pedis on site.

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The bride gifted custom clutches made from fabrics that she personally chose for each girl, and had their initials embroidered on the inside.

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photos by Liz Banfield

Jamie Moran with son Riley Moran

Our bride’s favorite movie was “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” , so naturally a Tiffany themed luncheon was perfect. All of the girls dressed the part with Tiaras and tea length black gloves.

Jamie Moran with son Riley Moran

Jamie Moran with son Riley Moran

Lunch was held in the private dining room at Peninsula Grill in Charleston, SC.

Jamie Moran with son Riley Moran

Pearl napkin ties and a famous Tiffany blue box cake completed the details. Cake by Jim Smeal.

Jamie Moran with son Riley Moran

Tiffany pearl bracelets from the bride were a thoughtful accessory for each girl to wear as part of their bridesmaid ensembles on the wedding day. Photos by Liz Banfield

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This Southern Belle bride loved girlie touches. Since her wedding took place at a mountain getaway, we decided to utilize the resort’s dining room to host the luncheon.. Itt was so fun to incorporate all of the pink and frills into such a rustic location.

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 We monogramed luncheon napkins that the bride could take home for her linen collection. And the monogramed cocktail napkins were not only the place cards, but fun takeaways for the guests.

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Along with pink sorbet, we surprised the girls with cotton candy (that we personally made for each guest) at the end for a fun treat. Photos by Liz Banfield

9.19.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Bridal, Entertaining, Event Design, Events, Flowers, Food and Drink, Gifts, Parties, Weddings | 2 Comments

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photo by Corbin Gurkin

What is a wedding or other special celebration with out Champagne (or sparkling grape juice which can be styled the same way)!!!! Here are some of our favorite ways to serve up, set out, or celebrate with bubbly!

Orchid in Champagne

photo by Liz Banfield

One of our “signature” Soiree designs is adding dendrobium orchids to glasses of champagne. It gives it a pretty and extra special finish, and they are food safe of course. A tip to help keep lines down, is to have  servers ready and waiting for guests with trays of champagne, red, and white wine, or even waters so that not everyone has to rush the bars.

Collar Collage

For many of our bride, we worked with Lettered Olive to create champagne collars for our clients based on the wedding paper design. It adds an impressive couture touch for guests.

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Fruit Collage

Probably the easiest and sometimes the prettiest way to serve up the sparkling, is by adding fruit or another edible ingredient (lavendar, rosemary, strawberries, etc) or creating a champagne cocktail that calls for flavorful additions.

Sorbet in champagnephoto by Liz Banfield

A big hit at some of our weddings has been adding a complimentary dollop of sorbet to a glass of champagne as an after dinner finishing touch.

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photo by Liz Banfield

Even just a beautifully hued sparkling Rose champagne can be all it takes to add a special touch.  Here, a champagne tower is created by nesting boxes stacked with glass toppers in gradual sized squares to allow for spacing of the glasses.

9.19.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Entertaining, Events, Flowers, Food and Drink, Parties, Reception, Uncategorized, Weddings | Comments >>
Sep 19, 2018

Tara Guerard SoireeI find people always asking for easy entertaining at home tips- especially on quantities or what to sere at the bar. Entertaining at home is a cinch if you have the right guidelines to follow! Here are my recommendations based on a four hour party for about 20 guests.

You’ll need:

7 bottles of white wine- it’s nice to offer a couple of different varietals as well a Chardonnay (I suggest Rombauer) and a Sauvignon Blanc (like Oyster Bay).

3 bottles of red wine- I prefer red so I will drink year round, but not a bad idea to double up here in the colder months.

30 bottles of beer- I like Stella Artois – and I do like to pour/serve in glasses

1 750 mil bottle of Vodka- I enjoy Tito’s

1 750 mil bottle of Gin, Rum, and/or Tequila. 

1 liter bottle (or if a few of the guests are known to imbibe, add 1 more) of whiskey, bourbon, or scotch. There is a new scotch that I am loving… the bottle is pretty enough to be on display as well!

 

Tara Guerard SoireeIf you are going to have a self serve bar, you can always dress it up by using your decanters, pitchers, or other vessels and have tags identify each liquor.

For accoutrements you’ll need- (13-15) 12 oz bottles of your favorite mixers including Ginger Ale, Club Soda and Tonic. We have a local tonic made here that is divine- Jack Rudy. (3) 2 liter bottles of soda, (1) 2 liter of diet soda, 20 pounds of ice. And, precut your fruit and serve in a pretty bowl.

Tara Guerard SoireeI think it’s a nice touch to have bar snacks for guests as well, in case they end up in a conversation over cocktail refreshing.

Tara Guerard SoireeI suggest for glassware that you have a standard high ball that you can use for cocktails and beer. As well as wine glasses ( you can use something fun and if it’s casual and the wine isn’t from your best collection you can use the same glasses for all), and champagne if serving.

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Tara Guerard SoireeYou’ll also need about 250 paper cocktail napkins (foryourparty.com is a great resource), or if you have a collection of linen cocktail napkins, break those out. And custom drink stirrers would really wow your guests! I favor these from Lettered Olive.

Lucy Cuneo photo/Tara Guerard SoireeAnd, if you can really splurge, it’s nice to have a bartender so that guests don’t have to lift a finger!

9.19.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Charleston, Entertaining, Etiquette, Events, Food and Drink, Parties, Shopping, Stationery, Invitations and Pretty Papers, The Lettered Olive, Uncategorized | 1 Comment