Category Archives: Food and Drink

Aug 19, 2017


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.

welcome Collage


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

Food Collage

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.


Dinner Collage 334_Irene_70th

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.


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

Lounge Collage

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

8.19.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Charleston, Entertaining, Event Design, Food and Drink, Parties, Uncategorized | Comments >>
Aug 19, 2017

6989_23a_BandG Liz Banfield

I’m so thrilled to have this wedding to share from the archives… it’s been 10 years since this sweet sweet couple came to Charleston to get married, so a little post on them is long overdue. Thank you to Liz Banfield for sharing the images, and enjoy this truly Southern wedding.

Traditional Collage

The wedding palette was traditional black and white with pops of spring green.  Lady slipper orchids other than being stunningly special, were also the PERFECT color and accent for us to use throughout. This bouquet was and still is one of the best we’ve ever done. I mean, lily of the valley sprigs with lush peonies and lady slippers, it was to die for!

6962_22_welcome Liz Banfield

The bride did want a bit of modern brought into the tradition, so a mid century modern font and mr & mrs theme took shape. Black jute totes (we tied green ribbon handles on) were filled with custom printed water bottles and koozies, and matching cookies, and weekend information booklet by Lettered Olive.

6991_8a_bridesmaids Liz Banfield

Church Collage

The wedding ceremony took place at First Scots Presbyterian Church in downtown Charleston. The wrought iron gates were transformed into a lush floral arch.

Flower Collage

Afterwards at the reception at a local Yacht Club, guests were greated by a Dixieland Jazz Band playing in the lobby (a nod to NOLA, where the couple was living at the time)… we created a “curtain” of orchids hung by ribbons from the 2nd floor balcony to hide an unsightly entrance to the private bar portion of the venue.. it ended up being one of my favorite design elements!

7191_50_lounge Liz Banfield

A lounge was set up on the second floor porch overlooking the Charleston Harbor.

Cake Collage

Jim Smeal created the beautiful cake inspired by the bead work on the bride’s gown. I agree with Liz Banfield, who says this is still one of her favorite cakes and shots of all time. So timeless and simple but stunning!

7191_43_lounge Liz Banfield

Food Collage

Bar Collage

Guests enjoyed large food stations like a custom ice display for seafood featuring carved bowls for shrimp, and glass holders for oyster shooters. Sushi was preplated with chopsticks making it so easy for guests to navigate with a cocktail in hand.

6994_9_firstdance Liz Banfield

One of the major design features we built for this wedding, was the floral chandelier hanging over the dancefloor… we did cover the old school drop tile ceiling in fabric which made them seem lower than I would like, so create an illusion of height and distraction, 10′ square covered in fragrant and dramatic blooms was the centerpiece of the room.

Balloons Collage

After dancing all night to a 70’s and 80’s throwback band, the couple departed to a balloon release…

6964_21a_sendoff_car Liz Banfield

Loved this couple so much and sharing their big day with you… Let us know if you like seeing these weddings from our archives…02

8.19.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Cakes, Charleston, Event Design, Event Planning, Flowers, Food and Drink, Reception, The Lettered Olive, Uncategorized, Weddings | Comments >>
Aug 19, 2017


It’s Wedding Wednesday, our favorite day of the week! Today, we’re going back to a couple celebrating their anniversary this September. This beachfront beauty took place at the amazing Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, SC. Liz Banfield was the photographer for this big day.


The bride had studied art history and worked in galleries, and the main inspiration for the wedding design came from the bride’s favorite Van Gogh painting.  Lettered Olive  incorporated the design into all of the printed materials along with developing complimentary patterns, which were great for designs elsewhere.


We try to have Cacky of Cacky’s Bride Aid on hand for dressing all of our brides- if you can afford this on your day, it’s more than worth it! The bride’s strappy Chanel sandals worked all night from bridal gown to getaway dress. The bouquet was a textured mix of roses, berries, leaves, and astilbe.


Bridesmaids wore a mix of colors and styles from JCrew, and Amsale through Bella Bridesmaids. The bride gifted the groom his Hermes tie for the big day.


The groom is an avid golfer, so having his ceremony on the famed Ocean Course overlooking the greens and the water made for a very happy day.




Guests were graciously greeted on the porch after the ceremony for cocktail hour, the ocean breeze made it a perfect and comfortable place to sip and snack.


Cocktail hour was also full of fun details like servers in custom elephant printed ties and white glove service.  Elephants are the brides favorite animal and signify good luck! And,  signature cocktail was a replication of the bride’s favorite drink at the country club her family belongs to…

Escort card Collage

The escort card display was a new take on a traditional display.  Gold caligraphied cards affixed with a mongramed wax seal were nestled in boxes of ruffled blooms.


Lots of yummy details made for beautiful and luxurious dinner tables. The bride and groom sat at chairs with embroidered toppers that made the logo used on their invitations.


Jim Smeal is the mastermind behind the cakes mimicking the favorite painting, and we SCORED when we found these elephant cocktail tables perfect as cake stands!



As the sunset during dinner, the after party tent and porch lounge was a glow and ready for the revelers.

Lounge Collage


In the dance and lounge tent, an extra long printed fabric bar was a super glamorous backdrop . Bar stools anchored either end, so guests wanting to take a cocktail break could still look in on all of the dance floor action. I loved the seafoam carpet we found, I really like the polished look it gave the tent.


Favors were locally made Rewind candles, and custom printed matches with the couple’s favorite photo from their engagement session.



Guests signed a book complied from engagement photos… a perfect coffee table book for their new home.



After a change into a Christian Dior dress the bride found while in France with her family before the wedding, the couple departed by a rose petal toss. Cones of printed paper holding petals were passed out to guests on the way out…


8.19.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Bridal, Bridal Style, Cakes, Charleston, Dresses, Event Design, Event Planning, Flowers, Food and Drink, Reception, Stationery, Invitations and Pretty Papers, The Lettered Olive, Uncategorized, Weddings | Comments >>