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The Southern Merc girls (and The Shoppes at Fourth and Cherry family) recently had the opportunity to shower our dear Katelyn as we prepare to welcome little Lainey Kate into the world! As you know, Katelyn loves all things artsy and beautiful, just like us! We knew this shower needed to be filled with soft pastels, florals, good friends and delicious food. Like any good event, we created a pinterest board and began the planning process!
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We were inspired by our Pinterest board to incorporate balloons in some way to make a statement. And a statement we made! We decided to create this beautiful balloon arch and add in flowers and greenery. We'll let you in on a little secret--we did not come up with this balloon arch idea by ourselves! Thanks to a fellow blogger, we learned all that we needed to know from The House that Lars Built! If you have a minute, take a look at her fun video tutorial!
We adorned her initials with flowers to use as decorations as well as a gift Katelyn could take home!
We had a few party favorites on the food table: Spinach Dip, Mini Cheese Balls (pimiento cheese, bacon and pecans...yum!) and Iced Sugar Cookies!
We decided to experiment in the cookie painting business--and we didn't think they turned out too shabby for our first try! You can never go wrong with a fun shaped cookie decorated with floral patterns!
We were so glad that Katelyn's mom was able to make the trip down to join us for the shower. We had a wonderful time sharing sweet memories and dreaming about the day when little Lainey Kate will be here with us!
Roxie had an extra special gift for Katelyn--a hand quilted blanket she made for Lainey Kate's crib! This little one will sure be stylish!
Katelyn had a wonderful idea to use a journal as her guest book for her showers! She encouraged guests to write a little note to Lainey for her to cherish through the years.
We had a wonderful Sunday afternoon filled with lots of love and laughter. It's always a good time when us girls get together, and we love having the opportunity to share it with you!
A wine and cheese party may seem a little too snooty to some, but by adding some Southern flavor, you can create a relaxed environment to make anyone feel comfortable! Here are our essentials and resources for making your next get-together a Southern Wine and Cheese Party!
Choose wines that have been made in the South, or better yet, wines that have been made from Southern fruits. For example, muscadine, peach, and strawberry wines are all deliciously sweet and Southern! Of course, you’ll want wines that aren’t sweet as well, so be sure to include traditional reds and whites. Check out these Southern wineries: Duplin Winery, Lake Ridge Winery, San Sebastian Winery, Georgia Winery, Tiger Mountain Vineyards, or Three Sisters Vineyards Winery.
2. Wine alternative
Of course, not everyone will be imbibing at your party, so provide an alternative for those who are underage, designated drivers, or just don’t care for wine. Sweet tea is many times referred to as the "House Wine of the South" anyway, but may I recommend a slightly fancier option? Muscadine Grape Juice is about as Southern as it gets, and I happen to know where to find the most delicious Purple and White Muscadine Juice. Yes, this is a shameless self-promotion for my husband and our family’s operation: Paulk’s Pride! Check us out at www.paulkspride.com
You can’t have a wine and cheese party without cheese! I do suggest having a variety of textures and flavors for everyone to enjoy: soft, creamy, mild, sharp, aged, blue, etc. Our rural local grocery store doesn’t have many choices, but you can find more options at larger grocery store chains. Or, support a family-owned business such as Sweetgrass Dairy. For a uniquely Southern touch, how about some pimiento cheese? Proper Pepper Small Batch Pimento Cheese is a delicious alternative if you don’t make your own. Of course, if you’re near our small town of Ocilla, Georgia, feel free to stop by The Shoppes at Fourth and Cherry to order some of The Cafe’s Pimiento Cheese!
A variety of cured meats to go with the cheeses ensures that no one goes hungry at your party! Salami, pepperoni, and sliced deli meats are typical choices, but a summer sausage from Carroll’s Sausage and Country Store makes a delightfully Southern option.
I know, it may seem like a crazy combination, but honey and cheese are delicious together! Try Savannah Bee Company’s Honey for Cheese or any of their honeys for that matter! Or, find a local beekeeper for the freshest honey in your area.
Start with what’s in season at the time near you. Fresh peaches, pears, berries, muscadine grapes, and apples all go well with your wines and cheeses and look beautiful on your table. Find a pick-your-own or farmers’ market for the freshest produce. Add in some jellies and preserves along with dried fruits and nuts for a little variety. Great resources include:
7. Serving pieces
You probably already have most of what you’ll need to serve (glasses, plates, trays, utensils, napkins, cutting boards, etc.), but if you’re missing anything, you can find it here at The Southern Mercantile!
Don’t worry about incorporating all of these ideas- even just one or two will give your soiree a Southern touch. Remember, the point is to keep it relaxed, so we don’t want you stressing out! This is Simple Living, Southern Charm at its finest!
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