Carlyle’s & Sloane’s Engagement Party

Happy Monday morning!

I hope everyone had a blessed and wonderful Easter weekend!  We sure did.  We spent Friday and Saturday getting ready for an engagement party we helped host for Wheat’s brother Carlyle and his fiancé Sloane.  They’re getting married next month, and a group of Carlyle’s friends got together and threw a little party for them.  The weather was pretty dicey all weekend, but luckily the rain/mist stopped for the party.  It wasn’t gorgeous weather, but it wasn’t raining and all was well.  Thank goodness!

The happy couple:

Carlyle & Sloane | Oysters & Pearls

We did a simple chalkboard theme (plus Easter candy and springtime pastels) for the party, and naturally I had to DIY some fun things.

Engagement Party Dessert Table | Oysters & Pearls

I spray painted thick kraft paper with chalkboard paint, then cut out the large bunting as well as the cake topper bunting.  I sewed the ribbon onto the paper for the large bunting with my sewing machine with a contrasting off-white thread, and just sewed right through the smaller triangles to make this DIY chalkboard bunting cake topper.  Super easy, but I loved the way they turned out!

I used rubber bands on wooden skewers to keep the bunting in place for the cake topper… Does anyone else have any clever solutions for this?

10 Layer Strawberry Cake with DIY Chalkboard Bunting Cake Topper | Oysters & Pearls

The ampersand is actually a pewter charm that I hand-stamped with their wedding date.

Hand Stamped Pewter Ampersand Necklace with Wedding Date | Oysters & Pearls

Click over to the Shop page for my new little Etsy shop, if you’re interested!  I can always do a custom listing if you like this one.

Speaking of their wedding date, I have an epic blogger fail for you. Crystal had this adorable idea for me to put on the couple’s first date, engagement date, and wedding date on our DIY chalkboard easel for the party. I spent entirely too much time Wednesday night trying to make my 10-year old boy handwriting look nice, and I didn’t even notice my flub until someone pointed it out halfway through the party…

Blogger Chalkboard Sign Epic Fail | Oysters & Pearls

Yup.  That’s supposed to be 2014.  They are not about to celebrate their one year anniversary…. I’m human, y’all.

#bloggerfail

Unfortunately for Harold, I got his spring/summer hair cut done on Thursday, just before this abnormally frigid and wet spring weather.  He was freezing, so this is what he ended up wearing to the party:

Harold | Oysters & Pearls

Ridiculous, I am well aware.

Harold Blinking in a Sweater | Oysters & Pearls

#quitmakingfunofmemom

The cake itself is the strawberry little layer cake that was recently featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  It’s a vanilla cake with strawberry cream cheese swiss meringue buttercream icing.  Say that ten times fast!

10 Layer Strawberry Cake with DIY Chalkboard Bunting Topper | Oysters & Pearls

It was delicious, apparently, because there was not one single piece left.  :)

We had lemonade, sweet tea, and water, as well as a fire pit full of beer.  Little did we know, we would have preferred a fire later on.  It was the coldest and dreariest Easter weekend in my memory!

Lemonade  | Oysters & Pearls

Drink Station | Oysters & Pearls

Carolina Kettle as a Beer Pit | Oysters & Pearls

And lots of delicious food!  Wheat and a few of the guys smoked the boston butts on my dad’s huge smoker we borrowed, and he did SUCH a good job.  The BBQ was so good!  We also had a plethora of spring-time sides made by the other two ladies who helped host and myself.  Deviled eggs, baked beans, broccoli salad, cole slaw, and spicy corn salad.  They all went over well!

BBQ Engagement Party | Oysters & Pearls

The tables were decked out with black table cloths, Refinery candles, and some springtime flowers, including some hot pink knock-out roses from our yard.

Spring Engagement Party Flowers | Oysters & Pearls

Crystal and I aren’t professional flower arrangers, by any means, but we thought they turned out pretty decently!  They were colorful and cheerful in contrast with the dreary day, so they did their job.

Everyone had a great time!  I managed to snap a few pictures in the midst of it all, but of course, not as many as I wish I had.

Lee & Nikki | Oysters & Pearls

Luke, Elizabeth, & Lee's Eye | Oysters & Pearls

Matt &  Brittany | Oysters & Pearls

Sloane and Bridesmaids | Oysters & Pearls

Jim, Hehle, Parks, and Carlyle | Oysters & Pearls

Bert & Richard | Oysters & Pearls

Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom | Oysters & Pearls

Boys at Engagement Party | Oysters & Pearls

Congratulations to the Groom | Oysters & Pearls

Boys at the Engagement Party | Oysters & Pearls

When it came time to cut the cake, we thought we would let them get a little practice round in. ;)

Sloane & Carlyle | Oysters & Pearls

Cake Cutting Practice | Oysters & Pearls

It was trying at times…

Practicing Cutting the Cake | Oysters & Pearls

But they quickly got the hang of it.  I think they’re safe for next month now!

Cake Cutting

Congratulations, Carlyle and Sloane!!

Until Next Time

Bainbridge Art & Wine Walk

Happy Good Friday to all!

Last night was the Downtown Bainbridge Art & Wine Walk, and while I didn’t snap nearly enough pictures, I wanted to share a few of them with you. We had so much fun exploring our local businesses downtown!

Art & Wine Walkers in Downtown Bainbridge

Snapping Pictures in 401 Broad

Atelier at 401 Broad in Downtown Bainbridge

The View from Atelier at 401 Broad in Downtown Bainbridge

Art by Local Artists Ashley Long and Vicki Bailey in Artsy on the Square in Downtown Bainbridge

Local Artist Ashley Long and Jessica Grace of The Refinery in front of Ashley’s Mural in the Yard at Crave Eatery in Downtown Bainbridge

The Refinery now has candles on each and every table at Crave Eatery – Thanks, Lori!

Good Morning from Bainbridge on Instagram, @goodmorningbainbridge

Pretty awesome, right?

- No pictures, but the Museum downtown is awesome.  I could spend days in there.

- Meeting new friends along the way.  There were 19 stops, and we didn’t make them all, but we had a lot of fun trying!  A good time was had by all, and I would be willing to bet that there are a few headaches around town this morning if you made all 19 stops. ;)

This year’s A&WW was so much more fun than last year’s.  I can only hope it will keep on getting better!  Thanks to Downtown for participating and to everyone who came out!

I’ll be baking all day (I have the day off!) so at least I won’t be wishing I was outside.  It’s supposed to pour all day!  Please cross your collective fingers that it quits before the party we are hosting tomorrow evening to honor my BIL and his fiancé!!

Happy Easter, everyone!

Until Next Time

Honey Bourbon Glazed Carrots

This recipe is closely tied to yesterday’s recipe for the New York Times kale salad, as in we ate them at the same time and I made them the same night.  And also in that they are both really, really good tasting.

Steak Night with NY Times Kale Salad and Honey Bourbon Glazed Carrots | Oysters & Pearls

Last Friday, instead of going out to eat, per usual, Wheat and I came home, cooked a big ole ribeye from Jones Country Meats, and I whipped up a kale salad and these honey bourbon glazed carrots.  The carrots came in our Harvest Moon CSA box, and were organic, locally grown, and super fresh and delicious.  We have honey on our hands (a tiny amount from the wild hive we moved) that I wanted to use in a recipe, in particular on these carrots, and we had bourbon.  A quick Pinterest search led me to a recipe on So Let’s Hang Out that was just right.

Honey Bourbon Glazed Carrots | Oysters & Pearls

Honey Bourbon Glazed Carrots
by So Let’s Hang Out blog 

- 8 or 9 large carrots
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons bourbon (precisely a mini bottle from behind the liquor store counter, you’re welcome for that tidbit)
- juice from 1 small lemon (I used 1/4 cup Meyer lemon juice)
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- salt, pepper, & granulated garlic, to taste
- fresh rosemary, finely chopped (to taste)

instructions

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  Wash your carrots and peel, if desired.  Chop carrots up into “management sticks,” and put them in a mixing bowl.  In a measuring cup (I almost always mix up dressing in a measuring cup because you can measure ingredients while only using one dish, plus it has a spout for easier pouring), whisk together olive oil, bourbon, lemon juice, and honey.  Add honey bourbon mixture to the carrots and toss well.  Arrange carrots on a baking sheet in a flat layer, avoiding having them overlap each other.  Sprinkle liberally with Kosher salt, freshly grated black pepper, garlic powder, and freshly chopped rosemary.  Roast for 20 minutes.

Author’s serving suggestions: Serve as a side dish, snack, or toss in a salad.

Honey Bourbon Glazed Carrots with Rosemary | Oysters & Pearls

We chose to serve as a side dish.  And a delicious side dish it was.

Honey Bourbon Glazed Carrots Recipe | Oysters & Pearls

They caramelized just perfectly, and the only thing I might do differently next time would be to add more honey!  Because mo bees, mo honey.

Ribeye Steak and Honey Bourbon Glazed Carrots | Oysters & Pearls

Doesn’t this sort of make you respect carrots more?  They certainly don’t get the credit they deserve.  They really stand out in this recipe, which is perfect for all your spring time soirees.

Ribeyes with Honey Bourbon Glazed Carrots and NY Times Kale Salad | Oysters & Pearls

Got any other good carrots recipes?  Tis the season!

Until Next Time