Category Archives: Booze

Lemonade Party Punch

Punch has made a come back, yes? Lemonade Party Punch Pin It - Oysters & Pearls

I was lucky enough to be gifted this insanely gorgeous punch bowl from my Aunt ‘Trell (thank you again and again, if you’re reading this!), and I try to use it every chance I get.  This lemonade party punch recipe is a real winner that I fully intend to use for years to come at all sorts of parties.  It just especially fit in with our color scheme for a little bridal shower some friends and I threw for our friend Rebecca a couple weekends ago.  I’m so glad, because it was delicious! Here are a few more shots from the pretty little shower we threw at the Firehouse Art Gallery (we rented the Kirbo room).

I picked up the cupcakes from Smallcakes in Thomasville.  Jessica and her sweet friend Michael did the balloons and tassels, which were adorable!  We had a delicious spread of brunch nibbles.

Bridal Shower Brunch - Oysters & Pearls

And what brunch celebration is complete without mimosas?

Have a Mimosa! - Oysters & Pearls

Lemonade Party Punch Recipe
adapted via Savor Home

ingredients

– 3 cups water
– 1/4 cup sugar
– 1 package frozen concentrated lemonade (thawed)
– 1 package  frozen concentrated orange juice (thawed)
– 2 cups cranberry juice
– 2 liters lemon-lime soda, chilled
– Freshly sliced lemons
– Ice

instructions

In a large pitcher, add sugar to warm water and stir until sugar is dissolved.  Add the lemonade, orange juice, and cranberry juice.  Cover and chill the mixture for at least a couple of hours.  When you’re ready to serve the punch, pour the mixture into a punch bowl, add the lemon-lime soda, ice, and sliced lemons.  Stir and enjoy!

Best Ever Party Punch - Oysters & Pearls

Might I add that this was delicious with a float of champagne on top?  Yes, I might.

Until Next Time

Wedding Season

Oh my word.  I can’t describe this holiday season without simply calling it Wedding Season.

I can’t complain – we celebrated with practically every friend we had this holiday/wedding season.  A season that lasted one whirlwind of a week!  We started out with Christmas.  We celebrated early with all our Bainbridge family, then headed to Bristol to my parents’ house Wednesday evening after I closed up the Shop.  We spent late nights and long days getting ready for my little sisters’ wedding on Saturday!  Our family friend, Ben Walden, did all the flowers, and they were gorgeous!

My Sister's Backyard Wedding | Oysters & Pearls

My Sister's Backyard Wedding | Oysters & Pearls

 We took a little break for Christmas.  We had a light lunch and some delicious refreshments.  Clearly.

Christmas 2014 | Oysters & Pearls

Bloody Mary for Christmas 2014 | Oysters & Pearls

 Back to wedding fun.  We worked hard, but at least we had plenty of those refreshments. ;)

My Sister's Backyard Wedding | Oysters & Pearls

The wedding was beautiful and sweet and perfect for the happy couple.  For those of you who don’t know, my sister married Marc of Southern Restoration Furniture. :)  We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Marc and Cullen and Maggie into our family this Christmas!

Have I mentioned I like to knit a lot?  It was a hand knit Christmas this year, thanks to the Fuzzy Goat. 

A blaze orange beanie for the good Doctor…

Hand Knit Blaze Orange Beanie  | Oysters & Pearls

Pumpkin and purple wool beanies for the kiddos…

Hand Knit Christmas Hats | Oysters & Pearls Hand Knit Christmas Hats | Oysters & Pearls

And a tweed beanie for Marc, which he promptly put right to work in his shop!

Hand Knit Christmas Hat on Marc Ventry of Southern Restoration Furniture | Oysters & Pearls

 All the knitting deets are on my Ravelry page, btdubs.  Be my friend?

That giant wood slice became their gorgeous wedding cake stand, by the way.

Wedding Cake by Katie's Cakes in Havana, Florida | Oysters & Pearls

In addition to delicious food we had catered by Monica Brinkley and friends and the cake by Katie’s Cakes in Havana, Marc brought souse from Jones’ Meats, and I put together a cheese table with cheeses and meats from Sweet Grass Dairy.  Ben Hall, the photographer, took some far better pictures than I – you can find a sneak peak here!  I threw together this chalkboard sign for the souse table.  Never thought I’d see the day I wrote a chalkboard sign that said this:

Souse Table Sign for Sister's Backyard Wedding | Oysters & Pearls

There was a Steel Magnolia’s-style groom’s cake… red velvet armadillo in all its glory:

Armadillo Groom's Cake at My Sister's Backyard Wedding | Oysters & Pearls

Red Velvet Armadillo Groom's Cake - Ventry To Be Wedding | Oysters & Pearls

A pretty bride…

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A dapper groom (decked out in Gang Warily leather suspenders from Maiden South, natch)…

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Lifelong friends…

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And lots of family!

Sister's Backyard Wedding | Oysters & Pearls

So happy for Marc and Anna Jo.  Congrats, loves!

Then we moved on to wedding number two in Ponte Vedra.  The rehearsal dinner was on NYE, so we celebrated accordingly.

NYE 2014 | Oysters & Pearls

NYE bathroom selfie to show off my new hair, since you couldn’t really see it in AJ’s wedding pics.  Thanks, Sister, for my new do!  You can find her at Haute Headz in Tallahassee, if you want one fo yo own self.

NYE 2014 | Oysters & Pearls

Long time man friends, just taking a few pulls from a Fireball bottle in a parking lot…  Just like old times, I’m sure.  Or new times.

Rachel Gets Jon Lee'd NYE | Oysters & Pearls

The festive groom:

Rachel Gets Jon Lee'd NYE | Oysters & Pearls

Rachel Gets Jon Lee'd NYE | Oysters & Pearls

Then on to the wedding.

Rachel Gets Jon Lee'd | Oysters & Pearls

And the newly married couple!  Congrats Jon and Rachel!

Rachel Gets Jon Lee'd | Oysters & Pearls

And thennnnnn we went to wedding number three in Amelia Island!  1) It was gorgeous, 2) I want to live in the Amelia Island Ritz.  Just sayin’.

Ready to see one of our very best girl friends walk down the aisle!

From This Day Foster | Oysters & Pearls

From This Day Foster | Oysters & Pearls

One stunner of a bride, if I do say so!

From This Day Foster | Oysters & Pearls

From This Day Foster | Oysters & Pearls

They’re hitched!

From This Day Foster | Oysters & Pearls

Super romantic wedding reception that we were sad to see end.

From This Day Foster | Oysters & Pearls

 But we wrapped up with a late night fireside catching up.  It was a wonderful end to a most wonderful week!  SO glad we got to spend so much time with so many cherished friends.

See also though: I’m le tired.

I’ll be spending the foreseeable future nursing some wounds (some old, some new), chugging water, and detoxing. ;)

I hope everyone had just as merry of a holiday as we did!

Until Next Time

Boozeday Tuesday: Honey Bee Cocktail Recipe

It’s cocktail time again!

Kenny Chesney Blue Chair Bay Premium Rum Blogtender Nation | Oysters & Pearls

While rum may conjure up images of pirates, coconuts, beaches, and daiquiris, I assure you, some rum drinks are meant for sipping fireside.  So when Blue Chair Bay Rum (the premium blended rum collection of Kenny Chesney for you country fans), asked me to do some glass clinks to celebrate the Fall season, I was more than game.

Fall Rum Drink Recipe with Honey | Oysters & Pearls

As my loyal readers know, Wheat and I have two bee hives in our little apiary.  We recently had our Fall honey harvest, so I’m fully stocked for the winter.  Rum + honey = a boozy libation that is Fall perfection.

Honey Bee Cocktail Recipe Using Kenny Chesney Blue Chair Bay White Rum | Oysters & Pearls

Honey Bee Cocktail Recipe Using Kenny Chesney Blue Chair Bay White Rum | Oysters & Pearls

Honey Bee Cocktail Recipe

ingredients

– 1 ounce raw wildflower honey
– 1 ounce warm water
– 2 ounces Blue Chair Bay Premium White Rum
– 1 ounce lemon juice

instructions

Pour honey and warm water into a mason jar (or cocktail shaker) and shake until thoroughly mixed.  Add the remaining ingredients and a few cubes of ice and shake vigorously.  Pour into cup of choice, or drink straight from the mason jar.

Honey Bee Cocktail Recipe Using Kenny Chesney Blue Chair Bay White Rum | Oysters & Pearls

Honey Bee Cocktail Recipe Using Kenny Chesney Blue Chair Bay White Rum | Oysters & Pearls

Honey Bee Cocktail Recipe Using Kenny Chesney Blue Chair Bay White Rum | Oysters & Pearls

It wouldn’t be a proper ringing in of Fall if you didn’t have a cocktail too, now would it?
Luckily, Blue Chair Bay is giving a bottle of rum away to one of you as well!

To enter to win a bottle of Blue Chair Bay Premium Rum for your own Fall toddy, leave a comment below telling me your favorite rum drink!  The winner will be announced on Monday, November 10th.

Note: Must be a U.S. citizen AND over the age of 21 to enter.

And for more rum drink inspiration, head over to Blue Chair Bay Rum’s Facebook Page.

Shop this post:
copper mug – Maiden South
vintage tartan flannel shirt – Maiden South

hand woven wool cowl – supplies from Fuzzy Goat
gold ring and bracelet – Christina Jervey Jewelry
rum – Blue Chair Bay Rum

Until Next Time

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