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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.


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


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

Weekend Recap + River Town Days

Good morning!  I hope everyone has taken enough Tylenol this morning to counteract any green libations they may have indulged in yesterday… ;)

This weekend was a fun whirlwind of time spent down at the Boat Basin for River Town Days!  Friday afternoon and Saturday morning I manned The Refinery’s booth.  We are so grateful to everyone who came out and purchased a candle!  We were really happy with the debut of The Refinery’s newest scent… appropriately named “River Days.”  I’m about ready for some of those again!

The Refinery's Candles at Bainbridge River Town Days | Oysters & Pearls

The Refinery at Bainbridge River Town Days | Oysters & Pearls

In between candle-peddlin’, we listened to the bands – Crooked Shooz on Friday night, along with Michael Miller Band and Jacob Powell Saturday night (Chris Cagle had to cancel due to illness) – watched the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament weigh-ins, and ate some dank BBQ.

 This year River Town Days hosted both the Bassmaster Elite Series as well as Flames on the Flint, a Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned event.  AKA these folks were serious.  A few also sold BBQ, and let me tell you… it was awesome.

In addition to a minimum of two meals eaten at the BBQ side of the Boat Basin, I also snagged some fair food, including my annual funnel cake inhalation and a delicious gyro.

Seriously good fair food.

We were all really bummed that Chris Cagle ended up canceling – apparently he had a nasty virus?  But the Michael Miller Band did a great job performing twice in a pinch, and everyone had an awesome time anyway.

Sunday we were supposed to do some more candle peddling’, but as you may have heard, a massive, ridiculous storm blew in, they ended the fishing tournament early, and cancelled all the events.  I was bummed 1) because we didn’t get to sell more candles, and 2) because I was really looking forward to hearing Midnight Rain, the bluegrass band that was scheduled to play Sunday.  But alas – it wasn’t meant to be.  All in all, River Town Days was a huge success and a really, really fun weekend spent at home!

Now y’all know I didn’t just twiddle my thumbs all day on Sunday, though.  Before the rains came, Wheat and I managed to do some (very) minor gardening projects, including this little pot I put together to take to my office in Thomasville.  Hopefully pretty succulents + low maintenance will be a winning combination in my digs a couple counties over. :)

And last but definitely not least, Wheat and I used our free rainy afternoon to spend some quality time together in the shed. ;)  We built a couple of these adorable chalkboard easels!

We are by no means carpenters in any sense of the word, but I was pretty dang proud of us and how this little project turned out!  This one will be making its home at The Refinery to be used for the next event… DUE SOUTH!  The other will be for personal use. :)  DIY Tutorial coming soon – pinky promise.

And that about wraps up another jam-packed weekend!

Until Next Time

Macaroni Salad Recipe

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As promised yesterday, here’s the macaroni salad recipe that I made to take to the camping trip last weekend.

It’s a jazzed up and significantly more colorful version of the delicious macaroni salad recipe passed down to me from my famous Aunt Lori.  And it’s definitely still delicious.

Macaroni Salad Ingredients | Oysters & Pearls

Macaroni Salad Recipe
serves a large crowd as a side


– 1 box elbow macaroni, cooked according to package directions
– 1 6 to 8 ounce jar mushrooms (or two 4-oz jars)
– 3/4 cup Duke’s Mayo
– 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
– 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
– 1 cup chopped celery
– 1 small red onion, chopped
– 1 bunch green onions, chopped
– salt and pepper to taste


Boil macaroni according to package directions.  Mix with remaining ingredients.  Chill.

*And put salad in the fridge.

Southern Macaroni Salad Recipe  | Oysters & Pearls

The instructions are verbatim from my aunt’s handwritten recipe.  I love it.

This is a tasty addition to all BBQs, potlucks, etc. and is super easy and oh so Southern.  I love making it a little more colorful, but if you’re sticking to my aunt’s version, use a Vidalia onion, regular yellow mustard, and omit the green onions.  Or add/subtract whatever you want!  It’s your salad, after all.

Macaroni Salad Recipe  | Oysters & Pearls


Until Next Time