Sep 4, 2014

A Summer Farewell BBQ Dessert Table


It is only proper to have a good ole southern bbq cookout to say farewell to summer.  As much as I want to hold on to summer, school has already started and it is time to think about fall activities, parties, and home decor updates.

Today, I am sharing a southern BBQ dessert table recently designed for a client.  The dessert line up included southern favorites such as sweet potato pie, German chocolate cake, and banana pudding.  I also added a new dessert that I had not tried before, chocolate pie pops. I knew I wanted to add pops to the table design and a pie worked great with the theme. After a few tries with various chocolate fillings that resulted in either too much or not enough pie to filling ratio, my husband asks a very obvious question that I somehow missed.  "Honey, why not use Nutella?"  It is smooth nutty chocolate deliciousness that should have been my first choice. It worked perfectly! As a thank you, he received a pie pop fresh and warm out of the oven hand delivered by me with a kiss.













Aug 20, 2014

Protecting the Planet, One Scoop At a Time

Today, I packed up the kids to take them on an expedition of sorts.  We left the suburbs and headed downtown to Atlanta Botanical Gardens to catch the #icecreamexpedition truck during its latest stop in the ATL. We received the tip this morning from Mamalicious Maria who keeps locals in the know on upcoming family outings and freebies.  

The Ice Cream Expedition is the brainchild of 3 recent graduates from Denver, Colorado who decided to take a 8,000 mile trip across the country to film a documentary and talk about environmental conservation.  Their journey kicked off on July 17th in San Diego and they will continue until reaching their final destination, New York City.


This 3 man team thought if you show up with an ice cream truck offering free ice cream, folks might just listen to what you have to say.  They are inspiring the next generation of explorers whether exploring in their backyards or at a local park. Children are natural explorers.  An explorer in a way is responsible for preserving what he discovered.

The young conservationists are literally trying to save the planet one scoop at a time serving up scoops of Magnolia's all natural ice cream made with real fruit purees.  Avocado ice cream, anyone? Explorers can try some unique flavors: mango, guava, purple yam coconut swirl and avocado. The two I tried, mango and guava, were so refreshing and creamy goodness. Can you see the chucks of mango?



 At each stop they encourage explorers to take a pledge of action to respect and protect our planet.




My kiddos also received their very own copy of National Geographic Kids Magazine.  Check out National Geographic Kids for sneak peaks on what's inside upcoming issues.


The Ice Cream Expedition received the National Geographic Young Explorer Grant and is cosponsored by Magnolia Ice Cream and Kickstarter. Next stop..Nashville TN on August 25th.  Then they travel along the east coast with final stop in New York City in September.  To read more about their expedition and travels, find them on facebook and at www.icecreamexpediton.com.







Aug 16, 2014

Hundred Foot Journey Movie Review and The Perfect Omelette Recipe


 I recently attended a movie premiere for the heartwarming and delicious movie, A Hundred Foot Journey on behalf of Karen with In The Kitchen With KP.  Head on over to check out the review. While you are there take a look at the recipe round ups for family friendly recipes. You will want to stay awhile since she really is a lot of fun...

The movie opened on August 8th.

Try this omelette recipe.  I encourage you to go see the movie and be inspired by the significance of preparing and enjoying the perfect omelette.











Aug 15, 2014

Diva Pink & Gold 40th Birthday Party

Every so often for an event planner and designer there are events that truly express your personal style and vision.  For me, this 40th birthday celebration that was held at Chateau Elan Winery & Resort represents one of those moments.

The setting for this event was breathtakingly beautiful with a grand entrance and a view of the vineyards as guests entered the 3,500 acre property.  The hotel is a beautiful french country structure that sits amongst beautiful and lush trees while the winery which houses the 2 restaurants and wine tasting room sits behind a striking water fountain decorated with a colorful bed of flowers.  This would be a lovely location for a wedding or other special events. Chateau Elan has everything needed to enjoy southern hospitality at it best with great food, wine, luxurious and spacious accommodations, and a spa which specializes in treatments for both men and women.

Capturing the diva celebration of the evening was the talented, Sonya Yim of Sonya Yim Photography. Thank you for making my design sparkle and shine.  Sonya specializes in wedding photography and has the ability to truly tell a story and create beautiful memories.










































Vendor Credits:
Party Styling and Dessert Table: A Sweet Touch by Rachelle Grace
Photography: Sonya Yim Photography
Venue: Chateau Elan Winery & Resort
Cake Pops/Rose Pops: Little Bites by Lynn