Countdown to 6/28

For those who follow THWL regularly you’ll recall our weekend at Ole Miss back in October. That was to celebrate an engagement. This weekend was the formal engagement announcement of that fabulous couple that has allowed me the honor of planning their wedding.  Not only are they sweet and adorable they and their families are incredibly loving and just A LOT of fun.  Friday night I prepared dinner for the first “formal” gathering of both families as well as extended and chosen family.

Sorry Ms. Peeler, I know I’m supposed to save this for the end but I have to go ahead and say, “the house was lovely and a good time was had by all”.



Spring WILL eventually arrive and we’re ready.  Thus, we celebrated with tulips and ranunculus created by Rosemary Gaines at Jody’s.  We did the tables with collectible themes.  The main dining room was anchored by Annie Glass with the centerpiece in an AG compote.  The table in the living room featured McCarty Pottery with the centerpiece in McCarty, as well.  Both dressed in Yves Delorme linens with vintage napkins passed down from the Mother-of-the-Bride’s grandmother.

We did a tasting dinner of items we are planning to serve at the reception.


Piquant Chicken or Seared Tuna Tacos


Cabbage Slaw with Cilantro, Mango and Jalapeno


Crunchy Fried Chicken with Honey and Fleur d’ Sel


Haricot Vert, Asparagus and Sugar Snap Peas with Sesame Vinaigrette and Blue Berries


Tomato Cups with Hot & Hot Salad

The meal also included Brie, Fig and Prosciutto Flatbreads, Homemade Macaroni and Cheese, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Horseradish Creme Fraiche and a sample of the Groom’s Cake.

Saturday night was the first official party to announce the engagement and celebrate the impending nuptials.


The event was in a beautifully appointed home that has been part of the Northeast Mississippi landscape for many years.  The hosts, honorees and their families gathered early  to toast the couple.  It was a beautifully touching celebration of long family friendships and a joyous initiation of impending wedded bliss.


After each toast everyone said, “Here, Here!!!” Etiquette straight out of The Southern Primer.


I know I ‘ve said it already…but we’re ready for spring…this masterful composition of tulips, hydrangeas and whatever the adorable long-necked white flower is also from Jody’s and was sent to the homeowners from the brides parents as a thank you for hosting the event.

P1030820The table was resplendent in silver heirloom serving pieces laden with menu items fitting any Southern Living feature.



Backtracking a bit…Saturday afternoon we went to the reception venue that is still under construction.  The couple opened a gift from the venue owner which is a ceramic artist and also owns Midnight Pottery.  She made them a tray in the shape of Mississippi that says, “Happily ever after starts here”…beautiful and extremely creative.  You can look forward to more photos from this venue in early July.

Well, at the risk of being redundant…both houses were lovely;

…and a good time was had by all!!!

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Carrie Muldavin says:

    Oh, my, lovely indeed! I believe some of that silver is mine!

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