Thursday, August 4, 2011

FROM FANTASY TO FÊTE: SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY

Camille Styles here, with this week's fantasy of an old-fashioned Southern potluck, brimming with the bounty of summer...
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Designed in shades of mint, sky and warm wood tones, this party transports guests to a Southern porch where they can sip mint juleps and cool down with slices of watermelon. Dressed in sundresses and seersucker, they're welcomed onto a grassy lawn set for croquet. It's all so inviting, they may never want to leave!
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Set a wood farm table with bunches of magnolia blossoms, antique silver and your finest china. The formality is balanced by sweet tea served straight up in mason jars, paired with southern classics like chilled tomato soup and deviled eggs. A light main-course, like grilled swordfish with herbed butter, adds a modern touch to the menu.
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These bacon-bourbon brownies are the ultimate guilty pleasure. Salty, smoky and sweet, they're even more delicious served from a mismatched collection of antique teacups. Hop on over to get the recipes!

*images: {row 1} martha stewart weddings, cliff brunk via snippet & ink, southern accents {row 2} cliff brunk, forgetting details {row 3} maria mcbride, michael & anna costa via style me pretty, chelsea fuss {row 4}martha stewart weddings, cliff brunk, jeremy harwell via style me pretty. all party images: fredrika stjarne for food & wine.