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Food inspiration of the month- Corn on the Cob

Nothing screams summer to me quite as much as a freshly picked ear of corn, cooked and smothered in butter. Grill it, boil it, bake it….I just don’t care. It is a little piece of heaven. Most people think of corn on the cob as casual BBQ food, however, I am asking all of you summer brides and grooms out there to open your minds to this delicious food and see the possibilities.

Let me start off by saying that if you are having an outdoor or barn wedding this summer in our region, having some fresh local corn on the cob on your menu is a MUST. It quite simply completes any outdoor summer meal, and definitely lends itself to the rustic elegant feel that goes along with barn weddings. However, if you are throwing a more formal event, please do not shy away from incorporating corn on the cob into your menu. Instead of being served family style or presented on platters on a buffet, have it be your vegetable side for your main course. Your guests won’t mind using their fingers when it comes to sweet corn on the cob….trust me! You can also tie it all together, and use corn during your cocktail hour, dessert, as guest favors, or even as a color inspiration. Here are some of my favorite ideas…

Featuring a Sweet Corn Cocktail (YUM!) during your cocktail hour is a great way to start off the night. My favorite recipe is as follows:

  • 1/4 cup fresh corn kernels (muttled until kernels are mashed and a milky liquid forms)
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice (add the following ingredients and shake with ice)
  • 1/2 ounce demerara syrup
  • 1 1/2 ounce dark rum
  • 3-4 drops bitters
  • Ice (make sure to strain before pouring into glass. Garnish with skewered corn kernels)

You can also incorporate the look of corn on the cob in a cupcake display. Using white and yellow candies, surprise your guests with a cupcake display they will never forget!

If you are hosting a casual outdoor wedding, pack a “take away” snack for your guests as a favor. Fill some cute boxes with sandwiches, corn on the cob, and a mason jar filled with rice or pasta salad.

My last idea of the idea of the day (although I could go on for days), is to add some floral inspiration to your corn themed menu. Sunflowers!! They capture the deep vibrant yellow of corn, and also happen to scream summer better than most flowers out there. They are perfect for a barn wedding setting, and can also be incorporated beautifully into formal bouquets and centerpieces. As always, I leave you with some photos to inspire you!

Happy Planning!

- Sarah


Garden Party

Are you stumped on choosing a color palette for your wedding? With the plenitude of fantastic wedding blogs out there, it is hard to narrow down your favorite combination of colors and style. For some, their vision is crystal clear from the moment he places the engagement ring on their finger. For others, it may take months of flipping threw magazines and scrolling through pages of Style Me Pretty or Green Wedding Shoes before settling on a palette and style that represents them best. If you are the latter, no need to fret….my advice to you is don’t choose! Pick out linens, flowers, bridesmaid dresses, vintage bird baskets, vases and flower pots in a rainbow of colors. Who cares if there is no color palette? If you incorporate colors and elements that represent you and make you happy, it will all tie together in the end. Trust me! If you need a theme as a starting point, think shabby chic backyard garden party, and don’t get too caught up in the details.

A garden party themed wedding tends to lend itself to an early afternoon celebration…think of “tea time”, which in Britain is typically 3pm. Mixed and matched tea cups and saucers, tiered platters of scones and finger sandwiches in the center of every table, featured cocktails of Kir Royale and Mimosas, playful platters of macaroons in every color of the rainbow, and a sweet table filled to the brim with Chef Heidi’s Petit Fours. Dig into your mother’s, aunt’s, or grandmother’s china cabinet, and find an assortment of china, linens and tea pots. Perhaps there is a great grandmother’s punch bowl you would like to have on the bar? Use these special pieces as a starting point, and together with your vendors you will create something beautiful.

Centerpieces and bouquets are always a great way to tie in the rainbow of colors you have chosen for your invitations, programs, escort cards and tablescapes. A bouquet of freshly picked wild flowers tied with burlap is always gorgeous. If you plan accordingly, and are having the reception at a private residence, plant your flowers for your bouquet the year before. Instead of rose petals or candles lining the aisles, fill old wine barrels with your favorite flowers. Have your bridesmaid in different color dresses, and have them carry small delicate bouquets of greenery. For your centerpieces, fill wood planters with an assortment of flowers. Another fun idea for your centerpieces is to have a cluster of  glass bottles with single buds mixed with tea pots filled with flowers. Hang your escort cards using clothes pins on rope that is hung between two trees. And to keep with the homemade and classic feel of the afternoon, send your guests home with jars of homemade jam with a personalized recipe card attached.

Enjoy these fun and airy photos on this beautiful spring like day!

“Earth Laughs in Flower”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy Planning!


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