DIY Flower Balloon Party Backdrop (VIDEO)

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

I’m throwing a Happy Spring party this week and needed a cool party backdrop for fun party pics! It had to be colorful AND affordable. BOOM! #nailedit

Get the DIY HERE!
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DIY Flower Balloon

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

I’m obsessed with all things balloon shaped. Before this post, I could pop out a balloon dog on demand. Now, I can do a flower. Who knows where I’ll go next!

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Balloon Flower DIY

What you need: 
#260 balloons (Twisting balloons are measured by the inflated size, so the 260 is 2 inches in diameter thick and 60 inches long when inflated.)
Balloon air pump
Small 5″ round balloons (optional)
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What to do:
Here’s the deal, I could walk you through a step by step of making a balloon flower, but it was THIS guy’s video that showed me how to do it. We watched this video about 3 times and practiced making a flower while we were watching. David naturally nailed it because he has experience as a former employee of Party City (a story for another time), but it took me a few more times.
Watch the video HERE!

Now the fun part! Just start making flowers! I wanted to make a backdrop for a Happy Spring party, so we used the colors of Spring. How fun would it be to cover an entire wall with balloon flowers for the perfect affordable and colorful party backdrop!

Watch how it all came together here!

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Jelly Beans and Bunnies Easter Tablescape

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

An Easter lunch table is the perfect time to have a little fun. I love this table for so many reasons, from the gingham chair cushions to the papier mache bunnies! What I love most? Dessert on the table in the form of jelly beans! 

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Jelly Bean and Bunny Easter Tablescape
serves 4

What you need: 
Adorable hand-sewn gingham cushions
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3 Papier Mache Bunnies (lavender, pink and a certain shade of orange) for the center of the table
Get the HOW TO HERE
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Pink glassware, vintage bunny pressed glass dishes, white plates, flatware, torn gingham fabric napkins and JELLY BEANS!!!!!
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Bunny costume with festive Easter hat (optional)
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Happy Easter!!

 

The Sprinkle Boomerang Station That Got Out of Control

by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Venue: The Greenhouse SSI 
Sponsored in part with Leopold’s Ice Cream and Dixie Vodka
Photography by Kelli Boyd, Mary Margaret Curtis, and Mary Beth Thomas at The Southern C Summit

On February 7th I participated in the opening night party for The Southern C Summit. I was asked to create a special cocktail with #LibbieSprinkles but I just  HAD to add little magic…like a sprinkles Boomerang station! It was a blast- to say the least. Then things took a turn.. See below if you can recognize anyone you know!
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Sprinkle Cake Cocktail
makes 1

What you need: 
1 tablespoon #LibbieSprinkles
2 ounces Dixie Vodka
2 ounces cream soda
2 ounces seltzer water
splash of cherry juice

What to do: 
1. Rim a cocktail glass with sprinkles.
2. Pack with ice
3. Add vodka, cream soda and seltzer water. Stir.
4. Splash with cherry juice and drink up!

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Recognize anyone you know?

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And a Bottle of Rum Dinner for Garden and Gun Jubilee

By Libbie Summers
Video by Robert Vilushis
My Event Team: David Dempsey, Candace Brower, Matt Baldwin, Ashley Freeman, Joshua Summers
Rum Pairings and Co-host: Author, Wayne Curtis

It’s an honor to be asked to play any part in the annual Garden and Gun Magazine Jubilee, but to be pegged to design, cook and co-host one of the private dinners was a true thrill. This video is a little recap of the event.

My crew and I cooked six seatings over two nights with 5 course meals at each seating. The meal was based on the rum distillation process and the event design was a nod to my time spent as a chef on yachts in the French West Indies.

When guests arrived, they were first served a rum cocktail “above deck” before being escorted “below deck” to be served dinner in the galley with the crew. It was an exhausting and magical two nights with the most amazing guests. My team danced, sang and crushed the meals and service at each seating. Thank you Garden and Gun for allowing me to bring a little French Savannah up north to Charleston. Thank you to David, Candace, Matt, Ashley and Josh for working so hard your legs ached and smiling the whole way through it. 

Check out the menu here!
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