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!
Garden and Gun Jubilee with Libbie Summers (menu)

Tabletop Tuesday: Psychedelic Mushroom Centerpiece

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

I am OBSESSED with these hand painted wooden psychedelic mushrooms! They are the perfect conversation starter centerpiece and would make a fun luncheon craft for your guests…no ingestion required. 
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Learn how to make the psychedelic mushrooms HERE.
Now let’s make them a centerpiece! I liked the idea of treating them like they were just foraged in some kind of trippy forest and cooked up in a chic copper pan with all the colorful woodland animals looking on. All you need is a skillet and some deer moss (I picked up at Home Depot).
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Now let’s set the table!
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You’re not on a crazy trip, we used some purple gels to make the room more psychedelic! I only wish I had a black light!
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Now let’s serve up some soup!
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Get the recipe for my REAL Mushroom Soup with Matcha Cream HERE.

My New Years Eve Date is a…

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography
Model: Joshua Summers

…stone cold fox and I adore him more than anything! Who else besides such a wonderful husband and friend would let me subject them to this type of shit.

I love you Joshua Summers. Here’s to a joy filled, loving, inspiring and playful 2018!!
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Sleeping Fox Needlepoint Pillow: Custom by Sydney Kiefner
Fox Artwork on Embroidery Hoop available through: Custard Boutique
Teak Tree Handmade by: Nick Gant

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Learn to make the papier-mache fox heads HERE!
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It’s going to be a great year…I can smell it!

Happy Boxing Day

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

But what is Boxing Day?
–A ‘Christmas Box’ in the United Kingdom is a name for a Christmas present. Boxing Day was traditionally a day off for servants and the day when they received a ‘Christmas Box’ from the master. The servants would also go home on Boxing Day to give Christmas Boxes/presents to their families.

Happy Boxing Day…here’s a “sucker punch” present for you!
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5 Christmas Trees To Inspire

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

My holiday decorating is always inspired by something…usually a food or memory from my youth. Here are a few of my recent trees and the inspiration that made them a reality!

1. Gumballs
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Photography by Chia Chong
This was truly a candy colored christmas!
Get the DIY for this amazing pom pom tree skirt HERE!
Love the felt ornaments? Get the DIY HERE!
GARLAND GALORE!! Get some of my favorite garland DIY’s HERE.

2. Quail
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photo by Teresa Earnest Photography
Love these blaze orange dipped feather ornaments? Get the DIY HERE.
Feather Garland got you gobsmacked? Get this and other gift wrapping ideas HERE.
Bird Dog Stockings? So many stocking ideas HERE.

3. Sprinkles
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Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography
Do you love sprinkles like I do? Check out my cool new custom sprinkle line HERE! Which is your favorite?
Make your own sprinkle-inspired ribbon! Get the DIY HERE.

4. Pigs!!

photography by Teresa Earnest Photography
Obsessed with the party pig ornaments as much as I am? Get the DIY HERE.
Want a front row seat to the pig part? Watch the fun video HERE.

5. Cotton Candy
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Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography
Obsessed with the cotton candy ornaments like I am? Check them out HERE.
How About a Cotton Candy Cocktail for your holiday party? Get my recipe HERE.

What Inspires you holiday decorating? I’d LOVE to know!!

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