I’m not quite sure how it happened, but we had both Magpies cakes & Holly’s Eventful Dining for our reception. When I met with Peggy from Magpies, I described what we had in mind for food, & she mentioned that maybe we could get Holly’s catering company to do it. Good food is not just a Southern thing, but a family thing. Families get together over favorite recipes, & updates to classics grow the recipe books along with the families over generations. I really wanted the food to be a combination of our favorites, & family favorites, that everyone could enjoy. She categorized it as Southern picnic, & then Holly & I emailed to narrow down our menu.
We knew we wouldn’t have to worry about the cake because Peggy & her staff don’t mess around, & it was extra delicious. I’ve known Peggy for several years now, & I can’t get over how truly great she is. She has all this talent bundled up in that petite frame, & brings out better in everyone around her. We all love her for her talent & wit, but her sweetness is reflected in her incredible treats. I wanted a simple, rustic cake, & maybe a small peanut butter or chocolate cake for the groom’s cake. We somehow got the most gorgeous white cake with the all-butter Magpies flavor, & with beautiful detail. We discussed dogwood blooms, but the Magpies crew didn’t like the way they blended with the cake on our big day. I got to keep a few of the sweet fondant blooms anyway, & we got small grassy green dots to coordinate with our vintage floral decor. They added leftover flowers when the cakes were delivered to coordinate with the reception. The groom’s cake was a good bit larger than I expected, & complete with chocolate ganache. Holy goodness.
It’s hard to find potato salad that can compete with all the great potato salad recipes in my family, but Holly’s staff did that. We didn’t try any of the bacon or chicken salad, but heard it was delicious. And the deviled eggs, hummus & coordinating sides were perfect.
I have a background in event planning, but my favorite advice was from my sister. My mom & aunt have surely had an influence on my entertaining style, but my sister is a master of events. She reminded me that we would be busy visiting with everyone, & recommended that we have the caterer put aside plates of food for us. Holly & her nimble staff upped the ante with a “Hillbilly Bento Box” that they had a friend deliver to our room. They were already extra sweet & gracious, & then they did that!
We were so busy with photos & visiting that family had to remind us to cut the cake, & I couldn’t even get over to sample the white sangria that Brigid, Taylor & John mixed up (which was inspired by the sangria that Aunt Faye served at my cousin Paige’s wedding a few years before.) When guests were starting to leave & we went out the the porch to dance to the song Clark & Dave wrote for us, the bartender held up the glass of sangria that he had saved for me. It was completely delicious. After we visited with our friends early into the morning, we got back to our room, & we were starving. Holly’s amazing bento box to the rescue, hot damn. She had them include tempeh rolls instead of chicken salad for us. Dear lord, it was the best thing we could have eaten (& probably helped to keep us from having giant hangovers from the festivities the next morning.)