Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Small Intimate Wedding Deal

I just adore a small intimate wedding.  For many reasons these weddings are personal and filled with love.  Small intimate weddings are great for couples to:
  1. Save money
  2. Options: for more creative venues
  3. The guest will consist of close family & friends
  4. Splurging: Purchase what you really want
  5. Smaller guest list
Savoy The Socialite Intimate Wedding Deal: (April 25th -May 19th) expires
Let us help you plan your next intimate wedding for 50% off all packages (excluding day of)
  1. Wedding Budget $6000 or less
  2. Guest List 75 people and under
  3. Creative Venue
  4. Creative Style
Call to book your free consultation now...

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Cocktails & Cupcake Crave

The new crave in Richmond, VA is cocktails & cupcakes. Your favorite drink can now be your favorite cupcake.  Neco's Cupcake Bar makes the perfect mini cupcake shots to feature at your next event.  The mini shots are bite sized cupcakes infused with alcohol. This is the perfect adult dessert for entertaining. This weekend I featured , Neco's Cupcake Bar, Peach Ciroc and Chocolate Absolut.
Hint: Accompany your mini shot cupcake with a cocktail.  

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Spring Sangria

If you are contemplating a spring soiree, grilling for two or entertaining a small crowd; allow me to introduce two "Spring Sangria's".  Chef Sequoia Ross who constantly helps me at the house with food options suggested, Peach Nectarine Sangria & Melon Mint Sangria. Majority of my guest indulged the Peach Nectarine Sangria but I enjoyed the minty fresh flavor of the Melon Mint Sangria. 

Peach Nectarine Sangria
1 peach
1 nectarine
1 plum all pitted and sliced into wedges.
16 dar cherries-reserve the juice.
1oz of peach liquer
2oz of Amaretto
1 bottle of dry white wine (Sauvignon Blanc)
Chill for 1 hour and add chilled ginger ale and reserved juice before serving

Melon Mint Sangria
1/2 honeydew melon
1 pound of watermelon
1 pound of cantaloupe cubed
1 cup of fresh mint, muddled
1 bottle of dry white wine
Chill for 1 hour and add chilled sparling wine before serving

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Adorn Your Crown...

Wedding headpieces make statements as well as the wedding dress. The headpiece is like wearing a statement necklace; it adds to the entire ensemble of the brides look.  Your choice of style, color, size will create a statement that reflects you and your personality.  Here are a few of our picks:

Such drama this headpiece gives.  
What do you think?
What statement will your crown make at your wedding?

Monday, April 16, 2012

Red's Kitchen...

Everyone is in love with reality tv and competition such as cupcake wars, project runway and top chef.  Well, Hell's Kitchen is one of my favorites and I was responsible of creating an event that would include entertainment for a group of sorority sister.  Yes, I was included.  My line sisters agreed to compete for Red's Kitchen a mini version of Hell's Kitchen. You can create this same event with the following:
  • Chef Sequoia Ross
  • Sorority Sisters
  • 3 Judges (Presentation, Teamwork, Taste)
  • Venue
  • Rules, Prizes, Fun
There were 3 teams, which a team consisted of 2 individuals.  Each team was randomly picked through drawing of names.  Once the team was picked so was the culinary challenge of creating tapas. The challenge was to use recipes that were given by our Chef Sequoia Ross and present to the judges a theme of the sorority while displaying the element of sisterhood.
"Can you image, 6 girls in a kitchen cooking?"... 

Cobb Salad
8 hardboil eggs
40 large shrimp
2lbs mixed greens (romaine, spinach, etc)
2lbs bacon
2 cups bleu cheese
4 avocados
Place eggs in pot and cover with cold water, allow water to reach a boil.  Boil eggs for 5 to 7 minutes.  Remove pot from heat. Leave eggs in water for an additional 5 to 7 minutes. Pour & drain water from eggs.  Cool eggs with water.  Peel eggs and refrigerate.

Place 4 shrimp on skewer. Brush with garlic oil. Place shrimp on baking sheet lined with foil.
Broil shrimp for 5 minutes on each side.  Set aside.

Peel & thinly slice avocado.
Slice hardboiled eggs
Arrange mixed greens on platter.  Layers eggs, bacon, avocado, bleu cheese and shrimp atop decorate your plate.
Fresh Pineapple Salsa
4c of diced tomato
1tbsp minced garlic
1c diced pineapple
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded & chopped
2/3 c of diced onion'
1/4 c of mined cilantro
2tbsp fresh lime juice

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, cover & chill 1 hour

Sweet Corn Relish
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup of chopped sweet onion
1/2 cup roasted red peppers, diced
1/3 cup green peppers diced
4 cans white corn, drained
1tbsp green chiles

Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and saute. Spoon onion into bowl.  Ass remaining ingredients. Stir to combine.
Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Creole Swai

10 Swai fillets
2tbsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 garlic powder
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
1 1/2 tsp thyme
2 tsp olive oil

Combine all herbs over fillet to make a rub.
Rub paprika mixture over fillets.
Place fillet on a hot grill pan brushed with olive oil.  Use a spatula to turn fillets gently.

Winners of "RED'S KITCHEN"

Gourmet Pizza

Eggplant, Roasted red peppers pesto

Spinach, Feta & Carmelized Onions

Garden Lovers

Secret Recipe...If  you want it...Contact Savoy The Socialite to set up your next event.

Thank you
Sequoia Ross

Pamela Hagues
Ashley Hewlet
Tiffany Lewis

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Entertain your out of town guest...

How will you entertain your out of town guest?
The Richmond Trolley Company offers a group tour that can accommodate 30-36 guests.  Tours can be customized for the experience that you would like your guest to have of Richmond, Virginia. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

DIY Centerpiece Project

We love to feature DIY projects for our clients.  Savoy The Socialite is all about entertaining with a twist.  Scenario 1:  Hubby is coming home and he called you to say that he invited his co-workers over for drinks. 
Scenario 2:  A few of your sorority sisters are flying in for the weekend and you want to prepare some tapas and cocktails.
How can you show that you are a modern day, young and sassy Martha Stewart???
Try this simple, budget friendly diy centerpiece project. 

I just love the use of color flowers and candles.  This is so spring especially with a burlap or denim linen.

Tulips....Love, Love, Love.. This is so perfect for girlfriends and cocktails.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Rehearsal Dinner BBQ Idea

One of my brides stated that she always wanted to have a BBQ as a bridal shower.  This is a cost effective idea for any event.  Having a themed Bridal Shower, Wedding Rehearsal Dinner or Birthday Party can add such fun and invoke lots of participation for your guest. Limited menu such as:
  1. Pulled BBQ (mini sliders)
  2. Hotdogs
  3. Corn on the cob
  4. Coleslaw 
  5. Baked Beans
  6. Sweet Tea/Lemonade
Have you added up the cost?  This is an excellent menu with a price tag of $10.00 or less per person, whether you have it catered or call all of the girls to pull this BBQ themed event off.

 If you create this for a bridal shower.  Having women bring their famous BBQ recipes to the event is so personal. Giving the new bride a gift of recipes from her important women in her life adds such a dramatic effect to the overall event. Im always calling my mom, sister or BFF's mom for a recipe.
 I just marvel at this idea & gift.