Cheese Plate 101

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When hosting any sort of gathering where food is involved (and lets be honest what kind of gathering doesn’t involve food), my number one go-to is a great cheese plate.  A great cheese plate, or board, is truly an essential and one of the easiest items to prepare for your guests.  In fact I feel I’ve got my cheese pairings down to a science.  A variety of cheeses with different tastes and textures + something sweet and something fresh + a warm baguette to put it on.  Oh and a few snacks (nuts, olives, etc.) to nosh on doesn’t hurt.  Below you’ll find a few more specifics to help, but don’t feel overwhelmed.  If you’re a cheese plate novice simply visit your local cheese shop and talk to the cheese monger.  He or she will gladly help you on your journey.  truly, MKR

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The Perfect Cheese Plate
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Prep Time
10 min
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. A variety of cheeses (goat, sheep, cow) with different textures (hard, soft, crumbly)
  2. 1 spiced or flavored cheese; I used a goat cheese topped with fresh hot spices
  3. 1-2 types of fruit; apples, pears, strawberries, grapes, raspberries
  4. 1-2 types of chutney; fig, mango, strawberry lavender or a spicy pepper jelly
  5. Mixed Olives
  6. Nuts; candied pecans, marcona almonds, walnuts
  7. Fresh french baguette and/or crackers
  8. 1-2 meats; salami, prosciutto, spiced pepperoni
Instructions
  1. Lay the ingredients out on a cheese board or large platter, grouping similar ingredients together.
  2. Slice the fruits and meats right before serving and provide cheese knives and small serving spoons for spreads.
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The Tupelo Honey

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With today being St. Patrick’s Day there’s no doubt we’ll all be enjoying a libation.  And while some will be drinking Guinness and others Irish Whiskey, I’ll be partaking in my new favorite, The Tupelo Honey.  With a mix of honey bourbon and plenty of lime this beverage is sure to become one of the best southern cocktails around.  So cheers to the South, cheers to the Irish, and cheers to Mondays!  truly, MKR

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The Tupelo Honey
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Ingredients
  1. 2 oz. Honey Bourbon such as Jim Beam Honey
  2. 4 oz. club soda
  3. The juice of 1 lime plus more for garnish
  4. Cilantro sprigs for garnish
  5. Honey for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a rocks glass full of ice (or I prefer 1 or 2 large ice cubes, try the spheres or large cubes) add lime juice, whisky, and club soda.
  2. Stir lightly, garnish with cilantro, limes, and a dash of honey.
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A Bohemian Wedding Part II

When coming up with the bridal style for our Bohemian Wedding I wanted to create an easy bohemian vibe with a touch of glamour.  Choosing the dress was honestly the easiest part as there was really only one option.  BHLDN.  When you think bohemian, gypset chic you think BHLDN.  And while the dress stood on it’s own merits I wanted to add a little extra Kate Moss esque feeling which was accomplished by the gorgeous marabou jacket from Kelly’s Closet.  Rounding out the look I stacked bracelet upon bracelet and the brides hair fell in loose waves thanks to Claudia Mejerle, accented by a stunning headpiece.  This piece was actually meant to be worn as a headband, but it had much more impact by placing it on the forehead instead.  

With the groom I needed the look to walk the line of casual yet wedding day formal.  For this I chose easy suiting from J.Crew with an open bow tie and monk strap shoes.  All in all, I couldn’t have been happier with how everything turned out and may have cried just a little when I had to give the marabou jacket back.  Big thanks to Lindsay Coletta for letting me be a part of her bohemian day dream, and to all the other Creatives that were involved.   And if you haven’t already, make sure to check out Part I of our Bohemian Wedding HERE.  truly, MKR

photography: Heidi Geldhauser of Our Labor of Love  ||  florals + design concept: Lindsay Coletta  ||  styling: Mandy Kellogg Rye, Waiting on Martha  ||  paper goods: Jamie Jimenez, Yours is the Earth  ||  table: Blue Eyed Yonder  ||  hair + makeup: Claudia Mejerle ||  head piece + marabou wrap: Kelly’s Closet, Atlanta GA  ||  dress: BHLDN  ||  men’s attire + jewelry: Bloomingdale’s Lenox   ||  llama farm: Atlanta Lamas,  North Ga canopy tours


A Bohemian Wedding Part I

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On a hot fall day at a tepee farm in Northern Georgia I had the pleasure of helping my friend and florist Lindsay Coletta, bring her dream of a bohemian wedding to life.  Think flowers of every color.  Pink quartz and crystals trimmed in gold.  Mis-matched, delicate vintage tableware.  Candles just dripping with wax.  And a rustic table to contrast and pull everything together.  Oh, and did I mention the alpacas?!  I mean if you have a tepee then obviously you must have alpacas.  Alpacas wearing flowers of course.  So my Loves, I welcome you to a bohemian wedding.  Cheers!  truly, MKR

photography: Heidi Geldhauser of Our Labor of Love  ||  florals + design concept: Lindsay Coletta  ||  styling: Mandy Kellogg Rye, Waiting on Martha  ||  paper goods: Jamie Jimenez, Yours is the Earth  ||  table: Blue Eyed Yonder  ||  hair + makeup: Claudia Mejerle  ||  head piece + marabou wrap: Kelly’s Closet, Atlanta GA  ||  dress: BHLDN  ||  men’s attire + jewelry: Bloomingdale’s Lenox   ||  llama farm: Atlanta Lamas,  North Ga canopy tours

What I’m Drinking…

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I know I’m late to the game since yesterday was National Drink Wine Day, but for me you don’t need a national holiday to drink wine.  In my opinion every day should be national drink wine day!  So to honor that opinion I thought I’d roundup a list of my top wine and champagne choices.  And I’d love to hear in the comments section below if you have any wine that’s topping your love list right now?  Cin Cin Loves.  truly, MKR

P.S.  Make sure to visit next week when I’ll be plotting my wine filled course for the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival in May.  

1.  Orin Swift The Prisoner.  Truth be told I’ve been drinking The Prisoner  since 2006 when I was introduced to it during a weekend away in Kohler Wisconsin.  Now, it’s become quite the hot commodity and was actually sold in 2009 to The Prisoner Wine Company.  Great for the masses so everyone can enjoy, but annoys the heck out of me when restaurants are charging $21 for a pour!  You can get the bottle at Costco for $35!  Anyway, I love everything Orin Swift does, especially Papillon, Palermo, & the elusive Mercury Head.  Oh and try his newer F, E, & I wines.  Amazing!

2.  Sancerre…all Sancerre.  Sancerre is a French Appalachian region in the eastern Loire Valley.  It’s my go-to warm weather wine.  Easily found, well priced, and there isn’t a Sancerre I don’t enjoy.  

3.  Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon.  On one of our trips to Napa we had the most magical experience at Darioush.  Spending hours in Darioush’s private collection cellar by candlelight, tasting all of the wines and noshing on cheese.  It was one of those magical lifetime memories. 

4.  Round Pond Sauvignon Blanc.  I’ve talked about this wine before, it is one of my absolute forever faves.  Actually we belong to their food and wine club as they also produce amazing olive oils and I highly suggest joining if you can.

5.  Veuve.  Obviously.

6.  Sancerre’s Rose.  I heart them so much they made the list twice.

7.  Silver Oak.  A deep and rich red with subtle hints of dark chocolate and cherries…this is the perfect wine for a steak dinner and my go to for the holiday season.

8.  Honig Sauvignon Blanc.  If you’re looking for me on a Monday night 9 times out of 10 I’m next door at Sushi Nami with the Mr. drinking 1 or 3 glasses of this.

9.  La Crema Pinot Noir.  This would probably be my “house wine” pinot noir.  It’s light, easy, and I can drink glasses of it.

10.  Perrier Jouet Rose Champs.  I can’t can’t get enough of these pink bubbles

11.  Erath Pinot Noir.  My current version of a “$2 buck chuck.”  And by that I mean a great wine, at a GREAT price.

12.  Alpha Omega Chardonnay.  Though I tend to be a light, crisp, sauvignon blanc white wine drinker I can’t get enough of this chardonnay and it’s rich buttery texture.  If there was a cold weather white this would be it.

13.  My other go-to’s not listed, Sunstone Eros, Chapellet (any red), Gamble Heart Block and their Cabernet Franc, Signorello Padrone, Duckhorn Paraduxx and Decoy…and I’m sure I’m forgetting numerous others.

What To Gift The Bride To Be

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 From left to right, top to bottom…kate spade servers  ||  Jonathan Adler Muse bowl  ||  kate spade “Ours” decanter  ||  Cake Vintage wedding cake notepad  ||  kate spade ring holder  ||  Mark & Graham monogrammed coasters  ||  kate spade Mrs. earrings  ||  kate spade rocks glasses  ||  kate spade passport holder  ||  kate spade salt & pepper shakers  ||  Jonathan Adler Muse wine stoppers  ||  kate spade top hat wine bucket

It wouldn’t be a celebration of “I do’s” without talking about what to gift the bride to be.  From gifts for entertaining, to items that will adorn her bar cart, and monogrammed linens she’ll have for years to come the options are truly endless.  So I’ve rounded up some of my faves to help you pick out just the right thing.  TGIF Loves!  truly, MKR

Concept & Styling, Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting On Martha  ||  Photography, Rustic White  ||  Furniture, Crush Event Rentals 

This post was sponsored by kate spade new york a brand I genuinely adore and one that helps make Waiting On Martha happen.  

 

See more of my favorite gifts for the bride to be by scrolling through… 

A Bridal Brunch With Kate Spade New York

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Today I’m sharing the sweetest part of our kate spade new york brunch…the sweets themselves.  And the sweets were quite the show stopper.  Situated atop a mirrored banquet with a chalkboard runner guests could “pop, fizz, and clink” the bride to be with a four tier black, strawberry and buttercream cake, bridal-esque cookies and spools of raspberry and key lime cotton candy.  While the floating florals provided the perfect finishing touch plus made a fabulous backdrop for all the selfies one could snap.  And trust me, I snapped quite a few.  So my Loves, I think I’ll let the pictures do the talking (or rather inspiring) from here…I’m off to find some cake.  truly, MKR

P.S.  If you had a case of the “Mondays” yesterday make sure to check out Part I of my kate spade new york bridal brunch and pop back in tomorrow for some more season of “I do” inspiration.

 Concept & Styling, Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting On Martha  ||  Photography, Rustic White Photography  ||  Florals, Juli Vaughn Designs  ||  Cake, Blooming Flour Bakery ||  Cotton Candy, Cotton Cravings  ||  Chalk Art, Jessica Garvin  ||  Cookies, Whipped Bakeshop  ||  Furniture, Crush Event Rentals  || Castle Peak place settings Champagne Glasses, Vases, Glasses & Bow Tie set, Tray, and Top Hat Ice Bucket kate spade new york  ||  Chalkboard Table Runner Waiting On Martha   ||   

This post was sponsored by kate spade new york a brand I genuinely adore and one that helps make Waiting On Martha happen.  

A Bridal Brunch With Kate Spade New York

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With bridal season about to be in full swing I’ve paired up with kate spade new york and some amazing Creatives to bring you an entire week of celebrating the bride to be.  I’m talking tablescapes, desserts, invites, florals, gifting, outfits, beauty how-tos, etiquette tips, and yes cake.  There will be lots of cake.  Ooooooh and cotton candy.  Lots of cotton candy.  But today let’s start where all great stories start, at the beginning.

When I think of kate spade new york I think fun.  Girly.  Colorful.  And of course, their black and white stripes.  Which worked out perfectly since black, white, and stripes just happen to be some of my favorite things.  But I couldn’t just leave it at all black and white…well I could, but I didn’t, I mean this is bridal.  So I added in pops of gold, silver and a full palette of pinks sprinkled throughout.

The invitation, in true kate spade form, set the tone with a shocking pink envelope lined in gold “xo” polka dots and a bow tie RSVP card complete with a striped grosgrain ribbon.  A floating floral centerpiece hung over the boldly set black and white striped table with kate spade’s Castle Peak place settings and Dot champagne glasses.  And cookies donning the brides soon to be new initial and a kate spade logo were the perfect finishing touch.  

So with the table set, and the champagne poured we were officially ready to celebrate.  And celebrate, we did!  I can’t wait to share more details with you tomorrow, but until then I hope you’re feeling inspired whether you’re the bride to be, the host, or just someone who loves to entertain.  Happy Monday Loves!  truly, MKR

 Concept & Styling, Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting On Martha  ||  Photography, Rustic White Photography  ||  Florals, Juli Vaughn Designs  ||  Invitations, Flair Designery  ||  Chalk Art, Jessica Garvin  ||  Cookies, Whipped Bakeshop  ||  Furniture, Crush Event Rentals  ||  Linens, I Do Linens  || Castle Peak place settings & Champagne Glasses kate spade new york  ||  White Trophy Bowls Waiting On Martha   ||  

This post was sponsored by kate spade new york a brand I genuinely adore and one that helps make Waiting On Martha happen.

 

You’re Invited…

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You’re invited to a bridal brunch hosted by yours truly and kate spade new york.  Please join us all this week beginning bright and early Monday morning, as we sip champagne and toast the season of “I do’s” with everything you’ll need to shower the bride to be.  Happy Sunday Loves!  truly, MKR.

Concept & Styling, Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting On Martha  ||  Image, Rustic White Photography  ||  Invites, The Flair Designery  ||  Chalk Art, Jessica Garvin

This post was sponsored by kate spade new york a brand I genuinely adore and one that helps make Waiting On Martha happen.

 

Something Blue…Part II

When creating the look of our “bride” (Ms. Tiffany Olson) on her big day I knew I wanted to do two very different, yet equally stunning looks.  A soft classic bride and one with a little more vamp.  With the help of Claudia Mejerle and a few well placed accessories we accomplished just that…actually more than that as we ended the day with three looks.  

For the first, a softer more classic bride Tiffany wore soft loose waves, a never ending veil and a neutral lip.  The veil was worn both over her face (a personal fave of mine), and then cascading down her back and well past the train of her Junko Yoshioka dress.  For the second, vamped up version, an eye veil was a must plus a deep bordeaux lip, and of course a smoky eye.  Claudia took her hair from  soft to a messier, wavy teased look.  And lastly Tiffany’s hair was pulled back into the most gorgeous bun and pinned with a vintage brooch.  This allowed us to really showcase all of the accessories and let’s be honest…as a bride it’s much easier to dance the night away when you’re not worrying about your hair!  

Speaking of accessories.  I mean what can I say…I pulled out the big guns.  Chanel, McQueen, Olympia.  It was literally every fashion obsessed girls dream day.  The insane Chanel pearl and acrylic bracelet and pearl necklace with the iconic C’s draped down Tiffany’s back was really all the bling she needed.  But of course enough is really never enough so I had to add a navy and black leather floral Chanel brooch to the back of her sash because a bride should look amazing both coming and going.  And her Charlotte Olympia navy satin shoes and Alexander McQueen clutch made my, and Tiffany’s, jaw drop.  But the cherry on the sundae for me were the gloves.  I believe very strongly that your wedding day is yours and if you want to wear fingerless Chanel driving gloves then that’s your prerogative.  I mean really, who wouldn’t want to wear Chanel driving gloves?!  No one, thats who.  

So my Loves, there you have it.  My vision of a winter wedding.  truly, MKR

Shoot  ||  ”Something Blue” Occasions Magazine, Winter 2014 issue

Location  ||  The Atlanta History Museum, Swan House

Styling & Concept  ||  Mandy Kellogg Rye, Waiting On Martha

Photography  ||  Rustic White Photography

Video  ||  Hampton Road Studios

Hair & Makeup  ||  Claudia Mejerle

Bride  ||  Tiffany Olson

Dress, Veil, Eye Veil, & Navy Sash  ||  Kelly’s Closet

 Shoes  ||  Charlotte Olympia via Neiman Marcus

Clutch  ||  Alexander McQueen via Nieman Marcus

Gloves, Necklace, Bracelet, Brooch  ||  Chanel via Nieman Marcus

Hair Brooch  ||  The Sentimentalist

Florals  ||  Lindsay Coletta

Cake  ||  Eileen Carter Creations

Rentals  ||  Crush Event Rentals

Linens  ||  I Do Linens

Invitations & Table Numbers  ||  Julia’s Poppies Design

Place Cards  ||  Ashley Buzzy McHugh

Tableware  ||  Juliska via Bloomingdales

 

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