#TipfulTuesday: From Our Thanksgiving Meal To Yours

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of the year to share with family & friends. A time to count your blessings in life and not the calories. This Thanksgiving we would like to share a few of our family recipes with you:

 

Cream Cheese Corn

Ingredients:

  • 3 packages of frozen corn (10.8 oz bags)
  • 2 8oz packages of cream cheese (cut into cubes)
  • 1 white onion (chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • Salt & pepper for flavoring

Directions:

  1. In a medium sauce pan sauté onions and butter. 
  2. Once onions are softened add in cream cheese cubes. Allow to soften for a couple of minutes.
  3. After the cream cheese has softened stir in the three bags of frozen corn. Cover with lid and  lower heat. Stir occasionally until corn has fully cooked. 
  4. Stir in a dash of salt and pepper for flavoring.
  5. Once cooked remove from heat and place in serving dish.

 

Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melt, plus more for buttering the baking dish
  • 3 cups of mashed sweet potatoes (3-4 large sweet potatoes)
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla pure extract
  • 2 cups of mini marshmallows

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Place the sweet potatoes in a Dutch oven, and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes or until very tender. Drain; cool slightly.
  3. Place potatoes in a large bowl. Add sugar and next 3 ingredients (through vanilla). Mash sweet potato mixture with a potato masher. Fold in 1/4 cup pecans. Scrape potato mixture into an even layer in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup pecans; top with marshmallows. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until golden.

 

Chocolate Pecan Pie- Paula Deen’s Recipe 

Ingredients:

  • 1 (9in) unbaked pie shell
  • 2 cups of pecan  halves
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon, good-quality
  • 3 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°.
  2. Cover bottom of pie crust with pecans.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and melted butter. Add the corn syrup, sugar, bourbon and the chopped chocolate. Stir until all ingredients are combined. Pour mixture into the pie shell over the pecans and place on a heavy-duty cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 350° and continue to bake for an additional 25 minutes or until pie is set. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

Tell us about your favorite Thanksgiving dish, follow us on Facebook @sarabethevents or on Instagram @sarabethevents. Happy Thanksgiving!!

XOXO,

Sarabeth Events Team

 

TipfulTuesday: What you need to know about a First Look!

Photo Credit: The Purple Pebble

The First Look has become a very popular moment on wedding days, where couples are taking the time to see each other before the ceremony and capture that moment when the groom finally gets to see his bride in her dress.   Here are a few tips on how to make your First Look extra special. 

Make the moment private!  Take this time for just the bride and groom to let them have their private and special moment.   You don’t want to have family members and friends making comments and trying to step in and telling you or the photographer what to do and capture.  Make the First Look a moment just for you two! 

Photo Credit: Letter A Photography

Trust your photographer to capture the moment and to get all of the best shots!   This is their job and you need to trust them to capture every moment and get all of those special shots! 

Having a First Look helps to knock out all of those photos that feel rushed and take away from the time between the ceremony and reception.  With a First Look, bridal party photos, family photos and bride and groom photos can all be complete before the ceremony even begins.  There also is more time to not have to rush and miss some of the photos you really wanted to capture! 

We hope this information helps you decide between having a First Look or not and to be prepared when the time comes! Follow us on Facebook @SarabethEvents or Instagram @SarabethEvents.

XOXO,

Sarabeth Events Team

#TipfulTuesday: Planning a Post Wedding Brunch?

Hope you have been following along with us these past two weeks about post-toast & after-glow parties. Are you still feeling like it’s too soon for the wedding weekend to end? Why not have a post wedding brunch! 

This is a perfect way to end your wedding weekend with a bang! To pull off an amazing post brunch you will want to find a location, speak with your venue first see if they have a garden area or a terrace with lots of natural light. Traditionally you will want to invite your family and wedding guests that are still in town. You can offer a come and go type of brunch where guests can drop in to say goodbye before they head home. Think stations: waffle, omelet, pancake, yogurt parfait, or breakfast tacos. Don’t forget to have a bloody mary & mimosas bar to give all those late night party goers a little hair of the dog!

Photo Credit: J Wiley Photography

Be sure to include an invite to the post wedding brunch so you can have a good guest count for food & drinks. How many post wedding brunches have you been to? None…well we are here to help! Follow us on Facebook @SarabethEvents or Instagram @SarabethEvents.

XOXO,

Sarabeth Events Team

TipfulTuesday: What is an Afterglow?

Photo Credit: Chavvon & Larissa Photography

Did you read our post last week about the post-toast? Great, welcome back. An afterglow is not to be confused with a post-toast. Let us explain…

An afterglow is that warm fuzzy feeling after… well, never mind. We mean it in the cleanest term of an after-party following the wedding reception. This party is for the late-nighters that don’t call it a night after the bars close at 2am. This one is for the all-nighters.

Practicality speaking here’s how to pull off the awesome-est after-glow ever… first, ask your reception venue and caterer before signing the contract to make sure they’re on board. Have this time written in the contract after the reception ends. Then, plan to your hearts content. Think: fun, lounge-style, bar seating with late-night passed snacks. Think: Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit, Taquitos, Sweet Potato Fries, Potato Chip Bar, Crab Cake Sliders, and donut wall from our friends at Funky Town Donuts. Think: DJ if you had a band at the reception. Think creatively about the place to host your after-glow. This could be in the pre-function space where the cocktail hour was held or you can secretly transform the patio or terrace at your venue.

Photo Credit: Lightly Photography

Getting the word out: You could send a separate small “psst” invite to some of your guests or just let the evening evolve into the whispers of a secret party after the reception with a very exclusive feeling.

How many well-planned after-glow parties have you been to? None, you say. Hello – we’re here to help. Follow us on Facebook @SarabethEvents or Instagram @SarabethEvents.

XOXO,

Sarabeth Events Team