Soirees Southern Events

Photos Courtesy of Nancy Jo McDaniel & Laura Stone
Photos Courtest of Lasting Impressions Photography
Photos Courtesy of Nancy Jo McDaniel
We are delighted to be featured in the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Soirees Southern Events. The articles include our new event venue, Sutton Mill, in Clarkesville, Georgia and the gorgeous wedding of Brandon & Adrienne Worley at the Mill. We blogged about the Farm inspired Nuptials of Ashley & Garland Smith in the spring and the wedding made a perfect feature for the magazine. Visit to view the entire Fall/Winter issue of this magazine!


We’re still recovering from Monday’s Feast in the Forest celebration at DIFFA’s Dining by Design. Thought we’d share a wonderful photo hot off the camera lense taken by local photographer Laura Stone Click here to view

WHITE HOT COOL slideshow from Open Hand’s Party in the Kitchen

Please enjoy the “WHITE, HOT, COOL” slideshow from last week’s “Party in the Kitchen” featuring 17 of Atlanta’s Top Chefs, co-chaired by Sally Dorsey, Tony Conway, and Todd Tautfest. Photography and slideshow by Laura Stone of ArtStar Photography.


People are still talking about this Southern-inspired dessert of Bacon Molasses Ice Cream with Peanut Butter Foie Gras Mousse created by A Legendary Event’s Executive Chef Lincoln Stevens and Executive Pastry Chef Charles Barrett. This unique Georgia-born dessert was debuted last week at Project Open Hand’s Party in the Kitchen.

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Julie & Julia Slideshow by Laura Stone

Laura Stone of Artstar Photography was one of our femme fatale photographers the evening of the Julie & Julia Premier. She created a wonderful slideshow for everyone to view. She’s also on our “Preferred Photographers” list. Please click on this link to re-live the memories of last Wednesday.

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CHIC & SUSTAINABLE currently featured in Delta Sky Magazine

We asked award-winning event planner Tony Conway for the latest buzz on the party circuit: When it comes to food and dining, there are food trends, décor trends and architecture trends. But do you give much thought to the table? Trust me, all good hosts (event planners, restaurateurs and those gathering friends in their home) pay as much attention to the details of the table setting and serving wares as they do to what they serve.

Current Trends: Instead of spending money on party items likely to be discarded later, access the rich vault of your personal possessions. To combat depleting reserves and a topsy-turvy economy, floral designer Kim Vasil, of Atlanta, has focused her current work on “sustainable tables” for parties and events. Recently, Vasil pavéd an entire table surface with wheat grass, then added a series of vignettes using hearty succulents, cacti and unique ground cover such as hens-and-chicks, flapjack succulents and creeping sedum. She even suggests using what you already have—dig up something from your garden to use as a centerpiece or use antiques that are chock-full of character. Personality always creates a lasting impression. And with the all-around “green” trend, your table and party will be right in step.