You may not be able to tell by the weather outside in the south, but today is the first day of fall! With that, comes one of my favorite times of year to cook...crockpot time. My crockpot is already out on my counter because of the pot roast I made the other day and will stay out for the next few months. What could be better than putting the ingredients in the cooker in the morning and having dinner ready that night.
Never underestimate the meaning of a handwritten thank you note. I realize that in this day in time, people love the immediate reaction of an electronic thank you but there is something to be said about opening the mailbox and instead of getting all junk mail or bills, you see a handwritten note on nice stationery.
Two weeks ago, I was honored to entertain friends at a southern inspired party at my house. Some I knew only from their blog posts and websites. Others, I had met via email but never face to face and some I hadn't seen in awhile because of our busy schedules. I was so excited to visit with them, show them some of the new items for fall and share some great southern inspired food and drinks.
The countdown is on...the coolers are being cleaned, tailgate parties are being planned, tickets have been purchased and hotel reservations are being made...college football for 2017 starts on Saturday, August 26th.
It seems like just yesterday school was out, summer was starting and it was time to plan your vacation. It's hard to believe that schools will be starting sometime within the next month. Are you ready for the new school year to start? Here are 5 things to think about.
A month ago I told you that there would be some changes to Laurie Louis.com and to start it off, we were creating a fun, backyard party photoshoot. If you have been following social media, you have seen some teasers of our fun photoshoot. I have to say...for my first go at this, I think it was a huge success and I can't wait to see what you think.
This week I want to share some of my favorite summer salads from Pinterest. Whether it's a post Fourth of July cookout, a family reunion or just a summer party, these salads recipes are great to have on hand.
Today's blog is Part 2 in our series Summer Fun - Party Time and with July 4th just around the corner, it's time to talk about summer drinks that are perfect for entertaining. These five drinks all have alcohol in them but can definitely be made non-alcoholic as well.
Today's blog is the first in our series Summer Fun - Party Time. Over the next weeks, we will talk about fun ideas and helpful hints for your summer parties. To get started, here is a list of 5 helpful hints to think about for every outdoor party.
Thanksgiving is over and it's time to tackle your holiday to do's. As exhausting as all of those to do's can be, don't forget your holiday cards. It's a great way to catch up with friends and family that you haven't seen over the last year and update them on your life. Here are a few tips to help with your mailing process:
Bulky sweaters and pumpkin spice latte...changing leaves and outside firepits...all things that tell you Fall is in the air! What great way to celebrate than visiting one of the many pumpkin patches and corn mazes in the Charlotte area. See below for a list of some of my favorites:
DID YOU KNOW... almost 25% of all weddings are destination weddings... They are an affordable, alternative way to have the wedding of your dreams and Sonja Scott of A Perfect Day is transitioning her wedding business from planning local weddings to destination weddings. We sat down with her to learn a little more about her new venture and how she can help brides like you.
You guys know me by now and know that two of my favorite things are exposed brick and hardwood floors. Well, as you learn more about the Stockroom at 230 and see more of their great photos, you will know why I am so excited about this venue. If you are in the Raleigh, NC area and looking for a wedding venue, this vendor spotlight, is just for you.
Well, you guys, you’re officially reading from someone on the other side. I survived my wedding!
Let me tell you: that was the most stressful, frustrating, terrifying day of my life--until 3:00 that afternoon. Until I took my father’s arm, walked down the aisle with him and stared into my (now) husband’s eyes. Until he smiled at me and whispered, “You look beautiful.”
When I came upon the website of CJ and Stephen of Torrence Photography, I fell in love with their backstory and I knew that I had to introduce them to you. The picture above is just one of the great wedding photos that they have taken over the years.
PICTURE THIS...a wedding at the beautiful Biltmore Estate courtyard as you look out to the house in the distance. A gorgeous reception in one of the many venues. Now, if only there was someone who could help me plan it...well...your problem is solved. Today, we sat down with Tamara Heston of Belle Soiree's. With many years of experience as a wedding coordinator, in and around the Asheville area, including the Biltmore Estate, Tamara is definitely someone you want to meet.
Wedding planning is, without a doubt, the most stressful experience I’ve ever had. It’s difficult to try to plan any event, but to try to plan one of the most important days of your life? That’s on an entirely different level. For us, the countdown is officially on. We’re less than three weeks from the big day, and we’re both starting to feel the pressure.
PLAIN POUNDCAKE....BUTTER CREAM ICING...yum! I'm a simple gal when it comes to cakes and sweets but for today's bride, their tastes are all over the board and bakeries like Patty Cakes in Tennessee, helping today's bride with that perfect cake is NOT a problem. Today, we sat down with Patty Russell to learn a little more about her bakery and the wonderful cakes she designs.
We’ve talked about a lot of serious subjects when it comes to wedding planning, but today, we’re going to talk about one of the most fun parts: cake tasting! Personally, I think cake tasting is the best part of planning, because, you know…free cake.
I knew that I had to learn more about Angela Proffitt, when I fell in love with her Instagram. Two years after helping friends from her church plan and design their weddings, Angela Proffitt decided to open her own full service planning company. She plans weddings and events nationally and internationally, along with offering coaching classes.
Have you asked your bridal party to be a part of your special day yet? If not...check out today's blog. We have listed some great tips to help you when picking your party. It might not be as easy as you think...
I have a favor...check out the website: www.KristaLeePhotography.com and tell me that you didn't fall in love with the photos on the home page...I did! After that, you know I had meet her and sit down for some Q&A. I can't wait for you guys to learn more.