Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Seersucker and Sazeracs: A Southern Tradition

Photo courtesy of Tales of the Cocktail

Easter has passed, the weather has warmed up (for some of us) and it's time to start sporting our stripes. Seersucker is everywhere, I've even heard it referred to as the new chevron! My husband and I hosted a party last year we named Seersucker and Sazeracs. For those of you that don't know the Sazerac is the official state cocktail of Louisiana, yes we have an official drink, are you surprised? You can find the traditional Sazerac recipe here. We invited a few friends over for some afternoon cocktails and some light hors d'ourves and we had a great time! Our afternoon party stretched into the night and is now becoming an annual event. Pictured below is last year's invitation.


I created die cut invitations with real seersucker tie embellishments. The invitation stated that guests must wear seersucker and everyone happily agreed. I created a special logo inspired by the Sazerac logo. I wanted to create my own "bar sign" so I took a plain piece of glass and hand cut vinyl to use as a stencil, it took forever! I used the frosted glass spray paint to mask it out and the result was awesome! I placed the glass in my planter stand sign and added some hydrangeas from my yard and placed on our bar. It looked awesome at night with the tent lights behind it!



On each table I placed a white table cloth topped with a seersucker runner, fresh flowers in glass vases and mint julep cups and a silver frame with prints of the Sazerac recipe, the history of the drink and several other beloved cocktails such as the Pimm's cup. The logo was also printed on cocktail napkins. The food was kept simple and very Southern. I served marinated cheese (you can find the recipe here), mini muffalettas, shrimp pasta and creme brûlée cups. I will post the recipe for the mimi muffalettas next week, it's always a crowd favorite and SO EASY to make!

If you're interestsed in throwing your own Seersucker and Sazeracs party you can view some other ideas on my Southern Traditions pin board. 

Vendor Credits:
Invitations, styling and other printed materials: Magnolia Creative Co.
Creme brûlée cups and stripe flags: Polka Dot Market
Printed napkins: Cayenne Marketing






Have a  great day!