After months of renovation and weeks of packing and unpacking, I knew the best way to bring the pretty back into the house was to plan a party. So, that’s exactly what I did. Almost 3 months from our move in date, I hosted a Sip and See for my niece. She just had her third, beautiful child and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate her new baby and give me a reason to get the house in order.
So the pressure was on to get the decorating complete and the details ironed out. It was like a full court press. Furniture to recover, pictures to reframe, shelve styling, DIY projects, the yard, the shed, restyling, pictures and mirrors to hang, new pillows, arrange furniture, rearrange furniture … the list goes on. The funny thing is while the renovation was going on, I had decisions to make but I didn’t have to actually DO anything. It was more like research, design, selections … really, the fun stuff. But now, with the house in our hands, it was up to us to get it finished and party ready.
It was down to the wire. The last items to complete were getting the custom pillows from my sister (who made them!) and finishing my DIY project, the wall of family photos. And when it came time to decide the menu for the party, I knew I would go to my new favorite neighborhood spots to provide some of the food for the party. I would much rather spend time styling for the event that cooking for it, so I made a few easy, no mess items and outsourced the rest.
North Central Deli is a tiny spot on Huger Street but they pack a whole lot of flavor in their chicken salad (get it with the almonds and cranberries). It is THE BEST chicken salad I have ever had! Not always on the menu, so please ask for it when you go there … I am hopeful we can get it called the English Chicken Salad (reference the Post and Courier article, “Who’s in a menu item name”). Also known as THE Charleston Deli, they offer New York-style bagels, New Jersey subs, Chicago wurst & breakfast sandwiches. Also a great place to pick up picnic items for a trip to Hampton Park. For the party, I put the chicken salad in little phyllo pastries for an easy, delicious bite of flavor.
My other favorite spot is a new bakery, Once Upon A Treat, on the corner of Huger and Rutledge. I have been a fan of this bakery since it opened, shamelessly making weekly visits to test drive all the tasty treats. It was a hard choice to pick what I would use for the Sip and See, but their chocolate chip cookie is simply the best. A classic and if there was going to be leftovers, this was what I could see myself nibbling on after the party.
So with great fanfare, a little champagne, and a few mimosas, we welcomed Nathan into our family and the world. A room full of ladies, cousins and friends, we oohed and awwed and like the chill baby that he is, he just soaked it all up. I think he is going to be a ladies man.