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As we talked about how we wanted to frame our Christmas giveaways this year, we really wanted to focus them on experiences. We wanted to give you the gift of time, because we know the engagement period can be stressful and chaotic! (As well as joyful and exciting!) Today’s giveaway is possibly the most direct representation of that: we’re taking tasks off your plate with the addition of a literal extra pair of hands! :)

TaskRabbit is an online and mobile marketplace that matches freelance labor with local demand, allowing consumers to find immediate help with everyday tasks, including cleaning, moving, delivery and handyman work — AND WEDDING TO DOS! Whee! Our TaskRabbit friends sent over a few real-life examples from past wedding clients to get your wheels turning:

— We’re having a polo game at our wedding and we need two people to work as flaggers for the event. A flagger is someone who waves a flag when a goal is made.
— Tie ribbons on a small cardboard box for 500 guests.
— I need some help hanging handmade dream catchers from tree branches for my wedding.
— Need you to purchase a *HUGE* teddy bear from Cosco and then drive it 2 hours upstate to a wedding venue. Please make sure you have space in the car for the teddy bear.
— Write all my 300+ thank you cards before my wife realizes I still haven’t done them…
— Our dog sitter bailed last minute! We are getting married in 2 hours and need someone to stay with our dog for 5 hours tonight.
— Wedding proposal setup, need someone to be a photographer to capture the whole thing and the other to help me carry table, chairs, flowers, food, wine to a remote location – about 3/4 mile hike. Bring your hiking game. Need one person to stay with setup until we arrive on hike. Please hide when you see us.
— Need a male, attractive bartender (minimal to no bartending skills needed, must be able to lift 7lbs) to dress in a tux or sharp suit and issue compliments to bride and guests from 11am-1:30pm.
— Need someone to help bride and groom at wedding ceremony as a personal secretary. Must be well-dressed in a suit and tie.

Fun, right? :)

Win: $150 TaskRabbit credit

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One winner will be drawn on December 19!

emily Written with love by Emily
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Want to hear a little secret? When you serve a signature cocktail at your wedding, it’ll probably be the number one thing your guests order at the bar. And for good reason! Just like your loved ones will be excited to ooh and aah over your reception decor, a special drink becomes a part of the experience you’ve created for them to enjoy. They can sip wine or beer at any party, but when they taste a special Rhubarb-Strawberry Daiquiri created just for your summer wedding, they get to use a whole different sense to get to know y’all little bit better.

We asked our mixology pro friends from one of Charleston’s favorite services, Squeeze Cocktail & Beverage Catering, to teach us a few signature drink-worthy recipes, as well as a few Southern spins on these classic cocktails. Plan at at-home date night with your fiance to test a few out and choose the perfect fit for your celebration!

Thank you to Blue Ribbon Vendor Katelyn James for these lovely photos!

The Moscow Mule:
2 oz Tito’s Vodka
4 oz Ginger beer
1/2 oz Fresh lime juice
Lime peel garnish

Fill a copper mug with crushed ice. Combine all ingredients in mug. Garnish with lime peel.

The Southern Mule:
2 oz Tito’s Vodka
3 oz Ginger beer
1 oz Local strawberry puree
1/2 oz Fresh lime juice
Lime peel garnish

Fill a copper mug or glass with crushed ice. Combine all ingredients in glass. Garnish with lime peel.

The Hemingway Daiquiri:
2 oz White rum
1/4 oz Maraschino liqueur
3/4 oz Fresh grapefruit juice
1/2 oz Fresh lime juice
1/4 oz Simple syrup
Cherry garnish

Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake to chill. Strain into a chilled martini glass or the coupe glass of your choice. Garnish with a cherry.

The Rhubarb-Strawberry Daiquiri:
2 oz White run/Cachaca
1 oz Local strawberry puree
1/2 oz Fresh lime juice
1/4 oz Simple syrup
Strawberry slice garnish

Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake to chill. Strain into a chilled martini glass or coupe glass of your choice. Garnish with a strawberry slice.

The Mint Julep:
3 oz Bourbon
1 oz Mint simple syrup
Large mint sprig garnish

Fill a julep cup with crushed ice. Combine all ingredients in cup. Garnish with a large mint sprig.

The Blueberry-Mint Market Julep:
2 oz Bourbon
2 oz Blueberry-mint reduction
Large mint sprig garnish
Blueberry garnish

Fill a julep cup with crushed ice. Combine all ingredients in cup. Garnish with mint sprig and blueberries.

The Gin Fizz:
2 oz Plymouth Gin
1 oz Club soda
1 oz Lemon juice
3/4 oz Simple syrup
1 Egg white (1/2 oz)
Lemon peel garnish

Add the club soda to a Fizz or Collins glass and set aside. Add the remaining ingredients to a shaker and shake without ice for about ten seconds. Add three or four ice cubes and shake very well. Double-strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.

The Ginger Fizz:
2 oz Plymouth gin
1 oz Club soda
1 oz Lemon juice
1 oz Ginger simple syrup
1 Egg white (1/2 oz)
Orange peel garnish

Shake the gin, lemon and lime juices, simple syrup, egg white, and bitters with ice. Strain and serve in a highball glass with two ice cubes. Fill glass with club soda. Garnish with an orange peel.

Cheers, y’all!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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If you’re anything like me, your handsome beau is a bit of a challenge to shop for. If you’re on the hunt for dapper gift ideas, then I’ve got just the thing for you. I am thrilled to share our that our fabulous Southern Weddings for High Cotton bow bow tie collection is 20% off with the code TIEDWITHABOW!!

This is the only time our Southern Weddings for High Cotton ties will discounted, so it’s the perfect time to snag a few for Christmas and/or get your gent’s groomsmen decked for your upcoming wedding. In their dapper blue and white stripped boxes, they make the perfect gift for all the fellows in your life who “don’t need anything!”

Now the hard part, picking which one to buy — which one is your favorite?

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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