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Beer, wine, lemonade, mint juleps, punch, and yes, sweet tea – you’d expect to find any of them at a Southern wedding reception. But a sweet tea bar? Well, that’s a new one on us! When Ginny from Sleepy Fox Photography emailed to tell us about a new tea company catering to weddings that just popped up in Huntsville, Alabama, we knew we had to share. Hugs to Ginny and White Rabbit Studios for these photos of Piper & Leaf!

Connor, his sister Brigette, and her husband Caleb, unified by a common dream of helping turn Huntsville into a town overflowing with art and beauty, decided to open a farmer’s market booth selling compost. Yep, compost! Tea was thrown in as an afterthought, but it was what sold out their first day (while the compost was left untouched). They quickly became a part of almost every local farmers market, were introduced into local shops, opened an online store, and began selling at nearby shopping malls.

We were most excited to hear about their Artisan Tea Bars for weddings and events, which offer a ritzy, non-alcoholic, and economical alternative to the standard bar package. The experience begins with a personalized tea tasting with a Piper & Leaf sommelier to help you choose your flavors (they can even custom blend flavors for the occasion!) and serving options. The look of the bar can be customized to blend with everything from a black tie affair to a down home bash, and each guest gets a customized glass bottle or jar to take home as a keepsake! Alabama couples can find more details here.

From Piper & Leaf: We’re a family who loves working together, creating community, growing local, and serving delicious tea. Our custom, locally blended teas are created with local herbs and fruits that we grow, pick, forage, or attain from other farmers and friends and mixed with heaping doses of happiness and love. Piper & Leaf Gardens is the unique taste of Alabama in a cup (or jar) of tea.

Will y’all be serving sweet tea at your weddings?

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Erin reply

    What an amazing idea. Sweet tea for life!!!

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    Love this idea and the story behind their company!

  3. avatar Sally reply

    They grow their own herbs and make custom tea blends? And serve in Mason Jars!?! That is amazing! I love this idea!

  4. avatar Tiffany reply

    That pallet bar is AMAZING! It sounds like a wonderful family. I love the pics. Those puppies are too cute!

  5. avatar Meridith reply

    That family is terrific! I love them!

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  7. avatar Hannah reply

    It’s so cool to see a local vendor from my hometown on here! We have already booked Piper & Leaf to have a tea bar at our wedding and we are so excited!

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    i think you rock the party guyz..awesome place for party..

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Southern Delicacy: Frito Pie

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It has been awhile, but we’re excited to welcome y’all back to the Southern Delicacy series! It’s no secret that one of the great claims to fame/bragging rights of the South is our cuisine, and from our mama’s cooking to the many iconic eateries below the Mason-Dixon, it’s certainly something to celebrate. Take a look here to see our past Southern Delicacy posts, but be warned–don’t look while hungry!

Today’s topic may be considered more specifically a Texas delicacy than a Southern delicacy, but we love it all the same! Frito pie is a staple of Texas sporting stadiums and tailgates, and consists of Fritos chips, chili, onions, and cheese. As Michael Hilton said in the November 1986 issue of Texas Monthly, “Frito pie is a marriage made in heaven…If you want to get technical, Fritos absorb grease, and good chili has a lot of grease. Furthermore, the Frito retains its crispness even when chock-full of grease. The Frito has integrity.” The classic way to serve is to simply rip open a bag of Fritos, layer the other ingredients on top, and eat it straight from the bag, but we’re partial to the slightly more dinner table-appropriate casserole dish versions.

Brown Eyed Baker, Bev Cooks

The exact origins of frito pie are unknown, with two legends competing for credit. One story says that the recipe was created by Daisy Dean Doolin, the mother of Frito-Lay founder, Elmer Doolin, who had supposedly been cooking up frito pie since fritos themselves originated. The other story credits the recipe to Teresa Hernandez, an employee at Woolworth’s lunch counter in Santa Fe, New Mexico, who claims to have come up with the recipe in the 1960’s. Woolworth’s (now called Five and Dime General Store) proudly serves frito pie to this day.

Burger via Confections of a Foodie Bride, grilled cheese via Taste Spotting

Frito pie may not be the best fit for a black tie, ballroom wedding, but at a more casual celebration, we especially love it as a late night snack. Set up a frito pie bar so everyone can add their favorite toppings themselves, or serve pre-assembled and passed out to guests. After working up an appetite on the dance floor, we imagine they’d be delighted to indulge in this savory treat!

Jake Holt via Southern Weddings, Stacey E. Photography via BZ Events

Have you ever had frito pie? What’s your favorite way to enjoy it? I’ve only had it in a paper bowl at a baseball game, but I must say, I’m intrigued by the frito pie burger pictured above!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Lisa Hays reply

    As a suburban Dallas mom – of course I’ve served it :). My family loves it. You just gave me a thought – might serve it at my sons’ pre-wedding party where I’m planning a Boots -n- Barbecue theme to welcome his fiancé’s NY family to Texas for the nuptials.

  2. avatar Dana reply

    forgot how much i love fritos…must buy some!

  3. avatar Jenn reply

    I grew up on Frito Pie! As a small town Texas girl, I had one every Friday night in high school. I sold concessions for Leo Club and my teacher/sponsor always saved some for us kids. It always tastes best when your team wins, but is a fine comfort when the game goes south.
    To this day, a football game just doesn’t seem right without Frito Pie.
    Thanks for posting, ladies!

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Although the word “surcees” tends to baffle our Northern friends (as well as a good handful of Southerners!), we’re sure y’all aren’t strangers to the concept: a gift given unexpectedly or for no reason. In the land of hospitality, we hate showing up to events empty handed and relish the opportunity to give someone the perfect present. From sweet wedding favors to darling newlywed gifts, our V6 surcees include something from everyone!

Chalkboards: Rowan’s Room

With Christmas right around the corner, we think these options would be perfect for newlyweds! We also suggest flipping through the surcees section of V6 for wedding favor and gift bag ideas–I think guests would love receiving a state-inspired candle in a welcome bag. P.S. You can win your own monogrammed wreath in one of our 12 Days of Christmas giveaways here!

Row 1: Horseshoe: Sycamore Hill , Horseshoe frame: Two’s Company; Row 2: Seed packets: Visualingual; Row 3: Candles: Archipelago, Monogrammed wreath: Laurel Creek Wreaths

We love these gifts for your gals! From bridesmaid bouquet ribbons to necklaces engraved with a loved one’s handwriting, these options couldn’t be sweeter.

Row 1: Monogrammed bouquet ribbons: Oatmeal Lace, Monogrammed hair bows: E. Olsen Designs; Row 2: Handwriting necklace: Surfing Silver, Louisiana necklace: Love & Gold, Monogrammed charm necklace: Mark & Graham, Austin necklace: Brevity, Monogrammed boot socks: Memento

Men can be notoriously tricky to shop for, but we think any Southern gent, from your groom to your dad, would appreciate these dapper accessories.

Row 1: Father handkerchief: Forage, Initial handkerchief: Mark & Graham; Row 2: Bullet shell cuff links: Oruaka, Cotton pod boutonnieres: Which Goose

It’s probably no surprise that the most fun surcees to receive and photograph are the edible ones! We loved getting these tasty treats in our office, and of course, sampling them afterwards.

Pound cakes, clockwise from top left: Savannah’s Candy Kitchen, Three Brothers Bakery, Two Belles Southern Pound Cakes, Nonnie Wallers Traditional Southern, Two Belles Southern Pound Cakes, Janie’s Cakes, Three Brothers Bakery, Savannah’s Candy Kitchen; Lollipops: Gourmet flavors from Boss Girls Inc., Farm animals and Texas shapes from Melville Candy Company; Big Spoon Roasters Peanut Pecan butter and Emily G’s Jam of Love: Bourbon and Boots; Chocolate: Olive and Sinclair; Cookies: State flowers: Maggie Austin Cake, Farm animals: Southern Sugar Bakery, States: Snickety Snacks, Monograms: Sweet Goosie Girl

Goodies for the home and kitchen are always wonderful gifts, and we love these choices for their Southern flair and overall prettiness. That sums up how we choose all of our surcees quite well, as a matter of fact!

Row 1: Monogrammed apron: Ice Milk Aprons, Spoons: Jessica N Designs; Row 2: Cake server and forks: Jessica N Designs, Monogrammed koozies: Southern Hands, State koozies: Pink House Press; Row 3: Mugs: Grey Skies Blue, Mint julep cups: Mark & Graham; Row 4: Cake plate decal: WH Hostess, Cake topper: First Snowfall

Gorgeous paper makes our hearts skip a beat, which is why we love the prints and notepads in the Southern Weddings Shop. Here are a few of our top picks, as well some favorites from other amazing paper sources. We know y’all will love them as much as we do!

Row 1: Love Note notepads: Southern Weddings Shop, Letterpress measuring guide: 9th Letter Press; Row 2: Mississippi wax seal: Back to Zero, Love Never Fails print: Southern Weddings Shop; Row 3: South print and Vows print: Southern Weddings Shop; Row 4: Farm animal cards (chicken, pig, bumblebees), mason jar cards (strawberries, lemons), “We Make a Great Pair” card and “You’re the Pickin’ to My Grinnin'” card: One Canoe Two, “Written in the Stars” and “I Love You a Bushel and a Peck” cards: Southern Weddings Shop, “Oh Honey” card: Poppy Pedals

We’re tickled pink to share some of our favorite Southern surcees with you! We’re giving away a whole bunch of them to make way for V7 surcees (it is so strange to type V7!), so see if anything strikes your fancy below! (Listed as shown in this post from top to bottom)

1. The chalkboard sign with a pink ribbon from Rowan’s Room
2. Arcipelago Botanicals mini tin candles in Savannah and Charleston
3. The Louisiana state outline necklace from Love & Gold
4. The seersucker Father handkerchief from Forage
5. A set of three cotton pod boutonnieres from Which Goose
6. The “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch” and “Morning Sunshine” spoons from Jessica N Designs
7. The “Life is Sweet in the South” cake server and “Mr” and “Mrs” forks from Jessica N Designs
8. The letterpress measuring guide from 9th Letter Press
9. The Mississippi wax seal from Back to Zero
10. The farm animal card set from One Canoe Two
11. The mason jar card set from One Canoe Two
12. The “We Make a Great Pair” and “You’re the Pickin’ to my Grinnin'” cards from 1 Canoe 2
12. A thank you note set from Poppy Pedals

To enter, leave a comment letting us know which surcee you’d love to win! Be sure to enter by December 17.

Photography: Nancy Ray Photography / Liberty Fabrics: Alice Caroline / Miscellaneous Fabrics: Chit Chat Fabrics

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Anna reply

    Love the measuring guide!

  2. avatar Emily reply

    Would love the cake server + forks!

  3. avatar Heather B. reply

    love the Arcipelago Botanicals mini tin candles in Savannah and Charleston and the thank you note set from Poppy Pedals! the wax seal is such a unique gift and I might need to snatch up one with my new monogram for sweet handwritten letters :)

  4. avatar Kelly E. reply

    I love when y’all do this! V7 had some great items. I would love Arcipelago Botanicals mini tin candles in Savannah and Charleston or the mason jar card set from One Canoe Two. Of course, anything off this least would be a special treasure. Thank you so much for the chance to win!

  5. avatar Kelly E. reply

    Oops, I think my email address had a typo in that first comment. It’s fixed now!

  6. avatar Marilisa reply

    I would love to win the “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch” and “Morning Sunshine” spoons from Jessica N Designs! That would make morning coffees made by my sweetie even sweeter :)

  7. avatar c.h. reply

    I love the “life is sweet in the south” cake server!

  8. avatar Shannon reply

    Arcipelago Botanicals mini tin candles in Savannah and Charleston

  9. avatar Jessica K. reply

    The cards from 1 Canoe 2 would look great in a big frame in my house!

  10. avatar Alli reply

    Love love the The “Life is Sweet in the South” cake server and “Mr” and “Mrs” forks from Jessica N Designs!

  11. avatar Kat reply

    Y’all the cake server & forks are just darling!! I’m officially in love with them:)

  12. avatar Shannon Lea reply

    The seersucker Father handkerchief from Forage is so perfect for my dad!

  13. avatar Laura H reply

    I’d love the letterpress measuring guide or the chalkboard sign. All of it is adorable!

  14. avatar Chloe reply

    I would love the seersucker Father handkerchief. My daddy still uses handkerchiefs and it would be a great addition to his collection!

  15. avatar Taylor J reply

    Ohhh!!!! I LOVE the cake server!! & Mr. & Mrs. Forks!

  16. avatar Julie reply

    Love the mini tin candles!

  17. avatar Kelsey B reply

    I would love to win the cake server and forks! We currently don’t have serving utensils for our wedding cake and these are just so sweet! They are classic and elegant with a cute personal touch!

  18. avatar Madelynne Moulton reply

    2. Arcipelago Botanicals mini tin candles in Savannah and Charleston

  19. avatar Ashleigh from Marry Me Metro reply

    I’m not submitting a comment for entry, I just wanted to say that I adore receiving ANYTHING monogrammed as a gift so these surcee ideas are fantastic! If you’re searching for a gift for your girlfriends this Christmas, I highly recommend something custom monogrammed :)

  20. avatar Courtney VanMinsel reply

    Everything is absolutely gorgeous and I’d love anything!! But, I am in love with the Poppy Pedals thank you set!! I have a slight obsession with thank you cards/stationary! HA! I also the adore the Chalkboard sign from Rowan’s Room!! It would look perfect in my kitchen!

  21. avatar Callie Pitts reply

    I would love to use the Jessica N Design cake server and forks in my wedding this May!

  22. avatar Brooke reply

    Can I choose two? ha LOVE the letterpress measuring guide from 9th Letter Press and the
    “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch” and “Morning Sunshine” spoons from Jessica N Designs. I’m always in my kitchen so those two are perfect :)

  23. avatar Southern Weddings Weekly Round-Up – Southern Weddings Magazine reply

    […] Happy Friday, belles! Can y’all believe Christmas is less than two weeks away? In the hustle and bustle of the season, we hope you’re also spending lots of time with family and friends, and enjoying all of your favorite holiday traditions. Anyone have any fun Southern holiday traditions? We’d love to hear them! If you’re looking for last minute gift inspiration, look no further than the V6 Southern Surcees feature we shared this week! We loved finding so many fun products, and we’re giving away twelve of them, so don’t miss the post here! […]

  24. avatar Allyson W. reply

    I love the “Life is Sweet in the South” cake server and “Mr” and “Mrs” forks!

  25. avatar Tori reply

    I would love to win the “Life is Sweet in the South” cake server and “Mr” and “Mrs” forks. So adorable!

  26. avatar lena reply

    What a wonderful word-can’t wait to use it (and give one!) this holiday season!

  27. avatar Katie Minnick reply

    I’d love any of the prints! Especially the “love never fails”

  28. avatar Hannah Mallalieu reply

    I would love the farm animal card set!!

  29. avatar Hollis Harmon reply

    I absolutely love the “Life is Sweet in the South” cake server and “Mr” and “Mrs” forks from Jessica N Designs!

    It’s all absolutely adorable though!

  30. avatar Kathryn reply

    I would love to win #12 the thank you notes or #2 the candles!

  31. avatar Southern Surcees • V6 | Nancy Ray Photography reply

    […] Now it's your time to decide. What's your favorite Surcee? Or maybe your top 3, if you're like us and you can't decide!? Be sure to also stop by the Southern Weddings Blog today to leave a comment and read their post on the V6 Surcees! […]

  32. avatar Carly reply

    The Carolina Koozie!!!! Go heels!!!

    I loved this feature in your magazine actually because ALL these items are precious! The monogrammed ribbons would be high on my wish list as well.

  33. avatar jenn reply

    I’d love the wax seal. They would be so great for our thank you cards!

  34. avatar Kristy reply

    I looove the spoons!!!

  35. avatar Samantha Spivey reply

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE The “Life is Sweet in the South” cake server and “Mr” and “Mrs” forks from Jessica N Designs

  36. avatar Samantha Spivey reply

    It looks like that cake server and forks are very popular :) for good reason! So I would like to change mine to #8 The letterpress measuring guide from 9th Letter Press

  37. avatar Susan reply

    I LOVE the Mason Jar card set!

  38. avatar Hannah M reply

    I’d love to win the monogrammed wreath for our new place after we get married! With hPb, our married monogram, of course ;)

  39. avatar Laura reply

    My favorite is #11. The mason jar card set from One Canoe Two
    They would look so cute framed in my kitchen!

  40. avatar Michelle Elwell reply

    The measuring guide from 9th Letter Press is perfection for this baker!

  41. avatar Beth reply

    I would LOVE to win the cake server & forks (#7) or the chalkboard sign (#1). They are both so cute!

  42. avatar Mariel C. reply

    I simply SWOON over those Spoons!!

  43. avatar Jessa R. reply

    I adore the chalkboard with pink ribbon! All the surcees are sweet as honey bees and I would love to win any of them, really!

  44. avatar Anne Plummer reply

    I love, love the prints! The letterpress measuring guide is just swoon-worthy!

  45. avatar Kelly C reply

    The chalkboard with the pink ribbon is just the most fabulous little thing ever! It’s the perfect amount of practical and girly chic. Fingers crossed!

  46. avatar Catherine Marsh reply

    What a sweet giveaway, we’ll let me see if I so happen to win I think it would be darlin’ to receive the thank you notes set from poppy petals :)

  47. avatar Kim Murphy reply

    The mason jar card set would be so sweet!

  48. avatar Kelly reply

    I love the cake server and fork set, perfect for our wedding next summer

  49. avatar Kelly R. reply

    I love that chalkboard with the bow, I could find so many uses for it in our wedding (one of our colors is pink)! I also love those thank you cards!

  50. avatar Stewart reply

    I could certainly put that Jessica N Designs cake server to use right away…and someday…the forks too!

  51. avatar Heather Brubaker reply

    I would just dieeeee if I won the gorgeous “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch” and “Morning Sunshine” spoons from Jessica N Designs!!!!!!!! I am absolutely in love with her work!!!!!!!!!

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