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Betcha didn’t know that June 10 is officially National Iced Tea Day! And since here in the South we like our tea like we like our gentlemen – sweet! – we’re going with sweet tea in honor of this fine holiday!

When I was younger, every year we had a gymnastics banquet in downtown Mobile. It’s was so much fun to get dolled up (with giant bows, of course), and head down to the ballroom with friends. One of my favorite things about the banquet was the sweet tea in pretty glass goblets – it just seemed so fancy! I’ve since grown into an Arnold Palmer kind of girl, but I still feel fancy drinking out of a goblet! :)

A few fun facts about this delightful delicacy:
— In the early 1900’s, sweet tea was considered a luxury status symbol, since the main ingredients – tea, ice, and sugar – were prohibitively expensive. It seems strange now, but the ice was actually the most prized ingredient, since it had to be shipped in from afar.
— The oldest known recipe for sweet ice tea was published in 1879 in a community cookbook called “Housekeeping in Old Virginia” by Marion Cabell Tyree. Ms Tyree was a native Texan, and suggested making the recipe with green tea.
— In 2003, the Georgia House introduced a bill making it a “…misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature” to sell iced tea in a restaurant and not also offer sweet iced tea on the menu. The bill never went to vote, but I sure know a few folks who would have voted it through!
— In most Southern states, sweet tea has become such a signature drink that the use of the word “tea” is largely used to refer specifically to cold sweet tea, and not to hot or plain varieties.

Images from top to bottom: Kate Headley via Southern Weddings, Heather Forsythe via Southern Weddings, Ulmer Studios via Southern Weddings, Amy Rae Photography via Southern Weddings, and Sarah Kate Photographer via Southern Weddings

We love the idea of serving tea at weddings, whether with fun striped straws, in mason jars, or both! Sweet tea is a staple of sweet Southern hospitality, and is sure to make your guests feel right at home.

With lemon, raspberry, mint or all of the above? How do you take your tea? Will you be serving it at your wedding? Leave a comment below with your favorite tea recipe – we’d love to try it sometime! And, of course, however you take your tea, we hope it’s always sweet!

P.S. For more gorgeous Southern sips, make sure you check out this Pinterest board!

P.P.S. We can’t talk about sweet tea without mentioning the Sweet Tea Society! Are you a member yet?

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Nicole reply

    Y’all know I’m partial to peach iced tea!

  2. avatar Katie reply

    I love sweet tea and all its varieties–peach, raspberry, arnold palmers, and even any with firefly vodka :) It’s very tragic to live in Northern Virginia, where the only restaurant serving sweet tea is Mcdonalds :(

  3. avatar Theresa reply

    We will be serving Sweet Tea with lemon wheels in mason jars with old fashioned stripe straws at our outdoor ceremony in July!!

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I seem to be going all summery for my last few inspiration boards, don’t I? I assure you, I’m not trying to hurry spring along – I’m loving the mid-70s temps we’ve been having, and am most certainly not ready to leave them behind for the humid 90s we’ll have in just a few weeks!

Despite all this, I’m pretty happy with this inspiration board and color palette based around key lime pie. By the way, I think key lime pie is a candidate for a future Southern Delicacy post, don’t you?

P.S. Have an idea for a Southern Inspiration Board? Let me know in the comments and I’ll whip one up for you!


Key lime pie photo unknown; bar set-up with limes photo by Kate Headley; bride and groom portrait by Elizabeth Messina; Key West photo by Divine Light via Southern Weddings; green and white boutonniere photo by Aaron Delesie from a wedding designed by Lisa Vorce; mojitos with yellow and white striped straws photo by Adam Barnes via Style Me Pretty; shoe check photo by Kate Headley; lime sorbet from Whisk

P.S. Still deciding on your color palette and theme? Check out these options:
Blueberry Gingham
Lemon Squeeze
Merlot + Champagne Vineyard

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Brit {Colure Weddings} reply

    Mmmm, what a delicious looking wedding!

  2. avatar Elizabeth @ HobbyLobbyist reply

    Y’all do the best job with these inspiration boards! Of course, I always love the Derby ones… I’d love to see a series inspired by southern authors: Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, Truman Capote, the list goes on and on.

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Elizabeth! As a former English major, I love that idea! I think I’ve already got an idea for our next one…

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Holy moly, this page looks yummy! Is it just me, or does each and every Southern Delicacy we feature look more and more delicious? Maybe I should stop working on these posts right around lunch time…

Like grits, deviled eggs are one of those love it or hate it foods. I think it’s the consistency that throws the dislikers off! I, myself, am quite fond of deviled eggs, and Emily’s told me she loves them, too. Deviled eggs, or eggs mimosas (I prefer this term!), are hard-boiled eggs cut in half and filled with the hard-boiled egg’s yolk mixed with all kinds of yummy seasoning and toppings. Deviled eggs are traditionally served cold as an appetizer, most commonly on holidays or at parties.

From top: deviled eggs by Cru Catering (photo by A Bryan Photo via Southern Weddings), deviled eggs with prosciutto (photo and recipe from Pixelated Crumb), lobster deviled eggs from Coastal Living (photo by Becky Luigart-Staynor), deviled eggs topped with bacon (photo by Cyn Kain)

A few interesting facts about deviled eggs: The term “deviled” dates back to the 19th century, when the term was coined to refer to particularly piquant (hot or spicy) spices in cooking. In Belgium, a variation known as “Russian eggs” is served. This version is where the eggs are filled with caviar and served in rémoulade sauce (not so sure about that one). In some parts of the South, the terms “salad eggs” or “dressed eggs” are used, particularly when the dish is served in connection with a church function.

We love the idea of serving deviled eggs at a wedding cocktail hour for a little down home flavor, especially when you dress up the classic with one of these creative ideas! The deviled egg topping bar below is particularly fun and interactive!

Clockwise from top left: deviled eggs with topping bar from My Recipes (photo by Jennifer Davick), pimento cheese deviled eggs from Southern Living (photo by Jennifer Davick), buffalo chicken deviled eggs (photo and recipe by Baked by Rachel), beet-pickled deviled eggs from The Kitchn (photo by Leela Cyd Ross)

Want to try your hand at deviling some eggs? Cool hard-boiled eggs, peel and half lengthwise. Remove the yolks, then mash and mix with your favorite ingredients, such as mayonnaise, mustard, tartar sauce or Worcestershire sauce. Then scoop the yolk mixture and place into the egg “cups.” Lastly, garnish with Old Bay, paprika, curry powder, chives, and/or dill!

Do you like deviled eggs? Will you be serving them at your wedding? Do you prefer the classic version, or would you try one of the bolder varieties in this post?

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar molly reply

    WHAT? buffalo chicken deviled eggs? i think i may have just died and gone to deviled egg heaven.

  2. avatar Gretchen reply

    I adore deviled eggs (simple mayo, mustard, salt, pepper, paprika combo is my favorite). Love the beet-pickled look though, which would be really fun for our cocktail menu.

  3. avatar sarah @ belle on heels reply

    the fabulous southern chef virginia willis has the BEST deviled eggs recipe. her secret? BUTTER!! my husband goes crazy whenever i make them :)

  4. avatar Tim Duncan reply

    These look so delicious… making me hungry right now!

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