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Welcome back to our Ultimate Southern Mason Jar finalist series!

All I have to say about this next entry is, who knew barbecue could be so cute?! Stylist Carlee Sizemore and photographer Leslie Kerrigan did such a great job with this cheery set-up. Read on for all of the details behind their barbeque bar concept!

From Carlee + Leslie:

“We loved the idea of setting up a Southern BBQ Bar and serving the ‘que in individual Mason jars. Whether you use the traditional pulled pork BBQ, chicken or beef brisket (we love Texas style BBQ, too!), we think guests will love being able to dress their barbeque with their choice of sauce. Including favorites such as Eastern North Carolina Vinegar based, Carolina Gold, Alabama White and plain ol’ barbeque sauce in various sized jars gives a nice, colorful look to the BBQ table (and who knows? maybe they’ll find their new favorite ‘que style). Throw some silverware in a jar wrapped in jute and you’re all set! I love the flexibility that a BBQ bar brings: it’s perfect for a catered rehearsal dinner or a backyard reception.”

Thank you so much, ladies! Readers, if you love this concept, be sure to let us know in the comments! And remember, you’re welcome to vote for more than one finalist!

emily Written with love by Emily
16 Comments
  1. avatar leah reply

    LOVE. And I shouldn’t be hungry for BBQ for breakfast, but now I am.

  2. avatar Ashley denton reply

    Love this! Such a cute idea!!!

  3. avatar Bess reply

    A really cute idea! Not only great for a southern wedding reception/rehearsal party but a great idea for a backyard party. I love the sterling or heavy plate flatware with the more casual theme. But I would not have enough sterling for a crowd and I would be counting it all night to make sure that someone did not put a piece in the trash or their pocket! It looks super though!

  4. avatar Marsha Mifsud reply

    Love this!! wonderful idea and wonderful images!!
    This southern girl loves it!!

  5. avatar Lauren reply

    This is a great idea! We do something similar with Indian food (start with the basics and add your own toppings), but here in Virginia, this BBQ would be a huge hit at any party!

  6. avatar mary reply

    Oh, this is fabulous!

  7. avatar Brantley Harrison reply

    This makes me want to get married again!! I LOVE it!!!

  8. avatar Lisa Davis reply

    Love it! Tres chic!!! Very clever and inviting – evokes lots of warm, fuzzy, homey feelings! Nice job!

  9. avatar Stephanie reply

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!!

  10. avatar Lizzie Rice reply

    These pics make me hungryyyyyyyy! Love it!

  11. avatar Kay reply

    Ya’ll have such great ideas. Love it !

  12. avatar Courtney reply

    What a fantastic idea! So cute, love it!!

  13. avatar Carmen reply

    This is such a great idea and this is definitely something I would use at my reception!! LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT!

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Welcome to the second installment of our Southern Hospitality feature! Each month, we pick a Southern city and an expert host. Our host shares their favorite items custom to that city that would be perfect packed into a welcome bag for family and friends at a weekend wedding. Just one more perk of attending a destination wedding!

This month, we’re featuring a city near and dear to my heart: Atlanta! Much of my extended family lives in the area, and there is a huge Georgia (UGA) vs. Georgia Tech rivalry among my relatives… my grandparents are such super fans, they own a bulldog. (Can anyone else relate?!)

This month’s expert was our good friend Carlee Sizemore of High Cotton Event Design, who I had the pleasure of working with at a V4 shoot in Charleston this summer. Below are Carlee’s picks for an Atlanta tote bag — we know you’ll love them!

A. Atlanta letterpress postcard. Include a postcard stamp so guests can easily pop them in the mail from their hotel! ($3.50 each)

B. Tickets to the Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the world. (varies)

C. Atlanta Coasters featuring famous Peachtree landmarks. ($8 each or 4 for $29.99)

D. Georgia Cutting Board. We love the state-specific designs! ($40)

E. Sublime Donuts, a true Georgia treasure with flavors like chocolate banana fritter (available Elvis style), chocolate wildberry and Nutella (varies)

F. Atlanta Kitchens: Recipes from Atlanta’s Best Restaurants. For the foodies. ($21.90)

G. Gift Certificate to The Varsity, which boasts of being “the world’s largest drive-in”! (varies)

H. Tickets to the World of Coca-Cola tour. Only appropriate when visiting the birthplace of Coke! ($16.00)

I. A copy of Gone with the Wind. This classic by Margaret Mitchell is partially set in Atlanta. ($9.49)

J. SweetWater Brewery tickets — a glimpse inside one of Atlanta’s favorite homegrown brewing establishments. (Tours are free, but $8 gets you a souvenir SweetWater pint glass and six tickets for 5.5oz samples of SweetWater’s brews)

K. Emily G’s Jam of Love ($8.00). An Atlanta favorite, featured in the V3 wedding of Ali + Matt (see here + here!).

Carlee joined forces with her talented friend Joni of Chocolate Butterbean to create THE cutest Atlanta peach tote. Simply download the overlay here and take it to your local screen-printer.

From the Atlanta area and have additional suggestions to add to our tote? What did you love about Atlanta if you’ve visited before? Have a city in mind for future posts? Let us know!

Check out past totes:
Nashville

Written with love by Sierra
13 Comments
  1. avatar Victoria reply

    I am in love! Such a great tote bag- and of course the contents are spot on!!!!! I will always have a soft spot in my heart for ATLANTA! :)

    Also, the postcards are sold at local stores in the Buckhead area, I just love them!!!

  2. avatar Kathryn reply

    So cute!! Stuff like this reminds me why I’m so glad to have moved back to Atlanta!!

  3. avatar Morgan reply

    Such a cute idea! I would love to see a tote for Fort Worth, Texas!

  4. avatar Kate reply

    Such cute ideas! I would love ideas for a tote for Fairhope or Mobile, Alabama! I am having a wedding there next summer and I am having a difficult time figuring out items to put in our welcome bags for out of town guests!

  5. avatar Ayesha reply

    What a fun post! I love Atlanta. If you ever do a post on Chattanooga, Tennessee I would love to be your host and tell you about all the fun, quirky, and unique places in my city.

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  8. avatar Michelle reply

    One for Savannah would be great!! Such an amazing Southern city!

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