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Nothing says “Southern hospitality” more than opening your home to family and friends, which is why entertaining as a newlywed couple can be so joyful. It’s a great way to connect with loved ones after your wedding, not to mention the perfect excuse to pull out some of those fun gifts from your registry! We know it can also be a little bit intimidating to host for the first time as a married couple, which is why we planned our early Fourth of July potluck with newlyweds in mind every step of the way. We hope our tips will help you organize your plans and host with ease and grace, ending with the ever-so-Southern parting line, “Y’all come back now!”

Thanks to Blue Ribbon Vendor Graham Terhune for these lovely photos – it was so fun to have our gents by our side for this potluck!

Tips for Stress-Free Newlywed Entertaining
1. Let your friends help—a potluck automatically takes pressure off of the hostess! A kraft paper tablecloth and white markers on your buffet table lets guests label their dishes easily.
2. It’s okay to buy pre-prepared foods if you’re short on time. Transfer them to your favorite dishes, add fresh herbs, and you’re all set!
3. Don’t go crazy with details—instead, choose a few easy, impactful projects to focus on. In our case, we pooled our red, white, and blue kitchen supplies for the buffet and displayed a flag pie.
4. A little favor is a great way to make an ordinary dinner feel more like an event. Our blueberries to-go took less than five minutes to assemble!
5. Cloth napkins are not only environmentally friendly; they also look more polished and are better for messy foods.
6. Guidance on what guests should wear is often welcome, and it can be a fun way to keep your whole party cohesive. Our dress code was simply “Fourth of July festive.”
7. Summer is the perfect time to entertain if your home is short on seating—grab a handful of picnic blankets and set up outside instead.
8. Don’t forget the bug spray!

In case you’re planning your own dinner or attending a potluck and are looking for ideas, here’s an outline of how our food spread turned out! We split up main dishes, sides, drinks, and desserts ahead of time and coordinated them through a shared Google doc. Knowing what each person was bringing was helpful for our small group to ensure we ended up with a well-rounded meal, but a larger group probably wouldn’t need to.

Entree: Grilled chicken and sausage
Sides: Watermelon with mint, grilled corn, Mediterranean quinoa salad, spinach salad with berries and pecans, chips and guacamole, crackers and pimento cheese, corn bread
Dessert: Berry cream pie
Drinks: Sparkling berry lemonade

What are your Fourth of July plans? We’d love to hear!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Leigh Ann reply

    This is so great! Would you ladies mind sharing your recipes?? Every bit of this looks delicious!

  2. avatar Stacy {Woodsy Weddings} reply

    The rooster watermelon bites are too cute! All those little details, the chips cut into stars, help everything really tie together.

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From the bride’s fishtail braid to the paper suite designed to look like a fresh-out-of-the-oven berry pie, this wedding inspiration from Nicole Berrett and The Southern Table has me ready for summer wedding weekends! Just in time for the Fourth, their red, white, and blue ideas are a burst of Southern sweetness. And though their palette could be translated to any month of the year, there’s something especially appropriate about featuring it near Independence Day – after all, there are few things as worthy of celebratory fireworks than a new marriage!

Caroline from Lovely Paper Things made an insanely gorgeous paper suite with the theme of “Sweet as Pie.” The actual invitation was a hand-painted pie wrapped in a pie tin, with recipe cards for guests to give the couple their “recipe for a happy marriage,” a menu in the form of a sweet cookbook, and escort cards tied to mini jars of jam!

Maxine from The Southern Table put on the perfect touches with the florals, using red, white and blue in the most beautiful way I could have imagined! The flowy, lace “Sian” gown from BHLDN, and the gorgeous makeup (red lip!) and fish tail braid that Rayven from Beauty & The Blush did on our stunning bride was just the icing on the cake!

Here in Texas we love our holidays, especially our great nation’s birthday on the 4th of July! We went with a red, white and blue theme with a sophisticated Southern twist. I really wanted pies to be involved, and Heidi from Sugar Bee Sweets did an amazing job with her delectable sweets!

Photographer: Nicole Berrett Photography | Floral Design: The Southern Table | Hair & Makeup: Beauty & the Blush | Pies: Sugar Bee Sweets | Paper Goods: Lovely Paper Things | Bridal Gown: BHLDN | Film Scans: Photovision

Nicole Berrett is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Breanna reply

    I am totally in love with so many little details of this shoot. From the blue table cloths, to the gorgeous flowers in her hair, and the bold, red stationary, to the look-so-good-I-can-taste-it pies, Nicole Berrett and all the vendors put together some fabulous inspiration.

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    Excuse me while I go pin every single thing from this shoot. I love every detail, and Nicole’s photography is beautiful!!

  3. avatar Caroline | Lovely Paper Things reply

    Yippie! Such a delight to have the Lovely Paper Things, for this darling inspiration shoot featured! What a marvelous team of vendors to collaborate with! Thanks so much!! xoxo

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Happy Fourth of July, ladies + gents! We hope you’re celebrating with your families, eating barbecue (whether you like it Memphis style, Western North Carolina style, or Eastern North Carolina style, like me!), diving into some red velvet cake and heading out for fireworks this evening. We’ll see you back here tomorrow with our regular posts!

Red velvet treats via SweetCakes Bakeshop

emily Written with love by Emily
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