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There must be something about the South and its food, because many of our escort card submissions involved mouthwatering treats! Allison Barnhill Designs opted to feature a sweet Southern dessert — pie! — and Elizabeth Ryan Photography captured the concept to perfection. I love the mini versions Relysh Catering created, and know guests would, too.

From Allison:

“I always have this image that pops into my head when I think of the South…my perfect Southern moment. I’m sitting in a rocking chair on a large wrap-around porch, tucked under an old quilt, reading a book, when my grandma comes out and hands me a piece of homemade pie. Throw in a glass of sweet tea in a mason jar and I’m in heaven (or sugar shock…whichever comes first!).

So, for this Ultimate Southern Escort Card Challenge, I used this “moment” as my inspiration. For the pie, I decided to go with a whimsical idea…mini pies on sticks…pie pops! Then, I picked out fabrics that reminded me of a handmade quilt. I used those fabrics to make fabric buttons that I attached to escort cards that were simple light yellow cardstock with rounded corners and rustic olive green fonts. I tied them to the pie pops with raffia bows. Adorable and yummy!

The escort card display is rustic and fun. It is filled with books, mason jars, bright wildflowers and even handmade flowers using book pages! I used the same material as used for the buttons to make a matching fabric banner to adorn the perfectly rustic table. Now, pop to your sweet seat, y’all!”

Thank you so much, ladies! Readers, if you love this idea, be sure to let us know in the comments! And remember, you’re welcome to give a vote of support to more than one concept.

P.S. Allison was so kind to include a PDF tutorial for the buttons and paper flowers she crafted. Click here

to download her instructions!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Elizabeth & Ryan | Elizabeth Ryan Photography reply

    Our mouths were watering the whole time we were photographing these sweet treats! So tasty! ;) And I know if I were a guest at this wedding, I would have a little skip in my step as I found my seat! So much fun! Thanks so much for choosing Allison’s design as a finalist! ;)

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    Okay, this one is my favorite!! The display is adorable, and I’m sure every guest would love munching on a cute pie pop while they looked for their seat!

  3. avatar Allie reply

    Mmmmmmm!!!! I love it when your escort card is also a sweet treat you can eat! Such a fun display too!

  4. avatar Brittany Minturn reply

    This is by far my favorite!!! Soooo cute!! :-)

  5. avatar Allison Barnhill reply

    Love it! Thanks so much for featuring our submission. We had a “sweet” time putting it together.

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  7. avatar Erin reply

    Oh my goodness these are my absolute favorite by far! A pie on a stick!! And I thought I was amazing for having JUST discovered pies in a jar to send to Afghanistan!!! These are fantastic!!

  8. avatar Holly reply

    This are so precious! Favorite by far!

  9. avatar Karen reply

    What a creative idea – and so yummy looking! Definitely my favorite idea!

  10. avatar Sarah reply

    Oh My! I LOVE this idea!

  11. avatar Brooke reply

    What a fantastic idea – I LOVE this! How could you not smile with a pie pop in your hand?! :)

  12. avatar Carly reply

    These look awesome! So cute!

  13. avatar Kaitlin reply

    super cute!! what a fabulous way to add a bit of “southern belle” to your day! :)

  14. avatar Krista reply

    Love these! Such a fun idea for guests to snack on while they find their seats!!

  15. avatar Annemarie reply

    This is awesome! It also gives guests a little something to snack on before the pre-dinner speeches! Allison is so talented! I’m impressed with the homemade buttons too!

  16. avatar Katie reply

    This is adorable! I am sure guests would be thrilled to receive such clever, beautiful and TASTY escort cards. LOVE them!

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  18. avatar Kelly Beninghove reply

    WHAT A CUTE IDEA!!! I think this is a FABULOUS idea for Thanksgiving and/or other holidays as well – the perfect serving size for someone who might be trying to be a bit “healthier” and won’t over indulge!

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I am LOVING our Southern escort card challenge so far, aren’t you? Up next we have a super-creative entry dreamed up by Sarah of daisies & pearls and photographed by Meredith Perdue. I love that they used something so Southern — so Carolina, in fact — but also unexpected. These escort cards would be sure to get your party moving!

From Sarah:

“What is a Southern fete without Carolina Beach Music? This series of escort cards celebrates the music of yesteryear and the famous Carolina Shag. Inspired by Andy Warhol’s Dance Diagrams, the basic Shag step is broken down for both male and female guests. The titles of Carolina Beach songs take the place of traditional table numbers. Perhaps the actual song albums could designate each table in an entire design scheme. The escort cards are hand drawn on cotton card stock using a graphite transfer technique. They are befittingly arranged on the quintessential Southern house shutter.”

To see the basic shag step Sarah referenced, click here, and to see the Warhol dance diagrams, click here! Thank you so much, ladies! Readers, if you love this idea, be sure to let us know in the comments! And remember, you’re welcome to give a vote of support to more than one concept.

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Sarah reply

    Love the two steppin’ Daisies and Pearls! Cut a rug!!!

  2. avatar John reply

    What a great idea! Daisies and Pearls and Meredeith Perdue make an excellent team with this creative and stylish idea. I think they really got to the heart of the subject matter.

  3. avatar Mary Lou reply

    Daisies & Pearls has quite a unique idea! The look just gives you such a southern, toe tappin, good time feeling! Fantastic Job Daisies & Pearls!

  4. avatar melissa reply

    These are sowonderfully unique! A sure fire way to let your guests know it’s time for a boot scootin’ reception! Daisies and Pearls has a winner!

  5. avatar Catherine reply

    This idea is SO creative, I love it! Not only does it capture the essence of the Genteel South (dance cards!!!), it uses the escort card to set the stage for the festivities ahead. Kudos to Daisies & Pearls and Meredith Perdue!

  6. avatar Aunt Cathy reply

    What a unique idea with the shutter. Keep up the good work! Love it.

  7. avatar Amanda reply

    Daisies and Pearls have out done it again!!! What a fantastic design- The, unique and overall the simplicity of this layout goes a long way! You get my vote!

  8. avatar Erin Lynch reply

    Being from New England I had no idea that the shag was an actual dance! Shag has always been one of my favorite movies. I love that Sarah incorporated something so fun, retro and something all party guests could enjoy. This one is my favorite!

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Hey, y’all! In the name of bringing even more Southern delights your way, we’re starting a series of “Ultimate Southern” prompts on the blog. Our first one? Escort cards! Vendors, we’re looking for your most creative, most Southern ideas for escort cards. My favorite example is these classic soda bottles:

Photos by Steve Steinhardt and styling by Beth Helmstetter

Simple, Southern, and sweet. Vendors, feel free to team up, though your submission doesn’t have to be anything elaborate — in fact, we want these ideas to be easily executable by brides everywhere!

A few details:

— Your escort cards can take any form, but the most important piece is that they be SOUTHERN.

— Anyone can enter as an individual or a team — vendors, brides and grooms, and wedding or Southern enthusiasts alike. And you don’t have to be Southern to enter!

— To enter, please send 5-10 professional-quality photos at 600 pixels wide and a brief description of your escort cards to howdy at iloveswmag dot com. Subject line: Ultimate Southern Escort Cards

— Include the names and websites of all your team members, and a list of materials and links to sources used. Please include directions for any DIY projects you may have done.

All submissions must be received by 11:59pm on August 17, 2011. Submissions received after the 17th will not be eligible.

— Our favorite submissions will be posted throughout the week of August 22, and the winner, who gets ultimate Southern bragging rights, will be announced the following week.

— Submissions cannot be posted or tweeted until published on Southern Weddings.

We can’t WAIT to see what y’all come up with! Questions? Leave them below, and we’ll do our best to answer them!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Tori reply

    Can’t wait! This will be fun!

  2. avatar Desiree reply

    I’d say this sounds like a challenge! bring it! haha :)

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