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Y’all know there is nothing we like more than a great, big party! We’re thrilled to celebrate our fourth birthday with you, our sweetest readers. Since we can’t fit all of you into our little office, we’re having a virtual party! This week is packed with a candy giveaway a day from some of our favorite sweet shops in the South and beyond.

Among the most delectable treats we’ve come to love are marshmallows. We’re always surprised by how many flavors vendors are coming up with and how they’ve turned what was once just a gooey and delicious addition to Rice Krispies and s’mores into a dessert of its own.

240sweet’s artisan treats are not only packaged adorably, but their list of flavors is wide and unique. Our favorites? Sweet tea, Bacon, Maple and Toffee and Salty Caramel Swirl. They even have cakes, y’all.

We can’t even image how cute these treats would look on your dessert bar or wrapped prettily in welcome bags! You’ll have to see for yourself!

To Enter: There are three ways to enter!
1. Leave a comment below telling us which 240sweet flavor tugs at your tummy the most.
2. Tweet “I just entered the @240sweet giveaway on @iloveswmag!” Then come back here and leave a SEPARATE comment telling us you did so!
3. Like Southern Weddings and 240sweet on Facebook. Then come back here and leave a SEPARATE comment telling us you did so!

Win: One $50 gift certificate toward a purchase at 240sweet!

This giveaway will close on April 13. Good luck y’all!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Kristy reply

    Yummy!! I think I would have to go with Chocolate Swirl flavor : )

  2. avatar Linsey reply

    Just liked 240sweet and Southern Weddings on facebook. Looks so yummy!!

  3. avatar Tamara reply

    Chocolate Covered Pretzel sounds delicious! I have to go with that one!

  4. avatar Elisa Bricker reply

    I have to say that blackberry twist sounds perfect to my ears!

  5. avatar Allie reply

    The Bourbon Sugar Churro with Cajeta flavor sounds amazing, because anything that is marshmallow and somehow churro related must be amazing. I think they would be best with the chocolate drink mix. Yummo! :-)

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  7. avatar Jamie reply

    pumpkin pecan?! yes, please! adorable!

  8. avatar Kelly Ed reply

    I tweeted! @jarslikejam

  9. avatar Laura reply

    Avocado and lime?!? Holy cow, those are some creative flavors and sound absolutely delicious.

  10. avatar Ashlynn reply

    The chocolate covered pretzel sounds amazing! I love sweet and salty :)

  11. avatar Theresa reply

    pumpkin pecan!!

  12. avatar Lindy reply

    mmmmm…. Nutella + marshmallows?!??! Sounds like heaven! Yep, Nutella tops my list! Happy bday to SW!

  13. avatar Ilana reply

    I honestly can’t choose! I love anything marshmallow and it all looks deeee-licious!

  14. avatar megan reply

    pumpkin chai?! now doesn’t that just sound delicious!

  15. avatar Lauren Linn reply


  16. avatar Laura reply

    A banana pudding marshmallow?!? Be still my heart!

  17. avatar Caroline reply

    The Salty Caramel Twist sounds soooo yummy!

  18. avatar Ash V reply

    I had no idea it would be so difficult to pick a favorite! I’d probably have to pick either S’More or Cara Cara with White Chocolate. But seriously…narrowing it down to just those two was almost painfully difficult.

  19. avatar Brooke reply

    Craving the Chocolate Covered Pretzel

  20. avatar Brooke reply

    Liked both fan pages too :)

  21. avatar Katie reply

    hellooooo sweet tea!

  22. avatar Sarah reply

    Oh, definitely the Chocolate Chocolate Swirl — mmmmm chocolate :)

  23. avatar Sarah reply

    AND just realized this company is based out of southern Indiana, in the town right next to where I grew up before moving to NC 5 years ago :) LOVE IT!!!! I will definitely be liking them on Facebook too (already like Southern Weddings on Facebook).

  24. avatar Katherine reply

    Strawberry Chocolate Chip sounds delicious!!!

  25. avatar Bianca C. reply

    Hmmmm! Peppermint chip sounds great, not to mention the pineapple and mango! In fact all the fruit ones, and chocolate! :)

  26. avatar Emily Lawrence reply

    The only thing better than a sweet tea-flavored something would be a sweet tea with lemon-flavored something! I think the sweet tea flavor sounds delightful.

  27. avatar Brittany reply

    The Salty Caramel Twist! I just love the combination of caramel and salt especially with some chocolate!

  28. avatar christie reply

    “roasted pineapple” yum, yum, yum! Reminds me of summer!

  29. avatar Anne L reply

    Wow, so many amazing flavors! I’m super impressed at the selection… but it makes it so hard to choose just one! I’ll have to go with salty caramel twist.

  30. avatar Anne L reply

    I also liked Southern Weddings and 240sweet on FB!

  31. avatar Jessica Williams reply

    Come on y’all .. Chocolate covered pretzel hands down!! It’s like heaven in a puff!! Born in North Carolina and going back to get married in sept. This would be great to show off!! Thanks for the opportunity!!

  32. avatar Jessica Williams reply

    I just tweeted about this amazing giveaway!! Thanks again for hosting !!

  33. avatar Anna A. reply

    The Maple and Brown Sugar sounds delicious!

  34. avatar Anna A. reply

    I liked both on fb!

  35. avatar Emily reply

    The flavors all sound AMAZING! But I’d have to be adventurous and go with Bacon Maple Toffee

  36. avatar Bre C. reply

    The s’more flavor sounds amazingly delish and makes me want one RIGHT NOW! Happy birthday, by the way :)

  37. avatar Selina reply

    I just tweeted this yummy contest! :)

  38. avatar Selina reply

    I would love to try cookies and cream.

  39. avatar Brittany Teague reply

    Liked 240sweet and Southern Weddings on facebook. :)

  40. avatar Brittany Teague reply

    Tweeted from @ABTeague :)

  41. avatar Katie K reply

    Salty Caramel Twist. -swoon!-

  42. avatar Brittany Teague reply

    Favorite Flavor… peach marshmallows! My heart be still!

    But lets be real… how can you pick just one!?!

  43. avatar Katie K reply

    Tweeted from @kahcarre :)

  44. avatar Katie K reply

    I liked both pages on FB!

  45. avatar laura reply

    dark chocolate!!

  46. avatar Amanda Zerra reply

    I tweeted!! YAY! @babyglitz

  47. avatar Amanda Zerra reply

    The flavor I so desire is Meyer Lemon. I just love anything lemon flavor! Delish!

  48. avatar Rachel G. reply

    Happy birthday!! I like the sound of peppermint chip the most! Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

  49. avatar Davonne Head reply

    the Bacon, Maple, and Toffee sounds amazing. They have so many flavors!

  50. avatar Meg S reply

    The meyer lemon sounds amazing!

  51. avatar Megan D. reply

    carrott and Gingersnap sounds like a great flavor!

  52. avatar Laura P reply

    I really love classic flavors, but if I had to go crazy, I would pick the Bourbon Sugar Churro with Cajeta – it just sounds out of this world!

  53. avatar Cecilia reply

    I love cheese and my fiance enjoys a fine bourbon so I am going to have to go with the Bourbon Sugar Churro with Cajeta!

  54. avatar Afton Cole reply

    The Chai Spice marshmallows sound delicious. Chai tea is my favorite!

  55. avatar Michelle D reply

    I Liked Southern Weddings and 240sweet on Facebook!

  56. avatar Zadry Ferrer Geddes reply

    Oh my the list of flavors are just yumm! … Vanilla Rose sounds like a lovely spring choice :)
    Good Luck to everyone!

  57. avatar Zadry Ferrer Geddes reply

    Just sent my tweet!

  58. avatar Zadry Ferrer Geddes reply

    Just LIKED Southern Weddings and 240sweet on Facebook :)

  59. avatar Elizabeth @ HobbyLobbyist reply

    Liked you both on FB!

  60. avatar Elizabeth @ HobbyLobbyist reply

    Banana Cinnamon sounds amazing….

  61. avatar Kate E reply

    I tweeted it!

  62. avatar Kate E reply

    I “liked” both on Facebook.

  63. avatar Kate E reply

    I definitely would love to try the chocolate hazelnut swirl. Yum!!

  64. avatar Tracy reply

    Maple and Toffee for sure!

  65. avatar Tracy reply

    Liked both on FB

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Welcome back to the world of weddings, y’all! We have some fun posts ready to go this week. In addition to the usual real weddings, we’re excited to be presenting the finalists in our most recent Ultimate Southern Challenge over the next few days! The focus this time around was on burlap. Our finalists really went above and beyond, with several putting together full shoots involving our favorite rough and tumble material! Let’s get started!

The talented team at Cedarwood Weddings is known for their creativity, so we were not surprised to find a detail-filled submission from them! Kristyn Hogan photographed everything to perfection. Here’s a look at the unique ideas they put together:

To start, Linda and her team worked with Designs in Paper to develop a sophisticated stationery suite. We love the vertical burlap belly band – a twist on the usual horizontal version!

The Cedarwood team used large sheets of burlap (purchased from a local fabric store) to create burlap wall panels. The letters were cut from gray suede fabric and attached to the burlap with brads. The panels were installed with rods and brackets. These would be such a good idea for a Southern photobooth or ceremony backdrop, or to hide a less-than-desirable corner of your venue!

For the table tops, Cedarwood ordered French grain sacks in burlap from Online Fabric Store and stitched them together to create rustic runners. Side note: How cute are those mini cookies??

Finally, the team set up a gourmet popcorn bar in lieu of favors. They used burlap bags and suitcases from Save on Crafts as containers, and put together a handmade burlap bunting and quilted sign for the backdrop. Popcornopoly in Nashville supplied the treats!

WHEW, y’all! So many fabulous burlap ideas, and that’s just ONE entry! Thanks so much, Linda + Kristyn! 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.

Cedarwood Weddings is a fabulous member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Kristyn Hogan reply

    Thanks so much for featuring this lovely little burlap inspiration. We had so much fun photographing it and are always inspired by the creativity of Cedarwood!

  2. avatar Linda at Cedarwood Weddings reply

    We are huge Southern Weddings fans and lovers of burlap. Love the contest and the inspiration it provides.

  3. avatar sara e. rose reply

    Big Fan of Burlap, Cedarwood + Kristyn Hogan!! A++ And, yes, how cute are those mini cookies? Adorable.

  4. avatar Kristal David reply

    I am getting married at Cedarwood on May 25th, and Kristyn Hogan will be capturing my wedding on film. I am so lucky that these creative minds who love what they do are involved in my very own special day (which will also include LOTS of burlap!) Thanks Southern Weddings for always posting such beautiful and inspirational things! You are by far by favorite wedding blog!

  5. avatar Stephanie reply

    Love, love, love :) Beautiful design and amazing images.

  6. avatar Alicia M reply

    I love the grain sacks they used as table runners! And the whole popcorn set up is awesome! Great job!

  7. avatar Brenda Douglas reply

    Love, love, love Cedarwood weddings! Also love the way they have used burlap! My son and his bride were married at Cedarwood about 11/2 years ago and they, too, used a lot of burlap! It was fabulous and so uniquely them! Linda and her team are masters at creating the most beautiful and unique weddings, no matter what the style!

  8. avatar Pam reply

    How creative! Great use of burlap.:)

  9. avatar Cynthia reply

    Only the most beautiful and creative work from Cedarwood, as always!!!!!! They are such a talented group and always a joy to work with on each individual wedding.

  10. avatar Tim Duncan reply

    Love the designs! That love sweet love sign is way cute!

  11. avatar Donette – Designs in Paper reply

    What a wonderful way to start off the week! It’s SO exciting to see your post — we love, love, love getting to work on inspirations like this with Cedarwood and Kristyn Hogan – they are so on-track for design and something that brides can truly incorporate into their day! Thanks so much for the post!

  12. avatar Ashleigh reply

    Love sweet love sums up this entry perfectly!

  13. avatar Lanie reply

    Adore this!!

  14. avatar Matt reply

    What splendid concepts! The lighting is gorgeous and each table is styled to perfection. Absolutely love the French burlap table runners!

  15. avatar Matt reply

    What splendid concepts! Amazing how many different burlap elements are used here to style multiple tables in such an elegant fashion. They are perfectly complimentary!

  16. avatar Linda at Cedarwood reply

    We are thrilled to hear these amazing comments….we are blushing :) Appreciate the feedback so very much!

  17. avatar Courtney H reply

    Every southern brides favorite-BURLAP, paired with the new southern staple piece- GALVANIZED STEEL! It goes together like dixie chicken and Tennessee lamb!

  18. avatar Mary reply

    Love the burlap backdrop, so creative!

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  21. avatar Floral Cotton reply

    So great! Love it!

  22. avatar Dawn reply

    Love all the burlap ideas. We are having a country chic wedding this September and several of these ideas will be used in the wedding. Thank you for sharing them with us!

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This past weekend, my husband BDK and I had a fun little trip to the Boca Beach Club planned. Research for the Honey List, you know. Let’s just say it was a blast, but more on that later!

Our Southern Delicacy mini-series is taking a beach trip as well – to Charleston! I know, jealous! Our Southern Delicacy of the week is the benne wafer, and according to the Olde Colony Bakery, “the benne wafer perfectly represents the fine taste and heritage of the Charleston, South Carolina area.” Having never tasted benne wafers (shame!) I cannot concur without further research.

Benne wafer photo by She Wears Many Hats; benne wafer favor photo by Veil and Bow via Style Me Pretty

I can, however, give you a little taste (pun-intended) of what my research found! Benne wafers are unique to the Lowcountry (the region located along South Carolina’s coast), and have been around since the Colonial era. The benne (the Bantu word for sesame) wafer is a thin cookie, made of toasted sesame, and has a almond-y or peanut buttery flavor. The original recipe was brought over from East Africa in the 17th century, and wafers are still made by hand today. Not local to Charleston but still looking to get your hands on this great Southern treat? Try Olde Colony Bakery, Market Street Munchies, or Byrd Cookie Company.

An additional detail for brides? According to Bantu folklore, eating the benne wafer is said to bring good luck; I think the luck alone is a perfect reason to serve this yummy treat at a wedding! (Well that, and its fabulous Southern history!) These sweet little cookies would also be perfect as a wedding favor or tucked into a welcome bag.

Looking to try your hand at benne wafers? Discover South Carolina has the recipe for traditional preparation of this delicacy for y’all!

Have you tried benne wafers? How do they rank among fabulous Southern treats, in your opinion?

P.S. Is this making you hungry? Check out our first feature in this series – grits!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Amy reply

    Oh, I love benne wafers! Living here in Charleston they are a MUST when shopping at the Market or to have on hand for visitors. In fact, I love these little delicious treats so much, I’m planning a Benne Wafer Bar for our wedding! Southern Sisters Bakery ( sells their wafers downtown at the Market and have adapted the original recipe to include some new favorites like pecan, gingersnap and lemon cooler. Oh I’m getting a craving just thinking about them!

    • avatar Marissa reply

      Okay, a Benne Wafer Bar?! SO awesome! Thanks for sharing the Southern Sisters link, I’ll have to check out those flavors! xo, Marissa

    • avatar Lindsey reply

      Amy: I definitely think Olde Colony Bakery makes THE BEST benne wafers. They have the perfect yummy flavor and crunch every time. You can buy them all around town and on their website – They are the home to the original benne wafers although my favorite cookie of theirs is the raspberry sassy or the key lime cookies.

      We’re putting them out at my wedding along with the candy and pies from Michigan. It is good luck after all :-)

  2. avatar Barbara stevens reply

    Hope that you had a lovely birthday. I have many fond memories of the Boca Hotel and Resort. My husband and i even went to prom there many moons ago.

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