Friday, September 10, 2010

Low Country Bash!

A New Jersey native planning a southern Low Country Bash? I am here to prove it CAN be done :)

For the past few months, I have been planning a fundraising event for a local non-profit, the . You can read more about the Trolley's historic preservation mission on their website.

Jackie Fogartie Events is a sponsor of this event, and I am chairing the event as well, so I (and the fabulous event committee) am working extra hard to make this a fabulous event! In fact, it's one of those things where I wake up at 4 a.m., have an idea, and can't go back to sleep unless I write it down. Then in the morning, I see a random note on the back of a book jacket on my nightstand and I'm like, what the hell does THAT mean?!

My random night writing aside, we are way ahead of schedule with this event. We have hired a wonderful caterer, Spicy Sunshine, who is doing a traditional low country boil as well as an awesome bluegrass band to provide the entertainment. Add in beer, wine and a kick-ass raffle, and this is a party that can't be missed! Here is the invitation - definitely think about buying a ticket if you are in the Charlotte area!

My favorite part of planning most events is the decor, and how to tie in the theme of the party with each decor element. For this event, I am trying to come up with creative yet budget friendly ideas. Here are some Low Country Bash ideas I have been looking at:

Mason Jars are a key element to any southern bash. I am thinking about filling jars with white daisies and tying them with raffia. A simple centerpiece for the tables that won't break the bank.

Speaking of tables, we are deciding between covering the tables in newspaper or using red and white checked tablecloths. 

 A typical low country boil is dumped out on a newspaper covered table. I love this idea for it's authenticity.

On the other hand, you can't go wrong with red and white gingham for a country feel, right? Decisions, decisions.

Next up, bales of hay. I have been concerned about where to find hay as a) I don't own a farm and b) don't know anyone who owns a farm. Then I went to Michael's and saw decorative hay stacks, which is just fantastic and eased my hay concerns. I feel like I need to find an old wagon wheel to lean up against these stacks of hay... but again, I don't own a wagon or know anyone who owns a wagon. I wish I did because then we could play a real life version of Oregon Trail, which is the greatest computer game ever - typhoid fever and all. But I digress. 

So I LOVE love love love these vintage tin jars. I don't exactly know how I will use these, but I know that I need them and I need them now. Where should I get them for cheap? Goodwill? Any ideas friends?

Keeping with the vintage country theme, you know I will be on the hunt for some vintage metal signs. 

Another decorating challenge is the old trolley that sits in the museum. It doesn't need much decoration as it simply oozes vintage charm all by itself. But I can never leave well enough alone and am thinking of attaching some hanging vases to the trolley seats. Below is an example of hanging flowers, but I am thinking more along the lines of small mason jar vases or galvanized buckets - what do you think?

Or I could just string some lights in the trolley - wouldn't that be pretty?

I am also playing with the ideas of rocking chairs (so expensive to rent!), chair decorations, custom confetti and tons of other ideas. And who knows what will come to me in the middle of the night?! 

So here is my question to all you real southerners out there - what are some good country touches for my Low Country Bash? Help a Jersey girl out, will you please?! I promise that if you ever throw a Big Hair Jersey Bash, I will help you out to repay the favor :)

Have a fantastic weekend!


  1. Looks like a fantastic event. I love a low country boil!

  2. I am not a southerner, but this sounds awesome! can't wait to see what you come up with!

  3. I AM a Southerner, and if you have plenty of sweet tea, music, and food, it will be great (plus, all your details will be a sweet bonus)! I've had this link of vintage labels saved for awhile, maybe you can incorporate them instead of the tins?

  4. Mason jars are such an adorable touch!

  5. This sounds like so much fun and I LOVE the idea you left on my blog!! :)

  6. all the vintage tins i've found have been at yard sales so i'd say that's your best bet. also, try ebay, maybe there's someone selling a bunch together.

    for the mason jars, i love the raffia idea, and i also have another idea that i've done that's looked great - i have done wide strips of craft paper around a mason jar and that looks great. another craft paper idea...tablecloths. or toppers, rather. what if you did the red and white gingham cloths and then did craft paper toppers for the dumped boil? and then when that's done, the craft paper toppers can be stripped and you're still left with the red and white for dessert or whatever.

  7. Im a true Al/GA girl. Me and 6 others are planning a "Cajun boil" for a weddding shower/engagement party or whateva it's called when the boys come to parties 1 month before the wedding.
    I bought a lobster stamp with red ink pad to do a roll of brown craft paper. Ive only found one co that has stamped brown paper and theyre out of stock.
    Im also buying white washcloths in bundles of 18/$4,for handcleaning, putting them rolled tight in water with lemon juice . I would like to have some special "MK and Mark" ribbon. Just thinkin