Spring Has Sprung Series: March Madness Party

The Big Dance is final here and it’s time to throw a party that will be a slam dunk!  The weather is starting to break and there’s no better time to fire up the grill with sliders, turkey sausages, and new potato wedges with parsley.  Don’t forget the chips and dip for those loving to snack through the game. 

Attention to detail is always important, even if it’s a casual gathering.  Decorate with orange round balloons and your favorite college team logo that is playing in the NCAA Tournament.  Have trash cans or tubs with your favorite teams logo filled with drinks.  Don’t forget the flowers, which can be as simple as red roses arranged in a low bowl in honor of the Buckeyes or blue hydrangeas in a glass vase for UNC. 

Grilled Sliders: Serves 12

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley or dried 
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • Dijon mustard
  • 12 soft dinner rolls, such as potato rolls, split
  • 1/2 pound cheddar cheese
  • 3 tomatoes, sliced

Directions:

  1. Preheat the Grill. In a bowl, combine the ground beef, the seasoning and Worcestershire sauce.
  2. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then flip and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add cheddar cheese slices to the sliders and mustard and tomato slices to the dinner rolls. Then roll the tops.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip: Makes 3 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 (16-ounce) contrainer prepared spinach dip
  • 1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and finely chopped
  • 1 (8-ounce) package grated Swiss cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

Directions:

  1. In a microwave-safe medium bowl, combine dip, chopped artichokes, cheese, and oregano.  Microwave on High for 3 minuets, or until cheese is melted and mixture is hot and bubbly.
  2. Serve immediately with veggies and pieces of sour dough bread.
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Christina & Sam

Christina Brown and Sam Ellis January 16, 2010

Chris Brown, as her close friends call her, and Sam Ellis were married in an intimate family gathering at Sam’s parents’ house followed by delectable French cuisine at L’Anibes in Columbus, Ohio.  The bride and groom have been together five years and wanted to celebrate their marriage in a small setting with loved ones.

I have known Chris and Sam since high school and was honored when they asked me to assist them in planning their wedding.  Like the couples personalities, the wedding was very laid back and filled with love.  The bride and groom put their personal touch on the wedding with having Karmyn McCrary, a dear friend, play during the ceremony and Sam, being the gourmet chef and wine connoisseur, hand-picking the menu.  The flowers and photography were by Sarah Sofia Productions.

Photography by Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography by Sarah Sofia Productions

Music by Karmen McCrary and Photography by Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography by Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography by Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography and Flower Arrangement by Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography by Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography by Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography and Flower Arrangement by Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography by Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography and Flowers by Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography by Sarah Sofia Productions

Sara+Abe New Year’s Eve Wedding

Sara+Abe December 31, 2010

Sara Hart+Abe Middleton were all in the details of this New Year’s Eve wedding celebration. The bride and groom were passionate about throwing a New Year’s Eve bash with their family and friends while exchanging wedding vows, and what a great bash it was!

The love story of Sara+Abe begins with Abe’s sister, Maggie, who conspired with Abe’s mother to introduce the two. Soon they were coordinating their engagement and 14 months later their NYE party they will always remember!

To match their love for one of their favorite spots in Columbus, The Burgundy Room, Sara+Abe executed an elegant tapas-style meal for their reception. From shrimp and grits to pecan crusted chicken breasts to tomato soup shooters with grilled cheese.  They ended the night with a little Canadian touch in honor of Sara’s home country with a poutine buffet, fries topped with cheese and gravy, which was a hit!

Photography by Kevin Keefer Photography

Photography and Bridal Bouquet by Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography and Flower Arrangement by Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography and Flower Arrangement by Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography by Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography and Flowers by Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography by Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography by Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography by Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography by Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography by Sarah Sofia Productions