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Atlanta Magazine’s HOME Summer Entertaining Feature:: An Epic Engagement Party

As most of you know, I am the Entertaining Editor for Atlanta Magazine’s Home. It’s a position I truly relish. I get to attend the most interesting parties on Atlanta’s social calendar and rub elbows with the who’s who in the design and creative world of the city. I am a lucky lady.

Most recently, I got to attend a party that I have been wanting to attend for a long time. Our own daughter’s engagement party. All the juicy details are reveled in the Summer 2017 issue.

You can imagine what a thrill it was to plan and execute our daughter’s stellar celebration.

Read all about it in Atlanta Magazine’s HOME on newsstands right now!

Here are a couple sneak peeks of the festivities.

Most recently, I got to attend a party that I have been wanting to attend for a long time. Our own daughter's engagement party. Most recently, I got to attend a party that I have been wanting to attend for a long time. Our own daughter's engagement party.

Photography by: The Raftermen

xx Annette

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Recipe:: Fried Green Tomatoes

While it's not quite green tomato season yet, tomato season will be here before we know it. Put this recipe in your spring appetizer arsenal.

As most of you may know I am the Entertaining Editor for Atlanta Magazine’s HOME. In the latest issue, I showcased a traditional Southern recipe, Fried Green Tomatoes from one of the most original party ideas to date. One of my dear friends has a party called “The Birthday Club”. My friend and fine art gallery owner, Arnika Dawkins, gathers throughout the year with her best gal pals to celebrate each of their birthdays in a unique way.

Here’s how it works: each woman chooses an activity for her birthday and the other birthday club members make it happen. The club has enjoyed traveling, spa days, and concerts. In the Spring issue we featured Arnika’s birthday party. Everyone came together for lunch at Arnika’s photography gallery. For the complete feature make sure to pick up a copy of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME on newsstands now.

Make sure to put this recipe in your spring appetizer arsenal and enjoy them with family and friends.

xx Annette

Fried Green Tomatoes with Goat Cheese and Red Pepper Coulis 
Serves 6

You will need:
– 1 cup goat cheese
– 4 green tomatoes, sliced 1⁄2-inch thick
– 2 eggs
– 1⁄2 cup milk
– 1 cup whole wheat flour
– 1⁄2 cup panko breadcrumbs
– 1⁄4 cup yellow cornmeal
– 2 teaspoons salt
– 1 cup vegetable oil
– Feta and fresh basil leaves, for garnish (optional)

To prepare:

Spread a small amount of goat cheese onto one side of each tomato slice. Arrange on a sheet pan, and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Whisk eggs and milk in a shallow bowl. In a separate bowl, combine flour, breadcrumbs, cornmeal, and salt. One by one, dip each tomato slice into the egg mixture, then the crumb mixture; shake off any excess.

Pour oil into a deep frying pan and place over medium heat until a thermometer registers 350°F. Working in batches, fry tomatoes until golden on both sides, about 3 minutes per batch. Garnish with feta and basil, if using, and serve immediately with red pepper coulis.

Red Pepper Coulis

You will need:
– 7 ounces roasted red peppers from a jar
– 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
– 1 clove garlic
– 1⁄4 cup olive oil
– 1 cup fresh basil leaves
– 1⁄2 teaspoon salt

To prepare:
Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

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Swedish Themed Party featuered in Atlanta Magazine’s Home


As the Entertaining Editor for Atlanta Magazine’s Home, guess what? I get to attend and throw a lot of parties. I must admit, though that I love a good party and lately the shoots for AMH have been one great party after another. This month we feature one of my favorite creatives in Atlanta, Helen Ballard. A design trailblazer, she’s always on point and ahead of the curve. Her trendy Swedish Solstice party knocked it out of the park. I was excited to be invited, and the food was divine, so try the recipes. Pick up a copy today and let me know what you think. It’s also available online. Let summer begin!

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Photos by: Amber Fouts

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Summer in the City from IKEA

2015-05-06_16-11-59 As most of you know, I am BIG on entertaining outdoors which is one of the reasons we built our home with tons of outdoor spaces. Al fresco dining is one of the most important components to adding instant ambiance to any party.

I’m a huge fan of IKEA; I shop there for props for party photo shoots, and of course while cruising the aisles for my clients, I always find things for my own spaces and for my own parties. This week in Atlanta Magazine’s Home {where I am Entertaining Editor} we will feature a gorgeous Swedish Style engagement party. For party decor we bought lots of props at YES, IKEA. As an aside, I feel strongly that Swedish style is about to become a big trend in the U.S.

I really love this whimsical lighting, and lighting is so important for outdoor entertaining because it sets the mood. How sweet is this collection of tabletop products?

Check out the latest issue of Atlanta Magazine’s Home on newstands May 13th for our Swedish Syle Party. It’s amazing, but more on that next week.

I love the way IKEA is stylish, simple, and affordable which is my mantra in my book Picture Perfect Parties.

Check out the these wonderful finds at IKEA, and make your outdoor gatherings a big hit.

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This is not a sponsored post; all opinions are my own.

photography from IKEA



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