From the fluid orchestration of an event's activities to the floral arrangements that beautify its tabletops, Parie Designs' delicate work can be spotted in all aspects of a wedding or party. Parie, a florist with 30 years of experience, tackles event production and design with control and clarity to ensure that galas run smoothly. Customers can admire her floral artistry in person at Parie Designs' shop, which carries assorted decor items and jewelry, or they can enter Planit Lounge to peruse an encyclopedic collection of wedding resources. Hosts can also rent Parie's portable photo booth to entice guests at parties, proms, or FBI stings to step in and flash a smile at the camera.
The cousin tag team of Livia Woodburn and Lizzie Smith embraces fresh ingredients and creative cooking to deliver breakfast, lunch, and baked goods. Myriad cupcake experiments stand out against the mundane—like a rebellious teenager who wears a suit—to fulfill special requests and cater parties. It might be said that Livia’s parallel career as a graphic designer acts as the secret ingredient that gives each cupcake its inventive, artistic flair. The friendly café invites early-morning or afternoon diners to feast upon hearty eats crafted from locally acquired ingredients and accompanied by house-made pickles, olives, and dressings. Lizzie, the lead chef behind many of Pan-Handlers Café’s dishes, cut her teeth as a cook during familial dinner routines and several cooking courses, and the cuisine enthusiast earned her degree in biology from Lewis & Clark College, which is inexplicably not where Lewis and Clark went to college.
Seven savory meats including pulled pork and jalapeno sausage fill Stretch BBQ Barn's menu of platters and sandwiches, which pair with southern sides such as beans and cole slaw. Diners can load plates with up to four meats or opt for a full rack of ribs with a side of Frito pie. Cobbler topped with ice cream and specialty desserts end meals on a sweet note.
Outdoor nuptials on Country Home Weddings's 200-acre farm unfold in front of a tiny white gazebo, shaded by arching tree boughs. The venue recently opened an equally romantic indoor hall, strung with small white lights that cast an ethereal glow over ceremonies. The company's culinary team can complete weddings with catered spreads that range from mini quiches and shrimp on ice to hearty main dishes such as tortellini and brisket.