Once Gown Event :: San Diego

This past weekend, some of my girlfriends and I attended the Once Gown Event held in downtown San Diego, CA. at the University Club. We were all taken away with how beautiful the event was; from the amazing gowns to the sparkling glitter runway where the Brides to Be got to strut their stuff!

Once Brides registered their wedding gowns in hopes for a new Bride to find her wedding dress, and if their dress sold, they earned 75% of the profit! While I could not let my gown go, it was a fabulous way to bring together your girlfriends and family to experience some bridal bliss.

While the champagne was flowing, Brides to Be were able to try on 3 Gowns at a time, and meet and greet with local vendors. More information here on any upcoming Once Gown Events, and if they have another event at the University Club, be sure to purchase your tickets! You will not want to miss out on the view, the gowns, oh and did I mention cupcakes and bubbles?  What more could a Bride to Be ask for?
Once Gown Event-Darcy Oliver Design
San Diego Bridal Show-Darcy Oliver Design
Bridal Gowns-Darcy Oliver Design
Vintage Wedding Gown-Darcy Oliver Design
Event Design, Sparkle Tablecloth-Darcy Oliver Design

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Neiman Marcus Popovers

If you have ever lunched at Neiman Marcus, you understand the importance of ordering their Popovers with Strawberry Butter. A Popover is the American version of English Yorkshire Pudding, and they literally “pop over” the muffin-like pan. You will need to purchase a Popover Pan to make these beauts, as a Muffin Pan is too shallow.

Serve your Popovers as a Valentine’s Day Breakfast treat with jam, or eat as a roll with dinner! Their egg batter consistency makes them dense and hollow, melt in your mouth treats. If you have never had the pleasure of tasting a Popover, this easy Recipe will kick your taste buds into gear!
Neiman Marcus Popover-Darcy Oliver Design

Recipe from Neiman Marcus Cookbook:

Makes 12

  • 3 1/2 C. milk
  • 4 C. all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 t. salt
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 6 large eggs, at room temperature

Pre-heat the oven to 450°F

Place the milk in a bowl and microwave on high for 2 minutes, or until warm to the touch. Sift the flour, salt, and baking powder together in a large mixing bowl.

Crack the eggs into the work bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk and beat on medium speed for about 3 minutes, until foamy and pale in color. Turn down the mixer to low and add the warm milk. Gradually add the flour mixture and beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes. Turn the machine off and let the batter rest for 1 hour at room temperature.

Spray a popover tin generously with nonstick spray. Fill the popover cups almost to the top with the batter and place the popover tin on a cookie sheet. Transfer to the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Turn down the oven temperature to 375°F and bake for 30 to 35 minutes longer, until the popovers are a deep golden brown on the outside and airy on the inside.

Turn out the popovers and serve hot with strawberry butter or strawberry jam.

Note: The key to making great popovers is having the eggs and milk warm before mixing. It is also important to let the batter sit for an hour before baking it. Popovers do not freeze well, and pre-made batter has a tendency not to work properly the next day.
Popover Recipe-Darcy Oliver Design