Gender Reveal Photos

This past weekend when my husband and I were back in Franklin, TN., not only did we have a Gender Reveal Party for our Baby Oli, we had a Gender Reveal Photo Shoot too! In the fields where the Battle of Franklin took place during the Civil War, one of our fondest memories was visiting this site at the Carnton Plantation.

Pure countryside bumbling with bees and a warm breeze, my father-in-law Kerry Oliver took some creative photos of us, edited by Molly Dillon Photography. Without further adieu, we are excited to announce the gender of our Baby Oli!
Gender Reveal Photos-Darcy Oliver Design
Pink Glitter, Franklin-Darcy Oliver Design
It's a Girl, Carnton Plantation, bunting-Darcy Oliver Design
Rocking Horse, Wheat Fields, Thistles-Darcy Oliver Design
Baby Ruffle Onesie, Baby Cowboy Boots-Darcy Oliver Design
Franklin, Couples Photography, Maternity-Darcy Oliver Design

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Merridee’s Bread Basket :: Famous Chicken Salad

After our Anniversary Vacation back to Nashville, TN., I could not wait to get home and try out Recipes from Merridee’s Bread Basket in downtown Franklin, TN. I picked up their Cookbook only to discover that their famous Chicken Salad Recipe was no where to be found! Luckily my Mother-in-law had their old cookbook which had this delicious and easy recipe…phew!

I am not sure if I just missed Merridee’s so much, or if it was a major pregnancy craving, but we had a Chicken Salad Sandwich for lunch 4 days out of the 9 that we were there…it’s that good y’all. Not only is the Chicken Salad just like Grandma used to make, their Oatmeal Bread is probably the most delicious home baked bread I’ve ever had (sorry Grandma). Stay tuned for that Recipe, I plan to make that next!
merridee's chicken salad, recipes, franklin, tn.-Darcy Oliver Design

FAMOUS CHICKEN SALAD

  • 1 lb of chicken tenders
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise

DIRECTIONS

  1. place chicken tenders in a 9×9 glass pyrex dish.
  2. sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. pour 1 cup of buttermilk on top of chicken.
  4. bake until tender and no pink shows inside at 400 degrees, approximately 20-30 minutes.
  5. let cool and chop into cubes.
  6. add 1/3 cup chopped celery.
  7. add 1/3 cup mayonnaise (I used light hellman’s mayo…do not use miracle whip!!!)
  8. mix well and served chilled on a bed of lettuce or on sandwich bread.
  9. enjoy!

 

 

Surprise Your Partner :: DIY Pregnancy Announcement

When you and your partner decide to start a family, you both are excited, nervous, and even scared of the unknown. The one thing you do know is that your love is so great that you want to share it with a child of your own. This special time in your life is like nothing you’ve experienced before, just like being in love for the first time.

Share those butterflies with your partner by surprising him or her with the same excitement you felt when you saw that positive pregnancy test. If you are a horrible secret keeper, this may not be the approach for you, but I only had to wait a few hours! This Pregnancy Announcement is something you prep before you know you are pregnant, but for heaven’s sake do not torture yourself by waiting too long to tell your partner. I did have a silent scream in the mirror when I found out, and did a little dance in the bathroom…had to be discreet with my husband in the next room.

This DIY project is something that you and your partner will remember forever, so choose items that mean something. My husband and I met in Franklin, TN., 20 twenty minutes South of Nashville. We now live back in my hometown San Diego, so I wanted to mesh places that mean something to us.

My husband is Johnny Cash’s biggest fan, and has always said, “when we have a baby, he or she will wear a Johnny Cash onesie”. Hello Amazon, and a week later this adorable “Crawl the Line” onesie arrives. Now to mesh San Diego with Nashville. Home Goods is a Designer’s Secret BFF. I discovered this sea themed Secret Book Box, and it would fit the onesie perfectly. Then all you need is to write a little note announcing you are pregnant, wrap it up pretty, and voila!

I took my husband to our spot in La Jolla where we carved our initials when we first moved here together. I then “took his picture” on my phone, while video taping the entire reaction. Cost of these items for the DIY Pregnancy Announcement: $25.00. My husband’s reaction when he found out I am pregnant: Priceless.
Surprise Gift, DIY, Pregnant, Baby Announcement-Darcy Oliver Design
Pregnancy Announcement, Baby, Johnny Cash, Onesie-Darcy Oliver Design

Floral Designs to Die For

When it comes to budgeting floral arrangements for your wedding, you will be shocked.  Sticker shock that is. In my experience past, when you mention the word “wedding”, vendors double, even triple the cost of what any other event may cost. While floral arrangements are labor intensive, I could not believe what some vendors wanted to charge for flowers! Depending on where you live, the total cost of Weddings are averaging around $25-40+K, if not more.

Yes, this is a down payment on a house or the price of a new car, but this day will be one of the most memorable days of your and new spouse’s life. This is where emotions fly, especially if you and your fiance are footing the bill. The most important factor: Stay Calm. I cannot emphasize this enough. Even when things are not going your way, or a vendor falls through…stay calm. I cannot emphasize the importance of your sanity through this stressful, yet joyous time in your life. At the end of it all, your wedding day may have some oops and downs, but once you say “I do”, nothing else matters.

At Darcy Oliver Design, we work with budgets of all sizes, and we encourage stress-free creativity. Floral Arrangements are supposed to support your style and overall look of what you imagine. From simplistic to extravagant, there is no right or wrong way.  It’s all up to you. If you have no idea what you would prefer, we can help you make it work.  For you. For your Special Day.

Here are some unique and gorgeous Floral Designs that we at Darcy Oliver Design can help you achieve! Helping you think outside the box, and letting your true style shine is our prerogative.

Taken at Puakea Ranch by Photographer Brandon Chesbro, my friend Natalie Katzenbach Edwards wed her beau with whimsical flair. Her Floral Headpiece by Wild Halo in Nashville, TN. looked stunning, and her bouquet of King Protea complimented her breathtaking look.
protea, floral head piece-Darcy Oliver DesignWhile Peonies are hard to come by in August, their heavenly smell and grand blossom make for a beautiful and graceful bouquet. Luckily, I was able to find some of the last Peonies at the floral market to create this Ivory Peony, Pink Spray Rose, and Cymbidium Orchid Bouquet. Since Ostrich Feathers were the icing on the cake for this Marie Antoinette inspired wedding, I added just a few plumes so they would not over power the gorgeous blooms.
bouquet, peony, rose-Darcy Oliver DesignAs I mentioned before, thinking outside the box is what I enjoy most about Wedding Planning. Helping brides see their dreams come to life is what we strive for. While you may see all of your bridesmaids carrying a bouquet, have you considered another angle? This dreamy Bridesmaid Wreath via Ruffled Blog is carried by their side as they stroll on down the aisle. Perfect for an outdoor or woodsy wedding, this is a unique twist on the old bouquet.
wreath bouquet, bridesmaid-Darcy Oliver DesignA mixture of blooms may be what you are after, and a monochromatic look with a touch of soft greenery with the same color saturation will do the trick! This gorgeous bride and friend of mine, Meredith Thornton Hauber carried an assortment of Pink Hydrangeas, Pink Roses, Cymbidium Orchids, and Dusty Miller. Not only did this gorgeous couple make everyone cry during their ceremony, I could not have been happier to help them make their Wedding Day special! More on the happy couple’s wedding to be featured soon!
bridal bouquet-Darcy Oliver Design

DIY Lady Gaga Meat Dress Costume

In honor of my little sister’s birthday and our crazy love for Halloween, this DIY Lady Gaga Meat Dress Costume was fun to make and a major hit downtown Nashville for some Halloween fun!  You will definitely get some looks wearing this fresh meat ensemble.

We watched a DIY Video Tutorial, and a couple notes about the fabric you can purchase from Joann’s:

  1. We didn’t find that Mummy Blood Fabric, but look for any marbleized fabric, plus a red fabric to throw into the mix!
  2. Don’t be afraid to tear the fabric, rip it!
  3. We didn’t have a mannequin bodice, so your sister works just fine…just remember she isn’t a pin cushion!
  4. Have fun making your own creation, and remember….if you use your sister, remember she will have to be able to take the costume off, so don’t sew her into it until HALLOWEEN!

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Here is the DIY Video Tutorial we watched!