Hammock Coast Edition March/April 2022

www. Char l es tonWomenPodcas t . com | www. ReadCW. com | www. I ns tagram. com /Char l es tonWomen DON’T SKIP COCKTAIL HOUR The South is meant to have a slow pace where people enjoy the aesthetics and the company alike. A cocktail hour presents the perfect time to mingle before the main event. Why not turn cocktail hour into a garden wine tasting? This also makes for an excuse to venture to Mount Pleasant’s Old Village district and pop into Leeah’s Old Village Wine Shop for a huge selection of wines from across the globe, as well as a host of interesting craft beers. The shop, tucked away in one of the Lowcountry’s most charming neighborhoods, will serve as your mood board. Owner Ebony Mullins is glad to help you out and offered this advice: “The perfect outdoor party starts with a glass of bubbles. The rest of the day, go with light and bright white wine. Start with Viognier or Pinot Grigio. As the sun goes down, feel free to move on to Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay.” To complete the perfect cocktail hour, offer some charcuterie boards curated by Charleston Coastal Charcuterie. They can work with you to find the perfect pairings for your drink choices, and the charcuterie will serve as a nice appetizer – not to mention offer eyecatching appeal. USE LIGHT AND NATURE Décor sets the stage for any party. The outdoors offers a unique chance to integrate nature into the look of the event. Make sure the space is well-manicured, but have fun playing with what already exists as you weave into the landscape. Be especially mindful when working out the lighting. Flipping on a porch light will not do the trick. According to professional designer Debbie DeLong, “Party lighting is crucial for giving any celebration that extra dose of pizzazz. If you want to throw an outdoor event, remember you’ll need to consider lighting. It will boost the ambience and set the tone for a magical time.” The lighting for outdoor parties could look like anything from string lights draped along a live oak to floating lanterns glistening in the pool. A lot depends on the landscape and access to electrical outlets, but many situations are doable. As long as what is chosen is intentional and on point with the rest of the theme, the goal has been met. feature Ebony Mu l l i ns , owner of Leeah’s Old Vi l l age Wi ne Shop.