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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Bouquets With Color

Photos courtesy of Robert Dyer Photography from Bridal Access
Any bride who loves color can avoid the ho hum white bouquets and jazz up her day with a bright bouquet. Why not have a brightly colored wedding bouquet? These bouquets reflect your personality and brighten up your wedding day. Callas and orchids are perfect choices, and be sure to add some greenery to balance out the colors. No more ho hum white rose bouquets, go for the color!

Sequins and Wedding Centerpieces

Photo courtesy of The Glitter Guide
Planning on making your own sequin centerpieces for your wedding? Are you looking for something to add some glitz and glam? Why not make these little vases filled with sequins in the water, and then just add a single flower. Voila!
You can choose any flower, it doesn't have to be a rose, just something that will coordinate with your other wedding colors. You can mix and match colors, they don't all have to be the same hue, switch some out, one color for the bride's friend, one for the groom. Or just have a different color for each table. Have fun making these sequined centerpieces for your wedding (or other special occasion.)

Friday, April 26, 2013

Elegant Wedding Cakes For The Classic Bride

Photo courtesy of Cake-A-Licious
If you are wearing a lace wedding gown combine the look of lace with fondant on your wedding cake. The cake above has a beautiful pink ribbon with and brooch attached to it complete with the initials of the bride and groom. The bottom has pearls of icing edging it to finish off the look.
Photo courtesy of Cake-A-Licious
Wearing off white with tiny buttons up the back? The cake above is the perfect choice to compliment your wedding day look. This cake is tall and will feed a lot of guests or you can have fake tiers made and have a sheet cake cut to serve your guests. No matter which cake you choose, both are elegant desserts that will act as both your cake and a decoration at your wedding reception. Congrats to the designers of these cakes.

Fall Wedding Signature Drink

Wedding signature drinks sport a unique garnish of sugared cranberries in the drink shown above. With fall coming soon, brides are sure to be planning some unique drinks, but this one is perfect for the bride who isn't planning on serving alcohol or who is looking for a drink to round out the night that is non-alcoholic.

As a lover of apple cider, it only gets better with the addition of these sugared cranberries. If a martini can sport an olive or onion, why can't  your cider have some cranberries on a swizzle stick? Here's the recipe to make these great tasting treats. If you are planning a picnic wedding and serving lemonade, try using blueberries that are sugared the same way. Good for you? Nope! Taste great? Yes! Give them a try and let me know what you think of them.

Sugared Cranberries for Garnish
Makes 2 cups


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 3/4 cup fine sanding sugar


  1. Combine 2 cups sugar and 2 cups water in a small saucepan; bring to simmer over medium heat while stirring. Remove from heat. Cool 10 minutes. Place berries in a bowl then pour syrup over the top. Cool completely, cover with Saran Wrap, and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Drain berries in a colander over a bowl, saving syrup for another use. Put sanding sugar in a shallow bowl. Add the cranberries in batches, rolling around to coat with sugar. Spread sugared berries in single layer on a baking sheet. Let stand at room temperature until dry, about 1 hour.
Another cider option is mulled cranberry cider with a splash of port. Yum! Use cinnamon sticks as swizzle sticks with a tiny slice of kumquat. The recipe below is for 12, multiply it out for the right number of guests for your party.


  • 9 1/2 cups cranberry juice
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 6 cinnamon sticks, plus 12 more for garnish
  • 8 star anise
  • 6 whole allspice berries
  • 3 ounces fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced (about 18 slices)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • One 375-milliliter bottle port
  • 12 thinly sliced kumquat rounds, 6 to 8 kumquats for garnish optional


  1. In a medium pan, combine everything but the port and kumquats. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Remove saucepan from heat. Cover, steep until ready to serve, up to 1 day.
  2. Right before serving, add the port to mixture in saucepan, and bring back to a simmer; do not boil. Keep warm over low heat while serving. Strain and divide among glasses, and garnish each with a cinnamon stick and kumquat slice.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Offbeat Fun For Weddings

Photo courtesy of Offbeat Bride
Dancing at your wedding takes on a whole new twist when you use a video game projected on the wall of your reception hall. Watch as this bride and groom make moves that are real winners. Looks like a fun and unique way to have fun at your wedding. Why not try something a little different? This is sure to entertain all your guests--can't you just see Grandma out there? The candid photo ops for this just go on and on!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Mad Men Signature Drinks at Your Wedding

Cocktails at weddings can run the gamut from beer and wine to old fashioned cocktails (or what I call "Man Men" cocktails) that require a lot of mixin' and shakin' going on. Beer and wine are easy choices, but today's bride and groom are often opting for cocktails like those seen on the popular show Mad Men.
Everything from the Blue Hawaiian (Shown at top) to Grasshoppers to Strawberry or Melon Daiquiris.
Not planning on serving a complex Mad Men cocktail at your wedding but want to have some fun with them anyway? Try this app. has an app that challenges you to see if you can make an Old Fashioned as good as Don Draper can (or a Tom Collins with the panache as daughter Sally.) The Mad Men Cocktail Culture game challenges your skills at making a variety of popular cocktails from the '60s.

Do you know how much vodka do you pour in a Gimlet? How long should you shake a Martini? What kind of glass do you pour a Blue Hawaiian into? Get everything right, and Roger Sterling just may make you a toast!

Once you've made your virtual cocktail, you can drink it yourself or shake some up for friends. Whether you're on the go or getting ready for the next episode of Mad Men, this app lets you master the art of cocktail making—in Mad Men style.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Individual S'Mores The Easy Way

S'mores Pots courtesy of
Want to finish the evening of your wedding reception serving individual s'mores? Try these tabletop burners for easy s'mores making! No more having to huddle around a grill!
These individual terracotta clay pots are lined with heavy duty foil, filled with charcoal and voila! Light the charcoal in terracotta pots--it's perfect for making tabletop s'mores. There will be plenty of 'baby grill pots' to go around.
This is and easy and fun outdoor summer party idea or perfect for a backyard picnic wedding. Your guests will leave going "Why didn't I think of that?"
For other great party ideas visit Apres Fete where you'll find some of the most gorgeous photos of incredible food ever!

Easy DIY Wedding Project

Photo from Pinterest board of Sarah Sierszyn
Looking for an easy DIY project to use for centerpieces for your wedding? How about these floating candles surrounded by different size pearls floating in water?
This is an EEEBCDI (easy enough even Bill can do it) project. For those of you who aren't familiar with my blog, these are projects that are so easy even my non-crafty husband was able to pull one together with no stress (not necessarily no mess though!) Which means if you are looking for a project to have your fiance help you out with this is one he should be able to handle without a problem no matter how much he insists he 'doesn't do crafts.'
Choose white or cream pearls depending on the color of your dress. You could even buy colored pearls in blush or pale pink to bring some color to the centerpiece. Pick up pearls at your local craft store or buy them online.
One caveat when buying vases to use for any floating candle project: Be sure the vases can withstand prolonged heat from the burning candle. I've been to weddings where the vases exploded from the heat. Needless to say it was a little messy.
So have some fun, grab your fiance, and pull together these easy DIY centerpieces for your wedding day together.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Fortune Cookie Favors

Photo courtesy of Cutest Food website
Fortune cookies are the perfect favors for your upcoming bridal shower! The folks at the website Cutest Food have some adorable pink and white fortune cookies, perfect for you wedding or shower. They offer a variety of fortunes perfect for your perfect day, like "Owl always love you."
Cookies come in white with pink hearts or pink with white polka dots, as well as pink with white hearts or white with pink polka dots. Assorted colors available.
Don't want to purchase fortune cookies from a big company? Why not make your own? DIY weddings are a huge hit these days so why not consider making your own wedding favors. These are sure to entertain your guests as well as taste good.  You can also pack them up so they can take some home with them.
YouTube has a variety of videos that can show you different ways to make them for your party. Sounds like a fun night to me!

Video from YouTube

Peacock Cupcakes

Peacock cupcakes from
Bride today frequently choose a peacock theme or color combination for their weddings. And there are a variety of cupcakes and/or wedding cakes to compliment those themes. These cupcakes all give the bride having a peacock theme wedding some great choices for cakes for their guests.
Peacock cupcake from Share My Party
Some of the cupcake flavors vary, some of the icing types vary, but they all have one thing in common--peacock coloring. The blue and purple hues make peacock feather coloring perfect for decorating or using as a wedding theme.
Photo courtesy of Cutest Food
Cupcakes go from the simple to the ornate, some taking significant amounts of preparation time and design. It would be difficult to choose my favorite of all the peacock inspired desserts, what do you think?
Photo courtesy of GoodiesbyMelissa on Etsy
Whether the baker is your Aunt Mary or one of the creative geniuses on Etsy, or your local caterer or bakery, cupcakes add some color and flavor to your wedding day. Be sure to provide your guests with boxes to take home your creations in case they want to save them for later.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Fun Food For Wedding Showers

Tuna Dill Dip from Hungry Girls

Wedding season is coming and this means bridesmaids everywhere are gearing up for bridal showers. Whether you are planning a shower that is big or small, some new recipes are always a nice addition. And low cal recipes are always a bonus since it's likely the bride and some of the rest of the wedding party and guests are being careful what they eat or just prefer to eat a healthy diet.

Cheesey Tuna Salad Snackers
Tuna is a great ingredient to include in these snacks and Hungry Girl has provided you with some tuna recipes that will work great as appetizers that have tuna as a base.

Tomato Tuna Bruschetta from Hungry Girls
Whether you want some veggie dip, crackers or bruschetta, Hungry Girls has the recipe for you. You can sign up to get daily updates from Hungry Girls on their Food Network website and you'll never lack for a low cal meal, snack or dessert again. These ladies are the creative low calorie foods gurus of the web. So sign up now and get your daily dose of Hungry Girls.
Hungry Girl's Tomato Tuna Bruschetta
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION: Serving Size – 1 bruschetta – Calories: 340, Total Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 560mg, Carbohydrates: 56g, Dietary Fiber: 3g, Sugars: 3g, Protein: 14g



1 pouch (2.6 oz.) or 1 can (5 oz.)StarKist® Chunk Light Tuna in Water(if canned, drained and chunked)

16 slices French bread, about ½ -3/4 inch thick and 3-½ by 5-½ inches wide

4 cloves garlic, minced

¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 cups chopped plum tomatoes

1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese or 1 cup fresh Mozzarella, chopped and drained

2 Tbsp. minced fresh parsley

Salt and pepper to taste

4 pieces Bibb lettuce

    Slice your french bread and toast the bread lightly. Combine garlic with olive oil. Brush this mixture on each side of every piece of bread. Reserve remaining oil. Gently combine tomatoes, cheese, tuna, parsley and reserved oil.  Add salt and pepper. (If you are on a low salt diet, use some Mrs. Dash or other salt substitute. Place ¼ cup of the mixture on each piece of toast. Line each plate with a leaf of lettuce and  place one piece of bruschetta on each plate.
Hungry Girl's Creamy Tuna Dip Dill
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION: Serving Size – 54g – Calories: 100, Total Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 220mg, Carbohydrates: 3g, Dietary Fiber: 0g, Sugars: 2g, Protein: 5g



1 package (8 oz.) light cream cheese

½ cup light mayonnaise

½ cup light sour cream

2 green onions, white and green parts, cut in 1-inch pieces

2 tsp. dried dill weed


    Put tuna, cream cheese, mayo, sour cream, onions and dill in your food processor and use a metal blade. Pulse on and off just until it is well blended. Put into a small bowl then chill several hours to overnight prior to serving. Serve with sides of cut vegetables and/or light crackers.
Hungry Girl’s Cheesy Tuna Salad Snackers

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION: PER SERVING (8 stackers): 156 calories, 5.5g fat, 455mg sodium, 14.5g carbs, 2g fiber, 2g sugars, 12.5g protein
(8) cheese-flavored soy crisps or mini rice cakes
(8) round cucumber slices
(1) 3-oz. pouch StarKist® Sandwich-Ready Albacore Tuna Salad
1. Top your soy crisp or mini rice cake with a single slice of cucumber.
2.  Top the cucumber with tuna salad and serve.


Tuxedo Accents For Your Wedding

Photo of Tennessee Iced Water Served with Black and White Straws courtesy of Pizzazzerie
Tennessee Iced Water--sounds refreshing and perfect for your summer wedding doesn't it? If you are looking for the recipe head over to Pizzazerie where they'll give you the exact recipe for this cool drink that is sure to please your wedding guests. It's long, it's cool and it's garnished with a slice of cool lemon to top it off.
But you can also add some cute accessories. Consider using straws in stripes (see above) that you can find on Etsy and party stores, or if you want to put a little more effort into it, think about these cute straws complete with a tuxedo tie. (see below)
Photo courtesy of Pizzazzerie (see link above)
Don't you love these! The short black straw is topped with a grosgrain ribbon 'bow tie' to bring together the wedding's black and white theme.
Some DIY projects you just fall in love with! A little glue, a little ribbon and some black plastic straws will let you make these inexpensive black and white accents for you signature drink at your wedding.
So if you want to be the bride whose attention to details wows her guests, take the time to make these great straws. Also this bride had the recipe for her signature drink printed on her cocktail napkins so that guests could make the drink at home. All they had to do was grab an extra napkin for the recipe. Another great wedding idea that's easy to do but shows your attention to detail.
Are you the bride who loves these tiny details? If so, visit Pizzazzerie for the recipe for this drink as well as more information on the DIY projects.