Sunday, July 26, 2009

Drink Pink...

Working with a pink color palate for your event? Below you will see some yummy recipes for pink cocktails, that are sure to please...


Pink Lady

The Pink Lady is a classic cocktail that has a light blush color contributed by the dashes of grenadine. It was one of the first "girly drinks" and a favorite of the high society ladies of the 30's. The key to this drink (and any shaken with egg) is to shake it longer than you would with most cocktails to ensure that everything is mixed well. The egg also makes a great foamy top of the pink liquid, creating an intimate looking finished cocktail.
Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz gin
3/4 oz applejack
1/4 oz lemon juice
1-2 dashes grenadine
1 egg white
maraschino cherry for garnish
Preparation:
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
Shake vigorously.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with the cherry

recipe compliments of about.com
photo compliments of flickr


Rose Petal Martini

Ingredients
1-1/2 shots gin
1/2 cup lychee juice
Rose petal for garnish
Directions
Shake ingredients and strain into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with a rose petal.


Rizzo

Ingredients
1-1/2 shots gin
1/2 shot Calvados
1/2 shot fresh pink grapefruit juice
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon passionfruit simple syrup
1/2 teaspoon grenadine
Directions
Shake ingredients in a mixing glass and strain into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with an apple chevron.

rose petal and rizzo recipes and photos compliments of thenibble.com

Sunday, July 19, 2009

DIY Natural Table Number and Favor


Below you will find a Do it yourself project that is great for beach or garden theme weddings. Happy crafting...


Natural Table Number and Favor
A pail filled with faux grass and butterfly accents is a great base for a table number. Use all purpose cards or paper of your choice to add table number or descriptions. Continue the theme with a small pail of jelly beans decorated with ribbon and patterned labels to bring more color to the table. Find all the accent pieces you’ll need in the wedding, floral and scrapbook sections at Michaels. Courtesy of Gartner Studios®
Crafting Time: 30 minutes for table number; 5 minutes for favors


Materials For Both Projects
Gartner Studios® Handmade Natural Paper Invitation Kit, Ivory (50 count)
Computer and Printer Ribbon of choice
Scissors
Double-Stick Tape
Ruler
For Table Number
Large Tin Pail
Solid Paper, color of choice
Faux Grass
Butterfly Embellishments
Hole Punch
Black Pen, optional if not using computer for printing
For Favor
Gartner Studios® Circle Favor Tag, Chocolate/Ivory (40 count)
Small Tin Pail
Candy or Treat of choice
Cost of each project will vary depending on materials used.
Due to the seasonal nature of some merchandise, actual availability of some products pictured may vary.

Table Number:
Use computer to create and print solid colored paper with desired number or hand write number with black pen. Cut paper to approximately 3½-inches by 3½-inches.

Measure and cut Natural Paper Invitation to approximately 4½-inches by 4½-inches.

Use tape to secure the two paper squares together.

Punch two holes in top center of paper squares. Thread ribbon through holes, wrap around paper as shown, and knot to secure.

Fill pail with faux grass. Use wire place card holder to hold table number and insert into pail of grass.

Embellish with wired butterflies.

Favor:
Use computer to print favor tag with desired message.

Measure ribbon and fold around front edge of pail. Tape to secure in place. Tape favor tag to top of ribbon.

Cut Natural Paper Invitation to approximately 5½-inches by 5½-inches and carefully insert into pail.

Fill with candy or treat of choice.

Tip:
Use photo as a guide and follow manufacturer’s instructions for all products used.
Project courtesy of Michaels and Gartner Studios

The information on this instruction sheet is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed. Quantities and selections may vary at each store. Michaels® Stores, Inc. disclaims all liability from any injury to anyone undertaking the construction of this project as a result of improper safety precautions. Since we have no control over physical conditions surrounding the application of information herein contained, MSI disclaims any liability for untoward results. © 2009 MSI.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

7 Wedding Consultant (Planner, Coordinator) Myths Exposed

There are several myths in wedding world that can deter brides from hiring wedding consultants. Below you will see a handful of the myths exposed…

Myth: I can’t afford a wedding consultant

A wedding consultant is a part of your budget not an extra expense. Hiring a professional wedding consultant can save you time and money, as well as help you avoid costly pitfalls in your wedding planning. You can’t afford not to hire one. A good wedding consultant is worth their weight in gold.

Myth: Wedding consultants are bossy and take over the show

A wedding consultant works with the bride to assure that her wedding day meets her desires. A professional wedding consultant does not impose their will; instead are there to provide expertise and guidance in making the wedding a success. After all it is your wedding and your consultant wants to make it the best day possible.

Myth: Wedding consultants only recommend vendors that they receive kick backs from

Your wedding consultant has your best interest at hand, and will only suggest quality vendors that meet your style as well as budget. Making recommendations based on kick backs is unethical, and a professional would want to operate a respectable business.

Myth: I am paying this wedding consultant; therefore she should do anything I tell her to do

A wedding consultant is very helpful and in most cases a life saver in your wedding planning; however let’s not mistake him/her as your indentured servant. Your wedding consultant is more than happy to assist, but please treat them with respect.

Myth: My wedding consultant is not running around looking busy, he/she is not doing a good job

The essence of being a good wedding consultant is planning in advance. An experienced wedding consultant can foresee pitfalls and recommends the best team of vendors to avoid unnecessary mistakes. Running around frantically putting out fires shows lack of experience and ability to successfully manage the event. Although no wedding is perfect an experienced professional can make it appear like near perfection.

Myth: Wedding consultants will answer all my questions over the phone or during my initial consultation to help me plan my wedding prior to being hired.

Your wedding consultant has spent many years gaining their knowledge of the industry and building relationships with vendors. In most cases the consultant has spent several thousand dollars on continuing education and maintaining their business. Although they love what they do, this is a business and you should respect their expertise and compensate them accordingly.

Myth: You don't need a wedding consultant your venue has onsite coordinating:

A wedding consultant is your personal representative looking out for your best interest, not the interest of the venue. I have yet to see a venue consultant accompany a bride to the gown shop or help with invitations. A wedding consultant can offer A to Z assistance in planning and coordinating your event. Having your own personal consultant allows the onsite consultant to focus on the venue specific duties that make your wedding flow. Even if you hire the best vendors in town you still need someone to pull it all together. The best team needs a coach.

I can’t stress more the importance of doing your research and hiring a professional wedding consultant. And as with all things in life, you get what you pay for.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Life after the wedding

Our blog covers topics about planning the perfect wedding, but what happens after the wedding is over? For a change of pace we have posted a link below on an interesting article titled Making Marriage Work. This article originating from Oprah.com features several couples tips on what worked for them during the good times and bad. Enjoy!

http://lifestyle.msn.com/relationships/staticslideshowoprah.aspx?cp-documentid=20421758&gt1=32023