Food


It’s A Jaime Thing: Throw An Iron Chef Themed Wedding Shower…

by Azure

About It's A Jaime Thing …And Prepare For A Battle Of The Sexes! Getting the groom to come to a shower is not always easy, but if he loves to show off in the kitchen, this idea will make him happy to attend! Host a couples shower for the bride and groom, with an “Iron Chef” theme, such as the one that Chicago wedding plannerMarina Birch helped create... “The idea”, says Birch, according to Chicago Home & Garden Magazine, ”is to have a cooking competition that will...

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Bubbly Bride: The Morning After

by Azure

About Bubbly Bride Trust me...I know the first thing you are thinking when the wedding and reception are over is get me on the Honeymoon! After a year of planning every detail of your wedding - so that your friends and family can fly from all over the country to come and join you celebrating, why be in such a rush? Between the wedding and the reception you rarely have a free moment to spend quality time with those you love. My suggestion is to relax and set aside the morning after...

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It’s A Jaime Thing: DIY Toasting Flutes… Made Simple!

by Azure

About It's A Jaime Thing Inspired by these photos taken by photographer Erin Hession, found via Brenda's Wedding Blog, I decided to create my own happy little version of toasting flutes for my sister's recent bridal shower... Below are the flutes I created, complete with colorful swirly wrapped stems. All it took were some sparkly rhinestone sticker appliques, Swarovski crystal beads and turquoise blue wire. They turned out to be fun and perfectly stylish in her wedding colors! ...

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Bubbly Bride: Midnight Madness

by Azure

About Bubbly Bride After the delicious dinner, and hours of dancing and celebrating, you guests will start to get hungry again! A big trend among brides right now is to serve a "midnight snack" as the party winds down. Tie in you and your fiance's favorite late night treat, whether it is deep dish pizza or donuts and serve your guests in style! Begin budgeting now for this snack and talking with your caterer on different possibilities for this surprise. You don't need anything...

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It’s A Jaime Thing: A Spoon Full Of Sugar…

by Azure

...And A Little Bit Of Love! Looking to add a sweet touch to your wedding? Surprise your guests with a little bit of love. What kind of love, you ask? Love in the form of heart-shaped treats! Sweets for the sweets. After all, it's ever fitting for the occasion, wouldn't you say? Chocolate is not only thought of as an aphrodisiac, but it's also known to elevate your mood. So why not make your event even more pleasurable for your guests? Please them with a lil' bite of...

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Always a Blogsmaid: Open Bar or on Consumption

by Azure

About Always A Blogsmaid The Question: For my reception, I have the choice to do Open Bar, top Shelf for $60 per person, or beverages on consumption around $8 for a cocktail. I'm not sure which one will work out better for me and I need some advice. The Answer: Well, I think that this really depends on both your crowd, AND the price of non-alcoholic beverages. On average, most guests at a wedding drink more alcohol than they would normally. Typically a drink per person, per...

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A tasty way to make every penny work double-time!

by Azure

Special Feature from Forever Photography by Kylene This post is from my personal experience as a bride, as opposed to being a photographer. But I really think it’s a valuable tip and wanted to share! My husband and I had a 16-month engagement. This was for a lot of reasons, one of them being that we wanted a long stretch of time to come up with ideas, secure the right vendors, and have the money to pay for everything. One of the smartest things we did was to have our...

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Saving money on your reception menu

by Azure

Sure, your guests expect to eat at your reception, but they probably won’t be demanding Lobster Thermidore with a caviar chaser. If you remember to think in terms of satisfying your guests rather than impressing them and keep a sense of play in your planning, you can keep everyone happy without busting your budget. 1. Go loco. Locovore, that is. Choosing foods that are locally grown or raised and in season will cut your costs by a lot. Even better, your food will be fresher and...

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Bring the celebration home with a tropical-themed party!

by Azure

Destination Weddings are a popular choice for couples-to-be, and while the concept of a big party “away from it all” is exciting, not everyone can make it. Luckily, there are many ways a bride and groom can celebrate with family and friends who couldn’t make it to the big event. To help bring the party home, throw a small celebration with a tropical theme! Three simple steps to bring the celebration home (without throwing off your budget): 1. Use backyard decorations but keep...

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Bubbly Bride: Welcoming your Guests in Style

by Azure

About Bubbly Bride When your friends and family fly in from around the country, it is always nice to have something to welcome them and let them know how grateful you are they came! This is especially important for destination weddings since most of your guests traveled further to attend. You want to introduce your guests to the city and let them know all of the fantastic sights and places to eat during their down time. Another great idea is to include an itinerary for the long...

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Lowering the Bar for Your Reception

by Azure

Alcohol is one of the big expenses of most wedding receptions. In most areas, your guests will expect an open bar, and costs can rack up faster than you think. Fortunately, your friendly former bartender is here to help. One of the most important things to know is that most mixed drinks do not need top-shelf alcohol. If you’re having a dry martini, in which only a tiny drop of vermouth (if any) is added, then, yes, you might want a high-quality gin or vodka. But if you’re having...

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Wedding Cake or Work of Art?

by Azure

It seems like the wedding cake is taking a back seat these days. Cupcakes, chocolate fountains, sweet tables, they’re all wonderful, but there’s something truly special about a beautiful wedding cake. Maybe because it reminds us of childhood, there’s really no other chance to recapture the excitement of the unveiling of a birthday party cake. Well, if it’s excitement you’re looking for, check out these creations from Pink Cake Box. They’ll work with you to create a cake...

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Hostess With The Mostess: Pomegranate Martini

by Azure

About Hostess with the Mostess If you’re looking for a yummy drink to serve at your bridal shower, bachelorette party, or wedding reception, try this simple Pomegranate Martini recipe! Pomegranates have been taking wedding menus by storm, and are a colorful addition (and healthy touch- full of antioxidants) to any event! Sit back, relax, and enjoy you big day while the bartender shakes up this refreshing concoction for all of your guests… What You’ll Need: 2 oz citrus...

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Finding Inspiration in a Williams-Sonoma Catalog

by Azure

Afternoon Savvy Scoopers! Last night I found a wedding delight in my favorite cook's catalog - Williams-Sonoma. Perhaps not the first place you go for wedding decor ideas, but WS knows how to dress and photograph a table! For a Sunday brunch Wedding or bridal shower consider these pastel treats:

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Diamonds are a drink’s best friend

by Azure

What's cooler than cool? Ice cold. Add some extra sparkle to your reception or engagement party with Cool Jewels from Fred. These diamond-shaped ice cube trays are an easy and inexpensive way to play up your party's theme - not to mention a fun surprise when your guests order something "on the rocks".

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Bubbly Bride: Ice (Sculptures that is) Takes the Cake

by Azure

About Bubbly Bride If you are looking for ways to WOW your guests, ice sculptures are a unique way to bring in creativity to your day! Whether it is as simple as an ice vase centerpiece or as complex as an ice bar for your drinks, your guests will appreciate the skills of the artists I found at Ice Sculpture Designs. Have bowls and trays carved to serve your shrimp and hors d'oeuvres during your cocktail hour, It will keep them fresh and looking tasty! If you order an ice bar,...

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There’s No Sweeter Way to Keep the Doctor Away

by Azure

...Unless one or both of you are doctors. Then they're not a bad way to get the doctor to cuddle up! These happily paired chocolate-caramel apples are a fun and tasty treat. Not to mention adorable. The "brides" are dipped in white chocolate, while the grooms are a tasty mix of white and dark. Serve them as engagement party favors, give them to your attendants, or just save them for the apple of your eye.

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