Posts Tagged ‘entertaining’
…With Pop-Up Placemats!
Paper PopMat Placemats. Try saying that 10 times and you’ll get as tongue-tied as you did when you first met your love! Fun to say, but even more fun to dress up your table with…I’m in love.
“These recycled paper placemats add charm and function to your table setting with pop-up illustration that incorporates an area to write the name of your guests. Each pack contains 10 of same design and color. Made from recycled paper, available in 15 designs and multiple color options.” – PubliqueShop.com
Who could pass up these pop ups? Imagine using these at your wedding, housewarming party, anniversary, baby shower or any occasion for that matter! These would also be a fabulous hostess gift.
…Time To Bring On The Coffee & A Lil’ Inspiration!
As my sister’s wedding nears, my list of to-do’s just keeps growing! My days might be hectic this week, however there are way too many things going on in the wedding world for me not to share. So before I start rushing around, won’t you please join me for some coffee talk?
The Latest Wedding News & Inspiration From Around The Blogosphere…
First, let’s talk about that polaroid placecard idea up above! How easy would be to create those darling little treasures? Take pictures of each other, things that inspire you, flowers or objects within your theme or color. These could double as favors, too! What other ideas come to mind for this project?
I was so honored and excited when Gretchen from MyWedding.com invited me to become one of the official judges for The Search For America’s Biggest Groomzilla! I’ve already voted, but have you? Find your favorite groomzilla by clicking HERE. The winner will be selected May 7th, so hurry!
San Francisco brides, if you don’t have plans for May 7th and are looking for some creative registry inspiration, RSVP for the Brides.com/Bloomingdale’s Registry Event!
Looking for a laugh this Mother’s Day? Check out the new Mother-In-Law Matcher and prepare yourself for some interesting results! Hey, when you marry your guy, you’re marrying his whole family too, you know…
Oh, Grey’s Anatomy fans! Our friends over at the PlanningPad.com (a fabulous store for all your wedding needs) have reminded us about the big Grey’s wedding taking place May 7th. You can visit Meredith & Derek’s wedding website and gift registry online and donate to your favorite charity in lieu of gifts! Read more about their upcoming “I Do’s” by clicking HERE. Their wedding is going to be unreal (ha, ha)!
Bubbly Bride shares how today’s society is embracing pregnant brides by sharing some beautiful photography and encouraging words.
My blogging friend Anne from Perfect Bound has officially launched her newly redesigned site! If you weren’t aware, head over there now by clicking HERE and be sure to follow her, she’s got a gorgeous thing going for you.
I also must tell you that the very creative Kim Vallee has updated her site, At Home With Kim Vallee, with a lovely fresh new look just in time for Spring! Be sure to visit, she offers so many ideas for every part of your life, including entertaining and parties of course.
Dynamite Weddings inspires brides to maintain their bright, white smiles with a handy red wine remover to keep in your purse. Have you heard of these before?
…What An Honor!
One of my top favorite bloggers is lifestyle and entertaining expert, Kim Vallee. Every day, Kim shares with us ideas on entertaining, home decor, dining, living, gift ideas, travel and more. I was so honored when she asked to interview me about my blog and favorite places around Chicago, so of course I said yes!
If you’re interested in reading my tips and advice on entertaining, or in learning about some of my favorite wedding vendors in the Chicagoland area, click HERE.
If you live in Chicago or plan on visiting soon, click HERE to read about some of my favorite places in the area, such as cool places to shop and dine at. There is so much to do and see in this city, I promise you’ll never go bored!
Thank you so much for taking an interest, Kim! Everyone else, please be sure to check out the rest of the fabulous blog by Kim Vallee, and while you’re there, feel free to share your favorite places with her too by clicking HERE. Cheers!
…A Newlywed Bar!
Brides, this is one registry idea your guy might actually get excited about registering for! If you’ve got your heart set on finding the perfect bar for your home, why not look at these beauties from Crate & Barrel? After your wedding, once you’re all settled into happy married life, have your friends or family over. You and your fiance can play bartender! Here are two of my favorites:
Guests can pitch in together to either buy your bar or help you build it. I’ve seen many wedding showers done around a wine or bar theme, where each guest brings a bottle of liquor to create a full bar for the couple. Liquor can get expensive if you’re buying it all yourself, so I think this is such a creative and fun idea!
Whether guests pitch in for a nice bar, purchase a bottle of liquor or even add some cool things for your bar such as shakers, pourers, strainers, mixers and sugars, you can thank them later by inviting them over for your next soiree as a married couple, after the wedding!
Why Not Make This As Your Signature Wedding Drink?
While visiting in Wisconsin, the week before my brother-in-law’s wedding, we all went out to dinner at this place called O’Charley’s. I thought it would be fun to share a cocktail with my awesome soon-to-be sister-in-law, so she told me about one of her favorite drinks there – the Cotton Candy Cosmo!
Her and I are a lot alike, I also love cosmopolitans! However, this wasn’t your typical cosmo. Basically, they serve you a martini glass with cotton candy inside. As they pour the cosmopolitan mix over the cotton candy, it dissolves and creates a truly delicious cocktail!
Here’s a picture of it at our table, in action as the waitress poured this pretty little drink:
Since it was such a yummy martini, I only had one…I didn’t want to get too tipsy! It got me thinking though – what a fun cocktail this would be to serve at a wedding! Since we all know how strong martinis can be, maybe it would be best to just serve one round to adult guests, as a pretty presentation during dessert.
If you love this idea and crave the recipe, here it is. Just take the following ingredients, shake, pour over cotton candy and enjoy:
1 -1/2 oz SKYY Vodka
1/2 oz XR Fusion Liquor
1 oz Cranberry Juice
Want to try it first? Find one near you by visiting the O’Charley’s website. Of course, please drink responsibly. Cheers!
Hosted By Kim Vallee…
Entertaining and lifestyle expert, www.kimvallee.com (one of my very favorite bloggers) is hosting a giveaway! Head on over to her site now to learn how to comment for a chance to win your very own copy of “Katie Brown Celebrates“. Simple and Spectacular Parties All Year Round, Katie will inspire you to host a party every month of the year.
This book hasn’t even hit stores yet – it comes out November 3, 2008. Be one of the first to own it! Click HERE for rules on how to enter, and be sure to check out the rest of her wonderful site by clicking HERE. Good luck everyone!