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Pop A Lil’ Love Onto Your Table…

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…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.

popmat paper placemats via publiqueshopdotcom

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.” –

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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.

Love them like I do?  Find them by heading over to and while you’re there, check out their adorable Paper Votive Cuffs and other fab products for dreamy entertaining!


Written by Jaime

thUTCp31UTC05bUTCSat, 30 May 2009 17:41:07 +0000 11, 2008 at 5:41 pm

A Wedding-Crazed Week…

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…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


(Above photo credits: Left ~ Wedding placecard idea via Better Homes & Gardens, Right ~ Kate Hudson, photographed by NY photographer Ruven Afandor)

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 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’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 (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.

The Style School blog by InStyle Weddings offers great tips on how to get your skin in mint condition for the big day!

 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?


Interviewed By Kim Vallee!

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…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!

Written by Jaime

thUTCp30UTC11bUTCFri, 28 Nov 2008 21:28:09 +0000 11, 2008 at 9:28 pm

Sexy Registry Idea…

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…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:


(Top:  Sloane Leaning Wine Bar (I love the option to buy just the one piece or how you can put several together to fill your wall).   Bottom:  Steamer Bar Cabinet)

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!

Looking for more cool things to register for and other ways to help you build your bar?  See this week’s guest blog post I wrote on the Wishpot Wedding Blog by clicking HERE.  Cheers!

Cotton Candy Cosmo!

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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!

Written by Jaime

thUTCp30UTC11bUTCTue, 04 Nov 2008 08:51:14 +0000 11, 2008 at 8:51 am

Patty Cake, Patty Cake, Bakers Man…

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…Bake Yourself Some Fancy Cakes, Anyone Can!

Ok, so anyone can with the right tools and supplies, such as these fun products from!  Imagine using these to decorate the bakery at your next event.  Whether it’s for a holiday party, a shower, wedding or any party for that matter, you’re sure to find just what you need to wow your guests!

(Top to bottom, left to right: Floral Syrups, Chocolate Transfer Sheets, Oven Mitt Amelia Design, Sparkling & Sanding Sugar, Assorted Gold Muffin Cups, Edible Silver & Gold Leaf, Filigree Cupcake Holders & Cake Stand Wrapper.)

Fancy Ideas from

Add sparkle and flair to your drinks by rimming the edges of the glasses with colored sanding sugar.  You can coordinate the colors with your table linens or with the drink itself.”

Create small chocolate treats using cookie cutters.  Simply melt your favorite premium chocolate and fill each cutter to the rim.  Apply your own custom mix of sprinkles, and you have a charming and delicious gift.”

Find these products, ideas and more by clicking HERE.  Happy baking!

Written by Jaime

thUTCp31UTC10bUTCWed, 29 Oct 2008 12:19:29 +0000 11, 2008 at 12:19 pm

Fun & Fabulous Giveaway!

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Hosted By Kim Vallee…

Entertaining and lifestyle expert, (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!

Written by Jaime

thUTCp31UTC10bUTCThu, 16 Oct 2008 12:43:38 +0000 11, 2008 at 12:43 pm