Top 10 Bridal Party Bashes

The bridal shower, the bachelorette party, the rehearsal dinner, and the post-wedding bunch, are all sorts of the peripheral celebration surrounding the actual wedding. Each event has its own distinct flavor, custom, and purpose. The bridal shower is the party held two to three months before the wedding, during which you’ll be showered with gifts to help you set up your new home. Shower themes sprout faster than weeds, but these ten are perennial winners. Play them straight, put your own twist on them, or use the list to get your own ideas flowing.

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Lingerie Shower-Another perennial favorite, the lingerie shower is ideal as a second shower. Let the host know key sizes in case guests ask for guidance.

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Alphabet Shower-Every guest is assigned a letter of the alphabet and asked to bring a gift that starts with that letter.

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Around-the-Clock Shower-Guests are assigned a time of day and asked to bring a corresponding gift. Eight in the morning might elicit eggcups of juice glasses or midnight means a nightie.

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Around-the-House Shower-Each guest is assigned a room and brings a gift for it. The living room might prompt a throw for the couch, while the bathroom might get you his-and-hers bathrobes.

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Holiday Shower-Not a good shower for basics, but a festive option if you’re having multiple showers. Everyone is given a holiday and chooses a gift in keeping with the day.

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Kitchen Shower-Guests are asked to bring a gift to help outfit the kitchen. That could mean simple gifts like a set of dishtowels or a lemon zester, or a more elaborate pick like a mixer.

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Recipe Shower-Guests are asked to bring a favorite recipe and the key kitchen tools needed to make it.

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Home Improvement Shower-Also popular for couples’ shower, this theme allows the couple to get all the screwdrivers, drills, flashlights, ladders, and other gear they’ll need around the house.

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Gadget Shower-Guests are asked to bring a gadget that changed their lives for the better.

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Stock-the-Bar Shower-A popular option at couples’ showers. Guests help fully outfit a bar.

Themes aren’t necessary, they just set the bar for the rest of the wedding festivities. Have fun with it, as it’s an event that requires less work on your part. Along with shower themes, it’s always good to provide a few games. Games can be a great icebreaker for the friends who have never met.

Best of luck planning,

Stacey B.

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Delightful Signature Cocktails

Couture cocktails has become a staple of many modern weddings. They make an everlasting impression about your style, it becomes part of your wedding ambience, and it gives you the opportunity to share something about yourself with you attendees. There are so many ways to personalize your signature drink by incorporating colored sugar or salt, adding flowers or fruit, or using candy sticks or lollipops as stirrers. Best of all, signature cocktails can be cleverly arranged to curb your bar tab.  Don’t forget to give your signature cocktail a name and feature it on a tented card at the bar.  Here are some of my favorite couture cocktails….

Blood Orange Mojito


1)     8-10 Fresh Mint Leaves

2)     ½ Lime

3)     1 Blood Orange

4)     1-2 tbsp Sugar (to taste)

5)     ½ Cup Club Soda

6)     ½ Crushed Ice

Directions: Cut the blood orange in half, cut off one slice to save for garnish, using the rest for juice. In a cocktail mixer, ass mint leaves, sugar, and juice of half of a lime. Muddle several times to release flavor from mint. Add juice from blood orange, rum, crushed ices and finish with soda. To top it all off garnish with a wedge from the blood orange and a mint leaf.

Cherry Sake Cocktail


1)    2 Small handfuls frozen dark sweet cherries, thawed (2/3 cup)

2)    Ice

3)    Ginger Ale

Directions: Divide cherries between two tall glasses. Gently muddle cherries with the back of a wooden spoon in the bottom of each glass. Top with plenty of ice. Add 2 shots of sake to each glass. Fill to the top with ginger ale. Add a drop or two of red food coloring for extra color, if desired. Sip and let it be.

Strawberry Bourbon Lemonade

Serves 2


1)     6 ounces bourbon

2)     6 Strawberries, pureed in a blender

3)     Juice from 2 Lemons

4)     1 Tablespoon maple syrup

5)     4 Dashes of Peychaud’s bitters

6)     Dash of McCormick Cinnamon

7)     Club Soda or Prosecco, for Topping off.

8)     Slices of Strawberries, for garnish

Directions: Add your bourbon, pureed strawberries, lemon juice, maple syrup, bitters, and cinnamon to a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice. Shake for 10 seconds, then strain through a mesh strainer into chilled champagne flutes. Top off with club soda or prosecco and garnish with a strawberry.

Candid Grapefruit Cocktail


1)    1 Ounce Gin

2)    4 Ounces Freshly Squeezed Grapefruit Juice.

3)    1 teaspoon Agave Nectar

4)    2 Candied Grapefruit Peels

5)    Dash of Cayenne, depending on how spicy you like it

6)    Grapefruit Wedge and Sugar for Rimming.

Directions: Mix cayenne and sugar, rim glass with a grapefruit piece then dip in sugar mixture before filling with ice.  The touch of cayenne compliments the gin nicely.  In a cocktail shaker, add ice, grapefruit juice, agave and gin. Shake several times. Pour over a 4oz glass filled with ice. Slide two candied grapefruit peels onto a wooden skewer (cut in half) and place on the rim of the glass.   Now be prepared to taste one of the best drinks you have ever had!

Cherry Beer Margaritas


1)    1 -12 Ounce Can Frozen Limeade Concentrate

2)    12 Ounces Cherry Flavored Soda

3)    1 -12 Ounce Bottle of your Favorite Beer

4)    12 Ounces of your Favorite Tequila

5)    Kosher Salt, for Rimming Glass

6)    Lime for Garnish

7)    Cherries for Garnish

Directions: Rub lime wedge around rim of each glass; dip in kosher salt. In a large pitcher, mix all ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon to combine. Serve over ice (if desired) & garnish with a lime wedge & cherry.

Caribbean Mist



1)    1 Part Mango Rum

2)    1 Part Pineapple Juice

3)    1 Part Soda Water

4)    Dash of Blue Curacao

5)    Sugar for the Rim

Directions: This drink is very easy to make as you can see from the ingredients. The Cruzan Mango Rum is what makes it interesting. My favorite thing about this drink is the color: when you combine the yellow pineapple juice and the Blue Curacao it makes turquoise magic! First sugar the rim of each glass by dipping the rim in either lemon or limejuice and then into sanding sugar. In a shaker with ice; combine the rum, pineapple juice and blue Curacao and shake. Pour the mixture into and ice filled glass… then fill the rest of the glass with soda water! Easy, delicious and the most gorgeous color on the planet!

 Apple Cider Moscow Mule


1)     2 ounces ginger flavored vodka

2)     2 ounces apple cider (store bought or homemade)

3)     Juice of 1 small lime wedge

4)     Good quality ginger beer to top off (about 1/2 cup or so)

5)     Cinnamon to sprinkle

Directions: In a copper mug, add the vodka, apple cider and lime juice. Fill the glass with ice, sprinkle cinnamon over the ice, then top off with ginger beer. Stir well and garnish with an apple slice and cinnamon stick.

Tangerine or Mandarin Mojito

Serves 6-8


1)     2 cups of mandarin or tangerine juice, from about 8-10 mandarins (depending on the size)

2)     ¼ cup fresh lime juice

3)     1 cup sugar cane juice (guarapo), or ½ cup simple syrup/sugar, adjust to taste

4)     8 oz of mint leaves

5)     1 ½ cups of chilled sparkling water or club soda, adjust more or less based on your preference

6)     1 to ½ cups of rum, adjust to taste

7)     Ice

8)     Sugar to decorate rims, optional

Directions: You can make the mojitos in individual glasses or in a pitcher. I make them in a pitcher and only add a bit of sparkling water. Then in each glass, I place ice cubes, mint leaves and fruit slices, pour the drink into the glasses and then top it off with some sparkling water. Gently muddle or crush the mint leaves with the sugar cane juice (or sugar or simple syrup). Add the rum, lime juice, and mandarin juice, mix well and taste. Add sugar or rum if needed – remember than you will still add sparkling water. Add a few ice cubes and some mandarin slices. Then top off with the sparkling water and mix gently. As mentioned above, to serve in each individual glass: put ice cube in the glass, then add some fresh mint leaves and mandarin slices, and pour the drink into the glasses. Top off with additional sparkling water or club soda if needed. Serve immediately.

There are so many options when it comes to deciding your favorite cocktail. If you have some ideas and are unsure, contact your caterer, bartender, or planner to brainstorm more ideas.  Don’t forget to stir gently, and drink responsibly!

Best of luck planning,

Stacey B.


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Wedding Bands Men Will Appreciate

Women want to wear a wedding ring that they will admire throughout a lifetime and so do men! More than ever men have a wide range of options available to them besides just the traditional gold bands. Below are some of my favorite options and a few suggestions if you know your significant other would want something out of the box.

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This is something my man would LOVE! These are made out of elk and deer antlers, with the traditional silver or gold interior for comfort around their finger. Another option that I have seen similar to this is using Elk ivory for another awesome texture.

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These examples are raw cut diamonds within a natural silver band.

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Another popular trend right now is the hammered look and can typically come in many metal types.

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Wood rings are another excellent choice. Either glossed are matte they can be created to last a lifetime.

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The craft on these rings is outstanding. If your man is from Colorado or another western state this would be a good reminder of home.

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These rings are made out of zirconium which is a heavy silver metal.

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This ring is called Qalo which is made out of medical grade durable silicone. If your husband works outside a lot this is a great ring to have.

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Copper is one of my absolute favorites it just gives the ring a modern vibe. It can come in many styles, widths, and designs.

When it comes to purchasing your husband to be’s wedding band it is important to remember what you think he will appreciate most because he is going to be the one who looks at it every day. If your husband works outside you might want to look into a durable band that can take a couple scratches here are there or possibly a qalo band. Comfort is key when it comes to wedding bands so keep these in mind when looking for something out of the norm!


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Friday Floral – Pine Cone Decor

Pine cone season is here! This is one of my favorite escort card tables I have personally done in the past because they can either be tidy or messy and still make for an adorable display. Below are some of my favorite examples of the many ways pine cones can enhance any wedding decor.

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You can use small white frosted pine cones for a cute escort card display or tall large pine cones for table numbers!

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I love this look to the left with pine cones and berry combinations.

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Whether having small or large table arrangements pine cones can bring in a natural and inviting vibe to your table.

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Here are two fun ways to decorate your plate! Either dress them up or down with spray paint.


By attaching pine cones to floral wire they can easily be used in a similar way to a succulent and added to your bouquet.

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You can request the variety of pine cone you order to make it long and skinny or round and plump.

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Absolute perfection for a winter wedding, especially with the silver Brunia ball additions on both!

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Another way to grasp your wedding theme is the selection of greenery you choose. The one of the left gives more of a mountain chic using a variety of evergreen. While the right gives more of an elegance based on the dusty miller leaves and silver eucalyptus.

Pine cones are one of my favorite to incorporate in a fall or winter wedding. Another fun fact is that you can actually eat pinyon pine nuts that you will find on the foothills/plains of southern Colorado. Be sure to discuss with your florist the size that you are looking to receive before they place the order due to the many varieties they are available in. When the pine cones fall it is time to start planning the decor of your beautiful winter wedding!


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Eco-friendly Table Numbers

Besides from glassware, china, and centerpieces there are countless other elements that can grace your table design.   Table numbers are a great way to tell your guests which table they will be sitting at for the night, and it also allows you to be playful.  A piece of paper folded into a tent shape is the classic way to go, however incorporating a nontraditional table number makes your wedding more personalized. Take a look through some of my favorite earth friendly table numbers that will go great almost any wedding décor.

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Nodule stones can be the perfect touch for an Eco-friendly design. In Colorado you can find these stones prefabricated at an tourist shop and if you use a stencil for the numbers you’ll have yourself the perfect table number!

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These are the same stones above except they’re thinly sliced. They come in a variety of vibrant colors and are stunning piece to a table design.

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Natural stones can be found just about anywhere and they make a earthy statement.

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Old barn wood and rustic numbers can add a perfect touch to a Eco-friendly design.

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You might need to bring out your saw, but these sliced tree stumps make the perfect table numbers.

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These drift wood accents are by far my favorite earth friendly table numbers!

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Who doesn’t love a little succulent garden?

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Moss covered numbers are a easy DIY project and they look amazing!

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Recycled items can add the perfect personal touch!

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If you live by the beach keep your eyes open for the perfect seashells. They can add the perfect touch to a nautical style wedding.

Eco-friendly elements can be a inexpensive option to your table decor. If you’re trying to find the perfect item look around your local landscape and see what you can come up with.

Best of luck planning,

Stacey B.

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