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