Thursday, December 31, 2009
The elegant Rose Garden where the nuptials will be held
(photo courtesy of www.amourtoujoursevents.webs.com)
Here are pictures from the website, isn't it elegant, gorgeous, swanky and perfect!!!
These are pictures of bridal portraits in the ballroom where dining takes place...
(photos courtesy of Don Kadair)
My twist on the breakfast brunch wedding!!
For the foods I'm thinking of having a
Swanky waffle bar
(photo from jimcamut.blogspot.com)
With a variety of syrups
(photo from www.countryliving.com)
A great steak option
(photo from thesunblog.com)
An omelet station, which will probably be the only "action" station
(photo from nikkibeachthailand.com)
A breakfast potato bar
Including the breakfast potato
(photo courtesy of recklesschef.net)
Cheesy Bacon and Egg Brunch Casserole
(photo courtesy of food network)
cheesy sausage and potatoes
mini frittatas with ham and cheese
(photo courtesty of my recipe.com)
We'll have them able to be placed in martini glasses (tres chic, no?)
(photo from www.sundanceresort.com)
The regional favorite, beignets....
(photo from www.theohhfactor.com and ohhh yeah is what I said, my stomach is growling now!!)
While finally I got it!! I am the winner!!
We will have a very elegant weekDAY morning soiree. It will probably be at a historic venue in town (a savings of around $1000-1500)...
We will have sophisticated brunch cocktails like the indulgent bellini, the yummy mimosa, the elegant champagne punch, the spicy bloody mary, and the masculine screwdriver... Very sexy, very swanky, very budget friendly... We will also have the traditional juices, coffee, and lattes...
2 oz peach juice or peach puree
4 oz Champagne
peach slices for garnish (optional)
1. Pour the peach juice or peach puree into a Champagne flute.
2. Slowly top with the Champagne.
3. Garnish with peach slices and serve.
1/2 oz triple sec
1 1/2 oz fresh orange juice
3 1/2 oz chilled Champagne
orange slice for garnish
1. Pour triple sec, then orange juice into a champagne flute.
2. Top with champagne.
3. Garnish with orange slice.
CHAMPAGNE FRUIT PUNCH
12 oz frozen fruit punch, partially thawed
10 oz frozen strawberries
2/3 cup orange juice
2 Tbsp lemon juice
24 oz ginger ale
1 qt Champagne
3 cups water
1. Place a frozen ice ring in a punch bowl.
2. Add the fruit punch, water, strawberries, and juices.
3. Stir well.
4. Add ginger ale and Champagne, then stir again.
1.5 oz vodka
1/2 c tomato juice
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
celery stick for garnish
lemon wedge for garnish
1. Add dashes of Worchestershire Sauce, Tabasco, salt and pepper into highball glass.
2. Pour vodka, tomato sauce, and lemon juice into the highball with ice cubes.
3. Stir gently.
4. Garnish with Celery Salt and lemon wedge (optional).
2 oz vodka
5 oz orange juice
1. Pour all ingredients directly into highball glass filled with ice.
2. Stir gently.
3. Garnish with orange slice.
All recipes garnered from Real Simple (http://simplystated.realsimple.com/simplystated/2009/04/5-great-brunch-cocktails.html)
So would you attend a wedding during a weekday if given enough notice?
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
There is currently a TV special where you can purchase it for a trial period of a month for $33.00 plus shipping and handling AND it comes with tons of goodies that can only be found in the tv special like the potpourri basket (which evidently is like a mish-mash of various cartridges). The potpourri basket alone is going for over 175 on ebay right now! If you decide to keep it it's $57 a month for 6 months afterwards. www.getmycricut.com
Here are some of the cool as hell crafts I would love to make with the Cricut!!!
(photo courtesy of http://www.weddingbycolor.com/hlrheawedding)
(photo courtesy of http://discountdiecutcartridges.com/2008/09/a-little-tip-for-cricut-vinyl-users/)
you cannot tell me these aren't darling for a little girl's birthday party!!!
(photo courtesy of http://www.cricut-expression-cartridges.com/blog/)
Do you have the cricut, if so do you like it and is it user friendly? I will probably purchase this for myself in January although it's becoming harder and harder for me to hold off on it. Even M is on board :o)....
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Check her out on http://www.weddingbee.com/2009/12/24/real-weddings-amber-and-tom/
Prepare yourself for a wedding-gasm...
I squealed a little when I saw the initial wreaths on the church doors.
I dig these sooo much (can you tell i'm a stickler for details?!) And it's amazing because one of the items in my company's product line are these sashes, instead of embroidery, I have a hand-painted version with tiny Fleur de lis...
Love these (I have every special cork from our relationship) Since we don't do escort cards in the South, I'd definitely use them for a candy buffet or perhaps the Champagne Bar...
And this is now a must have for me!! Remember my wonderful M owns a night club!!
I adore this!! Mini bottles of our fave champagne for our guests maybe?!
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE she even did mini burgers?!
She also did a really awesome candy buffet, and for those that have visited my website, you know that I offer these as well... so I think this would be a must have edition.. Here's her candy buffet...
Saturday, December 26, 2009
So nooo ring for me for Christmas, but good things come to those that wait and I am not too bummed. I did get the best present of all though. Here's a bit of a back story. I was REALLY bummed about not being able to go home for Christmas and was just in a crummy mood. I am originally from Memphis, TN (5 hours away) and live in Baton Rouge, LA. M and I decided to save money and just get each other sentimental things. I got him a letter and a lock and key (from an old key chain) and basically told him it was the key to my heart and to always keep it near and safe.
Later in the night, M and I watched a great and funny movie and he excused himself to the restroom. I had never seen it before it was Richard Pryor's Which Way is Up. Well when he came back he handed me this handwritten note (on an empty toilet tissue roll, sooo him lol) and it was the sweetest thing I have ever read. It basically said that he's sorry that we couldn't be home for Christmas, that he hoped this card made up for it, and that this was my home now and ended with Love, M... OMG I bawled... I still tear up reading it. It was so romantic and sweet. He oftentimes says the only time he could think is when he's in the restroom lol!! And it shows his quirky sense of humor. How did he know exactly what to say to make me feel better and exactly the way to say it? Gosh he is made for me... Here's a pic of my note... against our awesome tree :D
Monday, December 7, 2009
OMG! If I ever had regret that I am not engaged it is now. My FAVORITE photographer, Fola Adewole, is having a contest where one lucky bride in the continental US will win her services free of charge! Travel, CD, everything is on her dime!!! All pictures courtesy of Fola Adewole! Sigh... In the words of Eartha Kitt...
Come and trim my Christmas tree,
With some decorations bought at Tiffany's,
I really do believe in you,
Let's see if you believe in me,
Santa baby, forgot to mention one little thing,
I don't mean on the phone,
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight,
Hurry down the chimney tonight,
Thursday, December 3, 2009
OMG I am watching VH1's 100 greatest hip hop songs, the memories!!!
There's Lauryn Hill Mis-education of Lauryn!
Then there's A hard knock life by Jay-z!
Baby got back (little in the middle but she got much wiggle!)
Tupac!! (Soo many to name, not enough due to his untimely death)
Biggie!! (Sigh I still remember Faith lying in the bed, big and black ugly as ever)
What are your favorite hip hop songs?!
Monday, November 23, 2009
M knows my obsession and has actually been quite warned not to fall into the sales person's sales pitch of oh a diamond is wonderful and rare blah blah blah.. for me diamonds are bleh unless in a halo of course, lol I gotta cave in to a teeny bit of tradition lol!!
I want something with pizazz, something with sexiness... Here are my top three favorites.. Can you guess which is the splurge and which is the steal?
Thursday, November 19, 2009
- Fold and put up the laundry
- Clean the living room
- organize the mountain of PAPERS in the living room
- Hang those snazzy letters that I made a few entries back
- Clean the kitchen (this is already mostly done but I really need to do a cleaning of appliances, put things in order, etc
- Clean the counters in the guest bathroom/kids' bathroom
- Organize the clothes in our master bath
- Lastly, help my son straighten his room up (grandmas just don't understand that there is NO ROOM for new toys!!)
- Take out our Christmas Decorations!!! Begin figuring out the PERFECT place for our Christmas tree!!!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
And if you have received three billion four hundred eighty six million two candle sticks as wedding gifts, why not think keep a few and make these eclectic and sophisticated centerpieces?! The same look can easily be achieved by hunting (or stalking like me) the Dollar Tree, Goodwill, or thrift stores in your area! Happy Hunting!