Mar 30, 2012

Bridal Shower Cocktail Recipes

Ice-cold bridal shower cocktails - one with vodka and the other with vodka and tart lemony-delicious limoncello. If you haven't tried it, limoncello is an Italian lemon liqueur made near the amazing Amalfi coast in Southern Italy. Those clever coastal Italians even have a liqueur called Pistachiocello (you guessed it - flavored with pistachio nuts) and Meloncello (melon flavored, of course). Always serve your lemon based cocktails in chilled glasses and garnish with a lemon twist.

Lemon Drop Cocktail Recipe
  • 1-1/2 ounces citrus vodka
  • 1 teaspoon super-fine sugar
  • 1/2 lemon
  • sugar
  • lemon twist
1. Fill a shaker half full of ice.
2. Pour in citrus vodka, sugar and the juice of half a lemon.
3. Shake and set aside.
4. Rim the outside of a cocktail glass with sugar and pour in the mixture.
5. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Lemon Drop Cocktail with Limonello
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 strips lemon peel
  • 3 cups limoncello, chilled
  • 6 ounces vodka, chilled
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 7 to 8 lemons)

1.  Combine sugar, 1/4 cup water, and lemon peel in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; remove from heat and steep for 5 minutes. Remove peel and reserve. Refrigerate syrup until completely cool.

2.  In a 2-quart pitcher, combine lemon syrup, limoncello, vodka, and lemon juice; stir and divide among six 8-ounce glasses. Garnish with a reserved lemon peel skewered on a toothpick.

Personalized Wedding Dress Hangers

Personalized wedding hangers - who wouldn't cherish a charming a gift such as this? With a price tag of $19.99 to $24.99 these custom wedding dress hangers would make a well-loved bridal shower or bridesmaid gift. Add an extra $10 for shipping. Even so, you know you were planning on spending so much more and probably getting less in terms of quality and craftsmanship. These sweet and stylish hangers are available in natural, white and walnut (shown here) and created with gold, silver or bronze wire. Update as of 2017: It appears this shop on Etsy has closed, but you can still find a beautiful variety of these hangers and in many cases, less than the prices quoted above.

Custom Bridesmaid Hanger 

Custom Mother of the Bride Hanger

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Mar 29, 2012

Navy Blue Wedding Cakes

Navy blue wedding cakes – a perfect choice for women marrying sailors, many of them living and working here in southeastern Virginia, home to two huge naval bases, Oceana and Little Creek. As you would expect, blue symbolizes the ocean and the deep blue sea. But it also represents trust, honesty and loyalty. This color exhibits an inner security and confidence, everything you have come to expect from the military and those who serve. What other color choices work well with navy blue? Blue and gray, blue and silver, and navy blue and white are amazingly beautiful color choices for a navy blue themed wedding.

Navy blue and white wedding cake 

blue and white floral wedding cake 

blue and white fondant wedding cake 

blue fondant wedding cake

blue and white wedding cake with flowers
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Mar 27, 2012

Rustic Ring Bearer Pillow Ideas

Here are some of the most creative ring bearer pillow ideas I've found for your dream wedding with a rustic theme. On the first Saturday in June when you're married under a sunny sky and the flowering dogwood trees, have in hand a charming wooden ring bearer box with the words "With This Ring I Thee Wed" engraved on the top! All the tools you need to make one - box and wood burning kit - are available at your local Michael's craft store. Or maybe you would love a simple burlap ring bearer pillow that fits easily in the palms of your little one’s hands. Why not forget about fabric altogether and add a bit of rustic charm to your outdoor, country, or woodland wedding with a simple tree ring, emblazoned with those simple but sacred words, “I Do.”

rustic wooden ring bearer box

burlap ring bearer pillow

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Mar 24, 2012

Vintage Inspired Wedding Invitations

This playful vintage style wedding invitation at Zazzle uses a blend of antique typography and stylish modern scripts that promises family and friends a day filled with sweet and simple pleasures - laughter and love, dining and dancing, toddlers in funny oversized tuxedos. Choose from 5 x 7 inch (portrait) or 7 x 5 inch (landscape). This vintage inspired invitation is printed on 50% recycled paper with a smooth, matte finish and lovely distressed design.

eat drink and be married typography wedding invite
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Mar 23, 2012

Sage Green Wedding Ideas

Sage green wedding ideas - here are my favorites, especially this charming sage green paper boutonniere with a glass bead accent and iridescent green glass earrings.  Sweet green succulents steal the show nestled in floral bouquets, centerpieces and aisle decorations.  Simple green and white striped cocktail straws create a playful dessert table and glass apothecary jars brimming with green Jelly Belly jelly beans - juicy pear, kiwi, or lemon lime - have beautiful shades of moss and sage green.  This hand painted green butterfly, also available in aqua blue, lavender and pink, adds a welcome, whimsical outdoor touch to all your sage green wedding decorations.

pale green wedding dress

succulent bridal bouquet

green and white striped straws
sage green boutonniere

Mar 15, 2012

Gerbera Daisy Centerpieces

Lovely gerbera daisy centerpieces - easy and affordable to create! Only four other flowers in the entire world (roses, carnations, chrysanthemums and tulips) are more popular than these pink gerbera daisies, easily grown at home if watered faithfully and fertilized regularly. Gerbera daisies - available in white, yellow, orange, pink and red - are also well loved by birds, bees and butterflies - great for your garden! When cut, place their long, thick sturdy stems in water and they'll last up to one week - plenty of time to design beautiful gerbera style bouquets, boutonnieres and fresh spring centerpieces.

pink gerbera daisy centerpieces


yellow white and orange daisy centerpiece
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Mar 13, 2012

Rustic Outdoor Wedding Decorations

In the information overload of our everyday lives, a rustic outdoor wedding helps us draw in a deep breath and celebrate all the fresh-air things we need to feel whole again - giant sugar maple trees that turn yellow and gold in the twilight of fall, bales of freshly harvested hay, pinecones, berries, twigs and wheat. Soft breezes, fragrant pines and delicate blossoming dogwoods are happy reminders that on this sacred day that two hearts become one, at least for a while, we all feel like carefree kids on the first day of summer vacation.

rustic outdoor wedding lighting
hanging vases with fresh spring flowers

rustic wedding reception sign
rustic outdoor wedding arch
rustic hand painted wedding sign
rustic wedding display with wooden crates
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Mar 8, 2012

Translucent Lace Wedding Dresses

Translucent lace wedding dresses embellished with lovely gold and silver beadwork and romantic silk floral appliqu├ęs add just the right amount of drama while showcasing an often overlooked part of a woman's body - her lovely neck, shoulders and back.

wedding dress with lace back

wedding dress with lace appliques

vintage style lace wedding gown
lace wedding dress with cap sleeves
translucent lace wedding dress

Mar 6, 2012

Hydrangea Wedding Cake Accents

Hydrangea wedding cakes - with delicate, dainty little flowers in shades of blue, pink, red, lovely pale lavender and violet. The pink hydrangea is prized all over the world, but especially in China, Japan and Korea, where flowers are as important as their afternoon tea. As much as I love all of these, the naked wedding cake dusted with a light coat of confectioner's sugar and topped with pale green and lavender hydrangeas would be perfect winter, spring, summer or fall. Fresh blueberries scattered randomly on top and around the base make this cake especially breathtaking.

Hydrangea wedding cupcakes made with rich buttercream icing.

Mar 1, 2012

Vintage Style Lace Bridal Gloves

These charming vintage style lace gloves are available at Etsy (and continue to be as I update this blog post in 2017) in white or ivory and feature a beautiful organza bow with three small satin rosettes. Lovingly handmade and embroidered with petite white pearls - with comfortable stretchy lace that should fit most hand sizes - these lace bridal gloves are a great investment for a vintage themed wedding at less than $60 plus shipping.

lace bridal gloves
ivory lace gloves
vintage style lace gloves
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