Fab Find! Neiman Marcus Rose Cakes for your Wedding or Bridal Shower

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How stunning are these rose cakes from Neiman Marcus as gorgeous cakes for your wedding, bridal shower or engagement party? I first spotted these in their holiday catalog and fell in love instantly! They’re so elegant and romantic, and it brought back memories of being a little girl asking for extra roses on my birthday cakes. My cousins and I would jockey for the roses at every family birthday party, and we still talk about roses on cakes now that we’re in our 30s and 40s.

Here are some details on these cakes:

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  • Four layers.
  • Pink-tinted white frosting perfectly swirled to look like roses.
  • Finished with edible glitter.
  • Thaw in refrigerator 24 hours before serving.
  • 6″Dia. Serves 8–10.
  • Made in the USA.

 

Allergen Information: Contains dairy and nuts.

http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Red-Velvet-Rose-Cake/prod161280188/p.prod?eVar4=You%20May%20Also%20Like

http://www.neimanmarcus.com/White-Buttercream-Rose-Cake/prod170140228/p.prod?eVar4=You%20May%20Also%20Like

http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Chocolate-Rose-Cake/prod161280171/p.prod?eVar4=You%20May%20Also%20Like

Will You Pay for Your Bridesmaids’ Pro-Done Hair and Makeup? My Survey Results!

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My wedding trend survey results are in! I asked brides if they would pay for their bridesmaids’ professionally-done hair and makeup for the wedding day, and here is what they said:

44% said, “No, I’m not asking my bridesmaids to get professionally-done hair and makeup.”

33% said, “Yes, I asked them to get pro hair and makeup, so I’m paying for it all.”

11% said “I’ve arranged for FREE hair and makeup for my bridesmaids, courtesy of a friend.”

11% said, “No, I’m not paying for it, but they’re getting their hair and makeup professionally-done.”

Where do you stand on this topic? Comments below enter you for a chance to win a $20 Sephora gift card!

And get your bridesmaids my book Bridesmaid on a Budget:

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Fab Find! The Restoration Hardware Chillsner – Register for Them and Give Them as Gifts

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The Restoration Hardware Chillsner — on sale right now! — is one of my favorite Fab Finds of all-time! We picked up one of these during a power-shop at Restoration Hardware (our niece got a faux fur teddy bear and our best friends got Chillsners; we loaded up on tons of stocking stuffers, too!) and when our friends unwrapped it, we immediately chilled these ‘spikes’ in the freezer for not a long time, and the guys used the set of two in their beers. Total rave review!

{I just gave my husband two sets of Chillsners as his early Valentine’s Day gifts…we’re putting in the new patio this summer, so we have to have a bunch of Chillsners for everyone to use!}

Chillsners are quite awesome, so add these to your registry, or order a set for your beer enjoyment, and especially load up on these babies (at $17.49 per set of two right now!!) for your bridal party members — bridesmaids and groomsmen! — as the perfect bridal party gift, unbelievably under $20! Here’s more info on this fantastic, fabulous find:

Chillsner

$35 Sale $17.49

Life’s too short to drink warm beer. The Chillsner is a reusable, in-bottle beverage chiller that you can drink right through, for cold beer from the first sip to the last.

Keeps chilled bottled beer at the perfect temperature, without diluting.

  • Made from stainless steel and BPA-free plastic, filled with non-toxic freeze gel
  • Easy to use: just freeze the Chillsner for 45 minutes, pop it into any longneck bottle and drink
  • Forms a tight seal Yes, it does! We tested ours for leaks and dribbles, and they were perfect!
  • Between uses, rinse the Chillsner and store it in the freezer
  • Package of 2, so you can drink with a friend or partner, each with your beers super-cold.

Dimensions: 1″ diam., 8″L

Get ’em here: http://www.restorationhardware.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=prod2701582&categoryId=search

Fab Find! EssenTiles Wedding Wine Charms

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EssenTiles wine charms are so brilliant, I wish I thought of this! They’re artistic accents on Scrabble tiles, turned into wine charms!

Here’s what the Essentiles.com site says about their Wedding collection:

“A set of specially chosen (or custom-designed) EssenTiles wine charms make an uncommon engagement present, a unique shower gift, or a memorable bachelorette party favor! Our collection of famous beautiful brides is something special, but you can order just about any photos you want that are meaningful to the happy couple.

Get creative! If you are coordinating a wedding or throwing a shower, consider an EssenTile charm as an alternative to place cards! Or say thank you to the wedding party with a custom charm or wine tag set.”

They have tons of different themes, too – so you can personalize your gifts or bridal shower themed wine charms.

Shop at their Etsy store — http://www.etsy.com/shop/EssenTiles — and follow them on Twitter at @EssenTiles

Fab Find! Mercer Harp Silk-Wrapped Necklaces

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I discovered Mercer Harp handmade silk-wrapped necklaces while working on a big gift inspiration roundup, and the wonderful people at Mercer Harp were kind enough to send me a green and a gray necklace to try on and style up. Since chunky necklaces and layering is so In, this is one necklace that you can wear to make a statement, and that bridesmaids will find to be super-stylish and fashion-forward.

Layer these vibrant necklaces with chains or pearls, or visit www.mercerharp.com to see how their stylists have designed some fabulous knots and triple-strand twists. Jessica Alba is a fan, so you know this is a terrific necklace choice for your bridesmaid gifts!

Shop for your color choices here: http://www.mercerharp.com/shop/products-page/

Fab Find: NaturalGlam Raw Crystal Earrings in Amethyst

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What a fabulous gift for bridesmaids! Amethyst is so in right now, and when I saw Natural Glam’s pretty dangle earrings in natural, raw crystal that looks like rock candy, I knew this was one of my Fab Finds!

They’re delicate and pretty, with gold plated wires, about 1.5” long, and they look way more expensive than $26.00 each (price at time of this printing.) Designer Candice Bouldin does such a lovely job on these! You can get them in Amethyst or in the yellow Citrine shown here, which lets you mix and match to suit your bridesmaids’ styles…or get a pair or two for yourself!

Find them here:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/165238059/citrine-and-amethyst-earrings-raw?ref=shop_home_active

NEW! DIY Wedding and Bridal Shower Recipes Series from the Weekend Table Blog: Parmesan Risotto with Artichokes

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Julie Du Pont is back with another amazing recipe for your DIY menu! Since fall and winter are all about creamy goodness and comfort food, a delicious risotto is definitely something to make for your party guests. It’s easy to make, but guests don’t tend to make risotto or themselves….so you get extra points for gourmet flare, and it’s budget-friendly and a fantastic side to serve with so many different kinds of dishes.

Here is the recipe for Parmesan Risotto with Artichokes, from The Weekend Table blog: http://weekendtable.com/2012/12/26/parmesan-risotto-with-artichokes/.

Explore this blog! Julie has fabulous gluten-free recipes, and I just love her writing style!

 

Fab Find! Essie’s Winter Nail Polish Collection

Winter is coming – and with it, a lavish lineup of the season’s nicest necessities in six smashing shades, from Essie’s fabulous collections of shades perfect for your winter wedding, engagement party, rehearsal dinner or any other special celebration that lets you style yourself in glam color.

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NEW! DIY Wedding and Bridal Shower Recipes Series from the Weekend Table Blog: Corn Chowder with Crab

For fall and winter weddings, soup bars are a top trend, as well as a budget-friendly option to create a fabulous menu, and treat guests to soups they probably don’t make for themselves. Soups can be served as mini ‘shots’ or in generous bowls — with guests helping themselves to the soup and to the toppers you set out, like homemade garlic croutons, crunchy Asian noodles, sprinkles of seafood [a great way to indulge guests without spending a fortune on seafood — but hey, you have lobster, crab, and shrimp on your menu, even if it’s just a garnish! I LOVE making soups for parties, and there’s something so calming about being in the kitchen, whipping up a big batch of soup, filling the house with amazing aromas, and serving a hearty, wholesome bisque or chowder with some crusty bread. It’s comforting to make and to serve.

I discovered www.weekendtable.com when I was checking out the Babble Awards for best mom foodie blogs, and I fell in love with this blog for its fabulous recipes, its collection of gluten-free dishes, and Julie du Pont’s wonderful stories about her family and her inspirations for these dishes. So I’ve asked her to be the Top Chef in my series of recipe recommendations for your showers, wedding and all the fetes you’ll throw for your wedding celebrations. So get ready for more of her amazing soups [or go to www.weekendtable.com to get a jump on what I post,] salads, sides, starters, sweets and drinks. You’ll be seeing a lot more of Julie’s creations here, and you’ll love her simple recipes and smart tips for budget-stretching with second-uses of recipes and ingredients.

Here’s her Corn Chowder with Crab recipe: http://weekendtable.com/2012/08/12/corn-chowder-with-crab/

Fab Find! Weddings 365 by Harvey Solomon, with celebrity wedding FYIs

Just found a cute wedding book with fun FYIs and factoids about celebrity weddings for every day of the year. It’s designed beautifully, it’s a breezy, easy read, and includes a fabulous list of screen icons like Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, and more, and lots o contemporary stars as well. This is a good one for a bride’s escape reading, and it would be great fun to have out on display at a bridal shower for guests to flip through, instead of having bridal shower games.

Here’s the Amazon.com description:

“My goal was to have one husband and seven children, but it turned out to be the other way around.” said what legendary screen temptress?….. Weddings/365 presents a choice day-by-day selection of memorable celebrity weddings of: film and TV icons past and present, from Lana Turner (she of the seven marriages) to Gwyneth Paltrow….. rock and pop stars from Baez to Bono….. presidents and princesses….. models and moguls and more….. Illustrated with more than 300 photos, the book tells a little story every day that captures the feel and flavor of that couple’s special day….. For celebrity buffs, pop culture fans and brides of all ages.

Get it here: http://www.amazon.com/Weddings-365-Harvey-Solomon/dp/0988189429/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1378997857&sr=8-12&keywords=harvey+Solomon and enjoy!