Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur Recipes for your Bridal Shower and Wedding


Godiva very kindly sent me some free samples of their dark chocolate liqueur to review, and I LOVE it. Especially the little favor bottles it comes in — so perfect for your out-of-town guests’ welcome basket and as wedding favors.

And here are some ultra-tasty recipes that you can use to DIY wedding drinks:



DIY Wedding and Bridal Shower Recipes from the Weekend Table Blog: Spinach Balls With Mustard Sauce

julie spinach balls

The Weekend Table blog is one of my all-time favorites for terrific recipes perfect for bridal showers, engagement parties, late-night bites after an early-end wedding, and more.

Julie’s recipe for Spinach Balls is a winner, so check out the recipe! And follow @weekendtable on Twitter for more fabulous recipes, including gluten-free recipes and healthy twists on party fare.

DIY Wedding and Bridal Shower Recipes from The Weekend Table Blog: Curry Vegetable Dip


Here’s why I love the Weekend Table blog: in addition to being a top source for fabulous entertaining-perfect recipes, Weekend Table’s award-winning foodie Julie du Pont brings to light a wonderful idea for weddings, engagement parties, bridal showers, wedding weekend events, and all parties in your wedding seaon — use cherished family recipes.

They might be heirloom recipes, handed down by your grandmother or great-grandmother (or grandfather or great-grandfather!) or from your parents, your sister, anyone you know. There’s something so magical about connecting with your ancestors and loved ones who sit with you at your table via a recipe. Creating a dish is a form of magic, after all, and tastes of childhood and special milestone moments become a part of you. They line your ribs, imbue into your soul, bringing you back to the most golden of times shared with the people you’re blessed to know.

For this recipe, Julie honors a friend’s Curry Vegetable dip, using the same exotic ingredients as the originators, and in many of her other recipes (which I hope you’ll explore and catch on her Twitter @weekendtable) she shares smart ways to give heirloom recipes a personal twist.

Julie’s a sensational foodie blogger whose recipes will give your wedding celebrations a touch of made-with-love foodie goodness, which is why I’m so excited to feature my favorite dishes from her collections here.

DIY Wedding and Bridal Shower Recipes from The Weekend Table Blog: Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Red Cabbage Slaw and Rockin’ Guac

Photo courtesy of Weekend Table

Photo courtesy of Weekend Table

Babble award-winning foodie blogger Julie du Pont is back with another of her most popular recipes, perfect for your DIY wedding, bridal shower, engagement party or wedding weekend menu! Slow cookers are magic, and Julie works hers to create a tasty, tender, tangy pulled pork with the bright colors of the cabbage salad, and we love her Rockin’ Guac!

Check out the recipes here, and enjoy Julie’s make-it-easier tips for creating this excellent meal — which would be amazing for a co-ed bridal shower cookout as well!

Enjoy! And thanks, Julie! So glad we found Weekend Table! For more of Julie’s amazing dishes, including her gluten-free recipes, follow her on Twitter at @weekendtable!

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


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!


Cruzan Rum Drinks Making Fall Fabulous!


Rum’s not just for summer! I’m a Cruzan Rum Collector, and we keep our rum drinks going year-round here during the many occasions when we’re entertaining friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, and wedding groups. I love Cruzan’s “Don’t Hurry” campaign– so perfect for this time of year when the clock seems to be speeding up, the holidays are approaching, and for brides, wedding stress is a very real aggravation. A nice rum drink, hot or cold, is very welcome right now. From my friends at Cruzan Rum:

Master mixologist, Jesse Card, has created three deliciously seasonal cocktails made with the Cruzan Distiller’s Collection, a line of super-premium, blended aged rums that features Cruzan® Estate Diamond® Dark Rum and the new Cruzan® Estate Diamond® Light Rum, along with the popular Cruzan® Single Barrel Rum. Staying true to the spirit of The Don’t Hurry, Cruzan Rum doesn’t rush the aging process, which is why their rums are so amazingly good. It’s all in good taste.

Cruzan® Fig Pie 

Cruzan Fig Pie Get Into the Seasonal Spirit With The Cruzan Rum Distiller’s Collection


  • 2 parts Cruzan® Estate Diamond® Dark Rum
  • ¾ parts Orange Juice
  • ¼ parts 1:1 Brown Sugar Syrup (1 part brown sugar, 1 part water)
  • 1 tablespoon Fig Chutney


  1. Combine all ingredients over ice in a shaker
  2. Shake hard for 15 seconds, double strain into a chilled coupe glass
  3. Garnish with grated nutmeg & skewered fig

Cruzan® Winter Break

Cruzan Winter Break Get Into the Seasonal Spirit With The Cruzan Rum Distiller’s Collection


  • 2 parts Cruzan® Estate Diamond® Light Rum
  • 1 parts Pineapple Juice
  • ¼ parts 2:1 Muscovado Syrup (combine 2 parts Muscovado sugar, 1 part water)
  • 5 parts Hot Peppermint Tea


  1. Combine rum, pineapple juice and Muscovado syrup in a toddy glass and stir
  2. Slowly add tea to the glass and garnish with fresh grated cinnamon and stick

Cruzan® Sidecar

Cruzan Sidecar Get Into the Seasonal Spirit With The Cruzan Rum Distiller’s Collection


  • 2 parts Cruzan® Single Barrel Rum
  • 1 part DeKuyper® Triple Sec Liqueur
  • A splash of Lemon Juice


  1. Combine ingredients and shake with ice in a mixing glass until chilled
  2. Pour into a cocktail glass (a sugar-rim garnish is optional

About Cruzan Rum Distiller’s Collection

Cruzan Distillers Collection Bottles Get Into the Seasonal Spirit With The Cruzan Rum Distiller’s Collection

All three products in the Distiller’s Collection are available nationwide. Cruzan Estate Diamond Light Rum and Estate Diamond Dark Rum have a suggested retail price of $19.99 per 750ml bottle, and Cruzan Single Barrel Rum features a suggested retail price of $29.99 per 750ml bottle. The Distiller’s Collection joins the Cruzan portfolio of rums that include Cruzan Aged Light Rum, Cruzan Aged Dark Rum, Cruzan Black Strap Rum, Cruzan 151 Proof Rum, Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum and 13 flavored rums infused with natural flavors, such as vanilla, key lime, passion fruit, coconut, mango and strawberry.
For more delicious recipes, please visit http://cruzanrum.com/rum-recipes