What a great start to this Monday! First, I received my first copies of my newest book, (which almost spent the night out in the rain after UPS left the box outside without ringing the bell! Whew!) And now, my article “Eat, Drink, Save” is featured in the January, February ’18 issue of Bridal Guide! Check it out, and find a whole pile of realistic, smart and budget-saving steps to get more from your wedding menu, cake and desserts and bar list!
Just when you thought chocolate-dipped strawberries couldn’t get any better, here are Shari’s Berries Hand-Dipped Champagne Strawberries.
How gorgeous are these beauties?! I just received my 20% off brochure in the mail from Shari’s Berries [I’ve sent chocolate-covered strawberries as gifts in the past, and ordered platters for my parties, so I know they’re delish!] and I noticed a few new items on their list: with these Champagne Strawberries standing out as the most perfect gift for bridesmaids, a stunning dessert buffet addition, and I would give out-of-town wedding guests a half-dozen of these as their welcome gift in their hotel rooms!
Here are a few details about these indulgent and upscale chocolate-dipped champagne berries in a dozen assortment (and they have lots of different assortments, so go to their page!:)
- 12 Strawberries Dipped in White Flavored with a Hint of Champagne and Topped with Gold Shimmer Sugar*
- 12 Strawberries Dipped in White Flavored with a Hint of Champagne and Topped with Gold Swizzles*
- *Contains no alcohol
This is definitely a fab find! And they’ll work beautifully in any wedding season. And let me remind you to get your wedding coordinator an excellent thank you gift after your wedding – these would be perfect!
Yes, you can add holiday items to your bridal registry! Wedding guests always want to get you fun, fabulous bridal shower and wedding gifts you’re definitely going to use, and it’s so fun for guests to know you’ll think of them every time you DO use their gifts — especially for a holiday celebration!
During an excursion to the Short Hills Mall, my husband and I stopped in at Pottery Barn, and we impulse-bought a set of Pasture Bunny dishes that are so adorable, we changed our Easter brunch plans from a lavish hotel brunch to a party at our house…just so we could use our bunny plates!
When you add holiday items to your wedding registry, you add a dose of fun to your gift selection, and you get all of those magnificent holiday décor and serveware items to enjoy forever.
Here are some more of my faves from Pottery Barn’s bunny collection, on sale right now for 20% off — which makes them even better [sale is active now; check to make sure sale prices are still available when you shop!]
Pasture Bunny Dishes: http://www.potterybarn.com/products/pasture-bunny-plate/?pkey=cgifts-easter&
Twig Charger: http://www.potterybarn.com/products/twig-charger-sp15/?cm_src=AutoRel
Pasture Bunny Napkins: http://www.potterybarn.com/products/pasture-bunny-napkin/?cm_src=AutoRel
Pasture Bunny Serve Bowl: http://www.potterybarn.com/products/sculpted-bunny-serve-bowl/?pkey=cgifts-easter&
Bunny Cupcake Stand: http://www.potterybarn.com/products/bunny-stoneware-cake-cupcake-stand/?pkey=cgifts-easter&
The fabulous folks at CapaBunga sent me a sample of their CapaBubbles cap that fits on top of a partially-finished champagne bottle, keeping champagne fresh and bubbly for up to a week. The top of the cap has a super-cute design (mine is the one shown above,) and they also have ones in solid colors, patterns, ‘Me Time’ and other styles, plus a holiday line including a snowflake or snowman if you’ll have a winter wedding. When your wedding guests come to stay the weekend, you’ll surely offer them a welcome basket filled with treats and drinks, and CapaBubbles would be a great addition to those baskets, so that they can order champagne (or enjoy the bottle you provided for them) and cap off any unfinished bubbly for enjoyment later. And then they take their CapaBubbles cap home. Brilliant! And an easy gift to pack for travel. I also spotted on the CapaBunga website their GlassWhere discs that encircle the stem of a wine glass, and you can write on it with a ballpoint pen to ID which glass is yours. For cocktail parties and other soirees, this is a stylish way to help guests keep track of their glasses, and it also encourages them to keep using their own glass, not deplete your bar’s supply of new glasses for each refill all night. Again, brilliant, and the sayings on these discs are cute. Check them out!
I spoke with Anthony Cirone, president of Li-Lac Chocolates in New York City — a fave of Martha Stewart and Bravo’s Andy Cohen — about wedding favor truffle box colors, and he said:
“The classic gold box is by far the most popular, even with all the other color choices. Pastel colors like blue and pink are popular too, but also white with ribbons that match the wedding party colors.”
See the Li-Lac truffle favor box colors, including gold, here. And here’s a link to their gold 4-pc truffle boxes.
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:
Kristy Rice of Momental Designs is one of my all-time favorite artists, and I absolutely LOVE these custom-sketched figure notes.
Kristy literally sketches a likeness of you, or of each of your bridesmaids, even the moms, and customizes her designs to show your favorite outfit, or your signature accessory, with your haircut and even your expression perfectly-captured.
You can choose from four different sketch styles, including the detailed bust from waist-up, a half-figure from the knees up, a full figure of you and a more detailed full figure that’s oh, so glam and fashionista, all accented with her gorgeous watercolor florals or accents.
S E T I N C L U D E S:
– One full color digital proof of artwork for approval before final notes are created. (additional edits requested are $25.00 per instance).
– 25 or 50 custom notes printed on smooth white shimmer 100 lb cardstock
– Lined white shimmer envelopes (you select liner pattern option: )
1. Neon Watercolor
2. Peony Garden
3. Neon Blooms
4. Summer Garden
– Note sets delivered in a textured white gift box with notes tied up in bakers twine inside.
Get started here: http://www.shopmomental.com/product/set-of-25-or-50-custom-figure-sketches-note-set
And check out Kristy’s collection of super-pretty iPhone cases here: http://www.shopmomental.com/