Fab Find! Shari’s Berries Hand-Dipped Champagne Strawberries

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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!

Fab Find! Stone Cask’s MusicAle Bottle Opener

Stone Cask MusicAle Bottle Opener

Now this is a great bridal shower favor or gift for bridesmaids and groomsmen! I’d ever put a few of these on the bar at your wedding, engagement party, shower and rehearsal dinner for your guests to use in style.

It’s Stone Cask’s cleverly-named MusicAle Premium Beer Bottle Opener, which adds a ‘note’ of style to your bottle-opening needs. I received one from the company to review, and I love it so much, it’s my newest Fab Find!

Here’s some info from the company website:

  • Premium stainless steel bottle opener
  • Ergonomic design opens bottles with ease
  • Adds a stylish and decorative touch to any counter or bar top
  • Perfect gift for music aficionados
  • 2-year warranty

Product Description

MusicAle is music to your beers! The one-of-a-kind bottle opener is a must-have bar accessory for any music lover. The stylish, stainless steel eighth note is designed to sit upright on the note head as a beautiful counter or bar top decoration. The carefully crafted flag doubles as a fun and clever way to open beer and other bottled beverages in seconds.

MusicAle is packaged beautifully in a deluxe box you will be proud to give as a gift to a music teacher, fellow band mate, or music-loving co-worker.

Enjoy years of hassle-free bottle opening with Stone Cask’s industry-leading 2 Year Warranty to guarantee your satisfaction with this specialty bar accessory.

Fab Find! Shashi Socks for Bridesmaids’ Wedding Morning Wearing

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The Shashi Socks folks were kind enough to send me a collection of Shashi Socks, and the easy slip-on, traction-grip and sparkly socks struck me as a great little gift for bridesmaids, to wear on the wedding morning during those getting-ready hours. Especially if you’ll all get ready in a hotel and have seen enough of those investigative reports with their blacklight revelations. Even in the best brands of hotel, these are still not your carpets nor your bathroom tile floor, so sock-wearing may be your bridesmaids’ preference. With matching, cozy Shashi Socks, they get a keeper gift as well.

Slip resistant grippers on the bottom add stabilitiy and traction. Shashi socks are availabe in S (5.5-7.5) ,M (8-10),L (10.5-12.5) and retail from $15-$18.

www.shashionline.com

Fab Find! Momental Designs Custom Figure Sketches Noteset

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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.

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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.

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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/

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Fab Find! Zippo Lighters for Personalized Groomsmen’s Gifts

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Looking for groomsmen’s gifts they’ll really be able to use? My Fab Find is the Zippo® lighter, a classic essential that the company has evolved into an impressive array of designs, from sleek and professional polished chrome to more personality-driven designs like the ones I’ve chosen here. Now, the groomsmen’s gifts don’t have to match; you can pick the design that’s most him.

Your groomsmen will appreciate that you’ve chosen a design that suits his interests, perhaps even his humor, and they’re really going to appreciate that you got them a lighter that works, not some cheap lighter that never goes aflame when you need it to.

The Zippo® lighter makes my Fab Find list because it saved the day for us during Superstorm Sandy’s aftermath, when we had no power for a week, our grill lighter ran out of gas, and you couldn’t find any lighters or even matches in the stores, let alone D batteries for flashlights. People were actually selling lighters on the street for $100 a pop during that traumatic time. But we had my husband’s Zippo in a cabinet, and it worked. We had candlelight for the whole house. The neighbors saw the glow in our windows and asked if they could use our Zippo. So if your groomsmen ever find themselves in a natural disaster or even just your garden variety blackout, they’re going to love you even more for giving them a gift that saves the day, comforts their families, and rescues them.

Check out the many styles of Zippo® lighters here: http://www.zippo.com/lighters.aspx?c=1230

And here are some of the cool, new styles that stood out to me:

Zippo Jeep

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Zippo takes to the road in style, with this promotional vehicle that turns heads wherever it goes. This high polish chrome windproof lighter features the Zippo Jeep, a 2011 Jeep Wrangler modified by West Coast Customs to embody the attributes of the Zippo brand, which is overlaid against the engraved image of the Zippo office building. Comes packaged in an environmentally friendly gift box. For optimal performance, use with Zippo premium lighter fluid. http://www.zippo.com/product.aspx?id=1025964

KISS lighter

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This Street Chrome™ KISS lighter is a collectible piece that will impress any KISS fan. This lighter displays the members of KISS on this windproof lighter in their representative band colors and costumes. Comes packaged in an environmentally friendly gift box. http://www.zippo.com/product.aspx?id=1025866

For your veteran or active duty groomsmen, check out the lighters customized to branches of the military: http://www.zippo.com/lighters.aspx?id=1226&c=1230&p=2

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And a sweet one for Dad: http://www.zippo.com/product.aspx?id=1025611

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You can also get Zippos to customize with your choice of saying, perhaps an inside joke, or just your groomsman’s name or monogram.

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Give a one-of-a-kind gift with Zippo’s Classic High Polish Chrome lighter. The clean, sleek look of this lighter makes it the ideal piece for a customized gift. Zippo’s Classic High Polish Chrome lighter is suitable for gift giving in its environmentally friendly gift box and comes with a lifetime guarantee. http://www.zippo.com/product.aspx?id=1023830 These also come in brushed chrome, satin chrome, red matte, black matte, white matte, and an ornate Venetian.

I especially like the look of this Striped, customizable Zippo lighter: http://www.zippo.com/product.aspx?id=1023917

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Don’t let anyone tell you that lighters are too old-world, groomsman gifts of the 1950s. Today’s modern designs bring this groomsman gift right into trend, and it’s something your guys are going to keep forever, thinking of you every time they use it…and every time it saves the day for them.

Best of all, they look way more expensive than they are. Check them out.

Fab Find! Watermelon Wow by Pucker Vodka — the newest for cocktails that match the PANTONE wedding colors!

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Just in time for Spring, Pucker® Vodka introduces its latest expression, Pucker® Watermelon Wow Vodka. Leveraging its bold and innovative flavor expertise, this new vodka features an intense and refreshing watermelon flavor that provides an extra dimension of taste to cocktails.

Made from quadruple distilled vodka and with natural flavors, Pucker® Watermelon Wow Vodka is a premium spirit unlike any other flavored vodka on the market. It combines the luscious flavor of watermelon with the invigorating aroma of candied fruit and melon for a unique sensory experience.

This clear, smooth spirit delivers a taste that is balanced and confident enough to enjoy with a simple mixer, served straight up or in a cocktail creation, such as one of these:

Sultry Spring Bloom

Ingredients:

1 3Ž4 parts Pucker® Watermelon Wow Vodka

2 parts Cucumber Juice

Splash Fresh Lime Juice

3Ž4 part Simple Syrup

Watermelon Candy Slice

Method: Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled highball glass. Garnish with a Watermelon candy slice.

Brazen Watermelon Blush

Ingredients:

1 1Ž2 parts Pucker® Watermelon Wow Vodka

2 parts Kiwi and Strawberries, Pureed

Bunch of Mint

Kiwi Slice

Strawberry Slice

Red Sugar Rim (optional)

Method: Combine all ingredients in a shaker, shake and strain over crushed ice into a highball glass. Stir/swizzle and top with a mint bunch, kiwi slice and strawberry slice. Optional garnish: a red sugar rim.

I also love how Pucker Vodka drinks let you create cocktails in the IN colors for spring and summer weddings. Take a look at the PANTONE® colors for spring, and cruise the recipes on the www.puckervodka.com website to find delish drinks that coordinate with the colors of your bash.

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And now, you can wow your guests with their newest flavor, Watermelon Wow:

WATERMELON LEMONADE

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Part Pucker® Watermelon WOW Vodka
  • 2-3 Parts Lemonade

DIRECTIONS

Shake ingredients with ice until well blended. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon zest and watermelon wedge.

Watermelon Wow is available nationwide at a suggested retail price of $16.99 for a 750ml bottle. Available in seven bold flavors, including Sour Apple Sass, Grape Gone Wild, Cherry Tease, Citrus Squeeze, Lemonade Lust, Raspberry Rave and Watermelon Wow, Pucker® Vodka continues to deliver a multi-dimensional vodka experience for the playful, audacious, and spontaneous. To find a store or additional recipes, please visit www.puckervodka.com, ³LIKE² Pucker Vodka on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @PuckerVodka.

 

Fab Find! Le Palais Des Thes Tea Sets, Canisters and Candles

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When I received this Palais Des Thes candle as part of my Bridal Guide 50 best bridal party gifts, it was love. Such a sweet and wonderful scent even without unwrapping the package, yet not overpowering. I consider it an upscale candle, perfect for giving to your mom, mom-in-law, your wedding coordinator, floral designer, as well as your bridesmaids and maid of honor for their thank-you gifts. And they’ll thank you. Here’s a little bit about my new favorite candle of all time:

The fragrance of the Fleur de Geisha tea-scented candle evokes the fragility of the first flowers of the season and the pearlescent sweetness of rice powder. As the candle burns, its perfume rises – airy, celestial and virginal. A veritable celebration of purity.

Made to the highest standards, this candle will delicately scent your home for about fifty hours.

$49

http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/the-fleur-de-geisha-scented-candle.html

palais des thesteaboxHere’s another fab find for the Moms: I always love to have a great tea caddy or box on hand for when guests are over, and since moms might host an engagement party or the rehearsal dinner, or just have relatives over to the house after the wedding, this gift gives them a fantastic way to offer their guests a wonderful cup of tea. Here’s a little about this gift:

Le Palais des Thés has hand-picked nine green teas from its selection of grands crus and perfumed creations for this beautiful box-set of fifty-four muslin tea bags.

Each tea bag comes in an individual stay-fresh sachet, ensuring optimal conservation and preserving the freshness of the tea once opened. The aromatic richness of whole tea leaves thus remains intact. When infused in 150ml of simmering water, the tea bags recreate the unique taste of each fine and flavoured tea.
Our muslin tea bags are manufactured with meticulous care: whole tea leaves are enclosed in large cotton muslin squares, giving them room to unfurl and release their full flavour.

The box-set contains 54 muslin tea bags, i.e. 6 of each of the following 9 varieties: Thé du Hammam, Thé des Moines, Fleur de Geisha, Sencha Ariake, Tamaryokucha Impérial, Long Jing, Grand Jasmin Chun Feng, Thé des Sources and Thé des Alizés.
Each tea bag contains approximately 2g of tea.

$49

http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/green-teas-selection-box-tea-bags.html#

palais des thescanister1palais des thescanister2If you’re on a budget, check out the lovely tea canisters — there are lots of them on the site, in pretty colors and designs. This description is for the green bambo0 one shown above:

TAKEKURABE WASHI BOX “COMPETITION OF GROWING BAMBOO”
Washi tea caddy decorated with dancing bamboo shoots symbolizing fertility.

Washi paper, made from the fibres of the paper mulberry plant, is traditionally used in Japan to cover tea canisters. With their gold and pearly details, the papers are decorated with patterns often found on kimonos and Japanese textiles. Le Palais des Thés has discovered a series of wonderfully fresh prints for its new collection: dragonfly in the afterglow, white plum flower, competition of growing bamboo… a range of patterns that pay tribute to nature.

Each box has a double lid for perfect storage.

$16

http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/tea-gifts/tea-tins-canisters.html

So, Le Palais Des Thes becomes my very first triple-pick of Fab Finds! Check them out if you’re a tea person, and you can’t go wrong giving these tea-themed gifts out to the moms, your bridesmaids and your favorite wedding vendors.