Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur Recipes for your Bridal Shower and Wedding

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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:

http://www.barnonedrinks.com/drinks/by_ingredient/g/godiva-chocolate-liqueur-493.html

http://www.drinksmixer.com/cat/1311/

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

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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.

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!

 

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/

Amy Atlas’s “Sweet Designs:” Add It To Your Bridal Registry

You have to have this fabulous book by Amy Atlas! It’s bursting with sensational ideas that you’ll want to use for your engagement party, bridal shower, bridesmaids’ luncheon, the wedding itself, the morning-after breakfast and all the parties your group will host during the wedding weekend. So pick it up now, or add it to your bridal registry, and tell your bridesmaids about it…because this inspired book will be a treasure to them as well.

Here’s the description from Amazon:

Sweet Designs: Bake it, Craft it, Style it! Amy Atlas, home baker, crafter, and party planner extraordinaire, shows her readers and fans how to create fabulous sweets tables for adults and kids, combining easy recipes, dressed-up store-bought treats, and craft ideas, to make dessert a fitting grand finale to any gathering. Amy Atlas gained an international following when she introduced the concept of meshing baking and crafting to make beautiful sweets spreads. She has designed tables for Brooke Shields, Electrolux with Kelly Ripa, Gayle King, Martha Stewart Weddings, Mindy Weiss, and O Magazine. Since 2008, hundreds of thousands of readers have flocked to her award-winning blog, Sweet Designs. Now they’ll learn how she does it for the first time in her first book filled with brand-new tables, original recipes, do-it-yourself instructions, and dozens of tips and secrets.
Sweet Designs includes 15 chapters filled with more than 100 recipes for every kind of irresistible treat, plus over 75 easy, affordable DIY craft projects to make them even more special. Each chapter features an amazing dessert table that reflects themes Amy’s clients most often request: a favorite color, design, flavor, destination, passion, or holiday. Amy tells readers how they can make just one item, mix and match items from different tables, or make the dessert tables as shown.

Each chapter explains how to:

  • Bake It: Recipes for making decadent sweets of all kinds, including cakes, cookies, pies, brownies, mousse, truffles, popsicles, ice cream bars, and drinks.
  • Craft  It: How-to’s for creating Amy’s signature popcorn cups, candy bar  wrappers, paper pinwheels, banners, candy bags, and more, plus simple instructions for accessing her one-of-a-kind patterns and templates on her      website.
  • Style It: Designer secrets for arranging sweets, choosing patterns,  accessorizing a pedestal or serving dish, and mixing textures and colors.
  • Shop It: Pick up sweets from the corner store to pair with home-baked desserts and a chapter-by-chapter resource guide for finding the less common ones.
  • Display It: Dressed-up serving vessels, backdrops, dessert tags, and other simple display touches to create the whole dessert table or make a single treat stand out.
  • Switch It: Creative ways to swap the colors and desserts or platters to better  suit your needs, grow them down for the kids, minimize your time with easy-does-it tips, and more.

For every maid of honor who needs to plan an epic bridal shower (and then later the baby shower), every mom who needs to put together a birthday bash her kids will never forget, and every Scrabble aficionado who wants to throw the game-night party to end all game-night parties, Amy serves up that elusive “wow factor” to make every celebration an event to remember.