Fab Find for your Wedding Guest Welcome Baskets: CapaBubbles

capabubbles1 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. capaglasswhere 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!

The Most Popular Color of Wedding Favor Box is…

li lac truffle boxes

GOLD!

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.

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! Godiva Truffle Flights!

Godiva has long been the gold standard of wedding favors, in their little gold ballotins with the pretty ribbons, and I LOVE how brilliant it is for the Godiva team to create Truffle Flights for wedding favors, bridal shower favors, guest welcome baskets, gifts to bridal party members, gifts to wedding coordinators and other wedding experts. So check out the new Truffle Flight flavor collections — my perfect pick today on International Chocolate Day!
”The inspiration behind truffle flights? For truffle lovers to savor
their taste experience, starting with a lighter, delicate truffle
and venturing to the strongest flavors and textures.”
Dark Decadence Truffle Flight

Get ready to embrace your dark side. Make your way from Dark Vanilla Mousse all the way to our new Aztec Spice Truffle, crafted from an ancient recipe that blends 72% cocoa with exotic spices for an intense and unforgettable finish.

Buy any 2 Truffle Flights for $28 or any 3 for $40

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Small, Dark & Handsome
The 72% Dark Chocolate Truffle
”Chef Muret creates his own adventure with this flight by tasting from most intense to milder instead of the other way around. He says, ‘If you love dark chocolate, start with the darkest, most intense and then ease back toward sweeter.”

Nut Case
The Pecan Caramel Truffle
Nut Lovers Truffle Flight

Discover a world of rich roasts and satisfying crunches. The new Salted Almond Truffle kicks off a flavor-filled experience that peaks triumphantly with Maple Walnut and Pistachio.

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”Each flight takes you on a journey, building in aroma, texture and flavor. Enjoy the adventure.”
Heavenly Mousse Truffle Flight

Savor the light-as-air fillings of heavenly mousse.  Start with Dark Vanilla Mousse and end with our divinely inspired Café Au Lait Mousse.

Buy any 2 Truffle Flights for $28 or any 3 for $40

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Espresso Yourself
The Cafe Au Lait Truffle
”Overall, this flight experience provides a different type of up and down, starting off mellow, intensifying to a bright fruit profile, mellowing down, and then spiking back up with an intense coffee finish.”

Well, I Do Declair!
The Chocolate Eclair Truffle
Milk Chocolate Lovers Truffle Flight

Delight in rich and creamy milk chocolate. From Chocolate Éclair to Hazelnut Crunch, prepare to be amazed.

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”Truffle Flights require your attention: This is a conscience eating and savoring experience. To taste and enjoy everything, you have to be in the moment.”
Cake Truffle Flight

Have your cake – now in six bite-sized flavors. Revel in festive flavors. Start with the celebratory Birthday Cake Truffle filled with vanilla cake mousse and finish with a dreamy Lemon Chiffon CakeTruffle — as the perfect end to the party.

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Smile and Say Cheesecake
The Cheesecake Truffle
”Every truffle tells a story™ of heritage, craftsmanship, flavors, and an occasion that’s about to become special.”

Lava at First Bite
The Chocolate Lava Cake Truffle
Ultimate Dessert Truffle Flight

Inspired by the finest desserts from around the world, this flight begins with Chocolate Éclair before presenting four more sweet creations, leaving you to savor the final Strawberry Crème Tarte Truffle.

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”With each truffle in the flight, imagine yourself rising up a flight of stairs as your taste journey brings you from light and delicate to bold and strong, finishing at the very top. ”

”For more than 85 years, we have been crafting exceptional, high quality chocolate, yet we never grow tired of introducing new, exciting products, like our groundbreaking Truffle Flights. ”

Fab Find! DonSueMor Madeleines for Dessert Hour, Favors and Gifts

Taditional Madeleines from Donsuemor

Madeleines are IN as a top treat for weddings! We’re talking elegant additions to your wedding brunch or wedding morning, or morning-after breakfast, additions to guest welcome baskets, features on your wedding dessert buffet table and of course delectable gifts for your wedding vendors and parents!

The wonderful folks at DonSueMor sent me a collection of madeleines, plus their biscotti and French Almond Cakes, and I wanted to be sure you knew how delicious these little cookies are, how budget-friendly, and how crowd-pleasing they are. They’re my Fab Find for the week, and I encourage you to treat yourself to a sampler or box, or just dive in and order your entire wedding collection at once – at this time, they’re offering free shipping for your $100+ order, which is pretty sweet.

Thanks, DonSueMor, for these delicious treats that are so In, so reminiscent of what the ladyships would snack on during high tea at Downton Abbey. Count me as a big fan!

Here are my top Madeleines picks:

Lemon Zest Madeleines

Lemon Zest Madeleines from Donsuemor

These adorable, round shell-shaped madeleines are baked with real lemon zest. Moist and delicious, our Lemon Zest Madeleines are truly refreshing.

Contains 54 Lemon Zest Madeleines wrapped in packages of 3.

Variety Pack

Gourmet Madeleines from Donsuemor

An assortment of madeleines in a medley of flavors – Traditional, Chocolate, Lemon Zest, and Dipped,

Contains 44 individually wrapped madeleines: 11 Traditional, 11 Lemon Zest, 11 Chocolate, and 11 Dipped.

Dipped Madeleines

Chocolate Dipped Madeleines from Donsuemor

Our soft and moist Traditional Madeleines dipped in a chocolate coating. Savor the contrast in texture and taste.
Contains 40 individually wrapped Dipped Madeleines.

Chocolate Madeleines

Chocolate Madeleines from Donsuemor

Indulge in our truly yummy chocolate madeleines made to satisfy the cravings of all chocolate lovers. Our creamy, moist little cakes are a special blend of imported cocoa powders and chocolate.

Contains 60 Chocolate Madeleines wrapped in packages of 3.

Visit www.donsuemor.com to see what else they have in store…the French Almond Cakes are sublime, and the regular and chocolate-dipped biscotti would make for a fabulous station all on their own, set by your coffee bar.

 

Oreo Cookies Celebrates 100 Years, So Bring Oreos to Your Wedding!

It’s Oreo’s 100th birthday this year! Did you know that the very first Oreo cookie was sold in Hoboken? We’re proud to call this fabulous black and white cookie classic our own, here in New Jersey, and to celebrate its 100th birthday, I thought about the different ways that the Oreo can be used in your wedding and pre-wedding parties plans.

You know that I love Li-Lac Chocolates’ chocolate-covered Oreos:

Photo courtesy of Li-Lac Chocolates

And I just saw this on Pinterest, from It’s a Bride’s Life:

The fabulous folks at Kraft Foods just sent me a fabulous collection of fun and festive Oreo cookie recipes, and I picked this one out as my favorite:

Mini OREO Birthday “Cakes”
 

Prep Time: 30 min. plus refrigerating | Makes: 12 servings.

What You Need
1 can (16 oz.) ready-to-spread white frosting, divided
24 OREO Cookies
1/4 cup multi-colored sprinkles
Make It
Place wire   rack over sheet of parchment paper. Measure 1/2 cup frosting; spoon 1/4 tsp.   onto top of each of 12 cookies. Cover with remaining cookies; press together   gently to secure. Spread sides and tops of cookie stacks with remaining   frosting (from 1/2 cup measure). Place on rack.
Spoon remaining   frosting (from can) into microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 30 sec.; stir.   Cool 2 min. Spoon 1/2 Tbsp. frosting over top of each cookie stack; repeat.   Continue to spoon frosting over cookies until all frosting is used.
Top with   sprinkles. Refrigerate 1 hour or until frosting is firm.

Next up: Oreos on a Stick

Prep Time: 15 min. plus refrigerating | Makes: 12 servings.

What You Need
12 OREO Cookies
1 pkg. (6 squares) BAKER’S White Chocolate, melted
1 tsp. canola oil
1/4 cup multi-colored or chocolate sprinkles
Make It
Insert wooden   pop stick into filling in center of each cookie; place on waxed paper-covered   rimmed baking sheet. Freeze 10 min.
Mix melted   chocolate and oil until blended. Dip cookies, 1 at a time, in chocolate   mixture, turning to evenly coat both sides of each. Return to baking sheet.   Top with sprinkles.
Refrigerate 30   min. or until chocolate coating is firm.

Special Extra:
Decorate cookies using sprinkles in the colors of your favorite sports team.

Variation:
For variety, dip only 1 side of some of the cookie pops in melted chocolate before coating with sprinkles.

What are your favorite ways to use Oreos as fun desserts? Chocolate-dipped? As favors? In guest welcome bags? As dessert toppers? Set on top of a chocolate milk shot at the end of your wedding?

Share your ideas with us her! And visit www.sharonnaylor.net for more info on my giveaways and freebies!