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.”
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
their taste experience, starting with a lighter, delicate truffle
and venturing to the strongest flavors and textures.”
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.
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.
Savor the light-as-air fillings of heavenly mousse. Start with Dark Vanilla Mousse and end with our divinely inspired Café Au Lait Mousse.
Delight in rich and creamy milk chocolate. From Chocolate Éclair to Hazelnut Crunch, prepare to be amazed.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Our soft and moist Traditional Madeleines dipped in a chocolate coating. Savor the contrast in texture and taste.
Contains 40 individually wrapped Dipped Madeleines.
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.
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:
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|
|1/4||cup multi-colored sprinkles|
|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|
|1||pkg. (6 squares) BAKER’S White Chocolate, melted|
|1||tsp. canola oil|
|1/4||cup multi-colored or chocolate sprinkles|
|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.|
Decorate cookies using sprinkles in the colors of your favorite sports team.
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!