Apr 30, 2012

25 Favorite Mother and Son Dance Songs

Favorite mother and son dance songs - here are twenty five of the sweetest songs you'll ever hear. The wedding may belong to the bride and her family but THE dance belongs to the groom and his mama. Like many mothers of the groom before me, the hauntingly beautiful duet, “Unforgettable,” of Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole seemed to describe my feelings for the handsome, dark-haired 28 year old I still referred to as "The Baby." That plan was tossed aside the day I was swept up by Brian Littrell's sweet and silky voice promising me I was The Perfect Fan.

mother and son wedding dance

You showed me
When I was young just how to grow
You showed me
Everything that I should know
You showed me
Just how to walk without your hands
'Cause mom you always were
The perfect fan

Favorite Dance Songs for Mothers and Sons
1.  The Way You Look Tonight     Frank Sinatra
2.  What a Wonderful World     Louis Armstrong
3.  How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)     James Taylor
4.  Unforgettable     Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole
5.  My Wish     Rascal Flatts
6.  Because You Loved Me     Celine Dion
7.  Through The Years     Kenny Rogers
8.  Wind Beneath My Wings     Bette Midler
9.  A Song For Mama     Boyz II Men
10. You Raise Me Up     Josh Groban
11. You'll Be In My Heart     Phil Collins
12. The Wonder Of You     Elvis Presley
13. I Turn To You     Christina Aguilera
14. You LIght Up My LIfe     Debbie Boone
15. The Perfect Fan     The Backstreet Boys
16. A Song For My Son     Mikki Viereck
17. You Decorated My Life     Kenny Rogers
18. Child Of Mine     Carole King
19. Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)     John Lennon
20. I Hope You Dance     Le Ann Womack
21. I'll Always Love My Mama     Intruders
22. In Your Eyes     David Chamberlain
23. One More Day     Diamond Rio
24. What A Difference You Made In My Life     Ronnie Milsap
25. Greatest Love Of All     Whitney Houston

Rustic Wedding Ring Bearer Box

A warm and welcome change to that traditional satin ring bearer pillow, this charming rustic ring bearer box with hand stamped wooden hearts, priced at only $39 (plus $3.00 for shipping) would be the perfect accessory for an outdoor wedding under the flowering dogwood trees here in Southeastern Virginia where I call home. This simple wooden ring bearer box - lovingly finished with a beautiful dark walnut stain - measures 2.04" x 6.08" x 4.69" and has a personalized engraved heart on top.

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Apr 28, 2012

Gourmet Popcorn Wedding Buffet

A gourmet popcorn wedding buffet - from baked caramel corn to cotton candy to Cajun style popcorn - there's a flavor to suit every taste. Compared to candy, cookies and donuts it has to be the most delicious wedding buffet for brides on a budget. Have you ever tasted the homemade caramel corn drizzled with milk chocolate they sell on Main Street at Disneyland? If you love the sweet taste and texture, your guests will enjoy it too. Follow these easy steps:
  • Make about four cups of popped corn.
  • Combine 1 cup of butter, two cups of light brown sugar, 1/2 cup of light corn syrup and one teaspoon of salt.
  • Bring to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Remove from heat and pour over popped corn.
  • Spread popcorn on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
  • Microwave one cup of milk chocolate chips at 30 second intervals until silky and smooth.
  • Drizzle over popped corn and let it harden.
jars of popcorn with retro labels

Disneyland Caramel Chocolate Popcorn

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Apr 24, 2012

Pomegranate Cocktail Recipes

Pomegranate cocktail recipes - perfect for every summer celebration, made with bottled pomegranate juice and chilled white wine or raspberry flavored rum. Freshly picked pomegranates, so good for a healthy heart, can be a real pain to peel but don’t give up on this pleasing ancient Persian fruit. Here is an excellent tutorial on how to cut and de-seed a pomegranate. The unadorned, fresh seed pips - loaded with vitamins, fiber and minerals - make a beautiful edible and colorful garnish for soups, salads, and entrees. The pomegranate daiquiri recipe includes "cassis" which is also known as Crème de cassis - a sweet, dark red liqueur made from blackcurrants.

Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

pomegranate punch

  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 2 bottles (750 ml) sparkling wine, chilled
  • 3/4 cup white wine, such as Riesling chilled
  • 2 oranges, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 cup diced fresh pineapple
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • Ice cubes, for serving
1.  In a punch bowl, dissolve the sugar in the pomegranate juice, stirring vigorously. Add the sparkling wine and late-harvest white wine, then add the orange slices, diced pineapple, and pomegranate seeds. Serve the sparkling pomegranate punch over ice cubes.

Pomegranate Daiquiris

pomegranate cocktail recipes
  • 3 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1 1/2 cups plain or raspberry-flavored light rum
  • 1 cup cassis or cranberry liqueur
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Pomegranate seeds, frozen green grapes, or kiwi slices, for garnish.
1. Combine pomegranate juice, rum, cassis, and lime juice in a large pitcher. Cover and refrigerate until cold, at least 4 hours or up to 1 week ahead.

2. In a blender, combine 1 1/2 cups juice mixture and 1 cup ice cubes. Blend until slushy. Pour into large martini or wine glasses; garnish as desired. Repeat with remaining juice.

Apr 19, 2012

Men's Tungsten Wedding Bands

Men's tungsten wedding bands that symbolize friendship, loyalty and strength of character at less than $70 each. Free laser engraving of up to 65 letters and characters in twenty six stylish fonts. It's amazing you can purchase your man a black wedding band - so bold and so beautiful - for such a small price. Tungsten is such a stubbornly hard metal that only a diamond can scratch its surface. It’s hypoallergenic and will remain forever polished and scratch-free. The downside to tungsten? It can’t be resized like gold, silver and platinum wedding bands. The perfect fit is essential.

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Apr 18, 2012

Personalized Wedding Hershey Bars

Personalized wedding Hershey bars - turn those plain milk chocolate candy bars into beautiful, personalized party favors for your wedding, bridal shower, or rehearsal dinner! These fun and whimsical candy bar wrappers are designed to fit a Hershey's 1.55 ounce bar. The front has a "Our Love Is Sweet" message with names and wedding date, and the back has a grateful "Thank You to all our friends and family for joining us on our special day." A perfect fit for a love bird themed wedding but other styles and colors can be discussed and created just for you. Each one measures 5.25 x 5.5 inches in size and you can expect to pay $10 for twelve of these personalized Hershey bar wrappers.

personalized wedding Hershey bars

Tea Party Bridal Shower Ideas

Tea party bridal shower ideas - affordable and elegant, just what you're looking for. You may be just one phone call away from using a collection of gorgeous gold-rimmed vintage tea cups on loan from your Great Aunt Susan. Your friends will feel like they're having toast and tea in the lavishly landscaped gardens of Buckingham Palace. The British aren't the only ones who love a cup of freshly brewed tea. According to the Tea Association of America, 84% of all tea consumed in this country last year was Black Tea. But our tastes are slowly evolving which makes savory pumpkin spice or cranberry pomegranate sound daring and delicious. Indoors or out, here are my personal tips for having the perfect tea party bridal shower:

cupcakes in vintage tea cups
tea bag cookies
tea party flower centerpiece
  • Plan your bridal shower in mid to late afternoon, outdoors if the weather is lovely.
  • Pick a pale pink and green or vintage inspired theme.
  • Serve a variety of savory, bite-sized appetizers and sweets such as cupcakes, biscotti or scones.
  • No proper tea party is complete without simple and delicious cucumber sandwiches!
  • Brew several pots of tea - lemon with ginger, passion fruit and pepperemint - and serve with sugar, fresh cream and lemon slices.
  • Make your own tea bag favors with free online printable templates.
  • Make your party more visually stunning with two and three tiered cake dishes, doilies, place cards and brightly colored cloth napkins.

Apr 3, 2012

Apothecary Jar Centerpiece Ideas

Apothecary jar centerpieces - even thinly sliced limes look better under clear glass! What can you display under elegant apothecary jars? Fill to the brim with bright and shiny Christmas ornaments for a winter themed wedding or sliced oranges, limes and lemons for your ceremony in July. Mini pumpkins look fabulous in the fall, pink tulips suggest the sweet romance of spring. I love the huge variety of glass apothecary jars available at Save On Crafts (online). The prices are affordable, the selection is amazing.
apothecary jar with sliced lemons
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Apr 2, 2012

Heart Shaped Wedding Cookies

Heart shaped cookies - perfect for a luncheon, tea party or vintage themed bridal shower. With pale pink boxes tied with baker's twine, you can give a gift of homemade love with heart cookie favors like these shown here. I guarantee that every ingredient you need to bake these cookies to golden perfection is in your pantry or refrigerator right this very minute: butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, flour, baking powder and salt. And here's a secret to perfectly shaped cut out cookies. Instead of putting flour on a flat surface and turning the dough over and over (drying it out) so it doesn't stick, roll your chilled dough between two pieces of clear plastic wrap. You'll have moist, tender and delicious heart shaped sugar cookies every time.

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