Mar 30, 2012

Bridal Shower Cocktail Recipes

When the days are long and hot and the only relief is the perfect bridal shower cocktail, here are two the girls will savor during games and gossip.  Easy lemon cocktail recipes - one with vodka and the other with vodka and tart lemony-delicious limoncello.  Limoncello, if you haven't tried it, is an Italian lemon liqueur mostly made in Southern Italy.  Store it in your freezer and - even without the vodka - makes a fast and unforgettable lemon cocktail smoothie.

Lemon Drop Cocktail Recipe
  • 1-1/2 ounces citrus vodka
  • 1 teaspoon super-fine sugar
  • 1/2 lemon
  • sugar
  • lemon twist
1. Fill a shaker half full of ice.
2. Pour in citrus vodka, sugar and the juice of half a lemon.
3. Shake and set aside.
4. Rim the outside of a cocktail glass with sugar and pour in the mixture.
5. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Lemon Drop Cocktail with Limonello

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 strips lemon peel
  • 3 cups limoncello, chilled
  • 6 ounces vodka, chilled
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 7 to 8 lemons)

1.  Combine sugar, 1/4 cup water, and lemon peel in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; remove from heat and steep for 5 minutes. Remove peel and reserve. Refrigerate syrup until completely cool.

2.  In a 2-quart pitcher, combine lemon syrup, limoncello, vodka, and lemon juice; stir and divide among six 8-ounce glasses. Garnish with a reserved lemon peel skewered on a toothpick.

recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart

Personalized Wedding Dress Hangers

Personalized wedding hangers - what soon to be married friend wouldn't cherish a charming a gift such as this?  With a price tag of $19.99 to $24.99 these custom wedding dress hangers would make a well-loved bridal shower or bridesmaid gift.  Keep in mind you'll pay an extra 10 dollars for shipping.  Even so, you know you were planning on spending so much more and probably getting less in terms of quality and craftsmanship.  These sweet and stylish hangers are available in natural, white and walnut (shown here) and created with gold, silver or bronze wire.

Custom Bridesmaid Hanger 

Custom Mother of the Bride Hanger


Mar 29, 2012

Navy Blue Wedding Cakes

Navy blue wedding cakes – a perfect choice for military brides, many of them living and working here in southeastern Virginia, home to two huge naval bases, Oceana and Little Creek.  What other color choices work well with navy blue?  Blue and gray, blue and silver, and blue and purple are amazingly beautiful color choices for a navy blue themed wedding.  



Mar 27, 2012

Rustic Ring Bearer Pillow Ideas

What would it take to have the most talked about rustic ring bearer pillow on the breezy and beautiful day when you're married under the flowering dogwood trees?  Picture a charming wooden ring bearer box with the words "With This Ring I Thee Wed" engraved on the top!  All the tools you need to make one - box and wood burning kit - are available at your local Michael's craft store.  Or maybe you would love a simple burlap ring bearer pillow that fits easily in the palms of your little one’s hands.  Why not forget about fabric altogether and add a bit of rustic charm to your outdoor, country, or woodland wedding with a simple tree ring, emblazoned with your those simple but sacred words, “I Do.”

rustic wooden ring bearer box

burlap ring bearer pillow

Mar 25, 2012

Plantable Seed Place Cards

Plantable seed place cards - embedded with wildflower seeds that will blossom into yellow, orange and candy apple pink.  Loved ones can sit in the garden over a tall glass of ice cold lemonade and admire the fabulous flowers that were made on the day two people were blessed beyond measure as they pledged their eternal love.  These plantable seed cards are available in your choice of themes:  heart (shown here), butterfly, snowflake and my two personal favorites - cherry blossom and starfish. Just detach the seed embedded shape from the place card - plant, water and watch them grow!

Mar 24, 2012

Vintage Inspired Wedding Invitations

This playful vintage style wedding invitation uses a blend of antique typography and stylish modern scripts to create a pleasing nostalgic presentation.  It promises family and friends a day filled with sweet and simple pleasures - laughter and love, smiling, singing and celebrating.  Choose from 5 x 7 inch (portrait) or 7 x 5 inch (landscape) and receive this vintage inspired invitation printed on 50% recycled paper with a smooth, matte finish and lovely distressed design.

Mar 23, 2012

Sage Green Wedding Ideas

Sage green wedding ideas - here are my favorites, especially this charming sage green paper boutonniere with a glass bead accent and iridescent green glass earrings.  Sweet green succulents steal the show nestled in floral bouquets, centerpieces and aisle decorations.  Simple green and white striped cocktail straws create a playful dessert table and glass apothecary jars brimming with green Jelly Belly jelly beans - juicy pear, kiwi, or lemon lime - have beautiful shades of moss and sage green.  This hand painted green butterfly, also available in aqua blue, lavender and pink, adds a welcome, whimsical outdoor touch to all your sage green wedding decorations.

pale green wedding dress

succulent bridal bouquet

green and white striped straws
sage green boutonniere

Mar 15, 2012

Gerbera Daisy Centerpieces

Pink gerbera daisy centerpieces - so easy to make!  Only four other flowers in the entire world (roses, carnations, chrysanthemums and tulips) are more popular than precious pink gerbera daisies, easily grown at home if watered faithfully and fertilized regularly.  Gerbera daisies - available in white, yellow, orange, pink and red - are so perfect they hardly look real. Place their long, thick sturdy stems in water and they'll last up to one week - plenty of time to make their fresh four-inch blooms into lovely gerbera wedding bouquets and centerpieces.

gerbera daisy centerpiece ideas
pink gerbera daisy centerpieces

orange gerbera daisy centerpiece

pink and orange daisy centerpieces

yellow white and orange daisy centerpiece


Mar 13, 2012

Rustic Outdoor Wedding Decorations

In the rushed information-overload of our everyday lives, a rustic outdoor wedding helps us celebrate the boundless beauty of everything in the world that isn’t (thankfully) battery operated. Soft breezes, fragrant pines and delicate blossoming dogwoods are silent witnesses to the day two hearts become one, and at least for a while, we all feel like a kid on the first day of summer vacation.


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Mar 8, 2012

Translucent Lace Wedding Dresses

Translucent lace wedding dresses embellished with lovely gold and silver beadwork and romantic silk floral appliqu├ęs add just the right amount of drama while showcasing an often overlooked part of a woman's body - her lovely neck, shoulders and back.

wedding dress with lace back

wedding dress with lace appliques

vintage style lace wedding gown
lace wedding dress with cap sleeves
translucent lace wedding dress

Mar 6, 2012

Hydrangea Wedding Cake Accents

Hydrangea wedding cakes accents - you just can't find a more delicate, dainty little flower to nestle sweetly between layers or on top of your wedding cake. 

wedding cake with spring flowers

From early spring to late autumn, delicate hydrangea flowers in shades of pink, blue and violet make exquisite spring bridal bouquets and centerpieces. Your wedding cake needs a tender touch of springtime freshness too! In addition to using silk hydrangea flowers, edible sugar paste hydrangeas also transform your cake into a little bit of garden paradise.

wedding cake with blue and violet hydrangeas
white wedding cake with orange hydrangeas
wedding cake with hydrangeas on top

Mar 1, 2012

Vintage Style Lace Bridal Gloves

She's right - these vintage style lace gloves will make you look like you just stepped out of a Jane Austin novel - having taken high tea and asparagus tarts with Mr. Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam this very afternoon.  These charming vintage lace gloves are available in white or ivory and feature a handmade organza bow with three small satin rosettes.  Hand embedded with beautiful petite pearls - with comfortable stretchy lace that should fit most hand sizes - these lace gloves are quite a bargain at less than $60.

lace bridal gloves
ivory lace gloves
vintage style lace gloves