Mar 30, 2012

Bridal Shower Cocktail Recipes

Ice-cold bridal shower cocktails - 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 made near the unforgettable Amalfi coast in Southern Italy. Those clever coastal Italians even have a liqueur called Pistachiocello (flavored with pistachio nuts) and Meloncello (flavored with melons). Always serve your lemon based cocktails in chilled glasses and garnish with a lemon twist.



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.

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 women marrying sailors, many of them living and working here in southeastern Virginia, home to two huge naval bases, Oceana and Little Creek. As you would expect, blue symbolizes the ocean and the sea.  It also represents trust, honesty and loyalty.  This color exhibits an inner security and confidence, everything you have come to expect from the military and those who serve.  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.

Navy blue and white wedding cake 

blue and white floral wedding cake 

blue and white fondant wedding cake 

blue fondant wedding cake


blue and white wedding cake with flowers
 
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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 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 jacked-up information overload of our everyday lives, a rustic outdoor wedding helps us take a deep breath and celebrate all the fresh air things we normally take for granted - giant sugar maple trees that turn yellow, burnt orange or red in the fall, bales of freshly harvested hay, decorations made of pinecones, berries, twigs and wheat.  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 and most important day of summer vacation.

 
rustic wedding wooden hearts

rustic log candle holders

rustic wedding reception sign

rustic wine cork wedding decor

rustic barbed wire heart

 

Fall Weddings @ Beau-coup.com
 
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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 - delicate, dainty little flowers in shades of pale blue, pink, red, lovely lavender and violet.  The pink hydrangea is prized all over the world, but especially in Asia. There they have many meanings and one celebrated Asian florist described them as "You are the beat of my heart."

wedding cake with gumpaste flowers

Edible sugar paste hydrangeas 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
 
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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