Jan 30, 2014

Caramel ChocolateTrifle

Caramel chocolate trifle - a deceptively easy dessert to make for your next bridal shower, luncheon or afternoon tea. Cutting a cooled chocolate cake into cubes is child's play - you can get professional looking results on the very first try. (Or make this recipe using your favorite brownies.) Need a more low calorie chocolate trifle? Make everything the same but substitute sugar free instant chocolate pudding and Pillsbury's Sugar Free Devil's Food Chocolate Cake Mix. A delicious and decadent chocolate dessert that will easily serve 12 to 16 well-loved family and friends.

caramel chocolate trifle

  • 1 package (9 oz) devil's food cake mix
  • 2 packages (3.9 oz each) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 carton (12 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 jar (12-1/4 oz) caramel ice cream topping
  • 1 package (7-1/2 or 8 oz) English toffee bits or almond brickle chips

1.  Prepare and bake chocolate cake according to package directions for an 8-in. square baking pan. Cool on a wire rack. Prepare pudding according to package directions.

2.  Cut cake into 1-1/2-in. cubes; place half of the cubes in a 3 quart glass trifle bowl; lightly press down to fill in gaps. Top with half of the whipped topping, pudding, caramel topping and English toffee bits; repeat layers. Cover and refrigerate until just before serving.

Jan 29, 2014

Wedding Guest Book Tree

This rustic wedding guest book tree is a trendy new way to replace the traditional guest book and turn the autographs of those you love dearly into a beautiful piece of art.  Available in a 16 x 20" high quality archival art print for $38 (frame not included) or upgraded to a gallery wrapped canvas for about $30 more, this wedding guest tree has 100 leaves for signatures.  Whether you have 50 or 350 guests, they have a size just for you.  When placing your order you will be asked for 2 names and the date of your wedding.  Choose among 60 different background colors.  A lasting reminder of devoted friends and family sharing their beautiful blessing on this - the most important day of your life.


Jan 28, 2014

Pink and Gold Weddings

Breathtakingly beautiful pink and gold weddings - create a blissful atmosphere of romance and radiance. Gold rimmed goblets and lovely gold plated dinnerware shine in the company of pale pink garden roses. A lovely frame has been spray painted gold with small wooden numbers - a simple and sophisticated DIY wedding idea. A simple white wedding cake with delicate pink fondant flowers steals the lime light with one shiny metallic gold layer and matching golden leaves.

Pink and Gold Candy Buffet

pink and gold wedding invitations
pink and gold wedding cake 

pink and gold cupcake

Jan 26, 2014

Hand Stamped Mother of the Bride Necklace

This exquisite hand stamped Mother of the Bride necklace is a timeless treasure at just $25. Believe me, hand stamping stainless steel - to look this perfect - isn't as easy as it looks and transforming it into delicate dome-shaped discs requires special dies and punches.  The set of Mother of the Bride and Groom necklaces - available together for only $37 - have the wedding date stamped on a shiny heart and topped with a freshwater pearl. The necklaces come on your choice of a petite ball, ball or cable stainless steel chain up to 24".  The bottom disc is brushed and the top heart is shiny, and the words can be changed as long as they fit.  A sweet and sentimental keepsake for the most important women in your life.

mother of the bride necklace
hand stamped bridal jewelry
hand stamped mother of the groom necklace

Rustic Wedding Favor Displays

Rustic wedding favor displays - shown here in a variety of vintage dressers, crates and weathered wooden boxes.  Especially lovely are the mini jam jars stacked on oval platters and placed on open dresser drawers.  How inviting!  Little jars of honey and jam are best for stacking but all these rustic wedding displays would work well with bags of roasted peanuts, popcorn or candied apples.  Can't find a charming vintage chest of drawers?  Even unfinished wooden crates (from Michael's) and a rustic "Favors Take One" sign make your little thank you gifts warm and welcome for the taking.

rustic mini jam wedding display
 rustic honey favors display

rustic wedding favor display
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Jan 24, 2014

Delicious Bridal Shower Fruit Punch

Chances are you may already have everything you need at home to make this delicious strawberry fruit punch. This recipe is non alcoholic - but you know your friends and their bridal shower needs better than I. Between the sugar and the soda, this isn't what you'd call a slimming summer drink. Lighten it up with sugar free gelatin and diet lemon lime soda. Instead of strawberry flavored JELL-O, you can also substitute these amazing gelatin flavors: Pina Colada, Pineapple, Raspberry, Strawberry/Banana, Watermelon, Cherry or Blackberry.

Strawberry Flavored Fruit Punch

fruit punch recipe
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar (I always use less sugar - sweeten to taste)
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 (3 ounce) packages strawberry flavored Jell-O
  • 1 (46 ounce) can pineapple juice
  • 2/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 quart orange juice
  • 2 (2 liter) bottles lemon-lime flavored beverage (7 Up, Sierra Mist or Sprite)
1.  Bring the sugar, water, and strawberry flavored gelatin to a boil in a large saucepan; boil for 3 minutes. Stir in the pineapple juice, lemon juice, and orange juice. Divide mixture into 2 separate containers and freeze.
2.  Combine the contents of 1 container with 1 bottle of the lemon-lime flavored beverage in your favorite punch bowl; stir until slushy and serve.
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Jan 23, 2014

Peach Wedding Ideas

What I love about these peach wedding ideas is that they are so soft, so sensual...so down to earth. Peaches appear to have originated in China where they were the favorite fruit of kings and emperors and believed to protect against evil spirits, who held the peach in awe. And many still believe there is something magic and mystical called the peach tree of immortality growing on a mountainside somewhere in the west of China. For the rest of us, peaches are a juicy summer snack, loaded with fiber and vitamin, and low in calories, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. If we all added these to our daily diets, we would be slimmer, trimmer and maybe, cancer free. Freshly picked peaches, especially displayed with classic Southern charm as shown below, would make you feel warm and welcome at any outdoor summer wedding reception.

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Jan 18, 2014

Succulent Wedding Centerpieces

These succulent wedding centerpieces made by Floral Verde in the greater Cincinnati area are so visually beautiful they steal my breath away. Lovingly arranged with a charming variety of pale purple and green succulents known as "hens and chicks." Like many online companies, no prices are displayed. Too bad, I like to see a price tag front and center. But the designs are lovely to look at and eye-catching centerpieces I would love to recreate.

succulent wedding centerpieces
succulent weddiing centerpiece
Succulent wedding bouquet doubles as a breathtaking centerpiece.

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Jan 17, 2014

Personalized Wine Glass Charms

A heart shaped wine glass charm - a sweet and sentimental little keepsake for less than you'd pay for an iced-cold glass of Chardonnay - just $7.00. These best selling charms are around 1 1/2 to 2 inches in size (for reference the base of the wine glass is 2 1/4 inches) and come with a glass pearl accent in for your choice of: light pink, pink, lilac, grey, champagne, white, cream, brown, black, teal, green, red, raspberry and maroon. Every personalized wine charm is handmade, free form from a single length of thin wire. A gentle squeeze opens the heart shape at the bottom (see Elsa charm) to attach to stemware. A playful and priceless bridal party gift.

Jan 16, 2014

Bandeau Birdcage Veil

This breathtaking bandeau birdcage veil with a radiant rhinestone jewel accents is lovingly handmade with Russian netting (shown in ivory) and attached to two small silver tooth combs at each side. It's also can be adjusted to wear back further on the crown to just cover your eyes or slightly lower to cover more of your face - so versatile! A large silver and clear rhinestone jewel is threaded through one side so that it is detachable to be worn on its own and a smaller one looks lovely on the other side. This veil measures approximately 15 inches wide and 8 inches from top to bottom. Edges are clean and finished. Also available with a sparkling gold rhinestone jewel.


Jan 15, 2014

Blush Pink Wedding Dress

This breathtaking blush pink wedding dress with its asymmetrically rushed bodice and organza layered skirt is why designer Maggie Sottero is lovingly known for her "Maggie Magic." This classic sweetheart neckline - always my favorite - gives the illusion of cleavage where there is little, and is a modest cover where there is a lot. If this body hugging blush wedding gown isn't stunning enough, it is finished off at back with a sensual corset closure and silver beaded belt with sparkling Swarovski crystal accents.  Maggie Sottero wedding gowns, established in 1997, are designed in Sydney, Australia and Salt Lake City and are generally priced at $1,000 to $2,000.

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Jan 5, 2014

Peach Floral Wedding Cakes

These stunning peach floral wedding cakes are very simple, yet unforgettable. When there's more snow than snapdragons in the garden and every winter day seems longer than the last, remind yourself that days filled with fresh spring flowers like peach roses and apricot ranunculus are just ahead. The sun will be here quicker than your first real heartbreak the summer before ninth grade. What could be more relaxing and romantic in the middle of June of than a peach themed wedding? Peach wedding cakes like these leave a light touch but a lasting impression with gorgeous green leaves and freshly picked peach garden roses.

Fragrant eucalyptus leaves add character and charm. 
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Jan 3, 2014

Latitude and Longitude Cufflinks

Sleek and sophisticated. A pair of latitude and longitude cufflinks in your choice of sterling silver, aluminum, copper or brass. A unique and stylish pair of personalized cufflinks, stamped with the coordinates for your man's favorite dream destination, where he was born or the city he calls home. Hand stamping carves a light groove into the metal. Each number and symbol is stamped by hand one at a time with a steel stamp and hammer, and because of this, slight variations contribute to the uniqueness and character of each piece. Expect to pay only $22 for these handsome hand stamped cuff links, also a great groomsmen gift idea.

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