Dec 31, 2016

Rustic Country Wedding Welcome Sign

This rustic welcome sign, hand painted on weathered old wood with a simple contrasting wood frame is so refreshingly simple and much more friendly than "Choose a seat, not a side, we're all family, once the knot is tied." A casual, country style greeting like the one shown below makes me feel cozy, well-loved and comfortable. If there's no welcome sign, I'm still going to claim my share of Blackened Tenderloin with Wild Mushroom Sauce and knock back a lemon martini or two. But during a time in this country when so many feel mad and mistreated, it's good to know friends of the bride and friends of the groom are just one big happy family, even for just one sunny afternoon.

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Dec 22, 2016

Breathtaking Eucalyptus Wedding Cake

This amazingly beautiful eucalyptus wedding cake is a show stopper in so many ways. Covered in homemade buttercream icing, it will be a real crowd pleaser instead of the smooth but less delicious fondant. Long, narrow eucalyptus leaves with their fragrant camphor-like scent, wrap around each cake layer and beautiful succulents sit on top. The real beauty of a rustic cake like this? You could easily bake these cake layers and freeze in advance. A set of three non-stick wedding cake pans sells for about twenty five dollars on Amazon. Seeded eucalyptus garland is available by the foot online and succulents can be grown at home or found at your local garden store. Imagine paying a fraction of the price for a wedding cake as breathtaking as this.

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Dec 14, 2016

Wedding Advice for the Bride and Groom

What is your best wedding advice for the bride and her groom? Always treat your husband like your best friend, never go to bed mad, don't sweat the small stuff, never stop flirting with each other? I've seen all these and totally agree except that flirting ("teasing, tickling and winking") takes more effort than I can give it full time. I want to offer up a piece of advice I seldom see. Always be kind to your husband or wife's family - including stepmothers and fathers, sisters and brothers. Your family may be educated, employed and elegant. His folks could be one paycheck away from living in a van down by the river (I still miss you Chris Farley). Every birthday you remember, every encouraging word you give, and every phone call you make will come back to you in a thousand loving ways.

Dec 7, 2016

Engraved State Wood Coasters

What I love most about these engraved state wood coasters is they make a stylish and sophisticated wedding gift for less than $25. Not everyone who shows up for the day of your dreams can afford a Kitchen Aid mixer with a stainless steel bowl so big it can mix up to eight dozen cookies in just one batch. And if you love the city or town in the state you call home, you can request the tiny heart be placed over that location as well. Shown here is Kentucky - a set of four personalized engraved coasters in rich cherry wood that measure 3.5 inches in diameter. The names of the bride and groom can be substituted for the last name as shown. So personal, so affordable wedding gift that will be cherished for many years to come.

Dec 1, 2016

Bridal Party Starbucks Coffee Cups

Every hot coffee or latte loving person in your bridal party would get a big kick out of receiving one of these personalized Starbucks coffee cups. And I don't just mean all the usual suspects - bridesmaids, maid of honor, mothers of the bride and groom. Because you're known to be generous to a fault, you can customize one of these 16 ounce reusable travel cups for everyone from the makeup artist, to the photographer, to the stylist who does your hair. At just over ten dollars each (one dollar more for name on back), these classic green and gold Starbucks cups make the perfect personalized bridal party gift.