Jul 24, 2017

20 Unforgettable Mexican Wedding Ideas

These unforgettable Mexican wedding ideas reflect a refreshing and colorful culture that embraces freedom and taking chances. A deep love of God and devotion to family and well-loved friends. Feeling free to paint your house hot pink or purple - something you won't see here in the United States. One of the more beautiful Mexican wedding traditions involves the selection of padrinos (godfathers) and madrinas (godmothers) who sponsor and support different parts of the wedding including the cake, the rings, the flowers and even the bride's wedding dress. I love the idea that a whole community would get involved in a Mexican themed wedding, and in many towns across Mexico, that is exactly what they eagerly do.

A Mexican style dessert bar would always include polvorones
(a crumbly, shortbread cookie made of flour, sugar, milk and almonds)
and tres leches cupcakes, a sponge cake soaked in condensed milk,
 evaporated milk and heavy cream. 

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Jul 19, 2017

Polaroid Guest Book Photo Album

This Polaroid guest book photo album is fun and refreshing - a cherished keepsake. American scientist Edwin Land invented the instant camera in 1948 because his young daughter complained, "Why can't I see the picture now?" I honestly didn't know you could still purchase a Polaroid camera - like a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera - a best seller on Amazon for $65 (available in smokey white, ice blue, flamingo pink and lime green). The reviews are really mixed on this camera and you'll need to decide if it's worth the cost to recreate this photo guest book idea (with 2 x 3 inch photos) for only one special event. The retro kraft photo corners shown below are also available on Amazon - 250 for just seven dollars and change.

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Jul 12, 2017

Unforgettable Garden Wedding Table Settings

For me these garden wedding table settings are so stunning and something I won't soon forget. I want to dine on these gold-rimmed china plates near the beautiful pink and white azaleas we grow here in Virginia that were tricked into blooming early because of the heat. I want to drink Blackberry Merlot from golden vintage goblets under the shade of the flowering dogwood trees. An indoor reception makes you wonder - how long will this big party last? Do I need to order one more lemon drop martini ASAP before the bar shuts down and the band plays "So Long, It's Been Good To Know You"? An outdoor garden wedding reception suggests - stay and linger, breathe in the perfume of these red garden roses. This is the day of our dreams, so let's make these magic moments last.

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Jul 10, 2017

Fruit Pizza - Easy Summer Dessert!

I was looking for the perfect fruit pizza, one I could serve at a summer bridal shower, birthday party or afternoon tea. If I had to make the crust from scratch using butter and flour and sugar and all the rest, and then whip up a big batch of homemade icing using powdered sugar, vanilla, more butter and milk - I wouldn't have the energy to make the chicken salad sandwiches or greet my guests. That's why I love this easy fruit pizza by Sunshine Crawford that you can customize with your own favorite summer fruits like the blueberries, kiwi and freshly sliced strawberries shown below.

Fruit Pizza Recipe

  • 1 packaged sugar cookie mix (I like Betty Crocker)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese - softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.  Prepare sugar cookie mix as directed and spread evenly on a slightly greased pizza pan.
3.  Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until crust is slightly brown around the outside.
4.  Beat softened cream cheese, vanilla and powdered sugar until smooth and creamy.
5.  Spread evenly on cooled cookie crust.
6.  Rinse fruit and let dry.
7.  Arrange fruit on top of cream cheese layer - starting on the outside in a circular pattern.

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Jul 8, 2017

Romantic Silhouette Wedding Cake Toppers

Etsy has a beautiful variety of romantic silhouette cake toppers made from 1/8 inch black acrylic that will sit nicely on a five to eight inch top tier wedding cake. These are the three silhouette toppers that I love best - without the links - because these shops, they come and they go. And I don't like sending you on a wild goose chase. If you were both burning with desire and laughed yourself silly at Wesley and his quirky companions trying to rescue Princess Buttercup from the mean and sneaky Prince Humperdinck in one of the funniest adventure movies of all time, you'll love the Princess Bride Topper. Today I found two nearly identical black silhouette toppers - one for $40 (shown below) and another for thirteen dollars, as well as a plain "As You Wish" for just $11.99.

Bride and Groom Silhouettes on Bike - $50 from Silhouetteweddings
Batman and Bride Silhouette Topper - $15 to $20 at AcrylicDesignForYou

Princess Bride Wedding Cake Topper - also at Silhouetteweddings for $40
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Jul 7, 2017

Rustic Best Day Ever Wedding Sign

I am obsessed with all things rustic, especially wedding welcome signs. It's a relatively new wedding trend and one I hope is here to stay. Usually you see a wood or chalkboard sign on Pinterest that reads "Best Day Ever" by itself or with the wedding date. These popular photos find their way onto Pinterest boards called chalkboard wedding signs, rustic wedding ideas, and country style weddings (surprisingly, this one not as much). One of those simple signs wasn't good enough for Julia and Brendan, whoever these two grateful lovers are. They wanted to make sure you felt their joy, their anticipation and their expectation that this day - September 25, 2015 - would not only be the best ever, even more so because you were there.

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Jul 6, 2017

Root Beer Float Bar

I love this root beer float bar - and not just because my husband and I have gotten addicted to these delicious creamy drinks since the heat has withered our squash and wrecked havoc on our morning glories. For us it doesn't have to be A&W root beer and Breyer's vanilla bean ice cream. Any store brand of vanilla ice cream and even diet root beer will do. What a great and inexpensive summer wedding idea - one that kids will love and grown ups will be grateful for. Make an adult root beer float by pouring one shot of Smirnoff whipped cream vodka over ice in a tall glass, fill with root beer almost to the top and add a splash of half and half.

Jul 4, 2017

Limoncello Cupcakes from Cake Mix

Limoncello cupcakes from cake mix - because I love the taste of Italian lemon liqueur and was looking for the perfect summer bridal shower dessert. I wanted something sweet I could put together quick since one of my other most requested dishes (broccoli salad with raisins, sweet onions, shredded cheese, bacon and a mayonnaise-sugar-vinegar dressing) require attention in the kitchen from nine to around noon. I found this easy limoncello cupcake recipe at Betty Crocker using a SuperMoist white cake mix and just four more ingredients, including water. Homemade limoncello frosting is made in minutes with a light a simple combination of butter, powdered sugar, cream cheese and lemon liqueur.

Easy Limoncello Cupcakes

Cupcake Ingredients
  • 1 box of Betty Crocker SuperMoist white cake mix
  • 1/4 cup Limoncello liqueur
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon Limoncello
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 package cream cheese, softened
  • Heat oven to 325 degrees for a dark or a non-stick pan.
  • Beat cupcake ingredients on medium speed for two minutes, scraping the bowl occasionally.
  • Fill 24 cupcake liners about two-thirds full.
  • Bake 18 to 23 minutes until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Place cupcakes on cooling rack.
  • In a separate bowl beat the (softened) butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy.
  • Slowly beat in powdered sugar and Limoncello.
  • Frost cupcakes and garnish with sliced lemons. 
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Jul 3, 2017

15 Unforgettable Rustic Wedding Ideas

All of these rustic wedding ideas are unforgettable for those lucky enough to be invited for this sacred day of celebration. To be greeted by "I have found the one whom my soul loves" from the Book of Solomon reinforces what we all know to be true. The promise of a deep and unconditional love that lasts a lifetime is one of the greatest spiritual gifts we will ever know. Any guests - old childhood friends and those you made since you started your new job - welcomed by a friendly, hand painted sign that says "We're So Glad You're Here!" - will think the warm greeting was meant just for them.

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