Thursday, February 26, 2009

Add Sass to your Glass!

The Signature drink is very popular these days. Whether you offer it at your Wedding, Bridal Shower, Bachelorette Party, or even a Entertaining at home, it's bound to give your event that extra flair. Dress up your drink with flavorful rimmers, fruit garnishes, or even candy! Your guest will be pleasantly surprised at your special attention to detail. So simply add a name,some garnish, and you'll have a signature drink! Check out these ideas...

The Vixen

Melon Melody

Choose a color of Luster Dust, an edible yet flavorless powder that comes in 20 shades.
Add a pinch of the powder to each drink, stir, and viola -- your drinks will have a beautiful iridescent sparkle.
Luster Dust

And from a girls night in at my girlfriends' place.... the Passion Fruit Tropical Martini. I must say it was rather tasty!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Bridal Shower: An Oasis for Odette.. Continued

Lots of texture adorned the desert table. A twig runner,rose petals,river rocks, and fresh greenery wrapped with pink satin ribbon for a touch of whimsy,adorned the sweet treat table.

The Cake

Favor Table

Each guest went home with a personalized face cloth.

Hand written terms of endearment on riverrocks were used in the guest words of wisdom to the Bride to be.

And a terry sachet pillow containing various scents of simmering potpourri.

Bridal Shower: An Oasis for Odette

This bridal shower was a labor of love for me. It was for my cousin, I am also her Matron of Honor. I wanted to create her very own oasis, where she can get away from her wedding stress for just one day(maybe a few hours). I incorporated lots of texture, light music, soft fragrance, and lots of candles to create the serene scene.

I prepared a special chair for the guest of honor, covered with a plush terry towel, and embroidered with her initials.

I asked the Mother of the Bride (to be) to make plush terry runners for the guest tables.

Sign in book, also housed words of wisdom from her guest.

Candle centerpiece was placed on top of a twig mat with petals, and river rocks.

Menu also served as a game booklet, tied with beargrass used in the centerpiece.

Please stay tuned! Blogger is taking forever and a day to upload my pics. More details to come!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Glance now....Gaze Later: Oasis Bridal Shower

Our destination bride relaxed and released her wedding planning stress at her Oasis Shower this weekend.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Finally... I started a page!

Please become a Fête Fan!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Things that Bling

Don't you just love things that bling?
I fell in love with this invitation from an Etsy seller.

Cute for a bridal shower or engagement party favor
Princess Cut Diamond Ring Key chain


You gotta love this Napkin Ring!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Red Velvet Sandwich Cookie

I know Valentines Day is over, but shouldn't it we celebrate it everyday? OK, one last thing.... Have you ever thought about other ways to indulge in Red Velvet cake, besides cupcakes? Check this out, I came across this recipe in my "must try recipe files" and had to share it!

Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons buttermilk
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon red food coloring
For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 pound cream cheese, softened
2 sticks butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans, optional
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.

Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs 1 at a time. Then beat in the buttermilk, vinegar, vanilla and red food coloring. Once combined, add the dry ingredients to wet. Mix until thoroughly combined.

Onto a parchment lined sheet tray, drop batter using an ice cream scoop, forming 2-inch round circles.

Bake for 10 minutes, until baked through. Cookies should be cake-like and light. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla together until smooth. Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy.

Spread the cream cheese frosting between 2 cooled cookies and roll the edges in finely chopped pecans, if desired

I love me some Paula Dean!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Honeymoon in Greece courtesy of J.Crew!!

Don't pass up your chance to Honeymoon in Greece! Enter to win at J.Crew
While you are at it, checkout their chic new styles.

Head over to J.Crew for more beautiful gowns.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentines Day!

Photo credit: William Sonoma

Enjoy Everyone!!!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

"All the single Ladies"... and Men!

Photo credit: Stephen ConroyPhotography

Don't get yourself down on Valentines Day. Get your single friends together and have an Anti-Valentines Day Singles party. Tell your single friends to bring along one of their single friends, male or female, their friend can also bring a single friend and so on and so fourth. Just make sure there's enough room for " all the singles ladies"... and men. You never know if there will be a love connection at your Anti-Valentines Day Singles Party! Have fun!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Go Green!

OMG, it's beautiful out in the Northeast. I'm feeling Spring coming on! The sun is even setting after 5pm now whoo-hooo! So, keeping in mind the warn weather and leaves growing back on our trees,how about giving your table a fresh new look for Spring? Check out how great these green vases look without flowers. For an economical alternative to flowers, fill them with greenery instead!

These cute little bud vases are really pretty without the buds.. Looks more like fresh herbs to me.

You can find this vases at PotteryBarn

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Love Potions

I know you want to try one. Please do indulge!

Chocolate Martini

2 oz Vanilla Vodka
1/2 oz Cream de Cacao
1 Cherry
Coco Powder
Mix vanilla vodka and chocolate liqueur in shaker filled with ice. Strain into either a martini glass rimmed with coco powder. Garnish with a cherry

Valentines Day Pink Panther

6oz mixed raspberries and strawberries
1/4pint cranberry juice
8oz low-fat vanilla yogurt
4 ice cubes
1Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
2If you want you can freeze the yoghurt before using.
3Serve immidiately.

The Kiss

1 1/2 ounces vodka
1/2 ounce chocolate-flavored liqueur (Godiva is to die for)
1/4 ounce cherry flavored liqueur (Cherry Marnier, Cherry Heering, Maraschino)
3/4 ounce heavy cream
1Fix mixer with ice.
2Add Vodka, chocolate liqueur, cherry liqueur and cream.
3Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Monday, February 9, 2009

You're Invited: A Serene Bridal Shower

The invitations are in circulation! It's almost time for our destination bride to take a much needed break from planning and relax relate and release with her friends and family. Here is the invitation that will set the serene scene for her bridal shower.

Lots of candles will take center stage and set the soothing mood.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Sip and Shop!!

I know you ladies love to shop, who doesn't!? Sip and Shop" at Shecky's Girls Night Out!
Check out the link to see when Shecky's will be in a city near you! Happy Shopping!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Sweets for your Sweet!

Give your sweetheart a sweet treat for Valentines Day. They'll love you even more for it!

Sweetie Pies

Message Cookies

Heart Petit Fours

Red Velvet Cake

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Crate & Barrel is hosting a Party

Contact a Crate & Barrel near you to reserve! The party starts Sun, February 8th 15, 22nd,& March 1st 9am-11am
Two hours of food, drinks, music, and expert advice on registering.
Not every store is hosting a Wedding Party, so contact a store near you for information and reservations.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Relax, relate, release...

This inspiration is for a bride who's planning a destination wedding. She's a bit overwelmed, so to ease her stress for one day, we will create an intimate calming atmostphere for her to relax, relate and release with friends and family. Her bridal shower will be held at a restaurant, so we'll bring in various textures and spa like elements to the space.