Wednesday, 30 March 2011
There is nothing better on a hot summer's day than Lemonade.
We found this delicious receipe for Lemonade Cookies.
They just melt in your mouth. YUM
Lemonade Cookies by sacchef
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 cup thawed lemonade concentrate, divided
- PC Lemon Sprinkle
- In a Classic Batter Bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour and baking soda; add to the creamed mixture alternately with 1/3 cup lemonade concentrate, beating well after each addition. Start with 3/4 c lemonade concentrate and add 1/2 flr. mix then 1/3c lemonade and repeat, leaving the remaining lemonade to brush on top of the cookies
- Drop by small scoop onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 8 minutes. Remove to wire racks. Brush with remaining lemonade concentrate; sprinkle with Lemon Sprinkle. Cool. Yield: 6 dozen.
Inspired By: Sacchef
Monday, 28 March 2011
What an absolutely perfect party for the "DIVA" in you.
Hot pink with contrasting black damask.
This party will be the talk of the town.
Cake Inspiration, Glass Coasters
Mint Tins, Candle Holders
Pink Purse Favors
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
The Jungle meets YOU. Animal prints are all the rage this year
for weddings, birthdays or any event to add a whimsical touch.
Cake, Monogram Lip Balm
Hot Pink Wrappers, Black Wrappers
Laser Cut Wrapper, Animal Print Lip Balm
Monday, 21 March 2011
What an absolutely adorable idea and very nutritious
for the "Mom-to-be".
Watermelon Baby Carriage
- 1 whole watermelon
- sharp pointed utensil
- sharp knife
- large spoon
- orange slices
- optional- melon baller and V shaped cutting tool
- Cut a thin slice from the bottom to provide a stable base.
- Draw the outlines for the carriage as shown in the pattern.
- Use a sharp knife to cut out the section to be used from the handle. Cut all the way through the rind.
- Use a decorating tool or knife to cut the fancy edges of the carriage.
- Remove the top section of rind.
- Hollow the carriage and attach the handle with toothpicks.
- Attach wheels made from orange slices and hubcaps made from strawberries and kiwis.
- Fill the carriage with approximately 4 cups of fruit salad.
Inspired by Celebrate with Style
Friday, 18 March 2011
The 70's meet Today. Fashion always comes around again.
And this time it's PEACE. From teenager to retires, PEACE has the same meaning
LOVE & HAPPINESS.
Favors are on our site. Browse away.
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
BBQ Wedding Reception Ideas You Never Thought About
Barbecue wedding reception?just the sound of it can make your mouth water. If you think about the delectable barbecue choices that you have, you would instantly get hungry. This kind of reception which is suitable for outdoor and beach weddings can surely be a hit. And with so many flavorful options that you have, you would not have a difficult time choosing what kinds of barbecues to serve to your guests.
Here are some excellent suggestions on tasty barbecues to serve on your wedding reception:
Amazing Skirt Steaks
Skirt steaks are the perfect option for a wedding barbecue. Other cuts of tender steak such as New York, Porterhouse, Rib Eye or Filet Mignon can be very expensive and thick (and are therefore more difficult to cook), skirt steaks on the other hand are inexpensive and they come in just the right thickness that can be cooked for a very short time. You can marinate this in a sweet spicy barbecue sauce overnight or for several days so that the taste will be absorbed by the meat.
Tangy Korean Style Beef Barbecue
This type of barbecue consists of thinly sliced beef marinated in a sweet Korean marinade and grilled perfectly. You can also choose whatever cut of beef you like but the recommended cut is sirloin or anything similar. Aside from beef, you can also go for chicken or pork if you are not much of a beef fan. This barbecue is ideal to serve with rice.
Zesty Chicken Breast Tenderloins in Teriyaki Sauce
For chicken lovers, teriyaki chicken breast tenderloins can be a nice addition to the wedding barbecue menu. Just like with the steak, you have to marinate them in teriyaki sauce the night before. Alternatively, you can use chicken strips and use other kinds of marinade like garlic and herb with lemon, garlic ranch with rosemary, or orange marmalade.
INDIAN CHICKEN TIKKA KEBABS
Since there are so many sausages to choose from, it will not be too difficult to make a choice. Cervelat sausages, Italian sausages, Hungarian sausages, and Andouille sausages are just few of the many options you have for this kind of barbecue. Butcher-made sausages can be a wonderful selection because these are smaller in size and are easier to cook.
Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs
A popular Mediterranean dish, Kebabs are meat marinated with a blend of herbs and spices grilled on skewers with vegetables like bell peppers, cucumbers, and onions. Chicken is one of the most popular options for kebab but you can also make use of beef or seafood.
Other Barbecue Options
Pork tenderloin, beef spare ribs, lamb chops, pork and cider sausages, beef burgers, chicken thighs, and vegetable skewers are other barbecue options you can serve for your wedding reception. As for side dish suggestions, you can serve coleslaw, tossed green salad, baked baby potatoes, corn on the cob, grilled mixed vegetables, tomato salsa, grilled endive, rice, pasta with herb oil, tomato and red onion salad, and freshly baked bread.
Barbecue is great for all types of occasions. Weddings can also be a nice event where you can serve scrumptious barbecues. Just make sure that you choose those that would be suitable for the theme of the event and that would be a hit to your guests.
Special thanks to Jennifer at My Dream Wedding for this mouth watering article. YUM
Monday, 14 March 2011
Times are changing to a more sophisticated era.
Your guests will love this tea party idea.
Indoors or Out, this is romantic at it's very BEST.
Dresser Inspiration, Tea Favors
Tea Cart, China Cups
Tea Dress, Honey, Cupcake Wrapper
Friday, 11 March 2011
Here are some great receipes for your St. Paddy Celebration.
Enjoy with family and friends.
Irish Rosie's Irish Soda Bread
Directions: Prep Time: 20 mins Total Time: 1 1/4 hr
- Combine dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
- In a small bowl beat eggs and stir in sour cream.
- Add the egg and sour cream mixture to the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon.
- Batter will be very thick.
- Add the raisins and caraway seeds and stir well with wooden spoon or knead in with your hands.
- Place batter in a greased 9 inch springform pan.
- Dust the top with enough flour so that you can pat the batter like a bread dough evenly in the pan without it sticking to your hands.
- With a knife make a shallow crisscross on the top.
- Bake for 50 minutes in a preheated 350ºF oven.
Read more: http://www.food.com/recipe/irish-rosies-irish-soda-bread-20616#ixzz1EQfjwfnS
Corned Beef and Cabbage in Guinness
Directions: Prep Time: 20 mins Total Time: 4 hrs
- Rinse corned beef under cold water, and pat dry.
- In a Dutch oven, or other large pot with a cover, brown corned beef well on all sides over high heat.
- Pour Guinness over the meat, and add enough water to just cover the brisket.
- Add the onion, garlic, bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves, allspice and pepper to the pot.
- Bring pot to a boil and skim off any foam.
- Reduce heat to a simmer. Cover pot and simmer for 3 hours.
- Add carrots, then potatoes and then the cabbage wedges to the pot.
- Cover pot, and continue cooking until meat and vegetables are tender (about 20-30 minutes).
- Remove meat and vegetables to warm serving platter/dishes, leaving the cooking liquid/sauce in the pot.
- Over high heat, bring the cooking liquid to a boil, and cook until the amount of liquid is reduced by half (about 10 minutes).
- Slice the corned beef; serve with the vegetables and the sauce on the side.
- Note: Corned beef should always be sliced across the grain.
Read more: http://www.food.com/recipe/corned-beef-and-cabbage-in-guinness-86868#ixzz1EQgoFAKP
Molten Chocolate Cakes With Irish Cream
Directions: Prep Time: 15 mins Total Time: 27 mins
- Preheat oven to 450F and lightly butter four (4 oz.) ramekins.
- Place butter and chocolate in a medium glass bowl; microwave on HIGH for about 2 minutes, stirring twice, until butter and chocolate are melted.
- Add eggs, sugar and liqueur; beat with electric mixer until foamy.
- Beat in flour until just combined.
- Pour equal amounts of batter into ramekins; bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until set around the edges and soft in the middle.
- Let stand for 5 minutes, then invert onto 4 small plates.
- Pour 2 Tablespoons liqueur around the edge of each, if you like.
Read more: http://www.food.com/recipe/molten-chocolate-cakes-with-irish-cream-210218#ixzz1EQk3LQCl
Friday, 11 March 2011
|This article was printed with 2010 weddings in mind, but the advice still rings true today and forever. Hopefully this will leave you thinking about yourself and the relief of stress.|
Bridal Guide To Dealing With Prewedding Stressby: Yao Sam
To state obviously, planning a wedding 2010 (and no matter how much help you have) is one of the most stressful moments in one's life. There is so much to do and so much that you want to be ?just right.' And who can blame you? You're getting married! However, it is also important to keep in mind that once the wedding day 2010 arrives you want to look and feel your best. So, dealing effectively with pre-wedding stress is not something that you should give lip service to, but something you should actually add to the many items on your To-Do list.
You may think that you do not have enough time to relax, but there is always some time in a day (even if for a couple of minutes) that you can take to bring your wedding stress levels down. If you happen to be reading this before the wedding planning has taken off at full-speed, why not take the time now to think about which things you can schedule in your week that are enjoyable and not wedding related. Or if you are reading this because you are in desperate need of wedding stress relief, it's not too late.
Tips for Handling Pre-wedding Stress
Keep active although you may be exercising to get into your wedding dress 2010, keeping up a regular exercise routine is one of the most important things that you can do to keep stress at bay. If you are not a gym lover, there are other activities that can raise the heart rate, such as walking, tennis, biking, etc. Choose something that takes the least amount of effort and one, of course, that you enjoy. If possible, you should schedule some time (anywhere from ½ hour to 1 hour) that gets you up and moving.
There will be many times when you need to step away and calm the nerves. Make sure you have things on your schedule that are relaxing. It could be a Yoga class after work, a massage or spa treatment, or something as simple as throwing your favorite bubble bath into the tub at the end of the day. Whatevermake sure it is at a time when you won't easily be interrupted or are rushed for time. A Little Help from Friends. Although it may be tempting to spend your time with girlfriends wedding shopping or pouring over the latest bridal magazines, it's important to have moments when your wedding 2010 is not the main topic of conversation.
So do things you would normally do together with friends. Plus, your friends will also appreciate spending some quality time with you. Delegate! If you have not done so already, take a look at that long To-Do list and under your name see if there are some things that you can get some help with. Just because you thought you could handle 50 items six months ago does not mean that you cannot decide later to share the load. And don't forget your fiancé, as he might very well want to do anything to help lower your stress levels.
Get Away from it All. You've already booked your honeymoon trip does not mean that you have to wait for months for a vacation. Although you may not have it in your budget or time to escape to Hawaii, you and your fiancé can still spend some time together that does not involve talking about flower arrangements. Choose a location close to home or for a day take a long drive or for a hike. Or schedule a dirty weekend at a local hotel or romantic B&B.
Wednesday, 09 March 2011
Budgeting & Delegating Your Weddingby: Alfred Winston
Having a budget can help the whole planning process of the wedding make more sense. Although money has little to do with love, weddings can prove expensive occasions, so it's really important to determine how much money you will have to work with.
These days anything goes when it comes to funding a wedding, from the bride and groom funding the entire event themselves, to the parents assisting with the expenses, and right through to your guests paying for their own meals at the reception.
Regardless of how much money you have, a well planned, well organized budget may help you make the most of any financial situation. You can still have an amazing and perfect day whatever your budget is.
How to Start Your Budget
Make a list of all the services and things you would like for the wedding. Allocate a researched cost next to each item. Keep your costs realistic, allow a little extra money for emergencies and last-minute contingencies and, once you'vie determined your budget, stick to it.
Regardless of how much or how little money you'vie got to spend on your wedding, a budget spreadsheet should help you to keep track of your budgeted allocation, paid deposits and outstanding costs. You might want to develop your own or use our Booking and Budget Checklist to help keep track of all your expenses.
If you feel that you're going to be over your allocated funds you may need to eliminate items that may not be a high priority. By listing your lowest priorities in ascending order, allocating less money to items where you discover savings can be made, and compromising on one expense to allow more for another. For example, you might decide to save money by making your own invitations, or choosing a smaller wedding cake to allow more for your floral bouquet, or opting to reduce the number of guests at the reception so that you can afford the venue you really want.
Delegation Is A Bride's Best Friend
So you'vie made your budget checklist and you now have a fair idea of the things you need to budget for and organize. But don't be overwhelmed by the preparations that lie ahead. You most likely have plenty of willing helping hands from family and friends that want to be involved in your wedding preparations. And remember, once the bookings have been organized you'll have a range of professional services at your disposal to whom you can outsource whatever tasks you need to.
There are thousands of businesses today that can provide you with professional wedding services that can assist you with almost every aspect of your wedding preparations. This can be from printing the invitations to arranging quotes and bookings, as well as decorating the venue for the reception.
A wedding planner, coordinator or consultant can almost act as a couple's personal assistant, taking care of as many, or as few, preparations as you deem necessary. In addition, the wedding planner may also have a network of regular suppliers at their disposal, through which some cost savings can be made.
Professional caterers, cake decorators, venue decorators, dressmakers, wedding dress boutiques, car hire & drivers, florists, hair stylists, makeup artists, celebrant, musicians, photographers, printers, stationery makers or suppliers, travel agents, videographers can be employed to assist with preparations and contribute to your day's requirements.
Depending on where you are marrying, venues and suppliers may all be booked months or even years in advance, so it's important to start making bookings as soon as you have a date confirmed.
Ask service providers or recently married couples for their advice on how soon they advise that bookings need to be made in the area you are marrying. Your wedding may seem a long way a way, but the time will pass quickly, so avoid the temptation to procrastinate.
Tags: Wedding planner, Online Wedding Directory Australia, Wedding Directory
Special thanks to Alfred Winston for a very informative article.
Monday, 07 March 2011
The subtle elegance of Silver. The romantic shades of Pink.
Your guests will be filled with joy when they share your special day.
Inspiration By myweddingnigeria
Heart Frame/Placecard Holder, Lasercut Heart Bookmark, Silver Heart Candles
Blush/Swirl Cupcake Wrappers
Friday, 04 March 2011
When planning a wedding one of the most important tasks is choosing your wedding colours. This will set the tone for the whole wedding.
This task may seem a daunting at first, especially if you and your partner aren't that skillful in the decoration department. Never fear though the truth is that it is really quite simple when you really get down to it.
Usually in a wedding ceremony you will have to choose one primary colour and at least one or two accents. Before choosing your colours check whether there are any outside factors that has to be taken into account such as the wedding site color, bridesmaid dresses color and personal choices.
Many people base their wedding colours on a favorite colour or favorite flower if you have a favorite colour or shade you're halfway to finding the right wedding colours. If not, you may want to choose according to seasons.
Summer colours usually include pastels shades such as chocolate and strawberry cream colour for light and happy tone reminiscent of a fine summer day with the sweet taste of ice cream and happiness permeating all around you.
Autumn shades are cool such as pumpkin yellow and faded red, winter is usually Christmas themes such a dark blue and pure white and spring is mostly green colors of plants and nature.
Also when choosing colours for your wedding there are a few tips on what to avoid that you should adhere to in order to avoid disaster. Remember not to use too much black, even though the color is sophisticated and you love it. The dark tone can end up making your wedding look like a funeral procession rather than a happy occasion.
The colour also makes people more somber and not joyous. When using black, you must strike a balance, use a bright colour or pure white to offset the black. Don't go overboard when picking out colours as too many wedding colours (more than three) will end up making the wedding look strange and disjointed.
The purpose of wedding colours uniformity is in order to tie everything together in a flow, and the most efficient way to do this is to have all décor and settings in one or two shades of colours. Also you should remember to pick out the colours that suit you and your spouse, you don't have to follow what other people think.
Choose according to what you want and pick shades you like as your wedding is your special day when all your wants should be catered to and the right colours will put you more at ease during the whole ceremony.
You can use a color wheel which comprises two rotating paper disks of many colours used to mix and match colours. This tool has been used for many years by professionals to pick the right colours. The color wheel is great for choosing related tones; colours adjacent to each other on the color wheel. For example green and blue, green and yellow or red, purple and blue. Or you could go for complementary shades which are basically colors located opposite each other on the colour wheel. For example lavender blue and yellow, lavender green and burgundy.
Here are a few suggestions to go about choosing colour themes for wedding. Why not try a single colour, using many shades of one colour instead of different colors. For example a garden theme wedding used different shades of green for the bride's gown and for the bridesmaid, and the carpet was of green as well as the walls were decorated by grape vines.
If you are set on one colour which you really love but need to use other colours too then why not simply highlight it among neutral colours. For example if you like blue then the bridesmaid dresses might be cream with blue sashes, groomsmen might wear white tuxedos with blue bowties, and bouquets might be lavender on a bed of white roses.
So when choosing your wedding colors go ahead and pick your color of choice there is always a way to make the color work for your wedding theme to please both you and your guests during your big celebration.
Special thanks to Nicole at My Dream Wedding for this wonderful article.
Wednesday, 02 March 2011
Choosing Your Wedding Colors
Color Meanings And Associations
by: Georgina Clatworthy
Meanings and associations are applied to many things - flowers, gemstones and colors. So when it comes to choosing your wedding colors, do you know what your choices are actually implying? Here are some examples about how different cultures and attitudes have attached different meanings to colors which you may be thinking of choosing for your wedding.
Traditionally the color of love and passion in Western cultures and is the color of choice for extroverts & males. In China red symbolizes happiness and good fortune and you will often see Chinese brides wearing a red wedding dress. Red is also the color of bad temper and anger. It is also the color of Mars - which is named after the God of War. As red is a warm color it is associated with fiery heat, warmth and danger or burning. As red is also the color of blood it has strong symbolism with the essence of life and vitality.
Pink has always been a popular choice for weddings as it is the color of universal love. A favorite amongst lovers of beauty. Pink carnations mean ?I will never forget you'. With pink being a combination of red and white it takes on the symbolism of those colors. White stands for the potential for fullness whilst red is said to help achieve that fullness. Deeper shades of pink are said to neutralize disorder, aggression and violence. This is also the color that promotes feelings of caring, love, acceptance, self-worth and tenderness.
Orange is a warm color which can evoke a sense of fire. Subtle shades of orange are said to stimulate the appetite and reduce tension, whilst brighter shades promote high energy and anxiety. It also considered a power or healing color and can stimulate enthusiasm and creativity. The meaning of orange is vitality and endurance whilst people who like orange are said to be thoughtful and sincere. It is also the color associated with Lady Luck! As red is associated with fiery heat, orange is associated with the warmth of the sun. It is a dynamic color which brings with characteristics of curiosity and wanting to try new things.
A popular wedding color which brings with it a sense of warmth and comfort. It said that brown can also stimulate the appetite and make food taste better. People who chose brown as their favorite color are said to be conventional and orderly. On the negative side it is said they can be lazy. It is the color of earth and is associated with the material side of life. Brown is a color which can coordinate with many different surroundings, being a mixture of red, blue and yellow. It is a stabilizing color which can promote practical energy and mental focus. Certain shades of brown can create a sense of warmth, comfort, wholesomeness, naturalness and dependability.
As it is often associated with the sun it is regarded as a cheerful color. Widely associated with spring time, it is revered in China as an imperial color, although some Western studies have shown yellow to be many peoples least favorite color. It is the shade of yellow which determines its meaning. A bright sunny yellow is the easiest to see and is full of creative and intellectual energy. It symbolizes wisdom, joy and happiness. Those of high intellect will favor yellow. Yellow daffodils symbolize unrequited love. Yellow can bring with it a sense of clarity and awareness, but it is the different shades of yellow which can determine its meaning. A yellow green means deceit and can create disorientation. An orange yellow gives a sense of establishments whilst a light yellow can clear the mind leaving it active and alert.
This color has both an up and a down side. Associated with spring and prosperity it can also be a negative color in terms of feelings of jealousy and nausea. For many centuries it has been thought to represent fertility with green being the color of choice for many 15th century brides. Green also means learning, harmony and growth and is often considered a safe color. It symbolizes well being and balance as well as money. It contains the energies of nature, growth and the desire to expand.
Often associated with the color of water and the sky, it has come to symbolize serenity and infinity, particularly shades of aqua and teal. Be careful though because some shades of blue can cause feelings of sadness. Pure blue shades are the colors of inspiration, sincerity and spirituality and is the color most often chosen by conservative people. Blue is a calming and soothing color, whilst a dark blue is the color of truth & moderation. Wear blue gemstones such as sapphires or topaz for a sense of calm. Turquoise blue symbolizes youth and communication. This shade of blue has been traditionally used for protection, health, confidence & strength.
Purple has often been associated with Royalty in the Western world especially as purple was a hard and expensive color to produce. Even in today's modern world where purple is as easy to produce as any other color, it still invokes as sense of elegance and sophistication. Purple is said to be the color of good judgment and profitable to those seeking spiritual fulfillment. It is also used to represent mystery and magic, as well as peace of mind. Violet shades of purple are associated with imagination and inspiration.
The symbol of wealth and prosperity and of good health. Those who favor gold are said to be optimistic. Gold is linked with divinity and is associated with those gods linked to the sun.
The color of purity and a mainstay of many weddings. It is the color of kindness, wholeness and completion. Carry white daisies in your bouquet as a symbol of loyal love.
Possibly the most misunderstood color. Often associated with formality and elegance but also death. Native Americans believe black to be a good color as it is the color of soil, the bringer of life. There are those who will say that black is not a color, it is merely the absence of color. It is often linked with the unknown, unseen, fear & bad experiences. In a positive light black is seen as being restful, mysterious and gives a sense of potential and possibility.
Regarded as the color of sorrow, gray is actually this years color of choice for weddings. People who favor gray are seen as narrow minded or loners. However a silver gray can be an active color. Native Americans associated it with friendship and it is seen as the symbol of security, maturity and dependability. It also gives off a sense of responsibility and conservative practicality. Gray can be seen as a restful color although some will associate it with feelings of emptiness and devoid of emotion. It has a cooling effect when teamed with other colors especially more vibrant shades.
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Don't miss our next blog - Your Technicolour Guide
to colour themes of weddings,
coming on Friday.