Monday, October 20, 2014

Event Hacks- Unity Candle Disasters

Event hacks.  
Quick little tips to save your event and help you ...

Enjoy Your Event!

Today: Unity Candle Disasters

Unity Candles

What a beautiful tradition.

I especially like it when mothers of the couple light the side candles.  It is a very touching way to incorporate your families.

The list of what can go wrong in a wedding starts with the words Unity Candles.

Veils are flammable (This isn't news to you, don't panic.) 
People are nervous. 
Lighters get left in the wrong place.

Fear not! We've got you covered.

#1- Have a ceremony rehearsal.

Take practice candles- because reused candles don't look like a new creation.
 Actually light them- when people are nervous, it's harder than you'd think.

#2- Decide before the rehearsal how you will light them.

(decide nothing at the rehearsal btw- too many cooks!)


-A pretty match box- test prior to rehearsal to make sure the match doesn't break and lights easily.
-A black long handled lighter. Test it.
- When they are seated, have moms light outside candles off of perimeter candles that were lit prior to guests seating.

#3- Have a back up lighting source nearby

-on the table hidden behind the candles or under a Bible.

#4- If something happens...


A candle blows out or doesn't light, then redo it and make a comment like
"See what a resilient couple we are!"

Smile.  Breathe.  


Enjoy Your Event!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Food Friday- Pumpkin Season!

Welcome to a new series... Food Friday  

Every Friday we will bring you great food ideas for your event.  
Try a few out at home on your friends.

It's Pumpkin Season! We'll come close to ODing on pumpkin this month.  
But for now, bring on the pumpkin!
In the vein of enjoying the planning process too, today is recipes for an intimate weekend dinner party. Although, these are so good that if you're getting married next October you could easily incorporate some of these ideas on a grander scale.


Pumpkin Cordial & Pumpkin Martini

Definitely the king of the pumpkin bases... I LOVE Roundhouse Pumpkin King Cordial.  

My favorite way to drink it is just as you would drink a cordial.  A little poured into the bottom of a small glass, room temperature.

 It also makes an awesome martini served up.


Toasted Pumpkin Seeds are a quick and healthy snack.

Pumpkin Seeds

Head over to She Wears Many Hats for the recipe
(if you're wondering about the health benefits of pumpkin seeds, click on over to Fightin Foods.)

Roasted Garbanzo Beans

Head over to When the Pigs Fly for the recipe
(if you're wondering about the health benefits of beans, click on over to Fightin Foods.)

The Meal

One Hour Roasted Chicken

Roast Chicken

This is the ultimate fall meal.  It is also a very good skill to master. 
(just make sure it reads 165 degrees before you pull it from the oven.  No food poisoning here please.)
If you mess it up then send your fiance over to the local grocer for a rotisserie chicken. Or if you're short on time or desire then just do that in the first place.

Head over to Number 2 Pencil for the recipe

Photo: ilovebutter

Roasted Vegetables

My favorite side- or sometimes as a meal itself.

Use any vegetables you want
Cut to approximately the same size
Drop them onto a jelly roll sheet and cover in olive oil & sprinkle with salt. (and other spices if you like.)
Roast at 450 degrees until they are brown and sweet and crispy- or until your liking.  


Simply divine pumpkin cake swirled with rich and creamy cheesecake. This is something every pumpkin lover should try this fall!

Pumpkin Cheesecake

This one is swirled.  Yummy cheesecake meets pumpkin cake.  Covered in cream cheese frosting and pecans. (you were planning on running tomorrow, right?)
Find the recipe at Sally's Baking Addiction...

serve it with...

Pumpkin Spice Latte. 

 Made all by yourself.


Pumpkin Spice Syrup (oh the places you could use this.)
-1C Sugar
-1C Water
when the sugar has dissolved add
-2T Pumpkin Puree
-1 T Pumpkin Pie Spice

Make you own by mixing ...
-3 Tablespoons ground cinnamon 
-2 teaspoons ground ginger 
-2 teaspoons ground nutmeg 
-1½ teaspoons ground allspice 
-1½ teaspoons ground cloves 
-½ teaspoon ground cardamom

Simmer 10 minutes.  Cool.
If you want to be really cool you could keep your pumpkin spice syrup in a cleaned Roundhouse Pumpkin bottle (since they're only 375ml) Just don't confuse the two!

Draw your espresso as usual.

Add Foamed milk to your liking.

Add 2 ounce syrup.

                              Mmm, now that's a good night.

                                                                                        Happy Cooking!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Great Invites

It's come time to pick the most perfect stationary...

Oh dear, where to start...!

Go old fashioned! Your guests will love the style.

Go graphic!

Take an inexpensive invitation and wrap it in vellum and tie it with your favorite ribbon.

Add your own details to really make a plain invite something special.

Create your own event 'logo'.  Use it in varying forms on your save the date, invite, program, menu, even photo mats and signs at the event.

Find unique printed paper you love at your local craft store and add it to the top of your invites.
Repeat the paper use in programs, menus and signs.

These heavy card stock invites were printed to look like playing cards on the front and the invite on the back.  Then wrapped in vellum to show the surprise. Shhh!!!

These invites were printed on the vellum and tied together with a black and white picture of the couple.

Other options...

Go Electronic

Might ought to print one for Grandma but if you know you're guests are tech savvy- go for it!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

An Enjoyable Evening

It's happened before, and if you're not careful it will happen again.

Brides and Grooms plan great events and get so caught up in the hustle and details, they forget to enjoy themselves!

Don't let it be you.

How to Enjoy Your Event!

1- Plan

This does not mean you should over think everything. You should enjoy your planning too.
Get a schedule.
Make a binder.
Write it all down.

Do a walk through 1 month out, checking all the details and making notes.

Divide it all up and detail it out.

2- Delegate

2-4 weeks out go over all items and details with your wedding coordinator.

~ Alternately ~

2-4 weeks out pick people to help you do tasks.(Make sure you thank them with gift cards!)

Make a 2 week countdown plan for all the last minute details that will need to be done along with names of who will do them.

3- Let Go

All of your details should be done 1 week out.

If it's not done, drop it. You don't need it. (If you do, then hire or bribe someone else to do it.)

Spend the week and your event weekend...
-Enjoying time with out of town friends
-Having a drink with your soon to be hubby.
-Go to a yoga class and take a steam after.
-Shop for honeymoon clothes.
-Take a nap! No seriously, you don't want to get sick- 
napping is one of the greatest boosts for your immune system.

Planning a wedding is high stress but done right, it can be very enjoyable.

"Those who fail to plan, plan to fail."

Plan ahead.

Relax and enjoy the moment.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Great Centerpieces

You've been on Pinterest all night, don't deny it.
You can't decide what to do for centerpieces for your event.

You need a plan...

Starting Points

1- Color

-Consider your event colors, then find flowers you like in that color scheme.
(Great flower article to come btw)

-Or go from the flower. Found a flower in a color you adore? Take it and run with it. Use it as a base and build from it. It can determine your style, mood, even determine the container.

2- Style

-A ceremony in the garden followed by lunch in a Victorian home? Think frilly, fine- wildflower type bouquets and tall vases filled with wispy flowers.

-A black and white modern event would lend itself to tightly bunched deep red roses in a low centerpiece without filler.

-A summer afternoon reception was fantastic with bright white table cloths, wheat grass bases with gerbera daisies (held upright by straws).

3- Season

-Help your budget and make your decision by choosing your flowers by the season.

You could order bunches and bunches of 1 type of flower and have overflowing buckets for a very reasonable budget.

A good start...