Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!


In honor of Halloween here's a black and orange board. A touch of Halloween and a little glamorous. Don't you just love the black velvet gown? Next year Halloween is a Saturday so if you decide to get married on October 31st you don't need to go goth or scary.
Enjoy,

~Happy 75th Birthday Mom, wherever you may be~

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Clustrmaps

Locations of visitors to this page

This is A Joyeux Blog's actual map!

I don't know if you have noticed the map on the lower right side of A Joyeux Blog. It is from Clustrmaps. It shows you where people have visited you from. I put it up on September 29th and during the last 30 days I have had visitors from six continents. {I don't think there are that many people getting married in Antarctica!} When I put it up I thought I would probably just get visited from a few people in California. How surprised I have been to have people from all over the world reading my blog. It does only count people who have visited my blog directly not those who receive email subscriptions or my feed. So if you want to show up as a dot click on through.

Thank you to all of you that have visited,


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

MTV Casting Call

If you are between the ages of 18 and 22 and engaged, MTV is looking for you. See below on how to apply for the opportunity to appear on Engaged and Underage.

Below is from the flyer.

MTV’s popular documentary series, Engaged & Underage, wants to tell your love story – the excitement of the engagement, the ups and downs of the planning, the fun along the way, and, of course, THE BIG DAY!!! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity…
You and your future spouse should both appear to be between the ages of 18 and 22. Best case scenario: you're getting married in 2008 or January 2009.

TO APPLY FOR THE SHOW, DOWNLOAD A CASTING QUESTIONNAIRE AT: http://www.mtv.com/ontv/castingcall/index.jhtml?castingId=1509138
OR EMAIL THEM TO OBTAIN ONE AT: engagedandunderage@mtvstaff.com.

Tell them when and where you are getting married and why this is important to you. Include your name, phone number, email address and a digital photo of you and your future spouse, if possible.


Good Luck to everbody,

Monday, October 27, 2008

Beverage Monday.


Adult Trick or Treating
Today I am featuring candy inspired cocktails. Indulge your sweet tooth with these adult only treats.

photo courtesy of Fine Living

Almond Joy Martini
1 oz. chocolate vodka
1 oz. Frangelica
1 oz. coconut rum
Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

Milky Way Martini
1 1/2 oz. Starbucks Cream Liqueur
1 oz. chocolate vodka
1/2 oz. cream
Put all ingredients into a shot glass filled with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

Green Jolly Rancher
1/2 oz Midori
1/2 oz Southern Comfort
1 splash sweet and sour mix
Pour ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and strain into a shot glass.
Tootsie Roll
1/2 oz Kahlua
1/2 oz vodka
1/2 oz orange juice
Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Strain into a shot glass.

SweeTart
1/4 oz. lime juice
1/4 oz. pineapple juice
1/4 oz. raspberry liqueur
1 oz vodka
Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Strain into a shot glass.
Cheers,

Candy photos courtesy of Candy Warehouse.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Traditions & Superstitions-Pre-Wedding Parties

Photo courtesy of The Hostess with the Mostess.


This month's edition is about all the Pre-Wedding Parties.

Engagement Party

  • Traditionally it is hosted by the Bride's parents about a month or two after the announcement.
  • Any one can host it now.
  • It can be as formal or informal as you want.
  • Sometimes guests will bring gifts but not everybody will.

Bridal Shower

  • To shower the Bride with love and good wishes.
  • Traditionally they were hosted by the Maid of Honor.
  • It is an alternative to the dowry/trousseau (the money, goods, or estate that the woman brings to her marriage).
  • There is the Dutch story of a young maiden who loved a young miller. The miller was so generous to others that he didn't save up money for himself. Since the miller was not rich, the maiden's father disapproved and refused to give her a dowry. The whole town loved the couple so they decided to give the girl a dowry by giving her something of theirs. With these items they 'showered' the maiden.
  • During the Victorian Era family and friends would put small gifts into a parasol and then pore them over the brides' head.
  • They started here in the US in the late 1800's, with the upper middle class.
  • By the 1930's people were giving bridal showers all across the US.
  • One of the earliest reports of the new tradition is in the Grand Rapids Michigan Evening Press 22 on June 4, 1904: "The ‘shower parties’ that through mistaken hospitality the wedded couple are forced to attend..."
  • A shower emphasizes traditional gender roles.
  • In an etiquette guide from the 1920's it said that showers should be "purely spontaneous and informal", with guests arriving unannounced at the bride-to-be's home.
  • During the 1950's they started to be more complex with themes and games.
  • Friendship and support is at the center of the bridal shower tradition.
  • Showers are meant to be an outpouring from the community.
  • They are not usually arranged or hosted by the brides immediate relatives.
  • Sunday afternoon is the traditional time for a bridal shower.
  • Registry information wasn't usually included in the invitation. Although, we usually put it into a shower invitation now.
  • Nowadays it is common to have couples shower's so everybody can participate.
  • Was the only pre-wedding party for a woman.

The Bachelor Party { Stag, Bull's or Buck's}

  • It is thought that the Bachelor Party originated in Sparta around 5 BC. Soldiers would toast and pay homage to the groom on his last night of being a single man.
  • It is usually thrown by the Best Man or the groom's brothers.
  • The party usually involves drinking, going to strip club or hiring a stripper and gambling.
  • Sometimes they involved hazing and pranks towards the groom.
  • It is a rite of passage for a man from being an bachelor (adolescent lifestyle) to a more responsible married adult.
  • Historically, it was held the night before the wedding. Although, in recent times it is held well in advance of the wedding day.

Bachelorette Party{Hen Party or Stagette}

  • The bachelorette party is modeled after the centuries-old bachelor's party.
  • In its modern form, it is thought that the bachelorette party may have begun during the sexual revolution of the 1960's.
  • From the 60's to the 80's women just went out for drinks after the shower.
  • It wasn't that common till the mid-1980's.
  • The first book on planning bachelorette parties wasn't published until 1998.
  • Its cultural significance is largely tied to concepts of gender equality.
  • A bachelorette party is an expression of social and sexual freedom.
  • Initially, woman would attend male revues, asking strangers intimate questions, or just got drunk.
  • Destination weekends are becoming more popular for both the men and the women to celebrate the end of their singlehood.

Bridesmaids Luncheon or Tea

  • The bride hosts this.
  • It is to thank the bridesmaids for all their help during the wedding planning process.
  • Usually held a few days before the wedding.
  • A girls only affair.
  • A classy event.

Rehearsal Dinner

  • Tradtionally hosted by the groom's parents.
  • It should be after the ceremony rehearsal.
  • Normally, it is held the night before the wedding. Sometimes 2 days before.
  • It can be as formal or as casual as you want.
  • All parents and the bridal party attend with their significant others.
  • You can include your out-of-town guests.
Happy Planning,

Monday, October 20, 2008

Beverage Monday.

Halloween Themed Drinks
Here are a few drinks to get the party started early.

Black Devil Martini

  • 2 oz. dark rum
  • 1/2 oz. dry vermouth
  • olive

Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into chilled martini glass, garnish with olive.

Zombie

  • 1 oz. apricot brandy
  • 1 oz. light rum 1 oz. dark or Jamaican rum
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 2 dashes grenadine
  • orange juice
  • 1 oz. Bacardi 151 rum

Mix light and dark rum and brandy in a cocktail shaker, add lime juice and grenadine. Shake well and strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Fill glass with orange juice almost to the top. Float the 151 on top. Garnish with a cherry and orange flag.

Liquefied Ghost

  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. vanilla simple syrup
  • 1 oz. cream
  • 2 oz. soda

Pour all the ingredients into a ice filled shaker. Shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

Bloody Brain

  • 1 1/4 oz. strawberry vodka or Strawberry Schnapps
  • 1/8 oz. Rose's lime juice
  • 3/4 oz. Bailey's Irish Cream
  • splash of grenadine

Add vodka and lime juice to a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a shot glass. Using a straw, dip some Bailey's Irish Cream into the shot. Once you submerge the straw into the Bailey's put your finger on top of the straw to hold the Bailey's in the straw. Dip the straw tip into the vodka and slowly release your top finger. The Bailey's will curdle a little bit due to the lime juice and you should be able to make strands of Bailey's. Repeat the straw/Bailey's process to build a "brain" in the shot glass. Add a splash of grenadine to the concoction to add the 'blood' to the mix. Down the hatch as a shot.

Cheers,
All recipes and photos courtesy of Fine Living.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Attention Los Angeles Brides

Brides Against Breast Cancer Nationwide Tour of Gowns is coming to Los Angeles. They will be at the Hyatt Regency, Century City at the end of October.


Monday, October 27, Noon-4 Tickets $20.00 and from 5-9 FREE


Tuesday, October 28, Noon-9, FREE


Wednesday, October 29, 10-5, FREE


Donate a gown, Buy a gown or Volunteer for a great cause.
I'll see you there.

Honeymoon Registries

This is an great idea for couples who already have most of the basic items and don't want or need china, but want a Fantastic Honeymoon.

There are few different kind of Honeymoon registries out there. Some companies actually book the place for you and some just save it for you and you take out the money when needed. Pick which one works best for you. Here a few to check out.
The Honeymoon
Traveler's Joy
The Big Day
Honeymoon Wishes
Honey Fund
Honey Luna
Traveler's Joy
Our Wishing Well
Smart Honeymoon
If you have used one. Let us know what you thought.
Happy Honeymoon Planning,



Mentioning of any of the Honeymoon Registries does not mean an endorsement.
Photo courtesy of
Ask Me About Destination Weddings & Honeymoons

Monday, October 13, 2008

October 13

Today is my birthday. I found this fun thing on Pantone. The people who bring us the color trends each year. This is Colorstrology. It gives the color that is represented by your day. Kinda cool and you can order the whole year, too.

This is what Ocotber the 13th says-

Color-Opal Blue-According to the website "This is my personal color that pertains to the real me"

Practical, Builder, Driven

"You are capable of handling huge amounts of responsibility. You can work tirelessly as long as you can see the fruits of your labor. Although you can do things very well on your own, it is often better to align your objectives with others. Home and family are important to your well-being. Try to stay lighthearted and do not allow your goals to dictate all your waking hours. Wearing, meditating or surrounding yourself with Opal Blue helps lighten the serious side of your nature while promoting the realization of your dreams."

Try it and see what you color is.
Happy Reading,

Beverage Monday & Steph's Birthday

In honor of my birthday today, I am featuring some of my favorite cocktails.
Sex on the Beach
{this is my favorite version}
1 oz vodka
1/2 oz Midori
1/2 oz Chambord
splash pf pineapple juice
cranberry juice
In a highball start with vodka then Midori, Chambord and cranberry juice. Add a splash of pineapple juice. Add pineapple & cherry flag to garnish.


Russian Quaalude
1 oz Kahlua
1 oz vodka
1 oz Baily's
1 oz Frangelico
1 oz half & half
Put them in a rocks glass filled with ice in order. Enjoy.


White Chocolate Raspberry Martini
1/2 oz Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
1/2 oz Godiva white chocolate liqueur
1/2 oz light creme de cacao
1/2 oz Bailey's
1/2 oz vodka
1 oz half-and-half
Pour all of the above ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake well, and pour into a chilled martini glass drizzled with chocolate syrup. Top off with a couple of raspberries.


My All-Time Favorite
Black Jack
1 1/2 oz Jack Daniels
Coke


Put the Jack Daniels in a rocks glass filled with ice. Top it off with coke.


Thinking about these I don't know which one to have today.

Cheers,

Friday, October 10, 2008

Venues of the Southland~The Los Angeles Biltmore

The Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel

The Hotel and Pershing Square


The Olive Street Entrance

Today I am going Downtown. To LA and one of the cities must sees. The Los Angeles Biltmore. The hotel turned 85 this year and has hosted the Academy Awards and countless other fine affairs throughout the years. The hotel has also been featured in numerous movies and television shows. The crown jewel of the hotel is the Crystal Ballroom. It seats about 300 for a wedding and comes with the Tiffany Ballroom for the reception. One of the more unique aspects of the room are the balcony's. You can display your cake or have your first dance up high in the room.
The hotel also has the Emerald Ballroom and the Gold Ballroom. They are all unique in style. Not your typical hotel ballroom.




The Rendezvous Court hosts an Afternoon Tea almost daily.



The Crystal Ballroom





The Emerald Ballroom all ready for a ceremony


The Gold Ballroom

Enjoy the eye candy and check out the Biltmore.


I did work at the Biltmore so I am a little biased, but it is a fabulous place to get married at!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Your Officiant

There is much ado about actor Mark Consuelos becoming an ordained minister and officiating at Howard Stern's wedding last week. Did you know that here in Southern California you can have anybody be your officiant? They do not have to become ordained. Most of the counties have what's called a Marriage Commissioner for the Day. Legally they can only marry the one couple on the specific day and they do have to include some specific words into the ceremony. Since you really are marrying each other, their role primarily is just signing the license as a witness.
That is what Mr. Joyeux & I did. My nephew who graduated from college a couple months after our wedding was our officiant. It made our wedding ceremony even more meaningful since the person who married us was someone we loved. We also wanted our own ceremony and we were able to do just that.
In San Diego, where we were married, I just had to file papers and have my nephew sign some things. He didn't even have to show up at the county building. However, in Los Angeles County the Marriage Commissioners have to come in person to the county building and get sworn in. Check your counties requirements and you might solve the. "But who is going to marry us?" question. And yes it is legal!
Happy Reading,


The photo is of my nephew right before our wedding.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Pink for October

Go pink! If you have a blog or website go pink for October. My sites are pink year round but if yours isn't Go Pink for October. Let's all do it to raise awareness about breast cancer.
Thank you Karol Welsh, from the Something Blue blog for sharing this first.



Monday, October 6, 2008

Beverage Monday. Her Vodka.

Today on Beverage Monday I thought I would feature a vodka that gives back. HER Vodka is an ultra-premium vodka that gives a portion of the sales of each bottle to breast cancer research and foundations. It is bottled in Oregon by Cottage Grove Distillery.
HER is not available in every state. Take a look at their distribution map to see where you can find HER.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month I have given you a couple of vodka drink recipes that are pink to get you in the mood. So look for HER Vodka and drink for the cause!
Pink Cadillac
1 oz Vodka
2 oz White Creme de Cacao
1 oz Light Cream
4 oz Cranberry Juice
Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain and serve in unusually shaped glass.

Pink Lemonade Pitcher
1 (12-oz.) can frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
3 (12-oz.) bottles beer (not dark), chilled
3/4 cup vodka, chilled
fresh cranberries and lemon slices
Stir together first 3 ingredients. Serve over ice. Garnish with cranberries and lemons. Serves 6-8.
Recipe courtesy of My Recipes.

Cheers,

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Joyeux News

A Joyeux Day is now listed on
Southern California.
We are one of their premier advertisers.

We have also added a new feature on the blog noting who's following us. So if you get this through a subscription or just read the feeds, click here and it will bring you to the actual blog and you can show your love for us and let everybody know that you're one of our stalkers, I mean followers of our blog.

Thank you for your love and support,

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Pink Ribbon Month

We all know by now that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Here are a few places that donate a part of their sales to the cause.
has pink ribbon products on their site.
FineStationery.comgives to the Breast Cancer Reserarch Foundation with the purchase of items to the Bonnie Marcus collection. A couple of examples.

MissNowMrs.com_120x60donates 5% of their sales to the Making Memories Foundation. I wrote about them here.
Origins will donate $35,000 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation from sales of Peace of Mind® On-the-spot relief sold in North America. This very important contribution supports the research dedicated to preventing breast cancer and finding a cure in our lifetime.

Clinique offers this limited-edition Dramatically Different™ Moisturizing Lotion complete with three decorative charms: a silver Clinique “C”, a miniature 3-Step Skin Care and a Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Ribbon. $10.00 from your purchase helps support The Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s quest to find a cure.

There are many more places that have special offers this month. I will feature some of them during October.