Monday, November 23, 2009

Beverage Monday

Thanksgiving Cocktails

Here are some Thanksgiving Cocktails and a Cranberry & Pumpkin Pie recipie thrown in for good measure.

Thanksgiving Cocktail

1 1/2 oz Wild Turkey® bourbon whiskey
1/2 oz Applejack® brandy
1 tsp Rose's® lime juice
4 oz cranberry juice

Fill Collins glass one-half full of ice, add ingredients and stir. Garnish with a lime wedge, if desired.

Thanksgiving Special

3/4 oz apricot brandy
3/4 oz dry vermouth
3/4 oz gin
1/4 tsp lemon juice
1 cherry

Shake all ingredients (except cherry) with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Top with the cherry and serve.

A Southern Thanksgving

3 oz Southern Comfort® peach liqueur
1 oz Wild Turkey® bourbon whiskey
1 oz cranberry juice
1/2-1 oz lime juice

Combine Southern comfort and Wild turkey in glass first. Add Cranberry juice and finish with splash of lime juice. Add a garnish of apple or lime and serve on ice.

Cranberry Kiss

4 oz reposado 1800® Tequila
4 oz triple sec
8 oz cranberry juice

Make by the glass for a few guests or in a shaker or pitcher for a large party. Serve in a cocktail glass, garnishing the glass rim with a half slice of fresh lime.

Pumpkin Pie

1/2 oz Kahlua® coffee liqueur
1/2 oz Bailey's® Irish cream
1/4 oz cinnamon schnapps

Slowly layer the ingredients in the order listed above into a large shot glass.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Beverage Tuesday

I am feeling a little nutty!
Butter Pecan

1 oz Frangelico
2 tbsp vanilla ice cream
5 pecan nuts
Pour Frangelico into a Cocktail glass and add the ice-cream. Coarsely chop the pecan nuts and put them on top to garnish.

Nuts & Berries

1/2 oz of Chambord
1/2 oz of Frangelico
2 oz cream

Put all of the ingredients into a a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled Cocktail Glass.

Toasted Almond

2 oz Amaretto
2 oz Coffee Liqueur
2 oz Light Cream

Pour the ingredients into a Rocks Glass filled with ice.

Buttery Nutty Squirrel

1 oz butterscotch schnapps
1 oz amaretto almond liqueur
1 oz Bailey's Irish cream

Pour ingredients into a shaker filled ice. Shake and the strain into a chilled Cocktail Glass.


Recipes courtesy of
Photo courtesy of

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Who's to Blame?

This was on the news on Friday, November 13, 2009 at 4 pm on KABC, channel 7 in Los Angeles.{I saw a teaser of it on Oprah, I was catching up today} Yes, you really do need to do your homework before hiring any professional. When deciding on a wedding planner, look for one that is an association or can at least give you names of previous brides. And a professional wedding planner will do just that, help you PLAN & Coordinate your wedding day. We do not make your food, your dress or take your photos. We rely on professionals in those fields to do it. We do not sign contracts with vendors. We do not take money up front to pay for other vendors. BIG RED FLAG! We will refer and recommend vendors but it is up to you the couple to pay and sign a contract for their services. We will help you distribute final payments and gratuities on the wedding day, but it is your money, not ours.

As a couple please do not go to a one stop shop. Yes, I can bake, but not your wedding cake. I can drive, but not a limo., I can play music, but not like a DJ. I have a camera, but they won't look the same. I can arrange flowers but not for a wedding. You need to taste the food and cake before your wedding. You should go to an event the DJ is at to get a feel for him. Have the floral designer show you examples. You should see lots of photos from the photographer before you book. Also, an engagement session so you can see if you feel comfortable with them. Meet the wedding planner before you sign anything. Make sure your personalities mesh. You are paying these people A LOT of money. Your wedding is one of your most expensive purchases, don't come away from it like this couple. I feel sorry for them, but one person doing everything? Come on! As a wedding planner I can't do their jobs if I am doing my job right, which is coordinating your wedding day. Likewise, they can't/shoudn't be doing my job if you are paying them to be your floral designer, caterer, photographer or DJ.

Thanks for hearing me out,

Friday, November 13, 2009

~Friday Shopping~

Happy Friday, the 13th.
I was born on the 13th {October} so I am not too bothered by the number.

Today's shopping expereince is for the Bachelorette! All the items are from Check them out. They do have some naughtier things! :-) So have fun shoping for the all important girls night! They are also offering 10% off see the coupon below.

Bachelorette Party Kit - The Sophisticate
The Sophisticate Kit contains: Bride Tank Top with Gems. Bachelorette Tiara. Pink and Black Balloons. Bubble Stickers. Wedding Trivia Game. Wedding Ring Shot Glass. Pink and Black Banner. Peckermints. Martini Glass Invites. Mini Martini Shot Glasses – The Martini Shot Glasses. Martini Glass with Veil.

Bachelorette Party Kit - The Bestsellers
The Bestsellers Kit includes: Tickeled Pink Sash and Tiara Set – This pink tiara and sash both say "Bachelorette.". Bead Necklace with a Shot Glass. Corset Invitations – 8 classy bachelorette party invitations. Silver Bachelorette Party Banner. Kinky Sex Position Balloons. Naughty Toilet Paper. I.D. Buttons – They say things like, "I'm the Bride," "Party Animal," and "I'm in Charge. Penis Pops - Six penis suckers. Super Fun Penis Candy - Six packs of penis candy. Pecker Straws. Jello Shot Tray. Pin the Macho on the Man Game.

Bachelorette Party Kit For 10 Guests
This festive tin comes packed with:10 invites 10 cups, 10 napkins, 10 dinner plates, 10 dessert plates, 10 sets of utensils, 10 name tags & 1 nine-foot long "Bachelorette Party" letter banner.

The Bad Bridesmaids Kit - For Your Naughty Friends
Are the bridesmaids and bachelorette party guests a naughty bunch? If so they will enjoy these randy novelties. Included are sixteen cocktail sippers (2 packs of 8), a box of x-rated fortune cookies, a dozen blow pops, two dozen adult toothpicks, and a penis shaped mold for jello shots.

Bachelorette Babydoll Shirt

Pink Bachelorette Tank Top

The Bachelorette Tiara

The Bride and Groom Bachelorette Veil

"A Shot for the Bride to Be" Flashing Shot Glass Necklace is Offering 10% Off Any Order with the Coupon Code: Bachelorette.

Happy Shopping,

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Website Changes

There have been some changes to A Joyeux Day's website. I have added photos and thank you letters. {finally} I have also gone with another company so I was able to change some other things. Check them out & let me know what you think.
Enjoy your day,

Monday, November 2, 2009

Beverage Monday

Dia de los Muertosimage courtesy of

This is a little late, but it is the Day of the Dead. The day when Latino cultures celebrate their family that has passed on. I decided to make a play on this by featuring drinks of skulls and bones.


1/3 shot Kahlua® coffee liqueur
1/3 shot Bailey's® Irish cream
1/3 shot Old Grandad® bourbon whiskey

Mix ingredients and serve in a shot glass.

Skin & Bones

3 oz Captain Morgan® Original spiced rum
7 1/2 oz Coca-Cola® Diet Coke
1/2 oz lime juice

Pour rum into an old-fashioned glass, and add coke (in the same fashion as a rum and coke). Add a squeeze of lime juice, and serve.

Dancing Bones

1 1/2 oz dry vermouth
2 tsp gin
2 tsp cherry brandy

Pour vermouth, gin and cherry brandy into a mixing glass half-filled with ice cubes, and stir. Strain into a cocktail glass, and serve.


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Beverage Wednesday

Wait a minute, is that right? I completely forgot to post this week on Monday, so this week it is Beverage Wednesday,

Halloween Cocktails, Spiders!
{& this is me as a Spider Queen}

White Spider

1 oz vodka
1 oz white creme de menthe

Pour over lots of ice, in a Rocks Glass.

Spider Bite Martini

1.5 oz vodka
1 oz Malibu® coconut rum
1 oz triple sec
2 splashes bitters

Put all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to mix. Strain and pour into a Martini Glass. Adjust the amount of Bitters to taste. A little goes a long way

Spider's Web

4 oz Goldschlager® cinnamon schnapps
1 drop strawberry juice
1 1/2 oz whipped cream

Put alcohol in shot glass, drop strawberry into glass, then try and make cream float on top.

Black Widow{I did another version of this earlier this month}

1 oz Absolut® Citron vodka
1 oz Opal Nera® black sambuca

Pour both ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker, shake. Strain into a Martini Glass and serve with a lemon twist.

Tarantula Bite

2 oz Tarantula Azul white tequila
6 oz Grape energy soda

Fill a High Ball Glass with ice cubes. Pour the ingredients in order into it. Garnish with a slice of lemon.


btw I do have arachnophobia!
recipes courtesy of

Friday, October 23, 2009

~Friday Shpopping~

Vegas Baby
My sister is going to a Las Vegas wedding tomorrow so why not set the stage for a Vegas wedding.

Las Vegas Save The Date
Start off with this to get you guests excited

Welcome to Las Vegas Wedding Invitation or Program
You can use this as either an invitation or program

Lucky in Love Bottle Stopper Wedding Favor
For the guests

A Lucky Pair Playing Cards Wedding Favor
Or these

Personalized Las Vegas Just Married Car Magnet
Put this on your car


Monday, October 19, 2009

Beverage Monday

It's Pumpkin Time

Jack O' Tini

2 oz. Vodka - chilled
1/4 oz. Bols Pumpkin Smash Liqueur
1 Candy Corn

Place a single candy corn at the bottom of chilled Cocktail Glass. Combine vodka and liqueur in a shaker with ice, shake well and strain into the glass.

Smashing Pumpkin Martini

3 oz. Infused Spiced Pumpkin Vodka
1 oz. Amaretto
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds for Garnish

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Stir gently and strain into a chilled Cocktail Glass.

To substitute the infused vodka use 2 1/2 oz of Stoli Cinammon Vodka & 1/2 oz. of Bols Pumpkin Smash Liqueur

Pumpkin’s Passion

1 oz. SKYY Infusions Passion Fruit
3 oz. Sauvignon Blanc
1 1/2 oz. Monin Pumpkin Spice
1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake. Pour into a Margarita Glass and garnish with a wedge of orange and a dash of cinnamon.


Photo from
Wikipedia Commons.
Recipes from Drink of the Week.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Where & how to seat my guests?

This can be one of the most challenging parts of planning your wedding. Where do I seat everybody? It needs to be done and it might take awhile, but if you don't want utter chaos at your reception you need a plan. Although, you do need to ask yourself a few questions first.

What kind of wedding reception am I having? Am I having just a cake and champagne reception? Or a Cocktail reception? Or is it a seated 5 course meal? For the first two you don't even really need tables just a few belly bars/high boys {tables that come up to your waist}, but if you are thinking of a meal every guest needs a seat. This is where the fun part comes in.

Are your guests going to be served their meal~will you offer one meal for everybody or a choice of entrees? For this option you do need to ask them their choice on their response card. If you are only having one entree you still need to offer a vegetarian meal.

Are you having a buffet? Everybody gets their own meal. No need to put anything on the response card, although you might put ___________ special needs. {you should add this for a seated meal, too} With so many vegans, lactose intolerant, and gluten free people these days, you don't want somebody not able to eat because you didn't ask. Plus, you are paying for their seat.

From there you need to decide if you want each guest seated at a certain seat at a specific table. If you have more than one entree this is a must. Which means you need to have place cards at each table setting, and indicate which meal they are having on the place card or the staff will be 'auctioning off' the food. Which means they will be yelling out, who has beef? Who has the chicken? Great mood breaker and so very classy.

If you are having a buffet you don't need this extra step. But be forewarned everybody is going to sit where they can get the best view. {which means your mom & dad will have their backs to you} They are one of the last guest to arrive and the 'good' seats will already be taken.

Either way your guests need to know where to sit when they first get to the reception site. For this you need either escort cards {place cards that are at the door} or at least a chart with their name on it.

You do need to have every guest listed, or at least someone needs to know exactly how many guests are seated at each table and it needs to add up to your guarantee. Nothing is more fun for the banquet staff or wedding planner than rearranging seats and place settings after guests are seated.

There are several ways to do this. Like I said you can make a chart and list the guest by last name with the table name. Or you can have a whole table lined with escort cards, or have them hanging from a board. However you decide to do this, they should be alphabetical by last name. That's how people look for things, it will take less time for them to find the right table and less hang up at the 'door'. Especially if you have more than 20 people at your reception. Please don't forget this step. It is so confusing to have 100+ people roaming around a banquet room trying to find their name and table

So sit back have a glass of wine and decide exactly where the both of you want your guests to sit. Guests expect this, the banquet staff expects this and it makes keeping everyone in order a lot easier.

Then you can have fun naming your tables. Instead of having them numbered, name them.. You can choose places that you have been, if you are travelers. Your honeymoon place and words/places from there. Love in different languages. If you are having your wedding on the beach, beach words, the names of bodies of water, or names of shells. If you are having your wedding in a winery, different grapes, different wines or wine in different languages. If you do number, why not have pictures of the both of you at that age on the table. The list goes on. It is another way to put your signature on your wedding, just don't forget to name yours.

Happy reading,

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Venues of the Southland~Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa

I was wowed last week, when I was invited along with other local Wedding & Event planners to experience the Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa. Fabulous. What a luxurious place to stay in the mountains. When I was a little girl my family used to rent a cabin in Twin Peaks {just a couple of miles from Lake Arrowhead} each year, so the area holds lots of memories for me. This was also an early birthday present for me. It is today!

It is a great place to have a destination wedding without leaving Southern California. Plus, they do enjoy all four seasons up there. And it is only about 90 minutes from LA.

You can have your wedding outdoors on their Lakeside lawn and deck or on their beach, weather permitting of course! They have a traditional ballroom, the Lake Arrowhead Ballroom, that seats up to 270 for a wedding, the room also has a foyer that is all yours. If your guest list is smaller they have ballroom with a view, the Lakeview Terrace, it seats about 130 for a wedding.

The Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa

The Lakeview Lawn & Deck

The Beach,
we sat down there by the fireside in the evening

The Lake Arrowhead Ballroom

The Lakeview Terrace Room

The Magnum Room, located off of the restaurant, Bin 182, perfect for a small rehearsal dinner

These are the treatment beds in the VIP Journey Suite at the Spa of the Pines. It is a treatment room with a fireplace, private patio, and living room. Great for relaxing & getting pampered as a couple the day after getting married.

Below are some photos from my favorite suites.

This bed above & tub below are in the Cedar View Suite.
A favorite for brides. It is located right by the Lake View Deck & Lawn.

This spa tub with a view is in the Enchantment Suite

I just love this rustic display they have in the lobby.
The cake is by Lake Arrowhead cake designer, Niki's Custom Cakes.

My table for dinner. We also had a cocktail reception in the lobby.
The florals are by Fleuris Flower Studio.

My place setting

Our first course was Frisee and Red Oak Salad, with crumbled Roquefort Cheese, Pancetta & Garlic Croutons

Our second course was a Garlic Shrimp Crepe, it was a Blue Corn Pancake with Ancho Chilies, Roasted Corn and Cream.

This mango sorbet was our Intermezzo

Our Entree was a Petit Filet Mignon & Alaskan Halibut, with Potato-Leek Gratin, Mushrooms & a Port Wine Reduction with Green Peppercorns.

Our dessert was a Mango Raspberry Tart

After dinner they provided us with blankets and hot toddy's.
We then went down to the beach for a fireside chat.

My & my boys by the fire. Yes, it was that COLD!

The next day we enjoyed a breakfast cruise on the Arrowhead Queen and saw the lake and all the beautiful homes around it.