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.



Monday, October 12, 2009

Beverage Monday

Blavod is a black vodka. They add the herbal extract catechu to acheive the color of the vodka. Perfect for this time of year & because my birthday is tomorrow and this is the mood I am in! So here are a few black cocktails to try.

Black Widow

2 oz Blavod vodka
3 oz cranberry juice

Pour the cranberry juice first into a Highball Glass filled with ice. Slowly pour the Blavod over a bar spoon to float it on top. If you don't use Blavod you won't get the effect.

Black Magic

2 oz Blavod black vodka
1/2 oz grenadine
lemon-lime soda
maraschino cherry for garnish

Pour the vodka and grenadine into Collins Glass filled with ice. Fill it to the top with soda. Garnish with the cherry.

Black & Gold
2 oz Blavod vodka
1 oz Goldschlager

Pour the Blavod into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled Cocktail Glass. Top with the Goldschlager.

Black Cat
2 oz. Blavod Black Vodka
1/2 oz. Chambord

Combine in a cocktail shaker with a cup of ice. Shake and strain into a chilled Cocktail Glass.


Friday, October 9, 2009

~Friday Shopping~

Today were are talking about Bridal Shoes with bling.
They are all availabe from Bellissma Bridal Shoes.

Martinez Valero Crystal Bridal Shoes

Chunky clear crystals make this shoe stand out as a very formal, very fashionable choice for your wedding day. Strap is set with an adjustable clear crystal buckle for a perfect fit. Heel measures 4". The luxurious silk satin is available in ivory or dyeable white.

Grazia Samantha Bridal Shoes

Put some twinkle in your toes! Sultry silk satin sandal has a modern, asymmetrical toe strap studded with geometric-shaped jewels. Adjustable ankle strap closes with a rhinestone buckle to give a comfortable, custom fit. Available in your choice of white or ivory and a wide selection of sizes. Heel measures 3 1/8". This shoe is not dyeable.

Grace Lindsay Bridal Shoes

The intricate pearl and silver beading makes this sandal extra special. The combination slingback and ankle strap has a bit of elastic in back for a comfortable, personalized fit. Tapered heel measures 3.25". Made of fine silk satin in your choice white or ivory. This shoe is not dyeable.

Benjamin Adams Marilyn Bridal Shoes

Dripping with Swarovski crystals, this shoe still manages to look light and summery thanks to the delicate, barely there straps. The slingback is set with a buckle so you can adjust it for a perfect fit. Each shoe is hand crafted with white or ivory duchesse silk which gives the shoe a luxurious look, and soft leather lining for comfort and structure. Heel measures 3.5". White fabric is dyeable so it can be worn in white, or tinted any color you like.

Grazia Alicia Bridal Shoes

Meet the perfect pair for high-glam Hollywood style. Luxurious silk satin in white or ivory plays host to a bevy of rhinestone starbursts that cascade into crisscross straps. Heel measures 3.5". Available in white or ivory and a wide selection of sizes. This shoe is not dyeable..

Diane Lynn Rihanna Bridal Shoes

Luxe dyeable white silk satin can be worn as-is or tinted to match a bridesmaid dress, an evening gown or the perfect shade for the bride. The heel measures 4 7/8" but the platform base makes it comfortable and practical.

Grazia Ava Bridal Shoes

Sleek and sophisticated in your choice of white or ivory, with just the right touch of glitz. This silk satin shoe boasts an exquisitely crafted upper with brushed-metal buckle and starburst rhinestone accents. Heel measures 3.5".

Martinez Valero Waverly Bridal Shoes

A carefully pleated toe is accented with a sparkling jewel accent. The slingback is fit with a bit of elastic so it's always comfortable and slips on easily. The luxurious silk satin is available in dyeable white. Heel measures 4".

Grazia Tiffany Bridal Shoes

This fun, slip-on style goes upscale with luxurious silk satin and that fabulous crystal detailing that Grazia is known for. Heel measures 2 3/8". You choose white or ivory.

Special Occasions Gem Bridal Shoes

This jeweled slide is easy to wear and comes in fun metallic colors including silver, gold, bronze, lime, lavender or "something blue".