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.


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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.