Friday, January 8, 2010

Engagement Party

You're engaged, now what? Plan a party to announce it to everybody! Traditionally the Bride's Parents host the Engagement Party, but in this day and age anyone can host the party. Have fun with it. After all, how many times do you plan on getting married? Here are examples of three invitations to get you started. They are from the Wedding Paper Diva's. If you spend $99 or more they will give you $10 off. Use code AFL10.

Modern Couple Engagement Announcement

Crystal Glasses Engagement Announcement

Engagement Silhouette Announcement

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Beverage Tuesday

"Diet" Cocktails

We all want to be able to have a cocktail or two and maintain our figures, but what to drink and not sacrifice the flavor.
You can of course have low cal drinks at home with diet juices & other diet mixers, you can also substitute Splenda for the sugar in a few drinks, but at a bar what do you order?

  • How about the Skinny Bitch, which is a Rum & Diet Coke?
  • You can order any liquor with Diet Coke.
  • The lower the proof, the lower the alcohol content. Most shots of basic alcohol {1 1/2 ozs.} will set you back about 100 calories.
  • Bars don't usually have any other mixer that is diet. Tonic water is not a diet drink, nor is ginger ale.
  • You can order your drink with Soda Water. Which is only bubbly water.
  • A Wine Spritzer is just that, wine with soda water.
  • There is always the light beer, but that can be boring.
  • A glass of Champagne is pretty low in calories, too.
  • There are conflicting reports online about the Sour Apple Martini, but most say it is fairly low in calories.
  • The Mojito is somewhat low-cal, even better if you can slip in a sugar substitute.
  • If you are at a bar that has infused liquors, give those a try on the rocks.
  • Bloody Mary's are fairly low in calories, too, since they are made with tomatoes instead of fruit juice.

Next time I will give you some recipies to try at home.


Monday, January 4, 2010

Welcome 2010

Hello Everybody. Welcome to 2010. I have been off the map for awhile, {I lost my father & planned a joint celebration of life for my parents, during the holidays, fun stuff!} but I am ready to get a jump on a new year and decade.

I do want to say congratulations to everybody who got engaged over the holiday's. How very exciting for you.

As a newly engaged couple where do you start? After you show everybody the ring and let everybody know just how excited you are where do you go from there?

  • The first thing you need to do is decide on who is paying for the wedding. Or how much can you spend on your dream wedding?

  • Once you figure that out, hire a wedding planner. They are not an additional expense, they can be a godsend. I am not biased or anything. We do help you, a lot!

  • Once you do those two things then you can have some fun! Buy magazines, look at blogs, figure out what your wedding day style is.

  • If you don't hire a wedding planner, you need to book a venue for your reception, one for your ceremony if you are planning on having them in different locations.

  • While you are doing that and getting sticker shock on the per person cost, you need to decide on your guest list. At this point you will be cutting out a lot of people who you don't think is worth the $100.00+ per plate charge & understand why you couldn't just bring a date to your second cousin's wedding.

  • You will also need to start looking for your wedding dress. If you don't get it at David's or a similar take it home today store, you need to allow at least 6 months for your dress to be made just for you.

  • You need to also think about the entertainment for the evening. Do you want a band or DJ? Since they will be there with you for your entire event you need to book them soon.

  • But until you have a venue locked down {a signed contract and deposit paid} you don't have a date & if you don't start the search soon you will find that your dream location just might be booked on your desired date, especially if you want a Saturday in May, June or October.

  • It takes about three hundred hours to plan a wedding, which is a lot of time. There are lots of decisions to make, lots of details to consider. Do yourself a favor and hire a wedding planner, even if you have one just for the Day of. Interview a couple. Make sure you click. Don't choose one on price alone. They will help you alleviate a lot of stress, because nobody wants to turn in to the dreaded...

  • Have fun during this time. Enjoy the thrill of being in love and sharing that love with your fiance. Can you believe that you have one? I wish you all the best.

Congratulations Again,