Wedding Trends 2010 – What we’re hungry for posted in: Food and Beverage, Weddings

We’re back with part two in our series on Wedding Trends for 2010.
This week, we’re dishing on what’s hip and happening on the culinary side of things.

Comfort foods and casual eats with a kick are all the current crave. But these foods are anything but basic. Part comfort, part creativity, the latest flavors are coming from the great American melting pot. So, it’s about familiar foods, mixed in with your heritage, and given an updated presentation. Chef’s are taking those old recipes, changing them up with new spices and seasonings, and presenting items with unexpected pairings to make them “original” all over again.

Personalize the menu by making menu choices that showcase your occupation, city or heritage. Pass mini ice cream cones of house-made specialty flavors such as chocolate-bacon (see two very familiar and comfortable ingredients, one unusual pairing) during the reception hour if you own an Ice Cream Shoppe, serve cheese steak sandwich bites for Philly-style nuptials, mini deep dish pizzas for a Chicago wedding, pasta and gelato stations for an Italian fete – get the picture?

Laid-back seafood is totally “in” right now. Think silver dollar lobster rolls and chowder shots. For entrees, the crab cake is King! Among other top choices are alternative cuts of beef like flank steak served with cauliflower as an entree. For a casual outdoor celebration, corn on the cob seasoned with roasted garlic sea salt makes a perfect accompaniment for grilled French-cut chicken with a white BBQ sauce.
Often, all it takes is a pinch of something special to take food to a new level. Perfect example, take French fries. This all-time casual favorite is still popular, but these creations are not your average potato – we’re talking about fries with finesse. Try spicing things up with seasonings such as Old Bay or Szechuan fusion salt. During cocktail hour, try Parmesan truffle fries served in a tall shot glass, they make a great passed app. For a fun and unexpected plated appetizer, present a trio of seasoned shoestrings, each served with a unique dipping sauce. Not a culinary wizard? No worries, that’s what the professionals are for. Chef’s LOVE the opportunity to showcase their artisic talents. They are full of knowledge and creativity, so ask your wedding planner to collaborate with them for ideas.

Looking for a twist on the traditional wedding cake? Society, I give you the newest dessert creation that is all the rage, “cake pops“!

In short, it’s cake on a stick — totally adorable, completely customizable, and absolutely delish!! Offer these bite-size delights on an abundant station of sweet treats such as candies (think jelly bellies, Jordan almonds and m&m’s) in the color of your wedding, assorted bite-sized cookies, cotton candy in martinis and any other miniature specialty desserts that speak to your sweet tooth.

Toward the end of the evening, surprise guests yet again with a late-night snack and casual conversation in a lounge atmosphere. Treat everyone to milk and cookies, hire a taco cart, waffle truck, or offer an ice cream sundae bar complete with all the toppings!

Remember to have fun selecting your wedding day menu, and regardless of the trends, choose foods that tickle your taste buds.

Bon appetit!

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Get your shamrock on posted in: Entertainment, Events, Food and Beverage, Uncategorized

On St. Patty’s Day everyone is Irish, so get ready to get your Sham”rock” on! The day is widely recognized all around the globe by true Irish and non-Irish alike as a celebration of Irish culture and history. And traditionally those not showing their spirit by wearing green are pinched affectionately to encourage future participation.

Fun facts:

– Who Was Saint Patrick? The most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland. He is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland.
]- St. Patrick’s Day is observed on March 17 because that is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. This is also believed to be the day that he died in the year 461 AD.
-The first year St. Patrick’s Day was actually celebrated here in America in Boston, MA in 1737.
-Saint Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pre-Christian Irish, Thus the wearing and display of shamrocks and shamrock-inspired designs have become a ubiquitous feature of the day.
-The Irish flag is green, white and orange. The green symbolizes the people of the south, and orange, the people of the north. White represents the peace that brings them together as a nation
-Originally the color associated with Saint Patrick was in fact blue, not green. However, over the years the color green and its connection with Saint Patrick’s Day grew to the color we recognize with this holiday.
-In Chicago, the Chicago River is dyed green with a special dye that only lasts a few hours and some cities paint the yellow street lines green for the day!

It wouldn’t be St. Patty’s Day without a festive beverage. So, whether you plan to throw a St. Patrick’s Day party at home or decide step out for the evening, these Irish libations and festive drinks are enough to get your party going or just relax before the night comes to a close…

Baileys Minty Shamrock (chocolate mint martini)
2 oz. Baileys Mint Chocolate Irish Cream (25 oz. per bottle)
.5 oz. Smirnoff Vanilla Flavored Vodka (25 oz. per bottle)

Shake with ice
Strain into martini glass
Garnish with mint and chocolate swizzle stick.   

Bailey Nutty Irishman
2 oz. Baileys Original Irish Cream (25 oz. per bottle)
1 oz. hazelnut liqueur

Add Baileys Original Irish Cream and hazelnut liqueur.
Serve chilled in shot glass.

Shillelagh (non-alcoholic)
Fun Fact: A Shillelagh cocktail is named after an Irish walking stick that was used as a club. The walking stick is a symbol of the Irish way of life, and the non-alcoholic version of the cocktail is an excellent choice for capturing the spirit of the culture.

Drink Recipe Ingredients       
 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
1 teaspoon powdered sugar
4 ounces of peach juice
2 raspberries

Pour lemon juice, peach juice and powdered sugar in a shaker; shake well
Strain mixture over crushed ice
Garnish with raspberries

No St. Patrick’s Day celebration is complete without an Irish toast. I offer this one to you Society:
May you work like you don’t need the money,
Love like you’ve never been hurt,
Dance like no one is watching,
And celebrate like a true Irishman!

Drink up!

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Wedding Trends 2010 – Color Me Happy posted in: Events, Fashion, Weddings

Part one of our top wedding trends 2010 review…

 One of my favorite trends for weddings is the increasing influence of vibrant color. The 2010 wedding season is all about bold, vibrant hues and eye-catching embellishments.

Of the moment trends feature a palette of bold and bright color. Expect to see the use of this trend incorporated into the obvious elements, floral design, specialty linen, accent decor, and wedding party attire.  However this season, the focus is more on the infusion of color into the bride’s personal wedding day style.  Bright cobalt blue and red are among the hot hues for 2010. Other fashion forward color selections are turquoise, bright orange, kelly green, coral, and a full range of purple tones. Various shades of gray are also popular as an anchor for many color schemes. From hints of hue, to full-on saturated color throughout attire and décor, weddings this year will “color you happy”.

Brides are showcasing their personal style by turning up in unexpected fashions. More and more brides are adding color to their bridal day wear. The very daring are donning gowns in a radiant red or ebony.
vera_wang_delilahColor made popular on the bridal runways by the likes of Ms. Wang, Mr. de la Renta, and Ms. Sottero is a leading trend for the fashion-forward bride that wants to make a bold statement for the Big Day. Not ready to go with full on color, consider black piping or embroidery over the classic white dress. The bride looking for a fun and playful addition to her wedding day style can wear a simple cream colored gown with a colorful sash that matches the attendants’ attire. Another way to incorporate color into your wedding day bridal attire is “The Party Dress”. We are seeing more and more brides opting for a second wedding dress. Lose the heavy train and traditional look for a fun-loving, short, and fashionable dress for the reception and dance the night away in comfort and show-stopping style.

Bridesmaid dresses also get a pop of color for 2010 weddings. Among the top options are turquoise, eggplant, bright orange, and kelly green. Bright yellow and peach tones are also popular choices for weddings taking place in the spring and summer.

Designer bridal shoes l blue bridal shoes For shoes and accessories, the bolder, the better. For the 2010 wedding season, you can go overboard with accessories designed with oversized gemstones, glistening sequins and large pearls. The goal is to create a high-impact, dramatic ensemble. When you are thinking about wedding accessories, of course your shoes will be important. Even the most traditional bride can have fun with a pair of brilliant cobalt pumps popping out from a conservative white wedding gown. A vintage broach would be perfect to secure a colorful satin sash about the waist of your gown. A stunning pair of chandelier earrings or a gemstone statement cuff can infuse a splash of color and flair. Another idea for a bridal accessory with color is your wedding hair jewelry. Select a handcrafted piece adorned with crystals to accent your look. A combination of colored and clear crystals is modern and fresh. Whatever you choose, accessories are a fantastic place to express your individuality and style, so have fun adding colorful accents that will make your wedding day look “you”nique..

The near endless options just tickle you pink don’t they? With so many possibilities, you are sure to find the look that perfectly expresses your style.

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Come Clean posted in: Great Products, Health & Beauty

OK Society, you have asked, and I will answer. Some of you have inquired, “How do you keep your skin looking so great?” So, I am coming clean.

But, first may I say, THANK YOU!  I am certainly not perfect when it comes to my skincare regimen, but heck how can we expect ourselves to be, when we run from daylight ‘til dawn, sometimes walking through the door and literally falling into bed at the end of the day. I fall asleep in full make-up at least one night a week, but I digress.

My routine. It’s really quite simple:

1. Cleanse
2. Exfoliate (only do this step 2-3 times a week)
3. Tone
4. Protect
5. Moisturize (eye cream gently patted around your peepers and a great face cream….this most definitely includes your neck and décolleté)

OK, now for the real trick.
Clarisonic Cleansing SystemMy beauty weapon is the Clarisonic Brush. It’s kind of like a tooth brush for your face. It’s gentle, leaves skin feeling and looking smoother and cleanses so well that products absorb better. You massage your cleanser onto your face, and then let this little baby go to work. I sometimes also use it during the exfoliation step as well.

AND, it only takes a minute (a little beep every 15 seconds reminds you to move to a new location on your skin) and afterwards your face is GLOWING. It’s amazing!  You really get a deeper clean and as a result healthier skin. Healthier skin =s a clear, even skin tone and smaller pores which =s smilin’, happy people!

Bonus, they have different types of brushes so you can also use it on areas, like elbows and knees…scrubbing everything to a shiny hue.

I will say they’re not exactly inexpensive, but I use mine almost every day and I think it is TOTALLY worth the expense.

Click Clarisonic to get yours today.

Oh, and if you’d like to know the specific products that I use, let me know. I’d better happy to share.

OK, there you have it.

Now get glowing!

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2010 Wedding Trends posted in: Events, Fashion, Food and Beverage, Weddings

Hi Society,

Let’s talk weddings.  New trends are apparent for 2010, and over the next few weeks, we will share our top wedding trends for the year.  We will give you insight into what’s new and now in nuptial style and celebration.

 Here’s a preview of what’s in store…

First, we’ll review current color trends and share the hottest pallettes for the year.
Next we will explore what we’re hungry for. We’ll dish on the latest hip food trends and tell you which selections have been “overcooked”.
 Now that we you have found the perfect color or colors for your wedding, and have a direction for your menu, we will then focus on design.
Flaunt your petal prowess.  We will tell you what’s “now” in floral design and aisle style.
Pop for my tabletop! Get ready to be dazzled by the coolest current linens and fabrics.
Finally, want to know the latest in style and inspiration for dress, décor and accessories? For this segment, we’ll  travel back in time and find out if something old is new again.

So stay tuned…

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