Signature drinks are a great way to display your personality to your guests in a fun and festive way. You can incorporate what you like to drink on a daily basis, or something that you would drink on special occasions. Piggy backing off my recent blog, alcohol free reception, you too can display non-alcoholic signature drinks. While I was on vacation recently in Cancun Mexico, I noticed there were a ton of fun non alcoholic signature drinks that could satisfy the crowd or guests, and taste just as great. As your Richmond Wedding Coordinator I am here to bring you the best signature drinks, that can satisfy your guests alcohol free, and still display your personality. [Read more…]
Dos and Don’ts of Wedding Bars
The bar is an important component of almost every wedding. Whether or not the guests are big drinkers, there will need to be a drink station of some sort. There are many different aspects of a bar to consider when planning a successful wedding. Below are the dos and don’ts of wedding bars. [Read more…]
The past month of dreary weather and chilly days has me thinking of spring. So, perhaps this styled shoot was subconsciously born by my wishing for warmer weather, sunnier days, fragrant flowers and pops of color. Can you really blame a girl for wanting a little bit of “pretty” during such a bleak season? The fact that it’s only February and spring still being far away might have caused the whimsical side of this shoot. It was not my intention for this styled shoot, it sort of happened organically. [Read more…]
There’s no doubt that champagne and celebrations go hand in hand. In fact, a party just wouldn’t be the same without some bubbly. The combination of champagne’s rich flavor, refreshing bubbles and classic elegance will make any celebration a bit more memorable . However, the once famous tradition of toasting with a glass of champagne at dinner is almost becoming a thing of the past. If you’re looking into ways to cut costs on your wedding day, then lose the champagne toast at dinner. It is the most unnecessary thing in a wedding, especially with an open bar. Yet don’t completely forget about the pop top; put a twist on the ole’ tradition by offering a champagne signature drink during cocktail hour instead- make a statement by having it match your color scheme or theme. This article was featured in the Fall issue of DIY Weddings Magazine.
Preston Bailey and a few other influential wedding professionals have predicted that radiant orchid is going to be the color of 2014. And why not? It’s feminine, sophisticated and can be blended with the delicate hues of purple and pink to flatter any bride. For those looking for a purple signature cocktail try this.
Add a touch of grape juice and a handful of blueberries to flutes of champagne.
Pink is the new white this year! It’s the year of romance with all the blushes, peaches and nudes taking center stage in wedding colors. This is a great champagne signature drink for those using a pink color scheme.
Makes about 9 cups
1 (12-oz.) can frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
4 cups white cranberry juice cocktail
1 bottle extra-dry Champagne
Garnish: fresh mint sprigs
Stir together lemonade concentrate and cranberry juice cocktail in a large pitcher. Cover and chill at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours. Stir in club soda just before serving. Garnish, if desired.
A green signature drink might not be the most popular but they are out there. And it’s a great color for a green themed wedding or a St. Patrick’s Day wedding.
Put one teaspoon of crème de menthe in a
champagne glass, then fill with champagne
or sparkling wine.
Are you having a beach wedding? Add a tropical feel with a pineapple signature drink. This drink will go perfectly with salty air and warm sand.
3 tablespoons chilled unsweetened pineapple juice
1/3 cup champagne
Garnish maraschino cherries
Photography by Meg Burke Photography
“I’m A Salty Dog” Birthday Bash. I debated long and hard whether or not to celebrate my birthday this year. There were two major factors I had to consider: 1) I was turning 31. At what point do you stop celebrating your birthday (or your “real” birthday that is)? and 2) my husband is in the service and deployed, so how much fun could I really have without him? After much contemplating I said, “what the heck, why not? I love to entertain!”. The largest contributing factor, however, was that I have a colleague who just started her own business catering for small dinner parties. I told her I wanted my theme to be “I’m A Salty Dog” and run with it. She looked at me a little funny, but then I explained myself. A salty dog is a cocktail that I felt was appropriate for the current circumstance. A Salty Dog is slang for an experienced sailor which I can relate, being a navy wife, and it also means ornery- which is how I feel about turning 31. After explaining that I was thinking Key West, Ruth put together a great dinner of Caribbean chicken with a mango salsa, an avocado and lime salad, rice and beans and for an appetizer coconut shrimp. She decided to create a fresh and vibrant table with a beautiful centerpiece of lemons and yellow and white chrysanthemums. All my guests had a wonderful time and the best part was not being stuck in the Kitchen for my own birthday. Thirty-one isn’t looking so bad!
A Martha Stewart Pink Salty Dog Cocktail
- Coarse salt, for rim of glass
- Grapefruit slice, for garnish
- 1/3 cup freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
- 2 tablespoons vodka
- 1 tablespoon Campari liqueur, or grenadine
- 1 to 1/2 cups ice cubes
Directions Place salt in a saucer. Moisten the rim of a glass with a grapefruit slice. Dip rim in salt. Combine juice and vodka with Campari or grenadine in the jar of a blender; blend. With the motor running, add ice until fully incorporated and slushy. Pour into prepared glass.