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Midnight Snacks June 4, 2009

Filed under: Food and Beverage — bridaldaze @ 4:12 pm

Your wedding celebration will continue on for some time after the last dinner dishes have been cleared.  So consider offering your guests a late-night treat that will be surely satisfying and light enough to keep the party rolling.

If you want to continue the dessert portion of the evening you may want to have some fruit tarts.  They are bite size and easy to eat, no mess.

tart

Sometimes pairing something to drink with a passing dessert is always a nice one stop re-charge.  Try a hot chocolate chip cookie and a shot of cold milk.

CookiesMilkIf the dessert is over and you don’t have much of a sweet tooth crowd, think about a mini-ender.  Think of your child hood maybe a grill cheese sandwich and tomato soup.  By using a Chinese soup spoon to hold the soup you are continuing the quick and easy slow of your midnight snacks.

tom soup

No matter how you serve it or whether it is the sugar to keep you going through the night or some comfort food to finish the night, always make sure you keep your guests fed.  Much like your new husband – a way to a guests heart is through there stomach.

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Bar-none? May 25, 2009

Filed under: Food and Beverage — bridaldaze @ 2:30 pm

One of the best ways to keep your wedding budget on track is to tame the Bar Beast. You know, the “Ohmygodisthatthecostofanopenbarohmygod” Bar Beast. Because, let’s face it, cash bars at a wedding are simply tacky (and, as far as I am concerned – rude). So how does one handle the cost of an open bar without going broke? Two words…signature drink.  Here are a few recipes for your special day.

Giddy Bridesmaid (This is a Wedding Punch, which is a great time-saver because it can be prepared ahead of time for a large group.) pitcher

750 ml extra-dry champagne
6 oz Cointreau or triple sec
6 oz orange juice
3 oz lime juice, unsweetened
4 oz brandy
1/2 cup sugar syrup
16 oz citrus-flavored club soda (optional)

Chill all ingredients. Dissolve sugar in orange juice. Combine everything except champagne and soda in large pitcher or bowl. Stir well. Add champagne and soda just before serving. Garnish with lemon, lime and orange slices.

Kir Royale (A timeless classic, which is elegant in its simplicity…and darn tasty I might add.)

1 part creme de cassis
5 parts Champagne

Pour the creme de cassis into a champagne flute. Gently pour champagne on top.

Caribbean Champagne (Pretend that you’re already on your sunny honeymoon…only your in-laws are still there! Better have another Caribbean Champagne!) Wenneker Creme de Bananes

1/2 tsp white rum
1/2 tsp creme de bananes
5 1/2 oz chilled Champagne

Pour the white rum and creme de bananes into a champagne flute. Fill with champagne, and stir lightly. Garnish with a slice of banana.

If you feel like dishing up an adult-strength liquid dessert, try the Wedding Cake Cocktail (Tastes just like wedding cake…but is more likely to cause bad dancing.)

3/4 oz gin
3/4 oz Amaretto
1/4 oz orange juice
1/4 oz pineapple juice
1/4 oz cream

Blend ingredients with ice, and serve in a highball glass.

Choose a beer or wine that you love and then a signature drink. In addition to water and a few soda, that’s all you really need to make your guests happy. Signature drinks are great – they can match your wedding decor, or be named after the couple, or symbolize a special memory for the couple.

 

Sweet Romance May 20, 2009

Filed under: Details,Food and Beverage — bridaldaze @ 5:02 pm

Want to add a little something extra with your cake?  Try serving your sugar cubes on a single rose petal on the sides of your coffee.  You can also have rose petals coated in sugar and place on the saucer as well – your guests simply float the petal in their cup for added sweetness.  Its a good way to show your sweet and romantic sides – sugar covered rose petals – nothing more sweet and romantic than that!

sweet romance

 

Bubble Idenity

Filed under: Food and Beverage — bridaldaze @ 3:44 pm

THE RANGE OF CHAMPAGNES AVAILABLE TODAY IS seemingly endless, so you’ll easily find a style for any type of wedding.  From bone-dry brut zeros and elegant blanc de blancs to fruity roses and vintage prestige cuvees, every choice will send a different message to your guests, and your pick can be the ideal top note of your dream wedding.

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Don’t have enough time to sample every bottle of bubbly out there? Here are four types that are bound to impress.

BLANC DE BLANCS

G.H.Mumm-Cramant-lgBest for A black tie affair.

Why This pure Chardonnay – only style that is ultimate in refreshment.  A true sophisticate’s choice.

Top Pick For a real treat, Mumm de Cramant from G.H. Mumm ($60) is fabulous.  Made soley from grapes from the grand cru village of Cramant, it’s among the oldest examples of blanc de blancs and an oft-forgotten classic from a major house.

BLANC DE NOIRS

bollingerBest for Winter weddings.

Why Made exclusively from black skinned grapes, a blanc de noirs is a voluptious wine stye that goes well with wintry dishes, like mushrooms and root vegetables.

Top Pick Bollinger, James Bond preferred house, ages its signature Special Cuvee ($70), a mostly Pinot Noir blend, in casks, and for as twice as long as the norm, which creates a complex wine with layers of roasted nuts.  The star female biodynamic winemaker.

BRUT ZEROS

tarlantBest for A seafood-themed beachside wedding.

Why This crisp, dry style, is ideal for a reception with a raw bar.

Top Pick Tarlant is a pro at brut zeros; unlike most champagne houses, it doesn’t add sugar in the final step of winemaking process. Its Brut Zero ($50)  is nutty and has ripe yellow fruits.

ROSE

taittinger_roseBest for A spring garden celebration.

Why The pinkk-hued wine imparts summery, berry notes that fit in well with the outdoor scenery.

Top Pick The Brut Prestige Rose from Tattinger ($93), bursts with wild strawberries and balanced with beautiful acidity, is good with pairing with hos d’oevres.