October 11, 2011

Halloween treat


I love this time of year! So many yummy goodies. This Halloween treat would be perfect packaged in a cute cellophane bag tied with ribbon to hand out to coworkers, friends or neighbors.

Ingredients: (Recipe from Pinterest)
Mini pretzels (square or round)
Hershey's Hugs
Candy corn

Heat oven to 350. Line baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and line up pretzels, without touching. Place a Hug on each. Bake for 3-5 minutes. After taking baking sheet out of the oven, press a candy corn on each.


October 5, 2011

Wedding Wednesday

Ever since we got engaged at the end of July, we've been planning away. Since the Mr. and I have been dating for four years, we knew we wouldn't want a long engagement. And let's be honest, I had done quite a lot of research leading up to our engagement ;)  I was more than ready!

In fact, we took a tour of our venue only two days after we'd been engaged. This was the only venue I had in mind and it was perfect. It was the only place we looked. We decided to go with it!

After talking with the venue about possible dates, one month was totally booked and another too close to my birthday, so we settled on a date in which all the stars were aligning.

Ever since, the planning has been underway and I feel like the luckiest girl getting to marry the man of my dreams in a beautiful location.

Being a Georgia peach, I knew I wanted to get married in Georgia. However, I was not set on Atlanta and wanted a location that was close by for my Orlando friends as well.

Coastal Georgia is the gorgeous spot and towards the end of February is the big day. It is a beautiful time of year for the area and couldn't be more perfect for a romantic, elegant wedding.

I am so thankful for the support of my parents who have been there for me every step of the way and are working so hard to help me create a wonderful day for all involved. I am also so thankful for my amazing fiance!  

Wedding day checklist: (we were very lucky to get our top choice for all vendors!)
Chapel: check!
Reception venue: check!
Wedding coordinator: check!
Florist: check!
Photographer: check!
Videographer: still deciding.
Ceremony trio: check!
Band: check!
My dress: check!
Bridesmaid dresses: check!
Flower girl dresses: decision has been made.
Wedding shoes: arriving tomorrow!
Rehearsal dinner outfit: check!
Registering: in the process.

I'll be sure to share details in future posts.

We are headed to the venue in November to meet with our florist and do our tasting and cake tasting. Can't wait! And, it's now time to start focusing on the little details and design/decor.

Happy planning to my fellow brides-to-be!

October 4, 2011


Mr. Fiance turned 30 back in August and thought I'd share the surprise celebration I planned. (Better late to share than never, right!?) 

He wanted to get away for a few days so we headed down to the Fairmont Turnberry Isle, which is in between Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. It was fabulous! A great golf course, relaxing spa, awesome pool with lazy river, delicious restaurants — we didn't even need to leave the hotel. We had gotten engaged the week prior so we had lots to celebrate and enjoyed being able to just relax at the pool.

I got a bit crafty and here's how it turned out:

I jazzed up the napkins by using a stamp and sprinkled on a little glitter just after stamping to add a little pizazz.

I made a few printables — a sign I put in a frame and a quiz on the year he was born. And yes, that is the Lilly dark 'n stormy pattern you see! Don't tell the Mr. ;)

I also made a banner and a few other fun party items.

I made chocolate-covered oreo pops and stuck them into a styrofoam block that was edged by scrapbook cardstock I cut out and glued on. I also had a bucket of TGV's favorite gummy candy.

On the other side, I had a box of cookies in the shape of 30. I also created a signature drink called the "Dirty 30." Click on the picture to see the recipe. It is really called a "Man Cosmo" and uses Red Stag, but — it was not good at all. Whoops!

Here is the banner I made! I used different scrapbook papers and cardstock and cut them all out and strung them together. 

Fun times! Cheers to great celebrations.

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