Stylishly Spooky Wedding Inspiration

Halloween is a holiday most frequently linked to activities such as ghost stories, trick or treating, costume parties, haunted hay rides and horror movies.  But, believe it not, it’s also a day chosen by many couples to exchange wedding vows.  From skeletal groomsmen and zombie heels to candy corn martinis, there are so many unique ways to infuse the halloween spirit into your wedding plans that we figured we’d share some of the inspiration found across the web.

Photo credit: bridedream.org

Halloween Candy Bar courtesy of luxefinds.com

Photo credit: perfect-wedding-day.com

Personalized Wedding Monogram Carved into a Pumpkin courtesy of blissweddingsmarket.com

Toasting Flutes courtesy of annsbridalbargains.com

Halloween Wedding Invitation courtesy of weddingbycolor.com

Couture black wedding dress courtesy of ritawongevents.com

Orange and Black Wedding Bouquet courtesy of weddingflower-s.info

Til Death Do Us Part Ice Sculpture courtesy of nycityweddings.com

Candy corn pudding courtesy of theperfectpalette.com

Zombie Heels courtesy of offbeatbride.com

Elegant Halloween Cake courtesy of luxefinds.com

Skeletal Groomsmen courtesy of luxefinds.com

Enchanted Halloween Inspiration Baord

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Happy Memorial Day

I am a military brat so I must say thank you to the men and women (especially my father) who have placed their lives in peril while serving our great country.   THANK YOU!!!

But Memorial Day is also the unofficial start to Summer which means more weddings, weekend getaways, family gatherings and travel and more blog posts (from yours truly) on how to make it the hottest summer yet!  Happy Memorial Day!!

Vamos a Celebrar! Happy Cinco de Mayo!

The 1862 victory over the French army by Mexico is not only the reason for Cinco de Mayo but is a fact that is often overshadowed by the delightfully palate quenching discovery of the MARGARITA!!!  And to celebrate, we’re starting our blenders and whipping up a few batches of a homemade recipe we like to call the Sassafras – a sparkling combination of fresh mint, berries, lime juice, prosecco, and of course, tequila.  Are you ready to party?

The Ingredients (makes 1 serving):

  • 1-Cup of Crushed Ice
  • Fresh mint
  • ¼ Cup of Frozen Unsweetened Strawberries
  • ¼ Cup of Frozen Raspberries
  • ¼ Cup of Frozen Blackberries
  • 2-tbsp Lime juice
  • 1 shot (1.5-ounce) of Republic tequila
  • ¾-Cup of Prosecco or Sprite
  • Lime or Strawberry Wedge for Garnish

The Raw Materials:

  • A Blender
  • Margarita Glass

 

The Instructions:

  • Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until consistency is uniform and slushy
  • Pour into a margarita glass
  • Adorn with lime or strawberry garnish
  • Drink up and enjoy!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!

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Crafty “Hoppy” Easter Cards from Etsy

Don’t miss the opportunity to send sweet wishes to loved ones for an extra “hoppy” Easter holiday with these handmade greeting cards found on Etsy:

Bunny and His Peeps. Nicole Alesi, $3.00

Pink Leaping Bunnies “Hippity Hoppity”. Cherry Blosson Trees, $3.75

Three Peep Bunnies Pop Up Card. Cookie Bits, $4.50

Happy Easter Machine Embroidered Card in Pastels. Hill Country, $4.50

Easter Egg Trio Handmade Blank Greeting Card. Cherry Blossom Trees, $3.75

Lily Easter Wishes. WK Burden. $3.25

Grace Easter Card. TwigLily, $3.25

Brown and White Bunny Vintage Style Card. Sandbox Cards, $4.50

A little bird told me it was Easter. Ben Boo Creations, $4.50

Little Bunny Greeting Card. MGP Scrapbooker, $5.00

Bunny Ears & Cottontails (Set of 10). Delightfully Noted, $16.00

Keep Calm Bunny Greeting Card. African Grey, $5.50

Easter Traditions Around the World

Easter is recognized around the world as one of the holiest holidays on the Christian calendar and while the religious observations follow the doctrines of the Christian church, the basic contours of Easter celebration may vary depending on where you are.  Thanks to an IKEA ad that popped into my inbox this morning, the focus of today’s Easter Celebration lesson lands us in Sweden.

In Sweden, common Easter traditions include egg painting as they do in Western cultures however instead of having the children don their Sunday’s best, children dress up as Easter witches with long skirts, colorful headscarves and painted red cheeks to go from house to house, present their neighbors with paintings and drawings in the hope of getting sweets in return.

Homes are decorated with small branches and twigs of willow or birch which are then placed in vases throughout the home and decorated with feathers or other small decorations.

Families come together on Holy Saturday for a feast which usually includes herring, salmon, potatoes, eggs and other kinds of food.

Interested in learning about other Easter traditions throughout the world?  Check out your favorite locations from the list below…

Easter in Australia
Easter in Brazil
Easter in Bulgaria
Easter in Canada
Easter in Czech Republic
Easter in Denmark
Easter in England
Easter in France

Easter in Germany
Easter in Greece
Easter in Hungary
Easter in India
Easter in Israel
Easter in Italy
Easter in Mexico
Easter in the Netherlands

Easter in Norway
Easter in Poland
Easter in Romania
Easter in Russia
Easter in Spain
Easter in Switzerland
Easter in USA

Oh by the way, the IKEA email was promoting their $9.99 ($2.49 for children under 12) all-you-can-eat Swedish Easter smorgasbord on April  15th from 5-8pm.  Tickets should be purchased in advance.  Find an IKEA near you.

Swedish Easter Smörgåsbord Menu

  • 1st Course includes: Assorted herring; Hardboiled eggs with mayo and shrimp; Hardboiled eggs with lumpfish roe; Shrimp with cocktail sauce; Marinated salmon with mustard sauce; Smoked salmon with horseradish sauce; Poached salmon
  • 2nd Course includes: Cheeses (Västerbotten, Grandfathers and Herrgård and/or Fontina); Tossed green salad; Cucumber salad; Red Beet Salad; Breads (Crispbread, Crisprolls, dinner rolls)
  • 3rd Course includes: Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes or boiled potatoes w/dill, lingonberries; Swedish ham; Prinskorv; Janssons temptations
  • Desserts: Assorted Swedish desserts and cookies
  • Beverages: Fountain beverages, hot beverages

The luck of the Irish…

We’d like to wish all of our readers a Happy Saint Patrick’s Day. If you’re like most of our friends, you’re one of the 94 million people who are wearing green today and your day will end only after you’ve stopped by an Irish Pub or two and are – dare we say it – tipsy? In anticipation of the tipsy part, we thought we’d help make those slurred drunken words you’re sure to be screaming out by night’s end sound almost impressive when recapping any of these cool facts about St. Patty’s Day.

  • St. Patrick’s Day is observed on March 17th because that is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It is believed that he died on March 17th in the year 461 AD.
  • St. Patrick was not Irish but actually of Scottish descent
  • It is considered lucky to find a four leaf clover on St. Patrick’s Day and Legend says that each leaf of the clover means something: the first is for hope, the second for faith, the third for love and the fourth for luck.
  • The tradition of eating corned beef and cabbage is solely an American invention – the Irish don’t actually eat it to celebrate the day. Likewise, many of the local pubs are closed on St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland.
  • Shamrocks are the national flower of Ireland. In Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day, people traditionally wear a small bunch of shamrocks on their jackets or caps. Children wear orange, white and green badges, and women and girls wear green ribbons in their hair.
  • It is estimated that 34 million Americans have Irish ancestry. That’s almost nine times the population of Ireland, which has 4.1 million people.
  • Over 8 million St. Patrick’s Day cards are exchanged in America making today the ninth-largest card selling occasion in the US.

If you’re still unsure of where to go to, what parades to attend or bars to crawl, check out this list of St. Patrick’s Day activities worldwide.  And we’d love to hear any of your St. Patty’s Day facts and encourage you to share them below.  Cheers!!