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This Just In: June/July 2013
Planning a Bridal Shower with Flair
When planning a bridal shower, use your imagination and creativity in turning a traditional pre-wedding event into a unique party that the guests will love to remember. With some of these ideas provided by PrescottWeddings.com, let the festivities begin!
Theme: Garden Party
Ambiance: Stage the shower in the backyard or bring the outdoors in by decorating in a botanical style. Use potted herbs and flowers as centerpieces. Tie the napkins with ribbons and insert prigs of lavender. For favors, give guests personalized flowerpots and seed packets so they can start their own indoor garden.
Cuisine: Select foods with fresh-from-the-garden feel, such as three-bean salad, seasonal vegetables and herbed grilled chicken. For dessert, offer strawberries with whipped cream. And for third quenchers, home-brewed mint or fruit iced teas.
Theme: Jazz Brunch
Ambiance: Play traditional Mardi Gras music by performers like Dr. John and Professor Longhair. Create centerpieces with Southern flowers like magnolias and camellias. You may even wish to name tables after Big Easy hot spots such as the French Quarter, Bourbon Street and the Garden District. Pack pecan pralines as a sweet treat for guests to take home.
Cuisine: Pour good strong New Orleans coffee, and eye-openers like bourbon lemonades and mint juleps. Cook up crabmeat omelettes, grits and andouille sausage for the main course, followed by Bananas Foster (with or without the flames).
Theme: Chocolate-Lovers' Soiree
Ambiance: Seat guests at small, French café-style tables. Choose a tres chic color scheme – such as chocolate brown and pale blue – for the linens. Give gourmet hot-cocoa mix as favors (wrap packets in pretty brown and blue patterned paper and tie with ribbon).
Cuisine: Serve dark, white and milk chocolate confections. Pair them with dessert wines and champagne. Prove palate refreshers like platters of strawberries and other fruits.
Theme: Film Festival
Ambiance: Play soundtracks from your favorite flicks. Write movie trivia questions on index cards; leave them on tables with answer sheets and pens. Ask guests at each table to work together to come up with the answers. The table with the most correct answers wins DVDs of wedding themed movies – like Father of the Bride, Meet the Parents, or Monsoon Wedding.
Cuisine: Serve fresh popcorn in paper bags and fill bowls with movie candies like Twizzlers and Junior Mints as snacks. For your feature presentation, offer chicken fingers and fries. Serve drinks in movie theater-style paper cups with lids and straws.
Theme: South Pacific Bash
Ambiance: Create centerpieces of tropical flowers including orchids, birds of paradise or hibiscus. Deck tables with Hawaiian-print tablecloths and use tabletop tiki torches as accents. Play traditional ukulele music in the background. Offer cute, kitschy favors of novelty hula dolls; attach tags with guests' names and they can also serve as place cards.
Cuisine: Set out traditional luau fare like huli-huli chicken (grilled, Hawaiian-style), sweet potatoes (mashed, with coconut) and haupia ) coconut pudding). Whip up mai tais and lava flows (strawberry daiquiri poured over a pina colada) for tropical libations.
The Perfect Husband
Several men are in the locker room of a golf club.
A cellular phone on a bench rings and a man engages the hands-free speaker function and begins to talk. Everyone else in the room stops to listen.
WOMAN: "Hi Honey, it's me. Are you at the club?"
WOMAN: "I'm at the shops now and found this beautiful leather coat. It's only $2,000. Is it OK if I buy it?"
MAN: "Sure, go ahead if you like it that much."
WOMAN: "I also stopped by the Lexus dealership and saw the new models. I saw one I really liked."
MAN: "How much?"
MAN: "OK, but for that price I want it with all the options."
WOMAN: "Great! Oh, and one more thing. I was just talking to Janie and found out that the house I wanted last year is back on the market. They're asking $980,000 for it."
MAN: "Well, then go ahead and make an offer of $900,000. They'll probably take it. If not, we can go the extra eighty-thousand if it's what you really want."
WOMAN: "OK. I'll see you later! I love you so much!"
MAN: "Bye! I love you, too."
The man hangs up. The other men in the locker room are staring at him in astonishment, mouths wide open.
He turns and asks, "Anyone know whose phone this is?"
"I'll not listen to reason. Reason always
means what someone else has got to say."
- Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, British writer (1810-1865)
A Little Zen
"Serenity and generosity are qualities of the heart.
Insight and concentration are qualities of the mind.
Compassion and wisdom are qualities of the true nature."
Did You Know? Wedding Trivia Quiz
1. How many servings are in a bottle of Champagne?
a. Isn't a bottle a serving?
b. Five servings.
c. Servings? Pass the bottle and let everyone have a sip.
2. The average number of guests invited to a wedding is:
b. None, unless the judge wants his clerk to sit in.
c. Every relative your parents and your fiancé's parents have an address for.
3. Americans spend $60 billion a year on weddings, according to the Association of Wedding Planners International, and that doesn't include the honeymoon. The average for one wedding is:
a. I don't know, but my bills may come to $60 billion.
b. $30,000 or more.
c. About $100 for the preacher and another $20 for soft drinks and peanuts.
4. Where does the phrase "tie the knot" come from?
a. A husband-to-be with gallows humor.
b. The bow around your finger reminding you of the myriad of details you have
c. The multi-knotted girdle young women wore in ancient Roman times to
symbolize their virginity. The knots were undone on the wedding night.
5. Contrary to what you may think, a rainy wedding day means good luck because:
a. Guests at your outdoor wedding will leave sooner.
b. A wet knot – like a couple tied to the bonds of matrimony – is harder to undo.
c. Everything looks fresher after a rain.
6. Istanbul, Turkey hosts more weddings than any other city in the world. Do you knowwhat city comes in second internationally?
b. New York City.
c. Las Vegas.
7. Some fun-loving grooms smash a piece of wedding cake in the bride's face as part of the post-wedding festivities. Do you know where this custom began?
a. It's the endless chocolate vs. vanilla argument that started with Adam and Eve.
b. Cake tossing was first observed in the 13th century when out-of-work millers
invaded wedding ceremonies looking for clients.
c. Giving a bride a rude shower of cake dates back to Roman times when it wasthought to ensure her fertility.
8. Why do gemologists advise against using pearls for engagement rings?
a. Because pearls are cheaper than diamonds.
b. Because pearls are soft and can easily be scratched.
c. Because pearls are bad luck if worn during months that contain the letter R.
9. June is still the most popular month for weddings, but do you know what the preference dates back to?
a. Ancient Rome, when Juno, the goddess of hearth and the patron of wives, was most influential.
b. The Middle Ages when marriages during the summer solstice were thought to be a good omen.
c. The first summer airfare bargains that are typically announced in June.
10. The single greatest wedding expense is:
a. The wedding gown.
b. The honeymoon.
c. The reception.
Here are the answers. Zero to two correct answers means you've decided to elope; three to five and you're warming up to the job. More than five correct answers and you need a break. Take off a weekend before the wedding.
1. A fifth of Champagne will fill 5 Champagne flutes.
2. The average guest list is 160, according to the American Bridal Association. It only seems like
more when you're paying the bills.
3. The average cost of a wedding is more than $30,000.
4. The knots date back to the virginal Roman women, although you might think the appropriate phrase should be to "untie the knot."
5. A wet knot is harder to undo.
6. Las Vegas is second in the world (not just the U.S.) with 114,000 weddings annually.
7. Wedding cake in a bride's face is a fertility blessing.
8. Pearls are too soft for constant use.
9. A desire to please Juno made June the wedding month.
10. The reception. But you knew that.
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