Wednesday, March 28, 2012

OH, HOW PINTERESTING!

Happy Wednesday everyone! We are linking up with The Vintage Apple for our usual Pinterest Wednesday. When it comes to springtime it's hard not to think about bright colors and pretty flowers and of course maybe a few showers. So this week our pins we are loving are all about springtime.

This colorful centerpiece adds a great touch to any table.

This dress has spring written all over it.

These pink and lavender gifts tags are just too cute to pass up.

What a perfect inspiration board for a spring wedding.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

OH, HOW PINTERESTING!

It's Pinteresting Wednesday and the second day of spring! We love this time of year from the budding trees of the trees and the warming of the temperatures to the animals coming out of their winter hideouts, there seems to be a promise of new birth and color in the springtime air. Here are all the lovely things that we are loving this week on Pinterest. 

The look of balloon as decor. Playful and eye-catching
black and white balloons add elegance and style.


Cinnamon roll pancakes just seem to scream "EAT ME".
The simple recipe is one that we are dying to try.


DIY party poppers for a baby or bridal shower.

Who doesn't love mojitos?!? A Blue Thai mojito would be a great menu
item for a spring casual event.


Don't forget to check out Vintage Apple for most Pinteresting things and to follow us also.



Friday, March 16, 2012

DESSERT IN A GLASS


Happy Friday!
What better way to end a busy work week than with chocolate, Mexican cinnamon and tequila :-). We did a previous post on a dessert inspired cocktail here. This grown up dessert in a glass is a little sweet, a little spicy and extremely tasty.

Chocolate Margarita

Chocolate Margarita
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 4 margaritas
Ingredients
  • For Chocolate Syrup
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • ½ cup chocolate syrup
  • ¾ cup tequila
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup Cointreau
  • 1/2 cup chocolate liqueur
  • 1 tsp freshly ground canela (Mexican cinnamon)
  • Shaved chocolate for the rim
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup for rim
  • Chocolate for garnish
Instructions
  1. Chocolate syrup (can be made up to a week ahead). In a saucepan combine sugar, cocoa, salt and water over medium high heat. Whisk to combine and remove any lumps.
  2. Bring to a boil. Allow to boil for 4-5 minute until syrup has thickened.
  3. Add vanilla, whisk and remove from heat. Cool and store in fridge until ready to use.
  4. Syrup can be stored in fridge for up to one month.
  5. For Margaritas
  6. Dip or brush margarita glass with chocolate syrup and dip into shaved chocolate.
  7. Place in freezer. In a pitcher combine chocolate syrup, tequila, heavy cream, cointreau, chocolate liqueur, canela. Whisk to combine, taste and adjust if needed. Chill and serve cold.

Recipe courtesy of sweetlifebake.com



















For Margarita

Thursday, March 15, 2012

ST. PATRICK'S DAY FOOD INSPIRATION

What better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than with some tasty green recipes. We found some savory and sweet treats that are perfect for any festive occasion.

The first is a spinach quiche and of course in the shape of a lucky four leaf clover. Next we have something perfect for the kids, green macaroni and cheese and to make it even better it uses no artificial food coloring. Lastly a tasty appetizer,  pot of gold salsa and shamrock chips. The salsa is easy to make the chips are made out of a spinach tortilla so healthy too!
Now for the sweets! A stout cupcake topped with vanilla bean buttercream and all put together in an adorable homemade cupcake wrapper. Next up a pot of gold Chex mix that is colorful and so easy to make.  Lastly we have shamrock whoopie pies because really who doesn't love a whoopie pie!


ENJOY

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

OH, HOW PINTERESTING...

Hope everyone has been enjoying this beautiful weather we have had here for the last few days! It's been so nice we almost forget it was Wednesday :-) but you know what that means Pinteresting Wednesday! This week we are loving anything that has to do with St. Patty's Day.
We are obsessed with this festive holiday wreath. What a cute idea!

What a fun idea for decorations around the house.

Having a party? Create your own homemade cocktails with labels!

Loving this party inspiration with printables!

Monday, March 12, 2012

WEDDING CAKE TRENDS

Choosing a wedding cake can become a difficult task but it doesn’t have to be. With more wedding cake styles than ever these days you have plenty to chose from. That is why we wanted to share some wedding cake trends for 2012!

Artistic: Edible art is a great way to show off the theme or colors of your wedding. Hand painted designs add just enough detail to the cake. Also, don’t be afraid to use color.
 

Fresh Flowers: Fresh flowers on the cake are continuing to be popular. Simple blooms are the way to go.

Ombre: A little bit of ombre technique can go a long way. It is also something your guests may have not seen before.

 

Monograms: Adding personalization to the wedding is becoming more apparent and what better way to do that than putting a monogram on the cake.


Cupcakes: It is no secret that cupcakes are very popular right now so a big trend is a cupcake wedding cake. Deciding to do this is gives you a lot of options for the display too.
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Ruffles: Soft delicate and romantic ruffles add a feminine touch to any wedding cake.


Friday, March 9, 2012

SPRING TIME PRINTABLES

With daylight savings time occurring this weekend and warmer temperatures on the way, we've got Spring fever!  And this DIY printable project from Beth Proudfoot's blog just screams Spring time.

For all the project details and step-by-step instructions go here.


Thursday, March 8, 2012

ATC WEDDING EXPO

Savvy Selebrations was invited by the store manager of Sur La Table in Annapolis to participate in the first Annapolis Towne Centre Wedding Expo.  We love to participate in small, casual events where we can meet and greet with other vendors as well as potential clients so this opportunity was right up our alley.
The event, sponsored by the Annapolis Towne Centre, was held on Sunday, March 4th. The best thing was that the participating retailers were paired with wedding vendors and we were able to have a casual set-up while guests visited their favorite retailers.

The morning kicked off with participant registration and a champagne brunch at Sur La Table from 10a -11a. We were lucky enough to be stationed at Sur La Table surrounded by the wonderful smell of freshly prepared crepes by DC Taste in a DIY crepe station. 
Please excuse the iPhone quality images.


Whole Foods provided food for each store location and Sur La Table set-up a beverage station for attendees. We loved how guests could visit each participating retailer and kill two birds with one stone; a little retail therapy + wedding planning. We were able to mix and mingle with engaged couples as well as network with local vendors. Here are a few pictures captured from the day.






Below are the vendors we spent this lovely Sunday with, all while surrounded by Sur La Table premium cookware, bakeware and kitchen gadgets:
Stephanie Miller Photography
Pinot Patisserie
DC Taste
Inspired by the tasty beverages offered for visitors at Sur La Table, we searched the net and found similar drink recipes to share with you.

Apple Ginger Mint Iced Tea


2-3 bags of green tea
2 inch piece of ginger, cut into matchsticks
1/4 apple, cut into matchsticks
1-2 sprigs mint
2 cups boiling hot water
1/2 cup apple cider
2 cups ice in pitcher
Honey, as desired
Combine tea bags, ginger, apple and mint in a tea pot. Fill with boiling hot water and steep for 5 minutes. Pour and strain into ice-filled pitcher. Add apple cider and honey as desired. Fill individual glasses with ice and serve.Yields 4 servings. Recipe courtesy of steamykitchen.com


Pomegranate-Orange Cooler

5 cups pomegranate juice (see note)
2 1/2 cups vodka (see note)
1/3 cup orange-flavored liqueur (see note)
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
2 1/2 cups chilled ginger ale (see note)
Note: You can make the juice mixture up to 1 day ahead; chill airtight (you can freeze the vodka mixture at least 1 hour and up to 1 day). 

In a pitcher, combine pomegranate juice, vodka, orange-flavored liqueur, and fresh lime juice. Cover and chill until very cold, at least 1 hour (see notes). Just before serving, stir in ginger ale. Pour into ice-filled glasses. If desired, garnish glasses with thin orange slices. Yields 8 - 10 servings. Recipe courtesy of Sunset magazine.

Thank you to Sur La Table in Annapolis for hosting a great wedding event!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

OH, HOW PINTERESTING...

It's hard to believe it is Wednesday again but we are not complaining! This week on Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday we wanted to share some recipes we are craving to make.
These coconut mango chicken cups not only look great but sound delicious. They are perfect appetizers for a party.

Tired of ordinary pizza? This recipe for peach, basil, mozzarella, and balsamic pizza is sure to be something different.

Anything with bacon is bound to be good but this unique combination of a bacon guacamole grilled cheese sounds too good to be true.

We can't forget breakfast in the mix. These banana bread waffles could not get much better.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

GIRLS' NIGHT OUT

If you are craving some BFF time, a girls' night is a fun way to catch up on everything your girlfriends have been up to. A few hours of laughter with your gal pals can improve your viewpoint and lift your mood.


Relax and don’t fuss about your outfit – pick out basic black skinny jeans paired with a gold sequin top. Pump up the volume with a bright pink blazer as well as fun lipgloss shades.


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