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Whimsical Napkins Perfect Even for Formal Weddings

9 Aug

Wedding CoupleThe family wedding I attended recently, in honor of Carly and Jason Bradford, was one of the outstanding weddings you can imagine. From the flowers to the table settings to the absolutely gorgeous bride and groom, the entire night was magical.  And I had the pleasure and privilege of helping with the printed napkins for the rehearsal dinner and the reception.

The rehearsal dinner was at Manny’s Deli in Chicago, a family tradition for over 70 years.  It’s not unexpected to run into Chicago politicians, mayors, visiting presidents and celebrities there, plus the who’s who in the city.  A true highlight for visitors to Chicago, it’s located in the south loop and is a “must see”.

Manny's DelicatessenThe rich history surrounding Manny’s is shown in their dining room with walls decorated with news clippings, reviews, snapshots, and memorabilia demonstrates how deeply Chicagoans treasure this historic restaurant.  This is an institution in Chicago serving up daily doses of stacked corned beef, potato pancakes, brisket, soups and all the traditional deli extras that you would expect.

As a selection for a wedding rehearsal dinner, there were napkins featuring fun phrases that were a bit unexpected but uniquely fun and indeed perfect for this union. The fun napkins were used for the appetizers, drinks and desserts.  Napkins featuring expressions like “Nosh Drink and Be Married” and “One Day Away” make a fun accent to a wedding celebration!

aug-wedding-napkinsThe next night, The Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing was the setting for the wedding and unlimited doses of romance.  The famous and gorgeous works of art provided backgrounds for photographs that will be cherished for years.  Some of the memorable photographs include the stained glass windows by Marc Chagall, who infused his landscape of familiar American icons, references to Chicago, and symbols of the fine arts with an ethereal approach.  And there is the famous painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte painted in 1884 by Georges Seurat, not to mention the many sculptures ideal as artistic backdrops.

aug-wedding-artInstituteThe truly romantic evening featured absolutely gorgeous flowers and candles which enhanced the beautiful ceremony, not to mention the exceptional wedding gown and grooms tux, wonderful music, plus a ceremony intertwined with a story of love, romance, and family history.
Wedding CeremonyThe table settings enhanced the wedding reception and was a masterpiece of style and sophistication.  Both the monogram and duogram with wedding date were selected to be used on many of the printed wedding essentials featuring the artwork used on the wedding invitation, itinerary, wedding program, place cards and more.  This monogram was created in a romatic typestyle featuring the intertwining of the bride and groom’s initials representing their love and union.

Cutting the Wedding CakeHalf the napkins and guest towels provided featured a formal traditional approach, featuring the monogram and duogram.  The other half used at the wedding bar and appetizer stations, were a bit more on the fun side and unexpected, but lovely!  They added a dose of whimsy to printed napkin at this formal affair.  These napkins were also ideal for the couple’s bar during the reception and made for a relaxed yet upbeat and still perfectly elegant presentation.

Wedding Cocktail NapkinsFor your next occasion, consider a variety of traditional and whimsical printed wedding napkins to be used in various locations within your special occasion!

Have fun planning and enjoy all the beautiful events in your life.

Best regards,

Renee

Photo credit:  Carasco Photography

Kick Back and Relax with a Summer Cocktail

2 Jul

The long 4th of July weekend is finally here and I plan to kick back and relax. Are you doing any summer entertaining?

We have a family get-together planned this weekend and are looking forward to a few days away and doing not too much! But I did want to try a new summer cocktail. I’m not a big sweet drink person, but I love mint and since I’m growing it in my backyard, I’m going to clip a bunch of it and bring this great recipe with me so we can all try it!

june-mojitoThe Mojito Cocktail

This classic cocktail from Cuba is packed with fresh mint, lime juice, and rum and topped with club soda. Serve it in style in our Maestro Deluxe Highball Glassware.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons white sugar
4 sprigs fresh mint
1 fluid ounce club soda
1 lime, halved
2 fluid ounces light rum
1 1/2 cups ice
2 fluid ounces club soda
1 sprig fresh mint

Directions:

Muddle sugar and mint with soda water in pint glass. Squeeze both halves of lime into the glass leaving one hull in the mixture. Add rum, stir, and fill with ice. Top with club soda.

Garnish with a mint sprig.

I find a lot of really delicious recipes and inspiration on AllRecipes.com and recommend you do too!

Happy 4th and be safe.

Best wishes,
Renee

DIY: Emoji Cupcakes & Win a Personalized Emoji Party!

27 Jun

blog-emoji-cupcakeHopefully you’ve had a chance to make our homemade cocoa Emoji meringue cookies.  Now we want to share how we made our DIY Emoji cupcakes for our Emoji Birthday Party.  We simply made chocolate cupcakes and let them cool.  Once cooled, you’ll need the following:

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Once cooled, level cupcakes with a knife so the tops are flat.  Spread a thin layer of frosting on the cupcakes.  Roll out the fondant according to directions.  Once rolled out, use a small cup or circle cookie cutter that is the size of the cupcake.  Make as many circles as needed as there are cupcakes.  Using the foodwriter markers, decorate each circle with Emoji faces.  Use Emoji images from your smartphone for inspiration.  Once decorated, lay the fondant on top of the cupcake and gently press the edges onto the cupcake.  Store in a plastic container once finished.  Serve within 2 days or the colors may bleed and the fondant can get hard.

Emoji cupcakes are a big hit from little kids to big kids!  Just add some personalized emoji products from The Stationery Studio and your Emoji party will be a big success! And don’t forget to enter our Emoji Party Sweepstakes for a chance to win a personalized emoji party package worth up to $350 from The Stationery Studio and Wilton!  Hurry … you need to enter by June 29, 2016.  Winners will be announced Friday, July 1, 2016.

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