Back from the B-List!

I’m back from a fun-filled weekend in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia and DC where I had the pleasure of hanging with some of the world’s best bridal bloggers at the B-List Conference.  A big thanks to Anne, Vane and Maria for all their hard work coordinating everything.

It will take me a few posts to tell you all about it but I’ll start with the Friday night Meet & Greet cocktail reception at The Torpedo Factory. The space looked and sounded great (flowers by Holly Chappelle Flowers, furniture by DC Rentals and the wedding and event entertainment and bands by Elan Artists).

The fun and delicious menu was created by Design Cuisine.  There was a “Pop-Up Bar” featuring everything popped like popcorn (in every variety), pop rocks, pop tarts, etc.  Another fave was the DIY-Prosecco bar where guests could add their favorite flavorings (pear, cranberry, orange and pomegranate!).

The passed hors d’oeurves were amazing and I loved that they named each appetizer after a different B-List blogger.  I’m pleased to report that the Globetrotting Bride’s All-Over Influenced Duck Confit Taco with Asian Pear Salsa was sooo delicious!  Don’t you just want to reach into your computer screen and grab one?  I bet you do!

Stay tuned for more…

Top two images from Carlos Andres Varela and Shane Carpenter for Elan Artists.

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Wedding Registry Splurge: Where’s the beef?

You’ve registered for the fancy pots and pans, chic serving platters and fine china.  Why not register for a little something to whip up once you’re back from the honeymoon?

Check out this Greg Norman Wagyu Steak Collection available at Saks.com.

You’ll get two 12 oz. strips, two 12 oz. ribeyes and two 8 oz filets.  And don’t worry if you’re a novice in the kitchen, it also includes cooking instructions.

I think it would also be a fun anniversary present.

Bon appetit!

Tips from the Pros: Cocktail Frank Makeover

Today’s guest post is from Myra and Neil at Elegant Eating caterers on Long Island who catered my engagement party.

There is no doubt everyone loves pigs in blankets at a wedding or engagement party!  Cocktail franks with dough wrapped around them are good but our favorite way to serve these yummy appetizers is as Garden Franks.

How cute are these?  And they taste as great as they look.

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Want to make them at home?  Just take a sheet of frozen puff pastry and cut out flowers using a cookie cutter and then cut a small whole in middle (use a soda bottle lid).  Slice hot dogs and put then in the center.   Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake for 25 minutes until golden brown.

Place on skewers and serve in wheat grass.

Bon appetit!

What’s on Ivanka Trump’s wedding registry?

There was a fun article in The New York Times that talked about Ivanka Trump’s upcoming wedding but what I found most interesting was reading about what was on Ivanka and Jared Kushner’s bridal registry lists.

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Turns out the celebrity couple had some pretty down to earth stuff on their lists like glasses from Crate & Barrel and baking supplies from Williams-Sonoma.  Their most expensive request (which has already been purchased in case you were wondering) was for a $1,350 sterling silver, scalloped, footed bowl from Tiffany.  I guess even the rich and famous are down-scaling these days.

Click here to read the whole story.

Check out these wedding inspired cookies!

If you’ve never been to Eleni’s cookies in New York, its worth a trip on your next visit.  In addition to yummy cupcakes, they have some of the cutest cookies in town.

I love their wedding inspired cookies which would be great as wedding or shower favors, bridesmaid gifts, wedding shower gifts or just a snack for a hungry soon-to-be-bride.  Or, skip the wedding cake and just serve bride and groom cookies instead!  How cute are these?

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Move over sliders… Check out these Coney Island Inspired Cocktail Hour Goodies!

There is something tres fun about carnival inspired goodies at a cocktail hour.  Check out the cotton candy, french fries, funnel cake and hot dogs below.  Love it!

I can totally see this for a fun destination wedding or outdoor summer wedding with some fun signature cocktails.

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For more scoop, check out this post from Cocktails & Details.

Invite the Cheese Ambassador to your next party!

If you’re looking for a great hostess gift, engagement present or quickie catering idea for your bridal shower, bachelorette or engagement party, check out The Cheese Ambassador’s Cheese Course Collections.

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Available in two combinations, American Artisanal or Mediterranean, each collection features three cheeses from some of the world’s finest producers, plus a comprehensive guide with tasting notes, serving tips and pairing suggestions.  Talk about taking the guess work out of cheese shopping!  They serve 4-6 and are delivered fresh to your door.