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Freebie Fridays: Printable Hershey Candy Wrap

Getting in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, a chocolate related freebie comes in handy: printable candy wrap for Hershey’s Nuggets, including a template for a candy box to fit 6 nuggets. Courtesy of the fabulous Design. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

Download Box of Chocolate template and candy wrap.zip

If you’re crafty enough, you could use your wedding monogram to package each candy and use them as favors. You can buy candy in bulk here and here. If you have time, wait for Valentine’s Day, Easter or Halloween sales. You can find candy for a lot cheaper right after these holidays.

Download individual candy wrap.doc

This template is editable so you can change everything and add your colors, fonts and your own style.

Bittered Sling: The Perfect Signature Cocktail

Libations anyone? My answer to that question is always yes and yes!

A while back I did a story for the Charleston City Paper on retro cocktails and what could be more fitting for this here blog?  See, the thing about having a signature cocktail is not only can it tell a little story about you and your significant other, but also it can really cut down your bar tab!  Some of my favorite retro drinks that could be incorporated into your event are as follows:

French 75

Like the quick firing artillery piece it’s named after, the French 75 cocktail will drive you ballistic. Made of gin, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, and champagne, it’s a sure fire drink and lives up the 75mm howitzer that gave it the moniker.

Papa Doble

Ernest Hemingway loved a good Daiquiri. So much so he wrote about it in a letter to his son Patrick in 1939, saying, “We stayed up late, and I drank a few highly frozen Daiquiris just to see what their effect would be (it was moderately terrific and made me feel a friend of all mankind).”  Hemingway particularly enjoyed the ones served at his favorite bar in Havana, El Floridita, where he consumed many a Papa Doble. The cocktail mixes up white rum, lime, grapefruit juice, and a splash of grenadine with an orange slice garnish.

And if you’re feeling really wild try a …

Between the Sheets

They didn’t call them the “Roaring Twenties” for nothing. Modern day barfly’s may think themselves provocative ordering a Sex on the Beach or Buttery Nipple, but try requesting a “Between the Sheets” at a speakeasy in 1922! Guaranteed to have your guests naked and in a stranger’s bed faster than they can dance the Charleston. The original recipe is ¾ ounces brandy, ¾ ounces white rum, ¾ ounces Cointreau or triple sec,¾ ounces fresh lemon juice and ¼ teaspoon simple syrup. Sadly it doesn’t come with a ride home, it’s that strong!

Cheers! Kinsey






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Vintage Flowers: Cascading Bouquets

Who said cascading bouquets are outdated?

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This style is reminiscent of shower bouquets, a popular bouquet style in 1910′s. Shower bouquets received this name due to strands of ribbon and foliage incorporated to the bouquet called “lover’s knots”. This elaborate type of bouquet lost its popularity when WWII came along. Fast forward to 1980′s, this bouquet gain popularity again with the wedding of Princess Diana in 1981. This contemporary version of the shower bouquet is called cascade bouquet, because of its more natural and flowing look.

Flowers and greens commonly used for this style: orchids, tulips, roses, ranunculus, amaryllis, sweet peas; and foliage such as plumosa fern, leather leaf fern, lambs ear (my favorite foliage), scented geranium, amaranth (shown in photo 1) and astilbe (also shown in photo 1).

Wedding dresses that go with this bouquet are romantic, with big skirts and long trains. Remember to hold it below your waist to compliment your figure.

That last bouquet image is my dream bouquet. Unfortunately, I couldn’t have a bouquet similar to that one because most flowers and leaves used in that bouquet are out of season during the winter in Michigan. Why did I have to fall in love with succulents if I chose to have a winter wedding?

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