Food, Drinks and Treats

Crafty Wedding Favors Within a Budget

Things have gotten very creative when it comes to the popular wedding favors of today. No longer are they fine polished silver bells that you have to worry about cleaning every few months so they don’t tarnish. With many bride and groom’s having to worry about everything else that comes with a wedding, especially the major expenses of a venue and caterers, it’s nice to spend a little less on favors while still giving it a unique touch. Here are some examples of wedding favors that can add a whimsical and personal appeal to your wedding.

Holographic glasses

Sure, these glasses are a little silly. But they are also fun and can only cause giggles for your wedding guests. When peering through these one-of-a-kind glasses, all points of light (candles, street lamps, headlights) turn into hearts. Plus, what’s so great about these is you can either keep them or throw them away. They are just there to entertain the guests and show them that you are thinking of them.

DIY Cotton Candy Favors

Some brides like to explore their crafty side and make party favors themselves. These Do It Yourself Cotton Candy Favors are one perfect way to show this.  Also known as “Fairy Floss,” flavors include Pistachio, Vanilla, and Rose and look extra sweet in these translucent envelopes. For full directions, check out this link.

Cookie Bags

These edible cookie bags, found on Martha Stewart are perfect favors for a summer wedding. Made to resemble paper bags, they vary in size and can either be taken home or, if they look too savory to wait, can be gobbled up at the wedding.

Forget-Me-Not’s

Many Spring/Summer weddings are based around flowers, and the new gardening season, which is why these Forget-Me-Not seed wedding favors are sure to be a hit.

For many more wedding favor tips and ideas, visit these inspiring websites:

An Alternative to the Traditional Wedding Cake

Don’t like cake? Want to do something different instead?? There are many different options for those couples seek and alternative to the traditional wedding cake! For example:

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Cupcakes are a great and popular alternative to a more traditional wedding cake. The beauty of cupcakes are that they can be made in multiple flavors, giving your guests the option of which flavor they would like to have.

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Instead have having one big cake with one flavor, think about having a cake buffet instead! Your guests will be able to choose from a variety of different cakes which can be creatively displayed as part of your wedding décor.

Love pie? A pie buffet is another nice alternative to cake. Similar to the cake buffet but with various types of pies, you guests will surely appreciate this yummy twist in the wedding tradition.

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Looking for something really different? Use donuts! These unexpected treats will be sure to wow your guests!

Why Hiring a Professional Baker is a Smart Investment

Although it might sound like a budget friendly idea to let a friend or relative bake the cake for your wedding cake, allowing a nonprofessional to bake your cake, you may end up with results like this:

Or this….

and even this….

So although initially it may seem like a great way to save money to have a family member to bake your cake for free or at a low cost, your results are not guaranteed. Professionals on the other hand will stand by their product, guaranteeing you will get your cake packaged and delivered on time, using high quality ingredients and staged in a way that will make your cake look beautiful. So do yourself a favor and hire a professional! You won’t regret it.

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings

All pictures of ugly cakes feature are courtesy of Cake Wrecks

Spotlight: Apron’s Cooking School

Too often, I hear about couples that let wedding planning overwhelm their lives.  I’ve mentioned it on the blog before, but I have a quote on my office wall that says, “Now and then, it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” (quote by Guillaume Apollinaire)

What better way to spend time together as a couple than cooking!  Here in Jacksonville, we are lucky enough to have an Apron’s Cooking School at the Publix at San Jose and I-295.  You might think “cooking school” sounds boring, but these chefs are anything but.  From the Publix website:

Whether you’re a brand-new beginner or an experienced cook wanting to expand your repertoire, we have classes that you’ll find entertaining and informative. Renowned chefs, authors, cooking celebrities and restaurant chefs make the culinary arts accessible and fun. Some classes focus on certain cuisines or cooking techniques, others center on topics such as desserts or holidays. We also offer deliciously entertaining gourmet food and wine tastings, and cooking classes just for kids and teens.

Some examples of classes coming up in January are:

  • Couples Cooking: New Year’s Lifestyle
  • Brazilian Steakhouse
  • Wines of Monterey
  • Date Night Pizza
  • Havana Nights

Some classes are demonstration-style, where you watch the chefs prepare food for you to sample, while other classes are hands-on.  Most classes include wine pairings and 3-5 courses (appetizer, soup/salad, entree, dessert).

Our local chapter of the National Association of Catering Executives has had several luncheon meetings at Apron’s, and the food is always amazing!  So next time you are looking for a fun date night, check out the Publix website.

Have a Pineapple!

refreshing pineapple drinkPineapples may make you think of tropical islands like Hawaii, or maybe just a great fruit salad. But there’s more to this tangy citrus than just “sugar and spikes.” The pineapple actually represents generosity, and is a commonly used symbol for hospitality. Thinking back, you may have visited a friend who had a welcome mat with a pineapple on it, or maybe a wreath. Perhaps the next time you see a pineapple welcome mat, you should just say, “Thank you!”

In some states and countries, a pineapple is given to guests, letting them know that they are most welcome as visitors. As a student majoring in Hospitality Management, I have grown familiar with the pineapple symbolism. The tropical fruit can be found on my school’s hospitality club t-shirts! First Coast Weddings and Events even gets in on the friendly fructose action by using a pineapple symbol in its logo.

Now that you have a taste for this pleasant produce, maybe you might consider serving pineapple at your reception! It goes great with honeydews.

(shown here, a refreshing Pineapple Cooler from Country Living)