504 Main by Holly Lefevre: Bridesmaids
Showing posts with label Bridesmaids. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bridesmaids. Show all posts

9.26.2011

Pomegranate Champagne Cocktails

My Girls Night In party was a week ago already!
I just had so much fun and we thoroughly enjoyed
watching Bridesmaids and sipping on a cocktail.

For this evening we had to have a pink cocktail!
I adore champagne cocktails...oooh my fave for sure,
and perfect for a Parisian inspired event!

This is a super simple recipe and can also be made non alcoholic
by using gingerale, sprite or sparkling water in place of champagne.

Ingredients
  • Sparkling Wine (or champagne). When I mix a drink like this I like a good base but I did not go for the super-expensive champagne. I picked a good quality sparkling wine. You can do whatever the heck you want though!
  • Bitters (found in the liquor section)
  • Sugar cubes
  • Pomegranate juice (Pink)
  • Rimming sugar, optional

MIX IT!
Optional: Ms. Rook No. 17 brought some pink rimming sugar! To use, dampen the rim of the glass, and then dip it in the sugar. Easy-peasy!

*Place 2 sugar cubes in a flute.
*Sprinkle (I prefer to douse, but I like the bitters) the biters on the sugar cubes - start with a few sprinkles and work your way up from there - be sue you find the taste you prefer. Let absorb.
*Pour champagne about 2/3
*Add pomegranate juice to top off. Enjoy!


I used these CUTE Canvas Corp Chalk Stock Cards to write the recipe for the cocktail. I wanted to make sure there were instruction available to guests so they could make their own cocktail, or at least know what is in the cocktail.

Have you had a champagne cocktail?
Do you have a favorite champagne beverage?

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9.18.2011

Bridesmaids, Girlfriends, Lots of Laughs, and a Link Up

I planned and prepared for my
"Girls Night In" Parisian Extravaganza
and viewing of

Bridesmaids
and finally it was here!
A little warning...this post is not as "PG" as I usual am here.
This is 504 Main Unrated. OK, not that bad!
This movie I had heard so much about was finally in my hands...
in my house and I was ready to watch it on our new TV
(before it was available in the stores)!!!
But just so ya know, it can be yours tomorrow!
Bridesmaids is available on DVD, Blu-Ray Combo pack or as a digital download on 9/20/11, so you can all snatch up a copy and have your own Girls Night In!
 (A gorgeous flower arrangement from my friend Jaime)

I shared about my party prep on Thursday...
You can check out the detailed menu and the ideas there!
BUT as any good planner knows sometimes you must roll with the punches...my day did not quite go as planned (I had a mild case of food poisoning - which after seeing the movie is WAY TOO appropriate...but I swear mine was not even close to theirs - and that is an image that will be burned in my mind forever!), so I had to tweak the menu, and not every teeny-tiny detail was attended to..but I wanted to have FUN more than stress out over rosettes on champagne flutes. And these lovely ladies showered me with more hors d'oeuvres, wine, and fanciful gifts! Who knew! I love these ladies
(and not just because of the gifts)!
(A hand painted card from Kelly and pink sugar to rim the cocktail from Rook No. 17)

We ended up having a wonderful selection of food and beverages, and I tested out my lackluster bar tending skills making Pomegranate Champagne Cocktails. I tried channeling Tom Cruise in Cocktail for this portion of the evening...
but was more little tipsy sorority girl and I was not either tipsy or a sorority girl.
Anyway...they tasted amazing...and were delicious and a perfectly bridal beverage!
 The menu included brie, pickled veggies, pastry puffs, edamame dip, grapes,
and drunken melon balls
(which going with the spirit of the evening we just call "drunken balls")
I went with a modified Parisian theme in honor of the bridal shower
(and I did not send anyone to Paris to research)

The swag for each lady was a pink Eiffel Tower bank, my FAVE lip gloss, and a candle.
I decided to skip the puppy.

Here is a glimpse of the decor.
I was so busy that my photos are lackluster.
It was so much easier to plan an event when I had professional photographers and a staff!
I tinted mason jars pink and selected bunches of carnations for them.
I think carnations have a bad rap and in clusters they look pretty!
 The dessert table
(oops no dessert on the table...but you get the picture)
Treat tower: truffles (not the ones I made!), chocolates, and licorice!

After an hour or more of chatting and enjoying a cocktail or three we headed down to the family room to watch the movie...woo-whoo! I was very happy that after 15 years we finally upgraded the ole TV...and so was everyone else...what better way to watch this hilarious movie than on a new TV (except maybe the dress selection/trying on scene).
I served dessert during the movie:
Crack Pie
Lemon tart
Cheesecake
I tried to make this seemingly delicious chocolate truffles...
My husband tested them and after spitting them in the trash said
"I never thought chocolate, sugar, and almonds could taste so bad."
I totally burned this recipe.

(I totally need a media room makeover now!)

While this movie is over the top funny...it also has some pretty raunchy humor...so I made sure everyone who was coming knew this was definitely an adult movie and that I had the Unrated version...just did not want any surprises!

But all of us ladies were up for the laughs that came our way,
from the silly to the sexy to the cringe-worthy to the
almost-hard-to-watch-but-you-cannot-look-away.
The laughter was continuous and contagious.
A little something for everyone.

We all LOVED the movie and hanging out with the ladies.
Here's a quick "Ode to Bridesmaids"
Thanks to Bridesmaids...
I have a renewed love for giant cookies...
I should have served a ginormous sandwich at the party...
I just might serve a ginormous sandwich at my next gathering...
(I will never look at a sandwich the same again)
I will NOT eat at a-hole-in-the-wall restaurant, especially if it is Brazilian...
Puppies are not good gifts...
Jason Bateman is hot...
Remember to like the nice guy, not f*** the bad guy in the Porsche.
I am glad I am not dating...
I am glad I am not a bridesmaid...
I did however, remember some of the fond memories of being a bridesmaid...
I want to plan another wedding (to the same guy)...
I want a Parisian Bridal Shower (or birthday party)
I am still singing "Hold On" by Wilson Phillips!
(so breaking out the old CD's)
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Did you see the movie?
What was your favorite part?
Are you picking up the movie?

Link up  and share your wedding/bridesmaids related story below.
Links back appreciated but not required...this is just for fun!
Everyone LOVES a good wedding story!
You know you have one!
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Bridesmaids and Wedding Delights and Don'ts!
Share your story, any wedding-related story. Links back appreciated but not required...this is just for fun!

Bridesmaids Don'ts...and Then Some Do's

I was a wedding planner in Los Angeles for years. I loved it. I quickly caught on to the do's and don't of selecting my clients, and can honestly say after all the years spent walking people down the aisle, I had some awesome clients, families and wedding parties (really, I am not lying!)!

I could go on and on about stories - silly, ridiculous, just the stuff that comes along when you involve families, money, and emotions...but today, in honor of my Girls Night In with Bridesmaids I am sticking to bridesmaids stories - just a few tidbits here and there.

I was a bridesmaid many times. I probably was not the best bridesmaid, but not the worst. My biggest flaw (unless my friends come and chime in here and really tell the truth) was that I was over eager. I was not a wedding planner yet, but wanted to be and thought I knew way more than I did.
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My own personal stories are actually pleasant...except a brief period in one friends wedding.

My Own Personal Helen
I had a Helen in my life. She was the Maid pf Honor and lived out of town. The rest of us thought we were working together to throw a shower...until I received a message on my answering machine (and I paraphrase, but the intent and effect is the same)
"Hi, this is XXXXXXX. I just want to let you know that I do not think you can throw a shower worthy of the bride. Not the kind of shower she deserves and expects. So, I will be planning the shower alone."
Really...and who are you?
the end (to protect the innocent...I will stop here)
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As a wedding planner, I worked on one particular wedding were the bride and her maids were very young and just did not get anything about schedules or timing or having a good attitude. Here is the story:

Massages and Quickies
This wedding is one for the record books…If there could be a problem related to the attitude of the bride or the bridesmaids…or groomsmen this was it.

The day began with a call from the makeup and hair design team, asking me where the ladies were. “In the hotel room,” I tell them. “No they are not.” After getting a hold of the bride she informs me that she has sent the ladies down to have massages, because she felt like it. OK! YIKES!

Once the bridesmaids were all tracked down, they were indignant that they would have to postpone or miss their massage…apparently this day is all about them. To top it off they were very young and really had no clue what they should be doing or how to behave as an adult or as a responsible bridesmaid. I clearly remember lots of shrieking, mothers complaining, and chaos.

Fast forward to the wedding reception and preparing for the Grand Entrance. Now mind you, this is a bridal party of 15 ladies, and 15 men. Corralling them and lining them up is a feat all in its own self. After much tracking down and running around, I think I have it.

I turn my back, and when I turn back around, a pair is gone…where to…I do not know. I send an assistant to find them…she tracks them down coming out of the elevator. We get them lined up, and another pair is gone. This happened 4 times. Where were they going…upstairs for a quickie.
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Now, we move on to some serious Bridesmaids business! I recently authored the book  The Everything Bridesmaid Book: From bachelorette party planning to wedding ceremony etiquette - all you need for an unforgettable wedding (Everything Series) and in it shared some bits of wisdom I learned over the years. Being a bridesmaid can be fun, and truly define (and make or break a relationship), but what is important it to remember to take the task seriously and remember it is for the bride. 
Here are TEN do's for being a bridesmaid
(reprinted from the book)

How To Be A Better Bridesmaid
1. Listen…really listen. Some days the bride may just need to talk to someone to think things out. An open ear and a good friend are priceless.

2. Be calm. Even in the most stressful moments, keep your head about you. Calm is contagious.

3. Make her take a break. Steal away with your friend for a simple cup of coffee - no wedding talk allowed.
4. Approve of her choices. This is not your wedding. Let the bride have her way on her day. If she asks for an honest opinion, it is OK to give it, just do it nicely.

5. Let the bride speak first. Nothing is worse than listening to a bridesmaid go off on a tangent about the “ugly” flowers…when the bride thinks they are fabulous.

6. Plan a bridal shower and a bachelorette party that pays homage to the bride’s style, taste, and personality. 

7. Don’t compare. A laundry list of what you did better or how your friend did this or that will not make for good girl chat.

8. Be agreeable. Nothing ever good has come from a disagreeable bridesmaid.

9. Participate. You may despise the bouquet toss or wouldn’t want to be caught dead line dancing, but if that is part of the festivities, get out there!

10. Behave. Dirty dancing with the groom’s brother, passing out in the hall, telling the slacker bridesmaid off – not a good idea…for obvious reasons.

What's Your best advice or crazy story!
Link it up on my Girls Night In Bridesmaids Post!
Go HERE to link up!

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9.14.2011

Girls Night IN - Bridesmaids Movie and Bubbly!

I am so excited.
#1 - I need some good old girlfriend time
# 2 - I love weddings
What does that equal = Girls Night In
with some awesome ladies and
the movie Bridesmaids!
(I even got hubby to buy a new TV..finally...
just for the occasion...
OK, not just for the occasion) 

I have walked the aisle over 7 times as a bridesmaids and walked bridesmaids down the aisle at least 150 times during my time as a wedding planner....I have seen the good, bad, and ugly of bridesmaiding for sure!

This is so up my alley! I have not seen the movie, but have only heard fabulous things about Bridesmaids. I was actually invited to go with group...but it was 3 days from the deadline of my last book...and I just could not do it. But now I get my very own copy and I get to host a party for my fave ladies!

It also seems fitting as I was quoted along with my book The Everything Bridesmaids book in Glamour Magazine's' "A Bridesmaids Survival Guide" when the movie came out.

Well, I love to plan a party...I even love to prep for a party....Here's the scoop for my Bridesmaids soiree.

Bridesmaids, Bubbly, and Brie (and and chocolate of course!)
I am going with a Parisian theme (I hear it is relevant to part of the movie - thanks Geri!). I was going with a a funky modern, graphic version using pink and black...BUT Anders Ruff styled a Bridesmaids themed party for Target using those colors....so I wanted to switch it up (there printables are way cute)! Anyway...I cannot be like the rest of the crowd...I am going romantically-vintage Parisian!

Colors: Subtle pinks with a hint of black on a ecru/khaki base...and sparkly (OK - not a color, but a necessity)! This could change...When I design for myself I give myself some creative license for switching it up if it doesn't work out they way it did in my mind!

 This is a Parisian inspired event from a few years back.
Oh yeah - real diamonds on those centerpieces!

Decor
  • Layered tablecloths
  • Hanging globes,
  • Crystal pink Mason Jars
  • Fresh flowers
  • Crystals and pearls
  • Fun paper decor and accents on candles

Food
Keeping it light - everyone can have dinner with their families and then head over...or just head over and nibble on the tasty hors d'oeuvres and dessert (of course)

When I do a menu, I like to balance heavy with light and always include fruit and veggies. I am keeping it yummy but fairly simple in terms of prep/upkeep  - I want to watch the movie too!

I'll share the recipes soon!
  • Chili Brie - warm and fresh from the oven (it is cold here people)
  • Crostini with Gruyere, fig, and caramelized onions
  • Selection of pickled veggies - green beans, beets, bread and butter zucchini slices
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Veggie crudite
  • Spinach/artichoke purses
  • A few of the ladies are brings their fave munchie too (I have great friends!)

Dessert
  • Crack pie or Chocolate Gateau
  • Chocolate Truffles
  • Raspberry Cream Cakes (in case someone does not like chocolate - gasp!)
  • Orange-infused brownies

Beverages
  • A selection of California/Central Valley sparkling wines and wines
  • Signature cocktail: Pomegranate champagne cocktails
  • Arancello  cocktails (YUM...just made mine today)
  • Pomegranate soda
  • Sparkling Water
  • Coffee and Tea

Swag
Of course there is goodies! Wonderful girlie goodies! Think lip gloss and pink bling, with a Parisian influence...BUT I cannot tell yet...some of the guest read this blog.

Games/Fun
  • I invited everyone to bring a bridesmaids photo with them - I always love seeing a good blast from the past!
  • And we are playing Bridesmaids Bingo!
  • Maybe even a photo booth, complete with veils, boas and BIG OLD diamond engagement rings! 

Finally in honor of the movie and my numerous walks down the aisle as a bridesmaid, I am going to post about one of my personal bridesmaids experiences and then invite you all to come and linkup your good or bad stories next week Monday when I post...

Come on people...everyone loves a wedding...I know you have stories.
I like good stories as much as bad stories...so get ready and link them up! 

But...for Friday, anyone have any ideas they want to share!
I love a good idea!

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