August 2009 archive

For the Grooms!

Let’s be honest, wedding registries are usually chalked full of home furnishing and kitchen items that the bride is swooning over. Sure- the groom may have added a grill or gave his input on the color of the bathroom towels, however most often- wedding registries lack “guy stuff.” Well, not any longer- grooms everywhere can rejoice, your voice can be heard!

Check out this guy-geared site, The Man Registry. Grooms can now really get excited about creating a wedding registry, with gadgets and gizmos galore- this is the perfect place for a “groom only” registry or a place to get some awesome groomsmen gifts. Here are some of my favorite groomsmen gift ideas:

Any groomsmen would be happy to receive the above gifts. Not only are they cool and out of the ordinary, they are something that one can actually use (and enjoy) over and over.

1. Soft sided cooler. Hold up to a 12 pack and you can even get this monogrammed. 2. Poker set- now they can invite you over and get your game on! 3. Floating beer pong table…loving this! I think everyone has that one groomsmen who would love to receive this as a gift! 4. Jalapeno griller. Have a grill lovin’ groomsmen? This is perfect for stuffing and grilling jalapeno peppers. HOT!

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Calling all NYC Brides: Join The Diamond Dash!

Are you a bride or groom {or know one} living in the NYC area? Thoughtfully Simple is smitten over this fabulous opportunity for you to win BIG and help make a difference! Ladies get out those flats and get ready to dash around Manhattan for your chance to win BIG {did I already say that?}

Participants will Dash around New York City in hopes of being the first couple to complete a scavenger hunt. Dashers will have to put their NYC knowledge to the test by racing around to clue stations around the city. In the end, one speedy couple will win:

- A $20,000 Tacori engagement ring

- A honeymoon to Waikoloa Beach Resort on Hawaii’s big island

- Plus several other prizes from fab sponsors

BONUS: all will be done while raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!

Check out this video:

What a fun way to win amazing swag for your wedding day and also enjoy a day dashing around the city together! Registration just opened and participants can sign up via the Diamonds Make a Difference website, http://www.diamondsmakeadifference.com.

Okay, now register for your chance to enter the Diamond Dash and tell all of your facebook, twitter, and real life “engaged couple friends” about this great cause! Hurry- go, tell…. go, blog!

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Simple & Stunning! DIY Cake Decorating

Whether you decide to decorate your own cake because it is tradition, or if it is simply to save some money by avoiding a professional bakery- you do not have to sacrifice professionalism. You can easily bake your own cake and use gorgeous accents to give it that impressive look, drawing out the “oohs and awwes” of your guests. As a former cake decorator (yes I did that too, lol)- I can tell you that making roses out of icing and lace trim with a piping bag is no simple feat. Why pretend to be a cake decorating master when you are not? For a simple way to create a stunning cake, check out these edible sugar flowers that you can use to instantly transform your sugary confections into works of art. The talented minds at The Sugar Flower Shop have made cake decorating simple {and stunning} for you.

This beautiful cake {below} is currently being featured on the STYLE Network as part of “Martha Stewart Weddings: The Art of Cakes II.” Check it out:

Yes, those poppies are made out of sugar and are completely edible! I know, I know…. fabulous! This poppy cake is one of my favorite creations, but they have a gorgeous gallery of unique wedding cakes, party cakes, plus many more cakes for a multitude of cake-eating occasions. I love browsing their sugar flower selection and imagining all the impressive cakes I can make myself. Here is just a peak:

If you live in New York, NY you can schedule an appointment with the Sugar Flower Shop and check out all the edible works of art they create. If you don’t live locally, they will gladly ship these sugar flowers right to you! How awesome is that? You can be creating similar creations in no time.

The Sugar Flower Shop

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Express Yourself with Color on Your Wedding Day

Did you know that every color has a specific meaning or symbolism? Just like horoscopes, some people believe in these symbols and meanings and others do not. Whether you believe it or not, certain colors certainly do exude specific energies (red is hot, yellow is cheerful, etc) and the colors that you choose for your wedding theme can have a big impact on the overall success of your big day. Here is a closer look at what the specific meanings are behind the most popular wedding colors:

The color RED signifies passionate love: Red is the warmest color of all and is the most chosen wedding color for couples (or brides) with outgoing, confident personalities. Be careful not to overuse red or it can come across as garish and tacky. In Asian culture, red is the color of eternal joy and prosperity, and therefore red is a popular color for Chinese brides to wear on their wedding day. In Western culture, red is the color of passion and red roses symbolize passionate love, often making them a preferred choice for table arrangements and bridal bouquets.

The color PINK signifies calm, joyous love. Known as a quiet and soft color, pink symbolizes universal love and is a favorite wedding color for brides everywhere. Pink carnations symbolize ‘forever remembered’ and therefore, are a sweet flower to add to a grooms boutonnière or bridal bouquet. Since pink is the result of mixing red with white, the degree of white dictates the softness or shocking shade of pink achieved. The softer tones of pink, which are most appropriate for a wedding theme color, signifies tenderness, love and acceptance.

The color BLUE signifies true, sincere love. Blue Perfect especially if you are having a tropical, exotic or beach themed wedding, blue is the coolest color of all and represents the sky, ocean and twilight. It is said that in Ancient Egypt, blue represented heaven, and since it is a calming color, blue can be wonderful and symbolic as a wedding day theme color. Blue flowers are strikingly beautiful, such as the blue iris, which symbolizes the importance of a relationship and would be a good flower in a mixed bouquet or as part of the table centerpieces at the wedding reception.

The color WHITE signifies pure love. White is the universal color for innocence and purity – worn by brides at weddings and babies at christenings around the world. Depending on the country or culture, white has many meanings – it can mean kindness, wholeness, completion, openness or truth – all good qualities to include in a wedding ceremony. White daisies are a symbol of loyal love – white tulips, roses, calla lilies and gerbera daisies are all very popular with today’s bride. White can have a cold, stark quality so you need to be very careful with your wedding décor. Balance it out with a second color and use warmer shades of white whenever possible.

The color PURPLE signifies magical, mysterious love. It is said that purple is the color of good judgment and peace of mind – two qualities that are ideal to share with wedding guests to symbolize the couple’s love, feelings and commitment. Of course, all throughout history, purple has been considered the color of royalty and thus has been a very popular wedding theme color for hundreds of years, and remains so today. Wedding flowers in purple such as orchids, freesia, violets and forget-me-nots are a wonderful complement to a bridal bouquet or table arrangements.

The color ORANGE signifies creative, vital and warm love. Orange is truly a color of power, and is chosen as a wedding theme color by the strong and confident couple who loves life and is not afraid to share their vibrancy and energy with others. Orange has always symbolized vitality, endurance, sincerity and thoughtfulness – perfect qualities to showcase on your wedding day. Orange flowers such as daisies, sunflowers, tulips, marigolds, and hothouse roses can create a stunning floral display for table centerpiece arrangements, especially when set against crisp white linen.

The color GREEN signifies healthy and balanced love. Green In most cultures, the color green represents earth, nature, life and fertility. However, it also symbolizes balance, self-respect and overall well-being. Given its restful properties and its ability to harmonize with other colors, green is a common color choice for wedding décor and reception decorations. Since green represents change, life and growth, it is the perfect complementary wedding color, especially in floral arrangements using lush ornamental grasses, baby’s breath, green fern leaves and other greenery. Green is also a very popular color for bridesmaid dresses, with soft sage being the current shade of choice with brides in North America.

The color YELLOW signifies happy and wise love. Yellow is the color of happiness, joy and bliss. Yellow is also a color with high energy so use it sparingly as a wedding theme color. The beautiful yellow daffodil is the symbol of unequivocal love, and makes this flower a poignant wedding flower choice. Other yellow flowers such as tulips, roses, and wildflowers make wonderful flower arrangements and bouquets if you are going with a yellow color palette. For a spring or summer wedding, yellow is the perfect color choice with shades such as buttercup yellow, lemon yellow and soft corn yellow the most popular choices.

Source: Tracey Smith is an expert article writer on the topic of weddings, we hope you found this article on wedding colors useful for your wedding planning.

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Weekly Menu Planner, so Simple!

What if I told you there is a simple way that you can not only plan out healthy and delicious meals for your family, but a way to organize your meals and even print out your weekly shopping list? Sound intriguing? Well, not only is it possible to find simple recipes, you can in fact create a weekly menu planner. You’ve Got Supper is a free online meal planning site that is making your planning and shopping a whole lot more simple.

It really is free and it really is simple!

The meal planning process is a breeze. Sign up for free, get your weekly emails, view the suggested recipes, print the recipes and coordinating grocery list. Viola!

DONE. Check it out- here is a sample menu:

How nice is that? You can also browse a large selection of yummy recipes like Ahi Tuna Bites and Skinny Sparkling Sangria {both if which I am going to try myself}.

Anything that can help me simplify ordinary tasks is a plus in my books. Check it out and let me know how it works for you!

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Miniature Golf Party Theme

Check out this miniature golf theme, perfect for little tykes to grown golf fanatics. You will feel like you are on the mini golf green- and you don’t even have to leave your home!

Get them excited for you mini golf party with these adorable windmill golf course invitations (only .59 each!).

Transform you party space into a mini golf course with a few basic ideas. Ditch the traditional table cloths and opt for this grass tablecloth which will bring the green indoors. You can also get creative with golf balls which can double as decor. Stack them (like above), fill vases with them or even place floating golf balls in your backyard pool.

Make sure your birthday dessert is golf themed as well!

You don’t have to rent out the mini golf course to have golf activities at your party. You can set up a make shift mini golf course in your own backyard. Get as creative as you’d like or buy one of these Step 2 Mini Golf Courses ($44.99), which are perfect for little ones. Depending on the age of the party goers, this Golf Monopoly game would also be a fun addition to the party activities.

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