If your cut flowers are looking a little wilted in their vase but you aren’t quite ready to toss them out, try giving them some life by adding a carbonated lemon-lime soda to their vase. Just don’t grab the sugar free version- they like it sweet!
Pour in the Vinegar
If your flowers are looking a bit thirsty, you can also try giving them this vinegar mix: 2 tablespoons vinegar, 1 teaspoon sugar, and 1 quart water.
Touch Up Their Roots
To keep your blooms around a bit longer, add 2 drops household bleach, 1 teaspoon sugar, and 1 quart water.
Sear Them, But Don’t Eat Them
If you have a gorgeous arrangement of flowers such as poppies, dahlias, or orchids you can sear their stems before putting them into the vase. Why? Well these type of flowers have hollow stems that secret a milky-types substance when cut. Searing the end of their stems will keep them perky a bit longer. Simply hold their ends to a flame for a quick sear and then place them in a vase with warm (not cold) water.
What works for you? I’d love to hear your secrets!
In an effort to make sure we get the word out to everyone (and raise money), we are starting this chain-blog (Ok, not sure if that is correct terminology. But it’s like a chain letter so let’s just go with it, shall we?)
Here’s what we need you to do…Repost this post (or create your own new version) on your blog and ask others to post it on their blogs. Melissa will donate one dollar to the fundraiser for EVERY BLOG that posts on Let’s Eat Cake this week! With the power of the blogosphere, that can QUICKLY add up! Let’s make Melissa Pay! Once you have reposted it, leave a comment letting us know that you posted it along with the url to the blog. It’s for a great cause and it will be fun to see how far it will go! So lets do it… Lets blog it forward and raise money for a great cause!!!
Four festive martinis that are oh so yummy and SIMPLE to make!
Pomegranate Raspberry Martini
3 parts Stirrings Pomegranate Martini Mixer
2 parts raspberry vodka
Garnish: Drop a couple fresh raspberries into each glass
Shake Over ice. Pour into martini glass and garnish with berries.
Lemon Drop Martini Recipe
6 parts lemon-flavored vodka
1 part dry vermouth
Rim a chilled cocktail glass with granulated sugar (optional). Shake over ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with lemon twist.
Champagne Martini recipe
2 Parts Champagne
1 part Cointreau® orange liqueur
Shake over ice. Strain into martini glass. Garnish (optional) with fresh fruit of your choice.
2 oz. Vodka
1/2 oz. Apple Pucker Schnapps or,
1/2 oz. Apple Juice or Cider
Shake over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with an Apple Slice
To keep your hostess duties stress-free, I suggest you chose a festive drink recipe to serve during your party (at the most two) rather than making several different drinks to serve. This will make your bar-tending duties much easier. Also, if you plan to serve a martini recipe, you can make a large batch of drinks ahead of time in a glass pitcher (just measure in cups rather than shots) then when guests arrive you can just stir, and pour into the shaker when needed. SIMPLE!
Are you having a Fall Wedding? I have put together this inspiration board to give you some simple (yet stunning) ideas for your Fall wedding. This rustic fall wedding was special to me, not only was it for my best friend… I also was the wedding coordinator- so it had to be fabulous!
The primary color was Espresso which was accented with fall reds and oranges throughout.
Fall flowers were selected: vibrant orange, yellow, and red calla lilies popped against the espresso cocktail dresses the bridesmaids wore.
Candles placed glass jars hung from tree branches and gave that romantic feel.
Rustic “Wedding” arrow signs were handmade and directed guests to the main event.
Do you love photos in your home? I know I do- but like so many, I am just not confident about my display choices. Thank goodness I know someone who is a “photo-guru” if you will. Jill at Cool Photo Ideas has given us the how-to when it comes to displaying our cherished photos or prized art pieces in our homes.
IT’S ALL IN THE PLANNING
“Give thought to the space you want to liven up. Once you have an area picked out then you can measure the area and get a general idea of sizes of pictures you may want to incorporate. Generally speaking anything smaller than an 8″ x 10″ tends to get lost on a large wall, so be sure to think those things through!”
Oh and this is my favorite tip:
STICK IT TO ME
“Once you know your sizes, lay your frames (or if you don’t have frames yet, you can get a general measurement by taking the size of the image and add about 4″ for the width of the frame. So if you would like to hang an 8″ x 10″ image, trace out a 12″ x 14″ frame) on a roll of kraft paper and trace around them. Cut each frame out separately. You now have “frames” that you can hang on the wall with blue painters tape (which will not peal paint off your wall), to gauge where you will hang your final framed images.”
STAY IN THE LINES
“Keep moving your paper frames around until you love the look! Be sure to allow approximately 2″ between your frames. Then you can finish up your project with ease by simply hanging your frames over the paper spots as shown. The sample shows a great way to create a display, buy drawing an ‘imaginary’ line and then working above and below the line to create an organized look. Perfect for the beginner!”
Love this design tip from Cool Photo Ideas? There are many more where this came from! Check out: