…save your fu@*ing money! I am seriously. Look at this cake. This is ridiculous and money poorly spent, in my opinion. Budget your wedding by prioritizing REALISTICALLY. Don’t spend your hard earned money on stupid sh*t. Your wedding is ONE DAY of your entire life. Make it nice without over spending.
just going to leave this here….
Not sure how I missed National Taco Day yesterday, my bad. I even made my family tacos for dinner!
Well, since tacos are in fashion everyday (#fashionfriday) and a very popular late night wedding snack…….happy belated taco day! Enjoy you tacos yesterday, today or any day.
Not something I’d personally probably take the time to prep for my girlfriends at home, but……I’d definitely ask my fall or winter wedding venue/ professional bartender to make this as a signature passed cocktail for my event guests!
PEAR + GINGER-SAGE CHAMPAGNE COCKTAILS
PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES COOK TIME: 20 MINUTES SERVES: 4
- 1 cup honey
- 3 cups water
- 2 whole pears, peeled, cored and diced
- 1 large chunk of ginger, peeled and diced
- 20 fresh sage leaves + additional for garnish
- 1 bottle of your favorite champagne or sparkling wine
1. In a saucepan combine the honey and water over medium heat and bring to a light boil. Turn the heat down to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the honey has dissolved completely. Add the pears, ginger and sage leaves. Simmer until the mixture has reduced by 1/3. About 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let the mixture steep for an additional 10 minutes.
2. Strain the syrup into a large mason jar. Discard the ginger and sage leaves.
3. To assemble the drinks place a few pieces of the cooked pear into each glass followed by 1-2 Tablespoons of the simple syrup. Add the champagne and enjoy.
I personally don’t really ‘do’ math, but I sure as hell will do cake! Below is a cake ratio cheat sheet I found on Pinterest. Your venue/bakery will help you determine how much cake you actually need to feed dessert to all of your guests.
A few helpful hints……
1. Not everyone will eat cake
2. Make each tier if cake a different flavor
3. You can serve the cake table side of set pieces out by a coffee station and/or sweets table
4. If you’ve negotiated a sweets table you probably don’t need a ton of cake, so plan on ordering a cake for half of your guest total
5, If you’re Italian and already have a non-negotiable huge sweets table going…..nix the cake. Or make only the top tier of the cake real. The other layers can be decorated styrofoam or heavy cardboard. Your guests will never know.
6. Serve the entire cake. Ask your venue to save two Mr & Mrs slices and take those home…..or eat them wasted at 2am. Do you really need the entire top tier? Plus, most bakeries will provide you with an individual replica wedding cake on your one year anniversary.
7. You don’t like cake? Then nix it totally. There’s a lot of great desert options out there. Sweets table, donuts, pies, cupcakes, candy station, etc. My husband and I loved ice cream cake. So, for our wedding, we got ourselves a small Dairy Queen ice cream cake to cut ( and then we ate it with wedding guests at the hotel bar at 3am). We served cupcakes to our guests. And now, every year on our anniversary we get DQ. Bottom line….you do you.
If you’re looking for a fun entrance in to your reception consider the ‘Sip and Seat.’ Your guests will pick up their place card then grab a glass of champagne on their way to finding their table. Get it? Sip, then seat! I LOVE this champagne wall however, if you don’t have the budget for this kind of decor you can simply pre pour champagne flutes. They can either be placed on a table or you can pass them to your guests on their way from the place card table in to the reception. All you need is some cute ‘Sip & Seat’ signage.
Since a lot of bridesmaid dresses this year seem to be champagne, taupe or a muted blush these cute flannels add a little color and play to the season. I personally don’t know if I’d rock them during the ceremony, but for sure for post ceremony pictures. I thought they were really cute. And they’d make a nice bridesmaid gift and totally something your girls would wear again.
Image via….you guessed it, Pinterest