2014 favorites

As the end of the year approaches, we’ve taken a moment to look back at 2014 and we are feeling so blessed for the wonderful moments we were able to share with friends, family and clients (as well as their friends and family!)

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The best brunch with the best friends!

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Some fun in the sun celebrating a very special birthday!

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Beautiful weddings in beautiful spaces with BLE!

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An exciting delivery from Martha Stewart Home Office/Avery Products.

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2 amazing shoots with the oh so talented Whitney Heard Photography (more to come!)

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A girls trip with a great view

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More wonderful weddings!

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A roadtrip to to the sunny south with my favorite guy was the best way to relax after a crazy/busy/awesome summer

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Bought this book one morning, finished it that afternoon. Loved it.

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Hosted the first TCD networking event!

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Our first home was purchased in 2014. I can’t wait to truly make this house a home, make the new TCD office an inspiring space and create heart warming experience for all who visit!

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Thank you to everyone who was part of the big moments, and the small moments of 2014, we cannot thank you enough for your support, friendships, challenges and laughs!

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Wishing everyone a 2015 filled with love, success and happiness!

the signature drink

I just love a signature drink!

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The thought, presentation and recommendation of a signature drink is the perfect extra touch to your bar.

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Today, I am sharing some favorite winter wedding (or party) signature drink recipes!

The Caramel Apple Martini: 

1 oz. Baileys Irish cream
1/2 oz. apple schnapps
1/2 oz. butterscotch schnapps
2 oz. half-and-half or whole milk
coarse sugar
ground cinnamon

1. Rim glass with coarse sugar mixed with cinnamon. 2. For each cocktail, pour all ingredients into a drink shaker. 3. Fill shaker with ice then shake and strain cocktail into a chilled glass, with or without ice.

Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail:

1 oz. chilled pomegranate juice or chilled cranberry juice (2 tablespoons)

3 oz. chilled champagne (6 tablespoons)

1 teaspoon pomegranate seeds (optional)

For each serving, pour the pomegranate juice into a champagne flute. Slowly add champagne.

Garnish with pomegranate seeds (optional). Serve immediately.

Cranberry Margarita:

1 1/2 cups cranberry juice cocktail

3/4 cup fresh lime juice

3/4 cup tequila

1/2 cup orange-flavored liqueur, such as Cointreau or Triple Sec
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Stir all ingredients together until blended.

Serve over ice in sugar- or salt-rimmed glasses, garnished with fresh cranberries and lime wedges if desired.

Honeycrisp Apple Sangria:

3 cinnamon sticks

2 honeycrisp apples, chopped

1 orange, thinly sliced

1 (750 ml) bottle red wine (I suggest a light-bodied Spanish variety)

1 and 3/4 cups apple cider

1/2 cup brandy

1/4 cup orange juice (or juice from 2 medium oranges)

juice from 1 lemon

club soda, to taste

Place the cinnamon sticks, apples, and orange slices in a large pitcher. Add wine, apple cider, brandy, orange juice, and lemon juice. Allow to sit in the refrigerator for 6 – 24 hours.

Taste; if you’d like it to be sweeter, add 1-2 Tablespoons granulated sugar, honey, or agave. If you’d like a cinnamon-sugar rim, simply moisten the rim of your glasses with water, turn the glass upside down and dip it into a mix of cinnamon and sugar.

Pour in the sangria with fruit and add a splash of club soda.

Garnish with a cinnamon stick, if desired.

Toasted Almond Cocktail:

1 oz vodka (or vanilla vodka)
1 oz coffee liqueur
1 oz amaretto
half & half
honey & gold sanding sugar – optional for garnish

1. Dip cocktail glass rim in honey then in gold sanding sugar. Set aside.
2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice; combine vodka, coffee liqueur, and amaretto. Shake until well chilled and pour into prepared glass.
3. Top with a splash of half & half.
4. Sip & enjoy.

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Happy Planning!

winter wonderland wedding

Are you planning or considering a winter wedding? The snow covered season is such a beautiful time of year and we love the creativity that can go into making winter celebrations so unique.

Let’s Get Inspired..

Décor:

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Using natural elements such as branches and simple florals can make a big impact on the overall look of a space.

Having the curtains open with a snow filled view would be a perfect piece to your decor-at no cost!

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Tablescapes:

Don’t be afraid to mix metallics! Silver and Gold can complement each other well. Play around with these tones- they are perfect for this time of year!

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 The use of Christmas ornaments and traditional holiday decor can enhance your table decor simply, and beautifully.

Food:

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Hot chocolate bars and marshmallow roasting stations are fun ideas to get our guests engaged and have a great treat!

Favors:

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There are so many cute favor gifts you can do this time of year! Christmas ornaments, hot chocolate mix, or something edible such as gourmet treats are great themed items your guests will love to take home.

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So, are you inspired yet?

             – Mel