Celebrating the holidays with Ecco Domani

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Can you believe the holidays are almost around the corner?  I definitely can’t, but it reminds me that it’s a great time to start thinking about getting some girlfriends together to celebrate! I worked with Ecco Domani wines to come up with some entertaining ideas to share with you guys for the holidays, and immediately thought of a girlfriend gift exchange chock full of bright colors, yummy bites, and some delicious wines.  The ideas here would also would work exceptionally well if you’ve got your wedding towards the end of the year and want to celebrate with your bridesmaids.  The more the merrier right?

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A great place to start is with your menu.  Depending on how many people you’re planning on having over, you’ll want to keep it easy so you can enjoy yourself as well, so meats and cheeses are a perfect way to go.  Have a variety of different kinds (if you’re blanking on specific kinds to go with, your cheese monger can help with recommendations) and even it out with some meats like salamis and prosciutto’s, fruits, olives and some breads and crackers.  A variety of color will help keep it looking festive!  I also love making little crostini’s since they’re super easy to make, and are always a crowd pleaser.  The one here is simply some goat cheese, fresh figs and a drizzle of honey on sliced baguette.


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Once you’ve got your menu set, you’ll want to think about drinks.  Ecco Domani has a great collection consisting of a Pinot Grigio, Merlot and Prosecco…something for everyone!  At a price point that won’t blow your budget, their wines pair with practically anything you could serve, and their website is great source of ideas for creating wine cocktails if you want to dress them up, like the sangria we created with their Merlot.  I also love the simplicity of adding pomegranate seeds to their Prosecco to add a festive pop.

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For decor, I’m a big fan of bright,  bold color, so the all– white tree we used really helped the ornaments pop.  You could honestly do any color, but we stuck with a palette of greens, reds and pinks to stay consistent, and then worked that into the present wrapping as well.  It’s modern and fresh, and definitely not boring!  Makes a great backdrop for photos as well!  As an added bonus, I asked my friend Minhee from Paper+Cup Design to design some downloadable gift tags for your own present wrapping, so feel free to download and use at will!

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So there you have it!  An easy, modern, and DEFINITELY doable day with the girls celebrating the holidays and friendship over some yummy wine and nibbles.  Check out our Pinterest board throughout the month for even more entertaining ideas, and be sure to enjoy responsibly!

[images by Brklyn View Photography]

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Tendr $1000 giveaway – LAST CHANCE!

With August & Summer coming to a close, I’d say its a pretty good time for a chance to win $1000, wouldn’t you?
Tendr, the cash gift registry site, is giving away $1000…and all you have to do is register at Tendr now through Aug 31!  So many couples these days have already been living together for a while and have their household set up, so a traditional registry just isn’t necessary for them.  Where Tendr comes in is that they provide a well designed and safe landing site for your guests to send monetary gifts for your wedding…its super easy to use, easy to keep track of, and couples can send free digital thank you notes in great designs right then and there!  Best of all, the money goes straight into your bank account!
So if you’re interested in giving your luck a try, simply head over to the giveaway landing page, sign up by Aug 31, and keep your fingers crossed for that lucky win!  Good luck!
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Riley & Grey new design

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Its amazing, within just a few short years, wedding websites have gone from a novelty to a necessity when it comes to providing your guests with info on your wedding!  With so many sites out there, it might be a little hard to choose, but Riley & Grey is one I keep coming back to for their great designs and customer service.  Outside of your invitation, your website is generally your first impression with your guests, so having one that really reflects your style is important.
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Riley & Grey provides inspired designs that suit every type of couple, and now they’ve partnered with local designer Swiss Cottage Designs on a Brooklyn themed design that I absolutely love!  All their designs come with mobile, tablet and desktop variations, themes you can customize or change whenever you feel like it, guest address organization and RSVP collection, and custom domain names…all for a low price.  So head over to Riley & Grey to check out this and all their other fabulous designs out for yourself!
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Customize your invitations with Basic Invites

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Happy Monday everyone!  After a busy weekend, I’m excited to introduce you to a new-to-me company called Basic Invite.  While there are many online invitation sites to choose from, Basic Invite is one where you’re able to change the color to over 160 different options, all while being able to see what it looks like with an instant preview!  In addition to that, you’ll be able to order a physical sample of the invitation before placing your actual order, so you’ll know exactly what they’ll look and feel like.  That’s an important feature for the perfectionist bride!  All their invitations come with matching sets for save the dates, RSVP’s, menus, programs, thank yous and more, so you’ll be sure to have a cohesive look for your wedding suite.  It essentially takes the drama out of figuring out your invites, so you really just have to pick a design you love (which by the way, they have designs for every look!), adjust the colors, and wait for them to arrive.

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Just look at all these colors!!  And this is just the tip of the iceberg!

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MyPublisher photo albums & a discount

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Lets face it…wedding albums are expensive!  They’re tricky too…having to figure out layouts, what photos to use, finding an album to fit your style etc…its why so many couples end up doing them themselves on the cheap or not doing one at all.  Recently I had the opportunity to try out a premium photo album from MyPublisher to see how easy it was, and I’m happy to report it really was!  It’s similar to their photo books, but instead of you laying out the pages, their expert designers will put them together for you in a way that really flows and makes the best composition for the shots.  They also offer tons of options to personalize your album, from colored leathers to monogramming, gilded edging to various paper thicknesses, and using only the best materials.  Once you receive your draft to approve for the layout, its as simple as clicking and ordering!  Within a month, you’ll receive a beautiful album that couldn’t have been simpler to put together, and you’ll be happy to keep it out and show all your friends and family!  It really couldn’t have been easier and I’m really happy with the quality of the end product.

MyPublisher is nice enough to offer our readers a 20% discount on your first premium photo album order through May 1, 2015!  Click thru with this link to access the deal.

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