Monday, December 21, 2009

UMPH Your Hot Chocolate!

Now that the 2009 wedding season is over, I'm finally getting into the holiday spirit! This is the time of year that you want to bundle up on the sofa, be with family, watch a little TV and chase it with a good cocktail. So instead of your typical "warming" hot chocolate, I've shared a hot chocolate recipe with a little UMPH and it's RED! Enjoy!!!
(borrowed from

1 oz. Campari
2 oz. Brandy
3 oz. Milk
0.5 oz. (optional) Heavy Cream
2 tablespoons Chocolate Chip

Put milk, cream & chocolate in a milk frothing cup used for espresso. Froth milk as you would for cappuccino. When milk is hot remove frothing wand and whisk or stir vigorously until chocolate is completely melted. Add Campari and Brandy. Pour into heat-resistant cup. Can be garnished with 1 large hand-cut marshmallow or a red peppermint stick.

Happy Holidays!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sweets! Sweets! And More Sweets!

I just read an article on the New York Times website about a couple in Pittsburgh that had an all cookie dessert station at their reception. I simply love the idea and I'm sure their guest enjoyed it! Today's couples are moving away from the costly wedding favors that are placed at each guest's place setting and opting to give them something that is sure to make them smile. Too many times I've collected extra guest favors and returned them to the couple at the end of the reception. I always wonder what are they going to do with dozens of CD's, wine stoppers, colored boxes or organza pouches..."Tis the Season". Candy Buffets, Dessert Bars and Popcorn Stations are becoming mainstream at receptions just like the signature drink did a few years ago. These interactive stations allow guest to sample some of the couples favorite treats during the festivities or box/bag them up to go. Plus, the variety of offerings available will have your coordinator packaging up EMPTY vases at the end of the evening. And don't think these stations have to color coordinate with your wedding palette, cookies and candy come in too many different colors to limit yourself. Indulge!!

Until next time...WEDologize.


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