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Say “I Do” at a Carnival Style Wedding!

Interested in having a fun and unique wedding but can’t think of a great theme? What better way to show your fun side than to have a carnival themed celebration? This theme choice gives you the opportunity to let your imagination run wild and also bring out the child in you!

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A carnival themed wedding has everything from cotton candy machines down to fun games for your guests to play. When planning your big day, envision yourself at a carnival and think of all the things they have on display. You will want to incorporate some of these things to help complete the themes look.

Invitations
Send your guests a fun and lighthearted invite tucked away in a mini red and white striped popcorn bag. Along with the popcorn bag, attach a couple of “admit one” raffle tickets to the popcorn bag using a ribbon. These can be used as their “tickets” into your carnival wedding!

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Seating Cards
For your seating cards, set up a board at the entrance of your party that has different colored escort cards on it. Each card will have the guests name and table number if you’re having a seating chart. Attach the cards to the board using multi-colored darts to keep them in place. The darts will be a nice touch rather than just putting them up with thumb tacks.

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Centerpieces
An out-of-the-ordinary centerpiece idea includes a stack of raffle tickets atop one another, with a beautiful bouquet of flowers sticking out of them. This centerpiece has a fun feel to it all while having the traditional wedding feel as well. An additional unique idea is to have mini ferris wheels on each table, complete with treats in each seat! You can switch up the centerpieces and have both if you’d like or you can make them all the same. These ideas will be a huge hit and will be a memorable detail of your big day!

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Food
One of the best parts of a carnival is the delicious food you can get from the vendors. Set up your own vendor style food station fully loaded with all the carnival essentials. This includes hot dogs, curly fries, macaroni & cheese, sausage & pepper heroes, pulled pork and corn dogs. Of course you can add any other delights you desire to your menu, but these are some main carnival foods that your guests will surely enjoy. Along with the food vendors, set up some snack stations as well! These stations can include a bunch of tasty treats that both the adults and kids can indulge in such as candy apples, peanuts, popcorn, funnel cakes, zeppolis and snow cones. Another great addition to the party would be a cotton candy stand for your guests to snack on throughout the night.

Decor
The decorations are an important part of any wedding, especially one with a carnival theme! You want your guests to feel like they have just entered into a world of entertainment. Be sure to include a large assortment of games suitable for all your guests, along with fun and flashy lighting to brighten up the night. The games can include a ring or bean bag toss, balloon darts, and mini golf. Along with the games, stand up a couple of funny cut-outs for your friends and family to pose in!

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Photo booths are becoming more and more popular for weddings, so set up a carnival style one for your guests to take funny pictures in and then have them drop the photos into a box for you to look at once the party is over. It will be so great to look back on the evening and get to see everyone having such a wonderful time! Another fun photo location can be set up outside of the photo booth, with different colored ribbon hanging to make for a cool backdrop.

Have entertainment set up all over the place, a magician for the kids, a fire breather to amaze your guests and a clown to create a night full of laughter. If you’re interested in having an outdoor wedding, which most like to do during the summer months, go all out by having your celebration under a red and yellow circus tent!

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Favors
Here’s a fun-loving and budget friendly favor idea, sweet pinwheel lollipops! You can’t go wrong with a delicious treat for your guests to enjoy, and it shows off your theme as well. Attach a ribbon to the lollipop stick with your wedding date and last name on it. This favor idea is especially great for the kids! A more unique suggestion is to have a caricaturist set up a drawing station and send your guests home with a photo of themselves at the end of the night. You can even hire more than one so all your guests get a photo drawn in a timely fashion!

This amusing theme is sure to create a lasting impression on you and your loved ones. It will truly bring out the fun side of the bride and groom and will help your guests let loose, as well! The celebration will be like no other and the photos will come out bold and spectacular!

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with these Mouth-Watering Margarita Recipes

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with friends and family by adding these delicious margarita recipes to the party menu!

Cinco de Mayo is a well known celebration held on May 5th and commemorates the Mexicans’ victory over the invading French back in the 1800’s. The holiday is approaching which means party plans are underway!
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Make your Cinco de Mayo celebration a festive one by including a few different types of margarita recipes. Having a variety of flavors is a great idea so all your guests can be left satisfied! Along with delicious Mexican foods, vibrant colors and fun music, margaritas are a popular part of the Cinco de Mayo traditions.

Classic Lime Margarita
You can’t go wrong with a Classic Lime Margarita! Every ideal Cinco de Mayo celebration must have these traditional drinks that will have your guest’s begging for more!

Ingredients:

  •     12-oz. can of frozen limeade concentrate
  •     ¾ cup gold tequila
  •     1.2 Cointreau or other orange liqueur
  •     4 cups of ice
  •     Lime
  •     Coarse salt or sugar

Instructions:
1. Place limeade concentrate, tequila and Cointreau in a blender. Cover and blend to combine.
2. Add ice cubes gradually through the opening in the blender’s lid until the mixture becomes slushy.
3. Rim each glass with a lime wedge and dip into a shallow dish of salt or sugar.

Blackberry Margarita
Enjoy this fruity margarita for a unique taste that your party will absolutely love!

Ingredients:

  •     1-1 ½ cups of tequila
  •     1-1 ½ cups of Triple Sec or other orange liqueur
  •     ¾ cups of blackberry brandy (optional)
  •     ¾ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  •     ½ cup of superfine sugar or powdered sugar
  •     16-oz. package frozen unsweetened blackberries, thawed
  •     Ice
  •     Fresh blackberries
  •     Salt or sugar
  •     Lime

Instructions:
1. Combine tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice and sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
2. If desired, replace half of the Triple Sec with blackberry brandy.
3. Chill until ready to serve.
4. Place the package of blackberries in a blender, cover and blend until smooth.
5. If desired, strain to remove the seeds.
6. Add blended fruit to tequila mixture then pour over ice cubes and garnish with fresh blackberries.
7. Rim each glass with a lime wedge and add salt or sugar around the rim, if desired.

Sparkling Margarita
Add an unexpected twist to your margaritas this year by adding some sparkling wine or champagne for a unique taste!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup blanco (white) tequila
  • 2/3 cup of lime juice
  • 1/3 cup of agave nectar
  • 1-1/2 cups sparkling wine or champagne
  • Lime peel strips or thin lime slices
  • Salt or sugar
  • Lime

Instructions:
1. Combine half of the tequila, lime juice and agave nectar in a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice.
2. Shake for 5 seconds and strain the mixture into three glasses.
3. Repeat with remaining tequila, lime juice and agave nectar.
4. Top each serving with sparkling wine and add a lime strip for taste.
5. Rim each glass with a lime wedge and add salt or sugar around the rim, if desired.

Pomegranate Margarita
A drink that all pomegranate lovers will enjoy! Your guests are sure to ask for the recipe after they try it out!

Ingredients:

  •     ¼ cup pomegranate juice, plus seeds for garnish
  •     1/3 cup Tequila Blanco
  •     1/8 cup Triple Sec
  •     ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  •     12 ounces of ice cubes
  •     Salt or sugar
  •     Lime

Instructions:
1. Combine all ingredients, except salt, in a blender and blend until combined.
2. Rim each glass with a lime wedge then dip in salt or sugar (whichever you prefer)
3. Drop some fresh pomegranate seeds in the bottom of the glass and pour margarita mix over the top.

Passion Fruit Margarita
Just the sound of this yummy drink can leave your friends wanting more! Add some passion fruit nectar for  the perfect taste.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of tequila
  • 1 cup passion fruit nectar
  • ¼ cup of orange-flavored liqueur
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • Salt
  • Lime

Instructions:
1. Combine the tequila, passion fruit nectar, liqueur, sugar and salt into a cocktail shaker.
2. Shake well then pour into glasses filled with crushed ice.
3. Rim each glass with a lime wedge and add salt or sugar around the rim, if desired.

These delicious margarita recipes are sure to be a hit at any Cinco de Mayo celebration! The fun doesn’t have to stop there either; these recipes are wonderful for any party and can be a great summer time drink while relaxing in the sun!

Picture Perfect Pastels: How to Add a Splash of Spring Into Your Wedding Without Overdoing It!

Looking to have a pastel themed wedding, but don’t want to add too much color? Check out these great ideas to help make your planning …

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April has arrived along with the beginning of spring which means wedding season is here as well! The beautiful weather allows for the perfect wedding day, but first, you must choose your theme and plan it all out. Whether you’re planning a wedding for next spring or putting the finishing touches on your big day that is coming up soon, we have some great ideas on going with a pastel colored theme without it being “too much.”

Easter is at the end of the month, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you want your wedding to look like one gigantic Easter egg! Colors are a very important part of a wedding, they make the details stand out and your guests will surely notice them. We have some pointers on ways to have a little fun and incorporate pastel colors into your wedding planning, without your guests noticing them for the wrong reasons.

The Bridesmaids
Throw a splash of color into your wedding party by having your bridesmaids each wear a pastel colored dress. Great pastel colors to wear include light blue, light yellow, light pink, light green, peach or lavender. If you aren’t interested in having each bridesmaid wear a different color, add a different pastel colored ribbon to each of their dresses. This will allow for a more subtle pop of color and will create a pretty, yet simple, look. Another great way for the ladies to wear pastel colors is on their feet! Choose a neutral colored dress for them to wear, and then have each wear pastel colored heels.

Bouquets
The bouquets are a very important addition to your wedding. They really stand out during photos and are a great way to represent your theme. Since your bouquet will most likely be complimenting a white dress, you can really dress it up with any color you’d like. You can put a bunch of pastels into it, or leave it simple by only adding a color or two. Another simple, chic look is to add pastels into a neutral colored bouquet, creating just a hint of color to be shown.

The Cake
Although your cake will be in pieces at the end of the night, it is essential to have an amazing cake that stands out and again, also corresponds to your wedding theme. You can get as wild as you’d like with your cake planning, making each layer a different pastel color or you can stick with one or two colors to keep it simple. Make your cake really stand out by adding pastel flowers to a white cake. When pastels are added on to something that is neutral, it sometimes stands out more than a bunch of pastels all together!

Centerpieces
Your centerpieces are one of the first things your guests will notice when walking into the party. Spray paint or paint mason jars for a cute centerpiece and add some flowers to complete the look. Another fun idea is to use a small pail instead of a mason jar, painted the way you desire. Be sure to purchase metal pails so they’re easier to paint. To save some room on the table, you can even paint the table number onto them!

Favors
When it comes to the favors, you can wrap it in pastel colored packaging or you can make the favor itself something pastel! A cute idea is to give out peach colored marshmallow shaped knots, thanking your guests for helping you “tie the knot.” If you’re going to give out a general favor, wrap it up with vivid pastel colors and ribbons.

We hope these suggestions help you plan the ideal pastel wedding without going overboard! Add a hint of color to anything else you’d like, being sure to let all the small details stand out. Let your big day be a memorable one for not only you, but your guests as well!

Planning a Vintage Motif Wedding Complete with Style and Grace

You don’t need a time machine; we put together a list of great ideas on putting together the perfect vintage style wedding!

Planning a wedding can be an extremely stressful time and nothing can be planned without figuring out the theme first! If you’re stuck on deciding a good theme for your big day, you can’t go wrong with an elegant vintage setting.

Vintage themed weddings will hardly ever go out of style because of the beautiful and graceful décor used, making it ideal for a stylish wedding. Another plus is that you can add your own personal touch to things while planning. Preparing for your big day can get pretty expensive so these ideas are quite simple to make on your own and the materials needed won’t hurt your wallet too much.

Invitations
Your invitations are what start out the whole wedding process! They are the first things your guests see, and they should be designed to represent your theme. Stick to using neutral colors or light colors for a fresh feeling. Use lace to wrap the invitation so when your guests open the envelope, they must un-tie the lace opening to get to the invitation. The lace theme is huge for vintage weddings, so these invitations will be the perfect start to your special day!

Centerpieces
When it comes to your table centerpieces, it is a great idea to incorporate the lace theme here as well. A fun idea is to use mason jars, which have become extremely popular, and wrap the outside of them in lace and burlap. You can wrap the entire outside so that the jar is covered or you can do just the middle, leaving room to see the inside. This depends on if you’re interested in putting anything inside the jar, such as a candle to light up the tables. You can also add some flowers to match the colors of your wedding.

A Place for the Cards
The perfect spot for cards is an important addition to your wedding. Instead of having everyone place them on a table or inside a bag, use an old suitcase for a shabby chic feel. Decorate the inside with fake neutral colored flowers, lace, and burlap. Along the top part of the suitcase, hang letter cards to spell out “CARDS” so your guests know exactly where to put theirs!

Seating Cards
Instead of using simple cards to display guests’ names, attach a small card to an old fashioned key. Choose gold or silver depending on which matches your colors best. Use a ribbon to attach the card to the key and voila! You have an old fashioned key seating card! This unique idea will absolutely be a detail your guests won’t forget.

The Dress & Accessories
This idea is up to the bride if she wants to incorporate the theme into her dress as well. To completely go all out, choose a classic, old school styled gown along with some pearls to set it off perfectly. A gorgeous choice for a classic hairstyle is to wear your hair down and put large waves all throughout. If your hair is short or you prefer to wear an up-do, choose a style that goes off to the side a bit and add an elegant pin or even some lace to top it off.

Vintage Wedding Cake
The perfect vintage wedding cake symbolizes classiness and grace! Add beautiful décor to your wedding cake by using pearls, diamonds, lace, burlap or flowers. Keep it simple by just using pearls and lace with a flower or two.  The cake is an item you can make as uncomplicated as you’d like or you can go over the top with it by adding ruffles into the layers.

The Getaway Car
Instead of driving off in the traditional limousine, drive away in an old, classic car. Choose one that best fits yours and the groom’s personality. Don’t forget to add the cans to the back of the car, each personalized with fun loving sayings such as, “Just Married,” “Love,” “Forever,” and the date of your wedding. Paint the cans in neutral colors or add a hint of color with some light pink, light blue or yellow.

Your vintage style wedding will surely be a memorable and entertaining evening with these wonderful, classic ideas!

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Make Your Wedding Stand Out – Incorporate Unique Details Into Your Big Day!

Check out these fun ideas on how to make your wedding ceremony different from the rest!

Most brides strive to have a truly stand out, special, and unique wedding they can think of all while keeping the traditional touch at the same time. You may think most people will only remember the big things about your wedding, such as the dress, the cake or the delicious food. Most people don’t realize how important the small details are. The tiny unique additions to your wedding will make quite the impression and will most definitely be memorable.

For the couples out there who have yet to decide on their wedding details, we have come up with some out of the ordinary ideas that will help make your special day shine differently than the others! We will discuss details from your grand entrance all the way down to the table settings.

Wedding Day Program
Personalize your wedding by having a “Wedding Day Program” that will be given out to all your guests. This is a thoughtful detail that will help your guests follow along during the ceremony. It can also come in handy if there are any traditions that they may not be familiar with. Not sure what to add to your program? Here are a few ideas:

  • The order of events during the ceremony
  • Names of those in your bridal party
  • Your wedding song
  • A list of any religious traditions or rituals and the importance of them
  • Brief overview of the menu
  • Thank you note to your guests

Arrive In Style
Make your entrance a grand one by showing up to your wedding in an old-fashioned car or horse and buggy. This will add a unique twist to the celebration, instead of showing up in a traditional limousine. The old-fashioned car is a great choice if you’re having a classic style theme to represent the old days. Choose a horse and buggy for an elegant touch to your royal party!

Activities at Each Table
Not everyone likes to dance and mingle at weddings, so leave some activities at the tables for those who stay seated most of the time. Suggest that your guests write down future baby names and take guesses on if your first born will be a boy or a girl. The baby name suggestions will come in handy one day when you’re trying to decide on one.

Another fun idea is to have them write down 10 year predictions. Will the couple have children? How many children will they have? Will they have their own home? Will they have a new pet? At the end of the night, have each guest place their predictions in a box that you both can open later in the night or the next day.

Creative Wedding Guest Book
Having a wedding guest book is a great addition to a wedding party. It allows you to look back whenever you’d like to see the well wishes your guests wrote to you. It’s a part of your wedding day that you get to keep forever. Instead of using an actual book, there are some other cool ideas for your guests’ wishes:

  • Use a large wooden letter of your new last name. Make sure it is large enough for your guests to sign. You can leave the rustic look or paint it to match your wedding colors. Add a white bow to it to make it stand out even more.
  • Have your guests sign little wooden hearts or wine corks and drop them into a shadow box. This is a creative idea and can be used as decoration in your bedroom.
  • Tell each guest to use the photo booth and print out pictures to glue to a photo album. Have them sign at the bottom of their print. It’s hard to mingle with every single person at your wedding, so these photos will show you just how much fun everyone was having!

Party Favors They’ll Put to Use
Give your guests something to take home that they can enjoy and put to use. A unique wedding favor that is sure to be a hit is some colored margarita salt in a tin.  Put your wedding date on it with both bride and grooms names. Choose colors to match your theme, for the outside of the tin and for the salt on the inside, too! Your guests will love this cool idea and will think of you the next time they’re sipping on their colorful margarita!

We hope these imaginative ideas make your wedding day stand out just the way you wanted! Your guests will be impressed, along with yourself; on how great a job you did planning!

Go for the Gold: Host a Watching Party for the 2014 Winter Olympics!

Hosting an Olympic Watching party this week? Here’s some great ways to incorporate friendly competition and sports games into your celebration!

The 2014 Winter Olympics are a wonderful opportunity to show your country pride while watching your favorite sports all during the same event. They only come around once every four years, so make it a worthwhile time with family and friends by celebrating with these fun party ideas!
The ideal Olympics Party features patriotic decorations, fun activities for adults and children, delicious food and a bunch of sports fans on the edge of their seat! Take a look at these great party tips featuring fun decorative ideas to tasty treats for the perfect Olympic Entertainment.
Decorations
Catch your guests’ attention by placing tiny flags along your walkway, each one representing the different countries participating in the Olympics. Most party throwers only decorate the inside for a winter party, not realizing that it’s a nice touch to add something outside as well to put your friends in a patriotic mood before they even step inside!
Put together small Olympic medals using mini size bottles of liquor for the adults and Gatorade bottles for the children. Tie a red, white and blue ribbon around the top of each bottle and give out to each guest as a party favor!
For the food and snack table, use a large stand made out of Styrofoam to place “The Olympic Rings.” Use paper colored plates to make each ring, gluing them onto a straw. Then simply place each ring in correct order into the Styrofoam.
Snacks
Snacks and appetizers are a huge part of the perfect party. It’s a great idea to have a variety of snacks so all your guests can be satisfied. You can even add festive food coloring or use red, white and blue foods to truly bring out the Olympics theme.
Fruit skewers are not only healthy but are great party treats since they’re easy to eat while socializing. Use blueberries, strawberries and marshmallows to have a plate full of red, white and blue skewers to honor the United States.
Create fun popcorn torches perfect for the kids and adults, too! Use mini ice cream cones for the torch then simply fill with popcorn, which will represent the golden torch flame. This too is another easy to eat snack that all your guests will be sure to enjoy.
Combine something healthy with something sweet to make American Flag Strawberries. Dip the strawberries half way into white chocolate so the red top is still showing. Then use blue sugar or blue sprinkles for the bottom portion of the strawberry. Once you’re finished, you will have an American Flag Strawberry!
Activities & Competitions
Have the kids of the party make Tissue Paper Torches that they get to take home with them. This is a cheap and easy to make craft that only consists of a plastic drinking glass (can purchase from a Dollar Store), spray paint if you would like to change the color of the glasses and three sheets of tissue paper (yellow, orange and red) Stick the tissue paper inside the glass, and gather so it represents a flaming torch. It is best for children to be supervised during this craft, and assisted by an adult while using the spray paint.
Enjoy a friendly, light-hearted competition with an Olympic Snowball Ring Toss. Place the Olympic Rings in their correct order on the floor about six feet away from the players (can place closer for children) Using mini marshmallows, see who can get the most “snowballs” inside the rings. At the end of the competition, have gold medal cookies waiting for the winners or another prize of your choice.
Compete in the cold as a family with a running race around the yard or at a local park. If it is snowing where you are, have a sledding competition down a nearby hill. Have a set of “judges” who time the competitions and write down everyone’s finishing time to see who wins the gold medal!
These useful tips will help create the perfect party atmosphere for you and your guests and will make your party hosting a fun and stress free experience! These ideas are also a great idea to utilize for an Olympics theme birthday party or sporting gathering.
Miss your favorite Olymic Event? Not to worry! Check out the Official Olympic YouTube Page to watch competitions, clips, highlights, and more!
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DIY Winter Wedding Centerpieces – Simple, Fun & Cost Efficient

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For those of you braving the cold and planning a winter wedding, we have the perfect seasonal centerpiece ideas for your big day!

Weddings can be extremely expensive, but centerpieces are an item on your list that don’t have to be. Save some money by creating your own and doing some bargain shopping for the supplies.
If you’re still unsure which color scheme to go with for your special day, most of these ideas can be made ahead of time so you can still add a burst of color once you decide. Take a look at these innovative ideas and check an item off your to-do list!
Winter White Glitter Bottles
Go for a winter wonderland theme with these white glitter creations made from empty wine bottles. You’ll be surprised at what a charming centerpiece a bottle can make once it is fancied up a bit. To begin, clean out any size bottle you would like before spray painting it a winter white. Add an extreme touch of sparkle with some silver glitter to make it pop and once the bottle is dry, place branches or flowers matching your theme inside. If you want to add even more decoration, attach some jewels and paint a number on the bottle to use as a table counter. This way, you’re saving on centerpieces and table number cards!
Wood Chunk Arrangements
If you’re interested in having a rustic-style winter wedding, these assorted wood chunk centerpieces will prove to be the ideal look. Choose a variety of different sizes of wood chunks, clean cut at the top so they’re nice and flat. Place an item of your choice to sit on the wood, such as candles, flowers, lanterns or fabric to match your tables. To add to the rustic theme, place pine cones or fake leaves around the centerpiece.
Tree of Draping Jewels
The tree of draping jewels is a great choice if you’re looking to have a large centerpiece that makes a bold, graceful statement. Purchase some fake white, snowy branches at a local flower shop or craft store (you can spray paint them yourself too) and place them inside a tall, clear cylinder or glass vase of your choice. You can add some marbles or seasonal ornaments to the bottom of the glass to keep the branch in place. Once it is sturdy, decorate the tree with hanging tear drop shaped crystals. If you want more of a winter style, use hanging snowflakes as an alternative. You will certainly be impressed with this wonderful display and it is sure to capture the attention of your guests!
Candle-Lit Paper Lanterns
Get a super elegant look by creating glowing paper lanterns for the center of your tables. It is inexpensive and simple to make, plus it adds a soft touch to your winter décor. Use a flameless candle to put in the center of the lantern so you can avoid any trouble if someone knocks it over. Once the candle is inside, you can add some decorations to the outside of the lantern such as crystals or fake snow to complete your theme. Or, just use the candle if you would like to keep things simple.
Mason Jar Centerpieces
Mason jars have become a popular trend amongst weddings and other celebrations in the past year. We have a couple of different creations you can put together utilizing mason jars. You can keep it simple by placing a piece of burlap or ribbon around the jar and adding a pretty accent to it, such as a pearl to stick with the winter white theme. If you want a classier look, use lace instead of burlap. Leave it as is, or add a candle to the inside for a pleasant touch. Get a bit more creative and spray paint your jars white and stick some flourishing flowers inside to match the rest of your décor. Then, add a ribbon around the jar to complete the display.
Once you choose a centerpiece and complete it, you will feel satisfied knowing you put your hard work into it and that others loved it. Keep a centerpiece for yourself to save as a keepsake so you can look back on it and remind yourself of your creative side! Creating things yourself can really help keep the cost down also, making it easier for you to spend a couple extra dollars on that perfect honeymoon spot!

Tasty Apps & Snacks for Super Bowl Sunday

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Try a new Super Bowl appetizer this year and have your guests begging for the recipe!

It is that time of year again, sports fans! Super Bowl Sunday is quickly approaching, and if you’re hosting a get together this year, one of the things that is probably on your mind is figuring out the perfect appetizers to serve your guests. In many households, the delicious appetizers are a Super Bowl tradition and are a huge part of this big day.
If you’re interested in trying out something new this year, take a look at these great recipes that will have your friends and family begging for more! Whether you are hosting the party or attending it, these simple and tasty dishes are ideal for the perfect Super Bowl celebration. We have also included some healthy snacks as well, for those of you looking to stick to your clean eating plan.
Mini Potato Footballs
Get creative with potatoes this year by turning them into mouth-watering fully loaded footballs with cheese, bacon, sour cream and herbs placed on top.
Ingredients:
  • 20 small red potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon virgin olive oil
  • Toppings of your choice (bacon, cheese, sour cream, chives, etc.)
Directions:
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Place potatoes, salt and olive oil in a large bowl until potatoes are thoroughly coated.
  • Bake the potatoes on a rimmed baking sheet for about 20 minutes or until soft.
  • Let them cool down slightly before cutting a small slit in the top of each and scooping out a portion of the inside.
  • Place toppings of your choice inside each potato and serve while still warm.
Red Velvet Cheese Football
Red velvet mix isn’t just for cake! Score a touchdown with this unique dish, served with assorted crackers and cookies.
Ingredients:
  • 1 box of red velvet cake mix
  • ½ cup of butter
  • 8 oz. cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • ½ cup of sugar
  •  2 tbsp. of brown sugar
  •  ¾ cups of mini chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp. white chocolate chips
  •  Assorted crackers and cookies
Directions:
  • Beat the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the sugar, brown sugar and cake mix until well blended.
  • Turn the mixture out onto a piece of plastic wrap and form into a football shape. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Un-wrap the cheese football and place on a serving tray. Use the white chocolate chips to make the laces on the football and cover the rest with mini chocolate chips.
  • Serve with your choice of cookies or crackers.
Buffalo Chicken Wings
Chicken wings play a main role on the appetizer list for the Super Bowl. Here is a delicious recipe that will be sure to score a touchdown with your guests! 
Ingredients:
  • 2 pounds of chicken wings, rinsed clean
  • ⅔ cup hot pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and black pepper for taste
Directions:
  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Use aluminum foil to cover an entire sheet pan. Be sure to wrap around the edges also. Then spray the pan with non-stick vegetable oil.
  • Spread the wings out evenly on the pan and lightly sprinkle salt and pepper over them. Place in the oven and cook for 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes, turn the wings over and let cook for an additional 20 minutes.
  • While wings are baking, prepare a saute pan at low-medium heat. Combine the butter, salt, garlic pepper, cayenne pepper, hot pepper sauce and paprika in the pan. Allow the butter to melt then whisk for about 5-7 minutes.
  • Once the wings are finished cooking, remove from oven and dump into the large bowl with the chicken wing sauce.
  • Make sure to coat all the chicken with the sauce and allow the wings to sit for about 5 minutes before tossing again. After second toss, serve warm and enjoy!
Healthy Roasted Bell Peppers
If you’re looking to be brave and stay healthy on Super Bowl Sunday, this bell pepper recipe with goat cheese filling will be the ultimate appetizer for you and your friends.
Ingredients:
  • 1 box of mini bell peppers
  • 1 log goat cheese
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. of balsamic vinegar
Directions:
  • Cut the tops off of the mini peppers and remove the insides.
  • Place them on a baking dish and sprinkle with olive oil (optional)
  • Roast at 400 degrees F for about 5-10 minutes or until peppers are browned
  • Remove and let cool.
  • Mix the goat cheese, basil and balsamic vinegar into a bowl.
  • Stuff the peppers with the mixture and enjoy!
Spinach Pinwheels
Don’t feel bad about indulging in this spinach dish because it too is a healthy appetizer! This hearty recipe will be sure to catch everyone’s attention, whether they enjoy eating healthy or not!
Ingredients:
  • 20 oz. frozen chopped spinach (thawed & drained)
  • 8 oz. softened cream cheese
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 envelope ranch dip mix
  • 1 jar bacon bits
  • 4 chopped green onions
  • 10 inch flour tortillas
Directions:
  • Combine sour cream, cream cheese and mayonnaise into a mixing bowl.
  • Beat in dip mix.
  • Add bacon, spinach and green onion then mix thoroughly.
  • Spread the mixture onto the tortillas, leaving a ½” space around the edge.
  • Roll up each tortilla tightly and wrap each in plastic wrap.
  • Chill for a couple of hours, or overnight.
  • Once finished chilling, cut off the ends and cut into ½” slices before serving.
Whether you choose a healthy recipe or one with some more calories, these dishes are sure to satisfy your guests. You can make these tasty appetizers for other kinds of parties as well, along with Super Bowl Sundays for years to come!
If you don’t have time to cook for the big celebration, no problem! We’ve got you covered. Check out some of the great catering companies that can dish up some great eats for your get together, and help make your day stress-free!