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Buy I Do! Tix This Week & You Could Win a Brennan’s of Houston Dinner for 2!

Buy I Do! Tix This Week & You Could Win a Brennan’s of Houston Dinner for 2!

Photo: Brennan’s of Houston

It’s the jewel in Houston’s considerable crown of fine-dining establishments. And next week, we’re fixin’ to send one of you fabulous Houston brides (and the date of your choice) to Brennan’s of Houston for a delicious dinner neither of you is soon to forget. To be automatically entered in our Brennan’s of Houston Dinner for 2 giveaway, simply buy those I Do! Bridal Soiree @ Hotel ZaZa tix—you know, the ones you were planning to snag anyway—by midnight this Sunday, Sept. 8, and you are entered in our contest. That’s it. No catch. Well, except for the catch of the day, which at Brennan’s might be anything from jumbo lump blue crab to whole roasted Gulf snapper. Mmm… You’ll also find plenty to tantalize your taste buds, as well as you hunger for wedding inspiration and gorgeousness, at the I Do! Bridal Soiree—Houston’s only luxury wedding event, and our most intimate and cutting-edge show of the entire year.

Once again, all brides who buy their tickets to Houston’s hottest bridal event by midnight Sunday are entered to win; winner announced Tuesday, Sept. 10 on Facebook. And remember, the I Do! Bridal Soiree at Hotel ZaZa WILL SELL OUT. It always does.  Don’t miss it—or your chance to dine, on us, at legendary Houston eatery Brennan’s of Houston!

St. Germain Wedding Cocktails

St. Germain Wedding Cocktails

Photo: St. Germain

OK, this one goes out to our esteemed publisher Radhika Day, who just happens to be a major St. Germain fan—and with good reason. The classic French elderflower liqueur, made from gently macerating hand-picked blossoms that bloom briefly each spring, is ineffably subtle and delicious. Trying to describe it, according to the famous French artisanal liqueur-maker, is like “asking a hummingbird to describe the flavor of its favorite nectar.” Which we would never do. We’ll simply say that St. Germain is more or less the flavor of romance—which makes it perfect for wedding-day cocktails.

Our favorite is La Rosette, a simple combination of 4 parts Brut Rosé Champagne to ¼ part St. Germain, served in a chilled flute and garnished with a pansy, rose petal or delicate orchid. Parfait! Non?

For more delicious and incredibly pretty St. Germain wedding cocktails, sip—er, clickhere!

Allyson Fulcher of Mimosas in the Morning Mixes Bubbly Wedding Cocktails

Mimosas in the Morning’s Allyson Fulcher Mixes Bubbly Wedding Cocktails

“I’m so excited to be guest posting on the Houston Wedding Blog today. As a twentysomething, I have been to my fair share of weddings, and I think we can all agree that a bridal bash is never complete without the perfect cocktail. My ideal version is light and sweet and topped with a little bubbly—like either of these two great go-to recipes for celebration sips. The Citrus Fusion is a great mixture of orange, lemon and strawberry—definitely a tastebud showstopper. The Pink Bliss is a more refined and light cocktail—perfectly paired with hors d’ouevre and not too loud for your palate. Both are fabulous options, it just depends on what you are looking for.

Mimosas in the Morning’s Allyson Fulcher Mixes Bubbly Wedding Cocktails

If you can’t decide which one, they are made from the same main ingredients, so offering both is an easy and affordable option.

Mimosas in the Morning’s Allyson Fulcher Mixes Bubbly Wedding Cocktails

If you are worried about the cocktails warming, frozen fruit is a great option instead of ice cubes. I prefer fresh fruit that you can cut the night before and freeze in bags.

Mimosas in the Morning’s Allyson Fulcher Mixes Bubbly Wedding Cocktails

To spice up your bar (or any party for that matter) I love to browse Etsy. Handmade items are so special and incredibly affordable. The “cocktails here” sign (above) can be found here as well as the striped straws also pictured, here . To match you could hang this garland, use these cocktail napkins, and even grab a special monogrammed treat for the bride.

For more inspiration and recipes like this, please check out my blog Mimosas in the Morning.”

We second that, Ms. Allyson…and cheers, y’all!

Photos: Courtesy of Mimosas in the Morning

The Big To Do: Amy Atlas @ Williams-Sonoma 6/22 + GIVEAWAY!

The Big To Do with Amy Atlas

Photos: Courtesy Amy Atlas ~ Johnny Miller Photography

Have you read “The Sweetest Thing,” our absolutely delicious dish session with the amazing Amy Atlas? If not, you really oughtta, cookie–it’s chock full of sweet ideas for doing an unforgettable dessert table at your wedding. Here’s another thing we highly recommend you do: Take an early lunch this Friday, and GO SEE AMY ATLAS LIVE AND IN PERSON! The doyenne of dessert displays will be on hand at Williams-Sonoma Highland Village at 11 a.m. signing copies of her fabulous new book, “Sweet Designs: Bake It, Craft It, Style It” (Hyperion, 2012)…an exceptional bridesmaid, MOB or MOG gift for the baker or hostess-with-the-mostest in your life. Better yet, grab your mom or his or your BFF, and bring her with you to Williams-Sonoma, then hit your favorite Highland Village dining spot to ogle your new books over lunch.

We love Amy Atlas AND her awesome new book so much, we’re gonna sweeten the deal with an equally yummy BOOK GIVEAWAY! Two of y’all will each win a copy of “Sweet Designs,” just for 1.) *Liking* us on Facebook, and 2.) Emailing us with your name, fiancé’s name, wedding date (real or imagined) and wedding venue. Email must be received by midnight TOMORROW, TUES. JUNE 19. Winners will be notified Wednesday morning, and will find their books waiting for them at Williams-Sonoma on Friday, waiting to be signed by the goddess of goodies herself. How sweet is THAT?

The Big To Do: Texas-Style Entertaining with The Dining Diva, Wed. 6-13

Houston Wedding Blog ~ Texas-Style Entertaining with The Dining Diva Houston Wedding Blog ~ Texas-Style Entertaining with The Dining Diva

Trying to figure out just what you’re going to do with all those newfangled kitchen gadgets and super-chic tabletop goodies you’re sure to get gifted from your wedding registry? Here’s an idea: Learn how to whip up and serve a scrumptious Texas-style gourmet dinner! This Wednesday, famed “Dining Diva” and cookbook author Molly Fowler shows you how, at a sure-to-be-delicious cooking class, 6:30 p.m. at Central Market. Menu items include (cue the drooling) Shrimp Acapulco and Smoked Grilled Ribeye with Sauteed Mushrooms. Tasting is strongly encouraged. Couples are welcome. Space is limited, so reserve yours now. Mmm… date night is served!

Credits (Photos From Top to Bottom, Left to Right): The Dining Diva (2 images) ~ Central Market