TGIF

A few months ago we created a blog revolving around specialty drinks for your wedding day cocktail hour. I think right then and there we decided we’d have to sample at least one…or all…and maybe make up a few on our own. Yesterday we decided to get crafty and I think I can successfully say we designed the Tailored Engagements signature drink. We know you want the recipe: Strawberry Lime Crush This summery cocktail is perfect for sipping on the porch after a long day in the office. The sweetness of the strawberries, tang of the lime and spice of the ginger meld together perfectly. 2 oz vodka 4 oz ginger beer (We used Boylan) 1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice 4 strawberries sliced (two for each drink) Fresh mint leaves Lime slice for garnish Shake (we shook) or muddle vodka, strawberry slices and mint leaves with ice and strain into a glass (over ice). Add lime juice. Pour the ginger beer over top. Garnish with a thin slice of lime and a sprig of mint. Optional: Add a parasol so you feel absolutely at ease. TIP: As sad as I am to admit this, we didn’t have a fancy pants cocktail shaker. Instead we used a coffee thermos and just made sure the lid was closed tight. Still got the job done. It is not detrimental to strain the fruit and mint from your shaker; we solely did for aesthetic reasons even though we ended up adding more strawberry slices...

Give what you want to get.

  Wedding favors are a toughie when it comes to planning your wedding…and with that being said, are often times left on the back burner til the last minute. And that, well…that’s not the greatest idea. That’s when really bad decisions are made. Keychains and glow sticks. I even read about gifting a goldfish..no, no, no. (If it has a pulse, probably a BAD idea). Don’t get me wrong, favors are a nice gesture! At the same time, they are not expected. Always keep that in mind-guests will not have their feelings hurt if you don’t gift them at the end of the night. You invited each guest for a reason and sharing your day with you means enough as it is. But, if you are going to do them, do them the right way. And save yourself some heartache at the end of the night when you notice nobody has taken them. 1. Put some thought into it: Dont give for the sake of giving. Give something that is of significance to you, your hubby or yourself as a couple. Personalize it. (And I don’t mean by stamping your name and date.) For example: One of our upcoming brides is gifting a special spice rub to her guests from a hometown favorite meat market. Glasses hand cut from wine bottles were used as both a favor and escort “card”; that still ranks high on my totem pole. The couple (and family members) saved up those bottles for almost two years! 2. The edible factor: Everybody loves edibles. If you don’t, I think you’re lying. The quote I came...