Monday, February 5, 2007

Love......Renewed

This past weekend - I had the pleasure of producing a 20th anniversary party for a lovely couple, Ralph & Naomi. Honestly - to look at them, I would never guess that they've been married that long AND have an adult daughter! They came to me for help with creating a memorable "shindig" and I think we accomplished that goal. The photo you see here - was THE dinner table! Set for 50 guests, it was a wonderful sea of rich silk, velvety roses and candlelight - 216 amber votive candles to be exact. There was also another couple of hundred or so (but who's counting??) additional candles added within the mansion to give it a nice, romantic touch.......

Ralph and Naomi's guests enjoyed a fabulous four course dinner, complete with a delicious iced martini bar that was the HIT of the night. There were three signature potions to sample including: The Washington Apple Martini (made with Crown Royal and cranberry juice), The Fuzzy Navel Martini (decadently delish with mandarin orange juice, peach schnapps AND peach vodka) and last, but certainly not least - The Tiramisu Martini, redolent with Godiva chocolate liqueur, VanGogh Expresso Vodka and a spicy cinnamon/sugar rimmed glass.

Martini bars and other such "spirited" displays are really big at weddings and special events - for good reason. They are a great way to have alcohol at your party AND it's a lot less expensive than having a full open bar. You can always round out the offerings with beer, wine, soda and voila! You've got a great conversation piece - and your guests will enjoy sampling the various liquid refreshments :)

1 comment:

Nicole Johnson said...

I wish I would have read tbis blog 3 years ago. I am an advocate of open bars. I think it is very tacky to make your guest pay for anything at your event. Needless to say I had an open bar... a premium open bar at that.... all the top shelf you could handle for one night.... My husbands idea of course. But the fellas would have been satisfied with the beer and if they truly want to try a martini or other specialty liquor they would have just had to settle for whatever is available. The ladies would have love the martini gig... Shoulda woulda coulda.... the tab was paid and all is well but our budget would have loved the specialty bar idea....