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If you are planning a spooky Halloween party, we have just the sips for you!!

L’Orange Pumpkin Carver

1 ½ parts Grey Goose L’Orange Flavored Vodka
¾ part maple syrup
½ part Canton Ginger Liqueur
1 tsp pumpkin butter
1 part fresh lemon juice
Garnish with apple chips

In a cocktail shaker add all ingredients. Add ice. Shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is frosted and beaded with sweat. Strain into martini glass and add apple chip garnish.

Spooky Recipe courtesy of Travel & Leisure

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Nada Adjadj has been working her magic again to bring to your her intricately detailed designs for the perfect addition to your gift giving this holiday season!

SoBelle Chocolate Favors has prepared an array of holiday themed gift boxes and chocolate delicacies to fit everyone on your list! There are many other great designs and combination of gift box ideas that make perfect stocking stuffers and great hostess gifts.

For more information on the designs shown here or to place your orders contact SoBelle Chocolates at: ~ 619.504.2651

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The placement of the entertainment plays an important part in the success of your reception. There seems to be a little trend of centering the dance floor and then placing the DJ on an opposite wall or in a corner, sometimes as much as 50-75 feet away. In most cases there are tables between the DJ and the dance floor. Whether you are using a band or a dj, they need to be located where they can best do their job, and that is by the dance floor. The speakers need to be up on stands for the best possible sound, and you don’t want tables with guests between the speakers and the dance floor. Two major problems arise when this takes place: one is that the guests seated at the tables in front of the speakers are usually not happy about it, and the other is the music volume needs to be louder since it has to travel further to reach the dance floor. It is also important that when the band or dj is doing the introductions or facilitating the toast that they can be seen as well as heard. If you’ve ever been to an event where someone is making an announcement, but you don’t know where it’s coming from, you notice everyone in attendance looking around the room trying to find out where the announcer is. And finally, a professional DJ with good equipment does not need a lot of room; a 5 foot by 4 foot space is usually enough. With a little planning you can still have the dance floor centered and the DJ next to it. Please consider these thoughts when planning your special event. Your dj or band will appreciate it. And in the end, so will you and your guests.

~ Mike

Mike Hogan is a full time professional DJ/Emcee with over 20 years of event experience. He is considered by many as one of the best and the majority of his business is by referral. Mike is a preferred vendor at over 30 of San Diego’s finest hotels and event venues including The Hotel Del Coronado, La Costa Resort and Spa, The La Valencia Resort, The Rancho Bernardo Inn and The Grand Del Mar. He is also the DJ of choice for many of San Diego’s top reception coordinators and corporate event planners. Mike has fun at what he does and takes great pride in a full dance floor and a happy client; you can rest assured he will do all he can to assist in the success of your celebration! Entertainment At Large can also take care of all your lighting needs, from Custom Glass Gobos to LED uplighting we will make your venue look it’s best!

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Adair and Christopher by True Photography

The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe ~ May 22, 2010

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The Bridal Bar is so happy to help you add even more fun to your wedding festivities!!

World’s only talking photo booth. Hear your friends roar with laughter as the ePod makes humorous comments after each pose!  If you stick out your tongue, the booth will know!  Each photo session is a custom performance which creates better photos and more fun.

The ePod is also a work of art. Its figure-eight shape and dark wood is ultra modern, elegant and goes great with any wedding design scheme.

All packages include a photo-disc and a music-video created using your photos!  The video comes web-ready and is a fun way to share your photo booth antics with the world!

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LACEY & DAVE 10.15.10

Dave and I met at the wedding of mutual friends, but did not go on our first date for over a year. Due to our mutual friends, Dave and I would constantly encounter each other at football games, BBQ’s and parties in the city of Chicago, where we both currently live. Our first date kicked off a year of love and friendship, and we were engaged on the following Christmas, when Dave proposed on the front doorstep of my family’s home in Encinitas, California.

Since we were planning a San Diego wedding from our home in Chicago, we relied heavily on the internet for locating our vendors. We were stunned when we came across True Photography’s website listed first on our google search of San Diego Wedding Photography. True’s ability to capture couples’ personality in their photos, along with the great locations and vibrant colors had us sold! We couldn’t have been happier with Aaron on the day of the engagement photo shoot. He encouraged us to be ourselves by incorporating a handstand, water fight and lots of laughter into our shoot. We loved our pictures so much that we hired True to design our Save-the-Date. You would not believe all of the compliments we’ve received!

Thank you Aaron and True Photography!  We can’t wait for you to capture our wedding at La Costa Resort and Spa!

~ Lacey (Bride)

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Due to client requests, designer Molly Beard has put together a sprightly catalog to accept b.mookié holiday jewelry orders.

Molly has also been creating the “My Label” charms for the b.mookié holiday catalogue and bridesmaid’s gifts that can be individually personalized with initials and birthstones.

There are also many other great designs and combination of gift ideas that make perfect stocking stuffers and pieces that will impress whoever receives it, for a lifetime to come!

For more information on the designs shown here, to browse and share your wish list or to be  added to the b.mookié mailing list, send requests to

OR click to download the b.mookié Holiday 2010 Catalog now!

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Gifts for your bridal party are always a conundrum, what to get, will they like it, is it classy, is it memorable, does it show my deepest appreciation, where do I get multiples, and the list goes on-and-on!!! We wanted to give you Bridesmaids & Groomsmen gift ideas that you can choose from as you bridal party gift inspirations and some resources on where to get them from.

Gift Inspirations

We have classy and fun ideas from Inside Weddings Magazine to inspire you to choose gifts with your color theme in mind.





Bridesmaids Gift Ideas

Plus 50 ideas for bridesmaids gifts from the experts over at The Knot Magazine to inspire you to really get personal and unique with gifts for the girls that helped you through the crazy whirlwind of making your special day a dream come true!!

Entertain Her

  • Set of videos themed around a favorite actor, director, or film era
  • Tickets to a musical or dinner theater
  • Magazine subscriptions
  • Computer games
  • First-edition favorite novel
  • Gift certificates to a local video store or movie theater
  • Cute, purse-size camera
  • Movie-themed gift basket
  • Tickets to a sporting event
  • Tiffany playing cards

Lavish Affection

  • Silk pajamas
  • Asian-inspired robe
  • Personalized stationery
  • Gift certificate to a great boutique
  • Monogrammed set of bath towels
  • Designer purse or note cards
  • Gift certificate to a luxury spa
  • Designer makeup bag
  • Beauty gift package
Do It Yourself (be careful here, make sure your maid will appreciate as much as you do)
  • Jewelry
  • Candles
  • Whimsical soaps
  • Holistic beauty treatments such as bath salts and scented astringents
  • Hand-painted mug or vase, designed at a local ceramics studio and personalized with her favorite colors
  • Knitted scarf, throw, or other woolen delight
  • Hand-bound photo album or scrapbook
  • Assorted jars of homemade jam
  • Personalized poem

Play Off Her Passion

  • She’s an antique buff? Check out flea markets, tag sales, and for vintage ashtrays, lace bureau scarves, Depression-era glass, and more.
  • She ice skates? Give a subscription to a skating magazine and fluffy balls for her skates.
  • She loves to boogie but can’t get her groove on? Try a gift certificate for an introductory ballroom, salsa, or flamenco dance class.
  • She’s a fitness nut? Go for workout gear.
  • She has wanderlust? Try a flight bag bearing her initials or classy travel kit.
  • She’s good with her hands? Treat her to an introductory pottery class.
  • She’s obsessed with wellness? Try a gift certificate for a session with a personal trainer, reflexologist, or nutritionist.
  • She cooks? Think a hot new cookbook, dessert bowls, or a state-of-the-art pepper mill.
  • She’s a gardening guru? Try new tools, a flowering plant, or decorative pots.

Wine and Dine Her

  • She’s a coffee fiend? A French press is always elegant, especially with a pound of gourmet coffee.
  • You’re a great cook? Host a five-course dinner party in your bridesmaids’ honor — feature the finest wine you can afford and the most sumptuous dishes you can prepare.
  • She’s the expert entertainer? Give her all the props she needs to create the ultimate sushi-themed soiree.
  • She’s a wine lover? Try a fabulous bottle of bubbly, a nice ice bucket, or enroll her in a wine club.
  • She loves to eat out? Go with a gift certificate to a favorite restaurant.
  • She sets a mean table? Search for luxe table linens.
  • She’s got a sweet tooth? Maybe she’d love some decadent chocolates.
  • She has a weakness for fancy food? Treat her to caviar, foie gras, or a gift certificate to a nearby gourmet shop.
  • She loves the outdoors? Hook her up with a deluxe picnic basket.
  • She’s a kitchen goddess? Dress her in an adorable apron.

~ Amy Elliot -

Groomsmen Gift Ideas

Groomsmen gift ideas that can be personalized for each one of the men that stood with you on one of the biggest days of your life…..many varieties to choose from at Melrose Keepsake

Traditional, yet personal…

Groomsmen grilling gifts ideas from The Man Registry

Groomsmen gifts ideas for the memory that will stand the test of time, upscale treasures that can be engraved available at Village Gifts & Engraving


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The Bridal Bar is so excited to add another magnificent choice of fine gifts and favors for our brides & grooms to chose from!

Make a statement….. The most important occasion in your life should be a memorable one. Village Gifts & Engraving specializes in personalized gift giving. Show that you care and offer your bridal attendants, wedding party and other guests a thoughtful personalized gift. Engraved and embroidered memories are sincere, heart-felt, thoughtful, and are treasured forever. Even if you choose not to personalize, the opportunities to gift truly from your heart are endless with the variety and selection offered at Village Gifts. From wedding showers to parties and receptions, even those most intimate occasions and gifts of gratitude, Village Gifts will assist in making your best decisions for fabulous memorable favors and gifts.

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