Winter Wedding Favors Your Guests will Love

Winter weddings are very special, as they signify such hope for growth, especially in Michigan where the ground is frozen and the landscape covered in snow. Nourished with love and excitement, after the spring thaw, blooms appear, displaying the wonderful nurturing that all relationships require, even in the chilly times.

If you’re still searching for the perfect favor for your winter wedding, consider some of these ideas. They’re sure to bring a smile to your guest’s faces!

  • Ice wine – There are several types of ice wine available, and many are Michigan made! Tucked into a lovely wine gift bag (Check out Bold Ink Gifts on Facebook – another Michigan company).
  • Hot cocoa kits – you can make your own specialty hot cocoa and fill mason jars with your special blend. Consider an Aztec-inspired blend with cinnamon and cayenne, or make a ginger scented blend.
  • Personalized lip balm – chilly weather can mean cracked lips in need of some TLC. Several companies can wrap lip balm with a label that personalize the packaging for the perfect keepsake your guests can use all winter!
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Top Trends for the 2012 Bride

If you’re going to be walking down the aisle this year, you’re probably researching all things fashionable and fresh in the wide world of weddings. Your big day is fast approaching, and there are lots of details and decorations to attend to. 2012 is here and the trends have been set for what’s hot in the bridal business. Here’s what you can look forward to as your prepare for your perfect day.

Rustic Chic – Indoors or out, adding some rustic touches to your ceremony or reception adds a warm, nostalgic feel to your event. From a burlap tablecover to long farm tables, there are lots of homey touches you can add to make your guests feel at home.

Local, Local – Local foods are really hot right now, but there are also lots of other ways to add some local flavor to your celebration. Using locally made invitations, artwork, scenery, and plant life, really set the stage for a fun and unique event. Add in local food products as an unusual favor and pour some local brews and wines, and your guests will swoon over your city or state – especially fun for out of town guests!

Fun and Funky Tasting Menus – Instead of the traditional sit-down or food stations, try adding some out of the ordinary dishes or stations like international foods, or donut holes with dipping sauces. Use your imagination and incorporate some of your favorites into the menu.


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Ring in the New Year with a Classic Champagne Cocktail

Champagne cocktails are very hot right now and there are several recipes and twists on the original or “classic”. We hope you enjoy this recipe as you ring in 2012 with family and friends!

Classic Champagne Cocktail

  • 3 drops bitters
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 1 ounce Cognac
  • 4 ounces chilled Champagne

    Drop bitters onto sugar cube; let soak in. Place sugar cube in a Champagne flute. Add Cognac, and top with Champagne.



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Hassle-free Holiday

Don’t do it all yourself. Cut your stress significantly by calling a  caterer or just pick up some of our delicious, chef-prepared dishes so you can stop doing the work and have a wonderful holiday.

Plan in advance. Minimize the amount of work you have to do the day of your event by preparing some items in advance. Brie en croute, mushroom turnovers, sweet and savory cheesecakes, scones and more can be made ahead and frozen.

Make just the main dish. Simplify your holiday entertaining and concentrate on just your main dish. Joe’s Gourmet Catering can provide all the side dishes you need to complement your main course.

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Coffee Punch Perks Up Every Party

If you’re looking for a delicious recipe to serve at your next party, but are tired of mulled wine, and 7-up & Sprite, this coffee punch recipe fits the bill! One of the great things about this recipe is that it can be prepared with or without the addition of alcohol. It’s a fun and decadent departure from the traditional toddies usually served because it’s like a Frappuccino! If you decide to add alcohol, be sure to add it after the mixture has already been frozen.

Coffee Punch

3 cups strong coffee (Have you tried Joe’s Gourmet Coffee yet?)
2 cups of sugar
1 pt. of cream
1 qt. of whole milk
2 tsp. vanilla


Dissolve the sugar in the hot coffee, cool.
Add the other ingredients. Pour the mixture into clean, emply milk cartons and freeze.
Remove from the freezer 2 hours before serving, it should still be slushy.

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