The “Easter Dozen” from Georgetown Cupcake

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Last summer while visiting the Washington DC area for a cousin’s wedding, my mom, sister, and I visited Georgetown Cupcake (aka DC Cupcakes from TLC).  It was SO much fun and I should actually dedicate a separate post just to that visit! We LOVED the cupcakes there so much that for Easter this year, I decided to send my mom a dozen cupcakes from there!

Georgetown Cupcake Easter Dozen

Since we don’t live near a Georgetown Cupcake location, I went online and found out that I could have them shipped! I will say, the shipping itself was a little pricy…$20 shipping fee PLUS a $10 Saturday delivery fee. I wanted it to be delivered as close to Easter as possible so I paid the extra $10 for the Saturday. While shipping was expensive, the package did arrive in great condition. The cupcakes were overnighted so they were fresh, they were packed well, and there was a freezer pack inside to keep them cool. And honestly, who cares about the overall price when you are giving a great gift!?

I also had the chance to include a gift message.  It said “Happy Easter! We thought you would like Georgetown Cupcakes better than flowers this year!” They came in flavors like Carrot, Cherry Blossom, Peanut Butter Fudge, and more. Oh and the best thing about sending my mom cupcakes? I got to eat some when I went to her house on Easter!!!

If you want to order the Easter Dozen assortment of cupcakes, you can still get them through April 30th! OR check out their entire collection of fun Seasonal Assortments on their menu.

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Engagement Gift Idea: Nora Roberts’ Bride Quartet Books!

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After my sister got engaged, I wanted to get her a fun present to congratulate her and get her excited for wedding planning! I decided to get her a set of four books from Nora Roberts: The Bride Quartet. They are a set of books that actually came out in 2010, around the time I was planning my wedding. I read all of the books and they were great!

Nora Roberts Savor the Moment Book @FoodMarriage

Me reading “Savor the Moment” by Nora Roberts while vacationing in Fort Lauderdale back in 2010.

I love Nora Roberts, and this is by far one of my favorite series written by her! The four books in this set are: Vision in WhiteBed of RosesSavor the Moment, and Happy Ever After. The series is about a group of four friends that start a wedding business together: one is a photographer, one is a florist, one is a baker, and one is the wedding planner. They have the perfect venue…an estate left by one of the girl’s parents. Each book is written from each of the different character’s perspectives. It is fresh and fun and of course, there are love stories in store for each of the girls. Once you read them, you also won’t be able to stop thinking about getting into the wedding business yourself!!

Nora Roberts Bride Quartet Books

You can buy the entire set of books electronically, OR you can buy the “old-fashioned” way and get the real books, which I opted to do for my sister. I got her the entire sent and just tied them up with a bit of kitchen twine for a nice presentation. They were the perfect gift to get her in the mood (and give her ideas!) for wedding planning!

What do you think of this as an engagement gift idea??

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Personalized Cutting Board – Great Bridal Shower Gift!

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Welcome back to Wedding Wednesday!! I love sharing all of the wedding-related ideas I have done myself or seen out at different events!

Whenever I have a bridal shower to go to, especially for a good friend, I try my best to give a unique gift and not just go off the registry. My friend Allison loves to bake, so because she spends a lot of time in the kitchen, I decided to get her something that could be both useful and decorative for her kitchen!

Custom Engraved Personalized Cutting Board

I found this personalized cutting board for her on Etsy from the Taylor Crafts Engraved shop. They have so many different styles, it was hard to choose!! But in the end I ended up going with a simple monogram style on a 12″ by 15″ cutting board with their names and wedding date. And then of course…what is a good gift without a great wrapping job?!

Cupcake Apron

Since Allison’s baking specialty is cupcakes, I found a really cute cupcake apron at Home Goods. I then wrapped the apron around the cutting board, tied it, and attached a personalized gift tag. It made an already special gift even more fun! She loved it!

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Wedding Wednesday: Cute Card for a Generic Gift

Everyone knows I like to give unique gifts.  But sometimes time constraints make me get a generic gift off the wedding registry.  Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  Getting something off the registry ensures that you are getting a present  that you know the couple wants!  This past weekend, I had a bridal shower to go to and decided to purchase a toaster from the registry.

Bridal Shower Card: Blend two lives together; Toast to the wonderful Couple @FoodMarriage

However, even though I got a “boring” gift, I was able to find the PERFECT card to go with it!  I stopped in a CVS to pick up a couple things, happened to wander through the card aisle, and saw it!  It said, “Blend two lives together.  Toast to the wonderful couple!”  So fitting for the gift of the toaster!  It suddenly makes a generic gift cute!

Congratulations Amanda & Chris.  Wishing you a lifetime of happiness and hope you enjoy your new toaster!!!

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Diaper Bouquet fit for a Prince!

My friend Janell (baker of the Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies from last year’s cookie exchange), just recently had her second child!  He was born the same day as the Royal Baby on July 22. Janell’s own little prince, baby Cameron, was born exactly 5 hours earlier than Prince George (and a couple pounds heavier!!)  That’s right, he was 10 pounds 4 ounces!!

Diaper Bouquet for a Boy @FoodMarriage

Because Baby Cameron shares a birthday with a royal, NBC 10 Philadelphia found it newsworthy!! Janell and the newest addition to her family were interviewed by the news!!  You can check her out here on a NBC 10 Philadelphia’s clip about Sharing a Birthday with the Royal Baby here!

Janell already had all of the major things she needed from her baby shower a few years ago when she had her first son.  To celebrate the arrival of Baby #2, a couple weeks prior to his birth, Janell had a little “sprinkle” where guests were asked to bring necessities like diapers, wipes, and lotions. I thought that just bringing a pack of diapers was boring, so I decided to do something a little more creative.  I created a diaper bouquet!!

Diaper Bouquet for a Boy @FoodMarriage

The diaper bouquet was very easy to make and turned out SOOO adorable!  It was something Janell had never seen before and she loved it!!  Here’s how to make a diaper bouquet…

Supplies:

  • 1 glass vase
  • 1 rectangular foam block
  • 1 round ball of foam
  • Tissue Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Glass Marbles or Stones
  • Small Rubber Bands
  • Wooden Skewers
  • Tulle Circles
  • A few branches of artificial flowers.
  • Card stock and stickers (for the gift tag).
  • Diapers (the number of diapers needed varies based on the size of your vase and foam ball.  I used 36 “Newborn Size” diapers plus 40 “Size 1” diapers, making it a total of 96 diapers)

Instructions:

  •  Cut your rectangular foam block to fit down into the inside of the vase.  Wrap tissue paper around the foam block so you do not see the foam.  Add glass stones or marbles to the bottom of the vase.  This will make it decorative as well as weigh it down so it is not too top-heavy.
  • Using a wooden skewer, attach the foam ball to the top of the foam block.  The ball should be resting on the mouth of the vase.
  • Roll each diaper up, starting at the open end of the diaper.  Secure each one 3/4 of the way down with a small rubber band.
  • Insert a wooden skewer into the center of a tulle circle and then through the center of the diaper (the tulle should come up around the sides of the diaper).
  • Starting at the top of the foam ball, and starting with the newborn size diapers, insert the skewered diaper into the foam ball.  Depending on the size of your skewers, you may need to cut them slightly shorter with scissors.
  • As you add more diapers to the ball, place them as close together as possible.  Once you have used all of the newborn size diapers at the top of the ball, you can continue filling the bottom half of the ball with the Size 1 diapers.
  • Tie a ribbon around your vase for decoration.  You can also add sprigs of artificial flowers throughout the bouquet.
  • Make a tag out of card stock, add a few stickers, and you are all set with a fabulous diaper bouquet!

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NOTE: The blog, Like Mom And Apple Pie, gives a great step-by-step picture tutorial on how to make a diaper bouquet.  I highly recommend checking it out to supplement some of my instructions.

One of the main things I did differently than her was to use the tulle circles because they are able to be attached directly to the skewers and diapers instead of just being inserted at random spots. The tulle circles also make a pretty fanned out display around each diaper.  A couple other differences I did included adding the glass stones to the vase to weigh it down to make it less top heavy as well as inserting some artificial flowers to the bouquet!

By the way, can you believe there were 96 diapers in this bouquet!?!?

 

xoxo, Food Marriage