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Fall in love with fall-inspired drinks!

The best time of year is here, Fall! It’s a beautiful time of year and an even more beautiful time for weddings. Planning a fall wedding of your own? We’ve got some tips and inspiration for your autumn celebration! And by tips and inspiration we mean cocktail recipes!

Trying to keep your guests warm in the crisp cool fall air? No problem! Try these signature cocktails and your guests won’t be cold or thirsty! We found a recipe for a hot chocolate martini, yes you heard right… hot chocolate AND alcohol in one delicious drink! While it’s not necessarily hot, we think the alcohol will keep your guests plenty warm while they celebrate your special day! And if this drink wasn’t good enough already, you can even top it with your own roasted mini marshmallows! Check out the ingredients for this recipe below or go here for more details!

Ingredients

  • Hot chocolate (which is then cooled)
  • Vanilla vodka
  • Kahlua
  • Creme de Cacao
  • Roasted mini marshmallows (use a kitchen torch…before drinking)

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Looking for something with a little more fall and a little less calories? We’ve got that too! Check out this awesome Skinnygirl spiced cider martini! This sugar-free drink is guaranteed to keep your guests happy and healthy…well, kind of! Thanks Skinnygirl for this delicious fall recipe!

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Photo credit: Bakingdom

Ingredients

  • 1/2 gallon apple cider
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • zest of 1/4 lemon
  • zest of 1/4 orange
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 11/2 cups clear spiced rum

 

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Rustic Fall weddings are the best kind of weddings in my opinion and this fall-inspired cocktail is just right for the occasion! Nothing says fall more than apple pie moonshine! Not to mention, mason jars make a perfect rustic fall wedding decoration! Visit this site or use the ingredients below to make a tasty moonshine drink for your guests to enjoy! Hopefully, they don’t enjoy it too much!

2 quarts apple juice
2 quarts apple cider
2-4 cinnamon sticks
6 whole cloves
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 (750 ml) bottle of 100 to 150 proof alcohol such as vodka or Everclear®

You’ve got the cocktails for your fall wedding but you can’t drink them all by yourself! Now you have to invite your guests and we have the perfect invitations for you! Our Leafy Branch Wedding invitation suite, which highlights a delicate autumn branch, is the perfect option for celebrating your fall-inspired wedding. Want to purchase this invitation? Check it out here!

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All of our designs are customizable so we can help you create your dream fall wedding invitation! Check out some of our other designs that would compliment your autumn celebration, like our rustic, hand-drawn barn letterpress invitation and custom layered wedding program with a leaf cutout! Check out our Etsy shop or website to see more!

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Halloween Weddings – but First Things First

Hello my faithful followers! I have been on vacation this past week visiting my new little nephew in Virginia Beach. Xavier Joseph, born on October 3, weighing in at 5.3 lbs is just about the cutest little guy EVER!

So now that I have that out of the way, let’s talk weddings. Halloween weddings, specifically.

Some friends of mine had a Halloween wedding a few years ago – a masquerade wedding, more specifically. It was quite fun to go to a wedding dressed in a costume, wearing a mask. But even if you don’t want your wedding to be a dress-up-free-for-all, there are still ways of incorporating one of the most outrageous holidays while still keeping it classy, San Diego.

Skull Wedding Invitation by KwirkCreative

Halloween Wine Charm Favors by VumbacaWhite

Treat Take Out Boxes by WeddingAmbience

Rhinestone Spider Hair Clip by Parisxox

Skull Bridemaid Jewelry by happylifejewelry

Cake Topper by CoolestToppers

 

Pumpkin Escort Card Holders by HomesAndWeddings

Name Your Poison Plates by AustinModern

Cupcake Toppers by JacquelynVaccaro

Bridal Head Piece by gildedshadows

Spooky Wine Bottle Bag by BloomandBarnacle

Screenprinted Dia de los Muertos Necktie by Cyberoptix

Bloody Save the Date by hawkdesigns

Black and Ivory Garter by GarterLady

 

Clay Skull Pins by handmademom

Skeleton Cameo Necklace by mysweetn0vember

Hopefully you will be attending some fun weddings that incorporate some of these awesome etsy finds this Halloween season!  CLICK HERE to see my treasury that includes all these items.

Monday

 

Well, I hope everyone had a fab weekend. Here’s what I did:

Threw a Jack and Jill bridal shower for my friend Katie who’s getting married in Key West in November! We had a great time, the weather was awesome, the food was amazing (and the beer pong was fun too!).

I’ve decided to showcase her theme here today (which was chic BBQ), since I don’t really have all that much else to talk about. Besides, even though summer is (almost) over, you can still throw together a great BBQ at the last minute in the fall.

Honey BBQ Smoked Beef Jerky by BulkBeefJerky

Cloth Gingham Napkins by PeppermintPinwheels

S’mores Y’all hang tag by misspicklespress

Hairpiece by motifcaprice

BBQ Invitation by OliveandStar

Custom Beer Pong Table by ChippewaFive

Firepits are great if you live in an urban area but still want to roast marshmallows! They are available almost everywhere (I recently purchased one in a high-end grocery store), and range anywhere from $35 – $500 depending on the model.

Popcorn Machines are so cool. First of all, everyone loves popcorn. Second, They give a retro vibe to your party. And popcorn is a healthy snack! I’ve seen these everywhere, at Target/WalMart/Sears/amazon.com plus they can be rented from a variety of party supply places if you don’t want to have to find a place to store it in your kitchen!

BBQ Bottle Tag Favors by TieThatBindsParties

Throw in a few of your favorite lawn games to get people moving around – ladder golf, bocce, Kan Jam – and you have a great party even when the weather cools down!