A champagne waterfall….has to be done at least once in your life right? Although the potential wastage of champagne does worry me!
Photo Credit: Michael and Anna Costa via Style Me Pretty
Serving your favourite cocktail at your wedding reception is a brilliant way to get an extra piece of ‘you’ into the wedding. I love cocktails and we decided rather early on that a cocktail hour is never enough so we will be having ‘cocktail 2 hours’ for our reception in August. So now, all we need is to decide which cocktails to serve.
- Dry Champagne
- 25ml Brandy
- 1 White Sugar Cube
- Angostura Bitters
Douse the sugar cube in Angostura Bitters and place into a Champagne flute. Add the Brandy, then gently top up with Champagne.
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- 50ml Gin
- Fresh Lime Juice
- Sugar Syrup
- Lime Wedge
Pour the Gin, a large dash of fresh lime juice and a large dash of sugar syrup into a Highball glass filled with ice. Top up with soda, and garnish with a lime wedge.
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- 50ml Pimm’s No 1 Cup
- Mixed Fruit
- Sprig of Mint
Pour Pimm’s over ice into a Highball glass and add the lemonade, leaving ample room for the fruit. Then add a sliver of cucumber peel, a slice of orange, lemon and strawberry and a sprig of mint. Serve with a straw and a swizzle stick.
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These are some of my favourite cocktail images from Style Me Pretty:
Vintage tea cups, finger sandwiches, jam scones and of course Champagne make the perfect Afternoon Tea.
You can adapt this theme by using teapots and tea cups as vases, add a final course of coffee or tea with a scone or my absolute favourite idea is to serve your champagne out of vintage teapots into your guest’s very own vintage tea cups (credit for this idea has to go to my future mother-in-law)
So very British and so very scrummy.
Photo Credit: WeddingHigh.blogspot, UKAWP, You and Your wedding, Vintage Touch & MulberryInspirations.blogspot.
HTB best get practising….
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I have been an army girlfriend for over 4 years now, and during those 4 years a girlfriend to the army is often what it has felt like. It starts with the first 5 weeks at Sandhurst where communication with the outside world is forbidden, although even if it were allowed, the boys and girls are so fatigued that conversations with anyone is near impossible.
In fact, during Sandhurst HTB would regularly fall asleep on the phone, sometimes after as little as 7 minutes. Now, I know my conversation topics aren’t always exhilarating but I like to blame the army and not myself for his sudden inability to remain concious. When he was eventually allowed out at the weekends he fell asleep more than once during the meal at a dinner party, literally, head bowed almost touching the steak left on his plate….embarrassing? Sure.
But I am also immensely proud. HTB, like so many servicemen, put their physical and mental capabilities to the extreme; something which I often wonder if I would be capable of, probably not is the answer.
Tiredness is not the only obstacle. The aspect which I have always found the hardest is the inflexible timetabling of exercise and weekends off. So what if it’s your girlfriend’s birthday and you haven’t seen each other for 4 weeks…tough sh*t. Weekends promised and taken away at the last minute, trips to Belize for a month, the inevitable stationing with your battalion, tour dates to Afghanistan; all out of control. So yes, I suppose I had to ‘man up’ quite a bit over the years, but I am so glad that I did.
I know that the level of real and terrifying perspective that being an army girlfriend brought to our relationship is one of the best things to come out of it. The army has stirred more emotions within me than I thought possible; anger, yearning, dread, exhilaration but the constant is pride. My chest feels like it might burst with pride when I think of all that HTB has done, and it’s not just him, it’s the whole of the battalion, the whole of our armed forces. Incredible people.
I suppose now I get the best bit of all, I get to marry HTB in a super fine looking uniform with swords and a proper guard of honour. Ooooh, yeaaaah. Oh and I have also put in a request for at least one champagne bottle to be sliced open by HTB and his sword – if Cameron Diaz can do it then so can he!
Photo Credit: Top two are publisher’s own, bottom via twp.tyepad
If you want to grab a bubble bargain there are 2 prominent times of year to do it: Christmas and Valentines. Supermarkets offer half price deals and if you are controlling your own wine supply then it saves a huge amount of money, either that, or you get twice as much. Depends which way you like to look at it.
To keep a track of live prices, and save supermarket traipsing, this is the best website http://www.winesdirect.co.uk
If however, you would prefer to add an adventure to your champagne buying then a trip over to the Champagne region itself is a must. Just make sure you pack light to ensure maximum capacity.
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