2013 Wedding Trend Forecast

The Knot’s webinar tonight was absolutely wonderful!!! In honor of all the fun things we learned about what’s predicted to trend in 2013 weddings, we’ll be featuring trending tips, tricks, and information the rest of the week on our Facebook page,

http://www.facebook.com/betterhalfweddings  

#theknotsays the next wave of trends are going to be stemmed from chic dinner & garden parties. Say goodbye to mason jars and cowboy boots and say hello to the new “lux rustic” vibe, inspired by 1920s & 1950s glam thanks to shows & movies like Mad Men & The Great Gatsby ❤

*Photo via Pinterest via http://ruffledblog.com/1920s-garden-wedding/

We’re going to see pops of gold everywhere, and whimsical & rustic details being replaced by polished accents & art deco & old world charm with pops of bold, sophisticated colors.

Thank you to this evening’s B2B speakers @theknotb2b @theknot @weddingchannel @anjawinikka @ma_jennie @lauracave

Stay tuned for more 2013 #rusticlux #dinnerpartychic #wedding trends by the #bhw Better Half Weddings & Events, Inc. girls!! XOXO

 

Hot Cocoa Gone Wild!

We’ve been on the hunt for the best HOT CHOCOLATE recipes from all over the globe, and folks, we’ve struck gold!

From Drew’s World Famous Triple Rush Hot Chocolate to

Creamy Vegan Hot Cocoa, to Cocoa Sleigh Ride  & more, this page shares

20 of the yummiest hot chocolate recipes in town! 

Mix up your cup of hot cocoa this season with 20 festive inspirations via

allrecipes.com 

http://allrecipes.com/Recipes/Drinks/Hot-Chocolate/Top.aspx

2 of Life’s Favorite Things…

COOKE DOUGH + RICE KRISPIE TREATS!

Who doesn’t love the good ‘ol American snack, Rice Krispie treats + everyone’s favorite cookie dough?! Well, the wait is over for the two to be combined…

Check out these savory, ooy-gooy yummies via Steph’s Bite by Bite own personal recipe:

Photo via 
http://www.stephsbitebybite.com/2012/06/01/cookie-dough-rice-krispie-treats/

 

INGREDIENTS:

{makes a whole tray of squares}

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 16oz bag marshmallows
  • 6 cups rice krispie cereal (I used gluten free)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

Line a 9×13 baking dish with foil and spray with cooking spray, set aside.

In a heavy bottom pot, melt 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add in the marshmallows and stir until marshmallows are completely melted. While marshmallows are melting pour rice krispie treats and 1/2 cup chocolate chips in to a large bowl and toss to combine. When marshmallows are completely melted pour it over the top of the cereal mixture and mix with a spatula until cereal is completely coated in marshmallow. Dump cereal in to baking dish and spread out evenly with a spatula that’s been sprayed with cooking spray. I like to push down on my cereal with the back of my spatula to really pack it in and make a firm square.

Set rice krispie treats aside while you make the cookie dough.

In a medium pot melt 1/2 cup butter over medium heat. When completely melted add in the brown sugar, whisking until sugar is dissolved, then allow mixture to bubble and cook for a minute or two. Turn the heat off and add in the vanilla. Let this mixture sit for 20 minutes to cool off.

Once cool, add in the remaining ingredients, whisking to combine. If the mixture is too thick add another little splash of milk. Spread the cookie dough over the top of the rice krispie treats and pop in the fridge for 20 minutes to set up.

Remove from fridge, cut in to squares, and prepare to eat the whole tray in two minutes flat.

For an extra jazz effect you can melt 1/4 cup of chocolate chips in the microwave for one minute, then use a fork to drizzle melted chocolate over top!

VISIT STEPH’S BLOG FOR MORE AMAZING COOKING INSPIRATIONS! 

http://www.stephsbitebybite.com/2012/06/01/cookie-dough-rice-krispie-treats/

THANK YOU FOR HAVING THE EPIPHANY OF THESE DELICIOUS LITTLE SQUARES, SO WE CAN SHARE, STEPH!

XOXO,

THE BETTER HALF GIRLS

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Small Business Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Small Business Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Don’t forget to “shop small” this Saturday! Perfect time to grab Better Half Weddings & Events, Inc.’s A Smart Bride is an Organized Bride planning bundle for your newly engaged friends or family! ♥ Visit http://www.betterhalfweddings.com for more details or … Continue reading

Dijon + Brown Sugar Carrots

These tasty little guys are my absolute FAVORITE!! They’ve become my signature dish & a holiday tradition since I stumbled upon the recipe last fall {& have since made some secret mini tweaks to make it my own}. 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 (16 ounce) package baby carrots
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt {I’m not a huge salt fan, so LEFT THE SALT OUT. I thought it was way too salt with added salt, since the dijon brings out enough saltiness. But, it’s up to you! I’d recommend leaving the salt OUT & leave some on the table for people to add themselves.}

* TIP via Shelley: Having a large get together?? I tripled the carrots to three bags of baby carrots & doubled the sauce…if you double the carrots, you’ll probably want to double the sauce glaze ingredients, but won’t have to use it all! Duplicate recipe accordingly. Since I love these, I didn’t mind the thought of having leftovers {and I actually really hate leftovers}…BUT, the dish was cleared clean anyway! They’re always a tasty hit!

DIRECTIONS:

  • In a saucepan, bring carrots and water to a boil.
  • Reduce heat; cover and cook for 10-12 minutes or until tender.
  • Drain. Place carrots in a serving dish and keep warm.
  • In the same pan, melt butter.
  • Add brown sugar, mustard, ginger and salt {remember, I left the salt out because I thought it made them way too salty – use your own discretion}; cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
  • WHEN READY TO SERVE: Pour sauce mixture over carrots and toss to coat.

These sweet baby carrots don’t do well when you pour the sauce then let them sit for a while. Try to add the {warm} sauce on your way out the door to your Thanksgiving feast, or bring sauce on the side & add upon arrival/dinner being served. Best served fresh!

HOPE YOU ENJOY! Even non-carrot lovers seem to go gaga over these little gems! 

To view the original recipe, visit 

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/glazed-dijon-carrots/detail.aspx

Inside Out Caramel Apples Slices

Featuring our first recipe favorite of the day, “inside out caramel apple slices,” which we have yet to try but CANNOT WAIT to attempt this one! If you’ve tried it, please let us know how it turned out below in the comments!

We’re using the recipe as seen on TASTY KITCHEN, where they rated this as “easy.” And prep time is only 30 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 3 whole Large Granny Smith Apples (or Any Apple Of Your Choice)
  • 1 whole Large Lemon
  • 2 cups Caramel Squares, Unwrapped
  • 2 Tablespoons Corn Syrup
  • ¼ cups Chopped Pecans (optional)
  • Chocolate Sauce (optional)

Preparation Instructions

Note: these are still sticky and slightly messy, just like a traditional caramel apple. And totally worth it!

  • Cut your apples in half and use a melon baller to scoop out the insides, leaving the walls intact at about 1/2 to 1/4 inch thickness.
  • Squeeze the juice from the lemon onto the apples and allow to set. (This will keep them from turning brown right away.)
  • To make the caramel sauce, melt the caramel squares in a sauce pan over low heat, with the corn syrup. Allow to cool for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Using a paper towel, wipe your apples down, removing the lemon juice as much as possible. (Important: if the inside of your apple is too wet, the caramel won’t stick.)
  • Pour the caramel into the hollowed out apples until just below the top. Sprinkle with pecans (if you desire). Be sure to stray away from nuts if allergies are of concern!!
  • Chill in the refrigerator until the caramel has set, about 20 minutes. Cut into slices and drizzle with chocolate sauce, if desired.

EAT + ENJOY!

Umm, YUM!!!!! Who doesn’t love something bite sized, easy, and oh-so festive?!

View the original post of this recipe via Tasty Kitchen –

http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/appetizers-and-snacks/inside-out-caramel-apple-slices/ 

Food + Family + Holiday Cheer

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”
– George Bernard Shaw

Yes, Mr. Shaw, you are indeed correct. With that being said, and knowing food is the way to any man {or woman’s} heart, hosting a successful event means serving GOOD EATS!

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we’re dedicating today to some of our own favorite recipes & sharing some inspirations we have yet to try {but sure do look yummy – so if you try them, please let us know what you think!}.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving week filled with family, love, and GOOD EATS! Stay tuned all week for our collection of festive recipes!

You can also visit our fan page {www.facebook.com/betterhalfweddings}, where we’ll be featuring our top picks!

CHEERS TO FOOD + FAMILY + HOLIDAY CHEER!

XO,
The Better Half Girls

Thrifty Thursdays

Happy THRIFTY THURSDAY!

In the BHW world, we dedicate each & every Thursday asThrifty Thursday,” where we feature creative & inexpensive inspirations through DIY, budget saving tips & tricks, vendor promos, and more!

Be sure to check out our new sister page on Facebook that is dedicated solely to THRIFTY THURSDAY INSPIRATIONS

Thrifty Thursdays by Better Half Weddings & Events, Inc.”  

www.facebook.com/thriftythursday

Today we’re featuring how to make a DIY pinecone banner for UNDER $10 AND a HUGE PROMO by a local wedding photographer.

& Happy Holidays from The Better Half Girls!

Be sure to stop by our fan pages for MORE Thrifty Thursday tips & tricks!!!

www.facebook.com/thriftythursday
www.facebook.com/betterhalfweddings

XOXO

Reinventing the Thanksgiving Kids’ Table

Happy Wednesday! You’re officially half way through the work week!

Spicing up those creative minds this morning with this super cute & thrifty idea {we know we’re a day early for Thrifty Thursday, but this just couldn’t wait!} – perfect for your kids’ table{s} at your Thanksgiving feast {Which, PS – can you believe it’s already next week?!}

This kid-friendly table covering is creative & practical yet trendy & chic! 

http://www.countryliving.com/cooking/entertaining/thanksgiving-party-planning-1109#slide-2

What you need:

1. A dining table to be designated as the “kid’s table”

2. Kraft Paper {You can find kraft paper via amazon.com for $8.21 per 65-foot roll}.

3. Crayons or Washable Markers {display in a cute bucket or have a mini box at each place-setting}.

4. DIY Name Card Displays. BHW idea we love: Create a cute name card to attach to each individual box of crayons or markers & leave that on top of each plate to mark each child’s seat. They’ll feel special with their own box of crayons & even more special that their name marks their seat! {If you like the stamp name settings as seen in the photo, you can visit stampinup.com to purchase card stock {$11.06} & alphabet stamps {$22.17}.

Cheers to making your Thanksgiving kid’s table{s} practical yet trendy, cute AND inexpensive, and thank you to Country Living for the wonderful inspiration today! ❤

Remember, this idea can be used for many events other than Thanksgiving. Great for weddings that aim to be kid-friendly too! Especially if your theme is country, rustic, vintage, etc.! Or create for your next family get together, BBQ, birthday party, & more! ❤

XO,
The Better Half Girls {in full holiday mode!}