SHE's TRENDY: He Popped the Question... Now How Will You?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

You Got Your Man... But You Still Need Your Girls!
Brides everywhere are following their fiances lead and finding a creative way to ask their friends to be their bridesmaids. Some of our favorites? 

*Personalized hangers are cute and practical - you won't have to worry about mixing up dresses on the big day!  

*Getting down on one knee with a ring pop and tell her why you'd be honored to have her as your bridesmaid (maybe you'll realize how your man felt for a split second :) !!)

*Have personalized plates made and cover the question with a dessert - let them uncover your sweet question.  

*Buy your girls a headband and attach "will you head down the aisle with me?" To accept have them take a picture of themselves with the headband and share the pictures on your wedding website.

*Use a fun poem:

It's hard to believe that in just a little while
(finance's name) and I will be walking down the aisle.
Nothing would give me more joy and pride
Than to have you there by my side.
Will you be my Bridesmaid/Maid Of Honor? 

*Give each girl a bottle of wine and use a poem to go with it:
As I prepare for the day that I'm a to be bride, 
It would mean the world to have you sipping by my side!
Will you be my bridesmaid?

See some more of our favorites below!

Ring Pops

Have any other ideas of ways to ask? We'd love to hear them!


SHE's CRAFTY: Peppermint Chocolate Martini

Friday, December 23, 2011

Make a classic martini festive by adding peppermint!

What you need:
24 oz cocktail shaker - this recipe will make enough to fill 8 - 10 small 3oz mini martini glasses.
6 oz vodka
4 oz white cream de cocoa
2 oz cream or half and half
Hershey's Kiss for each glass
Whip Cream
Mini Candycane
Crushed Candycane
Little bit of lemon juice

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add vodka and both creams. Shake until cold (15 seconds or so). Put water mixed with a tiny bit of lemon juice in a bowl. Dip the rim of the martini glass into the water/lemon mixture (lemon helps the crushed candy cane stick better then just water). Put bottom of rim into bowl of crushed candy cane so that the rim is covered. Put the Hershey's kiss at the bottom of the glass. Pour drink into each martini glass. Add the mini candy cane to the glass. And enjoy!

These drinks go great with dessert or as a dessert! Yum! 


Christmas Treats!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Got a sweet tooth? This post is for you :)

Chocolate Covered Peppermint Oreos


candy canes
white chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips
dab of vegetable oil

Put your candy canes (3-4) in a plastic bag, seal, and then hit candy canes with a rolling pin until they are in small pieces. Be careful not to crush them into powder. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a small sauce pan and place a glass bowl on top (large enough to seal the steam inside the pot). Pour your chocolate chips into the bowl and heat until melted, stirring often. Stirring often will ensure the chocolate does not burn. Add a teaspoon of vegetable oil to the chocolate to thin it out a bit. Once the chocolate is melted, begin dipping your oreos, making sure they are coated on all sides, and place them on a cookie sheet that has been covered in wax paper. The next step is great for little helpers. Sprinkle your peppermint on all of the cookies while the chocolate is still melted. Place cookie sheet in the fridge to cool for a bit and then INDULGE! Yum!

Get a festive Christmas cookie tin and share with your coworkers or neighbors. These would be a great gift!

Classic Christmas Sugar Cookies

Every year the girls and I make sugar cookies (OK, I admit it- they are slice and bake) and decorate them with icing and tons of sprinkles (a few cookies get decorated with M&M's, but most of those end up missing :) This year we decided to invite a few friends over who also have this Christmas tradition and make it a baking party! We got lucky this year and had a great recipe for homemade sugar cookies that our friends helped us make. Kids or no kids, it's fun to bake and decorate cookies at the holidays!


2/3 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon orange zest
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
4 teaspoons milk
2 cups sifted all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Chef Ansley, Chef Ava, Chef Harper, and Chef Stella

Thoroughly mix sugar, shortening, orange zest, & vanilla in a medium mixing bowl. Add egg and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Stir in the milk. Sift together dry ingredients and blend in creamed mixture. Divide dough in half and chill for one hour in the refrigerator. Cover dough and counter lightly with flour. Roll dough to 1/8 of an inch. Use your Christmas cookie cutters to cut dough into shapes. Bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet 6-8 minutes (do not let cookies brown on top). If your cookie shapes vary drastically in size, seperate the smaller cookies and larger cookies onto 2 different baking sheets because the smaller cookies take less time to bake. Make your icing glaze while the cookies cool.

(Harper wanted to wear her Minnie Mouse dress while baking :)


1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk- maybe more

In a small bowl, combine ingredients (add milk at a constant drizzle). Ice cookies and add sprinkles right away.

Christmas Wreaths

Who doesn't like rice krispie treats? Click HERE to get the full recipe, but check out the pictures below to see just how fun this treat is to make!

Happy Holidays everyone!

~ Emily

SHE's CRAFTY: Reindeer Beer

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Bring a 6 pack for a hostest gift or create a number for your guests to drink at your holiday party! Either way - they will be a hit! Mine are a little different from most because their nose isn't a little red cotton ball; it's an actual Christmas Bow. The truth is the Walmart was out of the little red cotton "noses" and so I improvised - but I think they might be even cuter with the bow!

They are super easy to make.

What you need:
Bottled Beer
Brown Pipe Cleaners
Craft "Eyes"
Little Christmas Bows

Take the pipe cleaner, wrap it around the cap and twist the two ends together. Cut small strip of pipe cleaner to wrap around to the ends of the antlers. Put the eyes and the bows in place and you are done!

Happy Holiday's!!!


SHE's CRAFTY: Treats for the Holidays!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Holiday's would not be the same without making the cookies I've been making with my mother since I was a little girl! I have shared my "recipes" with Emily so that she could make some of our absolute favorites! This week, be prepared to see some amazing cookies and treats and we hope that you'll bring them into your home too! They are DELICIOUS!

Let's start with the easiest recipe! The hardest part about making these is unwrapping the Rolos!

What you need:
Rolos (I used two bags)
Pretzels - apparently the square pretzels are easier because the chocolate doesn't melt all the way through like the regular pretzels, so when you make them look for the square pretzels
M&M's (one bag)

You can make different varieties of this treat! Try adding pecans instead of M&M's or Hershey Kisses (the white peppermint is fun for the holidays). Whatever you do, it will taste amazing! But if you use Hershey's Kisses set your oven for a lower temperature and keep them in the oven for less time (keep the light on and watch because they melt a lot faster than rolos)

Set your oven for 350 degrees. Spread the pretzels on a cookie tray, put the rolos on top and put the tray in the oven. Keep your eye on them and as they are beginning to melt pull them out.

Immediately from the oven put the M&M in the rolo and push the rolo into place! Let cool! If you're in the North (my fellow Minnesotans!) put them outside for five minutes and then remove from tray. You can't remove them until the chocolate re-hardens otherwise you will pull up the pretzel but the chocolate will remain on the cookie sheet. If you don't want to worry about waiting for them to cool - put parchment paper down and your pretzels on top so that you can remove the paper and keep using the cookie sheet. 
Picture below is how melted I let them get... :)

And that's it! Just beware, they are addicting!!!


SHE's CRAFTY: Holiday Wreath

Monday, December 19, 2011

Create a festive holiday wreath that smells good too!

What you need:
Wooden Wreath Circle (I used Styrofoam and it was challenging because of the weight of the sticks so I would suggest something a little more sturdy)
Yarn - whatever color you'd like
Cinnamon Sticks
Glue Gun

Wrap the circle in your yarn.

Glue the cinnamon sticks onto the yarn. You're going to see the glue so what I did was take the yarn and wrap another layer in between the cinnamon sticks to cover the glue.

Tie a bow around the wreath and then hang it up for all those to see!


DIY gift for Chirstmas

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Are you looking for a fun project for this weekend?  Do you have a few more people to shop for on your list?  Here's a fun and inexpensive craft that would be a great gift for just about anyone.


4 square tiles (per gift set) white is cheapest
Mod Podge, gloss finish
foam paint brush
4 pictures
small felt pads (16 per gift set)
decorative ribbon

Place one felt pad to the back corners of each tile. 

When Picking your pictures for your tiles, try to imagine them all laying next to each other and pick the color format of the pictures to be somewhat cohesive.  We choose all black and white pictures. 

First cut your pictures to fit flush on top of your tiles.  If your using a 4x6 picture (we did), the tile will still be visible on two sides.  By choosing the white tile and black and white pictures, I think it still looks okay.  Depending on the picture, you could print a 5x7 and cut that down to be flush on all sides of the tile. 

Apply Mod Podge to the top of the tile and adhere your picture.  Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the entire top and sides of the tile/picture.  Continue this process for the next three tiles.  Once the first coat has dried, repeat process 2-3 more times.

To add some color or fun to your photo coasters, paint the edges of the tiles to give a pop of color (do this before you apply Mod Podge). 

Use your favorite Christmas ribbon to tie up your coasters for an easy and beautiful way to wrap your gift!  Next step, put it under your Christmas tree :)

Happy Holidays everyone!  Check back Monday for a yummy & fun Christmas cookie post! 

Style Me Pretty's Little Black Book

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

We are thrilled to announce that we have been invited by Style Me Pretty to be included in their Little Black Book!  It is such an honor to be listed among top industry professionals.  To see our listing, click HERE

Happy Thursday!!



Monday, December 12, 2011

We're seeing a lot of couples use props to create even more fun and memorable wedding and engagement pictures. See some examples of how couples used balloons to create a fun and different style...

Remember your time "in the sky" with a balloon necklace from Etsy! Click here for details!
Colorful Balloon Wedding

Hope you enjoyed another "SHE's Trendy" post!
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