Tuesday, August 29

Do you know parasol?

<---- Parasols. Image courtesy: wikipedia.org Parasols are colorful paper umbrellas used in outdoor or garden wedding parties. I came across this word when I was asked to write about a web release by bridesmaid gifts, a pioneer in wedding favors and gifts.

I am always interested in knowing about new cultures and customs.
What about you?
Please read on; who knows what knowledge you gain, is going to be useful in your life.

They speak about 10 different types of wedding plans.
Each plan is loaded with different food, different decoration with games and shows to enliven the occasion. They also throw away a few useful tips.

If the wedding is formal, they suggest BBQ Bash.
The two families are introduced over burgers, dogs, and Aunt Jessica’s famous baked beans.
Scattered picnic tables allow everyone to interact casually as they pass food cooked up by the dads bonding over grill duty.
Tables are decorated with wildflowers in galvanized tin pails and jars of homemade jam laid out on red-and-white checkered tablecloths.

The Orient Express Think fusion:
Order a Chinese restaurant cater dinner, hire a sushi chef to make rolls, and serve mini-pad thais as an appetizer.
Litter colorful paper lanterns and parasols to ornate origami.
For centerpieces, put exotic and fragrant orchids, colorful lotus blossoms or just fanciful origami creations.
Fried bananas or mango ice cream bring a sweet finale to your gathering. Consider ornate fans or personalized fortune cookies as favors.

Dip From buffets:
Start with toast points and various cheese pots: blue cheese or Gruyere are good starters.
Move on to meats, potatoes, and veggies, which can each be dipped in sauces (like teriyaki, red wine, and ginger) and cooked right on the table.
For dessert, dip fresh fruit, squares of firm cake or brownies, bananas, and marshmallows in pots of melted chocolate, caramel, marshmallow, honey, and yogurt.
Give guests a take-home version of one of the dishes or even a monogrammed fondue fork.

Good Times Bowl:
A themed bowling party is big fun.
The menu is easy: microwave pizza (or delivery), nachos, pretzels, and other foods from the snack bar.
Stage competitions between the two families, or do boys vs. girls, and give awards at the end of the night. Winners receive a bowling shirt embroidered with “Team Chris & Sara,” while everyone else takes home sugar cookies iced to look like bowling balls.

Feelin’ Lucky:
Send out invitations on customized playing cards for your casino night, and decorate surfaces with chocolate poker chips.
Let your bridal party take turns dealing blackjack, poker, and other card games (or hire a real dealer), and consider, bingo matches and having raffle prizes.
No casino is complete with out lots of chic sips, so keep the champagne flowing as gambling guests spend the evening toasting the bride and groom.

Big League:
Proclaim the wedding festivities officially underway with an excursion to a local stadium or baseball field for some hoots and dogs.
Many ballparks offer group packages, complete with a congratulatory message on the scoreboard.
Personalized baseball caps or plastic beer steins make perfect souvenirs after guests have eaten their fill of Cracker Jacks and peanuts.
For your own memories, have all the guests sign a “game ball.”

Toast of the Town:
Select six to eight different wines of all the same grape varietals (do all Shiraz, or all chardonnay, etc.) so guests can really taste the difference a winemaker and a vineyard makes.
Start by presenting the different wines with the cheeses they complement, or invite a local vintner to do the honors.
For décor think grapes, grapes, and more grapes. You can hang, stream, and strategically place bunches of fresh red and green grapes, vines, and berries on tables with beautiful results. And for favors? Mini wine bottles, of course.

Destination Theme:
Going somewhere tropical for your honeymoon?
Give guests a little sneak peek and transform your dinner into your destination.
Hang hammocks from trees in your backyard, serve dinner buffet-style on long surfboards, blend pina coladas and daiquiris, and let Jimmy Buffet blast.
For fun favor ideas, try personalized messages in glass bottles, flip-flops, or gift certificates for a spray tans.

Tee Time:
If you and your fiancé share a love of the links, let your guests in on your spare-time passion. Have your rehearsal dinner at a country club or golf course, and let everyone spend cocktail hour perfecting their swing at the driving range.
Get creative with your gift ideas and personalize golf tees or golf balls. For a pared-down version, set up a putting area in your own yard and build an obstacle-laden mini-golf course. Fore!

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