Victoria Canada Weddings + Events

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Easy Ideas for Hosting a Holiday Cookie Swap

The Holidays seem to be busier than ever!  We have some Fun and Easy Ideas for Hosting a Holiday Cookie Swap. If you are someone out there that is not familiar with a cookie swap or cookie exchange let us fill you in!  A cookie exchange is just that…. you invite guests over and they bring one type or variety of cookie.  You swap your cookies and you end up with a delectable miscellanious group of sweets!

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Imagine baking only one cookie and leaving with a beautiful assortment?  It is a time saver and you only buy the ingredients you need.  These festive images were captured by the ever talented photographer AND Baker Melissa from Melissa Jill Photography.

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We like to provide labels for guests cookies.  These can be simple cards or even post it notes!  This will help with the voting process later.  Yes, voting = prizes (and bragging rights for next year!)

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If being alone at home with several dozen cookies strikes fear in your heart and your waistband, we have the solution for you.  Have a packing station set up.  This allows our swappers to drop off fresh and delicious baked goods to friends, family or neighbors right away!  Ribbon, bags and tags are all you need.

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My Cookie Swap can get pretty competitive!  We like to have ballots available for our guests to vote on their favorites.   You can put them head to head in a best of the best cookie contest! These Free Printables were shown on NBC’s Arizona Midday Segment and will get you set for your swap this year!

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Free Printables here!

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Other tips to make sure your cookie swap is easy and breezy:

  •  Host at “non- meal” times.  A 2 PM Party is perfect for some light snacks and libations.  It also gives any procrastinators time to bake that morning.
  • Always ask guests to bring an empty container.  This will allow them to fill their empty container with the other cookie varieties.  Less fuss and less mess!
  • We love to keep zip lock bags and Glad Press and Seal wraps available!  You never know who will need an extra bag or to cover their cookies.
  • Never throw a broken cookie away!  Ask your guests to bring any broken pieces to sample for the “best tasting” cookie contest.
  • Provide extra cake plates and other items for your guests to Jazz up their confections!  It is a nice touch and really dresses up any baked good.

I hope that these tips will help you host an Easy and Fun Cookie Swap!

Happy Baking!

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Tips and Tricks to have an EGGcelent Easter!

Candy, scavenger hunts, brunches galore, and the beginning of Spring are just a few of the fabulous things we love about Easter.

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Eggs are what we all remember about Easter!!! People are always trying to come up with new ways to decorate Easter Eggs and we wanted to find some cute ideas without necessarily taking on the mess of dyes.

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We love any reason to brunch, especially when drinks are involved. Victoria found an amazing cocktail to pair with any Easter meal, and she added her own little spin to it. This cocktail is filled with champagne, Grenadine, and peach puree. Everyone knows you eat with your eyes first, and the same is true for drinking! So Victoria added some edible flowers for a fresh Spring touch.

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To pair with that fabulous cocktail, we have an Easter take on a Cinnamon Roll. I don’t know about you, but this treat is a favorite for all of the kids I know! And turning the pastry into a cute bunny is super simple!

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This tip has to be one of our favorites! This is the perfect thing for anyone who has old Easter decorations that have lost their brightness or have just become outdated. All you need is some Gloss Brown Spray Paint. Just give the decoration a layer or two of paint and Voila! it turns into chocolate! This is also a great little trick if you are trying to find some little decorations to put around the house. Just pick up some rabbits at a dollar store and you’re set! We tried it on this little rabbit egg holder and we think it looks good enough to eat 🙂

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And lastly we have the perfect compromise of the good ole’ Peeps. They are the cutest treat and are SO classically Easter… BUT the sugar, oh man, the sugar. Well, here we have a new way to still display the sugary snack, but not ingest it! We chose to use the Peeps that are shaped like rabbits, just a preference, but you can use any you find. Then you have to use two different vases, one that will fit inside the other with space still left for the Peeps. Just stack them against the glass and put the flowers and water in the smaller vase!

victoriacanadaweddingsandevents1We always love sharing these fun ideas on Arizona Midday!  Happy Easter!

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The LOVEliest ideas for Valentines Day

 

This year, Victoria had the opportunity to share Valentines Day tips and party ideas with the ladies of Arizona Midday and we wanted to also share some of the cuteness on here in case you need a little inspiration for YOUR Valentine’s Day!  Celebrations in Paper in Old Town Scottsdale and urbAna in Arcadia are open and available for last minute gifts!

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These adorable “Be Mine” Flags and Love Tea Towel are available at urbAna in Arcadia.

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How CUTE are these containers?  We asked our good friends at Celebrations in Paper to come up with these stickers!  Add some heart shaped doughnuts from Dunkin’ and you are a rock star!

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“You’re my person” Great card for your sweetheart or a bestie!  Available at Celebrations in Paper

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Gumballs + Kisses = Blow Me a Kiss!

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These cute little Boxes from Sugarfina are available at urbAna 

 

 

 

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And of Course- these conversation heart Macarons from Ruze Cake House!  We want these to “Be Mine”!

Love,

Victoria

Thank you to all of the fabulous “friendors” that helped us out!

Paper Products: Celebrations in Paper :: Macarons: Ruze Cake House :: Donuts: Dunkin’ Donuts :: Other Decor: UrbAna

Fast and Fun New Years Eve Party Tips!

Fast and Fun New Years Eve Party Tips!

Ring in the New Year with some festive ideas for your New Years Eve Celebration!  We love a great glass of champagne to ring in the New Year, but with this delicious and very simple recipe, you can have your champagne in a fun and sparkly Jell-O shot!

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What you will need for 15 Champagne Shots:

10 oz plus 5oz champagne (Don’t feel the need to break the bank on your bottle of Champagne, sometimes the less expensive bottles tend to be sweeter and tastes better!)
1 tablespoon sugar
3 envelopes Knox plain gelatin (Tip!: There are three envelopes in one box of Gelatin) Colored Sparkling Sugar (Feel Free to add a few drops of food coloring to add some color to the sugar if you do not have access to colored sugar)

How to prepare these sweet treats:

Place 10 oz of the champagne and sugar in a sauce pan and then sprinkle gelatin on top. Let gelatin soften for about 2 minutes.

Place saucepan over low heat and stir until gelatin has completely dissolved, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and add in remaining 5 oz of champagne and stir to combine.

Pour mixture into a pan or glass dish and chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour. The colder the Jell-O the easier it will be to cut into squares with little slide.

To release the Jell-O, dip the pan into warm water for less than a minute and use a knife along the sides to gently release. Use a sharp knife to cut squares.

Dip the tops in the sparkling sugar and serve with a festive toothpick.

Lay a layer of your sparkling sugar in the bottom of your serving piece as this will prevent any slipping while cutting them apart later.

Keep the prepared Jell-O shots in the refrigerator until guests arrive!

Cheers and Happy New Year!

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New Years Fortune Cookies add some fun to a Champagne Flute!

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Create a white board for resolutions for your guests!  An instant camera creates an easy photo opportunity!

Send your guests home with a “Hangover Eliminator” – Water, Advil, and some Tums- your guests will thank you the next day!

Have a wonderful New Year!  Cheers!

Victoria

Your first dance… songs, suggestions and advice!

We recommend having dance lessons.  But… if you can’t do that at least have a great first dance song.  It does not have to be slow!  Rock it out if that is your style.  Promise us you will avoid the junior high slow dance.  When in doubt- throw a great twirl in there!

Whenever you hear this song it will remind you of this moment.  Choose wisely!  When we hear on of our couples first dance song comes on…we always think of them.

Here are some suggestions for a first dance song:

“Dancing Cheek to Cheek”by Fred & Ginger- Amanda & Chris

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Photographer: Mike Oblinksi Photography

Classic

What a Wonderful World- Louis Armstrong

God Only Knows- The Beach Boys

Something- The Beatles

Forever Isn’t Long Enough For Me- Nelson Brothers

Everything-Michael Bublé

Save the Last Dance For Me- Michael Bublé

Close To You- The Carpenters

The Promise- Tracey Chapman

Come Rain or Shine- Ray Charles

L-O-V-E- Nat King Cole

Dance Me to the End of Love- Leonard Cohen

Collide- Howie Day

Because You Loved Me- Celine Dion

You Belong to Me- The Duprees

We are Man and Wife- Michelle Featherstone

Landslide-Fleedwood Mac

Let’s Stay Together- Al Green

“Stand By Me” by Ben E. King- Lisa & Brian

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Photograher: Hollye Schumacher Photography 

In My Life- The Beatles

By My Side- Ben Harper

Forever- Ben Harper

At last- Etta James

When you say nothing at all-Alison Krauss

The Book of Love- Magnetic Fields

I could not ask for more- Edwin McCain

Promise of You- Edwin McCain

Someone Like you- Van Morrison

Have I told you Lately- Van Morrison

Our House- Crosby Stills Nash & Young

Question- Old 97’s

Just Say Yes- Snow Patrol

Can’t Help Falling In Love- Elvis Presley

Endless Love- Diana Ross & Lionel Richie

By Your side- Sade

Fly Me to the Moon- Frank Sinatra

Kiss me- Sixpence None The Richer

Wherever Would I Be- Dusty Springfield

Til there was you- Rob Stewart

How Sweet It Is- Jame Taylor

Happy Together- The Turtles

It Had to Be You- Luther Vandross

The Best Is Yet to Come- Nancy Wilson

Isn’t She Lovely- Stevie Wonder

“Fly Me to the Moon” by Grace Potter- Jessica & Jay

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Photographer: Melissa Jill Photography

Contemporary

Wonderwall-Ryan Adams

Lovesong- Adele

Make You Feel My Love- Adele

I turn to you- Christina Aguilera

I Choose You- Sara Bareilles

XO- Beyonce

How Deep is your love- Bird and the Bee

The Way You Look Tonight- Michael Bublé

Dream a Little Dream of Me- Michael Bublé

Sway- Michael Bublé

Safe and Sound- Capital Cities

I do- Colbie Caillet

Be Still- Kelly Clarkson

Feels like Forever- Joe Cocker

True Companion- Marc Cohn

You and me- Dave Matthews Band

In your eyes- Jeffery Gains

Makes Me Feel This Way- Sara Gazarek

This Years love- David Grey

First Time I Ever Saw Your Face- Roberta Flack

The Luckiest- Ben Folds

Forever- Ben Harper

Hero- Enrique Inglesias

Angel- Jack Johnson

Better Together- Jack Johnson

Come Away With Me- Norah Jones

Young, Dumb, and in Love- Mat Kearney

Hold you in my arms- Ray Lamontagne

You are the best thing- Ray Lamontagne

Let it Be Me- Ray Lamontagne

All of Me- John Legend

“Lay Down” by OAR- Caitlyn & Ryan (bonus- they met at an OAR concert!)

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Photographer: Jennifer Bowen Photography

Everything- Lifehouse

You and Me- Lifehouse

Just The Way You Are- Bruno Mars

Treasure- Bruno Mars

The Way You look tonight- Maroon 5

Chances Are- Johnny Mathis

Half of My Heart- John Mayer

Who you love- John Mayer & Katy Perry

I Could not ask for me-Edwin McCain

The Way I am- Ingrid Michaelson

Lucky- Jason Mraz

I’m Yours- Jason Mraz

I want You to Be My Love- Over the Rhine

She is Love- Parachute

A Thousand Years- Christina Perri

Rhythm of love- Plain White T’s

You’re My Best Friend- Queens

Fly me to the moon- Joshua Radin

I’d Rather Be With You- Joshua Radin

Only You-Joshua Radin

Faithfully- Journey

That’s How Strong My Love Is- Otis Redding

Thinking Out Loud- Ed Sheeran

Two is better than One- Taylor Swift & Boys Like Girls

Marry Me- Train

Anything- Third Eye Blind

Like A Star- Corinne Bailey Rae

1,2,3,4- Plain White T’s

Here I Stand- Usher

All I want is you-U2

Trying to Find A Purpose- Vertical Horizon

No Greater Love- Amy Winehouse

You’re The One – Elliott Yamin

“Stay” by Jackson Brown- Whitney & Adam

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Photographer: Melissa Schollaert Photography

Alternative

Fire- Augustana

Brighter than Sunshine- Aqualung

18th Floor Balcony- Blue October

First Day of My Life- Bright Eyes

Here We Go- Jon Brion

Sea of Love- Cat Power

Green Eyes- Coldplay

That;s Where It;s At- Sam Cooke

Just Like Heaven- The Cure

Friday I’m in Love- The Cure

Lucky by Jason Mraz- Angie & Garrett

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Photographer: Stephanie Fay Photography

I will Follow You into the Dark- Death Cab for Cutie

Fresh Feeling- Eels

You’ve Got The Love- Florence and the Machine

Everlong (Acoustic)- Foo Fighters

Walking After You- Foo Fighters

Your Song- Ellie Goulding

How Glad I Am- Greboy Allstars

Forever- Ben Harper

Flightless Bird, American Mouth- Iron & Wine

Love And Some Verses- Iron & Wine

Early April Morning- Brendan James

It Must Be Love- Madness

Anyone Else But You- The Moldy Peaches

Come and Get Higher- Matt Nathanson

This Tornado Loves You- Neko Case

I Love How You Love Me- Neutral Milk Hotel

We Dance- Pavement

Hard to Concentrate- Red Hot Chili Peppers

Your Guardian Angel Lyrics- The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

Swing Life Away- Rise Against

Home-Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeros

I Was Made For You- She & Hims

Tonight, Tonight- Smashing Pumpkins

Tangled Up In You- Staind

With Me- Sum 41

Find A Way- The Used

Smother Me- The Used

The Day Before You- Matthew West

I’m the Man Who Loves You- Wilco

Country

“Then” by Brad Paisley – Jessica and Jeff

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Photographer: Melissa Jill  Photography

Feels so Right- Alabama

The One- Gary Allen

Lost in The Moment- Big & Rich

When I Said I Do- Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black

I Don’t Dance- Lee Brice

Love like Crazy- Lee Brice

In My Life- Johnny Cash

All I need to Know- Kenny Chesney

You Had Me at Hello- Kenny Chesney

Love Your Love The Most- Eric Church

I Could Not Ask For More- Sara Evans

Bless the Broken Road- Rascal Flatts

Here- Rascal Flatts

Look At Us- Vince Gill

Fall Into Me- Brantley Gilbert

Wanted- Hunter Hayes

When You Got a Good Thing- Lady Antebellum

Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You- Lady Antebellum

Oklahoma Sky- Miranda Lambert

Amazed- Lonestar

She’s Amazing- Love and Theft

I Just Call You Mine- Martina McBride

I Love You- Martina McBride

My Best Friend- Tim McGraw

It’s Your Love- Tim McGraw & Faith HIll

‘Til My Last Day- Justin Moore

Could I Have This Dance- Anne Murray

Far Away NickelBack

She’s Everything- Brad Paisley

Then- Brad Paisley

All Your Life- The Band Perry

In this Life- Collin Raye

God Gave me you- Blake Shelton

I Cross My Heart- George Strait

Stuck Like Glue- Sugarland

Mamas Song- Carrie Underwood

Making Memories of Us- Keith Urban

Your Everything- Keith Urban

Once in a Lifetime Love- Keith Urban

Soulmate- Josh Turner

From This Moment- Shania Twain

Getting You Home- Chris Young

Free- Zac Brown Band

Whatever It Is- Zac Brown Band

 

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