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topped with a smooth layer of buttercream in a basketweave pattern.
Spend the rest of your evening dancing beneath the stars to the cool sounds of jazz or big band music. And when the last dance has ended, share with guests a token of your gratitude: personalized bottles of spring water, glassine bags bursting with ripe cher- ries, or a small bundle of sparklers for every- one to light as you make your getaway.
A Snow Ball
Though winter can be a headache with weather worries and chilly temps, winter can also provide cool inspiration for a warm and cozy celebration. Begin with the location: check out sites that boast rich woodwork and stone fireplaces. Historic mansions, prestigious country clubs, bed & breakfasts, or smaller boutique-style hotels are great places to get out of the cold and celebrate.
Let Mother Nature help with the décor and use rustic pinecones, evergreen accents, hypericum berries, and hardy blooms like amaryllis to top the tables. Small votive candles in snow white and a flickering fire in the hearth will give the room a warm glow.
During the cocktail hour, serve tradi- tional winter drinks like warm cocoa, coffee and cordials, and hot buttered rum. It’s all about warming everyone up, so a hearty menu is perfect for a snow- bound wedding.
Think prime rib with braised root vegetables or herb encrusted pork loin with buttery garlic infused smashed potatoes. Dessert should be a rich reminder of the season: large slices of wedding cake with velvety filling and decorated with sugar snowflakes, mar- zipan pinecones, and tiny gum paste evergreen trees. Serve flavored coffees,
cappuccinos, and espressos with dessert to give everyone one last warm-up before heading out into the cold.
At a winter wedding, your getaway can be as memorable as the celebration itself if you keep your options open. Don a fabulous fur coat and hat and join your husband on a horse-drawn sleigh as you bid your guests farewell.
If you’re the more adventurous type, strap on a pair of crosscountry skis and glide away or hop into a large but luxuri- ous SUV limo and take off on your honey- moon. But don’t leave your guests out in the cold; give them a memorable good- night with dark decadent truffles, lightly iced snowflake cookies, or cool pepper- mints in personalized tins.
Harvest Fest
Milder temperatures, changing leaves, and crop harvests signal the beginning of
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