Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wedding Wednesdays: The Art of Thank You Notes

When the wedding fun is said and done, and the gifts have all been opened, it's time to thank your guests for their kind contribution. These notes will remind your family and friends just how much you appreciate their love and support. Penning your gratitude isn't always easy but we're lucky enough to live in a world where "there's an app for that". No, but really, there is! Check out these thank-you note tech tools that make expressing gratitude as easy as saying "I do."

1. Start With Managing Your Address Book 
Between save-the-dates, invites and thank-yous, you'll be sending a lot of mail. With The Knot wedding guest list manager, you can upload addresses, even grouping them by occasion. You can also track gifts received and thank-yous sent. No need to use any other platform! The Knot can do it all.


2. Personalize Your Paper 
Don't just buy in bulk...customize your thank-yous! Artifact Uprising lets you keep it classic with a paper card, but allows the option to tranform your notes with Insta-snaps from the wedding or your favorite honeymoon selflies. Each set is a mix of 10 pics, making an utterly amazing keepsake!


3. Say It With a Video 
Create and send customized video messages in minutes with ThankView. Choose from unique "card" designs complete with envelope and music choices. You can even add photos to your note. We recommend uploading the video to your wedding site and social media accounts as well!


4. There's an App for That (we weren't joking)
Pen thank-you notes while waiting for your flight to the Amalfi Coast. The RedStamp app allows you to create and send digital and paper cards (they even mail them for you) to loved ones with just a few clicks. This is a great tool to use, especially if you're planning on a month-long honeymoon!


5. Send Gratitude From Afar
Send your thank-you notes directly from your honeymoon. Postography allows you to upload your favorite shots, type a quick message and add the recipient's mailing address. Within a week, a postcard will show up in their mailbox. Viola! It's like magic.


Put the pen and paper away for now and devour the details of a new thank-you note era! Seriously, what would we do without modern technology. Cheers to you, Internet!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Five Winesicles to Try Before the End of Summer

Some people say there's nothing more refreshing than a Popsicle on a hot summer's day Other people say there's nothing more refreshing than a nice glass of wine. We like having both. So why not combine the two? Check out these five winesicles you have to try before the end of the summer!

Frosé Ice Pops

What you’ll need:½ cup sugar¼ cup water1 lemon1 bottle of Cupcake RoséPlastic ice pop pouchesWhat you’ll do:Combine sugar, water, and lemon juice in small pot over medium heat. Once sugar is fully dissolved, remove and cool to room temp. Mix cooled syrup with rosé, then slowly pour into plastic pouches. Leave some room at top of pouch because mixture may expand while in freezer. Freeze for about 6 hours, then enjoy!Makes approximately 12 pops.

What you’ll need:
½ cup sugar
¼ cup water
1 lemon
1 bottle of Cupcake Rosé
Plastic ice pop pouches

What you’ll do:
Combine sugar, water, and lemon juice in small pot over medium heat. Once sugar is fully dissolved, remove and cool to room temp. Mix cooled syrup with rosé, then slowly pour into plastic pouches. Leave some room at top of pouch because mixture may expand while in freezer. Freeze for about 6 hours, then enjoy!

Makes approximately 12 pops.

Strawberry Mango Prosecco Pops

What you’ll need:Strawberry layer:1 cup frozen strawberries2 tablespoons sugar⅓ cup Cupcake ProseccoMango layer:16 ounces frozen mango ¼ cup sugar1 cup Cupcake ProseccoPopsicle mold, sticksWhat you’ll do:First, create strawberry layer by puréeing berries, sugar, and prosecco until smooth. Use mixture to fill about one-third of popsicle mold and freeze. Next, purée mango, sugar, and prosecco and fill popsicle molds to top. Insert stick and freeze for at least 4 hours.Makes approximately 6 pops.

What you’ll need:
Strawberry layer:
1 cup frozen strawberries
2 tablespoons sugar
⅓ cup Cupcake Prosecco

Mango layer:
16 ounces frozen mango
¼ cup sugar
1 cup Cupcake Prosecco
Popsicle mold, sticks

What you’ll do:
First, create strawberry layer by puréeing berries, sugar, and prosecco until smooth. Use mixture to fill about one-third of popsicle mold and freeze. Next, purée mango, sugar, and prosecco and fill popsicle molds to top. Insert stick and freeze for at least 4 hours.

Makes approximately 6 pops.

Fruity Sangria Pops

What you’ll need:1 cup lemonade2 cups Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc2 cups fruit (we used kiwi, blueberries, and strawberries)3-ounce paper cups, sticksWhat you’ll do:Stir together lemonade and wine, then pour ⅓ of liquid into small paper cups and allow to freeze slightly. Remove mold from freezer, add your favorite fruits (and sticks!), then freeze again partially. Repeat this step until molds are full and fruit is evenly distributed. Finally, freeze popsicles for at least 6 hours. Peel away paper cups and enjoy!Makes approximately 6 pops.

What you’ll need:
1 cup lemonade
2 cups Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc
2 cups fruit (we used kiwi, blueberries, and strawberries)
3-ounce paper cups, sticks

What you’ll do:
Stir together lemonade and wine, then pour ⅓ of liquid into small paper cups and allow to freeze slightly. Remove mold from freezer, add your favorite fruits (and sticks!), then freeze again partially. Repeat this step until molds are full and fruit is evenly distributed. Finally, freeze popsicles for at least 6 hours. Peel away paper cups and enjoy!

Makes approximately 6 pops.

Pinot Plum Pops

What you’ll need:½ cup sugar½ cup water16 ounces fresh plums (sliced and peeled)1 cup Cupcake Pinot NoirPopsicle mold, sticksWhat you’ll do:Put sugar and ¼ cup of water in small pot over medium heat. When sugar dissolves, add plums and cook until softened. Once mixture has partially cooled, purée it until smooth, then blend in remaining water and wine. Pour into popsicle molds, add sticks, and freeze for at least 6 hours or until frozen.Makes approximately 6 pops.

What you’ll need:
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
16 ounces fresh plums (sliced and peeled)
1 cup Cupcake Pinot Noir
Popsicle mold, sticks

What you’ll do:
Put sugar and ¼ cup of water in small pot over medium heat. When sugar dissolves, add plums and cook until softened. Once mixture has partially cooled, purée it until smooth, then blend in remaining water and wine. Pour into popsicle molds, add sticks, and freeze for at least 6 hours or until frozen.

Makes approximately 6 pops.

Peach Bellini Pops

What you’ll need:16 ounces frozen peaches¼ cup sugar1 cup Cupcake Prosecco3-ounce paper cups1 cup blueberries Popsicle sticksWhat you’ll do:Purée peaches, sugar, and prosecco. Once mixture is smooth, pour into small paper cups, add blueberries, and insert sticks. Freeze for 5–6 hours or until frozen, then carefully tear away cups when ready to serve!Makes approximately 6 pops.

What you’ll need:
16 ounces frozen peaches
¼ cup sugar
1 cup Cupcake Prosecco
3-ounce paper cups
1 cup blueberries
Popsicle sticks

What you’ll do:
Purée peaches, sugar, and prosecco. Once mixture is smooth, pour into small paper cups, add blueberries, and insert sticks. Freeze for 5–6 hours or until frozen, then carefully tear away cups when ready to serve!

Makes approximately 6 pops.

Get your freezers ready and devour the details of staying cool these last few weeks of summer!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Monday Mashups: Alice's Table

We recently stumbled across Alice's Table on Instagram (@alicestable) and knew it was a must-share for our readers. Alice's Table brings women together to learn new skills, and live a social and creative lifestyle. Their goal is to be the bright spot in the modern busy woman’s life - the thing she looks forward to at home and on the town. Their motto: "modern women don’t have time to be Martha, they need lifestyle delivered".

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Recently named Improper Bostonian’s 2016 Best Boozy Class and one of Boston Globe’s best new services in 2016, Alice's Table prides themselves on creating a one-of-a-kind Girls Night Out experience!


They host regular events at restaurants, bars, and other partner locations across the country. Alice's Table events start off with a mixology demonstration and are followed by a class where you learn the art of flower arranging. Each guest takes home a beautiful arrangement of their own creation. Their events are open to the public. You can search for an event near you on their website, Upon request, Alice's Table also does private parties for all types of occasions: bridal showers, corporate and charitable events, and so much more!

No arrangement is complete without a pop of pink! 🌸

What makes Alice's Table unique? Their Event Exec program! The program is dedicated to empowering women to build their own business through the art of flower design. Whether you already have a 9-5 job or you're just looking for a simple way to make some extra cash, the Event Exec program is a great way to transform your love of flowers into an income, a way to meet new people or to simply do something creative. To find out more, check out their FAQs page and contact Alice's Table today.


Devour the details of a Girls Night Out, corporate event, or new career path with the help of Alice's Table. We can't wait to attend an event near us!