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Wedding 101: What Do I Buy The Couple?

5 gift ideas for the bride and groomSo you’re invited to a wedding this summer and don’t know what to give the bride and groom as a congratulatory gift? First, it’s most common for all couples to send information in regards to which wedding registry they are currently enrolled. But it’s not proper etiquette for the couple to include this information within their invitation. It’s traditional for all guests to contact the mother of the bride and inquiry on gift suggestions.
If for any reason you don’t have the availability to contact the mother of the bride, registry information, or just wanna surprise them with someone personalized, simple and keep in under $60.00, we’ve created a short list. Click on the links below to be redirected to each products respective online stores.

    1. His and Hers / Yours and Mine glasses/whiskey glasses
      Nordstrom ($50 + S&H) Set of 2 (each)
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    1. Mr. and Mrs. Hand Towels ($30 + S&H) Set of 2
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    1. Personalized (Monogram) Linen Hemstitch Napkins ($56.00 + S&H) Set of Six
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    1. Our First Christmas (Personalized) Ornament ($20.00 + S&H)
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  1. Personalized (Monogram) Glass Coasters (30.00 + S&H) Set of 4
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Remember it is also common courtesy to send the gifts to the mother of the bride’s address and not directly to the couple – even if they live together. Plus, it is customary to send all gifts to the bride and groom before the wedding, or within the first month of marriage as a newlywed present. It is no longer proper to send a gift within the first year of marriage.

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Cupcake Blog: 5 Sweet Barbeque Sauces for Dad

Check Out our barbeque ideas for Father's DayWe’re getting close to Father’s Day and no better way to celebrate Dad then put him to work on the grill! (We’re only kidding). This might be the only day of the year when women will man the charcoal – if we’re allowed. Family members will be traveling around town and from state to state in order to spend some quality time with Pop, so we’ve come up with some sweet but savory sauces and marinades to tempt Daddio’s taste buds.

    1. Red Wine BBQ Sauce (Chicken/Poultry) – We can’t go one post without speaking what’s on everyone’s mind – Wine Time – Just make sure to save some extra “juice” for dinner or dessert 🙂
    2. Hazelnut Marinade (Steak/Beef) – This lil’ nut packs a punch full of flavor no matter what recipe with which we add into. Simply put some Hazelnut spread mixed with your savory marinade and enjoy
    3. Dark Chocolate BBQ Sauce (Ribs/Pork) – Whether you just literally add a good quality chocolate to your favorite barbeque sauce, it’ll be divine 🙂
    4. Cinnamon and Blueberry Dry Rub (Chop/Pork) – It wouldn’t be summer without a little fresh fruit in every recipe. Try your hand at a fruity but flavorful dry rub that will make your taste buds rejoice!
    5. Brown Sugar and Soy Sauce Marinade (Salmon/Fish) – Saved the best for last. This wonderful combination of both sweet and savory couldn’t get any tastier. These two flavors will keep you asking why you haven’t grilled your fish with this marinade before. Delish!

    Happy Father’s Day, Dads!

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Columbus Ohio Summer 2013: 11 Things To Experience

columbus ohio loves cupcakesThis summer is full of fun and interesting entertainment, food and other unforgettable adventures just waiting to be pursued. We came up with a short but detailed list of those special events we recommend. Enjoy our Columbus, Ohio 2013 Summer Guide to fun around our city! (All listings are in chronological order).

Wicked June 5th – June 23th (Times Vary By Date)

Ohio Theatre – 39 E State St Columbus, OH 43215 – (614) 469-0939

One of the most popular and incredible productions on Broadway comes to Columbus tomorrow, Wednesday, June 5th and will continue until the end of the month of June. Tickets can be purchased by Clicking Here. (Tickets Available While They Last)

Columbus Arts Festival June 7th (6/7 & 6/8 11-10:30PM, 6/9 11-5PM)

Downtown Riverfront – Columbus, OH 43215

Are you a lover of the arts or just enjoy critiquing local work and galleries. Our downtown riverfront will be transformed into an outside street fair of artists from far and wide. This event is free. Check out their artsy and colorful website to learn more about all vendors and share the countdown before the big event.

Zoofari – June 15th (Events start at 5PM)

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – 4850 Powell Rd Powell, OH 43065 -(614) 645-3400

This is a must-see event for any adult. You’ll enjoy a sampling of over 100 bars serving appetizer portions of their entrees. Entertainment is also supplied at the event; as well as, a VIP party and main event. To read more information and to purchase tickets ($135 pre-sale / $150 at the door) click here to be redirected to their website

Father’s Day – June 16th  (11-4PM)

Franklin Park Conservatory – 1777 E Broad St Columbus, Oh 43203 – 614.715.8000

Celebrate Dad and bring the family and enjoy special crafts and family entertainment; as well as, a summer barbeque (1pm-4pm $2 per tasting). (Event is free with Admission). To read more information about the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens; as well as, find their admission prices, visit their website.

ComFest June 28th/29th/30th

Goodale Park, Short North – 850 King Ave, Columbus, OH 43212

If you’re in the mood to people watch or just in the Short North area during this weekend, ComFest is an event everyone should experience at least once. Leave your judgements at the gate and just “relax” on this last week of June. This event is free but there is restricted/metered parking for this event. To learn more about the festivities at ComFest click here to visit their event website.

Red White & Boom – July 3rd – Noon-11PM

Downtown Columbus

One of the most popular summer activities in the city and state of Ohio are the Downtown Columbus fireworks. Families travel for miles and from surrounding states to see and participate in all the festivities. Make sure to make a day of it, and get there early if you’re planning on parking. To learn more about all the events during Red White and Boom check out their website

Franklin County Fair – July 13th-20th

Franklin County Fairgrounds – 4100 Columbia St Hilliard, OH 43026 – (614) 876-7235

Show your support of Franklin County and celebrate the county fair’s 96th event. There are many photo opportunities and fun family moments during this year’s fair. To read more about the daily schedule and Battle of the Bands information visit their website . Expect parking and admission fees

Picnic With The Pops Festivals All Summer

Ohio Statehouse – 1 capitol square Columbus, OH 43215

Picnic with the Pops is a special event hosted by the Columbus Symphony and occurs almost every other weekend during the entire year. Starting in Spring and Summer months, all artists/performers are featured at the State House lawn where they welcome Chaka Khan on Friday, June 14th. To learn more about Picnic with the Pops individual or group tickets visit their website or contact the CAPA Ticket Center 614.228.8600

WingZing July 18th (LC Pavilion – 3:00PM)

LC Pavilion – 405 Neil Ave Columbus, OH 43215 – (614) 461-5483

If you like beer, wings and GREAT music, the annual Wing Zing is an event you can’t miss. This year the lead performers/ group is Cheap Trick. Plus, you can’t beat the Cheap pre-sale tickets of $18 or $22 at the door… that’s no Trick. To learn more about the drinking and eating fest. Visit QFM96’s website.

Jazz and Ribs Festival July 19th ( 7/19 11-11PM, 7/20 11-11PM, 7/21 11-8:30PM)

The Arena District: North Bank Park, McFerson Commons, and Spring & Long Streets in Downtown Columbus

If you didn’t get enough of the juicy wings at the Wing Zing the day before, we’re highly recommending you take a trip downtown where you’ll be able to enjoy this event for free! (Parking/Metering Fees may apply). To visit their website for more information about the schedule of events and performers, check out their website .

Ohio State Fair July 24th – August 4th (9-10am, Closes early at 8PM on August 4th)

The Ohio Expo Centere – 717 E 17th Ave Columbus, OH 43211 – (614) 644-3247

Everyone has to attend our state fair at least once while they open their gates to the masses. There are hundreds of performers, food vendors and rides. Honestly we’d be surprised if you aren’t already planning your family trip. To read more about the admission and parking fees, click here to visit their website.
Have a great Summer!