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31  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: A dressmaking adventure on: February 28, 2011 07:30:12 AM
Oh good luck!  I'm in a similar boat (getting married in May 2012) and want to make my dress too.  The only dress I've tried on that I really like yet was 2000$ and is made of satin and mermaid-y and way beyond my perceived sewing skills.  Luckily, I have my mom's help.

Please post progress pictures!
32  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: mom corsages? on: February 27, 2011 10:02:28 AM
I think a ribbon or even paper corsage would be really classic and beautiful.  Buttons are really in vogue now with the younger generation, but they might get a little heavy for a corsage and moms and grandmothers might prefer something a little closer to traditional.  The broach idea is lovely too, if you make them to coordinate with the fathers.  Plus, a broach is something they can wear again and therefore far superior to a fresh flower corsage.
33  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Dancedupapillon's wedding thread! on: February 27, 2011 09:52:07 AM
Hello everybody!  The mister and I have set a date  Cheesy May 20, 2012.  The latest idea is to have an outdoor wedding, with a ceremony a little before noon and a lunch picnic reception. I like the idea of a lunch reception because : A) Edmonton evenings in May can get pretty cold and   B) People are less likely to drink heavily

If there are any Edmontonian craftsters listening, do you think it's too much of a gamble to have an outdoor afternoon reception on a May long weekend?  Chances are it won't snow, right?  Roll Eyes

 We haven't booked any location yet, but I think it would be fun to have the ceremony and reception at the amphitheater of my favorite park in the city.  It's fenced off, so you can get a liquor licence (unlike the rest of city parks).  There's also a permanent tent with wind screens and tonnes of seating, as well as the use of portable tables and picnic tables.  Anyway, here's a look at the possible venue:

Also, the amphitheatre is right next to a lake with paddleboats!  How much fun would that be?

Because it would be a picnic, the table decorations would be much simpler.  I think it would be nice for each family/couple to get a basket with their lunch and a tablecloth so that they could chose a table themselves or even a spot on the ground.  No need for centerpieces!  No need for a head table! 

Still haven't figured out how to decorate it yet, but I know there will be many crafty parts.  My mom and i will be making my dress (my grandma said she'd draft a pattern for me!) and my sister and FSIL want to tackle the cake. I know there will be other bits too, so watch this space!

EDIT: I went to a sample sale and came home with this
We're also going to move the wedding to June to avoid any possibility of snow.  According to the lady I've talked to, they're not booking the amphitheatre June 2012 until the end of May 2011, so I still have to wait a while before getting a deffinate date.

I've gathered ideas from the web and have decisions to make!

#1: Boxed or basketed picnic lunch?  I love the idea of collecting different styles and sizes of wicker baskets over the next year and a half and using them according to the size of family or couple or trio.  It would be cute to have a table full of different baskets with names attatched to them.  On the other hand, gabled boxes can also look really cute and would make the whole packing thing much easier and more uniform. One box per person instead of a basket per family.

#2:  What to do for blankets?  Somewhere on the web I saw someone who had made some with cheap bolts of fabric.  They were all different but in her colours and she had stacks of them on the table next to the lunches.  I would like to do something like that, but I'm also thinking it might be easier to get some table cloths in blue and yellow and use those as blankets.

#3: What else to put in the lunches?  Sandwiches, of course (a deli we love makes the best roast beef and turkey sandwiches), but what other kinds of salads/fruits/snacks would be portable and satisfying?
34  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Firefly (TV show) inspired wedding ideas on: February 23, 2011 05:34:52 PM
Plastic dinosaur cake toppers.
35  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: What's for supper? on: February 22, 2011 09:00:53 PM
Roast pork tenderloin with braised apples and cabbage, scallopped potatoes, and sauted kale.  And also really good wine.  Mmmmmmmm.
36  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: What's for supper? on: February 12, 2011 07:29:34 AM
Delicious eggplant and tofu stir fry.  I have the best fianc in the world Smiley
37  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: What's for supper? on: January 25, 2011 09:40:15 AM
As it is Burns night here... veggie haggis for tea!

How does one make veggie haggis?
38  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: gnocchi - a bit of a recipe and some questions on: January 14, 2011 10:04:06 AM
Ooh! Sounds like cavatelli!  A familly friend taught me to make cavatelli last year.  Yum yum.

Gnocchi, as I understand, is usually made with potato instead of cheese.  I haven't made potato gnocchi successfully yet...  My mother in law says that you have to bake the potatoes rather than boil them like I had.  I'll have to try again.

The "melt in your mouth" bit doesn't really mean that it will liquify instantly, more that they are soft and come apart without being too chewy. 
39  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: What's for supper? on: January 07, 2011 09:30:06 PM
Spinach and  goat cheese risotto.  Delish, but I think I'll add more spinach and less cheese next time.
40  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Help with my picky boyfriend on: January 06, 2011 10:03:12 PM
A veggie friend of mine also made amazing gyoza with ground round.  They're super tasty and though they're asian, the flavours aren't too out there, so he may like them.  Same goes for most Korean food.   If he's a fan of most fake meats, that simplifies things!  "Meat"loaf, "meat"ball subs, lasagna...

I feel your pain about pickiness.  My brother is very meat and potatoes too, and when he was diagnosed with hypoglycemia we had to try to expand his diet a little.  Creativity and lots of cheese...  Good luck!
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