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Morning After Brunch   Leave a comment

One of the things that is very important to Mr. Darcy and I is making sure we have plenty of opportunities to spend time with our guests. One of the ways we want to do this is by setting-up (not hosting) a morning after brunch. My first idea was to just have it in my parent’s suite and just invite guests to drop by on their way out of town. My issue with this was two-fold, first it committed Mr. Darcy and I to a long period of time of hanging out in the suite and it puts extra pressure on my parents to make sure everything is ready for the guests and that they check out on time. The next idea was to hit the buffet at Mandalay Bay. The problem with this is we have to make a reservation through group dining to insure our space and this requires us to foot the bill. So our next option was to find a restaurant that would allow to make a reservation for a large number of guests without having to foot everyone’s bill. My solution Mon Ami Gabi. Their breakfast/brunch menu is super affordable with choices ranging in price from $3.95-$24.95 and it has a gorgeous view of the Bellagio fountains from the patio.

Mon Ami Gabi Patio

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Besides check out some of their most awesome menu items.

1. Made from Scratch Waffles

Made from Scratch Blueberry Waffles

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2. Bloody Mary Bar

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3. Giant Cappucinnos

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4. Huge Champagne Selection

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I can’t wait to enjoy brunch with our guests at this awesome restaurant. This is definitely on our list of must-visits for our next Vegas planning trip.

Did you have a morning after brunch? Did your guests enjoying spending more time with you in a less pressured environment and without having to worry about spilling their wine on your big, white dress?

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Posted July 14, 2011 by kcoleybear in Food and Drink, Guests

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Camp Fire Gooey Goodness   Leave a comment

So remember a while back, I told you about some Groupons I picked up for Gimme Some Sugar. Well I finally figured out what to do with our groupon, I am going to get s’mores. One of my favorite wedding ideas I had to give up for our Vegas wedding, was a s’mores station. I mean look how awesome this is.

S'mores Inspiration Board

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A s’mores station wasn’t going to exactly work in our reception venue, so when I saw Gimme Some Sugar offers s’mores brownies I was so excited. Look at this description:

Sʼmores Brownies
Our take on a campfire classic! Rich cake like dark brownie is placed atop a freshly baked
honey graham cookie, topped with a toasted marshmallow meringue.

Mmmmm….mmmmm…good. Each guest will be getting one of these babies with their cake. Ooohhh…I am so excited we get to have s’mores. And of course we will be serving the confetti cake pops for the kids.

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We will have a dozen of these babies in blue with jimmies (rainbow sprinkles).

Were you able to incorporate an unexpected detail into your reception? Did you serve anything with your cake?

Breaking Down the Details- The Bar   Leave a comment

When I look online for wedding inspiration I love to see the details. I think these little babies give the true esscence of the wedding. In an effort to organize the details and planning process. I have decided to break down the details in our wedding into areas and blog about them for you (and me). First up is the bar not a super over the top place, but an area to bring some life and pizzaz.

1. Barber Straws- I loved these babies since the first time I layed eyes on them in the wedding blogosphere. They are oh so cute and oh so vintage. They may not exactly fit my vision, but that’s okay because their fun and I want them.

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2. His and Her Signature Drinks- We aren’t offering a full bar, because our reception is at 2 in the afternoon. We are having a cocktail soiree, though and I feel we should offer some kind of cocktail, enter his and hers signature cocktails. Mr. Darcy’s- Jack and Coke Miss Austen’s- Peach Bellini (and of course cute signage as pictured above to advertise said drinks)

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3. Drink Stirrers- Again one of those adorable details, that I don’t really need, but I think adds a splash of personality and color to the bar.

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4. Cocktail Napkins- I found this project on Wedding Bee from one of my favorite bees and thought it went so well with our book motif. I couldn’t help stealing the idea. (Thank you Miss Cinnamon Buns for all your blogging inspiration).

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There you have it the oh, so important details that will be gracing the bar.

Did you have any special details that you added in unusual spots? Did you spice up your bar with a signature cocktail or cute bar accessories?

Non-Traditional Reception   2 comments

So I know I have shown you our gorgeous reception locale before, but I haven’t gone into much detail regarding the type of reception we are going to have.

View of Downstairs

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Trevi Restaurant

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Mezzanine Level of the Trevi Restaurant

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(Yes, I couldn’t resist, showing off the reception venue again.) Since our room is kind of strangely shaped and has a huge cut out in the middle and the strange time of our reception, we decided to have a cocktail reception. We will have seating for about 90% of our guests. We will have no assigned seating, except for a kid’s table, a sweetheart table for Mr. Darcy and I, and one reserved table for the bridal party. The idea is to have two stations, a bar, a photo booth, and some passed hors d’ oeuvres to encourage mixing and mingling. We still plan on having dancing and our favorite wedding traditions (cake cutting, parent dances, and first dance). So the question now is what to feed our guests. Our reception is from 2pm to 6pm, so it’s not really a meal time. I don’t want our guests to be hungry and I want to make sure there is plenty of variety of food. Here’s the game plan:

Stations-

1.Deep Dish Pizza Bites (vegetarian)

2. Penne Pasta with Putanesca Sauce (vegetarian)

Passed Hors d’ ouveres-

1. Italian sausage and spinach stuffed mushroom cap

2. Chicken saltimbocca satay with prosciutto and sage

3. Breaded artichoke stuffed with goat cheese (vegetarian)

4. Lobster medallion with aioli cream on a mini pumpernickel

5. Fresh mozzarella and sundried tomato on corstini (vegetarian)

So each guest will have the equivalent of an individual pizza, one bowl of pasta, and 7 hors d’ oeuvres.

So what do you think? Does it seem like a nice balance? Would you be hungry? What did you serve your guests?

Posted June 8, 2011 by kcoleybear in Food and Drink