Elevated Living: Wedding Expo at Whole Foods CRP

Whole Foods put on a wonderful #wedding expo yesterday, Saturday April 26th 2014, at their Charles River Plaza location 181 Cambridge Street in Boston, MA [CRP].  It’s the beginning of that time of year, wedding season…but it’s also the season to get together outside and enjoy whatever reason you have to Elevate Your Everyday.

What’s great about attending these expos is picking up creative ideas appropriate for most any party or event. It was also a great way to showcase the talent at Whole Foods. Who knew they were a one stop shop for your party planning needs?!

Fondant Wedding Cake: In case you couldn’t tell- that’s a real vase on top!Image

Buttercream Wedding CakeImage

 

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Flower Arrangements & CorsageImageImage

 

Candy Bars & Candy TreesImageImageImage

 

Beverages: Mocktails & Wine

I’ve been considering doing this at my apartment for quite sometime now. I mean, how great would that be to just come home, grab a glass, add ice, and pour. Ahh, relaxation in a mocktail mason (or cocktail glass if you prefer!) Pictured below is the simple mix of Powell & Mahoney #Margarita mix & 365 Whole Foods SeltzerImage

Emily & Daniel from BRIX Wine Shop led a fabulous tasting. All wines are under $20 (?!) keeping in mind that you may be serving large parties and pairing with a variety of summer foods. They also are excellent stand alone wines as well.Image

 

 

SWAG: Stuff We All Get (and love!) Thanks Whole Foods CRP for all you do!

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Until then, keep finding ways to “Elevate Your Everyday”

XO

*DivAmber

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Elevated Living: Start Your Week At Restaurants

Do you ever abstain from dining out because it’s too expensive? Of course! So it’s important now more than ever to learn HOW to do it!

If you’re up for going out on a Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday, you’re apt to enjoy yourself just as much, if not more than going out on the weekend. Many restaurants offer Prix Fixe meals, some only certain days of the week, usually the beginning: Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. These are the days restaurants provide enticing offers like Prix Fixe menus, specials and other options that won’t break your budget but will still fill their seats. Consider this when coordinating date night, or girls night out. Thursday, Friday and Saturday do NOT have to be your ‘go-to’ nights!

Another advantage of dining out at the beginning of the week is it’s less crowded. While everyone is getting into the groove of the week ahead, recovering from their weekends, you have a better chance to enjoy a seat at the bar; without someone reaching over you.  I have had some of my best meals at a fine dining restaurant bar on a Monday or Tuesday. In addition to a satisfying meal, I usually receive excellent service, sometimes even a complimentary glass of wine or beer pending locale. This is also the time when you can usually grab the most requested table in the house. You know the one. By the window- with the view. Or the private corner booth, booked up for months in advance.

My last two reasonings to Start Your Week At Restaurants are your budget and your mood. Starting off your week, for those that do budget, you’ll have a better outlook on the reality of your finances. You won’t be squeezing something you can’t really afford at this moment in time, but instead enjoying yourself. You’ll be paying for a 3 course meal what many will pay for just their entree later on in the week. Now feeling good about that, is a great way to start your week. It’ll help carry you through until the weekend too; and then again til next Monday’s date night.

 

Until then, keep finding ways to “Elevate Your Everyday”

XO

*DivAmber

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