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Winter/Spring Issue of Wedluxe Magazine

We are absolutely giddy to have one of our weddings featured in the Winter/Spring issue of WedLuxe Magazine.  It was a dream come true planning this Marie Antoinette inspired wedding alongside Stemz, Krista Fox Photography, Susan Murray International and Chairman Mills.  Get your copy today! 


We are absolutely giddy to have one of o

We are absolutely giddy to have one of our weddings featured in the Winter/Spring issue of WedLuxe Magazine. It was a dream come true planning this Marie Antoinette inspired wedding alongside Stemz, Krista Fox, Susan Murray International and Chairman Mills. Get your copy today!


We wish you a Merry Christmas…

With 2011 nearing an end we would like to reflect on all of the wonderful things Gush has been blessed with this year.  Before we know it we will be ringing in 2012!  It has been an extremely successful first year of business for us and we are grateful to so many people for all of their help and support.  Today we wanted to take the time to recollect some of the exciting occurences that Gush has experienced in 2011, for which we are forever thankful.

1. Gush launches its website www.gushevents.ca  and blog 🙂

2. Partnerships with some of our favourite vendors like the Miller Lash House http://www.millerlashhouse.ca/, the Gift Network http://www.thegiftnetwork.com/, Mobile Productions http://www.mobileproductionsdjs.com/,  and Tolyn Designs http://www.tolyn.ca/ .

3. Gush photo shoot with the ever so talented Alex from Young Hearts Photography http://younghearts.ca/, and make up Diva Nicole from Peachgloss http://www.peachgloss.com/.

4. Meeting Style Me Pretty’s Abby Larson, Celebrity Planner Sasha Souza, and Video Innovator Brett Culp.

5. Boiler House wedding featured on The Wedding Co Blog http://www.theweddingco.com/,  along with Uschi & Kay http://www.uschiandkay.com/.

6. Attended various workshops that included Michael Coombs, Petals, Stems & Leaves Inc. and Marketing Unveiled.

7. Recurring guest blog on Sash & Satin http://sashandsatin.com/.

8. And last but not least our amazing clients who have made this all possible. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts – Erin and Ryan, Lauren and John, Cheryl and Mike, Yona and Sadar, Nicole and Federico, Lindsey and Nav, Adriana and Paul, Ashley and Christian, Maggie and Jamie, Andrea and Wayne, Ben and Erica, and Karla and Ron…not to mention all those to come! 🙂

We’re Moving!

Gush is taking a much-needed vacation until early January to spend some time with our family and friends.  And when we return, you won’t find us here.  Starting in January our blog can be found directly on our Gush homepage at www.gushevents.ca.  The direct link is http://www.gushevents.ca/blog/.

We wish all of you a very happy holiday and rockin new year! We hope you will take this time to reflect on what you have to be thankful for this year and we look forward to sharing more event and wedding tips with you in 2012.


New Years Eve Entertaining

Hosting a new years party this year? Not sure what to serve? Well we have some entertaining tips that will dazzle your guests and help ensure that your party will be a hit!

Whether you are hosting an evening soiree or a small intimate gathering, food and beverage are a must.  New Years Eve isn’t a party with out something to nibble on or  a cocktail in hand. 

The Beverage…

It is one of the biggest party nights of the year and this annual occasion is ideal for serving exquisite and impressive drinks. While straight Champagne is a traditional way to celebrate, we suggest mixing it up with some bubbly concoctions or party themed punch:

 The Sparkler:

Garnish: Strawberry slice Glass: Champagne flute

Sorbet & Champagne:

 

* 1 teaspoon sorbet (we like raspberry or passion fruit)

* Chilled Champagne or Prosecco

Directions: Scoop sorbet into a champagne flute. Fill with chilled Champagne or Prosecco; stir.

Blood Orange Punch:

  • 2 bottles (25 ounces each) blood-orange juice, chilled
  • 3 cans (12 ounces each) natural orange soda, such as San Pellegrino Aranciata, chilled
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 8 ounces light rum, such as Appletons
  • 5 dashes bitters
  • 1 blood orange, or orange, cut into 1/4-inch-thick wedges and frozen

Directions: Fill ice-cube trays with 1 1/2 cups orange juice, and freeze. To make punch, stir remaining orange juice, soda, lime juice, rum, and bitters into a 16-cup punch bowl. Before serving, add frozen orange slices. Add ice cubes as needed to keep chilled.

The Nibbles….

Instead of chips and dip opt for some savoury bite size snacks for your guests.  These suggestions are not only a crowd pleaser but also a bit more filling than a carrot stick!

They are also easily picked up from your local grocery store that carries PC products if you don’t have the time to cook.

Mini Festive Sliders:

 

http://www.presidentschoice.ca/LCLOnline/recipes.jsp?courseId=1&type=details&next=11&recipeId=lclor45012

http://www.presidentschoice.ca/LCLOnline/recipes.jsp?courseId=1&type=details&next=11&recipeId=lclor38034

Stuffed Sweet Mini Peppers & Spicy Shrimp Bisque

 

http://www.presidentschoice.ca/LCLOnline/recipes.jsp?courseId=1&type=details&next=11&recipeId=lclor38034

http://www.presidentschoice.ca/LCLOnline/recipes.jsp?courseId=1&type=details&next=41&recipeId=2127

Cheese and Antipasto Platter & Glazed Cocktail Meatballs:

 

http://www.presidentschoice.ca/LCLOnline/recipes.jsp?courseId=1&type=details&next=71&recipeId=1897

http://www.presidentschoice.ca/LCLOnline/recipes.jsp?courseId=1&type=details&themeId=100100&next=11&recipeId=196

Ice Cream Sandwiches & Chocolate Truffles for Dessert:

 

http://www.presidentschoice.ca/LCLOnline/recipes.jsp?courseId=6&type=details&next=21&recipeId=lclor26040

http://www.presidentschoice.ca/LCLOnline/recipes.jsp?type=details&courseId=6&themeId=lclopc116007&next=11&recipeId=2164

Here’s to good times with family and friends, resolutions and happy tummies! 

Pictures courtesy of: Martha Stewart Living and Presidents Choice.


Holiday Party Themes

Christmas is only a few weeks away which means party season is in full force.  If you are hosting a holiday get-together but have left the details to the last-minute, below are some party themes that you can pull together in just a few days and that are much less stressful than planning a full sit down dinner.

 1. Cookie Exchange Party

Cookie exchange parties are a great way to cut down your baking this holiday season.  Plan a get-together with your girlfriends and exchange cookies and recipes, and don’t forget to indulge in all your hard work.  If you need inspiration check out Style At Home’s top 25 cookie recipes.

http://www.styleathome.com/food-and-entertaining/recipes/25-christmas-cookie-recipes/a/33177

2. Wine & Cheese Open House

An open house or drop in holiday party is definitely less stressful than planning a full sit down meal, and often times you can accommodate more of your family and friends.  Keep it simple and offer a selection of wine and cheese with all of the fixings such as crackers, fruit, jellies and jams.  It won’t break the bank, and you will get to visit with a lot more people than an intimate dinner party.

3. Potluck

Potlucks are a great option when you have a group of approximately 6 to 12 people, and it takes a great deal of stress off the hostesses in terms of planning and cost.  Pick a genre of food in advance such as traditional holiday food, Italian, Mexican and so on, and communicate that with your guests.  Have them indicate what they are bringing in advance so you can make sure all of the food groups are covered.   

4. Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Everyone loves an ugly christmas sweater party.  It makes for great photos and even better memories.  If you don’t have an ugly sweater in your wardrobe take a trip to Value Village, they will definitely have something suitable.  Have some prizes for the top 3 ugliest sweaters and serve some light hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beer and your guests are sure to have a great time.

 

5. Secret Santa/ Gift Exchange

Secret Santa parties can be a lot of fun, especially with a close group of friends.  Put a maximum dollar amount on the gift to keep things consistent and fair.  Put the names of your guests, including yourself, in a hat prior to the party and have everyone draw a name.  The name you pick will be the person you buy for and don’t forget it is a secret…so don’t spoil it! 

If you have a large group of people this can also be a really fun and interactive game.  Have everyone bring a wrapped gift in the dollar amount chosen.   The host will distribute a playing card to each person as they arrive at the party.  The host will then use another deck of cards and will call out the card number and suit as it is pulled.  The person with the matching card gets to select a gift.  They can either choose a gift from the pile or steal from someone who has already selected a gift.  If your gift gets stolen, you then get to steal a gift from someone else, and so on! 

A secret santa party is the perfect time to host a potluck of hors d’ouvres.  Ask your guests to bring a bite sized appetizer or dessert with them, and you have all of the elements for a perfect holiday party.


Stocking Stuffers for Men

Last week we shared with you some of our favourite stocking stuffer ideas for the ladies.  As promised, here a few great suggestions for the men in your life.

From Bath and Body Works:

 

Men’s collection; Body Wash and Spray, Shaving cream and Foam, Chapstick and Cologne. Ranging from $5.00-$19.50

From The Gap:

 

Holiday Boxers – $18.00

From Joe Fresh:

 

Slippers – $9.00

Striped Wool Scarf – $16.00

Wool Gloves – $10.00

From Restoration Hardware:

 

Pocket Bocce – $10.99

 

Roll up Travel Charger – $33.99

 

Stanley Flask – $16.49

Wiskey Stones – Bringing new meaning to “on the rocks,” these reusable soapstone cubes keep your liquor perfectly chilled – without diluting any flavors. $19.99

The parking lots are packed and the malls are buzzing with the hustle and bustle of Christmas so get out there early and cross some items of your list.  While your at it stop in and say hi to Santa!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Pictures courtesy of Bath and Body Works, The Gap, Joe Fresh and Restoration Hardware.


Pretty Presents

Today we are going to share some tips on how to make your presents even prettier this holiday season with unique wrapping materials and accessories. 

Beautifully wrapped gifts are extra appealing and will make the gift recipient feel like you went that extra mile.   Although wrapping paper is in high supply this time of year, finding really good quality paper with exciting prints is sometimes hard to come by.  Below are a few stores that carry gift wrap with unique prints and are sure to make your presents sparkle and shine!

Ikea www.ikea.ca

   

Home Sense www.homesense.com

Hallmark www.hallmark.com

I personally love fabric and therefore tend to have scraps lying around the house.  Consider wrapping your gifts in some of your favourite fabric, which not only will be stunning, but also environmentally friendly since it can be reused.  If you don’t have fabric at your fingertips, go to your local Fabricland or take a trip to Queen Street West in Toronto.  

To make your presents extra pretty, I would suggest topping it off with an accessory like the ones we have outlined below.

You may not want to give away your Grandmother’s antique brooch, but costume jewelry brooches are easy to come by these days and are relatively inexpensive.  Instead of a traditional bow, add some ribbon fastened with a brooch and you have a gift with some sparkle and pizzazz.

A Christmas tree ornament is also a nice gift topper and later can be hung on the tree. 

For those of you that are crafty, top off your gift with a fabric flower or snowflake to make it extra fun and festive. 

 

Last but not least, if your gift is for a female purchase some pretty hair accessories such as elastic headbands like the ones below that have a bow or flower detail, and use those in place of a traditional bow.  It will make your gift extra gorgeous, and better yet your gift recipient can get some use out of it. 

 

Happy Wrapping!