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Cheryl and Company

Sweets play a major role in any wedding.  No longer are wedding cakes the main dessert.  During cocktail hours and wedding receptions across the country, we are seeing sweet stations with candy buffets, cookie buffets, and cheesecake bars.  I know of one bride that had a small room as her “Dessert Cafe”  that was filled with all kinds of candy, cakes, cookies and fine pastries for her guest to enjoy!

With this being said I would like to introduce you to Cheryl and Company.  This company makes gourmet brownies, cakes, and fancy cookies with a signature buttercream icing that will make you think you have died and gone to heaven!  The cookies with buttercream frosting are so fresh.   It’s as if they have just been baked and frosted.  I wonder how they do it! 

You can order cookie baskets as gifts or get a variety of cookies and brownies for the rehearsal dinner.  Also, their delicious cookies can be ordered as individually wrapped favors for your guest.  This is one favor that won’t be thrown away! 

Disclaimer:  Rene’John Designs is not responsible for the amount of calories ingested or weight gained in said client’s pursuit in the acquisition of Cheryl and Company baked goods.  LOL!!  No, really, I’m very serious!

Check out Cheryl and Company and Enjoy Beauty!


January 9, 2010 Posted by | Favors, Tastebud Treats | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cocktails Anyone??

This blog posting is dedicated to my bride Karen because of her set answer to any irritating situation, “I need some drinks!”

The “Specialty Drink” at wedding receptions has become a vital part of the festivities.  It’s a fun and tasty way to add a personal signature to your wedding reception. is one of a my favorite websites for libations.  This site provides you with hundreds of drink recipes and loads of cocktail pictures to help inspire you in mixing up your own “Specialty Drink” for your party or reception!

Below you will find several individual drink recipes with the prepared drink pictured in a beautiful glass, thanks to Science of Drink.

Drink Responsibly and Enjoy Beauty!




209 East Cocktail

60 ml tequila Sauza Hornitos
30 ml Cointreau
15 ml strawberry Liqueur
30 ml fresh lime juice
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

You can use tequila Leyenda Del Milagro Reposado (100% de Agave) instead Sauza Hornitos.




Bahama Mama

20 ml gold rum (I use El Dorado 12 y.o.)
15 ml coconut rum (Malibu)
15 ml banana liqueur
10 ml grenadine
30 ml fresh orange juice
30 ml pineapple juice
Shake. Double-rock glass. Garnish with some fruits.





50 ml fresh peach juice
150 ml dry sparkling wine (white)
Build in flute. Garnish with piece of peach.




American Beauty

15 ml brandy
15 ml dry vermouth
15 ml fresh orange juice
15 ml grenadine
1 dash creme de menthe white
30 ml port wine
Shake all without port, cocktail glass, top with a port.




German Chocolate Cake

30 ml Malibu
30 ml creme de cacao white
10 ml Frangelico
1 splash half-and-half
Shake and strain over ice in an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with four squirts of canned whipped cream (about 3/4 inches high) at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock positions.




Green Dragon

30 ml vodka
30 ml green creme de menthe
15 ml Cointreau
Shake. Cocktail glass.

September 21, 2009 Posted by | Tastebud Treats | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments