Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Brooch Bouquets

A current wedding trend we've seen often recently are brooch bouquets. With the amount of money you could spend on fresh flowers for your big day, this is a great alternative, and one that will last a lot longer. 
Many brides spend a small fortune on their flowers and unless you dry them, they’re all but gone in just a few days.  Brooch Bouquets allow you to walk away from your wedding with a special piece still intact. They're also a great way to create something with added meaning by possibly using a special brooch a grandmother left you, or simply picking out brooches that carry sentimental value to you.  
Many places are making brooch bouquets now and will customize it however you like.  Of course, if you’re feeling crafty and have the time to make it yourself, it's a fun DIY project that anyone could do.  While plenty of brides are still opting for fresh flowers, this is a great way to stand out from the norm, one that will make your wedding pictures pop, and surely draw the attention of your guests.  The best part is, you will be able to cherish it long past your wedding day. 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Cocktails (Served Hot)

Our head bartender & mixologist at the Lodge, Jill, has released her new seasonally-inspired Cocktail Menu.  Featured in the new menu are cocktails served hot which make for the perfect after dinner drinks, or simply as a way to warm-up on these cold, late-autumn nights.  Jill continues her philosophy of bringing back life & sophistication to classic cocktails & these hot drinks are no exception.

Hot Buttered Rum is equal parts classic & guilty pleasure.  For ours, Jill starts with Bacardi Oakheart Spiced Rum, adds in her own butter mixture made from scratch (think butter, brown sugar, nutmeg & cinnamon), it's filled with hot water and garnished with a cinnamon stick.

Jill truly pays homage to the past with our Tom & Jerry.  The Tom & Jerry mix is made in our own kitchen from scratch & to that she adds Aged Rum, Brandy, hot water & finishes with ground nutmeg.  

Our Lodge Toddy is our instant classic.  Using our own house-infused Cinnamon & Vanilla Bourbon, Jill adds in locally-made Honey, freshly squeezed Lemon juice and tops with hot water & a cinnamon stick garnish. 

Whether you want to try & old favorite or branch out into something new, come warm up at the Lodge with one of our new cocktails served hot!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

S'Mores Bar!

We recently had the opportunity to try something new out here at The Lodge.  At a recent wedding, we turned the fireplace on our patio into a S’Mores Bar and the guests loved it!  What better way to take advantage of the cooler fall nights than standing around a crackling fire roasting marshmallows & enjoy celebrating with your friends. Along with your standard marshmallows,  chocolate and graham crackers, we offered Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, crushed M&Ms, and Coconut shavings to create your perfect S’More.  We think this is one sweet station you’ll want to try-and trust us, your guests will love it!