Hawaii Bridal Shower Ideas : Recipe Book!

Looking for a unique gift for your BFF and Hawaii bride-to-be to be that’s fun and affordable?  Here’s a great idea … A Recipe Book for the Bride!

Here’s how you do it:  Include a blank recipe card in your bridal shower invites.  Before the party, have each guest fill out their favorite recipe or ones they think the couple will enjoy.  On the day of the shower, collect all recipe cards and punch 2 holes in each card.  Secure with binder rings and there you have it…  the perfect gift to give to the bride ~ a starter recipe book with all of her favorite girls favorite recipes!  Super cute right?!

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This may be one of my favorite bridal gift ideas!!  With this recipe book, couples can experiment together by cooking as a pair or for each other.   It a great way for them to explore new foods and learn each other’s preferences!  Brides may even get a few “secret family” recipes 😉 Score!!  I myself have always wanted my grandma’s secret teriyaki recipe but so far no such luck.  I may need to start throwing some hints for when I get married.

Do you have any fun bridal gift ideas?  Please share we’d love to hear them! 🙂

Happy Thursday Everyone !

xo, Kelli
Best Day Ever Hawaii Wedding Planners
www.BestDayEverHawaii.com

Vendor Spotlight : Choco le‘a

This week’s vendor spotlight is on Choco lea, a local specialty chocolate company that makes fresh natural products here in Hawaii.

Each week we try to feature a super special vendor whom we think you – our favorite Hawaii brides – would love!  This week, we are featuring Choco le‘a – A company that does amazing european one of a kind chocolate stations for weddings. If you love chocolate as much as I do, you are going to LOVE Choco le‘a!vendor spotlight, chocolea, chocolate, wedding dessert, dessert

Choco le‘a means “chocolate pleasures.”  And something really cool about this company is that not only do they makes fabulous confections but they also believe in giving back to the community.  For all catered events, they will donate 50% of their proceeds to the charity or other non-profit of the bride and groom’s choice.

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Who is Colins Kawai? Colins is one of our favorite vendors and someone we have grown to really care about.  He is the extremely nice and super easy going.  He is also the owner of Choco le‘a!  Our favorite Hawaii Wedding Chocolate station.  He is really amazing at what he does and loves working with his customers to create pieces that are uniquely theirs.  Want to know more? I know you do!!

Here’s more of our interview with Colins…

What makes your chocolate different?  Our specialty is gourmet, European dark chocolate truffles.  We are chocolate purists, which mean that we refrain from using artificial flavors, colors, powders, or additives, whenever possible.  We use local flavors, such as mochi, haupia, and lychee to create our designer truffles and offer a complete cocktail bar of liqueur truffles, including assorted premium wines, beers, and other spirits.

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What kind of experience will the bride and groom have if they hire you? How about their guests?   The bride and groom will feel like royalty at their wedding.  We work closely with our couples asking a lot of questions, and being very attentive to the details.  We will take what we learn to design unique flavors that will create a custom designer chocolate menu for their family and guests.  And, if they come up with a unique flavor, we will name that truffle after them.   We will be their personal chocolatier taking care of the set-up, staffing, clean-up and assistance in answering any questions for them and their guests.

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What do your prices start at and what do they include?   We believe in pricing our chocolates affordably.  We offer three prices, $6, $9, and $12 per person.  Our starting price would include free consultations, plus our designer truffle bar/chocolate buffet with up to a dozen truffle varieties, plus dipped cookies and fruits, in season.  Our premium package would include extravagances, such as our Dom Perignon champagne truffles etc.  We would also include a mini-version of our signature truffle bar/chocolate buffet at their bridal shower at no additional cost, among quite a few royal extras.

What have guests said about your chocolates?
Guests are simply amazed by our royal wedding signature truffle bar/chocolate buffet which is designed for lovers of chocolate and chocolate aficionados.

(He’s right – we have seen first hand how much guests fall in love with these chocolates.. think Honolulu Chocolate Company quality but better!  It’s an easy way to make a big impression on guests!)vendor spotlight, chocolea, chocolate, wedding dessert, dessert

Do you do tastings?

Yes, we do make and provide samples.  In addition, we also will host chocolate-tasting parties, which are a LOT of fun!  Our minimum fee is just $300 for a small, intimate group.  Our standard fee starts at $450.

If you have a sweet tooth, the Choco le‘a Chocolate Station could be the perfect solution for your wedding. Extremely elegant, these chocolates always are a big wow factor… We have even seen Colins create solid chocolate frames which held the couples engagement photos.  How cute is that?!

Want to know more? Leave us a comment here!
or shoot Colins an email today! ckawai@chocolea.com

We only do vendor spotlights on the best of Hawaii vendors… so hope you enjoyed todays post!

xo, Nicole
Best Day Ever Hawaii
Hawaii’s Premiere Wedding Planning & Event Design Team

FREE Personalized Wedding Hanger! Just “Like” this post or comment on it!

We just got our Best Day Ever personalized wedding hanger in the mail…  and are just  ♥LOVING ♥ it! Don’t you want one too?  All you have to do is “Like” this post or comment on it and you are entered to win a Personalized Wedding Hanger of your own!  Super easy right?  They make really cute gifts too!  Winner to be chosen on May 1st. 

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Don’t mind my (golden retriever) Cally’s crooked teeth.. 🙂

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Loving our personalized hanger! You need one too!!

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I can’t help it, she’s always doing something so cute – I had to include her in the pic..

Special Thanks to Travis at The Wedding Hanger Shop for the hanger donation! Free shipping too!! Don’t miss your chance! Our’s came out soooo cute!

♥FREE♥ Personalized Wedding Hanger!

Attention all brides and grooms to be (and friends of brides and grooms to be) … our friend Travis at The Wedding Hanger Shop is joining with Best Day Ever to offer one special bride (or groom) a FREE Personalized Wedding Hanger! That’s right – we said “FREE!”.  All you have to do is leave us a comment at the end of this post with your e-mail and contact name, OR send us an e-mail at dropaline@bestdayeverhawaii.com and you will be entered to win!  In 2 weeks, on June 1st, we will pull one lucky winner and you will get to choose what type of hanger you would like and what you would like it to say.   As an added bonus everyone who signs up will also get on our newsletter and receive tons of Hawaii-specific wedding tips & tricks, exclusive monthly wedding deals from other wedding vendors on the islands, and much more!

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WHAT: FREE WEDDING HANGER!
HOW:  Comment HERE on this blog post., comment on Best Day Ever’s Facebook wall OR just E-mail us at dropaline@bestdayeverhawaii.com, we will need your name and e-mail address to enter you in the contest.
WHEN: On June 1st we will choose a winner at random and Travis from the Wedding Hanger Shop will design you a one of a kind personalized hanger for you and ship it to you asap – for FREE!
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You’ve probably seen our posts about these one of a kind wedding hangers that have your new name “Mrs. Jones” written across the bottom in script, but incase you haven’t we are posting some photos here.

Why we love personalized wedding hangers, and you should too!

• They look amazing in photos!

• They’re the perfect accent to your wedding dress – If you’re going to spend thousands on the dress, isn’t only proper to hang it on something equally special that will highlight just how exciting this experience will be?

• Personalized wedding hangers make the BEST bridal shower gifts!!

• Personalized wedding hangers are keepsakes that will last a lifetime.  They defy the ages & will be the perfect shower gift for your daughter or son too!

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Photos compliments of Leo DJ, The Wedding Hanger Shop and Celebrity Bride Guide.  A extra special Mahalo to Travis of the Wedding Hanger Shop for the Free Personalized Wedding Hanger.

Questions? Feel free to contact us anytime at dropaline@bestdayeverhawaii.com

Wedding Gifts

Looking for the perfect gift for your fiancee, bridesmaids, mother, mother-in-law, maid of honor?  Today I came across this amazing company called The Find that creates Personalized slippers!  OMG – what a great gift for your fiancee right? Just put an engagement photo on there and slip them under his seat at the reception.. what an awesome surprise!  OR get some made for your bridal party with you and your best friend, you and your sister, or you and your college roommates photos on them.  Printed, personalized, super special flip flops – It’s the perfect bridal party gift!  Completely personalized and sure to make a huge impact in letting them know how important they are to you.  Here’s the best part, for a limited time, on one of my favorite websites for great Hawaii deals – The Find, is offering a 1/2 off deal – Just $19 for custom flip flops! Don’t miss out – these deals don’t last long.

Here is the link to these personalized bridal party flip flops.

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I hope you LOVE this idea as much as I do !! This could also make a really cute bridal shower gift – add a Mrs. XXXXX on there and you’re good to go!!

Your Hawaii wedding planner Deal of the Day – xoxo, Best Day Ever

Q&A: What are your suggestions for a bridal shower venue on Oahu?

2.22.12

Hi Nicole & Erika,

Do you have any suggestions for a bridal shower venue??

Sincerely,
Diana

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From: Nic&Erika
Date: February 23, 2012 2:15:20 PM HST
To: “Diana”
Subject: Re: Bridal Shower Suggestions

Hi Diana,

Bridal showers can be at a friend or family members home.. or at a restaurant. Most restaurants will allow you to have a section or room for your shower as long as you contact them ahead of time. There is often a minimum food/drink fee.. but you can ask your guests to chip in. Generally you would have your bridesmaids plan this event for you or your Hawaii Wedding Planner. Here are a few suggestions on places to have bridal showers on OAHU:

Waioli Tea Room: Cute, restaurant in the back of Manoa Valley that has a really pretty atmosphere and will allow you to have an entire room in the back for your party. The food is very good as well. This is one of my favorites!

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Tikis Waikiki – Beautiful ocean view – good food – they let you decorate and will section of a part of the restaurant for your party

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Lulus Waikiki – Same thing – great view.. good food – decorations are allowed and they will let you have a section for your shower.

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Mariposa – Located in Ala Moana (inside Neiman Marcus) – this place has the best food (and amazing popovers w/strawberry butter baked fresh daily) – a little pricier but also a great view and wonderful place for a shower.

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The Pagoda – Their buffet is amazing. Think crab legs, fresh poki, sushi, shrimp tempura, prime rib, and more.. plus an entire dessert bar complete with hot azuki beans and mochi balls and a soft serve machine. Plus, they will let you bring in table decorations. You can even request a pagoda on the Koi pond if your group is not too big. A great place for a shower.

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Yogur Story – Keeamoku St. – Cute atmosphere, a little cozier in feel than some of the other larger places, good food – and they do let you decorate. Just make sure to make reservations ahead of time. Parking can be tricky though.

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Hope that helps some:)

Nicole
Best Day Ever
Hawaii Wedding Planner 


Personalized Wine Charms Wedding Favors

These are to die for… Personalized Handmade Wedding Wine Charms. Wouldn’t it be so cute to see your name written in wire hanging from your wine glass? I love it i love it i love it!  You could even use them as napkin rings or put them around a jar of homemade jelly or candy or cookies – the possibilities are endless.  Super cute, but keep in mind, this sort of project, is really a ton of work!  If your even considering doing it yourself.. let me tell you, it is not as easy as it looks.  Trust me, i’m the do-it-yourself queen & i’ve tried it. Just some wire and jewelry pliers – easy – I thought.. No way, its a lot tougher than it looks. However, if your super patient & the creative type, by all means, go for it! If not, you can find them here on Etsy: $110 for 22 charms ($5 a piece) – so worth it. She even gives discounts on orders over $100. Check out her Wedding Charm Store today.

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Just a little tip on super cute wedding favors – from your favorite Hawaii Wedding Planner – Best Day Ever!

A Hawaii Bridal Shower: The Lovely Dwaynette

I helped to host a lovely Bridal Shower for soon to be bride – Dwaynette, this past Sunday, January 15, 2011. The shower was held at Waioli Tea Room in Manoa and hosted by Dway’s bridesmaids (Charmaine, Dwaylene, Lisa, & me).

For those of you have never been to Waioli Tea Room… you have to go! It is such a cute place. Located in the back of Manoa Valley, it is surrounded by what feels like a rain-forrest & beautiful hawaiian flowers – all in an intimate setting that afternoon tea parties – yes, i’m serious, tea parties. You can choose your choice of teas & petite sandwiches & desserts… Or just go with their regular menu, which is also really amazing! Waioli Tea Room is a little hidden gem, surrounded by a beautiful setting and made extra special with little vintage touches -everywhere.. plus, the food is spectacular. Think homemade guava sweet bread french toast with fresh whipped cream and maple syrup for breakfast and curried chicken salad sandwiches with homemade wheat bread for lunch, complete with freshly brewed lemon honey iced tea or coffee. Additionally they have rooms in the back that are perfect for bridal showers. I just learned that they also now do weddings. If your in the Manoa area on Oahu, you have to check this place out.

Ok, back to the bridal shower… Since Dway’s theme/colors for her wedding are deep plums/purples mixed with magentas and cherry blossoms, I decided to do the bridal shower decor with the same details. It began with the design of the Bridal Shower Invitation. I incorporated cherry blossoms to the corners and her colors of magenta and darker purples throughout. I used a fun font to encompass Dwaynette’s fun personality – and her LOVE of Cinnamon Girl (she is now manager at the Ward Warehouse store:) with her photo – How could I not include her photo – this girl should be a Cinnamon girl model, seriously.hawaii bridal shower, bridal shower, waioli tea room, dwaynette bridal shower, dwaynette hawaii bridal shower, bridal shower, waioli tea room, dwaynette bridal shower, dwaynette hawaii bridal shower, bridal shower, waioli tea room, dwaynette bridal shower, dwaynette hawaii bridal shower, bridal shower, waioli tea room, dwaynette bridal shower, dwaynette hawaii bridal shower, bridal shower, waioli tea room, dwaynette bridal shower, dwaynette hawaii bridal shower, bridal shower, waioli tea room, dwaynette bridal shower, dwaynette hawaii bridal shower, bridal shower, waioli tea room, dwaynette bridal shower, dwaynette hawaii bridal shower, bridal shower, waioli tea room, dwaynette bridal shower, dwaynette

To carry the design throughout the shower I had designed and framed a few signs for the tables of Dway and her fiancee Travis blending the magenta design into the edges of the photos to carry out the theme. I also designed her her photo and the cherry blossoms into her sign-in sheet and pen and completed the design with a fun hologram silver ribbon. Char had an idea to have prizes for the girls so I created a raffle box that mirrored the same design elements. To bring it all together, I added magenta boa feather pieces to the favors which had tags that matched the rest of the design and brought the magenta feathers into the centerpieces as well. Magenta confetti was sprinkled throughout the table settings and magenta & purple balloons filled the room.

It was an afternoon filled with girly laughter, blessings and good wishes… Sexy lingerie, silly photos, awesome food and wonderful friends. It was an honor to be a part of of such a momentous occasion for one of my best friends, Dwaynette.hawaii bridal shower, bridal shower, waioli tea room, dwaynette bridal shower, dwaynettehawaii bridal shower, bridal shower, waioli tea room, dwaynette bridal shower, dwaynettehawaii bridal shower, bridal shower, waioli tea room, dwaynette bridal shower, dwaynettehawaii bridal shower, bridal shower, waioli tea room, dwaynette bridal shower, dwaynettehawaii bridal shower, bridal shower, waioli tea room, dwaynette bridal shower, dwaynettehawaii bridal shower, bridal shower, waioli tea room, dwaynette bridal shower, dwaynette

Dway & her crazy bridesmaids. Little Jade (the flower girl) isn’t sure whats going on…

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A very special Congratulations to the soon to be Bride – Dwaynette. From your favorite Hawaii Wedding Planner – Best Day Ever Hawaii (and one of your oldest & best friends – Nicole). Can’t wait for the big day in February!