R5 Festive foods and drinks to make your day special

A Doggy Bag, Perhaps?


Everyone walks away with something from the wedding. If you didn’t catch the bouquet, at least there’s a favor or a petit four. But what about Fido? Well, here’s something for him. A small, female-owned company in Westchester, Fi-Dough (fi-dough.com), makers of natural dog treats, has cornered a “niche market” in this area—beautifully packaged homemade “dog treats” to hand out as favors at weddings! Joanne Schmitt and her mom, Patricia Schmitt, sell the doggie treats that look good enough to eat—even if you’re human! ➤ $7.45 for an 8 oz. container

Get Personal with Signature Cocktails


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Here are a few easy tips from the gurus at Pama Pomegranate Liqueur and U’Luvka Vodka for creating signature cocktails to celebrate your wedding:
• Utilize your and your husband-to-be’s favorite spirit to create two cocktails, each describing one of your key attributes. Jerry’s a tease? Call it the Jerry Pom Teaser. Kirsten’s an artist? Call it Kirsten’s Rembrandt Revenge.
• Offer a full-range of cocktails named after the bridal party. List them on a white board behind each bar.
• Take the inspiration from your honeymoon destination. If you’re going to Madrid, serve sangria. To Bermuda? Something with tropical essences might be in order. To Paris? C

You Are Cordially Invited…to CRUNCH!


It’s adorable, it’s tasty, and it gives your guests a delicious and (mostly) “green” way to dispose of the invitation after the wedding. “Invitastions” from sweettalkboutique.com are mouthwatering and beautifully packaged wedding invitations, frosted with hard icing, then imprinted on a cookie and sent to your guests to let them know about your big day (along with a print invite). Additional inserts (on paper) such as maps, driving directions, and other information, can be included as well. The site also has “Be My Bridesmaid” invitations for brides who want to deliver that message in sugar-coated bliss. Erin Nowak, a New Rochelle native, along with Jennifer Comfort, created this cookie-invitation business. The only downside: you have to hope your guests will have the self-control to make note of the key information before they bite. ➤ $15 per invitation



Westchester chocolatier Linda Ustin has created the perfect way to appoint your bridesmaid. These white or milk chocolate bridesmaids are all dressed up in edible sprinkles, your choice of colored tissue and tulle, ready to delight your bridal party with your good taste in gift-giving, each accompanied with a “Will-you-be-my-bridesmaid?” note. Available online at naturallygiftedny.com or call (914) 245-5952 ➤ $9.95 each


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