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Planning Passover

This year Passover is from March 30-April 6, and if planning Passover has you fermisht. We’ve complied a list of web sites to help you.

Lemon Mint Braised Artichokes

Lemon Mint Braised Artichokes

Here’s a Passover recipe for Lemon Mint Braised Artichokes from Epicurious.com:

yield: Makes 8 (first course) servings

active time: 1 hr

total time: 2 hr

As a harbinger of spring, artichokes have a special place on the Passover table and in our hearts. One of Roberts’s favorite ways to enjoy them is this elegant Roman preparation. (Rome is home to the oldest Jewish community in the Western world?the first Jews arrived in 161 b.c.e. as ambassadors from Judah Maccabee in Jerusalem.) The trimmed artichokes are braised in a lemony broth zinging with garlic and mint, which is later reduced to a satiny sauce.
  • 2 lemons, halved
  • 8 large artichokes with long stems
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 tablespoons chopped mint, divided
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced


Squeeze 2 lemon halves into a large bowl of cold water.

Cut off top inch of 1 artichoke and bend back outer leaves until they snap off close to base (keep stem attached). Discard several more layers of leaves in same manner until you reach pale yellow leaves.

Cut off remaining leaves 1/2 inch above top of artichoke base using a sharp knife, then pull out purple leaves and scoop out fuzzy choke with a melon-ball cutter. Trim dark green fibrous parts from base and side of artichoke.

Trim a thin slice from stem end, then trim side of stem down to pale green inner core. Rub cut surfaces with lemon halves, then put artichokes in lemon water.

Trim remaining artichokes in same manner.

Combine lemon juice, water (3 cups), oil, 3 tablespoons mint, garlic, and 1 teaspoon salt in a 4-to 5-quarts heavy pot (wide enough to hold artichokes in 1 layer with stems pointing upward) and bring to a simmer.

Stand artichokes, stem ends up, in liquid and cover with a round of parchment paper. Simmer, covered with parchment and lid, until just tender when artichoke bottom is pierced with a knife, 25 to 30 minutes.

Transfer artichokes with a slotted spoon to a shallow serving dish. Boil cooking liquid until reduced to about 1/2 cup, about 20 minutes. During last 2 minutes of boiling, whisk liquid until it emulsifies. Pour over artichokes and sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons mint.

What to drink:
Yarden Galilee
Cabernet Sauvignon ’05

 From Gourmet Magazine.

Read more about this recipe.

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Spring Favor FEVER!!!

Give me fever…spring favor wedding fever! It’s spring favor fever! It’s spring shower favors! It’s spring!  Moments of Elegance Spring Favors Catalogue  features colorful favor pails, practical floral magnet frames or personalized spring mint tins that will be the perfect “thank you” for your springtime event.

Here are some of our favs that will make your event blossom:


imagemagiccankw6gx2“Butterfuly” Silver-Metal Bookmark (as low as $1.40) — With its stunning, polished-metal openwork, this “Butterfly” Silver-Metal Bookmark rises a step above elegance. The pure-white silk tassel simply adds to the remarkable beauty of a gift your guests will use and treasure always.





imagemagiccavpqzth1“Meant to Bee” Ceramic Honey Pot with Wooden Dipper ($2.90) — Can anything “bee” sweeter than your love? Surely not, and the buzz says Moments of Elegance’s “Meant to Bee” Ceramic Honey Pot is deliciously sweet inside and out, so it’s a splendid complement to your affair!




imagemagicca8eor2c1“Sweetwater Park” Bird Bath Place Card Holder Set of Four  (as low as $1.20) — You can almost hear the sweet song of Momments of Elegance’s feathered friend perched on this enchanting birdbath favor, so perfect for a garden wedding or a spring baby shower. Inspired by the tranquility of a serene, flower-filled courtyard, the designers have created a favor that reminds guest to celebrate the delights of every day.


Spring showers bring your special event many flowers! Spring represents beauty and rebirth, what a wonderful time of year for a wedding and starting a new life together.  Happy spring!!!

Anniversary Gifts by Year: 1st – 2nd – 3rd -4th -5th, etc

“Our wedding was many years ago. 

The celebration continues to this day.” 

~Gene Perret

Anniversary gifts can be tricky. It’s sorta tough to remember what gifts go with what year. Every year of marriage is an important milestone, whether it’s your first or twenty-first! So be sure to celebrate each and everyone of  ‘em!!!

Wedding Anniversary (Traditional) Gifts by Year:

Year One: Paper

Year Two: Cotton

Year Three:  Leather

Year Four:  Flowers

Year Five:  Wood

Year Six:  Candy

Year Seven:  Copper

Year Eight:  Bronze

Year Nine:  Pottery

Year Ten:  Tin

Year Eleven:  Steel

Year Twelve:  Silk

Year Thirteen:  Lace

Year Fourteen:  Ivory

Year Fifteen: Crystal

Year Sixteen:  Silver Holloware

Year Seventeen:  Furniture

Year Eighteen:  Porcelain

Year Nineteen:  Bronze

Year Twenty:  China

Once you hit twenty, then you only get gifts every five years.

25th Wedding Anniversary Gift:  Silver

30th Wedding Anniversary Gift:  Pearl

35th Wedding Anniversary Gift:  Coral

40th Wedding Anniversary Gift:  Ruby

For more info on anniversary gifts, check out About.com.

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Get Your Party Planning Questions Answered HERE

images1Planning a wedding can be a wee bit stressful, can’t it? How many people should you invite? How much should you budget for flowers? And likewise, planning any event, a birthday party, holiday gathering, baby shower, wedding shower, anniversary party, you name it, and it’s tricky. Well, never fear Moment of Elegance is here! Here to help you answer any party planning or entertaining questions you may have.

Need to know how many bottles of wine you’ll need for your next party? No prob. Here’s the wine bottle equation, figure one bottle of wine yields four glasses. Next figure that you’ll need a half of bottle of wine, per guest, (that’s two glasses per person). If you have 20 guests coming to your party you’ll need ten bottles. Or for you math savvy peops, 20 people x 2 glasses = 40 glasses of wine.  40 glasses/4 = 10 bottles.

If you have party or wedding planning questions, that you need answered ASAP, here’s what you need to do, just post your answer below in the comments section and our party planning expert will respond.

Want to sign up for special offers and coupons? You do! Great! It’s so easy. Just enter your email address in that little box over there to the right of the post. See it? Perfect.

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What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas unless…you are planning a Vegas inspired wedding or event. Then you’ll want to remember and share every little detail. Moments of Elegance will help you bring the glamour and sparkle of Las Vegas to your event, whether you are looking for Las Vegas wedding favors, you are planning a LasVegas themed wedding or planning a Las Vegas themed party. 

Check out their Las Vegas Favors Catalogue. Here are some of our favorites:

imagemagiccacdk2wg1Wedding Sparklers (.25) — Wedding Sparklers As featured in Martha Stewart Weddings and Elegant Bride…. Add some sparkle to your wedding reception by giving all your guests a  wedding sparkler!






imagemagicca3b2rv2Personalized Wedding Poker Chip Favors ($1.00) —  Celebrate your wedding day with the newest and most popular Vegas themed wedding favor, the Personalized Poker Chip Wedding Favor.






imagemagiccabo9xp31Las Vegas Themed Place Card Holders (as low as $1.44) — You’ll make your guests feel like they’ve entered Fabulous LasVegas when they arrive at your event and find their seating assignments dazzlingly displayed in these fun place card holders.




No need to roll the dice and count on lady luck to find the perfect Las Vegas favors. Just check out Moments of Elegance Las Vegas Favors Catalogue instead.

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Pink Champagne for Valentine’s Day

Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs ($19.99)

Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs ($19.99)

Want something a little out of the ordinary for Valentine’s Day? Why not try PINK Champagne? Here are a few suggestions for you from Wine.com:

Gruet Rose (14.99) — This nearly garnet Rose, like all our non-vintage sparkling wines, is aged 24 months en tirage. It has a lovely, bright floral bouquet with hints of strawberry, raspberry, and cherry. On the palate, it is rich and fruity in a dry, Brut style. The flavor of berries continues on the palate, revealing more strawberry, raspberry, cherry.


Juve Y Camps Rose ($17.99)  —  Brut Rosé Juvé y Camps is produced from Pinot Noir grapes grown in the Feixa 1 vineyard at the Espiells estate. The free run juice is allowed a brief maceration on the skins.  The wine is of a pretty, deep pink color. On the nose there are both floral and berry fruit notes in perfect harmony. Long bottle aging – 3 years -has brought balance, length and weight while retaining freshness and vivacity.

Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs ($19.99) — A distinctive blend of 92% Pinot and 8% Chardonnay, this light-bodied sparkling wine displays a slight pink color, resulting from a special pressing technique. Bright strawberry and black cherry aromas with subtle vanilla highlights. Creamy cherry, lemon and cola flavors combine with a lush palate, small, lively bubbles and a persistent finish.

Happy Valentine’s Day !!!


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Bate Bate Chocolate

Valentine’s Day and chocolate go together like peanut butter and jelly, like milk and cookies, like Valentine’s Day and CHOCOLATE! If you want to surprise your sweetie with a box of Chocolates, here’s some of our favorites:

Vosges has a tempting array of super special Valentine’s Day Gifts. Their Mini Exotic Candy Bar Library ($25)  includes nine of their favorite mini dark chocolate candy bars.

Vosges Mini Library

Vosges Mini Library







L.A. Burdick Cigars & Hearts

L.A. Burdick Cigars & Hearts

L.A. Burdick has a fine array of Valentine’s Day Gifts. Their Val Day Cigars & Hearts ($32) includes rum flavored chocolate cigars.  







Marie Belle New York introduced a new line of Valentine’s Day Chocolates. Their Valentine’s 9 piece Red Box ($29) contains nine pieces of chocolate ganche featuring romantic artwork.

Marie Belle New York Valentine's Red Box

Marie Belle New York Valentine's Red Box










orange_composite1If your sweetie, gasp, doesn’t like chocolate, then you must check out Das Foods Fleur de Sel Caramels. They’re hand-made little bits of heaven that melt in your mouth. The caramels are all natural and come in a variety of flavors such as: ginger & pistachio, orange & honey, and chili pecan.

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It’s a Heart Shaped World of Favors

Yep, V-Day is right there around the corner.  The world has gone heart shaped. It’s hearts, hearts, and more hearts.  Here are just a few of our fav heart shaped  favors, heart shaped gifts, and heart shaped jewelry:


"All My Hearts" Hand Stamped Necklace“My Hearts” Stamped Necklace ($65) — As seen in Pregnancy Magazine! Two itty bitty sterling silver hearts (1/2″) are hand stamped with the initial of your choice and strung from sterling chain with a freshwater pearl.   Absolutely darling!  






“Measure Up Some Love” Heart Shaped Tape Measure (as low as $1.40) — Guests can “measure up"Measure Up Some Love" Heart Tape Measure some love” with these heart shaped tape measures. With its key ring attached, this favor is sure to stay handy and add a “lovely” accessory to their keys.








 Golden Hearts Cookies Golden Hearts Cookie (as low as $5.95) — These cookies are as delicious as they are gorgeous!!    These Orange Vanilla Spice Cookies are painted with a pink heart that is then edged with rolled fondant and finished with gold luster.    Each cookie measures about 3-1/2″ in diameter.




Triple Strand Heart Bracelet ($27.99) — Make your wrist say, “Ooh La La!” with this Triple StrandTriple Strand Heart Bracelet Heart Bracelet. Chain linked hearts dance gracefully along this one of a kind toggle, making it an ideal blend of trend and tradition.








Two Heart Wine Pourer In Gift Box (as low as $2.25) — With prominent interlocking hearts at its top, this sleek and light weight favor, from Fashioncraft’s Vineyard Collection, makes a tastefulTwo Hearts Wine Pourer in Gift Box addition to any love filled occasion











For more  heart shaped  favors for your wedding, baby shower, or Valentine’s Day Party, check out our heart on-line catalogue.

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Table Tips from Peggy Post

Emily Post's Etiquette is in it's 17th edition.

Emily Post's Etiquette is in it's 17th edition.

Good table manners, some things are a given like don’t talk with your mouth full of food.  But young or old, it’s never to late to brush up on those manners! We want to be the perfect dinner guest, so the invites keep a comin’.  Right?

Times have changed a wee bit since, Emily Post first wrote Etiquette way back in the day. The book is now in its 17th edition. Ms. Post could have never predicted text messaging! Could she? Expert Peggy Post, has picked up the etiquette torch for her great grandmother-in-law, and she has some tips to ensure that your manners are up to snuff.


  1. POWER DOWN– Talking or texting on a cell phone is a no-no at the dinner table. That includes vibration mode. Give that phone a rest and turn it off.
  2. AROUND THE CLOCK PASSES– Serving dishes should be passed around the table counterclockwise. Assist the diner next to you by holding the serving dish or bread basket.
  3. BE A GENT — Guys pull the chair out for the ladies. At formal affairs, a man should pull the chair out for the woman on his right.
  4. TAKE THE TENSE OUT OF YOUR UTENSILS — The flatware got you flummoxed? Just start from the outside and work your way in.
  5. IF YOU LEAVE– Place the napkin to the left of your plate until you return. When finished eating, place the handles at 4 o’clock and the pointed end toward 10 o’clock.

Want the best tip ever? Be present, pay attention to your host and dinner companions, our time and attention is what’s really important.

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Will you be my Valentine?

Cupid’s arrow is drawn, at the ready to take aim and shoot. Why not give him a little help this year? And ask your “special” someone to be your Valentine! Love & Luck Greetings feature precious handmade Valentine Cards. They also feature soaps, invitations, soap dishes and more fun stuff.

Love & Luck Box Valentine Set

Love & Luck Box Valentine Set

Love & Luck Greetings Valentines Box Set ($10) comes with 12 handmade Valentine cards and envelopes. These sweet little vintage modern designs will be sure to capture your Valentine’s heart.

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