April 30, 2018

Today is the last day of April. Soon everyone will be thinking about the royal wedding on May 19th. I wish them all of the best for
their union, but I can't help to think about my own nuptuals.

Last month was my silver anniversary, of 25 years of marriage. To make it memorable, I surprised my husband by throwing him a  3
Day weekend of entertaining with friends and family.


On DAY 1 - I started the weekend  at the Marriott Courtyard. I wanted to create the perfect
ambiance by having my room smell like a fresh Spring meadow, so I grabbed a few bottles
of the  Febreeze One. Since they don't contain dyes or heavy perfumes and they are
specifically designed to gently clean away odors from the air and fabrics, I didn't think the
hotel would mind me giving the sofa and chairs in my hotel room a spritz.

Febreeze One comes in 3 scents, mandrin, bamboo and orchid. I used the bamboo
on the upholstery and throw pillows, but for the air I went with the mandarin. It was a great
start to all of the festivities.
These are some of the day to day events that happen to me as a professional makeup artist.


On Day 2 - I upped my game by having several close friends came from out of
town to join us. My husband didn't expect it, so it made it even more enjoyable.
We spent the day at the Aquarium and finished the evening at dinner.

To look my best I like to choose outfits that are comfortable and fashionable  
but also affordable so I can get more for my money.

I got several pieces from the Liz Claiborne collection at JCPenney. They have
stylish items that are budget friendly.

Here are a few options I like from

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TIP: The drink in this image is garnished with rose petals. If you decide to
do that too,  but be sure to use organic flowers that don't contain
pesticides but are thoroughly bug free. I like to rinse them with apple
cider vinegar.

After the mood was set it was time to bring out a few goodies to eat and drink.
I brought some chocolate covered Oreos and pretzels that I made at home, coupled with fresh strawberries.
I displayed all of it in a silver box to make it look like a luxury retreat.

I've listed step by step instructions below, but if you want to see a video of how I created it, let me know in the comment
section below.

For drinks I had sparkling Grape Juice and a bottle of Patron vodka.  

Another great option for drinks is a cocktail using Nolet's gin called a Rose Gimlet. What I love about Nolets is that it's like Spring
time in a glass, because they predominately use rose, peach, and raspberry for taste.  So the flavor is very fresh!

1 bags of Ghirardelli Semi Sweet chocolates
1 bag of Wilson's white Candy Melts

-  Melt Ghirardelli in double boiler or microwave
- Dip a pretzel rod into melted chocolate until half of it
is covered
- Place pretzel on sheet a cookie sheet lined with
parchment paper to harden
- Melt Wilson't white candy melts in a double boiler or
- Pour candy melts into a piping bag or ziplock
bag,and cut open a small whole
- Drizzle white Candy Melts over chocolate pretzels
in a zig zag pattern
to create an edible design.

I put the treats in a silver box
lined with alluminum foil, which
I got at the Dollar Store!
2 bags of Ghirardelli Semi Sweet chocolates
1 package of Mint Oreos
1 package of Red Velvet Oreos
1 package of regular Oreos
Sprinkles for decoration
Mini silver forks from the Dollar Store

- Melt the Chirardelli in a double boiler or microwave
- Prep the Oreos to prevent separation during the
dipping processes.
- Pull apart the cookie, to expose the creamy middle,
but don't remove filling
- Spread a small amount of chocolate onto
the inside of both cookies and reassemble.
- Slide a mini fork in the center of the cookies
to create a handle.
- Hold the fork while dipping the cookies
into Ghirardelli.
- Shake some sprinkles onto cookie before
chocolate can harden.
- Lay decorated cookie onto parchment
paper to harden

When all of the chocolate covered Oreos were
complete I put the treats in a silver box
lined with alluminum foil, which
I got at the Dollar Store!

Day 3  was bitter sweet because it was the last day of our special anniversary weekend but it was also the big surprise party! I
When we went to the party my husband was blown away by the room full of guests and their smiling faces as they shouted

I was inspired from the old
Newly Wed Game show, so I created 2 games for us to play during the event.

One I called "Do You Know?" where my hubby and I had to guess what  the other would say to questions like "what is his/her pet
peeve". The second game was called "Do You Know Them", which the guests had to see if they knew us, with questions like
"What did they want to be when they grew up?" The winners got prizes of beauty goodies. By the way, I wanted to be a dancer and

A special part of the evening is when my sons, at the spur of the moment, decided to grab the mic and dish the dirt on us.They
shared funny things like my ability to enjoy a movie with smiles, terror, or surprise as if it was the first time, no matter how many
times I've seen it.

They also talked about why they we were happy to be our children and how special our family was to them. The whole room was in
tears, including my husband.
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CANDACE COREY            Makeup Artist - Hair - Bodypaint - Airbrush