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#87608 Jun 21, 2013
Matilda77 wrote:
We liked the quirky gifts. And I think most were between $20 and $50.
My sister made some comment off the cuff once about needing to get married to make money in gifts. I quickly informed her that it's not even close to a money-making venture. Noooot even close.
Exactly! You're not going to break even unless you throw a very simple afternoon champagne/punch/cake reception, and even then, you may not. And most people want something bigger thant hat, or more of a party.

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

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#87609 Jun 21, 2013
Speaking of etiquette:

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/entertaining-...

Entertaining Etiquette: When Are Evites Acceptable?


"Guess I'm "old school." If you're sponsoring any kind of function, the correct invitation is a paper invitation. If I'm not "worth" an actual, physical invitation, then don't invite me."

Well, shee-it! That was an easy decision. Thanks for the guidance.

Since: Jan 10

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#87610 Jun 21, 2013
My plan would be to take immediate family and closest (as in, 1-4 friends each) out for dinner after witnessing a small ceremony, and even with 20 people, I can see that costing $1500 at a *nice* place. More, even. I think I'd rather do that than spend the same amount on something bigger but less nice.

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#87611 Jun 21, 2013
dahgts wrote:
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S/B top of the line cheese, pate and a great wine. I tend to think even without the candy they would have been bitchin'
Wine is a fall-back gift for people I don't know well. if I knew you liked whiskey, I'd get you a really good whiskey, or three small bottles of three different kinds to try.

I like to tailor gifts of alcohol.

Since: Jan 10

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#87612 Jun 21, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
Speaking of etiquette:
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/entertaining-...
Entertaining Etiquette: When Are Evites Acceptable?
"Guess I'm "old school." If you're sponsoring any kind of function, the correct invitation is a paper invitation. If I'm not "worth" an actual, physical invitation, then don't invite me."
Well, shee-it! That was an easy decision. Thanks for the guidance.
I LOVE evites. I open my email four days before the event, find my evite email (easily searched for), click on it, get the reminder of the time and location, see who else is going. Nick's aunt uses them for holiday family gatherings. It beats a bunch of emails going back and forth.

“The two baby belly, please!”

Since: Sep 09

Evanston IL

#87613 Jun 21, 2013
PEllen wrote:
<quoted text> D and I have been married for 29+ years at this point. One of my old BF's wh was invited to teh wedding sent a really nice wicker basket with picnic equipment in it- plastic plates, plastic wine glasses, 2 napkins etc.We have use it for years- There was a bottle of wine in it as well.
Dickie and I got one too. We've never used it for an actual picnic but it holds our dishes/utensils/napkins when we go camping. Very handy.

“Not a real reg”

Since: Jan 13

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#87614 Jun 21, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
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I agree
<quoted text> I know nothing of this brand, but it's the Black Label. Sounds to me like they consider it top of the line.
BTW, it always puzzles me that people just assume wine is such a great gift. Unless you KNOW that the recipient is a wine drinker, its just as much a stab in the dark as tri-color pasta. I would appreciate the candy more than any bottle of wine and would not be able to tell the difference between a $2 bottle with a screw cap and a $500 bottle that's been in the cellar for decades.
Ok, a medium price wine . They ate pasta, they had to drink wine. It's the law.:)

Good wines are selling with screw on caps now. Those old wine snobs are spinning in their graves.

“It made sense at the time....”

Since: May 09

Des Plaines, IL

#87615 Jun 21, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
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I wanted to make a key lime pie or key lime bars from scratch, but the key limes were so expensive, it was going to cost me something like $18 in key limes. I bought a highly recommended bottle of key lime juice (not from concentrate) from some special place in Florida.
aside from the cost of key limes, it'll take forever to juice them! Nellie & Joe's is supposed to be the best, and i thikn a lot or restaurants use it for their key lime pies...

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#87616 Jun 21, 2013
dahgts wrote:
<quoted text>Ok, a medium price wine . They ate pasta, they had to drink wine. It's the law.:)

Good wines are selling with screw on caps now. Those old wine snobs are spinning in their graves.
I love the screw tops. I'm the only one that drinks it, so I can throw it back in the fridge.

But all those cute Pinterest projects with corks I'll never get to make. Alas.

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#87617 Jun 21, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
Speaking of etiquette:

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/entertaining-...

Entertaining Etiquette: When Are Evites Acceptable?


"Guess I'm "old school." If you're sponsoring any kind of function, the correct invitation is a paper invitation. If I'm not "worth" an actual, physical invitation, then don't invite me."

Well, shee-it! That was an easy decision. Thanks for the guidance.
Sounds like it just won't be a party without that bag of fun there.

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#87618 Jun 21, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
<quoted text>I agree

dahgts wrote, "
S/B top of the line cheese, pate and a great wine."

I know nothing of this brand, but it's the Black Label. Sounds to me like they consider it top of the line.

BTW, it always puzzles me that people just assume wine is such a great gift. Unless you KNOW that the recipient is a wine drinker, its just as much a stab in the dark as tri-color pasta. I would appreciate the candy more than any bottle of wine and would not be able to tell the difference between a $2 bottle with a screw cap and a $500 bottle that's been in the cellar for decades.
You can always re-gift wine, which is cool. But yeah, I only do booze if I know what people like.

“Not a real reg”

Since: Jan 13

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#87619 Jun 22, 2013

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

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#87620 Jun 22, 2013

“Not a real reg”

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#87621 Jun 22, 2013
PEllen wrote:
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Thanks Da'
You're welcome.

For any Seinfeld fans out there, different comedians and cars.

http://comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com/

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#87622 Jun 22, 2013
Sitting on my back deck and my neighbor is playing with her toddler grandson. She's far louder and obnoxious than the kid and my dogs occasionally bark at her. All of a sudden she screams "OUCH!" I guess he bit her, heh. Baby high five to you, young padawan.

Since: Jan 10

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#87623 Jun 22, 2013
France and Italy switched to screw tops a long time ago, they said Americans think they're being snobby by clinging to cork. ;)

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#87624 Jun 22, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
France and Italy switched to screw tops a long time ago, they said Americans think they're being snobby by clinging to cork. ;)
Plus, you avoid bits of cork in your wine.

“Where is Tonka?”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me! Charlie

#87625 Jun 22, 2013
I just bought 5 bottles of italian wine, all have a cork.
FYI Cork is the bark on a tree, it is harvested and grows back in 9yrs.

IMHO, that is much more eco friendly than a synthetic cork that never decomposes.
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
France and Italy switched to screw tops a long time ago, they said Americans think they're being snobby by clinging to cork. ;)

Since: Oct 12

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#87626 Jun 22, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
France and Italy switched to screw tops a long time ago, they said Americans think they're being snobby by clinging to cork. ;)
I stil get mostly corked ones....have you tried a box, yet?....

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

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#87627 Jun 22, 2013
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