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Since: Jun 09

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#87597 Jun 21, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
Hey, Florida folks: What do you pay for a good-sized orange at the grocery store?
I just paid $1.18 for one today. Key limes never get cheaper than 50 cents each, but they are usually $1 (same with regular limes).
I don't get key limes, but regular limes go 4 for $1 around here

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Since: Jun 09

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#87598 Jun 21, 2013
Stina wrote:
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I was FLOORED by how rude and nasty they are! And I thought that was a VERY thoughtful gift!
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.

Since: Jan 10

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#87599 Jun 21, 2013
PEllen wrote:
<quoted text>I would have had more sympathy for the Guest/LW if he had just not responded to Laura ( 2nd Bridezilla ); that said the brides were wrong, but the LW sense of humor n gift giving is weird too.
What is a doe and doe, BTW?
I'm guessing there is some wedding tradition among some groups of people called "stag and doe"? So it was changed to "doe and doe" for two women getting married.

Since: Jan 10

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#87600 Jun 21, 2013
PEllen wrote:
<quoted text>I don't get key limes, but regular limes go 4 for $1 around here
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.

Since: Jan 10

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#87601 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.
Our best man gave us a really nice, manly-looking wicker basket if such a thing can exist (deep, rich colors) and picnic stuff in it. I still have that basket -- it holds all my stationery and greeting cards. I love it.

“Not a real reg”

Since: Jan 13

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#87602 Jun 21, 2013
PEllen wrote:
<quoted text>I was working with a close relative of hers around the time she died so I had heard about this. The papers reported that she held a patent for one of the components of radar systems as I recall.
Other smarties I thought included Raquel Welch and Jill St John, one was a PhD and one was a marine biologist but neither has that in their wikipedia bios so I may be wrong
I watched "Bells are Ringing" today with Judy Holliday. She usually paid a ditzy blonde, not very smart. She had a genius IQ and was quite intellectual. Total opposite of her screen and stage roles. Sad that she died, in her 50's I think, of breast cancer.

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#87603 Jun 21, 2013
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.

“Not a real reg”

Since: Jan 13

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#87604 Jun 21, 2013
Matilda77 wrote:
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I'm guessing it is the opposite of a stag party?
Thanks for that. I was wondering what that was also.

Could it be that the brides were older and pretty much had a home and probably didn't need household stuff so he thought the basket would be something different? Altho, he could have put something more gourmet in there instead of that candy. Wine and pate, can't remember all the items other then candy. The "no thank you" message was still rude. And to lie about the gluton? They weren't that smart anyhow to not remember about eating the pasta.

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

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#87605 Jun 21, 2013
dahgts wrote:
Altho, he could have put something more gourmet in there instead of that candy.
" I gave them a wicker box with a hinged lid, filled with food items, most of them PC Black Label, including: tri-color pasta, salsas, Balsamic vinegar and Olive, Gourmet croutons, Panko Breading, Pesto, some baking ingredients, Biscuits from Godiva and a few 'Fun' items like Marshmallow Fluff, Sour Patch Kids and Butterscotch sauce. "

Sounds like most of it was gourmet and bitchy bride chose to only focus on the candy items he tossed in.

“Not a real reg”

Since: Jan 13

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#87606 Jun 21, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
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" I gave them a wicker box with a hinged lid, filled with food items, most of them PC Black Label, including: tri-color pasta, salsas, Balsamic vinegar and Olive, Gourmet croutons, Panko Breading, Pesto, some baking ingredients, Biscuits from Godiva and a few 'Fun' items like Marshmallow Fluff, Sour Patch Kids and Butterscotch sauce. "
Sounds like most of it was gourmet and bitchy bride chose to only focus on the candy items he tossed in.
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'

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

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#87607 Jun 21, 2013
dahgts wrote:
I tend to think even without the candy they would have been bitchin'
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.

Since: Jan 10

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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.

Since: Jan 10

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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.

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