Archive for September, 2010

Crowd-Pleasing Recipes for the Man Shower

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
Ribs. I had ribs for lunch, that's why I'm doing this.

Ribs. I had ribs for lunch, that’s why I’m doing this.

They say the way into a man’s heart is through his stomach. We couldn’t agree more. Looking for man-friendly recipe  ideas for your next couples shower or man shower? Don’t stress. We’ve got you covered. Check out some of our ideas to get your creative juices flowing and, of course, feel free to put your own unique spin on them. Keep in mind that these recipes also work great if you’re preparing food for the rehearsal dinner.

A simple, fail-safe idea is to go with a Super Bowl or tailgate party theme. Remember that nearly any food can be fried or grilled. If you have a deep fryer on hand, the possibilities are virtually endless. A few of our favorite foods to fry: fish, chicken wings, cheese, pickles, zucchini, peppers, olives and mushrooms. For grilling, you can go with the traditional burgers, dogs, brats, barbeque chicken, meat and veggie kabobs, fish, or try kicking things up a notch by grilling something a little different such as spicy lamb sliders. To increase the flavor, try grilling on cedar planks. If your guests are die-hard sports fans, try using a burger or dog grill topper with your crowd’s favorite team logo or mascot.

A few more of our favorite recipe ideas:

Tacos/burritos – fill soft tortillas with your meat of choice, pico de gallo, cheese, sour cream and guacamole.

Pigs in a blanket – wrap vienna sausages, polish sausages or hot dogs with store-bought crescent rolls. Lightly brush the outsides with garlic butter and bake.

Bacon-wrapped apricots or dates – because bacon goes well with anything. (recipe at Real Simple)

7-layer dip – Refried beans, jalapenos and fresh avacado. What else is there in life? (recipe at Food Network)

Potato salad with bacon – it takes about 20 minutes to prepare, but the memory of its taste will last a lifetime. (recipe at Real Simple)

Grilled cheese sandwiches with chutney – a fresh take on an All-American classic. (recipe at Real Simple)

Spiced beef empanadas -a great example of something you could buy pre-made in the frozen food section at your local grocery store – if you don’t care about taste. This recipe from Real Simple would get two thumbs up from us if we were willing to put down our empanadas.

Bottom line: Go with your gut. If you like it, odds are your guest will, too. Just make sure to offer a little variety (and a few veggie options for non-meat-eaters) and you’ll be sure to please everyone. Cheers!

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Do you know have any favorite recipes that would work for a manly wedding shower? Let us know in the comments section below.

Can I Play Golf on My Honeymoon?

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010
Honeymoon golf. Is it allowed?

Honeymoon golf. Is it allowed?

“Can I hit the links during my honeymoon?” This is probably one of the most common questions we get asked by grooms – and I really can’t blame them for asking. Most couples travel to warm, waterfront locations for their honeymoon – locations with plenty of golf courses nearby. For golfers, it’s only natural to want to get out and test your skill against the local challenges. However, suggesting a golf outing to your new wife can be tricky.

Here are a few things to think about before you book that tee time:

Marriage is, after all, about compromise

We recently polled ten of our Twitter and Facebook friends on the topic and the vote went 9-1 in favor of the groom being allowed to play as long as there was another daytime activity that the bride would want to do solo. We couldn’t agree more with this stance. Making compromises is a huge part of any healthy marriage.

Is she a golfer?

If the answer to this question is yes, you’re in the clear. Try setting up a tee time for the both of you. Most courses will have clubs that can be rented for a small fee. The only negative side to this is that you’re probably going to have to let her win… ahh who am I kidding, she’d probably beat you anyway!

Be smart

If you do happen to find yourself on the golf course, use your brain. While getting to play is a nice addition to the honeymoon, you must remember that it is your honeymoon. Only play nine holes,  don’t get drunk and be home when you say you will be. This is just good ‘ol fashion common sense, guys.

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So what do you think? Should the groom be able to play golf on his honeymoon? Yes? No? Only if the bride is a golfer as well? Let us know in the comments section below.

Top 10 Signs Your Future In-Laws Hate You

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Have you been trying to determine whether your fiance’s parents like you? Below are 10 sure-fire signs that they DO NOT.

Does this look familiar?

Look familiar?

10.) At family gatherings, your place setting is always at the kiddie table.

9.) When she introduced you to her parents for the first time, they laughed and said “good one!”

8.) For the past two years, your fiance’s mom has routinely called you by an ex-boyfriend’s name. When you tell her that’s not your name, she says “I know.”

7.) They’ve been openly talking about “minimizing” your presence at the wedding reception.

6.) Their engagement gift to you: arsenic.

5.) None of their requested wedding photographs include you.

4.) When the topic of children comes up, her parents assure you that they’ve already got a sperm donor in mind.

3.) You find a receipt on her father’s desk for a roll of duct tape, a box of extra large garbage bags and a shovel.

2.) They paid for the honeymoon tickets, but yours was only one way.

1.) They refer to you as “the situation.”

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3 Ways to Ensure Your Personal Style Makes the Wedding Cut

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

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When was the last time, if ever, you treated yourself to a brand-new outfit (head-to-toe) for one special event? Well if you’re recently engaged here’s your chance. Being a groom is an excellent chance to show off your personal style, so go all out and get what you really want. That being said, being a groom also means making sure your personal style fits into your brides overall game plan. You might have always hoped to be wearing leather saddles during your wedding, but if your wife-to-be is organizing an evening formal, you can kiss that idea goodbye.

Think of it like this, your bride is working tirelessly on every detail to make sure the ceremony is everything she has always dreamed. Sorry grooms, but your fedora and suspenders may not fit into that dream. This doesn’t mean you should wave the white flag, it just means you need an element of tact and creative thinking to make sure you’re both happy!

So, what can you do to make sure your personal taste makes it to the big day?

1. Costume Change – The ceremony is formal, important, dramatic and beautiful, and your personal taste might not fit into what she wants. However, she may be willing to compromise during the reception. Do you have a favorite style hat you’ve always imaged wearing at the wedding? Maybe skip the need to wear it during the ceremony and let it debut at the reception.  You might hate boutonnieres and have a pocket square you’d rather wear, but maybe she’ll let you make the switch after you say your I-do’s?  There are countless ways you can make your formalwear into something you want to wear, just wait till after the ceremony.

2. Picture Time – Buying accessories like a new watch, sunglasses or shoes is part of the fun of being a groom. So, if something you really want to own doesn’t make the ceremony cut, get if for the pictures! She’ll be a lot less picky with what you wear when you’re posing with your buddies. So, this is another chance when you can get what you want and show off your style, while still keeping your bride happy.

3. As You’re Leaving – Often brides and grooms will quickly change out of their formal wear for their great escape. Here lies another opportunity to get what you’ve been wanting!  Ask her what she plans to wear as you’re running to the escape car and tell her that you want to make sure you wear something fun or special.  She’ll be happy you even care and you’re on your way to a new pair of shoes!

It’s your day too guys, so make sure you like the way you look, but remember you’ll be much happier knowing she’s happy!

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Ben the Groom is a master of all things groom and is pumped to be onboard as a GroomsAdvice guest blogger. Ben is constantly searching out inspiration for style, ways to appease your fiancé, and tips to ensure smooth wedding planning. He is also dedicated to helping grooms across the globe be more involved, more capable and more prepared.

How will your personal style show up on the wedding day? Share your answer with us in the comment box below.

Grooms: Hide Your Flask in a Secret Safe Book

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

What would a groomsman need a book for? Reading? Nah, that’s boring and so-last century. To display on a shelf? Yea right, it’s more likely to end up buried in an attic or closet. No, we’re thinking of something a little more sneakier and sinister…

A flask hidden in a book? Why it's elementary, my Dear Watson.

A flask hidden in a book? Why it’s elementary, my Dear Watson.

That’s right, folks. Meet Secret Safe Books – the coolest thing we’ve heard about in a long time! These custom-built hide-a-flask books are the brainchild of Kara Witham and the fruit of her shop on Etsy.com. The concept is simple (and brilliant)… an old book is hollowed out with a scroll saw to fit a 6oz. flask inside. The pages are then glued shut, magnets are placed in each corner so that the book will close securely and presto — you’ve got a unique gift that looks like it belongs in a Sherlock Holmes novel. [editor's note - why didn't i think of this?]

We know that when it comes to groomsmen gifts, guys are always looking for memorable gift ideas that each groomsman will actually want to hold on to. This is why Secret Safe Books can be custom ordered. The groom can actually request specific favorite book titles that fit the personality of each member of the wedding party.

Take a look at some of the most popular designs:

Anything can be hiddne in the book... it doesn't have to be a flask.

You don’t always have to use the book to hide a flask.

Each Secret Safe Book comes with a brand new 6oz. stainless steel flask.

Each Secret Safe Book comes with a brand new 6oz. stainless steel flask.

I always knew that dictionary would be good for something!

I always knew that dictionary would be good for something!

To order a set of Secret Safe Books for your groomsmen, click here or e-mail secretsafebooks@hotmail.com.  The books can be mailed worldwide with domestic shipping discounts  available  for purchases of three books or more. Bulk order discounts are also available for orders of 7 or more.

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