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Champagne Escort Cards
Your guests will be more than happy to find their seating assignments when their cards come with a glass of bubbly. Just tie your escort cards around Champagne flutes and--voila!--you're ready for a toast.
Champagne flutes, MarthaCelebrations (available at jcpenney.com).
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Tiny roses add an elegant detail to your champagne toast. To make the garnishes, insert a toothpick into the base of each blossom at an angle of a little less than 45 degrees. Cut the stems cleanly about 1-inch shorter than the length of the toothpick; you may have to adjust length depending on the weight of the bloom. Place each toothpick just inside of a rim, letting the roses balance delicately on top.
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Begin the party with a time-honored favorite: Champagne flavored with a bitters-soaked sugar cube and a dash of Cognac. Bitters are an alcoholic flavoring made with herbs, spices, roots, and citrus peel, popular in traditional cocktails like this one.
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Offered as an aperitif or for a toast, this aromatic drink evokes the romance of the South of France with each sparkling sip.
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As an alternative to plain Champagne, try this cocktail for rehearsal-dinner toasts. To make a Blushing Bride, pour 2 ounces of chilled passion-fruit nectar into a glass; gently pour in 3 ounces of cold Champagne, then 1/2 teaspoon grenadine. Do not shake or stir. The three will commingle as prettily as a flush spreading on the cheek of a shy bride-to-be.
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Sugar Cube Champagne
Give bubbly a boost with jewel-like cranberry-, pomegranate-, and apricot-infused sugar cubes. Working in batches, soak cubes in a bowl of fruit concentrate or puree until completely saturated. Remove with a fork, and place on a wire rack (don't let them touch); let dry overnight. Present cubes at a champagne bar, or serve them in passed drinks. The sweet, tangy taste will keep guests sipping long after the toasts.
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Upgrade your punch with a splash of champagne.
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Blood Orange Champagne Cocktail
Blood-orange juice turns what would ordinarily be a mimosa into a lovely ruby-tinted cocktail.
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If you're looking for a simple but stunning idea for your reception, try a glamorous Champagne tower.
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A sorbet course before the cake provides an icy, ultralight transition to much richer delights. Our sorbet is made with poached peaches and blush "off dry" (slightly sweet) Champagne.
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Mandarin Champagne Sorbet
Another alternative for sorbet with a champagne kick.