Celebrate With Champagne
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
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.
Classic Champagne Cocktail
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.
Offered as an aperitif or for a toast, this aromatic drink evokes the romance of the South of France with each sparkling sip.
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.
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.
Upgrade your punch with a splash of champagne.
Blood Orange Champagne Cocktail
Blood-orange juice turns what would ordinarily be a mimosa into a lovely ruby-tinted cocktail.
If you're looking for a simple but stunning idea for your reception, try a glamorous Champagne tower.
Peach Rose-Champagne Sorbet
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.
Mandarin Champagne Sorbet
Another alternative for sorbet with a champagne kick.