Ready For The 4th

As we are sure you all know by now, we love a good theme here at ASE. Any chance for us to decorate is welcomed by each member of our team. The 4th of July is one of our favorites. It’s great to have a holiday just when summer is gearing up to celebrate our great country. We also love a play on red, white, and blue, of course! How are you dressing your house, table, or desserts up for the holiday? Our flags are prepped and ready to fly next week!


Keep It Cool

With the amount of hot days we have had recently, we have been pulling out all of the stops when it comes to cool summer recipes. One of our favorites is to make various flavors of ice pops. There are so many great recipes out there we thought we should share a few with our readers. Here are our favorites that will keep you cool all summer long!

Hibiscus & Pomegranate Pops

Strawberry & Blueberry Pops

Super Berry Smoothie Pops

Root Beer Float Pops

Friday: The Decor

Happy Friday! Finally, we get to the decor. For us, the decor encompasses little details that make a big impact on your day. Will you hang chandeliers outside? What color chairs fit best with the flowers you chose? Will you have table runners and candles, or large centerpieces that speak for themselves? Flowers on the chair backs (like mentioned in yesterday’s post)? The decor is really what will evoke the couple’s theme perfectly. This is also our favorite part of wedding planning, pulling all of the details together to make the bride’s dream wedding come to life.

Thursday: The Flowers

How are you all fairing in this heat? We would much prefer 80 degree weather so hopefully mother nature will decide to go back to that in a few days! We hope you’ve enjoyed wedding week so far, it’s hard to believe it is almost over already. Today we wanted to talk about the flowers. We find that this can often be a hot topic for brides. To splurge on the flowers or not to splurge? If these photos don’t convince you to invest in flowers we don’t know what will! Flowers can add so much texture to a wedding, it’s so important to have some color and texture to break up your reception tables. One of our favorite touches is adding flowers to the back of the bride and groom’s chairs, or flowers lining the sides of the aisle paving the way for the bride. Check out our favorite flowers as of late, arrangements like these are what will make your wedding really stand out!

Wednesday: The Invitations

Happy Wedding Wednesday! Today we wanted to show you some our favorite invites. Just like your wedding day wardrobe, your invitations should reflect the theme of your day. This will also help the guests get an idea of what they can expect. If you are having a casual wedding and expect your guests to dress that way, use non traditional wording and a fun font. If you’re having a black tie affair, use traditional/formal wording and consider embossing for a luxe effect. One of our favorites below is the second photo. If you’re having a destination wedding that requires an invitation suite with lots of little details, this is the way to do it! Consider adding touches that evoke the feel of the state, or country, you’re wedding will be held in.

Tuesday: The Dress

After you have the groom, and the ring, we think you’re wedding fashion is one of the most important elements. You want your dress to reflect the theme of your entire wedding. Whether your wedding is in a church, a rustic barn, or on the beach, there is a dress to fit the occassion! Here are some of our favorites we’ve seen lately, we love the romantic detailing on all of these dresses. It’s amazing what ruffles, a rhinestone belt, or a touch of lace can add!

Monday: The Groom

This week we are going to do a full week of wedding details. We’ve been finding so much great inspiration on Pinterest lately, we thought this would be the only way to get it all out to our readers! First off, let’s talk about the groom. First step in a wedding is finding the groom after all! We love the fashion for grooms coming through wedding blogs. It seems like the guys are choosing to step out of the box and away from the traditional tux (although we do love a classic black tux with bow tie). It also seems like they are willing to embrace the color, theme, and flowers. Love it!

You’re Invited

Please join ASE and the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark on Tuesday June 19, 2012 to celebrate 100 years of providing compassionate care to the homeless through their “Ministry For The Homeless” program. Did you know the Catholic Charities helped over 1,800 homeless men, women, and children in 2011? They have eight facilities for homeless seeking a place for the night or permanent housing including three emergency shelters, three transitional housing centers and two permanent housing centers.

Catholic Charities is different because they truly care about the people they serve. They know that in other shelters the homeless are forced to sleep on the hard floor, that people with mental illnesses are most times refused from shelters and that familes may even be refused. Catholic Charities accepts all homeless men, women, children, and families… and no one is sent away for mental illness or previous incarcerations. They have social services staff at the ready to assist these men and women into permanent or long-term homes. Please join us on Tuesday at the Upper Montclair Country Club to celebrate all of the wonderful things Catholic Charities has done for our community!

For Your Stylish Dad

Father’s Day is just around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to get that cool Dad of yours. It’s so easy to just pick up a card and say thank you, but this year you should show your Dad how great he really is. Here are some great gift ideas for Dad to really show him how stylish he can be. With a new watch, jacket, pair of boat shoes, sunglasses, and a leather passport case Dad will be ready to go anywhere in style!

ASE Loves: The Kessler Foundation

On October 21, 2012, the Kessler Foundation’s 11th Annual Stroll ‘N Roll (and RUN!) will take place at Brookdale Park in Montclair, NJ. The mission of this event is simple, to change lives for people with disabilities. ASE is so excited to be working with such a great foundation to help improve the lives of those with disabilities. This event “helps individuals in wheelchairs take their first steps, stroke survivors communicate and navigate their surroundings, people with multiple sclerosis and traumatic brain injury recall memories and improve daytime function, and prevents further affects of disability. It will also help expand grant funding to organizations that create or promote job opportunities for people with disabilities. Lastly, your participation will help fund the New Jersey division of ThinkFirst–an injury prevention program that educates students, grades K-12, on the consequences of spinal cord and brain injury and simple safety practices to adopt to avoid injury.” If you don’t know much about the Kessler Foundation, it is “the largest public charity in the field of disability. Its rehabilitation research discovers treatments to improve the quality of life for individuals with spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, and stroke.” Stroll ‘N Roll (and RUN!) is a fun-filled family day that includes exhibition booths, food, music, and kid-friendly activities. You may walk, roll, run or rollerblade around the park. This year, they have USATF certified 5K and 10K courses for runners and wheelchair racers. In addition to the races, there is a family-fun 5K (the stroll ‘n roll). For more information on how Kessler Foundation improves the lives of people with disabilities through rehabilitation research and expanding employment opportunities, visit the Kessler Foundation website.