Everyone wants to be unique on their wedding day, and your wedding invitation is one more way to show your personality, style and the unique design of your wedding. Choosing a non-traditional wedding invitation can show just this. Many couples opt for an unconventional style; a non-traditional wedding invitation that defines their vision

Oslo Press http://www.oslopress.com specializes in unique wedding invitations of wood veneer or paper. Their wood invitations are laser engraved with an original design, while the coordinating elements to the invitation suite re-created using paper and letterpress.

The wood invitation sets combine the use of rich wood veneer and elegant paper, making them some of the most unique and creative wedding invitations around. Each individual invitation is made of wood veneer that has been engraved with a design. The design is enhanced by the grain of the wood and each invite will be truly unique due to the natural variations found in the wood grain. The impression created by letterpress is enhanced by using soft paper, such as their house paper made from recovered cotton fibers, and provides a tactile print with a well defined three-dimensional look. Just as each piece of wood will be unique, so too will each paper item that comes off the press – leaving you with an invitation suite that is full of character, texture, and timeless beauty.
Night Owl Paper Goods http://nightowlpapergoods.com/ offers a large selection wood invitations with many coordinating accessories of eco-friendly wood and letterpress wedding invitations, note cards, gifts and goodies.
Artful Beginnings http://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtfulBeginnings, http://artfulbeginnings.com/weddings.html makes fabric wedding invitations and special event invitations using a variety of unique and unusual materials such as 100% Belgian linen fabric, 100% Cotton Sateen, wildflower seeded paper, treeless paper, 100% recycled paper and others.
Acrylic, paper and metal for a wedding invitation? From The Wedding Guys where “cutting edge” takes on a whole new meaning. Sarah Glad with A Milestone Paper Company https://www.amilestonepaperco.com/ created this unique design with inspiration from the Le Meridien Chamber Hotel in Minneapolis, MN http://www.lemeridienchambers.com/ lobby bar painting ‘Seabird’ by Gary Hume. There are four layers to the invitation which encompass paper, acrylic, paper and metal and each invitation was wrapped with a ‘polka dot’ band with the guests name clearly printed on the band for special delivery to the guests.
For those that want a sweet and edible invitation, how about customized, engraved chocolate? Logos on Chocolate http://www.logosonchocolate.com/ can customize your chocolate invitation (just be sure to have your information printed on your customized wrapper as a reminder of your special day after your invitation is devoured by your guest).
If chocolate isn’t your thing, how about a cookie invitation from Favor Affair http://www.favoraffair.com/Search.aspx?q=cookie%20wedding%20invitation? “Guests will have a hard time forgetting this sweet invitation. Laced with sprinkles, accented with two toasting flutes and covered in fine Belgian white chocolate“, this sugar cookie will take edible invitations to the next level. Your cookie is personalized with your names and includes RSVP information for guests to respond.
Forever Fiances http://www.foreverfiances.com/ has a wonderful selection of handmade plantable seeded paper, which will grow wildflowers or garden herbs. Their 100% recycled plantable wedding invitations will keep your day a beautiful memory. With selections of their All in One Invitations (send and seal), save the date cards, thank you notes, and plantable keepsakes, your guests will be sure to remember such unique and beautiful invitations.

For the truly unique invitation, here is a wedding invitation that turns into a record. Folded just so, this card turns into a manually operated paper record player that plays a song recorded by the future bride and groom. Designer Kelli Anderson at http://kellianderson.com/blog/2011/04/a-paper-record-player/ wanted to create something original for the wedding of her friends Karen Sandler and Mike Tarantino.
All extraordinary weddings deserve an extraordinary wedding invitation such as the stunning designs of Lela New York http://www.lelanewyork.com/ where your couture designs are as special as your wedding. These couture wedding invitations were designed with Ivory silk outside and Gold silk inside. Lela New York's Gatefold Silk Box Invitations were custom designed right down to the lace detail that reflected the brides couture lace gown.

Another couture wedding invitation not be missed is from Event House https://m.facebook.com/InvitationsbyEventHouseHouston/about

Thier Facebook site is https://m.facebook.com/InvitationsbyEventHouseHouston?id=176004479057&refsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FInvitationsbyEventHouseHouston

where a remarkable fusion of silk, ultra luxe papers, peacock feathers and fine jeweled embellishments complete the look of this couture wedding invitation. Each guest received a complete silk invitation suite including the formal wedding invitation card mounted on 100% silk dupioni with a keepsake gold foiled wedding bookmark. Each invitation ensemble also included a custom response card, a private wedding itinerary card, travel reminder and of course a complimenting reception card.

There are many factors to keep in mind when choosing your wedding invitations such as color, shape and style, but the bottom line is going to depend mostly on the design, your budget and also how you will be distributing your invitations. You want to make sure the presentation of your wedding invitation sets the mood for your wedding and correctly portrays your vision.

Who ever said the awards can't be pajama worthy? Be comfortable with your friends and family while watching a few uncomfortable movie stars enjoying the glitz and glamour and even making some of your own.

Serve up some fun with a simple popcorn party with plenty of options and creativity.

Nothing screams the Academy Awards more than the red carpet. Set the stage with your own red carpet or have your table covered in red with gold stars everywhere of course.

Have some fun with your guest with a simple ballot of "Best Dress", "Most Unusual Attire" and continue onward. Another option is a "Who Am I?" with clues from each movie.

For a unique spin, set-up a fun photo area with movie star accessories. Surprise your guests with lasting memories by using instagram.com

Create your own custom hashtag (ie #pricesperfectpopcornpajamaparty) have this handed out to all your guests so they are able to tag and keep the fun. Be sure to use your imagination and just have fun.

Ready for that popcorn buffet ~ Start with your basics ~

Regular popcorn

Cheddar popcorn

Carmel corn

Kettle corn

Now add on some fun ~

Red Twizzlers (a little red carpet rope fun)

Chili powder


Parmesan cheese

Chocolate pieces

Reese's pieces candies

Mini peanut bitter cups

Rollo candies

M & M's (black & white)

Honey roasted peanuts



Salt/Sea Salt

Melted chocolates

Carmel syrup





Golden Graham's cereal

Dried fruit

Get comfy and enjoy the evening pajama style and may you receive an award!

Credits to: http://www.remodelaholic.com/2013/09/caramel-nutella-popcorn-recipe/


Popcorn bucket - http://thechicsite.com

Oscar Buzz beer - http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MobNiJSzfxE/T0hUDB-FNXI/AAAAAAAAAuE/mQw63Lgoubo/s1600/DSC_0792.JPG

My earliest memories of the Daytona 500 were of me laying on the floor curled up with my blankets and pillows while the engines roar would lull me off to sleep as my family watched with scents of dinner wafting through the house.
Now as I think of race day I include memories of gathering with friends with plenty of food and drink to share amongst the cheering and booing all in good fun. Still, secretly in the back of my mind while I plan a feast, I am most excited for a cold snowy day while curled up in my blanket.

So with that being said, let's have a feast. The last few months have covered Halloween candy, Thanksgiving feast, Christmas sweets, New Years riches, more sweet treats for Valentines only to name a few so I'm going to go with the simple satisfying good ole tailgating food starting fist with laying the scene with this table covering from http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/checkered-flag-tablecloth/69052

With plenty of choices for drinks, this year I wanted to add a fun spin on the basic beers and serve up a selection of a few flights.

Make life easy for everyone with these adorable race ready baskets from http://www.etsy.com/listing/126755054/food-tray-food-basket-set-of-4-black?ref=shop_home_active

Getting hungry? I'm thinking good ole chili. Life doesn't get much simpler than that. For some added fun, why not have a buffet of condiments ~ cheeses, sour cream, onion, tomato, avocado, jalepneo peppers and some hot dogs and buns for those that want to be creative with their chili. Take a little inspiration from http://www.couponclippingcook.com/jalapeno-chili-dog/

Of course, enjoy some dips and chips, maybe even a few vegetables. For that sweet tooth, how about some "dipsticks" - chocolate covered pretzel rods or your basic "tires" - Oreos of course. If you're feeling creative, give your hand at this amazing checkered sweet.

And to tie things up, or in this case, a little tape and a lot of fun.

Start your engines!

Lauderdale-By-The-Sea ~ why yes please, it sounds like heaven to me! 

A charming seaside village on the barrier island just north of Fort Lauderdale and minutes from the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood Airport.  With  ocean views, this  community has managed to capture and keep its small town charm.  A motto of:   “Relax . . . You’re here”, how can one not fall in love with this beautiful community?!

A mix of shops, restaurants, and a beautiful wooden Angeline’s Pier, this
village appeals to all.  Friday and Saturday evenings you will find tourist and towns people listening and dancing to the bands play at the local street party.  Here people say hello and are friendly, and even though it is a tourist location, there is a genuine kindness.

This I found out prior to my travel.  With a wonderful gift of visiting one
of my favorite states (especially in escape of our Winters), I had the chore of finding a location.  Now, I will tell you, as most of you may know, when it comes to beach towns, you run the risk of getting what you pay for.  The streets are often filled with Mom and Pop motels - some wonderful and some not so much.  There are beautiful hotels, rentals, and options to take into consideration and of course, high season means high prices. 

This trip was quite a planning experience for me.  We had the dates,  we knew we were not renting a vehicle so we needed to be within walking distance to stores, and we would like a pool or at least to be able to walk to the ocean.  I sent out hundreds of requests (yes, seriously) from South to North.  I was truly beginning to think it just wasn’t going to happen and I really didn’t want to go on a vacation and sit beside a highway in a run down establishment with no pool, too far to walk anywhere and just waiting to go back home.  

I believe in good things and good people and I have had the pleasure of many on this trip.   Here is where my excitement begins . . . YOU SHOULD SEE THIS NEW PLACE (just please leave a room open for me)!  Hotel Seacrest ~ absolutely, without a doubt, is AMAZING!!!  Do you remember when I said you get what you pay for?  You will get far, far, more than what you could ever imagine.  Please keep in mind I have stayed in outstanding places where I was simply a paying customer
- here, I was a guest in this beautiful boutique and what a pleasure it was!  
We arrived early afternoon and were welcomed with that ever present warmth of the sun and our ride to Hotel Seacrest.  Within a short time we were transported to the most luxurious establishment in what I call - Bliss!  Tropical landscaping, a crystal clear pool in a beautifully designed courtyard with stylish loungers, seating areas, and our poolside room.  Welcome to the King Suite in which I will tell you is definitely made for a king! 

Luxurious linens with textiles professionally sewn differently for each of the available five designer rooms.  Travertine marble flooring, granite countertops (complete with glass cook tops), custom headboards, a refrigerator, coffee maker, microwave, dishware, cookware and utensils, a wine rack and even an ice bucket.  The rooms are beautifully furnished from the tables to the lamps, an alarm clock with I-phone docking,
cd/dvd players and individual air conditioners with remotes.  Walking into the bathroom I discovered the shower from my dreams of open glass with mosaic tile and rain heads complete with luxurious soft and plentiful towels.  I should mention that this vacation surprisingly took place during the Super Bowl - but no worries for my husband was elated with the 46” wall mounted flat-screen LCD swivel television! 
In opting not to rent a vehicle, I couldn’t had been more happy to see that truly everything was within walking distance and sight.  Down the street for groceries along with shops for liquor, salons, restaurants, ice-cream, a drugstore, dollar store, donuts, subs and more.  Down the other street was our ocean and I commend the city on what a wonderful job they did with their public areas.  At the entrance of the beach you have beautiful landscaping, Adirondack chairs with umbrellas and even pavilions, each complete with water towers to wash the sand from you.  What a wonderful place to sit, have a cup of coffee and just watch the world go by.

By evening we decided for a quiet evening in with a simple meal, and imagine our delight to sit poolside within this lovely lit oasis.  We were transported with the beauty of their state of the art pool glowing in its LED light show and the graceful in-ground fountains flowing into the pool.  The white lights dappled the landscaping making for a perfect evening, and each evening thereafter!
Our first evening out to relax beachside was a quick walk to Aruba Beach Café.  With seating right on the beach, there didn’t seem to be a better way to start our vacation than with a Hawaiian Cosmopolitan ~ a wonderful mix of Sky Pineapple Vodka, Triple Sec and Cranberry Juice, Caribbean Conch Chowder (a spicy tomato based soup with conch, vegetables and corn, Pizza San Remo (a 12” white cheese pizza with mozzarella, goat cheese and roma tomatoes) and Bimini Bread with Aruba Glaze served with shipped honey butter.  Let’s just say this trip was definitely going in the right direction!

Now we were ready for the street music and stopped at Ocean 101 for a cocktail located on a busy corner 50 yards from the fishing pier.  Sporting a huge indoor/outdoor bar, a beautiful indoor fish tank and waterfalls this was perfect for people watching and listening to music
before venturing back to one of the most restful sleeps in our heavenly Sterns and Foster bed and it’s luxurious linens - did I mention the 600 thread sheet count and freshly laundered and hand steamed?!

After a perfect week of rest, relaxation, lots of sight seeing, walks, breakfast while sitting in the open air at our private patio,  
we decided to end our last outing at Athena By The Sea, a Mediterranean Greek restaurant that also serves American choices in a beautifully newly renovated open air restaurant.

Starting with a pitcher of their homemade Sangria with fermenting fruit
overnight, Saganaki (flaming cheese) with pita bread, Zucchini Strips, Lamb Kabobs over rice and my husband - Spaghetti and Keftedes (Meatballs).  I know, so not Greek - but the meatballs were a meal on their own.    

Excellent service and I was impressed that when I had stopped by earlier and spoken with Luciana that she remembered me several hours later and was a wonderful waitress.  Every empty dish was promptly removed and everyone there seemed to pitch in and help one another.  I also was impressed that our leftovers were removed from the table and packaged up and returned to us.  

Note to self - at several restaurants, although it states that a 18% service gratuity will be added to parties of 10 or more, I did notice many times that our gratuity already added into our bill.  Needless to say, I think I may have made a couple happy waitresses.

To get around easier, the city offers a free community shuttle, the Pelican Hopper with hours of operation Monday thru Friday 9 AM to 5:25 PM (although their flyer states 8:30 AM to 5 PM), Saturday 10 AM to 7:55 PM, and Sunday 8 AM to 6 PM  visit their website for further information and for their map and timetable.

Lauderdale By The Sea is definitely for me.  It’s quaint and quiet.  It’s easily accessible and being a walker, a perfect location.  I don’t usually write about my personal travels, but this was such an experience that I
had to share with you.  The owners at Hotel Seacrest have done an extraordinary job in remodeling this hidden gem along with their amazing personal service.  Would I look further into staying someplace else on my next visit?  Absolutely not!  Visiting here with the beauty, outstanding customer service, cutting edge and luxury perfectly mixed together - it’s like being transported to that “Bliss” and I can’t wait to visit again!  Our many thanks for such a wonderful and memorable trip!!!

Here's a sneak peak into another room.  Be sure to visit Hotel Seacrest for even more amazing photos and booking information!
Bon Voyage ~ Amy
Although there is some debate when exactly National Popcorn Day is, many celebrate it today on January 19 while others celebrate it whatever day the Super Bowl falls on - either way, it’s definitely good taste!  While National Popcorn Month is celebrated in October during the popcorn harvesting season and Carmel Popcorn Day is celebrated on April 7.

Popcorn has been around for centuries.  It had originated in New Mexico in 1948 by archeologists who discovered popcorn in a bat cave that were at least 5,600 years old.  Popcorn is one of the most popular snacks and the average American eats approximately 17 gallons per person per year equaling to an astounding 4.3 billion gallons of popcorn a year.  

Popcorn is actually a healthy snack (depending on how it’s cooked and what toppings are added), but for air-popped popcorn, at a mere 31 calories per cup, while oil-popped popcorn boast at 55 calories per cup, it‘s still a great go-to snack.  

For a little extra knowledge to share with your fellow “poppers”; a popcorn kernel can pop up to three feet in the air, the first commercial popcorn machine was invented in 1885 by Charles Cretors, and when visiting a movie theater and enjoying your popcorn, remember that tradition started in 1912.

With so many ideas and toppings from sweet to sour and uses for soup
toppings, salads, the ideas are endless!

For those of you that are feeling less creative, you can still enjoy the
festivities by visiting on of many a popcorn stores such as the Popcorn Factory

Here is a great recipe to keep those taste buds popping ~ Enjoy!!!

Blazing Buffalo Ranch Popcorn

In a small bowl blend: 
1 TBLS Ranch Dressing or Dip Mix
1 TBLSP Celery Salt (or Seafood Spice Mix)
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Powder Sugar (or regular Sugar)
1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper

Sprinkle 1/4 tsp Vegetable Oil over mix and blend together

Place 6 quarts popped popcorn into a large bowl and sprinkle mixture overtop and stir.  I using air-popped popcorn, you may want to lightly spray your popcorn with a cooking or butter spray.  

To make sure your festivities are just right, be sure to serve up the fun in some of the great planet friendly products from Green Party Goods ~ an absolutely amazing selection that will keep you coming back for more!

Please don't send out the search party for I have found PARADISE!!!

Come join me at the exotic and breathtaking Ayada Maldlives Resort ~ I'm betting you won't want to leave either. 

I think this is what they mean when they say, "This is just what the Doctor ordered".  Miles of powder white sand, blue waters, swaying palms, beautiful weather, uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean, remote, regal and oh so relaxing. 

Set on the island of Maguhdhuvaa, within the beautiful Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll district, this resort consists of 112 luxurious villas complete with your own private pool in creating your own personal paradise. Then, let's not forget the large resort pool connecting all the  villas with a lovely boardwalk and sitting areas leading up to the main resort. 

Beyond the exterior beauty, Ayada Maldlives has absolutely EVERYTHING I need!!!  Let's start first with complimentary wi-fi in all villas (I can work and relax), laundry, dry cleaning, pressing services, Ayspa complete with a hair salon, an amazing spa, and a fitness center complete with a Yoga Studio and a variety of other classes offered.  There's a clinic with a doctor on call 24 hours a day, and the ultimate, my butler!!!
If you think I'm going to go hungry in this paradise ~ no worries.  I have seven dining venues and bars that offer not only regional cuisine, but also international cuisine, along with 24 hour in villa dining. 
If you think I might get bored, please remember there are over 3,000 coral reefs, over 1,000 species of fish, coral and other marine life that inhabits the waters throughout the Maldives.  I think the array of activites offered, only to name a few, should keep me busy ~ at least  for a little while.

Now, join me in retreating to my personal paradise ~ yes, this really is paradise!!! 
It’s one of my favorite times of the year.  I do love Summer, but I especially love this weekend.  Not only did I meet my husband, but I also met my
best friend and am lucky enough to be married to him.  

It’s funny how we look back on the years and realize all the memories that have been made.  From the tears to the laughter; the sadness, the happiness, routines, craziness, fears, support, family and friends ~ a life that has woven our marriage into the most wonderful moments!

Our wedding seems like it was only yesterday, and each day I am lucky enough to still be so in love!  Life has changed from the first day we met, but the butterflies still float inside me, and there is no one other I would want “next to me”.  I found this song by Emeli Sande that I just had to share.

I find a bit of bitter sweetness in the day for he built the deck we got
married on in which we carved our names and date in ~ our life has moved forward, and our deck sits at our old home but I know the memories, and that is something that cannot be taken away.

I love weddings, but most of all, I love the chance of happily ever after,
the wonder of love and the strength of two hearts and souls.  I wake each day thankful as I look beside me, and each night to reach over and know I am right where I belong with him next to me! 
Happy Anniversary Sweetheart and thank you for the beautiful memories and “what a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven‘t happened yet”.

I truly don't think I have had more of a pleasure than working with this
amazing bride and groom who not only gave me their vision but entrusted me to make the right decisions to plan their memorable wedding day.

The beginning of a vintage, shabby chic wedding was easily created with such a lovely location ~ a lush green lawn, white tents and an amazing gazebo ~ a perfect setting to begin this beautiful celebration with a lifetime of memories created.
A dream that started with a country setting; rustic natural flowers, Mason jars and burlap soon became an astounding celebration with hand crafted newsprint paper flowers ~ fitting perfect for the bride who loves to read; jars filled with split peas to match their colors in a beautiful mix of grey and green, curly willow, a pewter photo charm tied onto the bouquet complete for "Something Old" and even a surprise boutonniere for the groom done in the orchids he had so wanted.

I truly don't think my job could be anymore priceless than when the bride says, "This is more than I ever dreamt of!!!". How does one not smile and know all is right in the world?!!!

One of my many favorites were placing hand stamped tags of “A Little Something”, tied onto green apple favors for each place setting ~ another tribute to the bride and groom and what a DIY financial aspect also. I am so glad that this lovely couple entrusted their "day to remember" with me! From the flowers, the décor, to the final aspects for each guest to remember; it was a wedding to remember!
It's no secret that I love each person at an event to leave with a "WoW" and to know not only did they celebrate a special occasion but they too were special. This I believe was accomplished with so many details and an absolutely beautiful day for a perfect setting.

As I look through the lovely photos, some courtesy of Joe Veselenak, owner of In Action Photography at www.facebook.com/pages/In-Action-Photography-Joe-Veselenak-Owner/145010138848666, I am not only satisfied but also gratified and so honored in knowing I was allowed to make moments into everlasting memories.
Thank you Chelsey and Nathan!!!! My wishes for a life more beautiful than your glorious wedding and for allowing me to be a part of it!


The unseasonably hot Summer is providing an ongoing record heat wave with temperatures scorching near and above 100 degrees.  Instead of sweltering away, maybe it’s time to cool down.

Imagine ~ artic air, blizzards, surrounded in a room of ice complete with furniture made of ice; bundled like an Eskimo and sipping an ice-cold cocktail - no ice required because even your glass is made of ice.  Cold enough for you?  

Then come tour these amazing and creative Ice Bars and accommodations to put a chill back in your day.

First stop, where else but the city that has every imaginable finding ~ Las Vegas, Nevada.  Visit Minus5 Ice Bar at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.  Hence being its name, the frosty temperature is minus five degrees.  Here you will be decked out in Eskimo-like ice gear to keep warm and explore the wonderland of intricate ice sculptures that change every 6 - 8 weeks, while relaxing on ice couches that are covered in deer skin and sipping your premium vodka out of, of course, custom designed ice
glasses.  To upgrade your experience, be sure to take a look at their packages including the faux fur coat and Russian hat (which you get to keep).  Bonus!!!

Now to the sunshine state, Orlando, Florida.  Icebar Orlando is
the first largest ice bar in America with over 50 tons of ice making this a
winter wonderland one cool place of 27 degrees in a state of warmth.  Take an expedition to the North while keeping warm with your thermal cape and gloves during this limited 45 minutes adventure. 

Continue traveling the world with more of these “chilling adventures”.

Travel to Dubai and visit the Chill Out Café with their sub-zero temperatures and an interesting combination of ice, glass and
steel complete with unique lighting and architecture. 

With Winters being so cold in Russia, St. Petersburg decided to create an  Ice Bar so no wasted heating was necessary.  This ice bar is found on a small street right behind the Kazan Cathedral

Still to hot for you?  Off to XtraCold Amsterdam in Centre of Amsterdam, Amstel.  This Ice Bar consists of two parts.  You are first introduced to a “cool” lounge where you are able to enjoy your food and drinks and then you will be able to venture further to the Ice Bar where you will receive special clothing to keep you warm in the -10 degree Celsius bar.  Enjoy a drink and journey over icebergs and steep cliffs of a fantasy landscape with a 20 minute 3D movie - including a wind turbine to make the scene complete. 

Or, what about a blizzard to cool you down?  The Ice Lounge in the heart of Southbank, Australia will make you feel like you’ve entered an Antarctic winter for a limited 30 minutes.  Enjoy state-of-the-art lighting, exquisite carved sculptures while wrapped in warmth in the - 10 degree
Celsius Ice Bar.

Minus 5 is another ice bar located in Queenstown, New Zealand.  Everything is carved purely of ice but don’t worry about getting a chill because, once again, you’ll be provided with jackets, gloves and even warm footwear. 

Ready for a real adventure?  Climb aboard the Norwegian Epic, Norwegians Cruise Line’s newest, largest and most innovative ship. 
Sail away to the Caribbean and Europe with of course, a visit to the coolest bar at sea, the Svedka Ice Bar that was inspired by the original ice hotels in Scandinavia.  In an exclusive partnership with SVEDKA vodka and Inniskillin ice wine, this ice bar gives the ultimate chill with the temperature not rising above 17 degrees Fahrenheit and LED lighting stimulating the Northern Lights while sipping in hooded coats and gloves surrounded by ice and carved statues of course.  

Hate to return to the heat, then take your visit up, or
down a notch, and visit these Ice Bars while staying in their ice

The Ice Hotel in Sweden is located in the village of Jukkasjarvi and offers several room accommodations.  Your cold rooms will range in temperature from -5 degrees Celsius to -8 degrees Celsius with special beds made of snow and ice with reindeer skins and thermal sleeping bags for your comfort.  After a good nights sleep, you’ll be awakened in the morning with a cup of hot lingonberry juice at your bedside.  Venture to their Icebar Jukkasjarvi where you can dance on a floor of snow and drink champagne and other cocktails from glasses of ice.  Don’t worry about getting too cold, your visit is limited to 40 minutes.

Still need more?  Who would’ve ever thought Paris would be the host of an Ice Bar?  Well, maybe it’s time you visit The Kube Hotel (also known as Kube Rooms) in Paris, France.  A trendy and hip boutique styled hotel consisting of 31 rooms and 10 suites that is a mix of retro and modern, complete with splashes of hot pink, glowing glass cubes and fake fur.  Making this boutique even more special is their urban ice bar,
The Ice Kube.  A cover charge, winter parka and gloves included along with unlimited vodka for 30 minutes.  Make sure you make reservations for this trendy bar only allows 20 guests at a time.  This could just be the topping of a night in Paris!

This is only the tip of the iceberg and hopefully it’s cooled you off a bit during our over-the-top warm weather.  So, why not have a well deserved over-the-top vacation too?