Friday, April 15, 2011

Top 5 Foodie Groomsmen Gifts

Guys, there are a lot of bad groomsmen gifts out there. Shaving products. Sports caps. Scented candles. Cufflinks. Yet another deck of cards. Don’t be the groom to give these terrible gifts to your buddies.

Instead, give them something they can use. How can you be sure? Give them something they’ll eat. The gift of food says, “Hey, I know you don’t want throw-away gifts, and I know you’re a dude with a healthy appetite, so enjoy this awesome food.”

The average groom spends about 50 bucks on each of his groomsmen for gifts, so make it worth the cash. Check out these five foodie gifts for the hungry man at your wedding.

1) SlantShack Beef Jerky Gifts. SlantShack makes all-natural jerky made to satisfy the hungriest meat-eaters, and their gifts packs make for one excellent groomsmen gift. For just 30 bucks, the “Perfect Gift” package includes three different flavors of wild and beefy jerky.
2) Mr. Beer Premium Edition Beer Kit. That’s right, mate, your groomsmen will go home well-equipped to make their own beer. It’s a gift they’ll love to toy around with before poker night, and with any luck, a gift you’ll reap the benefits of, as well. At just $41.95, you’ll be giving your buddies the gift of DIY beer.
3) Bacon is Meat Candy Sampler Pack. Is it candy, or bacon? It’s bacon—candied. Coming from the meat-obsessed Bacon Freaks, this shipped gift will arrive at your groomsmen doorstep delivering bacon candy and smiles (plus, maybe a little heartburn). At a higher ticket price of $69.95 per pack, it’s well worth the cost.
4) Personalized Flask and Zippo Set. This really needs no explanation. Typically, engraved gifts are left to the “throw-away” category, but if we’re engraving booze flasks and killer lighters, they get bumped up to the “Keep forever” category. At $49.99 a pop, you’re right on budget.
5) Tiffany Classic Beer Mug. Finally, something from Tiffany & Co. that’s made for the guys. Each hand-blown crystal beer mug fits 16 ounces of your fave beer, and they’re a deal at $35 apiece. Just don’t cheers your glasses too hard, guys.

Kim S, writer
Photo: Bacon Freak

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Groom’s Cake: A Wedding Cake by Men, for Men

We’re going to go out on a limb here and guess that you’ve never heard of the groom's cake. Don’t feel bad, very few grooms have actually heard of this phantom cake, and fewer still have had the pleasure of enjoying one at their wedding.

The groom’s cake was created as a means of honoring the all-too often second place winner in the wedding ceremony, the groom. While it isn’t commonplace at traditional weddings nowadays, the groom’s cake makes an appearance at most wedding celebrations in the south. Leave it to the ever-cordial southerners to have invented a ritual that provides all parties of a wedding with a bit ‘o’ hospitality and good love.

So what the heck is the groom’s cake? Simply put, it’s a cake for men. Nothing manlier than a cake, that’s for sure. This is the groom’s chance to have a cake just for him (and his groomsmen) that honors his role in the wedding—as most standards wedding cakes are picked by the bride and with the bride’s personal favorite flavors in mind. Forget white roses and vanilla, forget pink sateen custards, and forget lace made out of edible pixie dust. The groom’s cake is made with the flavors the grooms and his men prefer, and in the shape and style they prefer.
Groom's cakes are often shaped into sports themes, such as football fields or soccer balls. Their flavors are often simple and bold: chocolate. The cakes are often served during the rehearsal dinner or at the wedding reception itself, alongside the traditional layered wedding cake. His and hers.

There are few times during the course of a wedding that the groom has a chance to get his—and only his--say on any decisive logistics, so the groom’s cake is your chance to speak up. Now you can have your wedding cake, and eat it too.

Here’s the most radical groom's cake we’ve come across yet: the entire food spread is composed entirely of cake. Now that’s manly.

As seen on groomsadvice.com/2011/01/28/grooms-cake-inspiration-for-bbq-lovers/

Written by Kim S.