There’s no better way to start the new year off than with three all-new The Wedding Veil movies:
The Wedding Veil Expectations, original airdate: Jan 7
The Wedding Veil Inspiration, original airdate: Jan 14
The Wedding Veil Journey, premiering Saturday, Jan 21 8/7c
To celebrate, we’re sharing six fun watch party activities to enjoy with your friends and family!
Sip on your favorite Hallmark Wines as you watch Tracy (Alison Sweeney), Emma (Autumn Reeser), and Avery (Lacey Chabert) navigate life as newlyweds, and unleash your inner artist with some handmade wine glass tabs. You can use a variety of materials, from a pillowcase that lost its twin to an old shirt you’re looking to upcycle. Here’s an idea to get you started:
Felt Wine Glass Tabs:
- Spray Adhesive
- Fabric Scissors
- Glasses (wine or champagne)
- Heart or another Pattern
- Spray adhesive to 2-3 layers of felt to give a layered look with extra structure. *The more variety you have in colors, the easier it will be to tell your drinks apart!*
- Trace chosen pattern onto felt (or get creative and abstract!).
- Use your fabric scissors to cut the shape out.
- Cut a slice to the center of your felt shape and cut a hole in the center that’s big enough for the stem of your glass.
- Slide onto the stem of your glass just above the base and enjoy your Wine and Watch Party!
Are you more of an Avery (Lacey Chabert), Emma (Autumn Reeser), or Tracy (Alison Sweeney)? Find out by taking the Which Wedding Veil Trilogy Character Are You Quiz and come together dressed in style! Paolos (Paolo Bernardini), Peters (Kevin McGarry) and Nicks (Victor Webster) are welcome to join too!
It’s official: Cannolis are the perfect romantic treat; The Wedding Veil Legacy made sure of that! Take a bite out of love by making your own from scratch!
*You will need cannoli tubes.*
- 2 cups of All Purpose Flour
- 1 tbsp of Sugar
- ¼ tsp of Salt
- 1½ tbsp of Butter, cubed
- 1 Egg Yolk
- ½ cup of White Wine
- 3 lbs of Ricotta
- 2 cups of Confectioner’s Sugar
- 2 cups of Heavy Cream
- ¼ tbsp of Cinnamon
- 1 cup of Mini Chocolate Chips (optional)
- 2 caps of Lemon Juice
- Preheat 4-5 inches of canola oil in a heavy-bottomed pot or tabletop fryer to 360 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a medium bowl, sift together the flower, sugar, and salt. Work the butter pieces in the flour mixture with your fingers until the mixture becomes coarse and sandy. Add the egg yolk and white wine and mix until the dough is smooth. Cover the dough in plastic wrap and let rest in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes.
- Roll the dough out thinly (about 2mm). Stamp out dough rounds using a cookie cutter. The size of the dough rounds will depend on the size of your cannoli tubes. The scraps can be kneaded and re-rolled.
- Wrap the cut-out dough around a metal cannoli tube and seal it closed with some water. Using tongs, submerge the shell and tube in the oil and fry until browned. Remove the tube from the oil and allow the oil remaining to drip off. Gently tap the tube to release the shell, or use a kitchen towel to gently slide the hot shell off the tube. Allow the shells to cool completely.
- Drain ricotta overnight.
- Mix all ingredients together with a hand mixer. Place filling in piping bags.
- Pipe the cannoli shells solo or with your friends!
- Dip the sides in sprinkles or any other topping you desire.
It may not be wedding planning, but you can embrace your inner artist just like Avery (Lacey Chabert) and create masterpieces that look good enough to eat (literally)! Whether you’re more of an abstract artist or an impressionist, bake your favorite cookie recipe and decorate with colorful icings and glazes.
*Try it: bake your cookie dough into different canvas shapes for more ways to get creative – squares, rectangles, ovals…*
For American Crusting Buttercream (for the 3D artist):
- 1 cup of Salted Butter
- 1¼ cup of Crisco Shortening
- 2 tsp of Vanilla Extract
- Whole 2lb bag of Confectioner’s Sugar
- 2-3 tbsp of Whole Milk or Heavy Cream
- Food Coloring (optional)
For Honey Glaze:
- 1 tbsp of Honey
- 2 tbsp + 2 tsp of Milk
- 1 tsp of Clear Vanilla Extract
- ½ tsp of Lemon Juice
- 2¼ cups of Confectioner’s Sugar
- Food Coloring (optional)
- Bring your butter and shortening to room temperature (prevents clumping). Using a mixer, cream your butter and shortening until well incorporated.
- Once creamed, mix in vanilla.
- Sift your confectioner’s sugar to make sure there are no clumps as you add it in. Add in slowly to prevent a cloud of powdered sugar.
- Once mixed, slowly add in your milk, one tbsp at a time, until you reach a smooth consistency. Mix until smooth (about 1 minute on medium-high speed). Avoid over-whipping the buttercream.
- Optional: separate into different bowls and add food colorings before filling piping bags.
*Buttercream Icing can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.*
For Honey Glaze:
- Mix honey and milk together in a medium bowl.
- Add in clear vanilla and keep stirring.
- Add in lemon juice (balances out sweetness).
- Add sifted confectioner’s sugar and mix until smooth. You should be able to pull the spoon out and see the glaze drizzle down off of it.
- To decorate, dip cookies in glaze and pull straight up, slowly.
- Optional: add in food coloring and swirl with toothpick to create fun marbleized patterns.
- Use the buttercream to create a frame on the cookie, then fill with glaze.
- Glaze takes about 1-2 hours to dry (a great mid-movie snack!)
- Having a variety of piping tips will make decorating with buttercream more fun.
Here are some supplies you’ll need to get started:
- Choose a topic or theme – scrapbooking is more fun with a vision or story to tell!
- Choose your album size and shape (square, landscape, portrait?).
- Choose your photos. Sometimes less can be more – pick out your favorites, but it’s okay to have a few extra!
- Other items you might include: ticket stubs, receipts, hand-written notes, pressed flowers, use your imagination!
- Layout a page before committing with glue or other adhesives.
- Basic supplies you may want: scissors, washi tape, glue, stickers, colored pens.