Jul 23, 2014

Fall Wedding Boutonniere Ideas

Here are my favorite fall wedding boutonniere ideas with beautiful burnt orange calla lilies and roses, bits of bright green fern, artificial hypericum berries in bright burgundy, orange and lime green. Less is certainly more when it comes to making fall themed boutonnieres and the third photo - made with items from your local Michael's craft store - is wrapped in a simple gold grosgrain ribbon. Created in a matter of minutes and yet as bright and beautiful as anything made by the hands of a professional florist.

orange calla lily boutonniere
white and yellow wedding boutonniere
fall themed wedding boutonniere
orange wedding boutonniere 
rustic orange wedding boutonniere
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Edible Peacock Cupcake Feathers

These authentic looking edible peacock cupcake feathers are made of potato starch, vegetable oil, and water and then brushed with a tender coat of vanilla.  Food coloring gives each one its lovely iridescent blue/green appearance.  But they are only painted on one side.  There is no stick per se, so you need to slightly push each peacock feather into each beautifully iced wedding cupcake.  Sold in sets of 12 (2 1/4 inch size) and 24 mini feathers (one inch size). With buttercream frosting or corn syrup, they will adhere to most dessert items, wine glasses, or elegant serving dishes.

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9 Incredibly Easy Rustic Wedding Centerpieces

I love easy rustic wedding centerpieces - the easier and more elegant, the better.  And the good news is that most, if not all of these, are inexpensive to design.  Why pay more than $50 each (10 tables equals $500 - ouch!) for a centerpiece when some freshly picked wildflowers, vintage lace, burlap and Mason jars will create the cozy, down to earth, family-friendly atmosphere you want to create?  Look at how charming two simple white daisies look sitting in a clear jar that could have formerly held your favorite brand of mayonnaise.  With a little bit of twine, lace and loose weave burlap, this DIY rustic centerpiece costs you next to nothing.  Sterling silver teapots - those tarnished but touching vessels that symbolize grace, goodness and graceful old ladies - will highlight your favorite white flowers: baby's breath, dahlias, daisies and white garden roses.  

DIY rustic wedding centerpiece
vintage teapot wedding centerpieces
Mason jar wedding centerpiece
rustic spring wedding centerpiece
DIY rustic wedding candle centerpiece
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Jul 22, 2014

Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

A double layer pumpkin cheesecake - with a delicious blend of cream cheese, whipped topping and pumpkin puree.  That humble backyard vegetable that only gets noticed at the end of each November has no saturated fats or cholesterol; but is overflowing with dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamins A, C and E.  To make an easier version of this pumpkin cheesecake recipe, substitute 3/4 cup of Libby's pumpkin pie filling (or any brand will do) for the pumpkin puree.  The pie filling already has all the spices in it so you don't need to add them separately.

pumpkin cheesecake recipe

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup of white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 pinch each - cloves and nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese (room temperature is best), sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Blend in eggs one at a time. Remove 1 cup of batter and spread into bottom of crust; set aside.
  3. Add pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg to the remaining batter and stir gently until well blended. Carefully spread over the batter in the crust.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until center is almost set. Allow to cool, then refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight. Cover with whipped topping before serving.
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Jul 21, 2014

Aqua Blue Wedding Cakes

Aqua blue wedding cakes are always in demand here in Virginia Beach - tucked away are we in the southeast corner where coastal Virginia meets the deep blue sea.  After observing tens of thousands of land-locked families stake their territory on our clean white beaches from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, it's plain to see everyone loves the beach.  Sunbathers come to relax and refresh. Surfers come for "the perfect wave."  People from Peoria to Peru come for the people watching - especially along our three mile boardwalk.  These beautiful blue cakes reminds me of home, but in case your area has more snow than sunshine, you can still infuse your wedding with the amazingly beautiful color, aqua blue.

aqua and white wedding cake
Aqua and White Wedding Cupcakes
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Hawaiian Wedding Planning Tips

Hawaiian wedding planning tips - these I have condensed from the fabulous FAQ page of Weddings of Hawaii.  Having spent time in Honolulu, sipping a sweet blend of light rum, fresh strawberries, bananas, pineapple juice and coconut cream - more commonly known as a "Lava Flow" - I would gladly renew my vows on Waikiki Beach with the help of these Hawaiian wedding planners who have over 30 years of experience and the testimonials to prove it.  Here is their free (and edited) advice on how to have the perfect wedding in Hawaii:

  • The average (balmy, breezy and very beautiful) temperature in Hawaii is 75 to 85 degrees all year long but February and March tend to get a little bit more rain.
  • In the event of rain, Weddings of Hawaii will work to change the date and/or location at no additional charge to you.  Most rain in Hawaii only lasts for a few minutes, so it usually doesn't present a major hassle or headache.
  • Having your wedding on a weekday will ensure more privacy.  The weekends have 60% more people out enjoying the sun and sand.
  • You may want to consider the Hawaiian Lei Ceremony, the Sand Ceremony and the Children's Ceremony, especially meaningful for blended families with small children.
  • Try to arrive in Hawaii at least 2 days before the ceremony, to relax, refresh, and obtain your marriage license (no waiting period, photo ID and $60 cash).
  • The State of Hawaii requires a $20 permit for all weddings at public beaches and parks.
  • Your wedding planners will assist you with flowers, photographers, videographers and even book travel and hotels for the entire group if needed.
Photo courtesy of Weddings of Hawaii

Jul 13, 2014

Tea Party Bridal Shower Favors

Tea party bridal shower favors - small but sweet tea themed gifts for those who love to share a comforting cup of herbal tea.  I love the convenience of tea bags myself, but for those who love freshly brewed tea leaves, these heart-shaped tea infuser spoons are just a few dollars each. An affordable little gift and a heart warming reminder of a very special afternoon spent with well-loved friends. A sturdy design and easy to use, this elegant tea infuser won't tarnish, and opens easily by squeezing the handle. Simply put your favorite loose tea leaves inside, steep in hot water for a few minutes and enjoy!