Feb 29, 2012

Love Bird Cake Toppers

What is our fascination with lovebirds?  Birds that "fall in love" and stay together, making a cozy nest and an even cozier lifetime commitment - everything we need and desire for ourselves.  We also see these birds, perched happily side by side, who stay together through sunny days and stormy ones, face down every would-be predator that comes their way.  Together for a lifetime, lovebirds symbolize two hearts, two minds, two lovers forsaking all others.



Wedding Cake Cookie Designs

Wedding cake cookies - can you make them yourself? Clearly stenciled cookies like these (last photo) require more time and talent then I have on my best baking day. And that's coming from someone who owned and operated Miss Becky's Bakery here in Virginia Beach for three sweet years. But with an easy sugar cookie recipe, wedding cake cookie cutters, Wilton decorating tips and bags, you can make professional looking cookies that are dressed to impress. And of course, you'll need a good royal icing recipe that makes your decorations harden and shine.



Feb 21, 2012

Burlap Wedding Accessories

Burlap wedding accessories - when did boring old burlap go from being a breathable yet unbreakable sack for potatoes, onions and imported coffee beans to rustic wedding banners, bouquets and boutonnieres? Since we discovered we wanted our weddings less decadent and more down to earth.  Burlap is a coarse fabric made from natural vegetable fibers, a sustainable and earth-friendly choice for brides worried about waste. This burlap wrapped bouquet of baby's breath with pearl embellishments is fresh and unforgettable and steals my heart away.

rustic baby's breath bouquet

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Feb 19, 2012

Sunflower Wedding Cupcakes

Sunflower wedding cupcakes - charming and cheerful - they'll put everyone in a happy mood! The Chinese believe these beautiful yellow and brown blooms symbolize long life, happiness and good luck. Others admire the sunflower's constant search for light, or enlightenment. This sunflower cupcake with the chocolate Oreo center and hand-piped petals is so simple even a child could do it. Not crazy about whipping up a batch of buttercream icing and working with cake decorating tips? Arrange yellow and brown cupcakes on a large, round table into the shape of a large sunflower - a perfect DIY idea for your sunflower themed wedding.

sunflower cupcake with Oreo center
sunflower cupcakes  

sunflower cupcake centerpiece 
cupcakes with fondant sunflowers
chocolate cupcakes with sunflowers 

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Just Married Wedding Banners

Just Married wedding banners - as simple as this one, say it loud and say it proud. It was a bold move, moving from an unofficial commitment to something that could last for fifty fabulous years or more. Your very best friends (old and new), aunts and uncles, first cousins you haven’t seen since your sixth grade graduation, as well as a few former still friendly ex-boyfriends, share in the joy of the most important day of your life. You chose a man who makes you care, makes you laugh, most importantly, makes you feel cherished and well-loved.

Feb 17, 2012

Paper Rose Bouquets

Paper rose bouquets - earth friendly roses that "bloom" all year long, made from colorful card stock and glued to cloth-covered floral wire. These (medium sized) peacock inspired paper flowers that I first found on Etsy are rich in shades of turquoise, sage and royal blue. They are available in sets of 6, 12, 18 and 24 in prices ranging from twenty four to $68.00. Traditional flower bouquets might look sad by next Saturday, but handmade paper roses will be just as sweet and sturdy on your tenth anniversary as they are today.

peacock inspired paper bouquet
purple paper bouquet
pink and red paper bouquet
Pink Paper Rose Bouquet
chocolate and copper paper bouquet
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Feb 15, 2012

Succulent Boutonnieres

Succulent boutonnieres - made from those gorgeous green rosettes lovingly called Hens and Chicks. They thrive in zones 4 through 8 which is practically everywhere except for the top of Montana, North Dakota and Minnesota and the southern sections of Texas and Florida. Too much water seems to be their worst enemy. Good drainage and a hot sunny spot are what a succulent lives for. If you would rather shop for these online, you can order early and they will be shipped in the spring. With the help of some 20 gauge floral wire and green floral tape you can make one of these eco-friendly boutonnieres in just minutes. Here is how to make a simple succulent boutonniere.

Succulent Boutonniere Ideas


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Feb 7, 2012

Pink Wedding Buffet Candy

Pink wedding buffet candy - so many delicious choices but how much to buy? If you are providing a candy buffet that allows guests to take some home in little bags or boxes, you need to provide at eight ounces of candy per guest (allowing some will take more, some will take less and some will take a pass). If you have 50 guests you will need 25 pounds of candy and for 100 guests, 50 pounds of candy will do nicely. Here are just a few of the many pink candies, displayed in clear apothecary jars that can make up your pink wedding or birthday candy buffet:
  • pink candy hearts
  • peppermints and peppermint sticks
  • watermelon licorice
  • light and dark pink M&Ms
  • tutti frutti pink lollipops
  • pink marshmallow peeps
  • watermelon Jolly Roger candies
  • rock candy sticks
  • pink chocolate Jordan Almonds
  • pink gumballs
  • strawberry salt water taffy
  • Jelly Belly jelly beans (strawberry cheesecake, bubble gum, cotton candy)
pink wedding candy buffet
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Love Birds Wedding Wish Tags

Love birds with tender messages for a bright future and new beginning, lovingly displayed on wedding wish trees. A hands-on experience you're guests will truly love. These wooden doves or birds are made from high quality Scandinavian birch wood and measure 3 to 4 mm thick. Sanded to a lovely, smooth finish on both sides - they are the perfect surface for a smear, fade-resistant permanent marker. A set of ten sells for a very affordable $7.25, but they ship out of the UK and shipping is close to an additional twelve dollars. Decide if that price is worth it for you. Display these unforgettable wedding wish tags with jute string, baker's twine or a small, colorful satin ribbon.

What is your thoughtful wedding wish?
  • A long, happy marriage
  • Healthy children
  • Financial success
  • Fulfilling careers
  • A home full of laughter
  • Meaningful friendships
  • Spiritual fulfillment
  • A lifetime of beautiful tomorrows

Feb 6, 2012

Rustic Beach Wedding Signs

Rustic beach wedding signs - these are the most adorable ones I found online today.  Beach weddings are cozy, comfortable and casual and if you're lucky enough to live by the sea you can save a king's ransom going without the big dress, expensive shoes and veil.  Make your guests comfortable with a small table of ice cold lemonade to sip while waiting for the ceremony to start.  And greet your guests with these charming rustic wedding signs that look surprisingly easy to make from discarded old wooden fences and simple white paint. 



Feb 1, 2012

Gum Paste Wedding Cake Flowers

Gum paste wedding cake flowers - would you love to design, cut and create your own? Unbelievably, these breathtaking beautiful flowers are made from water, sugar, gum paste powder and food coloring. That's it. And cutters that you can find online at Amazon and elsewhere that include all of your favorite wedding flowers: Roses, Gardenia, Lily of the Valley, Daisy (Gerbera and/or white Shasta Daisies like those shown below), Peonies, Hydrangea, Hibiscus and Ranunculus. It's not a skill you or I can learn overnight. But with patience and practice you can create an unlimited amount of elegant gum paste flowers for all of your specialty cakes and cupcakes.

Gum Paste Flower Tutorials: