A lot of couples seem to be passing on the traditional cake cutting, but dessert doesn't have to be boring.
photo credit: Martha Stewart Living
Mix and match teacup saucers and mini cake stands for individual cakes or as part of a display.
The first time I had heard about Baked Alaska was when my Sims character achieved top levels in cooking and it became one of my meal options. Alas, who knew that people actually made this dish in real life! Here's a recipe.... strawberry and vanilla gelato with chocolate cake and then covered in meringue that has been toasted on the outside.
A mixture between mousse and gelato, semifreddi's are made with lemon curd and Italian meringue which is less fragile which allows meringue to hold in the oven, frozen or be torched.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
photo credit: unknown
Baby breathe, like carnations, get a bad rap. Looking at this picture, you may want to think twice!
photo credit: Instyle Magazine
Balloons tied down with lollipops... love the look it creates. Maybe tie names, pictures and table numbers, so people have to make their way through and see which table they are sitting at. Always check with your venue first before working with balloons. High ceilings + rogue balloon may equal $$$ to get it down.
An alternative way to decorate your chivari chairs and the cake stand centerpiece!? Classic beauty!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
photo credit: unknown source
I came across this image a while ago and had squirreled it away, so I'm not sure where exactly it came from. You can find a fantastic DIY tutorial on Design*Sponge to make your own cake stands. Great for all kinds of parties or as a centerpiece! You can also make mini ones with teacup saucers for individual guests. If you can get a good source of saucers, try finding patterns and colours that match your wedding.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I have a weakness for milk glass vases. They make fantastic centerpieces and unique home decor pieces. If you do get your hands on an amazing piece, make sure to snap it up! Milk glass should have a number marked on the bottom.
This image inspired our Indie I Do booth display (pictures coming soon!). Such a simple look and so easy to change by giving it some 'pow' with a coloured linen and / or vibrant flowers.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Fantastic ideas for a cocktail reception These are images of your favourite food miniaturized!
Finger food makes it easier to eat and allows guests the opportunity to sample different items.
Look at the mini grilled cheese!
nom.. nom... nom...
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Indie I Do is just two days away! We still have a few passes to giveaway, so if you are interested, please do leave us a comment or send us an email with your contact information.
Here are the details:
Indie I Do
Saturday, January 23rd, 2010
Heritage Hall - 3102 Main Street, Vancouver
11:00am to 5:00pm
Tickets are $15 in advance through the website or $20 at the door
Indie I Do is a joint production between lotus events and our friends over at Blue Olive Photography. As Vancouver’s first alternative wedding show, our goal is to bring together over 30 local vendors that offers a spin to the traditional wedding. Be it burlesque classes, handmade dresses, one of a kind bird cage veils and top hats or eco-friendly catering, this is the place to find it.
These pictures are a sneak peek at what I am working on for our table display...
We are super excited and hope to see you all there!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
1) Apples may not be for everybody, but love the idea of the stack.
2) Hydrangeas make great centerpiece flowers, because they come in a range of colours depending on the season. They also are quite large and fill vases well.
3) Single stems in cylinder vases. Simple.
Maybe somebody in the wedding party or family is a sewer? Runners are easy to make and fabric choices can be endless!
The unexpectedness of ferns.
Not exactly a wedding scene, but completely in love with the glassware! Can be easily translated into decor along the aisle or table decor!
photo credit: O Magazine
Monday, January 18, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
If you are wondering what is with the sudden barage of wedding inspired images, it started during the holiday break when I unearthed a binder full of images. Figured that I should share these fantastic ideas on the blog and make room on the shelf.
Enjoy and be inspired...
Such a sweet cherry blossom and peony theme. Love the placemats that can double up as a menu and name card.
Your centerpieces do not always have to match. Thrift containers that are made of a similar material or in various shades of your wedding colours. Also, love the table number runner.
School theme would be perfect for couples that are renting a hall, community center or school (duh!).
Rustic. The ribbons add a touch of colour and the mason jars with tealights just ties it all in.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
When we moved in, we installed this white Ikea shelf for some extra storage. It was good for the first few months, but then I decided that the shelf was too high.
Rob then reinstalled it so that it was just above eye level (it had to be high enough so that nobody would hit their head as our kitchen table sits beneath it). Unfortunately, I didn't know what to do with the holes that the previous nails had created.
Soo, I made a string of cute pennants. Yay!
Friday, January 15, 2010
There are many affordable and DIY alternatives to these table decor ideas. Most of the set up does not involve huge floral centerpieces which will help save money and you will notice that most of the details are quite electic. Thrift store hunting anyone?
Mis matched vases all in a similar shade.
Assorted dessert tiers can often be found at thrift stores.
Love the playing card idea!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Swap-O-Rama-Rama Vancouver is looking for a new organizer!
Swap-O-Rama-Rama (SORR) is a clothing swap and wearable art creation event. The swap begins with a giant collective pile of clothing, the unwanted costumes of all who attend. For a minimal fee and a bag of clothing, everyone is welcome to dive in and find their next new / used items from the pile. Take as little or as much clothing from this pile as you like!
After you have chosen your new clothes, move on over to a crafting station, where you can cut, sew, glue, paint, silk screen and otherwise renew someone else's rags into your riches. Materials are available through a crafty supply swap that was added to the event and sewing machines were available to help you unleash your well-dressed muse. Or, attend a workshop where you can learn how to modify your re-fashioned finds in unexpected ways.
Any useable remainders go to local charities.
SORR was born in New York, when artist Wendy Tremayne saw the power of small-scale clothing swaps among friends, and decided to extend it to the community level. These community-based, environmentally-friendly, and fun events were instant hits, and have since been embraced throughout the US. Vancouver textile artist Heather Cameron and the Work Less Party collaborated in September 2006 to first bring this event to Vancouver. In 2009, the event was then passed to the Vancouver Craft Mafia and Got Craft as a joint production.
We are currently seeking an organizer or a group to take over this Vancouver event. Organizers will be responsible for producing the entire event including volunteers, workshops, marketing, etc. Any information gathered from past events will be passed on. Interested applicants can leave a comment with your contact information or send an email to info(at)gotcraft(dot)com.