Thursday Cake day: Garden Tea party cakes

photo by Erika from Photo Madly.

photo by Erika from Photo Madly.

With a light and airy tea party theme, how much fun can a garden venue be? … Complete with mix and match tables & chairs, decor, and place settings… AND let’s not forget the cake! 

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Images from Disney

Images from Disney

From a Page by Julia Dowling - Alice in Wonderland / Mad Hatter's Tea Party

From a Page by Julia Dowling – Alice in Wonderland / Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

“If you’re wedding planning skills aren’t that of a ‘Leading Wedding Planner’ and no one will give you a diploma in Co-ordinating Colours and you still need to work in a budget, the Alice in Wonderland theme is just what you need. This theme leads to a lot of savings, DIY project and well “randomness”. That being said, no one will mind your homemade topsy-turvy cake. They could even belief you intended it that way, in fact this kind of ridiculousness is expected and encouraged. “

I would like to encourage ALL to really go any way you like with this one – And I do mean this  literally… 😉

Who needs advance wedding planning skills any way if you have a touch of enchanted fairytale magic?

Go MAD my Mad Hatter Friends!

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Down the rabbit hole we go…

“The time has come,” the walrus said, “to talk of many things: Of shoes and ships – and sealing wax – of cabbages and kings”Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

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There are so many things you could do with a Mad Hatter… tea party that is and still have a sophisticated and likable theme for grown-ups, (but do we ever really grow up?) You can decide upon 1 of 2 colour pallets that would work really well namely: ‘The Bright and colourful’ OR ‘The Pretty vintage look’.

Red, black, hot pink and even some Turquoise… Now let’s add an odd combination of patterns with just enough quirkiness. Embellish with ribbons and rhinestones, trough in a few layers of fabric and you’ll be ready for one mad tea party!

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It is important to keep your tea party exciting with ideas which may leave your guest astonished. With the element of surprise make sure your guest receive an unusual invitation and experience an unexpected opening…

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Rustic table centerpieces

Hi everyone, keeping up with our Eco week I thought I would show you something fun I found on OnceWed, this was created by the author herself.

Here is a great, inexpensive way to really bring Eco design to your wedding…

Have fun!

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Directions:

What you will need:

· slice of wood ( 11′ diam x 2.5′ h)
· glass cylinder vases ( 11′h, 9′h, 6′h x 3.5′ diam)
· pillar candles ( 3 varying heights to fit in each vase)
· ribbon & yarn
· fabric, wood, or dried flowers
· double sided tape
· scissors

Instructions:

Oncewed

Oncewed

1. Cut 3 pieces of ribbon/yarn (one arms length per piece). Wrap each vase with ribbon/yarn. Attach ends of ribbon/yarn with double sided tape to surface of vase. I chose to wrap with a knobby yarn, satin ribbon, and grosgrain ribbon to create a variety of textures. I also wrapped the ribbon/yarn at different heights on each vase to create more interest.

2. Attach fabric/wood/dried flower to a piece of ribbon and tie around tallest vase.

3. Insert pillar candles into vases. arrange cluster of vases on wood slice, keeping the sides with the tape facing the center.

4. Arrange fabric/wood/dried flowers on wood slice around the vase cluster. Light the candles and enjoy your rustically elegant centerpiece!

FYI: The wooden flowers shown are no longer available for purchase. I would suggest creating fabric flowers or heading to a local craft store and picking up some dried botanicals. If you are interested in creating these centerpieces in large numbers, I would suggest ordering the vases in bulk.

Table decorations at weddings have historically been just flowers. But a great alternative if you don’t want to use flowers is a project like this. Using recycled materials (in this case reclaimed wood), you can really have lovely centerpieces that ooze style and can be made to fit your overall theme. For example, I’m not using wood, but instead my mother’s antique lanterns as our table centerpieces- our overall decoration will be “beautiful light” since everyone is eating at outside at night. I’ll post pics of my vision as I get closer to my wedding date this October.

What about you? Will you be using flowers as table centerpieces at your wedding?