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! 

Today I have a secret to tell so here goes nothing

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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Thursday cake day: Black alternative cake ideas

As we continue our black and white theme into Thursday cake day, I must admit I had no idea what I wanted to do.I could have easily just posted a few Black and white cake images and said be inspired…

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But that would be to easy… so, instead I searched the WWW and found a few alternatives, make it yourself (or pay someone to do it…) wedding cake ideas.

Unique-Wedding-Dessert-Table-Ideas-As-Seen-on-weddingsbylilly3-e1370836440431With so many alternative cake ideas just remember that as a general rule of thumb, individual sized desserts work best as they keep their appearance for longer, like cookies. You could choose traditional varieties: Chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin or try some Cupcakes, mini pies, dessert shooters, cake pops, macaroons, whoopee pies etc. These yummy ideas could be anything you want then to be from simple to fancy. Try your hand at some DIY to save a penny or go to the best bakery in town. That is up to you…

Macaroons:

This delicious French confections meringue-based cookies filled with ganache or butter cream, not only looks lovely, but taste delicious. They could be served just as or even as macaroon pops. They also make for an amazing cake if placed in tiers on a cake stand creating a more traditional feel.

Oreo Cookies (or any cookie of your choice):

Just like with the Macaroons you could play around with cookie-pops arranged on a cake stand for guest to sample or simply create a cookie tower, you could also add a milk fountain mmm… Dunk it!

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Or just some fun cake pops:

Cake pops are delightful little treats that most haven’t tried yet, so they’ll seem incredibly novel to your guest

You might even like a tiered cheesecake…02-englishCheesecakeCo-450x275

Donuts: Most people don’t even know how much they love these treats, now can you imagine having three tiers of piled donuts?

Cupcakes:

You could always go for the tried and tested- a simple, yet potentially decadent treat.

Lamingtons:

Although I would love to think of these as traditional treats called Ystervarkies from South Africa, Lamingtons originate in Australia. They are available at almost every church bazaar, making this a delicious and really affordable alternative to the traditional wedding cake.

I would love to see the most unusual wedding cakes you have ever seen, so please share.

Happy baking! 😉
Ansunel Strauss

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http://www.onewed.com/wedding-cake-picture/blog/five-fun-and-affordable-wedding-cake-alternatives
simplypeachy:
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http://www.omgimgettingmarried.com/2010/04/english-cheesecake-company/
projectwedding:
http://www.projectwedding.com/ideas/129507/groom-s-cake-alternatives
Justweddings:
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bakingobsession:
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http://www.sweetstyleblog.com.au/archives/1212
food24:
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Wednesday Inspiration:Black OR white? Would you ever consider wearing a black wedding dress?

This week we are focusing on the ‘black and white’ wedding theme that comes and goes every now and then. I must say my immediate reaction was – “NO; Black wedding dresses are for the Red carpets & fancy dress parties and definitely not for weddings”. What is your first reaction?

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Are your immediate thoughts also in the lines of Goths or Rock when hearing ‘a black wedding dress’? If so, then maybe this article may entirely change your vision of this non-traditional bridal choice.

With that being said, when mentioning black wedding dresses, Vera Wang is the first bridal designer to come to mind. Her Fall ‘12 bridal collection were seasons ahead as Vera always knows the latest trend 2 or 3 seasons ahead of time, but it didn’t all start with Vera’s black sachet on pearl-white wedding dresses.

The fact is that history does tend to repeat itself, bringing back old traditions. Prior to the Victorian era, brides were primarily married in the best dress they owned, colour played no role; be it a black, brown or yellow. In Scandinavia, black wedding dresses were especially popular and as far as white was concerned, in the 1500’s white was considered as the colour of mourning for French Queens, (therefore the ‘black is for mourning’ argument was not valid before).

Centuries ago black wedding dresses were worn in different cultures, but this all changed when Queen Victoria wore a white dress to her wedding ceremony in the 1840 and sparked the trend of white wedding gowns. First white dresses were exclusive to the elite, but after WWII the middle class caught up to the trend. Nonetheless, black was still often worn by brides, especially by those who recently lost a love one. Interestingly enough, in Spanish Cultures, Roman Catholic brides wore black to symbolise their devotion to marriage till death.

In the late 1800’s black took on a very negative connotation and people started associating the colour with death and mourning. The mother of the groom or bride didn’t wear black as it was seen as a huge taboo, a symbol of regret to the marriage or choice of spouse. In today’s day and age one can clearly see the symbolic meaning has faded as black is the most elegant and sophisticated shade for women to wear.All brides are different and like different styles and so if they want to hide some non-flattering body curves to look their best on their big day, black works magic while white visually enlarge.monique-lhuillier-

Looking back now, it could have been predicted that it was only a matter of time before the modern bride toppled over the ‘all dresses in white cliché’ and opted for a dress with colour. I love the idea of surprising everyone with a black dress. It would be unexpected, unique and dramatic to say the least.  Although… I don’t think black is for my big day.

So, we are definitely going to see more black wedding dresses soon with the likes of Avril Lavigne making a huge fashion statement in her black wedding dress, but it might take a few more centuries before you see the average brides taking the black option. This is mainly because of the negative connection black carries and the fact that society mainly sees the lighter shades as a symbol of purity, beauty and virginity.

This leads me to ask you again… would you wear a black wedding dress?

Research:
Atelier Aimée: http://www.atelieraimeebridalcouture.com/wedding-dresses-gowns-collections/black-and-white-bride.html
Elegant Black: http://www.vponsalewedding.co.uk/wedding-trends-20-offbeat-non-white-wedding-dresses/
bridalmusings: http://bridalmusings.com/2011/10/black-wedding-dress-would-you-wear-a-black-wedding-dress/
The knotty bride: http://theknottybride.com/22533
Verawang: http://www.verawang.com/veraunveiled/2012/03/black-is-the-new-white/
Black-wedding-dresses-the-story-behind-them: http://www.khaleejesque.com/2011/11/fashion/black-wedding-dresses-the-story-behind-them/
Fashion.maga-zine.com: http://www.fashion.maga-zine.com/8630/black-wedding-dresses/