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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Fashionable food Fridays.

06BrightColoursWeddingShoot-OMGImGettingMarriedWeddingBlogAnd so the week comes to an end again… Most of you will be excited that “it’s the weekend baby”, however I find myself pondering is it really Friday? As we constantly strive to uphold our balance lifestyle this particular week time didn’t quite count in my favour – if it was at all possible perhaps rewind a little?

Thought I would blow your mind with some images and even make you crave some sweet things.

Dig in birdies and have a lovely weekend.

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Images from

http://www.onewed.com
http://www.greenweddingshoes
www.elizabethannedesigns.com
www.ruffledblog.com

1950’s POP ART popping around the Bridal scene

Hey Love birds,
This week at Newton & Strauss we are changing things up a bit. Last month we have shared; grey week, eco week and black & white week. (Hope you enjoyed it and found something to inspire you while planning your wedding).

Now for the first week of March I thought I would push your boundaries and maybe show you something you did not consider before. That is why this week we will be looking at Pop Art as a wedding theme. This theme is currently POPPING up everywhere (LOL) and is quite a change from the lovely, vintage chic look that is currently dominating the WWW. This retro theme combines clashing colours, funky fonts and accents inspired by pop-art for a fun filled quirky wedding day

Are you a bride that hates doing what is expected, tired of traditions – why not get married the way your grandmother should have? Well, my modern bride – the 1950’s Pop art theme is definitely something to get excited about.

Bold colours, geometric patterns, vibrant paint hues and oh so retro, get ready for a Pop Art party. This is a theme with lots of personality and even something old. (The Pop Art movement originated in the mid 1950’s in Britain which is very similar to the “mod” trend).

Below please find a list of ideas from 1 Wedding source. (www.1weddingsource.com/blog)

•   queenslandbrides_popart_9 Create table centers using glass bottles such as milk or soda bottles and fill with two or three flowers in vibrant shades.
•    Serve up your wedding cocktails in personalized soda bottles.
•    For wedding favours or just as a snack give your guests cones of popcorn in different flavours.
•    Create a retro inspired bouquet with colourful garden flowers such as dahlias, chrysanthemums and gardenias.
•    Use an old fashioned typewriter font for your invitations, menus and other stationery details. If you can get hold of an old typewriter, set it up at your reception as an alternative to a classic guest book and ask your guests to type their messages.
•    For a table centre with a brightcolors-styled-12different use retro cake stands piled high with whoopee pies standing on a pile of vintage hardback books.
•    Give your guests funky wedding invitations shaped to look like vinyl records.
•    Create whimsical signs to hang on your reception
•    Add some nostalgia with candies from your childhood and wedding favours in fun container ideas like mini jelly bean machines or personalized candy jars.
•    Give your guests some fun with a vintage gramophone and some choice records.
•    Create table centres with vases filled with colourful jelly beans and flowers or oversized personalized lollipops.
•    Decorate cupcakes with pop art images such as Marilyn Monroe and other images coordinating with the theme.
•    queenslandbrides_popart_1Hire a Wurlitzer jukebox for your cocktail hour and fill with some retro records.
•    Dress your bridesmaids in colourful fifties style dresses complete with sweetheart necklines and big skirts.
•    This trend will be reflected in the continued popularity of the bride’s ‘little white dress’ with the addition of strong lines and a modern look. Stationary will feature comic illustrations and graphics. Bold, graphic colours and whimsical decor will also be incorporated into the setting. We will also see bite-sized food and drinks such as mini sliders and mini cokes.

Just picture this; An Art gallery venue with comic book graphics, Polka dot prints and patterns, bold primary colours with pops of black and white. The bride walks in with red lips, a vintage inspired hair style and a tea-length wedding dress with a birdcage veil, next to her is the groom in his smartly tailored black suit, white shirt and a skinny black necktie.

So, ladies send out your pop art inspired ‘save the dates’ and get your guest excited for the wedding of the year!

References:
http://blog.theknot.com/2013/07/17/pop-art-neon-wedding-ideas/
http://www.fatchett.com/blog/2012/07/epic-diy-wedding-invitation
http://queenslandbrides.blogspot.com/2011/04/qb-loves-pop-art-party.html
http://www.matthewoliver.co.uk/pop-art-wedding/
http://www.callunaevents.com/pop-art-weddings/
http://www.1weddingsource.com/blog/wedding-theme-ideas-ideas-creating-retro-wedding-theme/35/
http://www.onewed.com/vintage/blog/vintage-wedding-ideas-weddings-inspired-by-pop-art2
http://www.bookmorebrides.com/7-red-hot-wedding-trends-for-2014/

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/wonderful-wedding-cake-alternatives1.
http://www.onewed.com/wedding-cake-picture/blog/five-fun-and-affordable-wedding-cake-alternatives
simplypeachy:
http://www.simplypeachy.com/wedding-cake-alternatives/
omgimgettingmarried:
http://www.omgimgettingmarried.com/2010/04/english-cheesecake-company/
projectwedding:
http://www.projectwedding.com/ideas/129507/groom-s-cake-alternatives
Justweddings:
http://www.justweddings.org/blog/tag/alternative-wedding-cakes/
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http://www.bakingobsession.com/2009/10/26/nut-free-french-macarons/
sweetstyleblog:
http://www.sweetstyleblog.com.au/archives/1212
food24:
http://blogs.food24.com/pinkpolkadot/tag/ystervarkies/

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:

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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?