Monday, January 28, 2013

Elaborate Cupcakes

Photo courtesy of Elisa Strauss
New York baker, Elisa Strauss wrote the definitive book on delish desserts called The Confetti Cakes Cookbook.  She loves making her products beautiful and whimsical to please every taste. She's made designer shoe cakes, fancy handbag cakes, cakes that look like they've been embroidered, and cupcakes shaped like pool balls. So if you can think it, she can bake it.
Strauss is the founder and sole designer of Confetti Cakes in New York City. A former designer for Ralph Lauren, she is famous for her whimsical, elaborate, fashion-related cakes. Her work has been featured in dozens of magazines, on the Today show, The View, and the Food Network.
Her cookbook not only gives you recipes, it gives you exact directions on how to pull off the designs in her book. She tells you which tools you'll need and gives exact tutorials.
The cupcakes featured in this post are perfect for a wedding, shower, or even a little girl's princess party. So if you are 'thinking pink' for your wedding, head out and pick up a copy of The Confetti Cakes Cookbook.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Decorating the Getaway Car

Don't want someone decorating your car with shaving cream or paint? Try these bows tied to long strands of white ribbon. Easy to make from fabric scraps and some ribbon from your local craft store and tied onto the back of the 'getaway car.' Pretty but easy on your car's paint job (or the limo's!)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tie Bows Like Tiffany's

Photo and tutorial link courtesy of Roxanna at Everyday Treats
Wrapping a wedding gift? Have you always wanted to duplicate those simple but elegant bows that Tiffany & Co. adds to their signature 'little blue boxes?'
Roxanna at Everyday Treats, The Art of Living Well Every Day has the perfect tutorial to help you execute the perfect Tiffany & Co. bow every time. So now you can go into Bed, Bath and Beyond and when you head over to their self-wrapping station with that slippery ribbon you can wrap like a pro and duplicate Tiffany's basic but beautiful bows, taking the look of  your package up several notches. As someone who always fights the 'wrapping battle' especially with satin like ribbons, this tutorial will turn you into a pro in no time.
So thanks to Roxana and Tiffany's for these beautiful bows! Don't forget to take the time to browse through the rest of Everyday Treats to find other special nuggets that you are sure to enjoy as well. (One of my favorites is the one about Coco Chanel.)

Saturday, January 12, 2013

DIY Centerpieces With Style

{Design + styling by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion. | Photos by Alice G. Patterson.}
Want a glittery look for vases for your wedding or shower? Try this easy DIY project from The Sweetest Occasion. They offer you the complete tutorial with easy step by step directions for both of these great designs.
Better yet, these vases look great using inexpensive baby's breath for your centerpieces so they not only save money on vases but they also let you use inexpensive flowers that look like a million. What bride could ask for more?
Wait until you see these vases sparkle at your wedding. Put them on some mirrored squares in the center of your tables and the glitter will multiply. Have fun making these easy fun centerpieces for your wedding day.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Mason Jars For Parties

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Photo and inspiration from Little Bit Funky

Having a picnic wedding or a casual bbq wedding (or party?) Why not use Mason Jars with lids to serve your drinks? These easy to make Mason Jars are both fun and practical. Their lids make them perfect  for your wedding, just add a colorful straw and you’re good to go.
These lidded Mason Jars from Little Bit Funky keep the drinks in the glasses so no nasty spillage!! Pefect!
If you don’t feel like DIY, head to their Etsy shop and see if there are any in stock. They may be out of them, because when an idea is this good they probably fly off the shelf.