I love the simple romantic feel of this tablescape with the vintage china, lace-edged napkins, and lacy table runner.
I love the simple romantic feel of this tablescape with the vintage china, lace-edged napkins, and lacy table runner.
Here are some simple tips and techniques to help you make beautiful cupcakes. If you have ever been curious about the pretty, ruffly swirls… I’m hear to show you how simple it really is! Piping frosting on cupcakes is actually quicker than spreading it on, and the results are much fancier!
Ready to make some beautiful cupcakes?
A large pastry bag
A Wilton 2D or 1M tip (the 2D is a closed star, the 1M is an open star, the end results are similar, with the 2D being slightly more ruffly)
A batch of delicious, thick icing (my favorite American Buttercream)
Baked and cooled cupcakes
1. Hold the piping bag straight up, start frosting from the outside edge (about 12 o’clock position), and begin swirling around the outside edge.
2.-3. Continue squeezing with constant pressure as you work around the edge of the cupcake (I go counter-clockwise, but I don’t think you have to).
4.-5. Continue in a spiral motion, creating another layer of icing, working in toward the center.
6. Finish the spiral in the center, release pressure on the bag, and pull straight up.
Voila! A beautifully frosted cupcake. At this point, you could add sprinkles and you have a beautiful dessert perfect for most any occasion.
A few notes… the most common problem people seem to have with piping frosting on cupcakes is the frosting not being thick enough to hold it’s shape. Make sure your ingredients (butter, milk, etc) are nice and cool as you make your icing, and make sure not to add too much liquid. If you find the icing a bit soft, you can put it in the refrigerator to firm up a bit, or if necessary add a bit more powdered sugar.
As with any craft or skill, making beautiful cupcakes requires a bit of practice and experimentation… but it shouldn’t be too hard to find people willing to eat your “practice”.
** Credits: TheTomKatStudio
This simple rustic wedding screams romance and charm.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a guest book full of inspirational and encouraging messages from your guests, it’s just sometimes it’s nice to mix it up a little! So here’s a few (ok 19) alternative ideas if you fancy something a little different!
Yep, that’s right! JENGA! Get your guests to write their messages on the individual blocks!
Writing on wine bottles is a perfect idea for the couple’s who are particularly fond of a glass of wine, plus it makes a lovely keep sake to perhaps open on future anniversaries.
Well wishes onto a guitar gets our instant approval! I LOVE this!
aaahhhhhh. Amazing. Messages on a vinyl of the bride & grooms favorite song!
Guest book alternatives that tie into a wedding theme are becoming increasingly popular, I’ve seen a few like the one above that have notes from guests inside a suitcase!
Guest books that can be displayed afterwards always get my vote, it’s lovely to have a constant reminder of your day.
’Share your key to success’. I completely fell in love with this when I saw it! It’s clever and beautiful.
Have guests sign a bench which you can display in your home.
A guest book tree! All of the lovely messages tied on by ribbon to create a beautiful presentation of well wishes!
If vintage is something that will be showcased throughout your wedding day then a type writer is a perfect fit for the theme!
This ‘Up’ inspired poster lets guests write their messages on balloon shaped card!
You can always lay out lots of colored pens on a huge table cloth for your guests to sign!
Another great example of a themed ‘guest book’. Something like this would be perfect for a woodland or forest inspired wedding!
Putting letters of love where they belong; In a letter box! Fun idea.
Or alternatively, display lots of envelopes for your guests to slot their notes in!
This one is a little different but absolutely brilliant! Instead of a guest book this couple asked their guests to write a story of how they knew the bride or groom!
Signing the couple’s initials is something that’s becoming quite trendy!
Writing messages onto a map is great for a travel themed wedding or for a couple who’s travelling after their big day!
And last, but not least, something quite similar to Jenga, Getting guests to sign jig saw puzzle pieces for future use!
This is obviously just a small sample of alternative guest books, the possibilities are endless for things you can get guests to sign!
One of my favorite gifts to give for the Holidays is something from the kitchen. Who doesn’t love food? It may be something you make myself, or a gourmet favorite you purchase. Either way, foodie gifts are something everyone can use.
For this year’s food gifts I have found a set of fun chalkboard style Christmas/Holiday labels from Lia Griffith. These labels are ready for you to personalize and print. The button at the end of the post will take you to worldlabel.com where the free printables are hosted. Once you download them onto your computer and open in Acrobat you can click on the text fields and update the text to your own. Simply print them onto full sheet labels and trim with scissors for your food packages and jars.
** A special Thank you to Lia Griffith.
** Photo credits: Lia Griffith
These sweet little cards are perfect for thanking your wedding guests or friends who celebrate with you at your housewarming party or anniversary bash. Print on white card stock, score and fold, and you’ve got quick, easy and super adorable thank you cards.
Cards are available in your choice of pink, mint or blue.
Download your bicycle thank you cards in pink, mint and blue
There’s something so cozy about the idea of marrying your best friend on a chilly night filled with music, dancing, comfort food and your favorite people. To pay tribute to the season, here’s a roundup of some of our favorite winter wedding ideas!
1. Winter barn wedding (click link to see full wedding)
4. Hot chocolate mason jar wedding favors
5. Hearty soup served in mugs | 6. Cotton bridal bouquet
7. Rustic tablescape (Click link to see more)
Q. Nearly all of our wedding guests are flying in from out of town, and several are coming in a day early. We’ve reserved blocks of hotel rooms, but do we also have to arrange wedding transportation in some way? I don’t know how we’ll do it, with everyone coming at different times, but my fiance thinks we have to.
A. Though you might arrange transportation for some extra-special guests (e.g., asking your brother to pick up your 90-year-old grandma), you do not need to feel compelled to arrange transportation for every last guest. It would be impractical for you at the best of times, and one or two days before your wedding, let’s face it — you’re going to have way more crucial stuff to juggle. That said, you could still be a gracious host. In your save-the-dates, wedding newsletter, or on your wedding website, do include information on airport transportation to and from every hotel. This can include public transportation options, where to catch a cab, and, most importantly, about how much each will cost (that way no one will have to worry whether they have enough cash on them). Also, check with the hotels you’ve reserved rooms at to see whether they provide any sort of airport shuttle service; if they do, definitely clue in your guests, then cross another task off your list!
Make this the star of your holiday table and you won’t need anything else.
Delicious and moist. And one of my favorites.
And covered in cream cheese frosting which is to die for.
There’s something about a red velvet cake that always makes me feel good inside. And it’s not just the taste. It’s the memories it brings of family and holidays and home. But it doesn’t have to be saved for special occasions. I think it should be loved all year long.
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 Tablespoon cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups oil
1 cup buttermilk
1 Tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 oz. red food coloring
Cream Cheese Frosting
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 cups confectioners’ sugar
** Special Thank You to Bakerella for sharing this delicious recipe with us.
** Bakerella’s latest cookbook Cake Pops Holidays is now available on amazon.
Some of you may know that one of my favorite crafting techniques is printing on Fabric! I love how professional the fabric looks when the images are printed directly on it…the quality is truly amazing! So I decided to round up some printing methods with links for you to try. Enjoy!
1. Spray Adhesive Method - A fun and quick method that only requires a few supplies.
2. Freezer Paper Method - I believe this technique is probably the least expensive method, providing that you can find Freezer Paper where you live. It’s readily available in the U.S., but not so easy to find in some international countries.
3. Label Method - This is the method that I use most often, because it’s the fastest! This tutorial was written by Gail from My Repurposed Life, she has lots of clear photos so you can really see how nice the printing looks on the fabric!
4. Printable Fabric Sheets - This is a great method to start with, especially if you are nervous about putting things in your printer, other than paper. This is a fool proof, no worry product and there is a project and printable included on the post.
Getting ready for a photoshoot? Here are some inspiring photos. Silhouette photos shot from a distance capture grandiose and drama by juxtaposing the shadow of your bride and groom with the imposing, vibrant landscape, such as in the first photo. Closing in closer makes for a much more intimate and romantic image, as with the last photo.
Take a look at our picks and let us know which type of silhouette photo you like best!
A Wedding Poster Guest Book is a fun alternative to the more traditional guest books. It allows for signatures of your wedding guests in poster format.
Using a Poster Guest Book at your wedding is easy. Download the wedding poster guest book template for free. Customize the poster with the names of the bride and groom and wedding date. If your printer is large enough, load it with 11 x 17 card stock and print the poster. If you have a regular printer, we recommend saving this Printable PDF and visiting a local print shop to print your guest book poster here.
At your reception, place your guest book poster on a table in a high-traffic area. Add some cute pens so guests are encouraged to write down their names. After your wedding, frame the guest book poster and proudly display it on a wall in your home. This will be a fun daily reminder of the amazing time you had on your wedding day with all your family and friends.
*** A special thank you to LoveVSDesign
When you are the bride, all eyes will be upon you! Your wedding is your day to really shine, and to do that, you need to have the complete package. Once you have found your dream wedding dress, it is time to learn how to select the perfect wedding accessories to complement your gown.
First think about color. In general, a wedding gown which is white will look best with icy silver accessories. This is the time to shop for wedding jewelry with clear crystals, set in sterling silver. If you feel like being a bit more daring, add some blue crystals to your bridal jewelry set. They will add a gorgeous hint of color, while still maintaining the icy sparkle that suits a pure white wedding gown so beautifully.
Brides who have selected an ivory gown will find that gold jewelry is often very complementary. Or if silver wedding jewelry is more your style, combine ivory pearls with sterling silver for a soft and elegant look.
Then there is the neckline of your wedding gown to consider. A good rule of thumb is that the more skin your dress reveals, the bolder your jewelry should be. A strapless wedding dress calls for a striking necklace like a bold choker, a modern bib necklace, or a classic multi-strand pearl necklace. It looks beautiful when the shape of a necklace echoes the neckline of the gown, which is why pendants enhance a V-neck dress, while round necklaces suit a scoop neck. Certain necklines can be tricky to pair with necklaces, but look incredible with bold earrings.
If you have selected a one shoulder gown or a halter neckline, make a statement with dramatic crystal or pearl chandelier earrings and a matching wide bracelet.
Naturally, your wedding accessories should pick up on the embellishments on your bridal gown. It is a great way to draw attention to the special features on your dress, while also creating a coordinated ensemble. For instance, if your gown has a row of small bows running down the back instead of buttons, it would be lovely to select wedding shoes with a petite bow on the toe.
Brides who have selected wedding dresses with silver embroidery or crystal beading should choose wedding jewelry in the same colors as the gown’s embellishments. You would not want to wear gold jewelry with a gown covered in icy silver mirror backed crystals, for example.
Style matters too. If your wedding dress has a vintage flair, enhance it with bridal jewelry inspired by the same time period. Gowns which have a very modern sensibility will look best with geometric wedding accessories with a contemporary flair.
Crystal cube earrings or long linear stiletto earrings will suit a sleek minimalist dress perfectly, while the bride wearing a ’50s inspired lace tulle gown should opt for classic pearl bridal jewelry. Your shoes and headpiece should also make sense with the style of your gown. A delicate tiara will look heavenly with a princess style dress, just as a spray of feathers will suit a chic modern gown.
With all of your key wedding accessories selected, you can start to pick out the smaller accent pieces like a handbag and perhaps a pair of gloves. Be sure to try all of your wedding jewelry, shoes, and other accessories on with your bridal gown at least once to ensure that the complete package looks as good as you envisioned. Then you will be ready to float down the aisle looking every bit the radiant bride on your wedding day.
*** A special Thank You to Glam Girl Creations for allowing use to use their photos.
*** You can see the entire Glam Girl Creations Collection here.