Hello Lovelies! I hope everyone is fine and dandy! Today’s post is all about one of my favourite subjects ever… CAKE! And in particular the Do It Yourself variety! Wedding Bake Offs aren’t new but the idea of getting your guests involved and serving up delicious treats for dessert is certainly not going anywhere fast. Whether you choose to have a traditional ‘main’ wedding cake as well or you want to cut down on the old wedding budget by doing a spot of BIY – Bake It Your Self. Wedding Bake Offs or Cake Offs are such a fun idea.
So with out further a do grab a cuppa and read our top tips to hosting your very own Great Wedding Bake Off!
Ready, Steady, Bake
The Perfect Recipe for a Wedding Bake Off!
1. Spread the Word
Once you’ve decided a Bake Off is the way to go you need to decide who’s going to be involved. Maybe you want to ask a few specific guests and family members or get everyone involved? Your Wedding Invitation or separate information card is the perfect way to let everyone the details of the Bake Off. Give them some guidelines or even throw in some recipe inspiration and be sure to let them know of any logistical information to make the Bake Off run smoothly!
2. Add a Dash of Decor
At your venue create a dedicated cake area to display all the cakes and treats. A simple trestle table with some vintage table cloths and pastel bunting gives the perfect bake off tent look! Source some pretty notecards and pens so that your guests can write their name and a description of their creations next to their cake and why not add a selection of cake flags and toppers for your bakers to finish off their cakes?
3. Mix in some healthy competition
You may be surprised how competitive your guests get once all the cakes arrive in all their glory but there’s nothing wrong with a bit of healthy competition. Think about if and how you’ll judge all the creations. Will it be up to the Bride & Groom, will people have to cast their vote? Here are a few ideas for the categories!
– Best Looking
– Best Tasting
– The Most Creative
– The Most Thoughtful
– The ‘We won’t tell anyone you bought it’
4. Sprinkle with Prizes
Reward all that creative talent with a little well done gift. Whether it’s a golden wooden spoon (get your spray paint out), a rosette, a bake off champ pinny or a little bottle of something, giving out prizes is a great way to round off the Bake Off!
5. Serve Up a Feast
It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Those cakes will have been teasing guests since the moment they saw them! It’s time to serve up a cake filled feast! Ask your caterer if they can cut up the cakes and serve a yummy platter to each table or simply ask your guests to help themselves. It’d be a great idea to provide takeaway boxes too for those who would like to take a cheeky slice of something home with them.
So there we have it the perfect recipe for wedding bake off success! Whose hungry? And who will be adding this to their wedding want list! We’d love to hear your thoughts or recipe ideas! Come and chat over on Facebook!
Hola lovelies! We’ve got another inspiration post for you today, all about a trend that’s not only taking hold in the wedding industry but something we’re seeing all over the high street in both fashion and interiors. We’re talking beautiful botanical ideas; fresh, clean and organic with a stripped back, minimal colour palette with an abundance of white, green and graphical prints. We’ve got everything covered from the venue to the flowers, decor to the yummy treats, all to help you style your very own botanical inspired wedding
Lots of Love,
The Botanical Wedding Style File:
This wedding style is all about the colour palette, organic textures and details and could be created in any venue, tipi, marquee or even village hall. However, if you wanted to go all out for a botanical style wedding, then a show-stopping wedding venue like an Orangery or Victorian Conservatory will really add the wow factor. These stunning venues make the perfect backdrop to your big day, with natural light flooding in from the windows and often already filled with flowers and luscious plants, the decor is practically done for you.
A few Botanical Wedding Venue Ideas:
Kew Gardens – London
Wentworth Castle Gardens – Sheffield
Pavillion Gardens – Buxton
Kelmarsh Hall & Gardens – Northamptonshire
Eden Project – Cornwall
The flowers for botanical themed wedding can be unstructured and a little bit wild. Opt for reems of luscious greenery like ferns, eucalyptus and consider white blooms like Hydrangeas, Roses or Peonies. If you want to add something a little different to the bouquets or flower arrangements, have a think about unusual plants like air plants, poppy heads and for wonderfully wild filler flowers, take a look at Genista, Astilbe and white Statice.
Like many elements of a botanical styled wedding let’s keep minimal, the wedding cake can be a simple tiered beauty. Consider a delicous white buttercream cake topped with fresh flowers and greenery, ask your cake maker to make the tiers different flavours and your florist to put aside a few blooms and foliage to add the finishing touch.
An array of vintage bottles in shades of green and brown simply filled with single stem flowers and varieties of eucalyptus are perfect for lining your tables with and for dotting around your venue. Fresh white linen makes the green elements really pop out and if you have the option, wooden chairs would be a great choice for pairing with the crisp white tables to add a organic contrast.
Backdrops are a great way to add interest to a large space, you could use it for the wedding ceremony, behind the top table or even for a photo booth. I love the idea of introducing a touch of white lace and hanging it or using a photography stand to position it. You can pick up large scalloped lace curtains from Ikea super cheaply and once you add some lovely foliage to the hanging or standing frame, your done. A simple, elegant but guaranteed to wow backdrop.
Collect vintage photo frames and old botanical posters/prints and seed packets to create lovely artwork to display around the venue, you can often find lovely paintings and drawing in charity shops or on car boot sales and once framed it makes for the perfect prop. I’m in love with these zinc or copper glass frames at the moment, great for displaying little treasures and pressing leaves.
Lots of couples like to create a beautifully styled area for the cards, gifts and guest book. I simply love the ideas of finding a vintage table top green house to keep your cards safe.
Consider going for an escort card style table plan and string up your guests name with jute twine, a wooden peg and a variety of leaves and white blooms to create a drop dead gorgeous botanical seating chart.
Oh I really do love this wedding style, so simple, elegant and parred back, if you’re feeling inspired let’s queue the gorgeous pictures!
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Luscious right!? Is the style right up your street? How will you be styling it, come and tell us over on Facebook. Happy Botanical wedding Planning.
Hello lovelies! Long time no speak, I hope you’ve all enjoyed the summer. Congratulations to all those like me who tied the knot this summer and for all our brides to be I hope your planning is coming along smoothly!
In today’s post I’ve rounded up 7 of the best websites to buy wedding decor and pretty from. From stationery to poms poms, Photo Booth props to crafty bits and pieces we’ve got it covered in this round up. Of course you can hire gorgeous vintage items and china here at Darby & Joan, but for when you want to buy I thought it’d be nice to highlight some fab online stores!
Enjoy, Mirlah xox
Up there with some of the largest wedding marketplaces, NotOnTheHighstreet is an incredible one stop resource for wedding inspiration and unique gifts. With over 5,000 partners #NOTHS is brimming with wonderful ideas to add the finishes touches to your wedding day!
** Note from Karen – in case you didn’t know, our Mirlah is the Director of Best Day Ever, a stupendously brilliant designer of all things paper and pretty for your wedding day. Covering invitations, save the dates, table plans and more – she has recently started up her own Not on The High Street store which you can see here. ‘Happiness on Paper’ is her tag line and it shows…. xx
The Wedding of My Dreams – says it all really! This gorgeous website if full of rustic and vintage inspired wedding ideas to make your wedding day the best ever! Be sure to sign up to their emails as every week you’ll get a fab dollop of wedding inspiration centred around their best selling products.
Wedding in a Teacup! Definitely a vintage teacup, this beautiful store has wedding pretty in abundance all with a vintage edge. Packed with pastel hues with tons of ideas and details to inspire you, there’s even free delivery over £75.00 too, great if you’re doing a big wedding haul.
Peach Blossom is the perfect place to go to for all your pretty party needs and is great for the Crafty brides among us! Washi Tape and stickers galore teamed with confetti goodness and bakers twine, get your scissors at the ready and get set for a DIY session with the girls.
Once known for being an all American marketplace Etsy is now loaded with gorgeous shops all based in the UK giving you even more choice for quirky handmade decor for your wedding day! Tip: Many of the shops based in the US do ship to the UK but be sure to order in plenty of time to allow for international shipping and do double check any custom fees not included in the price.
The Sweet Hostess is your go to place for all things sweet and sparkly! From their superb sugar swizzle sticks and sequin linen right through to fab Photo Booth props this is place to go! Be sure to check out their clearance sale section too, there are some serious bargains to be had.
Make a B-Line to Talking Tables if your wedding had distinct style or theme because these guys know how to rock a wedding with their wide range themed decor. From Metallics, Classic White or Fun Fiesta, you’ll find everything from table details to hanging decor.
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