Archives for July 2008

DIY Recipe: Lemon Raspberry Wedding Cake

You can save a lot of money making your wedding cake from scratch! I found a delicious sounding wedding cake recipe by Sweet Melissa Patisseries on epicurious.com – Lemon Raspberry Wedding Cake. Of course, I’m sure you can also swap out cake pans for cupcake tins and papers and create a delicious cupcake tree instead!

The recipe serves 125 people, and the cake layers can be made from 2 days-2 weeks before serving. The cake can be fully assembled the day before the wedding, and kept cool.

Ingredients are..
3 batches fluffy white cake
1 batch lemon curd
9 cups (36 ounces) fresh raspberries or 3 (12-ounce) bags frozen raspberries, thawed and drained
3 batches meringue buttercream

For full instructions, visit the recipe on epicurious!

It sounds so delicious! I wish I wasn’t dieting for my own wedding or I’d be tempted to test the recipe out! Please let us know if you make the cake (or cupcakes!) with this recipe, and send in some pics!

DIY Project: Gel Beach Candle Favor or Decor

Whether you are having a wedding on the coast..or simply a summery beach themed wedding, these do-it-yourself beach gel candles would be a great favor or addition to your room decor! The completed product is a beautiful, professional look..and the project is so easy!

Materials you’ll need…

Pretty Glass Jar or Candle Holder
Candlewick
Scissors
Clear Candle Gel (Found in Craft stores, AC Moore Carries “Gelly Wax” pretty reasonably!)
Aquarium Gravel to match your wedding colors, or a neutral color such as white or a pale brown
Seashells, Beach Glass, Rocks and/or marbles (NOTHING flammable!)
Optional – Liquid Candle Dye to tint gel to desired color, Gel Candle Fragrance

  1. Pour 1/2″-1″ of aquarium gravel into the bottom of your container.
  2. Bury the candle wick base in the gravel. (Note: You can use sand instead of gravel, however if you do this it is important to use a wick safety sleeve or “Flame Stopper” so the flame stops before reaching the sand. This can be any small metal tube that can be slid down the wick and crimped with pliers where the flame needs to stop.)
  3. Arrange your small seashells, beach glass or other decorative goodies on the gravel.
  4. Heat the gel on the stove top or microwave following directions that came with the candle gel you purchased.
  5. Once your gel has been heated to the appropriate temperature, you may add optional candle color tint and/or fragrance. Remember, a little color goes a long way, and if you make it too dark you will not be able to see the scene you created! The best way to add color to the clear gel is with a toothpick, dipping it slightly into the color tint and then into your gel. Discard the toothpick and stir. Repeat with a new toothpick as needed if the color is not how you want it. Do the same with fragrance, but adding it by the drop. It is always better to add a little at a time than to add to much in the beginning! Don’t waste a batch of the gel wax on being hasty!
  6. Once your wax is the right temperature, and it is the color and fragrance of your liking, gently pour it into your container(s), being careful not to disturb the scene(s) you have created.
  7. Adjust the wick so it stands straight.
  8. Set the candle(s) where it will not be disturbed for 12 hours while the gel sets and the trapped bubbles rise to the top and pop.
  9. Use scissors to trim wick 1 inch above the gel..and you’re done! You can either set one at each place setting or use it as decor! You could even tie the containers with a small bit of jute string and attach a personalized card with details of your day..or a little thank you!

Tips and Important Notes:

  • Seashells that contain air might also rise to the top! To prevent this, put a small amount of candle gel into the shell before placing it on the gravel.
  • Non-flammable Fish-shaped glass beads can be pushed halfway down into the gel so that they appear to be swimming.
  • Disturbing the gel to rearrange shells or add objects will introduce more bubbles, but they will settle out of the gel if you leave it undisturbed again!

It is a beautiful favor your guests will adore..and they can bring it home to burn and be reminded of your wonderful day!

As always if you use this entry to create your own candles, we’d love to see! I know your creative minds will have some fabulous ideas for these candles!

DIY Wedding Makeup Video – Sweet & Innocent

Doing your own makeup on wedding day can mean huge savings for your budget. Plus, you get to keep using the makeup you purchased for the wedding for everyday use and special outings. If you feel confident enough..go for it! (And I know you DIY’ers are totally capable of it!)

Here is a great how to video from panacea81 on Youtube, showing a beautiful sweet and innocent look using Stila, Barry M and MAC cosmetics. Gorgeous!

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If you use the video for a test run or your day, send us some pics! 😀

DIY Project: Wedding Petal/Favor Paper Cone

Paper cones are easy to make and can be used for multiple things for your wedding! They can be filled with petals for your guests to toss after your ceremony, or they can be filled with goodies as a favor! You only need a few materials, so it’s a really easy way to further customize your day.

Materials:

Paper Cone Template – Download (PDF)

1 sheet of 8.5″ x 11″ paper per cone
Double-sided tape

1 8″ – 10″ length of ribbon for each cone handle
2 eyelets per cone + hole-punch and eyelet setting tools
Optional Embellishments – paper lace, stickers, ribbon, paper flowers, tags

Petal fillings – rose petals, lavender, candy-covered almonds

  1. Trace template onto sheet, and cut out along heavy blue lines.
  2. Apply tape to right-side, along shaded area.
  3. Roll the cone. Hold the cone by the left edge, and roll the right side toward the left edge. Press to adhere. Be sure to make the bottom somewhat pointy. This takes a little practice, so try it a few times with scrap paper before you begin using your project paper.
  4. If you prefer a flat, closed bottom instead of a point, just fold about 1/4″-inch of the end upon itself. Use double-sided tape to secure.
  5. Trim the top of the cone to make it even. I like to use pinking shears for a decorative edge.
  6. Punch holes at the top of the cone for the ribbon handle, and set eyelets.
  7. Thread ribbon through one hole, and knot. Thread through other, and knot. Knots should be inside cone.
  8. Embellish to fit your wedding theme!
  9. Fill cone with your choice of rose petals, lavender, candy-covered almonds or some other goodie ( be creative!).
  10. Hang the cones on the back of each guest’s chair, put them all in a basket for guests to grab, or place them at their table settings. So cute!
Credit – Mrs. Caterpillar at Wedding Bee, thank you!