I always keep an eye open for easy show stopper food plating that I could use at a party. The carpaccio served on a clothesline today at restaurant Europea in Montreal tops my list this summer.
If you build your own table clothesline ahead of time, you could reuse the concept many times. They did it with big nails and a piece of 2×4 lumber. For an outdoor party, you could assemble a taller and longer clothesline by planting two poles on the ground. A strong fishing line could be used instead of the standard clothesline. With the bigger clothesline version, you could not only hang carpaccio but also small plastic containers or chinese take out boxes.
+ photo by Pierre Bellerose via Twitter – thanks Pierre for this find.
It has been a while since I featured wedding invitations on the site. I feel inspired by these three. Wedding invitations are so much more fun than when I got married. I envy today’s brides for the vast amount of options that are available to them.
Designer Yvonne Pingue created for Ryan and Leslie a wedding invitation kit that incorporates their love of music and where the wedding celebrations would take place. I adore this tailored touches. If I had a nice, personnel wedding invitation like that, I might even frame it.
Kate and Steve wanted to incorporate kraft cardstock and twine. A cute mini bunting come out of a mini envelope for the save the date. It is nice to include unique details like this.
DIY wedding invitations are big. If you are willing to invest the time and money (since you may need equipment and some external help to implement your visions), you can produce extraordinary pieces. Christine and Ian used a laser cutting machine to make a pop-up forest that surrounds the headline message on their invites. The laser cut cover stock was then sewn to laser cut kraft paper for an impressive multidimensional effect. Great work!
You can find more inspirations by exploring the real life galleries of wedding invitations and save the date cards on Oh So Beautiful Paper.
+ Leslie and Ryan’s Modern Woodland Big Sur Wedding Invitations – photos: Scott MacDonald
+ Kate and Steve’s Organic Modern Wedding Invitations – photo: Ruby & Willow
+ Christine and Ian’s Woodland Wedding Invitations – photo:
As I browsed the new Web site of Fera Rosalina, I noticed this beautifully decorated cupcakes for an engagement party. I like the color palette and the cute characters.
+ Ferris Kitchen
An alternative to a sweet table is a s’mores buffet table. There is no need to do a camping trip to enjoy them. You can do it for an indoor event as well as an outdoor event. It’s a theme that will please kids and adults. I gathered great executions that could inspire you for a future party.
From the ultimate reference in sweet tables, I introduced first the s’mores bar realized by Amy Atlas for a magazine photo shoot. She did more than served the traditional s’mores. Her table includes s’mores cupcakes, s’mores mousse shots, homemade mallomars, and fluffernut chocolate chip sandwiches, mushroom chocolate truffles, and chocolate bark.
Then, there is the s’more dessert buffet that Lisa of Moore Minutes designed for her son campout birthday party. Her boys and a friend received a treat. I love all the details. Go see more photos of her s’more buffet table and the details of this amazing campout birthday party.
Brides and grooms also opted to cater a s’mores station. You can set up everything in trays like you see here. I would recommend a tray per one or two couples.
Or you can create a true station by hiding cans of Sterno cooking fuel in fire resistant boxes.
+ S’mores Bar by Amy Atlas – photo by Antonis Achilleos.
+ S’More Dessert Buffet for a campout party at Moore Minute
+ S’mores station served in trays – photo by Assaf Friedman Photography
+ S’mores station at a wedding – photos by Jolynne Photography
These DIY party favors are ideal for a winter wedding, or to distribute at Thanksgiving or Christmas. They will please adults and kids. You could replace the tag on the Hot Cacao Chocolate Favors with place cards and write a tailored wish on the other side.
Once you bought the supplies, all you need to do to assemble the favors and make you own tag. The s’mores kits designed by Jordan Ferney for Project Wedding is a little tricker because you need to bend the wire hangers. You can write in Holiday paper your s’mores kit favors. The idea is to nicely wrap the ingredients separately. The muslin bags add a nice touch.
Look for food-grade packaging. Garnish carries a nice selection. For the stamp, you can get a custom one at Impress, look at their Christmas/winter theme stamps. Paper Source is also a great spot for rubber stamps. I bought several on my last visit.
+ Hot Cacao Chocolate Favors at Ruffled
+ DIY S’mores Kits at Project Wedding
+ S’mores Wedding Favors at Elizabeth Anne Designs
I love Etsy but let’s face it, it is so huge now that it could be time-consuming to find what you are looking for. This is why we see an emergence of curated marketplaces. The latest addition is Wedzu, a marketplace for indie and handmade weddings. Some items would add fun to a baby shower, a birthday party or a club reunion.
I picked some of my favorite handmade items to make your party more memorable.
Photo shoots require props. The mustache and lips photo shoot has become a trend. The sexy red lips and bold English handlebar mustaches are available in sets of 2 or sets of 5. I featured before vintage silverware recycled as garden and herbs markers. Monkeys Always Look transformed them into wedding photo props. It comes in a set of 3 spoons with the words: I Love You, XOXO and Kiss Me.
Each cake favor box is tied by a pretty ribbon on the side. I also like it for baby and bridal showers.
If you ship your invite in a box, you might like to get one of these Please Deliver To Wooden Stamp to print on your shipping labels.
Funny Guest Book
The Dirty Laundry Guest Book Kit provides a creative twist. Guests can write their funny stories or wishes on note cards cut as t-shirts, tank tops, pants and skirts. The kit includes mini wooden clothespins, clothesline and a coordinating label that encourages guest’s to write notes to affix on a detergent bottle.
+ The Sassy Couple Photo Props by Whisker Works $20 for set of 2
+ Wedding Photo Prop Stamped Silverware Markers by Monkeys Always Look $17 for 3 assorted spoons
+ Chocolate Cake with Blue Flowers Favor Boxes by Imeon Design $32 for 12
+ Red Paper Fortune Cookie by Imeon Design $3
+ Please Deliver To Wooden Stamp by Paper Pastries $25
+ Dirty Laundry Guest Book Kit by Mélangerie Inc. $35
Ida Thibeh Wiese sent me an email where she presented her cake design studio. I’m glad the she did because the woman behind Sweet Sweets Cake Art is a talented cake artist. She creates superb cakes for her Toronto clients. Her wedding cakes are impressive, unique and elegant. I like her style.
Sweet Sweets designed each wedding cake to uniquely suit the couple’s taste and style. Her commitment does not stop with look. Her menu features a nice variety of cake flavors, icings and fillings. No additives, preservatives or artificial flavorings are present in the cakes. If it is not on the menu, Ida will accommodate your request. Sweet Sweets also makes specialty cakes for birthdays and anniversaries.
+ Sweet Sweets Cake Art
One way to save on your invites is to print your own. For better results, it’s best to use a local print shop, or an online printing service. A Printable Press keeps a list of good online printing shops on their site.
Their collection is fresh and diverse. There is something for every taste. From the modern design of Picnic to the western vibe of One Night Only.
What you get is a personalized PDF document. Invitation is $70, response card with a postcard back is $50 (printed with your return address on the back), regular response card, insert card and thank you card are each $30. Save the date card is $40. You can change color, font and dimensions for a $25 extra fee per change.
+ One Night Only from the Sheer Whimsy collection
+ Picnic for the Mod Candy collection
There might be only one blog featured this week on my Delightful Mondays column but it showcased several talented artists. I selected a few details from a faux wedding photo shoot. I selected those images because they could be a good starting point if you are planing a back-to-school or end of summer outdoor party.
The photo shoot was created to illustrate a wedding inspiration board selected by the readers of Snippet and Ink. Get all the details on Snippet and Ink, which, by the way, has released a new blog design.
+ Styling / design: Summer Watkins of Grey Likes Weddings
+ Photography: Bonnie Tsang
+ via Snippet and Ink
It is not everyday that I see stunning caviar pictures like those photographed by Kate Harrison for the wedding of a Russian bride. Flavored vodka shooters were served on an ice bar with an assortment of caviar. Lilly and John’s wedding had fun activities.
You can read on Snippet & Ink that:
The ceremony took place on the balcony overlooking San Francisco, after which guests were able to explore the penthouse, playing pool in the billiard room, nibbling on hors d’oeuvres in the living room, and dancing in the dining room.
That sounds wonderful. The decor billiard room is something else; it’s Persian inspired. You can admire more photos on Snippet & Ink.
+ photos: Kate Harrison
I can’t believe that I did not introduce Hammond’s Candies earlier. This is the company that produces the adorable ribbon candies. They come in regular and mini sizes. In total, you get a choice of 12 flavors/color combinations that allow to design a superb candy table.
They also make the twist lollipops that we have seen on the hands of many brides and grooms over the last few years. And my Canadian readers will be happy to know that they will ship to Canada.
+ Ribbon Candies by Hammond’s Candies $17.99 for mini ribbons (two 5 oz gift bags), $21 USD for set of 4 regular ribbons
+ Handmade Pink Lemonade Twist Lollipops, 1 oz. $18.95 for 8 or $68 for case of 34 – Four 4oz. size for $17.00
+ All Natural 1 oz. Orange Lolli Set $18.95 for 8 or $68 for case of 34
+ Strawberry Shortcake 2oz. Lolli Set $15.95 for 4