I’m always surprised when people see some of my non-traditional wedding cakes and ask, as if in secret, “Do people really choose those for weddings?” Perhaps the Texan in me shouldn’t be so surprised, as we in the South have a harder time than most parting ways with long-standing tradition, but the creative in me continues to be left aghast. Cakes after all, are just as creative an expression of style and sentiment as floral, attire, paper and location. While the towering white on white embellished bridal cake will always have an iconic place in wedding history, it’s the new, the different, the perfectly unique that continue to charm and excite. But you don’t have to take my word for it — you can read for yourself in the pages of Vogue. The trendsetting mag’s Aussie outpost recently covered the ever-changing wedding cake trend in their March issue. I’d love to share a little bit of their piece on the history of the wedding cake — I think you will surprised to find out that what we think of as classic and traditional isn’t quite so. Perhaps it will give you that push of perspective to design a cake with fearless abandon, or even some ideas for a new take on the cake tradition…who’s up for a cake fight?
“The history of wedding cakes (like a lot of customs that began in the Roman Empire) is quite odd. The groom originally broke the (bread-like) cake over the bride’s head as a symbol of his dominance in the marriage.”
“During medieval times cakes were thrown at brides as a sign of fertility.”
“Later on in history the happy couple would kiss over a towering pile of baked goods – if the tower remained steady, wedded bliss would be guaranteed (this is where the idea for croquembouche came from).”
Young coconut kefir. Never heard of it? Not to worry, I hadn’t either and I was definitely skeptical. But the coconut concoction is actually an amazing addition to your healthy diet. Not only does it hydrate your body, it has tons of probiotics as well as vitamins and minerals that help get your digestion in tip top shape. It aids in the prodcutions of B-6, B-12 (among other things) and can help reduce allergy symptoms. It has been recognized as an aid in weight loss and weight maitanence and it just makes you feel good! What’s not to like?
First things first, it’s not the dairy based kefir that you are probably thinking of. They do make a dairy coconut kefir but that’s not what I’m talking about. This drink is much more refreshing and safe for people with any kind of aversion to dairy.
For you LA or NY based folks, you can buy premade young coconut kefir at Whole Foods and a few other select spots. I highly recommend Tonix brand – it tastes great, comes in an eco friendly glass bottle and is made in small batches.
And for you Dallasites and beyond here is how to make the young coconut kefir at home! It’s a little less convenient than popping into Whole Foods but it’s actually much more affordable!
Here’s how to make it yourself:
Step 1: Start with three to four moist, fresh, young coconuts like this one shown below.
Step 2: Start cutting thin slices off the bottom of the coconuts until you see a circle.
Step 3: The hole inside the circle should be a soft spot. Poke a hole into the soft spot. Now you are through the shell and can begin draining the liquid from inside the coconut. Widen the hole if necessary and place the coconut over a glass to capture the liquid. Repeat these steps with all of your coconuts.
Step 4: Put the coconut water into a pan and heat it to 92 degrees F.
Step 5: Pour the heated coconut water into a glass container and add a kefir. Donna Gates makes the best one around and you can get it here.
Step 6: Put a lid on the container and shake well. Store the container at room temperature (around 70-75 degrees F) and wait for 36 hours.
Step 7: You have fermented, young coconut kefir!!! The liquid should have a slightly cloudly appreance and now you should store it in the fridge. It will stay fresh and delicious for up to three weeks! Enjoy!
Give it a shot and I promise you’ll be hooked. Because, truth be told, it’s good for you but it’s also delicious…so, win-win!
I have fond memories of craft days at school where we were all given a set of Crayola water color palettes and some thick white textured paper and told to make some variety of trite family portrait where everyone’s head is too big and girls and boys can only be determined by the addition of a skirt.
In fact, my mom still has mine from kindergarten framed and hanging in the bathroom. Maybe is the nostalgia of those homemade art projects long past, or the simply the softness of the colors as the delicately swirl together, one thing is certain, however; watercolor is definitely the new must have design element in paper.
This trend is great for weddings and events because of its versatility; it can be modern, romantic, or just down right fun! It’s perfect for destination/beach weddings as well as rustic/homespun themed events, and even baby showers! Here are some examples of my personal favorite new designs, including the absolutely stunning succulent and flower wedding suite above!
Super fun Southwest-Americana design by Pitbulls and Posies!
These would be perfect for a late summer or fall wedding!
Obsessed with these mod faceted invites from Spencer Studio. Perfect for a fun, modern wedding!
These pretties are from Oh My Deer and would be lovely for an outdoor/garden wedding!
Love is in the air? Adorable! And they scream destination wedding to me. And for the DIY’ers out there, this save the date tutorial from Oh So Beautiful Paper gives you the run down on how to make your own!
Doughnuts have made a big culinary comeback in the past few years – popping up on the menus of celebrated chefs across the country – so it’s only natural that we would see that trend reflected in weddings that are after something fun, hip and unique. And if you think doughnuts are only an option for the quirky statement brides, take a look at some of these ideas and think again! You may have heard it said that, “doughnuts are the new cupcake” because like cupcakes, doughnuts offer a simple (and oh so tasty) canvas for bakers to infuse with color and flavor. While a whimsical tower of pink glaze and sprinkles might appeal to the funky bride, a romantic foodie type might opt for an assortment of earl grey and lavender dotted with fresh flowers. The party possibilities are as endless as your creativity! From doughnut cakes to doughnut-themed favors, here are some ideas that cover every sweet ounce of your doughnut affair:
The Doughnut Dessert Bar:
You don’t have to limit your desserts to just doughnuts. Mix it up with doughnut-inspired sweets like doughnut macarons and cupcakes!
Doughnut Cakes for events of all styles:
Treat guests to doughnuts and milk or doughnuts and coffee at the end of the night for a sweet sendoff!
Or, forget the dessert table and hire a Donut Truck like Carpe Donut out of VA!
Donot (see what I did there?!) forget the favors! Send guests home with a little treat to welcome in the new day-baskets of donut holes are a chic and sweet idea: