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Photos By: Chelsea FussYou will need a chocolate cake recipe, along with an equally delicious recipe for chocolate ganache which we found here. Ingredients for this yummy cake typically include unsweetened cocoa, buttermilk, flour, sugar, vanilla extract and baking soda. For the ganache topping, make sure you have plenty of whipping creme and semisweet chocolate chips. Always mix your ingredients together well and let sit for a bit!
Bundt cake pans. Each of these will serve approx. 5 guests. We like these.
Tip: Make the cakes ahead of time and freeze them.
Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff A festive accent for a springtime bridal shower or Easter weekend wedding Materials hollow decorative eggs or blown eggs, needle and thread or string, hydrangeas, scissors, awl Step One Using an awl, carefully pierce all the way through the surface of your egg, about one inch from the top. This will make it much easier to get the string through. Step Two Thread your string through a needle and guide the needle through the poked holes on the egg. Step Three Continue steps one and two with additional eggs to create the desired length. Step Four Once you have added all the eggs, you can begin adding the hydrangeas. Move the eggs 1-2 inches apart from one other on the garland string to make room for the flowers. Cut short trimming from a large hydrangea stem and attach to the garland after every egg or two with an extra piece of string. Step Five Push the eggs back together between the hydrangeas if necessary. Repeat until entire garland is covered. Add a knot on each side of the finished strand and you are ready to hang. Use these pretty, pastel strands as garlands that flank the aisles of your spring ceremony or as a hanging backdrop for guests to admire at the reception.
Materials: Sheets of Moss, Floral Foam or Regular Styrofoam Brick, Knife, Floral Pins, Ribbon, Craft Glue, Scissors
Step One: Cut foam brick in half to create a square and begin cutting the square down to desired shape. Slice off edges to make it less blocky and more of a pillow shape.
Step Two: Cut a piece of moss based on the size of your foam block and begin wrapping it around the foam. Secure the moss to the foam using floral pins.
Step Three: Once the moss is secure on all sides, cover up any floral pins that are showing by gluing very small pieces of moss overtop.
Step Four: Cut a piece of ribbon or fabric scrap to roughly twelve inches in length. At the six inch mark, fasten the ribbon to the center of the moss pillow with a dab of glue and a floral pin.
Step Five: Secure your rings by sliding them thru the ribbon and tying a knot!
Project and Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff We all know the importance of first impressions and when it comes to your wedding, the first impression guests will have will be delivered in the form of your Save the Date. Set the tone by creating your own custom watercolor 'Save the Date' postcards. Choose watercolors that match your wedding colors and theme, then design them with your initials, wedding date or a meaningful phrase like 'together forever'. Materials: watercolor postcard paper, watercolor paints, assorted paint brushes, liquid frisket Step One: Dip your brush into a container of liquid frisket and begin painting a design onto the watercolor postcard paper. The liquid frisket will act as a resist to the watercolor when it comes time to add color, so keep that in mind when creating a design. Step Two: Wait for the mask to dry completely. Then, using a different brush, add a layer of water to the entire postcard to prepare it for the watercolor paints. Step Three:
Next, begin painting the postcard with washes of various colors until you've reached the desired look. For a softer look, gently blot the paint from the paper as you go. Step Four: Once the paint is completely dry, it is time to pull the resist mask off. Step Five: Using your finger, rub over one end of the liquid frisket until it begins to pull up, just as you would with rubber cement. Pull the mask off in entirety, and you will be left with crisp white areas that show off your design. Step Six: Lastly, add a stamp and address your postcards. Don't forget to also include a note reminding guests of the date of your nuptials and any other details you would like to share. These save the date postcards are sure to make a charming first and lasting impression that will continue to excite your guests every day up until the big day.
Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
This is one of our favorite table settings ever - it's crisp, organic and lovely.
Recycled mason jars were used as glasses, while natural linens were draped over the table.
For centerpieces, large, inexpensive cylinder vases were covered in burlap.
Photos By: Mary SwensonThese jars of herbed salt are so easy to make and will rival anything you'll find in a pricey gourmet food shop - plus the adorable jars can be used long after the tasty salt is gone! Small glass canning jars - like these 4.5 ounce jars made by Weck - are the perfect size and shape for these favors, and are easy to buy in bulk just about anywhere. If you can't find Weck jars, any small glass jar will do; just make sure that it has a lid that will create an air-tight seal. The ingredients are simple: just use your favorite combination of fresh herbs (we chose garlic, rosemary, and sage). Of course you'll need coarse kosher salt. 1. Strip the herbs from their stems, and discard the stems. 2. Peel and coarsely chop the garlic cloves. Add the herbs and garlic to a food processor and pulse until they are finely chopped. Add the salt and pulse a few times until the mixture is fully combined. 3. Put the contents into a bowl and let it sit uncovered for a few days in a cool, dry spot. Give the salt a good mix every day or so to break apart any chunks that appear. 4. When the salt is ready, fill the jars with the salt and cover with the lids. A 3-pound box of salt will fill about a dozen 4.5 ounce jars, so adjust the recipe for the number of favors you'll need. 5. The finishing touch? Labels! For ours, we cut pieces of paper so that they covered the top of the lid and came down along the side of the jar. Personalize your label as you wish and simply glue them onto the jars. This super tasty salt can be used as a rub, as a finishing salt, or in place of any seasoning. As long as the lid is kept on tight, it can be stored indefinitely and will be a tasty reminder of your wedding day! Photos By: Mary Swenson
By: Chelsea FussThis bouquet is so simple and effortless. Pair it with a lace dress or a simple sheath. The burlap adds a rustic touch that keeps it from being too sweet. The best part? This bouquet only costs around $15! Materials: 10 double-petaled tulips 1-2 stems of "cheerful" narcissus Twine A piece of burlap A vase Scissors Directions: 1. Trim the very ends of the flowers. 2. Start with a few of the larger tulips at the bottom of the bouquet; add the smaller tulips towards the top. 3. Add the narcissus blossoms towards the bottom of the bouquet and off-center. 4. Wrap in twine, then wrap the burlap over that. Your bouquet will be bright and fragrant.. enjoy the springtime blooms! By: Chelsea Fuss
Photos By: Katherine Chong
Are you a good baker? Then cut out the catering cost at your event and create your very own dessert table! With some jarred lemon curd, a quick swiss meringue and a torch, you can create lemon meringue tartlets in no time. Top them with some fresh blueberries and you have a dainty treat with a beautiful and natural color palette.
You can find pre-made pie or tart shells at just about any grocery store to save many steps. If you feel a bit uneasy about making meringue, use a packaged vanilla pudding mix to fill the shells, and top your tarts with some fresh fruit tossed in a simple syrup or apricot glaze.
Besides mini-pies, here's another idea: Fill your own tall and slender shot glasses with store-bought crushed chocolate graham crackers, vanilla pudding made from mix, freshly cut bananas, and some whipped cream. Drizzle some caramel sauce on top and sprinkle on a few dark chocolate shavings for an ultra chic version of banana cream pie.
For a more personal touch, roll out some sugar cookies topped with a monogram motif in pre-made royal icing tinted with drops of food coloring to match your wedding colors.Get creative with lovely tulips or any other simple arrangement to accent your table. Use fruit in season -- summertime tarts will make everyone really happy! People tend to eat with their eyes, so elevate a plain brownie square with a little floret of espresso pastry cream, sprinkled with chopped almonds for a decadent take on mocha almond fudge. Even if your wedding is on a budget, your guests will be impressed with these professional-looking (and tasty!) DIY dessert creations