June 2009 archive

Graduation Gala in the Garden







We featured Carly’s Graduation Gala in the Garden in our latest June newsletter, and wow it was oh so spectacular! The invitations and thank you notes are Cat Seto for papery & cakery, complete with aqua swarovski crystal accents. This fabulous brunch fete took place in the grad’s very own backyard. The yellow table cloths were a perfect accent to the tall daisy taupiary centerpieces with ribbons.

The brunch buffet featured a huge array of delicious treats–from bagels and smoked salmon, spinach frittata, fruit salad and a giant grilled vegetable platter. Guests enjoyed bellinis, mimosas and freshly squeezed orange juice. Dessert was equally as yummy: brownies, cookies, key lime pie, and a chocolate cup filled with orange moose. My personal favorite were the peanut butter candy cup “graduation caps” with little tags to congratulate the entire class. For a great how-to on the candy caps, be sure to check out the bakerella’s blog.
Hooray to Carly and the rest of the class of 2009!
xoxo,
Niki

Cupcake Friday

















I’m obsessed with my new Martha Stewart Cupcakes cookbook. I just can’t stop reading it and looking through the amazing photography! It’s making me want to plan entire parties around these fabulous little iced treats. I wish I could feature them all on the blog, but here are a few of my favorites, equipped with links to the recipes.
1. Shark on the Beach Cupcakes
2. >Piped Buttercream Sunflower Cupcakes
3. Lemon Meringue Cupcakes
4. Chocolate Cupcake Cones
5. Bug Cupcakes
6. Cupcakes Pops on a Stick
7. Chrysanthemum Cupcakes
8. Grand Slam Cupcakes
9. Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes
10. Candy Bowtie Cupcakes
11. Brownie Heart Cupcakes
12. Mini Chocolate Cupcake Heart
13. Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes
Wrap it all up with some fabulous Whimsy Press cupcake paper. Oh, and of course my favorite Luscious Verde announcement… “our little cupcake!”
Happy Cupcake Friday
xoxo,
Niki

Peony Perfection









Peonies are romantic, fluffy, soft and stunning. I absolutely love the way they look at a wedding. Lots of invitations feature this incredible flower. Louella Press features an engraved pink peony on their crisp, thick stock. Wiley Valentine’s peony is shown in a deep coral, offset onto a rich cotton paper. Dauphine’s letterpress peony suite is show in peach and raspberry colors. The text box elegantly mimics the flower with its flowing lines.

Love these peonies in bouquets, centerpieces & cakes from Martha Stewart Weddings.
Peonies are perfect for early summer events, when they are in high season. Greek legend dictates that mischievous nymphs would hide in the petals of a peony, causing the flower to be associated with bashfulness.
Of course, they are also Blair Waldorf’s favorite flower too….
xoxo,
Niki



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