July 30, 2011

Cake of the Day!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALYSSA!!


Picture from: Cake Central

July 20, 2011

Party of the Month: Wedding by Mindy Weiss pt.2

In 'Party of the Month: Wedding by Mindy Weiss pt.1' I showed you the amazing wedding invites, welcome gifts, and wedding ceremony decor, but that was just half of the detail Mindy Weiss and her team did to make this a wedding to go down in history of FABULOUSNESS!.

Cocktail Hour

While the Bride & Groom soaked up officially being Mr. & Mrs., the upper area of the Grand Ballroom of the Beverly Wilshire hotel was opened to us guests as a cocktail reception area while they transformed the wedding ceremony room into the main celebration room.


The area was setup to look like a classy lounge with the lighting shining the main color of the wedding: lavender. Couture white couches, flower and candlelight center pieces, and the bar setup right in the middle of the room added to the decor.



The bar even had a featured martini: Cotton Candy! MMmmm!


Grand Ballroom: Main Event Celebration

As if everything else did not blow me away, the main event opens up to the guests which is back in the Grand Ballroom where the original wedding ceremony was held.


Mindy Weiss and her team made me feel as though I had stepped into what I would call "Fantasy...couture...princess land", aka Wonderlust! From the white trees engulfed with white flowers and crystals to the couture tableware, this wedding became more than fabulous!



Flowers are ALWAYS my favorite form of a table centerpiece! Can you count how many flowers are in this centerpiece?


Of course, what is a wedding without cake? How about 2?



Having a live band was a flavor of sound I loved because it activated one of the five senses I introduced as very important in my Basic Fundamentals of Planning a Party: hearing.


Parting Gifts

Parting is such sweet sorrow...no seriously, it was VERY SWEET! As guests decided to call it a night and leave the party, they were 'farewelled' with this candy bar!



and candles to take home that read "..a perfect match"...Gotta love it!


My favorite parting gift of all came the next day at the Brunch the Bride & Groom held. True to Mindy Weiss "attention-to-detail" fashion, a DVD of the wedding was already cut and mastered ready to give each guest...WOW!


All in all, I felt honored and privileged to be attending my friend's wedding. It really was one for the books and it is no wonder Mindy Weiss is so highly sought after. When thinking of planning your wedding, consider using her!


Now it's time to plan my wedding...for 2024 ;-)

July 18, 2011

Party of the Month: Wedding by Mindy Weiss pt.1

If you don't know who Mindy Weiss is you have been deprived. Shall I enlighten you? Mindy Weiss is a well known event planner and is one of the most sought after event planners and lifestyle experts in the United States. Taken straight from her website, Mindy Weiss's business is based in Beverly Hills, CA where she is the owner & principle planner/designer of Mindy Weiss Party Consultants. The company provides professional event planning services for any type and size of wedding, party, corporate event and bar/bat mitzvah.

With all this in mind, I could not wait to witness one of her dazzling events she puts on so needless to say when one of my very good friends told me she was using her for her wedding I was on the edge of my seat! Read on to view all the amazing ideas that Mindy Weiss and her team chose to make the Udrih wedding a success!!

*Pictured: Beno & Michelle, the Bride & Groom for the wedding put on by Mindy Weiss Party Consultants.

Invitations

There is nothing like personalized invitations. But how about a classy, embossed, and jeweled invitation too big to fit in a regular mailbox?


From the "Save the Dates", to the Wedding Invitation, to the cards describing the schedule of the wedding, all made by Lehr & Black, Mindy Weiss and her team knew how to make the guests' feel special and well informed throughout the several months leading up to the wedding.

Welcome Gift

It is a custom when you are having an out of state wedding to send gift baskets to your wedding guest's hotel rooms to essentially welcome them and also inform them of the schedule of the wedding weekend. For this wedding, they made it a 3 day celebration which was nicely outlined in the welcome letter!




Ceremony Decor

Mindy Weiss and her team made this wedding look like a Wedding Wonderland by the help of Revelry Event Designers. From the moment you walked through the double doors of the Beverly Wilshire Grand Ballroom you felt like an enchanted witness to the wedding of a prince and princess. Check out the slide show below to witness the amazing decor used for the ceremony.


As if the decor did not set the tone enough, there was also a live orchestra playing before and during the wedding.

You now got a glance at the pre wedding preparation and the ceremony of this wedding, NOW check back for Part 2 of the Wedding by Mindy Weiss!! equipped with the Wedding Cocktail hour and Main After Wedding Party festivities.

How to Make a Diaper Cake

Diaper cakes are honestly the cutest gifts because they allow you to truly personalize your gift to the Mommy-to-be!


My best friend, Betsy Woulard, is an expert at making diaper cakes so check out the steps she takes to make these wonderful pieces of baby gift art!

How to Make a Diaper Cake

Items Needed:
-75-100 newborn baby diapers( The bigger you want your cake to be the more diapers you need so use discretion. The diaper cake I am describing has three tiers and I used about 100 diapers.)
-An empty paper towel roll
- Large rubber bands
- Ribbon (blue for a boy diaper cake, and of course pink for a baby girl!)
- A baby bottle for topper
- Binkies or any small baby toys that can be easily attached to the cake for extra decorations (optional)

Steps

1. Place the empty paper towel roll standing straight up on the floor. TIGHTLY-place one circle of baby diapers around the bottom of the paper towel roll, overlapping the diapers. Continue to do this on top of each circle creating layers. Do this for about three layers then tightly place a rubber band over the layers holding the beginning of the bottom tier onto the paper towel roll securely. This will make it much easier for you to build upon the bottom tier.
Note: It is best to have a friend help you as it gets difficult adding more and more layers to the cake.




2. After your bottom tier is a decent size to your liking, tie a pretty ribbon all along the outside to hold the diapers together. (This bottom tier has to be fairly large as it is the biggest tier and is the base to the entire cake.)


3. Move onto building the next tier directly on top of the bottom tier(base) this is a lot easier as the diapers have something to rest on and this tier should not be quite as big. Just like making the first tier, put a rubber band around the first three layers of diapers to help brace the inside of the cake. After the tier is a good size about 2 inches away from the outside edge of the base tier, tightly tie another ribbon all around the tier to hold together.


4. The top and final tier- follow the same steps by wrapping the diapers around the empty paper towel roll. You can rubber band this tier at the end as it is the smallest tier. Cover the rubber band with another ribbon tying securely.

5. Place a baby bottle at the very top of the final tier, push the bottle slightly down as it should fit in the open hole at the top where the empty paper towel roll is exposed.


6.(Optional) take extra pieces of ribbon and tie binkies or any small baby toy or object around each tier of the cake for extra decor, use a small piece of ribbon to tie to the large pieces that are holding the cake together.



7. Have fun!!!

*If you don't have time to make a diaper cake you can always buy them pre-made! Click on the images below.
 

July 10, 2011

Recipe of the Day: Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

I came across this delicious cupcake recipe from Yum Sugar and I just had to share. Nothing like candy on top of an already sugary delight!


Ingredients

Cupcake Batter
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
7 Tablespoons sugar
2 large eggs
3/4 cup self-rising flour
2 teaspoon orange flavoring (May use 1/2 teaspoon almond extract instead of the suggested 1 tsp.vanilla extract.)
2-3 Tablespoons milk

To Make:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. (Bake them at 375* F)Line a 12 cup muffin tin with baking paper cups. Put all the ingredients except for the milk into a food processor and blend until smooth. Pulse while adding the milk down the funnel to make for a soft consistency. (Use the full 3 Tablespoons). Fill each paper cup evenly with batter. Bake for 15-20 or until they are golden on top.
Recommended to check after 12 minutes of baking.


Ingredients

Orange Cream Cheese Icing
1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter softened
8 oz softened Cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp orange flavoring

To Make:
Combine the room temperature butter and cream cheese together in a mixer with a paddle attachment. Slowly add the sugar 1/4 cup at a time and add the orange flavoring at the end.
Recommended piping bag with choice of tip to ice the cupcakes easier.

July 9, 2011

Recipe of the Day: Patriotic Blue Cocktail

I was so proud of myself as I made this awesome blue drink from a recipe I found on SofaKingDrunk.com. The inspiration behind this drink was for the 4th of July, but really it can be made for any occasions!


Ingredients
1 1/2 ounce of vodka
1/2 ounce of triple sec
1/2 ounce sweet & sour
1/2 ounce blue curacao
1 dash grenadine

To Make
Mix all ingredients, except grenadine, in a shaker and chill. Serve in a martini glass. Add grenadine.

For more amazing cocktails/drinks to make from this site, check it out here!

July 8, 2011

Cake of the Day!


I like my cakes raw with a side of soy sauce ;-)

HAPPY FRIDAY!!

July 7, 2011

Photos for the Keeping

Summer marks a time to gather together with your loved ones to celebrate the union of Mr. & Mrs. Whether this moment is on the sandy beaches of La Jolla or the green, scenic views of Seattle, the memories will be unforgettable. They will especially be unforgettable with the efforts of talented photographers.


One of my favorite photographers I have had the pleasure of seeing their work is Hollye Schumacher Photography. Based out of Phoenix, AZ, Hollye Schumacher Photography is able to capture every part of a special moment treating it like fine art.






To learn more about Hollye Schumacher Photography visit the site or blog here!

July 5, 2011

Cake of the Day!

Of all the 'Cake of the Day' entries I have posted this one undoubtedly TAKES THE CAKE! Today's Cake of the Day...well, um, let me actually introduce you to HER.


Today's Cake of the Day is Bride Chidi Ogbuta from good ol Texas. Standing 5ft tall made up of butterscotch and polymer clay, this six layer spectacular cake served over 500 guests. The bakers, Absolutely Edible Cakes, spent five weeks making this what we hope to be delicious cake.


I guess two wives are better than one!

To read more about the story behind this masterpiece of a cake click here!

July 4, 2011

Must See Venue: Cinebarre

As the Social Chair of my sorority back in the day, I always wanted to plan unique events. One day I decided to rent out a venue, but not just any venue, a movie theater! I booked a movie, rented a movie room, arranged for a bus and we were on our way!



Well, I have discovered an even cooler venue that can cater to a movie party for guests 21 and up that you would like to host and it is called Cinebarre! This gorgeous venue can accommodate any type of function from seminars/conferences/presentations on the BIG screen - to private movie screenings. The best part is they serve adult DRINKS and FOOD!! Cinebarre is located in Asheville, NC, Charleston, SC, Denver, CO, Salem, OR, & Seattle, WA so be sure to check it out!

July 3, 2011

Cake of the Day!


I must pay homage to our wonderful nation by showcasing fabulous patriotic cupcakes as Cakes of the Day! The above cupcake collage is courtesy of the Loralee Lewis blog. Below is her breakdown of each cupcake-ENJOY!

1.Sprinkled Cupcake Fourth of July photo via Baking Bites
2. Tofu and Cupcakes
3.Marzipan Star Cupcakes by The Reckless Chef
4.Bon Appetit Blueberry Hill Cupcakes
5. Wave the flag, cupcake! posted by SheKnows
6.4th of July Cupcakes by Diana’s Desserts
7. Red, White, and Blue Cupcake by Food Create.
8.4th of July Cupcakes via Flikr uploaded by SPLANEYO
9. Edmonton Cupcakes Red White Blue