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Make a Rainbow Cupcake in a Jar

Maria Bywater:

Cake and mason jars — two wedding staples that come together to create a lot of fun. You can find recipes for different flavors of jar cupcakes around, but Sarah Jill offers one of the most colorful and simple versions. Six-ounce mason jars would yield a nice serving size for a backyard wedding. Thanks, Sarah Jill!

Originally posted on sarah.jill.:

  •  one box of ready-to-bake cake mix (or your own cupcake mix)
  • a few old jars
  • a variety of food colouring
  • squirty cream
  • rainbow sprinkles

preheat oven to 350 degrees. thoroughly wash and dry the inside of each jar. spray the inside of each jar thoroughly with nonstick cooking spray. set aside.

scoop about 1/2 cups of cake batter into five small bowls. it doesn’t have to be perfect, don’t panic if you get a little more of less of one color than another.  tint each bowl of cake batter with the food colouring until very vibrant.

spoon about 3 tablespoons of the purple batter into the bottom of each jar.  spoon equal amounts of turquoise batter, then green, yellow, and pink.  place the jars in a shallow baking dish, add about 1/4inch in water in the baking dish. place the baking dish in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes.

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Create Your Perfect Signature Punch with this Non-Recipe

Punch bowls

We’re used to seeing signature cocktails at weddings. How about creating your own signature wedding punch? Food52′s Kenzi Wilbur lays out the surprisingly simple secret to making a great punch — combine ingredients in the following ratio:

2 parts booze : 2 parts wine : 2 parts juice (optional) : 1/2 to 1 part sweet

Create a punch based on your favorite flavors. Or the season. Local favorites. Venue. Wedding colors.

More details at Food52. Go on, get mixing!

Or see this Vintage Champagne Wedding Punch Recipe.

(Photo: Bowle Steinhude 2009 by Politikaner via Wikimedia Commons)

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Our 7 Favorite Recipes for a Thanksgiving Hanukkah Wedding

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This year, a Thanksgiving weekend wedding means a Hanukkah wedding. Both mean good food. To celebrate the occasion, we gathered our favorite Autumn/Hanukkah wedding reception recipes:

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A Tip for Using Ribbons on Your Wedding Huppah

ribbons for wedding chuppah

Once you cut ribbon, the threads at the end can fray and look messy. Packing up the ribbon to get it to your wedding venue and tying the ribbon to your huppah can make the fraying worse. That’s not a fun look for your wedding. But you can prevent stray threads and keep your ribbons looking neat by sealing the ends with liquid fray check, which you can find it at fabric and craft stores.

After cutting the end of the ribbon neatly, apply fray check and let it dry. After it’s dry, trim the ribbon again to leave a strip of fray check that is no more than about 1/8″ (3mm) wide.

More tips for decorating your huppah with ribbons here.

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New! Wedding Huppah Canopies Now Available to Rent Without Poles

Simple elegant huppah
Well, this is big news! Huppahs.com now makes two of its popular wedding huppah canopies available to rent without poles. Perfect if you already have poles and are looking for a beautiful, high-quality canopy.

The Simplicity Canopy, pictured above, is fashioned from a high-quality bridal satin. The fabric’s subtle sheen and substantial hand create a simply elegant canopy that works wonderfully in any wedding venue.

Rent Ivory Silk Huppah CanopyThe Ivory Silk Canopy, shown in detail at the right, has the refined texture characteristic of 100% dupioni silk. The light ivory color cultivates a warm sophistication.

Get more details and find out if these canopies are available for your wedding date at Huppahs.com.

(Photo: Jason Weil for Huppahs.com. Location: Woodend Nature Sanctuary, Audubon Naturalist Society; Chevy Chase, Maryland)

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Potato Salad with a Twist for a Picnic Wedding Theme – Recipe (Kosher-Parve)

The growing summer heat reminds me how much I miss Kuwait, where I lived for four years and where my daughters were infants. Food takes me back there. I thought I’d share this recipe for potato salad with an Arab twist, great for summer get-togethers in the backyard, like a picnic-themed backyard wedding. The recipe comes from May Bsisu’s The Arab Table. To yield enough salad for a small wedding, I’ve supplemented May’s ingredient list with quantities that yield 40 servings.

Ingredients for Salatat Batata (Parve)

6 Servings (Quantities for 40 servings in parentheses)

  • 3 lbs. white potatoes, cut into ½-inch cubes (for 40 servings, 20 lbs.)
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil (1 2/3 cups)
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice (1 2/3 cups)
  • Salt, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper (3 Tablespoons)
  • 4 cloves garlic, mashed (26 cloves)
  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves (3 cups)

Instructions

Place potatoes in a large pot and add water to cover by 2 inches (for 40 servings, you’ll need a few pots or cook the potatoes in batches). Bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat to medium and cook, covered, until fork-tender, about 20 minutes. Drain immediately and rinse under cold running water. Transfer the potatoes to a large bowl.

Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and garlic in a jar with a tight-fitting lid, and shake vigorously to blend. Pour the dressing over the potatoes and toss with wooden spoons to coat. Garnish with the cilantro, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least one hour and up to four hours. Bring to room temperature before serving.

If you prepare the salad a day ahead, do not add the garlic until just before serving.

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Summer, Time for Our Blissful Backyard Wedding Punch

Summer Bliss Wedding Punch with Watermelon and Gin
It’s summertime! Woo hoo! Which means it’s time to bust out our favorite Summer Bliss Wedding Punch. Never have watermelon and gin tasted so cool and refreshing. Find the recipe here. Find our instructions for the table garland decorations at DIY Weddings Magazine.

Hey, Joe, any watermelon in that backyard farm?

(Photo: Jason Weil for Huppahs.com)

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Shabby Chic/Bohemian Wedding Dress Pattern

Source: Colette Patterns (colettepatterns.com)

Source: Colette Patterns (colettepatterns.com)

Picture this dress in eyelet lace for a casual but chic backyard wedding. Shabby chic or bohemian feel, especially. The design is called Laurel, and the sewing pattern is the newest release from Sarai Mitnick at Colette Patterns.

And great news: The sewing level is “Beginner.” You can order a paper version of the pattern or download it.

(Photo: Colette Patterns. Thanks for sharing Sarai and Kenn!)

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If They’re Special Enough to Make Your Small Wedding Guest List, They Deserve an Awesome Dessert

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A slice of flourless chocolate cake. And yeah, it was really good.

Having a small guest list means that the people who made the cut must be pretty special. It also enables you to be adventurous with your wedding menu. Flourless chocolate cake is a non-traditional but certain-to-be-appreciated wedding cake. Bonappetit.com serves up a recipe for this bête noire topped with chocolate ganache. It’s not only sophisticated and decadently delicious, but if you’re catering the wedding yourself, it’s one of the easiest cakes to make.

The only fiddly part of the preparation is covering the outside of the baking pan with three layers of foil. The first time I tried the recipe, I managed to put small, unseen tears in all three layers, apparently, because water seeped into the batter during baking. Not good. Here’s a tip that solved the problem on my second try: Handle the foil as little as possible to avoid tearing it. The recipe…

And take a look at our previous post: 10 Scrumptious Wedding Cake Dessert Pairings

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Backyard Wedding? Embrace Decor with a Touch of Nature

Upcycle garden wedding invitationjasmine garden head wreath15-Foot Felt Rose Garland
Love Bird Cake ToppersLavender in a box wedding favorSeed_Paper_Love_Birds_Plantable_Favor_Cards
Photos courtesy of the Green Bride Guide.

If you’re planning a backyard wedding, play to the outdoor setting with decor and accessories that embrace nature’s themes and use eco-friendly materials, like the items in the Garden Wedding line from the Green Bride Guide.

We’ve highlighted some of our favorites in the pics above. Clockwise from top left: upcycled garden wedding invitations; jasmine head wreath for bride, bridesmaid, or flower girl; felt rose garland, plantable favor cards shaped like love birds and infused with flower seeds, lavender in a box wedding favors, and love bird wedding cake toppers.

We love that the Green Bride Guide provides modern designs for eco-conscious wedding couples, and Huppahs.com is proud to be an approved vendor of the Green Bride Guide.

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The Surprising Thing Missing from Many Jewish Wedding Planning Checklists

Jewish wedding New York park ivory silk chuppahThis is the season when engaged couples start looking in earnest for — and media start posting and publishing — wedding planning checklists. Each year I’m surprised at the number of Jewish wedding planning checklists that leave out a critical item: the huppah. I suppose it’s a bit self-serving of me to mention this, since my company rents huppahs, but I guess I’m hoping to get this item included in as many guides as possible or get it hand-written onto as many couples’ lists as possible to help ensure that the huppah is a source of joy for couples rather than a last-minute worry.

Last-minute huppah rentals are something of a specialty of Huppahs.com. In fact, we love being able to tell panicked clients who contact us just a few weeks before the wedding that they will have a huppah, delivered to their door, no problem. But every once in a while we have to say that we no longer have anything available, which is heartbreaking for couples and for us.

We also work with clients who reserve their huppahs more than a year before their weddings. The nice thing about working with brides and grooms as far in advance of the wedding date as possible, for them and for us, is that we can give them as wide a range of huppah styles to choose as we can.

The check box for reserving a huppah should ideally lie just under the check box for choosing the ceremony location. When you know where your ceremony will be — whether it’s a synagogue, beach, country inn, hotel, backyard, bistro, or zoo — you have a good idea of the style of your wedding and the style of huppah that you would most prefer.

So we recommend that couples contact us to check huppah rental availability soon after they choose the location for their ceremony. That’s when you’ll have the widest selection and the best chance of securing the huppah that works best for you.

And we do try to make your huppah rental the easiest box to check off your to-do list.

How can we make huppah rentals even easier for you? Leave us a note in the Comments section.

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Recipe: Chili Chocolate Cupcakes to Spice up Your Dessert Buffet

Chocolate chili cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes with chili chocolate frosting.

Guest blogger: Agnes Goldrich, Age 14.

As the resident baker in the Bywater family, I recommend these chili chocolate cupcakes for a wedding cupcake buffet (or a great dessert for your Mom’s birthday). Also, I’m told they go well with champagne.

(What was the best cupcake flavor you ever had? Share it in the comment section!)

For the chili chocolate cupcakes, start with Devil’s food chocolate cupcakes from a mix, then add this chili chocolate icing:

Chili Chocolate Frosting Ingredients

  • 4 sticks butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 10 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled

Baking tip: When baking the cupcakes, fill the cupcake pan liners a little more than 2/3 full. You’ll only get 20 cupcakes instead of 24, but the cupcakes will be a nicer size.

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy.
  2. Add powdered sugar, milk, cinnamon, chili powder, vanilla, and cayenne pepper. Beat until fluffy.
  3. Add bittersweet chocolate and beat until blended.

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Wedding Huppah Rentals “as Easy as Zappos.com”

Lace wedding huppah

Lace Wedding Huppah

We love all the positive reviews we get for Huppahs.com, and one of my favorites said we “make it as easy as Zappos.com to receive and return your chuppah.” Zappos is a company that we thought of as we designed our services. We try to make it as easy to rent and return a wedding huppah as it is to buy and return shoes for Zappos.

Here’s how we do it:

  • We ship the huppah by FedEx to arrive by the Wednesday before the wedding so you can be confident you’ll have it when you need it.
  • We provide simple instructions for attaching the huppah canopy to the poles. It takes about three minutes.
  • When it’s time to return the huppah, use the box the huppah arrives in and the pre-paid FedEx return shipping label we send. You can drop it off at a FedEx location or call for FedEx to pick it up, which ever is easier for you.

For more info: Huppahs.com | Check huppah availability for your wedding date

Is there a way we could make huppah rentals even more convenient for you? Send us an email.

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20% Off Huppah Rentals at Huppahs.com When You Reserve in November

Jewish wedding chuppah

Photo location: Woodend Nature Sanctuary, Chevy Chase, Maryland

During November only, receive a 20% discount on all huppah rentals at Huppahs.com. Just reserve your huppah by November 30. Take advantage of the lull before the engagement season storm to lock in your huppah and enjoy this limited time discount.

With 20% off, you can rent a huppah for as low as $195 plus shipping or delivery.

Rentals are available nationwide. Choose from a variety of styles.

Check availability today at http://www.huppahs.com/rent-huppah-availability/.

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5 Tips for Creating an Inviting Wedding Pie Dessert Buffet

rustic mountain wedding pie buffet

Photographer: Jessica Watson | Source: Ruffled®

Are you considering a pie dessert buffet for your wedding? Follow these tips to create a mouthwatering display:

  1. Choose rustic/country or pretty/elegant: Does the feel of your wedding lend itself more to a rustic/country feel or a pretty/elegant feel? If it’s the former, choose traditional fruit pies. If it’s the latter, think custards, meringues and fruit tarts.
  2. Vary the pie toppings: For visual interest and to whet your guests’ appetites, choose pies with a variety of tops: crumble, lattice crust, full crust top cut with slits.
  3. Display the pies at various heights: Instead of putting all the pies directly on the table, raise some up on raised cake/pie plates or props such as upturned baskets or stacks of old books.
  4. Add tall decorative elements: Especially if your buffet doesn’t include a tall wedding cake, add tall decorative elements such as flowers in vases, flowering branches, or sheaves of wheat.
  5. Add generous displays of fresh produce: Display fresh produce of the kind used in the pies. The fruits can be stacked on plate tiers or heaped in pretty bowls or baskets. The produce will add color and freshness.


Looking for pie recipes?
Take a look at our recipes (they’re all parve, so they can fit into a kosher meat or dairy meal):

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Recipe: Fresh Raspberry Pie

Meg Bywater Agnes Goldrich Clara Goldrich picking raspberries
Another late summer fruit pie inspired by our fruit picking trip and the popularity of pie dessert buffets for weddings: Raspberry Pie. This recipe comes from canida at Instructables.com.

Ingredients for Fresh Raspberry Pie

  • 5-6 cups fresh berries
  • 1 pie crust (homemade or store-bought) [parve pie crust recipe]
  • 1/4-1/2 cup sugar (for tart berries, use the larger amount)
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • Dash allspice (optional)

Instructions for Raspberry Pie

Visit Instructables.com for canida’s photos of the steps.

  1. Sort and gently wash berries. Set them aside to dry on a towel or in a colander.
  2. Meanwhile, make or buy your pie crust, then bake it. Use the package directions for baking a store-bought pie crust, or just bake at 350 until lightly golden-brown, 10-15 minutes depending on the recipe you’ve chosen. Homemade pie crusts may require weights to toast evenly without slipping down the sides (line with foil and add dry beans for weight if you don’t have pie-specific tools), but this isn’t absolutely necessary if aesthetics aren’t your thing.
  3. When pie crust is cool, fill with raspberries (reserve 1/4 cup berries for the glaze). Spread evenly, and mound them a bit in the center as shown below.
  4. Place in a small pot the reserved 1/4 cup raspberries, water, sugar, cornstarch, and salt.
  5. Cook and stir with a wire whisk over low heat until the sugar has dissolved and the berries have turned to mush. When sauce begins to thicken, add lemon juice and allspice (if using). Stir until glaze becomes thick, and remove from heat.
  6. Pour the glaze over your berries, spreading gently to cover the entire top surface. Allow the pie to set up for at least 30 minutes in a cool room or in the refrigerator.
  7. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Make-Ahead Options

Raspberry pie can be stored covered in the refrigerator for two days.

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Recipe: Perfect Plum Pie

Picking plums at Lawrence Farms OrchardsWe’re continuing our collection of pie recipes featuring late summer fruits, inspired by a trip to Lawrence Farms Orchards in Newburgh, New York, and the growing popularity of pie dessert buffets at weddings.

Today’s Perfect Plum Pie recipe earns a 5-star rating from reviewers on Food.com. Thank you, Pugly Duckling.

Ingredients for Perfect Plum Pie

Plums at Lawrence Farms Orchards

  • 4 cups sliced plums
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch deep dish pie pastry [parve pie crust recipe]

Topping

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons cold margarine

Directions for Perfect Plum Pie

Eating plum at Lawrence Farms Orchards

  1. In bowl, combine first 6 ingredients; pour into pastry shell.
  2. For topping, combine sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  3. Cut in margarine until coarse.
  4. Sprinkle over plums.
  5. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 60 minutes or until golden brown. (May need to cover crust edges with foil during baking to prevent burning.)

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Recipe: Luscious Peach Lattice Pie for a Wedding Dessert Buffet

The peaches are ripe and ready for picking at Lawrence Farms Orchards in Newburgh, New York. So are the pears, plums, and raspberries. Yesterday I took a trip there with my daughters and lots of nieces and nephews, and we came away with baskets of fresh pickings for munching, turning into jams (leave that to Mandy), and baking into pies.

With this profusion of late summer fruit and the growing popularity of pie dessert buffets at weddings, I thought it was time to share some wonderful pie recipes, beginning with a luscious peach pie. This recipe, with a traditional lattice crust top, comes from Deborah Snyder at BonAppetit.com. I did substitute purchased pie crust for Deborah’s homemade crust, because I want to get back outside and enjoy the gorgeous Hudson River Valley. (Today, we’re off to walk across the river on the Mid-Hudson bridge. Beautiful views.)

Ingredients for Peach Lattice Pie

  • 2 purchased roll-out pie crusts [parve pie crust recipe]
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon (scant) ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 1/2 pounds firm but ripe peaches, peeled, halved, pitted, each half cut into 3 wedges
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten to blend with 2 teaspoons water (glaze)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar mixed with 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (cinnamon sugar)

Instructions for Peach Lattice Pie

picking peaches for peach pie recipe at Lawrence Farms Orchards

  1. Prepare the bottom pie crust as directed on the crust packaging.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out second pie crust disk on floured surface to 13 1/2-inch round. Cut into 3/4-inch-wide strips. Chill while preparing filling.
  3. For filling, combine 1/2 cup sugar, cinnamon, and salt in large bowl. Add peaches and lemon juice and toss gently to coat. Let stand 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, stir remaining 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water in medium saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat; boil without stirring until syrup is deep amber, occasionally swirling pan and brushing down sides with wet pastry brush, about 11 minutes. Remove from heat. Add butter and cream (mixture will bubble vigorously); stir caramel until smooth. Strain juices from peaches into caramel; cool to lukewarm.
  5. Preheat oven to 375°F. Add caramel and flour to peaches in bowl; toss gently. Transfer filling to crust, mounding in center.
  6. Arrange 6 dough strips in 1 direction across top of pie, spacing apart. Working with 1 strip at a time, arrange 6 more strips in opposite direction atop first, lifting strips and weaving over and under, forming lattice. Gently press ends of strips to edge of baked bottom crust to adhere. Trim overhang. Brush lattice strips (but not crust edge) with egg yolk glaze. Sprinkle strips with cinnamon sugar.

  7. Bake pie 35 minutes. Tent pie loosely with foil to prevent overbrowning. Continue to bake pie until filling bubbles thickly and lattice is golden brown, about 25 minutes longer. Cool pie on rack.

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Recipe: Zucchini Pancake Hors d’Oeuvres for a Summer Wedding (Vegetarian, Parve)

When I was growing up, there was always one week when every homemaker’s backyard garden exploded with zucchini. All the Moms in the neighborhood would race each other to hand out the surplus harvest to people in the neighborhood who didn’t have gardens before those folks, too, were inundated with more zucchini than they could use.

Those Moms would have loved to be able to hand over some of their zucchini to someone in the neighborhood who could use them for a backyard wedding.

Even if there’s no one in your neighborhood offering you an armload of free zucchini, you can hit the supermarket or local farmers market for zucchini to make zucchini pancakes, a wonderful savory summer hors d’oeuvre for your summer wedding. I’ve tried a few versions of zucchini pancakes, but I like this one from Ivy Fueurstadt in New Kosher Cuisine the best. The pancakes come out nice and crispy. I’ve upped the quantities to make enough for a crowd.

Like all my favorite backyard wedding hors d’oeuvres, these can be made ahead and frozen.

Ingredients for Zucchini Pancake Hors d’Oeuvres

Makes 100-125 hors d’oeuvres

  • 5 medium zucchinis, coarsely shredded (about 10 cups)
  • 10 large eggs, beaten
  • 1¼ cup minced onion
  • 5½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 scant Tablespoon baking powder
  • Salt, to taste
  • Oregano,to taste
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Instructions for Zucchini Pancakes

You may want to mix this up in 2 batches.

  1. In batches, place shredded zucchini in a colander and press out as much moisture as possible.
  2. In a large bowl, mix egges, onion and zucchini. Add dry ingredients and mix.
  3. Heat oil on griddle or in skillet over medium heat. Drop a scant tablespoon of batter into the hot oil. Flatten, if desired, and fry for 3 minutes on each side until brown and cripsy.

Make-Ahead Option

To freeze, place pancakes between pieces of wax paper so they don’t become soggy. When frozen solid, transfer to freezer bags. Reheat in 425 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes until crispy.

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Our 100 Favorite Backyard Wedding Themes

This is a big day for Backyard Huppah, and we’re sharing the joy – We’re celebrating our 100th blog post with a list of our 100 favorite backyard wedding themes and a few of the details that bring them to life!

    WEDDING THEMES FOR ALL SEASONS

  1. Plumosa Greens Garland Source Fiftyflowers-com

    Garland on the stairs.

    Classic Style: Flowers in urn-shaped vases, tightly manicured hedges, monograms.
  2. Chocolate: Chocolate liqueur, beef with chocolate and chili mole, chocolate mousse.
  3. Brunch: Mimosas, savory quiches, a jazz trio.
  4. Cocktail Party: Cityscapes, signature drinks, stilettos.
  5. Childhood Home: Garlands on the stairs, rolled up rugs, dressing for your wedding in the room where you grew up.
  6. Community: Long tables, young and old sharing the dance floor, making a charitable donation in honor of your guests instead of giving favors.
  7. Spheres: Spherical vases, bourbon balls pre-set on the tables, paper lanterns.
  8. Champagne and Cake Reception: Clinking glasses, heart-felt toasts, butter cream frosting.
  9. Surprise Wedding: Invitations that throw everyone off the scent, informalwear, a champagne toast to announce the wedding ceremony.
  10. Afternoon Tea: Lace huppah, herbed sandwiches, tiered serving platters.
  11. Vintage: Birdcage veil, bias-cut satin, champagne punch.
  12. Simple Elegance: White huppah canopy, a gown with simple lines, understated floral arrangements.
  13. Pot-Luck: Gathering around the huppah, buffet table overflowing with everyone’s best festive dishes, the heart-felt support of family and friends.
  14. Nights in Morocco: Hamsa, gold thread embroidery, a bridal crown.
  15. family style catering weddings

    Family-style meal service; Source: Family Style Catering, Portland, Oregon (www.familystylecatering.com)

    Family: Family members holding your huppah poles, a family slideshow, family-style meal service.
  16. Dancing: A dance floor, a DJ, friends you can count on to get the party started when the first song hits.

  17. Dessert Reception: Tiered serving plates, passed champagne, chocolate.
  18. Hors d’Oeuvres Reception: Savory hors d’oeuvres, carefully chosen wine, cocktail attire.
  19. Candy: Pastel colors, candy buffet, candy favors.
  20. Country Romance: Lace huppah, wooden tables, sweet tea.
  21. Lakeside Wedding: Raising the huppah by the lake, the wedding dress catching the breeze, The sun -or moon- reflected in the water.
  22. Roses: Rose petals strewn in the aisle, rose water, heaping bouquets of roses.
  23. The Big Tree in the Backyard: Huppah under the tree, tree leaf decorating motif, taking turns on the swing.
  24. Paper: Wrapping paper table runners, paper lanterns, paper flower centerpieces.
  25. Mini: Mini quiches, mini cupcakes, petite roses.
  26. Just Close Family and Friends: Handwritten invitations, shared memories, homemade wedding cake.
  27. Candles: A hundred borrowed candlesticks, candle favors, an internal glow.
  28. Yair Emanuel kiddush cup

    Yair Emanuel kiddush cup

    Jewish Artisanal Style: Hand calligraphed ketubah (wedding contract), Yaer Emanuel design kiddush cup, klezmer band.
  29. Sparkle: Beaded lace, champagne bubbles, a bride’s beaming face.
  30. Fiesta: Vibrant colors, Mexican peasant dresses for the bridesmaids, large paper flowers.
  31. How We Met: Food and centerpieces based on the place where you met, the natural conversation starter: “So, how did you two meet?”
  32. Fairy Tale Wedding: Pink roses, a tiara, silk satin.
  33. Passion Romance: Red roses, chocolate covered strawberries, passionfruit sorbet.
  34. Farm: Bushel baskets, tall grass, reception in the barn.
  35. Italian Feast: Italian wines, antipasto, cannoli, tiramisu, gelato, cassata, amaretti, pizzelles, panna cotta, limoncello semifreddo, zabaglione, mascarpone frosting…
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    SPRING WEDDING THEMES

  36. Wholesale Flowers at FiftyFlowers.comSpring Greens: Spring green satin pumps, spring green orchids, salad of mixed spring greens.
  37. Pinks: Mixed flower bouquets, strawberry punch, a blushing bride.
  38. Gingham: Bouquets wrapped in gingham ribbon, gingham tablecloths, favor boxes topped with gingham bows.
  39. Flowering Trees: Huppah by the trees, flowering branch centerpieces, flower petals dusting the ground.
  40. Berries: A mix of purples, raspberry kir, berries on the wedding cake.
  41. Tulle: Tulle details on the wedding dress, bouquets tied with tulle ribbon, candy favors tied up in tulle.
  42. Victoriana: Posy bridal bouquet, sugared violets, flower arrangements filled to overflowing.
  43. Sweet Romance: Shoulder length veil, petite bridal bouquet, stolen kisses.
  44. Tulips: Tulip bridal bouquet, tulip centerpieces, tulip-skirted flower girl dresses.
  45. Lag B’Omer (A Jewish holiday between Passover and Shavuot): Flowering branches, laughter, young love.
  46. Lilacs: Purples, lilac table bouquets, the sweet heady lilac scent.
  47. Daisies: Yellow and white, daisy bouquets, “…she loves me, she loves me not, she loves me, she loves me not, she loves me!
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    SUMMER WEDDING THEMES

  48. pennant banner by Lilybella

    Pennant Banner by Lilybella

    Carnival: Pennant banners, caramel popcorn, ring toss.
  49. Garden Party: Layers of stripes and chintz, small full flower arrangements, ladies in hats.
  50. Barbecue: Sweet-smelling smoke, micro-brewed beer, wetnaps.
  51. Picnic: Gingham tablecloths, fried chicken, potato salad.
  52. Tropical: Citrus colors, cool drinks, mango ice cream.
  53. Southern Charm: Mint juleps, magnolias, photos on the veranda.
  54. Cottage garden: Garden tours, a leisurely meal, herb garden menu.
  55. Stripes: Striped ties, widely striped tablecloths, huppah poles wrapped in ribbon.
  56. Hydrangeas: Blues, greens, and purples; linen table cloths; silver flower bowls.
  57. Americana: Family photos on the porch, touch football on the lawn, a bonfire.
  58. Fourth of July: Stars and stripes, bunting, sparklers.
  59. Fairy Garden: Fairy lights reflected in the birdbath, pinks and blues, butterfly wings in the flower arrangements.
  60. Lavender: Lavender bouquets, lavender ice cream, lavender sachet favors.
  61. Chintz: Rose-themed invitations, chintz overlays on striped tablecloths, overflowing rose bouquets.
  62. the calla lilies are in bloomLawn Games: Croquet, horse shoes, lemonade.
  63. Evening Romance: Raising the huppah at twilight, a cello, dinner and dancing under the stars.
  64. Calla Lilies: Dramatic large calla lilies, elegant small calla lilies, echoes of Katherine Hepburn’s “The calla lilies ahre in bloohm…”
  65. Forest: Moss, tree-branch huppah poles, pinecone place cards.
  66. Luau: Leis, hibiscus, piña coladas.
  67. Evening in the Garden: Lots of white, huppah lightly sparkling with beaded lace, heaps of candles.
  68. French Countryside: Toile, topiaries, garden benches.
  69. Beach: Sand, surf, ocean breezes.
  70. Midsummer Night’s Dream: Twinkly lights, flower garlands, moonlight.
  71. Sunset Ceremony: Tiki torches, tiki torches, tiki torches.
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    AUTUMN WEDDING THEMES

  72. pomegranates talkoftomatoes

    Source: talkoftomatoes

    Pomegranates: Pomegranate themed invitations, deep red table setting, pomegranate tablescapes.
  73. Apples: Huppah under the apple boughs, sparkling cider, apple centerpieces.
  74. Rustic: Wooden tables, hemp table runner, home-made wedding cake.
  75. Velvet: Velvet huppah, velvet table runners, red velvet cake.
  76. Country Store: Mason jar vases, natural fabric tablecloths, home-made pies.
  77. Autumn Harvest: Pumpkins, natural tablescape, a pretty cardigan.
  78. Wine Tasting: A knowledgeable sommelier, dark wood, savory hors d’oeuvres.
  79. Fruits of Israel: Marzipan-stuffed dates hors d’oeuvres; broiled figs; centerpieces of pomegranates, figs, grapes, dates, and sheaves of wheat and barley.
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    WINTER WEDDING THEMES

  80. hanukkiah meredithloveslife-blogspot-com

    Hanukkiah from meredithloveslife.blogspot.com

    Hearth and Home: Glowing fire in the fireplace, family and friends gathered from far and near, warm hugs.
  81. New Year’s Eve: Champagne, cocktail attire, glittery golds.
  82. Snowflakes: White and blue, crystals in the centerpieces, sugar snowflakes decorating the wedding cake.
  83. Glimpses of the Garden: Snow covered trees, red cardinals, cardinal red.
  84. Desert Landscape: Long horizons, succulent centerpieces, desert sunset.
  85. Greenery: Ruscus green garlands, white flower accents, garland decorations draped on the wedding cake tiers.
  86. Hanukkah: Evening ceremony, lighting the hanukkiah, gold-wrapped chocolate coins scattered on the tables.
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    WEDDING COLOR THEMES – By Time of Day
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    DAYTIME WEDDING COLOR THEMES

  87. Fiftyflowers.com orange and fuschia flower bouquets

    Orange and fuschia bouquets

    Orange and Fuschia: Fuschia bridesmaids’ dresses, orange and fuschia bouquets, white table linens.
  88. Brown and Green: Moss, pinecones, tree branch huppah poles.
  89. French Blue and White: French blue tablecloths, white porcelain urn flower containers, touches of brown.
  90. Turquoise and Orange: Turquoise tablecloths, orange flower centerpieces, lots of energy.
  91. Lavender: Lavender bridesmaids’ dresses, lilac bouquet centerpieces, touches of light grey.
  92. White and Navy: Navy suit jackets, khaki pants, touches of yellow.
  93. White, Ivory, and Creamy Pink: White gown, pink tablecloths, ivory ribbons.
  94. Silver Grey, Gold and White: Silver table service, gold brocade table runners, crisp white linens.
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    EVENING & NIGHT WEDDING COLOR THEMES

  95. Black and white baroque wedding cake

    Baroque patterns; Source: A Piece of Cake Utah

    Black and White: Formalwear, baroque patterns, a touch of bling.
  96. Ivory and Gold: Duchess satin fabrics, double-sided satin ribbons, Chiavari chairs.
  97. White: Layers of white in a mix of textures, tapers, vanilla bean wedding cake.
  98. Fig, Dove Grey, White: Fig centerpieces, dove grey tablecloths, white votive candles.
  99. Silver Pewter: Silver pewter bridesmaids’ dresses, deep grey organza chair sashes, pewter goblets.
  100. Charcoal Grey: Charcoal grey suit, white rose boutonniere, silver kiddush cup.

Is your favorite backyard wedding theme here?

Thanks to Clara for the idea for this post, and to Clara and Agnes for their enthusiastic creativity in compiling the list!

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Super Easy Instructions for Assembling Your Hazelnut Wedding Cake

These instructions complete your homemade hazelnut wedding cake, which was begun in earlier posts. You’ve made your hazelnut cake and your whipped non-dairy frosting. Now let’s put it all together:

Ingredients and Materials

  • ½ cup ground hazelnuts
  • 4 plastic straws

Instructions for Assembling Hazelnut Wedding Cake

  1. Place bottom piece of 10-inch cake layer on serving dish. Slip 3 x 5″ pieces of waxed paper 1 inch under cake layer. This makes the paper easily removable when you are through frosting the cake and keeps the plate clean.
  2. Spread a ½-inch layer of filling on top of bottom piece. Place top piece over it and frost entire layer.
  3. Scatter 1/3 cup ground hazelnuts on the waxed paper segments. Lift paper gently and toss nuts onto cake. Repeat until all the nuts are used and remove paper. Put this layer to the side.
  4. Use the same method to frost the 6-inch layer on a separate plate. Frost the edges of the cardboard, too, and use the remainder of the ground nuts.
  5. Refrigerate the layers until a few hours before you plan to serve it.
  6. When you are ready to complete cake, cut 4 pieces of straws the height of the 10-inch cake layer. Place the straws into the cake in a circle, each about 2 inches away from the center.
  7. Place the 6-inch cake layer on top of the 10-inch layer.

Make Ahead Options

The cake layers can be frozen for 2 weeks. Move them to the refrigerator 24 hours before you need them. When you freeze the cakes, put them in the freezer uncovered for an hour to set the frosting, then cover them very well.

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