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
This 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.
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.
Real Jewish Wedding: Natalie + Richard Wed Under an Ivory Silk Huppah in a New York City Park
Real Life Jewish Wedding: Under an Organza Huppah at Brooklyn, New York’s Prospect Boat House
Free printable templates: Do a favor for your guests and a good cause: Give a charitable donation instead of wedding favors
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/.
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.
- Sort and gently wash berries. Set them aside to dry on a towel or in a colander.
- 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.
- 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.
- Place in a small pot the reserved 1/4 cup raspberries, water, sugar, cornstarch, and salt.
- 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.
- 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.
- Serve chilled or at room temperature.
Raspberry pie can be stored covered in the refrigerator for two days.
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
Classic Style: Flowers in urn-shaped vases, tightly manicured hedges, monograms.
Garland on the stairs.
- Chocolate: Chocolate liqueur, beef with chocolate and chili mole, chocolate mousse.
- Brunch: Mimosas, savory quiches, a jazz trio.
- Cocktail Party: Cityscapes, signature drinks, stilettos.
- Childhood Home: Garlands on the stairs, rolled up rugs, dressing for your wedding in the room where you grew up.
- Community: Long tables, young and old sharing the dance floor, making a charitable donation in honor of your guests instead of giving favors.
- Spheres: Spherical vases, bourbon balls pre-set on the tables, paper lanterns.
- Champagne and Cake Reception: Clinking glasses, heart-felt toasts, butter cream frosting.
- Surprise Wedding: Invitations that throw everyone off the scent, informalwear, a champagne toast to announce the wedding ceremony.
- Afternoon Tea: Lace huppah, herbed sandwiches, tiered serving platters.
- Vintage: Birdcage veil, bias-cut satin, champagne punch.
- Simple Elegance: White huppah canopy, a gown with simple lines, understated floral arrangements.
- Pot-Luck: Gathering around the huppah, buffet table overflowing with everyone’s best festive dishes, the heart-felt support of family and friends.
- Nights in Morocco: Hamsa, gold thread embroidery, a bridal crown.
Family: Family members holding your huppah poles, a family slideshow, family-style meal service.
Family-style meal service; Source: Family Style Catering, Portland, Oregon (www.familystylecatering.com)
- Dancing: A dance floor, a DJ, friends you can count on to get the party started when the first song hits.
- Dessert Reception: Tiered serving plates, passed champagne, chocolate.
- Hors d’Oeuvres Reception: Savory hors d’oeuvres, carefully chosen wine, cocktail attire.
- Candy: Pastel colors, candy buffet, candy favors.
- Country Romance: Lace huppah, wooden tables, sweet tea.
- Lakeside Wedding: Raising the huppah by the lake, the wedding dress catching the breeze, The sun -or moon- reflected in the water.
- Roses: Rose petals strewn in the aisle, rose water, heaping bouquets of roses.
- The Big Tree in the Backyard: Huppah under the tree, tree leaf decorating motif, taking turns on the swing.
- Paper: Wrapping paper table runners, paper lanterns, paper flower centerpieces.
- Mini: Mini quiches, mini cupcakes, petite roses.
- Just Close Family and Friends: Handwritten invitations, shared memories, homemade wedding cake.
- Candles: A hundred borrowed candlesticks, candle favors, an internal glow.
Jewish Artisanal Style: Hand calligraphed ketubah (wedding contract), Yaer Emanuel design kiddush cup, klezmer band.
Yair Emanuel kiddush cup
- Sparkle: Beaded lace, champagne bubbles, a bride’s beaming face.
- Fiesta: Vibrant colors, Mexican peasant dresses for the bridesmaids, large paper flowers.
- How We Met: Food and centerpieces based on the place where you met, the natural conversation starter: “So, how did you two meet?”
- Fairy Tale Wedding: Pink roses, a tiara, silk satin.
- Passion Romance: Red roses, chocolate covered strawberries, passionfruit sorbet.
- Farm: Bushel baskets, tall grass, reception in the barn.
- Italian Feast: Italian wines, antipasto, cannoli, tiramisu, gelato, cassata, amaretti, pizzelles, panna cotta, limoncello semifreddo, zabaglione, mascarpone frosting…
SPRING WEDDING THEMES
- Spring Greens: Spring green satin pumps, spring green orchids, salad of mixed spring greens.
- Pinks: Mixed flower bouquets, strawberry punch, a blushing bride.
- Gingham: Bouquets wrapped in gingham ribbon, gingham tablecloths, favor boxes topped with gingham bows.
- Flowering Trees: Huppah by the trees, flowering branch centerpieces, flower petals dusting the ground.
- Berries: A mix of purples, raspberry kir, berries on the wedding cake.
- Tulle: Tulle details on the wedding dress, bouquets tied with tulle ribbon, candy favors tied up in tulle.
- Victoriana: Posy bridal bouquet, sugared violets, flower arrangements filled to overflowing.
- Sweet Romance: Shoulder length veil, petite bridal bouquet, stolen kisses.
- Tulips: Tulip bridal bouquet, tulip centerpieces, tulip-skirted flower girl dresses.
- Lag B’Omer (A Jewish holiday between Passover and Shavuot): Flowering branches, laughter, young love.
- Lilacs: Purples, lilac table bouquets, the sweet heady lilac scent.
- Daisies: Yellow and white, daisy bouquets, “…she loves me, she loves me not, she loves me, she loves me not, she loves me!”
SUMMER WEDDING THEMES
Carnival: Pennant banners, caramel popcorn, ring toss.
Pennant Banner by Lilybella
- Garden Party: Layers of stripes and chintz, small full flower arrangements, ladies in hats.
- Barbecue: Sweet-smelling smoke, micro-brewed beer, wetnaps.
- Picnic: Gingham tablecloths, fried chicken, potato salad.
- Tropical: Citrus colors, cool drinks, mango ice cream.
- Southern Charm: Mint juleps, magnolias, photos on the veranda.
- Cottage garden: Garden tours, a leisurely meal, herb garden menu.
- Stripes: Striped ties, widely striped tablecloths, huppah poles wrapped in ribbon.
- Hydrangeas: Blues, greens, and purples; linen table cloths; silver flower bowls.
- Americana: Family photos on the porch, touch football on the lawn, a bonfire.
- Fourth of July: Stars and stripes, bunting, sparklers.
- Fairy Garden: Fairy lights reflected in the birdbath, pinks and blues, butterfly wings in the flower arrangements.
- Lavender: Lavender bouquets, lavender ice cream, lavender sachet favors.
- Chintz: Rose-themed invitations, chintz overlays on striped tablecloths, overflowing rose bouquets.
- Lawn Games: Croquet, horse shoes, lemonade.
- Evening Romance: Raising the huppah at twilight, a cello, dinner and dancing under the stars.
- Calla Lilies: Dramatic large calla lilies, elegant small calla lilies, echoes of Katherine Hepburn’s “The calla lilies ahre in bloohm…”
- Forest: Moss, tree-branch huppah poles, pinecone place cards.
- Luau: Leis, hibiscus, piña coladas.
- Evening in the Garden: Lots of white, huppah lightly sparkling with beaded lace, heaps of candles.
- French Countryside: Toile, topiaries, garden benches.
- Beach: Sand, surf, ocean breezes.
- Midsummer Night’s Dream: Twinkly lights, flower garlands, moonlight.
- Sunset Ceremony: Tiki torches, tiki torches, tiki torches.
AUTUMN WEDDING THEMES
Pomegranates: Pomegranate themed invitations, deep red table setting, pomegranate tablescapes.
- Apples: Huppah under the apple boughs, sparkling cider, apple centerpieces.
- Rustic: Wooden tables, hemp table runner, home-made wedding cake.
- Velvet: Velvet huppah, velvet table runners, red velvet cake.
- Country Store: Mason jar vases, natural fabric tablecloths, home-made pies.
- Autumn Harvest: Pumpkins, natural tablescape, a pretty cardigan.
- Wine Tasting: A knowledgeable sommelier, dark wood, savory hors d’oeuvres.
- Fruits of Israel: Marzipan-stuffed dates hors d’oeuvres; broiled figs; centerpieces of pomegranates, figs, grapes, dates, and sheaves of wheat and barley.
WINTER WEDDING THEMES
Hearth and Home: Glowing fire in the fireplace, family and friends gathered from far and near, warm hugs.
Hanukkiah from meredithloveslife.blogspot.com
- New Year’s Eve: Champagne, cocktail attire, glittery golds.
- Snowflakes: White and blue, crystals in the centerpieces, sugar snowflakes decorating the wedding cake.
- Glimpses of the Garden: Snow covered trees, red cardinals, cardinal red.
- Desert Landscape: Long horizons, succulent centerpieces, desert sunset.
- Greenery: Ruscus green garlands, white flower accents, garland decorations draped on the wedding cake tiers.
- Hanukkah: Evening ceremony, lighting the hanukkiah, gold-wrapped chocolate coins scattered on the tables.
WEDDING COLOR THEMES – By Time of Day
DAYTIME WEDDING COLOR THEMES
Orange and Fuschia: Fuschia bridesmaids’ dresses, orange and fuschia bouquets, white table linens.
Orange and fuschia bouquets
- Brown and Green: Moss, pinecones, tree branch huppah poles.
- French Blue and White: French blue tablecloths, white porcelain urn flower containers, touches of brown.
- Turquoise and Orange: Turquoise tablecloths, orange flower centerpieces, lots of energy.
- Lavender: Lavender bridesmaids’ dresses, lilac bouquet centerpieces, touches of light grey.
- White and Navy: Navy suit jackets, khaki pants, touches of yellow.
- White, Ivory, and Creamy Pink: White gown, pink tablecloths, ivory ribbons.
- Silver Grey, Gold and White: Silver table service, gold brocade table runners, crisp white linens.
EVENING & NIGHT WEDDING COLOR THEMES
Black and White: Formalwear, baroque patterns, a touch of bling.
Baroque patterns; Source: A Piece of Cake Utah
- Ivory and Gold: Duchess satin fabrics, double-sided satin ribbons, Chiavari chairs.
- White: Layers of white in a mix of textures, tapers, vanilla bean wedding cake.
- Fig, Dove Grey, White: Fig centerpieces, dove grey tablecloths, white votive candles.
- Silver Pewter: Silver pewter bridesmaids’ dresses, deep grey organza chair sashes, pewter goblets.
- 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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