Planning an outdoor wedding reception? For a tablescape that celebrates the outdoors while delivering major style, take this Top Chef table for inspiration. It’s built on a sophisticated layering of color, pattern, and texture:
- Tablecloth with a large leafy botanical print.
- Wide table runner in a natural hue with unfinished and slightly frayed edges (You could DIY this with a length of plain weave natural fabric, like hemp)
- Rafia placemats.
- Dark amber water glasses.
- Sideways glass vases holding pink flowers to give the setting a modern lift.
This screenshot, by the way, is from Top Chef’s 14th season, in South Carolina, at an estate that housed the restaurant and home of Edna Lewis, a luminary of traditional Southern cooking.
Maria Bywater is the designer behind Huppahs.com and author of Sew Jewish: The 18 Projects You Need for Jewish Holidays, Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Celebrations, and Home.
As I write this, most of the northeastern U.S. is stuck at home because of a January icepocalypse. Which makes this the perfect time to start musing about warm summer weddings. Some of our favorite summer backyard wedding pins:
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!
- 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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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)
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.
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.
The 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)
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!)
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.