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Flash Sale on Wedding Peonies at FiftyFlowers.com – Ends July 1st!

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How to Decorate Your Huppah #5: Hang Ribbons from Poles

Huppah decorated with ribbonsOne in a series of posts on how to decorate your huppah…

Add color and movement to your huppah with long ribbons that catch the breeze. Ribbons make simple and inexpensive wedding decorations.

You can keep the look simple with one color, or combine ribbons in all the colors of your wedding to draw the huppah into the rest of your wedding décor.

To create the best effect, ribbons should hang down one-half to two-thirds the length of the huppah poles. And rather than matching up the ends of the ribbons, vary their lengths by a half inch or so to encourage them to move independently of each other.

Hoffman Huppah RibbonsTake a look at the joyous combination of ribbon colors that Barbara Hoffman of Maryland chose for her daughter’s Simplicity Huppah earlier this month. Each pole was tied with three ribbons chosen from a palette of orange, baby blue, ivory, pink, white, and apple green.

Here’s another decorative option that works well in combination with ribbons: Scatter Flower Petals on the Ground

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How tall should the huppah (chuppah) poles be?

Huppah poles and huppah bearersWhat size huppah (chuppah) poles should you use?

In most cases, the best height for huppah poles is 8 feet. That gives you lots of space under the canopy, and this size works for most conventional hotels and wedding venues and for ceremonies held outside. The poles in the photo at left are 8 feet tall.

However, some small spaces require 7-foot poles, such as many inns, private homes, and cruise ship spaces. Huppahs.com has rented huppah poles for ceremonies in all of these types of venues.

Your contact at the venue or your wedding planner will be able to tell you the height of the ceiling in your ceremony space.

See 8-foot and 7-foot huppah poles for rent…

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How to Decorate a Huppah #1: Attach Garland to the Edge of the Canopy

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The first in a series of huppah decorating ideas…

A garland of fresh leaves or flowers around the edge of the huppah canopy brings a bright energy to the wedding space. The garland should be fairly light-weight. Use light flowering branches, wildflowers, or herbs. You can DIY the garland or have your florist make it. Garland is also available from online florists.

Huppahs.com’s Simplicity Huppah was designed to make this type of decoration easy. The canopy has small loops around the edges to which you can easily attach your own garland with florist wire.

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DIY wedding dress in Grace Kelly style from Vogue Patterns

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Attention DIY brides: Vogue Patterns offers a pattern for a beautiful Grace Kelly-esque wedding dress. If you are inspired by Grace Kelly’s style, like Kate Middleton and her royal wedding dress, it’s fabulous.

Sizes: Miss/Petite Miss
Difficulty Rating: Average
The silhouette flatters all figure types.

Pattern Number: V2979

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Photo source: http://voguepatterns.mccall.com

If you’re a Grace Kelly fan, you’ll want to watch this vintage news report of her royal wedding.

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Your Own Royal Canape Reception: Kosher-fied Menu and Recipes

We’re tickled pink to see that The Queen’s canape reception for Will and Kate took a cue from Backyard Huppah’s own hors d’oeuvres reception menu by including miniature Yorkshire puddings with roast beef. Your welcome, Your Majesty.

The full menu from The Queen’s reception is below. It includes some mighty tasty looking tidbits.

For your own royal wedding, and for the sheer fun of it, we’re going to create a kosher version of the menu and give you the recipes over the course of a dozen or so posts. The final menu will be meat (fleishig) with parve options. Some of The Queen’s canapès will have to go because they’re just not kosher, like the crab and the pork belly, and some will be cut as we edit the menu down to a selection that is doable for a self-catered reception (although you’ll need to get some help in the kitchen).

To start you off, we’re going to link you back to the hors d’oeuvre that started it all: Individual Yorkshire Puddings with Roast Beef, then we’ll move on to Quail Eggs with Celery Salt. See the full menu below.

Royal Wedding Canapè Reception Menu
Not all of the foods listed in the menu below are kosher. You can find the edited, kosher version of the menu at Kosher-fied Royal Wedding Hors d’Oeurve Reception Menu with Recipes.


Cornish Crab Salad on Lemon Blini
Pressed Duck Terrine with Fruit Chutney
Roulade of Goats Cheese with Caramelised Walnuts
Assortment of Palmiers and Cheese Straws
Scottish Smoked Salmon Rose on Beetroot Blini
Miniature Watercress and Asparagus Tart
Poached Asparagus Spears with Hollandaise Sauce for Dipping
Quails Eggs with Celery Salt
Scottish Langoustines with Lemon Mayonnaise Pressed Confit of Pork Belly with Crayfish and Crackling
Wild Mushroom and Celeriac Chausson
Bubble and Squeak with Confit Shoulder of Lamb
Grain Mustard and Honey-Glazed Chipolatas
Smoked Haddock Fishcake with Pea Guacamole
Miniature Yorkshire Pudding with Roast Fillet of Beef and Horseradish Mousse
Gateau Opera
Blood Orange Patè de Fruit
Raspberry Financier
Rhubarb Crème Brulee Tartlet
Passion Fruit Praline
White Chocolate Ganache Truffle
Milk Chocolate Praline with Nuts
Dark Chocolate Ganache Truffle

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Update: The Complete Kosher-fied Royal Wedding Hors d’Oeurve Reception Menu with Recipes
Tips for Hors d’Oeuvre Receptions
Backyard Wedding Menu Fit for Royalty (You!)
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New: Huppahs.com Now Rents Huppah Poles

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Huppahs.com now rents huppah poles! Like our huppah rentals, we now ship huppah pole rentals nationwide. If you already have a canopy, these poles will finish your huppah beautifully. Visit Huppahs.com for more info about huppah pole rentals…

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On Project Wedding: How to Make Your Own Wedding Cake

DIY make a homemade wedding cake

Source: ProjectWedding.com; Make a Homemade Wedding Cake!

A must share for backyard wedding mavens: Project Wedding has just posted instructions for assembling a wedding cake, decorated with herbs and greenery. Sweet.
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If you need to bake a non-dairy, (parve) wedding cake or whip up some non-dairy frosting, see these recipes at Backyard Huppah:

Go to cake instructions at Project Wedding…

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Give tzedakah instead of party favors – We can change the world!

Free fundraising flyerCouples planning weddings typically spend 3% of their budgets on party favors for their guests. If that money went to tzedakah (charity), we could change the world!

U.S. wedding expenditures are about $40 billion dollars per year. Three percent of that is $1.2 billion. Imagine $1.2 billion more dollars going to charitable organizations each year. That’s much ka-ching could do a lot of good.

And we’re talking about a way that couples can give charitable contributions without adding a dime to their wedding budget. What’s not to love?

I so much love the idea of couples making a charitable donation in honor of their guests in lieu of buying wedding favors, that I turned an article of mine on the subject into flyers for distribution by charitable organizations or anyone else who wants to help spread the word.

There are three versions each with a different headline, so you can choose the one that works best for your organization.

They are free to print, download, and distribute.

Donations could be made to any type of organization, of course, but because the article originally appeared in the Washington Jewish Week, the article has a Jewish bent.

Having done a short stint in fundraising, I hope that the idea will take off and be an added source of support for the Jewish institutions who do so much good for our communities.

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Do a Favor for Your Guests and a Good Cause

When planning your wedding, consider skipping the traditional favors and using the money instead to make a donation to your favorite charitable organization in your guests’ honor. On the table where guests would normally look for a favor, tell your guests about the donation with stylish tzedakah cards. Free printable tzedakah card templates.

This is an excerpt from an article I wrote that originally appeared in Washington Jewish Week’s 2011 Wonderful Weddings guide.

Sometime between Adam and Eve’s expulsion from Eden and the rise of Martha Stewart, giving favors to your wedding guests became an expected custom. The wedding industry offers many choices, including small picture frames, candles, and organza-wrapped candies, but finding the right favor can be tricky.

You want a gift that adequately expresses your gratitude to your guests without straining your budget. Favors generally cost between $1.25 and $3.50, but multiply the price times the number of guests and the cost adds up quickly. Moreover, you want a favor that looks worthy of a place on your reception table. That’s a lot to ask from $3.50, let alone $1.25. In the post-wedding analysis, brides and grooms often look back and wonder if their wedding favors were worth the effort and expense.

If you want to honor your guests in a way that you know will make a difference, forgo the favors. Instead, make a donation to an organization or cause that is important to you, and do it in honor of your guests.

Giving charity, tzedakah, is always a wonderful idea, but in tight economic times your gift can make an especially big difference to a cause that is important to you. Honoring your guests with a gift that impacts the larger community is a way to spread your wedding joy.

The size of the donation is up to you and the constraints of your budget. As a rule of thumb, three percent of the wedding budget goes to favors. If you plan to redirect this money toward a charitable contribution and your overall wedding budget is $10,000, the amount of the donation would be $300.

Let your guests know about the donation in a simple, inexpensive, stylish way. On the table where guests would normally look for the favor, place a card that tells them about the gift. You can create a tzedakah card for only a few pennies, and creating a card that fits the feeling of your wedding and looks great on the table is easy. Depending on the method you chose to make the cards, you can do it in less time than it takes to lasso candy into bundles of organza.

This article has been turned into fundraising flyers that can be used by charitable organizations to encourage donations.
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Recipe: Chocolate Mousse (Parve/Non-Dairy)

This week, we’re sharing recipes for dessert foods to accompany the wedding cake. Intimate weddings don’t need elaborate dessert buffets, but serving something alongside the cake helps end the meal on a celebratory note. Look for an accompaniment that will complement the cake’s flavor, add color, or provide a contrasting texture.

This isn’t the first time I’ve turned to Evelyn Rose’s chocolate mousse to round out a menu. It’s a crowd pleaser; rich, decadent, and surprisingly rich for a dish that doesn’t contain any dairy products. Your guests would enjoy this mousse anytime of year, but during the winter, when high-quality fresh fruit can be difficult to find, it’s a great choice to serve with your wedding cake. The recipe is found in The New Complete International Jewish CookbookJewish wedding recipes.

The recipe is parve, so you can serve it after a meat meal.

You can make this mousse up to three months ahead and freeze it, or keep it in the refrigerator up to four days, which makes it especially convenient for a small, self-catered wedding.

Chocolate Mousse Recipe (Parve)

Serves 50

Chocolate Mousse Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. plain (semi-sweet) chocolate
  • 30 eggs, separated
  • 4 level Tbsp instant coffee, dissolved in 6 Tbsp hot water
  • 6 fl oz (¾ cup) rum, Creme de Menthe, brandy, Cointreau or orange juice
  • 5 Tbsp caster (superfine) sugar
  • For the garnish: 8 oz. (2 cups) toasted almonds or chopped walnuts

Chocolate Mousse Instructions

  1. Break up the chocolate and stand in a basin over very hot (not boiling) water. Heat gently until melted, then remove from heat. (Or melt, uncovered, for 1½ minutes on 100 percent power in the microwave.)
  2. Immediately drop in the egg yolks and beat vigorously until the mixture begins to thicken.
  3. Stir in the coffee or the liqueur. Allow to go quite cold.
  4. Beat the egg whites until they just hold soft peaks, then beat in the caster sugar.
  5. Pour the chocolate mixture into the bowl containing the egg whites and blend together.
  6. Spoon into individual paper cases.

Make Ahead Options

Keeps four days in the refrigerator or three months in the freezer.

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Spring Berry Compote Recipe (Parve/Non-Dairy)

berriesThis week, we’re sharing recipes for dessert foods to accompany the wedding cake. Intimate weddings don’t need elaborate dessert buffets, but serving something alongside the cake helps end the meal on a celebratory note. Look for an accompaniment that will complement the cake’s flavor, add color, or provide a contrasting texture.

Fresh berries make colorful, fresh decorations for a spring wedding cake. They also make a great accompaniment when served with the cake. You can serve fresh berries uncooked with your cake if you serve them the same day you buy them or –if they are very fresh– the next day. Turning them into a compote will preserve the flavor an additional day as well as create a pleasing melding of the flavors.

Ingredients for Spring Berry Compote (Parev/Non-Dairy)

40 Servings with cake

  • 2½ pints fresh raspberries
  • 2½ pints fresh blueberries
  • 2½ pints fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 2½ cups graduated sugar
  • ½ cup frozen orange juice concentrate

Instructions for Spring Berry Compote Recipe

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, heat raspberries and strawberries; Simmer 5 minutes.
  2. Add the strawberries and simmer until strawberries begin to soften (about 3 minutes).
  3. Add sugar and orange juice concentrate and simmer until sugar dissolves (about 3 more minutes).
  4. Chill 1 hour. Stir and spoon into dessert dishes.

Make Ahead Option

Compote can be made up to 2 days ahead and stored in a covered container in the refrigerator.
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Recipe: Broiled Honey-Glazed Spiced Figs for an Autumn Wedding (Parve/Non-Dairy)

This week, we’re sharing recipes for dessert foods to accompany the wedding cake. Intimate weddings don’t need elaborate dessert buffets, but serving something alongside the cake helps end the meal on a celebratory note. Look for an accompaniment that will complement the cake’s flavor, add color, or provide a contrasting texture.

fig_brnturkey-usgovFor those of us who love autumn, just the thought of autumn foods transports us to the warm kitchens and homey spices we love. For fellow autumn lovers, let’s savor each word in the name of this recipe: Broiled … Honey-Glazed … Spiced … Figs … Oh … Yeah….

These broiled figs make a sumptuous treat served with a slice of autumn wedding cake. They are exceedingly easy to make, but best served warm, which is another reason to have experienced kitchen help on hand the day of the wedding, even if you are self-catering your reception. The recipe is from scott at SeattleFoodGeek.com. Thanks, Scott.

Ingredients for Broiled Honey-Glazed Spiced Figs

40 Servings

  • 20 figs
  • ¼ cup plus 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions for Broiled Honey-Glazed Spiced Fig Recipe

  1. Preheat the broiler and set the top rack as close to the heating element as possible.
  2. Wash the figs and pat them dry. Cut off the stems (you don’t have to, but the stems aren’t edible). Slice figs in half from stem to root.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients in a small bowl.
  4. Lay the figs, cut side up, on a lined baking sheet. Drizzle the honey over the cut side of the figs, then sprinkle on the spice mixture.
  5. Broil the figs on the top rack until honey bubbles and begins to turn brown, about 10 minutes. (Note: Watch the figs carefully, because cooking time will vary from oven to oven.
  6. Remove from heat. Serve one fig half with each piece of wedding cake.

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Decorate your huppah with ribbons

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Location: Woodend Nature Sanctuary, Audubon Naturalist Society (Chevy Chase, Maryland)

Huppah-Ribbons-DetailRibbons are an easy and inexpensive way to add color and movement to your huppah. They should be long enough to catch the breeze.
Huppahs.com, the leading national huppah rental company, now offers ribbons in this year’s most popular wedding colors.
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Free Printable Templates for Tzedakah (Charity) Favor Cards

As seen in Washington Jewish Week’s Wonderful Weddings guide
Free Printable Lavender Card Template Free Printable Template Pomegranate Card
Instead of giving wedding favors to your guests, make a donation to your favorite charity in your guests’ honor. Tell your guests about the donation on cards placed on the reception tables. Find free printable templates for charity (tzedakah) favor cards at Huppahs.com.

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How to Make a Table Runner for Your Wedding Reception

These instructions will give you a high-quality table runner. You can use just about any type of fabric: linen, cotton, velvet, whatever fits the style of your wedding. If you want to use the runner after your wedding and the fabric is washable, wash and dry it before you cut it.

  1. The length of the runner will be the total length of the table plus 30 inches. Buy runner fabric and lining fabric in a length that is a little more than half the length of the runner.

    For example, if the runner is for three 8' tables put together, the length of the runner will be:

    (8 x 12") x 3 + 30" = 318" or 8.8 yards. Half of the length is 4.4 yards.

    In this case, buy 4½ yards of runner fabric and 4½ yards of lining fabric.

  2. Cut the pieces out of the fabric and lining as shown in the diagram below. One piece should be half the length of the runner and 16″ wide. The other two pieces should each be a quarter the length of the runner and 16″ wide.
    DIY table runner pattern

  3. For both the runner and lining, sew the shorter pieces to the ends of the longer piece with straight seams and the right sides of the fabrics facing each other. Use a 5/8″ seam allowance.
  4. Press the seams open.
  5. Pin the runner fabric the lining fabric, right sides together. Sew around all four edges of the runner, leaving a 5″ opening. Trim the fabric at the corners of the runner.
  6. Pull the runner fabric right side out through the opening. Press the edges. Sew the opening closed by hand. Sew around the entire runner, 1/8 – ¼” away from the edge.

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Stylish Long Tablescapes on a Budget #7: Roll Out a Table Runner

Long tables are increasingly popular, but the cost of filling them with decorations is not. You don’t need to fill the entire space along the middle of the table to create a stylish look. All this week I’ll be posting tips to create a stylish long tablescape on a budget.
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Roll Out a Long Table Runner

A table runner rolled out along the length of the table unifies the scene and might provide all the table decoration you need. With a table runner, you might even get away with not using tablecloths, especially if you want to design a table with a rustic feel.

You can also combine a table runner with a tablecloth or place additional decorative elements like flowers or candles on top of it. The layers of color, pattern, and texture will create a lush tablescape with deep visual interest.

When selecting a table runner, consider how the fabric will contribute to the feeling you are trying to achieve. Think about not only the color scheme of your wedding, but also the type and texture of the fabric. Velvet is lush and deeply romantic. Cottons lend an informal feel. Linen can be refined and softly romantic, or iron it with starch to give your table a crisp, formal sensibility.

Table runners are a fun reception detail to play with and an easy way to personalize your wedding. Look out for tomorrow’s post: How to make a table runner for your wedding reception…

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Stylish Long Tablescapes on a Budget #6: Alternate Moderately-Priced and Inexpensive Decorations

Long tables are increasingly popular, but the cost of filling them with decorations is not. You don’t need to fill the entire space along the middle of the table to create a stylish look. All this week I’ll be posting tips to create a stylish long tablescape on a budget.

Alternate moderately-priced flowers with inexpensive elements

turquoise and orange wedding decorations

Source: merrimentdesign.com

The key to making this approach visually interesting is to vary the heights of the different types of elements you use. For example, if you use small flower arrangements, make the other element tall, like candlesticks or bread sticks standing in tall containers. If the flower arrangements are tall or moderately-sized, alternate them with single blossoms or greens in low containers, small votive candles, or other small elements. The difference in height doesn’t need to be dramatic, but it should be notable.
Take a look at these examples of a turquoise and orange table setting, at left, and the light blue table scape below.
Light blue wedding long tablescape

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Stylish Long Tablescapes on a Budget #5: Cluster the Decorations

Long tables are increasingly popular, but the cost of filling them with decorations is not. You don’t need to fill the entire space along the middle of the table to create a stylish look. All this week I’ll be posting tips to create a stylish long tablescape on a budget.

Cluster Different Types of Elements Together

blue and white long tables decorWhen you are decorating your table with an array of different kinds of objects, gather the objects together in clusters rather than spreading them out sparsely along the length of the table.

Each element will have more impact when they all play off each other, and you’ll create a more lush look.

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Stylish Long Tablescapes on a Budget #4: Candles, Candles, Candles

orange candlestick wedding table decorLong tables are increasingly popular, but the cost of filling them with decorations is not. You don’t need to fill the entire space along the middle of the table to create a stylish look. All this week I’ll be posting tips to create a stylish long tablescape on a budget.

Display a Bounty of Borrowed Candlesticks

For an evening reception, borrow lots of candlesticks and fill them all with candles of the same color. Distribute them irregularly along the table.

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Stylish Long Tablescapes on a Budget #3: Create a Display of Pre-Set Food

Long tables are increasingly popular, but the cost of filling them with decorations is not. You don’t need to fill the entire space along the middle of the table to create a stylish look. All this week I’ll be posting tips to create a stylish long tablescape on a budget.

wedding table decor bread sticks

Source: Wild Yeast (www.wildyeastblog.com)

Vegetable basket wedding table decor

Cathy's Rum Cake Caterers, Pheonix (cathys-rum-cake.com)

DIY chocolate truffle wedding dessert

Source: Borrowed & Bleu (www.borrowedandbleu.com)

Create a Display of Pre-set Food

family style catering weddings

Source: Family Style Catering, Portland, Oregon (www.familystylecatering.com)

Whether you are serving a sit-down meal or a buffet, you can pre-set some of the food on the table and make an artful display of it. Some of the foods that lend themselves to creative displays are assortments of breads accompanied by ramekins of herbed butter, salad platters with dressings, and chocolates. When you set out some of the food on the table, not only does the food serve double-duty as decor, everyone will spend less time standing on the buffet line.

Consider serving the entire meal family style, a quirky micro-trend in the wedding industry that I think will become more popular over the next few years, especially for small, intimate weddings. As the term family-style suggests, all the food is set out in serving bowls and platters on the table and guests pass the food and serve themselves. Of course, when people are seated at long tables, you will need a number of dishes of each type of food, set out along the length of the table.

Next: Stylish Long Tablescapes on a Budget #4: Candles, Candles, Candles

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