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Martha Stewart Endorses Jello Shots for Weddings

Margarita shots. Source: Martha Stewart Weddings on The Huffington Post

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings on The Huffington Post

It feels like the earth just shifted. Martha Stewart has endorsed jello shots for weddings. Either Martha Stewart Omnimedia is finally starting to run out of content, or this could be a signal that we as an industry are outgrowing the candy buffet. Either possibility would be a shame.

Still, we’re not talking about the jello shots you’re probably used to seeing. These shots are very Martha Stewart. Very Pinterest. In fact, they look like they could have been created by sushi master Jiro Ono.

David Tutera might not be on board yet, but if I was planning a small cocktail or hors d’oeuvres reception, I’d consider serving one of these jello shots, especially if the flavor matched the sophisticated visual punch. But I wouldn’t serve more than one kind.

Yes, I lifted the photo from the article at The Huffington Post, because there’s no way to tell the story without a visual. Will trade traffic for image. You really should take a look.

Walk-in ice bar at Damenti's Restaurant, Mountain Top, Pennsylvania

Walk-in ice bar at Damenti’s Restaurant, Mountain Top, Pennsylvania. Photo: Bill Bywater.


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Another Budget-Friendly Alternative to an Open Bar (With Recipes)

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Summer Bliss Wedding Punch. Source: Huppahs.com. (Photographer: Jason Weil)

This week, Bridal Guide published a great list of 5 budget-friendly alternatives to an open bar. The options involve finding inspired ways to narrow down the types of alcohol you serve at your wedding so that you can avoid the cost of stocking a full bar. Examples: Team up with a local microbrewery or serve a signature cocktail.

Here’s another option along those same lines: a wedding punch. A wedding punch isn’t just for a vintage wedding with white gloves and hats; you can also find great modern options for contemporary tastes.

Some of our favorite wedding punch recipes:

Any other suggestions? Please share in the Comment section!

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Wedding Reception in a Biker Bar?

East River Bar Brooklyn New York NY
Did you see the recent episode of Worst Cooks in America where the contestants had to feed a pack of hungry bikers? Show hosts Bobby Flay and Anne Burrell brought their cooking-challenged challengers to Brooklyn to duke it out at the East River Bar.

The contestants served up some grilled figs and chicken wings, and the production crew served up some biker-worthy wall flair in the form of hubcaps and skulls. But last year, my littlest brother and his bride held their wedding reception at that bar, and I can tell you the place cleans up real nice.

See for yourself, with wedding and reception photos by Jacob Arthur.

(BTW, is it really fair to make people who didn’t know anything about cooking a few weeks earlier come up with their own original chicken wing recipe in 90 minutes?)

And here are pics from another real-life wedding: Natalie + Richard Wed Under an Ivory Silk Huppah in a New York City Park

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What Jean Paul Gaultier’s Amy Winehouse Collection Means for Bridal Wedding Veil Style

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Jean Paul Gaultier unleashed a sartorial tsunami last week when he released his Spring 2012 couture collection, a very literal interpretation of the personal style of Amy Winehouse, the troubled, soulful singer who died last June. In addition to clothes that channeled the singer’s eclectic vintage style, the models wore Winehouse’s signature cat eyes, beehive hairstyle, and beauty spot. Gaultier called the collection an overdue tribute to a fashion icon. Many fashion commentators, as well as the singer’s family and friends, called it exploitative.

Whether the clothing and styling were a tribute or a rip-off, Gaultier did show us a whole lot of original with a fashion accessory that ran through the collection: the dramatic veil.

The designer’s veils, mostly shown in black, evoked the dark drama of Winehouse’s final troubled years and the iconic video for her track, “Back to Black,” but they were original. Their boldness and the novel techniques used to finish them will likely inspire wedding veil designers for many years.

The veils were draped simply — no gathers or poufs. They were long, some chapel length, and they sported dramatic details.

Here are some of the details that we will likely see cross over into mainstream bridal fashions in the coming seasons:

  • Widely-spaced pin tucks creating substantial graphic edges,
  • Edges finished in wide swaths of bias-cut fabric,
  • Overlays of large baroque patterns, and
  • Large head pieces on top of the veils.

And specific details aside, Gaultier’s veils have renewed brides’ license to bring on the drama.

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Tips for Finding and Working with a Top-Notch Ice Sculptor

Just out: This week’s Weekly Wedding Tips: Tips for Finding and Working with a Top-Notch Ice Sculptor

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Green and White Wedding Inspiration Board

Green backyard wedding inspiration board
Bouquet: Wilhide’s Unique Flowers & Gifts
Hanging Flowers: Scarlett Lily
Aisle Markers: Micha Everett Photography
Boutonniere: Ari Rosenthal Photography
Tent Venue: Derek Wong Photography
Invitations: Maida Vale
Cake: Short Stack Cakes
Shoes: Evan Godwin Photography
Hair: Brushworx On Location Hair & Makeup
Inspiration Board: WeddingWire

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Recipe: Fruited Apple Loaf, Hors d’Oeuvre Base (Parve)

This recipe is for the seventh hors d’oeuvre recipe in our kosher-fied royal wedding canape reception menu. The total menu serves a 40-person reception.

This fruited quick bread makes a great hors d’oeuvre base for cheeses and our roasted duck with spiced fruit chutney. The recipe comes from Quick Bread by Beatrice Ojakangas, which is now out of print.

Ingredients for Fruited Apple Loaf

Makes three small loaves.

  • 1 cup light or dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Sherry
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup light or dark raisins
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 cup pitted chopped dates
  • 1 ½ cups chopped tart apple (about 3 small apples)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour three 5 3/4 x 3 ½-inch loaf pans.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, oil, Sherry, eggs, vanilla, raisins, fruits, nuts, and dates. In a small bowl, stir the apples and baking soda together and add to the fruit-nut mixture.

In another bowl, stir the flour, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg together and blend into fruit mixture.

Spoon into the prepared pan or pans and bake 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a rack to finish cooling.

Cut into thin slices, and cut each slice in half to make hors d’oeuvres bases.

Make Ahead Options

Breads can be frozen up to three months. Wrap tightly. Defrost overnight at room temperature.

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Special Wedding Details Series: Unique Ice Carvings

When it comes to planning a wedding, I’m a big fan of having one or two stand-out elements; details that will make your wedding personal and memorable and that are worth splurging on a bit in what otherwise might be a tight budget. This post is the first in a series highlighting elements that can serve as those personal, memorable details.

Bill Bywater ice carverGuest Blogger: Bill Bywater
New Windsor, New York

Bill, a commercial sculptor, is a member of the Academy of Ice Carving and Design. Bill’s company, Bywaterworks, was named by that organization as one of the world’s top 200 ice carving companies.

So you have chosen your soul mate, you have chosen your officiate, picked the date, and picked the location. Now you can contact your ice carver. Some larger reception venues, like hotels or catering halls have an ice carver on staff or one that they are used to working with. It is not unreasonable to ask to see photos of their work so you can determine if they can knock out a standard swan or if they can execute a more involved and personalized carving. Ice carvings fall under auspices of the Sous Chef. This kitchen position includes cold food service as well as vegetable and fruit sculpture.

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Cinderella's Coach and Horses; Source: http://www.billbywater.com

I did not go school for culinary training, I went to school for sculpture and got into ice carving later. If you need to research who in your area can handle an ice carving for your wedding reception, engagement party, bachelor or bachelorette party or rehearsal dinner, here are some suggestions:

  • 200 Best Ice Carvers. Both this and the next organization’s websites feature lists of dedicated ice carvers.
  • National Ice Carving Association
  • WeddingWire lists ice carvers under “Unique Services”.
  • You could Google “ice carving blocks” to find out who is making crystal clear carving blocks near you. They will know carvers.
  • My site is www.billbywater.com. I serve the Hudson Valley and north to Albany, west to Fairfield, and a little of Northern NJ.

Be ready to tell your ice carver the critical information about your event so they can determine if they can accommodate your needs. Only once the contact person,(usually the bride, groom or wedding planner), tells me the date, location, time and description of the ice carving(s) needed, can I tell them if I am free at that time and what the cost would be.

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Angels holding candles; Source: http://www.billbywater.com

For me, ice carvings start at $350 for a single block carving. A single block of ice can become any animal, heart design combination. I have carved an R2D2 robot, a pair of wedding bells, back-to-back saxophones forming a heart, kissing fish, a turtle and frog as bride and groom… you get the idea. This is an area for a couple to express themselves and show their flare. Couples’ names are often incorporated into the carving using a snow fill technique so they show up white.

visitors-services ice carvingI once talked a bride out of getting their names and the date on side-by-side hearts because it would look like a frozen gravestone. We did one large heart, with an arrow and both first names. She was very thankful I could picture the finished carving in my mind as we were discussing it, thus avoiding the headstone look.

Flowers and photographs can also be frozen into the block when it is being made if that is what you would like.

My price includes delivery to a freezer or the table. I also include a drip/display pan with clear hose that goes to a bucket beneath the table and fluorescent lighting. (I do not include the bucket.)

Starting at $500 I can carve the ice right in front of your guests’ eyes. It makes for a fun cocktail party and takes an hour or less. See an ice carving demonstration.

Once you have secured the services of an ice carver, let your caterer know that your carving will be delivered to either their freezer or directly to the table. Most caterers will let you know they can not be held responsible if the carving is damaged ahead of time in the freezer, but they should be willing to have their staff set it up for you. A carving should be in place half and hour to an hour before the room is open to allow it to loose its surface frost from the freezer.

Eiffel Tower ice carving

Eiffel Tower; Source: http://www.billbywater.com

Determine with your table layout where the ice carving will go, and make sure it is indicated on the room layout design. Plan on not moving the ice carving once it is set up. If your reception is outdoors, avoid direct sunlight. I tell folks an ice carving will be in good shape for three or four hours, but the slow melting is also part of the elusiveness of the medium. Wings and fins can look better and better as they melt, so birds and fish are often the subject matter for ice carvings.

Ice carvings do not have to be just stuck on the buffet.

More info about ice carvings at weddings:

Walk-in ice bar at Damenti's Restaurant, Mountain Top, Pennsylvania

Walk-in ice bar at Damenti’s Restaurant, Mountain Top, Pennsylvania. Photo: Bill Bywater.

And take a look at this: Oh, Martha Stewart, THIS is an ice bar

Contact Bill Bywater.

Bill Bywater is a professional commercial sculptor. His talents are often applied to architectural restoration projects, and he has sculpted sets and props for Broadway shows and movies (his name is one of the ones you see racing by at the end of movies). He turns his talents to creating unique ice sculptures for weddings and corporate events through his company, Bywaterworks.

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Top 6 Wedding Huppah Rental FAQs (aka chuppahs, huppas)

Simplicity Huppah TinyAnswers to the 6 questions we are most frequently asked at Huppahs.com:

1. Does Huppahs.com rent only hand-held huppahs?
Yes, all of our huppahs are hand-held. This most traditional style of huppah is easy to put up and take down, and easy to transport to where ever you need it.

2. What cities does Huppahs.com serve?
We lease huppahs everywhere in the U.S. We ship by FedEx.

3. Do I ship the huppah back in the same box it came in?
Yes. Repack the poles and canopy in the box they arrived in, and apply the pre-paid return shipping label.

4. When I return the huppah, do I deliver it to a FedEx office, or will FedEx pick it up?
You can do either – your choice. Drop it off at a FedEx location near you or call FedEx at 1.800.463.3339 to arrange a pickup.

5. When should I order my huppah?
At least 3 weeks before the wedding to take advantage of $55 shipping (which includes a pre-paid return shipping label). For the best selection, reserve your huppah 3-4 months before the ceremony.

We can get a huppah to you with less than 3 weeks notice, but the shipping cost will be higher. We’re a great last-minute huppah solution.

Check availability online or by phone at 301-300.0950.

Lace Huppah rentals6. What’s the best way to incorporate a hand-held huppah into the procession?
Most often, the huppah bearers lead the procession. The huppah bearers can also enter from the side of the ceremony space just before the procession begins. The arrival of the huppah is a breath-taking moment that focuses everyone’s attention on the ceremony…and your imminent arrival!

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Challah Especially for Autumn or Rustic Wedding

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Rustic weddings are in the air. Today I saw these rustic-looking multi-colored, multi-grain challahs at my favorite DC-area bagelry, Goldberg’s.

When I say multi-grain, I mean that the three strands of the challahs were made from different types of dough: egg dough, whole wheat, rye, pumpernickle, and others. Each loaf was made from a different combination of doughs. The combination results in beautiful, artisanal loaves in autumnal colors.

After the motzi blessing over the bread, the individual knobs of the challah can be pulled apart and put into serving baskets; a pretty, multi-colored selection of bread.

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Hors d’Oeuvres Reception for 40 People – Ideas and Tips

This week at Backyard Huppah, we’re all about hors d’oeuvres receptions, a great option for small weddings. We start with these ideas and tips, and all week we’ll be posting hors d’oeuvre recipes for a 40-person reception. The menu will be kosher, and meaty (with vegetarian options), with make-ahead options for those self-catering their reception.

See the Hors d’Oeuvres Reception Menu

An hors d’oeuvres reception is a great option for a small wedding. It’s a relatively new option on the wedding scene, something more than a traditional champagne and dessert reception and less than a meal. You can easily create a festive atmosphere where everyone gets to socialize, and you can serve creative, tasty tidbits for less than the cost of a full meal. If you are catering your wedding yourself, or if preparing the food is a communal effort, an hors d’oeuvres menu is fun and easy to tackle.

Unlike a cocktail reception, which requires a well-stocked bar, the alcohol at an hors d’oeurves reception is usually limited to a champagne cocktail.

An hors d’oeuvres reception generally lasts 2-3 hours, at a time of day when guests would not be expecting a full meal, so they are most appropriate after a wedding that takes place at about two o’clock in the afternoon or in the evening.

Let your guests know not to expect a full meal. Include a note or line with your invitation. Appropriate wording would be: “Hors d’oeuvres reception to follow at ______(insert time)”

Serve heavy hors d’oeuvres, not just vegetables and dip, since people will also be drinking alcohol.

Hors d’oeuvres can be served from a buffet or passed on trays, or a combination of both. Having at least some of the food passed on trays helps set the tone that this is a special event and ensures that your guests don’t spend a lot of time hovering around the buffet table.

Although an hors d’oeuvres reception isn’t as labor intensive as a serving a full meal, you will want some people on hand to help with food and beverage service. If you are using a caterer, their experienced staff can be very helpful. If a professional caterer isn’t in your budget, hire some responsible young people and hire an on-site coordinator. You’ll want someone with food service experience so that they can instruct your servers.

Have a cake-cutting ceremony half-way through the reception. Make a moment of it, with one or two short toasts that bring everyone in the room together.

Tomorrow’s post: The first of the hors d’oeuvre recipes, Individual Yorkshire Puddings with Roast Beef…

See the full Hors d’Oeuvres Reception Menu…

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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 #2: Opt for Color and Pattern

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.

Choose color and pattern.

When selecting table linens, stemware, and even chairs, choose color. When a table isn’t piled high with decorations, colors and patterns can fill the visual field and go a long way toward setting your desired mood.

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purple wedding decor stemware rentals

Source: Totally Tabletops, Seattle (http://totallytabletops.blogspot.com/)

black organza overlay table linen

Source: celebrationspartyrentals.com, California

bird fabric table cloth

purple and orange table decorations

Source: everybridesbestfriend.blogspot.com

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

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Stylish Long Tablescapes on a Budget #1: Repeat Small Decorative Elements

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.

Repeat a small element at regular intervals along the table.

Natural elements work really well for this approach, but you can use any small object that builds on your theme or the feeling you want to create.

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Photo: Kacy Photo | Source: the-wedding-information-site.com


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Next: Stylish Long Tablescapes on a Budget #2: Opt for Color and Pattern

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Tips for Designing Long Wedding Tablescapes


Long tables are very popular for wedding receptions at the moment, and they’re especially appropriate for small weddings. They engender an intimate atmosphere and promote conversation. Premiere Los Angeles florist Amy Child Marella, owner of The Hidden Garden Floral Studio, calls them “Feasting Tables”, and she offers some questions to think about when designing tablescapes for long tables (you might also want to take a look at our 7 Tips for Designing Stylish Long Tablescapes on a Budget):

1. What is the width of the table?
You want to make sure the table is wide enough to incorporate the dinner ware, glassware AND the flowers (or whatever your table centerpiece is) Most long tables come in 32 in widths, 40 inch widths or 48 inch widths. My personal preference is 40 inch wide. This gives the guests ample room for their service ware and the florist ample room for the arrangements without making the table seem too large. Keep it intimate…

2. How full do you want the table scape to be in the center?
This can come down to how many flowers/candles you would like in the center of the table. Should it be a consistent arrangement (as seen in photos below) or do you want a little more “space” between the designs? Are you serving family style so arrangements & food will be incorporated into the center – then your table scape needs to be a little less dense.

3. What is your budget?
Long table scapes can be much more costly than a traditional single piece for a round table. So be aware that there is more product put into filling the center of your 6 foot or 8 foot table. As you can see in our photos below this is a “lush” design of florals, candles and natural elements so our budget per table is rather high.

Take a look at our 7 Tips for Designing Stylish Long Tablescapes on a Budget

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Vintage Champagne Wedding Punch Recipe

Champagne punch makes a great alternative to an open bar. It was once a popular party beverage among the white glove set. Set out a punch bowl at your cocktail reception to give your party a personal, vintage touch. White gloves optional.

You can also set out a punch bowl of no-alcohol vintage wedding punch alongside the champagne punch.

complete jewish cookbookThis recipe comes from The Complete American-Jewish Cookbook, by Anne London, a copy of which was given to me by my late mother-in-law.

The book’s 652 pages tell you how to prepare just about every item of food on the planet. It was within arm’s reach practically the whole time I lived in Tunisia. Every Tuesday and Thursday I could buy whatever fruits and vegetables were available in the market, all gloriously in season and picked that morning, and I knew that when I got home this book would tell me how to prepare them. Between the fresh-picked produce and the meat from Braham’s kosher butcher shop, we ate well that year.

That calls for a toast:

Recipe: Champagne Punch

Serves 25

Ingredients for Champagne Punch

  • 4 ounces brandy
  • 4 ounces maraschino
  • 4 ounces curacao
  • ½ pound fine grain sugar
  • 2 quarts champagne
  • 1 quart sparkling mineral water

Instructions for Champagne Punch

Stir the sugar with the brandy, maraschino, and curacao to dissolve sugar. Pour over a block of ice in a punch bowl. Add and gently stir in champagne and mineral water just before serving.

Make Ahead Option

Mix the first four ingredients together before guests arrive, and have the champagne and mineral water on hand near the punch bowl to add when you’re ready to serve.
You might also be interested in: No-Alcohol Vintage Wedding Punch
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Delectable Non-Dairy Frosting Recipe for Homemade Wedding Cake (Parve)

This frosting and filling recipe goes with the hazelnut wedding cake recipe we started in yesterday’s post.

When we last left the kitchen, we had prepared two 10-inch cakes and had divided each cake into two layers. Now for the frosting…

Ingredients for Whipped Cake Filling and Frosting (Parve)

These ingredients make enough frosting and filling for two 10-inch cakes, so you will have a generous amount of frosting for your 10- and 6-inch tiers.

  • 3 cups non-dairy whipped cream substitute
  • 2 Tbl sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Instructions for Whipped Cake Filling and Frosting

I’ve broken down the ingredients into two batches to keep the volume of whipping cream easy to handle in a home kitchen.
For each batch:

  1. In a large bowl, whip 1½ cup non-dairy whipped cream substitute until it begins to thicken.
  2. Add 1 Tbl sugar and 1 tsp vanilla. Continue to whip until it forms peaks.

Next post: Assembling the cake.
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Should You Invite Kids to Your Wedding? Read One Kid’s Advice

Guest Blogger: AG, Age 12

While contemplating a guest list, many couples are faced with the question of whether or not to invite children to their special day. If this is a problem for you, then you might consider the following: however well behaved the children are, they might get excited during the event and disrupt an intimate environment. Children also mean more people, meaning that food prices would be brought up, a particular issue on a small budget. Depending on your venue, you might need to child-proof the area, meaning extra stress and nerves.

Although these reasons hold true, children create a homey, family-like atmosphere. Finding children a babysitter is tricky, so families might be more likely to come if they can bring their children with them.

If you are going to invite children to your wedding, then you may need an activity for the kids to engage in, so as not to disturb the occasion. One idea is bubble bottles. If you are having an outside wedding, then bubbles are an ideal way to occupy children while causing no damage to the wedding. You could also have a small table where kids could draw pictures and write cards of congratulations. If you put them into a scrapbook, these pictures could be a memento for years to come.
Top photo: Margaret Bywater
Agnes’ photo: Jason Weil

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Save Money, Help Save the World – Skip the Wedding Favors

Are you looking for a wedding expense to cut? Take a deep breath and read the next phrase with an open mind: skip the wedding favors. I know that favors have become a mainstay of wedding culture, but I think this is one area where we can start pushing the pendulum of consumption culture back in the direction of restraint. Less consumption is not only good budget management, it’s good planet management.

Your guests will enjoy your celebration just as well if they don’t have a trinket to take home. Some will actually appreciate not having a trinket to take home.

loops white satin kippahJewish weddings do have built-in opportunities for mementos. If you have kippot (yarmulkes) or bentschers (booklets with blessings for the meal) made up for the ceremony and reception, let guests take them home as reminders of your wedding day.

Mementos that arise naturally from the event carry more meaning than items that aren’t essential to the celebration. The kippot and bentschers will be more than merely trinkets in a drawer. Your guests might actually use them in their lives, and every time they do, they’ll think of you and the day they celebrated your wedding.

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