May 31, 2009

Cake of the Week: Christening Gown Cake

Filed under: Cake of the Week, Christenings, General — Kathryn @ 1:52 pm

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One year ago, I featured a showstopping Pink Dress Cake by the amazing girls over at Pink Cake Box.  The Pink Dress Cake caused a huge stir, both at Australia Entertains at at the prestigious Somerset Art Associations cake competition in New York, where it took the Showstopper Award for best of the best cake in show.

The girls have done it again with a cake inspired by a baby boy’s christening gown.   Pink Cake Box decided to recreate the christening gown on a dress form. The recreation included eyelet details, little booties and a cascading blue ribbon.  Inside the cake was almond cake with amaretto filling.

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Christening cakes are one of the most important celebration cakes you will organise in your lifetime. Can you imagine a more lovely christening cake than this one?

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

May 29, 2009

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Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

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May 28, 2009

Destination Wedding Australia: The Sunny Gold Coast

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The gorgeous Gold Coast is one of Australia’s loveliest destinations for a wedding or any celebration.  With some of the world’s best coastlines and beaches, rainforest hinterland, leading golfing resorts, sailing clubs, and one of the world’s only six star resorts, this is a location offering varied options for creating a wonderful wedding day.  For the next in our Destination Wedding Australia special, we interview Kristy Marek, the couture wedding stylist behind Imbue Weddings, a wedding planning and styling company located on the Gold Coast.  Kristy started Imbue Weddings with the intention of filling a gap in the bridal industry of Queensland, providing a service to couples which shuns the ordinary. Her vision for the company is reflected in her eye for detail and style and ensures that the personal service Imbue Weddings offers is second to none.  Kristy also writes the wonderful blog, Be Imbued, which is definitely worth a daily visit.

 

 

 

 

Q. Please tell us a little about yourself, your company and your experience in the wedding industry.

 

Imbue Weddingswas created with the desire to offer something to couples in Queensland beyond the norm.  The company has evolved since to provide a service to couples with the “couture” wedding in mind.  We believe every wedding should be an expression of individuality.

 

My philosophy in life is to live with all five senses everyday and I try to keep this in mind with all our weddings, making sure each event is a sensory delight to everyone involved.  I absolutely love my job.  I get to meet some wonderful couples and share in a time in their life which is so much fun.  After months of hard work I just love the moment when I see the bride and groom turn to their guests and are pronounced husband and wife.

 

 

 Q. You organise weddings all over southern Queensland .  What are your favourite wedding destinations and why?

 

There’s such a multitude of options for locations in this little corner of Queensland.  We’re blessed with stunning coastline, a vibrant city as well as an oasis of sub-tropical calm in the hinterland.  If I had to pick a favourite in each they would have to be as follows:

 

Beach – Burleigh Headlands

 

 

City: Hillstone St Lucia

 

 

Hinterland: Mt Tamborine

 

 

Q: For each of your favourite destinations, can you tell us your favourite venues, ceremony sites and anything special about the locations?

 

In Burleigh Headlands (image below by Xes photography) there is a great bit of parkland which borders the beach with a stunning view of the ocean.  In Queensland the council regulations for a beach wedding are quite restricting.  For beach weddings there is a maximum limit on chairs which is 10 and guests which is 50.  For parks the chair limit raises to twenty and there is no maximum number for guests.  Burleigh Headlands gets around this by having a bit of parkland right on the beach so it’s perfect for couples wanting a beach wedding with more guests.

 

 

Hillstone St Lucia is lovely.  I love their ballroom which has white French doors that open onto a wide verandah overlooking the gardens.  It’s a gorgeous venue.

 

Mt Tamborine is a quaint little village sitting on top of a plateau mountain.  On the main street there are restaurants, tea houses and antique stores with stunning views of the hinterland.  There’s also many little boutique wineries at the base and on the top of the mountain.  Avalon Gardens(pictured below) is a lovely little wedding venue providing perfectly manicured gardens for outdoor cocktail style weddings.

 

 

Q. Do you have any tips for couples contemplating a Queensland wedding? 

 

Check the average temperature for the time of year you plan to come in.  Also buy some skin care products suitable for this climate whilst you’re here, as the humidity tends to be quite a shock for some people and you don’t want to break out before the day.    A lighter wedding gown may be the way to go if you are planning to have your wedding during the warmer months and a reception venue with air conditioning would be ideal for those from cooler climates.  Oh and flowers in Queensland tend to be a tad more expensive than in other states, so if you stick to tropical blooms rather than cottage style flowers you’ll save money and they won’t wilt as quickly.

 

 

Image:  White Pearl Photography.

 

Q. What are your best tips for a destination wedding?

 

Hire a professional to make the necessary arrangements on your behalf.  Also arrange for transport from the airport to the accommodation for your guests or include an information pack on the area with your invitations.  You may also like to tell your family and friends where you’re planning to be married before asking them to be a part of the bridal party so that they have the chance to politely decline if they can’t afford the ticket.

 

Q. For 2009 and 2010, what are the trends on the horizon for weddings?

 

Printed or floral bridesmaid’s dresses and wedding gowns with striped detailing using embellishments like ribbons or pin tucking are becoming more and more popular.  I have noticed a trend toward embracing things that are quintessentially Australian and giving them a new twist.  Australian natives like Eucalyptus and Geraldton wax create stunning bouquets which contrast well with a vintage lace.  Colour wise, blue is huge for 2009, especially when complimented with neutrals and metallic colours.

 

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Image:  White Pearl Photography.

 

Q. Anything else you’d like to add?

 

I know it sounds like very biased advice, and well it is, but hiring a wedding planner and stylist can help you bring your vision to life.  It’s very hard to work full time and plan a wedding.  We work full time planning weddings so we know our stuff.  If you do plan the wedding all by yourself try to get all your loose ends tied up one week before the big day.  That way you have one whole week to just relax and enjoy anticipating the moment when you say “I do”.

 

And, here are our favourite accessories for a Gold Coast wedding from Australia’s online wedding shop, Pink Frosting:

 

Happy Celebrating!

 

Kathryn

May 27, 2009

From Dramatic to Fun: Fabulous Wedding and Party Placecards

Place cards are a necessity for almost all weddings, parties and events.  Unless you want to create chaos with your seating arrangements, popping a place card onto the tables is a must-do for the organised party-planner.

I remember when place cards used to be drab folded pieces of cardboard with a handwritten name on them.  Ok, so while the tented place card still has its place, the Pink Frosting event team have been busy scouring the world for wonderful ideas on how to take a plain event accessory and make it a magnificent decorative element for your wedding or party.

Here are just some of the dozens of placecards that you could use for themed weddings, parties, showers, corporate events and conferences:

Fun for winter themed events and Christmas parties, these whimsical snowflake place card holders also double as a favor for guests to use as a decoration on their Christmas tree or desk.

Doubling as a favor box for your bomboniere almonds or candy, these lovely gold placecard holders are perfect for anniversary celebrations as well as weddings.  A cinch to put together, they also come with an organza ribbon and a gold love heart charm.  Darling!

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If you’re celebrating a classical wedding, a black tie ball or a musical event, what more could you ask for than these amazing little Grand Piano style place card holders.  Ain’t love grand?

Perfect for a wine-lover’s dinner party, a corporate celebration or a winery themed wedding, these Maison du Vin cork-shaped place card holders and themed place cards are a charming way to seat your guests.

For beach weddings, fun corporate BBQ’s, showers in the backyard or even a Christmas BBQ, these Flip Flop photo frame place card holders are really hard workers!  Both a lovely little place card holder and a favor for guests to take home from the celebration to remind them of your special day.

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For morning teas at work or a bridal or baby shower high tea, these little teapot placecard holders represent elegance on a miniature scale!

Hot dog!  These BBQ grill tea lights and place card holders are just so much fun.  I adore them!

And, for those traditionalists out there, here are some glamorous tented place cards that take the folded placecard to a brand new level of sophistication:

Pretty butterflies flutter across the top of these butterfly design laser-cut folding tent place cards

Take a very simple design and make it a stunning piece of art.  These gorgeous laser-cut ivy vine design place cards are a beautiful take on a traditional design.

Representing just about any theme you care to imagine, the Pink Frosting online party shop has so many gorgeous place cards to help you create a decorative welcome to your reception for your guests.  We hope you can find a design for your wedding, shower or party.

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

May 24, 2009

Cake of the Week: Monochromatic Wedding Cake

Filed under: Cake of the Week, General, Wedding Cakes, Weddings — Kathryn @ 2:53 pm

Nothing impresses me more than a cake designer who can turn a white wedding cake into a work of art.  It’s not easy to work with white on white.  The best in the business at monochromatic cakes are The Cakegirls from Chicago.   I am such a fan of their edible art that I am certain to feature their creations many times over on Australia Entertains’ Cake of the Week watch changeling in HD .   Mary and Brenda Maher, the sisters behind the brand and the magnificent creations, are truly some of the world’s most imaginative and talented cake artisians around.

Here are two wonderful white on white wedding cakes that show just how splendid a monochromatic cake can be. 

The trick to creating a little more interest with white on white is adding a slight tinge of grey or silver to the fondant.  Just sublime.  Not at all simple.

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

May 22, 2009

Caterina and Joe’s Fabulous Canberra Wedding

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Caterina and Joe are one very stylish Canberra couple who tied the knot on Saturday 18th April 2009.  My involvement in their day was to style their wedding and honestly, with Caterina at the helm, they really didn’t need much help.  This is one glamorous lady.

Here are the gorgeous photos from Caterina and Joe’s wedding, styled by Pink Frosting and photographed by the very clever Steven from Creative Image.

Caterina and Joe were married at St Christopher’s Catherdral in Manuka, followed by a stunning reception at Rydges Lakeside Ballroom in Canberra City.

Caterina’s hair and makeup using Napoleon Cosmetics were by Bentley’s Bridal at the Jamison Centre, Canberra.

Caterina’s stunning gown is by Arushie Bridal Couture in Leichardt.  The ruffles and boning are so gorgeous.  When I first saw Caterina, she took my breath away.

Bridesmaid gowns in a soft mushroom latte colour, accented with black netting by Park Avenue Bridal Parramatta.

Yes, Joe and the boys also look great…  What a handsome bunch of Canberra boys!

And the Pink Frosting team download underworld rise of the lycans movie did a wonderful job of styling the reception.  The Rydges Lakeside Ballroom has never looked better!  The team at Rydges loved it so much, they’re using our glamorous images in their advertising…

Caterina and Joe, thank you for letting us be part of your amazing day!

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

May 21, 2009

Out of the Garden Cupcake Wrap Decoration Inspiration

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Are you a fan of divine cupcake wrappers like I am?  If so, I’ve been scouring the libraries of cake designers, magazines, wedding blogs and more to come up with my favourite images of how the best in the business have used cupcake wrappers to transform beautiful cupcakes into spectacular works of art.  I have a garden bridal shower coming up which we will be decorating and styling, so I have been particularly looking for ways to use the Love Birds and Butterfly laser-cut cupcake wrappers.  Here are my favourites for your viewing pleasure:

Butterfly cupcake wrappers in lavender image by Pacific Weddings Magazine; Love Birds by FancyFlours; Rose butterflies by CupsNCakes; White butterflies wrapper with glitter butterfly tops by FancyFlours

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All of the gorgeous laser-cut cupcake wrappers are available at Pink Frosting’s online cupcake decoration store.  Gorgeous!

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May 20, 2009

Chocolate Themed Wedding or Party

When most of us think about celebrating, apart from pink frosting, we associate chocolate with everything decadent, fun and special.  The latest theme the Pink Frosting team have assembled for weddings and other celebrations is a gorgeous contemporary chocolate theme featuring every shade of chocolate from milky white chocolate through to really rich shades of dark chocolate.

From basics such as invitations, place cards and signage, through to really special decorative treats such as hanging place cards, vellum lit lanterns and personalised graffiti, this contemporary chocolate theme allows you to host a celebration in the very best style without having to assemble all of the complementary decorative elements yourself.

We love this contemporary chocolate theme for weddings, showers (baby and bridal), Mother’s Day, Christmas, anniversaries and a fabulous dinner party.

Here is how we’ve put it together:

Basic stationery is taken to the next level with a folded personalised invitation wallet, RSVP postcards and personalised envelopes in the chocolate theme; you can either take the traditional route with a folding place card for each guest or as in the bottom right hand picture, you can hang guest names with our personalised guest name hanging tags.

Wonderful Wedding Graffiti makes the chocolate theme come alive!  These monogrammed signs, graffiti, directional signs and vellum candle covers are just superb!

Little details make a party or wedding fabulous.  Here are some incredible ideas and products you can purchase to make your celebration truly special:  the team at PInk Frosting can personalise your cupcake favors for guests, coasters, wine bottles and party crackers.  What a sweet idea!

Put it all together with some coordinating ideas, such as the Chocogram bomboniere favors, Perfect Blend personalised tags, dramatic eyelette lanterns,  and one of the amazing laser-cut cupcake favor wrappers from Pink Frosting’s cupcake accessory store.

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

May 18, 2009

Scratching Around for a Great Baby Shower Game

Filed under: Baby Shower, Children's Parties, General, Online Shopping — Kathryn @ 4:24 pm

Organising a baby shower is one of the happiest hostessing roles of all.  Everyone is thrilled for the mum-to-be and you can count on a festive atmosphere.  Baby showers are also some of the most fun celebrations to theme – whether you’re planning a tea party, a casual get-together with both the mums and dads, or a traditional baby themed event – this is one celebration where you can really let loose with your decorations, stationery and favours.

But… then it comes to baby shower games!  Baby shower games are an extremely important part of the celebration because they play a vital role in introducing the guests to one another and having the guests laugh and enjoy themselves.   There are so many great baby shower games kits push movie download available, we really do recommend that this is a good place to start.  However, if you’re after something a little different, then the Pink Frosting event team has done it for you again!

These new personalised baby shower scratchie games are brilliant!  You can choose from heaps of great designs and then have the details of the baby shower printed on them.  Then, hand them out to your guests when they arrive and one out of the twenty guests will be the winner, once everyone has scratched their tickets.  Just make sure you have a great baby shower game prize on hand for the winner!

If you don’t have time to have them personalised, we also have the silly baby game scratchies ready to ship immediately. 

And just because we can’t get enough of them, here are some of our favourite prizes for your baby shower.

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Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

May 17, 2009

Cake of the Week: First Birthday Pink Marshmallow Cake

This yummy cake is one I created myself for a first birthday celebration.  First birthday cakes need to be spongey, not overwhelming and light on colouring for little palettes.  This cake ticks all of the boxes and looks really sweet too!  It takes all of about 10 minutes to decorate, so for busy Mum’s, it’s the perfect party cake.

Simply make a normal sponge or buttermilk vanilla cake (see Nigella’s Domestic Goddess book or the Australian Women’s Weekly Kids Party Cake book for inspiration) and ice your cake with a pink-or orange- tinged buttercream icing (easy peasy – butter, icing sugar and a smidge of pink or orange food colouring beaten together until it is soft and fluffy) and cover the cake in a pattern of marshmallows. It is so easy, so delightful and so fun for kids!

You could change the colour of the frosting and marshmallows to make it more appropriate for baby boys.  I am also keen to try the marshmallow decoration on a Barbie cake for older girls.  It’s also a great cake for baby showers, tea parties and christenings.

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

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