Cake Me Goodnight! ~ Charlotte's Favourite things ...

If you're trying to steer clear of being too traditional in your wedding ways, and want something different and modern, try adding an alternative idea to the "cake" part of the night!  

After your delicious meal has been served and consumed by your hungry guests, everyone expects a cake to be served as dessert. Why not surprise your guests with something a little different?

 Here are a few ideas to keep your originality flowing!

Cupcakes are turning into more of the popular idea to choose for dessert options, and can give your guests more of an option for flavour. Giving your guests selection always makes everyone happier and keeps the traditional wedding feel at bay.  From mini to large size, the possibilities are endless! 

   

 
Cake pops are also another great idea to serve your guests to keep them interested and everything looking bright and fun!

 

 
Try cake trifles in glass jars for a beautiful modern take on your wedding cake. This elegant glass look helps keep the classy feel of a cake table with a contemporary twist!

 

Maybe try stepping out of the box even more with these awesome ideas!  

Why not go a little "French" with some Macarons or Merengues - "mais oui?"

 

Or how about a little gourmet on the menu?

  

Like I said.. the possibilities are endless!!!

Keep Up The Happy Planning,
Charlotte

XO

Afzia's Favorite Things! - Pi .. I mean Pie!

See what I did there?  Just a little humour for this Saturday morning:)

In honour of 3.14.15 or "National Pi Day" ... I thought I would share one of my favourite things...Pie!

For a little background on Pi...

"Pi Day is an annual celebration commemorating the mathematical constant π (pi). It is observed on March 14 since 3, 1, and 4 are the first three digits of π"

This year adds to the quirky nature of honouring the day.. 3.1415 are the first five digits... therefore 1 and 5 fall perfectly this year as it is 2015!  Cool huh!

Back to the good stuff ... Doing what I do as a wedding planner, I'm asked to come up with creative ideas to enhance an event.  One of the cool things I've come across (which is also so yummy and delicious) is a Pie bar!

Different images are probably running through your mind... let me show you the possibilities!

From slices to minis, pops to jars, gourmet to traditional, the inspiration is endless.  Include this delicious idea as part of your wedding celebrations and it is SURE to be a hit!

Everybody needs a little sweetness in their life right!

Enjoy!


 


 

Have Your Cake & Eat It Too!

So you've gotten an idea of how many of your friends and family are going to be attending your wedding celebrations and now it's time to move onto the next step... Feeding them all.

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Not only do you need to calculate how many meals you are going to need to provide but how much cake you want your guests to be able to indulge in as well.  Cake size can be up to you and your loving partner to see if you want to give everyone a slice or if it's just for those eager guests that can have first come first serve. To help you get started...click the link to view a simple Cake Serving Guide!

If you are looking to give all of your loved ones a piece of your beautiful cake, you are going to need a frame of reference as to how big of a cake you will need!

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First things first, decide if you are having a round wedding cake or a square shaped one. Surprisingly this makes a difference with the amount of slices you will have. If you are choosing a round wedding cake it may give you less delicious slices than the square shaped size, but this is also dependent on the size of your family and friend group and how big of slices your guests prefer.

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If you have a more intimate party you will need approximately a 6 to 8 inch round cake or cake tower to feed about 30 people. This will make sure that everyone attending your magical day will get to enjoy the dessert as much as they enjoyed the dinner!

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If you have a slightly larger ceremony and are planning to feed a few more hungry mouths, a 10 to 12 inch round cake tower will feed around 40-60 guests. If you are partial to square cake towers, this size will feed approximately 50-70 people. Remember to consider how big you are cutting your sizes. A standard cake slice is 1 inch by 2 inches so make sure you are putting that into your vision of your perfect wedding cake.

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What if you have a slightly LARGER party than this? Try looking at a 14 to 16 inch cake! With a round cake tower this size you can feed up to 100 guests! If you are just over that limit a 14 to 16 inch square shaped cake will deliver cake to about 130 guests, ensuring that everyone is happy with their scrumptious piece of heaven.

All of these cake sizes are some great head starts to figuring out the finishing touches on your special day. All you need to do next is find a baker that can make these dreams come true! Stay tuned to find out tips on how to cross that one off of your list as well!

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Until next time...

 

Article written by Charlotte Rodgers ~ Intern at Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination

Real Wedding ♥ Trudy & Matt {October 2013}

When we met Trudy & Matt, instantly we knew that working with them would be a fun experience!  "Clicking" with clients is such an awesome feeling.

Right from the start we were so impressed with how organized the bride was!  So awesome!  My job as Wedding Day Coordinator became just a bit easier :)  Aside from a few details.. we were pretty much on track for a wonderful celebration.

Come the day of the wedding... Trudy looked ah-mazing! ♥ Her gown... stunning!  Fit her like a glove!  Matt .... you looked handsome too ;)

Set at the beautiful Pines event space in Cambridge Ontario... Trudy & Matt tied the knot!

A fun-filled reception followed with group singing and impromptu poetry!  Loved it!

Take a look at the images taken by the talented photographers at Spirits Intrigued Photography.

Enjoy!

(Check out the list of vendors at the end of the post!)



 

A little sisterly love....

 

Can't forget about the groom!

A moment alone ...

The gang!

 

 


How cute are these!!!  Individual cakes as centrepieces ..... that you can dig into!

  

and now for the first dance!

Photography ~ Spirits Intrigued Photography  / Cakes ~ Just Baked

Venue ~ The Pines / Florals ~ Living Fresh / Officiants ~ Kettle Creek Weddings

DJ ~ Something Blue Wedding DJs / Invitations ~ Minted 

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Just Because....Day 37

A little "something something" sweet ALWAYS inspires us! 
We've actually made this de-lish treat a few times and it is always a hit!

 

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Curious to find the recipe... here it is!

{courtesy of the lovely Martha Stewart}

Prep Time: 20 min. | Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes | Makes: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 bar (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Nonstick cooking spray

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. With an electric mixer, beat butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar; beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in vanilla. With mixer on low, add flour and salt in two additions, beating until just combined.

  2. Generously coat two 8 1/2-by-4 1/2- by-2 1/2-inch loaf pans (1 1/2 quarts each) with cooking spray; immediately pour in batter (pan will seem full). Tap pans on work surface to eliminate any large air bubbles.

  3. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the centers comes out almost clean, 60 to 75 minutes (if the tops begin to brown too quickly, tent with aluminum foil).

  4. Cool 10 minutes in the pan. Turn out the cakes; cool completely, with top sides up, on a wire rack.

    For best results, bake these cakes at least a day before serving.  Store, wrapped in plastic, for up to three days at room temperature, or freeze for up to three months.

 

 

Variations

You can also bake the batter in a 4-quart tube or Bundt pan. Increase the cooking time by about 5 minutes. 

Theme Thursdays – Bridal Showers!

It’s time to treat the bride to a stress free day and celebrate ‘her’ before she becomes a missus!  Bridal showers are typically for friends and family of all ages to unite and have (innocent) fun; saving all the mischievous antics for her bachelorette away from grandma’s and the in-laws eyes!

As a guideline, these gatherings should be about four hours with enough time to eat, enjoy some activities and of course, open the presents!  Here are some ideas to entertain the taste of all brides:

For the foodie bride, have a brunch, dinner or tea party with a tasting element or interactive activity such as baking or making your own cocktails. 

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Revive the wedding entourage with a spa and beauty shower.  There are some great treatments to do at home, however for a more comfy and cozy touch, you can hire a masseuse and manicurist to the hostess’ home.  Another idea would be to have the guests bring "Spa-themed" gifts.  The bride I'm sure will love that!  As a thank you, the guests can leave the celebration with Spa treats of their own.  

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Here are a few images from a couple of Bridal showers that we just love!  For more visual inspiration, click the links!

Enjoy planning and have lots of fun!

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For more lovely photos, click here!  Who wouldn't love a Coco Chanel Bridal Shower??  Love the photographer Elizabeth in Love!

 

Now for a Glamourous Backyard Bridal Shower courtesy of Wedding Chicks!

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For more inspiration, go to http://www.weddingchicks.com/2012/08/02/glamorous-surprise-backyard-bridal-shower/  

Happy Planning ladies! 

 

Article written by Keenda Sisouphanh ~ Intern at Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination


~Trendy Mondays!~ Hello Jell-o!!

Now is there any food more fun the Jell-O???

A childhood favourite of many has turned into a fun choice for us adults!!!  

Why not make Jello a playful new alternative (or addition) to your cocktail hour, bridal shower or engagement party!  With so many flavours, shapes and colours to let the imagination run wild with, you can add that "gourmet flair" to any celebration!  

Back to the realm of weddings....during a wedding's cocktail hour it is common to offer shots to your guests.  Try "eating" your drink with these unique jell-o shots found on an awesome website - Jello Shot Test Kitchen! So many different delicious options are available and its an easy DIY to do the day before the wedding... if that's something you want to take on! It is a great addition to incorporate your wedding colors and adds some flare while toasting the happy couple!

Check out the various options below!  Pleasing to the eye as well as to your taste buds!  

Enjoy!

 

Bramble Jelly Shots

Made with gin, a lemon sour base, and a blackberry liqueur. Garnish with a blackberry and candied lemon.

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Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots

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Mimosa Jello Shots

These are made with champagne and orange juice, and cut with an oval cookie cutter.  Perfect for a bridal shower or a Girl's lunch!

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 Ocean Margherita Jello Shots

Tequila, Blue Curacao, Sugar and Lime Juice.... Loving the colour of this one!!!

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Espresso Martini Jello Shots

Kahlua, Bailey’s, vanilla vodka, espresso, and agave nectar.... how does that sound???

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Oh the possibilities are endless!

Check out the website Jello Shot Test Kitchen for LOADS of inspiration! 

 

~Happy Planning!~

 

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~Inspired Fridays!~ Pinks and Pearls!

Today we are in a romantic mood!  Our favourite mood to be in!  

All the soft hues of pink, pearls and classic images we are seeing has inspired us to create this board which we hope ... inspires you!!

There is so much visual inspiration out there that it can be easy to get "lost" and overwhelmed.  

Take all the images in and maybe a "romantic spark" will get the wedding planning in motion!  Our personal favourite of the images below.... the beautiful cake dripping with pearls!

~ Happy Planning Ladies! ~

 

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The Cake Box - Grand Opening!

Kitchener Wedding PlannerWe are so very happy for our friends over at The Cake Box on the Grand Opening of their new location!  

Style & Elegance had the honour of being invited to the Vendors reception held in the evening on April 21, 2012.   

Having known the owners, Yvonne & Rob, for a number of years now and having The Cake Box be the cake artist of some of my wonderful clients, we can say first hand that we are huge fans of Yvonne's work and trust her with our clients to do a fantastic job. Here are some photos we snapped during our evening at The Cake Box this weekend!

Don't be surprised if you walk away hungry from looking at these visuals! 

Enjoy!

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Red Velvet.  Chocolate Caramel.  Pistachio.  How do you choose?????

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A sea of cookies!!! 

Cookies.... Coffee...... and more cookies!  Have to keep everyone munching!

    

   

We even got to try our hand at some decorating!

 

LOVE the storefront!

Florals by Sandra Elizabeth Florals ~ Catered by Appetizingly Yours

   

Entertainment was provided by a great up and coming local band... Safe As Houses.

And finally the ribbon cutting ceremony!

Congratulations to The Cake Box on their new home!

One concern we had when we left was....who was going to eat the last one?

 

Enjoy your week everyone! 

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Love Day Desserts!!!

Now we are the first to dig into a delicious and decadent dessert.  Even before dinner!   We thought that we would share some of our faves for possible "Love Day" treats!  

Gentlemen - you can explore your daring and creative side and prepare a scrumptious little dessert for your one and only.  It doesn't have to be a gourmet-Wolfgang-Puck caliber creation.  Sometimes simple is better.  

You are sure to melt her heart!  

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~ Happy Valentine's Day Everyone ! ~

 

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