Wedding Wednesday: Beautiful Cake Toppers

Happy Wednesday folks!

If you’re a regular reader you hopefully enjoyed last weeks Wedding Wednesday post, completely dedicated to wedding stationery. Due to the fabulous feedback received, I’m pleased to be featuring more inspiring designers in this weeks instalment.

Cake toppers are an essential part of any special wedding celebration and are one of the most important wedding decorations that will be purchased for your big day. I’ve been completely obsessed with beautiful cakes for many years now and I really enjoy browsing through my cake related Pinterest boards on a regular basis. (Unless you have unlimited sweet treats to hand, it’s always best to do this on a full stomach if you’re anything like me!)

  

Thinking back to last year when I was planning my own wedding, I remember sending my cake decorator endless Pinterest links containing lots of amazing wedding cakes. I eventually found an absolutely stunning handmade cake topper to go alongside the beautiful cake, which I wrote all about here. The cake decorator took full inspiration from my cake topper and designed the cake around it. How amazing is that? I absolutely love browsing the web for wedding related decorations, so it only felt right to feature some of the most stunning cake toppers on my blog.

Pictured above, are two amazingly adorable wooden peg cake toppers, handmade by Rose at Blossom Cake Toppers. These cake toppers are hand painted with plenty of love and care and are fully customised to look like the happy couple. This really is something that can be cherished for a very long time and will always bring back memories of your special day. I would be very happy to proudly display these cake toppers on my dresser, showing them off a million times over. Yes, really! When my husband and I got married last year, we didn’t have Felix (our miniature poodle) at the time, but if we did I definitely would have liked to have seen him in hand painted peg form, thats for sure.

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Next on the inspiration list are these wonderful fabric wedding birds, beautifully handmade by Emma at The Cotton Potter. Can you imagine these sitting pretty on top of your special cake? I certainly can. Emma’s birds are all completely handmade and are made to order. Each bird is carefully sewn together from Harris tweed and other pure wool fabrics. Having your birds individually designed means that your cake topper will be completely unique and truly special. How exciting does that sound?

Emma’s attention to detail is beyond words and her photography completely brings her fabulous creations to life. I imagine any wedding photographer would have plenty of fun photographing these, and you’re bound to want to display these for years to come, as you would with Rose’s peg cake toppers above. Please tell me you’re feeling inspired now? If so, you’ll definitely enjoy the rest!

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This marvellous creation above is made by Louise at Pops of Colour. Who doesn’t love confetti? Have you ever thought of having a confetti wedding cake topper? It’s something I would absolutely consider if I could plan my special day all over again. It’s such a fun idea and such a great way to bring lots of bright colour into your decor. Louise offers a choice of colours, meaning you can customise your confetti in accordance with your wedding theme. You can also choose from a range of confetti letters, so if you feel like having a ‘Mr & Mrs’ or ‘Love’ cake topper, it just might be possible! Yay! How awesome?

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You’re noticing a theme here aren’t you? More birds! Why not? These beauties are lovingly handmade by Manmeet at White Rain Designs. These ceramic songbirds can be personalised to match your wedding theme. You can even add your own initials. All of Manmeet’s products are designed and painted by herself using earthenware ceramics and non toxic paints and glazes. I for one adore bright colours and anything personalised, so these would definitely suit me to the ground. How about you?

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Last but certainly not least, are these utterly adorable hand sculpted ‘love mice’ cake toppers, made by Natalia at Heartmade Cottage. Natalia uses polymer clay and offers a selection of finishes. Each item is handcrafted to order, meaning your mouse couple will be one of a kind. I love the sound of that! Don’t you think they are absolutely adorable? Did you let out a little squeal of cuteness? I certainly did.

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I really hope this post has inspired you and given you plenty of wedding cake topper ideas. If you’ve clicked through to Paper Doily Party Shop before, you may have noticed that I absolutely love making cake toppers myself and offer a very colourful selection of them, all lovingly handmade in my home studio in Bath, Somerset. I’ve made cake toppers for many happy couples and it’s such a wonderful feeling to know that my creations have been part of lots of amazing wedding celebrations across the globe. I have no doubt that the wonderful designers featured above have experienced the same feeling.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading and please let me know if you’d like to be featured on Wedding Wednesday’s, I’d love to hear from you.

Happy wedding planning!

Wedding Wednesday: Inspiring Wedding Stationery

Hello folks!

I’ve decided to start an exciting new blog feature which you’ll see from the title. If you’re a regular reader, you’ll begin to notice that Wednesday’s will be entirely dedicated to weddings, which will give me the perfect opportunity to feature some of the most talented wedding designers and craftspeople out there.

After planning my own wedding last year, I will admit that I really miss browsing through inspirational wedding photographs and products, and creating endless Pinterest boards. I may have been creating three or four boards a week at one point! Those who are married have all been there right? Do tell me yes!? I must mention that I’m very happily married, but these blog posts will rather selfishly allow me continue to fulfil my wedding planning desires, whilst inspiring many other soon-to-be weds. Win, win all round, right?

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This week is all about wedding stationery. It’s a vital part of any wedding celebration and in my experience, one of the first items I purchased after finalising certain aspects of the day. There are so many wedding invitations out there, how do you even begin to narrow the choice down?

The best thing about Nina Thomas Studio, is the amount of options available. There’s bound to be something you love in her collection… or in my case, I love everything and would find it a rather large task to choose. Nina Thomas Studio specialises in vintage inspired wedding stationery and paper goods. Her Summer Bloom collection, featured here, is one of my favourites.

We’ll start with the save the date cards as they are pretty important, right? The painterly effect is just stunning. The colours are fresh and beautiful, the collection is styled in an incredibly inspiring way and the font makes the whole design look pretty dreamy. Do you agree? The Summer Bloom wedding invitations, RSVP cards and place settings are also absolutely gorgeous. What a remarkable collection.

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Next on the agenda is an amazing selection of wedding stationery, designed by Norma & Dorothy. Norma & Dorothy offer an outstanding selection of handmade wedding stationery of a very unique, whimsical and rustic style.

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The surface pattern designs presented on these cards are so inspiring. There are many flower girl and bridesmaid cards available in the handmade marketplace, but these ones offer a very special, personalised touch, particularly by including the recipients name on the front. These are the type of cards of which I for one would cherish forever and I’d also be very proud to send them to my family and friends.

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The place name cards and table numbers pictured above, also designed by Norma & Dorothy are the perfect addition to your wedding table, if you happen to be a bunting and doily addict like myself.

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You may have noticed from the features above, that I have a rather large soft spot for hand painted stationery and lettering. Jade Fisher specialises in sweet and simple stationery and is the amazing illustrator of these greeting cards. I can clearly see that these have been designed with so much love and attention to detail. Greeting cards are a very important part of any wedding celebration, and what better way to send your love and best wishes? The colours used by Jade, work brilliantly together and Jade’s photography always makes me want to dive straight in and purchase everything! Are you experiencing the same effect? It certainly wouldn’t suprise me!

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Last but absolutely never least, are these awesome greeting cards designed by Joanne Hawker. I love how the cards can be personalised to feature the special couple’s names. As Joanne very rightly explains, they are perfect for congratulating the happy couple, and I personally couldn’t think of a nicer way to do so, how utterly sweet! These greeting cards are simple, yet very effective. Something which is often quite hard to create.

Are you feeling fully inspired now? I really hoped you’ve enjoyed this weeks instalment of Wedding Wednesday. As cheesy as it may sound, I’m thinking it’s one of my best ideas for the blog as of yet, and will hopefully inspire many happy couples out there. Would you like the be featured in the next instalment of Wedding Wednesday, or can you recommend a special someone I should check out? If so, I’d love to hear from you.

In the mean time, you may like to have a browse through my own stationery collection which is sold on Etsy and Notonthehighstreet. I offer a lovingly designed range of cards and stickers, which are all designed in my home studio. Here is a sneaky peek!

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Happy wedding planning!

Let’s celebrate with crochet!

Anybody who follows me on Instagram or Facebook may have noticed my love for crochet. It’s been a serious hobby of mine for many years now and I really don’t know how I’d be filling my spare time if it wasn’t for crochet. I run a fortnightly crochet group in Bath, UK where I live (and love) and it’s been fabulous so far. We gather at a local coffee shop with our crochet projects and fill ourselves silly with tea, cake and other yummy treats, so much so I’m usually far too busy trying to decide what my next yummy treat will be to even contemplate counting stitches! I recently finished this blanket for a lovely Mummy-to-be who attends the crochet group (pictures below) and it got me thinking… I haven’t done any crochet related blog posts at all since I started blogging. This needs to be changed immediately!

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With this in mind, I thought I’d round up a few of my favourite celebration crochet pieces, perfect for party decor.

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I absolutely adore this cake topper bunting, by MadebyElina. I’m a big fan of colour and I can definitely imagine this being used on a beautiful celebration cake. Little touches like this are adorable and it makes me want to throw a fun, vibrant party.

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We all know how difficult macaroons are to make, right? I haven’t been daring enough to try them yet, although I could be tempted to grab my crochet hook and wool and opt for these ones instead! They would certainly add a special touch of handmade to any party table, as long as you’re offering some edible treats for the hungry guests of course. In addition to these, feast your eyes on this crocheted birthday cake below, beautifully made by One Sheepish Girl. Tempted by these crocheted treats yet?

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Last but not least, this beautiful crocheted chain link garland by Creative Jewish Mom is a fantastic alternative to paper chains. Obviously a party wouldn’t be a party without these, right? I’m glad we are in agreement there.

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I hope I’ve inspired you. Happy party planning….or crocheting and hope to see you again soon!

Mini Glazed Ring Doughnuts Recipe

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After spending hours on Pinterest drooling over mini glazed ring doughnuts, it only felt right to buy a doughnut mould and get straight into the kitchen. With my best baking materials and apron at the ready, I began the bake. I was a little nervous at first, as I think doughnuts can look like a tricky, fiddly bake. Let me tell you that this isn’t true in the slightest. The doughnut mould makes the process incredibly easy and I think the outcome looks very impressive if I do say so myself. They are definitely fit for a special party, or even as cute little wedding favours placed in mini glassine bags. If only I had thought about that for my own wedding!

Anyway, if they look like your kind of thing and I’ve inspired you to have a go, please follow my recipe below. I would love, love, love to hear from you if you baked them using this recipe. This is the perfect recipe for a lazy Saturday. It’s also very well suited to those who have a moment of last minute panic when realising that there are no sugary treats in the house!

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To make these little bites of deliciousness, you’ll need:

Ingredients

150ml (5 fl oz) milk

1 large egg (US – extra large)

30g unsalted butter (1oz)

1 tsp vanilla extract

175g plain flour (6oz/ 1 1/2 cups)

75g caster sugar (superfine) (2 1/2 oz/ 1/3 cup)

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

For the glaze:

225g icing sugar (8oz/ 1½ cups) (confectioners sugar)

A small selection of food colourings and sprinkles

2 – 3 1/2 tbs water

This recipe makes 48 mini doughnuts.

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 170C and lightly spray or butter a 12 hole mini doughnut mould. Beat the egg, butter, milk and vanilla extract until fully combined.

2. Sift the sugar, baking powder, flour, salt and cinnamon into another bowl and mix to combine.

3. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and briefly whisk until combined.

4. Unless you have multiple doughnut moulds, you’ll need to make 12 doughnuts at a time. Just simply clean the mould after each batch is finished and re grease it with the butter or spray.

5. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, or until light brown.

6. Remove the doughnuts from the mould and allow to cool on a cooling rack. You may need to gently use a small pallet knife before turning out.

7. To make the glaze, whisk the icing sugar and water together. Choose your food colouring and divide your icing mixture into multiple bowls, dependent on how many colours you decide. Take a cocktail stick and dip this into the food colouring, before placing it into each bowl and stirring the colouring with a spoon.

8. Before moving onto the next stage, place a large piece of foil or baking parchment under the wire rack, to capture excess drips/icing/sprinkles.

9. Once icing has been fully mixed and coloured, dip one side of each doughnut into the glaze. Shake off any excess icing.

10. Decorate with sprinkles and enjoy!

A polite reminder: Images ©Paper Doily Party Shop and should not be reproduced or used without credit.