Unique and Easy Centerpieces

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Lack of space, frugality and a deep desire to tap into my creative side has led me to a love of DIY and repurposing. When styling dessert tables and parties it’s a good idea to have some standard pieces in your stash. Cake stands, trays, tiered servers and of course lots of linens. However, unless you have an enormous storage area there will come a time when you have to put a twist on something you already have. It’s also the economical thing to do.

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These days I find myself channeling my inner Fred Sanford and using items that I would typically throw away. Case in point, coffee cans. A couple of weeks ago I decided to save a couple of cans, just in case. My family will tell you that there are quite a few “just in case” items in my work area. The cans that I have are plastic or heavy duty paper covered. After washing the cans the decision was what to cover them with. Wrapping paper, scrapbook paper, paint, tissue paper and modge podge are great inexpensive options that I’m sure I’ll use one day. This time around I chose fabric remnants and a napkin I was going to throw away. Throwing a napkin away because it’s old doesn’t even sound right for me. Luckily I came to my senses and now there isn’t an old napkin and coffee can safe from my clutches!

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I measured the circumference and height of the can, adding an inch and a half to the height. The extra inch and a half gave me enough fabric to fold over the top of the can for a smoother appearance. After getting the correct measurements I made a pattern from kraft paper and then cut my covering from that. Due to the dark covering on the cans I first covered them with fabric interfacing. Just so happens I had some of that laying around also. Both the interfacing and fabrics were applied with hot glue. The next time I’ll try an adhesive fabric spray. This will eliminate the somewhat bumpy finish from the hot glue.

Once the cans were covered they were embellished. The pink one is the napkin and I enhanced it with white lace, two toned pink ribbon and two pewter buttons.

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For the second can I used a beige fabric remnant with a white flowery design. It was dressed up with organza ribbon trimmed with a faux rhinestone buckle.
I made a quick centerpiece from flowers that I already had on hand for each. Total time for both cans was approximately 45 minutes. The stone covered tray and glittered votives are previous DIY projects also. Just think of how much money you could save making your own centerpieces for parties and events. For the DIY bride this would be a great project for the wedding party to help out with. You can use silk flowers, flowers from a florist, the grocery store or your own garden.

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This last one I shared a couple of weeks ago, it was from my birthday tablescape. Again, simple to pull together and you could fill these bowls with flowers, LED lights, candles, ribbons, or even candy. By using graduated sizes of bowls I stack the smaller bowls in the larger one and save space. I’m really excited to add this to the options for my tables and can’t wait to show you more.

Also, Part 2 of the Wedding Trends video series can be found here. It’s posted in the Wedding and Event Section.

Partying with my peeps at these link parties this week:

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Vanilla Birthday Cake

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With the big wedding coming up my original plan was not to have cake for my birthday. However, as a member of the Cake Slice Bakers we post our chosen selection on the 20th of each month. So, I baked the Chocolate Velvet Cupcakes and they should have been enough. They weren’t. With the kids and grandkids coming over I figured they would want more than one sweet treat. Yup, I blamed this second dessert on children. Shameless!!! Continue reading

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Chocolate Velvet Cupcakes ~ Cake Slice Bakers

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A Winter Palette

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Since I’ve been posting about trends and color palettes, I thought I’d pull from one of them for this table. One thing for sure, it’s lots closer to winter than the last one I posted! Luckily I had enough tableware and linen on hand to work with the colors.

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The navy cloth is actually a sheet; whatever works right? Once again I used the placemat and charger combo to make room for the dinnerware, cutlery and napkin to all fit. The use of the charcoal rattan charger also added a little texture.

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What I love most about this dinnerware is its versatility. The neutral color and clean design lend it to endless combinations. Many years ago I sold Avon and that’s where I got the deep burgundy goblets. I paired them with a plain goblet that could be used for water or wine. This palette doesn’t rank high on the vibrancy scale so I added gold tone flatware for some needed shine along with the bronze taper holders and mercury glass vases which flank the centerpiece.

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My favorite part of this table is the centerpiece. What started out as flowers in the larger bowl, morphed into this three tiered arrangement reminiscent of a tiered wedding cake. Once I had the centerpiece in place the wheels really started turning. This is one of the most overused clichés’ on the planet but, “the possibilities with this one are endless!” I am really looking forward to using this on my cake and dessert tables.

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This table was also put together in celebration of my 60th birthday which was on the 17th. Thankfully the faux flower cake was calorie free because what followed certainly was not. I’ll be sharing those pictures real soon. I’m also sharing this table at the following parties this week:

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More Thoughts on Wedding Trends 2015

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This is a follow up to the Wedding Trends 2015 video. By the way there are several videos in the series and I will share them on the Wedding/Event page. Very interesting thoughts about the video from several people I’ve chatted with around the web and of course in my family. One key point the host brought out was that the event should be personable to the couple. Which kind of begs the question can an event be personable and trendy at the same time?

Before I started paying attention because that’s what brides and hostesses expect of me I gave little thought to what was hot and what was not. Of course I had an idea of what the ‘it” thing was but most of the time I walked to the beat of my own drum in most things and sometimes I still do.

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For instance last week I posted a spring tablescape that is more suited for spring just because I had a case of the winter blues. I will also eat what I have a taste for no matter the season or time of day. That’s just how I roll. With all of that being said I do understand how things come in and out of vogue and we sometimes just go with the flow.

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When I began cake decorating most of my brides chose cakes with separation between the tiers. Very few wanted tiers that were stacked. They also wanted stairways with the plastic bridal party replicas perched on the stairs. That was the trend and I gave them what they asked for. Those were the days my friends!

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Oh and don’t get me started on wedding fashion! The Mr and I married in late June 1976 and had a rainbow wedding. But wait it get’s better (or worse). I broke every trend on the planet and defied all common sense for that time of year. My gown was satin, long sleeved and had a hood! You couldn’t tell me that I wasn’t the most beautiful bride on the planet. To this day, my children never let me live that one down. It’s also a sure bet that my girls will not be wearing my bridal gown on their wedding day.

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We jump on bandwagons for more than just weddings and events. Red Velvet Cakes popped on the scene and popped up on many a table. Whoever thought cupcakes would have such a long reign on dessert tables? And now doughnut holes are cooler than and igloo. It’s like everything old is new again. I always tell my kids nothing gets old but clothes and shoes and eventually they come back in style. Just like fashion, furniture, cars and food we choose what makes us happy and what is conducive with our lifestyles and budget.

Who knows, the next dessert table I put together may feature a chevron red velvet metallic cake with burlap and lace mason jars filled with flowers in edgy pops of color!

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Wedding Trends 2015

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As a cake decorating and avid party/event planner I take a keen interest in what’s hot and what’s not in the world of special events. Add to that an upcoming wedding in the family and I’m really taking notice. Granted these new trends probably won’t influence the bride to be. Her designs and details are pretty much set in stone.

I was a bit disappointed to see a few of my favorites are on the way out. No mason jars and chevron, what is the world coming to? Take a look at this short video and let me know what you think. Are there any trends you’d like to see on the what’s hot list and are there any that you’re just sick and tired of? Inquiring minds would like to know.

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Naiara

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Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve 2014

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I can’t even tell you when the last time we went out for New Year’s Eve was. Watching the ball drop from the comfort of the family room always works for us. That being said, I would brave the elements to experience Times Square one year. For our end of the year fest we had the requisite champagne and lots of munchies which is what we all look forward to. Just keeping it real folks. For some it’s more like an extension of the Christmas celebration and also the supposed last hurrah before we make resolutions that we may or may not keep. Continue reading

At Long Last a Post

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Happy New Year! I hope 2015 is off to a grand start for you. It’s been a while since I’ve posted but sometimes we bloggers need a break and some chill time.

Our holiday was absolutely fantastic and was filled with lots of kisses and cuddling with this cutie pie!!!

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We remained true to the tradition of over indulgence when we get together and enjoyed every calorie and fat gram. Now it’s time to really get into wedding gear which means shopping for a mother of the bride dress, yikes!! I have some serious working out to do and clean up my eating habits. More than ever I will be shipping baked goods out of the house.

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Forgive the lack of photos from our feeding frenzy and I will admit that taking pictures of the dessert table was really the last thing on my mind. We had four days with all of the kids home and that meant relish every moment.
Does that make me a bad blogger? Maybe so, maybe not. I did get a chance to snap a picture of the last two pieces of White Chocolate and Chocolate Truffle Cake. The Red Velvet/White Chocolate, Kentucky Bourbon Cake and Sweet Potato Pies were goners.

I’ll be back to a baking schedule soon and and some pictures of our New Years Eve spread. Take Care!!!

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Adult Cocoa

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After all of the gift wrapping and baking I’m taking a break and waiting for the kids to arrive. Come Tuesday there’ll be Garth children repelling from the rooftop, and low crawling through the woods in the back of the house! Our home and our hearts will be full.

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I’m leaving you with this yummy adult hot cocoa as I sign off for a couple of days. Use whatever cocoa mix you desire and add an ounce or two of peppermint or vanilla vodka. Float a few marshmallows on top and all will be well in your world.

merry Christmas 2014