Exiting Your Wedding: The Getaway Car

We've all seen it before : a car, limousine, classic roadster, sometimes an ordinary American four-door, cruising down the highway with the words "Just Married" spread across the back window. Couples are getting creative these days with their getaway cars and it makes for such a great photo op!

Traditionally the decorating of the getaway car is handled by the groomsmen (but bridesmaids, flowergirls, and ringbearers are usually welcome to help if they would like to), decorating the getaway car can be a chance to get creative and call upon those artistic talents not often used in everyday living. While scribbling "Just Married" on a window is a start, to really do your newlywed friends proud, bring some imagination and fun along and go all out.

THE CLASSICS

Use soap or shaving cream to write "Just Married" along the back, either on a window or on the paint. But please BE CAREFUL: shaving cream might damage the paint, leaving a possibly hefty fine to whomever returns the car. It might be wiser to play it safe and use the window. Soap should be safe no matter where it's used, but depending on the paint job, it might be harder to see on the paint (especially if it's a white limo!).

Another traditional way of dressing up the getaway car is to tie old shoes to the back bumper. In times past, leather was believed to ward off evil spirits, and so old leather shoes were thought to keep the newlyweds safe.  But be aware that some limousine and car rental companies discourage tying anything to the car; always check with the transportation company in advance.

STREAMER SPLASH

We love seeing cars with colorful streamers on them, definitely a great way to splash on some color and definitely one of our favorites! Try to use the color scheme of the wedding.

BALLOONTASTIC

Another way to add color is to take some deep breaths and blow up some balloons or have them delivered to the venue by a party company. Tie the balloons to the outside, or fill up the inside of the car to bursting.  Nothing adds festivity to an occasion quite like rubber balloons, so don't hold back -- the more the merrier!

BOTTLES OF BUBBLY

While you are decorating the getaway car, put a couple bottles of champagne in an ice-filled bucket and stick it on the back seat. It's a classy gesture, one they're sure to appreciate. . Why not also leave a basket of treats in the car. The couple often misses out on much of the wedding feast, and chances are, they'll be hungry as they drive off.

FIRST THINGS FIRST

Please be safe with your decor on the car -- you don't want to do anything that might get the bride and groom a ticket (obstruction of view), or god forbid into an accident. Be wary of covering the windows up too heavily -- either their driver or they will still need to be able to drive. Take a seat behind the wheel during the decorating and see if you'd still be able to drive.

Here are a few of our recent getaway cars, which is your favorite and what will you be taking off on for your special day?

{Tara + Jonathan} Photography: Studio Uno

{Amanda + Kevin} Photography: Shot by Jake

{Bess + Jon} Photography: JF Photography

{Liza + Jon} Jan Press Photo Media

 


Festive 4th of July Treats, Favors & Recipe's

We hope you have a wonderful day today with your family and friends!

Celebrate the 4th of July with these fun ideas!

 

Red, White & Blue Shot

Ingredients:

  • ½ ounce Grenadine
  • ½ ounce Peach Schnapps or Vodka
  • ½ ounce Blue Curacao

Slowly pour each ingredient into a shot glass to create a layered effect. Add them in the order listed above.

Recipe source - punchbowl

Red, White and Blue Sangria

Ingredients:

  • Strawberries, sliced
  • Blueberries
  • Pineapple, cut into star shapes
  • 2 bottles dry white wine
  • 1 cup Triple Sec
  • 1/2 Cup berry-flavored vodka
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup

Combine the ingredients in a large pitcher and stir. Chill in the refridgerator for at least four hours.

Recipe source - punchbowl

 

Patriotic Wedding Favors in Mason Jars

Supplies:

Baby food jars or small mason jars

Red, white, blue spray paint

Red & blue jello

Strawberries & blueberries

Twine

Miniature flags

Whipped topping

Two boxes of jello will make 12 jars. Start with blue mellow, follow the instructions on the jello box and fill the jars 1/3 full. Drop a few blueberries in each jar. Let chill for 4-5 hours.

After the blue jello sets, add sliced strawberries in each jar. Follow the directions to make red jello and pour equivalent portion in jars. Note: Jars should now be 2/3 full. Chill for 4-5 hours. While waiting you can spray paint the lids to the jars red, white and blue.

Top each jar with whipped topping (Cool Whip), another fun option would be mini marshmellows. Tie a piece of twine around each lid and slide a decorative flag through it.

Recipe source - onewed and green acres hobby farm.

Mini Cheesecake Trifle

This fluffy, no-bake cheesecake dessert is simple to prepare, and is delicious accompanied by fresh berries.

Yield: 6-7 Mini Desserts, or 4-5 moderate sized desserts

Ingredients:

Graham Cracker Crumble
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 10 full sized crackers)
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 Tablespoon sugar

Fluffy Cheesecake
1- 8oz block cream cheese
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons milk (any fat content)
2 cups cool whip, or freshly whipped cream

Fresh berries (strawberries and blueberries shown)

Directions:

Graham Cracker Crumble
Crush crackers in a large ziplock type bag. Pour crumbs, sugar and melted butter into a bowl and stir until fully combined. Pour into a 9″x13″ casserole dish and press into a even layer. Bake at 350*F for 10-12 minutes, until light brown. Allow to cool.

Fluffy Cheesecake
1. Beat cream cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer until smooth. Add powdered sugar, beat to combine. Add lemon juice and beat until fully incorporated. Add milk, and combine.
2. Fold cool whip or feshly whipped cream into cream cheese mixture. Spoon into dessert dishes, or for smaller dishes, fill a large piping bag and pipe into dessert dishes.

Dessert Assembly
To create the dessert as shown, layer a spoonful of graham cracker crumble, then a layer of cheesecake, fresh chopped strawberries, more cheesecake, fresh blueberries, and a final layer of cheesecake.

Recipe source - Glorious Treats (based on Cherries on a Cloud)

 

Patriotic Licorice Bundles

Simple & easy treat for kids (& adults) to have at your bbq or to pack along to watch the fireworks! Wrapped in patriotic scrapbook paper, held together by double stick tape. Everyone loves red licorice!

Source - roomtoinspire.blogspot.com

 

Festive Fruit

Using a small star-shaped cookie cutter, turn watermelon or other types of fruit, patriotic. Fun project for the kids!

Source - Hiphiphooray

 

Patriotic Pretzels

Delicious chocolate covered pretzel rods with red, white and blue sprinkles and silver sprinkles.

Source - Leslie Ruth

 

July 4th Flag Cake

You will need (3) 9-inch layers.

1 layer col­ored blue

1 layer col­ored red

1 layer left white

Bake lay­ers accord­ing to recipe or direc­tions. Let com­pletely cool. You can make them ahead of time and wrap in plas­tic wrap and store in the refrig­er­a­tor for a day.

Level off tops of cakes, if needed, Wilton’s Bake Even Strips are great!  They insu­late the out­side of the pan so the outer edge of the cake doesn’t bake faster that the mid­dle, thus pre­vent­ing domed tops and cracked mid­dles.

One you have your red layer, your blue layer, and your white layer, you will need to slice the red and white layer hor­i­zon­tally with a long, ser­rated knife. This will be eas­ier if your cakes have been refrig­er­ated and are still cold. Cut them as evenly through the mid­dle as you can. These lay­ers form the stripes of the cake.

Next, take one red half-layer, and one white half layer and stack them on top of one another. Take the whole (uncut) blue layer and set it in front of you. Place the stacked red and white layer on top of the blue layer. Check that they are evenly cen­tered on top of one another.

Using a cir­cle tem­plate as a guide, cut a cir­cle exactly cen­tered through all three lay­ers of the blue, white, & red.  For this 9-inch cake, use the plas­tic lid off the top of a short­en­ing can. It was 5 inches. Try to get as close to this mea­sure­ment as you can so the color ratio looks right. Cut care­fully and thor­oughly, mak­ing sure you get all the way through all the layers.

Next, sep­a­rate the  blue from the red and white lay­ers. Take the mid­dle out of the blue. You won’t be using the blue cir­cle for this recipe, so set it aside.  You now have a donut-shaped ring of blue. This will be the star field of your flag.

Now remove the out­side ring from the red & white lay­ers. This is not used either, so set it aside. You should have a 5-inch cir­cle con­sist­ing of 1 white half-layer, and 1 red half layer. This will be the top stripes of your flag cake.

Assem­bly:

Take the uncut white half-layer and cen­ter it on a cake cir­cle or cake stand. Spread a 1/8–1/4 inch layer of frost­ing over the top. Keep it as even as you can. Lay the uncut red half-layer on top of the frost­ing, mak­ing sure it is cen­tered. These make up the bot­tom two stripes of your flag. Frost like the last layer. Make it as even as you can.

Now take the blue donut cir­cle and cen­ter it on top of the bot­tom stripes layer. Using a small off­set spat­ula or knife, spread a very thin layer of frost­ing around the inside of the blue ring. You don’t really want to see this layer of frost­ing, it’s just to help adhere the lay­ers. Plus, too much frost­ing, and your cir­cles won’t fit inside.

Take the white 5-inch cir­cle and set it care­fully, but firmly inside the blue ring. Push it down as far as you dare. You want it as even with the blue as you can get it. Spread a thin, thin layer of icing over the white that is inside the blue ring. Place the red cir­cle on top and press down care­fully, try­ing to make the top lay­ers even.

Now you are ready to frost! The recipe below makes about 5 cups of frost­ing. You will need all of it for a nine inch cake. Put a nice, thick layer on the out­side of the cake. You need to make up for the not-so-much frost­ing on the inside.

Keep the cake refrig­er­ated until ready to serve. You can pull it out a bit ahead of time to take the chill off.

Use a sharp knife that has been dipped in very hot water and wiped dry. It makes very clean cuts. Clean off and re-dip the knife between slices.

White Cake

makes (2) 8 or 9 inch layers–for the Flag Cake, you will need to make this recipe twice, divid­ing and col­or­ing as directed below before baking

8 table­spoons (1 stick, 4 ounces) unsalted but­ter, softened

1/2 cup veg­etable shortening

1 table­spoon bak­ing powder

1 3/4 cup gran­u­lated sugar

3/4 tea­spoon salt

2 tea­spoons vanilla extract

1 tea­spoon almond extract

5 large egg whites (these should be room temperature)

2 3/4 cup cake flour , sifted (11 oz. sifted–this is the most accu­rate way to measure)

1 cup milk (room temperature)

Pre­heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Pre­pare your cake pans by rub­bing a layer of short­en­ing all around the inside. Lay in a cir­cle of parch­ment int each pan and grease the bot­tom again. Then tap flour all around the inside as well, tap­ping out the extra flour. Wrap pans with the damp­ened Wilton Bake Even Strips. Set aside.

In a mix­ing bowl, cream together the but­ter and short­en­ing until very well incor­po­rated and very light in color. Add the bak­ing pow­der, sugar, fla­vor­ings, and salt and beat another minute.

Add the egg whites, one at a time, beat­ing very well and scrap­ing down the sides in between each addi­tion. This should take about 5 min­utes. The mix­ture will be very  light in color and very fluffy by this time.

Next, to incor­po­rate the flour and milk, add about 1/4 of the flour, and then 1/3 of the milk. Add another 1/4 flour, another 1/4 milk and so on, end­ing up with the last 1/4 cup of flour.

Make sure all ingre­di­ents are well incor­po­rated, but take care not to over beat the bat­ter. You just spent a fair bit of time get­ting the air into the cake, don’t deflate it by being too aggressive.

Split your bat­ter in half and add the food col­or­ing at this time. I made one batch and col­ored 1/2 blue, and 1/2 red. It will take quite a bit, espe­cially of the red. Ameri­color Gel Paste Super Red, and Royal Blue.  Add the tini­est bit of black to each one just to deepen the col­ors. TINIEST!! To get the white layer you will need to make a sec­ond batch of cake, leav­ing it white. You will have a left­over layer of white cake.

Use a scale again to fill the pans evenly. If you don’t own scales just do your best to make them even. Use a spat­ula to spread the bat­ter around evenly.

Bake the two lay­ers in the oven for 27–32 min­utes, depend­ing on your oven and alti­tude. The cakes will be done when they spring back to the touch in the mid­dle and barely begin to pull way from the sides. Watch care­fully towards the end. It doesn’t take long to over bake a cake, espe­cially one from scratch.

Remove pans from the oven and let cool 10 min­utes on a rack. Use a knife to loosen the edges and care­fully remove from pans and let fin­ish cool­ing on a rack. When com­pletely cooled, wrap in plas­tic wrap and store flat in fridge.

Cream Cheese Frosting

3 (8) oz. pack­ages cream cheese, softened

1 cup (8oz.) unsalted but­ter, softened

1 lb. pow­dered sugar, sifted

Whip together the cream cheese and but­ter until very fluffy. Add the sifted pow­dered sugar. You can add colorless flavors or lime/lemon zest.  This recipe results in a very soft frost­ing. Try not to let your cake sit out too long in the heat.

Recipe source - secretlifeofachefswife.com

ENJOY - we would love to hear if you tried any of these July 4th treats & recipes!

 


unplugged weddings

Trend Alert: "Unplugged Weddings"

"Unplugged Weddings" is quite the hot topic for 2013, even Kelly Ripa discussed it this morning!  Couples often ask us how they can avoid their guests from posting photos of their special day right away. We suggest to request, remind or even require that guests go cold turkey on technology during the event.

Unplugged Weddings

{Photo credit: Mazelmoments.com}

The trend started about five years ago during the rise of social media, from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest - the list is endless. Celebrities often require the 'no cell phone' rule at their weddings and non-celebrity couples seem to be requesting this policy as well.

unplugged weddings

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Most priests and officiators we work with remind and request for guests to disable and silent their phones before the ceremony, but how to keep guests refrained from their phones throughout the duration of the day/night? Why not have a cellphone coat check?  A place where your guests can leave their phones and visit to check in on voicemails, make necessary calls, etc. Create a lounge area with comfortable seating so if guests need to make calls at least they aren't doing it in the middle of your reception. If you don't feel comfortable asking guests to abandon their phones for the night, putting up the necessary signage stating that this is an "unplugged wedding" and to please turn off your phone and cameras is completely acceptable. However, we cannot guarantee that they will abide by your special request. Some people might frown upon this restraint, but others may thank you for actually being able to take a break from technology for a few hours.

{photo credit: weddingwire.com}

After all, this is what you see at most weddings these days, can you blame the bride and groom for wanting an "unplugged wedding?!"  For all the bridesmaids out there, please just don't post pictures of the bride getting ready to ruin her reveal, you woudn't want her husband to be online and see his bride before she's ready for him to!

Tell us your thoughts on "unplugged weddings," we would love to hear!


Sneak Peek: {Amanda + Kevin} Prospect Park Boathouse Wedding

We wanted to share just a sneak peek from this past Sunday's Prospect Park Boathouse wedding, in Brooklyn, NY with our lovely couple - Amanda + Kevin.

Amanda Eufer + Kevin Lewis said their Ido's outdoors, the weather was magnificent (thank you, mother nature), and we just couldn't resist sharing a few pics (thanks to Jacob Breinholt's speedy delivery)! Amanda is a fashionista/designer, working in the Fashion PR industry in the city, while her husband Kevin is a chef. Both busy in their careers, we were ecstatic to assist with their wedding planning - such an amazing couple! You could definitely feel the love in the air, they were surrounded by their wonderful family and friends on their special day!

Needless to say, Amanda and I (Stacey) hit it off from our very first phone call, both sharing a love for fashion and design, peonies, not too mention having the same taste with just about everything - we knew it was a match made in heaven! A BIG thank you to our former client's sister/bridesmaid, Jessica Grabowski, for referring her co-worker to us - we are so grateful!

The gorgeous Amanda with her lovely bridesmaids and house party - we love this picture so much, we've added it to our opening slideshow on our website!

The beautiful Bride and Groom, Amanda + Kevin

Who doesn't love a cake with peonies and hello kitty? WE DO!

Special thanks + kudos to everyone who made the day extra special!


{A Green Affair} Decorating with Moss

Decorating with moss is such a fun way to add a natural element into your wedding or special event. Just a few simple touches will completely transform your decor. Perfect for a rustic themed affair or a garden wedding in fall, spring or summer.

The use of initials into your decor provide such a sweet + personalized touch. Moss-covered initials look great on the back of the bride and groom's chairs at their sweetheart table and on the entrance doors to the venue. Moss-covered table numbers look great in the center of a floral arrangement or on a stand.

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Sweet moss ring bearer pillows will definitely add a memorable touch. Check out these adorable options!

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A fun, moss-filled boutonniere.

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Mr + Mrs event decor

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Add a nice rustic touch with a moss bordered chalkboard sign.

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Moss kissing balls hung from trees for an outdoor ceremony or reception.

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Moss kissing balls are not just for outdoor use,  bring a little green indoors!

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Moss-pheres with tea lights are perfect for an evening affair outside.

How adorable is this eco-friendly cake topper?

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For the DIY's: Beautiful Hanging Glass Terrarium Ball Kit

Whimsical spheres of clear hand-blown glass showcase grown LIVE moss and lichen

Top glass loop can suspend globe via filament in singles, multiples or chandelier style. Flat bottom for surface display.

*****This kit will include*****

* 1 Glass ball sphere" Use the top loop to hang or sit flat"

* Organic soil

* Small bag of Mini Pebbles

* 3 Assorted pieces of LIVE or Preserved Moss

* 2 Sections of lichens - a fruiticose mound & Piece of umbrella lichen.

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 A tablescape with moss will definitely make a statement!

Decorating with moss

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Natural arch with moss, flowers and crystal votives.

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Moss-covered votives add a nice simple touch to your decor.

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Decorating with moss is not only fun, but it's easy to use too! We would love to hear how you incorporated moss into your special event or big day!