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Pineapple infused vodka
June 21, 2012, 12:58 am
Filed under: wedding food and treats

Nom Nom! I made pineapple infused vodka as a shot option for the wedding. Just got a call from the venue saying no hard alcohol so we are going to have to say it’s sangria.

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Candy table whoop!!!
April 22, 2012, 6:25 pm
Filed under: wedding decor, wedding food and treats

My love for gingham goes way back 30 years. When I was a baby I had a complete yellow and white gingham set up. I’m talking clothes, crib, blankets, teddy bear, room decorations, etc. I think being surrounded by that happy print and color may have contributed to my current obsession with it. Maybe?

We have been incorporating it into the wedding with hopes of not turning the theme into a family BBQ. So far I used it in our cake topper and today’s candy table banners.
I totally scored when I found some gingham curtains at the salvation army for a few bucks. Made it super simple for today’s craft. No sewing required! Always a good thing for me haha.

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Here’s a mock up of the candy table. Looks delicious!

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Let them eat pies
April 22, 2012, 6:13 pm
Filed under: wedding decor, wedding food and treats

We having pies at our wedding in lieu of cake. Ryan’s grandma is making red hot apple pies and Tom (JB) Mcloughlin cut tree stumps (pie stands) out of his grandmas favorite tree. ๐Ÿ™‚ it’s going to be awesome!
I cut burlap and then painted the letters with a stencil. Ryan is a pro at the thread injector aka sewing machine, so he sewed them so we could thread lace through to make our banner. I used the same lace that I used for the lace backdrop I made months earlier. I think it will look great and it’s cool to use my grandma’s materials. She’d be proud. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Here’s some pics of mock ups I did of the pie table. Just imagine the wood stumps with amazing apple pies on them.

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Apple peeling party
November 7, 2011, 2:09 am
Filed under: the bridal party, wedding food and treats

Hooray!!! It’s apple season. Ryan’s grandma suggested we get the apples for the apple pies at Oak Glen.
Saturday Ryan, Kathleen, and I headed up to get the apples. We had amazing apple fritters, apples turnovers, and apple cider. We went through the boxes of seconds and got the best 2 bushels we could find. It was super cold and there was snow on the ground. It felt like winter and was really special.
On the way home we stopped at Oak Canyon Nature Center so we could show Kathleen our wedding venue. She was gushing over it just like I did the first time I went there. I gave her a card and asked her to be a bridesmaid. She’s been so loving and supportive through this whole process knowing she wasn’t in the bridal party. Her character really shines and I can’t imagine not having her be a part of it.

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Sunday I threw an apple peeling party. Kathleen, Ashley, Lindsey, Jackie, Kim, Desiree, and Carina all came from LA in the rain to play. We cored, peeled, sliced, and bagged nearly 100 pounds of apples. I think we laughed for 6 hours straight. The awesome champagne punch Kathleen made may have helped with that. ๐Ÿ˜‰
We wore aprons that made for some cute pictures. We ate pizza from Big Belly Deli and watched “Bridesmaids”. Pretty sure the whole neighborhood heard our laughs. It was a great day and I really appreciate and know that I have some amazing friends!!! I feel so blessed!

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Helping with Miko and Caitlyn’s engagement party
July 17, 2011, 4:28 pm
Filed under: wedding food and treats

When Miko told me she was planning her engagement party I told her I was happy to help. She and I have the same taste so I took it as an opportunity to go through the motions of planning and crafting.

She asked me to make cake pops. I was a little nervous because it takes 2-3 hours just to make one batch (about 12). I knew we would need about 80 pops. 8 cakes, 2 tubs of frosting, 16 eggs, 4 packets of candy melts, 2 containers of sugar crystals, 4 days equalling over 8 hours=done!

The Saturday before the party I went up to Pasadena to put together home made pinwheels and decoupage letters. It is challenging getting the brads through the paper.

The day of the party I came 4 hours early to help set up. I hot glued the sticks to the pinwheels. Although beautiful, I’m happy with my decision to just buy the prefab pinwheels from oriental trading.We set up the lights, pictures, table settings, flowers, etc. We were running around ragged and guests were showing up before we were finished.

All the planning and work payed off. The Mcloughlin house looked beautiful!! It looked like a wedding. I’m so proud of Miko and glad I got to be a part of it!

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Cake pops! Me oh my
April 22, 2011, 2:20 pm
Filed under: wedding food and treats

So I’ve been seeing these adordable cake pops everywhere and love the idea of making them a departing treat or served at happy hour at our wedding.

I did a test run with an Easter theme for my co workers and lovely fiancรฉ. They are the easiest lil’ suckers to make.

First get your supplies. You will need cake mix, eggs, oil, frosting, sticks, craft foam, melting candy, and any additional decorating tools.

Next bake your cake. Wait for your cake to cool. I’d give it at least an hour. Then crumble up the cake as fine as you can. Add one cup of frosting a bit at a time. This will make your cake feel like cookie dough. Roll out spheres and place on a baking pan. The size is bakers choice. Now put them in the fridge to harden. Other recipes suggest an hour but I left my cake balls overnight.

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Time to grab your melting chocolate. Throw several chips in a bowl and microwave them in 30 second intervals, stirring in between heating. Then dip your stick into the melting chocolate and insert into pop about half way to 3/4 of the way through. Next roll the cake ball in the melting chocolate. Stick the pops in craft foam to keep them upright. The melting candy will harden within minutes. So if you want to add sprinkles make sure to do it while the candy is soft still.

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I was having a hard time finding candy bags at my local craft stores. So I got snack ziplock bags and cut off the zip lock section. They were a perfect fit and then just tied up with ribbon.

I brought them to my office and they were gone in minutes. They were are a hit!

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