Fab Find! Neiman Marcus Rose Cakes for your Wedding or Bridal Shower

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How stunning are these rose cakes from Neiman Marcus as gorgeous cakes for your wedding, bridal shower or engagement party? I first spotted these in their holiday catalog and fell in love instantly! They’re so elegant and romantic, and it brought back memories of being a little girl asking for extra roses on my birthday cakes. My cousins and I would jockey for the roses at every family birthday party, and we still talk about roses on cakes now that we’re in our 30s and 40s.

Here are some details on these cakes:

Details

  • Four layers.
  • Pink-tinted white frosting perfectly swirled to look like roses.
  • Finished with edible glitter.
  • Thaw in refrigerator 24 hours before serving.
  • 6″Dia. Serves 8–10.
  • Made in the USA.

 

Allergen Information: Contains dairy and nuts.

http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Red-Velvet-Rose-Cake/prod161280188/p.prod?eVar4=You%20May%20Also%20Like

http://www.neimanmarcus.com/White-Buttercream-Rose-Cake/prod170140228/p.prod?eVar4=You%20May%20Also%20Like

http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Chocolate-Rose-Cake/prod161280171/p.prod?eVar4=You%20May%20Also%20Like

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WEDDING GIVEAWAY! Win Fabulous Wedding Cake Table Items from Sarah’s Stands

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Now this is a great wedding giveaway! The Perfect Wedding Cake Table giveaway by Sarah’s Stands can create an amazing cake table display with my favorite cake stands from a wonderful company!

One lucky reader is going to receive a fabulous prize package that every couple will love for their wedding. The giveaway includes a Sarah’s Stands cake stand from the new Simply Stunning Collection. And, it gets even better. The winner will also receive a pair of personalized champagne flutes, a monogrammed table linen, a custom cake server and a cake topper. Yes! Win all these prizes for your big day!

The first prize is a Sarah’s Stands cake stand from the new Simply Stunning Collection. And, the best part? The winner gets to select the cake stand in one of five colors; White Wedding, Black Tie Affair, Shimmering Lights, In the Nude or Enchanted Evening.

To complete your wedding cake table, there are four additional prizes from some exceptional artists. The cake topper by Concarta is one-of-a-kind and handmade using archival paper. The champagne flutes by Glass Girl Jen will be personalized with your name and wedding date. The cake server by Sycamore Hill is a vintage piece that will be engraved with your name and wedding date. And, the table linen by Betsy Grace is made of linen and will be monogrammed with your initial. All of these are heirloom quality pieces that will be cherished for years to come.

How to Enter

USA and International entries welcome! One lucky reader will win:

Easy entry details are here: http://sarahsstands.com/giveaway-the-perfect-wedding-cake-table/

 

Fabulous Quotes for your Wedding Dessert Buffet!

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Cake image courtesy of www.pinkcakebox.com

Words make the wedding, and when you feature fabulous quotes in your ultra-personalized wedding, the entire celebration is more you. So add an extra element of Wow Factor to your wedding, engagement party or bridal shower’s dessert buffet by incorporating sweets-themed quotes into your dessert table design. You might DIY a large sign to hang behind the dessert or candy buffet, display little framed signs on the dessert buffet, or invite guests to pick out their own sweets-inspired quotes from a bowl filled with your adorably printed out quote cards.

Here are some delicious little sweets- and candy-themed quotes I found out www.brainyquotes.com, one of my favorite sources for both classic and contemporary quotes on any subject you’d like.

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. — Charles M. Schulz

Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me. — Audrey Hepburn

Sometimes a girl’s gotta have some chocolate! –Carrie Underwood

Sometimes I think that the one thing I love most about being an adult is the right to buy candy whenever and wherever I want. — Ryan Gosling

Chocolate is the first luxury. It has so many things wrapped up in it: Deliciousness in the moment, childhood memories, and that grin-inducing feeling of getting a reward for being good. — Mariska Hargitay

My greatest strength is common sense. I’m really a standard brand – like Campbell’s tomato soup or Baker’s chocolate. –Katharine Hepburn

I never met a chocolate I could not eat. –Danielle Steel

I can’t walk by chocolate without eating it. –Malin Akerman

Creme Brulee is the ultimate ‘guy’ dessert. Make it and he’ll follow you anywhere. –Ina Garten

I’m a chocolate guy. — Jay Pharoah

Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker. — Ogden Nash

I like crazy, childlike, candy bar-filled cakes with gooey caramel, chocolate-covered nuts, marshmallows, and the like. — Ron Ben-Israel

Work is the meat of life, pleasure the dessert. –B. C. Forbes

But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold. — Oliver Wendell Holmes

There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner: that, in the dinner, the sweets come last. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Sweet spring, full of sweet days and roses, a box where sweets compacted lie. — George Herbert

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. — William Shakespeare

Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music. –Ronald Reagan

Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words. –Plautus

Meet me at the lavish Wedding Salon event in NYC!

What are you doing on Monday, November 15th? Come to the most glamorous, celebrity-attended wedding show of the year, where I will be appearing as Caneel Bay’s wedding spokesperson! So many big names will be there — Colin Cowie, Sylvia Weinstock, Michelle Rago, and on and on. Here’s a list of the participating companies and experts (so far!):

The Wedding Salon – New York, NY

Show date: Monday November 15, 2010
Show hours: 4 PM to 9 PM
Venue: Manhattan Center Studios
Address: 311 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001

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Participants


Alcor Viaggi
American Airlines
Amy Weschsler, MD
Anne Koplik Designs
Arabella Photo
Ariston Florist
Aruba Tourism Authority
Atelier Isabey
Atlantis Paradise Island/One&Only Ocean Club, Bahamas
Bimini Bay Resort
Blue Glass Photography
Bridal Reflections
Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort
Carciofi Designs
Carol Hannah
Carolee
Cinderella Bridez
Colin Cowie Lifestyle
Consejo Turistico de San Miguel de Allende
Crystal Springs Resort
Cystal Bloom Weddings
David Beahm Design
David Burton Photography
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings
East Wind Caterers, Inn & Spa
Élan Artists
Elegantly Iced
Elon Michelle Couture
FashionableBride.com
Fideicomiso de Promocion Turistica de la Riviera Maya
Flowers by Topaz
Gansevoort Miami Beach Hotel/STK & The One Group
Gruber Photographers
Grupo Presidente InterContinental
Harrah’s Entertainment Atlantic City
HPNOTIQ
Ideal Ensembles LLC
Island Style Weddings
Jax Photography
John Dunn
John Malino Music
Joseph Lin Photography
Josh Wong Photography

This is THE event of the season, so don’t miss it! See you there!

~Sharon

Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort
Katie Fischer Design
Kellari Taverna
Ketubah Graphia
KohGenDo Cosmetics
Landino Photo Image Studio
Laser Cosmetica
Lauren Renée Design
Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa
LertaVu
Loli Events
Magnolia Photo Booth
Mark Tamayo
Metamorphosis, You…Only Better!
Mexico Tourism Board
Michelle Rago
Milani Cosmetics
Misty Enright Photography
Nandana Private Resort
New Yorks Best Musicians, Photo and Video
One&Only Palmilla
Ostasz Studio
Palace Resorts
Palermo’s Bakery
Pedro Avendano Photography
Prouna USA Kiyasa Corporation
Rafael’s Pastry
Relais & Chateaux
Rosewood Little Dix Bay
Rue de Flore Bridal
Shawn Rabideau Events & Design
Stortz Lighting
Sugar Flower Cake Shop
Sylvia Weinstock Cakes
The Card Lady
The Knot
The Registry @ Bloomingdale’s
twobirds Bridesmaid
Unique Vacations / Sandals Resorts
Villa Foscarini Cornaro
WeddingChannel.com
Windsong Photography
Yves Saint Laurent at Bergdorf Goodman

Green Bridal Showers: From My Column on Gorgeously Green

I write a green weddings column for Gorgeously Green, and since so much has been mentioned about Chelsea Clinton’s vegan and gluten-free menu and cake choices for her wedding, I thought I’d share my article on planning a Green Bridal Shower to help you find an organic caterer and create your choices of green party planning elements!

Gorgeously Green girls love to find fun ways to share their eco-conscious brilliance with their friends and family, so when it’s time to host a bridal shower, your great, green ideas can take center-stage! Especially if the bride lives an eco-kind lifestyle. She’ll love it that you’re honoring her belief system, and that her party creates good in the world.

Here are your top tips for planning a Green Bridal Shower:

Plan an organic menu. If you’ll hire a caterer for your posh bash, hire a chef who specializes in organic menus. He or she can be a wealth of smarts on which types of seafood to include (Tilapia! Farm-raised salmon!), and how to serve organic chicken – traditionally one of the most budget-friendly menu items – in a luscious sauce, or as a sate using organic peanut butter. Party guests groan when the appetizers are greasy, fried puffs of yuck, so freshen up your lush, green salads with – here’s the crowd-pleasing secret! – food items they don’t get everyday! Slivers of beets can be cut into star shapes. Artichoke hearts can be marinated in organic pear dressing. Carrots can be julienned and tossed with equally-pretty julienned green and yellow squash. Celebrity caterers now offer these organic, fresh, salad and veggie-based dishes at mega-stars’ birthday parties and at Oscar bashes, so they’re perfect for your shower VIP guest of honor and her cherished friends and family. Find an organic caterer at the National Association of Catering Executives. For smaller-scale parties, a personal chef may be your go-to green source.

Green your drinks menu.
Serve organic wines and champagnes, which you can find on Wine Spectator, also discovering some fabulous, award-winning vintages for less than $15 per bottle. Don’t forget that sources like Whole Foods and even your local supermarket are great for finding organic and fun sodas, such as Chill Guava, Chill Limon and Chill Pome from Chill, which are also low glycemic. Steaz offers 100% organic iced teas and sparkling green teas in flavors such as green tea and lemon, and these unique drinks give guests a thrill because they’re so adventurous and new to them. It’s not the same-old lineup of sugar-killed soft drinks. And of course, a 100% fruit juice-based punch with a splash of champagne and a dollop of sorbet on top is always a crowd-thriller.

Get a green cake. Yes, specialty bakers create gorgeous organic and gluten-free sheet cakes, cupcakes, even pies and chocolate-dipped berries, so green up the dessert and coffee hour with delectable desserts.

Use recycled papers. Shop for recycled or repurposed papers with which to make your invitations – and the same goes for envelopes. It’s so easy to find recycled papers at the craft store or office supply store that there’s no excuse not to use them for the bridal shower. And of course, there’s always the paper-free option of designing a pretty Evite invitation that helps you keep track of RSVPs and lets guests see who else is coming.

Skip the games. You don’t need to force fun on your guests, especially with those toilet-paper-wasting games in which guests make a bridal gown out of a dozen rolls of Charmin. Allow guests to relax and mingle – they’ll thank you for sparing them the clothespin game! – and enjoy the fabulous food you’re serving.

Use natural décor that can be replanted. Of course, organic cut flowers are on the market to be used as centerpieces, but a far eco-friendlier plan that does double-duty is to center each table with a collection of small, potted flowers or herbs that guests can then take home to enjoy or plant in their gardens.

Borrow! Ask your fellow shower hosts and relatives if they can bring over their platters and table linens, even sets of china that can be stylishly mix and matched on the tables, so that you don’t need to purchase any tacky and toxic plastic-lined plates and utensils. When Moms and grandmoms get to see their beloved china sets used at this fabulous party for the bride, they feel wonderful for their contributions and for the sentimental touch it adds.

Plan a display shower. It’s a hot new trend: send out a message to guests that they are not to wrap any shower gifts. You want to spare everyone that endless, grueling unwrapping session, and you want to avoid all of that terrible paper waste that comes from torn-up wrapping paper that gets no second life. The display shower is then created when guests set out their presents on a long, decorated table [potted flowers are great for this, and allow for extra take-home favors for guests!] with their card attached to the present. Guests can then stroll the gift table at their leisure, ooh and ahh at the pretty presents, and the bride can spend her party mingling with her guests.

Give green favors. Those potted herbs are always a winner, and guests also love to take home sweet treats in the form of organic edibles. Shop organic candy sites and you’ll even find yummy gluten-free cupcakes and candies if that’s the bride’s preference.

Choose charitable favors. You too can give a donation to charity in lieu of handing out favors, just like so many brides and grooms do for their weddings. Check out the I Do Foundation for details on how to connect with the bride’s favorite charity and arrange a donation in her name.

Take up a collection! It’s long been a trend for shower hosts to ask guests to bring along a little something for the bride. In the past, it might have been a recipe printed on an index card, or little household items to place in the wishing well. Now, shower hosts are using this practice to Give Back, by asking guests to bring canned goods and non-perishables that will be donated to a food pantry. Or, the guests might bring items to sent to deployed military troops. Or children’s books for a kids’ library. Or jackets for a coat drive. Guests love the giving element of these requests, and many bring generous collections to add to the pile. When the bride sees how her guests have supported a cause dear to her heart, that’s the best surprise of all.

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“I Still Do!” Renewing Your Wedding Vows

It’s summer, and that means wedding season! While everyone loves the cake, the great food, the dancing, the chance to dress up in Gucci or Chanel and wow their partners, it’s the *relationship* that is at the center of the day. It means the world to the wedding couple, and if you’re married, you may be thinking about your own wedding day and your own relationship right now…perhaps moreso with each wedding you attend.

Just look at Tori & Dean…they planned the wedding for the guncles and then another wedding for Tori’s friend…and they really started to focus on how career and parenthood and motorcycles were putting some distance between them. Long story short, they put their relationship first, and they renewed their wedding vows, bringing their kids into the celebration.

Heidi Klum and Seal renew their vows every year, and this year had all of their guests dressing up like brides and grooms.

As fun as these celebrity vow renewals are, with their parties and the kids and the cameras and the themes, I’m thinking about a wonderful couple who renewed their vows alone on a mountaintop, in the quiet of nature, just wanting to express their *gratitude* for one another. That’s it. No themes. No cake. No Chanel.

They’re among the couples featured in my book Renewing Your Wedding Vows, and their story will inspire you if you wish to skip the big, fancy wedding re-do and just walk outside today to renew your vows under the tree in your front yard. I wish I could tell you that that couple was married for 75 years. They loved each other enough to be married that long. But Craig passed away recently, leaving Susanne without him now…comforted by the memories of their annual vow renewals and the words of love they took the time to speak to one another.

So it doesn’t matter how you do it. It doesn’t matter if you book the Plaza or climb a mountain to be alone. Just say the words. I have tons of inspiration here in my book, lots of quotes and ideas on how you can make Renewing Your Vows a meaningful part of your relationship, a refresher each year.

And if you’re not yet married, tell your parents and your married friends about it, about how simple it is to renew your vows and just ‘have a moment’ together, or re-do the wedding they never got to have — maybe a couple’s getaway for a tropical vow renewal, or a trip to Vegas…or a walk out to that tree in the front yard. With nobody looking on. And an Entenman’s cupcake to celebrate.

Be a part of my upcoming wedding cakes book!

I’ve just signed on to write Celebration Cakes, my third book in the Knack series with Globe Pequot Press, and I’d love to feature your fabulous wedding cakes, bridal shower cakes, groom’s cakes, cupcakes and other baked masterpieces in my book! Professionally-taken photos are best, jpeg is ideal, hi-rez, you know the drill. Contact me on my Facebook page [Sharon Naylor Wedding Books] on through my Twitter @sharonnaylorwed for more details! Can’t wait to see your cakes!