April 21, 2017
Food is for more than just nourishment! It should taste good AND look good. Like the stunning detail of this gorgeous painted plate, for starters.
It’s spring party season, with celebrations and gatherings a-plenty. Time to express your unique style with a colorful table. Why not mix all of your favorites?
Don’t forget the china…pick handmade pieces and blend patterns!
Or step out with some serious whimsy…
Whatever inspires you, go above and beyond at your next soiree. Wow guests with plating and spectacular food displays!
April 14, 2017
Leap into spring and embrace the warmth! We are loving everything tulle and getting very inspired by the contemporary ballerina. Embrace your inner pink self and start pulling inspiration for your wardrobe, your food, and even your home decor.
Take, for example, this truly stunning wedding dress…
Or perhaps add some tulle to your flowers…
And even add it to your table decor for a nice spring outdoor evening.
Make your flower girls feel even more like princesses than they already are.
And we never forget about shoes…
April 07, 2017
Winter weather is making an exit, but there’s still a bit of a chill in the Spring air… and while the lines have been blurred between what is socially acceptable in what season (I’m talking to you “White after Labor Day”) – we like to think VELVET can work in any season if done well. Here are some examples to inspire your wardrobe, your wedding, and your life!
Have a fun and fresh outdoor party and line your table with velvet for some texture
Add a velvet bomber to your springtime wardrobe
Are you redecorating? Think about adding some velvet touches to your living room.
You can even walk on velvet!
And how can we talk about velvet without talking about red velvet CAKE!
March 31, 2017
No for real… No one should be denied dessert.
We at AE Events have been diligently attending tastings with our clients in anticipation of their spring events. All of the discussion of: Which salad? Should we serve beef or fish? Do we even know any vegans?! – comes to a screeching halt when dessert is served. Even though everyone has claimed up to that point, “OMG, I’m so stuffed!” somehow, there is always room for dessert.
I could probably talk about dessert for hours – and while Italian pastries (cannolis, eclairs, and cookies, etc…) are never wrong in my opinion – I am going to focus this particular blog on Celebration Cakes.
When I turned 30 my husband did not heed the advice of the bakery and ordered a cake way too big to serve the 35 guests we had in attendance. I still appreciate that he took the effort to get the cake, but I think we ate that cake until I turned 31. Regardless, it was delicious and from Konditor Meister.
Rule #1. Consider exactly how many guests might eat cake. If you’re serving other desserts in addition to the cake, you can often cut the number of slices down. Ask the bakery what they recommend based on your guest count and mini pastries…. I mean “other desserts.”
We had a client who really wanted a personalized cake to celebrate her birthday. We turned to Cakes to Remember and Ellen was able to turnaround sketches for approval and then baked and hand-painted the details on this cake.
Rule #2. Don’t be afraid to personalize. It’s your celebration and it should reflect you! This goes for wedding cakes too!
So many fillings! At a recent tasting we tried 4 different fillings for the cake. Discussion turned to which tier should be what… what will people like? What do we like? While a crazy cake that looks like the DeLorean from Back to the Future is really cool (see Rule #2) – if the inside is some bizarre flavor like roasted artichokes with chocolate sprinkles* – you’ll probably have a lot of leftover cake. *note, I have never seen this flavor, nor do I want to. However, I had a bat mitzvah client who wanted a rainbow cake – it totally fit her theme and crowd and everyone thought it was awesome.
Rule #3. Know your audience. You can personalize the interior to a point, but if this is your only dessert and you’re hosting 250 guests for your wedding, think about “majority rules” for at least one tier.
Some of our clients get overwhelmed with all of the options out there for their celebration and when it comes to the cake, they just… can’t even. So in those moments of despair, we remind them that keeping it simple is always elegant, always chic and always beautiful.
Rule #4. When in doubt, simple always works. As long as the cake is delicious, who says it has to be a thousand tiers high with edible gold paint and alternating layers of special cherries flown in from Turkey? (yeah, google “largest cherry producing country” – fun fact!) If that’s your thing, we understand, but sometimes a simple cake like this can make an equally delicious statement, like this one from the Dominican Republic
In the end, even if you don’t follow the rules above, cake is delicious.
March 24, 2017
We’re in love with all of the floral patterns that have been blooming in anticipation of spring’s arrival. Whether for your home, your spring wardrobe or a celebration you’re planning, these fresh ideas will make your world blossom! Check out some of our faves…
1. As we step into warmer weather, lets start with the shoes… you can paint the town floral in these stilettos we found on Easy. A great excuse for a pedi, as if anyone needs one!
2. Add some splash to an invitation or personal note cards… we’re obsessed with DIY envelope liners.
3. Shed that coat and curate a new look celebrating the season. Sometimes mixing patterns – a floral with a stripe – can add an air of sophistication!
4. Vintage china patterns can be a great source of inspiration too.
5. For more subtle patters check out laser-cut or lace, for us it’s the bolder the pattern, the better!