November 21, 2012

I have a gorgeous table to show off today by my lovely friend Jacki from Blissfully Sweet Cakes.

Jacki’s eldest son Liam celebrated his FIrst Holy Communion last week so Jacki wanted to create something that was not overly religious in the traditional sense but still meaningful.  To help with this Nicole from Pretty and Print created a stained glass window themed invitation and from their Jacki created a stunning table that kept to this wonderful theme. Enjoy some wonderful photos and Jacki’s words about how the table came to life below.

I wanted a crisp white look matched with the blues and greens of the design theme. I did not want anything too cluttered and while toying around with some ideas, the string art backdrop idea came to life. As my table was not large, I needed to keep my items clean and uncluttered. My colour coordinated sweets (thank you!) became another part of the backdrop and instead of fancy candy jars, I used regular straight edged drinking glasses. For this table, I made a lot of the props and serving ware myself. The back long riser for the candies was made with a simple long piece of wood and decorative raised feet on either end gave it the height it needed. Simple rectangle platters were made the same way at the front of the table and both were painted white. My lime green cake stands were made from IKEA candle sticks with round boards affixed to the top and then given a spray paint finish.

For the sweets – the table was a small display piece for my desserts. The centrepiece cake I always wanted to be based on a stained glass design. A black outline was  piped on and then the “windows” were all hand painted in different hues of my theme colours. The table was anchored by 2 matching water coloured cakes. As adornment for these cakes, I tried my hand for the first time at royal icing cages. These were very delicate and were like stained glass walls they wrapped around the cakes. Cookie bites were made and given a watercolour finish in the design colours and the most delicious marbled macarons were made by the wonderful macaron goddess Jhoanee at Its a Cake Thing. Layered petit cakes were topped with royal icing stained glass and pannacotta shot glasses were topped with mini macarons.
Additional desserts were also made and they included layered jelly and ice blocks for the kids and for the adults we had vanilla pannacotta with balsamic strawberries as well as a decadent coconut and raspberry cake with a cream cheese whipped icing.
Lastly, our celebration was a small family and friends affair and this allowed for small and intimate table arrangements for the guests. Flowers for each table were the centrepiece and arrangements of blue hydrangeas and baby hydrangeas were natural looking and bought colour to the table. Little glass jars filled with little flower buds completed the table flowers. I included the printables into our table setting in the form of placemats for everyone.  I loved how these set off the blue china perfectly.
Cake, sweets, styling and photography by Blissfully Sweet
Printables by Pretty & Print
Macarons by Its a Cake Thing
Candy, milk glass cake stand and white compotes by Sweet Style

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