I am very excited to announce that Rules for the Frugally Fabulous Reception Spring 2014 Contest will be announced in the next two weeks.
The winner of the contest will receive :
A copy of Frugally Fabulous Wedding Receptions
1. Menu planning assistance
2. Adjustment of recipes to fit your guest count
3. A shopping list organized by grocery department
4. Schedule for menu item preparation
5. A master list for all the serving pieces you will need
6. A suggested buffet layout based on your menu.
7. One-on-one Skype consultation
Contest rules will be posted before the end of January on my Pinterest board and here on my blog. Sign up to follow both so you don't miss a chance to win one of these packages. A winner will be chosen at the end of each quarter and the consulting service must be completed within one calendar year of the award.
And now...on to LET THEM EAT CAKE
Number 3 in a series where I am sharing ways to reduce the amount of money you spend by looking at each specific part that contributes to the total budget of your reception.
How to Save Money on Your Cake includes lots of great options and alternatives that range from making and decorating your own cake to buying individual layers of wedding cakes at a national discount chain.
1. DIY. Yes it is possible.
But.....now let's look at other possibilities that you might not have considered. These can save you lots of money, without adding additional stress to your life.
|Instructions for Frosting Roses|
4. Order Decorated Sheet Cakes
|http://www.globalsugarart.com/ for stencils|
Use a designer stencil to apply butter cream frosting on the sides. Place flowers similar to those in your bouquet on top.
Stencil colored butter cream on the sides and top
|Sweet Luna Deserts|
Aren't these fun! What's nice about cake-pops is that the "pop" is coated in melted chocolate, which prevents the cake from drying out if they are made a few days in advance. For a dramatic display a holder of some sort is helpful.
Cake mix can be used for the cake portion so they are definitely economical. I made a batch for the holidays one year and found working with liquid chocolate something that one needs to practice. So play with these first.
Here is the link for the instructional video for these goodies, featuring Bakerella , the author of Cake Pops
Cake Pop How To
9 And Then There Are:
Wedding Cakes Layers from Walmart.At the time this picture was taken each layer was selling for $7.48
Put some pretty flowers on top on each cake and place on cake stands - you are set.
Caution: Don't try to stack these cakes on top of each other without cake boards and some sort of support within the cake...The link above to Artsy Crafty Mom shows you how to assemble the cake in layers using lollipop sticks if you would like to stack the layers.
10. And from yummy cakes we move to Yummy Cupcakes
These displays are from www.cakecentral.com which is an excellent resource if you are considering any type of DIY cake
|Uploaded by PeggyMichel|
Approximately 45 cupcakes
|Uploaded by Joey|
Approximately 92 cupcakes
|Uploaded by Michellew|
Approximately 74 cupcakes
As you look that the three pictures please notice the presentation. If the table shape matches the cake shape it enhances the presentation. Very simple; round cake = round table, square cake = table with square corners.
But....you say - I don't have time right before the wedding to bake and decorate a cake.
I bet you didn't know that professionals bake the cake in advance and freeze it. Ahhhhhh...that makes the task a little less daunting yes? But it still feels like more than you want to bite-off. Read on and see more options for DIY possibilities And no....you are not going to spend $700.00 on a cake for 150 guests.
Search DIY Wedding Cakes on Google and Pinterest
This cake features lace doilies as the inspiration for the decoration.
to see numerous ideas for cakes that actually look like they can be decorated by someone without formal training.
Unique and Different Cakes
|Photo: © 2012 Ann-Kathrin Koch Photography|
Where else to look for someone to create your dream cake?Note: Ask to see the portfolio of anyone you interview...they should have a picture collection of all the various cakes they have created.
a.) A local supplier of cake decorating supplies; frequently they offer classes and can refer you to an accomplished "student" who is trying to build a business.