A second life for your wedding cake?

Some time ago (almost two years), when I married my husband I had dreams of saving the top layer of our wedding cake to use as a christening cake for our first-born.  We recently christened our daughter (see the styling of her christening party here).  So…did the cake survive?

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Our Faye Cahill wedding cake

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YES!  Somewhat surprisingly the cake was absolutely delicious; a little crumbly and hard to keep the pieces neatly cut, however the taste and texture were divine.

Our little girl’s christening cake

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My mother-in-law kindly took care of the top layer of the cake immediately after the wedding and brought it over to us just prior to the christening.  For anyone else who is interested in giving your wedding cake a second life here is how we did it…

1. Choose the right type of cake. Firstly, the top layer of our wedding cake was a dense fruit cake (I can’t be sure how this would work with a chocolate or other type of cake). News just in…Faye Cahill has personally confirmed that the freezing technique will work on other varieties of cake, not just fruit cake! – see her post on Facebook.

2. Wrap in foil & freeze. The cake was wrapped tightly in a couple of layers of aluminium foil and then placed in a plastic bag and put in the freezer, the day after the wedding.

3. Defrost. 48 hours prior to the christening, the cake was removed from the freezer and left to slowly defrost in the fridge.

4. Remove from fridge & style. Around 4 hours before the christening was due to commence, I removed the cake from the fridge, took off the foil and styled it up.

5. Ta-da! Enjoy.

xx catherine and grace

 

Currently inspired by…

…these gorgeous flower arrangements seen at The Boathouse, Palm Beach at my friends’ wedding!

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xx catherine and grace

Flowers and fairylights

I worked with Papier D’Amour to design the stationary – invites, RSVP cards, menu/place cards, Order of Service booklets and additional signage (including “Don’t miss a beat because of sore feet”!).   The girls at Papier D’Amour are seriously brilliant and I loved working with them and would do so again (and have!) in a heartbeat. We organised the Order of Service inserts, the seating plan and all the lolly bar, photo table signage, as well as the favour tags, in-house.
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One of the things I love is incorporating a personal touch wherever possible.  Towards the back of the Order of Service booklet my husband and I drafted a personal thanks to our family, friends and the presiding priest.  Underneath I set out my something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.  We decided to use the menu cards as name cards, and we spent the last few nights leading up to the wedding writing a personal message to each and every guest on the back of their menu card.
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A simple palette of green and white was used for the flowers.  catherine and grace’s favourite florist, Floreat Floral based in North Bondi, did an exceptional job (ask for Jane – you won’t be disappointed) with the flowers.  The large arrangement at the front of the church was brought back to the reception to sit on the guest book table and the pew flowers were placed in small vases after the ceremony and scattered around the reception venue on the cocktail tables and chill out zones.
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We arranged for buttonholes for the groomsmen, fathers of the bride and groom, our ushers, readers and those assisting with the Offertory possession.  Immediate family (and their partners, of course!) had buttonholes for the boys and a corsage (either on their wrist or lapel) for the girls.
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Having never been a big fan of the bouquet toss, I gave my bouquet to my mum, as a thank you, as part of my speech.
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We were so lucky to secure a date in May at The Deckhouse at Woolwich pier.  I can not speak highly enough of the staff there and would certainly recommend it for all manner of functions.  Overlooking the stunning Sydney Harbour, this bright function space is surrounded on three sides by windows giving the space a great sense of openness, however with fairly lights, tea light candles and a sparkling handbag holder for each female guest, bouncing the light around, the intimacy was certainly not lost.
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We love a party and we wanted people to feel comfortable, but be able to mingle for as long as possible.  We decided on a roving entre and then a sit down main course, with dessert (our gorgeous wedding cake by Faye Cahill – her proportions make her cake’s so unique and special) to be served after the first dance for people to nibble on as they danced the night away.
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Once the dancing started, our band, Moodswing, made sure it never stopped and knowing our family and friends love of a boogie, we had catered for sore stiletto clad feet.  Buckets of white, grey and purple thongs in all sizes stood to the side of the dance floor with a sign encouraging guests to change their shoes, rather than stop dancing.
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In addition, for those needing a mid dance pick me up, catherine and grace designed a white themed lolly bar close to the dance floor which proved a hit.  Guests could also take some home for a midnight snack in the little customized pails created by catherine and grace.
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We placed photos of our parents’ and grandparents’ weddings in silver frames near the guest book table.  A Polaroid camera was provided for guests to leave their own photos in the guest book, along with messages of support and love.
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As the night wore on, I slipped into a Jayson Brunsdon mini dress (and donned those previously discarded pearl and diamond earrings – see related post) to dance the night away.  When every one else had left (yes, my husband and I were the last to leave), I lead my new husband down to the water where I’d organised a water taxi to take us across the harbour to the InterContinental where we had celebrated our engagement 9 months earlier!
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What a night!  Now that my head is no longer filled with my wedding fantasies and realities…it is time to enjoy the process all over again and help others style and enjoy their life’s celebrations!
xx catherine and grace
The details:
* Order of Service covers, menu cards, dance floor sign (as well as invites, envelopes & RSVP cards) – Papier D’Amour
* Order of Service inserts, seating plan,  lolly bar  &photo table signage, and the favour tags – catherine and grace
* All ribbon – silk grosgrain – Papier D’Amour
* Favours (for girls only) – small stones handbag holders, Wedding Bling
* Acrylic frames (for table numbers and various signage) – Wedding Bling
* Dance floor sign easel – provided by The Deckhouse
* Lolly jars – various.  Similar styles available from Domayne
* Favour box – white food pail with handle, from QCC Catering Equipment
* Flowers & all vases – Floreat Floral
* Round mirrors & tealights on tables – provided by The Deckhouse
* Cake – Faye Cahill
* Thongs (flip-flops) – Target
* Plastic thong buckets – Howards Storage World
* Silver frames – Whitehill, purchased from Peters of Kensington
* Guest book – Kikki K
For any further information on our suppliers and venues, ideas and inspiration or to have catherine and grace help you style an event, large or small, budget or extravagant, please contact Catherine on catherineandgrace@gmail.com to arrange an obligation free discussion.

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