Monday, April 27, 2015

SOON & TESSA's WEDDING | February 2015






Some 'behind-the-scenes' and preparations from my cousin's wedding last February. Congratulations once again to Soon & Tessa!!! And thanks to all who were involved in the preparation work. What a wonderful team of wedding planners you all make! Especially my parents!!!! 

It always begins with the tier. I have in hand all manner and sizes of styrofoam in storage. It helps with the mix and matching when building a tier.


I found this gorgeous teal velveteen material and used most of it it for the top portion. Initially it was hard holding it together, but after a couple of pins around the tier it surprisingly held quite well.

Securing it to see if it will stand upright. No leaning tower of Pisa here.

I used a satay stick. They're life savers when you want to reposition the tiers as you work on it. I think the splinters grip onto the styrofoam like velcro. Nice!

I made table no. stands as well. The ones from the restaurants look old and boring.

Hand cut these from glittery foam. Love this new foam sheets that come in a myriad of glitters!

All cut and ready for assembly.

Pinning them strategically so they seem fluttering about.

See that gloss and shine!

All done! Phew!

Mixing a matching teal with some poster colours. The frame is a DIY photo frame made of quality chipboard. Brilliant for an arch.

Once dry, I always like to layer my poster coloured work with Mod Podge. This is a sparkle coating. Yes, it needs to shine subtlely.

My Mom is my life saver! She's helping me to assemble the origami swallows and the Hershey kisses into this tiny tiny little bamboo steamer I bought from Weddings.com.my

The swallows were made by a good friend of mine from our crafting group.

Top tier in progress.

The bottom tier.
The little figurines for the cake topper. Handmade, of course!

The seating chart.

The baking the next day. Coconut cupcakes!!!! Yummmmmm!

A little decor for the lunch meet and greet.

The pool I bought from Amazon. Thanks to Grace for lugging this back!!! I can't thank her enough. And Popo for letting me do this on her precious lawn. This was super fun.

And a million thanks to my dad for setting it up. He's one chap you can count on when you need stuff done!

A rainbow of pouf for the entrance at my grandma's house.

The meeting at popo's house.

Let the fun begin!!!

Look at them play. I bet they have no idea, there's a wedding going on!?

Food!!!!

Getting ready for the play pool.

Fearless Asher!

Vera and Kai Yeh having some fun by the pool. I have a smaller pool just for Vera.

Zach having a fun with some props. Thanks Grace!!!!

Hayley had fun!

Adorable Asher and Daniel.

The couple of the day! Super gorgeous!!!

Lots of photo taking.

Naked cakes.

Love the piping on these cuppies.

The dessert table

The setting is done by a hired professional.

The chamcha corner.


Who's that? Hehe!



Did I mention it was Coconut cupcakes with Mango Creamcheese frosting?!!!

Spencer, Meili, Hayley and Gracie! All of you look gorgeous!!!

A little group portrait. The Lims.

The bride and groom arriving.

An impromptu photo with Uncle Johnathan.

Hayley joining in the action as well.
 


Wednesday, March 04, 2015

VERA's 1st BIRTHDAY CUPCAKES | SOME PEOPLE ARE WORTH MELTING FOR


We must have a Frozen themed birthday cake! Simply because my 2 God daughters are really worth melting for. LOL! So, here's a little tute on how I made Olaf with fondant for Vera's very first birthday party.

It usually starts with a little inspiration. Bought these set of key chain charms from Chinatown. Took off the links and chains and you have perfect figurines in a row.
Sketching Olaf was easy.
Had to do some online research. Printed out a template so Olaf will be proportionate.

The ring base is just a sheet of foil rolled up into a doughnut.



Cover with a thick layer of white fondant.

Pressed firmly and shaping it to the foil ring.

Another layer of orange coloured fondant.

Make sure to tuck in the edges neatly.

Olaf's body.

Stubby legs.

His face is relatively easy to do when you have sketched him out and have a visual of his head shape in mind. Add black for the insides of his mouth.

Supported the tooth initially with a kitchen towel.

A toothpick works better as support.

Constructing the face. Note to self...Olaf's eye's are supposed to be touching each other. Yikes!

His nose has to look carrot like. So don't forget the ridges on the carrot skin.

Plonking his head onto the body. I used as toothpicks as support.

Surprisingly the eyes are store bought. But you can very well make these out of normal fondant.

Close up.

Don't forget the coconut.

I had the hairpiece and hands made separately. I secured the hairpiece onto a pin to dry. Made a hole on the head so I can insert later.

Adding the arms.

Tada!

The heat and humidity creating havoc in my kitchen. Had to support the head while it dries.

A teeny tiny paper umbrella. I used a flower paper puncher and folded the petals to resemble an umbrella.




Finally deciding on the tier factor.

The baking begins. COCONUT CUPCAKES! I'm sure Olaf would have approved.
 I also made Vanilla ones, just in case.

While prepping for Vera's birthday cake I also made some fondant for Christmas!

Penguins and polar bears.

Frozen themed cupcakes all dolled up.






For my neighbours!


The whole tier.









Vera and Kai Yeh!

Hayley biting into a whole cupcake!


Queen Elsa loves a good cupcake!




YUMMMMMMZZZZZZ!!!!!