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Cake Goodness – Bachelorette party cakes and more

What is your favorite trend for wedding cakes at the moment?
My favorite trend for wedding cakes this moment is tall and lean cakes with a different patterns and textures on each tier (such as damask, stripes, quilted look, etc). My other favorite thing is when the top tier is no bigger than about 4 inches and there is one big fat flower on the side of the top tier (instead of an entire bunch).
What is the most popular flavor for wedding cakes?
My most popular flavor would have to be “Brown Sugar Baby” which is Chocolate and Vanilla cake gently swirled together with a delicious chocolate fudge filling, finished of with a decadent not too sweet vanilla Buttercream Icing.
What FireFly package would you pick for your bachelorette party? – http://www.fireflygroupevents.com/girls/index.php
If I had to relive my bachelorette party again I would definitely want the Vegas package from FireFly. That is where my girls took me for my bachelorette party last April, and I must say it was unforgettable!!! I’d would love to go again!!
Name 3 famous people you’d invite on your bachelorette party? Why?
Hmmm… this is a hard question: Three famous people. I would have to pass on this one. I really cannot think of 3 people other than my bridesmaids that I could have chosen that could have made that weekend more memorable and outrageous than it already was!! =)
What’s your most outrageous wedding cake you have made?
A few weeks ago I did a wedding cake for a couple that was decked out from top to bottom including zebra print, butterflies, rhinestones, “sweet words” written on a tier, and hanging crystals. At first I wanted to make sure the groom was ok with this… and I asked him… and believe it or not he was probably the most excited about it! He even text messaged me a few days before their big day to tell me how excited he was to see it! What a sweet guy! Anything to make his bride happy =). And it turned out to be one wild, outrageous, and absolutely fabulous cake!
Which wedding are you: Beach, Mountain, Forest, or Countryside?
I would definitely be a forest wedding. This was part of the theme for my actual wedding day. My husband Chris loves spooky things, where as I being your typical girlie girl do not =). So I wanted our special day to be a union of our interests… hence our wedding theme: “Spooky Elegance”. Over our dance floor were black hanging branches with Swarovski crystals hanging from a few of the branches. The feel was to be as if you were dancing in the middle of a Spooky forest =)
If you could give one piece of wedding advice to a couple, what would that be………..?
WAIT TO GO ON YOUR HONEYMOON!!! You are so exhausted from all of the wedding madness it is hard to enjoy the next several days! Wait a week, or even a year so that you can look forward to its coming and be well rested!! And it keeps you motivated to not put back on the post wedding pounds if you have to be in a bikini =).

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Melinda from Cake Goodness is a cake designing genius, in fact I think her company should be re-named Cake Goddess.   Not only do her cakes look fabulous, they also taste amazing(James is addicted to her cake pops).  If you ever need a cake, cookies or cake pops in Southern California, Melinda is the woman to go to.  That includes having a gorgeous cake designed for your bachelorette party or bridal shower. She is beautiful on the inside and out and will custom design any cake you have in mind.  The pictures speak for themselves, thank you Melinda for sharing.

What is your favorite trend for wedding cakes at the moment?

My favorite trend for wedding cakes this moment is tall and lean cakes with a different patterns and textures on each tier (such as damask, stripes, quilted look, etc). My other favorite thing is when the top tier is no bigger than about 4 inches and there is one big fat flower on the side of the top tier (instead of an entire bunch).

What is the most popular flavor for wedding cakes?

My most popular flavor would have to be “Brown Sugar Baby” which is Chocolate and Vanilla cake gently swirled together with a delicious chocolate fudge filling, finished of with a decadent not too sweet vanilla Buttercream Icing.

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What FireFly Bachelorette package would you pick for your bachelorette party?

If I had to relive my bachelorette party again I would definitely want the Vegas package from FireFly. That is where my girls took me for my bachelorette party last April, and I must say it was unforgettable!!! I’d would love to go again!!

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Name 3 famous people you’d invite on your bachelorette party? Why?

Hmmm… this is a hard question: Three famous people. I would have to pass on this one. I really cannot think of 3 people other than my bridesmaids that I could have chosen that could have made that weekend more memorable and outrageous than it already was!! =)

What’s your most outrageous wedding cake you have made?

A few weeks ago I did a wedding cake for a couple that was decked out from top to bottom including zebra print, butterflies, rhinestones, “sweet words” written on a tier, and hanging crystals. At first I wanted to make sure the groom was ok with this… and I asked him… and believe it or not he was probably the most excited about it! He even text messaged me a few days before their big day to tell me how excited he was to see it! What a sweet guy! Anything to make his bride happy =). And it turned out to be one wild, outrageous, and absolutely fabulous cake!

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Which wedding are you: Beach, Mountain, Forest, or Countryside?

I would definitely be a forest wedding. This was part of the theme for my actual wedding day. My husband Chris loves spooky things, where as I being your typical girlie girl do not =). So I wanted our special day to be a union of our interests… hence our wedding theme: “Spooky Elegance”. Over our dance floor were black hanging branches with Swarovski crystals hanging from a few of the branches. The feel was to be as if you were dancing in the middle of a Spooky forest =)

If you could give one piece of wedding advice to a couple, what would that be………..?

WAIT TO GO ON YOUR HONEYMOON!!! You are so exhausted from all of the wedding madness it is hard to enjoy the next several days! Wait a week, or even a year so that you can look forward to its coming and be well rested!! And it keeps you motivated to not put back on the post wedding pounds if you have to be in a bikini =).

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If you’re in California and would like a cake designed for you bachelorette party, bridal shower, or other celebration look for Cake Goodness. You can find them at http://www.cakegoodness.com/

The Sticky Pig – Unique treats for your bachelorette party or bridal shower!

Tara Simon, is a graphic designer, turned Pilates instructor, turned candied bacon confectionery artist.  She is the brainchild behind The Sticky Pig Candied Bacon Confections.  She metamorphed her love of food into a successful candied bacon enterprise complete with her own original, one-of-a-kind candied bacon creations.   She uses only the finest and freshest ingredients to create this ultimate guilty pleasure.  We were introduced to her alternative sweet & savory treats at Utterly Engaged’s new years party. My personal favorite sticky treat is the s’mores. I am still drooling! Tara’s treats make excellent bachelorette party favors or gifts to your bridal party – everyone loves food.  Thanks Tara for sharing!

What is your favorite candied bacon flavor and the most popular flavor?

My personal favorite is the Apple Pecan Dulce de Leche because it tastes like a cross between an apple pie and a churro. Yum! It’s hard to say which is the most popular because they all so good, but the top three are S’mores, Apple Pecan and The Elvis.

What gave you the idea to create The Sticky Pig?

I’ve been making candied bacon for years, but it wasn’t until I met an amazing group of foodie friends that inspired me to create new flavors and sell to the masses.

How do we find the sticky pig candied bacon confections?

As of right now you can buy them online at www.TheStickyPig.com.

What FireFly package would you pick for your bachelorette party?

That’s a hard one, because they all look fun, but I think I would choose the Psychic Party.

Name 3 famous people you’d invite on your bachelorette party? Why?

1. Eddie Izzard, but only if he dressed in drag.  2. Kathy Griffin.  3. Jane Lynch

Why? One word: Hilarious!

Which wedding are you: Beach, Mountain, Forest, or Countryside?

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What’s your most outrageous wedding memory?

I have never been married, but most memorable would have to be the hilarious drunken toasts.


Peace, love and bacon!

Temple of Groom Operation: Get Ben Folds to Play our Wedding

benfoldsWe came across a desperate plea by Dave from Temple of Groom and thought we’d offer a hand.  He’s sincere(crazy devoted), woeful, hopeful(fanatical), and putting his pride on the shelf in the hopes that Ben Folds will play his wedding. This is a worthy goal in our eyes and we wish Dave the best of luck.  In the spirit of the long shot, the hail mary play, Tiger Woods staying faithful, and the ugly guy getting the hot girl we’re asking you to check out the letter he wrote to Ben. Here’s an excerpt:

On TV, I just watched Oprah surprise her best friend Gayle by having Josh Groban serenade her at work. I think you’re easily 10x cooler than Josh Groban. I’m not saying that we’re any better than Gayle, but between you and me…well, I just think you’d have a better time at our wedding than hanging with Gayle (although I hear that she makes an awesome spinach and artichoke dip).

Check out the rest of his letter here: http://templeofgroom.blogspot.com/2009/12/ben-folds-our-wedding-my-impossible.html

Also, don’t miss reading his wedding blog that approaches weddings from a male perspective: http://templeofgroom.blogspot.com

DIY: Eco Funky Fused Plastic Table Numbers

Recycled Table NumbersEco is chic. We asked James from Plasctic Rapt(yes, he’s the same as James from FireFly) to teach us how to make recycled table numbers from fused plastic bags. These are great for an eco friendly bridal shower, bachelorette party, or even your wedding. It’s time to dig out those bags sitting in that drawer in your kitchen!

We’ll be fusing the plastic bags together then cutting out the numbers. Half the fun of this project is finding some funky plastic to decorate them with. You can use almost any type of plastic bags for this project. I chose a regular grocery bag for my base and then prettied it up with a target bag. There are sooooo many possibilities with fused plastic. Especially, since you can sew the fused plastic sheets as though they’re fabric! Now keep in mind that “used” bags are more in the spirit of “econess”. So don’t go to the store and grab a few extra bags ’cause that kinda defeats the “eco” part of all this. =]

To prepare for this project you’ll need to find the materials below and spend a moment on the computer. Make a print out of the numbers you’re constructing that you can use as a template. I like to print them out in grey to save some ink. There’s also no reason (unless you’re not artistically inclined) that you couldn’t draw the numbers out by hand.

IMPORTANT: Do this in a well ventilated area

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Ingredients:

  • Tape (scotch or masking)
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Parchment paper
  • Number template
  • Wedding Magazine (or any other kind, heavier the better)
  • Spiffy blue Vespa key chain(optional)
  • Can Do Spirit (not optional)

Step 1: Take the grocery bag and flatten it out in front of you. Fold the bag in half so the handles overlap.Take your scissors and gather both handles together and cut them off. This is to square the bag up and helps keep it symmetrical.

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Cut the bottom of the bag off as well. This gets rid of the extra gathers and folds in the bag.

Step 2: Fold the bag in halves until you’ve gotten to a size just large enough to lay your number template on top of it. The size should be slightly larger than the number you plan to cut out since the plastic shrinks a little bit.

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Step 3: Tear off 2 sheets of parchment paper that are larger than the folded bag. Place the folded up plastic bag between the two sheets of parchment paper.

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Step 4: Set your iron on a mid-level heat setting. I use the Rayon setting on mine. Anything hotter at this stage will be too hot. If the iron is too hot, holes can appear in the plastic or it can shrink and distort. Using a steady back and forth motion, run the iron over plastic (which should be between 2 pieces of parchment) with a firm pressure. Do this a few times then turn the parchment/plastic over and repeat on the other side.

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Once you’ve done both sides turn up the heat on your iron a couple of clicks. Again run the iron over the plastic a few times. After you’ve ironed for a few minutes, take a magazine and place it on top of the parchment. This is to help the plastic lay flat as it cools. Cooling only takes a few moments.

Step 5: Check the plastic for adhesion. Are the different layers beginning to fuse together? If not, keep ironing and gradually raise the temperature. I wouldn’t go past the cotton setting at any point though.

Step 6: If your layers have fused together, grab the decorative plastic. In this tutorial we’re using a target bag. Those little targets are a great visual pattern. Place this on top of your fused plastic sheet. Cover them with the parchment and again, starting at Rayon, iron the plastic sheets. After the first few passes raise the heat and iron for a few more. Once fused, trim off the excess material.

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Step 7: If your sheets are now fused, grab your number template and tape it to the plastic sheet. Using the scissors cut the number out of the plastic sheet. Once the cutting is complete, peel your number template off.

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Step 8: Look at your new masterpiece with a heightened sense of self worth and accomplishment. Smile! Now calculate how many more you have to do and get to work.

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The numbers aren’t incredibly stiff, but would look pretty cool if you hung them from a tree branch or used a bamboo skewer to hold them up. Get creative!

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Extra Notes: White plastic bags as a base make the colors you put on top of it more vibrant.  A great source of some colored bags are the pooper scooper bags the city puts in parks. I have found that the plastic in Target bags is very easy to work with.

Heres another number I did from the scraps on this project. I just covered it with a thin yellow bag I had in my bag stash.

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DIY – In Case of Emergency – Don’t pull hair

Wedding Emergency Kit

We know as MOH you have a lot of responsibilities, so we thought we’d ease your burden by listing out a great emergency kit that you can put together for the bride – she will love you for it.  These are hings that she might not have thought of or forgotten to bring on the day of the wedding like a sewing kit, mints, or fabric spot cleaner.  You can buy most of these “just in case”  items at the drug store, Target or Walmart.

If you pick a cute basket to hold everything the bride can reuse it once the wedding is past.  Here’s our starter list, we’re sure you’ll have some fun items to add to the list:

  • Headache pills
  • Mints/pocket listerine
  • Clear Nail Polish / File
  • Dental Floss
  • Hairspray
  • Deodorant
  • Needle and Thread
  • Kleenex, for the emotional tears
  • Lint remover
  • Q Tips
  • Safety Pins
  • Scissors
  • Shout Pen/Wipes / Chalk
  • Hand Sanitzer
  • Tampon
  • Glue/ Double Sided Tape
  • Granola Bar
  • Visine
  • Tums
  • Imodium
  • Hair Elastics / Hairspray / Hair Pins
  • Baby Powder
  • Lotion
  • Instant Hem & Cuff Fabric Tape

I found a lot of great boxes at the Container Store, click on the pictures below for more ideas.

For the Bachelorette Party, it’s a sweet gesture to put together a token gift for all the girls for the day or night out.  It’s a little something extra from the bridal shower gifts.  You can get a little more creative and artsy when putting together this emergency kit.  You can package them up in cute gift bags or boxes that match the colors of the wedding.  You can add a little message to each item, something funny or personal.   These are just suggestions to help you as you select items for you your kit.

  • Lip Gloss
  • Mints/Gum/Strips
  • Headache pills
  • FireFly Event Trip Sheet (Maps, itinerary, phone numbers)
  • Condoms (safety first) – for all those single girls
  • Candy necklace
  • Tissues
  • Emory Board / Clear nail polish
  • Band Aid
  • Hair Ties
  • Shot Glass and small bottle of alcohol

I found a few cute bags on Etsy that are reasonably priced to put all your goodies in. It’s a lovely gift which is also a nice keepsake for the girls.

Click on the bags below to find out which Etsy Store they belong to.

If you would prefer to buy a kit already made, we have found this great site Classy Girl Gift Co. They also have kits for the bride on

100 Layer Cake held a DIY competition, one of the finalists was Meredith’s Bachelorette Survival Kit – which we think is adorable.

Bachelorette Party Props

There are a few things that you might want to bring along to the bachelorette party, to let the world know that your best friend is getting married.

  • A Headpiece – Either a veil, tiara, bride hat or a hilarious wig.
  • Burlesque – A feather boa
  • The Dare to List – Get all the girls to write down some dares for the bride to do while on her bachelorette party (we will include one at a later date)
  • Design a T-Shirt – All the bachelorette guests can design their own t-shirt, or one for the bride – something funny (a picture from the past or a funny one of the groom) or a cute one
  • Blow-up Doll – A blow up doll that the bride has to carry or handcuff to herself, dressed in a funny outfit.
  • Disposable Cameras – About 2 of them, this means the cameras can be passed around during the bachelorette party, you want to make sure you get a record of this once in a lifetime event. You can even hire a photographer – we have some great packages on our site.  They will be able to document the event professionally.  What an amazing memory.
  • X-Rated paraphernalia – need we say anymore – there are lots of bachelorette party sites or adult stores that you can purchase naughty gifts.

FireFly Love – Michael Daigian Design

I love flowers – my mother used to own a gardening business in the UK.  I spent the summers  (so did a few of my friends) at School,  University and beyond, planting mowing and pruning.  I also made a really good friends bouquet for her wedding.  So I was delighted to feature the talented Michael from Michael Daigian Design.

MDD is a place where craftsmanship, experience, and originality are commonplace.  Understanding the inherent value of perfect design and treating each piece as a work of art.  They offer their work as a tribute and a treasure, where modern design is about the journey of discovery.

As a customer you will feel unique and pampered, MDD understand the importance of your occasion creating a wedding that is personalized and indulgent, expertly tailored to your desires.

We hope that with these few questions, you will find out a little bit more about the man behind MDD.  Don’t forget to check out his fabulous new blog to see more of his beautiful creations.

Michael Daigian

What’s your favorite or most popular trend in your field?
The influence and implementation of contemporary art structures in modern floral design; creativity and endless possibilities.

What FireFly package would you pick for your bachelor party?
Bike tours and beer tasting

Name 3 famous people you’d invite on your bachelor party?
Obama, Einstein, and Frank Lloyd Wright

What’s your most outrageous wedding memory?
From a vendor standpoint, building a 100 foot by 80 foot pavilion in the dark and then lifting it into place.

It’s the morning after the bachelor party, there is a tiger in your room, you can’t find the groom, what do you do?!!
Have fun, we’re in Vegas…right?

Finish this sentence: If I could give one piece of wedding advice it would be…
Choose wisely and work with your vendor endlessly to make sure everything is perfect

Michael Daigian

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Thanks Michael,

If you are in the San Fransisco area, then I would definitely check out his creations for your wedding or even flowers for your bridal shower or bachelorette party.  I feel that who you are can be expressed with the choices of flowers and colors for your wedding.

Girls on Film: A bachelorette party in photos

Over at The Wedding Chicks blog the “sweeter than honey” ladies have a fabulous post on a bachelorette party. It’s not one of ours but we LOVE the concept of having a photographer along for the ride(especially if she’s your friend).

Promise Tangeman shared a little bit of the fun and some photos with The Wedding Chicks:

“ The best weekend ever in a girls life, ever. haha. Her party was at a killer location, The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. The set up was rockin. It was amazing that I was able to be there and capture the fun filled lounge time we had together. There were so many fun moments and details to capture. I loved the colors, the textures, the dry heat, the wind through our hair, and the energetic ladies to pal around with.

I know photographing Bachelorette parties is rarely heard of… But, how fun would it be to have images to remember the bonding time of all your favorite girlfriends together to celebrate life and love?!?! I enjoyed this so much, that as a lady, and a photographer, I would love to do this again. I would love to hear from you if this is something that you are interested in.”

Read more and see more  at The Wedding Chicks Blog – http://weddingchicks.com/wedding-chicks/featured-weddings-events/11687/an-ace-holtel-bachelorette-part/#comment-13507

Enjoy,

Nadine

Married ON MySpace

Since we’re new to blogging, you’ll have to excuse us while we play catch-up.

Exciting news for FireFly (of course we had to go out and celebrate) – We were contacted by The Knot the number one, one-stop wedding planning guide for all your wedding needs.  They collaborated with MySpace to produce the interactive reality series – ‘Married on MySpace’.

The concept: Each week America voted on two key wedding elements (dress, location etc) for Elle and Tito’s big day.  The series ended with a live broadcast of the wedding.

FireFly’s part in the action:  We were asked to put together 3 bachelor party and 3 bachlorette party packages. We contacted a number of our fabulous vendors and with them put together 6 unique experiences for Elle and Tito’s bachelor and bachelorette parties.  It was then up to America to vote on what Tito and Elle would get to do. For Elle it was chocolate making, boudoir photos, or spa treaments and for Tito there was a choice of gentlemen’s club, paintball, or a high ropes adventure.

We had a lot of fun with our vendors and the film crew. We KNOW Elle and Tito had a blast. You’ll have to watch the videos to see what America chose.

Married on MySpace Ep. 10: Girls Go Wild

Married on MySpace Ep 9: Bachelor Party