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Sweet Escape: Wedding Candy August 22, 2008

Filed under: Decorating Inspiration,Holidays & Entertaining,Sweet Escape — Melissa @ The Inspired Room @ 1:05 am

One of my favorite things we did for the wedding reception was the “candy bar.” I know it is not very original but it really turned out to be both cute and a fun part of the festivities. It was fairly simple but still sweet!

We set it up right in the hub of the reception so it served both as a decoration and a focal point destination for sweets. We bought the candy from local beach candy shops and mixed into the decor the “love is sweet” frame as well as starfish (for the beach theme) and framed photos of the bride and groom. Of course, we coordinated the candy colors with the wedding colors.

Sticky tack is your friend if you want starfish to stick up and not slide down.

We used muffin papers for people to put their jelly beans in as they walked around.

Not shown in these photos was a big basket of cute bagged candy that served as party favors for guests.

This was definitely a SWEET ESCAPE! And a “candy bar” would be a cute idea for any party, not just weddings.

Did you see the behind the scenes of the wedding cupcakes in the previous post? Click HERE.
Are you new here and want to read who this wedding was for? Welcome! Click here!
Want to see what this beach house looked like just weeks before the wedding? Click here!


Sweet Escape: Wedding Cupcakes Behind the Scenes

Filed under: Domesticity,Holidays & Entertaining,Sweet Escape,Traditions & Memory Making — Melissa @ The Inspired Room @ 1:00 am

So, you want to see some behind the scenes from the wedding?

Of course you do. Alrighty then. {Hey, I see 1,000 of you slinking quietly out the back door, that is OK. You can come back when this is over. I don’t blame you}. I was so overwhelmed by how to show you all the happenings and photos that I was almost paralyzed. What to show? Where and how to show it? Will you all be bored out of your minds? Will there be people un-subscribing right and left? Should I start a wedding blog (nah, I’m not worthy)?

But then I just decided to stop worrying and BREAK IT DOWN. And really, what better SWEET ESCAPE than to show you the CUPCAKES? And because we had a couple of sweet things about this wedding, how about two sweet escape posts in one weekend? Sure. Part Two will be Sweet Escape: The Candy Bar. Stay tuned.

When my daughter and I started wedding planning, we thought cupcakes would be the appropriate dessert choice for a youthful, fun beach town wedding. We weren’t super original with that idea, or the “candy bar” idea, but I can say they were both BIG HITS nonetheless. Thank you to all the wedding bloggers who shared ideas, we stole tons of them. Here are a few I enjoy, not only for wedding planning but for inspiration in other areas as well: Southern Weddings Magazine, A Classic Bride, Style Me Pretty.

So, in our quest for the cupcakes, we visited the local cupcake bakeries and sampled all the options. {Shut up, I know I gained a few pounds in sampling}.

But at over $3.00 a piece for the standard cupcakes, we started to wonder “how much trouble could it possibly be to make our own cupcakes?” (note: only in my family would we contemplate such things).

Yeah. No trouble at all. Maybe no trouble for an ordinary day at home. But on an over 100 degree day, baking 200 cupcakes was a bit hot. But even more than the baking, the transporting of the cupcakes was the biggest issue. We had to bake most of them at home in Portland, drive them to Gearhart to frost them and then transport them a little further down the coast to our beach house where the reception would be held. The logistics of a “destination wedding” made things interesting. Not to mention we had never used a pastry tool before.

The upside of baking our own was 1) the reasonable cost and 2) we could personalize them to the wedding colors and 3) my daughters & I now have great memories of frosting in our hair and flour on our faces. And honestly, our cupcakes were tastier than any we had sampled. We ended up with three varieties.

The chocolate brownie cupcakes, topped with chocolate curls and mint green bark were SO TASTY. THE CHOCOLATE MINTY GOODNESS was to die for. We decided to make things easier and use a Ghiradelli brownie mix. Yeah, we used a brownie mix. Shoot me. Have I disgraced the meaning of all things sacred & acceptable for weddings by not having a fancy schmancy bakery make these from scratch? Sigh. Probably. But I’m a Blissfully Domestic Diva and that means I can do whatever I want, including using boxed mixes even for a wedding. So there. I don’t get all bent out of shape over those sorts of things. Am I crazy?

In addition to the brownie ones, there were white ones with the pink frosting and white pearl candy top, as well as the white ones with the white frosting and the pink pearl candy top. My daughter had to learn how to use the frosting tube in order to make them. They may not have been perfect, but they sure turned out cute enough all together on trays at the wedding.

We made batches of the brownie cupcakes and frosted the white cupcakes at our friends’ beach house in Gearhart. She was generous to allow us use of her home for some of the wedding party’s accommodations. And we took full advantage of the kitchen the day before the wedding. Just in case you are wondering, here is what this house looks like from the outside.

While us girls were in the middle of making frosting and baking at the house, we heard a knock on the door. Hello, it was a real estate appraiser. Fancy that! He wanted to take PICTURES OF THE KITCHEN. It was so embarrassing, we really had a big mess, flour and junk everywhere — I am sure my friend is going to shoot me when she sees the appraiser’s pictures. Oops! Sorry. Probably cost her a few thousands dollars off the appraisal.

Not only were we working on wedding cupcakes, but we were assembling breakfast for the next morning, and lunch for right before the wedding. Good thing there was a great big farm table for all of the food and care packages. I forgot to take a photo of the girls’ care packages. Super cute spring green Chinese take out boxes.

Once we got those pupcakes (as my niece called them) all pretty and frosted we suddenly realized we had to transport 200 of them perfectly INTACT (i.e. not STACKED) for another 1/2 hour ride to our beach house. Along with my girls’ 300 suitcases, a wedding dress, a karaoke machine and various other miscellaneous necessities crammed in my mini-van. It was a crazy day, but we managed to pull it off. Was it worth it? I will have those memories forever. Yeah, it was worth it.

Stay tuned for Sweet Escape part two, THE CANDY! The candy display was one of my favorite things we did to decorate! But will you get to see the wedding, the flowers, the dress and the red shoes? Oh yeah. All in good time. All in good time, my pretties.

Are you new here and want to read who this wedding was for? Welcome! Click here!
Want to see what our beach house (which we used for the reception) looked like just weeks before the wedding? Click here!


Sweet Escape: Sunny Days August 9, 2008

Filed under: Sweet Escape — Melissa @ The Inspired Room @ 1:00 am

Nothing like a pop of yellow to sweep the clouds away! I hope you all have a sweet escape planned. We are entering the final week now of wedding frenzy. I am excited to see it all come together. I’m a little sad knowing she is going to be driving off waving goodbye in the end, but hoping to enjoy every last moment making things special. Sunny days, sweeping the clouds away!

Happy sunny day to you all!

More Observation Posts next week, and wedding updates on Twitter too!

Oh, and if you visit me on Twitter you’ll get to hear lots of stuff you don’t find out on my blog, like the latest RAT episode (right on cue, didn’t I tell you last Thanksgiving that we can’t have holidays or events without a rodent involved?)

Photos: Tortuga Bay Hotel, a string of villas in the Dominican Republic designed by Oscar de la Renta, Architectural Digest


Sweet Escape: No Laptops Allowed August 1, 2008

Filed under: Sweet Escape — Melissa @ The Inspired Room @ 6:49 pm

I found a dreamy place for my weekend escape! If only. I could spend about 10 days in a place like this. See those two chairs? One for me, one for you. We can find some chairs for all of our other friends, too, don’t worry.

Oh! Here are more chairs. One for everyone. Shall we all go? A big blogging vacation? We could leave our laptops at home and just chat face to face. Drinks in hand. No computers to be found.

Cozy spot for morning scones!

Oh, and a sunny spot for afternoon tea! This is my kind of place.

Here’s my room! I’m claiming it.

The Inn at Perry Cabin, [from their website] “a luxurious manor house resort and spa, is located in the Victorian resort town of St. Michaels on the Eastern shore of Maryland. Steeped in history, this colonial mansion exudes calm and elegance, the perfect hideaway.”


Sweet Escape: A Perfect Place for Some R & R July 25, 2008

Filed under: Sweet Escape — Melissa @ The Inspired Room @ 5:18 pm
Im ready to dive into that pool...

I'm ready to dive into that pool...

If only I was headed for a vacation like that! Oh well, maybe someday.
Happy weekend, one and all! MUAH!!!!

photo: Architectural Digest
Casa Triton, Mexico

Need a break this weekend? Here are some other great places to escape:

Swim with the Turtles!

A Girl Can Dream!

The Orient Express!


An Adventure Like No Other!

A Scottish Castle!


Sweet Escape: Blog Talk Radio & Beach Style July 18, 2008

Filed under: Decorating Inspiration,Style Tips,Sweet Escape — Melissa @ The Inspired Room @ 12:49 pm
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What a week! I had lots going on this week, so I am glad it is finally Friday!

I know I promised you all a link to my Blog Talk Radio appearance on The “O” Myth, so here it is. It was so fun chatting (live!) with the delightful hosts of that program, Brandie, The Home Office Organizer, and Krista of Organize In Style. So as a little diversion from the usual blog reading, feel free to pour yourself a cup of coffee and listen in our our conversation about decorating and the William Morris quote: “Have nothing in your house which you do not find to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

Paula from Neutral Dwelling is hosting a Photo Story Friday today where she is asking people to post photos of anything regarding design or our homes. Feel free to join in! In my post today, I am sharing a couple of images from one of my favorite shops in Cannon Beach, Sesame and Lillies. I have a growing fondness for “classy beach and relaxed summer decor” and this store really captures that for me! I It is a beautiful place to spend lots of time browsing and absorbing ideas. I love it!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

photos by: Melissa Michaels (taken at Cannon Beach Shop, Sesame & Lillies)

Blog Talk Radio: The “O” Myth, click here to listen in!