Valentine’s Day is upon us! Last year when I created my inaugural Vintage Valentine’s Day party I had a simple revelation that this sweetly romantic day was the perfect occasion to celebrate in style by gathering a few ladies together to enjoy an afternoon of feminine beauty, fellowship and sweet treats.
When one of my friends announced her 4th pregnancy, it took me about three seconds to decide the theme of her baby shower. Her kitchen has bright orange cupboards which are reminiscent of my Nanna’s incredibly cool laminex. She adores this often ignored, yet fabulous colour, and so do I. Sadly, bright orange appears to be completely underestimated in the current party scene. It is such a gloriously intense colour which adds the most startling wow factor to any dessert table. As I wanted my orange to make a real POP in this party, I teamed it up with perhaps an unlikely partner…rustic timber and woody, earthy textures. I was determined to keep everything else neutral, so that my lovely orange could take centre stage. It’s effect was nothing short of spectacular!
It is with great pleasure that I introduce to you my Summer Boho New Year’s Eve party!! My absolute passion for bright colours found an unhindered outlet in this concept and design. As mentioned in my previous post, I wanted to break away from the traditional colour schemes usually associated with New Year’s Eve and bring a truer reflection of our lengthy Australian summer days to the table.
Happy New Year fellow creatives and all of you lovely people who take the time to look at Mama bear’s Kitchen. I feel like I am finally up for air after yet another busy Christmas season. I have quite a few posts to share with you but wanted to start the year off with this funky tiered buttercream cake I made for our New Year’s eve party. I had been mulling over the concept of a unique, summer related New Years theme, wanting to leave behind the glitz and sparkle usually associated with this time of the year, instead capturing the essence of our lengthy, sunshine filled Australian days. With this in mind, I came up with my Summer Boho theme and had the most glorious time sourcing bright neon props and copious amounts of feathers!
Wow! …is all I can say about the incredibly fabulous colour palette chosen by the stunning bride who ordered this cake. It has been almost 23 years since I had to make a colour choice for my wedding, and I hang my head in shame as I admit that I only got as far as …wait for it…….yes,
I know. There are no excuses for a colour like that. Ever.
My only concession , which my bridesmaid recently pointed out to me when I was lamenting the hideous colour scheme I chose for my wedding, was that we got married in the early 90’s, which is basically the tail end of the 80’s and burgundy was the hot colour of the Federation fad. Remember federation green….? SO I was actually right on trend. That made me feel better….sort of.
Anyway…oh if I could only do my wedding all over again! How many 80’s/90’s brides have made that wish?! My point being that this sexy shimmery hot pink would probably hit the top of my list. I adore everything about this colour scheme. Bohemian chic/ berrylicious/deep pinks/shimmers of gold….absolutely stunning. I have no photos of the bridal party, so the cake will have to suffice. But trust me when I say the whole wedding was brilliant. It was set to take place in a picturesque garden, but unfortunately rain forced us all inside. Let me say there was grief. I was going to set up the dessert tables under a sprawling tree, using suspended wooden slabs tied with crocheted ropes hanging from a branch to hold the cupcakes. I bought the most glamorous hot pink shimmery sequin tablecloth and the coolest deep pink 70’s brocade bedspread to use as another cloth over my tables. It was all set to look spectacular.
My heart went out to the bride. Actually, my heart broke for the mother of the bride. She had worked tirelessly preparing all the food, thinking through every detail and setting up every element of all of the food and drink stations. She is nothing short of a legend really.
And it rained. Far from the greatest disaster in the world, but right up near the top of the wedding disaster list. After a few tears, hugs and reassurance, we all set to work to whip up a sensational indoor wedding and reception at the same venue. All worked out well in the end, as it usually does. The bride, as I mentioned before, was like a shining angel. She was beaming and the whole occasion was a privilege to be a part of.
So without further ado, here is my Bohemian chic wedding cake, complete with gold paint and feathers. Thank you dearest Amy, for letting me be a part of such a wonderful day.
I am really missing my blog. It seems that this year is almost over and I have hardly been here. So much has been happening, and understandably, my dear little blog comes pretty low on the family priority list! I am really just a busy mother who loves to bake and create. I want to thank all of you who still pop in to have a look at what I have done, and those who stay connected with me on my Facebook page and Instagram. (Links on the sidebar). I would love to see my blog grow and do have some wonderful things to share with you all in the coming weeks….not in the least our amazing Vintage wedding! So please stay connected. Drop me a line to say hello.
I decided to try something a little bit different with my cake last weekend, working on my ganache skills at the same time. These types of cakes are very popular at the moment and I see myself exploring all sorts of possibilities with them in the near future. The pink topping is white chocolate coloured with pink candy oil colour. The pro’s use all sorts of huge, quirky chocolate and toffee shards, macarons, meringues, caramel popcorn and lollies to adorn the tops of their masterpieces.
I think I am a little bit inspired! Stay tuned….