Let’s Be Pen Pals

Good morning dear ones, thanks so much for dropping into my little happy place today.

In September two years ago, our precious son and his beautiful bride got married. (You can see their lovely vintage wedding here). Between August and December of that year we actually had five weddings! Hubby, being a minister, officiated at most of them, while I had the honour of styling desserts and cakes as well. Most of them were young friends of our son, so it was pretty special, albeit quite busy, being a part of such celebrations.  

For this wedding, the young bride’s vision was for a vintage wedding with burlap, lace and lavender as the chosen colour scheme. She wanted an extensive dessert table, catered largely by myself, with added homemade sweets. She also requested a lolly buffet, providing the sweets and glassware herself, which I styled. 

I really love lolly buffets. They are always such a hit at weddings and the potential for colour coordinated styling sends me into a frenzy! I’m just crazy about them! All you need are a few key vintage pieces, and by matching the colour palette to your theme you can lift your desserts to the next level. Take a look at a similar lolly buffet I created for my son’s wedding, using a different colour scheme. 

Two of the easiest ways to jazz up your lolly buffet are making a fabric garland backdrop to frame your display, and marquee letters to create an eye catching centrepiece.

As a very tactile person, I love working with fabric and paper. It’s easy to make a backdrop garland by using a selection of cheap fabric cut into two inch strips and bunching them together on a length of string. Go for volume and make a lot of strips. Include lace and ribbon for added texture. 

Marque letters are available from Spotlight stores, for around $15 on special. I glue coordinating fabric letters onto a cardboard template and pop the lights back in. Too easy.

The dessert table had a more rustic look than the lolly buffet, while some elements were carried through to give continuity. Touches of lavender on the food cards and some pastel sweets softened the look. A bunch of fresh of lavender in an old silver teapot on top of some of my favourite books kept in with the vintage theme.

A generous hessian tablecloth topped with vintage lace covered the long table, with timber palettes giving height and interest to the display, along with my gorgeous tin cake stands, wood slices and timber boxes.

For the dessert menu I made white chocolate Tim Tam pops and white choc covered Oreos, plus a selection of cupcakes including lime & pistachio, lavender & earl grey and cookies & cream. They didn’t last long! 

I couldn’t resist sneaking a few photos of my dear ones as they were clearly delighted in being together so close to their own special day. Young love. Sigh. 


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