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  • Winter Wedding Food -The Best Winter Warmer Cocktails, Canapes and Edible Favours

    Friday 16 December 2021 - Wedding Food - Tags: winter, favours, canapes

    Mini Winter Pies
    winter wedding mini pies
    Clockwise top left: | BBCfood | BBCgoodfoodme | Ardent Photography via TheSweetestOccassion

    Compiled by Karen Birney

    A cute way to greet your guests at your reception venue during the winter months is with a cup of tea and a mini pie. Go for mini mince pies decorated with a little heart or a star to generate a genuine Christmas feel, or maybe have some mini blackberry pies for something a bit sweeter. Pile them up on a cake stand and provide little bowls of fresh cream for the guests to help themselves. The homemade, rustic look of these mini bites creates instant warmth and an informal feel to your reception and will have your guests in a super mood!

    If you want to go for something a little more formal but still in-keeping with the winter warmer theme, serve canapés of mini savoury pies such as spinach and goat's cheese for the vegetarians, or ham and mushroom for the meat eaters.

    Winter Warmers
    winter cocktails drinks
    Clockwise l-r: Martha Stewart Weddings | Drink Inventor | via

    There’s nothing better than a hot drink on a cold day, whether sweet, spicy or somewhere in between. Hot chocolate is a favourite amongst young and old on a Yuletide, and will bring an instant smile to everyone’s face. If you choose to serve the drink as a pick-me-up either after the ceremony or as a dessert, add a little more bite to it with a sugared doughnut garnish. Hot Toddies are a traditional way of beating the cold (both types!) and would be a lovely option for older guests at the reception. For people who would prefer something a little smoother, think about serving some beautifully balmy buttered-spiced cider.

    Edible Favours
    edible favours winter wedding
    Clockwise from top left: | | Firefly Creative Design | Photo by Carly Taylor via

    Who doesn’t love treats you can eat?! These favours aren’t only a great way to show your appreciation of your guest’s time and presence, they are practical too! Hot chocolate favours are relatively easy to make yourself; all you need is some cocoa powder, marshmallows, some chocolate shavings, some plastic wrapping, a cute ribbon and a tag! Bride and groom cake pops or toffee apples are another yummy favour and will look very cute on each place setting.

    Chocolate Apple Station
    chocolate apple station winter wedding
    Photos by Katherine Elizabeth Photography via GreenWeddingShoes

    This is a sweet and fun idea for a smaller wedding (adults only around the hot pots!), or maybe even winter hen party.

    Create a little station with some melting hot chocolate and bowls of assorted nuts, marshmallows, hundreds and thousands etc to decorate.

    A Winter Toast with a Difference!
    winter wedding mugs
    Birdsong Photography via

    These hot chocolate toasting mugs are a very fun winter alternative to a champagne toast, and would make great keepsakes for years to come!

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  • Wedding Cake Ideas: Your Perfect Sweet

    Tuesday 4 October 2021 - Wedding Food - Tags: wedding-food, desserts, cakes

    Your wedding cake is a great way to add a bit of drama and decor to your venue. From the palatably petite to the delectebly decadent, cakes can be as different as you are. Compiled by Karen Birney

    macaroon wedding cake
    Statement Cake
    For a cake that really makes an impact, try something like this amazing creation from The Cake Stand where the delicate macaroons are perfectly complimented by oversized bows at each corner. It will be a real talking point at the entrance of your reception room or during a champagne arrival. >> Click here to enquire about pricing or to check The Cake Stand's availability for your wedding day

    vintage wedding cakes
    Vintage Cake
    Although simple and usually smaller than the traditional wedding cake, these one-tier sweets cry 'understated glamour'. Top three images by Next Exit Photography, bottom two by Magda Lukas Photography. >> See our Supplier's Directory to find a cake vendor for your vintage style wedding

    lemon and lime wedding cake
    Modern Cake
    This monogrammed delight is the perfect way to add a splash of colour to a minimalist wedding. Fruit makes for beautiful, natural decor, and is a relatively inexpensive way to jazz up a plain cake. Photo by Red Tree Photography.

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    Classic Cake
    A muted cake that still screams 'style' can be hard to find, but these white and cream creations are a start! Each more ornate than the one before it, a cake like these only has one problem with it: It will be far to beautiful to eat! Inspirational cakes by Maples Wedding Cakes in the USA.

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  • WOL Loves Cake Toppers

    Monday 3 October 2021 - Wedding Food - Tags: cake-toppers, wedding-cake-toppers

    Cake Toppers

    Couples: Lollipop Workshop | Flowers: Flora Decor | Banner: Mudpies and Marigolds on Etsy | Vintage: Martha Stewart Weddings | Love Birds: Vintage Green Limited | Monogram: WeddingsOnline Shop |

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  • Why is a raven like a writing desk?

    Monday 5 September 2022 - Decor Inspiration, Wedding Food - Tags: aspect, choice, irregular, gloves, lace, vintage, teacups, cupcakes, godiva, pearl, shoes


    Images clockwise from top left: (Image 1& 2) Styling Pearl and Godiva, Image Aspect Photography; Coast; Asos; Irregular Choice; Pink Cherry Mama Etsy; Thrush Etsy.

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  • Day-After BBQ

    Monday 8 August 2022 - Decor Inspiration, Wedding Food - Tags: bbq, barbecue, summer-decor, outdoor-decor, ikea, diy-wedding, recipes, cocktails

    By Karen Birney

    Many people say that your wedding is just one day of your life (I’m looking at you, George Hook) but I tend to disagree. I think it's about 18 months of your life, give or take. By the time you factor in the excitement of the engagement (about two weeks), the stress/pleasure of planning(on average about 12 months), the anticipation of the day (the six month run-up), the day itself (+1), the high the day after (+1), the longing for the honeymoon (approx 2 months) and the inevitable downer in the months that follow (anything from 1 month to about 5 years), it’s a long time. Nevertheless, it’s a good idea to stretch out the big day itself for as long as possible, and by that I mean by having a big blowout the day after.

    ikea outdoors
    All items from Ikea, Dublin

    A great idea to do this is to have a BBQ for your guests the day after the wedding. Some people choose to have a dinner the evening before, but with guests travelling, ladies wanting to do their tans (cough), or wanting to get a decent rest so they can don their dancing shoes for the big day, the day after is often a better option. So without further adieu, here we present some of our fave ideas for the day after BBQ.

    bbq ideas

    Turkey Burgers with Lemon Mayo (

    1. In a nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the canola oil. Add the sliced onion and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until golden and softened, about 25 minutes. Transfer the onion to a bowl. Wipe out the skillet.
    2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the canola oil in the skillet. Add the celery, apple and scallions and cook over moderate heat until softened, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and add the chipotle; let cool. Stir in the turkey, parsley, 1 teaspoon of the lemon zest, 2 teaspoons of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Shape the mixture into four 1/2-inch-thick patties.
    3. In the skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of canola oil. Add the burgers and cook over moderately high heat, turning once, until no longer pink inside, 10 minutes.
    4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise with the remaining 1 teaspoon of lemon zest, the lemon juice and chopped thyme and season with salt and pepper. Spread the lemon mayonnaise on the top halves of the buns; set the burgers on the bottom halves and top with the caramelized onions, lettuce and tomato. Close the burgers and serve.

    BBQ Thai Chicken Legs (Jamie Oliver)

    1.      Slash the chicken legs all over with a knife.

    2.      Pick the coriander leaves and put them to one side. Add the stalks to a food processor with the rest of the ingredients and whizz to make a paste.

    3.      Rub the paste into the slashes and all over the chicken legs.

    4.      Place in a snug-fitting tin to marinate and light the barbecue. Place the roasting tin on the edge of the barbie so the chicken starts to cook gently without starting to colour too much.

    5.      When the legs are about half cooked, take them out of the tray and place them directly on the barbecue. Grill, turning now and then, until cooked through and crispy brown on the outside. Sprinkle the coriander leaves over to serve.

    Tip: Grill the chicken on the medium-hot bit of the barbie, so it has a chance to cook before it crisps up.

    Potato Salad with Bacon & BBQ Sauce (

    1.      In a large pot, cover the potatoes with cold salted water and bring to a boil over moderately high heat. Cook until the potatoes are tender, about 35 minutes. Drain the potatoes and, when they are cool enough to handle, slice them in half.

    2.      Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, cook the bacon slices over moderate heat until crisp, about 6 minutes. Drain on paper towels and coarsely crumble.

    3.      In a large bowl, mix the mayonnaise with the barbecue sauce, mustard oil and sherry vinegar. Fold the potatoes into the dressing while they are still warm. Let the potato salad stand, stirring a few times, until the potatoes have cooled and absorbed most of the dressing, about 20 minutes.

    4.      Add the celery, red onion, parsley and tarragon to the potatoes and season with salt and pepper. Let stand for an additional 20 minutes, stirring a few times. Garnish with the bacon and sprouts, then serve.

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    1. Champagne Fruit Punch -Serves 6

    3 tablespoons Grenadine
    3 tablespoons Cointreau
    2 tablespoons Brandy
    1 3/4 cups Champagne
    Raspberries, apples, or other seasonal fruit

    Fill a small ice bucket halfway with ice. Pour grenadine, Cointreau, brandy, and Champagne over ice. Stir gently, and ladle punch into two wide-mouthed stemmed glasses. Garnish punch with raspberries, apples, or any other fruit in season.

    2. Spearmint Julep -Serves 4

    2 1/2 cups Bourbon,
    1 cup packed fresh spearmint, plus 4 sprigs for garnish
    2 to 3 tablespoons superfine sugar
    Ice cubes, for serving

    Combine bourbon and mint in a large pitcher, cover, and refrigerate 12 hours or up to one day. Strain, discarding mint. Add sugar, stirring to dissolve. Divide julep mixture among four ice-filled glasses. Garnish each with a mint sprig. The strained mint-infused bourbon can be refrigerated for up to 1 week in advance.

    3. Bing Cherry Mojitos -Serves 12

    1 1/4 cups sugar
    1 1/4 cups freshly squeezed lime juice (about 9 limes)
    3 pounds Bing cherries
    18 ounces best-quality black cherry or plain Vodka
    1 bottle sparkling water (750 mL)

    Bring sugar and 1 1/4 cups water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat; let cool completely. (Makes about 2 cups syrup.) Syrup can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 month. Put lime juice into a medium nonreactive bowl. Halve and pit cherries; add to lime juice. Stir in syrup. Refrigerate for at least one hour (up to overnight). Stir cherry mixture and vodka in a large serving bowl. Fill 12 glasses with ice. Spoon 1/2 cups of cherry-vodka mixture into each glass. Top off with sparkling water. Serve immediately.

    bbq wedding decor

    If you can find a way to get instant photos on the day of your wedding, it is well worth it. Poloroid/photobooth photos would make great decor at your BBQ the day after and are guaranteed to get your guests chatting. They are also really nice to have for yourself while waiting for the professionals to come through! All you need to display them is some twine, and some mini pegs. To let your guests know what's in the salads etc... just jot the ingredients down on a chalkboard.

    summer dress BBQ
    Comfort and Style. Playsuit/Dresses from L-R; €66.66, €67.95, €32.05

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  • Wedding how to: The Dessert Buffet and Candy Table

    Wednesday 18 May 2022 - DIY, Decor Inspiration, Wedding Food - Tags: wedding-cupcakes, wedding-sweet-table, cake-stand, dessert-table

    dessert table ideas
    By Karen Birney

    There's no better way to cater for the entire family's tastebuds than with a dessert table. Dessert tables aren't only scrumptious to eat, they are also fabulous to look at and are a great colour feature for your reception! Try adding an array of sweets to your table, from cupcakes, to hard boiled sweets, to macaroons to lollipops or rocks! You could also whip up some nice fruit punch and sit the colourful jugs at the side of the table.

    Most of all have fun with it! Compiled by Karen Birney

    cake stand cupcake stand

    There are some cute cake stands around at the moment, but if you can't spare the expence, go for a cardboard popup cake stand. These are perfect if you only plan on baking once in your married life!

    dessert tables wedding ideas

    There are some great additions you can make to cupcakes, like floral pinwheels or little flags, check out how B Magazine got on with their cupcake DIY projects here.

    dessert table ideas

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  • Bird Cake Toppers

    Monday 26 July 2022 - Wedding Food - Tags: cake-toppers

    Little bird cake toppers are one of the cutest trends to hit weddings this year (maybe ever...). I mean just look at them! We've received a couple calls from brides wondering where to get them. So I did a ittle research and is full of them! I didn't find any Irish suppliers, but if you know of any let me know!

    Cake Toppers

    Cake Toppers

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    Cake Toppers

    Cake Toppers

    1. From Red Light Studio

    2. From dearjes

    3. From tuckandbonte

    4. From suebeehb

    5. From HaveAndHold

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    Sunday 28 June 2022 - Wedding Food - Tags: cupcakes, food, dessert, cakes

    Some say they're the best gash darn cakes around (others are too busy stuffing their face with them to say anything at all).

    Cupcakes Cupcakes

    Blisstree / Pink Cakebox

    And my very favourite:



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  • I just ate... Sweet buffet table ideas

    Wednesday 3 June 2022 - Decor Inspiration, Colour Palettes, Wedding Food - Tags: candy, food, dessert, food-dessert

    But I came across these succulent alternatives to the wedding cake...and I want to eat them! I am not doing a traditional cake, so these got me thinking about all the sweet alternatives (pardon the pun). I love the idea of using the colour of food to compliment a theme, and I love even more how much personality can be shown from such a simple thing.




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