Dessert table at Illuminate

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The “Illuminate” dessert table

When Meghan Ely of OFD Consulting asked me if I wanted to be their “Sweets” sponsor for Illuminate – the workshop, I said: “Heck, ya!” For one thing, I love Meghan – she is approachable, fun, and if there’s someone who knows the ins and out of the wedding business -it’s her. Plus she shares my love for science fiction {star wars, lost etc.}, so if we get tired of talking about weddings and other dessert displays we can always talk about whether the series finale of “Lost” was worth all the six years of tv-time we had invested in the show.

I’m gearing up for the Farmer’s Market at St. Stephen’s – I really need a place to push all those yummy experiments I’ve been concocting in my kitchen, so hopefully I’ll have a recipe up here soon.

I just got Dorie Greenspan’s new book in, “Around my French Table” and I spied so many recipes I wanted to try and want to share with you all.

Anyway, here is the rest of the dessert display.

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How cute are these cookies?
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and cake pops?
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Plum-Pistachio Frangipane

I’m slowly working through your lists of suggestions in a previous post on what to add to the dessert table. So now we have tarts and …

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Key lime pies
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the “macaron” centerpiece

I’ll have you know that I used “valencia” almonds {what Pierre Herme uses} for the chocolate macarons and I do detect a subtle difference in the texture.

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Carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

And as always, I do have fun pushing sugar…

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Veronica – the “sugar-pusher”

 

My thanks to Julie Renee Photography for the pictures!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Petites Bouchées Dessert Table, plus a Giveaway!

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Petites Bouchees Dessert Table

(please click on the pictures to activate the lightbox for more vivid display!)

I’ve hinted on a project that I have been working on for a few weeks now. Well, now it can be revealed. Petites Bouchees has ventured into the stylized dessert table business!
This idea has been percolating in my brain since last year, but it was only this year that I had the guts to go through with it.
Wedding professional consultant, Meghan Ely of OFDconsulting has been instrumental in connecting me with great vendors in the area, with whom I am so thrilled to be now working with on current and future projects.

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Wedding Cake – Sweetest Thing Bakery

It’s so easy to get carried away with a first project, but I wanted to pay tribute to the lovely wallpaper I first laid eyes on in an adorable pastry shop in San Francisco called Miette. I couldn’t not include a candy station for which Miette is also known for and their macarons were the first ones I tried that got me hooked on these little Parisian confections.

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Wallpaper Shortbread cookies

I was lucky that they made the wallpaper cookies that matched the backdrop (yes, I’m going to use the “wallpapered” structure somewhere in my house after this project) – whimsical hydrangeas and starburst floral patterns – so I mailordered them to make an appearance on my very first dessert table.

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Peadee Pops by Flour and Iced

I won’t deny that this has been a learning experience – I think I’ve spent enough time at Michael’s and on the internet sourcing paper and crafting ideas to bring into the dessert table. Many times, I thought my head would burst thinking of all the little details that need to be done. Sometimes they just fall into place and sometimes you just have to accept that the tarts and buttermilk panna cottas have no room on your little (or big)scheme of things. It’s picking and choosing and always remembering that there is always that next dessert table. :)

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A little candy station- I just adore the lollipops
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Dainty cupcakes

And of course, how can we forget the macarons?

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Rose Litchi Macarons
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More macs

Thanks to:
Jenny West of the Sweetest Thing Bakery for the beautiful wedding cake
Krissy Salmon-White of Flour and Iced for the gorgeous peadee pops (aka cake pops)
Paper and Pigtails for the adorable labels
Roshan and Dale of Quarterman Photography for the cool pictures
 

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Peadee Pop!

Now for the giveaway. I love Crate and Barrel (CB)! They always have such sensible and cool vessels that lend themselves to showcase your baked goodies perfectly. To celebrate the launch of my dessert tables, I am giving away two CB- $50.00 gift cards, just leave a comment between now and July 19, 2010 stating what you would like to see on a dessert table besides cupcakes and cake pops. I will pick 2 winners using the trusty random number generator. The winners will be announced on July 20th and email notifications will be sent to the winners and they should respond within a week or a new winner will be chosen. The winners will be required to provide a mailing address for the gift-card to be sent.This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

I have a couple of events coming up that will showcase my dessert tables. The first one coming up is called “An Engagement” which is a Bridal seminar and showcase to be held at the Downtown Hilton on July 25. See you future brides there!