Sunday, September 30, 2012

Basketweave Cake

This past Thursday ended my second cake decorating class with Wilton.  Unfortunately, the third class isn't going to work very well with my schedule so I am going to have to postpone that one until the future.  However, here are pictures from my final cake {thankfully I only had to make one this time}!!!!    This was my first attempt at a basketweave cake design AND reverse shells - not to brag - but my teacher raved and raved at how well I caught on and achieved such a challenging assignment in such a short amount of time.  So see for yourself...;-)

Friday, September 7, 2012

Gum Paste Flowers

I started my second Wilton cake class last night and love this one even more than my last set of classes.  Thankfully there is only one cake to make and it's the very last class.  :-)  Last night I learned how to make gum paste button flowers.  Pretty easy but time consuming, but worth the effort for sure!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Cake Creations - Part II

My final Wilton cake class for Course 1 was this past week and here are pictures of my final cake.  As with everything in life, we must be teachable and ready to learn {something I have to consistently remind myself of as I take these classes}.  Although I really enjoy this experience, I am quickly finding that it can be just as frustrating and exhausting as it is fun and exciting.  Either way, in the end, you can always make it look somewhat presentable, I mean, it is cake and even if it's not perfect, you can always start over.  Not the end of the world...:)

As I write this blog, I can clearly see that more than ever {especially lately} God is really trying to break the perfectionist spirit over me.  For example, from the minute I took my cakes out of their pans I realized they were lumpy and somewhat crumbly...but I tried to stay positive.  Then, when I made my frosting too thin {which I knew deep down inside was in fact supposed to be a thicker consistency and I ignored it} and began "attempting" to cover my cake, I knew right away that it was not going to be the perfectly iced cake I had invisioned.  There were serious cake streaks.  Crumbs.  Lumps.  Ugh.  Buuttt...I sucked it up, took it to class and learned how to make roses and after a few hours, I made a serious diversion, tweeked a few things and now you can hardly tell that it was the WORST {and I mean WORST} cake that I have EVER made.  Always the way, right?  For next week, I am on to Course #2 - exciting!!

Almost a completely different cake, huh?

Roses up close - really fun!!!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Cake Creations

Hello, everyone!  It has been forever since I've been on here and life has been very busy.  I recently started a cake class with Hobby Lobby and have absolutely loved it!  In honor of that [and my empty Twitter post promises, sorry!]  I have included some of my pictures...hope you all enjoy them.  Stop back in a week or so for the final cake creation...really excited about that!!!

My "cupcake" cake

I'm a little embarassed, but it was fun!

My rose
*My favorite*

More Roses

Yellow Rose
*Second favorite*

Swirls and my sad attempt at "mums"

Both roses

Hope you enjoyed them!!!  Not only is it fun learning how to decorate, but the icing is delic!!!  ;-)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Event Planning

Now that I actually have more time to devote to this blog and event planning, I've been taking some steps towards networking and have made some great connections!  One of course is the fabulous Lauren from Your Bridal Bestie.  So for all of you brides who are in the midst of planning your dream day or have just planned your wedding, please visit her site!

So in honor of her big day, I thought I would offer some advice on event planning.  Thankfully, I've gained quite a bit of experience in my younger days and during the past year it paid off tremendously in regards to my last position in the workforce.  Without delaying any longer, here is the first step to Yours Truly, the "PLANNING" stage (the second is "perfect" and the third of course is the "party" stage).  Since I am in the beginning of this entire process, anyone that needs advice/direction, please contact me (free of charge of course for the time being); however, if things really start picking up I may have to start charging, but we'll cross that bridge when we get there...:)

Feel free to either comment below, keep this format for your own personal use or even e-mail me to assist you.  I hope this helps or at least steers you in the right direction despite the overwhelming urge to tackle a million things at once, but remember, that's what I'm here for, too - distance does not matter at this point in the stage!!!!

From a personal perspective, please give credit where credit is due - remember to site your sources!  I need all the support I can get right now!!!  Thank you!!!

Yours Truly Events By You





LOCATION/VENUE (reception hall, home, outdoors):

COLORS (Favorite Colors):

THEMES (ie:  vintage, dressy, casual, characters/animals, nautical, beachy, etc):

Friday, June 15, 2012

Tea Party Fun

Happy Friday - I'm a little behind on communication lately, but I am enjoying the weather and trying to find fun, creative ways to share with you all.

For some reason, the color yellow keeps popping up everywhere and although it's not normally a color I choose, I just couldn't resist, and I'm sure you'll see why...

Yellow, Blues and Greens Are the PERFECT combo for a summer event!

The yellow adds just the right amount of color!

Carrot, anyone?  Couldn't resist these cute bunnies!

And more bunnies!

So bright and cheerful - definitely can't go wrong with yellow in the summer!

Hope you all enjoyed my fun little shoot!  Any of your own ideas?  Please share!!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Bridesmaid Bliss

This past weekend, I had the priviledge of being in my brother's wedding.  The colors were mostly a variance of multiple shades of purples.  Although it was a ridiculously hot weekend (and this weekend it's absolutely freezing!!!), it was nice to actually be in a wedding and to see it from a completely different angle.  Any bridesmaid stories?  Feel free to share!  Thanks for reading and enjoy the new month - hard to believe we're already half-way through 2012!

My bouquet - still alive after almost a week!!

Friday, May 11, 2012

The Color Coral

When I saw this pin not too long ago, I was so motivated to use it somewhere.  Although there wasn't an event that I was planning any time soon, I of course pinned it for future use, but couldn't help randomly running into it everywhere - whether online or out an about.  So, I eventually had a vision for it with help from this.  Amazing!!!  Especially since I love dying frosting and batter these past few months...:)

Anyways, I decided to try out my own take of the color coral and I think they turned out pretty well.  What do you think??  Special thanks to Anna and Blue Paperie and of course, HGTV.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Seeing Red

I am absolutely loving this warm weather, although it is a tad warmer than May should be it just feels right to me.  As the weather started getting warmer a few weeks ago, I walked out to my little "garden" in the backyard and saw that my strawberry plants were in full bloom.  Thankfully the warm winter didn't kill them (God is just spoiling me with this weather...;), and honestly, I didn't even really think about them until yesterday when I noticed something red out of the corner of my eye.  So needless to say that my strawberries are out of control and I am really excited to actually do something with them this year.  Unfortunately, last year I only had a few and it was pretty disappointing, but this year, I may have to start selling them by the bushels just to put them to good use.

But before I get too far ahead of myself, I decided to check out my Pinterest for a few recipes that I saved for times like these.

Courtesy of EasyBaked

So, when I get a few more cups, this is my first goal.  

And since I am a HUGE fan of tea, why not finish it off with one of these??? ;)

Any other strawberry recipes???  Send them my way...:)

Friday, April 27, 2012

Buttermilk White Cake With Coconut

Happy Friday, everyone!  Life has been super busy and I am about a blog behind, so I figured I would take a break from the craziness and add a little something.  Here is a cake I made back in February - it was my first time making it and it was delicious!!!  I've had the recipe for a few years,  and surprisingly, I found the link online through BHG.

A word of caution, though, it is quite heavy once it's finished, but it's sooo good!!!  I decided to be a tad creative and dyed my frosting and the batter.  Next time, I think I will try the Wilton food gels - I heard they do a better job...;)  A a little suggestion, too, since I'm still learning how to frost - especially with thicker frostings, such as the buttercream - the coconut was perfect for covering up my flaws!!! :)

Have a fabulous weekend!!!!!!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Bridal Shower : Part 2

Hello, readers!!!  What an eventful weekend....but lots was accomplished and I hope everyone enjoyed spending it with the ones you love.

Here is the long-awaited sequel to last week; finally!  Everything turned out as planned and then some!  Although I am always learning about what works (and of course, what doesn't ;), my last minute creations were a huge hit and I can't wait to plan my next event!  But a HUGE special thanks to Kim - The TomKat Studio for her free printables.  I don't even want to think about what my bridal shower would have been like without them...:)

Purple/Yellow Bridal Shower

"LOVE" banner from The TomKat Studio

Purple/White/Yellow Lemon Cupcakes
Printables:  TomKat Studio

Lemon heads were a simple and CHEAP pop of color for this arragement!

 Place setting

Inexpensive teracotta pots with flowers.  And of course, free printables from:

Thanks, again TomKat Studio!!!!

Hope you enjoyed this post...check back every week for more!!!  And as always, if you have an event that needs some TLC, contact me - I would love to hear from you!