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Friday’s Favorites: Candlelight and Red Velvet Beauties from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team

Sorry for the late post folks, it’s been a wacky sort of day. However, I think you will find it worth the wait.

Call me old fashioned, but I still love the unity candle ceremony. It brings two families together with active participation from both sides and who can resist the warm romantic glow of candlelight? This week I featured candlelit decor and to add to it, here are some super gorgeous unity candle sets and holders from the best of Etsy. There are a few beauties in that treasury from members of the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team: Forest Candle Studio, Henna Swirls, Pure Beauty Art, and Shabulous Chandeliers.

Speaking of the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team, today’s other treasury features swoon worthy red velvet creations and vintage finds all from members of the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team.

Enjoy the Etsy goodness, have a great weekend, and don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for the latest and greatest from the team!

‘Two Become One: Unity Candles’ by ravengrrl


Modern Unity Candle

$22.00

Rose Wedding Candles, Unity …

$225.00

Rustic Wood Wedding Unity Ca…

$45.00

Unity Candles

$30.00

Wedding Unity Candle Set – R…

$58.95

Unity Candle, Autumn Leaves …

$75.00

Wonderful Wedding unity cand…

$74.00

Crystal Unity Pilar candle a…

$82.95

Handmade Rustic Wedding Unit…

$35.00

Unity Candle Set Square Pers…

$42.00

Damask Black White Tradition…

$50.00

Western Barn Twine Rope Wedd…

$50.00

Chocolate and Caramel Unity …

$65.00

Unity Candle Holder in White…

$78.00

Square PERSONALIZED Unity Ca…

$59.99

Wedding Unity Candle Holder …

$85.00

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‘Red Velvet Nuptials: Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team’ by ravengrrl


Red Velvet Caramels

$16.00

Vintage inspired red white a…

$39.95

Red Velvet Bow Sparkly Cryst…

$41.00

The George- Our velvet bowti…

$38.00

Red Velvet Morgane Gown by K…

$195.00

Silk Velvet Clutch/Purse/Bag…

$85.00

Bracelet Fingerless Gloves B…

$45.00

Red Velvet Cape Red Riding H…

$375.00

Wedding Journal, Diary, Gues…

$52.00

Red Velvet and Charcoal Grey…

$90.00

Valentine Red-Velvet Ribbone…

$65.00

Love -Handmade Red Clutch Ba…

$63.00

Vintage 1950s Hat – Red Fur …

$58.00

Burlap Ring Bearer Pillow Ru…

$29.95

Scarlett (red velvet) – Impo…

$34.00

Vintage 1960s Red Velvet Boa…

$130.00

Treasury tool supported by the dog house

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Saturday’s Latest from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team: Yummy Edibles and Roundup

Today’s latest features some yummy stuff from the team. From edible favors to sweets table favorites, our bakers and candy makers have got some great treats that your guests are sure to love. Don’t forget to check out our latest creations and finds featured in the treasury after the slide show. Have a fabulous weekend!

‘Saturday’s Latest: Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team: 11/10/2012’ by ravengrrl


Fairytale Wedding Ring Beare…

$25.00

Mossy Driftwood Ring Bearer …

$20.00

Beach Wedding Sand Dollar R…

$12.00

Wedding Ring Bearer, Nest, W…

$35.00

Wedding bouquet photo frame …

$7.99

Wedding Invitations Box Choc…

$16.00

Wedding Invitations Box Blac…

$11.00

6 Bridesmaids Mini Caftan Dr…

$175.00

PetalMetal Memory Magnet Boa…

$12.00

Peach Blush Shabby Chic Back…

$80.00

Bling Bling

$80.00

Fabric Flower Tutorial PLUS …

$9.00

Eco Groom – Mens Gift Set – …

$26.95

Wedding Guest Book Register …

$20.00

Cherry Blossom Double Flower…

$100.00

Monogrammed Mini Sugar Cooki…

$24.00

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Monday, Monday, MONDAY! Etsy Virtual Bridal Show

FEATURING GIVEAWAYS FROM:

Hopscotch Couture

This gorgeous necklace

“Marelle’s work has been featured in Style magazine, Vogue for the People/U-Closet, Talk of the Town, Allure Gallery, Weekender, Bergen Performing Arts Center, Janice Charach Gallery, Kirby Center of Performing Arts, and The Forwardian magazine, just to name a few.”

Jolie en Rose Vintage

$50 Gift Certificate

“Paper Patisserie” by Jolie En Rose Vintage is a unique line of Hand Painted and Hand Cut Paper Wedding Cake Toppers and Party Decorations for those who love Vintage Style decor reminiscent of past eras such as the the “Roaring Twenties”, the “Nifty Fifties” and the “Swingin’ Sixties”. Jolie En Rose Vintage Decorations are all handmade and feature original illustrations with added embellishments of vintage German glass glitter, vintage Millinery flowers, antiqued charms, vintage jewelry, vintage buttons, vintage ribbons and reproductions of my vintage fabric collection.”

Moore Impressions

20 yards of personalized ribbon in either 3/8″ or 5/8″ wide

“We offer beautiful custom printed ribbon for any occasion. Use our personalized ribbons for all occasions or special events, weddings, showers, awareness, product identity or just for an added custom touch.”

C.R. Boggs Designs

$30 Gift Certificate

“CRBoggs Designs have been purchased from the likes of Courtney Love to Simone. Custom creations are a specialty. 2011 Brides Choice Award for outstanding Design and Service, 2010 Brides Choice Award for outstanding Design and Service, 2009 Brides Choice Award for Outstanding Design and Service, 2009 Top Designer Choice Award Bridal Services.”

Clay Bouquet Shop

$25 Gift Certificate

All of my sashes and ribbon headbands are made of jewelry (not appliques) which can be turned into necklaces, bracelets, earrings, or other fashion accessories to wear long after your wedding day. Contact me for details! All of my bouquets, bouts and corsages are custom made for each client. My Brooch Bouquets will be featured in the June issue of (201) Bride magazine!

Three Little Pixies

This personalized necklace

“My name is Liz. I’m a stay at home mom to four wonderful children, three daughters (my three little pixies!) and a brand new baby boy! I’ve been married to my super fabulous (and supportive!) husband for ten years. Each piece is made by hand (my own!) to create something truly special for you and your loved ones. Because of the handmade nature of my items no two items are exactly the same. Each piece is unique and one of a kind.”

Tatty Chic

These gorgeous earrings!

Tatty Chic is a collection of jewellery and accessories inspired by romance and all things feminine. Each piece of jewellery is designed and created lovingly by myself using pretty vintage and new trinkets and treasures which I collect from around the world, the end result being a delicate and romantic, one of a kind piece of jewellery you will want to treasure.

Sash Couture

Tea Length Infinity Dress in the color of your choice! S, M, or L

Sash Couture provides customers with the opportunity to design their own dresses and the chance to own an item of clothing that is truly unique and suited to their tastes. Shauna’s World was founded in July 2008 by the Austrian entrepreneur, Dagmar Klosenski and lounged into “SASH COUTURE” in 2010 with 2 new dressmakers on board: Beverly and Bonnie. Although the style of a dress varies greatly from customer to customer, the high level of quality is consistent. Please feel free to contact us for any request. Dagmar and Beverly are professional Designer and Dressmaker and we use professional equipment.

Mark your calendars for this awesome collection of the best of Etsy!

April 2nd

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Dream Finds Friday: Cupcakes: The pro look for the DIY’er

For this Dream Finds Friday, I’m featuring some seriously fabulous cupcake embellishments. If you are like me, you love cupcakes and you love to DIY. However, when it comes to executing beautiful and professional looking cupcake doo dads, you fall a bit short. Never fear, Etsy has you covered. With a vast array of options, you can still use your beloved family recipes (like my late Grandmother’s authentic buttermilk based Red Velvet -with almost no food coloring) for your cupcakes and present them in an upscale bakery manner.

‘Cupcake Embellishments For The DIY’er’ by ravengrrl

A sample of what Etsy artists/vendors have to offer for those looking to add a special touch to their cupcakes. Get the pro look for a DIY cost.


Hot Pink Hello Kitty Inspir…

$42.39

Sugar peonies ivory set of …

$14.00

Baby Pea in a Pod Fondant Cu…

$14.95

The Original EDIBLE BUTTERFL…

$9.95

Miniature Tea Party Edible F…

$25.00

Monster Cupcake Toppers

$24.00

Fondant party cupcake topper…

$12.00

Custom edible Angry Birds to…

$35.00

Fairy Dolls Cupcake Toppers …

$39.00

Edible Cupcake Topper Fondan…

$8.99

Alice in Wonderland Characte…

$25.00

White Chocolate Sand Dollars…

$24.95

Ninja Karate Cupcake Toppers

$28.00

Butterflies and Flowers Pret…

$15.00

Chocolate Filled Toadstools …

$30.00

SALE – Buy 200 get 100 Free …

$21.98

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

As I mentioned last week, all of my Dream Finds Friday posts will be items from Etsy. When you are finished here, please follow this link to Pocketful Of Dreams to find out what other dream finds are out there awaiting you this week.

Tips or Trends Tuesday: Trend: Savory Cupcakes

With the passing of cupcakes as a trend in to a wedding and event tradition comes the little brother of the sweet cupcake in to the world of wedding and event trends: the savory cupcake.

Imagine if you will a cocktail buffet full of lovely cupcakes stands filled with little culinary wonders such as the ones pictured below.

Or consider a flight of savory cupcakes to wow your guests.

Check out Etsy for cupcake related items sure to rescue your savory cupcakes from the realm of the ordinary.

‘The mighty cupcake!’ by ravengrrl

A treasury for a piece on savory cupcakes.


Assorted Stripe Cupcake Line…

$5.75

Pink Raspberry Twirl Cupcake…

$3.75

Love Birds Cupcake Wrappers …

$9.50

Violet Cupcake Liners (50 li…

$3.50

Green Train Cupcake Wrappers…

$7.20

Hello Kitty Cupcake wrappers

$10.00

30 Assorted Red Square Bakin…

$8.50

Cupcake Wrappers – Miami Bea…

$6.15

Bookworm Cupcake Toppers

$12.00

Edible Butterflies – Small A…

$9.95

Ninja Karate Cupcake Toppers

$28.00

Fashion Diva edible cupcake …

$9.95

Retro Record Dessert 3 Tier …

$18.00

Large Tiered Simplistic Eleg…

$189.95

Rustic 3 tiered custom wood …

$125.00

Shabby Chic Wedding, Vintage…

$195.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

Here are nine great little savory cupcake recipes for your wedding or event (from top to bottom and left to right in the inspiration board that follows:
Recipes from top to bottom and left to right:
The Ultimate Bacon Chocolate Cupcakes: http://www.52kitchenadventures.com/2010/04/28/the-ultimate-bacon-chocolate-cupcakes/
Salmon Cupcakes: http://threemanycooks.com/recipes/nibbles-and-drinks/salmon-cupcakes/
Bacon and Egg Cups: http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/kids-cooking/savory-cupcakes-recipe-cup-appetizer-party/?page=2
Mini Pepperjack Savory Cups with Pesto Swirl<a href=": http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/kids-cooking/savory-cupcakes-recipe-cup-appetizer-party/?page=7″&gt;: http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/kids-cooking/savory-cupcakes-recipe-cup-appetizer-party/?page=7
Spicy Cornbread Chocolate Chunk Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache: http://blogs.babble.com/family-kitchen/2011/07/11/spicy-cornbread-chocolate-chunk-cupcakes-with-chocolate-ganache/
Savory Cupcakes Italian Style: http://www.nbcchicago.com/the-scene/food-drink/Wayne-Johnson-Prepares-Savory-Cupcakes-Italian-Style.html
BBQ Baked Salmon Cupcakes: http://www.whatrunslori.com/2011/02/the-cupcake-series-bbq-baked-salmon-cupcakes/
Fig, Goat Cheese, and Onion Cupcakes: http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2010/07/savory-cupcakes-fig-goat-cheese-and.html
Macaroni & Cheese Cupcakes: http://carpecupcakes.blogspot.com/2010/07/recipe-of-week-macaroni-cheese-cupcakes.html

Savory Cupcakes

Friday’s Favorite: Cupcakes!

I love cupcakes. No, really, I LOVE cupcakes. There is something about them that brings me back to great memories of childhood baking with my Mom. We loved to bake together and cupcakes were my favorite thing to bake with her. The smell of cake baking and the deliciousness of my Mom’s cream cheese frosting or her popular whipped cream frosting (made with real whipped cream, not that weird stuff you get at grocery bakeries), both of which I would have to “test” to make sure it was going to be edible for everyone else.

I have welcomed the rise of the cupcake being used for celebrations. Using cupcakes can save you on cake cutting fees (if you are at a venue outside of your home or using a caterer), allow you to personalize a little cake for each of your guests, and are just plain fun.

Today’s Friday’s Favorite is all about the cupcake, beginning with some fun cupcake related treasures you can find on Etsy. Next, I will have some fun and tasty DIY projects you can use to add a bit of nostalgia to your next celebration. Finally, I’ll present you with a some of my favorite cupcake designs (including a $30,000 cupcake).

‘Cupcakes!’ by ravengrrl

I adore cupcakes.


Three tiered weddin…

$95.00

Black Damask Cupcak…

$3.95

Train Cupcake Toppe…

$9.50

Free Mini Cake NEW …

$44.99

Silver and 22K Gold…

$22.00

Cupcake Trinket Box…

$29.99

Cupcake Fiends – 1 …

$10.00

PRINTABLE 2″ P…

$9.00

Pink Cupcake Exfoli…

$7.75

DIY Dessert Yummy T…

$9.50

Pincushion – Chocol…

$13.00

Cupcake Monster T-S…

$20.00

Owlicious Cupcake S…

$4.00

SALE – Chocolate Ch…

$7.50

SO SWEET Mini Cupca…

$5.95

Cupcake plush Purpl…

$14.50

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

Cupcake DIY Projects
1. Cupcake Centerpiece
2. Cupcake in a jar
3. Tiered Cupcake Stand
4. Margarita Cupcakes
5. Turn cupcake liners in to paper flowers.

Etsy Virtual Bridal Show: Cake

Welcome to the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show with links for readers to donate to Wish Upon a Wedding.

Wish Upon a Wedding is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization that provides weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness or other serious life-altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation. Often, couples facing such situations do not have the energy, time, money, or resources needed to plan their wedding. Our organization takes care of all the details, offering couples a chance to relax and enjoy a very special day while surrounded by the love of their closest family and friends.” -www.wishuponawedding.org

Legalities:
While I am a volunteer with Wish Upon a Wedding, Parties by Kristen is not affiliated with Wish Upon a Wedding in any other capacity and is not an official representative of Wish Upon a Wedding. In addition, Parties by Kristen is not affiliated with Etsy or the vendors featured and is not an official representative of Etsy or of each of these vendors. I am simply a fan of these artists/vendors and a volunteer with a passion for what I do and for organizations I have chosen to donate my time and finances to. I have sought permission from each and every vendor featured to use their products and their photos. Please do not use these photos for personal gain or copy the designs presented. These products are the livelihood, passion, and intellectual property of each artist and to copy these items or to use them for person gain is both illegal and unethical.

Our first shop in this category is the husband and wife team of Star House, Jeremy and Heather. “At Star House, we strive to make wooden folks that are simple and super cute! These are folks ready for celebration and decoration. Each item is designed and hand crafted by Star House (Heather and Jeremy) in our home studio.” “We love our cake topper! It arrived exactly on time, and we look forward not just to having it at our wedding, but having it in our home forever! Thank you, thank you, thank you!” I adore these toppers and I hope you will too.

Next we have Sweet Petal Bakery. “My only work experience in gum paste is making roses and basic drop flower cake decorations. Everything else you see in my shop is a result of reading books and taking apart real flowers and developing a technique. After I left the bakery, I started Sweet Petal Flowers to showcase a broader spectrum of gum paste and fondant work. I enjoy making these flowers as I enjoy making wedding cakes. If you want me to make anything custom for you, it would be my pleasure!” “Where do I begin to tell you how lovely these sails were for our nautical themed engagement party for our daughter and future son in-law.. Each sail was so detailed! What an amazing artist this baker is! I will be forwarding her some photo’s that the photographer’s took soon. I couldn’t wait to post positive feedback. Even the photographer’s couldn’t stay away from snapping numerous photo’s! She also made some adorable anchors. The colors were vibrant. The packing was perfect! This shop is the greatest! Thank you so much. The Wedding will be next year, we will return!”

Here we have Dandelionland. “Custom wedding cake toppers hand painted with love by Dandelionland. Carefully made with lots of detail for your special day and they make a wonderful keepsake for years to come. The cake toppers are made out of wood and the style of doll is a Kokeshi doll.” “I cannot say enough good things about these cake toppers. Everyone loved them at the wedding. They are the cutest detail we had! Thank you!”

Sweet Deja Vu says, “All FLOWERS in my store are HANDMADE and are the result of schooling and lots of experience practicing different techniques. All items are EDIBLE (unless noted in the description) and are made from ingredients such as Gum Paste, Royal Icing, Chocolate Dough, Color Flow, Gelatin, Sugar itself, and other edible embellishments.” “Thank you for my butterflies, they are going to be perfect for the glasses at my wedding!!! They are just the perfect size to accent anything, and I think it will make my wedding guests feel special when they see they have a little butterfly on their glass, just makes the attention to detail so much more special. Also thanks for the extra few big butterflies!!”

Here we have Sugar Robot. “Behind every sugar robot there’s a sweet chick. That would be me, Lisa. I live and create out of Ventura, Ca. I’m an aspiring Chemist who has a passion for baked goods. I took my first decorating class over 8 years ago and have been hooked ever since.” “Just received the feathers! THEY LOOK AMAZING!!! I can’t believe how detailed they are! I thought they look so pretty in photos, but in person they look even better! And delivery was on a timely manner. I’m super HAPPY I went with these for my wedding! Can’t wait till everyone sees them!!! THANK U! THANK U! THANK U! =)”

Our next shop is Death by Cupcake. “I specialize in whimsical sweets. I do custom orders all the time. Anything you can think of I can put on a cupcake. I never use cookie cutters. Everything I do is hand cut and hand painted. My work is not churned out by using cutters or printers. Each piece is a labor of love.” “We had a custom order made for our son’s first birthday. They were fantastic and looked just as great as the picture, arrived in perfect condition, on time, and they even tasted good. They were a huge hit and helped to make the party incredibly fun, unique, and personal. THANK YOU!!”

As seen in the April 2011 issue of BRIDES magazine, Burlap and Blue makes lovely cake and dessert stands. “Absolutely love all the cake plates I bought. I gave them as gifts to my sisters, best friend and sister in law. All very very impressed and happy with the gift. Shipping was quick and safe. Can’t wait to use the plate I kept for myself.”

Next we have Creative Butterfly XOX. “My name is Charlene, I’m British born and bred, but I now live in America, and I’m very happy here :D. I hope you like what you see…” “You can’t imagine how quickly the little sewing fingers put these owls together for me!!! So, so special!!! I actually hung my fabulous owls on a small “birthday tree” for my daughter’s 20th birthday – she loved the surprise!!! Your workmanship and skill is so wonderful! I can’t thank you enough! Then…..this marvelous vendor shipped them super, super fast! Well, a blue ribbon is the prize for this vendor! I can’t wait to shop again with you! The cutest little owls ever! Again, thank you!!!!”

Here are some beautiful cake stands from Tiers of Joy to add a bit of flash to your day. “So awesome to work with. Had a special order got right back to me each time I asked a question. The cake stand is Beautiful! It will accent the cake beautifully!”

Next we have Grand Stands Patisserie. “We specialize in the design of hand crafted elegant dessert pedestals. Purchase our products for your wedding, bridal shower, birthday party, holidays or special event.”” Claudia27 was so helpful in helping me with my order! What beautiful cake stands to use in my wedding!!”

Finally, we have Shabulous Creations (who you may remember from the Decor section of the show). “Shabulous Creations, also known as Shabulous Chandeliers, consists of various unique lighting options with a shabby but glamorous twist. As an Atlanta born artist, I redefine unwanted cast-offs as well as unusual household items and turn them into vibrant illuminations! I have refurbished and restored several chandeliers and lamps and have given them a funky chic face-lift. These items include electric chandeliers, candle chandeliers, candle holders, pendent lamps, teeny chandeliers, table lamps, and even night lights.” “THE CUTEST CAKE TOPPER EVER MADE!!! PERFECT FOR WEDDINGS OR SHOWER OR A SPECIAL CELEBRATION!!!!”