Guest Blogger: Pam and Stephanie from Confectionary Designs ~ Check out this Cake!!

With the
increasing popularity of television shows featuring celebrity cake designers,
more and more people are looking for unique cakes to be served at their events.
Options for designs are unlimited: do you want a traditional tiered cake with
sugar flowers, a sculpted dragon breathing fire, a cake that duplicates your
favorite purse and shoes, or a life-sized replica of your grandmother’s hope
chest?

Although
the science of baking has withstood the test of time and tradition, the art of
decorating has kept up with the digital age. With the use of edible inks,
graphic programs, and electronic cutters, many bakers can duplicate logos,
treasured photographs, or lace effects to decorate your cake with.

            The
following bridal shower cake was made to complement the bride’s elegant wedding
invitation which was created by The Finishing Touch. Various techniques were used in the creation of the cake,
including hand piping, adding texture to the fondant with a linen roller, scanning the
invitations and using an electronic cutter to create the scrolls. We created poured sugar
beads, hand-modeled gum-paste roses and a sugar duplicate of the invitation which sat a top the pillows.

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            Your
cake or other dessert presentation is an important element in the overall
design for your event and can serve as a wonderful centerpiece. The following
is a guide to help you get that cake of your dreams:

  • Come
    up with design ideas that you think will work as an overall theme for your event. Browse the internet or magazines for inspiration. Don’t just look at
    cakes; use other elements for your design. For example, do you want the cake to
    complement your invitations; is there an theme like Mardi Gras for your event;
    for a wedding do you want your cake to include design elements from your dress?
    Use any idea to spark your imagination! 
    The sky's the limit when it comes to creating a beautiful cake.
  • You
    should have an idea of the type of cake you want – will it be a traditional
    cake, a display of mini cupcakes, or a whimsical cake that fits your
    personality?
  • Start
    to narrow down the list of bakers you would like to meet with and make tasting
    /design appointments. Make sure you discuss your budget with the baker prior to
    making your appointment, as some may not be able to work within your budget.
    Your goal during this initial consultation is to determine if you are satisfied
    with the product quality, review the baker’s portfolio, and determine who can
    help you create your dream cake.

            Many bakeries are booked several
months in advance, especially during peak seasons like wedding season and
holidays, so book early if you have a specific baker in mind. Your baker should
be working with you on the design, and asking you questions such as: “How do
you envision your event? The color/design of your flowers? What meal will be
served at the event, lunch or dinner? What is being served? Is this an outdoor
event? What is the theme? Are you thinking of something offbeat or classic?
Approximately how many guests are you anticipating?” All of these questions,
and others, will help determine the best design and flavors to fit your preferences.

            The bottom line is, cakes are no
longer viewed as merely two-layers with frosting on top. Today, cake decorating
has gone to a whole new level and has become an art form of its own. With a
little imagination and the guidance of your chosen baker, the possibilities are
endless with what can be created for your special event.

The Finishing Touch-Preferred Event Planners For The Knoll Country Club

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We are excited to announce that The Finishing Touch is now the  preferred Event Consultant team for The Knoll Country Club in Parsippany, NJ.  This is the perfect place to host your wedding throughout the year, and we are thrilled about this new partnership.  

The Knoll Country Club includes 360 acres of wooded grounds and rolling fairways that offer you an exclusive setting nature has beautifully provided. The soft colored decor and elegant design of the grand ballroom are highlighted with windows that frame the panoramic views and let the sunlight or moonlight envelop the area.

Below are some images of a recent event we planned in the East Clubhouse:

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"Knoll Country Club Presents… Castle on The Hill (West Clubhouse) and Mansion in The Park (East Clubhouse)."

Click here to learn more about this NJ treasure.


 

Candice Gives You Tips On Finding The Perfect Planner On Wedding-Scoops.com

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Wondering how to find the perfect Wedding Planner so you can relax and enjoy your wedding as well as the planning process?  Candice gives you tips in an article on Wedding-Scoops.com.  Click here to check it out. 

Fab Find: Be Prepared For The Rain In Style

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In case of wedding showers, have your bridal party covered with these new sleek umbrellas.  Bright Lights is a functional accessory that is robust and practical even without the addition of a light. It is one of the best umbrellas available anywhere in terms of value and quality.

Housed in chrome at the base of the canopy, the light generates an amazing 6 foot circle of light. It is virtually unbreakable in normal use and has been tested to withstand sustained winds of 20 mph and
gusts of 40mph with no damage.

It is a wonderful gift for under $30. This umbrella has become a popular wedding accessory.

The light can be turned on/off using the water resistant button on the handle.

Click here to learn more and to order yours today.
 

All products featured in Fabulous Finds are strictly editorial and are not paid product placements.

Guest Blogger: Terry From A Pretty Pixel

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Hi, I'm Terry, the owner/photographer at A Pretty Pixel Photography.
The Finishing Touch was nice enough to invite me to be a guest  
blogger…thanks!

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I am a wedding photographer & a portrait photographer as well. I  
specialize in maternity/newborn and baby photography.

For all of you getting married or who are all ready married it's the  
next most important stage in your life… and I'd love to be a part of  
it!

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I am offering all readers  $50 off their maternity or baby session,  
just mention this blog post.
Here are some examples of what I do-

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Click here to visit Terry's website, and to get in touch with her today!

Our Couple Ines & Dave’s Boston Wedding Featured In New England Newsletter

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Our couple Ines and Dave are featured in the New England Area Weddings and Maine Wedding Connections newsletter.  Our fellow ABC member, Rev. Virginia Bishop of Loving Unity, who officiates in the Tampa Bay Florida area and in  New  England, was kind enough to include this fabulous event, so a special thank you to her.  Click here to read the article.

Photo by Johnson Photography, Inc.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Plan Your Honeymoon With Our Tips on 201Bride.com ~ NJ/NY Wedding Planner

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Whether you decide on an exotic remote location or an island getaway for your honeymoon, you will want to make sure it is going to be the ideal place for your great escape.  Before you confirm your plans and pack your bags, take a look at our honeymoon planning tips on 201Bride.com.   

Hear Expert Advice from The Finishing Touch at the (201) Bride Ultimate Wedding Event

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Don’t miss the bridal event of the season on Sunday, March 14th at The Bradley Center at Ramapo College in Mahwah, NJ.  (201) Bride Magazine will be hosting their "Ultimate Wedding Event" where our own Candice Benson, Master Bridal Consultant™ will be speaking on upcoming trends for 2010.   

Celebrate your recent engagement while the area’s top wedding vendors showcase the latest in wedding products, services and trends. Take home a (201) Bride gift bag filled with wedding prep treats and enter to win prizes! Admission: $10 for the bride and a guest, $5 for each additional guest.


Be sure to stop by tables for The Finishing Touch Event Design and the Association of Bridal Consultants and take home some great gifts!


 

Click here for more details.  See you at the show!

The Finishing Touch Offers Tips For Choosing Your Perfect Wedding Colors

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Consider the below when choosing your perfect wedding hues.

 

What’s your favorite color?

For some brides, choosing their wedding colors is as easy as selecting their favorite colors.  This could be a dream for some who may have always imagined a day filled with pink or purple.  Consider fun and unlikely combinations like fuschia and tangerine.  If this is the route you decide to take, however, make sure your colors will also work with your venue.

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What time of year is your wedding?

Brides also select their wedding colors based on the time of year.  Fall might inspire oranges, burgundy and chocolate brown.  Winter may be about white or ice blue.  Spring colors may be pink and lavender and Summer colors may be green and ivory.  Of course, all of these colors can be used at any time throughout the year.

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What is your wedding theme?

Going with a Hollywood theme would mean including white, black and red.  Deciding on a theme will help make selecting the best colors for your day easier.

Choose colors that will best convey your personal style.  Be creative, and choose tones that you will enjoy seeing throughout your event.

 The Finishing Touch Team