My aunt’s niece (on her husband’s side) got married recently while I was on vacation in Florida and my Aunt Sue asked my mom and me if we could help out with a few things. And we did! She enlisted us to make the cupcakes (and display them) and do some sort of fruit table. She sent me a few ideas , but for the most part, all of the details were up to us.
The wedding was in Titusville, Florida at the home of the bride’s friend. The house was a charming old bungalow right on the river. I was in love… with the house. I’m kicking myself now for not taking a photo tour; we were just entirely too busy.
I’ll just cut to the chase and show you what we did. Everything turned out fabulous, if I must say so myself!
We pulled together this bounty of fruit. Every tropical fruit table needs a palm tree or two. You want to know how to make them? Check out my tutorial here. You can see some of the awesomeness that is the vintage kitchen behind the table.
Along with the pineapple we served strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.
Their theme was an eclectic mix of tropical rustic. If you were to cross a Hawaiian luau with a backyard picnic, there you have it. I will have to say that it was a very lovely, relaxing, and enjoyable reception. No fuss and everyone had a great time. That leafy green stuff is kale if you were wondering. And yes, I did take it home after the wedding. It was delicious in some fettuccine alfredo and it made me happy that it didn’t get thrown away (unlike the collard greens).
We made simple cupcakes; chocolate, vanilla, and carrot cake. All three flavors were topped with my mom’s homemade buttercream icing. Yummy! If you are wondering about the flower toppers, they are actually little plastic rings. They were a hit with the kids. Ava’s Elmo and Big Bird even came home with one as a bracelet.
We made roughly 80 cupcakes. We made the cupcake stand with some hints from Annie’s Eats. Ours is larger than hers, but the idea is the same. We used the cardboard cake rounds that you can buy at any party store and quite a few cans of soup (16 to be exact). We wrapped the cans in white wrapping paper and added a burlap detail to match the burlap table runner the bride picked out. It worked perfectly.
I even caught my little helper trying to help herself to a cupcake. Don’t worry, she wore a dress to the reception. This was while we were setting up and she was having a few strawberries. You have to keep the dress clean somehow. It didn’t stop her. By the end of the night her dress was covered in fruit. Thank goodness Gymboree’s fabrics hold up to heavy-duty scrubbing!
The cake toppers are actually salt and pepper shakers. Their lips are magnetic. How fun is that? Oh and if you were confused, there was a mirror behind the cake stand.
We all had a blast! I’m so glad we got the opportunity to help out. I’ve got some mad pineapple cutting skills now.