Showering Heather

Photos courtesy of Erin Paris

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Last month, I had the privilege of throwing my sister Heather (also one of our sugar artist here at A Cake Life) a wedding shower to celebrate her upcoming nuptials.   We held the event at the Bonsai Restaurant + Lounge in Restaurant Row and used the same color scheme for her wedding: plum purple and silver grey.

We designed a special sweet treats dessert bar and buffet for guests to enjoy…and stay tuned as we will soon be offering this as a service from A Cake Life!

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The sweets table included a:

  • Macaroon tower
  • Mochi brownies (colored to match wedding)
  • Chocolate chip cookies with milk shot
  • Chocolate covered strawberries
  • Chocolate covered rice krispy treats
  • Mini red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing
  • Strawberry cream cake shooters
  • Oreo macaroons
  • Purple plum fondant cake with confetti design (cake topper provided by Me+U)

The party also included a custom mimosa bar and custom wedding cookie favors by Paradise Sweets.  We are so excited for Heather’s wedding, and had the BEST time putting her shower together.  Enjoy the pics…courtesy of Erin Paris.

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A big thank you to the wonderful vendors we worked with to make this party a reality:

Venue: Bonsai Restaurant + Lounge

Invitations: Emi Ink

Cookies: Paradise Sweets

Linens: Chair Covers Express

Photography: Erin Paris

Flowers and Décor: Family and friends

Cake Topper: Me+U

Rentals and Décor: A Cake Life

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Watanabe Floral’s Inaugural Wedding Expo

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Earlier this month we participated in Watanabe Floral’s Inaugural Bridal Expo.  They invited various local wedding vendors and transformed their showroom into several gorgeous wedding vignettes.  The draping, lighting and florals really were exquisite.

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One of the hot wedding trends for 2014 are woodlawn weddings (very natural and rustic) so we created a ‘Secret Garden’ inspired, simple 3-tier white fondant cake with gold rope bands and subtle fresh floral accents of bridal protea, pincushions and ferns.  The cake was placed atop a wood stump cake stand (from Event Essentials), and adorned with a ring of matching moss and foliage around the base.  And we offered our always-popular red velvet mini cupcakes with cream cheese icing for samples.

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It was a joy to work with such amazing vendors, and we can’t for the next Expo!

Participating Vendors Included:

A Cake Life

Royal Party Rentals

eMotion Media

Les Saisons

Celebrity Tuxedos

Chef Elmer Guzman’s Island Cuisine

Watanabe Floral

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Teaming Up With the Hawaii Food Bank to Help Stop Hunger

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As we near the 5th anniversary of our company opening, we’ve decided to “pay it forward” and mark this special occasion by teaming up with the Hawaii Foodbank to help stop hunger in Hawaii.  We will be holding a mini food drive – donations from everyone are welcome, but if you donate a minimum of 5 canned goods and wish to have a cake consult for your order, you will receive a FREE consultation ($25 value).  Or if you would like to pay the $25 consult fee, we will pass along your entire donation to the Hawaii Foodbank.

The Hawaii Foodbank plays a pivotal role in feeding Hawaii’s hungry. Last year, the nonprofit distributed 12.8 million pounds of food to help feed 183,500 different people in need statewide. A $10 donation alone enables the Hawaii Foodbank to distribute food for 25 meals. Celebrate our birthday with us by making a donation today!

The types of food that are most needed are non-perishable items: canned meats/tuna, canned meals (spaghetti, chili, beef stew), canned soups, canned vegetables and canned fruits.

Contact us by email info@acakelife.com or by phone at 808-542-0131 to schedule your consultation and be sure to note this promotion! Please join us in celebrating our 5th Anniversary from now until the end of July by helping us fight hunger and helping Hawaii’s needy.

 

Some Facts About Hunger in Hawaii:

  • Hawaii’s hungry is about 14 percent of the population and includes over 55,000 children and over 11,000 elderly.
  • 32 percent of client households must choose between transportation and food.
  • 28 percent of client households must choose between paying for rent/mortgage and food.
  • 21 percent of client households served must choose between paying for utilities or food.
  • 19 percent of client households served must choose between paying for medical bills or food.
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Ihilani Wedding Experience

Photos by Kris Labang and Bianca Photography

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On Sunday, April 6, Hawaii Wedding Pros teamed up with the JW Marriott Ihilani Ko Olina and hosted The Wedding Experience – a wedding showcase and fashion show featuring elite vendors from around the island of Oahu.  Guests were invited to sample signature cuisine, meet local wedding vendors, view the latest wedding trends, dance the night away to live entertainment and visit stunning sites on-property.

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Here’s a quick video of the event.

We were invited to participate, and teamed up with Su-V Expressions, Les Saisons, Bradley and Lily to create a tablescape and accompanying cake based on inspiration from these gorgeous gold Monique Lhullier gowns.

Inspiration

We created a 4-tier light pink, shimmery rose gold fondant cake, with an extra tall tier.  We drew inspiration from the ornate detail and cool textures of the dress and piped a gold floral lace design onto the cake, and accented with a small cascade of edible, all-handmade ivory and gold sugar roses.

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See the piping in-action here:

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As samples for guests, we served our Yellow Butter Cake with Fresh Strawberry Cream Cake Shooters.

We had a fabulous time getting to know some newly engaged couples, working with some local wedding vendors and touring the property – Ihilani is gorgeous and definitely has some great wedding venues!

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And a big shout-out to Tony So of The DJ Hawaii and organizer of Hawaii Wedding Pros for making this all happen.

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Anne Namba’s New Collections

 Photos by Kristin Kato

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Earlier this year, at an event sponsored by Pacific Edge Magazine, we met Anne Namba – fashion designer extraordinaire, and were so excited to learn that she loved our sweet treats.  Shortly after, we were invited to participate in the unveiling of her newest collection! Her theme for the show was Anything But Basic, Black & White, Tattoo, and Tempting Textures.  Before the event, we visited her design studio where she shared with us some of her amazing Kimonos, fabrics and many of her exquisitely crafted pieces.   As I was walking around her studio, I was immediately inspired to create a cake design based of one of the Kimono fabric dresses she was showing for the fashion show. I was immediately drawn to a beautiful red fabric dress that had these bright eye-catching gold and silver embroidered flowers and a very detailed crane flying amongst the flowers!  The red satin fabric was speckled with lots of gold flecks.  I was so thrilled to find an original Anne Namba dress that I would have the honor of designing a cake off of!

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Inspiration

We created a 3-tier cake with a base of red fondant and flecks of gold.  Inspired by the cherry blossoms and cranes on Anne’s designs we created handmade sugar cherry blossoms and a crane, then hand-painted them with gold leaf.

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We embossed each flower with texture and finished it with edible 24K gold leaf!

For our display, we set-up our cake, along with our Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese icing and Strawberry Cream Cake Shooters for guests to sample.  Everyone there was treated to a fashion show, showcasing Anne’s newest designs, and an opportunity to shop the new collection.

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During high school, one of my jobs was working at Bakery Manoa, in the Manoa Marketplace.  It was also 3 doors down from Anne’s shop, and I can vividly remember walking by her window displays and seeing all her amazing dresses and designs.  It’s so neat to come full circle, 15 years later, and being able to work with her on the launch of her new collection.  It was definitely a night to remember!  Thank you Anne, and we are so grateful for the wonderful opportunity to work with you.

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