Monday, April 14

Cheesecake Cream Eggs


Ok, I'll admit it, my favourite thing about Easter is that Cadbury Cream Eggs are everywhere and somehow it's a lot more acceptable to stuff yourself full of them at this time of year. So I nearly died when I saw one of our favourite blogs, Raspberri Cupcakes had come up with a delicious cheesecake filled version with a passionfruit yoke - yummm!
Check out the great recipe here.

Thursday, April 10

eggy escort cards

You might remember emptying out eggs as a kid, ready to paint and decorate. Well here's an egg-ceptionally cute idea (sorry had to be done) from the clever folks at Present&Correct.
Hollow out your egg as usual with a pin, paint and slip a note inside. To turn them into escort cards simply write your guests name on the outside and they can crack it open to find their seat! Cute! You might even say a cracking idea (sorry) You can find the picture tutorial on Poppytalk.


Thursday, February 6

valentine ideas : pink popcorn

Party popcorn by She Wears Many Hats

Here's an idea to make your Valentine's Day pop - why not plan a movie night complete with your own pretty pink popcorn. Great as a last minute surprise. We've even designed a printable popcorn pack with a ticket and party circles to make it that bit more special. Check out these great popcorn recips to try here and here. Yum, don't limit this to just Valentine's though, how about pretty pink popcorn at the wedding or even a kids party?

Valentine Popcorn by Daily Leisure
Printable Valentine's Popcorn Pack by 'i do' it yourself

Monday, January 20

2014 dress trends

Gown from Luella’s Boudoir UK pic via Wedding Chicks


Last March we predicted sexy was back, and by that we mean the back of the wedding dress was going to be a gorgeous focus with ornate designs and pretty details. This year most wedding professionals are predicting the same, and its set to be a continuing trend for 2014 wedding fashions. With the popularity of The Great Gatsby and Downtown Abbey still influencing many brides, 1920s fashion will big again. And with all that gorgeous lace and beading to play with we can understand why.

Lita Gown from BHLDN
Alexia by Jenny Packham 

Thursday, January 16

2014 cake trends

Mini orange ombre cream cake via Bakingdom


There are a few sweet predictions making the rounds at the moment, like the suspended wedding cake announced by The knot as a 2014 trend. Instead of the traditional cake display, sitting on a table, the idea is the cake floats in the air suspended in a creative way. Awe inspiring to be sure but perhaps out of reach for the budgets of most brides. And just how practicle is it? How do you cut it when it's swinging around? Let us know if you had a suspended wedding cake.


Add Pics via Nigerian Wedding and Aisle Perfect


Naked cakes are also tipped to be a big thing this year. Naked basically means layers of cake with delicious filling and just a dusting of icing sugar. Now that's more like it.




Pics via tumblr, hello may with a great DIY tutorial, Offbeat Bride, Burnetts Boards


Ombré is obviously still as popular as ever, whether it's the icing on the outside or a surprise of sponge on the inside.



Pics: Tumblr, unknown, a slice of purple from Scandinavian Chic


Our trend predictions are for more delectable little mini cakes. A bit of an extension of the dessert bar that's been so popular the past few years, and a bit more glamorous than a cupcake.



Pics: she n he photography, unknown, unknown


Not to knock cupcakes though. Our other favourite trend to watch out for this year is the gorgeous cupcake bouquet. These stunning creations would be perfect as a table centerpiece, edible and beautiful, what's not to love?



Add Pics: Midwest Living, Dailyfix, unknown

Sunday, January 12

2014 trends


This time of year has wedding websites, magazines and blogs buzzing with trend predictions. From the extravagant - suspended cakes - to the unusual, pant suit wedding dress anyone?
So let's join in and start this year off with a few of our wedding theme picks for 2014.

Gorgeous Gatsby

Great Gatsby glamour brought the glitz of the 1920s back into fashion in 2013. And with shows like Dowton Abbey as popular as ever, vintage inspired weddings will be in vogue this year too. 


Pics: Art deco cake via Cake Central, Gorgeous Gatsby 'i do' it yourself stationery range, dress detail from Burnett's Boards. See more Gatsby wedding inspiration here.

Burlap and Lace
Rustic burlap and lace details have been popping up everywhere. Definitely one to watch this year.
 


Burlap and lace table setting via Wedding Chicks. Burlap and lace wedding invitation from 'i do' it yourself.

Ombré remains one of the hottest trends, especially when it comes to cakes, and the chalkboard craze is still in full swing.


Pic by Rutko Photographers and seating plan from 'i do' it yourself shot by Rhys Albrecht

Thursday, January 9

a year of inspiration

We hope by now you are all well and truly recovered from your New Year's celebrations and ready to jump into 2014. We had such a busy 2013 in the 'i do' it yourself office with some big renovation and design projects and most importantly a new family member - in late November we welcomed a little boy into the world, and he's certainly keeping us busy.

Before we get into new ideas, we thought it would be fun to look back at the different themes and inspiration we covered in the past year.









There were so many beautiful ideas to share, we hope you loved them as much as we loved creating them. Have a great 2014!

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