Inspired by 19th-century fine white china that was shipped plain from France and trimmed with gold paint once it reached the United States, this white cake is dressed with metallic ribbons.
Grecian Gold headdresses made their mark during the Hellenistic period; here, they make for a fitting cake motif. Made of gum-paste flowers painted with gold luster dust, the wreaths, along with the Corinthian column-inspired tiers, turn this cake into a Greek fantasy. Encircled in real ribbon and topped with a Champagne coupe bubbling over with a necklace, of course.
In this formal, hand-engraved set, an embossed Georgian-style wreath and monogram connect the different items. Some of the icons are inked in gold; others are blind-embossed. On the invitation, menu, and place card, the gold is picked up in the beveled edge of the card stock.
Manzanita branches, with berry clusters attached, were sprayed gold and hung from ribbons. Threaded over them are wide ochre ribbons that hold calligraphed seating cards in place. The contrasting gold ribbon is anchored at intervals with fabric glue. Glittering millinery flowers add the final touch.
Calligraphy by Maria-Helena Hoksch.
You wouldn't want to gild the lily, of course, but a leafy branch? An altogether different matter. "Gold can add glamour, but it's easy to go over the top with it," says designer Matthew Robbins, who created the arrangement here. Juxtapose opulent gold branches (in the form of faux bay-laurel twigs) with the humble grace of wood (apply gold Rub 'N Buff and drill holes) for a decadent yet simple centerpiece.