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Sugar PeaksFluffy, snow-white meringue tops the layers of this cake. Unbaked meringue holds its shape well when piped; a large star tip (Ateco No. 869) was used to form these fluted peaks. Meringue not only looks lovely, it tastes delicious, especially when flavored with a few drops of vanilla extract or orange-blossom water. (A pale or clear flavoring works best because it won't mar the pure white of the meringue.)
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Budding Genius: Fabric Flowers
Fabric flowers make a pretty, wilt-proof way for guests to find their seats and then sport as corsages or boutonnieres. Simply use floral tape to attach a brooch pin to the stem of a fabric flower (these are from Dulken & Derrick). Have a calligrapher pen names onto strips of card stock, then punch small holes on one end, and slip pins through.
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To turn wedding-day accessories into lovely keepsakes for your bridal party, why not add customized labels bearing your wedding date, monogram, or some other personal note? Start by creating a template at a specialty manufacturer (we tapped Name Maker) using the fonts, colors, and sizes of your choice. Hand-stitch the labels to the backs or insides of ties, purses, or other fabric items you plan to give your bridesmaids and groomsmen, and they'll have a message fashioned just for them.
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A sprinkling of snowflake confetti on the tables at a New Year's wedding helps set a merry mood. Use craft punches to cut snowflakes from silver paper, and mix in coils and snippings of silver curling ribbon. Here, each place is set with the lyrics to "Auld Lang Syne"; as the clock strikes midnight, the guests can raise their voices in song.
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Here's a centerpiece idea that won't have you burning through your budget: In lieu of pricey floral arrangements, display sleek tapers in a variety of shapely glass candlesticks. Inexpensive ones are available at many home stores in lots of styles (most of ours are from CB2 and Areo). Mix them in varying heights and designs to create a table that truly shines.
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Snowflake FavorCapture these delicate symbols of winter's beauty in dough, and share them with your wedding guests. Gingerbread cookies, piped with royal icing and highlighted with sugar and nonpareils, are perfect snacks for the post-reception ride home or the day after the wedding.
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