A constellation of 3-D stars becomes a floating centerpiece with the help of fishing wire and a lot of glitter. Candleholders in matching shades and varying heights set the stage for a sparkling night
Rice-paper star lanterns, Asian Ideas, asianideas.com. Cylinders and votives, Jamali Floral & Garden Supplies, jamaligarden.com. "Victoria Ghost" chair, by Philippe Starck, from Taylor Creative, taylorcreativeinc.com.
Vincent van Gogh wrote, "For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream." We couldn't agree more, which is why we put the five-pointed wonder on display wherever we could -- like on this chair. Hanging from it on a golden cord is a dressed-up paper star; we made it by spraying the star with glue, then shaking glitter over it.
Give guests a hint of the glimmering affair that's to come with a stationery suite that shoots for the stars; this set features a foil-stamped gold supernova on the card and the envelope liner.
Deck out your flower girl in shimmer-dipped ballet slippers; to make, mask off non-glitter areas with tape, apply white glue with a paintbrush, then shake on the glitter.
Dyeable satin flats, by Colorful Creations, from Dyeable Shoes Boutique, dyeableshoesboutique.com.
Set the table with simple pieces -- a peachy-pink tablecloth, glass dinnerware, off-white napkins -- to temper the bolder elements, like the mercury-glass candleholders and this gold-star napkin holder. To fashion one, cut a slit into the center of a 5-inch paper star.
Foil "Shimmer Star," Stumps Spirit, stumpsspirit.com. "My Garden" buffet plate, Villeroy & Boch, villeroy-boch.com. "Nina" dish, William Yeoward Crystal, williamyeowardcrystal.com. "Shield End" flatware, James Robinson, jrobinson.com. "Avanti" stemware, by Lena Bergstrom, from Orrefors, orrefors.us.
Set off sparks with a pair of flashy heels and a brilliant clutch.
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Like to stargaze? Rest your eyes on these twinkling gems.
The best way to get your wedding guests oohing and aahing? Give them something gorgeous to look at and something delectable to eat. The following desserts do both -- and do them exceedingly well -- without much effort on your part. Brushed with edible luster dust, these amazing multifaceted lustrous chocolate nuggets are almost too beautiful to bite into (the operative word being "almost").
White-chocolate zabaglione bonbons, Christopher Norman Chocolates, 212-402-1243.
"I'm an instant star. Just add water and stir," David Bowie once said. These glimmering goodies are practically as easy to make and, with their surprising flavors, just as captivating. Life is a bowl of ... marzipan cherries; we covered dried sour cherries in marzipan and luster dust, then added faux leaves on top for a touch of gold.
Introducing our Star Light Royale -- a delicious concoction of gin, lime juice, and Champagne topped off with a splash of grenadine for a pink glow (we dipped the rim in lime juice and fine sanding sugar for a 1-inch-wide band of sparkle); a halved hard-boiled egg, de-yolked and filled with caviar, complements the drink nicely.
All that's needed to turn these elegant white-chocolate zabaglione pyramid truffles into a wedding-worthy dessert is a whimsical topper of edible gold leaf on each one; display them together on a tall cake stand for a dramatic presentation.
Truffles, Christopher Norman Chocolates, 212-402-1243.
Crescent-moon and star designs shone during the twenties and thirties; channel that era's easy glamour with this photo backdrop. To make, cut foam board into a crescent shape, spray with glue, blanket with glitter, then hang with fishing wire.
Gown, by Marchesa, and silver dress (FD306), by Naeem Khan; from Neiman Marcus, neimanmarcus.com. "Pigalle Strass" stilettos, Christian Louboutin, christianlouboutin.com. Suit, Duncan Quinn, duncan quinn.com. "Moonlight Crystal" necklace, H.Stern, hstern.net.