Most confections show their stripes only after they've been cut. This one from M. Robin Cakes gets the point across sans knife. Wondering where the frosting is hiding? The answer is inside. The outer layers of sponge cake are filled with mousses of different flavors, such as passion fruit and white chocolate. To drive the design home, display your dessert alongside flutes of bubbly, alternating Champagne with rose.
Would you believe us if we told you this vibrant display cost less than $10? Cross our hearts. It's made from unfurled rolls of Paper Mart crepe paper, which is, yes, insanely affordable and light enough to hang from the ceiling with painters' tape. It also comes in 34 hues. Enlist it to create a ceremony marker or dress up a bare wall.
The palette and typography of this suite are reminiscent of the crisp graphics of midcentury design and the color field painting movement of the 1960s -- even the ForYourParty.com "Euro" matchbooks look like they were swiped from Don Draper's desk. To have our design printed, contact Fig. 2 Design Studio.
Judd Waddell's "Chevron" wedding gown (allegriabridal.com) is proof that stripes can be subtle and romantic. Put your bridesmaids or maid of honor in Anne M. Cramer's flattering "Flynn" skirts. Their broad color bands and boxed pleats are counterintuitively slimming. Pair them with a feminine top like Whitney Deal's "Glea" blouse.
We're the first to admit that these head-turning libations require a bit of effort, but trust us -- they're worth it! The key is the giant ice cube, which is made of alternating layers of fruit nectars and an Italian aperitif. Once the cubes are frozen, drop them into glasses of seltzer and watch as they flavor the fizz.
Dress your groom in a neutral suit, such as J.Crew's "Ludlow" jacket and trousers (mrporter.com). Punctuate it with a striped tie and pocket square like these from Tiecrafters. Alongside Carolina Herrera's delicately textured "Hope" gown and bolero, you'll be quite the dapper couple (212-249-6552).
Tiffany & Co. "Bezet" ring.
The fanciful quality of this buffet will instill childlike anticipation in every guest. Treats are playfully displayed on stands and sticks and in cups and bags, as they would be at an old-time carnival. The striped awning, in muted candy colors, echoes the swirled lollipops, rock candy, taffy, and fondant "ribbons" on the cake.
Here, we put the notion of icing on ice, relying instead on unadorned pastel layers for graphic appeal. Coconut pound cake, tinted with gel-paste food coloring, serves as the foundation, while white fondant and passion fruit curd rest on top (the curd is also between each layer). Sorbets in mango, passion fruit, lychee nut, and coconut are paired with strawberry sugar wafers that mimic the look of the cakes.
Lines and dots are combined here; the striped place cards are held up by circular bases. The bases' patterns vary, but the colors are the same. This project is easy when you use a pad of patterned paper (commonly sold for scrapbooking) that comes packaged in matching colors; the kind used here came from a pad of 6-inch square paper by Making Memories.