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Sep 21st

A Healthy Rhubarb Cupcake Recipe

By Carlise (Carla) Shepperd

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I love the photo so I thought I'd share the recipe too from Bitter Sweet Blog!

Ingredients For Cupcakes:

  • 2 Cups Chopped Rhubarb, Fresh or Frozen and Thawed
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Cup Orange Juice
  • 1/3 Cup Canola Oil
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

Vanilla Bean Frosting:

  • 1 Cup Non-Dairy Margarine
  • 4 Cups Confectioner’s Sugar
  • 1 – 2 Tablespoons Plain Non-Dairy Milk
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Paste or Extract
Sep 20th

Favor Idea: Homemade White Butterfinger Cups

By Carlise (Carla) Shepperd

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Guests love edible favors and Homemade Butterfinger Cups sure sounds good to me.

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I found the recipe at Salt Tree where Amber, the author, used silicone cupcake liners to give these desserts the lovely shape they have in the photos above, however, regular cupcake liners work well too.

What you'll need:

  • 1 heaping cup of white chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp shortening, divided
  • 1/3 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3/4 confectioners sugar
  • 2 Tbsp chopped or crushed peanuts
  • Paper muffin / cupcake liners
  • Clean, small paintbrush
Sep 18th

Want To Pay Less For Your Venue?

By Carlise (Carla) Shepperd

When choosing a venue it is best to have a budget and a list of questions before you begin your search. First, what type of venue will best suit the type of wedding you are having? If you are having a small rustic wedding then you don't need a fancy ballroom? You can have your wedding in a picturique park. Having a lovely backdrop to begin with will ultimately also save you money decor.

Keep in mind, however, if you are thinking of throwing your wedding at a local park, that government run parks usually do require a small fee for you to hold an event in their park. So check with the parks and recreation office in your area if you are considering any local park. The fee is usually not too much. In my town, the fees run from $75 to $200 but they have decent bathrooms which means no portable toilets.

Also, think about having your ceremony and reception at the same location if possible. It will save you money in the end if you have to pay for a ceremony location as well as a reception space. A church with a dinner hall, for example, would be a great choice for a wedding. Also, a country club with a seperate space for ceremony and reception would be a great choice. When my husband and I renewed our vows in 2014, we booked a beautiful, waterfront venue. Our ceremony was outside, the cocktail hour was on the balcony where guests had a lovely view of the river and the reception was indoors. This saved us not only money but time and our guests appreciated it.

You can also choose to have the ceremony in a space then can be changed over for the reception during the cocktail hour. However, be sure to find out if your coordinator and vendors are capable of making this process seemless. You don't want your guests to be waiting hours for you to turn the room around. Even with plenty of appetizers or drinks on hand, a big lag between the ceremony and reception can take your guests out of a celebratory mood. So, do a run it through if you can prior to the big day to see if finding a seperate ceremony space would be less stressful.

Regardless of the wedding you are having, please remember that banquet halls, hotels and basically any dedicated event space that offer wedding packages may give you the most bang for your buck. Some of these venues already have tables, chairs, linens, special lighting, a music system, projector etc. Some may even have a caterer, bartender and servers on site. Having to bring a vendor in usually cost more than having it added onto a package so do the math carefully.

Don't forget that if you are on a budget, having a low key backyard wedding with just family and close friends is always an option. Wild picked flowers put into vases from a thrift or dollar store make lovely centerpieces. To be honest, I wish we went that route when we renewed our vows. As long as their is love and laughter, it will be a memorable event.


Sep 17th

Do You Know Your Appetizers?

By Carlise (Carla) Shepperd

When discussing the cocktail hour with your caterer, terms used for different types of appetizers may be a bit confusing. For example, keep in mind that CRUDITÉS are basically uncooked vegetables that are sliced and served with a dip. Commonly, you would find cucumbers, celery, carrots and sweet peppers used for a crudité. So, it's a fancy name for something you would find at most parties. However, if want crudités served, you can asked your caterer to present them in a small tasting glass with the dip at the bottom with a few pieces of vegetables.

Jun 21st

Here Are Some Affordable Typewriters For Vintage Lovers

By Carlise (Carla) Shepperd


If you have been looking for a working typewriter for your wedding then you have to stop by RomiandRomeo on Etsy. They have a great selection of working typewriters which is not something you find everyday. The prices are great and the colors to choose from are amazing. So you've just got to check them out.

Jun 20th

7 Ways To Serve Cotton Candy As A Favor

By Carlise (Carla) Shepperd

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Here are seven ways you could serve cotton candy at your next event...

In a martini glass!

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From an open, square, lovely favor box!

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In a ball like a Cake Pop!

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In an ice cream cone!

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In a glass!

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Displayed on a cupcake stand!

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In a bag!

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Jun 19th

DIY - Wooden Cupcake Stands

By Carlise (Carla) Shepperd


These beautiful, turquoise cake stands are featured here at Bee In A Bonnet! They are made with small pieces of plywood, trims from Michael's and table legs that were found at Home Depot! It's not a project for every do-it-yourself bride but it's certainly one that yields gorgeous stands!


Again, you can find the tutorial for making these stands here at Bee In A Bonnet!

May 21st

Step Out In Style Wearing a Polka Dot Tie

By Carlise (Carla) Shepperd

It’s a fact! Women love seeing a man in a tie. For such a small piece of garment, it makes a stunning statement. There is something very evoking about it. It adds a sense of luxury while creating the finishing look for a dress shirt or suit.

A man’s tie gives a peek into his personality and at his style. The more conservative men, choose to wear solid color ties for a classic look. However, if you are the type that dare to be different, Polka Dot Ties may be just what you need. At, there is a  handsome selection of Polka Dot Ties waiting for you. You can choose from the silver ones which feature white dots and look great against a black suit. If you find that suit you have to wear a bit boring, a blue or red Polka Dot Tie will spice it up. Against a crisp, white shirt, it will show off your personality.

Polka Dot Ties are perfect for the less conservative types. They are for the outgoing types that know with the proper attire, the right tie makes a bold, fashion statement . For example, a Polka Dot Tie says, “I am fashion savvy…I am a trendsetter, I have style!” They are definitely not for those who shy away from attention because it would be hard to keep admiring eyes off you.

Of course, there are rules to wearing any tie to make sure you look your best when stepping out. For example, your tie should hang about two inches above your belt-line. For a more modern look, a tie that is about two and a half inches should be your pick. Most importantly, keep your ties neat and clean.

On your wedding day, if you want to look sharp but add a bit of fun to your Big Day attire, a Polka Dot Tie will be a great choice.

To find Polka Dot Ties and many more to complete your wardrobe, visit!

Apr 10th

Wedding Game Idea: Mad Libs for Weddings

By Carlise (Carla) Shepperd

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Have you heard about Mad Libs? Mad Lips are basically stories in which certain words are left out and each player has to fill in the blanks using a word from a list of selected words. If you love the game, here's a funway you can use the game in your wedding.

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