Food in Jars

So I was looking back through the posts I’d missed on Bakerella recently and this one jumped out at me! Pie in a jar! So practical and cute makes these on the way up. A great idea for a portable dessert, no worries about transporting them and risking your lovely handiwork that you have slaved over being ruined on the way to your dinner party.

I also love that the possibilities are practically endless with this concept. Pies in jars, desserts in jars, cupcakes in jars… let me know your ideas! Here are some faves I have discovered.

food in jars

Clockwise from top left: Pumpkin Pie, S’mores, Cupcake, Lemon Cake.

Some uses for these include dinner parties, picnics, and wedding or party favours. Add a spoon or fork and it’s a complete take away meal!

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Trash the Dress

From my snoop around the web there do seem to be some mixed opinions about Trash the Dress photoshoots. These involve taking your wedding dress out of hiding and then having a photoshoot in all sorts of circumstances that probably would have been your worst nightmare on your actual wedding day! Some people choose to have shoots of them in their dress at the beach, getting all covered in sand and water and with these type of shoots you can generally take your dress to the drycleaners and it comes back good as new. The shoots I am a fan of are the ones that involve slightly more permanent trashing such as paint!

Many people just can’t see the sense in trashing what once was your most beloved and possibly most expensive item of clothing. I figure you’re never going to wear your dress again and if you haven’t sold it by now then you might as well trash it! So, for me, Trash the Dress shoots are definitely on the way up. What better way to wear your dress again and have some fun in it? If my dress still fits I would love to do this as a one year anniversary type thing. The traditional first year anniversary gift is paper I believe, so, photos are printed on paper, seems the perfect gift to me!

Here are some of the shoots I may be using as inspiration.

trash the dress with paint

This gorgeous paint fight was by Kyle Perison. I highly recommend you follow the link to see the full photo shoot in full size.

trash the dress photos

Clockwise from top left: Preston Bailey, Hanssie Trainor, IGO Photography, Wedding Bee.

Nappy Cakes

Whilst pondering and searching for some unique or interesting baby gifts for the seven ladies I know right now who are pregnant I was reminded of the baby shower staple: the nappy cake. These have been around for a little while now (since my friends starting having babies at least 3 or 4 years ago, I had no need to know about them prior to this!). I admit you can make some kind of cute stuff out of face washers and socks and onesies but to purchase these in a store I find they are always extremely over-priced for what is essentially a gift of three pairs of socks and a beanie! The nappy cake is really taking this concept to the next level I think. They are tiers of nappies (diapers for our American friends) usually adorned with various other baby trinkets and a giant bow.

What I cannot understand now is how people still think this classifies as a ‘unique’ baby shower gift. These are not unique, they have been around for ever and therefore they are trending down. When you put a little more thought into the concept it’s really not that much of a practical gift anyway. Nappies taken out of their packet, touched by ‘x’ number of people who are assemling the ‘cake’ then ogled and touched by everyone at the baby shower who thinks it’s just ‘so charming and clever’. Realistically, are you going to want to put these nappies on your newborn? I’m sure I’ll be the same so not throwing stones here but most new mums meticulously wash every item of clothing and disinfect every household surface before bringing the new arrival home so why would they want to put ‘dirty nappies’ on their new bundle of joy? Baby showers are a great time for receiving practical gifts that you will actually use and that will save you a little bit of time and money (commodoties that are in short supply with an infant!) so please don’t waste your money on one of these monstrosities. Or, if you still like the idea of them, then have fun shopping with the links provided!

nappy cakes

Left to right: Best Diaper Cakes, E Diaper Cakes, Design-N-Wrap.