Cake of the month June ’16

elegant blossom greenThis month we have chosen our Elegant Blossom Wedding Cake as our cake of the month. This timeless design is perfect for any time of your. Keep it simple or change the ribbon colour or the colour of the blossoms to suit your own style & theme. Best of all for the month of June we have 10% OFF this beautiful design if ordered before the end of the month.
Price includes any combination of our flavours and delivery to your Dublin venue.

Happy wedding planning from all at Simply Elegant Cakes

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Fresh Flowers on Cakes

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This is probably one of the most hotly debated issues that comes up between cakers. In some area’s the Environments Health Officers Association have a complete blanket ban on using fresh flowers on cakes but in other areas not such ban exists. To clear things up a little we have put together some guide lines for using fresh flowers on your wedding cake.

Firstly and most obviously, some plants are actually poisonous and could cause a range of symptoms from upset stomach, diarrhea, vomiting to blistering skin around the mouth.

Secondly, flowers from a florist, supermarket or garden centre’s are not designed to be eaten. They are routinely sprayed with insecticides, herbicides and fungicides, none of those are regulated fit for human consumption because they are designed to maximise the shelf life of the flower – not to be eaten. With the majority of flowers sold in Ireland imported and flown long distances the flowers are are not packaged or handled with food hygiene in mind.

Here is a list of some popular wedding flowers that are considered toxic. For a more complete list of poisonous flowers, you can find it on Wikipedia.

Anemone
Calla Lily
Clematis
Daffodils
Delphinium
Frangipani
Gloriosa lily
Hydrangea
Iris
Ivy
Ranunculus
Poppy
Sweet pea
Wisteria
Any baker worth their salt will work hard to keep a clean work environment for their cakes. Florists do not have the need to wash every flower that comes through their doors. They don’t need to make sure every flower is dirt free or even bug free.

Just remember that your cake maker, whilst qualified in food hygiene, is not a horticulturalist and should not be expected to know about flowers. Likewise your florist, may well know about flowers but not cakes.

Having said all that, you can use certain fresh flowers on cake if they are grown to be edible i.e. they are grown organically and are proven non-toxic. It is extremely important to washed the flowers thoroughly before using them. It is important to have a barrier between these flowers and the cake and never place a flower stem directly into the wedding cake.

Don’t take the risk of having your wedding guests remember your special day for all the wrong reasons.

Happy wedding planning from all at Simply Elegant Cakes

http://www.simplyelegantcakes.ie

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Being the perfect bride.

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Ever look at some brides and say..no way, that’s not going to be me ?? I’m not going to get worked up over the little things, I’m not going to attack my bridesmaids when they’re not pulling their weight & the main topic of conversation is not going to be the wedding and then find yourself doing all of the above. Here are a few tips to help you become the perfect bride….

Nothing will cause stress or make you look out of sorts faster than being tired. I know all of your old friends and family are around and you want to spend time with them. Absolutely do! I also know that the last minute preparations can be hectic But make sure you have taken enough time off of work before your wedding to get everything done. If you are not rested all of the other tips here will fall short.

Courteous, polite, well mannered and generally gracious. It is your day but you have invited your guests and that is what they are. Your guests.

Genuine. This should be easy because you will be so happy on your wedding day but don’t forget to be kind to people. Stay calm and say please and thank you.

Relaxed. Your guests will be as relaxed as you are. If something comes up that needs to be dealt with do so calmly or delegate. Keep calm and carry on.

Looks good. We know this is your moment and you had the makeup and hair done, wearing the fabulous dress and are glowing. Please remember to stand up straight! Tall and proud, shoulders back. It will make a huge difference to your photos and you will feel proud.

Don’t forget to stand back & take it all in together. It’ll be over before you know it. Sharing your wedding day and greeting your guests as a couple.

Happy wedding planning from all at Simply Elegant Cakes
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Planning a hen’s night ?

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Planning a hen party ? This is a big responsibility and without putting too much pressure on the organiser, the brides last night of freedom depends on this one night going well. You want this hen’s night to go down in history for all the right reasons !

Key points to consider,

As it’s the Brides night check with her about the type of night. / weekend she would like. No point bringing out all the “adult toys” if this is not the type of bride she is. No harm in adding some surprises but respect her wishes.

Plan early

It is important to plan the party well in advance. Ensuring all of your guests are available and will give you enough time to create an unforgettable party. Choose a date and stick to it. If you give enough notice than most people will be available but regardless of how much notice you give people there will always be guest who can’t make it.

Guest list.

This is always a grey area. The “fun” party is not always suitable for the mother-in law, aunts & grandmothers. So have two. One for the older generation & one for the younger one.

Budget

Remember to include transport, accommodation, meals and day-time activities as well as night-time fun and frolics.

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The traditional hens night / weekends consists of the following – few drinks ,nice meal, night on the town / club & over night stay and if you’re the adventurous type there are lots of fun day time activities you can do.

Day time activities

There are dozens of different activities you can do during the day to add a bit of fun to the party. Below are just one of the ideas we came across. When choosing an activity bear in mind the different personalities in the party but don’t be afraid to push people outside their comforts zone.

Take a dance class, dance the afternoon away with salsa, burlesque or even pole dancing
or have a great laugh with the Paint a nude class available from Henparty.ie
Paintball, you don’t have to be a guy to try this & find it great fun.
A make-up class where you can learn some new tricks from a professional
Clay Pigeon Shooting, Archery & a Target practise
Photo Shoot, feel like the celebs & get your make-up and hair done and the pictures will be fab.
Vintage Tea Party,
For the more adventurous try Zip-it an action packed tree line, zip wire, hair raising, nose bleed inducing, woodland adventure. Zipit.com
Spa experience & relaxation all the way. Heritage @ Killinard
Treasure hunt
Cocktail making master class
Murder mystery adventure
Booze cruise staying near the coast or on the Shannon
Go-karting
Night at the dogs
Roller disco
Quad biking
whatever you decide to do make it a party that your bride will remember forever:-)

Happy wedding planning from all our Simply Elegant Cakes

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Fresh Flowers on Cake

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                             weknowyourdreamz.com

This is probably one of the most hotly debated issues that comes up between cakers. In some area’s the Environments Health Officers Association have a complete blanket ban on using fresh flowers on cakes but in other areas not such ban exists. To clear things up a little we have put together some guide lines for using fresh flowers on your wedding cake.

Firstly and most obviously, some plants are actually poisonous and could cause a range of symptoms from upset stomach, diarrhea, vomiting  to blistering skin around the mouth.

Secondly, flowers from a florist, supermarket or garden centre’s are not designed to be eaten. They are routinely sprayed with insecticides, herbicides and fungicides, none of those are regulated fit for human consumption because they are designed to maximise the shelf life of the flower  – not to be eaten.  With the majority of flowers sold in Ireland imported and flown long distances the flowers are are not packaged or handled with food hygiene in mind.

Here is a list of some popular wedding flowers that are considered toxic. For a more complete list of poisonous flowers, you can find it on Wikipedia.

  • Anemone
  • Calla Lily
  • Clematis
  • Daffodils
  • Delphinium
  • Frangipani
  • Gloriosa lily
  • Hydrangea
  • Iris
  • Ivy
  • Ranunculus
  • Poppy
  • Sweet pea
  • Wisteria

Any baker worth their salt will work hard to keep a clean work environment for their cakes.  Florists do not have the need to wash every flower that comes through their doors. They don’t need to make sure every flower is dirt free or even bug free.

Just remember that your cake maker, whilst qualified in food hygiene,  is not a horticulturalist and should not be expected to know about flowers. Likewise your florist, may well know about flowers but not cakes.

Having said all that, you can use certain fresh flowers on cake if they are grown to be edible i.e. they are grown organically and are proven non-toxic. It is extremely important to washed the flowers thoroughly before using them. It is important to have a barrier between these flowers and the cake and never place a flower stem directly into the wedding cake.

 

Don’t take the risk of having your wedding guests remember your special day for all the wrong reasons.

Happy wedding planning from all at Simply Elegant Cakes

www.simplyelegantcakes.ie

www.facebook.com/simplyelegantcakes.ie

www.instagram.com/simplyelegantcakes

 

 

Cake of the Month March 16

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As Spring is finally upon we’ve decided to go all out with our Cake of the Month for March and we are taking 10% OFF all our Wedding Cakes booked in March.  So, if you haven’t already booked your wedding cake why not take a look at our Wedding Cake Gallery on our website www.simplyelegantcakes.ie All our cakes can be customised to suit. We have a showroom in Rathfarnham, which is open by appointment. We have morning, evening (after 7pm) and weekend appointments available.

 

Happy wedding planning from all at Simply Elegant Cakes

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Leap Year Proposal

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How many brave women out there are preparing to propose to their other half today ? And if you are, are you excited ? Do you think he’ll be surprised and more importantly do you think he’ll say yes ???

“According to an old Irish legend, or possibly history, St Brigid struck a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to men – and not just the other way around – every four years.This is believed to have been introduced to balance the traditional roles of men and women in a similar way to how leap day balances the calendar

In many European countries, especially in the upper classes of society, tradition dictates that any man who refuses a woman’s proposal on February 29 has to buy her 12 pairs of gloves. The intention is that the woman can wear the gloves to hide the embarrassment of not having an engagement ring. During the middle ages there were laws governing this tradition”.Timeanddate.com

If you do decide to propose today…good luck and happy wedding planning from all at Simply Elegant Cakes.

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