Wedding Cake Buffet

Wedding Cake Buffet

I have been so excited to share this post with you. This event was so fun to do and I love the way it turned out but I wanted to wait until I had shared all of my Europe trip with you.  Just too many fun things happening around here.

The weekend after we returned from Europe we hosted a wedding open house at our home for a young man that my husband has mentored for the last 15 years or so.

James was married in Florida in April and he and his bride traveled to Oregon so that we could celebrate with them too.  I needed to keep it fairly simple since I would only be home a week before the event.  We were also doing it in our home.  The wedding colors were yellow, white and robin egg blue so I wanted to incorporate the colors into the open house also.  Fortunately for me I had quite a few things in that color palette so was able to use things I already owned – only adding in a few new things.

The guests entered our front door and were greeted by this little display and an opportunity to sign the guest book.

Cake Buffet Wedding

I used some white frames I already had and pieces of my milk glass collection as well as the blue mason jars I already owned.  You may recognize my DIY Moss eggs from Easter!   I had made the subway art for last summer’s Wedding Carnival.  The only thing I did not already have was the little bunting I made for the front of the dresser.

The bride and groom stood in our living room in front of our fire place to meet their guests.  I cut the Mr. & Mrs. out with my Silhouette.

Cake Buffet Wedding

Aren’t they a handsome couple.  I love that James wore his Army uniform!

Cake Buffet Wedding

I basically walked around my house and found everything yellow, white and teal that I had and used it in the decor.   I did make the fun tulle light strand for the occasion.  Cake Buffet WeddingThe vintage books mostly came from the Goodwill bins and the doilies were from the Dollar Store.

Cake Buffet Wedding

After greeting the bride and groom the guests entered our dining room where I had set up the cake and fruit buffet.

Cake Buffet Wedding

 

The dresser had been one I had gotten from my parents and the boys had used it in their room.  I gave it a fresh new coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint which I absolutely love and it became the cake buffet.  It now resides back in my craft room and holds all my wrapping supplies!

Cake Buffet Wedding

I have a little tutorial coming up on how to make your own party backdrop so stay tuned for that.  I made the fabric pennant banner out of the wedding colors.

Cake Buffet Wedding

That amazing cake buffet menu was made by our dear friend Bill.  He is so talented.  You may remember that he did all of the chalkboard art for the Wedding carnival too.

Cake Buffet menu

Isn’t it amazing.  It is still in my dinning room I love it so much!!

Cake Buffet Wedding

We had a selection of 7 cakes.  I spent the two days before the open house baking away.  Fortunately I have some wonderful friends who helped pitch in too.  There was a total of 11 cakes made and then another dear friend showed up that evening with two more!

The cafe buffet included the following:

Tropical Pineapple Carrot Cake (recipe coming)

Lemon Cream Cake

Key Lime Cake (recipe coming)  This was so yummy I can’t wait to share it with you!!

Southern Caramel Cake (recipe coming)  Neighbor said it was the best cake she’d ever had

Double Chocolate Cake (I made it with a chocolate buttercream)

Red Velvet Cake

Fresh California Orange Cake (my personal favorite!)

Cake Buffet WeddingThat collection of cake plates I have came in handy!  I also made some fun little cake toppers for some of the cakes out of glitter letters, washi tape, straws and fabric.  I just raided my craft room.

Wedding Cake Topper

Wedding Cake Topper

And a little fabric pennant banner:

Wedding Cake Topper

I had to have a gluten free option in amongst all that gluten laden cake so I made a batch of lemon macarons.

 

Cake Buffet Wedding

lemon macarons

Even though we had the menu board I wanted to have the cakes labeled on the buffet too.  There wasn’t much room left on the buffet for anything so I just typed up the names of all the cakes and used some washi tape to tape them right down onto the dresser.

Cake Buffet Wedding

In addition to cake we also had a fruit buffet on the other side of the room.  My yellow side board came in handy!  So glad yellow was one of her wedding colors.

Fruit Buffet

Thanks to good friends who purchased and cut up all the fruit for me so I didn’t have to worry about it at all!!

Fruit Buffet

From the dining room they could step through the french doors out onto the back patio.  Unfortunately we had had rain all week but fortunately some friends had some tents we could borrow and set up over the patio.  The day of the open house it rained and rained and I was so worried that even with the tents people would not be able to sit outside but the weather Gods smiled down on us and the rain stopped 30 minutes before the party started and didn’t rain at all during the event!!

We had set up tables with blue mason jars full of white and yellow chrysanthemums we bought at Costco and then all the greenery came from my garden.  Thanks to my amazing flower arranging friend Linda for spending hours at my house on Friday getting the flowers ready!!

Cake Buffet Wedding

More books from the Goodwill bins, doilies from the Dollar Store and candle holders from IKEA (via the Wedding Carnival)  I ran out of time before our trip and didn’t have enough books for all the tables and my good friend Marsha braved the Goodwill bins for me and found me enough!!

This was definitely an event on a budget.  It is amazing what you can do with a little creativity, things you and your friends already own, a little elbow grease and good friends!

I could not have done this without all my amazing friends. I am a lucky girl!

For a tutorial on how I made the party backdrop check out this post.

For other fun wedding ideas be sure and check out The Wedding Carnival.

Enjoy!

Leigh Anne

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Comments

  1. 1
    Holly says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the colors, the beautiful cake plates, AND especially the chalkboard art!! So sweet! Ü

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    Holly says:

    Beautiful! Off topic, do you have a huge storage shed for all your goodies, or just strategically stashed around the house? :). I love all your goodies, both edible and display.

    • 2.1
      Leigh Anne says:

      That is a question I get asked a lot Holly. I am fortunate to have a small office off our family room (it use to be my scrapbooking room) that has a large closet and shelves. It now houses all my serving pieces and stuff. It is also my husband’s office. Someday I’ll have to show it on the blog!!

  3. 3

    This is so beautiful! I live the colors!
    Aubrey @ Real Housemoms recently posted..Low Carb “Fried” Pickles

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    kiki comin says:

    YOU are so amazing. i love all of the ideas..and love that you didn’t have to spend so much but could still make an incredible display of everything. you are pure talent!:)

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    Joanna H. says:

    What an absolutely darling display. The cakes are gorgeous!

  6. 6
    Diana says:

    You’re AMAZING!! I look forward to your posts everyday and today did not disappoint. Beautiful, creative and what a special reception for this couple to start a lifetime together. Something they will treasure and remember always.

  7. 7

    This is beautiful!! Just so creative and natural.
    Zainab @ Blahnik Baker recently posted..Dark Chocolate Cake with Strawberry Buttercream

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    Mique says:

    I loooooove every single detail about this LA. Beautiful! They are so lucky to have you do this for them.
    Mique recently posted..Classic Guacamole

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    Jeanette says:

    Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your party decorating ideas! This reminds me of a post I saw a while back on pinterest. Here is the link and an excerpt:

    http://www.lovemydress.net/blog/2011/10/dog-show-wedding.html

    “We made everyone a fabric flag with their name on – hand stamped on to canvas which we pinned on. The colour of the flag corresponded to the big flags we made for each table, so ten flags in each material. Anyway, people just stuck their flag in the cake they wanted – there were lots to choose from. Then, after the main meal the caterers put the ten slices of cake, with the name flags in, for each table on to a cake stand (homemade by my mum)m and brought them to the table.”

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    Mary Anne Best says:

    Beautiful. Must admit I felt sentimental as I saw my teenage years dresser (years before your boys had it!) I love the white and happy it is still in the family. Mom

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    Marm says:

    Simply lovely details without over doing it. The cake display is beautiful and I’ll bet they tasted great too. I’m looking forward to the recipes. I loved the way you dressed up the string of lights on the mantle, the chalkboard art, and the flower arrangements were just right. Kudos to you and everyone that helped you. Isn’t it great that we can get by with a little help from our friends?

  12. 12

    Dang! That looks like a ton of work. How neat that you would do that for a good friend, right after your long trip to Europe! It looks soooo beautiful and such a fun idea!
    Mariel @ Or so she says… recently posted..My Husband’s Favorite Things ~ Father’s Day Gift Ideas (she: Kathleen)

    • 12.1
      Leigh Anne says:

      Mariel, It was a bit of work but it was pretty economical so that made up for the work! They were so appreciative too and thankfully I have great friends!!

  13. 13
    Valerie A. H. says:

    Perfectly beautiful!

  14. 14
    Jackie says:

    Just BEAUITIFUL, you are such a delight Leigh Anne.

  15. 15
    Heidi says:

    My gosh, you outdid yourself!! My mouth is watering, and the set up is fabulous!
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    Toni says:

    I loved everything!!!! You always do such amazing things. I would love it if you could give some info on how you did the tulle lights garland. It is adorable and could be used in so many ways.
    Thank you

  17. 17
    Shelley says:

    Thank you for linking up at Party In Polka Dots! This is all so gorgeous!
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  18. 18
    Paula says:

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Mondays at Call Me PMc ~Paula

  19. 19

    Love the sweet and cheerful color combination and the way you created a symphony from the individual notes of color — right down to the furniture and lemon macarons!! The chalkboard art is absolutely amazing! I’d never change it, if it were me! Eager to see the cake recipes! thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!

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    Kathryn says:

    I love simple cake buffets. They are so classy and delicious looking! I love the decor to. It was just beautiful! xoxo
    Kathryn recently posted..Rocking the Backyard

  21. 21

    Gorgeous pictures and wow, what a gorgeous bride too. What a wonderful party!

    Thank you for linking up to Say G’Day Saturday. This weekend’s party has just started so I hope you can join in again!

    Best wishes for a great weekend,
    Natasha in Oz

  22. 22
    Lolly Jane says:

    Are you kidding how cute this is, LA!? Love it all!!

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