Sweet Table Heaven...


Sweet tables are guaranteed to be a hit at any wedding! I decided to incorporate the fact that my hubby is Canadian and I’m British as a theme in our sweet table. 

Hiring a sweet table wasn't in our budget. However making our own turned out to be even more fun. We made sure from our recent west coast trip to Canada/USA we picked up some local sweets such as Tootsie Rolls and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and mixed them with some traditional UK sweets. We chose the retro space saucers, jelly babies, white mice and a whole lot more! We also added some handmade popcakes, which were made by the lovely Sweet Crunch (www.sweetcrunch.co.uk). The popcake's were also themed, with handmade maple leafs on some and a selection decorated with English flowers made of popping candy and dried strawberry flakes. 

One idea I unfortunately didn’t see until after the wedding was personalised marshmallows. There is a fairly new company called Boomf (www.boomf.co.uk) who print pictures from your Instagram account onto marshmallows – this would most certainly have made it onto our sweetie table had I known about it!

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Now we had all the contents, the next step was to focus on how to make it look chic. My first reaction was to hunt through my kitchen cupboards for anything I thought would be suitable. I came across some beautiful handmade bowls from Chinatown in Vancouver we had purchased a few months earlier. I also found a bunch of old candle jars which I cleaned out. I then went to the local charity shops where I found the ultimate deals. I wanted to place a selection of the sweets in glassware so I searched for different types of crystal bowls, plates etc. I managed to find a variety which cost from £2.50-£4.50 each! Definitely a bargain and I’m able to keep and use again and again. Another great idea is to use wine glasses and afternoon tea stands for the popcakes, maple cookies and shortbread we had on the table. The wine glasses for example were filled with sugar and some dried strawberry flakes with the popcakes standing up. This was a way to present the sweets on different levels too so the table looked even more exciting!


We wanted to have some kind of signage on the sweet table so people knew what they were eating. As our venue had minimal lighting mini signs/tags wouldn't work. This is when my hubby came in useful, he came across a site:  www.wordle.net  which we used to create attractive Word Clouds. It randomises naturally so you have to keep clicking until you find one that takes your fancy.  Having found a design I liked, I printed onto card. Lastly I put the card into a frame I found at Wilkinson (www.wilko.co.uk).  


Finally, to decorate the table I recycled two clear wine bottles I had left over from Christmas, soaked off the labels, (piping hot water in the bath works best) and placed battery LED lights inside. A handy tip is to use double sided tape to stick the battery to the back of the bottle on the outside. This by far is a cost effective way to make anything look extra special.

Helpful tips to creating your own sweet table:

  1. Wilkinson – for picture frames & LED lights
  2. Tescos, Wilkinson, Pound stores & The Range – for sweets
  3. Local Charity shops  - for bowls, plates & containers
  4. Search around the house for empty jars, wine bottles & anything you can use to contribute to your sweet table.
  5. www.sweetcrunch.co.uk – for popcakes and cookies 
  6. www.boomf.co.uk – for personalised marshmallows

Crafty Wedding Tips....

As our wedding preparations are coming to an end, I'm excited to be able to share with you the creations I’ve made for our long awaited celebration on Saturday 8th February 2014. Anyone who has arranged a wedding will know how expensive things can get, especially the finishing touches such as flowers, favors and decorations. I wanted to ensure a personal element was entwined despite being on a budget. I won't post any of my ideas now (I'll wait until post 8th February :-)) but below are some pointers which a crafty bride-to-be may find useful to get thoughts flowing.


Ideas - A great source of inspiration for me was Pinterest (www.pinterest.com), if you haven't joined then do so ASAP. It’s brilliant for browsing at anything from fashion trends to dream holiday destinations and especially for wedding ideas. You set up your own themed "boards" and then you ‘Pin’ away! People will search and follow some of the ideas you have pinned to your boards and you in turn can follow others. Think of it as an enormous database of inspiration. You can even have secret boards if you are collating inspiration for something special! I must say it’s extremely addictive.

Budget - I honestly didn't realise how much things would cost when planning a wedding until we started ringing around for quotes. Décor was an area I found that where we could save some money. I started by going bargain hunting and using anything I could find from what was in my kitchen cupboards to gems I found in charity shops. Charity shops have some real finds, especially crystal, vases, glasses etc. You will find some that look quite dated but they can easily be made to fit within your scheme. The Range (www.therange.co.uk) was also a fabulous place to visit, they have a wedding section which can be little tacky, but you can pick out some odd bits and pieces such as candles and glassware.


Little details - It’s very rare you go to a wedding and you don't see ribbons or bows . A company I have used for years for wrapping jobs is MeiFlower (www.meiflower.co.uk); they have a large range of colours and sizes, from satin, organza, grosgrain and come at a very reasonable price. An added bonus is delivery is fast and is only 99p!


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Bringing your day to life - I wanted lighting to be a big part of our atmosphere as our venue was a large room to decorate - we went with uplighters, LED lights and candles. I found Wilkinson (www.wilko.com) to be the best priced for lights and had the biggest selection - we managed to buy a row of micro LED lights for £3.50 each which was a lot cheaper than other places I tried. These tend to only be available in the run up to Christmas so be organised and think ahead.....

Good Luck & Happy shopping!!!!