Planning a wedding? One of the hottest new trends is to skip the wedding cake in favor of something a bit more creative. SheKnows has all the recipes you need to DIY and cut down on your wedding expenses.
If your family has its fair share of picky eaters, picking a wedding cake flavor that won't have at least 10 people complaining isn't easy. Cupcakes allow you to have a selection of flavors so everyone gets their favorite. Or just do a single outside-the-box flavor that will keep your guests talking. We suggest lavender cupcakes with Earl Grey icing. Get the recipe >>
We're not suggesting you just unwrap some Snickers and plop them on the table. No, we're talking a salad bar, only with candy! Place a variety of candies in bowls and let your guests take their favorites. Just make sure someone's in charge of keeping the bowls stocked, or you'll have a serious sugar-fueled fight on your hands. For an extra-special treat, try something creative instead of the bowls, like candy kabobs. Get the recipe >>
No one will say no to a delicious cannoli, but this one is especially fun if your menu features Italian cuisine. We suggest doing at least three flavors to cater to a variety of tastes. We love the Waldorf Astoria cannoli from Jack Goes Boating starring Philip Seymour Hoffman. Get the recipe >>
If you scream for ice cream (and who doesn't?), try an ice cream bar with a variety of ice cream flavors, toppings and sauces. Let your guests make their own sundae or split. We recommend having a shake station manned by a blender-tender to make the guest's favorite or a signature wedding shake like a boozy red velvet shake. Get the recipe >>
Combine the wedding dessert and the toast with some elegant jello shots in gourmet flavors you've never had at a sorority party. Just make sure you make a few that don't have alcohol for the kiddos. Get the recipe >>
Just because your wedding is elegant doesn't mean you can't inject a little fun into the reception. Festival foods will make all your guests feel like kids again! Rent a cotton candy machine, offer caramel and candied apples, chocolate-dipped bananas and anything sweet you can think to deep-fry (including cookie dough ice cream!), and you're good to go. And don't forget the funnel cakes! Get the recipe >>
If you can have breakfast for dinner, why not breakfast for dessert? Stack the waffles on cake tiers and load them up with your favorite toppings. Or have a couple of roaming caterers to make the sweet treats table side. Go traditional with just a bit of whipped cream and strawberries or serve up a little fun with bananas Foster or PB&J. Get the recipes >>
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