I found these personalised stickers on Etsy some time ago and I knew I wanted to use them. I considered chocolates, cookies etc etc - something edible, not a junky knick knack. I decided to go the fun route and use multicoloured jelly beans.
By the time I found the jars on eBay and received them I realised they were too small!!! There was no time to start again so I had to improvise and cut the stickers to size and squeeze 9 jelly beans into the jars - one of each colour.
I also decided to get the beautiful Martha Stewart card box. Terribly marked up in Australia but so beautiful.
The place cards were simple and ivory with pearls - which had to be individually stuck to the cards (at about 1am the night before they were due at the venue. Best work is done under pressure.
As I had previously written, I decided to take on the task of making the cake myself. As we had a beautiful dessert for one of the courses, the cake was always just going to be a token cut up on platters with coffee. My decorating skills are non existent, so I opted to decorate with fresh flowers and give the icing a rough finish. Fortunately one of my girlfriends was on annual leave to popped over for a few hours to look after the baby. I had planned to bake the sponges the night before and ice the cake the following day, however one of the sponges fell apart as I was removing it from the tin at about 11pm and I called it quits. I managed the calm down the following morning and rescue the mission.
The cake certainly wasn't perfect. I would have benefited from a little bit more icing. The rough look wasn't rough enough, but I loved the idea of having made it myself and having that memory.