Make a statement without saying a word! Did anyone out there love Sassy magazine like I did as a teen? I remember my older sister buying them when she started high school, and me getting to take a peak at them, along with poring through her high school annuals and dreaming about my own high school experience that was yet to come…
Sassy magazine was like an early teen bible for my friends and I… it was feminist without being outrightly so, it taught young women about self-esteem and being strong and following their dreams. It had amazing fashion and true life stories (It Happened To Me) and real advice for real problems that young women faced. It didn’t candycoat readers with a typified tween existence of boys and prom and weight loss. It gave young women confidence and the power to think for themselves. Of course as a teenaged girl you still want to feel pretty and be liked and have crushes and dream about boys (or girls) and so on. Sassy was a perfect balance for that – allowing girls to be teens but empowering them at the same time.
So yes, I was a proud reader of Sassy!! And within the pages of Sassy there were always ads for Exclamation! perfume… with the tagline “Make a statement without saying a word!” The colour scheme was always black and white stripes or polkadots, with a splash of pink! Very late 1980s/early 1990s… so this was my visual inspiration for this year’s Indie I Do wedding fair!
I’ve been wanting to make one of these adorable cupcake wrapper garlands ever since I saw it online! So with the colour inspiration in mind, I sat at my table with This American Life playing in the background and strung together a lovely, fluffy, crinkly garland of black, white and pink. I also made a super cute new Coco Cake sign in pink and grey (two colours that are so pretty together, and, let’s face it, 1980s!) and then made oodles of flags to go with it all. My favourite thing is to make things matchy and designy – I had lots of fun doing this!
For the cupcakes, I made light pink rosette buttercream topped vanilla cupcakes in silver wrappers, dark chocolate cupcakes in pink gingham wrappers and dark chocolate cupcakes with white vanilla creamcheese frosting blobettes. Pink carnations rounded out the late 1980s vibe for my Coco Cake wedding display table!!
I had a blast and a half at the wedding fair, partying it up with my amazing friend Sharon. We met lots of great brides and grooms, chuckled it up with some fellow wedding vendors and met lots of new friends too. All in all a great event!
Last photograph of my table by the amazing Jeanie Ow!
Mark’s modern-vintage red and white birthday cakes!
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