Lego Cake Topper

4 Whimsical Cake Toppers

There are only two occasions where you can get away with putting little people on top of a cake: a child’s birthday party and a wedding. Wedding cake toppers have come a long way since the sanitized, ideal generic bride and groom from the 50’s. These days, you can make your toppers as unique and playful as you and your partner. There are plenty of fun ways to DIY, or you can let someone else do the work and buy from Etsy. Here are a few possibilities to spark your imagination and help you choose wedding toppers as unique as you and your partner.

Legos

Lego is enjoying something of a Renaissance right now. They’ve acquired the licenses to every cool, nerdy property imaginable, from comic book heroes to fantasy novels. If you and your partner like building with the tiny plastic bricks, a Lego cake topper is a fun way to celebrate your obsession. Lego sells a little cake topper wedding set, but we think it’s more fun — and more in the spirit of Lego–to build your own. Lego stores have big bins of mini-figure parts you can use to make your own mini-you, or you can visit a site like Bricklink for more options.

Action Figures

Unlike our parents, we’ve learned that becoming mature doesn’t mean you have to grow up. It’s perfectly acceptable to be a full-grown person and still play with toys (or at least collect them and display them). There are action figures of almost everyone imaginable, from the Ninja Turtles to Albert Einstein. Show off your pop culture obsession by using action figures as your stand-ins. Where else are your guests going to be able to see Iron Man getting hitched to Buffy the Vampire Slayer?

Photo Cutouts

If the action figures and Lego mini-figures don’t look enough like you why not go the distance and put yourself on top of the cake? It’s a simple little project, but the end result looks great and adds a nice air of whimsy to your wedding. Simply take a picture of you and your partner (perhaps even your engagement photos), print it out, glue it to cardstock, and carefully cut around the two of you with a craft blade. Stick them in the icing and they’ll stand up, making it look like you and your partner are standing on a giant cake.

Esqueletos

If you’ve been to a Dia de los Muertos celebration, you’ve probably seen little carvings of skeletons, all fully-clothed and seemingly going about their business. There are skeleton doctors, musicians, bloggers–any profession or costume imaginable. These figurines are called esqueletos, and they make really cool cake toppers. To someone not in the know, it might seem a little morbid to have skeletons on your wedding cake, but Dia de los Muertos is about remembering the dead joyously, not mourning them. The skeletons represent ancestors partying in the afterlife. Who says you have to go with “‘til death do us part?”

When you’re choosing your cake toppers, try to find a shared passion with your partner that can lead to something really unique. After all, shouldn’t your cake toppers be just as cool as your fancy cake?

Wedding Dancing

3 Songs Everyone Can Dance to at a Wedding

I’m just going to come right out and say it without sugar-coating it: the Macarena is the Chicken Dance of the 21st Century. Even though we’ve been crossing our arms, patting our hips, and hopping for 20 years now, it shows no signs of fading away as the dance of choice for a wedding reception. Maybe it’s the infectious melody or the insightful lyrics; nope. It’s because it’s the simplest dance you can do and still call it dancing. So Macarena at your wedding if you must, but please consider these other dance songs as well.

Freak Nasty, “Da Dip”

The song: A minimal 90’s hip-hop jam with a nice laid-back groove and a couple of MCs who don’t seem like they’re trying very hard. “Steppin’ it off with the next verse / and it’s all clean, ‘cause I’m not gonna curse” is about as clever as they get. Still, for all its “tossed off at the end of a bong-rip session” quality, it’s charming.

The dance: Couldn’t be simpler. “I put my hand upon your hip, when I dip you dip we dip / You put your hand upon my hip, when I dip you dip we dip / You put yours and I put mine and we can dip down low and roll and grind.” So there’s going to be a lot of hip-touching, and a lot of dipping. Even Aunt Marge can handle those instructions.

Digital Underground, “The Humpty Dance”

The song: kind of a novelty hit for the Digital Underground, this rap tune has a pretty healthy sense of self-deprecating humor. The closest it gets to a “gangsta” feel is when Humpty threatens to “eat up all your crackers and your licorice.” So just keep him away from your snacks, and you’re good.

The dance: The genius of the Humpty Dance is that it describes exactly how people who don’t know how to dance look when they try to dance: “It’s supposed to look like a fit or a convulsion / Anyone can play this game …No two people will do it the same / Ya got it down when ya appear to be in pain.” So odds are even if you haven’t heard the song, you already know how to do the dance.

Chubby Checker, “The Twist”

The song: If your parents and grandparents are getting tired of the hip-hop music the kids these days seem to like, throw them a bone with this classic rock ‘n’ roll tune. Even now, Chubby Checker’s enthusiasm for twisting can inspire a dance floor to fill up with hip-swiveling fools.

The dance: The funny thing about the Twist is everyone just seems to already know how to do it. There aren’t explicit instructions in the song. “It goes like this,” Chubby says, but that’s not helpful. “Round and round and up and down it goes,” he claims, but mostly it’s just rotating your hips side-to-side. Still, its’ one of those innate things all humans know how to do.

There are plenty of songs out there for mid-to-expert-level dancers: The Electric Slide, the Achy Breaky, the Hustle, the Dougie, to name a few. But for those not as sure of their move-busting capabilities, one of these three light-hearted, easy-going charmers is a godsend on the dance floor.

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Five Non-Alcoholic Wedding Cocktails

We’ve covered a lot of cocktail ideas in this blog. We’ve done cocktails by season, by holiday, by flavor, and by color. But now we’re ready to admit that there are people out there who, for one reason or another, won’t be serving alcohol at their weddings. Maybe you have religious reasons for eschewing the booze, or past history reasons, or maybe you just never got into drinking. No matter why you’ve chosen to have a dry reception, we want to help you make it the best that it can be. Here are ten non-alcoholic wedding cocktails (or “mocktails” if you must) to make your ceremony sparkle.

Virgin Margaritas

Okay, we promise this list won’t just be virgin variants on regular cocktails, but this one’s too good to pass up. There’s a growing trend of using agave syrup as a sugar substitute, which means this once hard-to-find ingredient is readily available. When you make a virgin margarita, use limeade, a splash of orange juice, and agave syrup for sweetening. The agave will give the drink the subtle spice that the tequila usually provides.

Summer Spritzers

This is less a single drink and more a template for summer wedding drinks. Take the fruit juice of your choice, combine it with muddled leaves of an herb of your choice, and then add simple syrup and tonic water. There are dozens of combinations and they all have a light, refreshing, summery feel to them. Try strawberry-basil, rosemary-pear, or lemon-spearmint for starters.

Mexican Hot Chocolate

For a winter wedding, your guests are probably expecting hot chocolate to warm them up at the start of the reception. Throw them a bit of a curveball by adding ½ teaspoon of chili powder and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon to every four servings. It adds a subtle spiciness to warm the insides and provide a rush of endorphins to get your guests out to the dance floor.

Apple-Ginger Sparklers

This fall cocktail starts with a base of cold sparkling apple cider. Then add ginger syrup to taste, until you’ve balanced the sweetness of the cider with a refreshing ginger bite. Finish it off with a cinnamon stick and some crystallized ginger as a garnish.

Blueberry Iced Tea

Iced tea is always welcome at a summer wedding. Kick your iced tea up a notch or two by adding blueberry flavor from a jar of blueberry preserves. First brew the tea, then once it’s cooled press the preserves through a strainer to make a thick blueberry syrup. Stir the syrup into the tea, and voila! No need to add sugar or lemon for a refreshing drink.

Cucumber Cooler

They don’t come more refreshing than this mix of fresh pineapple juice, club soda, simple syrup, and cucumber water. It’s a light and delicious mix, with just the right amount of sweetness and fizz.

There are plenty of reasons to raise your glass at a wedding, and what’s in that glass doesn’t have to be alcoholic for everyone to have a good time. With these five non-alcoholic recipes in your repertoire, you’ll be equipped to give your guests a tasty treat that designated drivers, pregnant women, and kids can enjoy, too.