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Sunday, December 06, 2009

Elvis, a wedding and 99 macarons....

Allllllll my friends are getting married...

Friends The Department and Wingdingo got hitched recently, but rather than go the route of a church service or a garden wedding, they headed straight to Las Vegas to exhange vows with Elvis at the Graceland Chapel. A few weeks after they returned, friends and family were invited to a casual low-key party to celebrate.

Balloon cupcakes

The wedding cake was a triple-tiered offering of caramel mudcake, white chocolate orange, and dark chocolate with Cherry Ripe. The balloon colours on the cupcakes represent an individual member of the family - a colour scheme that is persistently used to distinguish ownership in the house, like toothbrushes!

Las Vegas-inspired party bags for guests

Catering was provided by Adam Stratton and the boys from Tender Value Meats. Whilst I was saddened by the absence of Adam's award-winning sausages, we feasted on a buffet of roast beef, lamb and chicken with a broad selection of salads.


Adam carving the roast beef

Roast beef

Everyone digs in

Dessert was a combined effort of chocolate-dipped strawberries...

and macarons!

The super-talented Billy offered to make 99 macarons for the happy couple, an auspicious number for Chinese weddings because"99" sounds like "forever".

Macarons are notoriously fickle beasts, but after five failed attempts, Billy finally had the process down pat. So inspired was he, that after making three different flavour varieties, he woke up on the morning of the party and decided to make another batch of macarons, just because he could.

Macaron fillings

Billy's flavours for the evening included pina colada with coconut buttercream and pineapple gelee; salted chocolate with dark chocolate ganache and Himalayan pink salt; Ispahan , a Pierre Hermé inspired creation with rosewater buttercream and lychee gelee; and the Elvis, a combination of peanut buttercream, strawberry jam and bacon chips reminiscent of Elvis' favourite sandwich.

My favourite, by far, was the Ispahan, the perfumed rosewater pairing so well with the lychee. The flavours were cool and refreshing, like a summer's breeze across the palate.

Guests trying to decide which macaron flavour to eat

Fortune cookies

Guests were also treated to a huge bowl of fortune cookies.

The fortune inside?

...one of four lines from Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up.

We'd been RickRolled!

Congratulations to the happy couple. May your days ahead always be filled with laughter, joy and good food!
15 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 12/06/2009 01:00:00 am


  • At 12/06/2009 6:19 am, Blogger joey@forkingaroundsydney said…

    Rickrolled? LOL.

    Love the amazing balloon cupcakes! And the rest of the food as well! Many congrats!

  • At 12/06/2009 9:15 am, Blogger mimbles said…

    Kate is my daughter's school choir director, I'm loving reading all these posts about the party :-)

  • At 12/06/2009 10:49 am, Anonymous Trisha said…

    hahaha I love the Rick Astley fortune cookies!!! That's gold! And congratulations to the happy couple.... and congratulations to Billy for the 99 macarons!

  • At 12/06/2009 10:52 am, Anonymous Fiona said…

    hahaa Awesome 'fortunes'

  • At 12/06/2009 11:03 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    HAHA Rick Roll fortune cookies,I want!! Well done to Billy for all those macarons!

  • At 12/06/2009 11:38 am, Blogger Kt said…

    We had such a great time - so glad you could come.
    (The chapel we got married at was Graceland Chapel - http://www.gracelandchapel.com/)

  • At 12/06/2009 7:07 pm, Blogger missy vas said…

    where do I get the Rick Astley fortune cookies? That is GOLD!

  • At 12/06/2009 10:01 pm, Anonymous Simon said…

    Lol at the fortune cookie rickrolling! Is there no safe haven from being rickrolled?

    Billy's macarons look fanastic. However, the balloon cupcakes seem like a clever concept too. The first three photos gives the feel of a kids party more than a wedding.

  • At 12/06/2009 10:47 pm, Blogger Kt said…

    @missy_vas - We had them made for us by Fortune Cookies Australia - fortunecookies.com.au

    @Simon - It doesn't look like a wedding, because it wasn't! :-)
    We wanted a carnival atmosphere, and so went for a full-on multi-coloured theme. And a third of the people at the party were under 15 years of age, so we did all we could to make sure our young friends had a good time too.

  • At 12/06/2009 10:50 pm, Blogger Sarah said…

    Lovely photos! Congrats to the happy couple!

    I loved the pics especially of the bain maries with the sliced meat in it - it reminds me of catered birthday parties with my in-laws in Germany!

    xox Sarah

  • At 12/06/2009 11:28 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Joey - The cupcakes were gorgeous and yes, the rickrolling was a great touch :)

    Hi Mimbles - Wow, I had no idea. What a small world!

    Hi Trisha - The fortune cookies were hilarious and yes, Billy did such a great job with the macarons!

    Hi Fiona - The fortunes were a hoot. Such a clever and quirky idea.

    Hi FFichiban - lol. The cookies were cool, and yes Billy has become the macaron whisperer!

    Hi Kt - Thank you so much for the invitation and whoops, thanks for the correction. Amended now!

    Hi Missy Vas - Kt has responded to your comment below. The potential messages! *mind ticks over with ideas*

    Hi Simon - Haven't you learned? Noone is safe from rickrolling! And Kt has responded to your comment below too :)

    Hi Kt - Thanks for the info on the fortune cookie supplier. It was a great party that was so family-orientated. So good to see everyone again too!

    Hi Sarah - Ahh who doesn't love a catered birthday party? And lol, I love that the meat is what catches your eye :)

  • At 12/07/2009 7:13 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    lol at the fortune cookies Rick Rolls! Love all the macarons flavours especially the Elvis.

  • At 12/08/2009 2:19 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Elie - The forutne cookies were a great way to end the evening, apart from Billy's macarons of course! The Elvis was such a cute idea.

  • At 12/08/2009 11:41 am, Anonymous billy@atablefortwo said…

    looks like macarons will be on the menu this weekend picnic then! LOL

    And also, how come your comment turns back to the old style?

  • At 12/11/2009 12:10 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Billy - Oh yeah baby! Bring them on!

    And I switched back to old comment form as I kept hearing some people were having trouble with the embedded version :(


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