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Wedding Tip of the Week- Don’t forget about your groom

Ignoring the GroomFor a lot of brides, wedding planning becomes a full contact competitive sport. The pins, the swatches, the vendors, the tastings, it can feel like the Iron Man Triathlon (or so we imagine, because really that sounds crazy). In the race to the perfect wedding, one key team member tends to get left in the starting gate… the groom.

The cold, hard truth of the matter is that most grooms haven’t imagined five or six versions of “their perfect day” since they were twelve, so sometimes, it seems like grooms lack a bit of “team spirit”.  We have yet to see a groom go gaga over table linens.

But, hey, you wouldn’t even be having a wedding if he didn’t propose, so cut the guy some slack, and get him involved in the parts of the wedding that are fun and meaningful to him!

1. Guys like food! Let him help with the food and drinks, and menu tastings make a great substitute date with the bonus of getting another TO DO checked off your wedding planning list. Ditto the Groom’s cake. Even if you’re trying to surprise him, see if you can get a tasting together or drop into your bakery and pick up some cupcakes, and then you can book the details of the cake later when he’s not around.

2. Let him pick what he wears. Not every guy has James Bond’s fondness for formal wear.

3. Tag team the registry. Don’t just register for dishes and towels. Have him register for things he wants too, like a grill set, tools, or a TV.  After all, the gifts are supposed to be for both of you.

4. Music- Most groom’s we talk to really only care about three things. What they wear, what they eat, and what they play at the reception. Go visit bands together (again, great faux date night activity). Pick your wedding song together. Don’t make him dance a Rhumba if he doesn’t have the hips for it.

5. Last, but not least, let him decide things pertaining to his friends and family. If it’s going to hurt Aunt Mabel’s feelings, or your groom really, really, really doesn’t want his college friends seated with your college friends at the “singles tables”. Set up a frat boy table, and let your planner know that’s where trouble is bound to start.

Weddings are supposed to be a celebration of your newfound couplehood . Make sure your wedding planning has some “couple” team spirit!

 

A cake for every kid!!

In all my time being a cake lover, I have discovered one universal truth. Kids love cake. They can’t get enough. They ask politely, sneak a second piece, stick their fingers in the frosting, lick the plate clean, you name it- kids love cake. And we love making cake for kids. We go nuts for adorable animals, cartoon characters, and sports! Check out some of these sweet cakes we’ve made for little kids, and let us know what you think!

teenage mutant ninja turtles birthday cake sugarland raleigh and chapel hillJaylen is a big fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, so for his fourth birthday we made him this awesome cake!

star wars birthday cake sugarland raleigh and chapel hillMay the force be with Ian for his Star Wars themed birthday!

Scooby Doo birthday cake sugarland raleigh and chapel hillScooby-Doo and the gang made an appearance on this cute birthday cake!

Green Eggs and Ham Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillLuke loves Transformers, so we made him this awesome Optimus Prime cake!

Green Eggs and Ham Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillWill you eat this cake in a box? Will you eat it with a fox?

The Giving Tree Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillThis Giving Tree cake was perfect for Rob’s birthday!

Firetruck Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillConnor wanted a firetruck cake with a sweet little dalmatian on the front!

Octopus Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillJulian’s birthday cake featured an adorable octopus!

Baseball Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillThis awesome baseball cake is all American with it’s red and blue polka dots!

Ambulance Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillLiam got a cute ambulance on his birthday cake!

Monster Truck Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillLanden loves monster trucks, isn’t this cake awesome?!

Polka Dot Ice Cream Sunday Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillHow sweet is this polka dot cake? So cute with a cherry on top!

Wedding Tip of the Week- Don’t bring your entourage everywhere

Too many people at a dress appointment

You’re engaged. Yay! Your friends are so excited, and even better, jealous!  So, now it’s time to begin your wedding planning. All your friends want to “help”. Tell them no. Trust me.

Picture this- you’re walking in to the bridal boutique, your mom, sister, future mother and sister-in-laws, and three best friends in tow. Sounds like a fun day out with the girls, right? Um, have you seen “Say Yes to the Dress”?

Weddings are a celebration. You only get one chance to be a first time bride. Own it. Your nearest and dearest may have your best interests at heart, but too many voices can leave you confused about your vision for your wedding.

You just can’t have that many people with you at every stage of the wedding planning, but you also don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings by excluding them. The solution? Pick and choose. If your future mother-in-law loves gardening, bring her to the florist appointment and ask for her help with the bouquets! Does your best friend write and compose her own music? She’s going to be super helpful picking out the DJ! For the all important dress choice, take one or two people whose opinions you really trust to pick your dress. Then bring the entourage to a fitting or accessory shopping when the dress is a done deal. You’ll get a lot less unsolicited advice, and be a much happier bride.

Whatever you do, include your friends and family in the wedding process. Just not all at one time!

 


Great coffee, even better cause.

Care Cups Oak City RoastersWe know what do-gooders our Sugarfans are, and we love to spread the good as well! We’ve got a wonderful opportunity for you to help out with an awesome cause! Oak City Roasters, the wonderful company that makes our delicious coffee, has come up with a brilliant new business model to create individual servings of their coffee, similar to K-Cups, which they will call Care Cups. The product will allow people to have local coffee shop taste come right out of their Keurig, from their own home.

But the product isn’t really what this is about. Oak City Roasters has partnered with Wake Enterprises to employee adults with developmental disorders to create and produce the Care Cups, which is awesome! They intend to give adults with autism an opportunity they don’t normally get- the opportunity for real, full time employment, making a product they can be proud of. We’re so excited about employment opportunities for the developmentally disabled!

We love to support this cause! But we can’t do it alone. Oak City Roasters needs funds for equipment and other costs associated with starting such an awesome business. These crucial funds come from generous people like you, our dear Sugarfans, and you are the ones who can make this amazing dream a reality. Even if it’s just $5, every donation makes a difference. You can visit their website to find more information and donate to this amazing project!

Wedding Cake Wednesday(and a few other amazing cakes, just because)!

I know you’ve been just dying to see what we’ve been up to recently, so let me indulge you with a few awesome cakes! We’ve been busy with wedding season making some gorgeous wedding masterpieces, full of intricate lace piping, gorgeous sugar and gum paste flowers, and even a tardis! We’ve also been working on some truly AMAZING cakes that we’re so excited to show you! A three foot tall Mr. Wuf and an entire coral reef (complete with vampire squid and shark) have come out of our kitchen. Let me tell you, getting those cakes out the door was no easy task, especially when all of the onlookers in the store wanted a picture of them! Feast your eyes and let us know what you think :)
White Lace and Floral Wedding Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillThis beautiful wedding cake has a lace design piped onto it and some beautiful flowers!

Under the Sea Shark Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillWe made this exceptional Under the Sea cake- complete with coral, starfish, seashells, jelly fish, and a vampire squid! Oh, and a giant great white shark diving through the cake!

Floral Wedding Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillThis is a classic white cake with some fresh flowers!

Star Trek USS Enterprise Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillThe USS Enterprise made an appearance at this wedding, representing the final frontier- Cake!

Starship NC State Mr Wuf Baseball Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillUSS Enterprise Star Trek Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillThis baseball-loving, Wolfpack fan got his dream cake for his bar mitzvah. That’s a three foot tall Mr. Wuf!!

Dr Who Wedding Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillThese Dr. Who fans wanted a tardis on their wedding cake and it looks awesome!

Floral Wedding Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillThis is another beautiful and classic cake with piping and flowers!

Peacock Wedding Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillThis dramatic cake was inspired by peacock feathers!

Graduation Cap and Diploma Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillA diploma and a cap are all you need for graduation, right? No, you definitely also need cake!

Awesome cakes we just love to share!

We all know that cake tastes delicious. But who knew it could look this awesome?!? We just get so excited when someone brings us an idea for a cake that’s really unique! Whether it’s a mischievious minion, a full size keg, or a three foot tall Mr. Wuf, these are some seriously awesome cakes. We love to hear what you, our dear Sugarfriends, think, so let us know which one is your favorite!

All you need is Love Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillThis gorgeous cake brings out a simple wedding truth- All you need is love.

3D Minion Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillThis grinning little Minion cake is almost too cute to eat! Almost…

Cello Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillLook how realistic this cello is!

Police Officer Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillChief Horton’s cake is a super detailed replica of his uniform- badge and everything!

Raleigh Brewing Company Beer Keg Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillFor our Sugarfriends who are fans of beer and cake- A beer keg cake!

NC State Mr. Wuf Baseball Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillHow awesome is this three foot tall Mr. Wuf cake?!?!

Police Officer Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillOfficer Foley also got a super cool cake with his badge and name tag on it!