The scene has been set for a beautiful wedding reception. Flowing tulle, twinkling lights and robust blooms fill the reception hall. Arriving guests focus their attention on a few key focal points, including the wedding cake. Enhance the cake's appearance by decorating the cake table and providing a complementary backdrop to set off the cake. Allow the photo backdrop to coordinate with the wedding theme, colours or photographs.
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Things you need
- Paper and pen
- Cake table
- Floral decorations
- Pillars or columns
- Sheer fabric
- Dowel rod
- Hot glue gun
- Wood panels
- Curtain brackets
Coordinate elements from the cake table and backdrop to create a unified presentation. Use a chocolate-coloured tablecloth for the table and chocolate-coloured chiffon to create a draped backdrop attached to a lattice screen behind an ivory-coloured cake decorated in chocolate accents.
Place tall pillar candles in floral arrangements around the base of the cake.
Accent the cake with a pillar backdrop, placing varying heights of white pillar-style columns behind the table. Top the pillars with floral arrangements that coordinate with floral accents on the cake and the small arrangements at the base of the pillar candles.
Twist sheer fabric around the backdrop pillars. Choose fabric that coordinates with the tablecloth colour or accents on the cake.
Create a photo cake backdrop for cakes displayed in a room with a low ceiling, starting by painting a 6-foot long, 1-inch thick wooden dowel rod to coordinate with the wedding colours.
Attach 2-inch wide ribbon in strips to the dowel rod with hot glue. Space them 5 inches apart. Cut the ribbons long enough to reach from the ceiling to just above the floor. Alternate colours for contrast or choose one colour for the whole project. Place the dowel rod with ribbon on a long table.
Choose a theme for the photo backdrop. Select a collection of photos of the wedding couple through the years, wedding photos from relatives or pictures that coordinate with the wedding theme, such as beach scenes. Print the photos in a 4-by-6-inch size. Choose colour, black and white, sepia brown-tone prints, or mix and match styles.
Use a small dot of hot glue on the back of each photo. Press the photos onto the ribbon, creating a pattern. Start at the top of the ribbons and work down, attaching photos about 5 inches apart. Alternate vertical and horizontal photographs to create visual interest.
Determine how to display the dowel rod after checking with staff at the venue. Attach the dowel rod to the ceiling above the cake table using small finishing nails or a bracket attached to the ceiling. Seat the dowel rod in an existing curtain rod bracket, in front of a window with the shades drawn. Build a three-panel wooden backdrop, covered in sheer fabric. Attach brackets to the backdrop, and place the dowel rod on the brackets so the ribbons and photos flow freely.
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