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Design Inspiration: Summer Strawberries

Sometimes a trip to the grocery store can be perfectly inspiring. Instead of  floral arrangements for your summer wedding, why not take inspiration from the season’s freshest fruit: strawberries. This  Driscoll’s Strawberry Tablescape and Wedding Cake, created by entertaining expert Tara Wilson,  adds color, height, vibrancy and a bit of sophisticated whimsy to  wedding decor.  The fragrant, sweet berries with their deep red hue are memorable, fresh and vibrant.  They’re also perfect for guests to enjoy. Tara tied a red ribbon around the center of the strawberry cake to complete the look and added small baskets of strawberries as creative placecard holders.

Here are a few fun accessories we found to create your own strawberry theme wedding. Strawberry lemonade is a perfect cocktail hour treat, strawberry cupcakes would make an ideal dessert and who wouldn’t love to take home a jar of strawberry jam?

1. Strawberry Lemonade
2. Strawberry Bouquet
3. Berry Berry Good Cupcake from Cups, La Jolla
4. Red Cake Stand
5.  Red and White Paper Straws
6. Strawberry Jam Favors
7. Strawberry Theme Invitations by Promise Tangeman
8. Strawberry Spreader from Sur La Table

6 round Styrofoam wreaths in 3 graduated sizes (12”, 8”, 4”)
1 bag of floral pins or cleats
2 bolts of red ribbon
3 flats of Driscoll’s strawberries
1 cake stand
Cutting knife

1. Wrap each of the wreaths with the red ribbon, making certain that none of the Styrofoam is visible.  If the ribbon is too thick it will be challenging to push the pins through.  Selecting a ribbon that is not tightly woven will make this process easier.
2. Attach the (2) largest wreaths together using the floral cleats to form the base of the cake.
3. Remove the stems of each Driscoll’s strawberry, making sure to create a clean even cut.  Then cut the each berry in half length wise.
4. Begin to cover the outer edges of the (2) largest wreaths with berries in a circular pattern until outer ring is covered.
5. Attach the (2) medium sized wreaths together using the floral cleats to form the second layer of the cake.
6. Repeat steps 3 and 4.
7. Attach the (2) smallest wreaths together using the floral cleats.  This will form the top layer of the cake.
8. Repeat steps 3 and 4.

Above photography by Stacy Reeves of Stacy Reeves Photography


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