Monthly Archives: October 2012

Halloween Table Name ideas part 2

Slimer style Art Deco Halloween Table Name
If you missed the first installment we’ve been going through ideas for Halloween themed table names for weddings, parties, balls and banquets.  Yesterday we covered General Halloweeness, Magical shenanigans, Good witches and wizards from popular culture and Horror Movies.  Today we’re moving on to Horror movie villains as well as slightly less scary movie villains, Poisonous plants.
Image above is of our Miami stationery range in a Halloween look.
Table Name ideas is one of the big things I get asked for ideas about so I hope this helps.  This idea list also serves as a pretty good guide for fancy dress ideas.
Would love to hear your ideas.
Round 4.
First round of the day and we’re its spooky locations of fiction and non-fiction (well depending on your opinion).
Transylvania – 1313 Cemetery Lane (The Adams family)
Castle Duckula – The Haunted Mansion
112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville (Amityville Horror) – Bates Motel (Psycho)
Overlook Hotel (The Shining) – Transylvania Hotel
Stewart House (The Others) – Cabin (Evil Dead)
55 Central Park West (Ghostbusters) – Manhattan Museum of Art
Not wanting to choose something fictional?  Then here is a list of ten spooky castles from the UK
Muncaster Castle – Glamis Castle
Chillingham Castle – Warwick Castle
Tutbury Castle – Windsor Castle
Bodelwyddan Castle – Berre Pomeroy Castle
Tamworth Castle – Edinburgh Castle
You can read more on these locations here on Spooky Stuff
Round 5.
Poisonous Plants.  A little more out of leftfield.  Unlike the popular sweets theme you can’t have these on a table.  I got these off Wikipedia as all I knew was deadly nightshade though Harry Potter has made me wonder what mandrake root actually is like?
Deadly Nightshade – Angels Trumpet
Angels Wings – Black Locust
Bleeding Heart – Blind your eye Mangrove
Bloodroot – Suicide Tree
Christmas Rose – Daphne
Doll’s eyes – Hemlock
Jerusalem Cherry – Lords and Ladies
Moonseed – Ragwort
Round 6.
The final round and let’s focus on horror movie villains and monsters.
Freddy Kruger – Jason Vorhees
Dracula – Frankenstein’s Monster
The Xenomorph (or the Alien) – Jaws
Pinhead – Carrie
Norman Bates – David (Lost Boys)
Predator – Chucky
Count Orlok – HAL-9000
Pazuzu – The Child Catcher
Ok, some of them aren’t quite horror movies but when I was little I did not like that Guy in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang one bit!  But let’s work on that theme and add in Disney villians and the like.
Vigo the Carpathian – Cruella De Vil
The Evil Queen – Jafar
Five. Judge Doom – Scar
The Wicked Witch of the West – Lord Voldemort
Queen of Hearts – Captain Hook
Shere Khan – Ursula
Stromboli – Slimer

Top Ten Wedding Flower Tips

This post is on wedding flowers, how to work out which florist is right for you as well as how to try and match your ideas to your budget.  Including some pretty cunning tips on potential ways to save money.  This article is from one of Yorkshire’s finest florists Sally Johnson from Serendipity Floral Designs.  A talented florist and all round lovely individual, I’ve admired her work for about as long as I’ve been on twitter which is where I first encountered it.
If your in her part of the world and looking for a wedding florist I would recommend checking out her website.  You can see it here like her work on facebook here

Top Ten Wedding Flower Tips

One: Specialism
Research – Do your research and look for a florist who is a specialist ‘wedding florist’ and therefore has the knowledge, skills and ability to advise you properly and turn your wedding flowers vision into reality. A specialist ‘wedding florist’ should have arms of photographs of past weddings he/she has worked on; and therefore show you they are able to do an excellent job for you.

Two: Relationship
Comfortable – you should feel at ease with the florist you have chosen for your special day – they should be able to really listen to your ideas and you should be able to trust in their skills and creativity. After all wedding flowers aren’t usually cheap!

Three: Overall Budget
Budget – The traditional spend on wedding flowers is 10 to 15 percent of the overall cost of the day – however this isn’t always the case. Think what aspects of the wedding are of top priority to you and be realistic and open with your florist about your flower budget from the start. A good florist should then be able to advise you on what designs he/she can create to work within your budget.

Four: Mood boards
Mood board – Create a mood board and show this to your florist. This can be pictures and ideas of flowers you like, colours, your dress, invitations, cake etc. This helps the florist get to know your ‘likes/preferences’ and the overall theme of your day. The more communication you have with your florist on how you would like your flowers/wedding to look the better!

Five: Seasonal Costs
Flower Cost – Ask the florist which flowers are the cheapest/most expensive at the time of your wedding. For example red roses are particularly expensive around Valentines Day and most exotic blooms flown in from abroad will be top end too! Some of the cheaper flowers e.g carnations and chrysanthemums have been avoided in wedding flowers for a while, but are now back on trend. On mass the brightly coloured carnations can make a real wow floral display!

Six: Bouquet
Bridal Bouquet – Your bouquet cost will depend upon whether you choose a hand tied bouquet or wired trailing bouquet (and of course what flowers you choose). The wired designs are more expensive, as they take more time to create, and really test the skill of a ‘wedding florist’. If you want a stunning bridal bouquet unlike no other – the wired designs are usually ‘completely unique’.

Seven: Priorities
Allocation of flower budget – Think of which floral designs you would like to spend the most on. For example, your bouquet may take a large amount of the budget, along with the reception table flowers. Think of where you can make savings, e.g, the church flowers can be transferred to your reception venue. If you decide to have hand tied posies for the bridesmaids – you can use these as top table decorations by asking to hire vases from your florist to put them in.

Eight: Bridesmaids
Bridesmaids – If you have many bridesmaids the cost of hand tied bouquet designs can really add up. Ask your florist to think of alternatives e.g wrist corsage designs or modern style designs which contain fewer flowers.

Nine: Church Flowers
Church flowers – If you’re getting married at a church ask to see if anyone else is getting married there that day, or the day before/after, as it may be possible to share the cost of the flowers!

Ten: Personal Touch
Personal touch – make your choice of wedding flower personal to you. I often see bride’s now choosing flowers with a meaning, which makes them that little bit more special!

All photos on this page are by  Lauren Twig Photography.  You can see more of her great work at

Ice cream at Weddings

Living the Cream

Second post in two days! Trying to make up for the blogs summer neglect (see why in a previous post)

The second is a guest post from Jonathon Fletcher of Living the Cream who in their own words provide: Living The Cream is not just about the ice cream, it’s about creating an event. We recreate the atmosphere and ambiance of times gone by with our vintage style ice cream tricycle, gramophone and seaside style peep through board. As well as creating a unique back drop for those all important photos, it’s enormous fun and keeps your guests amused for hours.

It’s also worth noting that ice cream doesn’t have to be soley a summer thing.  It tastes great all year round even if you don’t need it to cool you down.  But Living the Cream can also provide hot chocolate fudge sauce for when it is that bit colder.

Of course being a stationery blog, what stationery range could go well with ice cream, maybe the funfair and carnival inspired vintage design Catania

Catania a carnival design table plan
Catania a carnival design table plan

Back to Jonathon:

10 reasons why you should have ice cream as a dessert or canapé, in no particular order:

1. It’s Fun (No explanation required)

2. It’s Memorable (Can you remember what you had for dessert at the last wedding you attended?)

3. Kids love it (Put something fancy in front of their noses and they don’t want to know)

4. It’s cool (Like Fonzy)

5. No washing up (Either eat the cone or throw the tub in the bin, result)

6. Variety of flavours (Lemon meringue, Rhubarb & Custard, Turkish Delight and safe old Vanilla. There’s a something to suit everyone)

7. It’s cold (Different to cool, ideal on a hot day)

8. The accompaniments (Colourful plastic spoons, cardboard tubs, flakes, sauces etc.)

9. Cost effective (Wedding catering can cost between £25 – £50 per head, ice cream’s less than £2.50)

10. No preparation (No cooking required, just scoop and you’re away)

So there you go, I did think of a couple more reasons but I wanted to stick to 10. I’d love to hear your suggestion too.

Happy licking.



Jon has provided Ice Cream at an event I ran and from that experience it was really good and his services proved very popular through the day which was good as it was only a balmy 18 degrees C.