Wine Wedding Gift

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Holly - Practial Party Planning -

My husband and I had the pleasure celebrating one of my husband’s high school friend’s weddings this past Friday. I am typically in charge of the gift, which is fine with me because I absolutely love gift giving. We could go with money, which is always appreciated, but I wanted to do something a bit different… of course!

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How to Create a Birch Tree Cake

How to Create a Birch Tree Cake with matching Cupcakes - The art of Cakes with Amanda

With cake decorating comes a lot of requests for some really fun and different cakes. One of the most recent cakes I was asked to make was a cake to look like a Birch Tree. This has become more and more common as people have been using the woodsy theme for Weddings, Birthdays and even Baby Showers! So for my blog today I am going to show you how to create a Birch Tree style cake with matching cupcakes. However, this time around I am going to show you in a video! The videos are below, have fun creating! And remember to comment to my blog with photos of your creations or any questions you have for me!

How to Create a Birch Tree Cake

How to Twist Colors with Frosting and make matching Cupcakes for your Birch Tree Cake

Coborn’s Cake Decorator
Sartell, MN – Pine Cone Road

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5 Simple Ways To Ice A Cupcake

5 Simple Ways To Ice  A Cupcake - The art of Cakes with Amanda

Are you in search of a new look for your cupcakes? Bored with the same old star tip swirl? You are in luck; I have 5 easy cupcake makeovers!

Ice Cream Sundae

For these cupcakes you’ll need an ice cream scoop. I prefer to use whipped icing with this one, it comes out of the scoop nicely and has a good ice cream look to it. As far as simplicity goes, it really is just a scoop and plop. For an extra bonus finish it off with some ice cream toppings such as hot fudge, sprinkles, a cherry, cookies, candies… go nuts! These would be great cupcakes for a birthday party.

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Bulls Eye

Once again, not a lot of fancy equipment needed. With large round tips, size 10 or larger, or even just the coupler, you can create a colorful cupcake. If you can draw a circle, you can handle this one. Just pipe your big circle on the bottom, don’t worry about filling in the center all the way. Pipe a smaller circle on top with your next color. Finish with your third color, filling in the hole and making a nice little swirl on top.  Imagine a pile of these colorful cupcakes on your party table.

Sprinkle Supreme

Again, this one is so simple. All you need is frosting and a bowl of sprinkles. You won’t need a fancy tip for this one. Just ice the top with any round tip or even just a coupler from your decorating supplies. Put as much frosting on as you want. Next, dunk it and roll it! It helps if you chill your cupcakes first, then frost and dunk. Sometimes fresh cupcakes are so soft and the tops will fall off in the dunking phase. These are great for those sprinkle lovers.

Pretty Petals

You’ll need a standard sized rose tip for this cupcake. It’s easy, but takes a little more time than other methods. Starting from the outside, pipe ruffles around the edge. Make sure the thin side of the tip is on the outside of your cupcake and you are holding the tip horizontal. Make small “U” shapes or waves to create the petals. Once you get all the way around, repeat, but in a smaller circle so you don’t cover the petals you just made. Keep piping until you’ve covered your cupcake top. How cute would these be at a bridal shower?

Rippling Ruffles

This one is similar to the petal cupcake, but instead of holding the rose tip in a horizontal position, you’ll hold it vertical with the thin edge up. Next, move the tip left and right with a small waving motion. The trick is to do small clumps of ruffles going in different directions. Keep turning your cupcake and adding random bits of ruffles. They are a bit unusual looking, but a nice change from the expected. Good for someone looking for a trendy look.

Good luck in all of your icing endeavors. I would love to see your creations, so comment on my blog with a photo!

Cake Decorator
Coborn’s, Sauk Rapids, MN

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Wedding Survival Kit

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Holly - Practial Party Planning -

It seems like all of my friends are getting married. So it is bridal shower after bachelorette party after wedding. That means a lot of fun and a lot of gift giving. Buying something off of the registry is nice, you know it is what they want and there is always a gift receipt in case they get a duplicate, but I like to be a bit more creative with my gift giving and a bit practical too.

I am what you call a BTDT Bride, Been There, Done That. I have been a Maid-of-Honor, Bridesmaid, Personal Attendant and even a Bride myself. So, I feel like I kind of have a sense of what it takes to make it through the day. The practical gift I am going to share with you is the “Wedding Survival Kit”.


Wedding Survival Kit - #FreePrintables #PracticalGiftGIving - www.cobornsblog.comThe kit includes almost everything that a Bride would need in a pinch on her wedding day, and of course, I bought it all at Coborn’s… and Coborn’s Liquor! And, got it all for less than $30! You could really go crazy on what you want to put in here, but I wanted to keep mine small, compact and filled with the essentials.

I also made a fun “Wedding Survival Kit” top that you can attach to your kit container. I used a Food Club 76 fl. oz. reusable large rectangle container; this should also fit the Ziploc containers too. Click here to print the cover. Along with the cover, I printed an “In Case of Emergency” phone list. In case the bride needs to call the photographer, DJ, reception hall, etc., phone numbers are on this list and at her fingertips.  Click here to print the “In Case of Emergency” list. Now, here is a list of what I put in my gift!

Hair Supplies

  1. Comb
  2. Travel Size Hair Spray
  3. Bobby Pins

Personal Care

  1. Dental Pics
  2. Breath Mints
  3. Travel Size Deodorant
  4. Manicure Kit
  5. Band-Aids
  6. Hand Sanitizer


  1. Rolaids (After all Rolaids spell relief)
  2. Pain Relief Pills
  3. Two mini bottles of liquor

Just in case

  1. Travel Pack Shout Wipes
  2. Sewing Kit complete with mini scissors and safety pins
  3. Lighter (There are typically candles and not enough lighters)

Because it’s a Crazy Day

  1. Two power bars (You will need the energy for this marathon)
  2. Tissues (Because someone is going to cry)
  3. A photo of the Happy Couple (Because sometimes you need to be reminded what this day is actually about)

Some other things you could add to your emergency kit would be: cell phone charger, compact mirror, her favorite candy, lotion, tampons, or just hit up the travel size aisle at Coborn’s, there is always good stuff there!

All joking aside, I think this is a really great gift. It shows that you care for the bride, put some thought into the gift and it is something she can actually use. So be creative, be practical and be thoughtful, this gift is sure to please any bride-to-be.

Coborn’s, Inc. Social Media/Creative Specialist

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Floral Tips and Trends for Valentine's Day and Weddings

Coborn's Blog: Stop & Smell the Roses with Dar
Dar: Coborn’s
Floral Manager
Sauk Rapids, MN

Even though it is below zero outside, you can make it feel like spring inside with flowers. I have been designing flowers for over 30 years. I know that I don’t look a day over 29 but it’s the truth. And let me tell you, I love it!

Valentine’s Day and DIY Arrangement Tips

One of the best times of year for our department has got to be Valentine’s day! I think the young love is sooooo cute, they buy teddy bears and roses and they spend a long time picking out just the right thing. Then there are those that get a phone call from their wives at work and tell them how beautiful their co-workers flowers are and then they remember and call us to save them. For some shoppers this is the only time of the year they buy flowers so they have no idea what to pick and they have this deer in the head lights look on their face. No matter what, we can help them all!

Here are a couple tips on buying flowers and making your own arrangements.

Coborn's Blog: Creating a mixed flower arrangement

Mixed Floral Arrangement

Cut the stems at different heights with the tallest being a single flower.

Coborn's Blog: Creating a single flower arrangement

Same Flower Arrangement

Taper the flowers from a taller center and the rest slightly shorter.

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Modern Arrangement

Cut flowers short and arrange close together to provide a tussie-mussie look just above the vase. This is a good look when working with a cubed vase. With taller vases you want to make sure your opening at the top is not too large for the size of your bouquet because it makes it appear half full instead of a nice full look.

Coborn's Blog: Creating floral arrangement with greens

Arranging with Greens

Insert the greens before or after you have the flowers in the vase, there is no right or wrong way to do this. If you insert the greens from all around the vase it will create a grid to keep the flower stems from just moving wherever.

Coborn's Blog: How to cut flowers

Cutting stems

If you cut the flower stem at an angle it gives them more area to drink water.
Cutting flowers under water is old school and is no longer practiced.

But, if the flower department is a little scary for you…don’t worry. Stop by the Coborn’s location in Sauk Rapids and I will be here to help you.

Wedding Flower Trends

Wedding Flowers is one other thing that I absolutely love about my job is doing wedding shows. We just had a booth at the St. Cloud Wedding Expo this January, which was a huge success! A lot of brides just got engaged over the holidays and come in with their moms, girlfriends and bridesmaids to take it all in and start planning. Some weddings are still two years out, but it is a great way to see what things you like and don’t like.

Coborn's Blog: Wedding Flower TrendsCoborn's Blog: Wedding Flower TrendsOne of the trends that we are seeing this year is the many shades of green from a pale mint to a darker green,we have a lot of brides coming in for that. Pictured here is a topical bouquet. It has beautiful pink mink proteas along with spray roses, green spider mums, fushia gerbera daisies and large aspadistra leaves.This arrangement is perfect if you are planning a summer wedding or just like a different look for your wedding.

Coborn's Blog: $99.99 Wedding Rose Special
Shown with purchase of two packages.

We also had beautiful arrangements like the butterfly tree. It stood about 10 feet tall and had over a hundred butterflies on it along with some gems. We had a lot of brides taking pictures of that to create their own version.

One of our really popular bridal packages is the $99.99 rose special. With that you receive a bridal bouquet and three bridesmaid bouquets, boutonnieres for the groom, three groomsmen, two ushers and two fathers plus two mother’s corsages. That is very pocketbook friendly, simple and chic.

Coborn's Blog: Free Printable - Wedding Flower Checklist

A lot of brides often ask me what they all need and who all needs to be honored with a flower? I have provided you with a printable flower checklist below. Simply print it off and check off all of the flowers you will need for your big day. This will help you get an idea of what you will need. However you can always come in for a free wedding flower consultation and one of our experienced staff members will be able to help you do the same. We would love to hear from you. Not from the St. Cloud area? Give me a call and tell me where you live and I will be able to provide you with the name of someone you can talk to at a Coborn’s near you.

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I hope that you have learned some things here and have seen some things that you like. Hope you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

Floral Manager
Coborn’s Sauk Rapids, MN

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