These cake plates were a breeze, & very inexpensive ~ I just found vintage plates & vintage candlesticks & glued them together with glass glue. Another good way to glue them together, especially if you have bumpy designs on the bottom of the plate, is to use a clear silicone glass sealant. The sealant comes out white, but dries clear, & you can wipe off the excess with your finger.
The beautiful backdrop ~ this was the effort of several people ~ One awesome friend & her totally awesome mother provided the backdrop & picket fence pieces & quite a bit of greenery, another had the beautiful flowers & more greenery, & yet another helped to put it all together. I am so blessed by good friends!
Isn't this arch just amazing?! The arch itself came from my mother (who bought it online from Walmart, in the garden section) & the tulle was... yup... from a garage sale! That kissing ball hanging in the background is just a round foam ball with dollar store flowers stuck all about, a ribbon secured by one of the flower stems, & hung from a garden planter hook that my mother happened to have.
Such cute frogs ~ again, from my mother's garden. And all of the little floral arrangements you see here & there are, again, dollar store flowers arranged in green foam & put into pretty silver sugar bowls & creamers & pitchers & the like.
One of my dear friends had these little white felt love birds ~ I was so thrilled, because I had really wanted to make a bunch of little white felt birds (you know this if you have seen my felt adventure posts ;-D), but I just plain didn't have the time. She had no idea I had wanted to do that, but came up & offered some birds she had which she thought might go with the theme. I was ecstatic, because, of course, they were perfect! Just what I had hoped for, but I didn't have to make them!
The doilies are really easy to do ~ you just get a package of 8" or 11" rounds ( see which fit you like better), fold them in half snip off the ends generously, cut out the centers, and use double sided sticky tape or glue that won't be affected by moisture as they thaw. I found elmer's to work nicely, but the double-sided tape was faster. We just used some of the cardboard from the cake boxes cut to fit the wrought iron corner stand.