This wood grain cake is our rustic wedding dream cake

I spied this amazing wood grain cake at the wedding of Jalyn and Andrew at Alderbrook Inn and Resort in Union, WA. They had a rustic forest theme with pine cones, slices of logs, bundled wood place cards, and of course, this cake made to look like wood grain. It as like a fancy camp-out in the woods, all at their fingertips.

Let's have an adventure and take a peek at the cake and other rustic woodsy wedding details…

Up your carnival-theme game: get a cotton candy machine!

So this idea works for carnival weddings, that's a given. But really? ANY WEDDING can rock a cotton candy machine. Your sweets table, candy bar, and dessert spread is instantly that much awesome-er with the addition of delicious, fluffy, happy-inducing candy floss. I mean, just look at the faces on these kids at Christina and Michael's carnival wedding (with Elvis officiant!). Those are some blissed-out sugar-fiends.

Gimme s'more of this s'mores bar (with DIY tips!)

Jenn and David's super color wedding had so many awesome details that Lisa Frank would love: rainbow pom-poms, purple hair, and even a professional beat boxer! But one feature got our mouths watering… a s'mores bar! In addition to their whimsical bear-topped cake and cupcakes, they offered up a make-your-own s'mores bar with a big vat of gooey chocolate, tons of marshmallows, and of course, classic graham crackers. Here are some tips to make your own s'mores bar awesome…

Chocolate-fiends: This grasshopper julep could be your chocolate signature cocktail

Hey, chocolate lovers: are you in need of a really good chocolate signature cocktail, or even an idea for a unity cocktail? This grasshopper julep might be your new favorite drink. We just had the Kentucky Derby, so a good, stiff bourbon drink is just what the drink doctor ordered. Hell, maybe just save this recipe for a particularly long crafting night. I won't judge. I'm probably drinking one right now anyway. Let's see how to make this mint meets chocolate meets booze delicious monstrosity.