Thursday, December 31, 2009
I was given the opportunity to meet many wonderful people ... some just by being in this business and some by being in the right place at the right time.
There was success all around me in 2009 ... with pleasure, I helped a friend launch her new business (and became a client); two other friends decided to start their own catering/cake business; I took a friend under my wing .. and with her help we will take Eileen Carter Creations to the next level.
I want to thank all of the many brides who met with me ... many of whom gave me the opportunity to play an important role on their special day. My wedding cakes of 2009 were colorful, elegant, some were very tall ... all were simply beautiful. I got the chance to create over 70 wedding cakes, 50 groom cakes, and countless cupcakes and all-occasion cakes. Based on comments from my brides, I was chosen "Best of Weddings - 2010" as handed out by TheKnot.com. Thank you.
It was so great to see so many of my 2008 brides return for their 1st anniversary cake this year ... many are either expecting their first child or have already started their family. I wish them all much happiness in the years to come.
I bid farewell to 2009 ... humbled. Thanks to all who made this year so special. I can't wait to see what is in store for 2010 !!!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
I moved over a lane, and SANTA 8 put his blinker on to do the same ... so I figured, if it really is Santa driving that car, it would be to my best interest to let him cut in front of me. He did, and I moved over another lane.
As I approached the driver door of SANTA 8 ...... there he was, in his white cuffed red suit, rosey cheeks, bright white full beard ......... SANTA CLAUS !!!!
At age 50 ... I still believe !!! Merry Christmas !
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
an evening of Style / Culture / Conscience .... and I will be providing all of the appetizer desserts at the event scheduled for this evening, Thursday, December 17th. Thank you Lentheus Chaney (Publisher/Editor - Urban Lux Magazine) for giving me this opportunity.
’s Emerging LUX designers and a collection of photographic works for a one of a kind holiday trunk show.
The evening will be inclusive of Atlanta’s most fashionable ladies and gentlemen as they are enticed by fashion, jewelry, shoe, fragrance and handbag creations from Donnie Wellz , EnJeanious By Rean, Jedal Italian Fashions, Mel Boteri, Mychael Knight, and VX.
Hagedorn Foundation Galley will be showing over 100 photographic works, under 20", under $500, by Nancy Lee Andrews, Corinne Adams, Corey Daniels, Jan Fields, Paul Hagedorn, Dana Kemp, Leslie Kneisels, Andee Nathanson, Dorothy O’Connor, Meryl Truett and more.
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Saturday, December 12, 2009
I'm also thrilled to see that the wedding of Amanda Cain and Ryan Rehkop is also in this issue .... go to page 156.
If that wasn't enough ..... The Knot has announced the winners of the Best of Weddings 2010 - Georgia .... I'm listed on page 16 !!!!
What a great issue .... it's on new stands now, go check it out !!!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Clay and I are hosting our church family for Thanksgiving .. we've purchased and (I) will be cooking a 30 pound turkey ... all guests attending are bringing everything else to complete our meal. Dinner will be served at 12:00 noon .. join us at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church in Duluth, if you can. After we clean up from dinner, we will be taking a meal to one of our favorite members of the church. Opal is currently in the hospital (cancer) and we promised to bring a good meal (not hospital food) for Thanksgiving. Then it's off to my brother's girlfriends house to have dinner with them. If we eat small amounts, we'll be ok !!! LOL
So, as we prepare for gathering with family and friends (and eating way too much), let us not forget to give thanks .. not just on Thanksgiving, but everyday.
I'm thankful to have a wonderful, supportive, and loving husband ... friends that I can call any time ... family, close by and far away ... and my many customers who believe in me.
Happy Thanksgiving !
Eileen & Clay
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Karla Vincent and Matthew Haack's wedding ceremony was held at St. Peter's in Roswell ..... guests were due to arrive at The Ashford Club by 4:00p .. and the party started at 5:00p
I wish I had been able to see Karla on her wedding day, she was one of my favorite brides of 2009 ... but Ashford had their own plateau and there was no reason for me to go back at the end of their night ... (that is when I usually get to see my brides on one of the happiest days of their lives).
Karla fell in love with my petal cake ..... stems and leaves were scattered on the three tiers ... and check out the leaf border ... very different !!!
The groom cake was red velvet, filled with cream cheese ... and carved into the Georgia Tech GT logo.
I wish Karla and Matthew much happiness.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Featherstone's Grille is a stand-alone restaurant located at the Towne Lake Hills Golf Club. It served as the site of both the ceremony and reception for Deanna Langelier and Marc Heald.
I had the opportunity to see one of my past brides, Jill Keller, who was coordinating this event for Deanna .. I created Jill's groom cake and her brother's wedding and groom cakes. I also learned that Jill was expecting .. I believe she said March 27th was her due date ... Congrats Jill and good luck.
Aqua was the color for the weekend .. both cakes today had aqua detail. In addition to the aqua ribbon border, Deanna's cake had an aqua swirl design on the top and third tiers ... and aqua dots on the middle tier. It looked great. I added white hydrangea and peach roses to the top and miscellaneous placement here and there.
Marc's groom cake was a surprise to him ... the University of Miami logo. Thanks go to Kelley for decorating this one. Great Job !
Thanks to Liz for being able to pick up the plateau that evening ..
Cake photo's to arrive in a couple of weeks !!! Will post as soon as I get them.
On to delivery #2 ....
Kathryn (Kate) Mitchell and Ben Arden married at Magnolia Hall on Saturday, November 7th. After the ceremony, it was time to transform the ceremony site into a reception site .. so the vendors got busy. Folks from Endive (caterer) worked on placing and setting up the tables, the DJ got busy, and Clay and I started constructing the cake. It was a 4-tier round cake, the top 3 tiers were chocolate cake filled with coffee buttercream (YUMMY). The bottom cake was white with raspberry filling.
Kate had sent me a box of goodies to decorate her cake with ... an "A" monogram; a bunch of bright aqua ribbon, and a good amount of crystals to create a cascade with. The aqua ribbon was placed on the center of each tier ... the "A" monogram sat proudly on top and the cascade of crystals started at the "A" and swept across the cake. I'm so sorry I wasn't able to capture (didn't have my camera with me) this cake, but I do know that Alea Moore captured it for me. I will update as soon as I get a picture of the cake.
Congratulations Kate and Ben !!!
Friends Kevin and Kerry came to town for a visit ... after they took a short hike on the Appalachian Trail, we all became tourists and went to the Aquarium, the World of Coke, and topped our day off at "The Varsity" for a lube job and oil change (LOL).
Clay turned the Big 5-0 !!! He put together a big party for me back in March, and I did the same for him. Lots of friends came over and everyone brought a dish to share. I think he had a great time !!!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I've known Scoobie for years ... but only met him in person once, long ago. He has done the hair and makeup for many of my brides, but is usually long gone or in a different location when I'm setting up the cakes, so I never get to see him. When he called me a couple of weeks ago to ask if I would be willing and able to provide sweet treats for this event .. I didn't hesitate. Scoobie West is the best in his field. I hope tonight's event clears yet another path for him to create on a higher level.
Thanks, Scoobie for giving me this opportunity .... much success always.
PS: Photo's to follow ..... Janet Howard (Blue World Studios) was the event photographer. I'll be sure to post photo's when I receive them.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
THANK YOU SO MUCH !!!!!
I can't take all of the credit ... so I share this honor with:
Clay ... the Cake Wrangler and my #1 Fan
Shelby .... kitchen detail (pots and pans)
Liz/Kelley ... for always being available and ready to help
The issue will come out in May, 2010 ... I'll be waiting for the doors to open to purchase multiple copies. LOL
Sunday, October 25, 2009
These cute ghosts (oreo's) were created for
Meredith to pass out to her young halloween costume clients. I've heard they are being well received.
Brandi G did not use me as her wedding cake designer, but asked me to create her anniversary cake (a couple of year later). When she saw my interpretation of her wedding cake, I think she was quite pleased. Thanks Zoe for making the fondant bow. I also got to meet her handsome red-headed son. Adorable.
This pink and white "princess" cake was created for a special little girls 1st birthday. The pink layers are chocolate .. white layers are vanilla. Love the crown and wand topper, don't you?
Wanda needed a special cake for a bridal shower ... I recreated a design done a couple of months ago. I heard the cake was a "hit".
The mom of one of my brides retired and a large party was planned ... the cake design is my interpretation of the party invitation.
Remember the little girl who wanted a nail polish bottle for her Spa Party (in September) .. well, her original party got cancelled due to illness and rescheduled to October. This time, she wanted a round bottle of polish with swirly lettering. When she saw the cake she said "it's perfect". Thanks go to Kelley for knowing how to make swirly letters.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
For those of you who know me ... you know that I've made my reputation on buttercream creations ... you also know that I dislike the taste and use of fondant. Well, my brides continue to push my fondant limits by bringing me extraordinary designs made only with fondant. So, I've dabbled here and there .... and after creating this cake, I may just start playing with fondant a little more. I doubt I will cover a cake in fondant, but I sure will play with fondant accents. I thought this cake came out great. With the help of Clay, we made fondant leaves that I painted red/gold/green and then while at the venue, we rolled stems and twigs using dark chocolate fondant.
I knew I did well when I heard from behind me ... "Oh Wow ! You nailed it !!!" Denise had sent Ian to the Pavillion to check if the cake had arrived.
The "pavillion" was the Silverbell Pavillion at the Emory Conference Center. They have been doing some major renovations and I believe are finished .. and it looks awesome. They even have a 6 lane bowling alley (Wisteria Lanes) .. complete with a beverage area and pool tables. In fact, that's where Denise and Ian had their "rehearsal" party the night before.
Congratulations to you both.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Wendy Thomas and Matt Gygax (pronouned Gig Ax) met with me back in April ... they chose a design that I had done about a year ago .. round / square / round ... only their cake would not be iced using my vanilla buttercream .. it would be iced in chocolate fudge. Yummy !!! Their top layer was 1/2 strawberry; 1/2 chocolate filled with chocolate buttercream ... but the other two layers were fake. Three 1/2 sheet cakes (1/2 chocolate; 1/2 strawberry filled w/ fresh sliced strawberries) were prepared and placed in the kitchen area to be cut and served to guests.
Their topper was quite unique .... it was created from a man who had been a vendor at the famous Stone Mountain Yellow Daisy Festival. Wendy will give me his contact information as soon as she returns from her honeymoon and I'll pass that info along to you.
I also created a groom caked that was served at the rehearsal dinner and was a surprise for Matt. Matt and I shared one thing in common ... Boston Cream Pie ... my mom used to make me one for my birthday ... now I make it for my own birthday. Vanilla cake filled with a vanilla custard, and frosted in chocolate buttercream. For Matt's cake, I added the 1970 Marshall Thundering Herd logo on the top. I hope he enjoyed his surprise Boston Cream Pie cake .... I made a little extra filling for me .. it was so good.
Thank you Wendy and Matt ..... I wish you much happiness.
Music: Spectrum Entertainment (Jimmy)
Photography: 35 Atlanta (Adam and Amber
Floral: Flowers by Joan (Joan Rubenstein)
Caterer: Stone Mountain Park Catering