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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

So Charming!

What's It Wednesday #167
We are quickly approaching June, the month of so many weddings that it gives Valentine’s Day a run for its money when it comes to love and romance.

But before the big day arrives, there are all those bridal showers and wedding parties. An old tradition that’s making its way back, are cake charms, and they’re just perfect for the occasion!

From the late 1800’s through the 1930’s socializing parties were very popular and many charms and fortunes dealing with romance and predicting a mate were incorporated into parties.

The charm is placed within the cake and a ribbon is attached for pulling. (I added a little bling to help the guest along!) Each draw has a different meaning. You might want to type out the meaning and attach it along with the charm. It’s a fun party favor and sweet memento of the event.

Some familiar charms are the baby carriage, heart for new romance, wedding bells, horseshoe for luck, a ship for travel and of course the proverbial “old maid”!

I’ve been collecting them whenever I run across them.

Many are still on their original cards or in boxed sets. My favorites are going into my latest project that I’m just TOO excited about, so be sure to come back and check it out!
Hugs,
Patti

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65 comments:

Parsimonious Perfection said...

Those are super cute, and yes, charming! I remember we wore something similar to these in the 80s (although not having the same meaning, and much cheaper) on our wrists, and I had oodles, lol! Can't wait to see what you have in store. Thank you for hosting!

Suzan Sweatman said...

I have charms on my wine glasses but I've never heard of cake charms ( I always learn something new from you Patty ! ) How beautiful - I'm going to pin this - wonder if they have them for baby showers?
Thanks so much for hosting - hope you have a great rest of the week !
xox

Jill Harrison said...

how interesting. I have never heard of this tradition before. Wintery June in Australia is certainly not the time for weddings!

Deanies Stash said...

These cake charms are wonderful! What a fun thing for your guests. I have never seen them for sale anywhere but I will have to start watching for them.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I loved learning more about the cake charms. Thank you!

thel day said...

A nice tradition. I am anxious to see your future project on these little charms.

Vesna (HOME CHIC CLUB) said...

Very interesting and so cute! Thanks for hosting.
Hugs,
Vesna

Caroline shabby hideaway said...

I don´t think I have seen these charms around here.Very interesting and I can´t wait to see what you have in store.Thanks for your invitation.Have a wonderful week.
Caroline

Christine Ryan said...

Thanks so much for the feature! I hope you all are having a great week!

Pam Richardson said...

Thank you for the party and feature and for introducing me to cake charms! How interesting!

Blessings,
Pam (www.everydayliving.me)

Julie Reinwald said...

I wasn't familiar with cake charms. Thank you for this little tidbit of knowledge. And thanks for hosting!

Patricia Krank said...

I've never seen nor heard of cake charms before. They are adorable! Thanks for sharing and for hosting.
Blessings,
Patti

Rita C. said...

I had never heard of this tradition until I read about it in the latest R Homes magazine (and I have 6 older sisters!). So cute, but oh, the poor soul who gets the old maid, lol. Thanks for hosting us, and I hope your weekend is a blast.
Rita

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Cake charms are a new term to me! That was interesting to learn about. Great features! Thanks for hosting!!

Decor To Adore said...

Oh those cake charms are just darling! Thank you so very much for hosting.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for the party!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Julie @ followyourheartwoodworking said...

Hi Patti, I've never heard of cake charms before but I used to have a charm bracelet and put charms on it from places I'd visited.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Love the cake charms. They create so much fun at the party.
I have seen these at showers and it was always a hit.
Lovely features.
Have a great day.
Hugs, CM

Susan Clayton said...

I have never seen these. Very cute.

Dee said...

How fun... I never heard of cake charms before, but what a wonderful idea. I always learn something new when I visit your lovely blog... :)

Doreen@househoneys said...

You always write about such interesting, fun things Patti, and you never disappoint. Very cute tradition which I was unaware existed,

Thank you for hosting!

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

It's always so much fun to party with you ladies....thanks for having us! What a nice surprise to see my bench featured this week! hugs...

Tarnished Royalty said...

I've never even heard of cake charms. How very interesting! Thanks for the info and for hosting the link up. ~Ann
Tarnished Royalty

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I've never heard of these before, either...how fun! Thanks so much for sharing, and hosting the party, too!

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

I don't think I've ever come across cake charms before. Now I am going to start looking! :)

Thanks so much for hosting!

Ruth W said...

Very traditional in Christmas cakes, etc in England back to the 18th century...the wealthy used sterling silver, etc..they told your fortune when you found them in your serving! Great collection!
Ruth

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Thank you so much for hosting, you always have a great party. Jo

Kimberly Lewis said...

Hello cute lady! I get so excited to stop by your party each week. Love to party with you! Our party just started and we would love you to stop by. We pin and tweet everything! Lou Lou Girls

Burlap Luxe said...

Ok Patti, I have never been to a cake party where charms have been added, a wedding charm cake sounds so fun... And why have I never heard of this what planet am I from?
It would be fun to come to one of your parties you always have all the fun. I have had some wine glass charms and I think everyone knows about them :))

Thank you for this share, I now will look into some charms for my next wedding event perhaps for my nieces next year.... I have plenty of time to research and plan.
Thank you beautiful for taking the time to stop by, and better leaving such a beautiful comment.

Xoxo
Dore

The Speckled Hen Cottage said...

Cake charms, I'm glad this tradition is making a come back ...they are so adorable and could add so much fun to a party!!! Your collections is fabulous. Have a lovely week~~~Mickie.

Alessandra said...

This tradition is very lovely. These cake charms are such beautiful.I 'm curious to see your next project.
Hugs
Alessandra

Jennelise said...

Beautiful tradition (and that cake looks amazing!) Thankyou so much for the feature! Hope you have a great week!
Jennelise

La Vie Quotidienne said...

I have never seen these before...such a fun idea. It would add so much to an occasion. Now I will have to look for some!

Beverly Flores said...

What a stunningly beautiful cake. I adore cake charms!!! Can't wait to see what you do next. Hugs, Beverly

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Another one of your wonderful and interesting collections. This is the first time I've heard of cake charms, thanks so much for sharing their history and for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

Paula Rockwell said...

This is the first I've ever heard of cake charms, and I love the idea!

Marlene Plasencia said...

Hi Patty, yes I learned of the cake charms from my mom. She said in Cuba when she was young and they had cake, she remembered that's what they did with wedding cakes. So for one of my sisters' wedding shower we did that. But we had the hardest time finding a bakery that would do it. But we did and it was really neat and fun.
I love that tradition but I can see why they don't bake cakes with them in it. I love the ones that you have collected, so cute.
Sending blessings,
Marlene

Little Vintage Cottage said...

I have never heard of cake charms, I love them! Thanks for hosting a sweet party!

Tania

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Charms are such a charming idea! Great features too! Thanks for a great party!

Jen ocide said...

i just love this idea! going to try it at a tea party im hosting, really excited to start charm shopping!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Patti,
I have never heard of cake charms, what a darling idea.
The first photo of the Birthday cake -YUM!
xo,
Vera

Maureen Wyatt said...

I can't believe I've never heard of cake charms. One more thing to keep my eye out for.

Ileana Carmen said...

Hello! All those are beautiful. Thank you for hosting us again.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Oh how VERY fun!! What a great comeback tradition....now to have a party!!
Speaking of PARTY....glad to join you this week Patti :)
Have a lovely weekend!!
~Karla & Karrie

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

What?! I have never heard of these! How absolutely fun! I'm thinking of so many great ways to use this idea. Thanks for sharing another of your great collections.

Babs R said...

LOVE LOVE the tradition of cake charms. Wish it would become popular again. Thanks so much for hosting, and have a great Memorial Day.

Theresa Begin said...

Thank you Ladies for the wonderful Party! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
Theresa @ Shoestring Elegance

LuAnn Cantamessa said...

Many thanks for the lovely feature this week Patty! It's very appreciated! Thanks too for hosting your parties!
Love,love,love the cake charms!
Have a lovely weekend!

LuAnn ;)

Have a Daily said...

How fun Patti! I have never even heard of cake charms. You have some darling ones! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Kim Hilbert said...

I love seeing trends from the very distant past make a comeback. This is very cute!

Shelia said...

Hi Patti! Oh, these little charms are so pretty and another 'something' I didn't know! I didn't know about charms inside cakes but I did have and still do my charm bracelet when I was a youngun! :) Thank you so much for popping in to see me and hope you're gearing up for a great Memorial Day.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Suz said...

I added you to my blog list cause I didn't want to miss a post and I wanted another authentic vintage blog represented on my list. You do such a great job bringing us beautiful blogs and wonderful inspiration from yours.

Jas said...

That is so neat, I never heard of that tradition. And that cake looks amazing! Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things! Hope to see you again this week!

The Charm of Home said...

I have never heard of cake charms! How fun is that! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

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Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

I have never heard of cake charms! They're marvelous - I will be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,
Kathy

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Thank you so much for hosting, there are so many awesome posts this week. Jo

Sandra Lee said...

I heard about charm cakes when I began cake decorating years ago and forgot about them. Thank you so much for the reminder and the cake is lovely!

Stephanie said...

What a delightful post, my dear. It was such a treat to learn about the cake charms :)

I am so glad you linked up with Roses of Inspiration this week...thank you! May you have a beautiful evening and Happy June! Hugs!

Sarah said...

Patti, I missed this when you first posted, but saw it mentioned in today's post. I popped right over. What a darling idea. I have to admit, I've not seen the idea before. Thanks for sharing. My grandmother, who was German, would put a nickel in a birthday cake. Somehow she always knew where it was and the birthday child was served the slice with the hidden treasure. (Ha! A nickel. Can you tell how old I am?)
Your collection is truly fun. Love the way you figured out to enjoy it daily.

Christine said...

Those charms are so cute! I've never heard of cake charms before. Seems like a really fun tradition. What a shame it's not so commonly done now.

Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai said...

Love, love, love the heart charms for the wedding cake! What a fabulous idea--so pretty. You have some great features here, too bad I was too late to link up this week. Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We'd love to have you for a visit. The Door is OPEN. http://lifewithlorelai.com/2015/06/04/home-matters-linky-party-40/ :)

~Lorelai
Life With Lorelai

Rose FineCraftGuild said...

Fun charms! Thank you for coming to the party with us. Your contributions are always wonderful. Pinned! Will you come party with us again later today/tomorrow?! Have a great weekend, Rose, FineCraftGuild, organizer of SHARE IT!

mackyton said...

Oh everything is so cute!! These small things really make the wedding day even more special. I would love to use these in my wedding party that will be held at one of the local party places in the Bronx. Feeling quite nervous but very excited at the same time!

Mustlovehome said...

Hi there Friend, you are so creative! Thank you for joining in at the Friday Favorites Link Party! Please join us again to share what you have been working on this week. Christine @ Must Love Home

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