Is This Tacky?

Decorating By leah_s Updated 3 May 2010 , 2:54am by JenniferMI

leah_s Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 5:26pm
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Yeah, I know I'm always the first one to say, "if you have to ask the question . . . . then yes."

But . . .

I just found a string of light up orchids. No, not those strings of patio lights. These are delicate and actually pretty. The first thing I thought of was that they'd look great as a cascade down a cake. I can hide the battery pack in the topper.

Then I thought, "brides love shiny/sparkly/blingy."

Am I in the ditch here?

I'm probably gonna buy a string no matter what you say, but talk me out of it if I'm having a brain lapse.

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erinalicia Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 5:41pm
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I don't think that it would be tacky if done in a floral arrangement or cascade with other flowers down the cake. I think it would actually look really neat and pretty especially for an evening wedding where the lights are dimmed.

PinkZiab Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 6:02pm
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Like you, my first impulse is to say yes to something like this, lol, but I'd have to see them to give a definitive answer.

But in this case, my instinct is that if YOU didn't immediately think it was cheesy/tacky (let's face it lady, you have an eye for gorgeous design), then they'll probably look nice.

rosiecast Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 8:03pm
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Adorable.

idgalpal Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 8:06pm
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Leah, I think you're on to something! Please post a picture if/when you use them.

Loucinda Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 8:07pm
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I agree, if you liked them, they can't be bad! I bet that would be beautiful at an evening wedding!

KHalstead Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 8:07pm
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so funny leah.........I saw these in an ltd catalog and my DD wants them for a "night light" in her room and I thought......how could that go on a cake, they look so pretty!!

http://www.ltdcommodities.com/Lighted-Flower-Branches/cat_item_pg.asp?G=836&P=59&Rec=1&Ntt=orchid&N=37&Nao=0&R=473078-4FLWORC1

I thought you were gonna be talking about these at first............i like the garland idea!

cakesbycathy Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 8:10pm
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Very cute.
Leah, if anybody could make them look beautiful on a cake it's you thumbs_up.gif

leah_s Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 8:13pm
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I'm gonna buy a string. icon_smile.gif

KHalstead Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 8:23pm
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let us know if they look realistic in person, sometimes it's too hard to tell in a picture!

janeoxo Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 8:38pm
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I think it would work,

-Tubbs Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 9:20pm
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Sorry, they are kinda pretty, but anything that lights up is, by its very nature, going to be tacky. JMO, for which you asked. icon_biggrin.gif

indydebi Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 9:24pm
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With brides going for the bling look, I foresee these becoming very popular.

Doug Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 9:25pm
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what color is the cord and how hard will it be to hide?

these would definitely look pretty encircling the base.

costumeczar Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 11:28pm
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I'd give anything that lights up on a wedding cake a "no" vote. It does veer into redneck wedding territory regardless of what the lights look like.

tesso Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 11:35pm
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i thought they were pretty. and done right they could be beautiful on a cake. I think you could really pull it off, on the elegant and bling factor.

costumeczar Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 11:38pm
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Lighted cakes remind me of the lighted cake fountains, so I still vote no. It's the kind of thing people would look at and say "what the heck?" and not in a good way, while the bride stood there and thought it was beautiful because it was shiiiiiiny.

costumeczar Posted 29 Apr 2010 , 11:40pm
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I will add that this week I'm doing a groom's cake that has a lighted panel inside it, but it's a computer. I'm not saying no lights on cakes under any circumstances, it depend on the context. On a robot cake yes, on the outside of a wedding cake it's too much like Christmas tree lights.

rowingmom Posted 30 Apr 2010 , 12:17am
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They look pretty in the picture and I can see where you are going,but is there a return policy? Sometimes once you see something like that in person it might not live up to your standards.

leah_s Posted 30 Apr 2010 , 1:32am
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Meh . . .we'll see.

princesscris Posted 30 Apr 2010 , 4:25am
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Sorry, but orchids don't light up and anything that unnatural is not stylish - it's nature made hideous.

Tacky? Most definitely.

Cris.

lorieleann Posted 30 Apr 2010 , 5:45am
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Tacky or not is a question of taste, but i'd have to say that it would be very unsafe if they are made like regular string up lights. There are warning labels on most string/christmas style lights (which are imported) to wash hand throughly because the PVC coating contains lead to aid in flexibility.

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One typical label reads, "The handling of this ... exposes you to lead a chemical known in the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm."




So i'm thinking that if children are warned against touching them, and hand washing is encouraged afterwards, i wouldn't be putting them on an edible item.

costumeczar Posted 30 Apr 2010 , 11:30am
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Originally Posted by lorieleann

Tacky or not is a question of taste, but i'd have to say that it would be very unsafe if they are made like regular string up lights. There are warning labels on most string/christmas style lights (which are imported) to wash hand throughly because the PVC coating contains lead to aid in flexibility.
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One typical label reads, "The handling of this ... exposes you to lead a chemical known in the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm."



So i'm thinking that if children are warned against touching them, and hand washing is encouraged afterwards, i wouldn't be putting them on an edible item.




That's a good point!

wespam Posted 30 Apr 2010 , 1:25pm
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I for one really dislike the extreme elements that cakes are starting to sprout. I know all the TV shows are going wild with them but for me I think there's nothing like an elegant cake without wires, spinning boards and fireworks spewing out of them. Simple and elegant for me. Pam from Bama

TexasSugar Posted 30 Apr 2010 , 1:35pm
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Originally Posted by Doug

what color is the cord and how hard will it be to hide?

these would definitely look pretty encircling the base.




I was thinking the same thing! Around the base or on the table would be nice, espeically at an evening wedding.

TexasSugar Posted 30 Apr 2010 , 1:37pm
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Originally Posted by lorieleann

Tacky or not is a question of taste, but i'd have to say that it would be very unsafe if they are made like regular string up lights. There are warning labels on most string/christmas style lights (which are imported) to wash hand throughly because the PVC coating contains lead to aid in flexibility.
Quote:
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One typical label reads, "The handling of this ... exposes you to lead a chemical known in the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm."



So i'm thinking that if children are warned against touching them, and hand washing is encouraged afterwards, i wouldn't be putting them on an edible item.




I have always cracked up at that label. How does the product know if it is in the state of California to even cause problems? It is just the way it is worded.

Of course CA doesn't like degrees or Non-toxic dusts either...

LindaF144a Posted 30 Apr 2010 , 1:57pm
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I saw a take in a magazine (sorry, don't remember which one) where they put lights inside a bowl that was not solid see through, it had a design kind of like that wavy block glass kind of stuff. The bowl was a separator for the cake layers. It had a shimmer come out through the glass. It was very pretty. Depending on how you use them, it would look very nice.

I also agree with cakes going over the top. I read a review on a famous-on-tv cake place where the lady was disappointed that what she got was not all cake, but mostly RKT and modeling chocolate for the figurines on her cake top. She didn't know that only the base would be cake. I think that some people just are naive when it comes to what is actually under all the frosting and fondant sometimes. And I think it has to do with what they see on TV and what they don't show either.

Rose_N_Crantz Posted 1 May 2010 , 9:05am
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I agree with two other posters before me.

If anything you can always use them to decorate the table. That would look very pretty.

FleurDeCake Posted 1 May 2010 , 9:29am
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I think it might work if you incorporate some other gumpaste flowers with the lighted ones ... but I would be careful not to over do them ... 60 inches of lighted orchids could be a bit much.

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