On all cakes, pipe top borders on each hexagon panel as follows: one center tip 21 rosette, one or two tip 18 rosettes on each side of tip 21 rosette, one to three tip 16 rosettes on each side of tip 18 rosettes
Pipe tip 5 bead bottom borders.
On 9 in. and 12 in. cakes, pipe tip 13 triple drop strings at center of each panel; longest string is 1 1/2 in. from bottom. Pipe double drop strings at each side of triple drop strings; longest string is 2 1/4 in. from bottom.
At reception, position 16 in. hexagon plates and 3 in. pillars. Position scrolls in front of bottom borders on all cakes. Position silk flowers. Position topper.
The drop string is traditionally used as decoration on the sides of the cake and is the basis of more ornate string work. Called a "drop" string because the line of piped icing is allowed to "drop" or fall, by itself, before reattaching it to your cake. Pipe a row of single strings or multiple strings in rows of two or three.
The rosette has the tight, swirling look of a rose, but is achieved in one continuous rotation, rather than with wrapped layers of petals. Single rosettes are also used as candleholders on top of a cupcake.