Thursday, August 23, 2012

Pretty Party Spoons and Forks

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This little shop was blowin' up my Facebook today. It's called Sucre Shop (www.sucreshop.com) and it's chock full of pretty spoon goodness. Check out their designs page. Yes, yes they have the ever popular chevron (including some cute skinny cocktail forks), but what I really love are their feather and confetti designs. So cute!

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The prices seem super reasonable!! On average they are 20 utensils for $8-$10 a pack. Love it!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Mason Jar Cake Pops

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How do you like them pops?! These cake pops were a special order gift of mine sent to Jacin of Lovely Little Details. You may remember she helped makeover my blog several months ago? As a thank you I contacted Babycakums and ordered these gorgeous little red velvet cake pops for Jacin. She loves aqua mason jars, even incorporating one into her LLD logo and branding. Marie from Babycakums created these pops using the logo as inspiration and was even able to mimic the flowers on the design! I couldn't be happier knowing they're personal to Jacin's brand. Thank you, Jacin and Babycakums! 

Photo via Jacin/Lovely Little Details

 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Cake Stand Love: Gisela Graham

This pretty-pretty cake stand is listed as a green vintage cake stand by Gisela Graham, but it looks like the most gorgeous shade of aqua to me! It seems to me this "vintage" stand might be blurring the lines between vintage-looking and actual vintage, but who am I to say? Either way I just had to share. Find it online at Silver & Stuff.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Posh Paper Cups

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Oh ho ho! So fancy! Check out the Finest Paperware series by artist Rebecca Wilson. This disposable paper cup has been designed to look like Wedgewood China. Classiest picnic ever. Click here for more details and to order.

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Cake Stand Love: Milk and Honey Luxuries says "Let Them Eat Cake!"

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I love this cake stand from Milk and Honey Luxuries. The stand itself is one we've seen a million times before, a basic glass look you can find almost anywhere, but what makes it wonderful is the hand-etched quote, "Let Them Eat Cake". I love it! And I love the font style it's done in. It's done with diamond drill bits, free handed without stencil, and not made with etching cream or paint. All this seems very impressive to little ol' me. Find yours at Milk & Honey Luxuries on Etsy. You'll find pretty etched glasses and pitchers there too! 

Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Cookbook for Cookie Dough Lovers

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Why hello…I didn't expect to fall in love today. As soon as I clapped my eyes on Cookie Dough Lover's Cookbook by Lindsay Landis I knew this cookbook and I were destined to make beautiful desserts together. Landis is a food blogger who created a tasty egg-free cookie dough (meaning it's safe to eat raw) and used that as a launching pad for a cookbook full of cookie dough based treats: pies, cakes, custards, brownies, even cookie dough doughnuts! I must get my hands on a copy! You can get an autographed copy signed by the author and personalized to you here. Yum!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Hosting a "Perfect Pair" Couples Shower

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Above: Cute couples bridal shower invitations from Wedding Paper Divas

Weddings and marriage are happy proof that two is better than one. So when it comes to the bridal shower, who says the bride should have all the fun? One modern trend I love is the co-ed bridal shower. Presided over by both the bride and groom, co-ed couples showers offer both male and female friends and family a chance to show their support and affection for the engaged couple. Make the most of this couples-friendly approach by hosting a “Perfect Pair” party. Whether cute and DIY is your style, or classic elegance, I’ve got just the right party ideas to inspire.

 Perfect Pair Party: Cute Edition

Are you throwing a shower for a cute-as-a-button couple? Looking to incorporate handmade, quirky style? Brainstorm what items make the perfect pair and incorporate them in to your food and d├ęcor. Use bright and bubbly colors and free fonts to create and print posters with phrases like “You Are the Cheese to My Macaroni,” “You are the Gin to my Tonic," "You are the Frosting to my Cupcake,” and “You are the Milk to My Shake”. Serve adorable treats to match your prints like crustless PBJ Bites, chocolate chip cookies served with a shotglass of milk, or fried macaroni and cheese balls. If passed hors d’ouvres aren’t your thing, create a “paired up” dessert bar. Make labels and desserts that pair two complementary flavors such as “Strawberry + Chocolate,” “Cookies + Cream,” “Raspberry + Mocha” and “Chocolate + Peanut Butter.” For party favors, try something edible like Chocolate-Dipped Double-Stuff Oreos.

 

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Above: Classy couples bridal shower invitations from Wedding Paper Divas

Perfect Pair Party: Classy Edition

If you’re looking to host a more upscale, romantic or elegant shower, create a menu that highlights ideal food and wine pairings. Serve 4-6 small plates or tapas paired with appropriate wines to delight the tastebuds of your guests and introduce them to new flavors. Fusion food is great if the couple hails from two different cultural backgrounds. Otherwise, take cues from the couple's favorite cuisines and restaurants when planning the dishes and select complementary wines. Bonus points if you find wine that triggers a fond memory of a place or time the couple shared. The “Perfect Pair” theme can be taken in a whole new, meaningful direction when you remember that each individual brings to the partnership their own traditions, culture, and personal passions. Another option is to play up the romance. Research the bride and groom’s family history to find out what long-lasting couples fill their family tree. Frame old photos from their famous family love stories and write a small description of the couple for guests to read. Congratulate the guests of honor on being the next perfect pair in line.

Cute or classy, there are endless ways to dress up a "Perfect Pair" bridal shower. So go ahead, invite the boys!

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