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!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Cake Stand Love: Postscripts

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Oh lovely readers, it has been ages since I've blogged. Lots of good has happened, lots of bad, and it's all too complicated to pile on your plate. Instead, let's fast forward to the fun stuff—cake stands! I believe I spotted these in the special wedding issue that came with a recent Mollie Makes mag. May I just say, I adore that magazine? Usually with magazines I tear out pages I love and toss the rest, but I can't bring myself to lose a single page of that sweet little publication. Unfortunately, those of us dwelling in the US have to sell one of our kidneys to afford it. It's not the first time I wish I had a home in the UK!

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Okay, prepare to fall in love. The darling shop Postscripts on Etsy (www.etsy.com/shop/postscripts) has  GORGEOUS and surprisingly affordable cake stands for sale. They're rustic, woodsy pieces perfect for lending your event an intimate, handmade feel. Obviously they're great for outdoors and home-grown weddings, but they are perfect for woodland parties and rustic tabletops and would add a wonderful element to Christmas displays. 

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For some added fun check out this cute 3-D hot air balloon banner also available in the shop.

All photos via Postscriptsts

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Bridal Shower Tea Luncheon

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Today we have a fun, creative guest post from my dear friend, Laura! She has a great eye for parties and this time she put it toward designing a tea-themed bridal shower luncheon. As maid-of-honor for her friend, Stacy, Laura hosted a sweet DIY party and shares the details with us.
From Laura:
I designed the personalized invitations then had them printed at a local print shop.  Directions to the shower were separately printed on tea bag 'tags' then attached with ribbon to look as though they were coming from tea bags brewing in the pot of tea on the invitation.  I bought simple white envelopes but DIY lined them using wrapping paper in theme colors.  Her wedding colors were Black, Red, and Yellow.
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I kept the budget in check by taking up the bride's grandmother's gracious offer to host it at her house.  This made a comfortable, casual backdrop for close friends and family members to gather.

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I bought nearly-new cream-colored cups and saucers from a second-hand shop so that everyone could enjoy hot tea in a real cup.  Her grandmother's dining set and antiques played into the overall feel of a sophisticated tea party.  Heavy-duty catering plates (though still disposable) and real silverware enhanced the dining experience.  The bride used this as an opportunity to explore her favorite wedding flowers by creating the centerpieces herself.  Favors were placed at each place setting.
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Prizes for game winners (not pictured) were decorative tea cups and saucers individually packaged with either jam, assorted packaged tea, tea cookies, or honey.
The meal included:
Assorted Teas
Pineapple Punch
Salad with walnuts, cranberries, and balsamic vinaigrette
Cucumber and Herb Butter Tea Sandwiches on White Bread
Homemade Fruited Chicken Salad
Deviled Eggs
And Earl Grey Tea Cookies as favors
  
Below is the bride Stacy, Stacy and I, and the 'brides' from the toilet paper bridal gown design game.
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Wonderful party, Laura! Thank you for sharing!!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Cake Pops by Babycakums

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I had a fabulous experience ordering cake pops for a party this week! I'd been looking for pops to fit my budget for a small Nintendo-themed going away party for a co-worker. The plan was to don Mario mustaches and play games on an old school Super Nintendo (classic!). My dream was to have Mario and toadstool themed cake pops. When I called a popular local bakery for a quote I was a little bowled over by the $5.50+ per pop price tag. For $25 over my budget I could get a batch of plain, undecorated colored pops + 3 lonely Mario pops. I cried a little inside.
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To the rescue came Babycakums! Recommended by a mutual friend, it turns out someone I know has been making adorable cake pops all along! And her prices beat out the competition by $2 a pop—plus every single one was a custom character! Now, I'm not bashing any other bakeries here. Undoubtedly these $5 and $6 pops are worth it, and the work is excellent I'm sure, but for my money I couldn't be happier with the taste and look of my affordable pops. They were red velvet inside and they were sooo good. I'll be buying from them again. Just had to pass it on!
Aren't they adorable? I wish my pictures were better. The toadstools were perfect. And Mario's hat is filled with cake too! Mmmm.
For a quote, contact Marie Green of Babycakums at: babycakumssf@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What I'm Reading

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I just started a new job, which is both exhausting and putting a major cramp in my blogging style—but I wanted to slip in a quick post today to tell you about my latest book buys. Today, thanks to some B&N gift cards I'd been hoarding, I picked up a copy of The Colette Sewing Handbook and one of Oliver + S: Little Things to Sew. Colette is one I've been aching to get because it teaches you the basics beautifully. There's something so classic about the style, and I can't wait to make each of the 5 patterns! Oliver + S is one I've had my eye on in order to start making baby gifts for my friends. The projects in here are absolutely gorgeous and a little more special than the run of the mill baby stuff you'll find all over these days. I can't wait to dive into both.

So that's what I'm up to—reading, but never really getting time to sit down and sew. Alas! What about you? Have you found any good crafty books lately?

Ps. Oliver + S has some fantastic free patterns online!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Cake Stand Love: Fresh Pastry Stand

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Ahh, the three-tiered cake stand, how I love thee. And two-tiered…and four-tiered… If you're looking for some serveware eye candy, click through the online shop Fresh Pastry Stand. Thanks to retro style and vintage plates scoured from estate sales, FPS creator Deva has packed her shop full of sweet-serving pretties. Plus they break down for easy storage—in case, like me, you already have way too many shelves full of dessert stands. Then again, is there ever really such a thing as too many cake stands? Find all these retro lovelies online at Fresh Pastry Stand. Ps…check out the one at the bottom. Five tiers!
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Friday, April 13, 2012

Lovely Little Details Launch Party

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I started a new office job this week and I'm exhausted!! Unfortunately, between work and needing to lay prostrate with my eyes closed during any and all off hours, I haven't been up to much fun (aside from, notably, a delicious sushi dinner with a friend visiting from New York. I miss you, New York!).

Yesterday I sprung from work to pop in all-too-briefly at the launch party for my friend Jacin's new business website. It was a momentous occasion because Jacin also quit her corporate job this week, and is taking on her event/styling/floral business full time. A hearty congratulations to her! She's living the dream! I didn't have my good camera on me at the time, nor did I have the wherewithal to even pull up my Instagram app (guys, I'm really tired this week…). But I did take some doesn't-do-her-work-justice pics of the party. Enjoy!

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These streamers are pretty sweet. They're a regular streamer twisted to give them the look of rose petals. At least that's what I think. Here's a closer look:


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Check out Lovely Little Details if you want to see more of Jacin's work.

Ps. Jacin is the reason my blog is looking so good these days!

 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Cake Art by Martha Rich

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I've posted in the past about my love of cake art. Fortunately for me I had a pre-paid deal for 20x200.com expiring soon, which prompted me online in time to snag one of these. It's a print by artist Martha Rich, titled Yes Please. Isn't it delicious? The colors are even more vibrant in person. I can't wait to hang it on my wall.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

How to Wrap an Oversized Baby Shower Gift

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Remember that baby shower I just had some crafty fun with? I wanted to share how I wrapped the oversized gift my husband I gave to the parents. We bought them a baby jumping gym—the kind with little toys for the baby to play with while it bounces in its standing seat. The box was fairly gigundo, so I grabbed my extra-long roll of art paper as it was the only roll long enough to get around it. To embellish the box I cut triangle flags from scrapbook paper, punched small holes in their centers, and strung them on bakers twine. Rather than just knot or bow the ends, I glued buttons down on top to adhere the twine to the package. Then I added a few more buttons and stickers for fun. Art paper (also called craft and bulletin board paper) is sometimes the best option because you can dress it up any way you please!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Crafting for a Baby Shower


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This past weekend I enjoyed the beautiful, sunny weather and a delightful baby shower. The shower was thrown for my friend Cho by her best friend, who flew into San Francisco for Texas and needed a little help on the ground during the planning process. Being said help, I offered a bit of advice and a hand at some pretty crafting to help decorate the shower.
The party was a picnic party, which meant everyone started off at the house to pack up their meal. All the food was pre-prepared—the hostess made individually-wrapped Texas-style breakfast burritos with all the fixin's—and I had sewn large fabric squares for guests to wrap their food in. These fabric squares were a triple threat. Not only were they little "hobo bags" (minus the stick) to transport the food, but they also served as cloth napkins at the park and will make great burp cloths for when the baby arrives! I have seen so many mothers run out of every last cloth and dish towel when burping their babies, so I know these will come in handy.
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Next we headed to the park, where all sorts of cute puppies were drawn to us by the smell of bacon. Isn't this one cute?! Speaking of cute—how adorable is the mother-to-be?:
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The park was a muddy mess, so I was especially thankful I had taken the time to stencil some plastic-lined canvas drop cloths for us to sit on. The plastic on the bottom meant we could enjoy a gorgeous day in the park without getting muddy rears. I only snapped one pic at the park but I have photos of all three cloths below. I stenciled them using Ed Roth's, Stencil 101 Decor. I think the honeycomb design is my favorite…or maybe the polka dot.
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And that was that! I can't seem to find pics of the whoopee pies served for dessert, but if I do I'll share them as well. They were gluten and dairy free and amaaazing! Congratulations, Cho! I can't wait to meet your little one.
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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Retro Headbands

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Today I did some fun sewing and wrapping for my friend Nissa's birthday. I made two reversible headbands that can be worn two ways—knotted at the top of the head or tied at the back. I love them so much I had a hard time parting with them. I can't wait to make myself one or two.
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The pattern I used was from the book Sew Darn Cute, a book I was given for my own birthday last year. Once I mastered the art of enlarging the pattern, the actual cutting and sewing was a cinch. I can't decide which I like more—the aqua or the denim and polka dot. They're both so cute!
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When done, I rolled up the headbands and got out a vintage-style handkerchief (I say vintage "style" because it's of indeterminate origin). A pretty handkerchief is much for fun than your standard wrapping paper.
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The birthday girl wore the red polka dot side out at dinner. I neglected to snap a pic, but rest assured she looked retro-fabulous. Happy Birthday, Nissa!

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