Saturday, January 24, 2015

Believe! (A Celebration)


It's a beautiful, crisp, snowy day here in Doylestown.  Perfect for a recap of this sweet party I helped out with last month... this wasn't just ANY party, this was the best type of party; we celebrated my nephew, Jackson being cancer-free (WOOHOOO!!!!)
 Here's a photo of the much-tougher-than-his-cute-face-lets-on super kid (far right).
The mantra my sister in law, Kristen has lived with for the past 3 years is,"Believe"; a word with so much meaning behind it for their family. It lent itself perfectly to a Polar Express theme.

I made a sheet cake with a winter scene; butter cream icing sprinkled with powdered sugar, fondant pine trees with royal icing "snow" on them, and a fondant train to mimic the one from the book/movie. The beautiful gold, glittered cake topper and labels below were made by my crafty friend, Andrea of Paper and Pop.


The pretty, Believe labels were tied onto these large jingle bells from Oriental Trading. They had ornament hooks and red ribbons attached and were given out to the adults as favors.
 
These fun, vintage train whistles; also from Oriental Trading, were given out to the kids!
 
The movie, Polar Express played on a big movie screen, while guests enjoyed popcorn and a hot chocolate bar- yum!!


These pepermint spoons (Oriental Trading) were the hit of the hot chocolate bar, certain adults (cough- me) loved them just as much as the kids!! Come on, it's a spoon....made from peppermint!!!

 
Thanks for stopping by...this was just the best party in so many ways and I'm glad I could share it with you guys!!
 
 
 
 xo
 
 
 
 




This review is based strictly on my own opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the products listed above. I was provided the samples free of charge by the company or PR agency and I provided my honest opinion. No other type of compensation was received for this review.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

2014 Recap~



          Happy 2015!!!

 {she says, hoping nobody realizes how much of a slacker-blogger she was in 2014}

 Well it IS a new year so I'm going to forgive myself and move forward... I had a good reason for the drop off in posts; I ran my first half marathon this past fall and the training schedule was TOUGH! Not so tough that you should be discouraged if you're contemplating running one yourself though (DO IT!) Okay, enough about that...

2014 was so good to me, in way too many ways to list, but I'd love to show you some highlights:


Winning this local contest meant everything to me. I was up against some amazing, long-time-established bakeries and cake decorators, which made the victory that much SWEETER!!

 This cake was made for my friend and local party planner, Missy of Sweetly Chic Events. Gold was huge this year, as you'll notice in some of the following photos.

fondant toppers for an Operation Shower event. (more on that later)

 I had so much fun monkeying around with this cake.

 I think I already shared this with you guys, but it deserves another mention~ "Hi Tori Spelling!!"


This grooms cake...I pretty much had free range over the design of this one, and had way too much fun sculpting this military man's hobbies and passions out of fondant. 

Oh, hello!!  That's me, volunteering at my first Operation Shower event. A great charity that throws beautiful baby showers for military families whose husbands are deployed during mama's pregnancy.

Operation Shower has so many supporters and is always happy to accept donations. Here I am with the crew from last summer's Jersey City shower, and the celebrity hosts...yes, that's the Kardashian sisters!!

 
A small peek at the table I designed for another shower, with a "cute as a button" theme.

A relaxing dinner after a long, fun day of setting up the baby shower space.

A few of the guys from Carlo's Bakery (and me!!)

Okay, back to baking... Dinosaur cookies for my creative friends at Anders Ruff
 
 Cupcake toppers for my photographer's sweet little mermaid's birthday party.

How fun are these cookies I made to coordinate with Little Hip Squeeks summer line...cutest baby clothes ever!!

Awww, one of my favorites from last year~ I made these to celebrate THE cutest couple, my niece, Christie and her fiance, Cem! xo
These fondant flowers and succulants went on the engagement cake. I wish I could make fondant flowers all day long {sigh}.
 
 
One of my proudest moment last year; being featured in Cake Masters Magazine... I'm still thinking they made a mistake and put my photo in by accident (shhh, I won't tell them if you don't).

I worked with the sweetest photographer on this shoot. If you're anywhere near the Phila. area (she travels) look up Rebekah Pillmore at Pill Photography~ you will LOVE her!!!

I made these swan cookies for my sweet friend, Dorangela of Two Prince Bakery Theater. she planned the sweetest baby shower for her sister, and it was featured on Pop Sugar!!

By far my largest and shiniest cake of the year, this photo doesn't do it justice. ;)

One of my most favorite shops for party supplies- Shop Sweet Lulu

These cookies were made for Cristy of Pretty My Party. Head over and see how she used them in the cutest little Christmas party shoot for another one of my favorites, The Land of Nod!!

Well that's it in a nut shell... I hope it was worth the wait..... HEY, WAIT!!!
one....more....photo.....
 
 
woohoo~ SO worth it!!!! 
 
xo 




Monday, June 9, 2014

Amanda's Sweet Sixteen~

*Photography by: Expressions by Nicole Marie


Last month I shared a snippet of my daughter, Amanda's Sweet 16 party.  It was featured in the Spring/Summer issue of Bird's Party Magazine. I'm excited to share every little detail with you today!


 
 
 
What fun is a party without confetti?
We figured a party as special as a Sweet Sixteen needed it's own Confetti Bar!!


The idea was for Amanda's friends to neatly fill their adorable, gold polka-dotted bags with confetti and playfully toss a few pinches into the air, taking the rest home...what actually happened was more like a confetti war!! It was flying EVERYWHERE, nobody was spared...even the grandparents went home that night picking confetti from their hair, but it was certainly the most beautiful mess I've ever seen!!!





These trendy, glittered ponytail holders were one of the parting gifts for the girls, these actually made it into their bags...


By far, Amanda's little cousins' favorite part of the party, the candy/kettle corn station...


After dinner everyone helped themselves to some snacks, then headed out to the main room to watch Frozen {it had just come out on dvd, so not everybody had seen it yet... and nobody was tired of hearing the songs yet either!!}



There were so many sweets to choose from: vanilla cupcakes with Swiss meringue butter cream, decorated sugar cookies, French macaroons, pretty chocolate covered Oreos, custom lollipops, white chocolate-dipped marshmallows, and chocolate cake pops... and of course, cake!


 
 
 
 


 




 








 
 

The guests had fun signing and decorating these adorable pillows with Sharpies...
 


Thanks for stopping by, and for always being so SWEET!! xo


 
 
 Vendor Credits:
 
* Styling, Cakes and Cookies: Frog Prince Cake and Cookie Design

* Sweet 16 Chalkboard Party Printables: Bird's Party

* Custom and Personalized Lollipops: Vintage Confections

* Sequin tablecloths: Candy Crush Event/Shop 

* Confetti wands: Oh Goodie Designs

* Marshmallow Candy: Sweet Servings 

* Candy, gumball machine, vinyl tablecloths, decorations: Oriental Trading 

* Glitter hair ties: Turnip Creations

* Gold polka dot favor bags: Pretty My Party 

* Floral crowns, confetti bar sign: Peckled

* Hand lettered envelopes, chalkboard calligraphy signs: Deborah Nadel Design

* Pillows: Cupcake with Character

* Gold, vinyl hearts on pillows and wall fringe: Nikki in Stitches 

* Confetti/tassel balloons, sweet 16 banner: One Stylish Party

* Chalkboard decal on backdrop: Ten23 Designs

* Mini Oreos: Bella's Bakery and Bowtique

* Pink tulle poms: Fizzy Party

* Serving pieces: Sweetly Chic Events
 
* French Macaroons: Trudy Bandmann :)
 
 
 
A few fun DIY's from this party:
  • White, Brick Wall Backdrop- I bought a brick wall panel from Lowes (around $20), painted it white and propped it up against the pane of windows.  the guests thought it was a real wall.

  • Chalkboard Backdrop- I used a picture frame, chalkboard paint, and custom vinyl decal. I mounted the picture frame to the wall using removable mounting tape.
  • Fringe Wall Backdrop- I had a HUGE wall mural I needed to cover, so I called my crafty friend, Nikki, In Stitches and she went to work... she used tissue paper from the dollar store, and fringing scissors.  I hung the fringe in overlapping layers (with the help of my bff Linda Griffin xo) using painters tape. The tape came down easily at the end of the night, and the mural was perfectly fine.
  • Creeping Vine (seen in a few of the photos above...look closely) I bought a potted plant from Ikea for around $2, cut the branches off and using my hot glue gun, stuck them together to form vines.
  • Clear, Glitter-Filled Balloons- I bought clear balloons from Oriental Trading and filled them with confetti made from dollar store tissue paper.  Around $7 for 20 balloons.
 
  • Pink Window Valance- I used pink, plastic tablecloths to cover a brightly colored window valance that did not match the party decor. I cut the tablecloth in half, lengthwise and used masking tape to secure it to the top of the existing valance.  I folded it as I went to give it a ruffled look.

  • Pink Tulle Pom Centerpieces- I popped these cuties in white, milk glass vases and staggered them along the centers of the dining tables. I used pink, tulle poms, wooden dowels that I spray painted gold, and my hot glue gun to attach the pom to the dowel.
I hope you're inspired to try some of these at your next party!!
xo Linda
 
 
 
This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the products listed above. I was provided the samples free of charge by the company or PR agency and I provided my honest opinion. No other type of compensation was received for this review.