Sunshine Yellow & Gray ~ Baby Shower Inspiration

The due date of my 2nd daughter is fast approaching and I have many projects to accomplish before her May 2nd arrival. A few of my largest tasks consist of designing her nursery and creating items for my upcoming baby shower. Although I am not planning the baby shower in it’s entirety on my own, I tend to be a bit of a control freak so I have more of a hand in the planning process than I probably should. Call me crazy but preggers or not, I absolutely love being involved. I always find an excuse to throw a party so there was no way that I’d be staying out of this one. I must however mention how fortunate I am to have a few special people in my life who will be helping plan and are also willing to put up with me and my obsessive demands for perfection.

The color scheme we decided on for the baby’s nursery is yellow and gray. I drew my inspiration for these colors from the Season of Spring that my daughter will be born in. There is something so bright, cheery and joyous about yellow that warms me like a sunny afternoon. The gray adds in a modern twist, and together they offer the touch of posh that I live for.

I fell in love with the combination of yellow and gray so much so, that I’ve decided to use that color scheme for my baby shower as well. I will be pairing these hues with some of my favorite textiles, decor and delicious treats, which together will embody my vision for a Vintage-Chic celebration with modern and posh touches. I currently live for gated trellis prints & ornate chalkboards. Lanterns, paper straws, mason jars & milk glass will add in the vintage touch I am looking for and the french macarons, and other sweet treats are favorites of mine that would look beautiful on any dessert table.

I couldn’t be more excited about these colors and just love how versatile they are together. Yellow and gray can be both masculine and feminine and would look stunning in a wedding, home interiors, fashions or as the backdrop for any cheerful celebration.

Sources: 1. Paper Straws 2. Rock Candy 3. French Macarons. 4. Mason Jar Lemonade. 5. Milk Glass. 6. Baby Shower Invitations. 7. Trellis print pattern. 8. Moroccan Lantern. 9. Ornate Chalkboard. 10. Sweet Treats.

Elegantly wed in British Columbia

I recently had the the honor of preparing floral arrangements and table decor for a beautiful wedding that took place in British Columbia. My objective: to create designs with posh and lavish appeal on a modest budget. This is always a favorite task of mine. Fresh flowers play such an important role in any wedding or celebration and I believe that even with a modest budget, the simplest of arrangements can add a special element to any event.

All of the designs for this wedding were inspired by the bride’s vision of elegance and romance, along with her color scheme of tiffany blue, violet and white. Here are a few of the techniques that allowed me to create the posh floral arrangements and centerpieces, which are further reflected in the beautiful imagery below.

All florals were DIY.

I ordered them through a local wholesale grocer as well as online for overall better pricing.

I chose in season blooms that wouldn’t need to be shipped from out of the Country.

Vases were borrowed and purchased at discounted stores.

The bride opted for simple and less intricate floral designs as well as large blooms such as hydrangea, that didn’t require a lot of reworking.

Using hydrangeas allowed me the ability to create simple and modern bouquets with only a few stems per bouquet, thus allowing more flowers available for the remaining arrangements.

Lastly,  I mixed and matched the reception decor, using a variety of flower arrangements in different sizes on half of the guest tables, while using candle centerpieces on the others.

Ceremony florals were simple and chic in a mix of all white hydrangeas and roses.

I used all white roses for the bride’s dome shaped bouquet, adding in some diamond accents for a touch of posh glam.

The bride’s bouquet stems were wrapped in tiffany blue satin ribbon, adorned with pearl studded pins and an image of her late Father.

Bridesmaids carried simple yet elegant bouquets of white hydrangea with touches of violet statice. Stems were wrapped in violet satin ribbon.

Another shot of the gorgeous bridal bouquets made of white roses, white hydreangea and violet statice. I removed all greenery and leaves to add a modern touch and my signature style to all floral arrangements.

The groom’s boutonniere was made of a single stem white rose, white snapdragons and a sprig of violet statice, adorned with a chrome wire wrap for the final touch.

Groomsmen’s boutonnieres were created using white hydrangea, white snapdragons and a sprig of violet statice, wrapped in black floral adhesive.

Candle centerpieces were hand detailed with diamond studs and violet ribbon with diamond buckle detail. Diamond cut table scatter finished off the look.

Elegant white roses and hydrangeas made for gorgeous mix and match centerpieces.

Billowy white hydrangea, white rose, violet statice and snapdragon centerpieces helped set the tone for the evening, which couldn’t have been more beautiful or elegant for that matter.

To see more of the gorgeous photographs captured from this elegant wedding, click here

All images photographed by Michelle Lana Photography. Visit her on Facebook.

Men’s Birthday Inspiration

When it comes to celebrations, men can often be difficult to plan and shop for and my husband certainly falls into this category. He has what I will call rare taste, so I tend to have to think outside of the box when planning for him. Since his birthday just happens to be today I will be creating something special, personalized and memorable for him, using many of his favorite things as my source of inspiration.

Happy Birthday my love!

Woodgrain source: WhizBang Fabrics

Pink Hot Cocoa

You may have noticed that my obsession with hot cocoa continues and with the cold weather outside and Valentine’s day fast approaching I have the perfect excuse to make another one.

This hot cocoa specifically was inspired by two of my favorite things, strawberries and white chocolate. When combined they turn a darling shade of pink making this recipe perfect for hearts day! 

pink hot cocoa mix

Not only is it decadent, but adorable jarred too. Whether you’re making this for yourself to enjoy, or giving jars away as homemade gifts. Prepare to fall in love.

pink hot cocoa mix

 Pink Hot Cocoa Mix:

Ingredients~

1/2 Cup Dry Milk Powder

1 Cup good white chocolate, grated

1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar

1/4 Cup Coffee Creamer

1/2 Cup dried strawberries ground into a powder.

1 pint size Mason Jar.

Festive Sprinkles.

Directions~

Grate white chocolate in a food processor or with hand grater and set aside.

Grind strawberries in food processor until they’re in the form of powder.

Measure each ingredient and layer in mason jar in sequence referenced above.

Top with sprinkles.

Seal and decorate.

Notes~

Add an instruction tag to each jar of hot cocoa mix.

For preparation: dump entire jar of mix into a bowl and stir well.

Add 1/2 cup of blended mix to mug and top with 1 1/4 cup boiling water.

You could also use Soy Milk or Regular Milk for a richer hot cocoa.

You can never go wrong by adding more white chocolate.

Makes 4 servings.

Top with homemade marshmallows, sprinkles, or a dollop of whipped cream and enjoy!

Source for pink damask design: Allegro Fabrics

Homemade Vanilla Bean Marshmallows

I’ll admit that I’ve never really been a big fan of marshmallows, but that must be because I’ve only ever tried the store bought versions. That is until now. I made some from scratch the other day, only because I felt like they’d add the ‘posh’ factor to my hot cocoa, but the results were a pleasant surprise.

I found the recipe for these at My Baking Addiction, and adjusted a few steps to my liking.

They were not only really simple to make, but I can admit that after tasting them, I became a bit addicted. It must be because they melted beautifully in my cocoa…I honestly can’t think of a better accompaniment. In fact, these marshmallows turned out so fabulous that I plan to make them again, for upcoming celebrations and will be sure to make extra as I know they will go quickly.

Homemade Vanilla Bean Marshmallows

Ingredients~

3/4 cup water divided

3 (.25 ounce) packages unflavored gelatin

2/3 cups light corn syrup

2 cups white sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract (I used 1 fresh vanilla bean instead)

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/4 cup powdered sugar

Directions~

Line a 9×9 inch baking dish with plastic wrap that’s sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Spray additional piece of plastic wrap to cover the top and set aside.

Place 1/2 cup of water in the bowl of an electric mixer and add gelatin to water to soak.

While gelatin is soaking add 1/4 cup water, corn syrup and white sugar to sauce pan. Bring mixture to boil over medium heat for 1 minute.

Pour hot sugar mixture into gelatin and beat on high, using a whisk attachment. Beat for 12 minutes until mix is fluffy and forms stiff peaks. Add in vanilla extract and mix until just combined.

Pour mixture into baking dish using a greased spatula to smooth top. Cover marshmallow mixture with remaining prepared plastic wrap, pressing down lightly to seal.

Allow to rest for 4 hours, or overnight.

Mix together cornstarch and powdered sugar in a dish. Using greased scissors, or a knife, cut the marshmallows, dredging lightly in the cornstarch mixture and they’re ready to enjoy.

Store in airtight container.

Notes~

Use an extract or food coloring of your choice to add a hint of flavor and color.

If making for a special occasion, cut with a festive cookie cutter.

My posh twist: fresh vanilla bean, red food coloring and a heart shaped cookie cutter for Valentine’s Day.

Recipe Source: My Baking Addiction adapted from allrecipes.

Love in a Jar ~ Red Velvet Hot Cocoa Mix

I’ve had a little obsession with hot cocoa lately, so much so, that I gave away jars as gifts this year during the Holiday Season. Now, with Valentine’s day only a few days away, I’ve been determined to create a ‘special’ cocoa mix, with a little posh twist.

Here is my Red Velvet Hot Cocoa that I’ve appropriately titled “Love in a Jar.”

The inspiration for this mix came from my absolute love for both red velvet cake and hot cocoa. I married the two together, for a surprisingly sweet, rich and decadent treat.

This mix is a perfect and inexpensive Valentine’s gift to that special someone. Also an adorable party favor.

The heart shaped marshmallows are homemade as well and will follow this blog post.

Red Velvet Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe:

Ingredients~

3/4 Cup Dry Milk Powder

1/4 Cup + 2 tablespoons Natural Unsweetened Hershey’s Bakers Powder

1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar

1/2 Cup Red Velvet Cake Mix

1 Pint size Mason Jar.

Festive Sprinkles.

Directions~

Measure each ingredient and layer in mason jar.

Top with sprinkles.

Seal and decorate.

Notes~

Add an instruction tag to each jar of hot cocoa.

For preparation: dump entire jar of hot cocoa into a bowl and mix well.

Add 1/4 cup of blended mix to mug and top with 1 cup boiling water.

You could also use Soy Milk or Regular Milk for a richer hot cocoa.

Top with homemade marshmallows, sprinkles, or a dollop of whipped cream and enjoy!

Happy Love Day all!