Posh Parties: Eat Drink & Be Merry

Now that Thanksgiving is officially over I’ve started work on many festive projects that I look forward to sharing with all of you throughout the month of December. A combination of goodies, crafts and gifts all inspired by all the things that I love most about the holiday season.

First up is a little bit of cheer for your upcoming Christmas celebration. An ode to the season, the very merry hue of red and some delicious goodies and fun ideas sure to result in a festive and fabulous affair.

Eat. Drink. Be Merry Inspiration - PLD

Here’s how you can plan an “Eat Drink and Be Merry” Holiday Soiree of your own:

1. Decorate chevron.

2. Serve appetizers on festive plates.

3. Toast & celebrate the season.

4. Give unique party favors that your guests will love.

5. Ornament Exchange?

6. No time for baking? Order desserts online that your guests are sure to love.

7. Use color coordinated cutlery.

8. Send invites.

9. Serve a favorite holiday drink, like this delicious Candy Cane martini.

Happy Holidays!!

Source: 1.Chevron Fabric 2.Holiday Plates 3.Cocktail glasses 4.Red Velvet Hot Cocoa Mix 5.Pearled Ornament 6.Holiday Macarons 7.Colored Cutlery 8.Holiday invitations 9.Candy Cane Martini Recipe

Real Parties ~ A Cinderella Birthday Celebration

For the last few years we have allowed our oldest daughter to choose a theme for her birthday celebration and this year she was adamant about having a Cinderella party. With theme in mind, and gathered inspiration, I created my interpretation of a Royal Ball. The day turned out to be nothing short of posh. In fact, just like Cinderella’s glass slipper, it was the perfect fit for our little princess!

All photography, food, decor, centerpieces, party favors, invitations, prints and just about everything else you see here, was done by myself with the assistance of my wonderful family! Such a perfect day filled with memories that will last a lifetime.

I created my daughter’s royal invitations by first photographing her in costume. I then edited them and used Photoshop to add some special touches, which set the tone for her celebration.

Here was the welcome message to guests as they entered the party.

Our color scheme of periwinkle blue and pink was displayed throughout the celebration. I opted for a mix and match of cotton and satin fabrics with bow accents. Decor consisted of glass slippers, fairy wands, a mini coach carriage, pumpkins, tulle, bows and simple rose and carnation centerpieces. I was fortunate enough to find free Cinderella prints from the fabulous Anna & Co. blog, and used them to accent the floral arrangements, dessert table, and Cinderella dress up table.

The labels and banner were created by me with the exception of the cinderella silhouettes and framed print which also came from Anna & Co, and reads “Every now and then, in the middle of our ordinary life, Love gives us a Fairytale.”

Tiara & Rose centerpiece and perfect bow accents.

The Royal Dessert Table was a mix and match fabrics in blue and white, with pink bow accents and bird decals for a finishing touch.

Our sweet menu consisted of Royal Lemon Sugar Cookies. Also on the menu were red velvet cake pops dipped in white chocolate, which I made to resemble white pumpkins, and rustic mini berry pies and turnovers which were made by my wonderful Mother.

The sugar cookies were cut into crown, glass slipper and ball gown shapes and decorated accordingly by my sister and I.

You can find the cookie cutters for your princess party available for purchase in my Etsy Boutique. Just click on the link or the “E” under “my follow and subscribe” section to check them out.

All candy matched our color scheme. We served berry blue jelly bellys, light blue M&Ms, Tiffany Blue Malt Balls, and Blue pearled sixlets, which were meant to look like Cinderella’s original necklace.

For lunch we had a Royal Feast which included Princess Punch (homemade blueberry lime-aid) with optional mix-ins, Cinderella’s caprese skewers, Jaq’s homemade mini mac -n- cheese, mini princess crown pizzas, fairy wand pb&j’s made with a mini star cookie cutter and pretzel stick, veggies, chips and dip, mini turkey burger sliders, Fairy God-mother’s fruit, Your Majesty’s teriyaki meatballs and Masala Chicken Wings.

This is the dress up table I designed using Cinderella’s original dress as inspiration, which included a lovely drawing that my Mom did a wonderful job creating for me as the focal point.

The girls enjoyed playing dress-up with the necklaces, bracelets, rings, mini fairy wands and mini tiaras. The sewing kit, bird accents and original fairy tale print from Anna & Co added the finishing touche.

We added blue and pink tulle bows to add a posh touch to the mini fairy wands.

The sewing kit consisted of odds and ends that I found at Jo-Anne’s.

Table centerpieces and tulle ribbon accents.

Coloring the castle was a hit with our guests. We also setup a table complete with place settings and a crown for decorating.

We searched everywhere for a “pin the tail” style game that would match our party theme but had no luck, so my husband came up with the idea to create our own. We had a colored photograph of my daughter blown up at Costco for $18.00 and I printed off some small tiaras via the internet for our game of Pin the tiara on the princess. This was one of the highlights of the celebration.

My husband and I also made the 2 tier birthday cake, which we decorated and draped in fondant that matched our color scheme. The 1st tier was a chocolate cake with double chocolate buttercream icing, and the 2nd tier was a coconut lemon cake with homemade blackberry swiss meringue buttercream frosting. We topped the cake with a tiara and glass slipper for a posh touch.

Our princess blowing out her candles.

and here she is again super excited for her brand new big girl bike.

Each guest was sent home with a party bag that I made using cinderella silhouette prints, tulle and ribbon. I printed the guests name on each bag and filled them with special goodies, which included my ring pop favors.

Be sure to check back here soon for my diy ring pop favor tutorial.

Happy 3rd Birthday to our beautiful little princess, who never ceases to amaze us and lights up our lives in a way that we never knew possible. We love you to the moon and back plus infinity.

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Sugar Cookie-gram

My daughter’s 3rd Birthday is only 6 days away and since I’ll be busy prepping the entire week, I’ll be photographing via Instagram and blog posting from my iPhone. Loving technology these days!

As you may already know, the theme for her party is Cinderella and one of the items on our dessert menu among many others is sugar cookies. I always try to do as much as I can in advance so I made these cookies last night and plan to freeze and get them decorated by the weekend.

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Glass slipper, ball gown and princess tiara shapes will tie in perfectly!

Check back soon for more!

Real Parties: Vintage Glam Baby Shower – Yellow & Gray

Our newest addition to the family will arrive sometime at the end of this month, or beginning of next. We celebrated the anticipation of her arrival a few weeks back at my vintage-glam themed baby shower brunch, which couldn’t have turned out better! I have my mom, sister and a few good friends to thank for their assistance in pulling together all the little details leading up to the event, the day was simply perfect.

 In one of my previous posts Sunshine Yellow and Gray, I mentioned that I would be using that color scheme, along with some vintage and glam details, to pull together my concept for the celebration. Here’s a look back at my special day and all the details that made it so posh.

Brunch has forever been one of my all time favorite meals, so of course I had to incorporate that into the day when planning the menu. I am a big fan of little bites and appetizer portions so that’s how everything was prepared, in mini sizes. The delicious homemade menu consisted of the following; french toast rounds with maple syrup, a yogurt parfait station complete with fresh fruit, golden raisins, coconut, granola, white chocolate chips and pecans. We also served turkey sausage links, turkey bacon skewers, fresh fruit skewers made up of cantoulope, mango and pineapple and accompanied by a heavenly orange dream dip made by my Mother In-law. Lastly we ate mini frittatas, assorted cheese, fresh bagels and light cream cheese, donut holes and roasted potato cups.

To go along with the menu we served virgin mimosas using fresh mango orange juice and san pellegrino. We also prepared homemade virgin caesars, and a homemade cucumber lemonade. So fresh and perfect for a spring time soiree.

The sweet menu consisted of small bites as well, all of which were homemade and tied in perfectly with the color scheme. The dessert table included homemade lemon poppyseed muffin pops, skinny mango cheesecake bites, onesie lemon sugar cookies, mini cinnamon rolls, gray and white M&Ms, mango pineapple and lemon gummy bears, yogurt dipped raisins and almonds, and banana and vanilla saltwater tafffy. Each guest was given a favor bag to fill up with sweets of their choice as a little token of our appreciation.

The onesie sugar cookies were the perfect touch. I incorporated fresh lemon juice into the glaze so you could taste citrus in every bite. They were also hand designed by myself with the assistance of my sister and good friend using sugar pearls in our yellow and gray color scheme.

I found the recipe for the lemon poppyseed muffins in a cookbook and just cooked them in mini muffin pans. I inserted sticks into them the same way you would if making cake pops.

The recipe for the mini cinnamon rolls came from this fabulous blog: Iowa Girl Eats. I chose to use organic crescent dough from Trader Joes, just a personal preference. They were a big hit!

The decor and dishes used in the display tables and throughout the shower were a combination of vintage and modern. I added sparkle by adorning some decorative pieces with crystals, which I found antiquing. I borrowed the rest of the pieces from family and friends. The fabric for the tables was purchased from a local fabric store, and I found the birdcages at Michaels. Printed paper treat bags were purchased online and I found the damask plates and napkins at a local party store.

For the flower arrangements, I used milk glass, vintage decanters, vintage wine glasses, mason jars and teacups. The doily banners was hand designed by simply threading twine through doilies, and the adorable baby clothesline was hand designed by my sister using twine and the same glitter clothespins from my previous post Glamorous Glitter Clothespins.

To create the centerpiece on the left I used inexpensive flowers; carnations snap dragons daisies and spider mums and put them in a vintage decanter and mason jar. I used a vintage gold mirror, twine and a white porcelain bird to finish off the look. I used the same flowers for the centerpiece on the right and placed them in an old china teapot. I hung some crystals from the spout for the touch of glam. These same details were displayed all throughout the shower.

Here’s another look at some of the florals and table decor.

And here are some additional views of the decor from the celebration. The letter ‘M’ is the initial of our baby girl’s first name. My husband distressed it and painted it for me and we hung from the front door for a personal touch. All of the decorative pieces here will be incorporated into the nursery, which I will be revealing over the next few weeks once it’s finally finished!

To tie in our colors I custom designed all prints including invites and labels in a yellow damask with gray accents.

The fun games from the shower consisted of Guess Mommy’s Tummy size, Attributes, Never say baby Clothespins, Guess how many diapers, and Finish the Nursery Rhymes. We used the glitter clothespins I blogged about a few weeks back for “Never say baby.” Prize bags were hand designed. Check back next week for my easy and inexpensive DIY tutorial on these.

Here are some more snapshots from the celebration.

and more with my favorite people…

Thank you to all of you who helped make our baby shower celebration extra special and nothing short of posh.

xoxo~

St. Patty’s Pretzel Rods

Chocolate and pretzels equal a heavenly combination of sweet and salty. I am a sucker for both so I combined the two not only for a bit of pregnancy craving relief, but also with St. Patty’s Day day in mind. These chocolate dipped pretzels are in the ‘mini’ version if you will. I made them in minis because I adore anything pint sized, perhaps because they give the illusion of less guilt? Regardless of the reason, they are a perfect treat or favor for your next St. Patrick’s Day Fete, or any occasion for that matter.

To make them all posh and festive, I used a few drops of green liquid food coloring and then decorated them with my sprinkle mix. So simple to make, and adorable too. If you have little ones they will just love to help you make and eat them as well.

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

St. Patty’s Pretzel Rods

Ingredients~

1 Bag Rold Gold Pretzel Rods.

1  box Baker’s Premium White Chocolate Squares.

Green Food Coloring.

Parchment Paper.

Sprinkles.

Directions~

Line Cookie Sheet in parchment paper and set aside.

Heat white chocolate in double boiler or in microwave for 30 second intervals until melted.

Divide melted chocolate into two bowls, adding the food coloring to one of them until the desired color is achieved (I used two drops in mine.)

Dip pretzels in both green and white chocolate, then decorate.

Place decorated pretzels onto parchment paper and allow to harden in the fridge for at least an hour.

Enjoy!

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.

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.

Sweet Valentine ♥

February 14th is fast approaching and I couldn’t think of a better way to ring in the celebration of love, then with a little chocolate, sugar, sprinkles, and of course the color pink.

Here’s a little ‘posh’ inspiration to get you in the Valentine’s Day spirit.

The pink chevron fabric via Hawthorne Threads and Riley Blake Designs would be an adorable backdrop for any Valentine’s soiree. Match this modern pink and white color scheme with some ‘posh little’ treats such as cherry rock candy, pink chocolate spoons and pink chocolate s’mores and you’ll have a sweet celebration to remember. The homemade treats are super simple to make, (see recipes below) and would be perfect for a dessert table, children’s party, or even a candy display.

Recipes

Valentine’s Pink Chocolate Spoons:

Ingredients: Favorite white dipping chocolate, red gel food coloring, colored plastic spoons and sprinkles (you can also use Wilton’s Pink Candy Melts.)

Heat the chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave.

Add in a few drops of the food coloring until you get the desired color you are looking for.

Pipe melted chocolate on to spoons.

Add a ‘posh’ touch and decorate with festive sprinkles.

Chill in the fridge until solid..

These stir-ins are both festive and scrumptious with your favorite hot chocolate recipe.

Enjoy!

Valentine’s Pink Chocolate Dipped S’Mores:

Ingredients: Graham crackers quartered, jet puffed marshmallow fluff, pink dipping chocolate, and sprinkles and wax or parchment paper.

Spread a spoonful of jet puffed marshmallow fluff onto quartered graham cracker, placing another graham cracker on top to create a sandwich.

Dip graham cracker marshmallow sandwiches into melted pink chocolate.

Place on wax or parchment paper.

Add a ‘posh’ touch and decorate with festive sprinkles.

 Chill in fridge until chocolate has hardened.

Serve and enjoy!

I can find any reason to throw a party, or create something fabulous, but Valentine’s Day gives me the perfect excuse!

Stay tuned for more ‘posh’ Valentine’s inspirations coming soon.

Coco Chanel Inspirations

This elegant and classy wedding inspiration board, was created based on my own love for Chanel’s signature and beautiful handbags.

Picture an opulent event overflowing with Camelias and Anenome, also featuring a black and white color scheme with pink accents, similar to the interior of my favorite Chanel Tote. A modern yet everlasting twist on bridal party fashions and reception decor would make for a memorable celebration, just as stunning as each Chanel Design.

I know this concept has been seen over and over again, but it’s considered timeless, in my book.

I’m. in. heaven!!!

Credits: Sampleboard Suppliers: Wedding Cake & Dress Accessories: Theknot.com, Jewelry: Net-a-porter, Fabrics & Patterns: Comfort Creations, Look and Feel: Cocokelley, Bridal Hair Jewelry: Tigerlilly Jewelry, and Wedding Styles: Primadonnabride.

Real Parties ~ Bachelorette

I had the honor of hosting and designing a Bachelorette party for my sister-in-law recently. The inspiration behind the party came from the bride-to-be’s love for the color purple and also her love for bling!!

We used a black, white and purple color scheme, with damask accents. The little details consisted of diamond ring accessories, feathers, diamond table scatter and lace.

For dessert we served these adorable lingerie cookies, which I made myself, using my favorite sugar cookie and royal icing recipe. These seriously took forever to decorate, but were completely worth it because they turned out adorable! I got the inspiration for these darling cookies from the How Does She website which includes a great tutorial. All you need is your favorite cookie and icing recipe, sprinkles, some patience and a heart cookie cutter. These cookies could also be used for Valentine’s Day or Bridal Showers.

Other treats on the menu included provocative cake pops, Hot Tamales and Dark Chocolate kisses with some names fitting for the occasion. Since our bride-to-be was preggers, we setup a sparkling beverage bar with San Pellegrino, Ciders and fruit nectar mixers.

And finally, for the gifts. I’ve seen the panty line done at several bachelorette parties that I’ve been to, but none in the form of a parfait. I got the inspiration from Wedding Bee and it could not have turned out cuter! I found the parfait vase at a local department store, and I went to Victoria’s Secret for all the panties. I adjusted the poem a bit to match my bride-to-be, and hand designed all the labels. She absolutely loved her gift and it was humorous to have her read the poem aloud in front of all her guests. What a hit this celebration was!!