Monday, August 22, 2011

Minnesota lake life photo shoot - part 1, dessert table

I was lucky to be asked to be a part of Callie V Photography's I heart Minnesota lake life photo shoot a few months back. The concept was all about nautical details, inspired by a San Pelligrino Limonata bottle.  The photo shoot was beautiful and was recently featured on Style Me Pretty!  I'm doing a two-part feature so be sure to come back tomorrow to see the adorable bride and groom and all the gorgeous details.

Callie shared this inspiration board and I went to work. My vision for the dessert table was to keep it clean and simple with delicious, lemony treats and navy accents. 

I incorporated lemons into the table by submerging them in water in clear, cylinder vases.  Easy, affordable and it created a huge impact. 

I made lemon curd tartlets with a dollup of whipped cream and lemon zest and placed them on a cake stand for height.
I cheated and used a store-bought lemon cake mix to make cupcakes but topped them with homemade lemon buttercream, accented with a lemon drop.

Callie asked that I incorporate s'mores into the table to fit within the lakeside theme so I bundled them inside a souffle cup and tied with a yellow ribbon.

I also made mini lemon cupcakes with a bit of lemon zest for color. 

I was really happy with how the table turned out and have to thank my sister for helping me a ton that day!  She kept me calm while I fretted/stressed about melting buttercream and sticky gumballs due to the heat.  In the end, everything worked out!

Thanks to Callie V for including me in this gorgeous shoot.  Tomorrow's post will include the tablescape, lemonade/cocktail stand and a cute bride and groom! 


  1. Everything turned out awesome! I love how the dessert table is simple and clean. Can't wait to see the other pics tomorrow!


  2. Love the bright and cheery yellow! Very cute presentation on the smores too. Also, I've been meaning to ask you, where did you get all of your white platters? They make such a big impact, and I'd really like to get some!

  3. I love the yellow...what a bright and colorful automatically puts a smile on your face! Everything looks so pretty and delic!


  4. Great job, Jenna! The dessert table is darling!

  5. Jenn - thanks for your comment! The white platters are from Pampered Chef (the long, narrow ones are from Crate and Barrel). I love them and use them almost every weekend.

    Looks like you enjoyed your time off during your unemployment! Noticed you did a little blog redesign...looks great!

  6. Absolutely beautiful

  7. SO PRETTY! You are so talented Jenna!

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