Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Shabby chic beach wedding dessert table

shabby chic beach wedding dessert tableIt's been a while since I've featured a dessert table and this one, submitted by Josephine of Sugar Canvas, was too lovely to pass up.

Sugar Canvas is dedicated to the design, planning and creation of dessert buffets in the Cayman Islands. 
shabby chic beach wedding dessert tableThis gorgeous dessert table was the centerpiece in the wedding that was held on a private beach on the 7 Mile Beach in Grand Cayman. The colors were mint, peach and ivory with a touch of gold.

It couldn't be more lovely. I am a major lover of anything shabby chic.
shabby chic beach wedding dessert tableThe bride and groom opted for the focus of the desserts to be fairly simple such as cookies, brownies, coconut cream and vanilla cupcakes as well as donut holes. shabby chic beach wedding dessert tableRibbon cakes are so gorgeous and I love the light peach color against the mint cake stand. shabby chic beach wedding dessert tableThis is a great idea for any brunch or dessert table. Simply buy store-bought donut holes, and add them to a skewer or lollipop stick. shabby chic beach wedding dessert table shabby chic beach wedding dessert table shabby chic beach wedding dessert table shabby chic beach wedding dessert tableI am a big fan of the burlap and lace details throughout this table. shabby chic beach wedding dessert table shabby chic beach wedding dessert table shabby chic beach wedding dessert tableMini pie pops with all different flavors. I'm hungry. Also, I adore that mini heart bunting. shabby chic beach wedding dessert tableThis table is stunning and I'm sure it was a special treat for all the guests. Thanks so much to Josephine of Sugar Canvas for sending it my way.

Vendor credits:

Hand Painted Mason Jars: The Shabby Chic Wedding
Printable Food Labels: Sunshine And Pop
Linens, Table Rental, Backdrop Set Up, Flowers: Celebrations Ltd Cayman
Sweets Styling, Monogram Sugar Cookies, Custom Cupcake Toppers, Pie pops and Doily Cake Bunting : Sugar Canvas Cayman
Two Birds Cake Topper: DoTheDeco
Catering: Kirk Market
Love Is Sweet Banner: Franny Chicago
Cupcake Wrappers: Brightsoslight
Photography: Kenroy Lumsden

Friday, September 14, 2012

Real party: a Curious George second birthday

This colorful party was sent to me by Jessica of Live the Fancy Life blog.  She styled the entire event for her friend Lisa's son Miles. Lisa wanted a modern chic Curious George themed birthday party with fun activities for the kids.

Jessica and I have never met in person but have been internet friends (that sounds kind of nerdy, doesn't it?) for a couple of years now.  She is super sweet and has an adorable toddler named Bodhi, and has been kind of enough to offer advice and support when I became a new momma.  She recently left her corporate/day job to pursue freelance writing and event styling.  If you are in the Twin Cities area you should definitely consider hiring her for your next event.  She styles beautiful parties (like this one!) and has great taste.  Be sure to check out her son's 1st birthday party and his amazing nursery.
Cake pops will never get old, will they?  Yum.

Intricate fondant cupcake toppers of little bananas and monkeys.  Cute!The cute birthday boy, enjoying the art station for kids which includes canvases to paint, custom coloring sheets and other goodies.
No shortage of adorable Curious George detailsI love these pinwheel cupcake toppers, they were DIY by JessicaThis dessert table is complete awesomeness.  I love the chevron paper detail that was added to the table.  And sometimes a simple, white cake is a perfect centerpiece.

Such a creative use of the paper backdrop flowers.

Miles' mom already owned this yellow table, making it the perfect canvas to display the desserts.

Party favors wrapped with ribbon and finished with a cute favor tag
I love this simple and cute dot cake topper
What a fun and vibrant birthday party! Thanks so much to Jessica for sharing!


Printables: Shannon Bradshaw with Grace and Guy Paperie on Etsy
Photography: Jessica Flannigan of Live the fancy life
Event styling: Jessica Flannigan of Live the fancy life
Pinwheel cupcake toppers: DIY, Jessica of Live the fancy life
Fondant cupcake toppers: Two Sugar Babies 
Cake pops: Beyond the Bar Bakery
Cupcakes: Nadia Cupcakes, Maple Grove
Cake topper: Bee Buzz Paperie
Backdrop paper flowers: Shop Sweet Lulu 
Backdrop: DIY by Jessica of Live the fancy life

Monday, July 2, 2012

A rustic, purple dessert table

We are bringing the pretty back to Eat Drink Pretty today thanks to this beautiful dessert table submitted by Erin of Erin Bell Photography.

This table is full of the most stunning desserts and it is sure to inspire you for future events. An old dresser, a pair of white curtains and a few random platters and you can achieve this look.

The gorgeous centerpiece looks like wild flowers, freshly picked.
This cake is amazing!  I love the ruffly look.  I know this is still far away, and trust me, I don't want my baby girl growing up too fast but, I can totally picture this cake at her 1st birthday party, the ruffles matching a pretty white ruffly dress that she could be wearing.

And now for some close-ups of  these little beauties.  I want to eat them all.   Purple truffle goodness.   Pretty fabric garland.
I love the little birdies that were incorporated and the birch tree stump stands.   I have no idea how this cake was frosted but I love this look.  I have no doubt this will be pinned a lot and added to all those yummy cake/dessert boards on Pinterest.  Speaking of Pinterest, you can follow me as well as pin any photo from my posts (you have to be in the individual post and not just the home page, and then you will see the "pin it" button).  I think I have a newfound love of the color purple at seeing this dessert table.  Thanks so much to Erin for sharing!


Design/Styling/Seamstress: Alyssa Joy Studio 
Cakes/Desserts: Elizabeth Brunette, she can be contacted at Lizzie.brunette{at}gmail{dot}com
Florist: Tara McCarthy 
Photography: Erin Bell Photography

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! 

Monday, August 8, 2011

A rustic ice cream dessert table

I designed an ice cream dessert table for my friend Nicole's recent bridal shower. The bridal shower theme (hosted by her future mother-in-law and bridesmaids) was an outdoorsy, camping theme, which fits Nicole perfectly. So with that theme, the ice cream table became somewhat rustic to blend in.

Please excuse the terrible lighting in the photos. The shower was held in a dimly-lit ballroom and I usually photograph in natural light, I don't have fancy flashes. Anyway, you get the idea...

I used burlap as a tablecloth and mason jars with brown labels and ribbon for all the toppings.  Huge thanks to Jody, Nicole's Maid of Honor for bringing all the toppings!
I arranged everything on big white platters lined with burlap and topped with cones and waffle cups.  FYI - the waffle cups were the most popular, I should have bought more!
Sprinkles are Nicole's favorite so we made sure to have tons of those. 
I used a big chalkboard to label the ice cream table, "Nicole's North Woods Ice Cream Shop", to go along with the theme, of course.

I put white hydrangea in low vases and branches in mason jars. 

For varying height I used cake platters as well.
I also put pinecones in apothecary jars and cylinder vases.  Here's the bride-to-be with her ice cream sundae, they were delish and a big hit with all the guests!

This table was actually pretty simple.  When you host as many parties as I do you begin to own quite a collection of random platters, crafty objects and vases (my husband not so fondly refers to it as hoarding).  Everything on the table was already in my possession so the only items I purchased was the food.  When going with a rustic theme you can easily use branches, wild flowers, etc to keep costs low.