Erin’s Baby Shower

I’m so excited to share Erin’s baby shower sweets table and cake. I had the honor of creating Erin’s wedding cake and cupcakes over two years ago. It doesn’t seem that long ago, and now she and Mark are having a baby! Erin is one of those special brides who will always be very special to me, so I was thrilled when her mom called to ask me to do something special for her baby shower. The look was vintage/shabby chic with lots of ruffles and pink.

Lots of delicate fondant ruffles created this girly and frilly cake. The cake flavors were vanilla
cake with strawberry buttercream filling and red velvet with honey cream cheese filling.

The shower took place at Festivities off Bridge in New Cumberland and the cake was part 
of this vintage sweets table.

Erin is now gluten free(GF) so I made a chocolate GF cake with peanut butter buttercream 
filling for her to enjoy. Erin was kind enough to be a guinea pig for me when I was 
testing GF recipes 🙂 To tie in the vintage theme my mom (who happened to be in town) 
knitted adorable rosette decorations.
I also made French Macarons…yummy and gluten free!
Some delicate flowers in pretty vases added to the vintage flavor.

 My mom made a cute bunting out of a pillow case. We added the trim and knit rosettes (which I just loved) and I painted the lettering on them. The final touch was the shimmery chic burlapy linen from Special Occasions.
I also made mini butter cookies.

I found some great handkerchiefs on my last antique store shopping spree which worked
perfect with the table design. (Sorry…not sure what is up with the spacing.)
Congratulation Erin and Mark!  
You are going to be such amazing parents. What a lucky little girl.


Blast Off!! Blake is 5.

My little guy Blake just turned 5 and we celebrated his birthday with an outer space theme this year. I incorporated grey, orange, lime green and blue as the primary colors for the dessert table. Lots of easy details you can do yourself.

I designed the invitation above. Custom printables for this collection are available at my Etsy Shop.
The cake was inspired by the invitation. You can easily create this cake using cookie cutters and colored fondant to create the shapes.
 You can emboss the age on fondant using a rubber letter stamp that you can purchase at your local craft store.
I found green and orange sixlets at Party City.
The Booster Fuel capsules are mini push pop containers from Shop Sweet Lulu and I just filled them with M&Ms. The filler in the jar are silver jaw breakers. For lots of fun and creative ideas for push-up pops, be sure to pick up a copy of my friend Courtney Dial’s new book Push-Up Pops.
The Planet Pops are red velvet cake pops dipped in orange candy melts. You can find Bakerella’s recipe here.
The space shuttle, astronaut and planet stick candies are from Oriental Trading. I also purchased the favors there including outer space sticker set, note pads, pencils and foamy stickers. The candy are placed in plastic cylinder cups filled with silver jaw breakers.
I created custom candy bar wrappers which would work great around granola bars or any cereal bar treat instead of candy.
Sugar rocket cookies embossed with a “5” and “B” coordinate with the party invitation.

 The cupcake toppers included a silver sticky dot which I purchased from the local craft shop.
I also found the tissue paper decorations at Party City. They were very inexpensive and looked great.
I’m always looking for ways to fill larger jars with inexpensive filler. I used Trix cereal for my Space Rocks.
Customized Hershey Kisses.
A plain goodie bag with a custom thank you tag.
Marshmallow pops.
I made the Meteoroids by placing a candy melt on a small round pretzel and topping it with a silver sixlet candy. Just put the candy melt on the pretzel and place it in the over for couple of minutes…let it melt a bit them place the sixlet on top after you take it out of the oven. These can be flying saucers or spaceships too.
Moon Rocks are Cookie Crisp cereal. You can fill a large container for just a few dollars.
Chocolate dipped pretzel sticks with orange sprinkles.
Mini water bottles with a custom alien wrapper. Straw from Shop Sweet Lulu.

You can purchase custom printables of this collection, including all of the 
paper items above at my Etsy shop.
Dessert Table Styling, Cake and Cupcakes, Printables 
Mini Push-Pop Containers and Straws:
Tissue paper fans, Sixlet candy:

Nicole and Owen’s stunning winter wedding

I’m so excited to share this amazing wedding with you! When I met with Nicole and Owen for the first time, I was kind of jumping out of my seat a little because Nicole had such creative ideas for her wedding, many of which she did herself. The wedding and reception took place at the beautiful Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster. I created a sweets table which incorporated a bit of a winter theme and colors including silver, navy blue, chartreuse. I was extra excited when I found Rita and Joel Wieber were shooting the wedding and they kindly provided the images below for me to share.

Nicole decided to serve cupcakes to her guests along with lots of sweets for them to 
enjoy and take home.
I loved the “Save the Dates” she created herself. Just one of the many wonderful DIY items!

Nicole looked amazing…and yes it did happen to snow on their wedding day. 
It was the perfect backdrop for this stunning photo.
Here’s the final result.
Snowflake sugar cookies went perfectly with the snowy day.
Nicole used beautiful paper throughout the wedding decor and I incorporated the 
paper design on to the candy tags. 
White chocolate dipped pretzels, red velvet cake pops and marshmallow pops 
were some of the goodies I made.
Puppy chow was a special request by the bride.
Nicole loves butter cookies, so I made mini cookies that were displayed in paper cones I created with  the paper she provided. I used some of my vintage boxes to display the treats too.
 The Wiebners are true artists and I am a huge fan of their work.
Here is just one of my favorite shots…just beautiful. The flower girl was just adorable.
She work white Chuck Taylors covered with rhinestones…so cute!

Lori Witmer with Wildflowers by Design did the stunning florals. She also did some amazing centerpieces using baby’s breath, cotton, wood and milk glass painted black as vessels.

 Nicole created these paper ornaments as favors for the guests.
Another wonderful DIY and personal touch.

It was honestly an honor being a part of Nicole and Owen’s wedding.
Congratulations to you both!

To see more beautiful images from the wedding,
please click here to visit The Wiebners blog post.

Photography – The Wiebners
Day of Coordination, Jonnaysa Kirkham – Planned Perfection
Ceremony/Reception Venue – Cork Factory Hotel
Dessert table –  Couture Cakery
DJ – DJ Freez
 Florals – Wildflowers by Design

All photos ©2012

Nicole’s Wintery Baby Shower Sweets Table

Nicole is having a baby! A winter theme was perfect for today, especially with the snow 🙂 Navy, light blue, silver and a little sparkle.
 Blingy cake stands.

Snowflake shaped yogurt covered pretzels, silver sixlets, white whirley pops and non pareils
were just a few of the treats.
Chocolate cupcake and red velvet cupcakes were decorated with edible snowflakes.

White chocolate dipped pretzel sticks.
Cookies and cream Hershey kisses incorporated the light blue just for a baby boy.
Red velvet cake pops sprinkled with shimmery sprinkles.

Congratulations Nicole!! Thank you for thinking of me for all your special occasions 🙂

Joy to the World Party

I just wanted to share some photos from a recent party I hosted at the beautiful private room at the Cornerstone Culinary Kitchen in Camp Hill. It’s really a wonderful venue for a party. The beautiful photos below were taken by Thomas Beaman and the team at The JDK Group helped with the styling and catering and tunes by Mike Miller with Mixed Up Productions. I hope you enjoy!
The theme was Joy to the World. The look was rustic with a little sparkle. 
 The globe was a great touch decorated by Erika with The JDK Group. I used a gift tag I saved from last year to decorate the jar. 
I created the bunting with a map design to tie the theme together. I love the wooden tree I purchased at West Elm.

I also made some small map flags for the cupcakes.
The display that Erika designed for the food was just beautiful. I love the green and blue together.
Wishing everyone a joyous Christmas and New Year!
 Thank you to all the wonderful vendors and friends who helped 🙂
Venue: The Cornerstone Culinary Kitchen, Camp Hill (Thank you Susan Pera)
Catering, linens, event design: The JDK Group (Thank you…Erika, Steve & Amanda)
Music: Mike Miller with Mixed up Productions

A Beautiful Winter Wedding

It’s December, so a winter wedding theme is the perfect touch for a beautiful reception. I had the pleasure of creating a sparkly wintery wedding cake for Alison and Miso’s wedding reception at the Hershey Lodge along with a super sweet dessert table. The beautiful photos below were captured by Klose Photography…thank you Cyndi!
The wedding cake included sugar snowflakes, a quilting pattern with silver accents and a blingy rhinestone band.
 The cake flavors were carrot cake with honey cream cheese filling and chocolate cake with chocolate hazelnut buttercream filling.
The sweets table included Alison and Miso’s favorite treats including gourmet Oreos from Sweeties by Kim and some Serbian Kiki’s and much more.
 Alison and Miso were married at our beautiful State Capitol. What a stunning couple. Alison’s make-up was done by the very talented Carmina Cristina.
This photo is just priceless. The reception did look pretty spectacular.

 The floral arrangements created by  Jeffrey’s Flowers and stationery by Love Jessica were just gorgeous.
A bonus of having your reception on a Hershey property is that a Kiss and Reeses Bar may just show up for a quick dance.
Congratulations Alison and Miso!

Thank you again to Cyndi Klose with Klose Photography for providing these beautiful images.
Click here to hop over to Klose Photography’s blog to see more photos from the wedding.

Ceremony: Capitol Rotunda
Photography: Klose Photography
Reception: Hershey Lodge
Flowers: Jeffrey’s Flowers
Stationery: Love Jessica
Cake and Sweets Table: The Couture Cakery
Videographer: Sugar Leaf Films
DJ: BRP Enterainment
Ceremony Music: Seasons Trio
Trolley: Unique Limousine
Photobooth: Wink! Photobooth
Hair: Moxy Day Spa
Makeup: Carmina Cristina

Farmland Glam Styled Shoot

Late October, I had the opportunity to be a part of an amazing styled photo shoot conceptualized by three talented wedding professionals…Matt and Nat with (mattnnat) Photography and Lori Witmer with Wildflowers By Design. Matt’s vision was to find the perfect tree in an open field for a beautiful bridal shoot. Matt and Nat went in search of “the tree” and found it on a farm in Lancaster. The owner probably thought they were a little strange when they asked to use the tree, but it really was the perfect location. The day started with gusting winds and we wondered how we were going to glue everything down, but when it came time for the shoot, the weather was just right. I hope you enjoy our efforts in creating something beautiful just for the sheer pleasure of doing it.
I created this sweets display incorporating purples and silvers. Mixing modern with rustic was a lot of fun. The vintage dresser was the perfect piece to display all the goodies.
Mixing the cool metals with the warmth of the wood was the look we were going for.
 Lori created the hanging flower balls which looked amazing above the sweets table. Nat really wanted French macarons for a fun ring shot, so I made some just for her. The wedding cake incorporated modern white flowers and ruffles. There were lots of other sweets that tied all the colors together.
Yummy mini tarts with fresh blackberries and a signature cocktail rimmed with purple sugar.
I love the florals peaking out of the drawer. We used crocheted pieces Lori’s grandma made which added a touch of charm.

Denae and Andy were just married a month before our shoot. They were so sweet.
The stunning florals in deep purples looked amazing against the white linen.
The modern and elegant stationery was created by the very talented Love Jessica.
The beautiful linens were provided by Special Occasions. This rosette pattern is one of my faves.
The to die for vintage couch was a Matt and Nat find. How cool does it look in the middle of a corn field! Denae’s beautiful ruffly gown was from In White Bridal Boutique in Lancaster.
Aren’t they just adorable?
“The Tree”

Thank you to all the amazing vendors who 
made this beautiful shoot possible:
Photography: (mattnnat)
Sweet’s Table: The Couture Cakery
Stationery: Love Jessica
Groom’s Suit: Filling’s
Bridal Jewelry: Finch Jewelers
Hair and Makeup: Lani from Plum Salon and Spa
Models: Denae & Andy (real life newlyweds)