Showing posts with label CELEBRATE. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CELEBRATE. Show all posts

03 March 2014

Let Them Eat Cake Party Theme!


Before I got started, I sent this video over to the birthday girl to give her an idea of what everything could look like when we pull all the details together. Of course she was delighted. Her mama was even more delighted because it gives her the chance to do the fun part. 

This is what I've been working on! Fun fun! The birthday girl's name is on the cake but I left it off this graphic.
The girls will be taking home this little gem as one of their favors.
Be Kind and Hold Your Head High...those are my favorites. Of course Eat Cake is right up there.

Interested in a custom celebration suite? Email me at and we'll discuss details.

25 February 2013

'Love Is Sweet' Chic Chevron Dessert Table

My jaw nearly dropped when I came across House of Creative Design on Instagram. Founder, Haddy, is oozing talent both in her party designs, and in creating a home with a polished luxe feel mixed with edgy elements of interest.  

Haddy threw this Valentine's dessert table together literally overnight and with a budget of thirty bucks! For real? I adore the bold black and white chevron background with pops of red peeking out. Haddy uses current trends (the chevron print), while incorporating a little edginess giving the whole look tons of personality. Be sure to check out Haddy's links at the bottom of the post! 

Find House of Creative Designs here:

                                Etsy shop  

04 December 2012

Luxe Circus Baby Shower

 How stinkin' adorable is this bold pink, tangerine and gold inspired baby shower?

Styling by Maddy Hague of Somewhere Splendid, Paper Goods by Maddy Hague for A Splendid Party, Floral Design by Studio Fleurette, Rentals from On Solid Ground Vintage RentalsPearlized Sixlets from ACandyStore, Pearlized Gumballs and Rock Candy from Oh Nuts, Baked Goods by Maddy Hague ofSomewhere SplendidXOXO Candy Dishes from Amazon, Glass Glitter Clothespins from This Makes Me Happy, Striped Straws from Shop Sweet Lulu, Muslin Bags (Unpainted), Favor Boxes and Magenta Stretch Bows from Nashville Wraps.

30 November 2012

The Mod Bar Cart How-To Guide

With holiday parties fast approaching, free up valuable counter space for cocktails by creating a functional piece of art. When we have parties I always have a signature cocktail at the ready depending on the season. Having this handy on the bar cart allows your guests to be their own mixologist and prevents you, as the host,from playing bartender all night. Bart carts have made a comeback in a huge way. Mad Men style and romanticizing an era that glowed with a feeling of simple pleasures is likely influencing this trend. Of course I'm not sure how productive people were in the 60's when mixing up a cocktail while discussing important business matters was the norm!

Society Social is the modern Heiress to the Bar Cart, in my opinion. Just take a look at these beautiful cart vignettes, and used as and end table, they're not just for liquor! Think practical functionality. 

 Perfecting the Signature Drink concept and how fun are the pink flamingos??



What a clever concept keeping the spirits down below freeing up the top for a stylish vignette!

Now that we've looked at all the pretty pictures for inspiration, let's get to the nuts and bolts of creating a functional piece of bar cart art. 

{The following is direct from Mixologist Paul McGee and his wife, Shelby Allison McGee with Chicago Magazine.}

Paul likes Chicago Classic Cubes by Lang Ice Company. The one-and-a-half-inch ice cubes [1] melt—and dilute drinks—at an even rate.

He says: “This weighted three-piece cobbler shaker [2]from Japan is nice and sturdy—and won’t bend like the cheap stuff will.”

All looks, no booze, this vintage bottle [3] is just for show.

This crystal mixing glass [4], made by a Japanese barware company, is gorgeous and functional.

Use an empty pitcher [5] or Champagne bucket to give flowers a drink. And don’t be afraid to put your personality on display with decorative extras [6], such as this thirsty camel.
Shelby says: “A glass’s shape does affect taste, but it mostly builds anticipation.” A coupe [7] is a clue you’re serving Champagne or a cocktail without ice.
She says: “If we have more than six people over, we make punch. This punch set [8] was a gift, but I’ve seen the same one at a thrift store.”
He says: “The mistake most people make in stocking home bars is with vermouth. As beautiful as it looks, it must be refrigerated once opened.” Other handsome spirits, [9] such as these from the McGees’ own bar, may be displayed.
He says: “The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks was written in the 1930s by an attorney who was strict about how he liked his cocktails. The book [10] is still influential to American bartenders.”
Spoons [11] with hollow handles are also straws in disguise, and copper mugs [12] brighten a bar even when a Moscow mule isn’t on the menu.

21 November 2012

Southern Weddings Charm!

Southern charm and grace oozes from every page of Southern Weddings magazine. I've never come across such an exquisite magazine chalk full of meticulously planned 'chapters' (seriously, this baby is like a book!) yet has the charm of real life, making this a resource for real people planning real events. What an honor for Aedriel Originals to be featured in the pages of such loveliness. 

Now it's nearly impossible to pick a favorite 'chapter' but the Blue Ribbon Bounty pages are right up there. There's nothing quite a like a pie to bring about feelings of tradition and warmth. 

 Lovely dipped cake server set that reads
 “Your love is sweet as a peach” from Jagged Edge Designs
Sweet little cupcake pedestals from Aedriel Originals
are perfect for mini pies, don't you think?

Mismatched china and bountiful pies mixed with adorable little mini pies makes me want to pull up a chair and dig in. 

Sweet Potato of many pies featured
but this literally makes my mouth water. 

Hurry up and go to and enter to win one of these lovelies just in time for the holidays! 

20 November 2012

Family. Fall. Food. Fabulous.

Everything you need to get your fall dinner party on is here, including recipes and the DIY directions! 

{So clever!}
Fruit Party Favor Idea
Butcher paper with a pretty handwritten recipe on it, wrapped around a piece of fruit. Perfect for fall using an apple or mini pumpkin with your favorite pie recipe. How charming!
Via Inspired By This 


Vanilla, Pear, and Vodka Cocktail

  • 12 oz (1.5 cups) pear juice
  • 6 oz vodka
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • vanilla sugar, for rim
  • 1 cup ice, plus more to serve over
Mix pear juice and vodka in a pitcher or shaker. Split open the vanilla bean, and scrape the seeds into the juice and vodka. Add 1 cup ice, then give it a good shake. Pour into cocktail glasses over more ice and serve with sugared rim. Makes 4 drinks.

{Impressive, yet easy peasy!}

Honeyed Fig Crostatas

  1. 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  3. Kosher salt
  4. 1 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  5. 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons ice water
  6. 1 1/2 pounds fresh green and purple figs, each cut into 6 wedges
  7. 5 teaspoons honey
  8. 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  9. 1/4 teaspoon thyme leaves, plus small sprigs for garnish
  10. 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of water

  1. In a food processor, pulse the flour with the sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Add the butter and pulse until it is the size of peas. Add the water; pulse until the dough comes together. Pat the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough 1/8 inch thick. Cut out eight 5-inch rounds, rerolling the scraps if necessary; transfer to a parchment paper–lined baking sheet and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375°. In a bowl, toss two-thirds of the figs with 3 teaspoons of the honey, the lemon juice, thyme leaves and a pinch of salt. Arrange the figs on the dough rounds, leaving a 1/2-inch border all around. Fold the edges over the figs and brush the dough with the egg wash. Chill for 30 minutes.
  4. Bake the crostatas for 35 minutes, rotating halfway through baking, until the crusts are golden. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  5. Gently toss the remaining figs with the remaining 2 teaspoons of honey. Transfer the crostatas to plates, top with the figs and thyme sprigs and serve. SOURCE
{Texture DIY}

Chic, Ruffled Burlap Table Runners

This tutorial is based on an 8ft x 3ft table.


10 oz. Burlap
Sewing Machine
Iron (To iron hems for easier sewing.)

**I don't know specific "skill ratings" but I have novice sewing skills (I can barely sew a straight line) and after getting through the first one, the rest were easy.** 

*Cut material to measure 20in x 10ft2in. 

*Hem each long side in 1in, so width now equals 18in. 

*Fold over ends 1in, pin, but do not sew yet. 

*Cut 2 pieces for ruffle 6in x 40in each. 

*Sew 1in hems on both short ends and one long end of ruffle pieces.

*Pin several pleats along unhemmed edge of ruffle pieces, until piece is 17in wide. 

*Sew along pinned edge. 

*Remove pins. Pleats will "let out" a bit and the pleated piece will then be about 18in long. 

*Pin ruffle with 1in overlap onto end of runner pieces that were previously pinned.

*Sew ruffle to end of runner - one on each end.

The material was purchased online through Northwest Upholstery for $1.20/yd for 30 yards. Total cost for one runner is under $4. (Note also, that the fabric is 40in wide, so two runners can be made from one width.)


Invitation- Rifle Paper Co. 
Chevron Dinnerware - Aedriel Originals

09 November 2012

Santa Fe Style Nuptials

Very rarely do I come across something where my first thought is "oh, my gosh...that is so 'me'!!", but that is exactly what came to mind when I discovered this gem from Style Me Pretty.
This shoot takes place in the picturesque Santa Fe, New Mexico and has such an appealing rustic meets glam combination to it. The cowhid draped on the table topped with the vibrant poppies and succulants in indian basket charmingly represents the southwest without being cliche or cheesy. The gold rimmed dinnerware beautifully adds contrast to the pink ikat menu offering a touch of femininity without being too formal. Love. It. All. 



Photography: Jess Barfield Photography / Photo Shoot Venue: The Home of Karen + Chuck Johnson in Santa Fe, New Mexico / Floral Design: Stems of Dallas / Styling + Creative Direction: Lindsey Zamora / Wedding Cake + Cookie: The Hospitality Sweet / Wedding Invitations: Bella Figura / Calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher / Metal Wrapping: ReworkCreative / Bride’s Blouse: Robert Rodriguez / Bride’s Skirt + Belt: Stylist’s Own / Bride’s Shoes: Tory Burch / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss / Jewelry:AnthropologieNeiman Marcus + Eiseman Jewels / Models: Katherine Hodge of Page Parkes Management + Landon Hamilton of Kim Dawson Agency