Sweet Endings: New Years Eve Dessert Table

It’s finally her! The end of 2016. This year has been one amazing journey! So many wonderful things happened this year, I met so many wonderful people and got to see my little company flourish with all the love I was able to give it. For my last post of the year, I created a simple yet elegant New YEar’s Eve dessert table that you can recreate yourself for your loved ones. It’s a champagne-slash-desert bar! Pretty amazing combining two of my favorite things!

Ring in the New Year!

I love intimate gatherings, having friends over. Especially for a special occasion like NYE. For this set up, I used my buffet table. Since we will be having a dinatoire (a fancy word for cocktail party :)), I wanted a similar idea for my dessert table as we count down to midnight.

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As you can tell, my color palette is my usual got to for any celebration: gold and black. Come on, who doesn’t LOVE this combo!? I kept the dessert selection simple, cake pops and cupcakes. But of course, you can add more types like cookies, macarons, dessert shots, etc. I want everyone to have fun with a drink in their hand.

Let’s talk about this banner! This is a mix of Target, Dollar Store and Home Sense all mixed together. Isn’t it pretty!

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The last touch to this table would be the champagne and flutes. I bought these pretty flutes from HomeSense. I adore them! They are so different, so unique and so me! More champagne… Yes please!

New Year’s Eve Dessert Table

Thank you so much for reading up on my blog posts, learning all about sweet tables and desserts. I hope that you’ll join me in 2017 for more tables and celebrations. On that note, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! May all of you be blessed with love, happiness, good health and a beautiful beginning to 2017!

Until the next table, stay sweet!

 

 

 

Credits:
Sweet Table styling, desserts, photography by Chocolata – Sweets, Styling, Events

Modern Christmas Sweet Table

Welcome back to our second inspiration sweet table for your holiday parties! If you read last week, I touched on the traditional colors of red and green to create a simple DIY sweet table for your party. This week we’re going to put away tradition and get on trend with everything metallic! Shades of silver and gold are your best friends this season. I’ll show you how to pair up these colors so that it doesn’t look like a strobe light is going off in your house when your guests walk in.

Jingle all the way!

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Look how pretty it looks all together! Once again I used wrapping paper for the backdrop. I got this pretty one from Walmart. This roll was $5. I covered the wall the length of my table, or just about. My ornaments are from years past and my golden trees and reindeers are new. LOVE mixing old and new together. I feel like it gives the older items a whole new life.

Once you’re done with the sweet table, the tree cones and reindeer can be placed as a centrepiece in your living area or dining table. They are such great decorative pieces, functional for any room.

Lastly you get to add bling to your desserts! Don’t be afraid to you use toppers on your cupcakes and cake. I went with the metallic cupcake cups to give it more of a pop. I purchased mine here. But I’m sure any of your cake supplie stores have them.

A great modern piece to use on your table are these geometric candle holders. Geo is all the rage right now and can be incorporated into a modern and trendy sweet table like this one. I also scattered fake snow and ornaments to finish off the look.

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Don’t be afraid to try something new this holiday season! Leave a comment below and let me know what color combination you’re going with this year. I’d love to hear from you!

Until the next table, stay sweet!

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P.S. I currently have a special going on for a Christmas inspired Party in a box that you can purchase for your christmas Party. Contact me today to book yours!

Easiest Christmas Dessert Table Set Up

“Tis the season to be joyful and going crazy with shopping, cooking, entertaining and everything in between! I’ve come up with some simple and pretty dessert table set ups for your holiday parties either with family, friends or work. This week I’ll start with the first of the 3 that I created. This one is very traditional, going with green and red for a color palette.

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Let’s start with the backdrop. This was such a simple and cost effective idea that anyone can do. I used wrapping paper I found at Michaels in their dollar bin. You really don’t need much. The rest can be used to wrap gifts with 🙂 I also borrowed a vintage looking window from a friend. It gave it that dimension I’m always looking for on a sweet table.

The rest of the decor are items I have from previous years decorations. You can use pine cones, candles, ornaments, lights. There are so many ideas out there if you just google it.

The desserts can either be made or bought. I love baking, so these are all home made. But don’t feel like you have to if you don’t have the time. Why not have your guests bring some of their favorites over and place them on your table. Just give them your colour palette and let them get creative!

I wish you a beautiful Christmas season and hope to see you next week for my second inspiration dessert table!

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P.S. Ask us about our Party in a Box special. It’ll make your DIY that much more simpler and time saving!

Turning your sweet table into a favour table

This past summer I had the privilege of working with Micheline and Sami on creating a glamorous sweet table with the colours pink, silver and blush. There was one catch though. Because they were holding their reception at the Ritz-Carleton Montreal, the desserts had to be individually packaged and set out so that the guests were able to take it to their table without much work from the staff. So we had to turn this sweet table into a favour table that all the guests would be able to take home desserts!

They decided to have cupcakes packed in clear boxes, cake pops individually packaged, small mason jars filled with candy almonds tagged with their name and wedding date, dessert shots, macaron tower and a Ferro Rocher tower. You can customize your own table with your favorite desserts. The possibilities are endless!

I also used sequins linens to add glamour and have this table stand out.

Take a peek at the beautiful pictures taken by AliKay Photography 🙂

We were also featured on the Elegant Wedding Blog recently. You can have a look at the rest of the beautiful wedding here!

Photography by AliKay Photography
Venue Ritz-Carleton Montreal
Sequins linen Glam Location

 

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Nautical Theme Sweet Table

This past January I finally got the chance to create a Nautical themed sweet table. You have no idea how excited I was! I don’t create many boy themed parties. Most of my requests are for girl themed/ color sweet tables.

What comes next when you have a new table set up to do? Shopping, of course! I found some really cool table decor at Michael’s (who wouldn’t). I got to spend some time roaming the aisles of my favorite craft store 🙂 .

I also found another store that carries themed home decor at a mall near my house. They had so many Nautical themed items, I was so happy! My bank account… not so much.

I purchased some DIY items, like the light house I painted. I added some shells and sand in glass bottles. This was by far an easy table to set up. I added cupcakes, cake pops, macarons and sugar cookies all in the theme colors.

 

The cake was made by a friend of the family. I think she did an amazing job! She captured all the little details of the theme 🙂

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Until the next table, stay sweet 🙂

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Styling and desserts by Chocolata – Sweets | Styling | Events

Photography by Grace de Castro Photography

Cake by Shazia Khan

Framed backdrop by Dima Designz

Banner by Ian and Lola Designs

Galentines Day Celebration

This year, if you’re not celebrating Valentines Day with a significant other, don’t worry we’ve got something special for you! Why not grab the girls and head out on the town celebrating your besties on Galentines Day!

That’s exactly what we did. Remember, no men allowed on this night out 🙂

We invited the girls to meet at one of the trendy restaurants in the Old Port of Montreal. The old Port is bursting with amazing culinary greatness! So many of the chefs are local celebrities, having been featured or even stared in their very own food network show.

The restaurant had a beautiful wall that was bursting with the most amazing red florals! It went perfectly with the night we wanted to have.

We had such an great time toasting and laughing together. An all out girls night!

We moved the party to the next room where we were treated to the most amazing sweet table! Can’t have a Galentines Day celebration without chocolate and sweets 🙂

The love you have for your girls is different compared to that of your significant other, but strong none the less. They are there for you through the bad times and good, through the crying times and the laughable moments and through whatever life throws at you. You can always count on them.

I’ll cheers to that!

Have a wonderful party and until the next table, stay sweet!

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Vendors:

Photoshoot concept and Sweet Table styling and desserts by Chocolata – Sweets | Styling | Events
Photography by S.M. Fleurima Photographie
Floral Design and table top styling by Alain Simon Fleurs
Cake Design by Patisserie Petit Lapin
Make Up by Leah Cerro Make Up Artist
Sequin Table Linen from Bravo Location Rentals
Red Tulle Pom from Fizzy Party

 

Christmas Sweet Table

It’s been a while since my last blog post, and I’m so sorry about that. It’s been a hectic few months and am now catching my breath. I have to say it’s been a beautiful hectic and I wouldn’t change it for anything else. This is probably a year in review post on top of my latest christmas sweet table post.

This year has been a mix of amazing, not so great and blessed moments. What I know is that the not so great moments have led to the amazing ones and will continue to carry me on my path. I am starting to learn that to get to where you need to be, you must first endure the bad moments that will allow the great ones to shine through. Just be patient and kind, it will come. I have been blessed to have met so many amazing women entrepreneurs that believe in helping each other and holding each other up. I definitely believe that 2016 will be a beautiful year, filled with amazing opportunities, growth and friendships. Both for me personally as well as professionally. Chocolata will see amazing things happen to her 🙂

So now on to my Christmas sweet table blog post 🙂

Every year, my siblings and I gather the kids together and have them pose for their annual picture. This is probably one of the only times we can get them together looking nice and spiffy. God and Moms know this struggle all to well. Bonus: no fighting and struggling, just all around smiles. This probably has to do with the fact that they were rewarded with cake pops after all was said and done.

I got to work with Melissa from Bella Photography for the first time, and she was amazing. She came highly recommended from my sister that used her in the past for most of her family portraits. She’s non traditional and has a way with the kids. She was able to have both toddlers participating and smiling.  Absolute plus in my books 🙂 Oh, and all this took place in less than an hour. Phew!

Here are some of my favourite shots:

And here’s the pretty shots of my Christmas Sweet Table:

Have a wonderful holiday break! I wish you health, happiness and blessings.

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Vendors:

Sweets, Styling and Design Concept by Chocolata

Photography by Bella Photography

Glitter confetti and cake topper from Simply Sweet Party Decor

Power Rangers Styled Sweet Table

Summer has come and gone, and we’ve had a successful first week of school.

This summer my youngest turned 4. He’s been planning his birthday party and sweet table all year, changing his mind several times about what he wanted for a theme. He started off with the usual super hero theme, then wanted a lego theme, after that it was something to do with cars. He finally settled on the Power Rangers! Not only was he happy with his final choice, but so were his sister, uncle, aunts and cousins. I can tell you that we are all huge Power Ranger fans, spanning the 20 years they have been on the scene.

My youngest brother is especially the biggest fan out of all of us, as he has so much paraphernalia ranging from the dolls, morpher, cards, you name it. It was also exciting cause I got to use them as props on the table! Now how cool is that!

I set up the table outside, just like where the action would take place in the show. I also added the different Rangers from the previous and current shows: Original Power Rangers, Mega Force, Samurai, Dino Charge.

I made the cakes with the Samurai symbols on the front:

And here are how the rest of the props looked on the table. I’m lucky to have a brother that is obsessed with them, as it saved me tons of money in the purchase department 🙂

And here are the boys in all their glory. It’s Morphin Time!

Until the next table, stay sweet!

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Styling, set up and sweet table by Chocolata

Photography by Chocolata

Location – Ottawa, ON

Paraphernalia purchased through eBay, Japan, Toys’ r Us

 

 

How to style a sweet table – creating a backdrop

I hope you enjoyed reading my first instalment on “How to style a sweet table” . I’m constantly thinking of new themes to come up with for upcoming shoots and events. My brain is constantly running :). If it’s all so new to you, start off with a colour palette. Those make a great theme no matter who the party is for.

The next thing you’re going to want to do is decide on the backdrop to your table. I find that a backdrop will add more character and emphasize your theme. There are so many ideas for backdrops, its crazy. If you follow my blog and the tables that i’ve created, you’ll see that I don’t shy away from the bold and unique. And they don’t have to cost a lot either. The most I’ve spent on a backdrop was $20. And that’s having it printed at Costco. (Yes, Costco is a life saver for so many things!)

Here is the Monster High Backdrop that was printed as poster size format:

I found this world map on Instagram while scrolling through my feed. I had to have it for the baby shower theme” Welcome to the World” I was creating for my sister. I spiced it up with some pin wheels. One very simple DIY, but time consuming.

For Valentine’s Day, I created a backdrop with paper rosettes and roses. That actually took a lot of time to make. If you want to go the DIY route, I highly suggest in preplanning. You want to know what you’re going to create and give yourself about a week leeway time. You never know what will come up and if it will end up the way you want it. This way, if you don’t like the outcome, you still have time to create or buy something else.

But my favorite spot to create a sweet table is outside. What better backdrop then the ocean, woods or city scape to add character to your sweet table!

My wedding styled photo shoot was right in my backyard. I loved the fact that I used the woods right outside my door to create a wimsical feel.

There are so many ways to create something unique and sweet for your table. A striking backdrop is the perfect element to incorporate your creativeness (as per my idol Amy Atlas). Why not show it off with a spectacular backdrop to go with your theme!

Until the next table, stay sweet 🙂

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How to style a sweet table – Choosing a theme

I wanted to start a new series in my blog, teaching you all about the fundamentals of a sweet table: how to style a sweet table. I’ve been creating them for about 2 years now, but they’ve been all the rage for far longer. It all started with Amy Atlas and just took off from there.

What it is, it’s about combining a theme and desserts and adding your style to it. Be it with decor items, printables, a really cool backdrop or super fancy cake stands. It’s all about getting creative with the theme in mind. And don’t be scared in being creative with your theme.

Once you’ve got your budget set and venue picked out, it’s time to pick out your theme. There are several ways you an do this. I’ve styled sweet tables by choosing a colour theme.

Here I went with my logo colours pink and brown.
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Another theme to go with would be a holiday: Halloween

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Or with your favorite children’s book: The Paper Bag Princess

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Baby shower sweet tables are so much fun to create once you have a theme. My sister’s baby shower was a “Welcome to the World” Theme, all about travel.

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Any theme that you choose, should be something that inspires you. It’s a great opportunity to try something different and to let your creative self go!

Remember that your budget might take a beating as you plan your table, so try to stick to your guns and work with what you have. I can guarantee you that it will turn out just as good as you imagined it, maybe even better!

Come back next time for the next instalment in my series on how to create a sweet table!

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