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7 years of good luck

7 years of good luck

This month marks 7 years that I’ve been in business. 7 years of good luck is what I’m calling it. Where do I begin to tell you the knowledge and capabilities that I have acquired over these past 7 years.

As a lot of you may know, I began my journey while I was on maternity leave with my youngest, Mayson. My sister in law sent me a blog post about cake pops while I was pregnant and I found that this was the time to perfect them!

I soon found out that I wanted more out of my business. So here I am today, 7 years of good luck later, with a thriving company creating sweet moments!

It’s more than luck, really. I feel blessed and grateful for the opportunities that were presented to me, the people that I have met along the way and the growth that I attained personally.

It’s not easy running a business and raising kids. You’ve got to be on your game. Sometimes, you have your ego telling you one thing but your gut saying something different. What I’ve learned is to listen to my gut. Always!

My kids have been my biggest cheerleaders. Now they’re more involved with what I do. I’ve taught them to bake, how to plan and even how to set up a sweet table. I keep telling them that they’ve already got an extensive resume when they go out looking for a job lol.

But most importantly, what I’ve learned, is community over competition. The amount of friends I’ve made in the baking community is huge! It’s a group of friends that when we need something, we are there for each other. Dont’ get me wrong, competition is good for your business. But it has to be a healthy, goal oriented type of competition. Not the jealousy and resentment type. Believe me, I’ve been there and I can tell you it gets you no where real fast. As this blogger, Davey Jones from Rising Tide  puts it:

“One of the best ways to live out community over competition is to practice gratitude. When we’re thankful, we’re not fearful. And when we’re not fearful, we’re not insecure. When we’re thankful, we’re full, and we share that spirit of abundance with others (David Steindl-Rast says this more eloquently.)”

In conclusion, have no fear. Do the thing you’ve always wanted to do. Go for the goal. You’ll be happier that you did!

Here are some of my past and present sweet tables that I’ve done. Oh my, have I grown as a stylist and as a baker ☺️

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One of my very first sweet tables!

 

My sister’s baby shower so many moons ago 2013

 

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Then came my very first styled shoot: styled by me, cake by Roxy’s Design, Florals by Fleurs et Sense, Photography by Laurel Grace Photography

 

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And now they’re more like these! Styling and desserts by me, Cake by Petit Lapin, Florals by Alain Simon, Photography by Sarah Myriam

 

copper black sweet table
Photography by Grace De Castro

 

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Photography by Ramy Raphael

 

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Styling by me, Rentals from Les Causseuses, Cake topper by Creations by Jazzmine Rose, Photography by Lana Nimmons

 

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my earlier work. Comment below and let me know any of your favorite sweet tables that I’ve done in the past!

Until the next table, stay sweet!

 

 

 

 

Black Red Purple sweet table

Black Red Purple sweet table

I’m finally, after almost a year, posting about the time I threw myself an epic birthday party! It was a black, red and purple sweet table celebration and I could not have planned it better! It was an epic celebration. The guest list was a plenty and the wine was a flowing! It was my 40th birthday party!

My birthday is on Christmas Day. Yes, the best day of the year… yet I get set aside when that day comes. So for my 40th last year, I decided to celebrate early. December 2nd (2017) early lol.

I had been planning this party for almost a year. No one else was going to plan this thing. My husband was all on it, but I had expectations. He got to DJ and introduce our sister company that night, Soundbox. The party was going to be rocking with good food, good music and a glammed up venue. Even more, I made sure that my guests came dressed to impress!

Because I had made so many contacts in the event industry over the years, I was able to hire on some great people. The only stress was to really make sure that my family and friends had a good time.

Obviously being in the event industry, I introduced some great trends that night: round and rectangle tables. I absolutely love the rectangle tables. It made it so much linear and chicer. An absolutely gorgeous balloon backdrop for the sweet table done by Sorayda from Creations by Jazzime Rose. A kids section fully equipped with big screen tv and xbox. Sequins table cloths with some tables in satin. Acrylic name tags in lieu of table name cards. And SO MUCH MORE!

As you’ll get to see with the pictures, it was a night to remember. How would you celebrate a milestone? Tell me in the comments below, I’d love to know!

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Happy Birthday Canada!

Happy Birthday Canada!

Happy Birthday Canada!

July 1st will mark 150 years for Canada. Happy Birthday Canada! We are so very lucky to be able to call this land home. My parents immigrated in the 70’s so they’ve seen a lot happen since then. They’ve also come to cherish and know that Canada to them will always be their home. With all that is happening in the world, we are truly lucky to be here.

This year I wanted to celebrate by having the kids color their own flags for the big celebration coming up. I printed some flags and set them up on the dining room table. This was also a great opportunity for me to add a little sweet and drink table for them. I didn’t add a cake this time. I did something better. I found the national anthem laid out in beautiful font as a free printable.

 

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Sophisti’CAT’ed Glam Birthday Sweet Table

Sophisti’CAT’ed Glam Birthday Sweet Table

An upscale Cat Glam Sweet Table

A few weeks ago, we had my daughter’s 8th birthday party. Let me tell you that this little girl has been planning this party for a better part of a year but really focusing on the details in the last 6 months. She loves cats! So I convinced her to have a glam cat party. I didn’t want her to go the baby route (this party is as much for me 🙂 as it is for her), so we came up with a “Sphisti’CAT”ed Glam Birthday”.

The color palette, you guessed it :), was gold, black and white. There was some glitter and sequins to make things pop!

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Unicorn Dessert – Cheesecake Mousse

Unicorn Dessert – Cheesecake Mousse

Today I’m going to share something different. I usually share my tricks and tips to creating a beautiful sweet table. Today, I’m going to share a recipe to one of my popular desserts that is usually on my sweet tables. It’s a cheesecake mousse, but I’ve created a special one for this post. I’ve jumped on the Unicorn bandwagon and created my very own version of the popular dessert 🙂 A Unicorn Dessert – Cheesecake Mousse!

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Be a Unicorn

This unicorn dessert is so easy and versatile, it’ll be your go to for family gatherings and birthdays. Trust me when I say it’s not only simple it’s yummy! I’ll also let you in on my secret for keeping this dessert stable: gelatine. I use the ever popular KNOX Gelatine, but you can use your favorite or what is available at your local grocery store. You don’t have to add it, but if you’re creating a sweet table that will be displayed for all to see, this will make sure they keep for a bit.

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To make these into unicorns, all you need are gel colors in your favorite shades. I used pink and turquoise. A few drops is all it takes. To create the beautiful unicorn hair, color some buttercream in a couple of other colors (i used purple and blue) and pipe it on. Have fun with it!

If you do try it, I’d love to hear how you liked it!

Until the next table, stay sweet!

 

 

 

Unicorn Dessert – Cheesecake Mousse Recipe

  • 8oz cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 package unflavoured gelatine
  • 1/4 cup water

Mousse

1-Pour the water in a small bowl. Sprinkle the gelatine on top of the water. Allow the gelatine to set for 2 minutes. Once set, microwave on high for 30 seconds until melted. Let stand for 2 minutes.

2- With an electric mixer or hand held mixer, beat the cream cheese on high.

3- Mix in the powdered sugar and vanilla.

4- In a seperate bowl, beat the heavy cream and sugar on high until stiff peaks.

5- Whip the gelatine and add to the cream cheese mix.

6- Fold the whip cream into the cream cheese mix.

7- You can seperate the mousse into 3 seperate bowls and color to your liking.

8- Prepare 10-12 small cups (about 5-7 oz). Add your mousse into a piping bag, and pipe into the cups. Top off with some buttercream. Refrigerate until you’re ready to serve or add to your sweet table.

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Nautical Theme Sweet Table

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

Power Rangers Styled Sweet Table

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

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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Kate Spade Inspired 30th Birthday

Kate Spade Inspired 30th Birthday

For those that know me, know that I’m in love with Kate Spade and her use of bold colours and patterns. She’s my hero and “inspiration” when I style a lot of my tables. So I asked my sister in law, Erin if I can use her and her friends for my Kate Spade Inspired party styled shoot. It was perfect, as she was turning 30 and her friends just opened up their own boutique salon in the heart of Ottawa. These girls have been friends forever, so it was truly fitting to style a shoot that embodies class, style and women entrepreneurship. As new owners, they are passionate about the culture and brand that Rinaldo, their salon, holds. They truly hope to inspire people which will allow them to inspire others.

If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.

The salon is beautiful! With its crisp white walls and great lighting, I didn’t have to do much to bring out the uniqueness of the salon. I kept the colour pallet bold: Fuchsia, Black, White and Gold with the stripes and polka dot patterns. I set up a dinner table for 4, using their colour station. The DJ was perfectly placed just down the table, spinning music creating a welcoming atmosphere. And the sweet table was placed on their mantel, that hung beautiful and inspiring sayings for their customers.

My most excited moment is when I rounded up my team along with the girls of Rinaldo. I was looking for fresh, newcomers, women entrepreneurs, that had the same spirit and drive that I do. It was a great collaboration between Montreal and Ottawa, gaining experience and creating new friendships. All these women inspiring each other was just the icing on the cake! Speaking of cake, Cynthia from Joli Gateau did a beautiful job combining the bold colours and patterns that I love. The cupcakes from Kiki’s Creations went perfectly together, with their fuchsia icing. I created the rest of the desserts, adding patterns to the sugar cookies but keeping the cake pops on the lighter side.

The table setting was my “piece de resistance”: the flowers, the striped table cloth and the boxed macarons as the favors, the black candles, polka dot plates and bow tie napkins. Can you say Classy and Chic!

Grace from Grace De Castro Photography captured everything so perfectly! I’m so happy with the way this shoot turned out and I hope that my sister in law and her friends are as well. Cheers to new adventures and new beginnings!

Until the next sweet table! May xox Vendors Sweet, Styling and Set Up by Chocolata Photography by Grace De Castro Photography Cake by Joli Gateau Cupcakes by Kiki’s Creations Venue at Rinaldo Hair Designers & Spa Landsdowne Hair by Saly Mak-Sayaphet

She’s building her empire

2014 is coming to a close and I’m feeling that I need to write up a gratitude post. I’m channeling my inner Oprah (because we all have a little bit of her in us) and am listing the things, people and events that I’m grateful for for this year.

First I am grateful for for my family! The support, chaos and love that I get from them is my greatest accomplishment. From my kids, to my husband, to my mom, dad and my siblings. My life is nothing without them. They make me go that extra mile. Always!

 

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