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Flamingo Pineapple 1st Birthday Party

Flamingo Pineapple 1st Birthday Party

Flamingo Party!

If you haven’t already noticed the big trend this year, I think you’ve probably had your head in the sand lol. It’s all about Flamingos and Pineapples this year when throwing a summer party. It’s super fun and colourful that this can be a theme anyone would love to have! That’s why we went with a flamingo party to celebrate my my niece’s 1st birthday.

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I especially had so much fun coming up with the design and styling aspect of it. Of course, I HAD to add some glam to the table. Who doesn’t love a sequins table cloth??!! I had to stop a few people from leaving the party with it lol.

Party like a Pineapple

Let’s start with the backdrop… Not only are pineapple and flamingos trending but so are these balloon backdrops. They are everywhere! My instragram feed is filled with them. Of course i had to make one myself :). Let me tell you how easy it is to make one. This is a super easy DIY. And it literally took me 15 minutes to make. Well, of course it helped that my sister blew up all the balloons before hand to help with the process… But that’s beside the point… moving on to how easy this is to make 🙂 All you need is string, balloons in different colors and sizes, fillers like flowers and leaves and something to hang it on. Comment below if you’d like to see a tutorial on how to make one.

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Desserts

The desserts were a hit with the crowd. It’s really simple when all they want are the usuals: cupcakes, cake pops, macarons and oreo gems. I also made some cannolis but they were gone before the party started.

But the best ones were the cinnamon sugar mini donuts I made and dressed up as pineapples! They were so cute! I found a template online that I liked, sized it down and printed it out on green paper. Super easy and take no time at all.

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The cake was a red velvet buttercream with floral accents to make you feel like you were away on the islands. The cake toppers were made by my niece’s aunt. She is so creative! She helped with a ton of other table paper decorations.

Happy birthday to this cutie patootie! I wish you many more celebrations and a happy and healthy year to come!

I hope you were inspired for you next summer bash. Until the next table, stay sweet!

 

 

 

Credits:

Design, styling and desserts by Chocolata – Sweets, Styling, Events

Photography by Lisa Meuser – The Meus Productions 

Cake Topper, Pineapple honeycomb by Brigitte Charron

White and Gold Pineapples from Homesense/ Winners

Sequins Table Linen from Glam Locations & Decor

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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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Modern Christmas Sweet Table

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

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.

Peace on Earth

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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

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

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

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

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

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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Monster High Sweet Table

Monster High Sweet Table

Ooff! It’s been a little while since I last posted. It’s been pretty busy around here, with planning my daughter’s 6th birthday party and trying to figure out this year’s theme.

This year, she (as in me) decided to have a Monster High party and create a Monster High sweet table. Their latest movie Haunted High, is packed full of new characters, a to die for story line and some pretty cool graphics. When the halls of monster high exhibit a strange phenomena, the ghouls get transformed into ghosts to investigate the mystery in the supernatural realm. Enter the ghost powders and detention chains. It totally gave me a really cool idea using Porter Geist’s graffiti from the movie as the backdrop for the sweet table.

I asked a couple of my friends to help me out with the backdrop. I had one friend write out my daughter’s name in graffiti lettering and another create the backdrop infusing a scene from the movie with the name in graffiti. Not only was this a backdrop, but is now hanging on her bedroom as a souvenir and wall decor.

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I used the colours from the movie: purple, turquoise and pink. I absolutely love that color combo! They just mesh so nicely together. With that colour palet in mind, I created a tulle table skirt. Just a tip: a lot of your halloween decor might work great with a monster high party. I used my halloween black glitter tree as a pice on the table. Another tip that I learned from watching one of my party mentor’s style her tables, is use the dolls that you have as part of the decor on the table. Tonya from Soiree Event Design never shies away from adding the dolls to her sweet tables. It totally saved me from buying all kinds of things that I probably wouldn’t have used after this party.

Here are some of the yummy desserts and cake I made for the party!

And here’s the party girl as a beautiful 6 year old!

I hope I was able to give you some ideas for your next birthday party!

Until the next sweet table!

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Credits:

Photography, styling and sweets by Chocolata – Sweets, Styling, Events

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Backdrop was made for personal use only.