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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 🙂
Until the next table, stay sweet 🙂
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
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!
Styling, set up and sweet table by Chocolata
Photography by Chocolata
Location – Ottawa, ON
Paraphernalia purchased through eBay, Japan, Toys’ r Us
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 🙂
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
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!
*I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Hasbro and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.*
I was so excited to be reviewing the Pom Pom Baby Panda, that I decided to surprise my kids with the toy. What better way to reveal it to them than with a cute sweet table designed and styled around it. I went with the colours of the panda and added some fans as the backdrop. It turned out adorable!
This past July, my niece turn the big 1! My sister and I had started planning her first birthday for months, trying to come up with a theme. We kept going back and forth, trying to choose between colours and character themes. She finally decided to do it on her favourite bedtime story The Paper Bag Princes by Robert Munch. The story reverses the princess and dragon stereotype, choosing to show that girls can fight their own battles and make their own decisions. It’s a great book, one that should be in everyones library.
The colour pallet for this table was bright and simple: yellow, orange and brown. We had the cover of the book blown up as the tables backdrop It worked beautifully!