Holiday Hot Coco Fun

Happy Holidays!!! The Holiday season is in full swing at Deliciously Darling Events. Okay to be real, it was in full swing a few months ago when I got asked to create a hot coco themed shoot for my sweet friend Alejandra of The Marshmallow Studio. Alejandra was kind enough to send lots of wonderful Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows! I created two looks for The Marshmallow Studio – a kids hot coco table and a vintage 12 Days of Christmas hot coco table. Enjoy!!! {Psssst, FREE printable download linky below}

Happy Holidays Kids Hot Coco Table

When I think of the Holidays, the colors of red and green pop into my mind. This table was actually inspired by the beautiful printable
collection by Paper and Pigtails. I spotted Kori’s little deer graphic and knew it would be the perfect concept for a children’s hot coco
table. Isn’t the little reindeer Kori designed just adorable?!

Kids are all about the Marshmallows! Thanks to Jet Puffed Marshmallows, children actually have many different flavors and shapes when it comes to marshmallows. French Vanilla Snowman Mallows, Gingerbread Mallows, Peppermint Mallows (large & minis), and good old white minis are just some of the different types of Marshmallows featured. The serving pieces from Waiting on Martha complement the theme perfectly.

12 Days of Christmas Hot Coco Table

I really wanted to put together two different but stylish hot coco table. The 12 days of Christmas hot coco concept was inspired by the beautiful Rosanna plates and cups from Waiting on Martha. I just love the idea of introducing blues and pinks into a Holiday party. Kori, from Paper and Pigtails, designed the perfect printable collection. The tags, signage & straw flags really captured the style of the plates and mugs. I wanted to give a little more grown up feel to this hot coco table so caramels, peppermint and marshmallows are a must.


Thank Yous

Because Kori from Paper & Pigtails is the sweetest, she is offering the whole printable collection as a free download. Make sure you get yours today and show her a little love.

Huge thank you to The Marshmallow Studio & Kraft Foods / Jet Puffed Marshmallows for sending wonderful marshmallows pictured. {Note: I received these products from KRAFT Jet-Puffed marshmallows at no cost to me}

Thank you to Waiting on Martha for sending over wonderful holiday items. From adorable snowmen spoons, to paper straws, plates & mugs. Thank you!

Thank you to my sweet amazing photographer, Lauren from Lauren Nicole Studios. I know I literally say this with every post but she is incredibly talented and a joy to work with. Thank you for capturing the Deliciously Darling magic. 😉

I hope you guys enjoyed it. Pop over to The Marshmallow Studio to check out more details & pictures.


Kids Hot Coco Table Vendors:

Styling: Deliciously Darling Events
Photography: Lauren Nicole Studios
Marshmallows: Kraft Jet Puffed Marshmallows | The Marshmallow Studio
Printables: Paper and Pigtails
Holiday Spoons, Paper Straws, Peppermint cupcake holders : Waiting on Martha
Polka-dot Paper Suit cases: Shop Sweet Lulu’s

12 Days of Christmas Hot Coco Table Vendors:

Styling: Deliciously Darling Events
Photography: Lauren Nicole Studios
Marshmallows: Kraft Jet Puffed Marshmallows | The Marshmallow Studio
Printables: Paper and Pigtails
12 days of Christmas mugs & plates, paper straws: Waiting on Martha



Behind-the-Scenes {Out-of-Town Wedding}

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to design & style my cousin’s wedding in New Jersey. I’ve been torn as to post this or not because of the devastation from Hurricane Sandy. The wedding was actually the weekend before the Hurricane. So I share these Behind the Scenes pics with a bit of a heavy heart. If you haven’t already donated, please do at Red Cross.

Now that I’ve said my peace, here are a few little pictures of the prep that went into this Pink & Gold wedding. Glittering letters, creating bunting, decorating chocolate favors, seating cards, spray painting gold jars, menu design, fondant flower making and chair signage is just a little bit of went on behind the scenes.

All the above and a little more got backed up into nice little bins, along with spray paint, glue, washi tape and all the other little things that you need to pull together an out-of-town wedding.  I packed up my boys & mother and began the long drive from Atlanta to New Jersey! It was actually a very pretty drive and we were lucky to get there {and back} safe and sound!

The most interesting part of the trip was putting the kiddos to bed and doing wedding prep with my cousin Reema. She has two girls and I have two boys. All four kids were asleep in the hotel room as I worked {quietly} on flowers {centerpiece arrangements, the bouquet, & little mini bouquets} and Reema worked {quietly} on bagging & washi-taping the cookie favors. Yes, I totally stored the flowers in the bath tub!

At the very end of the post are a few sneak peeks at the actual Wedding. To see more Behind-the-scenes pictures follow me on Instagram @ddarlingevents. Stay tuned for the official pictures from Cat Dunbar Photography in this week’s post. 🙂

xoxo ~ Dina

Macaron Monday 2

Not every Macaron Monday is a success. Some are epic macaron failures. So this morning, I went to make a batch of French macarons. Checking off my list and following instructions perfectly right. I pulled out the macarons from the oven and splat. I dropped the pan all over the floor and oven door. When I create an epic disaster in the kitchen like that – I just have to walk away for a moment and then come back and fix it. By the time I had cleaned everything up – I lost my drive to create another batch. I’m waiting until tonight – seriously, wait till you get a load of the flavor combo I have up my sleeves. It’s gonna be good. If I don’t drop the pan on the floor again.

Anyway, the moral of the story is: Don’t give up. Sometimes the most horrific looking macarons come out of my oven. We are talking “Franken-macarons”. Not pretty or round or with perfect little “feet”. Don’t get discouraged. Just keep on trying! For every amazing pan of macarons, I have an equally horrible looking pan come out of the oven so I’m still trying to figure out the quirks to my macaron making technique.

Just a quick note: age your egg whites and hopefully you will avoid the following franken-rons below. {Thank you to Mindy from Creative Juice for the help trying to figure out what went wrong with that batch}.

Slightly off topic but I’m ending this post with a quick link to my favorite French Macaron recipe. I’ve tried a good amount of recipes and I have to say that my favorite is from Heather of Sprinkle Bakes. I came across Heather’s recipe via Sweetapolita {who actually put macarons in a cake, holy yum batman}.  Both these gals are amazing and I highly recommend running out and getting the Sprinkle Bakes book. SO pretty and the recipes are amazing.

Stay tuned for more Monday Macaron tips &  recipes. xoxo Dina