Life of a Party Girl #instagram2

Gosh, seems like forever since I blogged. More like two and a half weeks but feels like forever. So where have I been? Baking, crafting, styling parties, & livin’ la vida loca. Today I decided to share my life through instagram, here’s a peek at my crazy two weeks:

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{Starting from Left to Right & Newest to Oldest}

Row 1: Celebrated Cinco in style with Mojitos before moving on to Margaritas | A peek of the Bebe Shower, the Mama to be’s chair “Mere Du Bebe” | Lots and lots of beautiful flowers from Trader Joes for the bebe shower | Final batch of french macarons for the bebe shower.

Row 2: Cupcake overload! Made lots of cupcakes for my client’s Bebe shower | Lemon Blueberry Tarts for the Bebe Shower | Trying really hard to eat healthy so cue the tomato / cucumber / balsamic glaze salad & feta / watermelon / mint salad | Salt water taffy for the Bebe shower {banana & strawberry}

Row 3: Wreck it Ralph invitations that I just created for my son Jad’s upcoming party |  On a green smoothie kick: Kale, Mango, Grapes, Raspberries & Flax = YUM | Washi tape obsession continues. Organizer from Michaels Craft store & my favorite Jar from World Market} | More french macarons for the Bebe Shower & Operations Shower.

Row 4: My new paper organizers from Michaels Craft Store | French Macarons for Operation Shower | Sangria Sundays, Mango Lime Sangria | Baby Shower Crafting with tons of paper flowers

Row 5:  1st 3 pics are Rainbow Party Decor  I created for Deb from Yummy Delicious Cookies | French macarons I created for Deb look amazing with the little royal icing rainbows that she iced on.

For more peeks into the life of a party girl follow me on instagram @deliciouslydarling.

Darling BlissDom 2013 Recap

Deliciously Darling | BlissDom 2013 Recap

SO where do I start!? It’s been about two weeks since I left for the BlissDom Conference. I’m still feeling the BlissDom glow. It was such an amazing experience! Trying to think of how to recap this experience hasn’t been easy. How do you sum up a weekend full of awesome in one blog post? Why not do a top 5? I always love top 5’s. So here it goes, my top 5 things I learned at my first BlissDom:

1 –  “Knowledge + Passion = Profit” and “Twitter is a conversation not a dictation” – Scott Stratten. {Okay so that was sort of two things but they are both from the same guy so I’m gonna just count it as one}  Scott had the most amazing “on stage personality”. As the opening key note speaker, he got me fired up, excited and ready to start BlissDom {as if I weren’t already excited enough}. I  was literally laughing so hard at his stories and had a huge smile plastered to my face during his entire speech. Full of knowledge, I just loved listening to him and can’t wait to dive into his two books I picked up. Follow him on twitter, he’s beyond awesome.

2. “Creativity is not just about Time Management, it’s Energy Management” – Jon Acuff. Jon was one of my favorite speakers at BlissDom. Not only did his session rock but his speech as the closing Keynote wrapped up the conference so perfectly. During his “3 Stages of an Awesome Idea” session, he talked about energy management. It hit so close to home that I can’t believe I didn’t think about it earlier. His newest book “Start” was given to us at the end of the conference – it’s like the road map to life, I can’t recommend it enough. He tackles fear and why it slows us down. My goal is to not let my fear slow me down.

Want another reason why he’s awesome? Check out this video where he describes how it feels like to wear man spanxs under his shirts, lol – might be kind of hard to hear over our laughter:

3. “The future of business is marketing with people not at people” – John Morgan. John’s session was amazing. Seriously, I say that about every session but it was so true. So many amazing speakers. I digress, back to Mr. Morgan. He layed out 6 keys to Branding. He challenged us with thinking about how we are viewed as a company and how that differs from our competitors. Seriously awesome stuff.

4. “Would you rather be famous or successful?” – Jeff Goins. Great question Jeff. In his writing workshop, Jeff discussed the definition of Craft: An activity involving skill in making things by hand. Writing is a skill. One that I hope to improve on. Ooo and I’d choose success vs fame any day of the week.

5. “You are here for the Magic. There is magic in face to face conversations, shared experiences and meeting people you normally see as avatars on the web” – Alli, Barbara, Paula & The Bliss Chicks. In my opinion this was “the” point of BlissDom. For me, it was about meeting & connecting with amazing people. Listening to their experiences and applying them to my own. It was about taking time for me to grow as a business woman, as a blogger and most importantly as a person. I found out a lot about myself during BlissDom:  going through the workshops, talking to sponsors and meeting new people. I was totally there for the “magic”.

In closing, it was just a wonderful experience. I have lots of resources to go back and do what I need to do, I got to meet some amazing gals {some of whom are pictured below}, and I came home to two happy beautiful children & a sweet hubby. So very thankful that Mr. Darling is so supportive and appreciates his “dude’s only weekends” with his boys when mama is away for the occasional conference. I came back feeling refreshed and ready.

Here are some pictures of my fabulous trip to BlissDom 2013. If you follow me on Instagram chances are good you’ve seen some of these pics. For those of you who don’t, start following me on Instagram @deliciouslydarling. Ooo and while your at it on twitter @ddarlingevents #shamelessplug. First up: Some of my Lovely Friends {Note: wishing I could have grabbed a pic of everyone so if you aren’t below, I’m sorry – I still got mad love for you} –

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1st row|| pic 1: My BlissDom Roomie, Stacy from She’s {Kinda} Crafty. This chick is awesome, I seriously can’t say enough about how sweet, supportive & incredibly talented this lady is. If I can say one thing it is that I walked away from this conference with an amazing friend. || pic 2: Courtney from Pizzazzerie. Courtney is the sweetest. A brilliant businesswoman with the hugest heart. So glad I got a chance to see her again. || pic 3: My girl Alejandra from The Marshmallow Studio. Our personalities just clicked instantly. She is awesome and she has a new book about Marshmallows coming out {make sure you pre-order it today}.

2nd row || pic 1: The one and only Aimee Broussard. SO excited to meet Aimee. She was so sweet & welcoming. I’m totally looking forward to seeing her again at the “Southern Craft Academy” in August that she & Stacy are hosting. || pic2: Stacy & I again, she is awesome so there are a lot of pics of us. Giggle || pic 3: Courtney & I jammin’ at the “Girls Night Out” Event. She is the sweetest.

3rd row || pic 1: Me doing my thang at the “Girls Night Out” Event. Okay so there are a lot of pics of me. || pic 2: Some of the sweetest party girls ever. || pic 3:  Mariah from Giggles Galore. Incredibly talented, so awesome – I was so excited to get to meet Mariah. She’s amazing!

4th row|| pic 1: Amy Locurto from Living Locurto. Amy was so wonderful to talk to, we had an amazing chat over tex-mex. I just adore her & her new scrapbook line. || pic 2: Another pic of Alejandra & I. She’s awesome! || pic 3: a final picture of Stacy & I on the plane back home. Not only did we room together but we took both “to” and “from” flights together. Good times!

Just one more reason why I love these girls, here’s a quick video I captured on my phone of Stacy, Sandy {from Firefly Confections} and Aimee gettin’ down:

So I have to share a few more pictures of the actual conference:

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row 1 || pic 1:  Seattle’s Best Coffee sponsored breakfast for Day 1. Lots of yummy food and most importantly coffee!!! || pic 2: Photo booth fun with Stacy.  Check this, it was called “Mug Shot” and we stepped into a large mug with straws & whipped cream. Come on, tell me that’s not brilliant!? LOL, it made my morning. || pic 3: Ready to take notes. Organize my sessions with my “Day Designer” by Whitney English {Who was just one of the sweetest people ever. So happy I had a chance to meet her} and my sweet pink notebook that reminded me to leave a little sparkle where ever I go {from Target}.

row 2 || pic 1: Epic present from Stacy. A custom mason jar tumbler. Gotta stay hydrated at conferences and I did it in style. Thanks Stacy! || pic 2: Scott Stratten taking the stage the opening keynote. || pic 3: Scott, Stacy & I. So excited to have him sign a copy of his book.

row 3 || pic 1: Listening to Jon Acuff speak about Awesome Ideas. Amazeballs. || pic 2: Jon’s new book “Start”. I’m in chapter one and I have to say it is already awesome. Beyond pumped to get my official BlissDom copy. || pic 3:  John Morgan on stage doin’ his thing.

row 4 || pic 1 & 2: Fun with Johan. Gevalia Kaffe sponsored breakfast for day 2. Most importantly they brought their spokesman “Johan”. He was a good sport when Alejandra & I were posting for pic 1 but his “what is wrong with these chicks” expression cracks me up.  Yes, we are goofballs. || pic 3:  The view from our hotel room in the Gaylord Texas Resort. Such a beautiful resort and the perfect location to have a conference at. Loved it.

row 5 || pic 1: Checking out the Pier 1 Suite at the Exhibit sessions. It was wonderful to be able to chat with the designer that put together the room & I was so pumped to get a $25 gift card. || pic 2:  The “Promise” tree in the Johnson & Johnson suite. Epic. We all wrote down one promise, it could be to yourself, your family, whatever. I promised to spend more time laughing with my kiddos. || pic 3:  Lookin’ stylish for my last night at BlissDom.

row 6 || pic 1: I had to include one little picture of the French Macarons I brought to BlissDom. I stayed up late baking some yummies for some of my sweet friends, especially for Sandy from Firefly Confections {who brought us some of her famous caramels. You haven’t tasted heaven until you have had one of Sandy’s caramels. Not sure how you can taste heaven but you know what I mean!}. || pic 2: Got to meet Ana Gasteyer & Jeremy Sisto from Surburgatory. At this point Jeremy says “What’s your blog?”, I respond with “It’s an entertaining blog called Deliciously Darling”. Ana says “that sounds amazing”. To which I reply “sure is”. Yup. This happen in the few seconds I had to pose for this picture. LOL. Jeremy even did “rollin’ with the homies” for me. Throwback to Clueless. What a good sport. || pic 3: Came back to sweet, happy little boys that seemed to grow so much in the few days I was away from them. Could they be this big and mature sounding? Yup! They had a blast on “Dude’s only Weekend” with darlin’ daddy.

So I have to close out my recap with one more sweet tip from Jon Acuff. Wanna know how to “dominate” Instagram? Tilt your pics to the side. Regular picture = nice. Tilted picture = poem  So now I’m hashtag-ing everything #poem #dominate. Giggle:

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Okay so I usually don’t write this much in my blog posts. Desserts, Crafts & Parties are all about images, so THANK YOU for reading this far. I really had a blast and I hope it shows!

A Personal Note

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It’s been a whirlwind of a few weeks, months really. I just wanted to take a moment and share a personal note. Some of you may have noticed that I’ve gone from “Deliciously Darling Events” to simply “Deliciously Darling”. A newly redesigned blog & updated logo {by the fabulous Michele of Intrigue Design Studio}, new business cards, new branding materials, every-thang new!

Why the change? Well, after many months of running full speed I’ve realized that I need to slow down and enjoy the little moments with my family. My kids are growing so fast – way too fast. My time with them is very precious to me. I’m sure you all feel that way about your families. So I am shifting gears from being an Events company to inspiring others to create their own events. Sharing more tutorials, recipes and more inspiration. I’m hoping to inspire you to find that planner hidden in you. I will still take on the occasional client but only the handful that truly inspire me to create something fresh & different.

In addition to my focus to inspire others, I’ll also be opening a wee-little Etsy shop in the next few weeks. I plan on selling party decor from my past & future events as well as little adorable party items. I don’t plan on becoming a party supply shop, there are so many amazing ladies with amazing party supply shops out there.

I want to thank each and every one of you! You guys give me the motivation to Shine. You all inspire me so much & your support means the world to me. Thank you for taking the time to read posts, to flip through albums, to comment, to “like” & to “share”. You guys are incredible.

Occasions Expo Recap

Hello my sweet friends! The last week has been busy busy busy at Deliciously Darling! Lots of crafting, lots of baking and lots of prep for my booth at the Occasions Magazine Expo. First of all, I was really impressed with the Events industry in Atlanta. Everyone brought their A game. Booths adorned with Ribbon trees, ghost chairs & paisley {from the awesome Elly B Events} to hanging hundreds of paper cranes {from the talented F & G Weddings}, to my sweet booth {literally sweet}.  Ombre Pink Rosette cake, cupcakes, sugar cookies, cheesecake in jars, strawberry milk shooters and donuts. It was a sweets explosion.  Huge thank you to Kathi from My Sweet Things for creating the stunning cake {last minute no less}.

I loved chatting with Brides-to-be, Mitzvah moms, and Party Enthusiast  My favorite part was meeting new people in the Events industry. Yummy caters, amazing venues, talented photographers and awesome event planners. I had the pleasure of chatting with Winston Walker {from Images by Winston Photography}, an Atlanta Wedding Photographer, and he was kind enough to snap some beautiful pictures of my booth & me in action! His work is beautiful and I look forward to working with him in the future.

Another huge thank you to Heather from Occasions Magazine for the opportunity to be at her Expo. It was an amazing show and a wonderful experience.

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Here’s a few pictures I snapped right before the doors opened. In love with all things paper at the moment. So the logo & paper flowers were my favorite details.

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xoxo – Dina

My Darling Week 1


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YAY to new post series! I can’t wait to start sharing my weekly recap’s with you all. Even though it’s gloomy today and raining in the Atl, it’s still been a great week.  This Darling Week I:

– Walked 53 miles with Fitbit. Thank you to Courtney from Pizzazzerie for sharing her fitbit picture on Instagram. I totally had to run out and get one and I’ve been using it for a few weeks. This week I walked 53 miles {patting myself on the back}

– I hoped over to Mom and Munchkins and shared a little about myself & Deliciously Darling! Huge thank you to Cheryl for the sweet feature.

– Booked a trip to Disney! Officially. Restaurants  tickets, activities  check! Just a tip, if you are planning a Disney vacay then book & plan early! Restaurants start taking reservations 180 days in advance.

– Baked 4 dozen Peanut Butter Cup cookies, why? Does anyone need a reason for cookies?

– Started making my must-purchase list for my Blissdom Conference trip, I started with this and this. Sharing more on Blissdom very soon!

– Met up with Mandy from Waiting on Martha at Roswell Provisions. I ordered some amazing goodies from her shop & can’t wait to get my hands on them!

xoxo – Dina

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

Styled Holiday Shoots, Behind-the-Scenes

“Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way – oh what fun it is to style shoots, 3 shoots in a day! Hey!” … Okay perhaps my holiday singing is a bit rusty but if you have been asking yourself, “where has Dina been?” the answer is: stuck in party la-la-land. Over the last two weeks I’ve prepped for 3 holiday shoots and an out-of-town wedding that I styled and now I’m back. Slowly but surly I’m catching up to the tsunami of emails and work pilled up at my desk. So if you are waiting to hear from me – I’m working on it.

Movin’ on to the topic at hand. I really look forward to photo shoot days, lots of sweets and lots of fun. Here is a sneak peek at the day of 3 holiday themed photo shoots. My wonderful photographer & sweet friend, Lauren of Lauren Nicole Studios came out bright and early on a Sunday. Like a rock star she listened to Bieber {okay so maybe holiday music only lasted 15 minutes before we switched gears to a mix of Ellie Goulding & Psy}, snapped pictures and helped me switch up the Christmas tree to match each themed concept we were shooting. I know I say this in every post but I seriously heart her!

Photo shoot days are super fun but shoots that include my two boys are so much more special. Granted shooting takes a bit longer because I’m trying to convince the boys that they should wait to eat the cupcake in their hands until after we get a good picture of it. It’s so worth it to see them participate and help me set up. Shoot day means sugar day and this day was no different.  The kids had ingested a good amount of sugary brunch food, were covered in green & red glitter and boogied to Gangnam Style all while being photographed. Mr. Malik {holding his edible Santa beard in the picture below} had a chance to perfect his Santa voice. So much Holiday fun. Incidentally my kids are so confused as to what season it is – Halloween decorations are up but we are having a “Christmas Party”.  “Mommy when is the Halloween Party?” asked Malik on the day of the Christmas shoot. My response: “Ummm we had one in July with your friends, don’t you remember?”… I’m thinking I may need to start setting aside funds for their future therapy.

Hope you enjoyed this little peek into my Holiday-rific photo shoots. To get the skinny on all the Deliciously Darling magic, follow me on Instagram @ddarlingevents.

Next post – I’ll take you behind the scenes of the out of town wedding I styled. It was so beautiful and sweet!

xoxo Dina

Styled Shoot, Behind-the-Scenes

When people find out that I’m an Event planner, decor designer & stylist they automatically think that life’s a party. Okay it is, but seriously there is a lot of running around and setting up when it comes to putting together all the beautiful little details. Today, I wanted to take you Behind-the-Scenes of a recent Deliciously Darling Events styled shoot. Before I go there, the glittery picture above was taken by my sweet photographer, Lauren of Lauren Nicole Studios. She is a genius and such a sweet friend. I brought tons of glitter to the shoot {surprise, surprise} and I asked her to take a glitter picture of me before we wrapped. I’ve seen these pics floating around Pinterest and had to have one of myself. Usually, I look like a hot mess the day of the shoot so don’t judge. Love how it turned out {Note: I edited the picture a darker so that the glitter pops!} but I’m so planning on doing it again but with more glitter next time. Recommendation: Run out and grab chunky Martha Stewart Glitter from Michaels Craft Store. Don’t attempt with fine glitter or it will end up in your eyes and you will have a glitter mustache. Trust me.

Back to the Styled shoots are a less intense then actual events, so when I get the opportunity, I jump at the chance to put together a shoot. This one happens to be for a local Atlanta events magazine. The day before the shoot consisted of my running around: last minute ribbon pick up {just in case we might need it – did we use it? no}, dessert pick ups and packing up supplies. My friends joke that the day before an event  I suit up in my “jogging” suit so I hustle around town as a work out substitute.  So true – those crates of supplies and cake stands are heavy therefore workout accomplished. Here’s a my day as a party-hustler, even my little sweet munchkin joined in the fun:

Thank you to Waiting on Martha for a couple of these awesome pics. You can follow us both on Instagram for more behind the scenes pictures! {@ddarlingevents & @waitingonmartha}

Leaving you with one more glittery fun picture! I am so having my boys & hubby do glitter pictures for our Holiday cards this year. xoxo – Dina

 

BlogFete 2012 Recap

Happy Tuesday Everyone!!! Just getting back into the swing of things after coming back from BlogFete 2012. It was such an amazing experience. Connecting with creative & motivating people was my absolutely favorite part! I really enjoyed listening to the speakers as they shared their experiences and knowledge and meeting the incredible group of attendees.

I just want to take a second to thank Melissa {Truly Chic Inspirations}, Carmen {The Flair Exchange} and Michele {Intrigue Design Studio}. All the hard work that these three ladies put into BlogFete was noticed. Every detail was covered – from the adorable logo cups to the afternoon cupcakes, tirimisu & box of chocolate covered oreos! You know the way to my heart is coffee + sweets. I was in heaven! But seriously, it was incredible. Thank you for creating such a warm and welcoming environment. {Note: Remembering my experience at BlogFete brings a big smile to my face}.

The speakers were beyond incredible. Each one brought a unique perspective and “dropped some knowledge on me”. Lauren Grove {Every Last Details} inspired me to “find my voice” when blogging. Bonnie Upright {Upright Public Relations} inspired me to think deep about my brand and the emotional connection that one would feel about it. Michele Pentecost {Intrigue Design Studio} shared amazing tips on blog design. Alex & Joey {The Yum Yum Truck} shared their experiences on running a local business + their delicious cupcakes! Carrie Sellman {Halfed Baked – The Cake Blog} shared what works and what doesn’t when it comes to getting featured. Kori Clark {Paper & Pigtails} shared the importance of connecting and did it through beautiful visual quotes. My favorite quote: “Connect with the Like-Minded Driven Creative Focused Stylish Fun Positive”.  Last but certainly not least the wonderful emcee, Theresa Edwards-Capen {Lauren Mckinsey}. Here’s a peek at the presenters doing there thing and one of Melissa smiling:

Here’s a peek at my pictures from BlogFete 2012. Thank you again Melissa, Carmen, Michele and all the presenters & attendees.  It was a phenomenal experience and can’t wait for the next one.

I’m very motivated to share what Deliciously Darling Events is all about via this blog. I will be giving you behind-the-scene peeks into what I’m working on, my fun experiences as an event planner & event designer & stylist, what motivates and inspires me and finally how to do some of the crafty things that I do! xoxo – Dina

PS: Thank you, Thank you Melissa who took the time to take me to Harry Potter’s Wizarding World on Sunday! I had an absolute blast with her and of course I had to take a few pics :). If you are ever in Orlando and love Harry Potter, this is so the place for you!

Instagram Sneak Peeks

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Happy Friday! I think I’m going to start a new DDE tradition. On Fridays I’ll be sharing sneaky peeks into what I’ve been working on all week. My Bride’s October wedding is quickly approaching so I’ve been designing up a Pink & Gold glittery storm. The wedding will be in NJ. I’m really enjoying the challenge of designing & styling an out of town Event!

When I was told the wedding colors are pink & gold, I squealed. I don’t get to use these colors as often as I’d like. My Bride wants a vintage feel with a mix of glitta. In order to have that feminine & vintage feel – I’m using an eyelet pattern as the design basis that will be carried throughout the wedding. Pretty darn excited to share a few peeks into what I’ve been crafting:

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Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram {@ddarlingevents} to see more about what goes on behind the scenes (and pics of my precious little boys smiling, eating ice-cream and of course being cute). Have a great weekend!