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

Step Right Up to Valentines Day Desserts

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Are you ready? Here is some last minute inspiration for all you dessert enthusiast. With simple desserts & store bought treats you can pull off a lovely dessert table. Details below.

Sometimes we don’t have time to put together a big production. Buying store bought treats is more than okay! The adorable little pudding cups above are simply chocolate jello instant pudding with store bought frosting & finished with caramel popcorn. Looks adorable huh?

The larger cupcakes were semi-homemade using cake mix & store bought frosting. Secret: The baking cups are from Marshalls of all places!

The printable elements are the key to polishing off your last minute party. Huge thank you to Lisa Marie Invitations for sharing these to you all as a free download.

Finally – did you notice that adorable sparkling heart wand on the cupcake? You can find them from my pal Waiting on Martha. So cute and such a fun way to add a little sparkle to your desserts.

xoxo – Dina

Vendor Credits:

Dessert table & paper garland: Deliciously Darling || Printables: Lisa Marie Invitations ||  Fondant Hearts: Lynlee’s Petite Cakes || Heart sparkler wand: Waiting on Martha || Push up Pop Containers: Petite Party Studio || Little Pink Spoons: Shop Sweet Lulu || Table Runner, Mugs, Mini Cupcakes, Milk Shake Straws: Target ||

All You Need is Love Pink Dessert Table

So very excited to share my “All you need is love” dessert table with you all today! Created for Occasions Magazine’s Winter Issue, I’ve been waiting so patiently to share this with everyone. Remember the rest of the beautiful photo-shoot? Well this is my favorite part of the shoot, the desserts! I am so honored to have it recently featured on Half Baked, The Cake Blog.

All you need is Love” – Famous words, a beautiful song, and cherished motto. I wanted to put together a romantic dessert table that would capture love. With shades of pink, gold and silver with vintage & glam touches that came together so beautifully. Desserts in pinks, creams and chocolates came together in a delicious way. This stunning dessert table included three perfectly pipped cakes (each with their own icing technique), Pink cake pops with gold and silver details, mini sugar donuts, cupcakes with custom edible fondant toppers, whoopie pies and individual napa valley chocolate cheesecakes, chocolate covered oreos with lace detail, custom heart sugar cookies and of course perfect pink french macarons. These desserts are stunningly displayed on JCT Kitchen’s rustic table accented with a pink runner from I Do Linens and a fun and beautiful tassel garland from The Flair Exchange. Not to mention the gorgeous cake stands from Waiting on Martha & The TomKat Studio Shop.

xoxo – Dina

Vendor Credits: Event Planning & Dessert Styling: Deliciously Darling ||  Photography: Lauren Nicole Studios || Venue: JCT Kitchen & Bar   || Linens: I do Linens ||  Rosanna cake stands & votive holders: Waiting on Martha  || Milk Glass Cake stands & paper straws: The TomKat Studio Shop || Tassel Garland: The Flair Exchange ||  Trio of Cakes:  My Sweet Things || Cupcakes:  Cakes by Darcy || Fondant decor:  Lynlee Petite Cakes || Napa valley chocolate cheesecakes & whoopie pies:  Yoss Baking || Sugar Cookies:  Yummy Delicious Cookies by Whimsical Originals || Chocolate covered oreos:  Sweet Temptations || French Macarons:  Alons Bakery || Cake pops:  Cake pops by Jen

All You Need Is Love Dessert Table

So very excited to share my “All you need is love” dessert table with you all today! Created for Occasions Magazine’s Winter Issue, I’ve been waiting so patiently to share this with everyone. Remember the rest of the beautiful photo-shoot? Well this is my favorite part of the shoot, the desserts! I am so honored to have it recently featured on Half Baked, The Cake Blog.

All you need is Love” – Famous words, a beautiful song, and cherished motto. I wanted to put together a romantic dessert table that would capture love. With shades of pink, gold and silver with vintage & glam touches that came together so beautifully. Desserts in pinks, creams and chocolates came together in a delicious way. This stunning dessert table included three perfectly pipped cakes (each with their own icing technique), Pink cake pops with gold and silver details, mini sugar donuts, cupcakes with custom edible fondant toppers, whoopie pies and individual napa valley chocolate cheesecakes, chocolate covered oreos with lace detail, custom heart sugar cookies and of course perfect pink french macarons. These desserts are stunningly displayed on JCT Kitchen’s rustic table accented with a pink runner from I Do Linens and a fun and beautiful tassel garland from The Flair Exchange. Not to mention the gorgeous cake stands from Waiting on Martha & The TomKat Studio Shop.

xoxo – Dina

Vendor Credits: Event Planning & Dessert Styling: Deliciously Darling ||  Photography: Lauren Nicole Studios || Venue: JCT Kitchen & Bar   || Linens: I do Linens ||  Rosanna cake stands & votive holders: Waiting on Martha  || Milk Glass Cake stands & paper straws: The TomKat Studio Shop || Tassel Garland: The Flair Exchange ||  Trio of Cakes:  My Sweet Things || Cupcakes:  Cakes by Darcy || Fondant decor:  Lynlee Petite Cakes || Napa valley chocolate cheesecakes & whoopie pies:  Yoss Baking || Sugar Cookies:  Yummy Delicious Cookies by Whimsical Originals || Chocolate covered oreos:  Sweet Temptations || French Macarons:  Alons Bakery || Cake pops:  Cake pops by Jen

 

“All You Need is Love” Engagement Party Inspiration

A few months ago, I got a call from Occasions Magazine requesting a Valentine’s day themed shoot. My first in print full feature! I jumped, squealed and did a little dance. Brainstorming ideas, I decided to go with an Engagement party on Valentine’s Day. What better way to capture love?!  The shoot included tablescape, dessert table {sharing those pics very soon}, a Champagne bar, photo booth, candy favor table & a Love notes for the Bride table.  Here’s my inspiration for the shoot:

“All you need is Love” – Famous words, a beautiful song, and cherished motto. I wanted to put together a engagement party that would capture love. With shades of pink, gold and silver with vintage & glam touches that came together so beautifully.

I’ve been dying to share this with you all. It’s been months and months and I’m so excited to finally share it! This shoot wouldn’t have turned out so beautifully without the help of Mandy Rye from Waiting on Martha. Not only does she have amazing taste and helped with the venue, the serving pieces and set up but she was one of my models. Big huge thank you to my sweet friend Lauren from Lauren Nicole Studios. She is such a talented photographer and I just adore working with her.

Vendor Credits:
Event Planning, Decor, Event & Dessert Styling: Deliciously Darling ||  Photography: Lauren Nicole Studios || Venue: JCT Kitchen & Bar  || Florals & Balloons: Flowers by Holland || Linens, photo booth backdrop and custom mirror decal: I do Linens || Invitations & Paperie: Natalie Chang ||  Rosanna cake stands, votive holders, bracelets, macaron trinket boxes: Waiting on Martha  || Milk Glass Cake stands, paper straws, favor bags, gumballs, favor jars: The TomKat Studio Shop || Custom Lollipops: Vintage Confections || Glitter Spoons: The Flair Exchange ||Models: Mandy Rye & Star Bradley

“All You Need is Love” Feature

A few months ago, September to be exact, I was in the process of designing a Valentines day shoot for Occasions Magazine’s Winter Issue. {You can check out the magazine online via iTunes. Just download the Occasions Magazine App}.

I can’t wait to get my hands on the magazine tomorrow at the Atlanta launch party and actually see it in print. Here’s a sneak peek of the “All you Need is LOVE” Engagement Party.

 

Photography: Lauren Nicole Studios || Styling & Glitter Cake Stand: Deliciously Darling || Cookies: Yummy Delicious Cookies by Whimsical Original || Little Pink Cupcake Stand: Waiting on Martha ||

Tomorrow, I’ll share the beautiful tablescape & candy table. Wait till you see Thursday’s post on the dessert table. It was Ahhhhmazing. I had the help of some of the most amazing gal’s int he party world – I can’t thank them enough! I’ve been dying to share more, I’m so excited to share it all this week.

Here’s one more peek:

xoxo

Dina

 

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

 

 

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