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Friday’s Favorites: Love is Sweet, Liquor is Quicker, Rustic Brights, and Anglophile Style

Happy Friday! I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to the weekend. Hoping to get my insomnia under control and going to see a friend’s band play on Saturday. Tonight I have my kiddo and I think we are going to watch Hugo along with Mr. Wondermous. Has anyone seen it yet? I’ve heard good things and can’t wait to see it.

As per usual, Friday’s Favorites features Etsy treasuries that correspond to themes and boards presented earlier on in the week. This weeks posts presented me with four opportunities to peruse Etsy in order to find you great things with which to execute this week’s themes: Love is Sweet, Liquor is Quicker, Rustic Brights, and Anglophile Style. Take a gander at them and I send you hopes for a lovely weekend!

Candy/Sweets Buffet

‘Love is Sweet- Purple/Lavender, White and Silver’ by ravengrrl


Love is Sweet Wedding Shower…

$30.00

10 Muslin Favor Bags – Purpl…

$10.00

Elegant Purple Candy or Dess…

$20.00

Customizable Gray and White …

$5.00

upcycle/recycle photo or not…

$30.00

Blackberry Merlot Mulled Win…

$10.00

Lavender Fleur d’ Sel Ca…

$7.00

LoveLace Silver Candy Dish, …

$20.00

Honey Lavender Mallows – One…

$9.00

Apothecary Jar Pedestal Set

$50.00

White Camphor Glass with Sil…

$30.00

por mi amor champagne heart …

$14.00

Silver Cake Pops perfect for…

$24.00

organic blackberry-almond (b…

$29.00

Black Raspberry Fudge in a h…

$6.25

25 white chocolate dipped si…

$32.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

Liquor is Quicker

‘Liquor is Quicker’ by ravengrrl


mid century barware genie bo…

$45.00

Jadite LIquor Bottle With St…

$18.00

Porcelain mirrored Jim Beam …

$30.00

TREASURY ITEM x 2 . rare bir…

$35.00

Liquor Bottle Heather Dew Bl…

$42.00

Vintage 4 Chamber/Compartmen…

$35.00

Vintage Liquor Decantor Coll…

$42.00

Vintage Altar Boy Liquor B…

$45.00

Mirrored Vintage Schenley Li…

$18.00

Vintage leather clad liquor …

$19.99

Delft Blue Holland Vintage C…

$35.00

Cobalt Blue Liquor Bottle

$20.00

Scroll Work Liquor Bottles S…

$110.00

Vintage Liquor Decanter Deep…

$15.00

Brown heart bottle, Paul Mas…

$22.00

Vintage Western Jim Bean Cho…

$20.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

Rustic Pink and Yellow Wedding

‘Rustic Hot Pink and Yellow Nuptials’ by ravengrrl


Rustic Wedding Flower Girl B…

$25.00

Love Birds Wedding Cake Topp…

$34.00

Wedding Guest Book Box – H…

$68.00

Rustic Wedding Guest Book Pe…

$12.50

Wedding Boutonniere, Lapel P…

$15.00

Shabby Distressed Hot Pink 1…

$29.99

Love garland with fushia fel…

$30.00

Flower Crown Hot Pink Head W…

$31.95

Mustard Yellow Shabby Chic M…

$10.00

Cake Pops – Yellow with a to…

$53.00

Pink and Yellow Rose Hair Fl…

$32.00

Free Samples and 100 Jars fo…

$210.00

DIY bridal shower invitation…

$15.00

Sample Sale. Real Touch Roun…

$105.00

Pink Lemonade pink and yello…

$8.00

50 Wedding Wands Wood Christ…

$56.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

Anglophile Wedding Style

‘Anglophile Wedding Style’ by ravengrrl


Letterpress Union Jack Coast…

$10.00

Wedding Sign Handpainted wed…

$29.99

handpainted union jack briti…

$55.00

STRONG INTUITION British hat…

$250.00

6x Lucky British Wedding Six…

$5.00

Union Jack Cufflinks – Briti…

$40.00

Union Jack Jubilee bunting -…

$24.00

England/British Silver coin …

$40.00

Union Jack British Flag Wrea…

$21.99

Tudor Rose Brooch or Hair Cl…

$40.00

It’s British Cupcake Kit…

$11.95

flask 12 oz, Distressed Leat…

$52.00

Heart of Britain Cake Stand …

$75.00

British Bunting Necklace

$12.00

Set of 3 Mum Flower Bobby Pi…

$7.50

Wedding Brooch Bouquet – Pat…

$375.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

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Monday’s Finding: DIY: Creating a fabulous candy buffet and sweets table

How was your weekend all? I didn’t get the jump on spring cleaning like I’d planned, but I did get lots of much needed rest. My kiddo had his first sleepover at his best buddy’s house and it was a great success. Much love and thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Buddy for taking great care of my munchkin. He had a blast!

Speaking of my munchkin, he is very hip to the whole candy/sweets buffet thing. Mr. Wondermous and me had a Mexican sweets themed bar at our Dia de los Muertos themed engagement party and kiddo wants to make sure we have one at mine and Mr. Wondermous’ wedding. We’re giving it some thought as to how we can make it fit in to our Jane Austen inspired English Garden theme. Here’s a pic of the Mexican candy bar we put together for our engagement party:

Photo by Eric Murphy of Piscean Dreams Photography. Buffet and printables designed by moi.

If you are considering a sweets table or candy buffet, there are many businesses popping up that specialize in creating them. If you have the budget for a pro, go for it! They have the resources to help you find some of those hard to find nostalgic candies, already have a variety of display items, free up the time it would take for you or a relative/friend to set up, as well as create a magnificent display for your event. Here’s a sample of my personal faves created by pros:

Flatbed Bar: By Heather of WhipperBerry blog: http://www.austinweddingblog.com/2010/10/vintage-dessert-table-truck.html#

Sweets Bars

But what do you do when the budget isn’t there for a sweets table pro? Well, my first suggestion is to utilize the books and blogs of sweets table pro Amy Atlas:
http://amyatlas.com/
http://blog.amyatlas.com/
Sweet Designs by Amy Atlas
My other favorite source for sweets table inspiration, is the blog, Hostess With the Mostess. Jenn Sbranti features great sweets table inspiration from many of the industry’s pros. Both of these talented ladies provide oodles of inspiration and printables (many are free) to help you on your way to creating a DIY sweets table or candy buffet sure to wow your guests. Finally, don’t forget about Martha Stewart’s Martha Stewart Weddings. A search for sweets tables produced 60 hits full of sweets table goodness, including this feature on sweets tables from real weddings: Dessert Tables From Real Weddings.

Next, determine your theme and color scheme. Think in terms of colors (pick at least two) and steer clear of overused themes often available in party ware. Here is a great example of a great theme and color palette for a fabulous baby shower where the mother was expecting in December. I love the use of the advent bunting!

Designed by: Laure of Sweet Girly Mommy and Jelena, founder of Baby S Event. Source: http://blowoutparty.com/blog/2010/12/fabulous-christmas-themed-baby-shower/

Once you’ve determined which direction you are headed in terms of theme and color, it’s time to source your sweets and candy. Refrain from going from grocery store to grocery store or to expensive mall candy shops to fill up your candy jars. There are great sources for candy right at your fingertips via the good ol’ Internet. My go to site is Candy Warehouse. I’m all about efficiency and quality and you’ll definitely find that with Candy Warehouse’s Candy Buffet Builder where you pick your colors or occasion and are then provided with candy recommendations based on your info. Another great site is Chic Candy Buffet. In addition, party stores like Party City are becoming hip to the sweets table trend and are carrying color coordinated candy.

How much candy and/or treats will you need? A sweets table is designed to be a treat, not the main event. The standard is 2-3 ounces of candy per person. So, using that number purchase your candy accordingly and make sure that your bags, favor boxes, etc. only hold about 3 ounces. As for other sweet delights, 1 – 2 per person should be plenty. Here are some examples of my Candy Warehouse search for purple and pink candy:

Pink and Purple Candy

If you are doing a candy and sweets combo or just sweets, think of using your cake as a central part of your display. Find a cool cake stand with which to showcase it on. If you are serving cupcakes or cake pops, there are some great display options on sites like Etsy as well as your local restaurant supply store and cake decorating sections of your local party store. Consider what you and your fiance’s, birthday boy or girl, honoree, etc. favorite cookies, cake, and pies are. Will you feature full size desserts or minis? Will you make them from scratch or purchase from a store or bakery?

Finally, search for glass containers, silver bowls, wooden bowls, cupcake tree, cake stand, etc. to create your display. I have noticed places like Target carrying a wider variety of clear glass showy containers and dessert display items in their home section as well as places like Hobby Lobby and Michaels. In addition, there is Sav On Crafts, for their affordable apothecary jars, candy bowls, cake stands, etc. and one of my go to sources for just about everything event and wedding related. My favorite source: thrift stores. You can find some amazing containers and platters, especially for a vintage or shabby chic themed event. Use boxes under a table cover for creating variation in height and more interest in your display. Consider adding a few theme related props like bunting, ceramic figures, paper cut outs, flowers, etc. Have fun with it and be sure to practice setting it up before the big event. When you get it like you want it, take a picture for reference so that you aren’t rushing around trying to remember what your ultimate display looked like.

Have fun with creating your sugar laden masterpiece and enjoy the smiles of your guests as they fill their bags or boxes from your table with wonder. This is one party and wedding trend that’s here to stay! I leave you with some great DIY sweets tables to inspire confidence and creativity when creating your very own sweets table.

DIY sweets tables

Friday’s Favorites: Sweet as honey

This week I am going back to the old Friday’s Favorites format. It will remain an Etsy treasury feature.

So, on to Friday’s Favorites. This week is all about honey! Etsy features some great handmade (bee made in this case) honey items perfect for use as party and or wedding favors. Having a Winnie the Pooh themed baby shower? How about giving out little jars of honey? A beautiful bar of oatmeal and honey soap is perfect for a spa party. Looking for sweet treats to add to your candy or sweets buffet? Honey based candies and truffles are sure to be enjoyed by your guests.

I hope you enjoy the treasury and take a gander at what Etsy has to offer.

‘Sweet as Honey: Favors’ by ravengrrl


Custom Wedding Honey Jar Fav…

$3.50

Oatmeal, Milk and Honey Goat…

$4.00

Honey Bourbon Blackberry Jam…

$8.95

Double flavor bite size drop…

$12.00

Apples and Honey Cake Truffl…

$29.00

Honey Pennants – 100 Favors …

$75.00

8 oz. Torch Illumination Hon…

$9.00

Chocolate Covered Sunflower …

$159.00

Cupcake Bath Bomb -Honey Coc…

$8.00

Gourmet Popcorn – Honey Must…

$4.00

All Natural — Hand Poured -…

$3.00

Rich Dark Chocolate Organic …

$12.50

Honey Wheat Chocolate Dipped…

$11.50

Bee Pollen Gourmet 1oz. Samp…

$4.95

Lavender Honey Caramel 1/2 p…

$11.50

Honey Almond Dead Sea Salt …

$5.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

Friday’s Favorite Things: Dessert/Candy Buffets

So, I’ve decided to start posting some of my favorite things on Fridays and I thought I would start with something that speaks to my inner child and my raging sweet tooth: Candy and Dessert Buffets. What a fun and festive way to say thank you to your guests and tie in your theme and provide an additional element of decor to your event! They can be as simple or as elaborate as your imagination.