Ideas for National Chocolate Cake Day for Two….with wine.

What are the odds, that not only is today both Wine Wednesday AND National Chocolate Cake Day? As if we needed a reason to consume either! This year they both line up perfectly into one glorious day. Maybe it’s because it’s getting close to Valentine’s Day, or maybe I’m a fan of date nights that involve a good red wine and a luscious cake, but I feel like this week’s idea board should be an ever-so-lightly romantic evening for two. And you guessed it: chocolate cake and wine are on the menu. Here’s what I had in mind:

Ideas for National Chocolate Cake Day for Two….with wine.

Don’t you think that card is adorable? How cute would it be to write a little love note and ask if your other half will join you for a little wine and chocolate and mail it to them? I would be thrilled to get that in the mail! Here’s where I found all of these great images for this week’s inspiration:

National Chocolate Cake Day Greeting Card – created and sold by NeedAHolidayCalendar on Etsy

Swarovski Crystalline Red Wine Glasses – available on Swarovski

Wine Decanter – featured in a post by Food & Wine

Darkest Chocolate Cake with Red Wine Glaze – Recipe shared by Bon Appetit

Double Chocolate Cake Truffle Cake Balls – baked and sold by SugarpopBakeshop on Etsy

What would you do if we created a National Wine and Chocolate Cake Day holiday?

I’d insist I had to take the day off.

Purple and Orange Orchid Wedding Ideas

Is it winter yet?

Honestly, the weather we have been having here in Florida makes me second guess what my calendar has been telling me. It’s hot, humid, and generally pretty sunny out. It’s hard to imagine some of the fall idea boards I’ve been sharing the last few weeks in a tropical climate like this.

Naturally, I had to wonder what would be a tropical friendly fall wedding look like? Here’s what I had in mind:

Purple and Orange Orchid Wedding Ideas

As you can tell, lots of orange orchids with purple accents are what I went with.

Be sure to see where I found all of these inspirational images at:

Purple and Orange Orchid Cupcakes – shared on The Cupcake Blog

Orange and Pink Orchid Bouquet – spotted on Pinterest

Purple Orchid and Tropical Chair Covers with Purple Drapery – spotted on Pinterest

Tropical Floral Modern Décor – spotted on Pinterest

Purple Tropical Tablescape with Orange Flowers – spotted on Pinterest

Hot Pink and Orange Orchid Cake – shared in a round up post by Calligraphy By Jennifer

Submerged Orange Orchid Centerpieces with Candles – shared on Bridal Guide

Orchid and Calla Lily Boutonniere – available from DebbiCoFlowers.com

Could you see this as a fall wedding in the tropics?

Beach-side 4th of July Party Ideas

Is there a better way to celebrate Independence Day then on the beach with sparklers, cold drinks and evening fireworks? I don’t think there could be!

Here’s how I’d like to celebrate:

Beach-side 4th of July Party Ideas

Beach-side 4th of July Party Ideas

See where I found all of these fantastic ideas:

Red, White and Blue Starfish Tablescape – shared by Starfish Cottage

Red, White and Blue Starfish Tablescape – shared by Starfish Cottage

Red, White and Blue Starfish Tablescape – shared by Starfish Cottage

Nautical Starfish Beach Sign – made by MeetMeByeTheSea on Etsy

Nautical Starfish Beach Sign – made by MeetMeByeTheSea on Etsy

Nautical Starfish Beach Sign – made by MeetMeByeTheSea on Etsy

Let the Sparks Fly! Sparkler Holder – shared on Raenovate

Let the Sparks Fly! Sparkler Holder – shared on Raenovate

Let the Sparks Fly! Sparkler Holder – shared on Raenovate

Beach Chair Set Up – shared by Cape Cod Beach Chair Company

Beach Chair Set Up – shared by Cape Cod Beach Chair Company

Beach Chair Set Up – shared by Cape Cod Beach Chair Company

I Dig the USA Shovels – made by HappyLittleArt on Etsy

I Dig the USA Shovels – made by HappyLittleArt on Etsy

I Dig the USA Shovels – made by HappyLittleArt on Etsy

Patriotic Drink Cart – spotted on Pinterest

Patriotic Drink Cart – spotted on Pinterest

Patriotic Drink Cart – spotted on Pinterest

 

How do you celebrate Independence Day?

A Red, Red Rose – Wedding Inspiration

Deep red, saturated satins. Lush, vibrant red rose petals. Those are the details that make this wedding extravanga so, well, extravagant.

Here’s what I had in mind for this lux wedding:

A Red, Red Rose - Wedding Inspiration Board

A Red, Red Rose – Wedding Inspiration Board

Check out where I found the elements of this wedding inspiration board:

Red Rose Tiered Wedding Cake – spotted on Pinterest

Red Rose Tiered Wedding Cake – spotted on Pinterest

Red Rose Tiered Wedding Cake – spotted on Pinterest

Satin Rosette Table Runner – made by floratouch on Etsy

Satin Rosette Table Runner – made by floratouch on Etsy

Satin Rosette Table Runner – made by floratouch on Etsy

Jumbo Ribbon Streamers in Scarlett Red – made by RomancingJuliet on Etsy

Jumbo Ribbon Streamers in Scarlett Red – made by RomancingJuliet on Etsy

Jumbo Ribbon Streamers in Scarlett Red – made by RomancingJuliet on Etsy

Hand Painted with Dark Red Rose Champagne Glasses – made by HandPaintedPetals on Etsy

Hand Painted with Dark Red Rose Champagne Glasses – made by HandPaintedPetals on Etsy

Hand Painted with Dark Red Rose Champagne Glasses – made by HandPaintedPetals on Etsy

Red Rose Bouquet – spotted on a roundup post on ITakeYou

Red Rose Bouquet – spotted on a roundup post on ITakeYou

Red Rose Bouquet – spotted on a roundup post on ITakeYou

Red Rose Bow – spotted on Pinterest

Red Rose Bow – spotted on Pinterest

Red Rose Bow – spotted on Pinterest

Satin Napkin in Burgundy – available on CVLinens

Satin Napkin in Burgundy – available on CVLinens

Satin Napkin in Burgundy – available on CVLinens

Red Rose Wedding Digital Invitation – made by PinkTexasPrint on Etsy

Red Rose Wedding Digital Invitation – made by PinkTexasPrint on Etsy

Red Rose Wedding Digital Invitation – made by PinkTexasPrint on Etsy

Red Rose Petal Wedding Aisle with Red Drapery and Garland – shared on Colin Cowie Weddings

Red Rose Petal Wedding Aisle with Red Drapery and Garland – shared on Colin Cowie Weddings

Red Rose Petal Wedding Aisle with Red Drapery and Garland – shared on Colin Cowie Weddings

Is red too dramatic to be your wedding color? Or do you enjoy the bold, rich hue?

 

A Garnet Inspired Birthday Party for the January Princess

Happy Birthday to ME!

This inspiration board is fantastic, if I do say so myself. I made it completely centered on my birthday. I’m a January baby, who loves her garnet birthstone. If I had excessive amounts of money to spend on a lavish birthday, this would be what I would want this year. Luxury, rich jewel tones with fabulous floral and cases of delicious wine. What more would a princess want on her birthday?

Oh- I know! The perfect dress to wear to such a party! Check!

Here’s what I had in mind:

A Garnet Inspired Birthday Party for the January Princess by Unique Pastiche Events

A Garnet Inspired Birthday Party for the January Princess by Unique Pastiche Events

Check out where I found all of the elements in this idea board:

Burgundy / Garnet Edible Sugar Jewels Candies – made by APocketFullofSweets on Etsy

Burgundy / Garnet Edible Sugar Jewels Candies – made by APocketFullofSweets on Etsy

Burgundy / Garnet Edible Sugar Jewels Candies – made by APocketFullofSweets on Etsy

Conundrum Decanter – sold by Firebox

Conundrum Decanter – sold by Firebox

Conundrum Decanter – sold by Firebox

Floral Jewel Tone Tablescape – spotted on Pinterest

Floral Jewel Tone Tablescape – spotted on Pinterest

Floral Jewel Tone Tablescape – spotted on Pinterest

Red Decorations and Cake Table – shared on 9WeddingWebsites

Red Decorations and Cake Table – shared on 9WeddingWebsites

Red Decorations and Cake Table – shared on 9WeddingWebsites

Garnet Envelope – sold on Envelopes.com

Garnet Envelope – sold on Envelopes.com

Garnet Envelope – sold on Envelopes.com

Dolce & Gabbana’s Velvet Cocktail Dress in Red Velvet – shared on Net-A-Porter

Dolce & Gabbana’s Velvet Cocktail Dress in Red Velvet – shared on Net-A-Porter

Dolce & Gabbana’s Velvet Cocktail Dress in Red Velvet – shared on Net-A-Porter

What is your birthstone?

A Wedding in Red Velvet

Happy New Year!

I hope 2015 is off to a brilliant start for you! To start this year off with quite the bang, I’ve put together a dashing wedding – in red! Red velvet to be precise. This theme would be spectacular for wintery wedding, without going into the Santa’s velvet coat avenue. No, this is a muuuccch darker red, with a more sultry vibe about it. Fabulous for a wedding, but I think any gala or fundraiser could do well with this theme too.

Here’s what I had in mind:

Wedding in Red Velvet - and inspiration board by Unique Pastiche Events

Wedding in Red Velvet – and inspiration board by Unique Pastiche Events

Check out where I found all of the elements in this week’s idea board:

Velvet Flower Napkin Rings – sold by UltimaDecor on Etsy

Velvet Flower Napkin Rings – sold by UltimaDecor on Etsy

Velvet Flower Napkin Rings – sold by UltimaDecor on Etsy

Dramatic Red Velvet Draped Central Bar – shared by BizBash

Dramatic Red Velvet Draped Central Bar – shared by BizBash

Dramatic Red Velvet Draped Central Bar – shared by BizBash

Dramatic Red Lounge and Stylish Seating – shared by The Bridal Detective

Dramatic Red Lounge and Stylish Seating – shared by The Bridal Detective

Dramatic Red Lounge and Stylish Seating – shared by The Bridal Detective

Glamorous Candy Bar – shared on Catch My Party by Mary K

Glamorous Candy Bar – shared on Catch My Party by Mary K

Glamorous Candy Bar – shared on Catch My Party by Mary K

Red and Gold Cupcake Collection – shared by Lynette Brandl on Flickr

Red and Gold Cupcake Collection – shared by Lynette Brandl on Flickr

Red and Gold Cupcake Collection – shared by Lynette Brandl on Flickr

Enjoy! Wedding Candy Buffet Treat Bag – made by SWDParties on Etsy

Enjoy! Wedding Candy Buffet Treat Bag – made by SWDParties on Etsy

Enjoy! Wedding Candy Buffet Treat Bag – made by SWDParties on Etsy

Elegant Red Velvet Roses Bouquet – made by lanabyancafloral on Etsy

Elegant Red Velvet Roses Bouquet – made by lanabyancafloral on Etsy

Elegant Red Velvet Roses Bouquet – made by lanabyancafloral on Etsy

“Temptation” Signature Cocktail – cocktail recipe share on Las Vegas Weekly

“Temptation” Signature Cocktail – cocktail recipe share on Las Vegas Weekly

“Temptation” Signature Cocktail – cocktail recipe share on Las Vegas Weekly

The Begonia Suite Letterpress Invitation – made by DinglewoodDesign on Etsy

The Begonia Suite Letterpress Invitation – made by DinglewoodDesign on Etsy

The Begonia Suite Letterpress Invitation – made by DinglewoodDesign on Etsy

What type of events would you like to see more of this year?

Christmas Cookie Decorating Party

I know TECHNICALLY Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and I should probably do one last “fall” inspired inspiration board. But you know what? I don’t feel like it. I’m ready to dive into Christmas! That and I am not a huge fan of autumn (mostly out of never having experienced it) and today is an abnormally cold day for us here in Florida. And by cold I mean it’s 65 out. That’s cold for us, don’t be jealous!

Now that we are past that, and we have both come to terms that it’s pretty much been all about Christmas in the US since, November 1 (you know it has!), what better way to REALLY dive into the season then by decorating cookies? Cookies + Sprinkles + Eggnog = a good time. Add some friends, some Christmas classics on the radio and you will be having a great time.

This would also be a fun theme for a kid’s birthday party that happens to fall close to the holidays. I know if my birthday was around this time of the year I’d want to do this with all my friends. Though, I also think a snowman building party would be a blast too.

Let’s get to it, here’s what I’m thinking:

Christmas Cookie Decorating Party Ideas by Unique Pastiche Events

Christmas Cookie Decorating Party Ideas by Unique Pastiche Events

 

See where all of my inspiration for this board was found. There are LOTS of great options on Etsy this week:

Cookies and Milk Printables – shared on Today’s Mama

Cookies and Milk Printables – shared on Today’s Mama

Cookies and Milk Printables – shared on Today’s Mama

Pine Tree Cookie Decorating Kit – sold by sweetestelle on Etsy

Pine Tree Cookie Decorating Kit – sold by sweetestelle on Etsy

Pine Tree Cookie Decorating Kit – sold by sweetestelle on Etsy

Custom Gingerbread Monogramed Apron – made by HeatherRogersDesigns on Etsy

Custom Gingerbread Monogramed Apron – made by HeatherRogersDesigns on Etsy

Custom Gingerbread Monogramed Apron – made by HeatherRogersDesigns on Etsy

Custom Gingerbread Monogramed Apron – made by HeatherRogersDesigns on Etsy

Custom Gingerbread Monogramed Apron – made by HeatherRogersDesigns on Etsy

Wooden Spoons with Bells as favors – shared by A Bushel and a Peck

Christmas Cookie Cutter Wine Charms -made by LittleThingsByLaurie on Etsy

Christmas Cookie Cutter Wine Charms -made by LittleThingsByLaurie on Etsy

Christmas Cookie Cutter Wine Charms -made by LittleThingsByLaurie on Etsy

Digital Christmas Cookie Decorating Party Invitation – made by 5foot12studio on Etsy

Digital Christmas Cookie Decorating Party Invitation – made by 5foot12studio on Etsy

Digital Christmas Cookie Decorating Party Invitation – made by 5foot12studio on Etsy

Cookie Decorating Station – shared by The Pear on Hostess with the Mostess

Cookie Decorating Station – shared by The Pear on Hostess with the Mostess

Cookie Decorating Station – shared by The Pear on Hostess with the Mostess

Giant Gingerbread Man Décor – made by Taylorshandmade on Etsy

Giant Gingerbread Man Décor – made by Taylorshandmade on Etsy

Giant Gingerbread Man Décor – made by Taylorshandmade on Etsy

Christmas Cookie Cutter Wreath – made by paperbloomsnmore on Etsy

Christmas Cookie Cutter Wreath – made by paperbloomsnmore on Etsy

Christmas Cookie Cutter Wreath – made by paperbloomsnmore on Etsy

If you had to decorate cookies, would you rather decorate sugar cookies or gingerbread cookies?