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Blue & White Christmas Dessert Table Inspiration

17 Nov

Last week it was like Christmas at The Sweet Hostess HQs. Long awaited boxes of pretty and delicate paper decorations had arrived safe and sound from the US. Yes, the usual honeycomb balls, tissue pom poms and even a few new items like honeycomb hearts and diamonds had arrived. But my absolute favourite new arrival are the snowflakes, the white ones are so pretty but it is the blue and white frosted versions that have stolen my heart. I really just want to keep them all for myself 🙂

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I just knew I had to create a dessert table backdrop with them. Just even adding a few makes a huge impact! I love the traditional white snowflakes, but I absolutely LOVE the blue and white frosted snowflakes. The photos on my website don’t really do them justice, definitely need to learn some new photography skills!

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A tower of mini doughnuts is one of the easiest and cheapest ways of adding some impact to your dessert table at home. To tie in with the Christmas theme add a sprinkle of icing sugar. I have blinged them up by adding some embellished cake toppers.

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Some silver striped straws are perfect for Christmas and New Year celebrations. As well as gold and silver stripes, chevron and stars we also have the most adorable red snowflake paper straws which are now available from our shop.

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All the cake toppers you see are from the Danish brand Miss Etoile which we have been stocking from last month. Their products are simply gorgeous. As well as those we are stocking silver and gold vintage bird cake stands. You can see the silver version above, each has a lovely bird printed on the top of the stand. So much love for this!

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We hope you like our dessert table and it gives you some inspiration to create your own. Watch our for our red and gold themed table coming next week. xx

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Miss Etoile Autumn / Winter Collection

14 Sep

I have been a big fan of Danish design company ‘Miss Etoile’ for some time. Two weeks ago I headed up to Birmingham to check out the latest products at the Autumn Gift Fair and to my utter delight Miss Etoile were exhibiting! It was a chance to see their products in the flesh and I wasn’t disappointed.

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Initially I will stock their cake stands, cake toppers, paper lanterns, confetti, doilies and sweet jars. Too happy! Miss Etoile represent glamour and elegance. The best thing is that the quality of the items is amazing but doesn’t have the price tag to match! Here are a few of my favourite products…..

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Black and Gold party Selection

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Pastel Party Items

Miss Etoile products will be available from The Sweet Hostess online shop by the end of the month. All products are now being featured on our website. We hope you love the items as much as we do!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Melissa x

Our new fancy straws!

24 Apr

We are so excited to be stocking some gorgeous new straws. They not only come in the best patterns ~ stripes ~ stars ~ chevron, they are available in gold and silver. Yep, you heard right. I can see these being so popular at Christmas.

My favourite is the gold chevron, what’s yours? We are currently selling these for £3.25 in a packet of 25. You can check them out on our website here.

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Mini Photo Shoot

16 Apr

Evening all, hope everyone has had a smashing day and caught a little glimpse of the sunshine! Today I have been busy doing a mini photo shoot of some of our new products. As a small business I can’t always afford a photographer to take glamouros photos of my products (hopefully in the future though…!).

I have picked up some great lighting and editing tips from online tutorials. LOVE an online tutorial! Please don’t take this as some sort of boast about my photos ~ just check out my product images on my site (I have a looooong way to go!!). But I actually really enjoy photography.

This is going to make me sound so old (eek!) but in high school I decided to study graphic design, art history and photography much to my parents dismay. I spent many an hour whittling away the hours in the school dark room. How I loved immersing the paper into the developer and slowly watch my image appear. When I moved to London over 10 years ago my dad lent me his old SLR camera which I swear takes better photographs than any digital I have owned. The photos from a Middle East voyage seemed to glitter and gleam with the amazing sunlight.

Anyway, here is a little snapshot of some of the banner images I created today. Let me know what you think of them!

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I know it has been snowing but I am already thinking about ice cream.

12 Mar

It seems a tad inappropriate that I am blogging about ice cream when it’s snowing outside, but oh well we all need a bit of cheering up!

I have just added an ice cream section to the website, yep that is right. I’m expecting all my stock to sell out within days with this heatwave. LOL!

We have added all our Sucre Shop printed ice cream spoons and have the most gorgeous ice cream cups. Don’t worry, we will remind you of this again when the weather starts to warm up..!

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In love with Bakers Twine and a little Pinterest inspiration..

11 Mar

Yay! A new addition to our online shop – gorgeous bakers twine!! We are currently stocking 6 colours including yellow, red, orange, green, brown and black. We are also looking at expanding our range with some glittery options.

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If you haven’t caught the Pinterest bug yet, you need to get yourself signed up quick! It is great if you are seeking inspiration for basically anything! I even have a ‘private’ folder with all things business, social media and tax related. Visual images on all things tax related works for me 🙂

Anyway I digress, I wanted to share some ideas via Pinterest on what you could use your baking twine for. So here are my Five top picks!

Easter Twine Inspiration

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Wrapping paper with twine.

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Wedding Stationery and twine combination

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Wrap your sweets in twine!

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Dress your drinks up with twine, and why not?

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We hope you enjoyed our little Pinterest party of inspiration! Go over and take a look.

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How to Fluff your Tissue Pom Poms to Perfection Tutorial

5 Mar

We are so pleased to be stocking some gorgeous tissue pom poms. They are such a simple decoration yet have a massive impact when styled at your event/home/shop. Some of our customers are surprised when they arrive flat packed. The reason for this is they simply do not travel well in the post when they are ‘fluffed’. In all our pom pom packs we do include instructions, but I thought I would just write a quick tutorial and include a few piccies to help you along the way.

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Step 1: You will receive your tissue pom pom something like this.

Step 2: Fan out your pom pom. Usually one side at a time is perfectly fine.

Step 3. This is probably the most important step. Carefully pull the strip of tissue paper one by one. It is vital that the first couple are strips are pulled up at a 90 degree angle. If you don’t pull it up straight you often come out with a wonky pom pom. But wonky pom poms look cute nevertheless 🙂

Step 4: Once you have fluffed one side, then you can continue the other side by repeating the above step. You should then have your finished pom pom!

Most pom poms appear slightly oval shape, so you can use your hands gently to create a more rounded shape.

And this is the finished outcome….. Voila!

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Sucre Shop Utensils

9 Dec

Well if you haven’t heard the news yet The Sweet Hostess will become an official stockist of Sucre Shop utensils. These little beauty’s are currently stocked in the US so it’s fab that I have finally got my hands on this fab party accessory!

On our website you will currently find the initial range we will be stocking, but we have plans to extend this in 2013 as we assess what is popular here in the UK. To check out the range that will be available soon you can visit our shop here.

There are so many great ways you can use these spoons for your event giving your party instant pizazz! We love this ‘Go fly a kite’ party theme which features chevron and rustic vibes via Party Wagon. Love the way that they created the little ‘cloud on a spoon’ to compliment the theme perfectly. Genius!

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Rainbow parties are fast becoming popular in the UK with so much decoration potential with all those amazing colours. Check out this wonderful rainbow jelly idea via Kara’s Party Ideas. Little wooden spoons are placed within the jelly creating a ready to eat party snack. Winning. This is something I often do myself at parties, as it is quick and effective snack to the sweet table and the kiddies love Jelly, you just can’t go wrong.

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trail mix1I found this party idea via Catch My Party. The little sweet jars are such a great party favour or snack. Obviously you could change the label or sweets to match your theme. In this case the spoons are attached to the outside of the jar.

 

 

 

Berry spoonsAs this chic baby shower demonstrates party spoons are not only for the little ones. I love how elegant the berries and cream look in this clear pot.

 

Ice Cream Spoons

 

 

As I write this post I am snuggled up on the sofa drinking tea, glad I am inside out of this cold cold weather. I am still tempted to add this image of ice cream. It looks really delicious! The party comes via HWTM check out this blog post for some great carnival party inspiration ideas.

We would love if you could leave a comment or provide your own party ideas using these cute wooden spoons.

Our online shop is now live!

29 Nov

I am so pleased and excited to announce the launch of our online shop! A common question I get from my clients is ‘where can I buy those jars/ribbon/pom poms?’ Now we are sharing our secret’s by making them all available via our shop!

We have many great products featured already including candy cups (currently only available in the US), sweeties and retro stripe straws. Look out for more products including cake stands, jars and candy scoops. We are importing most of our stock and trying to find unique items that are not stocked in the UK. Stay tuned for some more exciting updates soon.