♥ Party Feature ♥ Ariella’s 1st Birthday – Rustic Winter Wonderland

4 Apr

Even though it is Spring and with Easter now being officially colder than Christmas we thought it was only fitting to feature this absolutely stunning rustic winter wonderland 1st birthday party.

I can’t even express how many gorgeous ideas and inspiration you will find here, so read on and take note! Emily who is mum to little Ariella wanted to create something unique and decided on the theme Winter Wonderland with shabby chic and rustic tones instead of the traditional Wintery blue tones.

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The details in the party are stunning and in particular we love the natural edginess of the party which remains girly and beautiful. As you know I love a bit of DIY party and was very impressed with the branch centrepiece. I myself will be trying this out in the future! Emily followed an online tutorial similar to the one found here.

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What a wonderful idea of adding a hot chocolate bar, keeping young and older guests happy alike!

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I am so impressed with these tomato soup & grilled cheese shooters! Emily says “I saw these at a party awhile back and thought they would be a great addition to Ariella’s party!  They were a great, warm comfort food for a cold winter day!  Guests loved them, and even asked for refills”. What a wonderful idea!

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Look at this amazing spread…….

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The invitations were designed by Emily herself. Emily is a based in LA but we are hoping if we ask nicely she will ship her amazing designs over to the UK. Please check out her gorgeous work.

We asked Emily what tips she had on staying organised and calm on the day of the party?

Emily’s top party planning tips are:

♥ Start planning early. Emily started planning 9 months in advance. Although details such as the flower arranging etc had to be done the night before.

♥ Planning a seasonal party in the actual season has it’s advantages. Lots of products available and often at sale prices too!

♥ On the day of the event recruit close friends and family to help as much as possible.

♥ Emily says she does get pretty stressed leading up to the event, but once the guests arrive and party starts its time to relax, have fun and enjoy the moment!

All of Emily’s suppliers are US based, but if you are interested in who they are you can refer her post here.

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A Mint & Gold Dessert Table

2 Apr

Hi folks, hope you are all well on this fine Tuesday. Late last year I organised a styled shoot of two of my favourite colours – Mint and Gold! These two amazing colours are a match made in heaven especially when incorporated into Weddings.

Now ya’ll know how I LOVE a good ole Candy Buffet, but I have to admit I LOVE a dessert table even more. With this one I combined the two. A little candy and a little dessert and this is what happened…….

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Now creating your own DIY version is not that hard. If you are planning on creating a dessert table for a party or your own wedding, why not try a mini version first? It will give you an idea on the time it takes to create and will give you a chance to practice any recipes before your big day.

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Stay tuned and subscribe to our blog for more updates on all things sweet. Within the next month we will be sharing some great DIY tips on how you can create your own amazing dessert station.

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March Instagram monthly round up

31 Mar

Happy Easter folks! Hope you are all enjoying a leisurely and fab weekend. I have been so lucky to have some time off and have been enjoying some rest and relaxation with my boys.

A quick snapshot of my March Instagram photos doesn’t actually reflect the mood and vibe of March! I am not liking March with it’s depressing and gloomy weather. I am not normally this negative, but the weather has really been affecting my mood and I have had enough! We have the most glorious park lands nearby and I really miss going for my daily walks.

So my favourite March photos are……

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So looking at the photos above it does give me hope for April. So I am saying a firm goodbye to March and I’m looking forward to welcoming the longer lighter evenings of April, the sunny mornings (?) and gorgeous spring flowers we have been missing out on.

Come on Spring. Let’s do this.

xx

Sugar Swizzle Sticks are now in the UK!

28 Mar

We are soooo excited to announce that we are now stocking sugar swizzle sticks otherwise known as rock candy in the US. You may have seen the white or brown sugar swizzle sticks that you can swirl lovingly in your coffee or tea, but we have colour! This really is BIG news!

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I have had many requests for these and people often ask why can’t you find them in the UK? Several rumours have been circulating including the colouring is not approved by the Food Agency and they are too expensive to import in. Yes, it is not cheap to import them that much is true BUT hopefully my prices are still are affordable. In regards to the colouring; we have been given the green light to import them. We are using a supplier in the US that are aware of the colouring issues therefore uses as minimal amount of additives.

So what is Sugar Swizzle Sticks? It is the product of the further refining by recrystallisation of pure cane sugar.  In fact, it is the purest form of sugar available, because all impurities are excluded as large crystals form.  Crystal growth is based on the particular characteristics of sugar (sucrose) chemistry, and cannot be done with the various “sugar free” substitutes found in the market.
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What can you use Sugar Swizzle Sticks for? Swizzle Sticks have has a huge presence on the party and wedding scene in the US and around the world. Often they are used in candy buffets and dessert tables to compliment a particular colour theme. They can be eaten right off the stick, similar to a lollipop! Swizzle Sticks can also be used as a nice addition to your favourite cocktail or glass of champagne. Just add to your drink, stir and watch the magic happen!

Can we tempt you to try??

Easter Free Printables

25 Mar

Happy Monday everyone! With Easter fast approaching and a very bleak weather outlook I thought I would sprinkle some happiness your way with a couple of gorgeous Easter printables – and best of all they are free!

If you haven’t discovered Itsy Belle yet, its worth checking out her gorgeous Etsy shop with some beautifully designed invitations and party printables. Christy the designer and stylist of Itsy Belle has created some lovely Mr & Mrs Egg head printables. How cute are they?

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To find out how you can download the template to make these gorgeous little egg outfits view her blog here.

Are you planning on having any cupcakes at your Easter celebration? Why not garnish with them with these gorgeous cupcake flags designed by the Tomkatstudio.

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I love all the vibrant colours, so different to the standard pastel shades you often see at Easter. Get step by step instructions on how you can download for FREE here!

Hope this brightens your day a little more.

Melissa xx

DIY Easter Candy Jar

24 Mar

A couple of weeks ago we were lucky enough to do a guest blog feature for Crafts and Giggles. The owner Katie Rand runs craft work shops for children and adults, take a look at their amazing gallery to check out some of the activities they do.

I created a variety of cute Easter jars using the following equipment…….

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It honestly does not take long at all and I think the outcome looks pretty nice, what do you think?

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You can check out the full tutorial here. If you do get a chance to make any Easter sweet creations please let me know, I would love to see you photos!

Have a wonderful week xx

Thank god it is Friday…..

22 Mar

OK, I know it is not the most original title to this post BUT…. I am soooo relieved it is Friday!! I think this week I am just feeling totally blurgh. The weather is seriously annoying me now (along with a few other non trivial things like messy house, grumpy babies etc).

We have also had a very busy week with more stock arriving. I have been busy checking off and taking photos of our amazing new products. I have learnt some new photo editing tips via YouTube. Gotta love an online tutorial.

Has anyone got any nice plans for the weekend? I have a babysitter tonight and off for a meal with the hubby tonight – much needed! Then lots of rest and relaxation. Hope you all have a good one.

x

10 reasons to love glitter tape via Pinterest

15 Mar

As you may know The Sweet Hostess is a big fan of all things glittery and sparkly and we have fallen in love with glitter tape! I have seen so many stunning craft projects and ideas on how you can use glitter tape but thought I would turn to pinterest for a little inspiration. So here it is, my 10 favourite crafty picks for using glitter tape!

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If you love these ideas as much as we do then you can check out my glitter tape folder via Pinterest. Look up each image individually and then you can see who / what / where posted these amazing pics!

And it will probably not surprise you that we have glitter tape coming to our online shop very shortly!

Melissa xx

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.

xx