Dream Big Party

For my son’s first birthday I wanted a unique theme that I could really great creative with. Because he is a Gemini, I started thinking about air, movement, and all things “flowy”.

Clouds, dreams, and feathers came to mind and I settled on the theme “Dream Big, Little Man”. See how I made the dreamcatchers here and the blessing stones here. I’d love to see your take on this theme. Please share your photos with me 🙂

Feather cookies

Hand-painted feather cookies

Hand crafted toys

Music makers, dancing ribbons, and bubbles for play

Dreamcatcher decor

Huge dreamcatcher

Dreamy tent

A shady play area by the pool

Blessing stones

Blessing stones for party favors

Comfy seating

Low table surrounded by pillows made it easy for parents and little ones to eat

Dream-themed foods

Gold-dipped shortbread, chocolate sugar cookies, and cupcakes

Floating cloud balloons

Helium filled balloon clusters to resemble “clouds”

Cloud balloons

Floating clouds

Dreamcatcher smash cake

Dreamcatcher smash cake

Dream party food table

A delicious assortment of foods that both the parents and kids loved!

Charcuterie

Charcuterie with dried fruits and dark chocolate

Charcuterie board

Charcuterie and cheese board

Let's eat!

Let’s eat!

Hand-painted party favors

Hand-painted party favors

Party favors

Thank you to our guests

Let's play!

Music makers, dancing ribbons, and bubbles for play

Handcrafted dancing ribbons

Crafted toys for the kids to play with

Dreamcatcher beads

Dreamcatcher beads

Feather-shaped cookies

Delicious feather-shaped cookies

Dancing ribbons and musical toys

More crafty play things

Poolside play area

Inside the play area

Dream party food spread

Yum!

Salad and nibbles

Strawberry and goat cheese salad with roasted peas

Dream Big invitations

Shabby Chic Beach Lamp

The massive undertaking that is my living room makeover is nearly complete! One of my final creations were the shabby chic beach lamps I finished last night. If you are looking an inexpensive way to make some nautical inspired lamps, take a look at this project.

Shabby Chic Beach Lamp

Easy DIY project for nautical, beach, or coastal themed decor

I wanted a set of lamps that weren’t too “matchy, matchy” or literal to complete my shabby chic beach decor, but everything I found that I liked was upwards of $150 per lamp. Um, I don’t know about you, but that isn’t where I want to throw some of my hard-earned dollars at. So I bought a cheap set of lamps; together they were $35. The best lamps to use are ones with simple shaped bases.

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I used 1/4″ twisted manila rope to cover my lamps. I needed 100′ of rope to get two solid pieces long enough to cover each lamp. Starting at the base, use crazy glue to lock in the first piece.

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Continue wrapping the rope by running a bead of hot glue around the lamp in sections and placing the rope tightly in line with the preceding layer. Be warned that you’ll be replacing the glue sticks often if you use a mini glue gun, as I did.

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Finish off the top by cutting the rope at an angle and making sure the final wrap ends on the back side of the lamp. There you have it, a quick inexpensive way to create unique looking lamps for your nautical, beach, or coastal inspired decor.

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I hope you enjoy! Please let me know what you think.

 

Light, love + laughter,

Sarah

 

On Trend – Desert Rose

I am absolutely in love with the “Desert Rose” theme that I’m seeing in party decor, interiors, edibles, and more. Cacti have been extremely popular in weddings lately too. The cool greens of succulents and the darker, almost emerald, cactus greens make a beautiful contrast with dusty rose and blush.

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Using crisp and clean design elements and metallic accents makes this a perfect theme for a bridal or baby shower. I would LOVE to host an eclectic desert rose dinner party for a more simple production, but I have seen some amazing weddings pulling from this trend.

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These cactus cupcakes from Leslie Vigil at Tasteful Cakes are adorable! The metallic drip icing on the cactus cake below adds more elegance suitable for a wedding (see more at brides.com)

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Easy Key Lime Cheesecake

I wanted to find an easy recipe that would welcome new residents to our South Florida neighborhood. This recipe will charm the pants off your guests. Shhh, don’t tell them it’s so easy!

Not only is this the quickest and simplest recipe I’ve come across, but the Tiramisu-style layering makes it look extra stylish without the work!

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Easy No-Bake Lime Cheesecake

1 c. graham crumbs
3 T sugar
½ t salt
5 T butter, melted and cooled
2 pkgs (8oz, each) cream cheese or Neufchatel, room temp
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
2 t freshly grated lime zest
1/3 c. fresh lime juice
½ t vanilla
½ c heavy cream

Combine the graham, sugar, and salt. Stir in the melted butter. Use this for the “crust” layer.

Whip the cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk until fluffy. Add the zest, juice, and vanilla.

Beat the cream in a separate bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold into cream cheese mixture.

Layer graham crumb and cream cheese mixtures in layers into serving dishes. I liked the messy look personally and didn’t fuss over it.

Cover and chill overnight.

Top with whipped cream, lime slices, or a little freshly grated zest and nutmeg when ready to serve.

It’s literally THAT easy! Enjoy!

Afternoon Tea

My girlfriend had been out of state for several months and wanted to host an intimate, relaxed gathering to reconnect with friends after returning home. She loved my suggestion of a playful afternoon tea.

Fresh-baked tea biscuits

Fancy finger sandwiches, savory biscuits, and pastries were served with tea pairings. (Here is the full menu I designed: Tea_Menu).

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Flowers in teacups

Ladies afternoon tea

Bubbly Lemonade with Fresh Blackberries

I made soy-based non-toxic candles in an assortment of fancy teacups as party favors for the guests. The teabag-shaped thank you tag was an adorable touch.

Teacup candles

Ladies tea

Floral arrangements

 

Limoonada Recipe

Limoonada Recipe

Limoonada is a version of lemonade from the Middle East. The notable differences are that it is refreshingly less sweet and includes the seductive addition of orange blossom water that will leave your guests begging for more.

Limoonada recipe

Literally everyone who tried the limoonada at our Arabian Nights party raved about it. (I also loved the spelling li-MOON-ada, since we were under the full moon, but I digress).

orange blossom water recipe

This is the orange blossom water that I use. You can get it here on Amazon.

As always, I encourage you to use organic when you can. Your body and your palette are worth it!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 – 5 whole lemons
  • 6 c. cold water
  • 1/3 c. cane sugar (or honey)
  • 1 T orange blossom water

1. Juice the lemons. Save a few slices or halves to put in the pitcher for flavor and visual appeal.

2. Pour in the water and sugar and stir well until sugar is mostly dissolved. Add more lemon juice or sugar to taste, if desired.

3. Chill at least overnight.

4. Stir before serving.

Enjoy!

Sarah

Middle East lemonade

Welcome to My Blog

Welcome to the Soiree blog! I am excited to write about events, parties, and entertaining. My goal is to share recipes, DIY projects, tips and tricks from my garden, kitchen, and studio at Soiree and beyond!

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I pour a lot of time, energy, and love into my event coordination services. My goal is to create memorable and meaningful celebrations for each of my clients. In doing that, I engage in many different projects (and experiments) that I want to share with you!

Whenever I am planning a party I have the most fun in the conceptual phase, but where the creative process really gets interesting is when I am working in the studio. I will be sharing my processes, favorite trends, and DIY instructions on everything from invitations to decor to party favors. I also hope to offer free downloadable and printable content in the future, and of course, will pass along any sweet deals I come across.

Of course, you can’t have a party without great food so I’ll share experiences from the “test kitchen”, themed menus, delicious recipes, crafty beverages, cooking tips and more.

I am truly excited to share my experiences with you!

Love, light, + laughter,

Sarah