Event Styling

Gravity

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“Oh, Gravity is working against me… and gravity wants to bring me down…” – John Mayer 

Cuppies in Box

The most delicious cupcakes by my "Sweets Table" partner, Carrie of Goodiebox Bake Shop

In the 8 or so years I have been in the Sweet Dani B business, I have never dropped anything major.

Until yesterday.

I was loading my car for a Sweets Table photo shoot and was kind of rushing -but nothing too crazy- I have certainly rushed more… before I knew it a very large box of wedding cupcakes was teetering in my hand and then was suddenly on the floor of my studio.

Nooooooooooooooooooooooo! I thought but instead was silent and stunned. Panic set in, my hands began to shake and I sat down on the floor next to the box. ‘How did this happen!? In all my years…’

I looked at my watch and I was still “on schedule”. Luckily, the box remained intact and the cupcakes were still contained within the box. I took a deep breath, picked myself up, and got to the business of fixing them which came together thanks to years of working with food stylists as well as years of staring at cupcakes with heart bubble eyes before eating them.

Disaster averted thanks to important lessons learned along the way…

1. Always give yourself plenty of time to set up. (I schedule 2 to 3 hours of set up time depending on the job. I also consider padding for traffic en route.)

2. Always bake a few extra and have extra supplies on hand. Always. (This peace of mind is well worth the work of doing extras.)

3. Walk Kansas Encouragement: It may sound crazy but I think of this specific tune and clip to “restart”. (watch this one too)

Take that, gravity!  Look for my post on our latest Sweets Table coming soon… Xo Dani

P.S. I know I’m not alone! I’d love to hear your stories of gravity working against you… Please discuss!

A Winter Woodland Cookie Wonderland

Being a designer and decorator of events, its a rare occasion that I attend a party or a wedding without some sort of prop in tow.  Lucky for me, KF loves “the juice” that goes along with the behind the scenes action. Also, it doesn’t hurt that as a designer himself, he can easily jump in and lend a trustworthy helping hand. My brother’s wedding was definitely one of these such occasions as I had the pleasure of designing their paper goods and decorating their wedding cake.

Here we are with the cake topped with over 100 mini woodland animal cookies, and a Nic, Bogues and LeeLoo the cat cake topper! (Note: KF in the reflection!)

Here we are with the cake topped with approx. 100 mini woodland animal cookies, and a Nic, Bogues and LeeLoo the cat cake topper! (Note: KF in the reflection!)

I handpainted a little woodland scene of Nicole and Christian to use for the invite. We also used it for the cover of the ceremony programs.

I handpainted a little woodland scene of Nicole and Christian to use for the invite. We also used it for the cover of the ceremony programs.

Their big day took place at the Westmount Country Club in NJ. If you haven’t been to the Westmount before, its one of those expert event venues that prides itself in hosting amazing events and they do it very, very well. Almost every detail is taken care of in house and they run a very tight ship!

Hearts brushed with gold shimmer dust

Hearts brushed with gold shimmer dust

Leeloo

I felt like I really captured Leeloo’s powers of staring

Right before we arrived I realized that I had not discussed logistics of decorating the cake but Bobby, the banquet manager of the Westmount, whisked us right back into the huge kitchen where I was immediately comforted by fond memories of my waitressing days in their busy, loud, bustling kitchen.

Unpacking my cookie wares in the kitchen

My waitressing nickname was “Sweet Dani B”- That’s where I got my biz name!

I got choked up as we were finishing- when that happens I know its a keeper!

I got choked up as we were finishing decorating… when that happens I know its a keeper!

The room looked beautiful decked out in winter woodland white. I love that the Westmount sets their tables with silver chargers- its a beautiful touch.

Winter wooldland animal ornaments acted as favors and menu holders

Winter woodland animal ornaments were the favors and menu holders

Time to cut the cake! First cut wish? All good things! xoxo

Time to cut the cake! First cut wish? All good things! xoxo

Here’s to a happy marriage for Christian & Nicole and a lifetime full of sweetness!  Xoxo Dani