Sunday, May 1, 2016

Black, White, & Gold Baby Shower

Cake Table & Design: Sweet Emma Lou
Wall Art (that doubled as decor): Etsy (The Mini Learners)
Cake Topper: Etsy (The Roc Shop)
Favor tags: Etsy (DaisyandMe Paper Co.)
Amazing Details by: Kayla, Meredith, Ellen, Nikki, & Kinsley

 I am going to apologize in advance...there are a lot of pictures in this post. I couldn't help it!! There were so many adorable details from this Baby Shower I had to capture them from every single angle---If you get tired of scrolling, I promise you it will all be worth it. I may be biased---but I hope you feel the same!

This amazing mama to be is family to me, and when she's having her FIRST baby and it's an adorable rough and tough little BOY we couldn't help but get to planning. Thankfully, the dream team of ladies assembled and this amazing shower came together perfectly! This mama loves black and white and going off of some cues from the nursery we started planning! I wanted the decor to be reusable in the nursery if she chose to so it would hold dual purpose!

First comes the Coffee and Cravings Bar! We wanted a bar that any pregnant or non pregnant lady would love to indulge in! The table included some of the mama-to-be's cravings of chocolate, cookies, cake, and of course donuts! Who can deny donuts?! I had planned those amazing large letter balloons that all the cool Bloggers use---well in the process of blowing them up the first O on DONUTS exploded. I could have cried, but luckily I had a backup and these amazing confetti balloons from were amazing!
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With the cake trio I wanted to highlight the black and white theme with a touch of metallic! The sequin cake tuned out better than I could ever have imagined! I always love natural elements in my cake design so the fresh flowers are a must in my book!
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The table decor included a mix of colors, textures, and the most amazing hand stamped wooden silverware! Kayla painstakingly hand stamped each fork and spoon after we had seen an amazing inspiration picture---and let me tell you it was well worth it!! I loved mixing patterns, it really gives you the biggest bang for your buck! Meredith made the amazing glitter coffee mugs that doubled as favors for the shower! Each were adorned with the most adorable tags that I found on etsy by (DaisyandMePaperCo. ).Sweet Emma Lou

With all the rage of terrariums I knew they would fit our theme perfectly! Each table featured a glass terrarium filled with succulents, fresh flowers, and the most adorable gold painted animals to give it a touch of baby shower!!

The food table featured an amazing Brunch spread with Bagels and Cream Cheese, a Yogurt Parfait bar, and a Waffle Bar. We even had mini waffles with a syrup dipping sauce! We also had the most amazing build your own Sandwich Bar.

 These amazing Gold Paper Fans from papersource, were exactly what this space needed to added a little Glam! I get a lot of questions about where I find the items that I use for my parties! My advice is to look everwhere! I found the amazing copper triangle banner in the sale section at Urban Outfitters and everyone was shocked! I wanted her to be able to use alot of the items that I purchased for the party to double as decor in the babies room. Look everywhere when you're planning an event, you'll be surprised where you will find inspiration and items for your parties!

We also made a photo booth from a wall hanging and allowed guests to take photos with props and signage!

The Bloody Mary Bar was truly one of the biggest hits at the party! It was really important to reflect parts of the mama-to-be in the decor and style of the shower and if there is one thing I know she loves its Bloody Mary's. She has been known to sever up a mean one and I know her husband appreciates her skill! We had the "works" and the spread was impressive down the the glittered cups and darling signage. I would recommend a Bloody Mary Bar at any event, it was really fun and all the guests really loved it!
Guests ate, drank, and enjoyed some fun baby shower games and enjoyed watching the mama open gifts and relish in the idea of a rumbly tumbly boy! It was such a joy and I couldn't have been happier with how it turned out! This baby boy was in a hurry and made his entrance early just last week! Mister Kaden Mark we love you dearly and are so happy you made your entrance a little early!



Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Allie & Brian|Sweet Emma Lou Event Styling, Creative Cakery, Vintage Rentals Part II

The Beauty that belongs to Allie and Brian is back on the Blog TODAY! If you missed Part I of the II part series.... you can check that out here.  Allie and Brian hold a special place in my heart (and an even more special place for Allie's sister and family). Allie and Brian's intimate wedding needed a stunning Cake Table to go with it! Allie fell in love with the ruffle cake that has become quite a Sweet Emma Lou favorite, seen here

 The Cake Table featured mini cupcakes and this amazing cake and TONS of cuteness! As you know this wedding was Iowa, so all my baking supplies were packed up and plopped on a plane and carefully unpacked! With a little pre-planning, we were able to knock out all the decor for the wedding, bake and decorate the cake and cupcakes, and arranged all the beautiful flowers that we had shipped in!

 The Cake table was highlighted with handmade lace details, one of my most favorite trunks, and delicate babies breath cupcake toppers! I love adding a bit of rustic with the crates because it builds height on the table and allows for great storage for all the mini cupcakes!

The large letters came as an afterthought---the Bride had purchased them and when I was setting up the rest of the ceremony and reception space, we had them left over and I thought it would be a cute way to frame the couple when they went to cut the cake!!

I hope you love this cake table as much as I did! 


Emma xoxo

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Allie & Brian|Sweet Emma Lou Event Styling, Creative Cakery, Vintage Rentals

This wedding was a Sweet Emma Lou dream from start to finish. It helps that it was for one of my nearest and dearest friends younger sister...but I was honored when her and her family asked me to help out in a big way for Allie's wedding----in IOWA. At the time, that included packing up all my cake baking supplies and decor and figuring out the logistics of getting to Iowa. In addition, I took on almost all aspects of the decor, setup, florals, bouquets, and boutineers. Say that all in one breath and you kinda start to feel how I felt! BUT, with lots of planning and a dedicated bride and her family we made it a HUGE success!!!
Groomsmen Boutiners handmade also featuring the wheat
 I had all of the florals shipped to Iowa from a variety of vendors and had them waiting on my once I arrived on Thursday. I had strategically planned how I was going to fit in everything over the next 3 days.

TIP: When ordering flowers from online, have buckets available to get the flowers out of the packaging and in water immediately. Make sure you read up on how to keep the flowers fresh and some may need special care. Do your research beforehand so you don't have to waste time when it's go time!

Lucky for me, I was able to provide the Bride's Mom (my second mom) with a shopping list that included everything I believed I would need for baking the cake and cupcakes so I was able to get to work right away on preparing the cake and cupcakes Thursday Evening. This was a huge help in being able to have Saturday morning free to decorate the Ceremony and Reception Space. 

Brides Bouquet and look at that STUNNING RING
I spent the majority of Friday morning prepping all the flowers and building the boutineers and bouquets. We had a decent idea on what we wanted them to look like but flower arranging reminds me a lot of baking and cake/cupcake decorating, you never really know. They are living things that sometimes have minds of their own. You have to learn to be patient, and go with how things are coming together. I think that is where a creative mindset comes into play. 

TIP: Make sure you have a cool room to work in while putting the bouquets together. A little music and a glass of wine helps too, but having a cool room keeps the flowers fresh and nice until the Big Day.

 I will cover the cake and dessert table in Round 2 but today's post will focus on the details from the decor and the flowers form Allie and Brian's day. Allie wanted an elegant intimate wedding with her closest family and friends. She chose an amazing space at a local park that was to act as both the ceremony space and reception space. We lined the isle with lanterns and created this intimate alter.

The Alter set for the Couple to say I DO
TIP: Decorations don't have to cost a fortune! With some determination you can make a space look like a million bucks with some tenacity and time! We scoured thrift stores, goodwill, and the dollar stores for glasses vases. Add a few floating candles and some flowers...and BAM you have a romantic alter for your ceremony. 

We made sure that each table had personality that was unique but kept a fluid theme througout. We used hanging vases behind the bridal party table to highlight the area and kept it simple with single roses and babies breath. Each table setting featured a unique AD LIB and a THANK YOU card from the bride and groom. We had each table set but pushed to the side to allow the ceremony to take center stage until guests left for cocktail hour out on the patio.

TIP: It's all in the details if you ask me! Each place setting featured a little grouping of berries, it brought the greenery down to the table setting which tied the whole thing together.
The Patio was set on the Lake--we had tall tables that matched the decor inside
While guests enjoyed appetizers and cocktails we went to work inside rearranging the space for an intimate meal and to dance the night away!

While at cocktail hour another thing happened....see below. This awesome video went viral on the Internet. See Sweet Emma Lou in this awesome video shot at Allie and Brian's Wedding.

Next week, I'll feature the cake, cupcakes, and decor for the Cake Table. 
You can see a sneak peak on the video! 

Until then,


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Wildflower & Horses Cake & Treats| Sweet Emma Lou Creative Cakery

Event Coordination: Sunkissed Events & Design
Cake/Treats: Sweet Emma Lou

Photo by Magnolia Foto
I have to admit something....this is one of my FAVORITE CAKES! I don't know what it it about the design that really got me. It might be the perfect balance between simplistic vintage elegance, and whimsical details! When the mom of this special little lady reached out, I was ecstatic with the details that her and I discussed and couldn't wait for the event !!

Photo by Magnolia Foto
 Not only did they have this adorable Pink Beauty for a Cake, we also put together some chocolate lollipops that were totally cute and on theme! Each was individually wrapped as the party was at a Horse Stable and we didn't want them to get touched by the flies!
Photo by Magnolia Foto
 The elements of the party were of course the Horse, but also a hippie wildflower look with lavender as one of the main focuses! I designed these cake pops that featured the daisy (an all time favorite wildflower) and also these DELICIOUS Cake Push-Pops featuring a Sweet Emma Lou exclusive, Lavender Cake with Lemon Buttercream ,and a Chocolate cake with Strawberry Buttercream!
Photo by Magnolia Foto
I love the touches of lavender that were found throughout this party, it truly was a beautiful event! 
Happy Birthday Sweet Girl! I hope you loved your PARTY!!!
Photo by Magnolia Foto

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sara & Jason| Fair Winds Farm, Sweet Emma Lou, Creative Cakery, Event Styling

Fair Winds Farm, is a beautiful Horse Farm situated just barely into North Carolina. The venue, is truly spectacular and features a beautiful working Horse Barn, that they clear out for the reception space.

 Hannah Hildebrandt, of Hannah Hildebrandt Events, coordinated a stunning table-scape that cascaded down the middle of the barn and each stable was designated for different aspects of the party, the bar, the food, and a stable all for Sweet Emma Lou!
Now I can honestly say that setting up in a horse stable was a Sweet Emma Lou First! It posed it's own set of challenges, some I couldn't even prepare for! But nonetheless, Sara and I put together an awesome dessert table that reflected their personalities for their big day! 

Sara and Jason's table included a small 6 inch Cake, and they made their table unique with PIES! We featured pies, individual mini pies, and pie pops (aka pies on a stick)! The table theme was gold and pink and was highlighted by vintage items and a hanging chandelier over the table!

No Sweet Emma Lou Dessert Table is complete, without macaroons, and cupcakes! Don't you just love the awesome flag descriptors made by Amanada of Fine Pint Calligraphy?! They turned out exactly how I had envisioned for this Horse Farm Wedding.
I love stacking the Cake Plates to give it a that 3 tier Cake look for Cupcakes or other small desserts! 
What would you include on your Dessert Table from Sweet Emma Lou? I personally loved the Pie Pops, they were so cute and unique! 

Sara & Jason, THANK YOU for letting me be a part of your big day! I enjoyed the opportunity to make your PIE dreams a reality! 


Sunday, August 23, 2015

Emily & Jim Part II| Sweet Emma Lou, Creative Cakery, Event Styling

Photography: AnneMarie Atkins
Cake/Dessert Table: Sweet Emma Lou
Vintage Rentals: Sweet Emma Lou
Wedding Planner: Hannah Hildebrandt 
Calligraphy: Fine Print Calligraphy

Featured on: Southern Weddings  
Cheers to the Bride and Groom!
ADORABLE! Didn't skip on tradition, cut a 6 inch cake and the rest they saved!

 If you missed the first part of this two part post: see it here. The best part of this dessert bar is that this couple didn't skimp on any of their favorites! They both weren't huge fans of cake so we brainstormed some ideas of things that they really loved! I will highlight the items at greater detail in this post:

1. Blueberry and Strawberry Cheesecake & Apple and Peach Crisp
We did each of them in individual jars and tied them off with a wooden spoon! They were spread throughout the Dessert Bar and we witnessed guests taking them by the handful! Each jar had a different sticker label on top! I loved the personalization the jars offered !

2.  Mini Cupcakes & Macaroons

The Bride & Groom chose the very popular Cookies & Cream  flavor, and wedding cake with strawberry filling! The Cookies & Cream flavor features a chocolate cupcake, and is piped with a cream cheese based filling with no other Oreo cookies!

3. Candy & Doughnuts!!!

 Jim brought up doughnuts the first time we met! I am not sure if he was shocked at my resounding YEEESSSS to doughnuts! But I loved the idea! I knew I could build a "cake" looking display to make the doughnuts really stand out on the table!

I truly believe that the details are what make each and everyone of my cakes and displays stand out! I try and feature other small businesses and I always reach out to my girl Amanda with Fine Print Calligraphy when I have a grand idea for a display! Trust me she never dissapoints!

I thought that the saying "All You Need is LOVE and CHEESECAKE" was perfect for this couple and she hand lettered all the descriptors for the table!

 Emily & Jim, I must tell you this was one of my favorite weddings that I have ever done! It was a pleasure to work with both of you and I am so proud of how it came out! I hope that you are too! From beginning to end you were a dream to work with! 

xoxox, Emma 

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