I’m back after a little Internet break, and we have a super fun birthday themed cake and backdrop to celebrate! It was my best friend’s birthday a couple weeks ago and as you all know, I love birthdays and try to go all out for the celebration. My BFF has a major sweet tooth, so what better way to celebrate her, than an adorable, elaborate cake! Every good cake needs an inspiration, and I based mine off Hallmark’s birthday cake card. We started by using the geometric triangles of the card as the inspiration for the backdrop. Using bright, vibrant paper, we were able to mimic the design of the cake onto the wall. Next, with the help of my friends at Yield Bakehouse, we created a two tiered cake with colorful layers, so that when she cut into it, there would be a fun surprise! Then we used different shades of fondant to replicate the geometric shapes from the card onto the cake. Finishing it off with some fun paper flowers as the topper, and this birthday cake was ready for a party! My best friend could not have been happier or more surprised when she saw the cake, it made my heart so happy! Check out how we created the display in the video below, and steps after the break!
Can you guys believe it’s almost Halloween?! A good friend of mine has the cutest baby girl and asked if I could design a special one of-a-kind Halloween costume for her this year, and what’s cuter than a little pineapple?! Children’s costumes can be tricky because they need to be comfortable, durable and easy to move in. So I picked cotton onesie to transform into an adorable fruit costume! I started with a basic white onesie and dyed it with a vibrant yellow fabric spray paint, and used black felt to create a modern, geometric pineapple pattern and the cutest topper attached to a cap. The outfit was really simple to make and cotton was the perfect material for the project because it’s soft and comfortable so kids can wear it all day (and hopefully everyday, it’s just too cute!) Even though it was intended for a little girl, it’s a great unisex costume and can be replicated with other fruit or plant looks. Check out the video below to learn more about making your own, or get to supplies and step-by-step after the break. (more…)
A couple weeks ago I threw an amazing rooftop movie night at the Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel with some of my good friends. It has been a minute since I’ve gotten together with my girls from the intern days at InStyle, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to gab a little, and indulge in a romantic comedy. We were spoiled with the most delicious food from the Sheraton’s new Paired tasting menu, with Diet Coke, made up of artisanal small plates and a very fancy take on the traditional bar snacks. It was honestly so nice to get a little blissful break from all the craziness and just hang out and catch up with friends, it makes my heart happy that even though the years pass, we don’t skip a beat when we get together. It was exactly what I needed after being so busy lately. So today I wanted to share some tips for hosting your own rooftop or backyard movie party to make the night perfect!
Tip #1: Set the mood with a pile of plush pillows for your guests to relax on, and cozy blankets for when it gets chilly. Tip #2: The décor is essential to set the theme for the night, so get some colorful rugs and bright accessories for ambiance. Tip #3: Make sure you have a variety of good food, Fried Mac & Cheese and Smoked Bacon Bites will make your mouth water (recipe after the break)! And popcorn is always a winner, bonus points if you can get your hands on a vintage popper. Tip #4: Movie choice is key, since we were having an all girl’s night on a New York rooftop, we went for the classic NYC love story, When Harry Met Sally Tip #5: It’s all in the details! Fun marquee lights are an inexpensive and unique way to shine a little light on the event Tip #6: Make your guest feel super special with personalize Coke bottles (make them here) with your friend’s names on them. It’s a great keepsake and reminder of an unforgettable night!