100 Layer Cake. It's so fun to think that it all started with a dress that I simply needed an excuse to buy... Well that excuse turned into some inspiration (and cute threads) for my Roaring Mid-20's birthday party! I had so much fun and was able to spend it with some great friends who were good sports about getting all dolled up. Aren't they adorable? Anyhow, enjoy my #throwbackthursday Instagram round up from that party and be sure to follow me @sugarandsoirees for sneak peeks and a look behind-the-scenes on things coming up!
Reaching my mid-20’s was a huge deal for me. I don’t know if it’s a girl thing, but there’s something a little scary about life after 25. All of a sudden you’re in your late 20’s, on the fast track to 30, and you've hit what my barely-20's sibling and cousin consider old. I know that type of thinking is absolutely ridiculous because I've found that the life experience that comes with getting older contributes so much more to a woman's self-worth than any wrinkle can ever take away, but if I’m being completely honest, it was something that was on my mind.
So instead of obsessing over the inevitability of aging, I decided to live it up with some close friends and family in celebration of this monumental year. The look of the Roaring 20’s is incredibly classy and timeless so when the Great Gatsby movie came out, I was inspired. That and the fact that I needed an excuse to buy a dress - but that'll be another post!
There is so much luxury and opulence that is often tied to this type of inspiration that it's easy to go over the top. Instead, I focused on a more minimalist approach and utilized pieces to draw on that era - art deco inspired stands, crystal elements in the fixtures, feathers, and tassels. I love the vintage pieces that were mixed in as well.
Everyone knows that I love my sweets so I focused on the dessert table. Guests helped themselves to birthday cake, assorted candy, french macarons, cake pops, and cake bites. After lunch and desserts, popcorn was made available to guests to snack on during a screening of the film. It was a roaring good time! Be on the lookout for another post with a roundup of some photos I’ll be #throwbackthursday-ing on Instagram! Follow me @sugarandsoirees
I was able to work with some amazing vendors so be sure to check out their links after all the pictures!
Event Styling and Coordination - Sugar and Soirées
Photography - Rachel Manning Photography
Vintage Rentals - Etablir Shop
Cake - Marinold Cakes
Cake Pops - Melanie Rose Baking
French Macarons - Desiree Dacasin
Welcome Foolish Mortals... to the Haunted Mansion! Growing up in Southern California and being raised on Disney Princesses meant many trips to Disneyland as a child. Today I celebrate turning 25 by sharing some free Halloween printables inspired by a ride in a place that is near and dear to my heart - Disneyland's Haunted Mansion!
The color pallet included purple, green, black, and orange. The cupcake wraps were inspired by the Mansion Maids costumes and the iconic mansion wall paper. The prints I've created include a welcome sign featuring the hitch hiking ghosts and a Tomb Sweet Tomb cross-stitch. Check out my Haunted Mansion Pinterest Board for other decor ideas!
The tombstone cookies by Marinold Cakes were actually printed with edible ink using printables that Disney created. Check out the links down below to see other FREE Printables by Disney that would go with this party - especially the Tomb Sweet Tomb Treat Boxes! They are perfectly sized for making sure your little monsters don't make off with too much candy!
What little girl doesn't love flowers? They come in all kinds of colors and shapes and they smell AMAZING! I am obsessed with the LA Flower District. I love turning onto Wall St when the smell of fresh flowers immediately fills your car. It instantly brightens my entire day and is a very welcomed change of pace from the other smells that can be found in downtown LA.
I was tickled pink at all the blooms that awaited me at part 2 of the joint birthday party. For those that follow me on Instagram, you know that I've been busy crafting paper flowers and I am so very proud of how beautiful the rose arch turned out. They matched perfectly with the pink ombre color scheme and with the paper flower bouquets my aunt, Marivic of Marinold Cakes made. Speaking of flowers she made, check out all the amazing blooms that can be found on the framed pictures of the celebrant on the main cake, the square rosette cake, and the cookies. I still can't believe she made the sweets for both parties!
Another flower feature that I loved working on was the pink baby's breath letters that hung above the candy bar. Guests had no problem cleaning out both the dessert table and candy bar. Candies coordinated with the gold, white, and ombre pink color palette; they included sixlets, chocolate balls, gum balls, chocolate kisses, jelly beans, salt water taffy, and Ferrero Rocher. It was truly a sweets spectacular for an even sweeter little girl - Happy 7th Birthday Mia!