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Zoe’s Little Two Shoes Dessert Table


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I have a treat for you all today! I have SO MANY details to share about this fabulous pink dessert table I created in May. This project is an excellent example of how I pull together a dessert table from my own baked goods, source treats and even design imagery for the theme. It was also a special project for me because I had a chance to collaborate on the design with another very stylish blogger.


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Through the magic of social media I have made a connection with many style savvy people with interests in interiors, events and desserts.  Tisha Leung of TISL Style is one of those people and she has been a wonderful sweets cheerleader for me on Instagram (she also interviewed me for her blog, you can see that here).  I have enjoyed following her lifestyle blog, featuring urban living with soul and bits & bobs of beautiful thoughts and finds.   It was just our luck that she lives in NYC as well, so I proposed a sweets table for her daughter’s 2nd birthday party at Brooklyn’s Pier 5.

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The inspirations for the party were simple: Tisha loves to dress her daughter in a raspberry pink color, rather than a precious pink, little Zoe loves shoes and Tisha is a fan of retro paper dolls. Without calling it a theme, I easily had a “theme” to create a fondant shoe cake topper and a paper doll for imagery.  We didn’t officially name this theme but I nicknamed it Little Miss Goodie Two Shoes, obviously because of the cake topper and age of her daughter.

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From vintage paper doll inspirations, particularly Betsy McCall, I hand drew and watercolored a Zoe doll for the thank you tags.  This cutie will be a printable in my Etsy shop and I welcome custom requests to personalize her hair and dress color, I can change all of that in Photoshop!

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We started the table off with a small cake for Zoe’s happy birthday song, a timeless buttercream vertical ruffle that I topped with raspberry pink Mary Jane’s with gold toe tips.   I crafted these of fondant in just the right toddler size proportions so not to look like baby shower booties. Cupcakes with gold sugar sprinkles were also served and included a set of gluten free for Tisha’s husband.


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In working with Tisha’s requests and ideas for this table we were also able to source some beautiful treats and favors.

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A sparkling lollipop was a must since we knew the outdoor light would highlight the glitter inside of this one from Sweet Caroline Confection’s Etsy shop.

Tisha wanted to acknowledge her Chinese ancestry with fortune cookies, which I ordered in bulk, dipped in chocolate and then added edible glitter.

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While almost all of the treats were take home worthy, including my Zoe Doll cookies, Tisha choose personal fruit pies boxed in a kraft box and miniature paper doll sticker books for the kids as favors.

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I suggested the purchase of ceramic initial trays, found here, since the 3 letters of Zoe’s name wouldn’t be too much to invest in and could be used for countless other parties as well as home décor. We filled them with an array of pink candies.

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Other treats included pink Pocky sticks found on the international aisle in most grocery stores and chocolate cookies.

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For simplicity, I used all white serving pieces including some vintage milk glass; I’m starting to accumulate quite the collection for my dessert tables!

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While sweets were aplenty, savory foods were too, Tisha’s guests treated themselves to Brooklyn’s Smorgasbord during the party, I thought this was a great idea and perfect planning on Tisha’s part.

The gorgeous backdrop of lower Manhattan was a much anticipated part of the table design. Tisha went to the site bright and early that morning to snag the best spot and we were so very lucky to have beautiful weather for this event.  Ive worked on 2 dessert tables at Brooklyn’s new river side parks and the trick to getting a public table for your party is just about getting there early, at least by 9am.

A big thank you to Tisha and her family for letting me create this table for Zoe!

This post features pictures we both took. So what’s your favorite part?

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Pink & Gold Cake and Backdrop

This precious pink and gold cake was for my daughter Macy on her 10th birthday.  No matter when her birthday party takes place I always make another cake for us to celebrate together on her real birth day.  I had an itching to create a little more for this cake because I wanted to experiment with some backdrop ideas.

First off, the cake had a special importance to me.  The porcelain birthday doll on top was the same doll that my mom put on top of my 10th birthday cake.  Inspired by the pink and gold, I then designed the cake around that doll.  If you’re wondering why it has two different looks, it’s because as I was assembling the cake I thought that it was also pretty as a single ruffled tier without the extra flower and tier so I took some picture of it like that.

I try to experiment with each opportunity I get to make a cake.  This was my first ruffled cake, I thought the process was easy enough.  My technique was a mixture of pinching and folding and I made each band of ruffles in 2 sections to circle this 8″ cake.  I am just beginning my love affair with gold luster dust.  I want to use it on everything ever since I made these Tea Party Toppers.  I probably would have used it even if it wasn’t an accent on the porcelain doll.  This fondant flower is styled like a fabric brooch and has been popular in my Etsy Shop, I make it in several sizes and any color to be used on cupcakes or a cake.

For the grande finale I put it all together with a few homemade garlands and tissue paper backdrop.  I wanted to make a backdrop with minimal effort and cost but still eye catching.  I popped into a Party City and spent less than $20 for this backdrop and assembling it took about an hour because I created all of it from scratch.  The wall and tabletop are covered in plain old gift tissue paper, layered for color depth and for an imperfect look.

Macy and I  assembled the pom-pom garland using a bag of metallic gift shred.  I know it sounds crazy to think about creating each pom with single strands but I knew that I needed less than 10 poms and a small bag of shred was only $3.  It took about 30 minutes to gather and tape the top of all the poms.  Then I threaded fishing line through the tape with a needle.

The glitter ball garland started as a prepackaged set of glittered sphere decorations in the wedding section at Party City.  I thought it was a good price at $8 but I could have also purchased a solar system styrofoam ball set and rolled them in glue and glitter to make my own.  I threaded them with fishing line and a needle too.

The last garland is gumballs.  Ive been experimenting with gumball necklaces lately and although I like the idea and the look of gumball strands, they are a bit of a pain to work with.  I’ve found that the quickest and most efficient way to make the hole is to drill it, but even then its messy and still takes a great effort.

After all the garlands were done I simply used tacks pushed in the drywall to hang.  Getting a balance in swag shape was the hardest part.  The gumball garland is pretty heavy too and fell a few times.  Whenever I use them again I will use temporary hooks from 3M.

There she is Miss Macy Berry, 10 years old!


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