Etsy Treasury Irish Spring for St. Patrick's Day

Here’s a wonderfully fresh, green and festive Etsy Treasury for you to feast your eyes on; Irish Spring for St. Patrick’s Day combines many of our favorite little finds on Etsy and just in time for the St. Patrick’s Day holiday!

Personally, my favorite color is green, so any excuse to make a list of green items I wouldn’t mind owning is just plain fun for me!

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Fab Finds: Christmas in July

Last month we made a pilgrimage to Hobby Lobby.

The last time we visited was way back in March, so we were overdue for certain. At that time they were bringing out spring and summer finds and everything was bright and cheerful and screaming “warm weather is coming.” Well now the warm weather is here. Hot weather even, and we are looking forward to fall. Apparently Hobby Lobby is looking forward to Christmas though, because that is what we were confronted with when we walked in. 

Here is a little preview of what caught our eye!

  1. Shiny Glittering Trees - These came in lots of varying heights and were major bling! I really liked the modern sleek shape AND vintage glittered lines combined together.
  2. Polka Dot Ribbon - We are always on the lookout for something we can use in the future and this polka dot ribbon had a unique color palate with a little glitter too. I’d like to use it for Christmas somehow…
  3. Silk Wrapped Ornaments - These scream NOSTALGIA for me personally, as I remember helping my grandmother decorate for Christmas with these each and every year. I haven’t seen anything like these in a really long time and I was happy to!
  4. Chinese Take-Out Ornaments - Ahhh! These were sooooooooo cute and fun.

 

How would you feel about a Food Themed Christmas Tree?

Tissue Tassel Garland Giveaway - Sponsored by PomFlair

Bonjour!

We are back today to giveaway the beautiful tissue tassel garland provided to us by Carmen of PomFlair that we used in our Romantic Vintage Valentine’s Day Dessert Table. We contacted Carmen via Etsy, the place where all the cool people go to sell their creative wares. She owns a shop called PomFlair where she creates and sells all kinds of beautiful decor fashioned from tissue paper. We fell in love with the tissue garland and she was kind enough to let us photograph it and then GIVE IT AWAY here on the blog. Thank you so much Carmen for your contribution! Isn’t she great?

Enter to win below, just follow the steps:

1. Tell us what you would use this gorgeous garland for in the comments section below.

2. Like Hello My Sweet and Pom Flair on Facebook

3. Share this blog post giveaway on your facebook page by copying and pasting this:

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4. Come back to the blog and post a separate comment for each of the steps you completed above.

We will pick a winner at Random on Thursday January 26th, 2012 and announce it here on the blog. US Residents age 18 or older only are eligible to enter.

Inspiration Pinterest 1.10.12

Hello everyone! It is good to be on the other side of the New Year now, and heading right smack dab into romance season! February is fast approaching and you all know what that mean right? Flowers, candy, stuffed animals, lining every available shelf in every available store. A never ending sea of stuff to buy for your loved one. I don’t know about you, but our stores quite literally started putting out Valentine’s Day the week following Christmas. Seems a bit early to me.

While we here at Hello My Sweet would love to wait until Valentine’s Day actually rolls around to show you our holiday decor, we also know that everyone likes to plan ahead. So with that in mind we have been busy bees. Our good friend Pinterest has been kind enough to squirrel away all of our inspirations until we were ready, so we thought we would give you a little sneak peek of what is to come later this week!

It has been a while since we posted a Pinterest inspiration board. The truth is it got away from me a bit. But I plan to pin harder and post harder this year and try to bring at least one board to you every week or two to show you what we have planned or just some really cool stuff we spotted on the good ole interwebs.

Do you have a Pinterest account? If so please join us by following Hello My Sweet here.

 

Sweet & Fabulous Finds: Vintage Coke Bottles

We wanted to share something truly spectacular for all those DIYers out there! Jason found these awesome vintage coke bottles at our local Wal-Mart, something special that the Coca-Cola company has put out for the holidays. They cost around $2.50 per 4 pack, but if you are like us and always on the lookout for unique and reusable vessels and bottles for dessert tables, you need to go pick some up for yourself! These bottles, according to the packaging are the exact style they used to bottle Coca-Cola in all the way back in 1899 and were re-released for the 125th anniversary of Coca-Cola this year!
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Sneak Peek! Birds of a Feather: Retro 20's Style Glam Peacock

Introducing a little sneak peek at our second holiday table for the season. In continuation with our Birds of a Feather theme, this one is all about the glam, glitz and retro 20's feel with a very proud peacock taking center stage. Check back soon for the full write up, tons of eye candy and tips galore on creating this look for your holiday festivities!


 "You can't keep me cooped up in here. I am a peacock! You've got to let me fly!"

Just a little clip from the movie The Other Guys, the only funny peacock reference we could find :)

 

Sweet Parties: Southern Heirloom Dessert Table Garden Party

"Now isn't this better than sitting at a table? A girl hasn't got but two sides to her at the table." - Scarlett O'Hara, Gone With the Wind

We'd like to take you through our process of creation, step-by-step by discussing how we came up with our theme and inspiration, to what we chose to serve and how we chose to serve it, to the little detail decor that helped bring everything together. Let's get started!


Sweetly ladylike and classically southern, our Southern Heirloom theme draws inspiration from family generations and antiquities passed down. Using my great-grandmother's Noritake "Azelea Pattern" China and my grandmother's Fostoria "American Pattern" Crystal and a combination their vintage lace tablecloths, handkercheifs and antique furniture, we created an intimate garden party for true southern belles. The color palette was chosen first, drawing from the feminine pink and muted greens of the china pattern. Then we incorporated quite a bit of ivory/off-white as a neutral color because we already knew we wanted to hold this little soiree outside. It also helped to tie in the ivory color of the vintage lace tablecloths we used as well.

Decor decor, where did all that pretty stuff come from? Well we already talked about all of the heirloom pieces you see, but what we didn't talk about were the little touches. We used silk (gasp) flowers to decorate here and there throughout the display. Pretty delicate pink blooms with green/blue leaves adorn two of the cakes and are featured under a cloche purely for asthetics. We found them half off at AC Moore back in April and saved them for future use because they were just that pretty we knew we would find something to do with them eventually. The pink grosgrain ribbon was acquired from (another gasp) Dollar Tree. They had a huge box of all different shades both grosgrain and satin and we snagged several rolls for that bargain price and held on to them for the future as well. The small green and pink bottles were found at the good ole DG Store, another favorite place to spot the occasional awesome item. The little green paper flags on our smooth iced layer cake were a homemade touch using a tutorial we found at The Yuppie Lifestyle Blog. The frilly fluffy ivory garland in the background was homemade DIY Ruffle Garland crafted from crepe paper streamers.

It is so super easy to make your own ruffled crepe paper garland. Find out how to make it in our new blog section Sweet DIY Projects.

Fun Fact: The lace swag you see above was actually my grandmother's wedding veil! She kept a hope chest of all her most prized possesions, which I explored and discovered this most beautiful and delicate lace piece that had to be displayed somewhere, somehow! It found a perfect home draped casually over the side of the smaller table.


What to serve, what to serve! We chose to have several of our tall layer cakes (ruffled and smooth), whoopie pies and a little mom inspired powdered doughnut cake. (Powdered doughtnuts are one of my mother's favorite treats.) We found inspiration for our ruffle cake from the Sweet and Saucy Blog, who seems to excel at all things vintage and delicious and outdoors. You may remember a previous post featuring a powdered doughnut cake (here) which we spotted on the HGTV website a while back and promptly pinned to our Pinterest Board! We included it for several reasons, first of all it is really super cute and sweet and secondly this table was meant as a tribute to the women in my family and as I mentioned before, mom likes them. Our whoopie pies were strawberry, sweet and pink and perfect for our theme, plus it is strawberry season and we already had farm fresh strawberries ready at hand. The fluffy pink spun sugar added a touch of whimsy and was an impulse inclusion since our local grocery store had a huge display of hard to resist bags front and center. We also chose a sprakling Shirley Temple to drink because... (pause for dramatic effect) it's pink! Not really too hard to guess why on that one lol.

What did we use to display all of those pretty little cakes and doughnuts? Custom cake stands of course! Remember how we mentioned that beautiful vintage cake stands cost an arm and a leg (here)? Well we have pretty much decided that making our own is the way to go from here on out. (That is unless we ever make boat loads of money and can actually afford to collect some of those beautiful pieces. (*File it under Someday*) 

Jason was the mastermind once again for the creation of our cake stands. He used his handy-dandy woodworking skills to fashion several stands for the table that were different but also looked nice together too. He chose a three color palette for the stands to match the china as well and continue the color scheme of pink, green and ivory. Incedentaly the off-white color he chose is actually called Heirloom White and is made by Rustoleum.

Another bonus to creating your own stands is having several them to use again and again in the future for more dessert tables. All they may need is a coat of a new color paint and they are ready to use. Visit our DIY post here for more information on how to make your own cake stands.

Side note: Other companies (like Amy Atlas) are located in urban areas that have awesome places called "Prop Houses." These buildings of wonder and amazement are actually in the business of renting out vessels and serving pieces and just about anything you could ever need for a Dessert Table. This eliminates the need to create your own stuff or hunt endlessly to find super bargains here or there in order to pull off a table without breaking the bank. So it should be noted that taking this route is a commendable feat to do-it-yourself party planners that do not have access to rentals :)


We chose to place the pink spun sugar in the delicate Noritake china tea cups that belonged to my great-grandmother. At first it seemed cute and whimsical, not the average choice for styling, but then it melted. Quickly. In fact it melted so quickly we had to replace it several times before we were even able to take photos. Even then it still melted a little on the edges. Nice thing about spun sugar though, it's still sugar no matter what form its in and tastes just as sweet! 

 


We are now referring to this cake as the Ruffled Southern Belle cake. Southern belles like Scarlett always had mounds of ruffles on them somewhere and this cake follows suit. We topped it off with a beautiful delicate flower with even more pink and green.

My grandmother was a true southern hostess. Her mid-20th century Fostoria American Crystal collection was the centerpiece of her serve ware. Delicate cut crystal cake stands, goblets, punch bowl and sherbet pieces all sitting awaiting special company or a holiday. Anyone who planned to spend time at my grandmother's home for a special occasion could expect to see a perfect display of traditional party foods awaiting them on delicate serving pieces like the one above. She took great care to make everything "just so," just as we have taken great care to make this Dessert Table "just so." We hope you enjoyed this theme!