Friday, October 24, 2014

Astonishing Cakes' Fall Dessert Table

Renee from Astonishing Cakes is back today with her Fall Tablescape Challenge dessert table.  If you missed her challenge entry post yesterday, hop on over to check it out as well. ~ Pamela

Let the apple harvest celebration continue today with the dessert table created to go with the Fall Tablescape Challenge shared yesterday.  The decoration on the table of carries through the theme of my “extended cocktail hour” on Sunday Nov. 2nd when we turn back those clocks, invite a few friends over and enjoy an extra hour of cheers!  



This is an easy theme to bring to life, just grab a few clocks from your house and glam up some beer bottle caps to use as table scatter.  Tip:  use decanters as vases if you’ve got them!




You just can’t go around picking apples without the urge to make apple filling, so that’s just what I did. It was used in my Apple Cinnamon cake and Apple Shortbread Thumbprint cookies to be served at my “Fall Back” Cocktail Party.   I think my Grandma Shirley would’ve loved helping make all these apple treats.  She always made the best canned apple butter, yum!



Pam and Tyler of Squatles created the cutest felt bunting to top off the cake, it tied in perfect with my fleece scarf table runner from the challenge.  I’m already thinking of more ways to use these adorable buntings on more cakes!  Since this was a cocktail party after all, I figured not all guests will have a strong sweet tooth so I set out fall colored mini gable boxes for the cookies.


We plan on enjoying cider & brews with our friends for the end of Daylight Savings next week while we fall back and watch some football.  I hope you enjoyed my fall inspiration and have fun making it your own!
~Renee


Cake, Cookies & Cider: Astonishing Cakes llc
Felt Bunting: Squatles


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fall Tablescape Challenge with Astonishing Cakes


I have a very special blog post today, from guest blogger Renee Hiser of Astonishing Cakes llc. Renee was recently part of a Fall Tablescape Challenge and is here to share all of the details of her entry.  Be sure to check out the "competition's" entries too by clicking on the links at the bottom of this post. Get ready to be inspired! 
~ Pamela


Well, it’s in there…I’ve tossed my hat in the ring with some pretty amazing party people for a Fall Tablescape Challenge.  This was a fun departure from the dessert table I find myself at in my confectionary adventures as the owner/artist of Astonishing Cakes llc. 
Our challenge:
Design a fall themed tablescape for $25 or less AND incorporate these items into your design:

1. Red Wagon

2. A pumpkin

3. Wheat Stalks
4. Apples
5. A wooden sign


Let the rummaging through the house begin….






I went through my seasonal dinnerware to see what I have and determine a color palette.  After all, I tend to start with the color palette when thinking of cake design so why veer off course from what I know. I wanted to feature my colored glassware and vases which are in shades of teal, amber and brown.  For the plating, I pulled out my favorite little gourd shaped white ceramic soup bowls and some simple gray saucers to place them on.  Other items I owned that were ready to use as is included the tablecloth, small ceramic pumpkins, liquor decanters, hinge-top bottles, clocks, wooden crate and the large ceramic soup bowl.




Then I spotted item #4 on the list, APPLES!  Can I just say I was thrilled to see apples on the list? An apple tree grows in my backyard and I have been harvesting it to my little hearts content lately. I’ve made cider, apple butter (from the cider pulp), apple pie cake filling and thumbprint shortbread cookies galore since those apples ripened!

At this point, I decided I would celebrate my apple harvest with some close friends.  The items I chose paired perfectly with a cocktail hour with seasonal soup. Daylight Savings Time ends on Nov. 2nd and what better way to spend that extra hour than sharing some cheers with good friends? 

Off to the thrift store I went to find the rest of my list! Here’s what I purchased for $22.02 (after tax):

Brown Fleece Scarf                 $1.50
Napkins (set of 4)                      $1.50
Yellow Lace Napkins                  98¢
Napkin Rings                            $3.99
Gold Rimmed Chargers                       $3.96
Wooden Leaf-shaped Sign      $2.99
Wooden Frame                                    $3.99
Spoons                                                $1.96


You might wonder how I got such low prices, simple…I went on 50% off day that they have every-other Saturday.  I chose the scarf to be my table runner to add a bit of coziness to the table and give a nod to the fall weather that’ll be rolling in. It was instant love with the gold rimmed chargers that have odd shaped edges and vein like texture that reminds me of that earthy feel that fall has.




Earlier, while going through my stash of décor items I set aside some items to repurpose or simply spray paint if need since I have TONS of spray cans that only had a tad bit left in them.  I should mention I am a spray paint crafting addict! Really, they need to start an AA program before I spray paint everything I own….think I’m kidding?  Just check out my Sundae Crafternoon party and the industrial kitchen wall art I created by spray painting kitchen gadgets.

With the tight budget I knew I would have to scavenge the yard for my floral.  I decided to keep the spray painting theme going by cutting some tall grass which reminds me of wheat stalks and painting it various colors.  This actually worked incredibly well in my favor to keep the grass from shedding since the paint glues it all in place.






Other items that got a colorful coat were:

Bottle caps – used to make Wine Glass Markers (attached with floral wire)
Grass centerpiece & tumbleweed
Wooden Leaf-shaped sign – also got the saying “Fall back into your seat” hand painted on
Floral - picked flowers from garden & arranged in soup bowl 
Spoons, salt & pepper shaker, candle holders & invite easel

DIY projects also included were:

Floral - picked flowers from garden & arranged in the large soup bowl 
Seat Back Décor – cut up some fabric & ribbon left from old projects and garnished with a bit of painted tumbleweed pieces
Invites & Paper Table signs – A must! I had no wagon or wheat stalk to speak of, so I designed some signs and an invite in a combination of Word (used to draw the wagon) & Picmonkey.com (used for their cute free fonts)

Are you going to try a similar party? Download free images of my invite & signs below to add to your cocktail hour! ~ Renee


Check back here on Friday for all of the sweet details on the dessert table Renee created! 

Now hop on over and check out the other fabulous Fall Tablescape Challenge entries below.  

Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams

Painting Paris Pink

Not Just A Mommy

Sweet Sensations

Everyday Party Magazine

Share your Fall decorating ideas or browse through even more inspiration HERE

http://new.inlinkz.com/luwpview.php?id=459471

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

MY LIFE SQUARED {9.1.14-9.15.14} EVERYDAY LIFE

Here is "My Life Squared", some of the moments I captured over the past few weeks. 



Since school has started back up I have been able to do a bit more creative stuff. Here are some boxes I created with a beautiful watercolor print. These were part of a nautical wedding photo shoot and I can't wait to see how everything turned out!!



My oldest son, Tyler and I have started making fun little felt creatures called Squatles. Tyler creates some of the "nerdy" designed Squatles while I create some of the "cutesy" Squatles. Take a look at our little blog as well as our Etsy shop.





In addition to our Squatles we will be adding other fun felt creations. Here is a 4' bunting that fits perfectly across a front door, we will also have 6' and 8' lengths available in October 2014!! I am personally in love with this particular color scheme of blush, charcoal, oatmeal and mustard, it screams Fall to me.





For the rest of the month I will be creating some more fun watercolor boxes for a big wedding event that I will be sharing more about mid October. I will be taking a short trip to Iowa to see family, which I will be sharing on Instagram so follow along over there. Last, I will be creating a ton more felty goodness with Tyler for the Squatles shop and Pumpkin Fest here in Littleton which is the second weekend in October.  (more details on that later as well).

Have an amazing day!!!
DFTBA,
Pam




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