Thursday, August 18, 2011

Bump Smitten Feature: Baby Shower Candy Buffet

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a bundle of sweets in a baby carriage! Have you seen my feature on Bump Smitten? No?  Well what are you waiting for.. head over there and take a look! 

Monday, August 15, 2011

Winner of Candy Giveaway

Good Monday Morning All!

Thank you to everyone that participated in the Blair Candy Giveaway last week.  We have a winner!
Congratulations to bbard!! Have fun planning your daughter's birthday party!  Please email me at your candy selection along with your contact info so you we can get your candy out to you! 
Thanks for following!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Giveaway: $15 Credit towards Blair Candy!

Win Free Candy! Lollipops, Gummies, Nostalgic candy, Mints, Gum, Chocolates and the list goes on! Blair Candy will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth!

Candy buffets are all the rage these days. Here's the perfect opportunity for you to get started on creating your own with a $15 credit towards any candy from Blair Candy website! It's ok if you are not planning an event, we all love candy just because... so you can still enter!
7 Opportunities to WIN!!

Here's how to enter..

1. Follow my Fete Fanatic blog and leave a comment that you have

2. Leave a comment telling what you are planning for Mother's Day

3. Become a Fan, "Like" The Flair Factor on Facebook and leave a comment here that you've done so

4. Post about this giveaway on your own Blog, Facebook Page and/or Tweet about it & comment here with the links! (3 opportunities to win)

5. Check out Blair Candy store online, choose your favorite sweets, then leave a comment here and let me know what you would select if you won.

To increase your chances, leave a separate comment each time you complete one of these actions!
Only US residents are eligible for this Giveaway.
The Winner will be chosen at random on Friday, Aug 12 at 11:00pm (EST).
Any entries received after this time will not be considered.

Good Luck!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Vendor Highlights: Superior Nut Company

Looking for sweets and treats?
I've been asked quite a few times where to purchase candy and sweets.  With the Internet as a great resource, you can find many sources out there too choose from.  I personally prefer to go with a source I can trust to have fresh, delicious treats, and reliable service. Superior Nut Company covers all of those bases. 
Offering not only a variety of gourmet nuts and dried fruits, snack mixes, and gifts, Superior Nut Company  also offers a vast variety of bulk candies as well! Planning an ice cream social this summer?  Try checking out their selection of  ice cream toppings!.  I recently ordered chocolate covered cherries, delivery was prompt, and the candy was delicious!  Check out Superior Nut Company  for your candy buffet needs, and gifts.. you'll go "Nuts" over their selection! 

Stay on top of their latest treats, like Superior Nut Company  on Facebook and follow Twitter!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Look Whoooo's Baptised

Owl themes are pretty popular these days, especially this time a year for graduations.   This theme can be incorporated in just about any event. It's great for birthday parties, baby showers, bridal showers, even a baptism. Yes, I incorporated owls into a recent baby boy's baptism. I kept it modern and pretty simple with a color palette of  blue, green, yellow & white.  Here's a look.

We incorporated the owl theme thoughout stationery, even on the menus

Blue Rosary beads were placed on the napkins of each setting
I kept the centerpieces simple by adding ribbon around the base of the vases and making tissue paper flowers
I'm a big fan of edible Favors
And  to end the event on a sweet note...of course a small desert buffet! Treats included french macarons old fashion donuts, white chocolate dipped marshmallows, white chocolate covered pretzels, vanilla wafer sticks, cookies, and cake.

 I would definitely love to incorporate owls for another event!  And I will surely contact Christine of Olive Branch Papery  for stationery again.  She did an amazing job on the JC's Baptism!  The personalized owl themed stationery pulled the event together nicely.
So....Whooo' has hosted an owl event lately?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Spring is in full Swing!

If you missed my Spring Display on Celebrations at Home, here's your chance to catch up!
Remember this spring tablescape? Here's the sweets display to compliment the design.
Spring is now in Full "Swing"!
I selected a festive fabric and used it throughout my design.  I selected a vibrant fabric as my starting point for the design. To reflect my theme, I used a serving tray as a "swing", and hung it using jute twine so it will be elevated above the table.
 Sitting on the swing were can cakes wrapped with the same fabric used on the table and twine. Fresh rose petals were sprinkled on the swing for a fresh spring feel and to tie in with the centerpiece from the tablescape.
Some of the sweets included assorted gumballs in mini glass flower pots,
Lemon tarts,
Strawberry and vanilla cupcakes embellished with an edible DIY swirlpop cupcake topper made from marshmallow straws!
 Last but not least, Lemon flavored water was a must to balance all the sweets on the table! Lemon yellow drinking straws were embellished fabric flags. Of course... the same fabric!
There's a few more weeks of Spring left.. Enjoy it!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Celebrations at Home Feature

Head over to Celebrations at Home to see my Spring Sweets Display!  Thanks Chris for the feature!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Simple Spring Tablescape

Happy Friday!
What are you planning for Mother's Day this weekend? Are you putting together a special breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner for Moms on Sunday?  I have a super simple, vibrant, tablescape I created in the spirit of celebrating Spring for my studio space.  It's the perfect inspiration for designing your Mother's Day tablescape! Choosing a festive fabric was my starting point, and used it throughout my design. 
This fabric definitely has a lot going on, but isn't it pretty? I paired it with a yellow gingham tablecloth..
so Spring!
Fabric wrapped around the centerpiece, gorgeous pink roses!
Adding interest, I paired a round dinner plate, with a square salad plate, and a fun fabric napkin set atop a rattan charger for texture.
In keeping with the spring feel, fresh herbs dill and rosemary were used as a parting favor.
This is perfect to double as a placecard, simply tie the name of your guest to the plant or set a tent card right in front.

As a prelude to the highly anticipated desert table, I added tiny cupcakes inside tealight holders for a taste of whats to come!

Happy Mother's Day to all! Enjoy your weekend!!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Guacamole, Yes Please!

It doesn't have to be Cinco de Mayo for me to indulge... but since it is.. Guacamole! Yes Please!

Charred Corn Guacamole with Cumin
Chipotle Guacamole
Tomatillo Avocado Dip
Goat Cheese Guacamole

Check out What's Gabby Cooking for these delicious recipes!
Enjoy your Cinco de Mayo!

Spring Tablescape

A Vibrant Spring tablecape Coming soon!
Stay tuned!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Bottoms Up: Margarita Madness!

Tired of the same old traditional margarita?  Well mix things up and simply adding fruit flavor! And don't forget to garnish!  Right in time for Cinco de Mayo!

Watermelon Margarita
Cuervo Especial Pomegranate Margarita Martini
 Delish for recipes

Mango Margaria for recipe
Strawberry Margarita

Check out the websites about for tons of drink ideas!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Festive Fiesta

I'm ready for some margaritas! Who's having a Cinco De Mayo celebration?  If you are looking for inspiration to get started, look no further! Chris from Celebrations at Home hit the nail on the head with her Mexican Fiesta!  I'm totally loving the ruffle tablecloth (shower curtain) she combined with a traditional Mexican Serape Blanket used for her tablescape design.

LOVE THIS! The ruffles are the perfect compliment to the Mexican Serape Blanket. I have a blanket already, just have snag one of those curtains!  
You'll want to check out Chris' contribution to the Celebrations blog and pick some tips and pointers on how to pull off your own Mexican Fiesta!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Candy Buffet: 21st Century Bride Event

The 21st Century Bride was an educational networking event for wedding industry professionals produced by Robert Allen & Holli Ehrlich of Wedding Podcast Network and Vanessa Ploski & Brian Lawrence Local Traffic Builder.  Energy levels were kept high with many surprises throughout the day, snacks during intermissions, prizes, and the wealth of knowledge provided by the incredible panel of speakers. There were no dull moments at this event...definitely engaging!  I had the pleasure of designing a vibrant display of sweet treats incorporating the logo colors for the attendees to enjoy on their way home.  Take a look...

Rock Candy Topiary
If you weren't in attendance, check out The 21st Century Bride for information on how you can experience this event!