Aug 31, 2010

Travel Inspired Guest Dessert Feature

Today is another guest feature marathon with exclusive  guest features today, folks!  Today’s guest features are so beautiful and I have to say I feel pretty honored and humbled that all of the guest feature peeps have told us their businesses were inspired by our work.  The first one up today is Jennifer and Marie of Sweets Indeed, who sent over a vintage “travel with me” inspired dessert bar that will make you want to jump on a hot air balloon for an adventure.  This is such a creative spin on a travel party.  I love the vintage hot air balloon and luggage props, the bustled fabric curtain with sisal rope detail, the use of map wrapping paper decor, that dreamy and fluffy cloud-like buttercream cake, and all of the other goodies like cloud meringue, chocolate hot air balloons, and cloud-like mousse.

Some Sweet Styling Tips & Tricks

(1) If you are making meringue, make more than you will need!  Meringue are fragile and I always account for breakage when using them for a party.  In fact, just this past weekend, we used life preserver meringue and the bottom layer didn’t quite make it.  If you are prepared and have extra, you don’t have to worry about running out.

(2) If you are hanging up anything like the backdrop and hot air balloons here, make sure your support system is very strong.  Consider the weather (wind) when deciding whether to hang props.  Marie and Jennifer – feel free to weigh in on what you used here.

(3) If you are creating a set-up near trees like this table, be mindful of falling leaves that may fall on your table.  Continue to check for this throughout your event.

What a great way to kick off the marathon!  Amazing job, ladies!

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  • This is so cute!

    Different, pretty – and yummy!

  • Dalia

    Absolutely stunning, Luv it!

  • WOW! I am IN LOVE with this idea! I adore the ballons!

  • Delightful.

  • For the last month I’ve been collecting images of vintage balloons to use on a cake. Now I’m seeing them everywhere! This is a beautiful interpretation of the theme — great job girls!

  • ++++I’m in love+++++ Beautiful!

  • I love every detail of this table: the desserts, the tone of the colors and the placement of the fine details & accessories.

  • This is WONDERFUL!!!

  • So beautiful and nostalgic!

  • I love it! My favourite bit, the cake!

  • Absolutely GORGEOUS! I love the elements that she used…the hot air balloons, the “Love” banner on the cake, the suitcases, the old furniture…postively beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • So sweet♥

  • I love all of the textures! The maps too! Well done 🙂

  • Wow this is so beautiful and romantic!
    I love everything…
    Thank you!

  • this is drop-dead gorgeous! beautiful execution! it’s just utterly unique and i love this idea!!!

  • Thank you for your sweet comments. We are thrilled! For the backdrop, we used a handmade wooden structure that mimicked the ones photographers use for in studio shoots. We secured our props and fabric over a strong dowel across the back. The sides of the structure are 4×4’s placed in sturdy base that we paint or cover so that they blend aesthetically. We also made sure all the shrubbery had been cut back so that nothing was hanging over the table. The vintage props are from Found Vintage Rentals. Enjoy!

  • This is absolutley darling!!! One of my favorites by far!

  • Mamma mia (they say in Italian … how cool)! But this setting is beautiful! When I get married … I would like a similar setting, great! Poetry that those balloons! But I can hire you? 🙂 Sorry for my English … I used google translate 🙂

  • This dessert table is incredible! I love the hot air balloons and what a great idea to make clouds out of meringue. Thanks for sharing this gorgeous table and awesome tips.

  • This is really lovely. The meringue clouds are my favorite part – so sweet!

  • LOVE LOVE this! Amazing idea!

  • So well done! I love the hot air balloon hanging props and the suitcases are beautiful!

  • Amy

    I absolutely love this! It’s such a wonderful idea and executed so well! I’m adding this to my inspiration folder!

  • Love the idea and all the vintage decorations… thanks for the tips, Amy

  • I think I just audibly gasped. Darling!!

  • This is such a wonderful idea for a themed table! And great color scheme.

  • Wow, I love how this guest really incorporated some nostalgic items. The old suitcase is stunning, as well as the old map yo-yos! This is one of my faves from your guests!

  • Positively splendid! The hot air balloons are so darling. What an unexpected surprise. This is a definite favorite with all of the marvelous detail—Bravo!

  • i love it!! 😀

  • There is a pirate-themed spread that coincides with the Pirates in the Caribbean deck party and a late-night dessert buffet. The pirate-themed buffet is served on the outer areas of deck 9, while the dessert buffet is spread out in Lumiere’s.

  • Those balloons are so sweet!

  • Savvy

    I absolutely love love love this!!! It doesn’t scream, vintage…. but it has that oldies flair! I just, wish I could’ve been there!

  • Mary Ellen

    This is absolutely beautiful! Would you mind sharing where you got the model hot air balloons? I have found some online but am really wanting that same turq. color you have. Thanks!

  • This is AMAZING!!! I also am wondering about the hot air balloons! LOVE that turquoise color!

  • I’m just wondering where the food planning comes from, the client or the planner? I only ask because I was wondering who came up with the donuts, why, and what kind were they? Everything looks so beautiful!

  • Dee

    Wow this is awesome! Where can I find those hot air balloons?

  • Tarah
  • Stephanie Hilzen

    I really would like to do this for my babyshower centerpieces. Can you please help me?! Where could I get the balloons & all the materials? Or if you make them how much would it cost? Thank you!

  • Emily

    Like so many others, I was wondering where I can find those lovely hot air balloons. I can find them online in bright primary colors, but was hoping to have some softer pastel balloons for my little girl’s nursery. Thank you!

  • Fabienne

    Hi! Congratulations for this amazing job! Could you tell me were to buy the hot air balloo
    ? I’m getting married next summer in Paris and I would love to have them over our candy bar :)!