Tuesday, August 30, 2011

{Sail Away With Me} Nautical Dessert Bar

I recently had the opportunity to create this nautical dessert bar for an inspiration bridal shower that I designed and styled for the Best Wedding Sites magazine at the AVIA Hotel in Long Beach, CA.  This was the perfect venue for a nautical themed bridal shower with picturesque rooftop views overlooking the Queen Mary and Long Beach Harbor.  The sweets bar was set up poolside.  The color palette for the design challenge was navy and yellow so I used blueberries, lemons and subtle hints of peach throughout the dessert bar and tablescape

Once again I had the opportunity to collaborate with Cucamonga Cakery on some really fun ideas for the nautical desserts like the sailboat and life preserver cookies and lemon flavored mini donuts, lemon fruit tarts topped with blueberries and garnished with a sprig of mint, white chocolate covered seashell cupcakes and a navy cake with white chocolate coral and starfish.  I also added white chocolate covered pretzels, "ships ahoy" chocolate chip cookies and ready-to-go homemade blueberry parfaits with mini spoons tied with twine.  The paper details including the candy bar invitation and "sweets" banner were designed by Papermints in block striped and lattice prints that coordinated with our tablescape. The vintage map pinwheels were handmade and tied to burlap to create a second banner across the table. Unforgettable Events provided the simple cafe o le hybrid dahlias, yellow billy balls and tulips floral arrangements in addition to the Italian charmeuse satin linens.

Our signature drink, "Blue Berry Mojitos", were made with blue rock candy, mint leaves and blueberries, which I will share a recipe for later on! 

A special thanks to Jessica Elizabeth Photography for these awesome photographs you are seeing here and here

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful. I found you via a pin on Pinterest. Lovely styling.


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