Happy Fourth of July!

July 04, 2011

There's nothing like getting together with your closest friends and having some fun in the sun! We love to spontaneously plan picnics throughout the year - specially on gorgeous SF weather days. This year we hit up one of our fave spots close to the water. I couldn't resist and brought along a few things to dress up our little BBQ. It was casual and festive - just great food, sublime weather, and awesome company!

For gatherings like this, I like to plan out one or two "focal" gathering spots to dress up. This is a great way to add touches of decor without going all-out and over-the-top cheesy. Thoughtful little details here and there make a big statement, and you can always achieve this without spending a lot. Here are the five things I purchased (yes, I didn't even craft a thing) that gave a simple picnic a modern casual americana look:

1. Trader Joe's "Vintage Cola" - red, white, & blue - 'nuff said!
2. Reusable stripey straws from Dollar Tree
3. American flag banner from Cost Plus World Market
4. "Newsprint" food wrappers (for the burgers) from Cost Plus World Market
5. Pack of 3 flags from Target 

Everything else I already owned. It really boils down to how you style everything together. We all pitched in some home made goodies and had a no-fuss amazing lunch. I prefer gatherings like this over any fancy sit-down meal!

I hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July celebration!
Styling & photos by Therese

Sweet Summer Treats

July 01, 2011

Summer is finally here! I've been super swamped with work and life that my little blog here hasn't gotten much love lately. Here's a little something colorful, sweet, and fun to start the weekend with! I know, I know, another edibles post - in the past month I've frosted a lacy cake, made custom ballet-inspired cookies, and now more sweets. I promise I'll get back to the actual design stuff when I've recovered from this need to be in my kitchen. 

Sweet Summer Treat: Ice Cream Cupcakes
I recently styled a fun and colorful kiddie birthday bash for my sister. The celebrant had a special request- my red velvet cupcakes. I wanted to make them more special, and decided to try something new. She loves ice cream, so why not combine the two? Here we have a fun new twist to two favorite desserts - the non-melting, super easy and fun to make Ice Cream Cupcakes (aka cupcakes baked in cones).

I had so much fun making them, and they were a huge hit at the party! 

For the simple DIY instructions on how to make these scrumptious treats, check out my feature on Glamomamas.

Have a delicious weekend!!