Free Easter Bunny Photos

Hop into spring with this free opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny!

I don’t know about you, but we have done our share of meet and greets with the Easter Bunny. You usually have to pay a fee, stand in a long line, and by the time you get to see the Easter Bunny your kids are either too scared or over it.

Free Photos with the Easter Bunny || Sarah Sofia Productions

That’s why I’m excited to share FREE professional portraits with the Easter Bunny for Charlotte locals today, Monday, March 16th from 3-6 p.m. at Portrait Innovations studios in Charlotte, Gastonia and Huntersville.

Spring and the Easter Bunny go hand and hand and now is your opportunity to meet him for free with no long lines and make lasting memories with your family!

The Easter Bunny will visit Portrait Innovations studios located in Charlotte at the Promenade on Providence Shopping Center, Huntersville at the NorthCross Shopping Center and Gastonia at Gaston Mall. Each child will receive three free high resolution images with the Easter Bunny on a CD.

Free Photos with the Easter Bunny || Sarah Sofia Productions

In addition, Tuesday, March 10 through Sunday, April 12, Portrait Innovations will have a great Spring-time offer that includes 43 Portraits and 5 Spring cards for just $19.99, plus a FREE 16×20 Wall Portrait. Coupons for this deal can be found on the website at portraits.com.

Portrait Innovations has new spring backgrounds that allows you to be creative with your photos sessions and have a one-of-a-kind portraits that your standard photography studio cannot offer.  Plus, how can you turn down free Portraits with the Easter Bunny?”

Sprin family Photos || Sarah Sofia Productions

Portrait Innovations offers a full range of seasonal backgrounds, props and poses available for families to choose from.  For more details on portrait sessions please visit Portrait Innovations .

 

 

Wordless Wednesday: Wedding Inspiration + Trends

Mango Sorbet. Photograohy by Imely Photography and Video LLC

Imely Photography and Video LLC

Did you know that December is the most popular month to get engaged? Next to December is February with Valentine’s Day. In the spirit of engagement season and wedding season on the horizon, I’m sharing some of our favorite weddings with you that are still trending in 2015.

Sara + Gabe NYE Wedding Sarah Sofia Productions

Dessert bars, exposed brick and industrial spaces with a lounge vibe were gaining popularity in 2010 and are still trending in 2015. Sara + Abe got married on NYE in 2010, which remains a popular wedding date. Get the details of their wedding here.

Christina and Sam Winter Wedding || Sarah Sofia Productions

Winter weddings were trending in 2011 and are still hot in 2015! As are small, intimate weddings. I was honored to plan and style one of my best friends weddings at their favorite French restaurant! Christina wanted an elegant but simple décor with blue and white. Blue and white is classic and will always be in style. Get the details of Christina and Sam’s Winter Wedding here.

Imely Photography & Video LLC

Imely Photography & Video LLC

Sophisticated and memorable food and experience at weddings started trending in 2008 and hasn’t stop since!  While some might argue you never remember the food at weddings, that wasn’t the case at our wedding and most of the weddings and events I plan and style. Our intimate wedding of 80 guests at The Ritz Carlton Sarasota Beach Club is still talked about amongst our friends as being one of the most memorable; who could forget that lobster bisque!

Sarasota Coral and Cornflower Blue Wedding || Sarah Sofia Productions

Other trends such as the signature drink, coordination of color and theme throughout the wedding, and destination weddings in 2009 are still hot in 2015. Not to mention my favorite colors coral and blue are hot trends this year not only in fashion and interior design, but are seeing variations of the colors in weddings and events. I know a few people thought the color coral was bold and was fitting for a beach wedding, but wouldn’t reach mainstream.

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It’s hard to believe Valentine’s Day is next month. I have to admit I’ve been scouting out the stores the last few weeks to create something fun and festive for you this year. For more ideas and Inspirations Visit Sarah Sofia Productions
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HOW TO STRIP, SAND, PAINT, STAIN I used two products for this project and followed the recommendations of the manufacturer.

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Valentine’s Day Inspiration Round Up

Tying The Knot Bridal Shower Dessert Bar || Sarah Sofia Productions

It’s hard to believe Valentine’s Day is next month. I have to admit I’ve  been scouting out the stores the last few weeks to create something fun and festive for you this year.

However, today I wanted to share past Valentine’s Day party inspiration and recipes with you.

Valentine's Day Inspiration

Valentine’s Day is all about being with loved ones which can be your best girlfriends, your boyfriend, husband, or family.

Red velvet mini cupcakes and mini strawberry cupcakes are not only a fun activity to make with your family but are delicious and the perfect school treat!

Strawberry Heart Cup Out Cupcakes || Sarah Sofia Productions

Get the recipe and other easy heart cut out ideas in Valentine’s Day Treats.

Valentine's Day Treats || Sarah Sofia Productions

Throw a fun dinner party with your girlsfriends and make it GLAM with pink and gold.

Pink + Gold GLAM Bridal Shower

Get the look and the details for your girls night out here.

Make Valentine’s Day last the entire month with beautiful floral arrangements, cute signs, banners, and candles in an array of pinks and reds and some gold!

Valentine's Day

Elephants, coral and Robin's egg blue first birthday party

PlayPlay! Theatre Fundraiser

Get the looks and the details here, here and here.

Don’t forget easy ways to dress up your cheese plate, creative appetizers, and dessert bar inspiration. Be creative and use purple and reds in your Valentine’s Day décor and floral arrangements.

Tying the Knot Bridal Shower Heart Cut of Cheese Plate || Sarah Sofia Productions

Wine Tasting Bridal Shower Smoked Salmon Appetizer

Tying The Knot Bridal Shower Dessert Bar || Sarah Sofia Productions

Tying the Knot Bridal Shower Dessert Bar || Sarah Sofia Productions

Tying The Knot Bridal Shower Floral Arrangements || Sarah Sofia Productions

Tying the Knot Bridal Shower Floral Arrangement || Sarah Sofia Productions

Get the looks and details of these recipes and floral arrangements here and here.

We’re working on the details for a festive Valentine’s Day celebration coming in the next few weeks. Make sure you come back and get inspired!

Wordless Wednesday: Pantone’s Color of the Year Marsala

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Welcome back to the second week in Wordless Wednesday for the month of January. Today I am sharing a few things that are inspiring me in the color Marsala, Pantone Color of the Year 2015!

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Co-Host Cathy from A Peek Into My ParadiseA Peek Into My Pardise
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These individually sized mini sweet lemon cakes are great for parties – or just because!Simply – you don’t NEED a reason – just make them! Oh my – they are heavenly! *Pause to wipe the drool off the keyboard*
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Lysa shares with us this week, The Benefits of Cucumber Water
Now for the benefits of Cucumbers… (These are all benefits I have read about.)
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I love making food from scratch! I love the idea of growing as much of it as I can and also, getting my food locally from the farmers who live around me. I love making my own mixes full of ingredients I can actually pronounce and recognize! 🙂
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Great and wonderful ideas to start the New Year off right! Making it my Resolution to learn more about clean eating and incorporating healthy eating into our diets! These are some really great recipes!
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Slow Cooker Pork Ragu — Tender, juicy pork simmered in a luscious white wine sauce with diced veggies and Italian seasonings.
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In honor of the National Championship game and the upcoming Super Bowl I’m sharing some of my past football party ideas with you along with a few new ones like the instant download pictured above. Yes, I am born and raised in Ohio and by default and a huge Ohio State Buckeyes fan! Game Day Party Ideas
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Wordless Wednesday Linky Party: All Things Creative

As an event planner, hostess, wife, and mother you know I am passionate about the art of entertaining. Crafts, DIY, recipes, home décor are a few of the things that what make an event or party memorable.
For the month of January I’m excited to participate as a Co-host in Wordless Wednesday hosted by Karen from Oh My Heartsie Girl, bringing you inspiration on all things creative.

The Oh My Heartsie Girls Wordless WednesdayWelcome To The First “Oh My Heartsie Girls Wordless Wednesday” of 2015!!!

We all wish you a Happy New Year For You and your families!

I hope you show a warm welcome to our Co-Hosts for January WW, they all have fun and unique webites, with craft ideas, DIY, home decor, recipes and family fun!

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Lorelai shares her 7-Layer Dip Recipe An Appetizer with a Mexican Flair with 11 major ingredients, it can be served at parties or anytime. Find this recipe and others
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Coco is offering a Printable Time Capsule Outline for your kids. created this printable for kids, but if an adult wants to do it too – great! This printable would be great for a party, everyone writing down their goals and favorite events from the past year to open and share in 2016.
Co-Host Coco from Home School A Palooza
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Nikki home schools her children and was looking for a way to teach current events, by looking for videos she was able to find some great teaching tools. Check out my other posts on how to implement a daily before school family devotional and how to teach your kids the constitution
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Cathy shares Lucy Live on Stage is a fun tribute to the iconic television show and America’s favorite goof-ball red-head….Lucille Ball! Tune in each week
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Lysa shares a story about growing up watching her grandma cook with a pinch of this pinch of that, Lysa in her twenties started following her grandmother around writing down the pinch of this pinch of that and what those amounts really were.
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This is Jenny’s time to set up her Challenge and is inviting you to join in. This is one I need, one month-one room at a time. Check out her ideas and join in.
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Chastity shares a recipe for Baked Buttermilk Doughnuts with a new pan her husband gave her for Christmas, I think that was a huge hint!!
Check out her scratch recipe
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Alyssa Pieces of HomeAlyssa share her recipe for Banana Bread Oatmeal Bake
There is nothing like family & friends for the holidays! Lots of company and guests! That means, hardly no time at all!
This oatmeal bake can feed a crowd and leave everyone happy!
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Sarah shares how to survive the winter months with all the comforts you need to stay cozy with your family.
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The cranberries that are used to make this bread are local in Carlisle, Massachusetts and it’s only about a mile and a half from our house. The only changes to the original recipe that I made was to increase the amount of cranberries and to use fresh cranberries rather than dried.
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Top 12 Posts of 2014: Parties, Event & Interior Design + 2015 Trends

Top Partiy, Event & Interior Design Trends of 2014 that are trending in 2015

Happy and healthy 2015 my friends! I wanted to share my top 12 blog posts of 2015 with you today!

Sarah Sofia Productions had a successful year in event design and styling! You will notice 9 of the 12 top blog posts are events or parties that were big trends in 2014 and continue to trend in 2015. The other 3 of 12 top blog posts are interior design and home décor trends that spill over into this year.

12. Wine Tasting and champagne tasting parties were hot in 2014 and continue to be in 2015. Tastings are one of my faves to plan because it’s an intimate affair with food and wine/champagne pairings. Get inspired with our Wine Tasting Party!

Wine Tasting

11.  Easter Celebrations and Easter Celebration Part II have some great décor elements and fun colors.

Easter Celebrations

10. Pink + Gold GLAM Bridal Shower was a fan fav and still is one of mine! Pink + Gold were hot trends in 2014 and continue to be in 2015. The elements of this GLAM bridal shower can be used for any party that needs a little sparkle! We were featured in two publications for this photo shoot: My Tru Blu and The Bride Link

Pink + Gold GLAM Bridal Shower

9. Coral, Robin Eggs Blue & Elephants themed 1st Birthday Party is whimsical and had hot trends like dessert and candy bar, coral and blue colors, and of course smash cake.

045This party is a good example of interior design and home décor trends that are making their way into party trends. The theme of this party was based on the coral, blue & elephant themed nursery.

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8. Thrill of the Hunt Series was a hit with treasures from thrifting from my guests Dwell by Cheryl and Jennifer, Pure & Simple Organizing, along with my treasures!

Finding the Good Stuff

7. Black Tie Weddings and Events are classic and will always be in style! There’s something fun and glamorous about getting dressed up in formal attire that makes the night special. The Queen City Gala: Black Tie for Charity was no exception!

Queen City Gala

6. Brunch with the girls: Summer Entertaining continues to be one of our top archive searches for 2014! Despite the rain, there are fun punches of color and easy party décor elements.

Brunch Sarah Sofia Productions

5. Surprise 50th Birthday Party isn’t your typical backyard celebration! The attention to detail from the food to the simple and masculine décor made this party an instant classic. Burlap and navy were hot trends in 2014 and continue to be in 2015.

50th Surprise Party

4. One Room Challenge Spring 2014 Master Bedroom and Fall 2014 Big Girl Room drove a lot of new traffic to our blog and demonstrated that trends in interior design continue to overlap with weddings, events & parties.

High & Low Finds

Many of the home décor items in both ORC rooms came from our wedding, or my daughter’s birthday party décor.

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3. Fall Décor and entertaining along with our Thanksgiving Tablescape were both hits with readers and the interior design industry! We were featured in Southern Girl Blog Community’s Fall Round up, Festive Fall Crafts and Décor.

Festive Fall Decor Tablescap

Thanksgiving Inspiration

2. Sofia The First Birthday Party not only had a lot of views when it was first published in September 2014 but continues to be our second most popular search into 2015! Sofia The First Invitation

Sofia The First and Disney character themed parties were hot trends in 2014 and continue to be in 2015! This Sofia The First party incorporated boys by having them dress up like Princes and adding special touches in crafts and food labels.

Sofia The First Birthday Party

1. Our biggest month to date was December 2014 with all our holiday and Christmas posts such as Santa Claus is Coming to Town Party, Trimming the Tree and Christmas Décor, Family Traditions with Recipes and Cookie Decorating Party, Cozy Survival Guide for Winter Months, and Christmas Tablescape.

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Merry & Bright

Holiday Traditions Cookie Decorating Party

We collaborated with wedding and event industry pros such as Classic Party Rentals, for Christmas Tablescape and were recognized nationally by Classic Party Rentals and in Southern Girl Blog Community’s Holiday Tradition Roundup, A Southern Girls Guide to Christmas Traditions.

Christmas Decor and Tablescape

Christmas Decor and Tradition

Cozy Surviival Guide for the Winter Months

However our most viewed post of December and of 2014 was New Year’s Eve Bash and Recipes!

NYE Bash

NYE BASH Recipes

Can’t wait to share more 2015 top trends in weddings, events, and parties in the coming months!

 

 

Inspiration for the Holidays: New Year’s Eve Bash

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I’ve always enjoyed a good party and New Year’s Eve is no different. Like many others, the party has changed slightly with kids.

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Just because you have kids doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! Kids bring life to any party and incorporating party décor that festive and whimsical is fun for all!

NYE Bash Kids Table

Noise makers, fake sunglasses with 2015, hats, confetti, and beads are décor items that both adult and children enjoy. Have a special count down to the New Year at 8:30 or 9:00 pm for the younger kids and serve cookies and milk or sparkling juice.

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To get this look and all the details check out my previous post on Kicking Off The New Year.

Every party needs a signature drink and a NYE bash isn’t a party without one!

New Year Splash!

Champagne is a the go to drink for NYE, but your guests will be pleasantly surprised when you serve them this New Year’s Splash drink topped with fresh raspberries! Not only isn’t delicious, but easy to make.

New Year’s Splash Specialty Drink

Ingredients (serves 8-12)

1 Bottle Looza Peach Juice or any brand

2 Bottles Prosecco

1   6 oz package raspberries

Pour Prosecco into champagne flutes, 3/4 full. Fill the reminder champagne flute with Looze Peach Juice (2 pours). Stir and garnish with fresh raspberries.

Next up is the menu. I’ve always enjoyed shrimp and grits and flank steak for New Year’s Eve. check out my previous post on New Year’s Eve Menu Inspiration for recipes.

Pink + Gold GLAM Bridal Shower

Get this GLAM look and details here for your NYE bash! You can even make your DIY glitter champagne bottle to add a little sparkle to your NYE!

Looking for some dessert inspiration? Check out our previous post Inspiration for The Holiday Season:Sweet Desserts, with dessert bar ideas and more!

New Years Eve Dessert Bar Karas Parties

Don’t forget about New Year’s Day! This easy and delicious smoked salmon, spinach, olive and cheese frittata is perfect for your New Year’s Day or Christmas Day celebration!

New Year's Day Spinach & Olive Fritta

New Year’s Day Smoked Salmon & Spinach Frittata

Ingredients

Olive Oil Pam Cooking Spray

Salt and Pepper to taste

4 oz. smoked salmon with dill

8 black olives chopped

6 eggs

1 cup frozen spinach thawed

1/4 cup shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese optional

2 tablespoons almond milk or skim milk

1 teaspoon parsley or to taste

1 teaspoon basil or to taste

1 teaspoon oregano

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8 inch oven safe skillet with Olive Oil Pam Cooking Spray. Heat over medium and add smoked salmon, olives and spinach; cook and stir briefly to release the flavors.

In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, parsley, basil, and oregano. Pour over mixture in skillet, and stir gently. Top with shredded cheese. Cook over medium heat without stirring until the edges appear firm approx. 5 minutes.

Place skillet in oven and bake for 20 minutes or until nicely browned and puffed. Flip onto a serving plate and cut into wedges.

Add a side salad such as spinach, tomato, onion, and Orzo salad.

Cheers to a Happy & Healthy 2015!

NYE Signature Drink

Inspiration for the Holidays: Family Traditions with Recipes and Cookie Decorating Party

Family Traditions Cookie Decorating Party

Winter break has officially begun and we are entering the week of Christmas! Tis’ the season for all things festive and fun!

To send off my daughter’s preschool teachers we made fudge together.

Holiday Traditions FudgeFor as long as I can remember this was a tradition I did with my mother at Christmas time. It’s an easy recipe that takes no time at all while making memories with your family!

I use Carnation Evaporated Milk recipe minus the marshmallows and add walnuts.

Carnation Evaporated Mile recipe

Mama’s Fudge Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup (5 fl.-oz. can) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (9 oz.) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Line 8 inch square baking pan with foil. Spray foil lightly with Pam non-stick cooking spray. Combine sugar evaporated milk, butter and salt in medium, heavy-duty saucepan. Bring to a full rolling boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil, stirring constantly, for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in walnuts and vanilla extract. Stir vigorously for 1 minute or until marshmallows are melted. Pour into prepared baking pan; refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm. Lift from pan; remove foil. Cut into 48 pieces or as desired.

Holiday Traditions Fudge 1

Fudge makes a perfect holiday gift or hostess gift as you enter the week of Christmas and New Year’s! Simply line your favorite tin or box with tissue paper and add the fudge.

Holiday Traditions Christmas CookiesThe best memories are ones with your loved ones! This is the second year we’ve made Christmas cookies together.

Traditions Christmas Cookies

It’s amazing what a difference a year makes! Cooking and baking with your kids not only makes wonderful memories, but teaches them measurements, portion control, where our food comes from, and hopefully to become bakers and cooks.

I like to try different sugar cookie recipes. This year I tried the “Perfect Sugar Cookie Cut-outs from Love Grows Wild but removed the almond extract.
Serves: 40-50 cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • colored sugars for decorating
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add in egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract and mix until combined.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Make sure to spoon the flour into your measuring cup and level it off with a knife to ensure accurate measurements. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until completely combined.
  3. Roll the dough between 2 sheets of parchment or wax paper and place on a baking sheet in the refrigerator. Chill for about 20-30 minutes.
  4. Cut dough into shapes with cookie cutters and transfer to a baking sheet. Sprinkle with colored sugars and bake at 350 degrees for 8-12 minutes. Cool on baking sheet 5 minutes, then transfer to a baking rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container. Makes about 40-50 cookies.
Notes

For this recipe, the dough only needs to chill about 20-30 minutes in the refrigerator since it is already rolled out. If you would rather chill the dough first before rolling, you’ll want to increase the chill time to about an hour.Using the parchment paper is a great tip for rolling the dough, because it eliminates the need to add extra flour to keep it from sticking. However, I didn’t have any parchment paper I choose the old fashion route.

I found Love Grows Wild tip about letting the cookies cool for only 5 minutes on the baking sheet and then lifting them with a spatula onto a cooling rack to be the difference in a soft tasting sugar cookie!

Now that you’ve made your perfect sugar cookie it’s time to decorate! Since you’re kids are out of school, why not make it into a cookie decorating party?!
Cookie Decorating Party
As a party planner I love a good party! It doesn’t have to be fancy or elaborate. You could even just have a little party with your own children. The point is to make it fun, festive and an activity that everyone will enjoy and remember!
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This year I found all my cookie decorating accessories at Michael’s, except for the red oval bowl from Target last year.
Cookie Decorating Party
How cute are these mini milk glasses that I found on sale at Michael’s?!
Cookie Decorating Party
If you have young children, like me, I decided to ice the sugar cookies first and then let the girls decorate them this year. I found an easy and delicious buttercream frosting recipe from Two Sisters Crafting! I added a little almond milk and it was hard to stop licking the spoon!
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Happy Holidays!
Looking for more fun party, décor, kids activities, and DIY fun this holiday season? Check out our previous posts on
Credits
Design, Styling, & Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions
Recipes (unless otherwise noted) – Sarah Sofia Productions
Perfect Sugar Cookie Cut-outs Recipe Love Grows Wild
Best Butter Cream Frosting Recipe – Two Sisters Crafting

 

Inspiration for the Holiday Season: Christmas Tabelscape

This holiday season we are teaming up with wedding and event pros to get you inspired and in the Christmas spirit!

Christmas & Holiday TablescapeToday we are excited to share this Christmas tablescape photo shoot with Classic Party Rentals.

Christmas Decor and Tradition

Every event or party begins with a plan. Here is our Christmas tablescape mood board that inspired our look.

Christmas Tablescape Inspiration

You can find all the details behind the inspiration for the Christmas tablescape in our previous post here.

Christmas Tablescape

There’s no place like home during the holidays and that’s why I choose my own home as the location. I absolutely love my dinning table and chairs from Accents and Beyond in High Point, NC, which always adds warmth and character no matter what season to any tablescape.

Christmas Tablescape

This year I decided to go back to traditional colors for my Christmas décor and the Christmas tablescape continues the tone that I have set through out our home. I wanted to bring the outdoors in and you certainly get that feel.

Christmas Tablescape

I love how the red cherry linen from Classic Party Rentals brings the entire tablescape to life! The chevron table runner gives the look dimension and pop of white along with  the glass gold bead charger and the white and gold dinner plate from Classic Party Rentals.

Christmas Tablescape

Just because I wanted a traditional look doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Christmas and the holiday season is about being together as a family and all about the kids, at least in our family! Bring a little whimsical into your tablescape.

Christmas Tablescape

These fun and festive birds I found at Target add just the right whimsical element to the Christmas tablescape.

Christmas Tablescape

Another party planner tip is to use what you already own to complete the look. While I absolutely love Oh Joy’s Holiday Collection, I have tons of gold ornaments laying around that I put to good use!

Christmas Tablescape

These gold ornaments serve as place settings for my guests, which add a little sparkle and glam! To get the look simply cut out paper and use marker or colored chalk paint and write the name of each guest.

Christmas Tablescape

Make your look more formal by adding napkin holders, such as the berry ones in this tablescape that flow well with the red berry garland.

Christmas Tablescape

Every tablescape needs a centerpiece. I love using floral arrangements, but you can simply use pinecones in a bowl or a white candle in a glass candle holder with red berry garland around it.

Christmas Tablescape

Another decorating tip is to add height and layers, which draw your eye in and make the look more interesting.

Christmas Tablescape

Don’t forget to dress up your chairs! Sashes are just for weddings. Adding this Victorian Gold Satin shash from Classic Party Rentals not only ties the red and gold look together but adds a more formal and special occasion feel.

Christmas Decor & Tablescape

The holidays are the perfect time to bring out your special china and linens. Sometimes what you own doesn’t work with your design or you don’t have enough in your pattern. That’s when you should check into renting your china, linens, and glassware from places like Classic Party Rentals.

Christmas Decor and Tablescape

This look could also serve for a New Year’s Eve party!

For more Christmas and holiday inspiration check out our previous posts for décor, recipes, and crafts here, here, here, here, here, here, herehere, here, and here.

Christmas Decor & Tablescape

Credits

Design, Planning & Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Glass Gold Bead Charger – Classic Party Rentals

Gold and White Magnificence Dinner Plate – Classic Party Rentals

Cromwell Flatware – Classic Party Rentals

Operetta Glassware – Classic Party Rentals

Cherry Red table linen – Classic Party Rentals

Cherry red napkins- Classic Party Rentals

Victorian Gold sash – Classic Party Rentals

Berry Napkins Holders – Classic Party Rentals

Birds – Target

Red berry garland – Target

White beaded cake stand – Crate & Barrel

Red and white paper decorations – Hobby Lobby

White lanterns – Ikea

Ornament place settings – Sarah Sofia Productions

Gold candle holders – Michael’s

Dinning Table and Chairs – Accents and Beyond

Christmas Stockings – Pottery Barn Kids

Hope marque light – Target

Merry Christmas garland – Hobby Lobby

Burlap wreath – Sarah Sofia Productions

 

 

 

 

Inspiration for the Holiday Season: Trimming the Tree and Christmas Décor

Merry & Bright

We are teaming up with wedding and event pros to inspire you this holiday season! If you’re just joining us make sure you check out the other posts in the series: Santa Claus is Coming to Town Party with Elf on the Shelf, holiday dessert bar and sweet desserts, Christmas Tradition and DécorChristmas Tablescape Inspiration and Mama’s Cranberry & Apple Dish, a Christmas tradition in our family!

Today we are sharing the fun tradition of trimming the tree and our Christmas décor this year.

Trimming the Christmas Tree

Last year I was all about burlap and the natural look. This year I went back to my favorite color red and used all our ornaments. I added a basket to make the look interesting and vintage.

Trimming the Tree

This was our second year not traveling and continuing the our family tradition of decorating the Christmas tree during Thanksgiving weekend. Both my girls loved it even more than last year!

Christmas Decor & Traditions

Since I’m highly allergic to trees, we stick with a faux Christmas tree. This one is 7 1/2 feet tall and has built in lights, which is a time saver.

Decorating the Christmas Tree

I love how the color pops against the neutral walls. Even our dog Bailey feels the warmth and coziness that the tree brings to our family room!

Christmas Decor & Traditions

Christmas Decor and TraditionsThis year we added box wood wreaths to our décor. I love how it pulls the room together! A florist can easily cost you $30-$40, but we found ours at Trader Joe’s for $9.99 each and added the red bows.

Christmas Decor and Tradition 2

As my daughter Sofia says “let’s decorate more together”! So naturally, we moved on to the fireplace and hanging the stockings.

Christmas Decor and Tradition

I had wanted to get to update our fireplace with unclaimed wood for a mantle piece, but it’s still on the to do list for our new home. Thus, we improvised again this year with nails to hang our stockings from Pottery Barn Kids.

Christmas Decor and Tardition

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to decorate your home for Christmas. Use what you already own and add to your collection each year. My favorite two new pieces this year are the Hope marquee light from Target and Merry Christmas gold glitter banner from Hobby Lobby.

Christmas Decor and Tradition

Christmas Decor and Tradition

I love using vintage finds like the Santa Claus Advent Calendar from HomeGoods. Be creative with your décor and add vignettes to your build in shelves.

Christmas Decor and Tradition

Christmas Decor and Tradition

I’ve used some of my burlap décor from last year in this years. This burlap wreath was an easy DIY craft that I have used for all seasons by simply switching out the ribbon. Get the details on the DIY wreath here.

Christmas Decor and Tradition

When decorating your home remember to pull your design through out your home. I love how the red pops from the Christmas tree, to the box wood wreaths, to my tablescape!

Christmas Decor and Tradition

 

This last image is from our photo shoot with Classic Party Rentals. Come by next week to get the details on this Christmas and holiday tablescape!

Vendor Credits

Design & Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Vintage Santa Advent Calender – Home Goods

Christmas Stockings – Pottery Barn Kids

Hope marque light – Target

Merry Christmas garland – Hobby Lobby

Burlap wreath – Sarah Sofia Productions

Box wood wreath – Sarah Sofia Productions and Trader Joe’s

White lanterns – Ikea

Santa Claus, elf, snowman, & reindeer – Hobby Lobby