Wedding Planning: Rustic Wedding Inspiration

As a wedding planner and designer I enjoy not only the planning process but the design and styling process behind weddings and events.

Today I’m sharing inspiration and details for a rustic wedding.  While the bride and groom are planning on having a small affair on a family farm, they want to have a photo shoot to capture their wedding bliss.

Rustic Wedding

There are some great elements in this inspiration board that the bride loves such as the lanterns in the trees, the wedding cake, and the flowers draped over the chair.  However, we’ve decided to go with a more whimsical look based off Alice and Wonderland for the photo shoot! I can’t wait to share all the details of this wedding photo shoot with you soon.

You can find links to all the details from the inspiration board below.

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.

Kasey Loftin Photography

Kasey Loftin Photography

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.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town Party 3

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

NYE Bash

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.

Holiday Inspiration NYE Bash

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.

NYE

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 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

 

 

 

 

 

Inspiration for The Holiday Season: Christmas Tablescape

We’re teaming up with wedding and event pros to inspire you this holiday season!
Today, I’m sharing my Christmas tablescape mood board that helped plan the photo shoot with Classic Party Rentals.
This holiday season I went back to the classic look with a little glam and a modern twist. Red, white and gold is what is inspiring me!
Christmas Tablescape
 
Christmas décor allows you to be so creative.  Since I have two children I wanted a festive and whimsical look to this tablescape. There’s something magical about Christmas when you look at it through children’s eyes!
Oh Joy Holiday Collection for Target has some festive décor items like the paper lanterns and ornament placecard holders.
I’m loving Target and Hobby Lobby’s Christmas décor this year and the bargains I’m finding this week! I knew as soon as I stumbled upon these birds that they were going to be perfect for my Christmas tablescape!
Don’t be afraid to mix and match high and low items to get the look. Another party planning tip: Don’t invest in new linens and china. Instead, rent linens, china, and glassware from party rental companies such as Classic Party Rentals.  Also, you might find some great décor items in their showroom that you can rent instead of buying, like paper lanterns.
Here’s a sneak peek of the Christmas tablescape photo shoot we had with Classic Party Rentals.
Christmas Tablescape Inspiration
Make sure you come back next week for all the fun and festive details! For more Christmas and holiday inspiration check out our previous posts for décor, recipes, and crafts here, here, here and here .
Credits
Design and Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions
Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Inspiration for the Holiday Season: Santa Claus is Coming to Town Party

Santa Claus is Coming to Town Party

We are teaming up with wedding and event pros to inspire you this holiday season! Last week we had a guest post by Queen’s Sweets dishing up all things sweets, including the trendy dessert bar!

Sweet Desserts Inspiration

You can find sweet dessert inspiration, including one of my favorite party planners, Amy Atlas, here.

Today we are sharing Santa Claus is Coming to Town Party just in time for the first day of Christmas!

Santa is Coming to Town Party!

Once you start a family of your own you realize how precious life moments can be. Holidays and birthday are no longer for you but for you kids. Christmas is no exception!

This is the first year were are home for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, which allows us to start new traditions with our family!

Santa Claus is Coming to Town Party

This year we made chocolate pecan banana bread to welcome Holly, the family Elf on the Shelf, at our Santa’s Claus is Coming to Town Party!

Santa Claus is Coming to Town Party

Santa Claus is Coming to Town Party 3

My girls, especially the older one, is loving cooking, baking, decorating, and the excitement of Santa and Christmas! It was a joy to make the banana bread together, talk about baby Jesus and Santa.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town Party

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Seeing their expressions and hearing them say “Santa” is coming soon was priceless!

Santa Claus is Coming to Town 5

We even picked out some of our party décor together from Hobby Lobby, including the new blue and red plates with “Let it Snow” and Santa saying “Merry Christmas”!

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We read The Elf on The Shelf: A Christmas Tradition at least three times during our party!

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We set up the Advent Calendar to count down the days until Santa’s arrival! 25 days and counting!

Santa is Coming to Town PartyThe girls are even more excited for Christmas Day, especially since we will finally be in our home for the first time! Make Christmas morning just as magical by decorating the kitchen table for breakfast!

For more holiday inspiration make sure you check out our other posts in this series, Décor and Tradition and Christmas Decorating on a Budget.

Come back tomorrow as we share more Christmas décor inspiration and tablescape inspiration for this holiday season!

Vendor Credits

Design & Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Christmas plates, wood sign, tulle, Santa, elf, bells, chevron Christmas tree stand – Hobby Lobby

Red and white chevron table runner & napkins – Target (last year)

Red paper balls – Party City

Vintage Santa Advent Calender – Home Goods

Elf on the Shelf and book – Buy Buy Baby

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

Matching PJ’s – Smoked Auctions

Inspiration for the Holiday Season: Décor and Tradition

Christmas Decor and Traditions

I’m teaming up with wedding and event professionals to give you inspiration for the holidays this year! Last week we shared share Sweet Desserts Inspiration by Queen’s Sweets.

Holiday Dessert Bar

For more Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and Holiday dessert and dessert table inspiration check out the post here.

Holiday Dessert Bar

Today, I’m sharing a Christmas tradition that we started with our family that adds a little décor to the bedrooms of your home.

Christmas Decor & Tradition

Those of us that have kids have learned that sometimes decorating the Christmas tree with kids doesn’t turn out the way we want it. Why not let your kids decorate their own tree and display it in their bedrooms.

Christmas Decor and TraditionsThis is our second year not traveling for Thanksgiving and making a special night during that week to decorate the kid’s Christmas trees. You can find inexpensive varieties at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, or Target.

Christmas Decor and Traditions

My girls have a blast and look forward to decorating their own tree every year! Plus, it brings a beautiful and festive feel to their bedrooms, spreading the Christmas spirit throughout the house!

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I hope this inspires you to start traditions with your family! For more Christmas décor inspiration check out this post here.

Christmas Decor and Taditions

Come back next week for more décor inspiration for the holiday season from the wedding and event pros!

 

 

 

Inspiration for the Holiday Season: Sweet Desserts

Events and Beyond Thanksgiving Dessert Table

Today marks the first post in a series on Inspiration for the Holiday Season! What better way to share Sweet Desserts Inspiration than going straight to the professionals at Queen’s Sweets.

Queen's Sweets Logo

My guest post today is by Makeda Dempsey, founder and owner of Queen’s Sweets. I had the pleasure of meeting Makeda in 2013 and have worked with her on several events. Queen’s Sweet’s is best recognized for their premium mouthwatering miniature desserts showcased at weddings and events since 2010.

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Today, Queen’s Sweets is going to share Sweet Desserts inspiration for the holiday season, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve parties. Come get inspired as we talk shop on all things desserts and sweets!___________________________________________________________________

Holiday Desserts and Sweets Table

This is the best time of year to get people together for food, drinks and good laughs. One of the growing trends for parties and events during the holidays is the dessert table or bar.

Holiday Dessert Bar

The dessert table or bar consist of a variety of different desserts that all your guest will love! The size of the holiday party, event, or dinner will determine how many different deserts you will serve. Some of the most popular sweets and desserts this season include: cupcakes, cake pops, dessert shooters, mini pound cakes, mini cakes, and mini pies.

Holiday Dessert Bar

Bite size desserts are becoming the new norm, which allows your guests to sample the tasty treats without feeling too guilty. You’re guests will rave about how delicious and festive those mini pumpkin or apple pies looked and tasted! Try this mini pumpkin pie recipe by Home is Where the Boat Is.

Mini Pumpin Pies Home is where the boat is

Christmas Parties and Gifts

Christmas time still holds traditional elements such as the tree trimming, shopping, A Christmas Story (movie), and gift baskets, just to name a few. Some of the more trending Christmas gifts are edible desserts such as cookies, cake pops, cocoa on a stick, and homemade hot cocoa kit.

Order these specialty cookies from Queen’s Sweets just in time for Christmas or hostess gifts!

Christmas Cookies by Queen's Sweets

Cookies by Queen’s Sweets

Get the tutorial on this Hot Cocoa Gift by Luna {all things good}. This make a great activity to do with your kids this holiday season and great gifts that the entire family can enjoy!

Christmas Gifts Sweets

Here’s a Christmas dessert bar that is inspiring us by Amy Atlas, Sweet Designs.

Christmas Dessert Bar via Amy Atlas

New Year’s Eve Parties

New Year’s Eve (NYE) is such an exciting day! NYE is full of celebration and reflection. It’s a time to celebrate with family and friends as you look back on all the fond memories of the current year and the excitement of what the New Year holds. As you usher in a brand new year many will host an intimate party with close friends and family. Trending this year is to have a dessert for each place setting such as a cupcake, cake pop or dessert shooter.

NYE Tablesca[e Sweet Dessert Inspiration

NYE Place Setting Sweet Desserts Inspiration

What’s inspiring us for a NYE dessert bar is this festive look from Kara’s Party Ideas.

New Years Eve Dessert Bar Karas Parties

Happy Holidays!

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“We have desserts that will fix your cravings! We offer desserts for any occasion whether big or small.”

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