Turning 2 Tutu and Bow Tie Tea Party Sneak Peek

I’ve been working away on editing images from last Sunday’s adorable and whimsical Turning 2 Tutu and Bow Tie Tea Party! You can check out all the behind the scenes party planning here.

Turning 2 Tutu and Bow Tie Tea Party || Sarah Sofia Productions

I had planned to share the party in its entirety this week, but due to the not so big snow storm that shut down Charlotte, and the crazy busy week with kids home from preschool, that didn’t happen.

However, here’s a sneak peek at some of my favorite images!

Turning 2 Tutu and Bow Tie Tea Party || Sarah Sofia Productions

Turning 2 Tutu and Bow Tie Tea Party || Sarah Sofia Productions

Turning 2 Tutu and Bow Tie Tea Party || Sarah Sofia Productions

Turning 2 Tutu and Bow Tie Tea Party || Sarah Sofia Productions

Turning 2 Tutu and Bow Tie Tea Party || Sarah Sofia Productions

Turning 2 Tutu and Bow Tie Tea Party || Sarah Sofia Productions

For the full party reveal and vendor credits check out Turning 2 Tutu and Bow Tie Tea Party Part I

Vendor Credits

Event Planning, design and photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Chalk board stand and tutu cupcake topper – Michael’s

Party favors, backdrop and round pink and gold box – Target

Small cake stand – HomeGoods and Sarah Sofia Productions

Love wall art – Hobby Lobby

Blue cake stand – HomeGoods

 

 

 

Turning 2 Tutu and Bow Tie Tea Party Inspiration

As an event and party planner and designer I’m always planning the next event or party months, even a year in advance. This Turning 2 Tutu and Bow Tie Tea Party is no exception!

Put on your tutus & bow ties and come for tea, while we dance and twirl with the birthday girl!

Turning 2 Tutu & Bow Tie Tea Party

I’ve been planning my daughter Charlotte’s Turning 2 Tutu and Bow Tie Tea Party before she even turned 1.

I had initially planned on just a tutu & tea party, but the party evolved to include boys. These sweet bow tie and pearl tutu invitations by The Polka Dotted Room are the perfect fit for the party!

I’m going a little glam with the gold and pink and love this cake bunting by Confetti Creations.

I’ve been eyeing tepees for sometime for her big girl room makeover. Her room is coral and robin’s egg blue, but adding this coral and gold polka dot teepee adds dimension with the different colors and some glam!

I’m looking forward to showing you all the fun details in a few weeks!

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Wordless Wednesday: 8 Party and Event Planning Tips & Tricks From the Pros

As a party, event, and wedding planning pro, Sarah Sofia Productions is dishing out party planning tips and tricks that will make your party stand out and run smoothly.

Party Planning Tips and Tricks || Sarah Sofia Productions

1. Determine your budget and get organized with a party planning check list. These two items will be the most important element to keeping you on track and looking like a pro.

Sip and See / Housewarming || Sarah Sofia Productions

2. Choose a color scheme and or theme. Whether your throwing a cocktail party, holiday party or kids birthday party the colors and theme set the tone of the party, like the colors of the Sip and See/Housewarming party.

3. Food selection and preparation. Determine if you will be hiring a caterer or making the food yourself. The menu selection will be determined by the type of party your throwing i.e. brunch, wine party, dinner party and the date i.e. time of year.  Scallops are a perfect appetizer to serve for spring and summer parties. See Surprise 50th Birthday Party for details.

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Who doesn’t love Pinterest? However, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the delicious and beautiful recipes. Plan on making a few items well and buying the rest. Food bars are a hot trend, so why not take the work off your plate and set up a bake potato bar or taco bar for your guests.

Wine Tasting || Sarah Sofia Productions

4. Use fun and special occasion serving pieces. There’s no better time to use all those 3 tier food platters, china, or fun serving dishes you received as wedding gifts! Varying the height and size of your food display is one of the tricks the pros use to make the food table look beautiful, like in the photo below from a Summer Cocktail Party. Don’t have a punch bowl, cupcake stand or enough place settings? Ask a friend if you could borrow it for your party or rent them for your local party rental company.

Summer Cocktail Party || Sarah Sofia Productions

5. Décor and flower arrangements. Once you’ve decided on your color scheme and or theme, it should be woven into your party through the invitations, table linens, food, serving dishes, flower arrangements and decorations.

Party Planning Tips and Tricks || Sarah Sofia Productions

Pictured above are some of our favorite flower arrangements from Tying the Knot Bridal Shower, Easter Celebrations, Valentine’s Day Sneak Peek, and Summer Wine Tasting! Flowers don’t have to be expensive or look like you just bought them at your local grocery store. Shop farmers markets or Trader Joe’s.  Arrange flowers in various heights and colors, use fruit as your vase, and use festive elements like candy.

Queen City Gala || Sarah Sofia Productions

Don’t have tons of money for flower arrangements or decorations? Use fruit in glass containers and home décor items such as candles and lanterns to set the mood.

6. Signature Drink. No matter what party your hosting, make it stand out with a specialty drink like the Moscow Mule pictured above from the Queen City Gala: Black Tie For Charity.

7. Entertainment. Don’t have a budget for a DJ or band, then make a party mix on your IPod or download your favorite party mix on your.

8. Be a guest at your own party. As a host of any party or event your busy greeting guests and making sure things run smoothly. However, make sure you take the time to enjoy it all. If you don’t have the time to get all the party planning tasks complete or don’t want to the extra stress, hire a party or an event planner and be a guest at your own party!

Credits

Style and design – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Floral Arrangements – Sarah Sofia Productions

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Heart Shaped Shortbread Cookies: The Perfect Valentine’s Day Treat or Gift

Heart Shaped Shortbread Cookies A Valentine's Day Treat

We’re gearing up for Valentine’s Day with these fun and delicious heart shaped shortbread cookies.

Heart Shaped Shortbread Cookies: The Perfect Valentine's Day Treat

I received this Message Cookie Set by World Market in a Gift Swap and knew it was perfect for Valentine’s Day treats!

Heart Shaped Shortbread Cookie: The Perfect Valentine's Day Treat

Heart Shaped Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups butter, softened
  • 1 Cup white sugar
  • 4 Cups purpose flour
  • 2 Teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Pam cooking spray

In a large mixing bowl cream butter and sugar until fluffy and light. Stir in vanilla.  Add flour and mix with sugar mixture. Cover and chill for one hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two cookie sheets and chill. Use message cookie cutters and small heart shaped cookie cutters.  Dough might be fragile so use spatula to slide onto baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cookies cool for 10 minutes and decorate.

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I sprinkled just a little pink sugar over the shortbread cookies, but they really don’t need any additional decoration.

Heart Shaped Shortbread Cookies: The Perfect Valentine's Day Treat

Simply place in sailplane bags, and cute tag, tie with pretty ribbon and voila’ your Valentine’s Day treat, party favor, or gift for your kids teachers and classmates is ready to be served!

Heart Shaped Shortbread Cookies: The Perfect Valentine's Day Treat

For more Valentine’s Day inspiration check out our Valentine’s Day Inspiration Round up and Valentine’s Day Party Sneak Peek, with the big reveal coming soon.

Credits

Styling and Design – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Flower Arrangement – Sarah Sofia Productions

Message Cookie Cutter Set – World Market

Gift tags, pink and gold tin bucket, and pink and gold pom pom banner – Target

White cake platter – Crate & Barrel

Gold votive – HomeGoods

White lanterns – Ikea

 

 

 

 

Wordless Wednesday: The Ultimate Super Bowl Party

Super Bowl Week has arrived and we have all the essential for you to throw the ultimate Super Bowl party!
The Ultimate Super Bowl Party

If you haven’t sent out invitations, you can download this chalkboard digital invitation and e-mail it to your closest friends!

Next up is deciding on the menu. If you missed our Super Bowl & Football Party round-up with delicious recipes such as football pull bread, stuffed bell peppers, and more it’s a must.

Game Day Party Ideas and Recipes

Chili is always a fan favorite and what better way to serve them than in these stylish football chili bowls from Oriental Trading.

Fabulous Family Fun Chili

We have two great chili recipes that would be perfect for your ultimate Super Bowl party in our Chili Cookoff post.

Not into making a bunch of football shaped sweets, no problem. You can order peanut butter filled chocolate footballs from Oriental Trading that cure any sweet tooth!

Once your menu is decided then it’s on to the fun party décor such as a football field tablecloth, football paper lanterns, and mini foam fingers for your place settings.

Don’t forget to add some fun game day elements to your football party like a pop up photo booth with fun football props from Etsy or a DIY scoreboard tablerunner. Have a door prize for the guest that best guesses the total score of the game.

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Valentine’s Day Party Sneak Peek

I’ve been working on a few fun DIY things this January, and two of them happen to collide for my Valentine’s Day Party Sneak Peek!

Vantine's Day Party || Sarah Sofia Productions

Here’s a sneak peek at the three drawer campaign piece I painted in Sherwin Williams Youthful Coral and finished in high gloss lacquer.  I have styled it with some of my favorite party pieces for an upcoming Wine Tasting Girls Night Out Valentine’s Day party!

Valentine's Day Party || Sarah Sofia Productions

A lot of DIY is going into this party prep from items I’ve used in past events. DIY spray painted gold vintage stand I found at HomeGoods to display the sea urchin form Hobby Lobby. Easy DIY glittered Champaign bottle and added a little more sparkle to the gold tray with gold ribbon. Not to mention make shift photo booth with spray painted picture frame I used for this Coral, Robin’s Egg Blue & Elephant themed 1st Birthday Party.

Don’t have tons of party décor lying around your house to decorate for Valentine’s Day? Don’t fret, decorating can be as easy as adding some fun floral arrangements, garland, and signs.

Valentine's Day Decorating || Sarah Sofia Productions

Valentine's Day Decorating || Sarah Sofia Productions

I love using heart garland around the house, especially in the front entryway, in our family room, and in the bedrooms. It’s an inexpensive yet festive way to get in the Valentine’s Day spirit!

Valentine's Day Party Ideas || Sarah Sofia Productions

The garland in the front entryway is from Target’s collection last year and the one pictured above is from Crate & Barrel. You could easily make these yourself with felt or colored cardboard paper.

Did you catch our Valentine’s Day Inspiration Round Up post last week of fun and creative ideas from years past?

Valentines Day Party Ideas Round Up || Sarah Sofia Productions

Make sure you stop by next week and get all the fun details of our Valentine’s Day Wine Tasting Party!

Credits

Styling & Design – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Mini cake stand, blue cake stand and  gold votive candle holders – Home Goods

Be Mine wooden sign, gold sea urchin, and gold tray – Hobby Lobby 

Felt red and pink heart garland – Target

Red and pink heart garland – Crate & Barrel

Coral lacquer three drawer campaign piece – Sarah Sofia Productions

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!

It’s Game Day and Time to Party!

Today’s is the big day in college football and my Ohio State Buckeyes are up for the challenge against the Oregon Duck in the National Championship game!

Game Day Party Ideas and Recipes

 

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!

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Do something creative with your tablescape and make your own table runner with chalk paper. Used color chalk to display team spirit and keep score. Here’s a creative table runner that can come in your teams colors by Linda’s Other Life.

Go Buckeys Table Runner Chalk Cloth

The FOOD is one of the best parts about Game Day besides the game of course! One of my favorites and most pinned recipes are these delicious stuffed bell peppers!

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Get the recipe along with our other top pinned side dish, twice baked potato cups in Super Bowl Eats Part 1.

Twice Baked Potato Cups

Another easy and favorite recipe that has been pinned a lot Football Shaped Pull Bread stuffed with corn beef. You can get this recipe in Super Bowl Eats Part II.Football Shaped Pull Bread with Corn Beef Recipe

I did a round up of my favorites for the Super Bowl in Super Eats Grande Finale with loads of fun and inspiration for any football party!

Super Bowl Eats: Grand Finale

It’s not a Buckeye game without the delicious buckeye candy! If you haven’t tried one, it’s a must! Here’s a recipe from Frugal Coupon Living that is hugely popular. There are other recipes out there without the shortening.

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We’ll have more Super Bowl inspiration in the coming weeks some come back.

Let’s Go Bucks!

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 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.

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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