Wordless Wednesday: Turning 2 Tutu and Bow Tie Tea Party Sneak Peek

I’m excited to share the invitations for my daughter’s Turning 2 Tutu and Bow Tie Tea Party!

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

You can get the details of all the party planning in Turning 2 Tutu and Bow Tie Tea Party Inspiration.

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Wine Tasting Valentine’s Day Party: Girl’s Night Out

Wine Tasting Valentines Day Party GNO || Sarah Sofia Productions

I’m excited to share the details of this Wine Tasting Valentine’s Day Party: Girls Night Out (GNO) with you today!

Party Planning Tips and Tricks || Sarah Sofia Productions

Wine Tastings continue to trend in 2015. A wine tasting is a fun way to get together with friends, and Valentine’s Day is no exception.  I gathered a few of my blogger and interior designer friends, some from One Room Challenge, for a girl’s night out!

Wine Tasting Valentines Day Party Girl's Night Out || Sarah Sofia Productions

Utilizing different rooms to keep the flow of the party, we started with Chardon Rose Sparkling Wine from our wine tasting menu, that was displayed on my old finished coral campaign piece in my office.

Wine Tasting Valentine's Day Party: GNO

The color of the sparkling wine is pink, which is festive for Valentine’s Day, a bridal shower, or girl’s night out.  It pairs well with strawberries, and I chose to make chocolate covered heart shaped strawberries.

Wine Tasting Valentine's Day Party GNO || Sarah Sofia Productions

An easy winter wine that pleases most pallets is Pinot Noir. Compare a California Pinot Noir to a Oregon.  I choose Meiomi Pinot Noir, California, and Earth Pinot Noir Oregon.

Wine Tasting Valentine's Day Party: GNO

Choose a few food pairings around your wine tasting menu to compliment the taste of the wine.

Wine Tasting Valentine's Day Party: GNO

Guests enjoyed heart shaped smoked salmon bites, bacon wrapped dates stuffed with walnuts, and a cheese platter.

Wine Tasting Valentine's Day Party: GNO

Make it festive with food labels. I choose these chalkboard picks from Crate & Barrel, which complimented the slate cheese plate. I had to get this sign from Michael’s since it’s an endearing saying in our family!

Wine Tasting Valentine's Day Party: GNO

I mixed and matched old party décor to pull off this finished looked with a few new items. This white cake stand from Crate & Barrel is one of my favorite pieces for parties and home décor because it adds height! The gold candles were a steal from HomeGoods and add some glam.

Wine Tasting Valentines Day Party: GNO

A few simple floral arrangements and paper and felt decorations pull the Valentine’s Day party look together. Flower arrangements don’t have to be big and expensive, I got my assortment from Trader Joe’s to make my arrangements. To add dimension and interest cut the flowers to make them different sizes. Get more party planning tips and tricks in our recent post here.

Party Planning Tips and Tricks || Sarah Sofia Productions

This group of girls is power house of talent and loves a good DIY! I made these delicious heart shaped shortbread cookies, get the recipe here, and displayed them in seamless wine glasses for the guest to decorate in style and take home.

Wine Tasting Valentines Day Party GNO || Sarah Sofia Productions

Hope you enjoyed seeing this Wine Tasting Valentine’s Day Party: Girls Night Out as much as I enjoyed planning it! For more Valentine’s Day inspiration check out our round up and the Valentine’s Day Party Sneak Peek. Planning a party? Then you’ll want check out post of 8 Party Planning Tips and Tricks from the Pros.

Event Design and Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

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Floral Arrangements – Sarah Sofia Productions

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I love you this much sign – Michaels

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Pink and gold garland, flower decals, and pink tin pail – Target

Red and pink paper heart garland – Crate & Barrel

White Lanterns – Ikea

Gold tray – HomeGoods & Sarah Sofia Productions

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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.

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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.

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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

 

 

 

 

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!

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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

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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!

Kicking off the New Year!

It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone! While New Year’s Eve is over, the colors of this New Year’s Eve celebration are fitting for a Valentine’s Day or Mardi Gras party!

I love mixing red, white and gold together with some greens in floral arrangements.   This is a celebration that adults and children can enjoy! Noise makers, beads, faux sunglasses, confetti, and balloons make this party fun for all ages!

For a Valentine’s Day celebration take away the pine cones and NYE hats and add hearts as place cards or napkin holders. For a more festive Mardi Gras feel add hats, boas, and lots of beads!

 

BE MINE: Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine’s Day is Friday and my house has been decorated since the end of January! Why so early you may ask? Valentine’s Day should be celebrated more than just one day in my book!

Make Valentine’s Day last the entire month with beautiful floral arrangements, cute signs, banners, and candles in an array of pinks and reds. I love tulips and hydrangeas.  I added a hot pink and gold shimmer tin bucket from Target to make the perfect centerpiece for any Valentine’s Day celebration!

If you have children, get them involved with decorating and hang banners in their room.  I always enjoyed decorating heart cut out cookies with friends. Why not add a new twist to a cookie decorating party by having a small make-your-own photo booth for the kids to play and dress up!  Another fun idea is to decorate cookies, banners, or cards with your children and give them as gifts to their teachers and friends.

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Valentine’s Day Treats!

Here are some delicious treats for your Valentine’s Day.  If you’re like me and you’re watching your weight, but want a little something sweet, try making mini red velvet cupcakes or cutting small hearts out of Weight Watcher brownies or cakes.

For parents looking for a last-minute treat for your kid’s class party buy OREO Cakesters and a heart cookie cutter and make small heart-shaped treats in minutes.  Place heart-shaped cakes in cellophane and tie with red ribbon.  You can find cellophane and ribbon at any craft store.


Strawberry Heart Cut Out Cupcakes

I used Duncan Hines Strawberry Cake box mix, but here is a great recipe featured on Apron of Grace.

http://apronofgrace.com/2011/rose-bouquet-strawberry-birthday-cake/

I baked a minute less than the box directions for cupcakes to make them moister.  I placed the cookie cutter on top of the cupcake and removed the cut out heart.  Add cream cheese frosting, I used Duncan Hines Whipped Cream Cheese, to the hollowed cupcake and placed the heart cut out upright onto the cupcake.   Glorious Treats demonstrates another way by cutting the entire top off first.

http://glorioustreats.blogspot.com/2012/01/sweet-heart-cupcakes.html

I also made flower shaped cupcakes using a baking mold and topped them off with cream cheese frosting, fresh strawberries, and red sprinkles.

Red Velvet Mini Cupcakes

I used Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake box mix and followed directions for cupcakes.  Bake 5 minutes less than directed to get desired moist mini cupcakes.  Frost cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, I used Duncan Hines Whipped Cream Cheese.  If you want to bake them from scratch here is a great recipe from Recipe Girl that you can also use for pancakes.

http://www.recipegirl.com/2012/02/06/red-velvet-pancakes-with-sweet-cream-cheese-topping/