Happy Birthday, Mom!

She said to me, “I’m blowing out candles like a 20 year old!”

I replied, “You’re good. I blew out candles last month, and I will blow out candles every year!” Mwahahaha.

cake petals

Thanks to Whole Foods, I’ve ordered this particular design twice now (and it won’t be my last!). GREAT service and super affordable! Thanks to Asten for being so friendly and accommodating. She decorated the Berry Chantilly cake with petal design.

I’m really lucky and blessed to have my one day mother-in-law. She is the sweetest mom ever and treats me like her own. She loves and loves, and never expects anything in return. I love you, mom! 

pink cake makes the world go round

As I started writing the post, I realize now that this cake looks nothing like the cake I bought for my birthday

LOL!!!

Ok, so it turned out a little different right? She was just too sweet, and I can’t complain. The cake was still good and mama loved it!

Tried the "bread on cake" to keep the inside moist

 

At least I get to see how well adding bread to the cake works! It’s supposed to keep it from drying. We’ll see!

Moral of the story – gotta make sure the baker knows what you’re talking about. At least this time, I can try out something I saw on Pinterest. BREAD ON CAKE!

XO,

Jen
Bread keeps cake from getting stale! #laceandolive

 

TGIF Favorites!

Peanut butter, cookie butter, and pickle sandwich. Is there anything better? #laceandolive

Happy Independence Day to all of you USA’ers!!! Sorry to get this post out so late, but I’ve been shopping. Have you seen my instagram? I know some of you recognize that blue and box. ;)

My Friday Faves are one part red-white-and-blue, one part summer. I had some technical difficulties so there’s no video today, but hopefully my debut vid will be sometime next week! How about a DIY project?

Let’s get this party started!

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Cheery engagement – Danny + Michelle

Macarons are, not surprisingly, first on the blog. :)

macaron stand

 

Don’t you think flowers can really change a room? These bright flowers complete the dessert table in its own cheery way. Don’t be confused by our names, but my friend Jen arranged and helped me set up everything for this engagement.

yellow roses and green mums

candy dessert table yellow roses

 

Yellow is so cheery and vibrant, right? Bright and beautiful, a great representation of the union between our friends Danny and Michelle. They exude happiness and are so beautiful together.

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Since it was potluck, we were able to taste dishes from both sides of the family. Sorry we didn’t take any pictures. I guess we were too busy eating. ;)

spring arrangement engagement

 

Roses and hydrangeas are good flowers to get at your local grocery stores. They tend to be the freshest and can really fill up an arrangement! If you have extra budget, Central Market is a good place to get a wide variety of gorgeous flowers. Also, the service rocks! There was a time when we stopped by a little before closing and workers were still helping customers (believe me, other stores did not). [No affiliation, just being real]

white hydrangeasmini chalkboard sign

 

They are rustic and elegant at the same time. We purchased burlap and lace from our local crafts store to cover our mason jars. Super simple and can match many flower combinations.

candy dessert table

DIY dessert tables are so easy to do! We had a lot of fun preparing and planning for our friends. :)  Yellow and grey is a beautiful combination! We have more dessert tables coming your way, so follow us!

DIY cake

See more wedding inspiration on my Pinterest board!

xo

Jen

my 30th vintage-chic tea party

dessert table with tissue garlands

Ooh yes, this table was all mine!

Cue the fireworks cuz this girl recently turned 30! Huzza! Instead of preparing for the worst (did someone say it’s all downhill from here?), I accepted my very good friend Kathy’s invitation to be thrown a high tea party. She is stylish and beautiful and let’s be real, I knew it would be all sorts of amazing.

Who doesn’t like  a classy and extravagant high tea soiree? All of my girlfriends got together to chat, drink, and eat lots of miniature foodstuff. Guess what color I am currently in love with! ;)

tea pot for the table floral tea cup with strainer macarons and tea tea and scones

 

She has an unbelievable tea collection. As we were setting up the table, we realized there wasn’t nearly enough room for everything she owns. And even if we wanted to fit everything on that table, it was already getting quite full. It certainly is a good problem to have! Many tea sets that weren’t used were stacked and utilized as bowls, which worked out really well! Macarons in bowls = heaven. I don’t care where the macs are, I will eat it. Come to me my little morsels.

 

_MG_1821 petal cake mini desserts at tea  mini food and tea

 

It definitely helped that we had some things from a previous high tea bridal shower. We reused some of those to glam up our party! Vintage chic is easy to achieve when there are so many tea sets to add as vintage. We used mirrored plates, DIY decor, flowers, and confetti to modernize the tables.

I am so in love with this party! Let me look at it all day.

 

beautiful burgundy/red/pink peonies

Thank you for JUNE PEONIES! They are amazingly beautiful perfect for special occasions. So very chic. We had them strewn throughout the table and I couldn’t be happier! Fill up those extra teapots with flowers!

 

Having mini everything is a good way to scarf everything down as quickly as possible try different dishes. Yes, we had a lot of leftovers, but it was better for us to have variety, including the very pink and delicious cake. One of these days, we’ll have to make it on our own because it’s actually very easy (petal cake tutorial anyone). We catered the cake this time and they did a really beautiful job.

Getting a group of young ladies together on a Saturday afternoon is not something we do every week (I totally wish)! So, to get to know each other more and get a little something to take home, we asked the ladies beforehand to bring 3 gifts for a favorite things exchange. Since there were a total of 7 people, each person brought 3 gifts that were to be exchanged. Those gifts should all be the same and one of your favorite things! In turn, each person walked home with 3 new gifts from 3 different girls in the group. Score! We exchanged at dinner and used random.org (be forewarned that it brings up the same numbers a lot haha). Technical info: You can decide turns in two ways – the person that gives the gift picks 3 numbers (that is assigned when they walk in), or the person that receives the gifts picks 3 numbers of gifters (again, assigned when they walk in).

I surprised each of my homies with a YSL Volupte Sheer Candy Lip Gloss/Balm in #02. Seriously ladies, one of my favorite lip balms! The 02 Dewy Papaya is very sheer, but a worthy investment in my opinion!

Oh man, how did I win the friend lotto? I am incredibly thankful to have such wonderful, thoughtful, gorgeous friends inside and out. My 30th sure started out with a lot of love. What say you about downhill? It’s only getting better I say…

Who’s celebrating a birthday? Let me know how you’re celebrating! Follow us for more inspiration! We love tea parties. :) Alright, we might just really love cake.

xo,

Jen

30th birthday tea party on the blog #laceandolive

Find more table inspiration on my Pinterest board!