“All You Need is Love”…and a little bit of CANDY!

Fall-themed weddings include warm tones, gold embellishments, autumn leaves, and chocolate.  Throw in “The Beatles” and you have just described a recent wedding candy table that we created.

With so many themed elements to include, we made sure all “Beatles” details were subtle.

The S’More pops were a must for this fall wedding, so we added tiny  tags.

Visit our facebook page for even more details from this candy favor table.

A Prepster’s Christening |Candy Table|

CW distinctive DESIGNS specializes in dessert tables and candy buffets, but it is a great pleasure when we get to cross over to overall event designer.  I marvel over some details that  event planners/designers pull off, and definitely have an overwhelming appreciation for every detail that they think of and carry through on.  I realize some people won’t ever notice the coordinating patterns on the paper items, or the placement of the favor box, or even the complimentary fabric used throughout a venue, but I do…AND I LOVE it!!

Photo Credit: (top left) KasalNY.com, (top right) Nuts.com, (bottom right) HWTM.com

I always create an inspiration board for my events for various reasons.  1. It helps the client to step into my mind and understand my vision.  2. It helps to keep all vendors that I use or bring in to be on the same page.  3.  (Most importantly) It helps me coordinate all of the fabric, ribbons, embellishments, treats, paper, etc that I am using.

My vision for this Christening was classy country club, so it was perfect that we were set up in the sunroom of the venue.  The whites were crisper and the colors were more vibrant.  I love patterns; for that reason, I used polka dots because it was a baby event, the chevron because it shouts, “Modern!” and focused on argyle to highlight my “prepster” vision.

Visit our facebook page for even more photos from this event!  Party Printables will be available soon in our ETSY shop.

|Bridal Shower| Heavenly Dessert Table

When Lindsay, from Cakes-By-Me, contacted me to setup a candy table for her dear friend’s bridal shower, I knew it was going to be alongside her delectable dessert spread.  Yet, I never knew this event would turn into a sweet treat haven. Another fun sweet treat dessert table collaboration between CW distinctive DESIGNS and Cakes-By-Me.

I quickly got started on the paper goods (labels, menus, cupcake toppers, signs, etc) because it needed to be cohesive and capture the  shimmery, clean essence she envisioned with white, silver and muted pink.  Check back in on our ETSY SHOP for these party printables; they should be ready for purchase soon. Quatrefoil is everywhere on the wedding scene, and I am obsessed!  Inevitably, this was going to be the basis to all of my printables created.

White Chinese take-out containers were used to store all of the guests’ goodies, and additional bags were readily available for the “overflow” of edible treats.

Desserts included mik shake shooters, cupcakes, chocolate dipped Rice Krispie Treats, ombre cakes, banana split bites,  cake pops, champagne popsicles, chocolate covered Oreos, a wide variety of candy favorites, and even more…  Check out our facebook page for even more highlights from the candy table that day.

Although the desserts caught much of the crowds’ attention, the home-cooked food did not go unnoticed.  The guests had a large array of dip options to choose from, sweet and sour kielbasa (close to this Polish girl’s heart), pulled pork sliders,  cheese and antipasto kabobs, etc.

Lindsay and her friends created place settings with silver chargers, and wine glasses in order to create some elegance.  Moreover, beautiful greenery and large flower pots were brought in to encircle the tented area.

|European-Inspired| Sweet Treat Dessert Table

Last year, my family vacationed in Portugal and Spain to visit extended family and take pleasure in the culture.  Thus this European-Inspired Sweet Treat Dessert Table was motivated by our enjoyment of the delectable desserts we savored and the simple, yet stylish atmosphere we experienced.  The special event was a dual baptism for my son and neice, for whom I am honored to be a Godmother for.  The neutral color scheme consisted of gold, champagne and white hues; it coordinated well with the venue’s warm yellow tones. And we love the venue: La Fontana’s Restaurant🙂

I come from a family of “foodies,” thus the focal point of the room became the dessert table. Some European-inspired desserts included our family’s favorites: Pasteis de Nata, a Portuguese crème pastry that melts in your mouth, and Mille Figlio, what the Americans know as “The Italian Napoleon.”    Also included were French Macarons, Meringue cookies, and Ferrero Roche chocolates.  Kid and adult favorites, such as Snickers, chocolate covered Oreos, grapefruit/pineapple gummies, chocolate caramel and pretzels rounded out the display.

Each guest was given a gold tote to take some home as an additional favor.

The beverage table included Grandma’s homemade Sangria, which always proves to be a success, as well as red and white wines imported from France.  We love Hand Picked Selections, Inc!

A scroll pattern and a chic cursive font were used for the labels.  The flower centerpiece stayed true to the European tablescape simplicity, as they were Pellegrino and wine bottles spray painted gold and champagne showcasing white hydrangeas with baby’s breath.  Champagne pintuck runners were used atop the tables.

Check out our facebook page for more detailed photos of this dessert table, as well as our extensive portfolio:)

VENDOR CREDITS:

-Event Design/Dessert Table Styling: CW distinctive DESIGNS

-Photography: Adam Lindstrom Photography

-Cake: Cakes-By-Me

-French Macarons: Sweet Sarah Artisan Confections

-Pasteis de Nata: Tiexeira’s, Newark, NJ

-Venue: La Fontana’s Restaurant

Sugar and Spice Baby Shower {Party Printables}

Lately, I have been blessed with the gift of new babies.  My second son was born; moreover, I became an AUNT to a precious baby girl!  This was one baby shower that I took extra attention to detail as it was for my sister and her first child.  Of course, the entire event was based around the delectable display of chocolate and candy located at the Sweet Treat Dessert Table created by CW distinctive DESIGNS.

Party Printables {banner, cupcake toppers, signage, invitation, and food labels} are available at My Etsy Shop.

Vendor Credit:

Sweet Treat Dessert Table & Event Design CW distinctive DESIGNS

Photography Adam Lindstrom Photography

Cupcakes Cakes.By.Me

| Pleasantdale Chateau Wedding |Candy + Chocolate Wedding Dessert Table

Vendor Credits:

Candy/Dessert Table & Logo Design:  CW distinctive DESIGNS
Photography:  JanPress Media
Chocolate covered Oreos:  Sweeties by Kim

Candy + Sweet Treat Dessert Table {Mitzvah Madness}

I love what I do, and do what I love and this was one event that encompassed it all!  This Candyland Bat Mitzvah pulled out ALL the bells and whistles; I was honored to be part of it.  This is what over 20 feet of candy + desserts look like…

Photos by Danny Weiss Photo

Birthday Candy and Dessert Buffet Table

Candyland Birthday Pink Candy Buffet Station The eye CANDY of the evening came as the guests exited the nightclub and entered the bar that was closed down and solely devoted to the table of goodies.  They were greeted by a heavenly table of sweets, designed and executed by CW distinctive DESIGNS.  The Candy and Sweet Treat Dessert Table, logo, and displayed artwork coordinated together.

I was so honored to be able to design the labels and graphics for the table myself, as well as provide the ideas for the artwork pieces that were showcased, featuring the guest-of honor.

Every single element of the table was precisely thought through, coordinating with the theme and cohesively bringing the event together.

Candyland themed Cnady and Dessert table Station

Katy Perry Candyland Dessert Buffet table

Some candy included: colorful Skittles, Sour Patch favorites, Pink M&Ms, assorted Whirly Pops, various gummy choices, Red Hots, jelly beans, multi-colored Twizzlers, candy necklaces & buttons, giant gummy bears on sticks, and marshmallow ice cream cones.

Chocolate treats incuded: custom-made molded chocolates with the guest-of-honor’s logo, chocolate covered pretzels, Rice Krispie treats, and Oreos.

Some EXTRA fun features included: pink popcorn, an enormous five-tiered display of pastel-colored cupcakes, cotton candy, a tabletop gumball machine, uniquely-designed sugar cookies, and delectable pastries.

I love that everything was captured in photo by Danny Weiss.  (Psssst….check out his wedding and kid photography…UnReAL!!)

This is the inspiration board that I made to help design the table…

 Let CW distinctive DESIGNS  create the Candyland table of your dreams!

Vendor Credits:

Candy + Dessert Table Design by CW distinctive DESIGNS

Photography by Danny Weiss Photography

Chocolate covered Oreos by Sweeties by Kim

Pastries, Ice Cream Cone/Candy Sugar Cookies, & Cupcakes by Elisa’s Bakery

Colored Glazed Popcorn and Cotton Candy by Sakida

{Jungle Theme Inspiration} Baby Shower

With  jungle-themed bedding, plush monkeys, safari blankets, and baby elephants filling the aisles of Babies-R-Us, it was inevitable that there would be a huge request for  animal-decorated baby showers.  In one month, I designed safari-themed candy buffets and sweet treat dessert tables for THREE baby showers.  Here is a little inspiration for the next baby shower you have to plan:)

Animal prints are a must-have!  They add some spunk and, contrary to some belief, are not confining.  Blending animal prints is great and coordinates well with so many color schemes.  Whether it is for a baby boy, highlighted with blue hues,…

for a baby girl, featuring varied pink hues…

or, perhaps, it is a SURPRISE baby, showcasing neutral colors.

You can never go wrong with themed embellishments, such as customized water bottle labels, favor stickers, and table signs.

Contact CW distinctive DESIGNS to create your jungle or safari themed baby shower.

Vendor Credit

Labels, Stickers, Candy and Dessert Table by CW distinctive DESIGNS
Customized Fondant Cake by Cakes by Kate

{Trains, Planes, and Automobiles} Birthday Party

 

 I am very excited to share my son’s first birthday party with you today!  The most difficult task was wrapping my head around the idea that it was for my son who was turning ONE already…where does the time go???  We decided to go with the transportation theme of “Trains, Planes, and Automobiles.”  The colors featured were bright and bold (royal blue, red, yellow, aqua, green, and yellow). 

 It all started with the invitation, a little DIY project that I promise to share when the next few crazy months calm down!  They were plane tickets that featured each young guest’s name.  

DÉCOR:
I had several embellishments that coordinated with the theme.

Location 1 Featured the gablebox “goodie bags” for the kids and a huge tabletop gumball machine.  Each goodie bag was customized for the kids’ ages, including items such as car-themed bubbles, railroad-crossing bubblegum tape, books, rubber ducks atop trains, planes, and autos, and car stickers.

Location 2 It included “Baby Bites” that were served in themed cardstock in a cone display.  Treats for the babies included yogurt bites, organic fruit purees, cheerios, and peanut, butter, and jelly. 

Location 3 Sweet Treat Dessert Table. Featuring themed desserts and some other goodies, such as strawberry mascarpone shortcake, Oreo cheesecake cupcakes, traffic light brownies, and much more.  Candies included: color-coordinating jelly beans, gummies, and race car candy kabobs.

 

MORE DETAILS:
– Water bottle wrappers coordinating with the theme and colors

– Small train, plane, and automobile toys placed on tables as accents

– Balloon bouquets with the dessert, food, and favor table

– A mini blow-up swimming pool filled with play balls (turned out to be the hit of the day with the little ones)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Treat Dessert & Candy Buffets {Purple and Grey Inspiration}

Plan to see some varying color combinations in 2011 weddings, showers, and other celebrations.   This year, the color range of 2010 will meet some new flavor creating a clean, chic design.  For example, the standard pink and mocha will be swapped out for purple and grey and the conventional sage and brown will be replaced with green and yellow.

If I was better with a camera, I could visually share some of my {Purple & Grey Inspiration} with you.  I never have it handy when it is most needed!  

My Inspiration:

First, a fall wedding I attended last October… 

It was the first time I saw someone play with purple hues and do it very well.  From the backdrop lighting to the colored rock candy and signature cocktail of the evening, the colors of eggplant and plum garnished the reception venue.   It was playful and fresh without being too loud and swanky.  With a touch of femininity, it accentuated the bride without overshadowing the groom.

Then, it was time to paint my own bedroom…

I splashed a daring grey-toned paint up on the walls with some hesitation.  The result: a clean, sharp appearance as it popped next to the thick, white molding. 

After this inspiration, what I ended up with was a visually-appealing color combination: purple and grey.

In need of a new color combination and/or a unique favor idea for your next event? Contact CW distinctive DESIGNS 908.309.7536 for ideas to customize your candy buffet and/or sweet treat buffet table.

Photo Credits

(Top left)    Shauna Younge Dessert Tables; Martha Stewart needs to move over because she is the next big thing!  Love Her:)

(Top Right) Etsy 

 (Other Photos) CW distinctive DESIGNS