For the Fondue and Fabulous Shoes Shower we wanted all different shades of purple and pink sugar for our truffles to sit on.  However, when I went to the cake store I was disappointed in the color selection: pink and lavender.  I wanted some deeper colors, so I experimented with what has become my new favorite thing: powdered food coloring.  Below are the steps to creating the super vibrant colored sugar shown here!   

Coloring Sugar is the perfect solution for hard-to-find colors.  Photo by  Mollie Wetta Photography

Coloring Sugar is the perfect solution for hard-to-find colors.  Photo by Mollie Wetta Photography

What you will need:

Sugar Crystals - You can use regular sugar, but the sugar crystals you get at a cake store work better - get clear or you can start with a color for a base for really rich colors.

Powdered Food Coloring - This seemed expensive to me when I bought it, but a little goes a long way and I've been using one pack of colors for a few years.  

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Step 1

Portion out how much sugar you need and pour into a Tupperware container or Ziplock baggie.  I poke a few fork holes in the foil on top of the food coloring to act like shakers.  

Step 2

Add 2-3 shakes of food coloring into the bag with the sugar.  Think back to basic color mixing from elementary school to achieve your desired color.  

Step 3

You can always add more color (if it is too light) and sugar (if it is too dark).  You can store the sugar in sealed containers just like sprinkles for use later on!  

Note: If you aren't plating the sugar right away make sure to re-shake right before use.  The coloring can pool at the bottom if you don't shake, giving you uneven color when you pour.

Also an added bonus: As the night went on, the truffles we made melted, and instead of sticking to the plates and making a mess for guests, they just stuck to a layer of sugar giving a nice added "sugar layer" to the bottom of the candies!  

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For the Fondue and Fabulous Shoes Party we decided we didn't want the little wooded spears -- we wanted real fondue forks.  But we needed a LOT of fondue forks.   So we started gathering all the mismatched sets we had. But they looked a little disjointed all together, so we took some extra fabric scraps from the tablecloth we made, and presto! They ended up being a last-minute detail that really made a big impact!  

Fabric-wrapped Fondue Forks - Easy DIY that added a lot to the look of the table!  Photo by Mollie Wetta Photography

Fabric-wrapped Fondue Forks - Easy DIY that added a lot to the look of the table! Photo by Mollie Wetta Photography

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AuthorGretchen Postiglione
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When you get a party invitation, you get a good feel of what to expect at the party.   A wedding invitation should be no different.  It is easy to get caught up in Pinterest, finding images of invites we like the look of...but just because an invite appeals to you, does not mean it is the right invite for your event.  When I sit down with a bride, I ask the following questions to get a good idea of what their wedding will be like so that I can make sure the invitation portrays that same feel.  I recommend going through these questions with your invite designer as well.  

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Where is the wedding?

Location tells a lot.  If a wedding is in a barn or outdoors, the attire and feel is already much more relaxed than a wedding in a banquet room.  

What time of day is the wedding?

 Time also is telling.   A morning wedding has a lighter feel while an evening wedding usually is more dramatic.

What do you want the attire to be?

 Black tie?  Beach attire? This has to be conveyed in the invite.  It can be actually stated in the wording, but the design itself should convey the same level of formality as the attire desired.  

What colors/decor are you using?  

Many times these are pulled into the invite to give a "hint" of the evening.  For example, if your colors are navy and cream, it doesn't make sense to have a hot pink invite.  If your wedding will have lots of vintage accents, this same feel should be portrayed in the invite. 

If you go into your meeting with your invite designer with a good understanding of these questions and less of just "ideas you like", you should be able to get a design that you really like and sets the tone for your wedding perfectly.  

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AuthorGretchen Postiglione

Nothing ties a party together better than a theme.  There are a ton of cute themes out there but some of the best parties are those that think outside of the box when it comes to the theme.  Everyone has their own passions, quirks, loves, so begin there. Pick one of those and set the whole party around it.  This week's featured party: Fondue and Fabulous Shoes is not a "standard" shower theme and is a perfect example of making a theme more personal.

We used the guest of honor's baby shoes and a shoe decoration from her nursery as part of party decor.  Photo by Mollie Wetta Photography

We used the guest of honor's baby shoes and a shoe decoration from her nursery as part of party decor.  Photo by Mollie Wetta Photography

 The guest of honor has always had a love of fashion and shoes.  So much so that this love inspired her career: owner of a high end shoe store.  So we chose to let that inspire the theme.  All guests were asked to wear their "most fabulous shoes" to the party.   A more laid back feel to the party fit the guest of honor best so the great mingle food "fondue" made the perfect pair to our fabulous shoes.  Here are some other clever themed party ideas which carry extraordinary very personal themes:

1. 2nd Birthday Trash Themed Party by Cakes Like a Party Themed around a toddlers obsession.

2. Big Lebowski 30th Birthday Bash by Heart Tree Home - themed around the cult classic movie. 

3. Coletti Spaghetti 1st Birthday Party from my daughter's first birthday themed around her favorite food, spaghetti and playing on her nickname: Coletti Spaghetti.    

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I'm excited to share the this amazing party I helped host a few years back for my best friend since Kindergarten.  

Fondue and Fabulous Shoes dessert table features chocolate fondue, assorted fruits and items for dipping and decadent chocolates.  photo by Mollie Wetta Photography

Fondue and Fabulous Shoes dessert table features chocolate fondue, assorted fruits and items for dipping and decadent chocolates.  photo by Mollie Wetta Photography

She was getting married and having a baby all in the same year, so we wanted a way to celebrate her and everything that was happening in her life. She didn't want gifts, just a gathering with friends and family to celebrate.  Her soon-to-be sister-in-law and another friend Mollie Wetta (Mollie Wetta Photography) and I put our heads together and came up with a shoe inspired party theme: Fondue and Fabulous ShoesFondue was the perfect food for people to mingle and visit...and of course take in all the fabulous shoes.  We wanted a very dramatic feel so we chose rich colors and Moroccan accents for the decorations.  

Photo by Mollie Wetta Photography

Photo by Mollie Wetta Photography

Layers of  fabric, pashminas, lanterns and candles added dimension and texture to the space.

Photo by Mollie Wetta Photography

Photo by Mollie Wetta Photography

Height was added to the tables by gluing plates to pillar candle holders.  Over-the-top desserts like macarons, truffles and the most beautiful cheesecakes (made by one of the guests) just added to the "richness" of the theme.  

Photo by Mollie Wetta Photography

Photo by Mollie Wetta Photography

We used flowers in the purple and pink color scheme to tie all the tables together.  Small containers like glass stemware and votive holders as vases made it possible to spread the florals out around a large space.  Side tip for party planning: anytime a professional photographer is on the planning crew it is a big perk!  All these beautiful pictures were taken by Mollie.   

Photo by Mollie Wetta Photography

Photo by Mollie Wetta Photography

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The most important part of a party, in my opinion, is the food.  Cakes and cupcakes are the staples, but I'm a fan of themes carrying over to all food items and a creative name can make almost any food appropriate for the theme.  Fridays I will be sharing cute ideas for themed party food, cakes and cupcakes!  Here are a couple cupcake ideas that are inspired by The Hungry Caterpillar and Peter Rabbit.  These would be perfect for a Book Themed Baby Shower or Birthday Party!  

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The caterpillar cupcakes have simple marbled green fondant toppers and the Peter Rabbit Garden cupcakes feature fondant veggies on top of oreo "dirt."

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Probably my most popular invite, The Retro Housewife Bridal Invitation, was created a few years ago for a shower my mom threw for a friend's daughter.  The tongue-in-cheek theme was a cute way for her to get all the items she needed for their new home and some items to "please her man."

photos courtesy of  Mollie Wetta Photography

photos courtesy of Mollie Wetta Photography

They used carnations in antique milk glass vases  giving the florals a nostalgic feel.  Old cookbooks and kitchen appliances added to the decor. They set up an iron and drying rack for guests to place presents on.  My favorite detail: the bras and aprons on the clothes line. So cute!  

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AuthorGretchen Postiglione

Wedding invitations are one of my favorite things to do.  And since invites go out two months ahead of time, this is my crazy time!  I have two brides this season that are using doilies as part of the invite.  I'm in LOVE with them both and they give a simple invite a very sweet and delicate look.  I'm NOT in love with all the tiny cutout pieces they leave all over my house, though...    

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