The Classic Old Fashioned.

Well, folks. Unless you’re living under a rock, you are living through the same thing I am with this COVID-19 madness. We are in the Seattle area, ground zero if you may, and we are running out of ideas on what to do!

But have no fear. Whiskey is here.

I want to give you guys our go-to Old Fashioned recipe. It will cure the virus! Pretty sure!! It’s worth a shot!!

Alright. Let’s get you started on the ingredients list. I know it’s hard to find ingredients right now, but I believe in the future.

Recipe is for 2 drinks, because either you drink with a friend/partner, or you have 2.

What you’ll need:

– 4 oz. Rye Whiskey (I’ll list our favorites below later)

– 1 oz. Simple syrup

– 3 shakes of bitters

– 1 tablespoon of real maraschino cherry juice (this is important! Not the regular maraschino cherry you use for ice cream, it’s definitely not the same.)

– 1 orange peel for garnish

Pro Tip: if you don’t have simple syrup on hand, it’s super easy to make! This is what I use for cakes too, so make extra for dessert. Equal part sugar, equal part water. Boil until the water is clear. Cool and use for your cocktail. Will keep in the fridge for 2 weeks!

A note on Rye Whiskey. The reason we use Rye Whiskey is because it’s a bit sweeter and smokier than regular single malt or irish whiskey. It’s also quite smooth, if you’re not used to drinking whiskey like a cowboy. There are many great Ryes out there, and a few of our favorite brands are Bulleit, Knob Creek, Woodford Reserve, and also a special shout out to an awesome option, our local Woodinville Whiskey Co., they are amazing.

I use a mixer filled with ice, adding all the ingredients at once to chill. Keep the orange peel and cherry for later for a garnish.

Strain the drinks into a lowball glass with a huge piece of ice. It works great the bigger the ice cube.

And here you go folks. Add your garnish and serve this to your favorite person! You’ll look like you know what you’re doing. What’s better than knowing what to order at a bar, and even better, making it at home?

Cheers!

Shabby Chic Baby Shower

Now here is a baby shower for that momma who knows the trends. This adorable shower was brought together for a special mom-to-be, and took place at a local wine tasting room!

Everything about this space was perfect. There was wine, and wine… kidding. But the wine was a plus! The lighting was great, there was a perfect wall that fit our dessert table perfectly! And a large family-style farm table right in the middle of the room. Www.greatwineusa.com

We had most of our staple dessert options available on this table, including the famous macarons, cake pops and mini cherry cheesecake. My favorite thing about these desserts were that they combined together in shapes and colors to make the perfect distribution on the table! Not too much, not too little.

These cake pops were a specific request from the mom-to-be. She had seen this style online and loved the simplicity to it! I do too actually, I’m hoping to create a new post with how to make these shortly.

Hope you like it!

Ice Cream Party!

Our little baby Sophie is 2!! We were so excited to celebrate with her this weekend.

This also means mama gets to go all out on the decor and sweets. So who is really having the best time here?

One day, she will decide what her party themes are, but for now, I get to take advantage and do the decor I’m hoping for!

Cue the Ice Cream Shoppe theme. I think this is such a cute set-up!

From sprinkle bottle favors, to cute ice-cream shaped cakepops, we enjoyed every minute of bringing this theme to life.

For this cake, we had a vanilla cake with buttercream confetti frosting. We used the Wilton frosting mold to make the stripes on the bottom layer, and threw sprinkles everywhere! You can find a big Jug of sprinkles here.

For the topper, we used a 3-inch styrofoam ball (cut with a little flat bottom so it stayed in place), and covered it with melted white chocolate. The cool thing about it was that the chocolate didn’t need to be perfectly smooth like I’d normally hope for a cake pop! Bumpy was ok, and even helped with the ice cream look.

I put down the styrofoam ball on a sheet of wax paper, and let the chocolate drip down from it. It created the perfect “melted ice cream” look I was going for. Top that with some sprinkles and a waffle cone, and voilá!

And these cake pops, OMG. I can show you a tutorial on how to make these, just send me a message and I’ll send it to you! You can find the mini cones here.

The cupcakes were so simple. Just a vanilla cake with buttercream frosting. But add a chocolate sauce and a wafer cookie and Bam! Ice-cream themed.

Birthday girl took it upon herself to taste test a tiny bite of EVERY french macaron. It’s her party. So she gets to do things like that. Sorry for everyone else who had to enjoy a partially eaten macaron.

These super cute ice cream balloons can be found HERE.

Hope you enjoyed this sweet birthday!

You could put this party together too! Here are some of the products I bought to make this party extra special:

ICE CREAM PLATES

HEDGE BACKDROP

TWO SWEET SIGN

WAFFLE CONE HOLDER

BALLOON GARLAND

ICE CREAM BALLOONS

SPRINKLES BULK

ROCK CANDY

MINI WAFFLE CONES

GLASS WAFFLE VASES

BOXWOOD TOPIARIES

MACARON STAND

Let’s Be Mermaids

I love this theme! Do I say that to every theme? But I really really do love the mermaid idea. It’s such a cute party theme, versatile, and quirky. So many possibilities.

I remember watching the Little Mermaid over and over again as a kid (I can neither confirm or deny watching it as an adult) and pretending to be Ariel in the bathtub. Who’s with me? 🙂

I also wanted to share with you fine folks this 20% coupon for Beau-Coup. They have the cutest part items and favors. Use this code to redeem your discount!

This was such a fun cake to make! We had lots of conversations, the client and I, on all the details this cake needed to be absolutely perfect. The funny part was that the birthday girl really wanted a Little Mermaid Birthday party. But my client shares my views about being super character-specific. I’m not a huge fan of your usual party-store themes with all the matching paper plates and balloons. There is so much more potential out there to make something amazing and unique! And if you can’t come up with anything, hit me up. I’m overflowing with ideas.

So she decided to go with a more generic mermaid theme, but asked that I add a small Ariel to the cake just so the birthday girl is happy. 🙂 I think this is the best of both worlds!

The scales on the cake were made with this fondant, my go-to option every single time.

To add to the whimsical mermaid vibe, we made these cute cupcakes with the perfect mermaid fins.

And to break out of my comfort zone a bit, I was asked to make a french macaron in the shape of a shell! *gasp* I’ve never tried to make anything other than the piped circle of the traditional macaron, so I was a bit scared of this one. But I’d say it turned out pretty cute, what do you guys think?

We tried to tone down the gold on this party as well; so we used more silver details and I think it went super well with the lavender and teal scheme!

So freaking CUTE!!

Here are a few links to complete the look of this party:

Cake Stands

Unique Mermaid dolls

Coral Reef Decor

Under the Sea Backdrop

Top 10 Birthday Themes for Girls

Now look… I’m not one to compartmentalize between genders. I’m a firm believer that a girl can do anything a boy can and vice-versa! But you’ll have to agree with me that some themes work better for girls than they do for boys, generally speaking! And this post is highlighting some of our favorites.

10. Hello Kitty

Cuteness overload! I love this theme because it’s so delicate and simple. And so recognizable around the world.

9. Mermaid

Because if we can choose, we will always choose to be a mermaid. We used these fondant molds for the fins and shells, perfect!

8. Peppa Pig

I can’t say I’m a huge fan of the cartoon… but the theme itself was asked by one of our favorite clients, and combining it with a backyard picnic was everything amazing!

7. Vintage Tea Party

As delicate as they come, I love the pastel colors, large paper flowers and sunshine for this event!

6. Colorful Garden Party

And look! There’s Priscilla, Queen of the Desserts in full action.

We bought our big paper flowers here, and they were so worth it!

5. Shabby Chic

The neutral tones and hushed pinks in this theme are my absolute favorite.

4. Princess

Fit for a princess, let’s set the bar high for the next upcoming birthdays!

The table cloth really made this theme pop, you can find it here.

3. Minnie Mouse

By far our most impressive post on Pinterest, this one takes the cake for the most exposure. It was all things delicate and girly, and it swept our hearts away, true Disney style.

2. A Close 2nd… Unicorn Theme

Gaaah I still really love this theme. We have a chance to make it all over again with a different color scheme next month, so stay tuned!

  1. And our favorite… Carousel Theme

Yes, I know I’m biased. But this was such a thrill to do and so much efforts went behind making this our favorite theme ever!

Here’s where you can find the cupcake carousel, they were fantastic for this table.

Best Wedding Cakes

Top of the Charts! Let’s take a look at our favorites throughout the centuries. OK, maybe not centuries. But you get it.

By the way, these are in no particular order, because I simply can’t choose which is better than the next.

I spent a lot of time navigating through BluPrint, there is just so much amazing content to give you the inspiration you need, and the tools to make it happen. Their classes are amazing as well for cake decorating.

7. The Force is Strong with this one.

The Bride wanted to surprise the Groom with a special cake that would fit his personality perfectly. Her entire wedding was so incredibly beautiful, with the PNW hills in the background, and rose, golds and pale palette that got us all dreamy. But the cake, although purely business on the front, was Dark Side on the back.

6. Nutella for Days

One of our favorite clients requested we make their wedding cake, and we couldn’t be prouder! Now we knew already that this bride would never have enough Nutella, so the frosting of this cake was loaded with the heavenly hazelnut cream. The venue couldn’t be beaten either, at the Newcastle Golf Club, wow.

5. Best Day Ever.

This one was also super special. The bride’s favorite ice cream flavor from Molly Moon in Seattle was the Honey & Lavender, so she was hoping we could create something as close to that as possible. And man… it was the most delicious cake we’ve ever made! The wedding was held at the Pacific Tower, and these guys were so incredibly stunning.

4. Unique is the name of the Game

This couple was amazing. They were quirky, fun, and so in love. We helped plan all the parties around their wedding, and it was so amazing to get to know them! We designed this cake to match their unique and beautiful personalities.

3. Winter Wonderland

The deep burgundy colors of this wedding gave us all the feels! It was a December wedding, and it’s hard to pull off something beautiful during that time in Seattle, I have to admit. It’s dark and gloomy, but the bride and groom brought all the shine on that day!

2. Navy & Gold

This was our all-time favorite wedding. These guys live close to our heart and we watched them grow together from the very beginning of their relationship! I was thrilled to be part of this special day, and was tasked with making a cake that was unique and modern and couture, and I did my absolute best. There was edible gold on the middle layer, and we added rice paper on the bottom layer and created such a different visual.

  1. Whimsical & Romantic

We’ve talked about this one before, but we couldn’t leave out this beauty. One of our favorites, and captured expertly by our favorite local photographer, Patrick Nied.

Hope you enjoyed it!

Whimsical Wedding

Hold your hats, people! This is the romance we’ve all been searching for in a cake.

Featured on Wedding Chicks, this styled photo shoot was a total hit, with the most amazing vendors in town. Check out the article for the full list of vendors and all the amazing photos!

I spent a lot of time navigating through BluPrint, there is just so much amazing content to give you the inspiration you need, and the tools to make it happen. Their classes are amazing as well for cake decorating.

When discussing what we wanted to do for the cake, many ideas came to mind. But we were focusing on “whimsical”, and “romantic”. We saw a few inspiration pictures of vintage china sets with hand painted details, and I knew I had found the focal point.

I started out thinking I needed some kind of stencil to make this pattern, but it turns out this works so much better free handing it.

Now seeing this come together with the rest of the design, all orchestrated by Elite Events Seattle, and photographed by the amazing Patrick Nied Photography, take a look:

Bouquet by From the Ground Up Floral