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DIY: Candy Buffet

The latest in party couture is upgrading your traditional dessert table to a sweet-tooth indulged dream. Candy buffets are a conversation piece for any party, where you can let your creativity run free. I recently styled a “Sweet Treat” themed graduation party, from the candy buffet to the centerpieces. These tips are great for creating a fabulous candy buffet to suit any party or event.

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Keep a consistent color theme. Decide on the theme colors for your party and stay within those colors for a cohesive aesthetic. Here, the theme colors were red, white and black, and we chose silver for an accent color.

20120705-103630.jpgChoose a main focus for your table. The two-tired cake stands with marshmallow pops is the center focus for this table. You can choose to mirror your table for a cohesive look (like this one), or if you are working with only a few items, you can create an abstract display. Create a diagram beforehand deciding where each jar and cake stand will go and which items will go in them, so you aren’t short jars or stands.

Create a banner or confetti garland in the coordinating colors of your theme for added decor. There are endless opportunities for backdrops that can be created on the wall behind the table, if the venue permits it.

20120705-103705.jpgCreate different levels of height. I took two styrofoam boards, hot glued them together, and covered them in the same silk white fabric I used for the tablecloth. I took an additional piece of styrofoam and covered it in a coordinating printed fabric and placed it on top. This gave the back row height. Stacking cake stands is another way to create different levels of height.

Create coordinating tags yourself on your computer to label each item. Choose a font that coordinates with the style of your theme. Choose coordinating ribbons to decorate the jars and cake stands.

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Get creative! Explore your favorite Pinterest boards and party blogs to find unique treats that you can DIY. Everything here were DIY projects found on Pinterest. Create your own Pinterest board (like the one I did for this party) or mood board for your party to keep your ideas organized. Planning and organization play a large role in the execution of your candy buffet.

20120705-112335.jpgThis graduation was themed, “Sweet Treats,” so we incorporated the candy items into the centerpieces, as well.

Choose candy you will be using to go along with your theme colors. Candy Warehouse conveniently lets you browse candy by color.

Tj Maxx HomeGoods is a great place to find apothecary jars and cake stands of all shapes and sizes, all at very affordable prices!

DIY: Friendship Chain Link Bracelets

One of my favorite Summer trends is layered arm candy. A boyfriend watch is an everyday essential for me, but the addition of bright colored hues piled together has Summer written all over. I found this must-try DIY from Stripes + Sequins and had to recreate.

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Easter Brunch

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Easter Attire. Dress-Rag & Bone, Handbag-Chanel, Shoes-Manolo Blahnik.

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French Macaroons in complimenting hues.

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Easter inspired dessert table at Scarpetta.

My mom and I.

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Casual attire for after.

I’m currently on vacation in LA, with my family for the holiday. This week I’m going a different direction by including outfit posts and inspiration photos other than the norm. I’d love your feedback. Hope everyone enjoyed their holiday!

 

Organic Beauty

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1. Priti NYC Nail Lacquer – “Dorothy Palm”
2. Bamford Organic Lip Balm
3. Hydrole de Feuilles D’Oranger Amer Lotion
4. Nvey Eco Organic Compact Powder – Bronzer

I recently got an amazing facial, at an organic salon and spa. I loved the products used so much, I purchased the organic skin care line. My skin looks and feels healthier. I love the idea of using minimal ingredients from all-natural sources. The Bio bottles and packaging make them eco-friendly, too! The benefits of using organic and all natural products are not only healthy for the environment, you also aren’t putting harsh chemicals and parabens on your skin! Win-win!

Crave & Save: Spike Bracelet

If you’re craving this chic CC Skye studded bangle, save with this equally sleek bracelet from Asos. How cute would this studded arm candy be paired with trendy friendship bracelets and an oversized watch?

Fabulously Frugal: Spring Savings

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Crave & Save: Beaded Statement Necklace

If you’re craving this chic turquoise beaded statement necklace from Banana Republic, why not save with this identical shorter version from Piperlime! A $46 savings!  I know I will be pairing it with this incredibly chic cream ponte knit shift dress from Forever21 (at only $15!)

Strawberry Banana Faux Yogurt

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The perfect combination of yogurt, layered with fresh fruit and granola is a hard treat to resist. I’m all for the health benefits of probiotics, but the 18+ grams of sugar per serving is a major downside (probiotic supplements are a calorie-free alternative). What may seem like a “healthy” breakfast or dessert, can surely be filled with added sugars and unwanted calories (at least vegan options). After discovering Chef Chloe’s vegan blog, I had to try her recipe for Summer Smoothie Parfaits. I added frozen strawberries and almond milk, and refrigerated overnight for a refreshing breakfast the next day, sans sugar. I was surprised to find out that the taste and texture were almost identical to yogurt! So yummy!