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Bring on the Sun

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or at least more of the color yellow! I really love the combination of soft colors with strong brights in this season's Pantone Spring 2014 top 10 color report...what I really love best is that yellow (freesia on the report) is listed as a favorite color! Yellow has always been my go to color whether I am decorating my home or picking pop items for my wardrobe, I always find myself in the yellow hues.

Pantone Spring 2014

It is just such a happy and fun color.  Here is an inspiration board I created from bright sunny yellow to softer mustard colored items.

Yellow inspiration board

Another trend I have noticed among my brides is the use of yellow on their big day. My husband and I had yellow as our pop color on our wedding day almost 5 years ago and I loved the way it popped in photos. Here is a wedding that I adore courtesy of The Perfect Palette...check out those lemon macaroons! To be honest yellow is my favorite candy/dessert buffet to design for, not only because its my favorite color but because the candy choices in this color are endless.

Courtesy of The Perfect Palatte

So although we are still in frigid temperatures and weeks from spring, I hope this post brings some sunshine into your day!

Midnight Snack

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One of my new favorite trends right now with weddings are midnight snacks that the bride and grooms are offering their guests. After a night of dancing and celebrating this is the perfect send off for your guests. For Cincinnati weddings it would be cute to give away Skyline chili dogs. I also like the idea of giving away bagels or doughnuts for the next morning! Another great idea is candy or popcorn buffets!!! I'm sure you knew I was going to add that! :)

Midnight snack

Pretty in Pink...Cincinnati Candy Buffet

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I know that emerald green is the color of the year and a lot of people choose bold/bright colors for events these days...but there is just something so subtly sweet about a soft pink! I love it paired with gold and am really wanting to pair the color combo together. The candy options are so yummy and look very elegant when put in apothecary jars. Pretty in Pink...Cincinnati candy buffet

So...If you are in the Cincinnati area and are thinking about doing a soft pink color for a dessert or candy buffet, contact us for 10% off. Good now through March 2013.

Just mention Pretty in Pink!!

National Popcorn Day

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is this Saturday January 19th, who knew this day existed?! I had no clue and it just so happens we have booked our very first ALL popcorn buffet on this very day...how fun is that?! I found this below information courtesy of, punchbowl.com. popcorn bar

National Popcorn Day

It’s National Popcorn Day! Americans eat about 16 billion quarts of popcorn each year (about 51 quarts per person), which makes it one of the most popular snacks in the country. It is also one of the oldest.

Popcorn has been around for centuries. It is one of six main varieties of corn. (The others are pod, sweet, flour, dent, and flint.) Popcorn originated in Mexico, but eventually made its way north. In 1948, archaeologists in the state of New Mexico discovered ancient popcorn ears that were at least 5,600 years old! The Native Americans (in both North and South America) popped their corn by throwing it on hot stones over a fire.

Today, we rely heavily on microwaveable popcorn, which was introduced in the 1980s. To celebrate National Popcorn Day, make your favorite kind of popcorn and enjoy it while watching a movie with your friends!

We are so excited to be doing a popcorn buffet for such a beautiful couple this weekend. They chose 8 popcorn flavors which include: Salt and Vinegar, Cheddar, Buffalo Ranch, Caramel, Peanut Butter, Butter, Chocolate and Banana Split. I cannot wait to post more photos after the event. We would love to help you with a popcorn buffet for your next event, contact us today for more information!

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Emerald Green

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They recently just announced the Pantone color of the year for 2013 and it is emerald green! Color of the year

To be honest I am not usually a green person but I love this rich, deep shade of green. One of my favorite colored candy buffets to do is one with green candy...it just photographs so well and there are great flavor options. Emeralds occur in hues ranging from yellow-green to blue-green, with the primary hue necessarily being green. Yellow and blue are the normal secondary hues found in emeralds. That could be why  such a wonderful color combo for a candy/dessert buffet is green and blue. A couple of seasons ago we did this exact combo and the results were beautiful and yummy!!

Cincinnati candy buffet

Check out the photos below for some emerald green inspiration!

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Week 1&2 DIY December

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For those of you that follow me on Facebook you have already seen some of these amazing DIY holiday ideas, but for everyone else be prepared to get inspired and crafty!! This week I am going to highlight some of the free printables I found. These are so cute and can really add to any holiday event or party that you may be having. If you read last week's blog post you will see a holiday printable that has a chalkboard look to it, I also found another one that would match perfectly. Just click the below photo to be taken to the link, print, add a frame and gift them or add them to a dessert table for some added pizazz.

I have always loved to wrap gifts, so when I saw these gift tags I was super excited and made sure to buy wrapping paper to match. Click on the below picture to print these great gift tag labels. So many different options to choose from!

How cute is this hot cocoa bar? I am hosting my annual cookie exchange this coming week and am going to be doing something very similar to this and making sure to use these labels. Click on the below photo to be taken to the printable links. Happy Hosting!!

Cincinnati Candy Buffet Company Offering DIY December

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This whole month we are dedicating our blog, Facebook posts and twitter to DIY projects for the holiday season! These projects will be all holiday or gift related  and will come in the form of recipes, home decor, party printables etc... I have found so many great things to share with you all that could potentially cut your buying and spending in half for the holiday season, how great is that?!

These are seriously some great ideas and almost all of them are super easy to do. I will also be trying some of them along with you all and I cannot wait to start crafting and try some of these fabulous DIY tips.

So to start the month off, I found this super cute FREE printable (courtesy of akadesign.ca) so all you have to do is print from your home computer and add a frame. This would go great as additional holiday decor for your house, as a hostess gift or a gift for a friend or that hard to buy family member. I printed this off at home and am very impressed with the quality of it. It has that chalkboard vintage look that is so popular right now!

Just click on the image to be taken to the printable once there click on the image to get to the PDF, then right click to save and then print on a piece of quality linen white paper (I used just regular computer paper that I already had and it turned out perfectly). It should be about 8×10, if you trim the edges.

Make sure to check our Facebook page and twitter for more daily DIY projects!

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Cincinnati S'more and Candy Display

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Cincinnati Candy Buffet

This past Wednesday was the fabulous Afterhours bridal show at Music Hall in Cincinnati. The turnout was great and I was so very pleased with our display. We met alot of great brides and were able to even meet some new vendors. The show was a total success. I decided to step away from our traditional candy buffet display this show and feature our s'mores buffets, which are perfect for fall/winter weddings or for a more rustic theme. My favorite part of the display besides the centerpiece was the backdrop. I think it really adds to the display and is a great way to incorporate your colors into the buffet.  The backdrop was such a hit at the bridal show that we have decided to start selling them separately or they can be added to a candy buffet package. In addition to the s'mores buffet we were lucky to have Taren with Sweet Petite Desserts contribute some of her yummy chocolate cupcakes and dipped pretzels. Meghan with Design the Date made all of our labels and paper goods. Lastly, we added our iced sugar cookies to the display in the shape of wedding gowns and diamond rings.We are now able to do cookies for any event and the detail on these is nothing short of amazing not to mention they taste wonderful.

We are so excited to be able to offer all of these great new items to our customers and their dessert displays. So contact us today to order your s'mores buffet, candy, cookie or backdrop for your next event!!

Dulce Designs S'mores buffet

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Apple Desserts and Trends

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Something about this time of year makes me think of and crave apples! Growing up my grandma would make me the most amazing apple crisp that she paired with vanilla ice cream...the combination was nothing short of amazing. I still request the apple crisp from my grandma quite often and even in her old age she ALWAYS makes if for me and with each time it is tasting better and better. Part of the reason I think it is such a special dessert to me is because I know it is made with such love! Another favorite thing of mine in the fall are the amazing hot cider recipes you can find. Now with Pinterest you can find some really unique ideas of things to make with apples, another reason why Pinterest is my new best friend...it gives me such creative ideas that I would have never thought of on my own.

I have noticed that with the growing popularity of a s'mores buffet and other unique dessert options at events, caramel apple buffets are also getting some love and attention! There are so many great different options of toppings for caramel apple buffets: heath bars, nuts, crushed vanilla wafers, reese cups, the list of options is endless and so yummy! This is such a fun and great idea, although like with the s'mores buffet it can be messy so I highly recommend an attendant to help with the clean up.

Here are some great finds I found using apples as the main ingredient. See bottom of post for an easy and yummy dessert recipe, enjoy!

This is one of the cutest apple displays I have seen, LOVE it!!

Michelle Wamboldt of Favor Box Bakery

I love the rustic idea of using real sticks to hold the apples.

Rustic candy apples

Click below photo for the recipe!

Carmel apple spice drinks

Bite Size Apple Pies Courtesy of: Taste of Home

bite size apple pies

1/2 c. sugar 2 tsp. cinnamon 1 pkg. (14.1 oz..} refrigerated pie crust 3 tbsp. melted butter, divided 2 medium tart apples, each cut into 8 wedges

In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon, set aside 1 Tbsp. On a lightly floured surface, unroll the pastry. Brush with  2 Tbsp. melted butter, sprinkle with remaining sugar mixture.

Cut each sheet into 8 one inch strips, about 8 in. long. Wrap one strip around each apple wedge, placing sugared side of pastry against apple.

Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Brush tops with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar mixture. bake at 425 for 13-15 minutes or until pastry is golden brown. Serve warm. Makes 16.

It's All About Buttons...

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Because bride's and planners today are so very creative and continue to think outside the box with planning and decor, the idea of using buttons in weddings and events has been born and we LOVE it! I feel it gives the wedding that unique, vintagy theme that allows it to stand out from the everyday wedding you may attend, without breaking the bank. This is seriously an idea that anyone could use and the options on how to do so are up to you, so many crafty ideas.

Check out the below photos for inspiration and "button" away!!

Cute seating chart options:

Button Seating Chart

Seating Chart with buttons

Unique button favors:

Button favors

Cupcakes and wedding cake with the added button detailing in chocolate...amazing!

Wedding dress with button details:

Button bouquets courtesy of this awesome Etsy shop...I love supporting small business owners!!

2012 Wedding Trends

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Yesterday, while I was doing my weekly pinteresting (is that even a word?!) I came across this really fun read about 2012 wedding trends. It did not really surprise me that rustic weddings are on the rise, they seem to be everywhere these days and are so fun to find decor for. Going with the popularity of rustic weddings it makes sense that a lot more weddings are outdoors along with the most popular colors being so earthy. I personally love all the new wedding trends and adore that more bride's are stepping outside the box to create a wedding that is unique and perfectly reflecting them as a couple! Also, I have to note that candy is still up there for popular dessert options...yay!!

2012 wedding trends

Sparkler Send Offs

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If there was one thing I would have added to my wedding it would have been the sparkler send off. I love this idea and think it makes great photos! I am a big believer in the bride and groom leaving the event first and then the guests follow afterwards. Having a sparkler send off is the perfect way for your guests to bid you farewell! This is best done at night...your wedding coordinator should have your guests form two lines so you guys can walk through. You want to make sure you purchase the correct sparklers, I have heard to use 36 inch sparklers since they are longer you avoid burning your fingers. Remember to hold them away from your clothes! I suggest making sure your venue is ok with the use of sparklers and have a pail ready to discard the sticks in afterwards.  Lastly, I suggest making sure your photographer has experience with taking photos of sparkler send offs. Here are some photos I found with awesome sparkler send off ideas!

Sparkler send off

Photo courtesy of Garrett Nudd photography

Photo courtesy of Nicole Hill Gerulat

Spring Color Trend 2012

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Happy spring!! This is by far my most favorite season of the year, even though in Ohio lately it has felt more like summer with this 80+ degree weather. I have started with all my spring cleaning, the windows are open, birds are chirping, flowers are blooming...and I love it all. This is also one of my favorite seasons for weddings! Spring- photo from flickr.com

One thing I really like to take a look at each year is the spring color trends and Pantone (the color experts) have released the spring colors for 2012. I am in love with these colors and could tell by shopping lately that bright colors were going to be in.  The more softer more natural tones like Starfish and Driftwood really surprised me but in a great way as I am one for neutral tones. One of the most popular colors with my brides so far for 2012 events is a dark blue, similar to Sodalite Blue with a yellow similar to Solar Power being a close second. I would love to see more events, clothes and decor in the Tangerine color..this is one of my new favorite colors for Spring all around.

I now cannot wait to go shopping!!

Pantone 2012 Spring Color Report

“We love the mix of hot neon colors with soft pastels, reminiscent of nature at its extremes: a powerful sunset, the ocean sparkling at dusk with flashes of lightning in the distance” -Nanette Lepore

S'mores Buffet

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smores bar (by amy atlas)

I have found the cutest candy buffet alternative that I must share! A s'mores buffet...this is so fun and while it could be a bit messy at a large wedding/event without an attendant cleaning it up or supervising, it is perfect for: birthday parties, engagement parties, baby showers, bridal parties etc... The best part it looks so easy to do and you can also include other complimentary desserts to make it more of a dessert bar. I also love how it looks while displayed and the below picture of s'mores edible favors is so adorable! If you are interested in doing a s'mores buffet for your event but do not want the hassle of setting it up, call Dulce Designs to help!

Here are some inspirational photos I found:

smores bar (by amy atlas)

S'mores bar (project wedding)

Wedding s'mores buffet (Jolynne Photography)

Smores Kit (Twig and Thistle)

S'mores cupcakes (saucy's sprinkles)

Shoe Envy

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Where does the love for great shoes come from?! Maybe it all began with childhood movies like The Wizard of Oz and those great ruby slippers or Cinderella's glass shoe...either way, girls just love shoes. So it should be no surprise that every bride wants a great pair of heels or unique shoes for her wedding day. One of my absolute FAVORITE trends right now is the pop of color bride's are wearing on their feet under that beautiful white/ivory gown. It is just so unexpected and fun...it also makes for great photos! Whatever color you choose is up to you...it can match your bridesmaid dresses, be your something "blue" or just your favorite color.  Here are some photos I found to help give you future bride's some inspiration.

So maybe Cinderella is proof that a pair of shoes can change your life!! colorful-bridal-shoes

Red shoes

Carrie Bradshaw's wedding shoes

Photo credits-

Photo 1: Bride with Yellow Shoes by Jose Villa, Bride with Red Shoes by TheKnot, Bride with Blue Shoes by Leigh Taylor, Bride with Purple Shoes by Bristol Wedding Photography

Photo 2: Beautiful bridal blog

Photo 3: Beau-coup.com

Photo 4: Warner Bros, Manolo Blahnik

DIY Birdcage Veil

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For my wedding I did not wear a veil, it was an outside ceremony so I opted for just a simple white flower. But, had I known about the cuteness of the birdcage veils at that time I would have definitely worn one! I just adore the sophisticated vintage look of them and I think they provide a uniqueness to your wedding attire that is not seen everywhere. Check out this tutorial from  Weddingchicks.com on how to create your own birdcage veil! diy birdcage veilbird cage veil

Not such a crafty bride?! That's okay you can order your birdcage veil already complete, check out this adorable one from Etsy.com.

Summer Bash Ideas

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Shape magazine 2011

So we are back from our trip to Chicago...a little more about this before I tell you about the creative summer bash ideas I found. As I mentioned we went to Chicago for my husband's 29th birthday to see the DMB caravan. This was an experience to say the least but I will admit that after the horrible train ride to get there and a broken sandal from the walk/hike to the main entrance, that I actually had a great time. After a few cocktails I even found myself swaying along to some of the songs. We celebrated my husband's birthday Saturday night with a great dinner at David Burke's Primehouse. The dessert was the best part...we ordered a cheesecake lollipop tree and it was just that, miniature cheesecakes on lollipop sticks that were in the shape of a tree. By far the cutest dessert I have ever seen and it was yummy too!! Dessert_LollipopTree Now to get to what the blog post is really about! While flipping through my Shape magazine last week I found this great article in the Women in Action section, written by Annie Lee. It is called Host an Unforgettable Summer Bash and she says:

Summer

  • Warm Evenings were made for casual get-togethers, but it's easy to fall into the same old "Come over for some burgers!" habit. Elevate your party and create a more memorable experience by choosing a theme. Here are three of my favorites
    • Stargazing Ask guests to bring binoculars, then print sky maps (go to wunderground.com and plug in your zip code). Serve space-inspired food, like Big Dipper guacamole and MoonPies, alongside traditional BBQ fare.
    • DIY Movie Theater Hang a white sheet on the side of your house and rent a projector. Then set up lounge chairs, blankets, and bowl of popcorn and play a warm-weather film like Grease.
    • Summer Olympics Assign guests to teams and have them compete in events like three-legged races. Prepare some Greek dishes in honor of the first games.

Note: This article was found in Shape's July 2011 issue, page 53.

Anthropologie's Bridal Collection

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BHLDN

Anthropologie is one of my very favorite stores. Whenever I am at any mall that has it I have to go in, even if I do not buy anything, I just love to look! They have the most amazing household items and their clothes/shoes are beautiful and very vintage. I am absolutly in love with the volcano candle that they sell there...I have them everywhere in home!! My favorite thing to check out is the sale and clearance section they have...that is the best time to get things because other than that some items can be a little pricey. So because of my love for this store it would only make sense for me to adore their new bridal line that launched this past February...it is called BHLDN.

They have some truly unique items and is a perfect bridal collection for that vintage bride that likes things just a little different. They have a little bit of everything: wedding dresses, shoes, lingerie, bridesmaid dresses and alot more. I also found out that they are adding even more great items soon, cake toppers and favor items etc... Check out the website to see more about this great store. Also, be sure to check out the explore section at the top of the site. They have a tab called Nuptials of Yesteryear where they have found great old photos of weddings long ago...it is great to see what the styles were like then and how much they have changed today.

Here are a few of my favorite items from BHLDN:

All photos courtesy of Bhldn.com

Cookie Buffets

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I know that candy is all the rage at weddings right now (thank goodness for me and my candy buffet company) but, cookie buffets are also a unique favor idea for any wedding/event! You can do a combination of the bride and groom's favorites to make it more personalized on the wedding day. Another great idea is to add assorted cookies to a candy buffet to make more of a dessert bar! We at Dulce Designs partner with many great local bakers and would love to design a dessert bar for your next event! Contact us today for  more details... info@dulcedesignscandy.com!

Check out these fab photos of cookie buffets:

Cookie Buffet: Rebecca Thuss

Cookie Buffet: TreBella Events

Cookie Buffet: Our Wedding Day

Cookie Buffet: Artisian Cake Company

Unique Wedding Centerpieces

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wine bottle centerpieces and table numbers

The big thing I notice about brides the more and more I work with them is how they all want their wedding to be unique and unlike any other wedding they have attended. They want a "wow" factor that will stay in their guests minds long after the wedding is over. So to achieve this look they are stepping out of the box and creating a fabulous non-traditional look. The second thing I am noticing is that more couples are paying for their own weddings today.  So they want to achieve this unique wedding but without breaking the bank...makes perfect sense to me! One large wedding expense is usually flowers, so to cut back many brides are designing their own centerpieces to something that is just as beautiful but saves money. I have researched this and found some great ideas for those brides that are interested in cheaper DIY centerpiece options...see below for some photos:

These are just a few photos that I found when I googled unique centerpieces...alot of them are courtesy of Marthastewart.com

Any centerpiece that the guests can eat are great conversation starters...I especially like the cupcake ones above! Also, remember that Dulce Designs now creates candy centerpieces for weddings or events...contact us today for more information!