Author Archives: Setting the Mood


 Below is our Conversation Heart Candy Buffet.  I was inspired to create the buffet around the six beautiful colors found in the conversation heart candies.

The dimensional  backdrop was made with cut paper hearts printed with iconic conversation heart sayings.  Some details of the buffet include wrapped chocolate conversation hearts, Cupid’s arrows, mini pink velvet cupcakes with heart lollipops, mini cups of conversation hearts, plush conversation heart pillows and mini conversation heart shaped boxes of chocolates.

BREAKING BAD Series Finale Party

I am so excited (and sad) to see how the final episode of Breaking Bad plays out on September 29th.  In preparation for the finale, I’ve created two snack stations for a viewing party that will sure to be a hit for all the superfans out there.  Above is a close up of the chalkboard I created for food stations.
For the table, I found two 55 gallon barrels on Craigslist and topped it with some plywood covered with stainless steel.  I covered fronts of the barrels with a vinyl logo just like the barrels of Methylamine from the show.
I placed my collection of Erlenmeyer flasks and beakers in the back of the buffet, filled them with colored water and ran plastic tubing from bottle to bottle. 
 I intend on adding dry ice for the viewing party to create smoke and bubbles.
 It’s my mini version of the Superlab.
The savory food station consisted of grab and go snacks with a nod to some
familiar snacks from the series.
Jesse’s Beer Battered Funyun Rings
I emptied and washed snack sized Funyun bags and filled them with warm beer battered onion rings
 with a side of ketchup for dipping
Mini Heisenburger Sliders
Los Pollos Hermanos Spicy Buffalo Wings
served in mini fry batter buckets
Individual Venezia’s Rooftop Pizza
a smaller version of the pizza that Walt throws on his roof.
 Heisenberg Brew
Heineken Beer covered with a custom Heisenberg label.
The sweets station has some delicious offerings in miniature as well.

 Mini Meth Baggies
blue raspberry rock candy (contaminated with plastic flies)

(respect the science)
bubble gum balls skewered and arranged to look like a molecular display found in Chemistry class

Walter’s Whities
sugar cookies with royal icing cut into the shape of Walter’s briefs
(that we all have seen WAY too much of over the years).

 Jello Shots
vodka infused green apple jello

Methylene  Lemon Meringue
topped with a dollop of whipped creme

 Vanilla Bean Cupcakes
sprinkled with blue ice (rock candy)
Don’t forget to tune in for the final two episodes! 
I’m sure it will have an exciting and explosive ending.


This sweet Bat Mitzvah girl wanted her theme to go to the dogs.  She plans on being a veterinarian one day and I believe she will make it happen.  She has a huge heart for dogs and knows more about dogs than any one person I know.

The party was held a the beautiful barn at Trader’s Point Creamery.

The cocktail table centerpieces were giant tennis balls atop a cylinder filled with dog treats.  The table topper was craft paper that I edged with a punch to create lace like border.  We placed crayons on each table for people to doodle. 

I found some amazing dog photos and blew them up, mounted them and added watercolor paint to each one in the party colors.  I topped each one with a PEACE LOVE or PAWS bone.

The centerpieces were dog topiaries.  Each table had a different dog.  The base of the centerpiece was a dog bowl filled with painted dog bones.

Under each bowl was a bandana.

We tied each white napkin to look like a rawhide dog bone.

Another feature of the party was the sweets station.

It was filled with lots of candy and cupcakes

and doggie bags to fill with people treats.

Some of the vessels were dog dishes, treat jars and bone baskets.

One thing the Bat Mitzvah girl really wanted was a cupcake tree for the mini cupcakes made from The Flying Cupcake

Above is the beautiful letterpress invitation for the party.  We took inspiration from the tree in the invite and made a tree to hold the mini cuppies.

For the photo station we brought a cone of shame, dog bones, dog toys and a giant bone cut out for the guests to play around with.

The beverage stations had signature drinks such as “The Tennis Ball”

and “The Leash”

All served at the water bowl. 


This arcade themed Bar Mitzvah party was all about video games.  The color scheme was orange, lime green, electric blue and black. 

More than half of this venue has floor to ceiling windows so we draped the majority of the room in black to darken the space and give it an arcade feel.  We also hung 3′ round balloons to lower the feel of the 30′ ceiling.
We created this logo and placed it front and center on the dance floor
The room was divided by the dance floor in the center.  The kids tables were on one side and the adults on the other. 
The escort cards were arcade passes placed in credential holders for guests to wear.

The kids party favors were  wii remote control tins filled with candy.

The adult side of the room featured old school arcade games like Donkey Kong, Frogger and Pacman. While the kids side of the room featured modern video games like Call of Duty, Guitar Hero, and Dance Dance Revolution.

Here is the sign we created as a backdrop for the DJ.  We also hung over sized  gaming devices around the draping in the room as well as the iconic “game on” logo.

We created a larger version of the arcade game to serve as a card/gift box.


This slumber party themed event was anything but sleepy.  We used a bright, bold and vibrant color scheme of hot pink, lime green, orange and turquoise.  Above and below are shots of the bedroom vignette we created as guests entered the party.

The escort cards were sleeping masks.
A mini suitcase served at the container for the cards and gifts 
The cocktail and hors d’oeuvre room was decorated with bedside lamps
 filled with night cream containers
The smaller cocktail tables had pedicure toe separators floating in a cylinder with a candle  
The kids dinner table centerpieces featured over sized toothpaste and toothbrushes 
The adult centerpieces had these bright & whimsical fresh florals
What is a slumber party without sweets?  Check out this fun 3 tiered cake.
 We also created this “Sweet Dreams” candy buffet 

We dressed the table to look like a bed topped it with jars and jars of sweet dreamy candy.


This Nick at Nite themed Bar Mitzvah was bright, bold and full of fun. 
We used neon spandex linen for the tables and chairs. The centerpieces were glass cylinders with neon fabric that draped all the way to the ceiling. 
Here is the large entrance sign.  It’s hard to tell the scale of the sign but it was approximately 5′ x 5′

Nick’s sign in book

Here is the menu detail with the iconic Nick@Nite splat
This is a shot of the GOBO.  It’s hard to tell but when the lights were lowered
 it shined in a neon green color
Splat cakes!  These mini cakes were served at each table and the larger cake was for Nick to feast on.
We also served mini milk bottles to each guest during cake time
We also tied  Twizzlers  around each napkin roll in the 3 bright party colors. 


Sugary Pink, Cotton Candy Blue, Fluffy Popcorn yellow and Mint Ice Cream green was the color scheme for this sweet pastel carnival party. 
Above is the table centerpieces.  I used ticket rolls as a base
 and topped them with faux carnival favorites.

Giant pastel balloons and handmade bunting decorated the ceiling and gave the
room a festive carnival fee.

A sneak peek of the 8′ custom carnival sign 
 (we hand cut all of our letters to give our signs dimension)

We also created vintage style food signs for all of the stations around the room

Full view of the sign.  We took inspiration for the fabulous
Hostess with the Mostess’ carnival party a few years ago.

I love little details, {even if most people don’t even notice}. 
 Here we tied bubble gum garland around the cocktail tablecloths

Soda Station

Self Serve Cotton Candy, right from the hawking pole

Here is a giant graphic floor decal that we installed in the center of the dance floor.

Ice Cream Station with yummy toppings

Snow Cone Station

Freshly Popped Popcorn
After indulging in the carnival fare, it was time to burn off some of that sugar buzz…

So they danced….

danced, danced
the night away!

All of these amazing photographs are by the fabulous Rachel Richard of