BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE BABY SHOWER

It’s been a long, hard, cold winter this year, so this “BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE” was the perfect theme for Jodie’s baby shower.  Hosted in Niagara-On-The-Lake, the skies set the perfect snowy backdrop to her winter wonderland themed shower.

The centrepiece of the event was the sweeping aqua sweets table, styled with many of our vintage rentals.

We had cake pops in a galvanized tub, wood cake stands, winter white candy in our gorge aqua compotes, and silver kisses in blue vintage ruffle candy dishes. A galvanized 2-tier rack held striped container with caramel corn.  And a special “flag” marked the Nanny’s blueberry dessert.  Filled with details, but none more fun than our vintage cigar barrel holding CANDY CIGARS!!!

More details like the sweets pennant hanging from our tri-fold frame just gave reason for guest to pause and take it all in.  Feeling pampered, I am sure.

Snowflake decor …both plastic and real ….framed the backdrop with  winter windows-scapes.  And Jodie made a homespun bunting out of shades of blue and lace for the table skirt.

But it did not stop at the sweets table….there was a warm up bev stations with cocoa, coffee and hot tea as well.  All of the displays were our vintage rentals showcasing vintage compotes with marshmallows, sprinkles, caramels and peppermint.  Wooden boxes held the cocoa and tea packets, and cute wooden chalkboards labeled the station.

More vintage chalkboards designated the game areas….where guest pulled aqua twine from our vintage baby pram to cut to the length their guess of mom-to-be’s tummy measurement!!!

It might have been really cold outside, but it was a warm welcome for soon coming Baby Tristan!

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Photography by:  Christine PIcheca Photography  www.Christine PIcheca Photography.com

Proud Parents-to-Be:  Jodie and Sean

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Make the Vintage Sweets Table your Wedding Day Centrepiece!!! WOW IT WITH VINTAGENESS!!!

Wow, have we been having fun creating all kind of wonderful VINTAGE SWEETS TABLES and vintage decor for the 2013 summer wedding season.  Barn weddings are highly sought venues, and no wonder with all of the fun things you can do with decor.  But thanks to Amy Atals, it is the vintage sweets table that has become the centrepiece of the wedding.  And that is why we are “here”.

If gorgeous sweets in a sinful variety of offerings hasn’t been enough, well, now the presentation will surely have you counting down for dessert.

We have booked rentals for some incredible venues that make you wish you could be the bride.  Barns, Botanical Gardens, Historical Homes, Backyard Flings, Fancy Halls, and Wooded Gardens.  Don’t you just wish you had one of those R.S.V.P. cards in YOUR hands!!?!?!  I do!!

But it’s not just the venues getting all the limelight, it’s also that all-important, ever pinned about,  little sweets table.

If you live on Pinterest, you already know that Pie Bars are very hot!  Home-made with the name of the aunt or friend who baked it up…right there for all to see.

Late-night fun goes over the top with yummy gourmet donut buffets, and gourmet popcorn bars.  Bundt cake come-backs, cake pops looking like brides and grooms, milk glass candy buffets and the sweetheart of all styling, apothecary show-boating with decorative labels.  All hot and  so fun for the guests.

But it doesn’t stop there.  You need to set the stage.  Tablescaping your sweets table takes you from the “done” to the “you”.  Make it personal!!  Get crazy and fun.  Include things you love.  You make the rules.

For instance, instead of just apothecary jars, mix it up!!  Add some vintage cake stands that have icing rims and show off your truffles and candy there.  We have a few combos of vintage glass compotes that stack to bring the 3-tier cake stand look to candy!!  Who could resist this?

Use unexpected pieces like vintage vases for cake pops and cotton candy, pastry trays of vintage glass for chocolate-dipped marshmallows (on a stick) and have a carmel apples buffet. Bring some big wow with a vintage (it must be awesome) punch bowl for gourmet popcorn or candy pretzels…or even colourfully bagged cookies.

Put Candy in your Vases, and Flowers in your Candy Bowls!!!  MIX IT UP!

There are so many ways to surprise your guests, run with it!

But don’t forget the non-edible staging of your table.  That’s where we really shine!  Add victorian shelfs to stack your pies on, or bird cages, rustic birds, vintage mirrors, frames and candelabras.  Put cupcakes on vintage mirrors for a beautiful and cost effective surprise.

LAYER, LAYER, LAYER!!!  My three secrets for styling the perfect vintage sweets table are:

Gorgeous Vintage Glass  (Cake Stands, Compotes, Trays, Vases)

Candlelight – Vintage candelabras, Cut glass Votives, hanging chandeliers will all bring the romance and sparkle

Mirrors – Vintage, fancy, lace metal edging.  It will reflect the light, add volume to the table and give the photographer something to sink his/her teeth into.

There has never been a more fun time in history, I say, to be a bride.  So, don’t miss out on  the fun.  Bling up that table.   From burlap to rhinestone studded mason jars, BRING THE ELEMENT OF WOW, FUN, SURPRISE to your sweet affair.  Embrace vintage style and watch the cameras and i-phones fly to capture the gift you are giving your guests.  It’s all about the unexpected.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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We have everything vintage and will help you style that OMG table!

Making it Vintage – Candy Buffets with Southern Charm

At Southern Charm Vintage Rentals we are all about vintage.  And wow, do we have the dazzling vintage glass for sweets table and candy buffets to prove it!  But today’s most popular and trendy container is the vintage-style apothecary jar.  Who doesn’t love these finial-topped, swoopy, curvaceous babies??!!  But, technically they are not vintage.  So I decided to work on a way to feel better about our huge offering of jars and this is what I came up with.

First, the no brainer.  Add vintage pieces into the display.  This is what we do here.  We add the vintage cut glass compote along side these trendy lovelies and, bingo…VINTAGE CANDY BUFFET!

But I came up with a few more touches to vintage them up and I love the results.  First I added vintage-style ribbon to the jars, then I adorned them with some vintage jewelry.  Peals were the theme.  Vintage round 1940/50s pearl brooches on the large jars look fantastic. Just clip to the ribbon.  Then I added vintage bridal pearl earrings clipped onto the bows so they look like vintage buttons.  Buttons and Bows!  I am feeling more pure vintage by the minute.

Then, to tie into the colour scheme, I added some aqua 1950s pearl earring clips to two more of the jars.  If you want to really make it special (which is what vintage is all about), borrow the vintage jewelry from close family. Mom, Grandmom, and aunties will be very proud you included them, even in a small way.

Then I took a fun-shaped hexagon cut glass 1920s mini plate and tucked it under one of the more plain jane apothecary jars.  Instant interest and layering…and you can add candy or tongs to that plate to give it even more purpose.

Then a vintage sweets table is NEVER complete without a cake stand.  Cake stands by their own right are a vintage symbol.  But we added the real thing.  An aqua circa 1930s pedestal stand is the perfect riser for a smaller jar.  So I tucked it in the middle of the table scape to again bump up the interest of the ordinary apothecary display.

But one of my favourite pieces that I just had to include is a vintage mirror.  Remember those darling vanity mirror trays with the metal lace edge?  Well SCVR has a huge offering in all shapes and sizes, so I chose a silver round one and grouped three of the smaller apothecary jars on top so it reads as one hot little number in the center of the table.  The mirror will reflect candles and light and bring a lot of romance to the tablescape.

I cannot emphasize how important mirrors and candles are on a sweets table.  If you want romance, add them!!  They bring the “WOW”!   (I show two white 1920s style candelabras in the back of the table.)

And, lastly, to echo the silver in one more place, I tucked in a silverplate tray that I made into a chalkboard.  Sitting pretty on a clear easle, you now have a place to write a personal note to your guests….”love is sweet”, M + K,  “how sweet it is”, “Celebrate”, “So sweet of you to join us” or what ever message you want to impart.

NOW, doesn’t this table feel a lot more vintage…and interesting?  But hey…..we left out the best part.  The candy!!!  Well, that’s up to you, ladies. Have fun picking out all the yummie shapes and styles…but remember, for the most impact stick with 2-3 colours max.  White, Chocolate, and your wedding colour ..that’s it!  Now, go make it Vintage, Y’all!!!!!!

GUIDELINES AND IDEAS FOR CANDY TO COME! 

If you are in southern Ontario, you can rent these and so much more at Southern Charm Vintage Rentals.  Like us on Facebook to keep up with new vintage wedding ideas.

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