I promised I would share more photos and details from this gorgeous shoot we did for HGTV, but I have to apologize it’s a little late! This shoot was styled for a New Year’s Eve Party but I didn’t get to post it in time! I still hope some the ideas will inspire you for other party themes. You could also keep it in mind for next year! I have to say that this may be one of my favorite shoots we’ve ever done. The pink and gold combination is one of my faves and the ruffles, giant balloons and feminine details are so my style. When Rennai from ten22 studio sent over the final photos, I’m pretty sure my heart skipped a beat. Enjoy….
The gorgeous tiered cake was made by Bonnie of Inspired Occasions. The pink and white ruffles with gold edges turned out perfect! We added thin gold ribbon around each layer to finish it off. Bonnie also made the pink cake pops with gold edible glitter and we added the little bows using the same gold ribbon. She made stacked sugar cookies frosted with pink icing and topped with pink flowers with gold edges to match the cake ruffles. Stunning!
The courtyard at the Inspirador was the perfect space for our shoot. We set up the dessert table in front of the stunning fireplace and it was a great focal point. We used our 36″ round balloons to frame the table. We created hanging dot garland using glitter paper and our 2.25″ circle paper punch. Molly made tissue paper + mylar tassel garlands for the front of the table, as well as smaller versions for the chairs. (tutorial post coming soon!)
I designed a simple new printable collection that is available for download on HGTV. I used pink and white, as gold is hard to get right when printing. I embellished the edges of the cupcake toppers and dessert labels with our favorite champagne gold glitter. I made easy cupcakes with my favorite mix and frosting, then topped with edible gold sprinkles. I placed them in our pink cupcake wrappers for a finished look. Our friend, Rosie from Crazy about Macarons shipped in her yummy vanilla macarons for the shoot.
You all know my friend, Becki right? Isn’t she gorgeous? Becki from Whippy Cake was in charge of wardrobe, hair and makeup styling for the shoot. She also agreed to model for it and chose the other model, Sierra who has done many shoots for Becki to showcase her collections. They were perfect! I had Becki whip up a handmade New Year’s Eve tiara at the last minute (she’s very crafty, too) and it turned out so cute, we created a tutorial for it that you can find here on HGTV.
We dressed up our french square bottles with gold ribbon and swizzle sticks I made by simply adding fringed gold tissue paper to our mini pink dot straws. We filled with a mix of sparkling grapefruit juice and vodka.
We used the champagne glasses that I received for my wedding (11 years ago). Aren’t they pretty? They have an etched scroll design on them. Little white bows and edible gold sprinkles added a festive touch to the glasses. For these, we mixed Izze Sparkling Peach juice with champagne. Delicious!
We thought it would fun to add a few food items and recipes to the shoot, so I enlisted Joanna from Baked by Joanna to come up with a few simple hors d’oeuvres that would fit well with the theme. We loved how it turned out.
Joanna shared the recipe for Feta, Mint and Watermelon Bites on HGTV here. They were really delicious and so fresh. I’m not a big seafood eater, so I passed on the additional appetizers, but they sure looked amazing!
We made favor bags from gorgeous white and gold dot wrapping paper that I had in my closet. We used one of the favor bags we sell in the shop as a template, then cut and used double-sided tape to secure. We wrapped with gold twine and added a printable thank you tag. Fill with cookies, candy or other small treats for your guests to take home.
Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed the photos and can use some of these ideas for your next party!
:: SOURCES ::
party styling/printable designs :: the tomkat studio
photography :: ten22studio
model styling :: becki crosby, whippy cake
location :: inspirador chandler
cake, cookies + cake pops :: bonnie, inspired occasions
macarons :: crazy about macarons
food prep/styling :: baked by joanna
cake stands, cupcake wrappers, gold glitter, gumballs, polka dot straws, 36″ balloons :: the tomkat studio shop