Colour Scheme: Robins Egg Blue & Orange
Product Inspiration: Animal Parade
What incredible graphic designer, Nicole Tarasick did with the inspiration:
*Please note that all personal information has been removed for client privacy.
Thank you cards:
When hosting a special occasion for someone, it’s a good idea to purchase Thank You cards that match the invitations for the guest / guests of honour to use post event.
Cupcakes with Meringue Toppers:
The centrepiece for the food table was surrounded by tiny gingerbread cookies cut in animal shapes, each hand-painted in blue & orange:
After the baby was born, I asked Nicole Tarasick to design a special gift for the guests of honour’s nursery. I was elated when Nicole sent me her design for a poster done in a 12” x 18” glossy print, later to be displayed in a white-wash wooden frame:
We were very excited here at Fresh & Fancy when we were asked to participate in the first ever Designer Table Tops Event for all Occasions!
John Moore - noun; 1. A man who knows his meat.
From mouth-watering satays to stick-to-your-ribs briskets, John brings big Southern flavours into play, drawing from his years in Texas.
Picture: John grilling-up tenderloin for Fresh & Fancy at the Canadian Open 2010
What I’ve learned from John…
1. Work in a clean & organized space
2. Marinate your meat with high quality ingredients
3. Give tougher cuts of meat plenty of time to marinate, cook and rest
4. Don’t ruin a beautiful piece of meat by over-cooking it - pink means; tender, juicy & full of flavour
5. Be sure to have a cold delicious beer to accompany you in your meat cooking endeavours!
Pictures: Tenderloin for 150 guests from grill to table
In search of a creative birthday gift for my friend, I recently came across the idea to do a cupcake decorating class at Le Dolci. Located in Toronto’s trendy King West, Lisa Sanguedolce sheds new light on the cupcake craze. Every week, a variety of classes are offered ranging from the “Introduction to Cupcake Decorating” to specialty classes, such as “Wedding Cupcakes” and “TIFF Red Carpet Cupcakes”.
What to expect:
Upon arrival, Lisa has all of the cupcakes baked and work stations set-up. After a quick intro and demonstration, everyone is encouraged to get creative - not a difficult task when the centre of the table is lined with a plethora of butter-cream, fondant, specialty tools and food colourings! When class is over, everyone is given a large pink cupcake box so that they can take their creations home.
At Le Dolci, all of the cupcakes used for decorating are made with Lisa’s secret vanilla cupcake recipe. Before moving to Toronto and setting-up shop, Lisa lived in London England. In my opinion, Lisa’s cupcakes are reminiscent of the tasty treats that you will find at cake shops in the UK with a light-crumbly texture and a sugary-sweet taste.
Lisa, owner of Le Dolci, makes all the difference in class. Lisa’s kind approachable manner creates a comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone. Finally, Torontonians and friends can learn decorating tips for their favourite treats without having to enrol in a militant school program!
Le Dolci also offers private parties at the studio and off-site for all occasions. I love the idea of hosting the first phase of a bachelorette to get the celebration started! Lisa will also go to events such as weddings as the “cupcake princess” to help keep the little ones occupied with cupcake decorating.
This past weekend I created a dessert and candy buffet for my client’s daughter who was celebrating her law school graduation. The party was held at a local high-end restaurant on Sunday Afternoon.
To include cupcakes and the colour pink
What we did:
For a sophisticated and elegant look, the table was designed with a pink, gold, black and white colour scheme. A selection of chocolate fudge and french vanilla cupcakes with bright pink vanilla butter cream were topped with mini graduation hats and diplomas . We used various cake plates, glass vases and crystal dishes to display an array of petits fours, Parisian macarons and candy. The table was set-up with pretty white candy bags and cupcake boxes for guests to take the extra sweets home with them as party favours.
The long-awaited BBQ season has finally arrived! Potato salad is a great addition to an outdoor summer party, but most potato salad recipes call for a mayonnaise-based dressing. Mayo sitting out in the sun is never a good idea. I like to serve this potato salad because it’s dressed with a chicken stock reduction and can be made a day in advance.
Yield 6 servings
Last week I had the pleasure of visiting mother-daughter team Phyllis and Marilyn Lill at their floral boutique Lilium in Yorkville. Phyllis has studied floral design internationally over the past 15 years and had a successful floral design studio for over 6 years before teaming-up with daughter Marilyn. Marilyn comes from a background in the fashion industry after studying in NY at the Fashion Institute of Technology and gaining valuable merchandising experience through working in the buying department at Bergdorf.
Lilium is the result of a lot of hard work that stemmed from a phone conversation between Phyllis and Marilyn. Phyllis told me; “one day Marilyn called me from NY and asked if I wanted to expand my business and build something together”. Phyllis said YES and that is how Lilium came-to-be!
Lilium sets itself apart from most flower purveyors by bringing 2 generations of expertise together. The result: A one-of-a-kind floral boutique!
Lilium offers bespoke floral arrangements and bouquets for all occasions. For weddings, Phyllis and Marilyn will meet with you for a private consultation to ensure that the flowers on your special day are exactly what you envisioned. Lilium is also one of the only floral boutiques in Toronto that offer workshops. There are a variety of courses that are offered on evenings and weekends. My favourite: a bachelorette. Why not get all of the women closest to you together to learn the art of floral design? Everyone in attendance will leave with their own uniquely designed piece. How lovely!
Congratulations - You’re engaged!
The Average wedding takes 10 months to plan. This timeline varies amongst couples, but will give you an idea of the beginning planning stages of your wedding.
The 1st steps in planning your special day will include:
The best weddings are personal. This does not mean that a couple should only have 10 people in attendance. It simply means that personal touches should be implemented throughout many aspects of the ceremony and reception. Traditionally, culture plays a huge role in weddings and often defines the theme, menu, ceremony, favours or even the venue.
Rule of thumb: When two people from different cultures plan their nuptials, choose 2 - 3 things from each side to create a personalized wedding. This makes for a memorable unique event and shows a great deal of respect to the couple’s families!
You can make hors d’oeuvres without knowing how to cook! For Caprese salad skewers, simply pierce grape tomatoes and bocconcini pearls with a fresh basil leaf onto toothpicks of your choice. Season skewers with sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste. Arrange on a platter and drizzle balsamic glaze and a touch of good quality olive oil over top. Serve at room temperature.