Pretty Pink & Orange Baby Sprinkle

One week ago, Sweet Art had the joy of helping to plan and style a Baby Sprinkle for a very lovely mama!  She will soon be welcoming a third little girl into her beautiful family!  This sweet lady is such a pro at being a mother of girls…this newest little one is blessed already.

I loved working with the color scheme that the party hostesses had chosen. Shades of pink (think grapefruit & watermelon) along with juicy orange & sunny yellow were used.  So summery and festive!


Cold sparkling beverages were served…

Q Drinks

Along with a delicious buffet lovingly prepared by the hostesses.  Lunch included a gorgeous grapefruit, avocado, chicken salad (so yum!), black pepper & goat cheese biscuits, and fresh fruit.


And, of course, there were sweets!  Banana cupcakes with cream cheese frosting to be exact, at the special request of the mother-to-be.  : )


Then… then fun part. Gift opening!  So many sweet little items.


So much love, laughter, smiles, and hugs throughout the day.  Girl time really is the best.


Many congratuations to you and your family, sweet lady!  Can’t wait to meet your new little girl.

Though Sweet Art was hired to style the event, it was truly a collaboration of the talents of many friends.


Florals & handwritten nametags: Sarah Brodine

Lunch buffet: Anne-Marie Strohman & Sarah Brodine

Cupcakes: Sweet Tooth Confections

Photography: Sophia Zempel (my own sweet daughter, so proud!)

Styling: Sweet Art


Celebration of a Graduation Journey

‘Tis the time of year for celebrations, isn’t it?! Our most recent client definitely had great cause for it!  

This sweet lady wanted to throw her husband a grand soiree to celebrate his graduation from Stanford University with an MBA, an amazing accomplishment that was 20 years in the making! Truly, their story is so inspiring…how they persevered through the various circumstances of life and pursued their dreams all along the way. Sweet Art was so honored to play a part in planning their special celebration!Image

Did you know that Sweet Art offers three different ways to plan your event?  This particular client chose our Event Design Only package, in which we presented her with everything she needed in order to throw the party herself!  After an initial in-person consultation at the party venue, the client was provided with a checklist of what to do, what do buy, and detailed instruction on how to set up.  I think she did an absolutely wonderful job of putting it all together!  You can just feel all of the love that she poured into the event.


So, can we just take a moment to admire that cake?  It’s The Tree!!  

Yet another lovely creation by Sweet Tooth Confections.  Oh man, I love that place!ImageImage


The mexican dinner buffet, by Leslie’s Catering, was stand-out too!  That arbor was so fabulous…even more gorgeous in person!


Seriously, are these people not the cutest?!? Their joy is totally contagious!  Image  

Heartfelt congratulations and many thanks for allowing Sweet Art to be part of your celebration!



A Cal-Mex Styled Farewell

Styling this event was oh-so-bittersweet!


As mentioned previously, Liz (of Sweet Art Photography) and her dear family have recently relocated across the country. The night before they left town, we gathered our close friends together and enjoyed some final moments with the Barnas.


It was a perfect California evening, just right for outdoor dining. A Cal-Mex theme seemed appropriate, reflecting the Barna family’s favorite foods and also the spirit of the area to which they were saying goodbye.

We tried to create an atmosphere that was both casual and intimate.  Teak tables, wicker chairs, and cushioned sofas helped to make things feel cozy as we savored our last moments with our beloved Barnas.




The dinner menu was so spectacular!  The super-talented party hosts, Rob & Lori Katcher, made all of the food themselves.  It was a such a hit!




Don’t you just love the floral arrangements?  Our lovely friend, Laura Herrmann, who has such a keen eye for beauty, created all of the gorgeous arrangements.





…And we feasted.





Dessert was simply decadent!  Another wonderful friend and expert baker, Laura Leafstrand, artfully prepared all of the desserts from scratch.  The spread was to die for!





Throughout the evening there were plenty of …



smiles and laughter…


hugs and tears…
and toasts and songs…




… all of the very best things for friends to share.




Oh, Barna Family… you are so loved and will be incredibly missed!  So glad we have this evening of goodbyes to remember.



Though it was bittersweet, I loved styling the event and helping to pull all of the details together.  I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that this party was most definitely a group effort!  Special thanks to…


Rob & Lori K., for hosting and feeding us all;
Laura L., for the scrumptious desserts;
Laura H., for the gorgeous florals;
Katie C., for the photography;
Kurt L, for being the grill-meister;
Daisy B., for the appetizers;
A-M & Trevor S., for the musical entertainment. : )









Fondest Farewell to Liz (and to her gorgeous photography, too!)

I have news.  

A big change has occured for Sweet Art! I recently had to say a (tearful) farewell to my sweet friend and business partner, Elizabeth Barna. She has moved away with her family…all the way across the country, in fact.  And, she took her wonderful, gorgeous photography skills with her! *Sniff*

She and her contagious creative energy will be so missed.


What does this mean for Sweet Art?  

We will still be offering the same stylish, custom designs for all of your parties!  The very same event styling services will be available to you as before… with the exception of our photography services. Sweet Art’s Event Photography will not be available at this time.  

All my love and very best wishes to the Barna family as they begin a new chapter! And, if I know Liz, she will make it a beautiful chapter, indeed.


P.S.  We just couldn’t let Liz and her family leave town without a proper party, of course!  Stay tuned for an upcoming post featuring her Cal-Mex themed Goodbye Party. : )





A Sweet “Thank You”

Sweet Art recently had the privilege of styling a unique and very worthy event!

Grace Presbyterian Church in Palo Alto, CA wanted to say a grand “thank you” to the beloved teachers of their childrens’ classes before they adjourned for summer. 


The teachers were honored with public recognition and lovely gifts, along with a special sweets table that Sweet Art was hired to style!


We ordered oodles of doughnuts from a favorite local bakery for this morningtime event, and then used yards of burlap and lace to create a rustic-vintage feel.


Floral buntings of green, yellow, and white helped the area to look festive and summery.


Doughnut holes were displayed in paper cones trimmed with lace…



…old-fashioned doughnuts sat in happy little stacks…


…glazed doughtnuts were lined up in neat little rows…


…along with mountains of every other kind of doughnut you can imagine!  

What was not to love?! : )



Gorgeous summertime florals in mason jars and bright green potted plants gave the tables a lush garden feel.



So…want to know how we realized that the tables were a success?  All of those doughnuts (and there were hundreds!) were gone in approximately 7 minutes flat.  Devoured!  And all that remained were crumbs…and crickets. : )


So much fun!!  

A very big Thank You from us to Grace Presbyterian Church for this wonderful opportunity!

A Middle School Grad Party, Luau-Style!

Our oldest daughter and one of her BFFs were promoted from middle school this year. Yay! So, her friend’s mom (who happens to be my dear friend) and I decided it would be fun to throw a joint celebration for the girls, hawaiian-style!


A panoramic view of the party scene included a large crowd of our family & friends, many colorful flower leis & grass skirts, a delicious barbequed feast, and lots of splashing & swimming in the backyard pool. Good times.


The cake was covered in turquoise fondant, with tropical flowers cascading over the tiers.  A little brown sugar at the bottom mimicked a sandy beach.



Grass skirts and paper lei garlands adorned the buffet tables. We hired Blue Rock BBQ to cater the luncheon buffet, which included heaps of shredded pork & chicken, barbequed beans, coleslaw, and their special spicy sauces.  Quite yummy.



The girls helped us to create tropical-themed gummy skewers and we used them as centerpieces on the guest tables.  They were a big hit!



The beverage table looked festive with paper straws and bubbly drinks.



Some other miscellaneous party details for your viewing pleasure…


….super cute hula girl figurines…


…hanging accordian lanterns….


….personalized hawiian-themed nametags…


…and little paper umbrellas that ended up on pretty much everything!




We loved celebrating our sweet girls and their most recent milestone with our family and friends! Just can’t believe we will have high schoolers next year – eek!

So very thankful and proud to be this one’s mama. : )

DIY Party Pretties

If you are anything like me when it comes to party planning, you don’t really want to fork out copious amounts of money on decorative items that will possibly be used only once. It’s seems best to reserve your cash for the those big-ticket, essential items on the checklist.  Hence, strategic planning and proper budgeting are key! At the end of the day, you want to have enjoyed the event without the stress and guilt of having overspent!  


(image credit)

An awesome way to effectively defray costs – without the sacrifice of any beauty or charm, of course – is to create the items that you need yourself! It really is possible to come up with lovely party accents using either found items in your home or inexpensive craft store purchases! And…just let me qualify, here… I am NOT a naturally crafty person. I am, therefore, attracted to only fool-proof projects. : )  

Gratefully, there are many helpful tutorials for party pretties to be found on the web.  Here are some of my favorites!


Love this pull-string pinata garland!!  Mostly made from objects you already have!


(images and tutorial found here)


These embellished party straws are so festive!  And, so simple to create using only tape and tissue paper.


(images and tutorial  here)

Another tissue paper project which can be used as either food picks or drink stirrers…


(image and tutorial here)


One more easy option for a DIY food pick…ribbon flags! Sweet Art enjoyed making these for an event recently.


(instructions found here)


Here’s a different twist on decorating with balloons.  Love how it doubles as a colorful garland also!


(fruit balloon instructions)


The image below suggests two fantastic DIYs.  The hostess ordered an unembellished white cake from a bakery (faaar less expensive than ordering a custom cake design!) that she decorated herself with colorful candies. Brilliant. Then she added the very pretty coordinating cake bunting!  The link includes instructions for both. : )



Need another option or additional instructions for a cake bunting?  This “fiesta” version is very sweet.




Last, but certainly not least… make-your-own party hats!  Not as tricky as you might think. : )


(images and tutorial here)


Truthfully, these few ideas are just the tip of the iceberg.  There is a plethora of wonderful suggestions out there that are just begging to be explored, so you can expect more of these DIY suggestions in the future!


Of course, if you’d like to avoid worrying about these little party details altogether, just call us! It’s what we do. : )