Mrs Delightful's Bakery

Party Favorites

Hey Babes!

Happy Saturday!!  We're now one week out from my birthday party, and I was thinking this morning that I should show y'all a few of my favorite things from that night in case y'all had a birthday party, a shower, or really any event that you were planning or hosting!!  There are just a few items (short & sweet) that are definitely worth mentioning (A.K.A. I would totally buy them again!):

This drink dispenser was actually my favorite party find!  This is one of the few items I bought specifically for this party!!  Blake and I have only hosted one large gathering before this one, so we didn't have anything like this.  But, I did need something to hold drinks for 15 people, and it was love at first site when I found this one at Walmart for under $15!!!!  So happy I stumbled upon this one the morning I actually went to Walmart to buy Plaster of Paris to make chalk paint LOL!  We served Blackberry Sangria out of this one and it did the job perfectly!  You could see all of the fruit floating in it since the sides are clear!  Plus, the rope & galvanized metal accents compliment my decor perfectly!!

For our Blackberry Sangria, we mixed 3 bottles of Roscatto, 2 cups of Blackberry Brandy, 6 cups of Cranberry Juice, Blackberry Syrup made from 1/2 cup of water, 1/2 cup or sugar, and 12 oz of fresh blackberries - reduced, and 1 cup of orange juice!  We added apple, orange, and mango slices to float!!!  Make it the night before and refrigerate it until the festivities begin!! :)

 

I love this table cloth that I bought on Amazon!  It's for an 8' table, but when I put it on my 6' table, it reaches almost to the floor and is so elegant!  I use it for holidays, events like this, pop-up-shops for my boutique...  The material is thick and durable!!  Plus, it has held up so wonderfully in the wash!!  I recommend this brand to anyone who needs a table cloth!  Seriously, its only $11 y'all!!

 

BloomsyBox provided some flowers for my little shindig!!  They were a very sweet birthday surprise that brightened up the whole room!!  I pretty much only have neutrals in my house (grays, white, black, wood, metal), so to have this gorgeous pop-of-rose-beauty in our party space made the whole atmosphere better!  Does anyone else just melt at the site of some fresh flowers in your home!?  I don't know about you, but for me, there is nothing more welcoming than coming home to my fur baby wagging his tail like crazy & the sight of fresh blooms on my table!!

BloomsyBox is technically a flower subscription service.  You get to choose the frequency at which flowers arrive at your own, or someone else's, doorstep (Mother's Day is coming up... hint, hint).  You can even choose what kind of flowers are delivered!!  I believe these were April's rose selection!  This service is a wonderful treat for anyone who receives it!  If its for a holiday, a random surprise, or just to brighten up your own home, there is no feeling like receiving beautiful, fresh blooms!  I can speak from experience, because I almost cried at receiving these, and they weren't even from anyone I'm close to, they were just straight from the company...  Just imagine how a loved one would feel receiving these from YOU!!!

 

Another one of my party favorites were these Copper Cure Moscow Mule Mugs!!  We've always wanted some copper mugs, and were so excited when Copper Cure wanted to send me some to review!!  The copper gets SO COLD along with its contents, keeping the ice from melting too quickly and watering down your drink!  We've used them a few times, and we still love them!!  They are hand wash only, unfortunately, but that's no different from any of my other cutesy kitchen stuff (I'm rolling my eyes at myself right now because I just purchased decorative, "cutesy," gold measuring cups & spoons... You can also find those HERE).  The mugs have held up really well to the alcohol, acidity of a moscow mule, and the washing; though, I have to say that the straws aren't holding up quite as well...  But, the straws aren't necessary for drinking your drink, and aren't what you're actually paying for, so there is no love lost there in my opinion!  I'm so happy to have these beauties adorning our bar & containing one of my favorite drinks!!

Our Moscow Mule Recipe is: 2 oz of Vodka, 3/4 oz of lime juice, and 4 oz of ginger beer (that's just one serving).  We got it from a book called "The Bar Book" that I got Blake for Christmas!  It has everything in it!  Not to mention the fact that its cute too (as far as setting it out for decoration as well LOL)!  

So, now that you think we're alcoholics LOL, please keep in mind that this party was "cocktail party" themed!!  There were even more drinks than that ;)  But, the real star of the evening was the CUPCAKES!!!  

They were made by a local baker, Mrs. Delightful's Bakery!  She is based out of North Augusta, SC.  If you are anywhere close to here, she is worth the drive!!  I got her Brownie & Snickerdoodle cupcakes, and she custom made these Cookies & Cream ones for me!!  Honestly, "they were AMAZING," just doesn't even give them justice!  Just look at that picture... They speak for themselves!!!  The Cookies & Cream were my favorite, and the Brownie were Blake's favorite!!  I can't wait for my next excuse to order from her again!!

Well, this post ended up way longer than I expected LOL!  The "blogging" part of being a fashion blogger is hard for me because I say I'm not a writer, but boy am I a TALKER....  I could seriously just keep going, and going, and going!!  But, I'm signing off for now LOL...

Love y'all!

XOXO - Rachel

The flowers & Moscow Mule mugs were sent to me complimentary, but all thoughts and opinions are my own!  Some of the links in this post are affiliate links from which I could receive a commission off of any sale procured after clicking.

My First Styled Shoot

Hey Babes!

Happy Wednesday!  This coming weekend is a wedding weekend for my family!!  Blake's little sister is getting married & we're both in it!!  Both the dress for me and the suit for Blake are so gorgeous!  I don't think we're going to look as fabulous as we are this coming weekend ever again LOL!  I'm so excited for all the festivities and to be surrounded by all the love & joy (P.S. I love the way weddings make me feel... so much so that I wrote a whole post on it last year!  You can read that HERE if you'd like).

So, anyways... In honor of our wedding festivities this weekend, I wanted to share a little wedding inspiration on the blog too.  I don't know if you follow me on Instagram or not, but in February I talked a lot about a Styled Wedding Shoot that I was going to be the model for.  I was so pumped!  It was SO MUCH FUN!!  And now, I have the pictures from that day to share with you! **Whoop Whoop**  This shoot was organized by one of my new friends, and local photographer, Rebecca Judy.  She booked the venue, organized the shoot, found a florist, a baker for the cake, we shopped for my dress together, and she invited other photographers to participate!!  For those of you that don't know (because I didn't) the point of a styled shoot is to have a controlled settling to make beautiful art to submit to magazines, to grow your portfolio, try out new techniques, and even for just some extra practice!

And let me tell you... It was an awesome experience to be apart of!!  

Venue: Rose Hill Estate

Flowers: Rachel Frisell Design Studio

Cake: Mrs. Delightful's Bakery

Dress: Elegant Bridals

Hair & Makeup: Jessica Melton Makeup

Jewelry: Hello, Darling

Photographers: Rebecca Judy Photography | Whitney Ann Photography | Nina Bashaw Photography

Models: The Furtick's ;)

 
 
 
 

So, if you're planning a wedding now, or will be in the future, these ladies were amazing to work with!!  I was blown away by all of them!!  Jessica Melton amazed me from the start!  Her hair and makeup skills are incredible!!!  Y'all know what type of hair I have & she was able to make it look like this!!!  And that makeup... O. M. G.  Enough said!  The dress was so gorgeous too!  The ladies that work at Elegant Bridals are SO friendly, and SO helpful!!  Their dress selection is infinite & they had the perfect dress for making Rebecca's "Garden Wedding" vision come to life!!  My earrings were handmade by a local business owner!  As a former jewelry maker myself, I was absolutely amazed by the craftsmanship and elegance of Hello, Darling's jewelry!  Everything floral was created by the amazing Rachel Frisell!  Not only does she have a pretty great name, but she is also absolutely fantastic at what she does!  My mouth literally dropped when I saw what I looked like in that gorgeous flower crown!!!  AND, she let me keep it ;)  Her use of succulents was so creative, absolutely on trend, and nothing like anything I've ever seen before!  LOVE!!  Plus, she also made the name sign shown in one of the pictures!  The cake in the photos isn't actually real, so I didn't get to taste it :(  But, Kelsie, the owner of Mrs. Delightful's Bakery, is making the cupcakes for my birthday party next week, so I can tell you after that how amazing I they are (watch for pictures on Instagram and Facebook)!!!  But that gold foil on the cake sure is real & it was absolutely picture perfect!!  The venue was gorgeous too, and it was so fun to go to a beautiful, historic home in Aiken since I'm new to the area!  Rose Hill Estate is perfect for an indoor, or outdoor wedding!  There's the main house, a small chapel on the grounds, and a beautiful ivy-covered arbor!  So, it can accommodate a variety of wedding visions!

Then, there's the photographers!  Each one had their own amazing qualities!  Rebecca & Whitney are based out of Aiken, SC, but of course are willing to travel.  And the same with Nina, she is based out of Columbia, SC, but is definitely willing to travel!  Rebecca was the best at giving Blake and I direction, and of course, the whole thing was her brainchild, so you can see how well she is at pulling off a vision!  Nina was so much fun to be around, and we had such a good time joking around with her!!  Trust me, our smiles in her photos are absolutely genuine!  Whitney captured our candidness the best!  You can see all of my sassiness in her pictures!!  A lot of times, the "bloopers" are the best pictures, in my opinion, LOL!!  Whitney is Rebecca's second shooter at weddings a lot of times, so to get those two as a photographer-duo would be a wedding day photo DREAM!!

Mostly, that just speaks toward their personalities, not their skill as photographers.  But really, their work speaks for itself!  They all produced fabulous photos!!  Several of which I plan to have printed!!!  And you would be lucky to have any one of them as your photographer - wedding or otherwise! :)

I'm leaving you with my favorite picture from the whole shoot LOL... Enjoy the rest of your week and weekend!  

Photo By Nina Bashaw

Photo By Nina Bashaw

It looks like he's choking me hahahaaaaa!

XOXO

-Rachel