Preparing for the Holidays

There is a crisp in the air, leaves are falling, and the clocks have turned back. All signs that the holidays are nearing. Here at Flair Designery, we begin by playing christmas jazz and designing our holiday paperie. Every once in a while we get distracted by decorating, shopping and of course, eating. We’ve gathered some of our favorite items that help us prepare and really feel ready for the holidays. What’s your sure sign that the holidays are nearing? How do you prepare for the holidays?
preparing for holidays
We begin by decorating the home with Stockings and a Simple Lovely Wreath.
This of course must be done while enjoying a Hot Cocoa (this one may be for grown ups).
After decorating, it’s time to relax… can never have enough cozy Blankets.
Next the food & drinks…
Every bar needs some beautiful coasters and a delicious snack, Cinnamon Sugared Almonds.
Of course, it’s not a holiday without a full bar.
Prepare for table decorations. We love these napkin rings, they’re lovely & smell wonderful!
You’ll need to start shopping for that perfect holiday outfit! Abby’s Holiday’s include fun tights & Sorel boots.
Every holiday baker needs a Pie Box & every holiday drinker an Apple Cider Sangria .

Happy Holiday Preparing!

We Love Smore

A lovely Smores Bar with the Wonderful Sweet Lydia’s
We met Lydia around three years ago. Originally we helped with branding her artisan baking company. Since then, our relationship has grown and she’s become more than just a customer, but a friend. Just like us, she loves to make her customer’s smile with her delicious sweets! Today, we help her create custom signs for weddings and other events. Not only are her desserts delicious, but she’s just as sweet! 
Most recently we helped her create custom signs for a Wedding Smore Bar she did. 
Enjoy these lovely photos from Brett and Emily Photographers


 

Cocktails for a Cause at the Joffrey Ballet

How much does this picture make you want to be here!!! Designed by the incomparable Amy DiTomasso of Sugar Chic Designs. It was important to incorporate the feeling of couture as the evening included a fashion show.

I really enjoyed designing the custom signs and table cards for this event. I wanted to be a bit over-the-top with the signage, so instead of simply titling the foods by their proper names, I went with fashion-esque terms such as, “I Die…for these Chocolate Decos”, “Smokin’ Hot Pretzel Cigars”, “Runway Fierce Chocolate Nuggets”, and “All That Sparkles Champagne Bubbles”.


Amy styled one large sweets table and then an additional 12 private suites. We used a specialty stock that was actually irridescent and changed from the vanilla hue to pink and then mint. BEAUTIFUL!!!

Cocktails Anyone

Recently we have seen a HUGE increase in the number of weddings that we design, calling for Bride and Groom signature cocktails. I personally am a huge fan of this idea. Similar to favors, candy bars, and wishing trees, signature cocktails are a unique and creative way to add a personal touch to your wedding day.

The most common that we have come across in designing are the Kir Royale and Pimm’s Cup. Our most recent favorite that we designed was a Sparkling Pomegranate Margarita. As I was told by the bride-to-be, in greek mythology pomegranate means love and marriage.
In regards to signage for the cocktails, couples are getting creative. They are opting for a variety of different ideas; a simple 8 x 10 (or larger) sign that sits atop the bar, tented drink cards that are displayed on the trays with the cocktails, drink flags that are wrapped around a stir stick or straw, or even tags that are tied neatly to the glass of choice.

How Hot is Your Cocoa

 How delicious do these little cuties look? And they are so easy to make!  All you need is:
. a bag of marshmallows
. almond bark or chocolate chips
. nonpareil sprinkles
. cute straws or sticks 
(we found ours at kikkerland.com)
Once you have the necessary ingredients, it only takes a few minutes to get these hot cocoa stirrers finished. (Literally, you’ll spend more time finding this stuff in the cabinets then it takes to make them.) First, stick your straws or sticks into the center of the marshmallow. Just be careful not to stick it all the way through. Next up, melt the almond bark or chocolate chips in the microwave or over a double boiler.  I find almond bark melts better for dipping than chocolate chips and it also microwaves well too, but either will work for the stirrers. After dipping the marshmallows in chocolate, coat them with sprinkles. Let them sit for about 10-15 minutes to be sure they are dried completely.  
The best part about Hot Cocoa Stirrers is that you can display them in so many ways. Try setting them out on a plate or place the sticks in a jar with the marshmallows sticking out. You can also individually wrap each one and tie a cute ribbon around it for a great holiday party favor. They make great desserts by themselves, but they are perfect when paired with hot cocoa. Yum!
Love & Cupcakes,
Alisha
  
{Cocoa Stirrers image via Good Housekeeping}