Breakfast at Tiffany’s Cupcakes


Breakfast at Tiffany's Cupcakes by Pastiche Events Breakfast at Tiffany's Cupcakes by Pastiche Events Breakfast at Tiffany's Cupcakes by Pastiche EventsBreakfast at Tiffany's Cupcakes by Pastiche Events

Happy Birthday, Rita Darling! #quelnight

Happy Birthday, Rita Darling! #quelnight

 

Craft Day Sunday No. 3 | Both Sides Art Studio


Both Sides Art Studio in Pilsen, Chicago

I finally tried my hand at painting, thanks to an Amazon Deal for a BYOB painting class in Pilsen at Both Sides. The theme of the day was stress, so do not be fooled by the warm, sunny photos! We were all so hard on ourselves! We stuck to using acrylics and not oils (too advanced) and we were able to paint whatever we wanted (See? Stress). Warranted pressure aside, we have all agreed that we will go do this again because we did have a really nice time: BYO-wine and Donna’s cucumber sandwiches made everything better.

Both Sides Art in Pilsen, Chicago

Both Sides Art Studio in Pilsen, Chicago

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Obviously, Donna got the best smock.

Obviously, Donna got the best smock.

Rita is brave and painted and actual person.

Rita is brave and painted an actual person.

Sigh. My farmhouse.

Put a bird on it, Carla.

Put a bird on it, Carla!

Gummy Shark Valentine’s Day Treats


The free printable banner is at the end of the post and it is for personal use only.

Happy Valentine’s Day! xoxo

Shark Valentines Free Bag Topper Printable You're a Chum Candy Bag

Shark Valentine's Day Bag Toppers by Pastiche Events

Valentine’s Day Props | Moustaches and Kisses


These fun class handouts were totally inspired by last-minute panic…the kind that can only manifest at bedtime, the night before Valentine’s Day.DIY Valentines Day Photo Props

Easy DIY Valentine's Day Non-Edible Treat

Easy DIY Valentine's Day Non-Edible TreatEasy DIY Valentine's Day Non-Edible Treat

A Forest Friends Baby Shower | Twin Boys


Photo by Rita Norkiewicz

Twins Baby Shower at The Red Oak Room of Cantigny in Wheaton, Illinois.

Parents-to-be: Holly and Pierre | Babies-to-be: Jacques and Julien

Free Printables for the Cupcake Circles are at the end of the post. Just click to open the 8.5 x 11 image and save/print as PDF.

Forest Friends Sweet Table for Twin Boys by Pastiche Events, Chicago.Pennant Flag Banner by Pastiche EventsForest Friends Sweet Table for Twin Boys by Pastiche Events, Chicago.Forest Friends Sweets Table Jars by Pastiche EventsForest Friends Sweet Table for Twin Boys by Pastiche Events, Chicago.Carrot Cupcakes | Forest Friends Sweet Table for Twin Boys by Pastiche Events, Chicago.Forest Friends Sweet Table for Twin Boys by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Print by Evergreen and Willow.

Print by Evergreen and Willow.

Thumbprint Guest Book | Forest Friends Sweet Table for Twin Boys by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Book Crate | Forest Friends Baby Shower by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Book Crate | Forest Friends Baby Shower by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Forest Friends Baby Shower by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

The prizes for the games were all items that Holly either loves, misses or craves – Yankee Candle Summer Scents, Mint Scarves, Mint Soap, Coconut Coffee, Red Wine and mini cans of Sofia Champagne.

Forest Friends Baby Shower by Pastiche Events, Chicago. Forest Friends Baby Shower by Pastiche Events, Chicago. Forest Friends Baby Shower by Pastiche Events, Chicago. Forest Friends Baby Shower by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Event Styling, Graphic Design and Sweets Table Confections provided by Pastiche Events.

Fox Cake and Mason Jar Floral Arrangements provided by Grandma and Aunt Linda. :) 

Click to open and right-click to save/print as a PDF

Click to open and right-click to save/print as a PDF

Click to open and right-click to save/print as a PDF

Click to open and right-click to save/print as a PDF

Winter ONEderland 1st Birthday Party


Winter Onederland Birthday Party by Pastiche Events

Most of my Winter ONEderland designs are now available on Etsy. A few are even instant digital downloads! Feel free to contact me using the Etsy Convo system if you’d like me to create more than what’s currently listed.

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Winter Onederland Birthday Party by Pastiche Events

For the new year, I had the pleasure of styling and coordinating a Winter Wonderland party for little Giulia’s first birthday. Her parents had some wonderful ideas which included an artificial snow pit and a s’mores bar, and together, we decided that an evening filled with winter activities (indoors, of course) was the way to go. Being that we live in Chicago and we have been pummeled with snow this winter, that didn’t stop every guest, young and old, from enjoying the festively frosty itinerary we had planned for them. The sugar cookie decorating, bounce house, giant double slide, hilarious balloon artist, magical sweets table, s’mores, hot chocolate and a snow-pit made this the prettiest, most charming party ever for this sweet little girl’s big day.

Winter Onederland Birthday Party by Pastiche Events

Winter Onederland Birthday Party by Pastiche Events

Birthday Cake Popcorn | Winter Onederland Birthday Party by Pastiche Events

Winter Onederland Birthday Party by Pastiche Events

With help from her big sister, Amira, Giulia blew out the candle on her first birthday cake. The cake was made by Alicia from Delish Cakes in Bloomingdale but the banner was designed and created by Pastiche Events.

Winter Onederland Birthday Party by Pastiche EventsHot Cocoa Bar | Winter Onederland Birthday Party by Pastiche Events

Hot Cocoa Bar | Winter Onederland Birthday Party by Pastiche Events

Personalized Dry Erase Board Favors | Winter Onederland Birthday Party by Pastiche EventsPersonalized Dry Erase Board Favors | Winter Onederland Birthday Party by Pastiche Events

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Sugar Cookie Decorating Activity | Winter Onederland Birthday Party by Pastiche Events

Sugar Cookie Decorating Activity | Winter Onederland Birthday Party by Pastiche Events

Chicago Children's Entertainer: Ken the Flying Fool | Winter Onederland Birthday Party by Pastiche EventsChicago Children's Entertainer: Ken the Flying Fool | Winter Onederland Birthday Party by Pastiche Events

 Chicago Children's Entertainer: Ken the Flying Fool | Winter Onederland Birthday Party by Pastiche EventsArtificial Snow Pit | Winter Onederland Birthday Party by Pastiche Events

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Event Styling, Management and Graphic Design by Patty Fanella, Pastiche Events

Photography by Holly Biset, Glen Ellyn | www.pasticheevents.com

Catering by HomeMade Pizza Co., Hinsdale | www.homemadepizza.com

Smash Cake and Pastries by Delish Cakes | www.delishcakes.net

Children’s Entertainment and Balloon Art by Ken the Flying Fool | www.flyingfool.com

 

Craft Day Saturday No. 2 – DIY Ornaments


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Pinterest Crafting Party - Christmas DIY Bell Jar or Cupcake Ornaments Pinterest Crafting Party - Christmas DIY Bell Jar or Cupcake Ornaments

We had so much fun making wreaths at Denise’s house in November, that we gathered at again at Donna’s house in December to craft our own ornaments. Carla, Denise, Donna, Holly and I all made the bell jar ornaments that have been all over Pinterest. Plastic wine glasses, twine, cardstock, paper punches, doll house miniatures and glitter were everywhere…including multiple extension cords for all of our glue guns. Rita went rogue by making a dozen cupcake ornaments to give as a gift to one of her girlfriends. I’m adding them to my list for next Christmas – they’re really cute and they looked like they were fun to make.

Donna’s house is REALLY beautiful…and so was the food she prepared. Caprese skewers and hot Grzaniec (Hot Mulled Polish Wine) were the stand-outs. I wish I had taken more pictures! Also, I am in love with her dogs…especially her handsome pit, Special Agent Dale Cooper, who slept by my feet for most of the party.

We’re getting together again in January to make something out of our old photos and Instagram accounts!

2013 DIY Gifts & Christmas Cards


I designed my own Christmas cards and took our own pictures this year…then I used a few of the extra pictures to make ornaments for the grandparents.

Something about Christmas makes me want to craft like a wizard. Once Halloween is behind me, I have this grand idea to make EVERY gift myself, but by November, my good intention has transformed into “I’m only going to buy directly from local artisans!,” and then, by Mid-December, I make the inevitable run to Target…

The 2013 Christmas season will forever be known as “The Wreathing.” Since Thanksgiving, I have made and sold piles of wreaths for friends and family to give as gifts or to hang in their homes. Who knew attending a crafting party at my friend, Denise’s, would turn into such a lucrative endeavor? While I enjoyed making them, I am relieved to retire my exhausted glue gun and can now attempt to clean up every ounce of glitter that has invaded my home.

Next year, I will start early and rent a booth at one of the local craft shows – that’s my plan anyway. If I write it down here, I have to follow-through, right? :)

Here are a few of the wreaths and crafts that I have made for the 2013 holiday -

Secret Santa gift for one of my sister-in-laws (don’t worry, she doesn’t read my blog) featuring a few of my favorite things: coconut water, Pacifica face-cleansing wipes, flower hair pins and a chocolate potato chip bar. I used Mod Podge, shrink wrap and baker’s twine to decorate the box.

For this gift, I repurposed vintage thrift shop china into a pretty jewelry stand.

For this gift, I repurposed vintage thrift shop china into a pretty jewelry stand.

The wreath that started it all.

Chicago Blackhawks Wreath

Chicago Blackhawks Wreath

Custom Made Wreaths Made in Chicago | Vintage Toys and Candy

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I also designed my parents' Christmas cards this year. My sister and I took pictures of our kids at my house, in front of the tree and made the cards the next day.

I also designed my parents’ Christmas cards this year. My sister and I took pictures of our kids at my house, in front of the tree, and made the cards the next day.

Grandparents Christmas Card

Winnie the Pooh Cupcakes and Tigger Tails


Winnie the Pooh Pull Apart Cupcakes and Tigger Tails Party Favors for Parker’s 1st Birthday

Craft Day Saturday No. 1 – DIY Wreaths


My wreath from the crafting party - a mix of some of my mom's vintage ornaments and cheapos from Target! I've sold almost a dozen since attending this party!

My wreath from the crafting party – a mix of some of my mom’s vintage ornaments and cheapos from Target! I’ve sold almost a dozen since attending this party!

Having recently bonded over our premature holiday cheer and an unhealthy affinity for Mod Podge and glitter, a few of us got together on a Saturday afternoon to eat, drink and craft. Denise initiated the gathering and hosted it at her cozy Logan Square apartment and it…was…awesome.

While old-timey Christmas music played, we drank her homemade Hot Spiced Cider, snacked on veggies and hummus and got to work. A few hours later we had all created wreaths that were completely different from one another. I’m already looking forward to the next project – which we have decided to keep vague, like the wreaths. Leaves room for inspiration…

Keep reading to see the very different wreaths we all made and, more importantly, to see photographs of food and a smushy-faced cat named Moses. He’s adorable…and fabulous from all of that glitter shrapnel.

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Just the essentials…

 

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Moses, the crafty kitty.

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Panettone Trifle (the recipe)…and see? There’s the wine!

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Denise’s Spiced Cider with Cranberries

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They were all business. 

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Here is Holly carving out oodles of poodles. They’re kind of her favorite thing.

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The Glue Gun Station and Holly’s cute babies belly (twins!).

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Denise’s Wreath – Mod Podged ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ Stars and Glitter Glass Ornaments (she made those!).

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Rita’s Wreath – The Martha of the group hand-painted and glittered each green berry on the twine wrapped around the branches of the wreath. 

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Donna’s Wreath – Many, many layers of giant blue and silver snowflakes…Donna likes to keep it classy. 

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Holly’s Wreath – She really, really, REALLY loves poodles. Her own, Buffy and Bowie, pictured at the top of the wreath…combined with rustic stars and a big, gold French Poodle. It’s so cute and totally her own.