Last weekend I hosted a fall-inspired dinner party for my family. There were twelve of us that got together and the company, menu, and decor was pretty great. While I was the main host of the party, my family is really great in that they always offer to chip in to help. I’ve learned years ago to accept help and just appreciate it, versus trying to do everything myself.

This party was sponsored by Food Should Taste Good, as part of my brand ambassadorship with them over the past couple months. If you recall, I’ve posted a couple really tasty dips to accompany their fantastic chips including this easy greek dip and this blt-inspired queso dip.

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shabby chic beach wedding dessert tableIt’s been a while since I’ve featured a dessert table and this one, submitted by Josephine of Sugar Canvas, was too lovely to pass up.

Sugar Canvas is dedicated to the design, planning and creation of dessert buffets in the Cayman Islands.
shabby chic beach wedding dessert tableThis gorgeous dessert table was the centerpiece in the wedding that was held on a private beach on the 7 Mile Beach in Grand Cayman. The colors were mint, peach and ivory with a touch of gold.

It couldn’t be more lovely. I am a major lover of anything shabby chic.

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This colorful party was sent to me by Jessica of Live the Fancy Life blog.  She styled the entire event for her friend Lisa’s son Miles. Lisa wanted a modern chic Curious George themed birthday party with fun activities for the kids.

Jessica and I have never met in person but have been internet friends (that sounds kind of nerdy, doesn’t it?) for a couple of years now.  She is super sweet and has an adorable toddler named Bodhi, and has been kind of enough to offer advice and support when I became a new momma.  She recently left her corporate/day job to pursue freelance writing and event styling.  If you are in the Twin Cities area you should definitely consider hiring her for your next event.  She styles beautiful parties (like this one!) and has great taste.  Be sure to check out her son’s 1st birthday party and his amazing nursery.
Cake pops will never get old, will they?  Yum.

Intricate fondant cupcake toppers of little bananas and monkeys.  Cute!The cute birthday boy, enjoying the art station for kids which includes canvases to paint, custom coloring sheets and other goodies.
No shortage of adorable Curious George detailsI love these pinwheel cupcake toppers, they were DIY by JessicaThis dessert table is complete awesomeness.  I love the chevron paper detail that was added to the table.  And sometimes a simple, white cake is a perfect centerpiece.

Such a creative use of the paper backdrop flowers.

Miles’ mom already owned this yellow table, making it the perfect canvas to display the desserts.

Party favors wrapped with ribbon and finished with a cute favor tag
I love this simple and cute dot cake topper
What a fun and vibrant birthday party! Thanks so much to Jessica for sharing!


Printables: Shannon Bradshaw with Grace and Guy Paperie on Etsy
Photography: Jessica Flannigan of Live the fancy life
Event styling: Jessica Flannigan of Live the fancy life
Pinwheel cupcake toppers: DIY, Jessica of Live the fancy life
Fondant cupcake toppers: Two Sugar Babies 
Cake pops: Beyond the Bar Bakery
Cupcakes: Nadia Cupcakes, Maple Grove
Cake topper: Bee Buzz Paperie
Backdrop paper flowers: Shop Sweet Lulu 
Backdrop: DIY by Jessica of Live the fancy life


We are bringing the pretty back to Eat Drink Pretty today thanks to this beautiful dessert table submitted by Erin of Erin Bell Photography.

This table is full of the most stunning desserts and it is sure to inspire you for future events. An old dresser, a pair of white curtains and a few random platters and you can achieve this look.

The gorgeous centerpiece looks like wild flowers, freshly picked.

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Jini of Cakery, an event styling company, submitted this sweet lady bug dessert she designed for her daughter Maya’s birthday.

All the desserts were impressively homemade by Jini.

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I was lucky to be asked to be a part of Callie V Photography’s I heart Minnesota lake life photo shoot a few months back. The concept was all about nautical details, inspired by a San Pelligrino Limonata bottle.  The photo shoot was beautiful and was recently featured on Style Me Pretty!  I’m doing a two-part feature so be sure to come back tomorrow to see the adorable bride and groom and all the gorgeous details.

Callie shared this inspiration board and I went to work. My vision for the dessert table was to keep it clean and simple with delicious, lemony treats and navy accents. 

I incorporated lemons into the table by submerging them in water in clear, cylinder vases.  Easy, affordable and it created a huge impact. 

I made lemon curd tartlets with a dollup of whipped cream and lemon zest and placed them on a cake stand for height.
I cheated and used a store-bought lemon cake mix to make cupcakes but topped them with homemade lemon buttercream, accented with a lemon drop.

Callie asked that I incorporate s’mores into the table to fit within the lakeside theme so I bundled them inside a souffle cup and tied with a yellow ribbon.

I also made mini lemon cupcakes with a bit of lemon zest for color. 

I was really happy with how the table turned out and have to thank my sister for helping me a ton that day!  She kept me calm while I fretted/stressed about melting buttercream and sticky gumballs due to the heat.  In the end, everything worked out!

Thanks to Callie V for including me in this gorgeous shoot.  Tomorrow’s post will include the tablescape, lemonade/cocktail stand and a cute bride and groom!