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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thankful...

It has truly been quite a year for us... and the rest of the country... making us even more thankful for everything and everyone we have in our lives.
We are so grateful for the unwavering support of our family, clients and friends.
Because of you, we are able to keep doing what we love everyday.
And don't forget to take the time out of this busy day to stop
and smell the roses... or pumpkin pie in this case!


Happy Thanksgiving!!!


With much love and gratitude, from all of us at Heavenly Blooms...

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

New Moon Fever - Twilight Inspired Floral Arrangements and Party Decor

And the Twilight fever continues with New Moon... This was the centerpiece we created for a New Moon inspired birthday dinner last week. We kept with the dark red and black color scheme of the series. We used black mini calla lilies, dark burgundy dahlias, Black Magic roses, Hocus Pocus roses and Black Baccara roses. For a little more drama, we added black feathers and black manzanita branches accented with acrylic crystals for a little bling.
Square vases were wrapped in black satin ribbon for a polished finish.
Are you hosting a New Moon party?
If you're thirsting for more Twilight/New Moon ideas...
Visit the Hostess with the Mostess for fun printables and projects.

The floral arrangements were surrounded by red rose petals and red votive candles. We also added black leather textured ribbon to the candle cylinders.
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BLOG LOVE - Celebrations at Home!!!

I love unexpected surprises... they are truly the best! I was making my rounds on my blogs when I came upon another favorite of mine, Celebrations at Home... And what did I see??? Our Chocolate & Wine Soiree... Thank you so much Chris for your support and wonderful words! Please visit Celebrations at Home for help creating a fabulous party!





Chris, with much love and gratitude... Jaclyne

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Chocolate and Wine Soiree {Rustic Autumn Event Details}

There were so many photos to choose from because of all of the detail shots, I had a hard time choosing... below are a few more of my favorite photos.











As a parting favor, we gave each guest a chocolate mint truffle in a small brown box tied with twine and a coordinating tag that read "Sweet Dreams"...



For our final photo, a snapshot of Cha Cha (who also coordinated with our decor) enjoying the beautiful autumn day!



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Chocolate and Wine Soiree Part III - Rustic Farm or Ranch Wedding Decor

And now for the chocolate portion of the Chocolate & Wine Soiree... We served ten different mouth watering chocolate desserts. Along with the chocolate desserts, we also served a handful of savory, autumn inspired appetizers such as Parmesan Puffs, Tomato Soup Shots, Caprese Bites, Roast Beef Crostinis, Cranberry Chicken Sandwiches and a cheese & cracker platter. Along with the wine bar, we also had a coffee station with chocolate covered spoons.


When guests RSVP for the event, we asked that they tell us their favorite quote. We then wrote the quotes on chalkboards placed on mini easels and in frames on various tables. It was a nice and personal touch having the quotes mixed in with the decor.

We made Bakerella's Red Velvet Cake Pops - they were a huge hit!!!




We made mini versions of Martha Stewart's Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies...






Our own version of candy car cupcakes. We started with a chocolate cake mix, then added a piece of heath chocolate bar in the center. Instead of frosting, we dipped the tops of the mini cupcakes in milk chocolate ganache. The cupcakes were garnished with heath bar morsels.



And no we did not forget the E in chocolate... it's Chocolat and it's in French.



The caramel pecan crisps are so easy to make... and so good! We found the recipe here... The chocolates include three ingredients pretzels, rolos and pecans. The chocolate mousse cups recipe was created by my Aunt years ago. They are so delicious, the mousse part is created with cool whip, cream cheese and vanilla. The lightness of the mousse and the strawberry offsets the chocolate cup beautifully. We also made the Barefoot Contessa's Outrageous Brownies and Raspberry Truffle Tarts.


The Oreo Truffles are so decadent and rich, this is another creation form Bakerella. They have become one of my favorite sweet treats. This is another very easy recipe to follow and our guests really loved them! Our truffles weren't as perfectly round as the brilliant Bakerella, but they were just as good.

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Chocolate and Wine Soiree Part II - The Wine

We chose six different wine and chocolate pairings for the evening. Guests were able to walk up to our wine bar and enjoy the wine tasting experience with chocolate.

The six wine and chocolate pairings we chose were...
1. White Zinfandel and white chocolate
2. Almond Sparkling Wine and milk chocolate
3. Riesling and orange flavored dark chocolate
4. Pinot Noir and chocolate with almonds
5. Tawny Port and chocolate filled with caramel
6. Cabernet Sauvignon and espresso dark chocolate


Our Merlot candles smelled delicious...

We created rustic wine tags (inspired by the Hostess with the Mostess). We used textured cardstock and used a 1/8 circle hole punch to create perfect sized tags. We then used a tiny hole punch to pierce a whole for the twine. The tags were accented with a rhinestone for a little sparkle. This was a very easy project and guests loved it! They were able to write their names on the tags using a gold pen. The tags were easy to tie onto the stem of the glass as well.
We displayed this chalkboard on the corner of our wine bar. After much online research we learned that there was a correct way of tasting chocolate and wine.


An evening shot of our wine bar completely stocked. The tasting began with the lightest wine and ended with the darkest wine. We featured six different wines with six different pairings. In between each pairing, we placed a bowl of bread so guests could cleanse their palette before moving onto the next wine.
One of the chocolate and wine pairings... Almond Sparkling Wine with premium milk chocolate.
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Chocolate and Wine Soiree Part I - Rustic Autumn Wedding Style

 This past weekend, we hosted a Chocolate and Wine Soiree with rustic charm. It was a beautiful, crisp autumn evening under the stars spent with good friends. We indulged in decadent chocolate desserts and delicious wine as we chatted and relaxed. This theme is very versatile and can be used for many events such as a birthday or anniversary party, bridal shower, bachelorette night, rehearsal dinner and so on... This was the quintessential DIY party. We did EVERYTHING ourselves. There are so many details and pictures, this is going to be a three part blog post... I am so excited to share this event with you!!!
 

Love this idea - We filled wine glasses with fresh cranberries and a floating candle. It resembled a glass of red wine with a fun twist and added to the ambiance.

We used fresh eucalyptus, orange California berries and roses in mason jars.

This is a daytime shot of one of our dessert tables. Our decor was very rustic but chic. We used old wooden crates, wooden boxes, mason jars, bundled cinnamon sticks and wheat, pumpkins, an assortment of different berries, mini hay bales, chalkboards and many candles.


Our wine table was created using authentic wine barrels from a local winery. We simply used a large sheet of plywood as our table. We draped a piece of chocolate brown satin over part of the table rather than the complete table to add to the rustic charm.

My beloved birdcage... I used privet blackberries, black magic, leonida, and circus roses as well as California grown orange berries as my foliage.
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