DIY Glitter Champagne Bottles

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, and what is more festive than popping a bottle of Sparkling Champagne? This easy DIY project will look so fab at your New Year’s Eve Party, or bring a bottle as a gift to the host of a swanky soiree!
Glitter Champagne-Darcy Oliver Design

DIY Glitter Project-Darcy Oliver Design

SUPPLIES:

  • champagne bottle
  • tacky glue
  • parchment paper
  • cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil
  • gold glitter

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. make sure your bottle is free of dust, if so wipe down with a cloth.
  2. cover a cookie sheet with foil, and lay a long piece of parchment paper on top of the covered cookie sheet.
  3. squeeze tacky glue all over the bottle, from the bottom of the foil down the the bottom of the bottle.
  4. spread the tacky glue to cover the bottle with your finger.
  5. pour the glitter in “rows” down the bottle, ensuring full coverage.
  6. pat the excess glitter around the bottle.
  7. wash glue and glitter off your hands.
  8. set the glittered bottle off to the side to dry on a piece of parchment paper.
  9. carefully unscrew the lid of glitter and set on cookie sheet.
  10. create a crease in the parchment paper, and carefully pour the excess glitter back into the jar of glitter.
  11. let dry over night & enjoy!

For more New Year’s Eve Decor, Games, and Ideas, check out this post for all your party needs!

DIY Glitter Champagne-Darcy Oliver Design

Oliver Wedding Video

Heart beats fast, palms are sweaty, and tears well up in your eyes. These are all the smiling emotions that make for a great wedding video. Cleverly edited to music we selected, Love Like a Movie captured all the high points of our special day. I am so happy we were able to work with Robert Chapman whom partners with our Photographer, Teale Photography.

Your wedding video is meant for you and your husband to help you remember and relive the events of that memorable day. Love Like a Movie created a beautiful montage that we can cherish forever, and share with family and friends. We are so thankful to have this living memory that we can look back on years later. I highly recommend you opt for a Videographer to capture your big day. Your wedding day will be one you will never forget, but it will also whiz by like a freight train! Having all the precious moments captured on film is priceless.

Soft Sugar Cookies & Cookie Gifts

Most of your presents are wrapped and under the tree, and now that you have a little more time on your hands, let the baking begin! If you love the Lofthouse Sugar Cookies from the grocery store, you can whip up these Soft Sugar Cookies for the best made from scratch Sugar Cookie Recipe!
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I brought these Sugar Cookies to a recent Cookie Party, and I still have left over dough in the freezer! This Recipe is great for large batch cookies, roughly around 100 Cookies total. However, when you wrap up the dough to sit in the fridge overnight to set up, you will have two batches of dough. I suggest taking one of the wrapped dough packages, and placing it in a freezer bag to have it chill in the freezer until you are ready to use it.

ingredients:

cookies:
6 cups flour, divided
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups light sour cream

frosting:
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar
6 tablespoons heavy cream
Blue Gel Food Dye (or any color you prefer)
Sprinkles

directions:

For the cookies:
In a medium bowl, whisk 5 cups of flour, baking soda, and baking powder; set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and granulated sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add the eggs, one at a time beating until each is incorporated. Add the vanilla and sour cream and beat at low speed until combined.

Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds, scraping down the bowl as needed. Dough needs to obtain the right consistency for rolling, so add additional flour, 1/4 cup at a time, until this is achieved (up to 1 cup more flour). Divide dough into two sections. Flatten into rectangles about 1 1/2 inches thick, then wrap with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator overnight.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or spray them with nonstick cooking spray, set aside.

Generously flour a work area and rolling pin. With a rolling pin, roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness. Using a 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter, cut out circles and transfer to a baking sheet. Bake for 7-8 minutes, until pale golden. Immediately transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.

For the frosting:
To make the frosting, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and vanilla. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar. Once smooth and creamy, add in heavy cream, 1 tablespoon at a time until the desired spreading consistency is achieved. Add a couple of drops of Food Dye and mix together until the color is consistent.

Once cookies have cooled completely, frost and add sprinkles. Allow frosting to set, then store in an air-tight container. Let cookies sit overnight before serving to allow the flavors to develop.

If you are attending a Cookie Party this weekend, or just getting together with friends, this Cookie in a Jar is a great gift idea! Totally adorable, and ready to bake, my girlfriend gave this to me at a Cookie Party. With the directions and all, you just have to whip the cookie mix together with wet ingredients, and it makes for a fun Cookie Sesh to do with family! Whether you give Cookies or Cookies in a Jar, they make for the sweetest gifts this Christmas!
Cookie in a Jar-Darcy Oliver Design

Bow-Dazzled Christmas Pinterest Party

Put your Pins to use this Christmas, and gather your girlfriends for a Bow-Dazzlin’ Party! If you have an upcoming Cookie Party or Ugly Sweater Party to attend this Holiday Season, take note from our Pinterest Party and go for the bows! We had a blast making this Christmas Craft, and wore our creations to a Cookie Party for fun!
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Here is what you will need to make your Bow-Dazzled Dress:

  • An old Christmas Dress or Skirt that you wouldn’t mind either hot gluing or safety pinning items on.
  • Christmas Gift Bows
  • Tinsel (optional for belt or extra sparkle)
  • Hot Glue Gun (optional)
  • Small Safety Pins
  • Scissors
  • Bottle of Wine to share!

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Before you start pinning or gluing your bows on your dress, place the bows on your dress and create a pattern or design you like!

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  • After you have chosen all the bows you’d like to use, carefully dab a small dollup of hot glue on the back of the bow, and lightly press the bow on your dress.

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    • If you are going to Safety Pin the bows on, use your Scissors and carefully wedge the blade behind the staple on the bow. This allows for a little more room and secures your Safety Pin to the bow, and then pin the the bow to your dress.
    • If you use Tinsel to create a design, you can either hot glue or safety pin the tinsel to your dress.
    • You can also create a belt of Tinsel to complete your look!

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  • Play Christmas Music and Have Fun with your own Pinterest Crafting Party!

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Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

In preparation for a Christmas Cookie Party tonight, I started out testing some new cookie recipes! These Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies were a big hit at my house, and they are oh so chewy! I am throwing away any other Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe I ever made, sorry grandma. The soft and chewy aspect makes them perfect little Chocolate Chip explosions!

More Christmas Cookie Recipes to come next week, and more on the Christmas Cookie Party this weekend! Get in the Holiday Spirit, and bake up some sweets for your loved ones!

chocolate chip cookies-Darcy Oliver Design

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
2 oz cream cheese, softened (use cream cheese in a block, not fat free, light, or whipped), softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used minis)
1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts (optional)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a Silpat.

Cream together butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy.  Add sugar and beat until well combined.  Add egg, and vanilla, and mix well.

Add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt, and mix until just combined.  Stir in chocolate chips and peanuts.

Drop by rounded spoonful onto your cookie sheet.  These do not spread much, so you can fit at least a dozen and a half on a sheet. Bake for 6-8 minutes until just starting to brown on top.

Remove from oven and enjoy with a glass of milk.

Makes 24+ cookies.

Softbatch Chocolate Chip Cookie-Darcy Oliver Design

Jolly Holly Christmas Cake

Get in the Holiday Spirit and make your friends & family this Jolly Holly Cake for Christmas!  Not only does this cake look adorable, this bundt cake recipe is as easy as 1, 2, 3!
Holly Cake-Darcy Oliver Design

You can bake any cake recipe you’d prefer, but I went with an old stand-by and favorite in my household, the Holiday Funfetti Cake Mix! Pick up some Cherry Sours Candy & Mint Leaves from the grocery store, and if you’d prefer to make your own white cake mix be sure to pick up some red and green sprinkles for a Funfetti style! After you mix the cake, pour the cake mix into a greased Bundt Pan and follow your cake batter recipe for baking directions.

Holly Cake, Funfetti, Buttercream Frosting-Darcy Oliver Design

After your cake has completely cooled (about 45 mins) in the bundt pan, place a plate on top of the opening and flip the cake onto the plate.  Get your Mint Leaves ready by giving them a quick rinse and pat them dry, but ensure they are completely dry before you decorate your cake with them.

Use a White Buttercream Frosting recipe, and frost the entire cake (even inside the ring). Once your cake is frosted, start with the top of the cake and carefully place 2 Mint Leaves, and 3 Cherry Sours in a bunch. To create a ring around the bottom of the cake, carefully overlap and tuck the back of each leaf behind the other, and with your extra frosting, dab each cherry in it to ensure the cherry will stick to your Mint Leaves. Prop your cake on a pretty Red or White Cake Stand, and voila! your Jolly Holly Christmas Cake is complete!Wreath Cake-Darcy Oliver Design

Retro Christmas Party

We started off the Holiday Season with a Retro Christmas Party this past weekend, and it was a swanky success! From the tinsel on the tree to the dreamy Sugar Plum Room with a Nutcracker Bartender to boot, everyone had a twinkle in their eye.

With a 14′ Christmas Tree and thousands of twinkle lights, there were sights to be seen in every corner. The best part of the Holidays is gathering your friends and family, having a toddy, and regaling tales in front of the fire. We served up one Naughty Grinch Cocktail and a Non-Alcoholic Berry Nice Punch, which complimented all the sweet and savory treats!

Start planning your Christmas Party now with these sparkling ideas, and remember you can never have too many lights! From our Family to Yours, we wish you all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
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Sugar Plum Room-Darcy Oliver Design
Retro Christmas Party-Darcy Oliver Design
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Retro Christmas Party-Darcy Oliver Design

Floral Designs to Die For

When it comes to budgeting floral arrangements for your wedding, you will be shocked.  Sticker shock that is. In my experience past, when you mention the word “wedding”, vendors double, even triple the cost of what any other event may cost. While floral arrangements are labor intensive, I could not believe what some vendors wanted to charge for flowers! Depending on where you live, the total cost of Weddings are averaging around $25-40+K, if not more.

Yes, this is a down payment on a house or the price of a new car, but this day will be one of the most memorable days of your and new spouse’s life. This is where emotions fly, especially if you and your fiance are footing the bill. The most important factor: Stay Calm. I cannot emphasize this enough. Even when things are not going your way, or a vendor falls through…stay calm. I cannot emphasize the importance of your sanity through this stressful, yet joyous time in your life. At the end of it all, your wedding day may have some oops and downs, but once you say “I do”, nothing else matters.

At Darcy Oliver Design, we work with budgets of all sizes, and we encourage stress-free creativity. Floral Arrangements are supposed to support your style and overall look of what you imagine. From simplistic to extravagant, there is no right or wrong way.  It’s all up to you. If you have no idea what you would prefer, we can help you make it work.  For you. For your Special Day.

Here are some unique and gorgeous Floral Designs that we at Darcy Oliver Design can help you achieve! Helping you think outside the box, and letting your true style shine is our prerogative.

Taken at Puakea Ranch by Photographer Brandon Chesbro, my friend Natalie Katzenbach Edwards wed her beau with whimsical flair. Her Floral Headpiece by Wild Halo in Nashville, TN. looked stunning, and her bouquet of King Protea complimented her breathtaking look.
protea, floral head piece-Darcy Oliver DesignWhile Peonies are hard to come by in August, their heavenly smell and grand blossom make for a beautiful and graceful bouquet. Luckily, I was able to find some of the last Peonies at the floral market to create this Ivory Peony, Pink Spray Rose, and Cymbidium Orchid Bouquet. Since Ostrich Feathers were the icing on the cake for this Marie Antoinette inspired wedding, I added just a few plumes so they would not over power the gorgeous blooms.
bouquet, peony, rose-Darcy Oliver DesignAs I mentioned before, thinking outside the box is what I enjoy most about Wedding Planning. Helping brides see their dreams come to life is what we strive for. While you may see all of your bridesmaids carrying a bouquet, have you considered another angle? This dreamy Bridesmaid Wreath via Ruffled Blog is carried by their side as they stroll on down the aisle. Perfect for an outdoor or woodsy wedding, this is a unique twist on the old bouquet.
wreath bouquet, bridesmaid-Darcy Oliver DesignA mixture of blooms may be what you are after, and a monochromatic look with a touch of soft greenery with the same color saturation will do the trick! This gorgeous bride and friend of mine, Meredith Thornton Hauber carried an assortment of Pink Hydrangeas, Pink Roses, Cymbidium Orchids, and Dusty Miller. Not only did this gorgeous couple make everyone cry during their ceremony, I could not have been happier to help them make their Wedding Day special! More on the happy couple’s wedding to be featured soon!
bridal bouquet-Darcy Oliver Design

Prisonher Sparkles for the Holidays!

If you are looking to turn heads this Holiday Season, wearing an eye-catching statement piece will certainly do the trick!  Look to Prisonher Jewelry for all your sparkly needs to pair with all your holiday dresses!  Unwrap the Savings with a Special Christmas Discount upon Checkout!

You can start a Wish List now, or go for the gold and make your own purchase for yourself and all the girls in your life.  I own a couple of Prisonher pieces made by my friend, Owner & Designer, Helen Shelden.  Her use of Swarovski Crytsals and precious stones & metals make for a unique and fabulous, eye-catching accessory to compliment a dressed up or dressed down ensemble. Prisonher. Captivating one “her” at a time.  Turning heads. Stopping you in the street. “Girl, where did you get that?!” One “her” at a time.  For the good girls and bad alike.

Here is a peek of the Prisonher Collection, and some of my favorites include The Summer Solstice that sparkles in the sun, and the major statement piece that does not need further introduction as The Queen.

Prisonher, necklaces-Darcy Oliver DesignOne of the latest additions include the infamous The Miley Cyrus-The Wrecking Ball which boasts one sparkly, faceted Crystal!  I also adore Turquoise, and you cannot be considered a Cali Girl without possessing something Turquoise in your jewelry box.  Set your sights on The Navajo Tears to wear with a casual look.

Wrecking Ball, miley cyrus, turquoise-Darcy Oliver DesignPrisonher’s Wire Ring Collections are for the girl in your life who loves her some baubles and cocktail rings! The artist in me has a crush on this Rope & Rider Turquoise Necklace which is reminiscent of a dream catcher, and I love the Toggle Clasp in front.

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Prisonher Jewelry is not only made by hand, Helen can customize any of her pieces by changing out the bead colors, but the custom options do not stop there.  I wanted to give my Maid of Honor something special that would compliment her “Pippa Dress”.  My MOH’s Badgley Mischka dress was a floor length gown drenched in gold sequins, and this show stopping frock needed a simple, yet elegant necklace.

I loved the kitchy idea of having a Bow Necklace that was accompanied by the tagline, “Thank you for helping me Tie the Knot!”. I approached Helen with the idea of a dainty and simple Bow Necklace, and she created a Gold Bow Necklace out of Gold Wire, Gold Chain, and a Gold Toggle Clasp.  Not only is this something my MOH could wear on the regular, it did not over power her gown, and looked oh so pretty on her! Prisonher donned this beauty the MOH, and I encourage all you brides to reach out to Helen for your Bridal Party Gifts!

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