Dia de los Muertos Soiree

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Our annual Halloween party this year was inspired by Day of the Dead! Instead of a spooky and haunted themed party, we hosted a Dia de los Muertos Soiree! While our Soiree was all in good fun, we were inspired … Continue reading

She Leaves A Little Sparkle Wherever She Goes : First Birthday Party

What a year it has been, our sweet baby girl turned One! We celebrated with family and friends with a “She Leaves a Little Sparkle Wherever She Goes” themed First Birthday Party! It could not have been a more perfect day to celebrate our little mermaid. Continue reading

Fall & Holiday Gift Baskets

I love that Fall is in the air, and the pumpkin spice goodies that go along with it! I created this Fall Gift Basket for my client, and they are giving this champagne and treats basket as a gift to a newly married couple. They loved the way it all came together, and we loved creating it! We are wanting to let you know that now is the perfect time of year to start planning for your holiday events and gifts!

We are here to help with Corporate Events, Holiday Parties, Weddings, and Custom Gift Basket Services. From party planning services to custom gift options, we can help with the shopping, floral arrangements, and design. Not only can we deck your halls, we will bring the holiday spirit with us. Check out some of our Holiday Decor & Parties. We will soon be offering professional Photography Services, Molly Dillon Photography, along with our event planning services, making your event flawless and beautiful. Contact Us today, and we can help ease you into the holidays!
Custom Gift Basket-Darcy Oliver Design
Owl Gift Basket-Darcy Oliver Design
Fall Owl Gift-Darcy Oliver Design

Mermaid Themed Baby Shower

Our Little Mermaid has recently made her debut, but I will always remember my baby shower as a magical and beautiful day shared with family and dear friends. Dusted in gold, blush, and peach this dreamy Baby Shower was a splendid way to celebrate our Little Mermaid on the way!mermaid baby shower-Darcy Oliver Design

A lot of the mermaid baby shower decor was also incorporated into Cosette’s Nursery, so thoughtful planning went into multipurpose pieces such as this Tassel Garland made by BlushBazaar on Etsy! I found the Mermaid Sign at Home Goods, but did a little DIY action and repainted it Gold with a little Gold Glitter for sparkle. I used only the best Gold Spray paint: Design Master 24 KT Gold. From the coral cake topper to the Oyster Pearl Cookies made by my sweet friend Danielle, mermaid flair was everywhere!
mermaid cake, baby shower decor-Darcy Oliver Design
mermaid pearl cookies-Darcy Oliver Design
Every mermaid also wears her pearls, and it is not a baby shower without games, so we played the “Don’t Say Baby” Game with a strand of pearls for each guest. Who ends up with the most strands wins! Another fun game provided by my dear friend Samantha, is the “What’s in Your Purse?” Game. This was a great one to play during lunch when everyone is sitting down with their purses, and to gear it towards baby, you can add items like baby wipes, diapers, or binkies! Each item is worth a certain amount of points, and whoever has the most items in their purse, wins! The prizes were DIY Glitter Champagne Bottles and Seashell Chocolates fit for a mermaid.
mermaid sign, baby shower games-Darcy Oliver Design
mermaid baby shower purse game-Darcy Oliver Design

Another fun and memorable Baby Shower idea is to send a little poem in the invitation that encourages your guest to bring a new or used Children’s Book instead of a card. The books were filled with sweet notes to Cosette, and she will be reminded of them each time we read to her. Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate our Little Mermaid!
mermamid mama to be, children's book-Darcy Oliver Design
mermaid baby shower decor, onesie garland-Darcy Oliver Design
mermaid baby shower mama to be, sisters-Darcy Oliver Design
baby shower friends, manzanita trees-Darcy Oliver Design

baby shower girlfriends-Darcy Oliver Design

Haunted Halloween Soiree Decor & Costume Ideas

Our 5th Annual Halloween Soiree was a success this past weekend, and here’s a look inside the Haunted House and all the ghouls and gals that joined us! Between the webs, fog, Ouija Board, and spooky lighting, you can take these tips and incorporate them into your Halloween decor! Click on the Images Below to View the Whole Haunted Halloween Soiree Gallery!

Spring Garden Party

Spring has sprung, and everyone enjoys spending time outside with friends and family. Spend a little extra time in the sunshine by hosting a Spring Garden Party. From the Bloody Mary Bar to all the sweets and snacks, you will find that all the little details make for a fun affair! Gather everyone together outside to smell the roses and welcome Springtime by raising a glass to warmer weather.

Spring Garden Party Tablescape-Darcy Oliver Design

Spring Garden Party Tablescape

Butterflies & Crystals, Manzanita Trees, Party Decor-Darcy Oliver Design

Butterflies & Crystal Decor

Party Table, Sweets, Snacks, Party Food-Darcy Oliver Design

Sweets & Snacks

Bunting Banners, Flags, Garland-Darcy Oliver Design

Bunting Banners

Welcome Sign & Drink Station, Spring Party-Darcy Oliver Design

Welcome Sign & Drink Station

Bloody Mary Bar & Mimosas, Vintage Glass, Cake Plates-Darcy Oliver Design

Bloody Mary Bar & Mimosas

Woodland Animal Themed Baby Shower

Whether one of your girlfriend’s or sister is having a boy or girl, this adorable Woodland Animal Themed Baby Shower is a perfect way to shower the mama-to-be in your life! From a previous post, this DIY Twine Letter & Branch Sign was made for my girlfriend’s nursery, and we decided it would act as the inspiration for the Baby Shower.

Going along with the rustic and whimsical approach, we added white Manzanita Trees donned with little Birds, and added Moss & Forest Animals to dress up the tablescape. The Bunting on top of the tiered cake was made with real twigs, and reflected the same colors and design on the invitation. We served up S’More Pops, Tea Sandwiches, and healthy snacks too! From the Sign In table to wishing the mama-to-be well with words of advice on vintage tags, we made sure to pay attention to the little details to make it extra special and memorable.

We played Guess the Baby Bump Size, and the all time favortie…Poopy Diaper Game! Everyone was a great sport, and we all got a few laughs out of it. For the Winners, we offered a Mustache Cup filled with a Starbuck’s Gift Card instead of something silly that your guests will never use such as a baby bottle…do we look like toddlers? I recommend giving your guests something they can use!

The Sugar Scrub Favors for the guests were also made with love consisting of a few simple ingredients, and I will post on how we DIY’d it later! Wishing my sweet friend and her husband love and well wishes as they welcome their baby boy soon!

Woodland Themed Baby Shower-Darcy Oliver Design

Woodland Themed Baby Shower

Baby Shower Cake & Bunting-Darcy Oliver Design

Baby Shower Cake & Bunting

S'More Pops & Snacks

S’More Pops & Snacks

Rustic Cake & Decor-Darcy Oliver Design

Rustic Cake & Decor

Vintage Wishing Tree & Tags-Darcy Oliver Design

Vintage Wishing Tree & Tags

Rustic Baby Shower-Darcy Oliver Design

Sugar Scrub Favors-Darcy Oliver Design

Sugar Scrub Favors

Sign In Table, Hydrangeas-Darcy Oliver Design

Baby Shower Games

Baby Shower Games

Baby Shower Gifts-Darcy Oliver Design

Baby Shower Gifts, Baby Photos-Darcy Oliver Design

Baby Shower Gifts

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

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!
sugar cookies-Darcy Oliver Design

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