Hello! Thank you for visiting my blog! Here you will get to know me—the “sweet girl” behind the dessert tables. The girl who loves to create. The proud mama who loves her boys to no bounds and the wife that thanks her lucky stars every day to have her husband, her best friend & business partner, by her side. Whether you visiting our blog or the first time or have stopped by before, please know that I’m incredibly grateful that you are here and look forward to getting to know you. So sit back, grab a large cup of coffee (or cake pop) and enjoy!
Jun

Baby Shower/Welcome Party with Kismis Ink Photography

Hello everyone! Hope all of you are having a great week. These last few weeks have been a bit busy on the family end–boys have finally finished school, Kindergarten graduation, Preschool graduation, cap n gowns, end of year field trips, summer camp planning, all the while I constantly wonder how on earth did my mom do this and make it look so easy? I will figure it out, I keep telling myself….one day….

Today I’m so happy to a dessert table for wedding planner Julie Perez’s son and daughter in law, Saray’s welcome-baby shower. It’s amazing how things come full circle, since were lucky enough to a table for Julie when she renewed her vows at the Don Cesar a few years ago and then here we are working together on such a special table. The great part about working with Julie is that she has a very detailed vision (vintage touches, fun, whimsical) and then she allowed us to run with it. Hehehe…thank you Julie!

Mariana and Khaled from Kismis Ink Photography were the photographers and we were are oh-so-happy when the images popped up in our inbox and I was blown away with all the detail shots. Thank you Mariana and Khaled!

Enjoy! And be on the lookout for another Daytime segment coming next week. I’ll be sharing a few summer popsicle ideas that are YUMMY! Seriously, I’m hooked.

PHOTOGRAPHER CREDIT: KISMIS INK PHOTOGRAPHY

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OTHER VENDOR CREDITS
Venue: The Regent; Floral: FH Weddings & Events; Chairs: Signature Events by Design

May

Purple Glam Dessert Table with Limelight Photography

Hello everyone! Hope all of you are having a great week! I’m taking a deep breath as our wedding season winds down–we’ve had a great season and amazing clients I’m constantly grateful for. Today I’m so happy to share one of my favorite tables from this year. Our bride Dominique has to be one of the sweetest, laid back clients we’ve had, and I was sort of sad to see it all come to an end. Add my favorite teams to work with–MMD Events and Confetti Events, along with Limelight Photography and I was a happy girl.

One of the biggest things about this table was the backdrop. Oh boy. The backdrop. We love our backdrops and they are so essential to every table we do and this baby was no different. Steve, my right hand, my boss man, spent hours working on this backdrop, painted by hand (no stencils)–he is such a perfectionist when it comes to our backdrops and I secretly love it. So Steve–if you read this one–THANK YOU. I thought it came out fantastic, and played great against the drool-worthy linen.

And of course, big thanks to Limelight for always taking their time to capture so many details on our table. It takes a lot of time to make it come together and I love Rebecca and Michael for sharing so many images with me.

Enjoy everyone and have a lovely Memorial Day weekend!!!

PS-Two more weeks left! Am I the only mama dreading that school is almost over for the boys? Preschool graduation…cap and gown….tears everywhere!!!!

Other Vendor Credits: The fabulous Crystal Brewster from Cuppy Cakes, an online bakery service. Every one of those cupcakes are made with pure love.

PHOTOGRAPHY CREDIT: LIMELIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

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May

Mother’s Day Segment on Daytime and a Little Freebie!

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Hello everyone! Hope all of you are having a great week!!! I’ve been a busy bee prepping away for a Mother’s Day Table for the Daytime show, which airs on NBC and is hosted by Cyndi Edawards and Jerry Penacoli. Cyndi has not only a big supporter of our work, but she’s someone I consider a very dear friend with one of the biggest hearts EVER. I reached out to her in the very early stages of Chic Sweets, and from the get-go she believed in me and always told me it was going to work out…crazy, right?

The segment will air on Monday and I’ll be sure to share a link to the video when I have available.

Also in honor of Mother’s Day and all the Daytime viewers out there, a little, tiny gift from me to you. Below is the link for the printables that were used for the segment which I hope you will be able to use for your own Mother’s Day table.

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This is the first time I’ve shared the printables we create on our blog, so hopefully none of you have any trouble opening up the link. Any questions, just send us an email!

Thanks and be on the lookout for the segment…coming soon.

Natalie

Feb

How To Valentine’s Dessert Table on the Daytime Morning Show

Happy February everyone!!! I’m SO happy to share a segment we did for the Daytime Show (WFLA), a lifestyle morning show, syndicated in the Southeast. The Daytime family has been always supportive of me, Chic Sweets and our growth. My first segment with host, Cyndi Edwards (one of the most amazing people I know) was a few years ago, when I first started and I still find it hard to believe they gave me a chance and the platform to share our work.

Enjoy everyone and a much longer post coming….SOON! Happy day!

Jan

Pink and Mint Dessert Table by Shay Cochrane Photography

Happy Day everyone! Interrupting my series on recapping 2012, with some goodness brought to you by one of my dearest friends, Shay Cochrane from Shay Cochrane Photography. I haven’t spoken a lot about this, but this year we are looking to branch out with the launch of our Chic Sweets shop. This has been long in my heart, but I wanted to take my time and really get a few pieces in place before sharing too many details. I’ve never been one to rush the process and so I can tell you it finally feels good to be ready for this next step. Where does Shay come in all of this? Well, she is giving me a hand with stunning images for my shop, close up of my products, personalized favors and why not include a dessert table in all of that?

I know Emerald green, is the “Pantone Color of the Year” and all, but I’m convinced it was all a big mistake. Mint!!! It should have been mint!!!!

Thanks again, Shay. LOVE YOU to the moon and back! Also to all my photographer friends: Shay is doing a business and branding workshop that is a “must” for everyone. Space is very limited so definitely sign up today. Hint…there may be a cake pop in it for you.

Also, huge, big, thanks to our photoshoot venue for the day–the Tampa Museum of Art in downtown Tampa. I love the Museum, mostly because it’s so unique, different, great open, modern space with so much natural light that comes through. We could not have done this without their help.

Have a wonderful day everyone! More news to come on the shop soon….

PHOTOGRAPHY CREDIT: SHAY COCHRANE PHOTOGRAPHY/ VENUE: TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART

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Dec

Happy Day with the Southern Weddings Ladies

Happy December everyone!!! How are all of you doing?? Love December, cookies, Advent Calender, Christmas songs and just taking a deep breath before the new year begins.

Today, though, I’m feel incredibly grateful that Chic Sweets’ yummy cake pops were featured in the latest Southern Weddings 5th Anniversary issue. I would be lying if I didn’t say that I stared at the picture numerous times, bought copies and even made my mom and dad run to the nearest Barnes n Noble to get a copy…or two.

The community that Southern Weddings has created through their website, social media, and magazine is amazing. I kid you not, you feel the love pour out of each page–I mean it’s so hard to explain but the best I can say is that I have every issue and it’s one of those magazines that remain on your coffee table because they are just too darn special.

I’m also grateful that my relationship with these ladies has grown and we are not only lucky to be a Blue Ribbon Vendor but also that we can send them our red velvet cake pops every month with their trademark Southern Weddings touch.

Love you ladies!

PS–Happy Holidays everyone!!!

Sep

Halloween Inspiration: Daytime Segment

Hello Everyone!  This will be one of the last weekends before wedding season hits us in full force, so I can honestly say it feels beyond amazing to have a day, with minimal plans and with my family. BUT (big BUT) being the woman whose wheels are always turning, I’m gearing up for a Halloween Dessert and Fall dessert table in the next two weeks for a wonderful corporate client, which brings me back to a few segments I did for the morning show, Daytime with Cyndi Edwards and Lindsay MacDonald.

This was the first of a few segments that we did and it was an amazing, amazing experience that I will forever be grateful for.

So on that note, enjoy the segment and your weekend!

Sep

Real Party: Chloe’s Pink, Grey and Red Dessert Table!

IMAGE CREDIT: SHAY COCHRANE PHOTOGRAPHY

 

 

 

 

Hey y’all! Okay, I’m just going to come out and say it…we’ve been burning the midnight oil here at Chic Sweets, so at 34 weeks pregnant I am going to admit that when I’m not working my tail off, hangin’ out with the kiddos or decorating Baby Preston’s nursery, I’m asleep with my swollen feet raised up under a dozen pillows!

So onto more interesting topics other than my venting, EXTREMELY excited to share with you this latest party. This table was for Chloe’s 2nd birthday and was shot by her amazing mother Shay Cochrane, owner of Shay Cochrane photography. We were lucky enough to work with Shay on a previous photoshoot here with Every Last Detail. And if we go back even further, we first crossed paths during Making Things Happen with Lara Casey–a workshop and journey that has changed my life forever.

Shay also happens to be a genius photographer who was able to turn around some great images. I mean, really, I just keep on staring at these pictures…the lighting…..the daisies…the way all of the colors pop…the backdrop…I can honestly say that it’s photographers like Shay that help bring my work to another level. So Shay, if you get a chance to read this: THANK YOU.

If you would like to read Shay’s original post on her own blog, click here.

Enjoy!

Natalie

Apr

Every Last Detail TV: Candy Dessert Tables



This was a video posted for Every Last Detail’s shoot. Enjoy!

Behind the scenes:
1.  Humidity+Natalie’s hair=not good. Thankfully Lyndsey Does Makeup was able to pull me together.
2.  Loved how many times I said “um”

Apr

Every Last Detail Inspiration Photoshoot

PHOTOGRAPHY: SHAY COCHRANE


So I know it’s been some time and forever since I’ve blogged. These past two months have been the busiest we’ve encountered since Chic Sweets began, two years ago. Of course, I’m super beyond happy at the growth but that has also come with some unexpected challenges such as can’t-seem-to-peel-myself-from-the-couch to blog and update my readers. Add three boys and an ever-patient husband to the mix and it’s been beyond crazy times for me.

In addition to working with clients, I’ve also been working to relaunch my site in addition to making some major life changes which I hope to share shortly through a video-blog. Yes, apparently I caught the video-bug so all of you can see me stumble as to find the right words to convey where I’m at in my life right now.

So now that I’m hopefully manage somewhat explain my current status, let’s share some of the good stuff! Recently we were lucky enough to be asked by Every Last Detail wedding blog to participate in one of their Style Dictionary photoshoots. Readers picked the color palette and we took it from there. I also loved that I got the chance to work with Shay Cochrane Photography. I have long admired Shay’s work so it may sound cheesy, but I always tend to get giddy when I see a photographer shoot my work for the first time–it gives me a chance to see my work in a whole new light.

Enjoy! And for the shoot in it’s entirely, please check out Lauren’s Every Last Detail description here.

Photography: Shay Cochrane Photography
Design, Styling, Planning/Coordination, Details: Every Last Detail
Venue: Postcard Inn
Paper Products: Seaside Invitations
Model’s Makeup: Lindsay Does Makeup
Dress: The White Closet Bridal Co.