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Easy Ideas for Hosting a Holiday Cookie Swap

The Holidays seem to be busier than ever!  We have some Fun and Easy Ideas for Hosting a Holiday Cookie Swap. If you are someone out there that is not familiar with a cookie swap or cookie exchange let us fill you in!  A cookie exchange is just that…. you invite guests over and they bring one type or variety of cookie.  You swap your cookies and you end up with a delectable miscellanious group of sweets!

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Imagine baking only one cookie and leaving with a beautiful assortment?  It is a time saver and you only buy the ingredients you need.  These festive images were captured by the ever talented photographer AND Baker Melissa from Melissa Jill Photography.

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We like to provide labels for guests cookies.  These can be simple cards or even post it notes!  This will help with the voting process later.  Yes, voting = prizes (and bragging rights for next year!)

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If being alone at home with several dozen cookies strikes fear in your heart and your waistband, we have the solution for you.  Have a packing station set up.  This allows our swappers to drop off fresh and delicious baked goods to friends, family or neighbors right away!  Ribbon, bags and tags are all you need.

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My Cookie Swap can get pretty competitive!  We like to have ballots available for our guests to vote on their favorites.   You can put them head to head in a best of the best cookie contest! These Free Printables were shown on NBC’s Arizona Midday Segment and will get you set for your swap this year!

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Free Printables here!

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Other tips to make sure your cookie swap is easy and breezy:

  •  Host at “non- meal” times.  A 2 PM Party is perfect for some light snacks and libations.  It also gives any procrastinators time to bake that morning.
  • Always ask guests to bring an empty container.  This will allow them to fill their empty container with the other cookie varieties.  Less fuss and less mess!
  • We love to keep zip lock bags and Glad Press and Seal wraps available!  You never know who will need an extra bag or to cover their cookies.
  • Never throw a broken cookie away!  Ask your guests to bring any broken pieces to sample for the “best tasting” cookie contest.
  • Provide extra cake plates and other items for your guests to Jazz up their confections!  It is a nice touch and really dresses up any baked good.

I hope that these tips will help you host an Easy and Fun Cookie Swap!

Happy Baking!

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Tips and Tricks to have an EGGcelent Easter!

Candy, scavenger hunts, brunches galore, and the beginning of Spring are just a few of the fabulous things we love about Easter.

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Eggs are what we all remember about Easter!!! People are always trying to come up with new ways to decorate Easter Eggs and we wanted to find some cute ideas without necessarily taking on the mess of dyes.

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We love any reason to brunch, especially when drinks are involved. Victoria found an amazing cocktail to pair with any Easter meal, and she added her own little spin to it. This cocktail is filled with champagne, Grenadine, and peach puree. Everyone knows you eat with your eyes first, and the same is true for drinking! So Victoria added some edible flowers for a fresh Spring touch.

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To pair with that fabulous cocktail, we have an Easter take on a Cinnamon Roll. I don’t know about you, but this treat is a favorite for all of the kids I know! And turning the pastry into a cute bunny is super simple!

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This tip has to be one of our favorites! This is the perfect thing for anyone who has old Easter decorations that have lost their brightness or have just become outdated. All you need is some Gloss Brown Spray Paint. Just give the decoration a layer or two of paint and Voila! it turns into chocolate! This is also a great little trick if you are trying to find some little decorations to put around the house. Just pick up some rabbits at a dollar store and you’re set! We tried it on this little rabbit egg holder and we think it looks good enough to eat 🙂

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And lastly we have the perfect compromise of the good ole’ Peeps. They are the cutest treat and are SO classically Easter… BUT the sugar, oh man, the sugar. Well, here we have a new way to still display the sugary snack, but not ingest it! We chose to use the Peeps that are shaped like rabbits, just a preference, but you can use any you find. Then you have to use two different vases, one that will fit inside the other with space still left for the Peeps. Just stack them against the glass and put the flowers and water in the smaller vase!

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The LOVEliest ideas for Valentines Day

 

This year, Victoria had the opportunity to share Valentines Day tips and party ideas with the ladies of Arizona Midday and we wanted to also share some of the cuteness on here in case you need a little inspiration for YOUR Valentine’s Day!  Celebrations in Paper in Old Town Scottsdale and urbAna in Arcadia are open and available for last minute gifts!

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These adorable “Be Mine” Flags and Love Tea Towel are available at urbAna in Arcadia.

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How CUTE are these containers?  We asked our good friends at Celebrations in Paper to come up with these stickers!  Add some heart shaped doughnuts from Dunkin’ and you are a rock star!

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“You’re my person” Great card for your sweetheart or a bestie!  Available at Celebrations in Paper

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Gumballs + Kisses = Blow Me a Kiss!

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These cute little Boxes from Sugarfina are available at urbAna 

 

 

 

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And of Course- these conversation heart Macarons from Ruze Cake House!  We want these to “Be Mine”!

Love,

Victoria

Thank you to all of the fabulous “friendors” that helped us out!

Paper Products: Celebrations in Paper :: Macarons: Ruze Cake House :: Donuts: Dunkin’ Donuts :: Other Decor: UrbAna

Michelle and Brandon- Secret Garden Ceremony

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Michelle and Brandon were married in March at the Arizona Biltmore.  I can honestly say that this is one of those weddings where we felt like a celebrity planner.  I had so many guests staying at the resort comment on how beautiful it was.  I even had some people film us as we were setting up.  Hollywood we are ready for our close up!

Michelle and Brandon’s inspired wedding was featured on the One Hundred Layer Cake blog, so we thought it would be great to showcase their wedding on the blog today! The bride and groom attended the University of Arizona, but did not end up meeting until they were both living in Los Angeles years later and set up by a friend.

Clearly Michelle knew her wedding was going to be breathtaking.  But she did want to keep it private.  A beautiful and private jewel of a wedding.

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The Historic Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, Arizona was the perfect location for the Bride and Groom. The ceremony was inspired by the idea of a “secret garden”, and one of our goals was to make it as private as possible in such a public place. Michelle’s Mom is a talented interior designer (add that to uber organized) and was a perfect match to work with Victoria locally.

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Michelle fell in love with the idea of incorporating greens to keep the look fresh and garden-esque.  An open air tent was created to farm the large chuppah with still allowing for the view of the Arizona Mountains.

The bougainvillea laying on top of the chuppah was one of our favorite details of the ceremony. Petal Pusher did an amazing job to weave all of the floral into the chuppah to achieve the organic and lush look that Michelle envisioned. This look is not easy to get and as Victoria always says, Tamara{with Petal Pusher} MUST have the strongest hands from all that spraying she does to keep the floral looking fresh and vibrant!

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This program was another one of our favorites! Celebrations in Paper used the watercolor design and colors from their invitations to create this fold up program that was a secret in itself! Guests were able to learn more about the couple and, the traditions that filled the ceremony, and the best part…. it fits in a pocket or clutch!

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The crest that was hanging at their ceremony was inspired by a crest created by Michelle’s Maid of Honor. The mountains behind the monogram symbolize the breathtaking Arizona backdrop of this couple’s special wedding destination. The two dogs represent Michelle and Brandon’s dog Nellie, there are two because animals are traditionally mirrored in crests. The three symbols above the crest are from the University of Arizona’s crest, where both Michelle and Brandon went to school. You can also find floral similar to the arrangements at the wedding, their wedding date, and a design bordering the top that is inspired by the architecture of the Arizona Biltmore.

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Notice the gorgeous watercolor anemones used in the program and invitation?? Keep those in mind, you will see them pop up again later!!

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Location: Arizona Biltmore Resort :: Photography: Brushfire Photography :: Florist: Petal Pusher :: Invitations/Paper Products: Celebrations in Paper :: Rentals: Classic Party Rentals :: Linens: La Tavola Linen :: Dance Floor: Platinum Pro :: Drape: Quest Drape :: Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music: Kip Fox :: Band: The JJ’s Band :: DJ: MT Sounds :: Hair Stylist: Lynn at Etch Salon :: Makeup Artist: Linda Wagner :: Tuxes: Mr. Formal :: A/C Units: Arizona Heater Rental :: Slow Motion Video Booth: I Do Films :: Rabbi: Rabbi Linder :: Event Designer and Coordinator: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events

Featured Wedding: Brooke and Patrick on Style Me Pretty! (Part 2)

Brooke and Patrick’s Newport, CA wedding is featured on Style Me Pretty and it’s been so hard for us to contain ourselves and not share their wedding pictures with you- we LOVED everything about it (see Part 1 of the wedding here) and the reception was just a continuation of the gorgeousness…

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Guests enjoyed fun signature drinks with names like “Newport Sunset” and indulging in a Bubbly Bar with the most delicious options among various seating arrangements; a white Manzanita tree was used for seating cards and white coral decor served as a subtle nod to the ocean-side location.

The Bubbly Bar at the cocktail hour was one of the things we were the most excited about- it included Rose’ Champagne and berries to add to the cocktails. To make the bar stand out, we added a hanging floral backdrop of glass cylinders filled with rose petals.

 

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The reception was yet another chance to wow the guests and we did so with lush flowers in the sunset inspired color palette of white, orange and pink; flowers filled the entire ballroom with subtle color and grace including rose chair bands and single roses at each guest’s place setting. The high ceiling provided an opportunity to dress up the room even more- the floral chandelier hanging over the dance floor was a showstopper!

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The linen on the guest tables had a subtle floral pattern and we incorporated the same design on the custom round dance floor. To highlight the head table, we used a mirrored tabletop and paired it with fabric dining chairs for a luxurious and comfortable look!

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For the dance floor, we wanted to create a custom design that would enhance the rest of the room- we thought round would be the best shape for the dance floor and to make it even more custom, we added a matte vinyl that matched the floral pattern on the linen.

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The design of the cake went perfectly with the rest of the event by incorporating the floral pattern; the subtle tone on tone palette kept it simple and elegant.

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Later in the night, a surprise after party area was revealed- a second dance floor and a photo area kept the guests entertained all night and we think the late night snacks of lobster corn dogs and mini grilled cheese sandwiches helped keep them going too!

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We’re so happy for Brooke and Patrick and truly loved helping them create the wedding of their dreams…for even more pictures, check out Part 1!

Location: The Resort at Pelican Hill :: Wedding Gown: Vera Wang :: Photography: Gavin Wade Photographers :: Floral: Nisie’s Enchanted Florist :: Stationery: Page & Mason Invitations ::  Rentals: Classic Party Rentals :: Linens: Wildflower Linens :: Live Photobooth: Keith Pitts Photography :: Dance Floor: Platinum Pro :: Lighting: Shine Lighting :: Cocktail Hour Music: Blaine Long :: Officiant: Reverend Don Toshach :: Cinematographer: Brinton Film Making Co. :: Hair Stylist: Katie B Cosmetics :: Transportation: VIP Limousines and Coaches ::  DJ: DJ Nahchey :: Ceremony Music: Subito Strings ::  Event Designer and Coordinator: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events

Peek inside to see some of our featured work. Regale in some funny stories and be prepared to be inspired!

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