Friday and the Randoms

I just wanted to pop on really quickly to share random…new photos I managed to shoot last weekend (btw…what do you suggest…should I use my stationery business logo for the watermarks? or a simple signature?) and I have no doubt that I’ll snap a few more since a couple of friends arrived yesterday for the weekend.

We’ll be hitting the city today for some brick oven pizza a la Lombardi’s

and (hopefully) some rice pudding from Rice to Riches!

and then hopping the train over to Brooklyn for some cherry blossom love at the Botanical Gardens

and after that there’s even more eating (of course) at Peter Luger….

I’m hoping that the weather holds up for tomorrow so that we can stroll along the paths at Central Park

and grab a sweet thing or two from Bouchon Bakery (I want to just finally try a macaron!!!)….

Do any of you have a favorite and must see spot in the Big Apple?  Share!

*** Thank you to my friend, Cass, and her daughter, Sweet P, for being my photo-snapping/exploring/learning partner, as well as patient models ^o^

Bridal Inspiration: Do It Yourself Favors

Hello-hello…it’s Wedding Wednesday and I’ve been in a DIY kind of mood.  Rather than posting a bridal inspiration board that revolves around a color combination, this week I will share with you some of the bits that I’ve found around the web for favors that you can either completely or partially do yourself.

Personally, when it’s my turn to walk down the aisle…I will skip the standard favors of frames and salt-and-pepper shakers.  I would rather give something people can enjoy…gastronomically speaking…than something that will most likely gather dust in some tucked away place.  If you haven’t noticed with some of my posts…I love and adore food, especially sweet bits.  So it won’t come as a surprise that a majority of the items are desserts.

Credits:  1) Sweet Treat Favor Tin – The Inspired Bride (tip: you can find all sorts of tins and packaging at; 2) Coffee Bag Favors – Ruffled Blog; 3) Jam Favors – Elizabeth Anne Designs (tip: grab some pretty fabric, jute, mini mason jars and take some time to make your own homemade preserves; the Pioneer Woman has a great strawberry jam recipe!); 4) Berry Basket Favors – Martha Stewart Weddings (tip: wrap a cupcake, scone or 6 oz mini pound cake to package with fresh berries OR jam!); 5) S’mores Kits – Oh Happy Day; 6) Macarons by Bouchon Bakery with Personalized Tags by Wanwisa Posner – Bliss Event Group (tip: if you really want to DIY this favor, here is a Parisian Macaron recipe from Martha Stewart Weddings; or in place of macarons, bake cookies!  I personally love the cookie recipes from William Sonoma, Martha Stewart and Dorie Greenspan.)

Who’s Who: Lynlee’s Petite Cakes

Hello and Happy Who’s Who Tuesday!  Up this week…Lynlee Beckett of Lynlee’s Petite Cakes!

Lynlee Beckett of Lynlee's Petite Cakes

Sometime in mid-March, I actually featured Lynlee’s Bunny Hole Push-Up Pops in my post “Picks for a Bunny-tastic Holiday“.  I try to keep up with the party scene and really enjoy all the work that the event stylists put into their tables and parties, and when I saw that Easter Egg Hunt styled by Lynlee in the Spring Issue of The Party Dress Magazine…well I had to include it in that bunny board!

Easter Egg Hunt

Anyway, let’s back track a bit….  Remember that Dreamers into Doers event I blogged about when I first started Daily Bits?  I’ve referred back to it quite a few times because so many of the fabulous women I have spotlighted (and will be introducing in the weeks to come) are part of Martha’s Dreamers.

Well, up until that event in March, I had only really kept up with Lynlee’s work through Facebook; I know there are the other social media outlets like Twitter but I have only been able to really keep up with things through the one and typically go cross-eyed with the other (lol).  Luckily, I had the opportunity to meet Lynlee in person at the event, where we shared some giggles and photos and whatnot…and I’ve asked her to take part in Daily Bits so that you, too, can get to know this sweet lady 🙂

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was a child, I wanted to be a singer/rockstar when I grew up!  I’ve always loved to sing and annoyed my little brother all the time…whether it was in my room, the car or all throughout the house!  Though I am not pursuing this career as an adult, I have to admit…I’m sure my current neighbors might have their own complaints! 😉

Silly Old Bear - Winnie the Pooh

When did you start your business and what inspired you to do it?

I started my business back in 2010 shortly after I threw my daughter’s third birthday.  I had always loved planning parties and decorating cakes/cupcakes with frosting, but I had not tried my hand at fondant.  When we had decided on a cowgirl theme, I wanted to do something a little different for her cupcakes and started searching the internet for some ideas.  I came upon a tutorial to make three-dimensional fondant horses and decided to tackle my fear of fondant and give it a try.  I left my career as a retail buyer and ever since, I have been enthralled in this love affair with both fondant and parties and have been so fortunate to have been able to turn it into my new career!

Come Fly Away - Pan Am

What are the most important business lessons you have learned so far?

I would say the most important lesson I have learned thus far has been to be able to adapt and change my plans and goals as necessary.  Having a business plan to lay out the road map for where you want to go is indispensable…but when business and demands change, it is vital to be able to re-route and change directions to stay on track for the bigger picture. Constantly re-prioritizing is also key for not only a business, but to attempt to achieve balance with your home life as well! I also feel that social media is an invaluable tool for the modern business…be it small companies or large corporations, especially when it comes to advertising and promoting your brand, as well as networking and developing relationships with members of any industry.

Pirate Fondant Toppers

 What has been your favorite project so far and why?

Such a difficult question, as the list of favorites in terms of both fondant work and parties is long…but I would say that to date, my absolute favorite project was my daughter’s Finding Neverland party to celebrate her fourth birthday party.  I loved incorporating the decor and beauty of the Victorian era with the imaginative play of the classic Peter Pan story to allow the kids imagine and believe!!!  I have a special place in my heart for children’s themes and parties because of this notion of “believing” and the sheer happiness that comes from it.

Finding Neverland - Peter Pan

Random quirky question here….  If you were an animal, what would it be and why?

If I were an animal, I’d have to say I’d like to be a French poodle. I have an affinity for anything French and this iconic animal epitomizes elegance and intelligence and the overall “ooh la la” city girl way of life! ♥

Find out more about Lynlee’s Petite Cakes by visiting:

Party Picks: Tangerine

Good morning and Happy Monday!

Last week, I was unexpectedly quiet on the blog…work projects and regular ol’ life stuff filled up the time.  But, that’s all squared away – for now – and I’m back with a new party picks board for all of you who are tossing around ideas for little shindigs here and there.

It’s been seriously warm lately and the weather has me in a citrus-y frame of mind.  Pair that with this year’s Pantone color of the year and I’m all for some tangerine tango love!  So here’s a rather large board of pickin’s…from do it yourself fun times to bits that you can pick up on the net.

Credits:  1) Orange Balloon Children’s Birthday Party Invitation – Minted; 2) DIY Vases with Masking Tape – How About Orange (tip: you can find a lot of washi tape options at Cute Tape!); 3) DIY Paper Lanterns – Lushlee; 4) Flower Arrangements by Twigs Botanical with Orange Accents – One Charming Party; 5) DIY Favor Bags from Envelopes with Masking Tape – How About Orange (tip: use the same masking tape from pick #2!); 6) Sparkling Clementine Juice – Izzy; 7) Striped Paper Straws in Juicy Orange – Shop Sweet Lulu; 8) Orange Chevron Napkin – Tracy Sachs; 9) Orange Dreamsicle Cupcakes in a Jar – Glorious Treats; 10) Ceramic Letter Dish – Ivy Lane Designs via Amazon (tip: spell out the name of the guest of honor and fill the dishes with color coordinated candies!); 11) Candy Treats for the Dishes (tip: use extra candies to fill the favor bags from pick #5!) – Candy Warehouse (shown here: Jelly Belly Orange Jelly Beans, Orange Gummy Bears, and Brachs Mandarin Orange Slices)

Party Picks: Watercolor

Good morning…good morning!  I hope that everyone enjoyed their weekend with the bunnies and eggs!

Now, let’s jump right in and get back to work with some picks for a Watercolor themed shindig…and – guess what – a lot of it is DIY…from watercolor streamers to the place card flags and favor tags!  So go on and have some fun with a few of these projects!

Credits:  1) Bunting Invitation – Bird & Banner; 2) Flower and Event StylingTherese Jacinto Design “Love in Watercolor” (photos by Rizza San Agustin); 3) DIY Ombre Watercolor Party Streamers –; 4) DIY Drawer Knob Place Cards – 100 Layer Cake; 5) DIY Project: Watercolor Tags – Wed In Love; 6) Izze Esque Sparkling Juice – Izze

Friday Randoms and a Hippity-Hop-Hop…HOP

Just a quick litty bitty…to wish you and yours…a very Happy Bunny Day!

Celebrate the weekend…the holiday…

and…the oh-so-adorable bunnies that hatch from eggs only to lay more and more eggs a la Cadbury (psst…they have mini ones so you can make something so edibly cute like this!)…

unless – of course – they’re the other kind of bunnies that fall in love with peanut butter cups.  I’m a little torn on these options…I mean…one is classic, right?  The other…well…peanut butter and chocolate…’nuff said.

or…you can play along with Fred Astaire and Judy Garland a la Irving Berlin…stroll along Fifth Avenue…in your easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it…You’ll be the grandest lady in the easter parade… 

if…the kids need something livelier than the musical?  Pop a little E.B. on the tube to distract them so that you can go on and set up the easter egg hunt!

now…if you’re like me…and going to have a pretty laid-back weekend (lunch with the fam is about all I have on my schedule!)  Don’t forget to make a little basket for that special little man (or lady)…in my case – it’s my nephew whom I adore!  My boyfriend and I stopped by Michaels, grabbed all the little bits and ta-da…basket for the Little Man 🙂

Anyway…I hope that all of you…bunny or not…have a fabulous weekend…

and here’s a little hip-hip-hop to get the ball rolling!

Thursday Cravings: A Weekend in Paris

With a short holiday ahead to celebrate the Easter weekend, I can only daydream of taking a trip…to once again discover the beauty of Paris, the City of Light…and – with Sinatra playing in the background as I prep this post – here’s just what I wish I could take with me!

Credits:  1) Anywhere Weekender Bag – Brahmin; 2) Kindle Canvas Clutch – Diane von Furstenberg; 3) Draped Neck Dress – Alexander McQueen; 4) Benj Bracelet – Dannijo; 5) Trench Coat – Antonio Croce; 6) Ankle Strap Shoe – Ballin

And…a very brief personal history….  Not so very long ago…back in the Spring of 2005…I went on a ladies’ trip with my mom, grandmother, and aunts to France.  We flew into Charles De Gaulle, hopped on a train to visit our Lady of Lourdes, took a bus through the French countryside to explore the medieval city of Carcassonne and then returned to Paris on the overnight train to enjoy the sights!

Once there…I tried to fit in as many sights and experiences as possible…tasting everything I could from my first encounter with escargot to the fresh baguettes from the local boulangeries…visiting the museums (Rodin and Louvre) and catching a ballet at the Opera Bastille…strolling along the Seine and stopping at little shops…pausing every so often to take in the glorious architecture that surrounded me.  Basically, doing as much as I could in a short time period (we were there for 3 days).  It was then…really…that I fell in love with Paris for the first time…and here is a little overview of the trip (a la my personal photos) and some of my suggestions on what to do when in France!

Explore the French countryside! (This photo of the Pyrenees was taken en route from Lourdes to Carcassonne)

See the Hall of Mirrors, formal gardens and pools of Versailles

Hop on a Metro...take a stroll along the cobblestone streets of Montmartre towards La Basilique du Sacre-Coeur. Once here, you will find a gorgeous view of Paris, too!

If you love sculptures...say 'hallo!' to The Thinker at La Musee Rodin...and then visit the Louvre to have a peek at the Mona Lisa!

Grab a fresh baguette, some wine and cheese...and enjoy a light repast at the Tuilerie Gardens.

The Pont St. Michel over the Seine with the Musee du Louvre behind me.

There’s so much to do when in Paris…but remember to relax, breathe and enjoy. This city – full of amazing architecture, art and culture – has been around for centuries…and I’m sure you (and I) will have a chance to go back to it.

Put A Ring On It

Happy Wedding Wednesday!  Since the diamond is the birthstone assigned to the month of April, I’ve decided to hunt up a few gorgeously dazzling engagement rings with this specific gemstone front and center!

So tell me…which of these pretties would you love to have sitting on your ring finger?

Credits:  1) Emerald-cut Three Stone Diamond Ring – Harry Winston; 2) Declaration d’Amour Solitaire – Cartier; 3) Dantela Oval – Tacori; 4) Graduated Princess with Pave Diamonds – Tacori; 5) Aura – De Beers; 6) 1640 Pink Diamond – Asprey London; 7) Dahlia – Kirk Kara

Who’s Who: The Hudson Cakery

Good morning!  Good morning!  This week’s spotlight for Who’s Who is none other than Jennifer Bunce of The Hudson Cakery, an upscale custom cake boutique in Hudson County.

Established in 2009, Jennifer’s passion for baking is reflected in cakes that are infused with flavor, using only the freshest ingredients.  Each cake is tailored to the needs of her clientele and taste as good as they look!  Her hard work has not gone un-noticed; she and her cakes have been featured in the New York Times, Style Me Pretty and 201 Bride Magazine…to name a few.

On a personal level, I met Jennifer at the NYC Dreamers into Doers dinner that was hosted by Dawn of Bee*s Knees Parties and Khaliah of The Party Muse.  At the time, I had plunked down on the seat beside Jennifer, exchanged our howdy-do’s, and found out that she was practically a neighbor (we both live in Jersey City).  Since then, I have enjoyed spending time with her at random girl’s breakfasts, and worked on a set of printables for a wedding she was involved in, as well as a print that adorns one of the walls in her new shop in Weehawken (I hope; I haven’t had the opportunity to pop into the new location!).

Anyway, without further ado, here’s Jennifer…a totally awesome, fun, and talented…sweets artist and friend!

Tell me about the last project that you walked away thinking, “Man, I’m good!”

I had a sports celebrity client who needed something unique and detailed in under 72 hours.  Normally, this would have taken 5 days, but because I wanted to work with this client again in the future, I was really motivated to do this project. It had to be perfect!  So, after 72 hours of baking from scratch, stacking, constructing, piping, decorating and not sleeping, I was happy with the results.  More importantly, my client was happy!

When are you completely satisfied with your work?

When a bride calls me first thing after the honeymoon to tell me that she was in love with her cake.  I seriously get teary-eyed!  That’s happened twice now in 3 years and I still cannot believe I got those phone calls….

What is your favorite flavor combination for cakes?

Definitely, my Chocolate Fudge Cake with Peanut Butter Buttercream.  Ah. Maze. Ing.

If you were a rock star, who would it be?

I’ve always loved Gwen Stefani – ever since high school.  She seems like she has it together – her music, her family, her ABS!

What do you fill your time with when you’re not working?

That one day a week where I’m not working (but still checking e-mail…*sigh*)…I love to go for a run and clear my head.  And, go to yummy restaurants with my fiance – we are complete foodies!

Keep up with Jennifer and the Hudson Cakery by visiting:

Party Picks: A Plum Setting

Good morning and Happy Monday!

A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by my friend, Sarah of Dreamers Joy Events and Design, to design an invitation and coordinating place card for a welcoming dinner being hosted by one of her clients.  The concept – modern/fancy…the color palette – plum, gold, black and white.  By the feed from her business page on Facebook, the event went off this past Saturday night as a rousing success and I am looking forward to seeing the photo coverage!

Inspired by the color palette, I decided to explore the interwebs and find pieces that I recommend for a plum-my dinner.  What do you think?  Do you have a favorite piece from the place setting?

Credits: 1) Custom Dinner Invitation – BrainFry Concepts; 2) Purple and White Calla Lily Bouquet – Photo Credit:; 3) Fluted Gold Charger – World Market; 4) Vera Wang Gilded Weave Place Setting – Char Chews, Inc.; 5) Mystic Plum Buffet Napkin – World Market; 6) DII Hammered Gold Napkin Ring –; 7) Aldrich Champagne Flute in Purple –

Now…what would a dinner party be without some vittles!?  So, here is a menu I put together…some I’ve actually served during intimate family dinners (the salmon fillet is a-maz-ing!)…others I’m just dying to try.  Anyway, which one looks to be the most appetizing to you?!

Credits:  1) Roasted Carrots – Ruth Cousineau via; 2) Risotto of Spring Vegetables – Gordon Ramsey via BBC GoodFood; 3) Roast Chicken with Herb-and-Garlic Pan Drippings – Ashley Christensen via; 4) Slow-Roasted Red-Wine-Lacquered Salmon Fillet – Gourmet via; 5) Bramble Jelly Shots – Toby Cecchini via The Jellyshot Kitchen; 6) Macadamia Milk Jam & Chocolate Ganache Tarts – Tartelette