Happy Wednesday! What better way to celebrate hump day than with a little cake? I’m not much of a baker, but I do love to decorate. I had big plans to bake this guy from scratch, but those plans were forgotten as soon as I hit the grocery store. If you have a favourite recipe for cake, use it here! Or check out one of these recipes, they all look tasty :)
For this cake, I used a small round pan. I made two cakes, cut the tops off to make them flat, iced the top of one (to stick them together and act as filling), and stacked them on top of each other. I followed Martha’s instructions, including a crumb coat and letting it harden before applying the final layer of icing.
I wanted the cake to feel undone and natural, so I left the icing uneven and with visible ridges and lines. I also love this frosting look if you want to get a little fancier.
After placing the cake on a small cake stand, I ran baby’s breath along the edges (just tear off bits from the larger blooms to get them to fit in nicely). On top of the cake, I included 3 pink dahlias but pick your favourite/whatever you can get your hands on!
Grab your favourite dishes and your favourite people, and go eat some cake!
Do you love to bake or are you more of a decorator? I’d love to hear in the comments below :)
Happy Friday, lovelies! I have a fun post for you to end off the week. It’s Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend and I’m spending it at my parents’ house, away from the hustle and bustle of normal life.
Between the changing seasons (we had the most picturesque fall week here) and Thanksgiving this weekend, I thought it would be timely to play around with a really easy fall dinner party idea. Those of us with teensy apartments know that it can be tough to entertain and not feel cramped. Or maybe you don’t have a dining table and so you avoid having people over for dinner. But have no fear! The coffee table dinner party is here :).
Will and I often (ahem, always) eat at the coffee table. We have a dining table, but it always turns into my makeshift workstation and ends most days covered in paints, papers, and to-do lists. Our affinity for coffee table dining gave me the idea to try out a little fancier version. Pull up a couple chairs from around your apartment, set out your favourite dishes, and enjoy the company of people you love.
I like having special vessels and serving trays handy. The glass container holds sugar cubes for tea and the other guy carries rock salt.
When you feel like putting a bit more effort into the spread, try and pick a colour palette to work within. For my table, I wanted to do a modern take on fall colours. Lots of corals, peaches, and reds, pops of blue, and natural textures like wood, marble, and stone.
I picked up this handy marble serving platter at Crate and Barrel and have loved it ever since. And it’s on sale now!
Just for funzies, I created little ties around the cutlery with yarn and copper wire. Try making your own little fastener for an extra touch.
Do you like having people over to eat? Is your apartment nice and spacious or do you need dinner party hacks like this one? I’d love to hear!
Happy Thursday, lovelies!! I’ve been looking forward to this post for a looong time now, and I’m so thrilled that it’s finally a reality. Angela and I decided a while ago that we wanted to collaborate and host a gathering of creative minds to eat good food, make new friends, and talk about what we love. The brunch turned out better than I could have anticipated. There isn’t much better than a Saturday spent eating delicious food, sipping cocktails, and catching up with some of my favourite people.
We threw the brunch in a fun little outdoor space that Angela’s building owns. It made for the perfect venue once we filled it with flowers and food. Angela planned the menu and whipped up some amazing dishes. Just looking at all this food is making me hungry again ;)
We were fortunate enough to work with some awesome people for this event, including Olla Urban Flower Project. They supplied this stunning centrepiece, which really set the stage for the whole table. They also created two mini versions of this guy, which were so fun dispersed around the space.
In addition to the centrepieces, we were also grateful to enjoy what are some of the best waffles I’ve ever had from GreenHorn Cafe here in the West End. Angela and I had tried them once before, and we knew they had to be on the menu for brunch. We topped them off with Nutella and berries and they were a hit!
We whipped up a couple pitchers of the gin + elderflower cocktails for the occasion. They were every bit as good as the first time we made them.
Doesn’t Olla make the most unique and textured arrangements? They’re definitely my #1 source when it comes to anything plant and flower related. Plus, the ladies in there couldn’t be sweeter or more knowledgable.
I painted a couple of signs to scatter around the party, including this ‘thanks a bunch’ sign. It always feels special when you add a few handmade details for your friends.
I loved seeing everyone enjoy their meals and get to know each other at the same time. Most of the ladies were new to each other at the beginning, but by the end, there were definitely some budding friendships.
For each lady, I put together a little bouquet to take home. Dahlias are in season here so I picked up as many as my arms could carry and went to town. I bought milk bottles from Michaels and painted name tags to tie around each bunch.
The dishes were sourced from a few different places. I collected all of the vintage ones from different thrift shops, and we picked out some of the others from Crate and Barrel. You can find those napkins at Ikea.
I hope you enjoyed seeing this brunch in full swing! It was such a joy to collaborate with Angela (and a couple of amazing shops) to host something like this. It may have been the first time, but it certainly won’t be the last!
Hello lovelies! It’s been a while since I’ve done a Florals For post, but they’re always my favourite so last week I took a trip to the market and stocked up on blooms. I had family staying at my apartment on the weekend so it was perfect timing. It was my first time having guests stay in the new place, and I wanted the apartment to feel cozy and special.
It’s always so welcoming to arrive somewhere and feel a bit special. When Will and I were travelling, many of our AirBnb hosts did this and it was a great introduction.
I picked up peonies, eucalyptus, and baby’s breath from the market. A little hint for those of us who like having flowers around: keep blooms on hand that are dried and look pretty on their own. I have lavender and craspedia in vases in my apartment since they are already dried and still look great. You can add them to arrangements for a little extra touch.
Little touches like a bowl of your best tea (we bought this flavour in Stockholm) and a glass of water make the room a little homey.
Do you enjoy having people come and stay at your place? This is our first apartment that can really accommodate guests (although it’s a bit squishy!) so it was exciting to be able to entertain. I love visiting and having people over – adding the little touches is just the cherry on top.
What are your best hosting tips? I’d love to hear!