01.30.2012
Being the follow up to such an amazing ceremony (seen on our post: Wedding Ceremony) was not an easy feat. However, Lauren and Scott’s big day continued with much style and class. We still aren’t sure what our favorite part of the reception was; the all white decor, dancing to the music of the twelve piece band and Israeli DJ, or the amazing food and dessert tables? Lauren and Scott’s vision for their perfect day was truly brought to life.  

Guests found their table assignments at this large round table in the hallway situated underneath a gorgeous crystal chandelier. Modern flower arrangements of various white flowers separated into different sized glass vases were added as a centerpiece.

Lauren and Scott made their grand entrance to “The Edge of Glory” by Lady Gaga through this hallway, which also served as another space for guests to mingle during the party. High-top tables were set out with white linens and a simple candle to create ambiance.

As many hotels have wild carpet in their ballrooms, Lauren and Scott chose to keep things simple and elegant by sticking to an all white color scheme. To complete this look, they rented white chivari chairs and a white seamless dance floor. Candles and uplights were a huge necessity to give the room a warm glow and the romantic atmosphere of their dreams.

The centerpieces consisted of large antique square mirrors, with a single vase of white hydrangeas and roses surrounded by different heights of floating candles, tea lights, and beautiful handmade table numbers.

The Ritz Carlton’s dinner selections were flawless. Guests were given three options; halibut over mashed potatoes that melt in your mouth, chicken two ways with couscous as a throwback to our Moroccan culture, and soba noodles with tofu and vegetables for our vegetarian friends.

For dessert there was something for everyone. The scrumptious cakes and treats at the all white dessert bar were made by Vanilla Bake Shop. Lauren and her mother-in-law scoured Home Goods for months in search of enough glass apothecary jars to fill with all white candy as a take home treat. Stay tuned next month for closer views of the dessert and candy bars.

The drinks were flowing at all three bars, including one outside by the marina. Guests watched with tears in their eyes as the Bride and Groom shared their first dance as husband and wife to “Have You Ever Been in Love” by Celine Dion. This was followed by a wild hora and speeches made by the Maid of Honor, Best Man, and the Father of the Groom. The party continued until two in the morning as the girls kicked off their heels and everyone made way for more dancing. The Rembrandts did not disappoint. Guests told us later that they caught themselves singing along to what they thought was recorded music only to look up in amazement to find that the band was not on a break. During the few breaks they did take however, we filled the space with Eli (our Israeli singer and DJ). Many guests had never experienced Israeli dance music before and were pleasantly surprised by the upbeat and cultural tunes.

Many guests found themselves outside at the end of the night on these comfortable yet chic white sofas, warming their hands and taking their last sip of champagne by the fire looking out at the many boats docked at the marina, a truly special way to end the night.

All photographs taken by Mi Belle Inc.

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01.25.2012

Lauren wanted to make something special for her Mother-in-Law, Robyn’s surprise birthday celebration last weekend, and decided to make some yummy cake pops to share with their family in Santa Barbara. Robyn’s love of bright colors inspired the look of these cake pops. We used a simple cake pop recipe and amped it up with a lot of bright colored sprinkles to make these fun “confetti cake pops”.  

Here are the directions to follow to make your own confetti cake pops:
1. Follow the directions on the box to make a Pillsbury “Funfetti” cake.


2. After the cake is baked and cooled completely, crumble it into a large bowl, and mix thoroughly with one can of vanilla frosting.


3. Roll cake mixture into one inch balls using your hands. This will get messy. Chill for several hours in the refrigerator (or in the freezer to speed up the process).
4. When cake balls are cooled completely, add a white lollipop stick to each. This will help with the chocolate coating process.


      

5. Melt chocolate in the microwave; 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until smooth. We used white chocolate “Candy Melts” with confetti sprinkles that we found at Joann Fabrics. (Tip: this is not something you can get at the market. You will have to go to a specialty bake shop or craft store.)
6. Coat cake balls in chocolate and then roll the bottom in hot pink sugar sprinkles. Lay on wax paper until firm. Best if refrigerated.We would suggest leaving the pops in the freezer while you are doing this step and taking them out a couple at a time, so they are as cold as possible when dipping. They tend to fall apart if they are not cold enough.


Confetti cake pops make a bright birthday treat. If you thought you loved confetti cake, wait til you try them covered in colorful chocolate and sprinkles. It’s like a party in your mouth.







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Expect the unexpected when Interior Designer meets Bride. Lauren decided to use a funky, yet glamorous, snake skin printed wallpaper to tie many of her wedding projects together including:

Table Numbers – Just add a simple white cardstock border, fancy calligraphy, and modern silver card holders from Crate and Barrel to complete the look.

 

Name Cards – Beautiful cursive calligraphy was added to these name cards as well as rhinestones and pearls to give the caterers a heads up on each guest’s dinner selection. For an extra touch, incorporate the rhinestones and pearls onto the names to give it a little sparkle.

Tags for the Candy and Dessert Bars – Let guests in on a little secret … what’s for dessert. It could also be cute to give your own original names to the treats at your wedding; naming them after previous vacation spots or nicknames will give it a personal touch. Be creative.

Ceremony Programs – A thin strip of wallpaper added elegance to these wedding ceremony programs. Included inside: “A Rose” a poem written by Scott for Lauren (which you can read in our previous post Guest Blogger: “A Rose”), a list of the Wedding Party, a mention of grandparents who are no longer with us, and a note to the guests thanking them for sharing this special day with Scott and Lauren.

Sign-in Book and Card Box -These were custom made by Oksana Lanis as a gift for Scott and Lauren from Lauren’s parents. Lauren gave her some of the wallpaper to incorporate into these projects and keep consistent with other aspects of the wedding decor. Lauren’s only request was to keep these items simple, modern, and white. Oksana did a great job in keeping with the overall look. Lauren’s favorite detail was the use of engagement pictures throughout the pages of the sign-in book.

Bride and Groom Chair Signs – Special signs for the Bride and Groom’s chairs are a nice touch. They can be as simple as these. Make additional table number cards and have your calligrapher write “Bride” and “Groom” on two of them. Add over-sized satin ribbon that is long enough to wrap around the back of the chair.

  

 All wedding photographs taken by Mi Belle Inc.

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Mac ‘n cheese is loved by all; a staple for every child, a comforting treat for every adult. One of our favorite stories from our childhood is the one from our first experience with our grandma’s homemade mac ‘n cheese.

It was our 3rd birthday and Grandma wanted to make us one of our favorite meals. Our mom told her that we loved mac ‘n cheese, but when she put it in front of us at the dinner table, we didn’t want to eat it. Grandma was confused. If it was our favorite food how come we wouldn’t touch it? Apparently three year olds are picky. Grandma had made her mac ‘n cheese from scratch (just like her mother used to make), and we didn’t recognize it as mac ‘n cheese because we were used to Kraft from the box.

 Of course nowadays mac ‘n cheese is a staple at Grandma’s house. We have it in our family cookbook and have all tried our hand at making it ourselves from scratch. The melty cheesy perfection is the best way to feed a comfort food craving.

Grandma made us promise not to give away her secret recipe, but we can offer a few tips:

  • Make sure to leave your mac ‘n cheese in the oven long enough to get nice and crispy on top. 
  • Everyone fights over the crispy top portion. It’s the best part, so get to it quickly or it will go fast.
  • Mac ‘n cheese is a bit heavy. A nice crisp salad and baked salmon compliment it nicely.

This Winter, put away the Kraft and make some homemade mac n’ cheese. Hope you have enjoyed this Friday bonus post blast from the past. Happy Friday!


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 Sonoma Wine Garden in the new Santa Monica Place Mall was the perfect location to host family and friends for our 30th birthday party. Our vision was a relaxed Sunday brunch where we did not have to prep, plan, or cook. Since the weather has been so beautiful in Southern California lately, we figured we could finally celebrate our January birthday outside. This outdoor patio with heat lamps, comfortable couches and high top seating areas, and a beautiful view of the ocean was just the right spot.

Their champagne brunch menu includes lots of delicious options. We both ordered the garden frittata. Each meal comes with bottomless mimosas to sample in different flavors. Lauren liked the peach bellini best, and Tami’s favorite was the purple passion pomegranate.

Last year’s birthday party: A Pink and Purple Party, was reminiscent of our childhood designated colors. We enjoyed planning this first birthday back together, living in the same state. The theme and colors were carried through to the desserts, decorations, and even our outfits. However, this year we decided to take a break from planning to fully enjoy every minute spent with our loved ones. As a preschool teacher, Lauren’s mother-in-law took that as her cue to add her creative touch to this year’s party. She made these adorable pink and purple paper crowns to remind us of our age.

Minimal planning was necessary this year. We selected the venue and left the details up to Scott, Lauren’s husband, who did not disappoint. He even surprised us with this gorgeous cake and gag candles that read, “Oh no the big 3-0”. We made our wishes and blew out the candles as we always do, “side by side”.

We hope you are enjoying this birthday week, and thank you for celebrating with us. The official big day was yesterday. We will be posting a special bonus post on Friday to end the week with a story from a childhood birthday.

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