Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Talented Girl, Delicious Cake!

I opened my convos this morning and found this wonderful post from a great customer of mine, Lauren.  She had ordered some petals a while back to create a colorful birthday cake for her adorable little daughter.  Check out the GORGEOUS photos below:

Don't you just love the colors!! The cake looks so moist too!
Little Vera looks so beautiful! Love the custom, homemade party hat!
So after that wonderful party, she came back for some sugar hydrangeas.  These were the photos she was able to take of them at the party.  Absolutely STUNNING!  After seeing them Bonnie got hungry for some cake!
That frosting looked soooo darn good!!  Thanks so much for sharing Lauren, you're truly a gifted artist!!!!

A little photoshoot from yesterday

We put together a little photoshoot yesterday for our wafer butterflies.  Was trying out a few tricks on my Canon to see if it can pull out the colors for the wafer butterflies.  They tend to be a little translucent and the vibrant color can seem to get lost in that but you can see that it worked out well!

Monday, June 27, 2011

A Red, White, and Blue Weekend!

Hope everyone had a good weekend!  We just finished a great 4th of July party on Saturday, complete with a band and custom photobooth! 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

{An Awesome Website} Sugar Couture

At the end of the day I usually like to relax and glue my eyes to a computer screen.  Hahaha it's so calming, right?  I find myself there, hours on end, searching for the next great inspiration.  I know it's a weird 'cool down' hobby after spending a whole workday on the same computer; answering convos, answering e-mails, renewing items in the shop, designing paper packages, and editing photos, but I often love the feeling of finding little creative gems here and there.  Every week (or sometimes couple times a week) I'll post {An Awesome Website}.  The posts will be a compilation of great websites that have beautiful content that I think could be just the perfect muse for your next project (i.e. birthday, wedding, shower, Sunday afternoon, dinner party etc.).

This week, I was lucky enough to stumble across Sugar Couture in New York.  The sugar decorations and cake design totally BLEW me away.  I loved the clean, elegant lines of these cakes.  Check out the portfolio!  Impeccable work whether the cake be for a wedding or a kids' birthday.  Would definitely browse this site for an idea on my next birthday cake.

{Words for Wednesday}... Helping you get through the middle of the week.

And this is why we do what we do here at Modern Luxe....

Words by French By Design

A Modern Postcard

Been trying to busy myself with little marketing projects in between orders.  So I've finally put together this postcard to send to the printers.

I've found that it wasn't so simple to just throw a bunch of pretty pictures together.  It actually took quite a bit of work to make this look so random!  I'm hoping that this version will work for us.  I'm trying to explore other designs just in case.  But anyway, how does this look?

{Featured!} Sugar Orchids with Sparkling Event Designs

We loved working with Ebony and Gillian on this beautiful design for a 40th Birthday party.  The party was designed by Sparkling Events & Design.    They requested some orchids and fiddle head ferns airbrushed with vibrant, loud color.  This was the inspiration photo:
 And here was the final design!
We were so excited to get this post in our mail!  Just absolutely loved the details of this party.
 Check out more details HERE.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

A Violet Circus

One of my favorite photoshoots!  This little party was created using our Violet Circus Party Package. We were inspired by one of our invitations to make a full on dessert table.
We punched out sheets of plain cardstock paper as well as a few of our custom patterned sheets to make garlands and banners.
We looked all over to find the perfect animal silhouettes that weren't too silly.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Where Have We Been?

It seems like we've been in a whirlwind of chaos since we met up in March to be Modern Luxe.  Let's see, what have we been doing?? After coordinating the FitBody Bootcamp Grand Opening we were approached by Lorri Tippett from the extravagant Vellano Country Club in Chino Hills to do a sample dessert table.  The event was hosted by the Country Club and coordinated by Cynthia of Cyn In The City.  Of course we'll show off more photos of one of our favorite tables later, but here's a little peek at how it went.

After that busy week, we prepared for my daughter's 5th birthday party the next week which was an elegant, diamond encrusted "Royal Princess" Party.  We loved the idea of rich saturated blue styled with shades of pink.  Here was the invitation:
And here is a sample of how lovely the party was!

Of course, more pictures will follow! Can't wait to share that with you.  After an amazing (and tiring! Yes there was a big amount of clean up after that) weekend, we jumped right into creating a sweet little baby shower for a client in Pasadena.  Their home was a lovely craftsman-style house that was warm and rustic.  So we used that setting as inspiration for a 'Little Bird' Baby Shower!  Since the baby was a boy we used light blues, cornflower blues with deep browns as our color palette.  We used moss, bird cages, and branches and branches of white blossoms to bring nature into our dessert table.  We also created a kid's table with wooden birdhouses that they can paint. 
That shower was so fun!  It was a nice change from the glamorous princess party and the luxurious Vellano dessert table we did a short while ago.  Right after that we got to work on 3 different photoshoots to showcase our design work in paper products.  Our first shoot was for a Purple Circus Party, complete with confetti circles, yards of banners, and elegant circus animal silhouettes.

We actually have the digital party package available at the shop HERE.  That one photo just a peek for now but I promise you're going to get more.  Next up, we had Bonnie's favorite shoot, the Ivory Paris Party.  It was a chic and sophisticated change from the bright flamboyant Purple Circus Party.  We went shopping at Michael's and fell in love with these decorative boxes and crown topped bottles.

We just loved the crisp black and white stripes in this shoot.  Oh, and it just so happens that Bonnie was wearing this on the day of the shoot:

Lastly, we put together a quick little dessert table for a Casino Party, complete with poker chip cupcake toppers and a red and black color scheme.

Can you believe all of this happened in a span of just over a month??! 

Soon after that photoshoot, we decided to combine my business of sugar flowers (named Sweet Petal Bakery) into Modern Luxe so we can offer a full range of party products from edible fondant art to customizable printable party designs.  Next, we needed to find a place to operate our growing empire.  We found a great little office and workspace that was the perfect distance from our homes. I'll definitely post some pics of our shop later as we develop it.  So anyway, that brings us up to date.  I'll be back with tons of photos and tons of stories about little milestone things that just excited us as we go on this great business venture (for example, when we got our first letter mailed to our business address! Yay!).  We'll see you next time!  Hit us up if you have a party to plan!


All of these great party designs are actually available in our shop HERE if you're interested in creating a unique and personalized party.