Dutch Love

 Here’s a little offbeat inspiration for your Valentine’s Day…The heart elements could work for a simple Valentine celebration, or if you are of Dutch descent or enjoy Dutch culture, go all out with this theme for the holiday of love.

This Dutch Folk Art styled shoot was created for an issue of Bird’s Party Magazine. It’s sort of a blend between Pennsylvania Dutch artwork and traditional Dutch desserts. To read about the desserts and details of the table, see below.


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The goal for this shoot was to do something different that’s never been seen before. Inspiration can be found anywhere, including the ‘It’s a Small World’ ride at Disneyworld. The cultures and colors are so beautiful and I’ve recently found myself drawn to folk art so much, that I decided I’d make a dessert table using Dutch folk art as the theme.

I was going more for simple beauty and authenticity than the trends of dessert tables currently popular in the party scene. The color palette is very typical of this style with the red, navy, yellow and white. I also wanted to use the doves, tulips and hearts, most commonly seen in Dutch folk art. Bird of Bird’s Party made beautiful printables for me to work with, which were the foundation for every single element that went into the design of the table. Every vendor used that design as inspiration or copied it to match perfectly. The table was captured flawlessly by Darci Woodiwiss Photography.

My fabulous baker from Cakes by Costa flew to Florida from Massachusetts to do this shoot with me and the desserts did not disappoint. We had Slagroomtaart, a Dutch cream cake, which is very light and airy in taste. The Dutch apple cakes were dense and the spices made this one delicious treat. There was also a Dutch cocoa dip for the fresh fruit which was much richer than a chocolate syrup, but oh so yummy!

I ordered the Stroopwafels from I Love Stroopwafels. These tasty Dutch treats are basically 2 waffle cookies with caramel sandwiched between them. Traditionally eaten with coffee or tea, if you set the Stroopwafel atop the hot coffee cup and wait a few minutes, the consistency is just right with slightly oozing caramel and the temperature is perfect. These were so much fun to try!

The only dessert on the table that was not traditional Dutch, were the absolutely gorgeous and ornate sugar cookies, made by Bees Knees Creative. The artistry on these cookies was fantastic and they looked so beautiful on the table. They were a perfect addition to tie all the elements together.

The flowers, by Dana Dineen Floral were a must on this table. The red Tulips, yellow Asiatic lilies, blue Gentiana and yellow Craspedia with ivy looked ‘perfectly Dutch’. They set the tone for the whole table and it just wouldn’t have worked nearly as well without them.

ReDefine Design Studio provided some of the awesome serveware on the table: The cookie platters, the quirky coffee cups with saucers, the heart shaped cake pans, and the most perfect little white and blue bowl with a blue handle.

One of my absolute favorite details on the table were the adorable little peg dolls, custom made by the oh-so-talented Jenny of Craft That Party. Honestly, they are the cutest things I’ve seen in a very long time. They took center stage on my table and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

I made the backdrop with party supplies, using most of the design on Bird’s Dutch Folk Art printables. It was just foam core, wrapped in a yard of navy fabric, paper pinwheel fans, felt, paper punched circles, Martha Stewart stickers and Bird’s printables. Other décor included a little pair of Dutch clogs with a windmill on them as a cake topper, toothpick flags to emulate the Dutch flag and dessert stands for both the cookies and fruit: I put heart ribbon around each heart cake pan and used glue dots to attach them to the candlesticks, which I had spray painted yellow. The saucers that matched the coffee cups just sat on top of clear glass candlesticks. Perfect little dessert stands!

As I always use something of my late grandmother’s in every shoot, the little casserole dishes and the yellow ‘Dutch oven’ that the cake sat in belonged to her, as well as the Dutch cocoa dip bowls on both sides.

The whitewashed wood planks belong to Dana Dineen Florals and I love the different levels and the added element of vintage they added.  They were a great addition to the table.
I absolutely adored working with this wonderful collaboration of vendors. What a great team!


Design/Styling: Elissa at One Stone Events

Printables: Bird’s Party

Photography: Darci Woodiwiss Photography

Desserts: Cakes by Costa

Flowers/wood planks: Dana Dineen Florals

Sugar Cookies: Bee’s Knees Creative

Peg Dolls: Jenny at Craft That Party 

Vintage Boutique Rentals: ReDefine Design Studio

Stroopwafels: I Love Stroopwafels


Occasions Magazine Feature (Press)

Occasions Magazine has launched their Premiere Florida issue and I’m thrilled to be a small part of it! What I love about this magazine is that it not only showcases beautiful weddings, but other important milestone celebrations as well. There aren’t any other magazines that I know of that have all that eye candy and inspiration in one place. It’s a great resource for ANYONE planning a party, and since I design and style many of those other types of ‘Occasions’, it’s important for vendors like me to have an outlet like this. I want to thank Heather Vreeland, Occasions’ Group Publisher and Editorial Director, for including me as a part of this beautiful magazine. And a big thank you to all the vendors who helped to make the featured celebration such a success. (Another post devoted to the party and vendors to come, soon!)

French Bohemian Quinceanera
photo by Kathy Porupski

So, sit back, relax and pour through the pages of this great glossy or click the image above to see the online version...You'll find the French Cabaret Quinceanera I designed and planned on pages 126-127.
To see more images of this party, click here.