24 Oct

A Sunny Afternoon social at Urbanic Boutique | Photo by Joanne Pio | 100 Layer Cake

You might remember from our Instagram that we got to be part of the awesome Summer Social with Urbanic last month. Each year, this event brings bloggers, designers, and creatives from all over the LA area together under one roof for a beautiful evening of mingling and connecting. This year, Sarah of Smitten Studio cohosted the event with Urbanic, presenting her latest paper collection from Smitten Studio. It’s so fun to have a time dedicated to chatting with some of the area’s most inspiring folks, over drinks and treats no less!

Thanks to Joanne Pio for sharing these photos for our recap.

A Sunny Afternoon social at Urbanic Boutique | Photo by Joanne Pio | 100 Layer Cake

A Sunny Afternoon social at Urbanic Boutique | Photo by Joanne Pio | 100 Layer Cake

GATHER Events was behind the design + window displays.

A Sunny Afternoon social at Urbanic Boutique | Photo by Joanne Pio | 100 Layer Cake

The gals at Moon Canyon created some ever-so-lovely floral displays with big blooms placed throughout.

A Sunny Afternoon social at Urbanic Boutique | Photo by Joanne Pio | 100 Layer Cake

A Sunny Afternoon social at Urbanic Boutique | Photo by Joanne Pio | 100 Layer Cake

A Sunny Afternoon social at Urbanic Boutique | Photo by Joanne Pio | 100 Layer Cake

A Sunny Afternoon social at Urbanic Boutique | Photo by Joanne Pio | 100 Layer Cake

What’s an event without sweets? Yummy Pops had the best popsicle station!

A Sunny Afternoon social at Urbanic Boutique | Photo by Joanne Pio | 100 Layer Cake

Then there was a mimosa bar by One Hope Wine… As tasty as it is pretty.

A Sunny Afternoon social at Urbanic Boutique | Photo by Joanne Pio | 100 Layer Cake

A Sunny Afternoon social at Urbanic Boutique | Photo by Joanne Pio | 100 Layer Cake

A Sunny Afternoon social at Urbanic Boutique | Photo by Joanne Pio | 100 Layer Cake

And of course, all of the exclusive designs from A Sunny Afternoon were beautifully displayed with Sarah there to chat with people about her brand and the collaboration.

A Sunny Afternoon social at Urbanic Boutique | Photo by Joanne Pio | 100 Layer Cake

Check out the video below to see all the goodness in action (read: lots of popsicle tasting!):

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Photographer: Joanne Pio / Videographer: California Electric / Venue, Host, Paper Goods: Urbanic / Host, Home Goods, Paper Goods: A Sunny Afternoon / Window Displays & Event Design: GATHER Events / Floral Design: Moon Canyon / Dessert: Yummy Pops / Bar: One Hope Wine / Rentals: La Piñata Party Rentals

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24 Oct

Italian carnivale themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Brandi Welles Photographer | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80766

You guys. This 40th birthday bash is F-U-N. (Just in time for the weekend!) Jen + Geoff love parties. Jen’s a cake baker who loves to come up with bigger and better ideas for Geoff’s birthday each year. But for her own 40th, her guy had a plan of his own: to throw a festive, intimate Venetian Carnivale themed bash inspired by their honeymoon to Italy (and particularly Venice) 13 years before. He got all the right people on board too – Mein Schatz Events to coordinate the epic event and Brandi Welles Photography to catch all the best moments.

Italian carnivale themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Brandi Welles Photographer | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80766

Italian carnivale themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Brandi Welles Photographer | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80766

Italian carnivale themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Brandi Welles Photographer | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80766

A super gorgeous Malibu setting to set the tone…

Italian carnivale themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Brandi Welles Photographer | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80766

Italian carnivale themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Brandi Welles Photographer | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80766

Italian carnivale themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Brandi Welles Photographer | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80766

Their specialty cocktail, Italian Bee Keeper: Bourbon, lemon, honey, Amaro Averna, Angostura Bitters

Italian carnivale themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Brandi Welles Photographer | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80766

Italian carnivale themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Brandi Welles Photographer | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80766

A singing gondolier and a flower-filled gondola, plus a Venetian stilt walker provided the entertainment. They really went all out!

Italian carnivale themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Brandi Welles Photographer | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80766

Italian carnivale themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Brandi Welles Photographer | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80766

Italian carnivale themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Brandi Welles Photographer | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80766

Italian carnivale themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Brandi Welles Photographer | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80766

Italian carnivale themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Brandi Welles Photographer | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80766

Italian carnivale themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Brandi Welles Photographer | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80766

They served lasagne cupcakes (uh, yum!), crostini, salamis, cheeses, and nuts, and a signature cocktail. Jen explains, We watched the sunset over the Malibu coast as we enjoyed wine and champagne and feasted on a choice of succulent prime rib or delicately prepared halibut. In lieu of party hats, Venetian masks were designed and handcrafted by VIVO Masks, of Venice, Italy. We put them on and mingled among the expansive grounds of the property.

Italian carnivale themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Brandi Welles Photographer | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80766

Italian carnivale themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Brandi Welles Photographer | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80766

Italian carnivale themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Brandi Welles Photographer | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80766

Italian carnivale themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Brandi Welles Photographer | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80766

Italian carnivale themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Brandi Welles Photographer | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80766

Italian carnivale themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Brandi Welles Photographer | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80766

Italian carnivale themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Brandi Welles Photographer | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80766

Italian carnivale themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Brandi Welles Photographer | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80766

Italian carnivale themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Brandi Welles Photographer | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80766

A few more deets, c/o Mein Schatz Events: We knew we wanted to bring in some rich reds and dark moody blooms. So we took advantage of the season with some blood red peonies, chocolate cosmos, dahlias and garden roses… Each guest took home a Venetian mask and filled a time capsule of well wishes for Jen to open on her 50th.

Italian carnivale themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Brandi Welles Photographer | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80766

Italian carnivale themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Brandi Welles Photographer | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80766

Italian carnivale themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Brandi Welles Photographer | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80766

Italian carnivale themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Brandi Welles Photographer | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80766

Jen says, After our guests sang Happy Birthday, we enjoyed cake around the fire pit, reminiscing about the past and making predictions about my 50th!

Happy birthday, Jen! And kudos to Geoff + the team below for such a fabulous bash!

Photographer: Brandi Welles Photography / Venue: Malibu Residence provided by Universal Locations / Event Planners: Mein Schatz Events / Cake: Charm City Cakes West / Catering: Heirloom LA / Gondola: Gondola Getaway / Venetian Masks: VIVO Masks

 
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23 Oct

If fall is perfect for anything (besides entertaining, perfecting cold-weather cocktails, saying “I do”…etc etc), it’s got to be getting crafty. Whether you’re enamored by romantic fall décor, are hosting your next dinner party, or have a big event to put on, these garland ideas are sure to come in handy sooner or later. And they’re so, so easy too. Better to pin them now and be prepared!

Click through the slideshow at right and tell us, which will you be hanging this weekend?

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