DIY Chalkboard Trays

DIYs are a major party of the parties that I plan, because they allow me to add signature touches and posh flair to special celebrations without breaking the bank. My latest project is one that I’m working on for my daughter’s upcoming Paris birthday party. A simple DIY chalkboard….I know!! I’m sure this isn’t the first DIY chalkboard you’ve seen…and probably won’t be the last, but the finished product turned out much better than I anticipated, so I thought it would be a good one to share with all of you, since it’ super simple and affordable to make!

I could easily go and purchase some pre-made chalkboards for my daughter’s birthday online, but I’d end up spending anywhere from $15-30 each. Instead, I found some silver trays with detailed edges at the dollar store that transformed perfectly. Aside from my not-so-great printing…I’m really pleased with how they turned out!

DIY Chalkboard Tray

DIY Chalkboard Trays

Supplies

Silver or gold trays from the Dollar Store

1 Container of Chalkboard Paint

Small paint brush

Painters tape

Chalk.

DIY Chalkboard Tray

Instructions

Tape off the interior edges of your tray using painters tape, leaving the detailed frame exposed.

(Make sure to press down on the lines of the tape with your finger, to create a good seal around the edge.)

DIY Chalkboard Tray

Paint the interior part of the tray with one good layer of chalkboard paint.

Set aside and allow to dry one hour.

Once dry, add an additional thick coat of chalkboard paint to the tray and allow to set overnight.

Rub chalk across the entire surface of the chalkboard tray to condition the surface. Allow a little extra time to set.

DIY Chalkboard Tray

They are ready for use!

Chalkboard Tray

And there you have it. A simple DIY that looks like it’s worth a pretty penny when really it will only cost you a few! Not only will these be a fabulous addition to the upcoming Paris celebration, but for future parties as well.

The easel stands holding the trays came from Jo-Anne’s for $1 apiece.

Thanks for reading! I’ll have more Paris party related posts on the blog soon, but I’m thinking it’s time to switch gears a bit. Cinco de Mayo is coming up in a week and I have a yummy treat to share to celebrate the holiday.

Check back soon for that recipe and more!

xoxo

All images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2013.

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Baby Glam

Sundays are usually super lazy for us and I love this because not only do I get to spend the entire day with my family, but I get the chance to work on projects that need finishing. Like the final edits from the recent photo-shoot I did my baby girl. You may remember the IG sneak peek I shared with you a few weeks back. Well, between illness and birthday planning, I’ve finally had the chance to finish them up. Now all that’s left is for me to get them printed on canvas.

If you follow my blog, then you probably already know we’re going with the “Spring in Paris” theme for her 1st birthday celebration. The theme is what inspired the wardrobe that she wore. All super girly and chic. I pulled a few necklaces from my own collection and paired them with lace bloomers, a tutu, and hair clip, all in the color of pink and all purchased at specialty stores locally. It was nearly impossible to get her to keep the tutu on, so eventually I just gave up and let her explore. This quickly transitioned into her eating the jewelry and pulling the clip from her hair every chance she could get. I guess I was fortunate to at least get in a few good shots.

Anyways, here she is. She turned 11 months on April 11th and has started walking. She loves getting into trouble, being testy and eating rice crackers. Her favorite word these days is “more” as in “more food.” She also loves to give hugs and snuggle. We keep expecting that her eye color will change, but they’re still blue as ever. This comes as a bit of a surprise to my husband and I as neither one of us have blue eyes. I have brown and my husband has hazel, and so does my oldest daughter. Just makes baby M that much more unique and special.

I feel lucky to be a mama to such amazing little beings and I love capturing special moments with them! For whatever reason lately, I’ve been really into vintage and sepia. These are my favorite shots of her.

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Thanks for reading. Check back again soon for more posh.

xoxo

All images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2013.

Spring In Paris – Inspiration and Invitations

My baby girl will be 1 years old in just a few week’s time and I can barely believe it! The past 12 months have gone by in a flash. She was born on Mother’s Day weekend last year and shares the same birthday as my late Father. Such a special gift. Each day that passes we’re reminded of the way she’s blessed our lives. We couldn’t be more proud of her accomplishments or more in awe of her heart, her love and her smile. There are so many moments worth celebrating and although bittersweet, we are looking forward to ringing in her special day with our closest friends and family.

The theme for her 1st b-day is inspired by a collection of Paris cookie cutters that I carry in my Etsy shop. When I first got them in stock, I fell in love. But that’s not where my obsession with Paris began. I have been enamored with the city and France in general for quite a long time. So romantic, so chic, the land of macarons, Coco Chanel, French decor and just about everything else I consider to be posh. Every girl’s dream!!! Isn’t it?! And since my baby girl is a little too young to choose her birthday theme, I’m taking advantage of what will most likely be the only year I get to choose for her.

Now for the planning. My goal is to keep it super young and sweet just like her, starting with the color scheme. Since she was born in Spring, I’m planning to tie in the season by using an abundance of fresh flowers; peonies, roses and hydrangea. I’ll also be incorporating the trendy pastel accent hues of mint and blush as well as many French details and decor, such as the Eiffel Tower shown below. As you can see, the overall feel to be light, airy, and super girly-chic with lots of signature touches including handmade invitations, props, prints and labels.

Adding this signature touch is important to me because it’s what makes a celebration memorable, unique and posh.

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Above is a sample look at some of the designs and prints I’ve been working on as well as the items that have inspired them. From the “I love Paris” imagery, to the white Eiffel Tower I purchased at Target, the mint pastel balloons, ivory striped straws and last but not least a box of macarons from Ladureé. I need to get my hands on some of those…asap!!

1. I love Paris 2. Eiffel Tower – Target 3. Pastel Balloons  4. Ivory Straws  5. Ladureé Box

Paris Invite - Spring

And here’s a closer look at the invitation that was sent to our special guests.

 I’ve had so much Paris on the brain lately, a visit to the city of love is definitely on our list of to-dos, however it will have to wait until the girls are a bit older and more accustomed to long travel. Until then I’ll just have to pretend like I’m already there…this seems like the perfect start and the perfect way to celebrate ma chéri.

p.s. The 12 month photo seen in the invitation is from one of the 1st birthday photo-shoots I did with my baby girl. Stay tuned for a closer look at the images, they’ll be up on the blog next!

Thanks as always for reading! Check back in soon!

xo

French Macarons

If ever there were a treat to represent posh, the macaron would be it. I just obsess over them! Not only for their delicious taste and texture, but also for the array of gorgeous hues they are available in. I seriously can’t think of a prettier dessert to serve for a special occasion and since my baby girls Spring in Paris themed 1st Birthday is coming up in a months time, adding them to the menu seemed like a no-brainer.

As a result, I have been attempting to get on my French Macaron A-game, but let me tell you the process hasn’t been pretty…or edible for that matter. Let’s just say, I quickly discovered that these chic little cookie gems are a lot easier to eat than they are to make.

Honestly speaking, It would probably make more sense to just purchase the macarons for my daughter’s 1st bday, but since I love a good challenge, attempting to make them homemade seems much more satisfying. Luckily I can report that after three inedible attempts at homemade macarons, I was able to make a batch this past Monday that came out of the oven sporting feet and shiny caps. Oh If only you could have seen the excitement on my face!! Nowhere near perfection but a huge improvement from the first ones I made. I even took a photo via Instagram for you to see!

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The recipe I used came from howtocookthat.net which seriously features the best tutorial I have ever come across. Instead of attempting to share the full recipe here, I highly recommend following the link to the site below, as it features an instructional video, trouble-shooting and US measurement conversions, perfect for the macaron challenged like myself.

Easy French Macarons

Here is the dairy free buttercream recipe that I used to fill my macarons as well as some additional troubleshooting tips based on my own experience making these. I went dairy free because as most of you know my baby has an allergy to it and I have since removed it from my diet. If you are not dairy free, you can always just use regular butter for this recipe.

Dairy Free Apricot Strawberry Buttercream

1 stick Vegan buttery sticks softened

2 tablespoons strawberry preserves

2 tablespoons apricot preserves

1/4 cup powder sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla.

Instructions

Place all ingredients into mixer and blend until incorporated.
Spoon into ziplock bag
Pipe between macaron shells, either a little..or a lot, based on your preference.

You can also add more sugar if you prefer a sweeter buttercream. I don’t care as much for overly sweet things and since the shells are already really sweet, I toned down the recipe.

Troubleshooting Tips

Whip your egg whites until dry. It took 12 minutes on speed 8 in my stand mixer.Use parchment paper instead of a silicone mat.

Make sure you are properly folding your batter as opposed to stirring it.

For consistent round shells, be sure to use an icing tip.

Watch the temp of your oven. I have gas heat so turning mine down to 295 degrees Fahrenheit worked well for me.

Don’t place your macarons too close to the heat source of your oven. I doubled up my pans and placed them on a higher shelf for a better result.

I wish you luck at making homemade macarons. If they turn out the first time for you…well then I’m completely jealous! If not, try again. Third time was a charm for me and I have since been enjoying a few every morning this week with my favorite lavender rooibos tea. Perfection. Hopefully I’ll get the chance to test out this recipe a few more times before my baby’s 1st birthday. I know I could use the extra practice.

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More ‘Spring in Paris’ related ideas and inspiration on the way soon!! Happy Friday to you all!

xo

A fresh look for Posh

Over the last year, Posh Little Designs has become my second home. The place I go when I need a break from my little loves, have something fabulous and fun to share; a new concept, sweet recipe, party inspiration or even just a random blurb. What started out as a creative outlet for me has evolved into so much more. A brand, a journal documenting my most special life moments and a way for me to reach out and connect with friends across the globe. What a journey! And to all of my loyal readers, commenters, ‘likers’ and friends who have accompanied me, it is with gratitude that I thank you!

I love looking back to see the progression from my first post until now. The transition is worth celebrating and with the new season upon us, I do so with a fresh look for Posh.

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If you’ve visited lately you may have already noticed the new design illustrated by Erisha of A Thing Created. I came to her with concepts that she ever so graciously and beautifully transformed into a design that is not only a reflection of my personal style, but the Posh Little Designs brand and signature. I can’t think of a better way to welcome Spring, except for with a lifesize pair of those mint heels. Need!!!

I hope you continue to follow Posh and stay in touch.

The future here is full of all things sweet, chic, stylish and posh of course.

xo

Visit A Thing Created to see more captivating designs and illustrations by Erisha.

Photoshoot for Baby M

Hello everyone! Happy April!! I don’t know about you but I’m certainly glad that March is behind us. The 2 holidays made it pretty hectic so I’m thrilled to welcome April and Spring and begin work on some new projects. This month I’ll be focusing most of my attention towards my baby girl’s 1st birthday! Yes, she is about to be 1 years old in May. Such a bittersweet, yet exciting time for all of us. Can’t believe how fast the year went by, but I’m remembering to enjoy every little moment as she grows. Taking photos is one of my favorite ways to do this. There is no better way that I can think of to capture her in action.

Here’s a little sneak peek of the photo shoot I completed today, which is for her upcoming birthday celebration and invites. Since we’ve chosen a Spring in Paris theme (more on that later,) getting her all dolled up was a must!! Just a few snapshots taken on Instagram to give you an idea of what’s to come. I’ll be sharing the final edits soon.

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What she wore.

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Please stay tuned as I have I have much to share relating to baby M’s upcoming Paris themed birthday celebration.

Stay posh and check back soon!

xo