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June 9, 2015

Twin Cities Live Craft Star Challenge Pt I

Imagine a Project Runway-esque craft competition created to find the Twin Cities' most awesome crafter. I was chosen, along with three other talented women, to compete for the coveted title on Twin Cities Live, and it's getting intense.

We started with a mad dash through Jo-Ann Fabrics and a shopping budget of $150. Let's just say, I was in the zone! Check out the video to see how our hunt for craft supplies went down, and how I put those items together to create my tablescape.

June 8, 2015

Dessert Meets Design: Sweet Birdie Birthday Party and Dessert Table

You know I L-O-V-E a good party, but I was determined not to go overboard planning, decorating, and designing stuff for my girl's third birthday. So, instead of inviting over a million of her tiny friends or renting out a bounce house venue, I temporarily converted my office into the perfect party spot for her birthday party. Her only request was that her closest little friends and a cake be in attendance at her soiree, which photog Sydnee Bickett captured beautifully. 

A bright birthday bash and dessert table with a modern twist of wood and color blocking. | Shauna Younge of Sweet Tooth  | pics: Sydnee Bickett
After I designed the hexagon and faux bois invites and found a great cake recipe, I planned a bash that was full of bright, spring-y colors offset by lots of white and gold accents. I created DIY faux bois color block placemats to bring color and warmth to my white desk for the girls to dine in style. 

Along with sliders, powdered donuts, and popcorn, the girls devoured vanilla ice cream and my strawberry cake. I customized labels with each girl's name to decorate the paper ice cream cups from Sweet Party Shop. I also designed faux bois labels for the milk bottles to add a natural element to the all-white room. Land of Nod's birdie garland and cupcake kit added a bit of whimsy to the dessert table that really kicked up the color a notch. 
A bright birthday bash and dessert table with a modern twist of wood and color blocking. | Shauna Younge of Sweet Tooth  | pics: Sydnee Bickett
A bright birthday bash and dessert table with a modern twist of wood and color blocking. | Shauna Younge of Sweet Tooth  | pics: Sydnee Bickett
A bright birthday bash and dessert table with a modern twist of wood and color blocking. | Shauna Younge of Sweet Tooth  | pics: Sydnee Bickett
A bright birthday bash and dessert table with a modern twist of wood and color blocking. | Shauna Younge of Sweet Tooth  | pics: Sydnee Bickett
A bright birthday bash and dessert table with a modern twist of wood and color blocking. | Shauna Younge of Sweet Tooth  | pics: Sydnee Bickett
A bright birthday bash and dessert table with a modern twist of wood and color blocking. | Shauna Younge of Sweet Tooth  | pics: Sydnee Bickett
A bright birthday bash and dessert table with a modern twist of wood and color blocking. | Shauna Younge of Sweet Tooth  | pics: Sydnee Bickett
A bright birthday bash and dessert table with a modern twist of wood and color blocking. | Shauna Younge of Sweet Tooth  | pics: Sydnee Bickett
A bright birthday bash and dessert table with a modern twist of wood and color blocking. | Shauna Younge of Sweet Tooth  | pics: Sydnee Bickett
A bright birthday bash and dessert table with a modern twist of wood and color blocking. | Shauna Younge of Sweet Tooth  | pics: Sydnee Bickett
A bright birthday bash and dessert table with a modern twist of wood and color blocking. | Shauna Younge of Sweet Tooth  | pics: Sydnee Bickett
A bright birthday bash and dessert table with a modern twist of wood and color blocking. | Shauna Younge of Sweet Tooth  | pics: Sydnee Bickett
The birdie garland also added a fun touch to the faux bois backdrop I made for the photo booth. Lila smiled happily with her sister and friends as she wore the a DIY starburst birthday crown I made for her. Sydnee even managed to snap a picture of us all smiling, which is basically a small miracle.
A bright birthday bash and dessert table with a modern twist of wood and color blocking. | Shauna Younge of Sweet Tooth  | pics: Sydnee Bickett
A bright birthday bash and dessert table with a modern twist of wood and color blocking. | Shauna Younge of Sweet Tooth  | pics: Sydnee Bickett
A bright birthday bash and dessert table with a modern twist of wood and color blocking. | Shauna Younge of Sweet Tooth  | pics: Sydnee Bickett

Credits
party concept, styling, and dessert table: Shauna Younge
images: Sydnee Bickett
birdie garland and cupcake kit: Land of Nod

May 27, 2015

DIY Geometric Gender Reveal Truffles

I'm in a gender reveal state of mind. My friend (and Confetti Pop assistant) recently had a GR party, and I was the only attendee that knew the sex of the baby pre-party. So. Much. Pressure! The other guests kept trying to sneakily get me to spill the beans. Now that her party is behind us, I'm still in a boy or girl mystery mood. I designed these DIY Geometric Gender Reveal Truffles exclusively for Momtastic. Click on over there to get the how-to.
DIY Geometric Gender Reveal Truffles | Shauna Younge
DIY Geometric Gender Reveal Truffles | Shauna Younge

March 10, 2015

Dessert Meets Design: Ruffles with a Side of Star Wars Dessert Table

It's been forever since I touched based on this ole blog. Hopefully, you've been following along on Pinterest and Instagram, because I'm loving both those platforms right now. But, it's been a while, so it's good to get back to my blogging roots. I love working with Kirsten of Fab Event Design, and this time was no different.

What better way to say, "Hey, girl heeeey!" and get back in the swing of blogging than with a pretty dessert table I designed for Katharine & Tim's wedding? It was photographed by Melissa Oholendt and dressed up with Munster Rose blooms all set in beautiful Aria Minneapolis.
Ivory, champagne, and blush dessert table with Star Wars cake topper and fab florals. | Shauna Younge (pics: Melissa Oholendt)
My clients, Katharine and Tim, wanted the table's vibe to match the femininity of the bride's blush pink dress (It was ah-mazing!) and the elegance of the invite's soft silver, ivory, and champagne palette. As pretty as the table was, it was also really important to the bride and groom that we incorporate a little Star Wars into the design. Gateaux added a tiny Princess Leia and a lil' Chewbacca for the topper on their ruffle cake. I was so obsessed with the cake frosting, that I had to try to recreate it at home weeks later. The kids were all over that. Here's another close-up of these two when they came out from behind the bow.
Ivory, champagne, and blush dessert table with Star Wars cake topper. | Shauna Younge Dessert Tables (pics: Melissa Oholendt, cake: Gateaux)
This sophisticated design wouldn't be complete without some macarons, custom monogrammed petit fours, and shooters. I designed custom favor boxes for the kids and custom bags for the chocolate potato chips and bacon brownies. Because let's face it, it wouldn't do to just have them sitting in a bowl on the table.
Romantic Dessert Table with Star Wars Details | Shauna Younge (pics: Melissa Oholendt) | Sweet Tooth
Romantic Dessert Table with Star Wars Details | Shauna Younge (pics: Melissa Oholendt) | Sweet Tooth
Romantic Dessert Table with Star Wars Details | Shauna Younge (pics: Melissa Oholendt) | Sweet Tooth
The sweet display wouldn't have been complete without the R2D2 groom's cake. Not only was he made following a very specific blueprint, he also made the robot's trademark sounds and lit up! Want to hear for yourself? Check out this video I posted from the wedding. 
Romantic Dessert Table with Star Wars Details | Shauna Younge (pics: Melissa Oholendt) | Sweet Tooth
Check out the noises this R2-D2 grooms cake made. Amazing, right?!?


Loved this couple, loved the vendors, loved it all!

photographer: Melissa Oholendt
dessert table, custom favors, custom labels: Shauna Younge
florals: Munster Rose
cakes, petit fours, shooters: Gateaux
macarons: Cocoa and Fig
chocolate potato chips: Sweet Chocolat

February 16, 2015

Easy-to-Make King Cake Pops for Mardi Gras

This weekend, I decided to put a twist on the traditional King Cake for Mardi Gras. Instead of hiding a tiny toy baby inside a cinnamon-y, sprinkle-covered cake, I made these little cake pops. The entire process only took about 10 minutes! So, get your cake pop maker out and check out my post on Momtastic to learn how to make these sweet New Orleans treats.
Celebrate Mardi Gras with King Cake Pops | Shauna Younge
Celebrate Mardi Gras with King Cake Pops | Shauna Younge

Admit, you're totally ready to get into the Mardi Gras spirit! Now, swing by Momtastic to check out my King Cake Pops tutorial.

pics by yours truly
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