I downloaded these print-and-mail invitations from Real Simple.com, and just filled in the details.
A palette of pinks and browns set a perfect scene. Have small, tight bouquets of your favorite pink flower in low glasses or silver vases. I used pink and red carnations. The empty baby wipes container was for entering a drawing for a hand-painted martini glass, that I, wait for it, painted by hand.
Pink paper cupcake liners can turn an ordinary strand of white lights into a string of delicate blossoms.
No need for a stuffy tablecloth, instead pretty paper doilies are all you need to set off your dessert stands. Scored mine from the dollar store. And aren't you loving my striped coasters? They're from Social Couture.
Have different kinds of dessert locations: fruits and cheeses in the kitchen, pastries on the dining table and a chocolate fountain at the sideboard. I served store-bought napoleons, strawberry shortcake served in martini glasses, homemade moon pies frosted with powdered sugar, gluten-free chocolate chip cookies, fruit, and a truffle bar.
Check out the amazing truffle recipe I used. I set out bowls of crushed chocolate candies, shredded coconut and powdered sugar for guests to roll their truffles in, then place in parchment-lined candy boxes to take home.
Serve flavored coffees or have a full coffee bar, complete with cream, sugar, cinnamon sticks, vanilla syrup with regular and decaf coffees. We had milk in pretty carafes and sparkling apple cider served in wine glasses.
For an added touch, send guests home with pretty toothbrushes wrapped in clear cellophane, tie the ends with bakery string and a tag that reads: “Sweet Tooth RX”. Or try candy sushi in miniature takeout boxes. I prefer this version that uses donuts and Twinkies instead of Rice-Crispy treats, because those are a pain to make (as if I don't have enough to do already!)