What I liked about… Penny’s First Birthday Party

23 Nov


Penny celebrated her first year at the legendary Hotel Del Coronado with her wonderful parents, family and guests. We wanted this to be an affair to remember so we designed an upscale event that would look like a wedding reception and we worked around a cute Minnie Mouse theme (Penny’s favorite Disney character).


The color palette was a combination of baby pink, lavender and deep purple with a splash of turquoise.




The vision came to life in the Ballroom with lavender linens, purple overlays with floral textures, and silver Chiavari chairs by Sweet Ribbon Events, and delicate centerpieces in silver urns and candelabra by Jolie Fleur.




Dolldine Designs created all the paper items from the cute invitation in pink, purple, silver glitter and black, to the escort cards, table numbers and guest book – all matching the Minnie Mouse theme.


Penny’s mother, Leah crafted the beautiful card box – She’s very creative!


Grove Pastry Shop made super cute cookies (with a Minnie Mouse shape, of course!) as favors, and Dolldine Designs provided the tag.





Friends and family were entertained all night long with a photo booth by The Groove, balloon artist and face tattoo artist by Creative Entertainment, and fun mascots - Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck. Minnie Mouse came dressed all in pink :)


The grand finale was a tiered cake by Grove Pastry Shop decorated with ruffles and a Minnie Mouse silhouette matching the one that was used on the invitation.


Congratulations to the little princess on her first birthday, it was a privilege to be part of Penny’s celebration!

Thanks to David Manning Photographers for the beautiful pictures :)


What I liked about… Keiko and Mark’s Wedding

19 Nov


DIY weddings are becoming more and more popular and I love the creativity of every couple when they incorporate elements that tell about their story and personality.

Keiko and Mark are a perfect example of a wedding celebration that tells about the love of two wonderful people thanks to personal details. Who said that simple and organic can’t be fun?!?





Sweet Ribbon Events made all the flowers and provided the specialty linens.



Mark created this unique escort cards display (“It was quite an interesting project,” he said) and I printed all the escort cards with the same pattern from their wedding invitation (a delicate green fern).




Centerpieces were arranged with personal belongings from Keiko and Mark: favorite books, potted plants that they bought at a local garden store, and framed portraits from their trips together. I printed the table numbers with the same fern pattern of their invitation and escort cards.


Sweet Ribbon decorated the sweetheart table with blossoms in Keiko’s favorite colors over a delicate lace overlay.


Villa Capri catered the reception with an authentic Italian menu. Appetizers included tray-passed hors d’oeuvres and a delicious display of assorted cheese, artisan breads, and fruit.


Rentals were provided by Raphael’s Party Rentals and they also installed fun string lights for the party to go on until late in the night. There were a lot of dancers among the guests!



Keiko fell in love with Cupcakes Squared because of the unusual square shape and the couple decided to have a cupcake cake and a variety of cupcakes to satisfy every taste – gluten-free included!


Favors were another DIY project: Keiko and Mark purchased little jars and filled them with nuts and candy. They personalized each one with different labels for a pop of color.


It was a privilege being part of Keiko and Mark’s wedding, congratulations to the couple!

Thanks to Inner Song for the fantastic pictures!

Get Inspired – Radiant Orchid

9 Nov

I’m impatiently waiting for Pantone to release the Color Of The Year for 2015… I have a feeling it will be a wonderful blue shade, what do you think?

In the meantime, here’s an inspiration board that I created for The Country Friends‘ Spring Luncheon in May that celebrated their 60 years. Radiant Orchid was the main color and the entire vision came to life around it.


Are you looking for ideas about your wedding or special event? Do you have a vision but you don’t know how to put all the details together? La Dolce Idea can help you! Let’s meet and start designing your once-in-a-lifetime celebration today!

What I liked about… Courtney and Paul’s wedding

25 Oct

Courtney and Paul chose the legendary Hotel Del Coronado as the backdrop for their special day.

Enjoy the highlights from this beautiful wedding by Russell John Films :)

Courtney & Paul- Hotel Del Coronado Wedding from Russell John Films on Vimeo.

Officiant – Rabbi Ian
Flowers – Jennifer Cole Florals
Linens – Fusion Linens
Bakery – Sweet Cheeks Baking
Ice Cream Station – Ice Cream Lab
Entertainment – NRG Band
Lighting – OCAVS
Photo Booth – The Fotobox
Photography – Brant Bender

The Sweet Table Boutique – The Enchanted Donut Bar

17 Oct

I was asked to participate in Ceremony Magazine‘s 10th Year Anniversary at gorgeous Rancho Las Lomas and I offered to provide delicious treats to the attendees of this fabulous event.

The location was the ideal background for amazing tabletops, beautiful people, and lots of food and drinks. It was an evening to remember!

I designed a fun mini donut bar that received a lot of attention throughout the event. The lavender linen and lace overlay by Sweet Ribbon Events gave the table a soft, natural look, and Jennifer Cole Florals embellished the station with galvanized buckets of gladiolus, roses and irises to give a farmer’s market feel. Thanks to Sensational Treats, we gave out hundreds of mini donuts topped with chocolate, sprinkles, caramel, and more! Keep the donut station in mind when you want to add that “wow” factor at your event or wedding reception :)





Congratulations to Amy and Jim Harrick for a fantastic publication, I am proud to be part of the Ceremony Magazine family :)

Watch the video clip by Godfather Films below and you will see why I raved about this event!

The most beautiful colors of Spring 2015 by Pantone

15 Oct


You know how obsessed with colors I am and today, even if I see gray clouds from my window it’s a happy and colorful day! Pantone released the Fashion Color Report for Spring 2015. The runways at the New York Fashion Week last month saw a move toward the cooler and softer side of the color spectrum and I love every single shade!


From left to right starting at the top:

  • Aquamarine – Airy blue with a dreamy feel
  • Scuba Blue – An invigorating turquoise
  • Lucite Green – A soothing green shade light in weight and also in tone
  • Classic Blue – A shade that inspires calm, confidence and harmony
  • Toasted Almond – A sun-tanned neutral
  • Strawberry Ice – A subtle and charming shade
  • Tangerine – A juicy, energizing shade
  • Custard – A delicious and delectable yellow
  • Marsala – A sensual and bold tone that serves as the foundation of the Spring 2015 palette
  • Glacier Gray – An unobtrusive gray that contrasts and enhances
  • Dusk Blue – A nostalgic shade that gives a sense of calm
  • Treetop – A healthy harmonious green which offers a reassuring presence
  • Woodbine – A tropical green that can be used with anything and everything
  • Sandstone – A stable and grounded shade that has a warming presence
  • Titanium – A basic gray shade that has classic appeal
  • Lavender Herb – A shade rich in nostalgia that adds a surprise to the Spring 2015 palette

My favorite one? Hard to choose but I would probably go with Strawberry Ice, I’m a huge fan of berry shades and I think they go with everything. Also, the neutral Toasted Almond and Sandstone are great!

What is your favorite color? Vote and download the entire Fashion Color Report HERE.

Event Report – Art Of Fashion 2014

23 Sep

Sabrina in pink with ladies from The Country Friends Committee – Photo courtesy: Rancho Santa Fe Review

What a fantastic day! The 2014 Art Of Fashion was a huge success last Thursday at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. Andrea Naversen, the Art Of Fashion’s event for this year asked me to be the Luncheon Chair and it was a marvelous experience, not only because it was a privilege to be part of the cause but also because I had a chance to work with her. Andrea is an amazing woman, tireless professional (like me!) and full of life and energy! For those who don’t know Andrea personally, here’s a recent article that I’m sure you will enjoy.

The Art Of Fashion is the biggest annual fundraiser for The Country Friends, a Rancho Santa Fe non-profit organization that has given more than $12 million to help fund local charities supporting women, children, the elderly and people with disabilities. I have been a proud member since December 2012 and I absolutely love it :)

Presented in partnership with South Coast Plaza, the Art Of Fashion included a Pre-Show with boutique shopping, a fun photo lounge by Pro Motion Entertainment, Champagne and dessert tastings. The Pre-Show was followed by the Runway Show and the lovely Luncheon on the Croquet Lawn. As Luncheon chair, I envisioned an outdoor French Garden in a palette ranging from Pantone’s Color of the Year Radiant Orchid to lavender and rich purples. Tabletops with lavender overlays and purple napkins were enhanced with lavish centerpieces by world-renowned Rene van Rems and beautiful lavender sachets as favors. Sachet tags and table numbers were provided by Dolldine Designs.

After the Luncheon, attendees stayed for the Apres Affaire with more boutique shopping, wine, cheese and dessert tastings including my good friend Grace from La Reine Des Macarons.

Enjoy the event pictures from Rancho Santa Fe Review HERE.


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