Mood Board Monday: Inspiration from Van Gogh’s Starry Night

Starry Night

Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night, picture from

Last month I posted an inspiration board based on Vincent van Gogh’s Almond Blossom painting and the internet went all out crazy.  By that I mean that the post got more than five hits on Pinterst (yay!)  So, I’ve decided to work my magic on another van Gogh masterpiece, Starry Night.  If you do a Google search for ‘starry night wedding’ you will get a lot of hits.  Starry Night cakes, Starry Night table linens, Starry Night invitations, I even saw a full out Starry Night wedding dress.  While all of these ideas are great, for me, subtlety is key.

Below I’ve shown how you can get the feel of the painting, without ever using the painting itself.  The idea is to pull colors directly from the piece, various shades of blue and bright yellows, and pair them with textures reminiscent of the swirls in the painting.  Add in some star details, or even hints of silver and glitter to get that starry feel.  Finally, string up as many twinkle lights as humanly possible to create your very own star filled sky.

Starry Night Mood Board

1. Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night, 1889  2. twinkle lights picture from here  3. blue bridesmaid with yellow bouquet picture featured on Party Perfect  4. handing star lanterns picture featured on Style Me Pretty  5. sapphire blue table scape featured on Style Me Pretty  6. swirled buttercream cake from Intricate Icings  7. blue and yellow flowers,  picture from The Knot  8.  star garland picture from here

You can check out the first van Gogh post here.  If you have any ideas for future mood boards, no matter how crazy, leave us a comment and we’ll try it out.



Mood Board Monday: Inspired by Downton


Picture from BBC America Shop

So the other day while I was browsing around the internet I discovered that Highclere Castle, the real life castle where the hit PBS show Downton Abbey is filmed, is rentable for weddings and events.  Seriously.  This fabulously luxurious castle is located about an hour outside of London, and for the low low price of 15,000 GBP (around $23,000 US) you can rent the castle and grounds for your event.  Now keep in mind that this is just the site fee, but if you have the cash to spend, and are in the UK, it could be worth a look.  Check out the Highclere website for more info on hosting a wedding or event at the castle.  Or, if you’re a fan of the show and are in the UK you can pretend that you’re a Crawley for the day by taking a tour of the castle and grounds for around $30.

Ok, so what about the rest of us poor folk stuck here in the US?  Below I’ve put together an inspiration board to show how you can plan an event that is castle worthy, while not breaking the bank.  The key here is to think big on one or two items for the ‘wow’ factor,  keep the colors light and muted, and add some vintage charm.  It also doesn’t hurt to incorporate gold and silver, as these colors always make things seem more luxurious.

Downton Mood Board

1. Highclere Castle  2. Vintage style bride 3. table scape from United With Love  4. vintage keys as escort cards photo by Allegria Photography 5. vintage car photo from here   6. wedding cake from fabulous New Hampshire based Wild Orchid Baking Company  7. towering floral centerpiece by Karen Tran Florals  8. parasols picture from here  9. dessert table featured by Wedding Chicks

Do you have a theme, or inspiration piece that you want us to flesh out for you?  Leave us a comment or send us an email at and we’ll work our magic!


Mood Board Monday: Finding Inspiration in Van Gogh’s Almond Blossoms

Let’s talk inspiration.

If you are struggling to come up with a cohesive idea for your event why not pull inspiration from something you love.   It can be anything really, a painting or photograph, a location, or even just something in your house.  The idea is to draw the colors and textures from that favorite thing, not to incorporate that thing into every aspect (unless that’s what you’re into.)  Below I’ve thrown together a mood board based on one of my favorite paintings, van Gogh’s Almond Blossoms.  I pulled my color palate directly from the painting and then found elements that fit not only those colors, but also the textures.


1. Vincent van Gogh, Almond Blossoms, 1890  2.  Flowers in blue glass from here  3. Turquoise bird cages from here  4. Ombre cake from Bobbette & Belle  5. Blue glass tea set, pic from here 6. Lovely bride and teal bridesmaids 7. Aisle decor from Cori Cook Floral Design

Do you have a favorite something that you would like us to base a mood board around?  Leave us a comment or email me at and we’ll help you out.

Check out our Pinterest page for more inspiration!

We’re working hard on some new content so check back soon!


12 Days of Christmas Cocktails: Poinsettia

Merry Christmas, folks!  Are you looking for an alternative to the traditional mimosa?  The poinsettia is a super easy no fuss champagne cocktail that can easily be thrown together in a pinch.  This cocktail is perfect for when you want to impress, but don’t want to spend all night mixing drinks.  Looking forward, this would be a fantastic drink to help ring in the new year.



4 oz champagne (I used Prosecco)
cranberry juice

adjust proportions to your own personal taste

Drop a few frozen cranberries in the glass and enjoy!


If you’re feeling extra fancy, Sarah suggests adding an ounce of Cointreau.  I didn’t have any of this on hand but you can’t really go wrong with cranberry and orange so I’m betting that this would be even more delicious.

What’s your favorite way to spice up champagne?  Leave us a comment and let us know!


12 Days of Christmas Cocktails: Cranberry Ginger Fizz

I’m a big fan of the combination of cranberry and ginger, so when I saw this cocktail I knew I had to give it a try.  Normally, I’m not a huge fan of gin, it’s just too floral for my tastes.  But I found that with this drink, the cranberry and ginger complement the gin quite nicely.   The original recipe that I worked from can be found over at Creative Culinary.  I’ve decided to simplify things a bit as I really wasn’t in the mood to muddle and boil and slice fruit.  If you’re up for it, then by all means go ahead.  Leave us a comment below and tell us how your final product turned out.

gin fizz

Cranberry Ginger Fizz

1/4 cup ginger ale
1/4 cup cranberry juice (I used %100 juice with no added sugar)
1 oz dry gin (I used Seagrams)
dash of lemon juice

Fill a glass with ice and add gin, cranberry juice, lemon, and ginger ale.  Garnish with 3 cranberries and a sprig of mint to resemble holly and you’ve got an instant cup of cheer.


The original recipe calls for a cranberry simple syrup instead of the cranberry juice.  I happened to have some simple syrup on hand after making candied cranberries so I did add a teaspoon of that.  However, I felt that it made the drink a bit too sweet for my tastes as I like my cranberries on the tart side.  If you like your cranberries a bit sweeter then you can give this a try, but in my opinion the sugar in the ginger ale is more than enough to balance out the tartness of the cranberry juice.


Have you tried any of our cocktails?  Do you have something you want us to try?  Leave us a comment and let us know!