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Sweet Summer - Throwback Thursday Edition

It's "Throwback Thursday", and this month we're sharing inspiration and more to get you prepared for a sweet summer! Today, we are traveling back to last June and sharing some awesome candy tables we did for some awesome kids.

First up is a Pre-K graduation party, where we styled a candy and cupcake table for the special little graduate, Taylor.  We highlighted Taylor's cap and gown colors, which were blue and white, and threw in a pop of pink for a fun and girly touch. You can see the full recap of this cute graduation party here.


We also did another Pre-K graduation party last June, where we styled a candy table in the theme of the popular Dr. Seuss "Oh, The Places You'll Go". The book was the perfect inspiration for a preschool soiree. We incorporated lots of bright colors and oversized candy decor for a fun twist. Check out more photos and details from this colorful grad party here.


Our final throwback from last June is my son's 2nd birthday party. The theme was Thomas the Train, so we created a fun blue and red candy and dessert table with lots of custom train accents. You can see part 1 of our recap here and part 2 here. We were so thrilled and honored to have Cameron's party featured on the popular party website Hostess With The Mostess.


We hope you have enjoyed today's Throwback Thursday edition of "Sweet Summer". Tell us what you think of these candy and dessert tables in the discussion section of this post. If you are planning a summer soiree, then a candy and dessert table would be the perfect sweet treat for you and your guests! Contact us today at to request more information and reserve your date.

Sensationally yours,




Interview with Couture Cakes by Sabrina

Summer is almost here, and it's going to be a "sweet" one! Be sure to check out our "Sweet Summer" posts this month on our blog, as we'll be sharing cake, cupcake and dessert/candy table inspiration, highlights and more. Today, we are happy to share our recent interview with the talented Sabrina Hare, owner of Couture Cakes by Sabrina. When I first discovered this Washington, DC cake boutique, I was absolutely in awe of the jaw-dropping cake designs.  Sabrina is sure to add the wow factor to any cake she bakes and designs, but don't take my word for it, see for yourself below and read on to view our interview: sabrina1

Sensational  Soirees: What inspired you to start baking cakes?

Couture Cakes by Sabrina: As a child in Saginaw, Michigan, I was always around cooks in my family. I developed a passion for baking watching my grandmother make pies and cakes for the family. During the summers, I worked with my Aunt, who owned a catering company, in her commercial kitchen prepping for weddings.

Sensational  Soirees: When did you start Couture Cakes by Sabrina?

Couture Cakes by Sabrina: Couture Cakes by Sabrina was started in January 2013.  I started this after being downsized from my job.  I was thinking now is the time to do this.

Sensational  Soirees: What sets you apart from other cake boutiques in the Washington, D.C. area?

Couture Cakes by Sabrina: Couture Cakes by Sabrina is set apart from other cake boutiques for the following reasons:

  • Unique cake designs that highlight attention to detail and exclusivity
  • Innovative cake flavors and pairings: We pride ourselves on creating custom flavor pairings for our clients, such flavors as Peach Nostalgia, Lemon and Key Lime Pie, and Champagne and Strawberries just to name a few.
  • The Experience: We pride ourselves on creating a distinct experience for our client; such as providing a customized sketch of their cake prior to the wedding or party, and providing an Anniversary Program for a free cake topper for their one year wedding anniversary. Our motto's not just cake! It's an experience! We focus on creating the experience of exclusivity.

Sensational  Soirees: What are some of your popular cake flavors?

Couture Cakes by Sabrina: Some of our top flavors are as follows:

  • Key Lime Pie: Key Lime Cake, Lime Curd, Candied Graham Cracker Crumbs, with a Vanilla Buttercream
  • Lemon Pie: Lemon Cake, Lemon Curd, Candied Graham Cracker Crumbs, with a Vanilla Buttercream
  • Tiramisu: Espresso infused Butter Cake, Mascarpone Mousse, Chocolate Ganache, with Cappuccino Buttercream with a Dark Chocolate Crunch
  • Raspberry: Vanilla Cake infused with fresh Raspberries, Raspberry Mousse, Raspberry Buttercream with a White Chocolate Crunch

Sensational  Soirees: What are some of your specialties and/or favorite creations?

Couture Cakes by Sabrina: Our specialty has been our ruffle cake. We get a lot of requests for this design, because it is different and not typically seen.

Sensational  Soirees: What should a client know before meeting with you?

Couture Cakes by Sabrina: A client should have a vision for their event.  When a client has a vision, it enables me to work with them to create that custom design for their event.


Sensational  Soirees:  Do you primarily create wedding cakes or special occasion cakes and cupcakes as


Couture Cakes by Sabrina: We primarily create wedding and special occasion cakes.  However, we will make cupcakes to supplement servings.


Sensational  Soirees: In your opinion, what cake trends are “in”?

Couture Cakes by Sabrina: The ‘in’ cake trends are definitely color, vintage/lace, and bling.  The pantone color of the year is ‘Radiant Orchid’.  People are using color to reflect their personality and style. 

The Great Gatsby brought  into the forefront glamour, bling, and all things fabulous.  Wedding Cakes having more allure and are over the top. The cake is the center of attraction at the wedding reception.

Lastly, Brides are returning to the Vintage/Lace Style. They are using the lace patterns from their dresses and incorporating those elements into their cake design.  Vintage reflects romantic, which never goes out of style.


Sensational  Soirees:  For you, what is the best part of the baking process?

Couture Cakes by Sabrina: My favorite part is actually decorating, which isn’t part of the baking process.  I get excited when a client trusts me enough to create something fabulous for their event.  That is what being an artist is about.


Sensational  Soirees:  What is your personal favorite cake or dessert?

Couture Cakes by Sabrina: Ice Cream






For a one of a kind wedding or special occasion cake, contact Couture Cakes by Sabrina here and visit their website. Also, connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Be sure to mention Sensational Soirees sent you.

Sensationally yours,




All-Star Grad Party

Happy Friday! Graduation season is in full swing, and we would like to congratulate all the 2014 graduates on your scholastic achievements. This week, we had the pleasure of planning and designing a graduation party for an "All-Star" Grad, Malcolm. His proud parents were all too excited to throw a graduation celebration in his honor. Malcolm was a student athlete all throughout high school, so we meshed his love for sports along with his school colors into the party theme. Special details such as composition books, footballs and mini chalk boards set the scene for this fun and celebratory occasion. Guests were encouraged to share words of wisdom with the graduate by filling out "Keys to Success" cards. We believe all parties should have a "sweet ending" and this party was no different, so guests were able to indulge in the festive dessert and candy table after dinner. There's no doubt that this all-star grad party was a touchdown! Check out some photos below:


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For your 2014 graduation party planning and design needs, please contact us as soon as possible at to secure your date.  If you loved the dessert and candy table from this party, be sure to visit our blog all month long to check out our " Sweet Summer" posts. We will be featuring cake, cupcake and dessert/candy table inspiration, highlights and more.

Sensationally yours,