On November 13th, The White Dress in Color-Wedding Inspirations for the Modern Bride was officially launched at The Lace Factory in Deep River, Connecticut. The event was orchestrated by Jubilee Events whom we collaborated with for this event.
Hallway lined with canvases that highlighted images from different chapters of the book.
What's a party without a little sparkle and glamour? They had a confetti station (or party buffet as I'd like to call it) where you could spoon in sequins, metallic specks, and colored paper confetti into a glassine envelope to take home...
and before sealing the whole thing up with gold tape you sprinkle a little (or a lot of sprinkles in my case) glitter to make the package complete. The station was provided by The Confetti Bar operated by owners Jessica & Clifford, a married couple who were super friendly.
They had custom confetti for the event. I love all the little details. I am also in love with the following made by Jessica: Unicorn Dandruff, Strawberry Donut, Pumpkin Spice Latte, Awesome Sauce and countless others. Oh, the possibilities...
Here are the the authors of the book from left to right: Carla Ten Eyck, Candice Dowling Coppola, and Beth Lindsay Chapman.
Chambre de Sucre can customize favors for any occasion now. We do sugar and tea favors for weddings, engagements, baby showers, bridal showers, christenings, anniversaries, product launches, birthdays, holiday parties and any other special occasion you can think of.
provided a cupcake making station and let me tell you, these were to-die-for delicious! Maria was even kind enough to prepare two extra cupcakes for us to go for the 4 hour (what was supposed to be two hours) ride back home that night.
I watched as Maria effortlessly put together the cupcakes together for me.
I immediately recognized the marshmallows on display. I had seen them when I went to visit an incubator in Astoria, Queens about a year ago and again at The LIC Flea where we had a tent this summer. The marshmallows were provided by MitchMallows. Their treats have the most eye popping colors and wacky flavors like Pretzels & Beer, Churros Mallows, Ginger Wasabi and Merlot Mallows. I know I'm a fan.
With twinkly lights everywhere...
and a romantic chandelier...
it was difficult not to get caught up in the moment.
Food was provided by Cloud Nine Catering...
and this made-to-order mashed potato station was out of this world! What a fantastic idea. You can select either/or the mashed red bliss potatoes (left) or mashed sweet potatoes (on the right). Then come the delicious array of toppings: gravy, shredded cheddar cheese, mini marshmallows, sweet peas, warmed bacon bits, chive sour cream, and roasted garlic butter. Genius!
My other favorite part of the celebration was this VW which has been converted into a photo booth by
Elan Artists sent the most amazing DJ and live band to work the guests into a festive mood.
All three authors were kind enough to sign and personalize each guest's copy. I picked up two; one for our library and the other for our family.
Thanks again to Libby of Jubilee Events and of course the lovely writers of The White Dress for an enchanting and most inspiring evening.
We will be featuring three special gift sets: Chic Hostess Gift Set, Espress Yourself Gift Set & The Love Cycle Tea Flight. Interested? LIKE us on FB and Twitter and sign up for our newsletter on our homepage for updates.
Espress Yourself Gift Set (or the I Heart Coffee gift set) is perfect for the coffee lover in your life.
The Love Cycle Tea Flight was inspired by BRIKA and will be available in limited quantities. The Flight includes: Tea No. 14 Love Spell, Tea No. 20 Chocolat et Fraise & Tea No. 104, Evening Engagement. You can only get this combo of teas through this flight.
The inspiration behind this box is the "cycle" that romantic relationships take. All our teas are named and numbered after Lisa's family members. Her dad says that when he met Lisa's mother, she put him under a "love spell". The Chocolatet Fraise is a chocolate covered strawberry tea - very romantic and represents the courting period. And of course, Evening Engagement speaks for itself. It all goes full circle to Love Spell, numbered after the day Lisa's parents got married (and celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary this year). That's The Love Cycle!
The tea flights (we have two) will also be available as corporate gifts, wedding favors and special orders. They come wrapped in our custom wrapping paper complete with our new mascot for the CdS Heritage Tea line: the Shiba Inu. The tins are sealed with our logo printed masking tape (designed by the same people at Anthropologie). So, your gift will be ready to go if you order from BRIKA.
Here's some pics from opening night:
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The Coveteur is a top online style destination for the fashion-obsessed with unparalleled access to the closets of celebrities, influencers and style icons.
The shop features Karlie's Kookies, a joint venture between Momofuku Milk Bar and supermodel Karlie Kloss. KK is a wholesome baked goods line features kookies and pies and a portion of the proceeds for each sale is donated to FEED, to help provide nutritious meals to those in need. The products are all gluten and dairy free.
For the wee ones, they had the most adorable dresses and onesies. Karina and I wished they made some of the outfits in adult sizes.
There was champagne and even a nail design station at the event.
Plenty of gorgeous bags, aprons and stationary.
And don't get me started on the jewelry.
With Co-founders Jennifer Lee Koss + Kena Paranjape (or Jena as they are sometimes called) who made this all a reality.
Whoever invented the pop-up concept (restaurant or shop) is a genius!
Launching: Tuesday, November 26th through January 6, 2014
Location: The Free & The Brave store at the Paramount Hotel 235 West 46th Street NYC
The closets will be shoppable online via ipads in-store and merchandise will be delivered directly to the customer's home. So one can shop till they drop sans heavy bags = no schlepping through crowds or subways. In addition to the convenience of no heavy baggage, use this promo code: PARAMOUNT at checkout to receive 15% of your order valid until January 15, 2014!
Don't miss out on this very special pop-up.
Clarissa, mom and I had tea with our relatives in Nagoya at Fortnum & Mason right before we had to board the bullet train to Nara this summer.
They were sticklers when it came to photographs so I had to really be careful.
I'm pretty sure Clarissa would have been able to eat this entire plate of dessert had we not had lunch just moments before.
If you're looking for a great book to add to your tea library, pick up Tea at Fortnum & Mason by Emma Marsden.
Happy tea time!
So honored and excited to be featured in Bon Appétit Magazine's 2013 December issue. Our Sucre En Pyramide made it onto their Holiday Gift Guide.
Featured under Gift Ideas For Sweet Lovers. Check out our Sucre En Pyramide on page 60. The caption reads: "No black coffee is safe when a sweets fiend is armed with these Japanese sugar packets."
We couldn't agree more. Thank you again, BA.
You can purchase them in two sizes: 40 pieces or 82 pieces.