A “Hole” Lotta Donuts on Display

Happy Monday, everyone! We’ve decided to start off this week’s inspiration posts with a year-round-favorite munchable – donuts! Regardless of which party they feature in – brunch reception or bridal party, birthday celebration or holiday dinner (@ X’mas!) – presentation is key to a sugar-glazed success! Work up displays like these and we guarantee a “lit” factor of cream-coated fingers and jelly-filled joyousness!

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As the author of this blog had said, putting anything on a stick and tying a ribbon at the end makes it a part of something much more festive! Of course, a drink pairing doesn’t hurt either – hence the apple cider.

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Typically you can only fit one donut in each hand, but now you’ll be able to snag as many as you can fit via kabob skewers!

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Top off your delicious donut stack with with a whipped cream finish! Florals serve as an excellent garnishing device, so use them to your advantage!

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Sweet treats for only the most glitter glam of donut diners!

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Even if you didn’t like blueberry all that much, or cake all that much, you’ll probably say yes to this one just for the topping!

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Which one to begin with will be the most difficult question you have ever asked yourself as you stand in front of this wall of sugar-filled well-roundedness!

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Pack a treat for each of your lovely guests!

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*Insert romantic donut pun* 😉

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A donut for me, a donut for you!

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Hook ’em up for all to see!

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Practice your typography skills with some delicious donut letters!

With so much pun-tential on the table, we gladly offer our “hole”some paper services for any signage or labeling for a donut display that’ll leave guests absolutely dumbfounded! Connect with The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for more inspiration in Foodtopia (because we also donut have very strong resolve when it comes to rainbow candy sprinkles and frosting)!

Holiday Special: Season’s Cocktail Campaign

Studies in the past have demonstrated rising trends in cocktail consumption as a result of audiences’ growing preference for “authenticity”. So, to all party-hosts-to-be (Hint, hint: T-2 days until Thanksgiving!) – in addition to that scrumptious feast, those gorgeous party decor and exciting activities you’ve got hidden up your sleeves – if you are looking to really blitz up the spirit of the occasion, look no further! Here, we’ve brought in sample cocktail beverages that we think perfectly embodies the fall season flavor. From the homey aroma of pumpkin to the spicy tang of cinnamon, from autumn maple to freshly harvested fruit, we simply cannot wait to fine dine and cocktail the night away!

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Additional vodka and KahlĂșa (coffee-flavored liqueur) makes a delicious 21+ version of everyone’s favorite pumpkin spice latte.

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Spice up your next chocolatini (think chocolate + martini) with a bit of cinnamon rim sugar!

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Add a fun twist on s’mores adventures!

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While typical Manhattan cocktails already uses syrup, this warm, vanilla-infused Spiced Maple Manhattan has a subtle bite that makes it stand out from the rest!

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A handful of pomegranate seeds and a few sprigs of rosemary to garnish this lovely cocktail does well to complete the aesthetic, but not without a bit of fizz and sparkle!

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This one’s for the summer nostalgic! Fresh blackberries smashed in with a bit of sweet garnish mix sublimely well with a blend of bourbon and ginger beer.

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A refreshing bubbly that could be served for brunch or dinner!

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Here’s a classic gingery Moscow Mule with a splash of apple cider and cranberries to make for the perfect fall feast!

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Perhaps a cool sip of this spiced pear and gin cocktail is just what your guests need!

Here’s to a fantastic evening with family and friends!

If you’re ever looking for pretty paper invitations to preface your party, be sure to check out our gallery of work on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter! Our clients inspire us daily with their design ideas; we’d love nothing more than to discuss what you might have in mind as well!

Trend Alert: One-Tiered Wonders

We’re used to seeing wedding cakes in size “Tall”, in all their three- or four-tier glory. Here, we’ve compiled a series of single-tiered cakes, decorated just as exquisitely – only more petite, and more approachable! Although larger cakes gather attention right away, their smaller alternatives are also extremely impressive, as all of the raw talent of these artists are essentially condensed into one little tier. You’ll be shocked to see just how mind-blowingly ornate and well-crafted these delectable creations can be!

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Hands up high if you’re already drooling!

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A simple greenery, white and gold cake transformed into a fabulous display, just with a flourish of orchids!

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I spy with my little eye, a wondrous piece of art nearby…

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Don’t be fooled by these rosy buttercream prints! Unlike the previous piece, the marks on this “LOVE”-ly cake are created from finger-painting.

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This absolutely irresistable features six layers of chocolate filled with equally chocolatey ganache! Warning: frequent use of “chocolate” as adjective to describe said cake quick to follow.

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Golden drips make for a golden wedding, yes?

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According to the creator’s description, this cake features purple buttercream paired with turquoise isomalt. Oh, and did we mention it had upside-down drips?

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The only cherry bomb dot com – with this incredible design and palette, why not throw in some matching cupcakes too?

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This cake would probably look just as enticing even with just the painterly florals.

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Painted cake, oil on canvas cake.

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Soft sprinklings of sugar bring about mysterious chalky effect, but that’s the very quality that draws people in.

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And we’re rounding it all up with a fluffy gingerbread cake with caramelized apples and topped with brown butter frosting!

Perhaps the design of your cake will inspire a concept for pretty paper, or vice versa. Feel free to call us for an appointment; we’d love to discuss your ideas in person! In the meantime, it only takes one click to connect with us through our FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!

Holiday Special: Sweet Treats and Spooky Reads

With this spook-taculicious holiday just around the corner, we’re switching gears from wedding trends to a more general topic: party treats! But not just any spooky party treats, either. In preparation for this year’s All Hallows’ Eve, we’ve selected some of our favorite desserts inspired by dark classics in literature. You’ll have your guests chuckling in no time once they see your clever creations!

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Take a sip! Try a bite! Will you grow to be a giant the size of a cottage, or shrink down enough to fit through a teeny-tiny door in the wall?

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Bring the temptation up a notch – now your guests will surely be scrambling to find out what exactly you’ve concocted for them!

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Unfortunately we cannot guarantee a carriage ride with the White Witch in addition to servings of these tasty Turkish Delights.

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If you’ve come ready with your own additional (personal) ingredients, step right on up and prepare yourself for an interesting night ahead…

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Cupcakes make for better desserts than apples, period.

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Have the Weird Sisters inspired you to “Double, double, toil and trouble” in your own cauldron for this night? Try this “Eye of Newt” punch and tell us what you think!

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Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore” as we continue to commemorate the man behind our favorite dark poems and short stories!

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No one knows why the Frankenstein monster is green, but we’re just going to play along!

For more inspiration on all things fabulous and festive, be sure to follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter! Happy Halloween-Eve, everyone!

Trend Alert: Sweet Maple Merriment

‘Tis the merry season for maple syrup! Well, that’s not logistically true, as prime tree-tapping season generally occurs in the late-winter or early-spring. However, we’ve found that the common maple palette of rich oranges and golden browns easily fits into any autumn atmosphere! Scroll on ahead for some oh-so-(wedding)-brunchable sweets and treats that will surely leave your guests sticky for more!

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Instead of a perfectly-sculpted, evenly-coated cake, make your brunch party cake stand out with a Pollockian splatter of syrup, whipping cream and berrries galore!

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Nothing carries fall vibes more so than these crunchy bunch of syrup-sweet munch-ables!

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We recommend keeping track of the number of pancakes you go through – for future bragging purposes, of course.

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Why not throw in another fall foodie motif when such a combination is deliciously possible?

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Easy to make, easy to eat, – it’s a total win-win, if you ask us!

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And last but not least, let’s not forget the star of our post! Petite maple-leaf-shaped glass bottles make for fantastic guest favors!

Perhaps you’d like to consider a maple palette for your very own set of fall-season paper goods! Simply call for an appointment, or hit that like/follow button on our FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for more weekly inspiration!

Real Wedding Wednesday: Downtown D.C. Modern Metallic Mix

Katie and Steve wanted a wedding of contemporary feels while at the same time highlighting the historical significance of a city they both grew up around – and so, with each endearing moment captured Abby Jiu Photography, the pair celebrated this special day at Potomac View Terrace at the American Pharmacist Association. Here, with its beautiful rooftop and historic facade, the couple donned an artfully arranged palette of gold and rose gold with brilliant berry hues, all juxtaposed against stark blacks. As an added voice to their originality, a traditional string quartet serenaded the pair with some of their favorite Kanye West hits, while exquisite edibles of mid-Atlantic and Southern origins later surrounded the people’s senses. Bedecked with floral-tipped terrariums through and through, this wedding was truly a modern visual masterpiece!

We would like to give a big shout-out to our team of vendors, as none of this could have been possible without your tasteful contributions! And to our lovely bride and groom, may this day set the basis of bright aesthetics for the future!

Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Planner: Elizabeth Duncan Events | Venue: Potomac View Terrace | Paper Goods: The Dandelion Patch | Wedding Dress: Hitched Salon | Hair and Makeup: Ali Harper and Co. | Floral Design: Amaryllis | Catering: Occasions Caterers | Ceremony Music: PopCulture Strings | Reception Music: DJ D-Mac | Lighting: Atmosphere Lighting | Valet: MJ Valet | Transportation: International Limo

Fountains of Love (for Food!)

A good question to ask in regards to catering for your reception: how does one feed his or her guests and keep ’em entertained at the same time? Well, ponder no further! In addition to resolving the essential required qualities in question, food fountains are also sharable and come in unlimited supply (for a good while, at least!); and think of all the friendly interactions your guests could be having with one another while trying to figure out how to best use the apparatus? There are simply too many pros to not include one of these at your event!

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There’s no way we’d leave out the classic cho-co-lat-Ă© fountain, suitable for all dessert dippings!

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Just in queso you get stuck when coming up with ideas for catering…

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But a ranch dip is equally lovable!

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What’s a celebratory occasion without its own champagne station?

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When life doesn’t give you lemons, you go out an buy some pink lemonade punch. See? Easy-peasy, lemon-(not)-squeezy!

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For meat lovers out there, this is your time to shine!

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Not one for the salty, tangy taste? Opt for a sweeter (albeit stickier) fountain choice!

Any food fountain will surely leave quite the impression! But so will your stationary! Check out our gallery of pretty paper on our FacebookInstagram, and Twitter and let The Dandelion Patch bring you the highest quality paper goods to further impress your guests!

Trend Alert: DMV Foodie Finds

Our location in Tysons Corner, VA puts us perfectly in the center of the hub of Virginia, Maryland, and the D.C. area! Many of our brides hail from the states of Virginia or Maryland and  are looking for the freshest food for their wedding. The Patchettes have put together a perfect guide for any local bride who hopes to make the most of their location by using food famous in their states! Local bites are seriously trendy in the wedding world right now, so here’s your look at how to execute this delicious trend at your wedding! Even if you aren’t from the area, we won’t tell if you won’t!

Baltimore, Maryland: Crabs, crabs, and MORE crabs!

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The Chesapeake Bay has some of the finest crabs and oysters to offer. Consider incorporating some of this succulent sea food into your wedding menu!

Virginia: Peanut Pie

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Peanuts are a classic staple of the Virginian diet. This peanut pie is the perfect way to give your guests another dessert option instead of classic cake!

Central and Southern VA: Apple Pies

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Apple pie is a classic, and is especially delicious when made with Virginia apples! These mini apple pies are bite-sized perfection for your guests to catch a quick snack and then head back onto the dance floor.

Northern Virginia: Mushrooms

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Not only are mushrooms a traditionally Northern Virginia delicacy, but this stuffed mushroom recipe also includes turkey, another famed Virginia food!

Washington, DC: Ben’s Chili Bowl Half-Smokes

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Any D.C. foodie knows Ben’s Chili Bowl- their famed half-smokes (half pork half beef sausage) are famous world-wide! Use chili, dogs, or fries in your wedding menu for a more casual feast.

Baltimore, Maryland: Crab Cakes

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Crab cakes are the perfect-sized appetizer for any affair. Especially a wedding where you are entertaining Marylanders!

Maryland: Smith Island Cake

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Made famous by the Smith Island Cake Co. in Maryland, these delicious 10-layer confections are the perfect way to surprise your guests with a scrumptious dessert!

Virginia: Grits

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Nothing says “Southern wedding” quite like grits! The way to make this trend work for your wedding is to use small portions and pair it with a protein (like how this recipe chose shrimp). 

Virginia: Sweet Tea

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Speaking of Southern traditions, nothing is quite as sweet as sweet tea! This isn’t just regular iced tea: many Southerners are proud to have their own recipe for sweet tea! Give your guests this sugary and alcohol-free beverage choice!

The DMV is filled with so many delicious food options for brides. For more inspiration for your weddings or to check out some of our pretty paper visit us at The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter

It’s Taco Time!

The best weddings truly represent the couple! If you look at wedding trends, the biggest aspect is personalization. Couples are aiming to wow their guests by creating custom experiences. Our favorite new idea? Taco bar! That’s right! Your wedding meal is a great place to get creative and bring out your favorites. Here’s a few ideas for all our taco lovers!

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It’s all about the presentation!

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We’re not kidding
check out this one!

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Cute signage is also key to creating a fun, summer vibe for your taco-themed day!

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Not feeling crafty? You can have these great signs made on Etsy for your taco bar!

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Tacos can be fancy too! Go all out with specialty toppings.

What do you think about having tacos on your wedding day? Do you have another food bar concept in mind? Share with us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!

Have A Sweet Halloween

Happy Halloween! Halloween may fall on a Monday this year, but don’t let that stop you from celebrating. We’ve rounded up super easy, sweet treats that you can make today! They’re perfect for a last-minute party with friends or a pre-trick-or-treat snack for your kids! 

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Hocus Pocus fans won’t stop talking about these spell book s’mores pops!

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Here’s a twist on the classic cupcake. We love this pumpkin icing technique!

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Kids will love these spooky, monster krispies!

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The cutest sugar cookies ever!

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These festive chocolate covered pretzels are perfect for snacking!

We hope you have a Halloween night as sweet as these adorable treats! Simply follow the links for recipes. For more party planning tips and tricks, follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!