Dear Diary

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After all the glitter, sweat, (happy) tears, and excitement, it’s finally here: the last Pastel Pool Party photo post. Paige and I had such an incredible time planning this shoot and sharing it with our friends/models and all of you. Everything from throwing the custom confetti to cutting into the magical pink ombre cake was perfect, and we couldn’t have asked for a better evening with so many wonderful ladies.

Make no mistake, this won’t be the last beautiful event you see from RAOPxStudioB!

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Creative Direction & Styling: Random Acts of Pastel & Bicyclette Boutique
Photographer: Scarlet O’Neill
Flowers: Blush & Bloom
Cake, Donuts, Cookies & Cupcakes: The Wedding Cake Shoppe
Candy: The Candy Bar
Custom Confetti: The Confetti Bar
Invite & Printable: Alex Perlin
Spirits: Dillon’s Distillery
Syrups & Mixes: BYOB
Clothing & Accessories: Bicyclette Boutique
Pink Hair: Amanda Quarshie at Blyss Salon
Balloons: Northstar Balloons
Tassel Garland: Studio Mucci

Dear Diary

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It’s finally here!

It seems like it was ages ago when Paige and I first started planning our Pastel Pool Party, and now finally after a sparkling debut on The Glitter Guide, we can share all of our favourite magical moments with all of you!

The only problem is… we have an awful lot of favourites! Over 100 to be exact (Our photographer Scarlet is sort of a genius- lets leave it at that), so we’ll be posting photos in waves over the next few weeks. I hope you fall in love with all the pink, pastel, cake and confetti, and feel inspired to throw a Pastel Pool Party of your own one day!

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Creative Direction & Styling: Random Acts of Pastel & Bicyclette Boutique
Photographer: Scarlet O’Neill
Flowers: Blush & Bloom
Cake, Donuts, Cookies & Cupcakes: The Wedding Cake Shoppe
Candy: The Candy Bar
Custom Confetti: The Confetti Bar
Invite & Printable: Alex Perlin
Spirits: Dillon’s Distillery
Syrups & Mixes: BYOB
Clothing & Accessories: Bicyclette Boutique
Pink Hair: Amanda Quarshie at Blyss Salon
Balloons: Northstar Balloons
Tassel Garland: Studio Mucci

Dear Diary

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As we count the days until we get to share Scarlet O’Neill‘s amazing final photos from the Pastel Pool Party with all of you, we can’t help but release a few little sneak peeks here and there. Though we’re not quite ready to release everything yet (soon, we promise!) we wanted to post a few of our favourite behind the scenes photos from the party set up to build a little more excitement (as if we don’t have enough already!)

We started the day bright and early with some delicious brunch at La Cubana, then headed to my yard for a Trading Spaces-style makeover. We tucked away practical items like my bbq and fire wood, trading them for beautiful golden mirrors and white wood nesting tables. While Paige got to work on our tropical floral balloon garland, I set up a magical dressing room full of jewels and pastel clothing for our guests to play dress up with. Though there were a few intense moments (balloons vs. trees, heat, 2 cats and 3 dogs is not a good match), everything came together in the end, and when everyone had arrived and we finally cut our pink ombre cake cake from The Wedding Cake Shoppe, it really felt like all of our Pastel Pool Party dreams had come true.

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[photos: 1,3,4,6,7,9,10 // Brianne Burnell | 2,5,8,11: Paige Boersma]

Sips, Sweets & Snacks

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When we were pulling together all of the details for our Pastel Pool Party, we wanted to find something that we could give to our guests as a little take away and memento to say thank you’ for coming, and this White Chocolate Confetti Popcorn turned out to be just the thing. Originally appearing on The Glitter Guide, Paige first made this recipe a few years ago at her one year anniversary party at the shop, and with it’s delicious mix of sweet and salty flavours and adorable pastel confetti sprinkled throughout, she knew it would also be perfect for this occasion.

Confetti appeared as a common theme throughout the Pastel Pool Party, with the most amazing confetti-filled cake by The Wedding Cake Shoppe as the centre piece of our sweet table and custom pastel confetti from The Confetti Bar sprinkled atop our tables, in the balloons and tossed in the air, so the White Chocolate Confetti Popcorn was the perfect complement.

 

Recipe //

1/2 tbsp Canola Oil
1/2 cup Popcorn Kernels
Salt
6 oz White Chocolate Wafers
1/4 cup Confetti Sprinkles

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1 // In a medium saucepan, pour in canola oil and heat over medium heat. When oil is hot, add popcorn kernels, making sure all the kernels are touching the bottom of the pan. Cover with a lid and wait until you hear kernels start to pop. Once they commence, grab the pan; while simultaneously holding down the lid, give it a good shake. Return pan to the stove and repeat a few times. This will ensure that all of the kernels pop. When popcorn is done, turn off heat, transfer to a medium bowl, and add a few pinches of salt.

2 // Add about 1-inch of water to a double boiler (or a saucepan with a metal bowl nestled atop – this is what I’ve always done and it works great). Heat over medium-low, watching the chocolate the entire time. White chocolate has a lower melting point, so it can seize easily. When chocolate is melted, stir until smooth.

3 // In a few batches, pour chocolate over popcorn, mixing gently to coat each kernel lightly.

4 // Evenly spread popcorn onto a baking sheet and add confetti sprinkles. Let popcorn sit for 3-4 hours (or until dry).

5 // Enjoy! We packaged ours in little clear cellophane bags for our guests to take home, and also had bowls of it on our sweet table for everyone to enjoy at the party.

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Dress UpOh so Pretty

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Our Pool Party might have been this past Sunday, but that so doesn’t mean the fun is over! We’ve got a few more recipes, DIY’s and printables up our glittery sleeves, and of course we have a bit of advice concerning the most important part of every party: what to wear!

Paige and I spent so much time meticulously planning this event that we almost forgot to figure out our outfits (almost). We were lucky enough to have our hair done by Amanda, a colour magician at Blyss Salon, and we wanted to play up the amazing raspberry and blush hues she created in our locks.

We knew that a lot of pink had to be involved, and of course some party pieces by Ban.do (also known as the most fun company on earth.) We also wanted to work in our new favourite celebration piece, the Party Skirt (an adorable Canadian brand that just became available at Bicyclette! Yay!) With all of those guidelines in mind, we put together a few colourful ensembles that would be perfect for a summer bbq, a rooftop soirée, or even a pool party!

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And of course I couldn’t just leave out pool party beauty now could I? There are so many wonderful mega-cute products that work so well for summer events, and you might be surprised by how many of them are waterproof too!

Pool Perfect Products//

*I’m having a serious love affair with Fresh’s Sugar Tulip lip treatment. It’s moisturizing, SPF 15, and gives my lips the perfect hot pink summer glow!

*In the world of liquid eyeliner, nothing beats Stila’s stay all day waterproof formula. I wear this product daily whether I’m swimming or not and it’s always perfect!

*Add a bit of colour to your cat eye with Stila’s smudge stick waterproof liner

*Get some seriously glorious mermaid lashes with Pacifica’s vegan, all-natural Aquarian Gaze water resistant mascara

*Nothing says summer party like Mermaid perfume, a sweet orange blossom scent for for any pool party princess!

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