Introducing, Fluffpop Gourmet Cotton Candy!

Screen Shot 2013-10-14 at 10.21.41 AMHey Ya’ll,

I’ve recently had the pleasure of working with Yasmeen Tadia, a fellow Texan who created a cool gourmet cotton candy product that we will be showcasing at tonight’s Knot Gala called Fluffpops.

Screen Shot 2013-10-14 at 10.19.39 AMYasmeen created her unique, sugary confection by accident just a year ago. She and her son have always loved candy but she was never happy with the offerings available. She was looking for different flavors to choose from but she also didn’t want something full of chemicals and dyes that would be unhealthy for her family. So what does any bright, hardworking, single mother do? She created her own.

Screen Shot 2013-10-14 at 10.20.27 AMNot your traditional cotton candy company, Fluffpop‘s mission is to create magical experiences. They do this with their Fluffpop “DJs” spinning live at events across the country as well as providing unique flavor offerings such as Guava, Lychee, Peppermint and even Pumpkin, just in time for fall.

Screen Shot 2013-10-14 at 10.20.01 AMThey also offer Fluffpop™ Flare products, which includes the Fluffpop™ Martini
the Glowpop™ (cotton candy spun around a glowstick!) and the Poppin’ Fluffpop™  (using popping candy). You can also get a Fluffpop™ poured over Champagne, sprinkled with edible glitter, chilled over ice cream, spun over a rock candy stick or “The Mini Mason” Fluffpop™ (cotton candy inside a mason jar to go!).
Screen Shot 2013-10-14 at 10.20.49 AMThe best part is most Fluffpops are under 10 calories, gluten-free, vegan, and fat-free. And unlike traditional cotton candy, Fluffpops aren’t sticky or messy. Many are free of chemicals and dyes as well, which explains their chic, white appearance.

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When asked about participating in the Knot Gala, Yasmeen said,
“I am just so honored to be working with Brian! His talent, creativity and passion for creating memorable experiences for guests is truly inspiring.” Thanks, Yasmeen, I feel the same way about you and your yummy treats! To learn more about Fluffpop gourmet cotton candy, visit them at www.fluffpop.com.
-Brian

Introducing Fabipops, Luxury Desserts That Are A Piece of Cake (Literally)!

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 3.57.23 PMHey Ya’ll,

One of the best parts of planning this year’s Knot Gala has been the opportunity to work with a variety of vendors who are really good at what they do, like Brooklyn-based gourmet cake pop designers: Fabipops!

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 3.56.23 PMI’ve posted about cake pops on the blog before (click HERE to see my homemade Christmas cake pop creations!) but Fabipops has taken this relatively new dessert trend to another level with their signature dessert tables and unique hand-designed artwork.

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 4.37.01 PMIf you’re not familiar, cake pops are moist cake mixed with creamy frosting, hand molded and dipped in rich chocolate.

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 4.03.08 PMEach Fabipops is large enough to satisfy the sweet tooth, yet delicious enough to make you crave more – all of which can be made gluten-free or vegan style.

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 4.03.37 PMFor people who are planning a special occasion either large or small, Fabipops is a less costly-alternative to expensive cakes. In addition to reducing expenses, Fabipops eliminates plates and silverware, enabling less paper, plastic and water to be wasted on the clean-up process. This also means a weight is lifted off the serving staff, which can be a life-changing factor for parties that center on children, just one of Fabipop’s specialties.

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 4.01.53 PMFabiopops come in the form of cake pops, ring pops and push pops, all of which can be altered to fit the needs for any holiday or occasion and are available in a dozen flavors which include: Birthday Cake, S’mores, Cotton Candy, Winter Breeze, Lemon Raspberry Drop, Almond, Strawberry Shortcake, CheeseCake Pop, Cookies and Cream, and Brooklyn Batter. Fabipops also makes alcohol infused Fabipops & gluten, dairy, and nut-free Fabipops.

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 4.02.24 PMFor more information on Fabipops, head to http://fabipops.com. Big thank you to Fabipops’ CEO Fabiola Scarbrough for letting me feature her tiny works of edible art.

Screen Shot 2013-10-08 at 3.03.31 PMI’m really looking forward to seeing what Fabipops has in store for the Knot gala later this month! I’ll be sure to share via social media, so keep an eye on my channels in the coming weeks for that and more.
-Brian

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Wedding Wednesday: Interactive Buffets

Hey Ya’ll,

Interactive buffets are a fantastic way to serve food at any event but particularly at weddings. Whether you use a buffet for just one part of the meal or your entire menu, buffets offer a lot of variety and are a great way to put a personal touch on your event.

This is the candy buffet I created for my friend Bettie's Baby Shower

Bettie’s Baby Shower Candy Buffet

To create an interactive buffet, all you need is a variety of foods that allow guests to essentially design their own meal. For example, if you want to offer a late-night snack at your wedding, you could do a savory buffet that allows guests to make their own gourmet grilled cheese. Or, if you’re like me, you could opt for something sweeter, like a candy buffet. Below, you’ll find my best tips for creating an interactive buffet that allows guests to make their own dessert as opposed to doing a traditional wedding cake.

image via TheKnot.com

image via TheKnot.com

1. Guests can serve themselves. This accomplishes a couple things, it creates less waste because guests are only taking what they want to eat, and it also allows guests to enjoy their meal and dessert at their own pace throughout the evening.

I found this lovely display on Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/pin/257479303669367388

I found this lovely display on Pinterest from The Candy Buffet Company.

2. Variety is the spice of life, or in this case, the sweets in life! This is an easy way to incorporate multiple desserts into your menu and give your guests lots of choices. You can create a buffet of different types of cake, or candy (my favorite!), donuts, or any other dessert items that tantalize your taste-buds.

Screen Shot 2013-10-01 at 6.32.13 PM3. Presentation. A dessert buffet is a great way to add to your wedding reception’s decor. I love using a mixture of large glass containers like vintage apothecary jars, mason jars, etc.

Expert Tip: Always make sure that you have the appropriate serving utensils, spoons, tongs, or scoops for each item.  Make sure that the candy is easy to reach by stacking the vessels on the tables so that everything is displayed nicely and the smaller or lower items are in front and larger items are in the back.

Screen Shot 2013-10-01 at 2.54.47 PM5. Party Favors. I love the idea of having your dessert buffet pull double-duty as a party favor station. All you have to do is include packaging at the end of the table for your guests to wrap up a few desserts to take home at the end of the night.

Screen Shot 2013-10-01 at 2.55.41 PMDepending on what kinds of items you include in your buffet, you may need more than one type of packaging. Anything from small cartons, boxes, baggies or wax paper bags can work. Be sure to include some ribbon, twine or washi tape on the table for guests to seal their packages with.

Screen Shot 2013-10-01 at 3.09.41 PM5. Personality! A dessert buffet is a fantastic way to show the couple’s tastes and personality. I recommend creating a monogram using the couple’s new initials to use on the table wherever possible (e.g. The packaging I talked about in #4 is a great place to incorporate a monogram).

If you were creating a dessert buffet for an event, name one item you would HAVE to include in the comment section below. Go!

Man, I’m drooling just thinking about a table full of my favorite sweets n’ treats. Good thing Halloween is coming… candy coma here I come! You can find all of these candy buffet pins and more HERE on my Pinterest page. Have a great #WeddingWednesday everybody!
-Brian

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Try This Delicious Signature Drink By Abigail Kirsch

Screen shot 2013-09-26 at 2.48.51 PMHey Ya’ll,

Today I’m featuring Abigail Kirsch, the caterer for this year’s Knot Gala. AK has created an incredible menu for the event and I cannot wait to see it all come together next month. Their food is outstanding, as is their presentation, and they have been a New York City staple for many, many years.  Beyond all this, they are amazing to work with and after many attempts at finding a great caterer in NYC for our events, we were thrilled to have finally found AK!

Screen shot 2013-09-26 at 2.35.12 PMIn the meantime, AK has offered to share one of their delicious signature cocktails with my all of you! This a light and refreshing cocktail that you could easily serve at home for a small gathering or create a large batch to serve a a big event.

Here are the details:

Screen shot 2013-09-26 at 2.34.38 PMHead to the Abigail Kirsch blog for featured weddings and more recipes like this one. Enjoy!
-Brian

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Bettie’s Beautiful Baby Shower

Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 4.27.16 PMHey Ya’ll,

I’ve designed baby showers in the past and been involved in the planning of them for clients, but when you are one of the chosen hosts for a baby shower for a dear friend, it is a completely different story!

Bettie and I at my Birthday party a couple weeks ago.

Bettie and I at my Birthday party a couple weeks ago.

My friend Elisabeth Stassen or Bettie, as I affectionately call her, is due any day now, so myself along with five of her good friends combined forces to create the perfect baby shower for her.

Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 4.36.13 PMWe met, created a game plan that utilized all of our different skill sets, and then divided and conquered to make sure that each detail came together on the day of the event.
Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 4.41.58 PMScreen Shot 2013-09-17 at 4.39.40 PMOur main objectives were to create an afternoon that was a little bit non-traditional in theme and decor, but very personalized to Bettie’s high standards and tastes.
Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 4.46.15 PMScreen Shot 2013-09-17 at 4.48.28 PMScreen Shot 2013-09-17 at 4.47.59 PMBettie has event planning experience and knew exactly what she wanted and didn’t want, which in some ways made our job a little more difficult but in other ways it really helped us.
Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 4.51.02 PMFor the decor, we stuck mostly to classic neutral colors. Think: ivory, khaki, pink, light green and light blue!
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The event’s color palette was inspired by the invitations that we found on Etsy. We used these colors in and outside of Bettie’s home for the flowers, table linens, party favors, cups, napkins, and even the food.
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I of course, was in charge of the cake, a therapeutic challenge that I always enjoy taking on.
Screen Shot 2013-09-18 at 10.37.05 AMI used my new cake pans to create a layered white, Funfetti cake (my signature flavor!) and topped it off with some playful white and pink frosting and sprinkles!

Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 5.06.38 PMScreen Shot 2013-09-17 at 5.07.42 PMAll the hosts made or brought different food that was a specialty in their wheel house.

Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 5.08.45 PMScreen Shot 2013-09-17 at 5.10.36 PMScreen Shot 2013-09-18 at 10.37.41 AMAll in all, I think we created a relaxing day of eating, drinking, gift-giving, friendship and of course, celebrating David and Bettie’s new baby girl.
Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 5.09.37 PMHave you ever combined forces with friends to plan an event for a dear friend? Let me know what you were celebrating and how it turned out in comment section below.
-Brian

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A Few Of My Favorite Pins!

Screen Shot 2013-09-16 at 6.52.10 PMHey Ya’ll,

Today, I’m sharing three of my favorite pins from the hotbed of useful information and dazzling imagery known as Pinterest!

Screen Shot 2013-09-16 at 6.43.02 PMOneWed.com originally pinned the photo above of an outdoor garden wedding with a crisp green apple theme. As an event planner with a strong commitment to Eco-friendly design, I was inspired by how green (literally and figuratively!) this event design is. The bottle of wine is accomplishing so many things: table number, signature beverage, wedding favor, and it sets a sophisticated tone while also establishing the event’s theme and color palette. An excellent idea indeed. Click HERE to find this pin on my DIY board, where you’ll find lots of pins to help you put a personal touch on your next event.

Screen shot 2013-09-16 at 11.39.43 PMI could blame my attraction to the pin above on how insanely hot it has been in L.A. lately, but I’ve always loved the idea of personalizing a beverage with fancy ice cubes filled with tasty treats! This pin was originally posted by 17apart.com, and led me to THIS pin via homedesign.marthastewart..com, which also looks like a delicious must-try. You can find both of these pins on my Beverage Board.

Screen shot 2013-09-16 at 11.52.44 PMFor my last pin, I’m sharing this chic salad bar setup that instantly caught my eye. Talk about using your food to add color to your tablescape! This pin was originally posted by celebrationsathomeblog.com, and I’m so glad it got my attention because it led me to this wonderful blog penned by Creative Director, Chris Nease. I highly recommend taking a spin around her site, lots of great posts featuring party planning how-to’s, recipes and design/decor inspiration.

Screen shot 2013-09-16 at 11.56.39 PMYou can find the rest of my inspirational and educational (and down right FUN to look at!) pins sprinkled throughout my Pinterest boards, here: http://www.pinterest.com/brianworley/boards.

What are some of your favorite pins? Feel free to post a link to it along with your Pinterest profile URL in the comment section below. Let’s pin together!
-Brian

My Top 6 Picks for Places to See, Stay and Eat in New York City 2013

Image via Louis Vuitton City Guide 2011 http://bit.ly/1dEsVlI

Image via Louis Vuitton City Guide 2011 http://bit.ly/1dEsVlI

Hey Ya’ll,

I was recently in the Big Apple working on some planning for The Knot Gala, which takes place in October (stay tuned for more details on this awesome event!). While there, I managed to do a bit of sight-seeing and snap some pics along the way, so today I’m sharing those photos and a few of my best recommendations for places to see, eat and stay in NYC.

1. Empire State Building

image-9The Empire State Building is a great spot for taking in city views both day and night. The observation deck is open from 8AM until 2AM, with the last elevator up leaving around 1:15AM. It’s a must-see in my book! Here are a couple of my photos from the top:

image-8 image-72. Washington Square Park

imageWashington Square Park is known for the gorgeous arch (pictured above), which was dedicated in 1895 in honor of George Washington, for whom the park is named. The park also features a large grassy area with a fountain that’s a popular meeting spot in the city (pictured below).

image-13. The 9/11 Memorial

9/11 Memorial Rendering via http://www.911memorial.org/about-memorial

9/11 Memorial Rendering via http://www.911memorial.org/about-memorial

The National September 11 Memorial honors the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks that occurred on 9/11/2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.

6 copy The Memorial is made up of two waterfall pools that are each nearly an acre in size and sit in the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. The names of every person who died in the 2001 and 1993 attacks are inscribed into bronze panels edging the Memorial pools.

4. Lombardi’s Pizza

lombardis_v2_460x285(2)For a quick bite to eat, I love popping into the pizza places that are scattered around the city. I have yet to meet a slice of New York pizza that I didn’t love. Lombardi’s is one of the best and is over 100 years old and considered one of America’s first pizzerias!

pizza5. Hakkasan

Hakkasan foodOn my most recent trip to NYC,  I ate at Hakkasan located in midtown Manhattan and the food was incredible. I highly recommend checking this spot out both for the delicious menu as well as the stunning 11,000 square foot space (see photo below).

Hakkasan NY6. Eventi Hotel

eventi hotelI loved staying at New York’s Eventi on my last trip, which is a Kimpton Hotel. It’s very modern and stylish.

Eventi loungeI have also stayed at the Gotham Hotel and all of their rooms have a little balcony. That’s another great option for the price (see photo below).

hotel09I’ll be sure to update this list each time I visit the city in the coming months but for now, those are some of my favorite spots in the city! What are your favorite places in New York City? Let me know in the comment section below.
-Brian