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Scotch and Cigar 30th Birthday Party

Dapper Gentleman and Ladies take note! Theme parties are not just for girly girls. This 30th birthday bash is centered around scotch and cigars and a really good cake. What’s not to love? It’s masculine, polished and all crafted by Ashley Lindzon Events. Check out the full gallery photographed by Tara McMullen for even more, including a late night ice cream truck cameo.

From Ashley Lindzon Events… Planning Daniel’s birthday party was too much fun! The theme was based on his favorite things; scotch, cigars and sweets! To celebrate, guests were gathered together to enjoy an evening a fun festivities including a scotch and cigar bar with customized matches, cigars and some classic scotch and whiskey. We also served old fashions as the guest of honor’s signature drink – and they were delish!

To nibble, we offered mini grilled cheese sandwiches, pulled brisket sliders and mini chicken and waffles.The desserts included a masculine wood engraved cake with copper antlers, mini glazed donuts, salted caramel cheesecakes, mousse shooters and chocolate cupcakes with chocolate whiskey icing (to stay on theme). And as a late night surprise an ice cream truck came to serve guests icy treats.

Photography: Tara McMullen | Flowers: Wildflower And Co. | Catering: Elyse Leanna | Chocolate Cupcake Toppers: Megan Wappel Designs | Custom Coasters: For Your Party | Invites: Minted | Planning And Styling: Ashley Lindzon Events | Signage : Ashley Lindzon Events | Sweets: Truffle Toronto

Blanco Cocktail

We spotted this cocktail over on this wedding and knew we needed the recipe. Aside from the gorgeous jewel toned hue, the muddled blackberry was enough to send us clear over the cocktail edge. And seeing that today is a day of celebrating (right?), we figured why not do Halloween up right with some seriously amazing cocktail treats. Photos by Marisa Holmes, Styling by Brooke Keegan.

Blanco CocktailA fun blend of Fortleza blanco tequila, muddled blackberry, lime juice and agave syrup.
prep time
5 Minute/s
cook time
total time
5 Minute/s
Serves 1Ingredients
  • 3 blackberries
  • 2 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce agave syrup
  • 2.5 ounces tequila
  1. Muddle the fresh blackberry with the lime juice and agave syrup.
  2. Add large ice cubes.
  3. Pour in 2.5 oz of tequila

Photography: Marisa Holmes | Recipe/Styling: Brooke Keegan

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Black and White 1st Birthday

I love a good classic first birthday party. Especially those that are sweet in design but timeless in execution. Take for example this “Never Stop Exploring” celebration. Laura from Lace and Arrow Designs crafted and photographed the party for her son, pulling together some awesome DIY projects to make it a bit more personal. See all the adorableness here.

From Laura…I am a mother of two and run an online boutique. When my sons 1st birthday was approaching I knew I needed to make it more on the simple side (I tend to go OVER BOARD!). Growing up my mom always made our cakes from scratch and I wanted to keep that tradition going with my own children. The ongoing trending “naked cake” was the perfect solution. But I had only seen them with flowers so making it “masculine” was a goal of mine. Can you believe this cake didn’t even cost me $6 including the cake toppers?! Betty Crocker came to my rescue this time! I typically make my children’s cakes from scratch and decorate them with buttercream or fondant which can take hours!

Two hours (including bake time) and this cake was done! The toppers are just a black and white stripe pattern i googled, printed on paper and cut into the shape of a flag then glued onto a white stick found at the dollar store. Just added a long white candle and the cake was complete.

The rest of the treats and goodies are mostly from the Bulk Section at my local grocery store. I wanted to keep the food in the color scheme I had going, so Oreos, white donuts, yogurt covered raisons are just some of the snacks shown.

Rise Krispies are a favourite around my house so I added a white stick and tied ribbon on top to make it fancy and pretty on the table. For me this was simple because I planned ahead and ordered the supplies I needed to put the snacks and treats in. Made the cake and rise krispies the night before the party. All the other decorations I already had and use with most of my parties.

Photography: Laura Derksen | Design: Arrow & Lace Designs | "Never Stop Exploring" Print: Kardz Kouture | Bandana Bib: Vonbon | Berry Baskets: Tom Kat Studio | Black/White Stripe Paper Cups: Tom Kat Studio | Bow Tie: Arrow & Lace Designs | Gold Black Chalk Hang Tag: Dollar Target Section | Gold Logs: Confetti Sparkle Shop | Gold Tray: Chapters Indigo | Inflatable Globes: Amazon | Map Poster: Spruce Collective | Milk Glass Drinking Jars: Ikea | Polka Dot Balloons: Tom Kat Studio | Polka Dot Napkinds: Tom Kat Studio | White Scallop Candy Cups: Tom Kat Studio | Zebra & 1 Balloon: Confetti Sparkle Shop