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one hot and sunny saturday in October a bunch of ladies got together here in my backyard to indulge, marie antoinette style.  i started a pinterest board ages ago when i  was inspired by the pastries of bottega louie, a restaurant here in DTLA.  these pastries transport you directly to paris or italy, with magnificent artistic quality. they are almost too pretty to eat, but i pretty much just want to shove them in my face. my friend stacy was all about it too (it is our favorite restaurant to get together at) and we decided to co-host the party bringing together an eclectic mix of LA women!

stacy and i are doing a cross post about the party, giving two perspectives. mine somewhat of a tutorial filled with images, while stacy’s post is filled with beautiful poetic words that read like a song. she talks of her  personal and intimate experience of attempting to be a girly girl. i love this lady, i love her writing. check out her post for a deeper perspective of one girl’s marie antoinette experience.

also, inspired by the sophia coppola movie, marie antoinette, which i have been a fan of since before it hit theaters, not to mention the soundtrack. i know it was booed at cannes, but i loved it. the colors, the indulgence, the over-exaggeration, the excess, the history, the innocence. i guess there was something dreamy about indulging on sweets, and champagne, and clothes with little guilt or regret. something, i think as women, we over compensate for these days.  so, we made decadence a little bit of reality for the day.

stacy and i pulled the decorations together using tangibles/fabric we already had, only spending money on the treats and flowers!  we asked everybody to bring either a dessert or champagne, as well as dressing the part. the ladies got a peek at the pinterest board for inspiration…and man did these women pull through! the outfits were amazing, the desserts to die for, and the champagne was constantly flowing!

now, marie antoinette is a controversial woman. i became slightly obsessed with her after the movie, bought the book, and did a lot of wikipedia reading up on her. the movie portrayed this innocent young girl stripped of all that she knows, thrown into an already indulgent hierarchy and married at 14, to then be crowned queen at 19. she was blamed for not producing an heir, when in truth it was due to the king’s inability to perform in bed. she eventually beared children, she lost children, she then lost her head. sure, she lived extravagantly and the people not so much. they hated her for it. i wonder though, can we blame her? i don’t know. there are two sides to every story. i wonder if she knew any better. did she know what was going on outside those palace walls? did she care?  was she just naive? or selfish? regardless, i became curious about her life, her interests, her tragedies. no matter our lot in life, we all have them.

i will take credit for the cake at the top and the raspberry cream puffs (which i made a while back, you can read the post here). i think that cake might be my  favorite thing i have EVER made…and i also think i have started a new obsession/style! the girls brought blue velvet cupcakes, madelines, chambard, napoleons, eclairs, princess cake, more cupcakes, and more sugar, and then some more sugar! top it off with champagne and we all went home with belly aches!

besides stuffing desserts in our mouths, which i made everyone do for the camera, we played some games. specifically, the one they play in the movie, let’s just call it the “name game” because i have failed to ever find out the actual name. i love this game for some reason and it isn’t the first time i have made people play it at a party!stacy also brought over some paper to hang on the wall where the girls could blindly draw someone else! hilarious! we also set up stations for nail painting and craft making! most of us just ate and drank…we should have hired foot massagers!

stacy and i collaborated so smoothly together, taking on different tasks and getting excited to build off one another’s ideas, but my favorite was the WIG!  stacy’s originally idea was to paper mache a wig onto a balloon, but… we were fresh out of balloons. however, i did have a hat form. i handed it off to stacy and she created this masterpiece with bubble wrap and toilet paper rolls. she sat quietly in the corner and assembled this piece of art (her forte) and when it was finished, i thought it couldn’t have been more perfect. “I love the humor of it falling short of being anything beautiful at all,” stacy, describes in her post about the wig.  it was art on a whim with limited materials, evoking silliness.  creativity at its best: humble and true.  much like my friendship with stacy. to me there isn’t much, more beautiful than that! at the end of the day, we were proud of the food,wig, and event we had created together…imperfections and humor -resulting in beauty.

we made a little photo booth and here are some of the gems that came out of that! thanks to all the ladies for making this such a fun, indulgent, and decadent day! and to stacy for planning it all with me!

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  1. remi #
    January 20, 2013

    The cake is beautiful, I would like to make this for my mother’s birthday.Where did you get the recipe?

    • January 21, 2013

      thank you! the recipe is a basic one that i made up myself. i just used a simple chocolate cake recipe ( you can find this anywhere) and a buttercream frosting (from the powdered sugar packaging). i sliced oranges, limes, and lemons to decorate the top of the cake. i also found edible flowers to decorate as well.

      • remi #
        January 21, 2013

        Thank you so much, I can’t what to try it.

  2. November 1, 2012

    Love the film and looooooved the party idea!!! What a great way to spend the day and all the costumes look wonderful too. Great post, great cakes and great photos. Well done!!!

  3. November 1, 2012

    Looks like a great party!!!! Cakes look stunning too.

  4. October 30, 2012

    DAMMNNNNNNNN!!!! This is the classiest blog I’ve ever seen in my life! I died and then came back to life when I saw those cupcakes! Keep doing your thing cause it works. you should follow us swagginlunch.

  5. October 30, 2012

    Your party looks like it was so much fun! I had a similar obsession with Anne Boleyn after watching The Tudors. Perhaps I should host a party in her honor 🙂

  6. October 29, 2012

    Looking through your pictures all I can keep saying to myself is “oh my God oh my God oh my God oh my God.” I totally want to be at THAT EXACT party. I’ve been in love with Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette since it came out. I LOVE the costumes, the colors, the excess, the parties, the soundtrack that doesn’t seem to fit. I WANT this party! Super jealous! PS I have a very similar dress to the one that your guest worse – the cream-colored lace one, only mine has short sleeves.

    Oh my God.

  7. October 29, 2012

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t exactly love to reblog someone’s work unless I find it necessary to share. This party by Sun and Glory inspired me so much. Not only am I also fascinated by Marie Antoinette, I think it’s necessary to have an indulgent day with the people you love. It doesn’t get much better than beautiful, flavorful sweets and good company!

    Thanks Sun and Glory 🙂

  8. October 29, 2012

    I adore those photos! I want to throw a party like that!

  9. October 29, 2012

    What a fabulous idea. I love the pictures of the party. Come check out my Halloween party idea on my style blog: http://www.jaxcouture.com

  10. October 29, 2012

    tantalizing and alluring. Very creative!

  11. Victoria #
    October 29, 2012

    Absolutely brilliant! Love it!

  12. wyaonthenet #
    October 28, 2012

    WOW AWESOME! Now I know what to do with my mom this Christmas! Hope you don’t mind me borrowing your idea 😀

  13. October 28, 2012

    This is so inspiring!

  14. October 28, 2012

    I must say, this is one of the prettiest AND funnest posts ever!!! Sometimes a girl just needs to indulge!!! -xo, RR

    • October 29, 2012

      Btw, I loved this post so much I just had to reblog 😉

  15. October 28, 2012

    Delicious post.Regards.jalal

  16. October 28, 2012

    Incredibly indulgent delights….loved the story. Thanks for sharing!

  17. October 28, 2012

    I’m completely jealous and I’m not a girl.. and I’m straight… but I admire any attempt by anyone to dare be original or a revivalist. awesome pics… and the spread made my sweet tooth ache with envy

  18. October 28, 2012

    I’m completely jealous and I’m not a girl.. and I’m straight… but I admire any attempt by anyone to dare be original or a revivalist. awesome pics… and the spread made my sweet tooth ache with envy!!

  19. October 28, 2012

    I’m completely jealous and I’m not a girl.. and I’m straight… but I admire any attempt by anyone to dare be original or a revivalist. awesome pics… and the spread made my sweettooth ache with envy!!

  20. October 28, 2012

    What a great idea! Got some great Halloween costume ideas from this.

  21. October 28, 2012

    Reblogged this on frenchcuppycake's Blog.

  22. October 28, 2012

    What a great party it seemed like! Congratulations on a great execution of a marvelous idea!

    Let them eat cake, indeed! 😀

    -Sage

  23. October 28, 2012

    That looks soooooo fun! I would love to do that sometime =D

  24. October 28, 2012

    Reblogged this on Spectrum of the Mind and commented:
    Oh my!! I haven’t yet watched Marie Antoinette by Sophia Coppola but since SHE is famous and by the idea that her style as a character has been a talk-of-town because of its sheerness and its candid setting is an exquisite expression of art and glamour well this theme inspired by Marie Antoinette is undeniably wonderful which makes me proud that God made me a female. LOL :))

  25. October 28, 2012

    Yeah, I agree. In my opinion, Marie Antoinette has an unwarranted bad reputation. She was married off to the King of France from her native Austria and hated by the French people for being from the country that France ended up at war with after the Revolution. Not like she had control over any of that. And she never said “Let them eat cake” either. Poor girl didn’t deserve what she got.

  26. October 28, 2012

    What dazzling pictures and a fantastic idea! It makes me want to put on fun clothes and eat decadent sweets! Your images look like they could be the setting for a sequel novel.

  27. jdflotow #
    October 28, 2012

    I love this whole idea! I’m totally encouraged to have a girls night now just to try this!

  28. monkeyfacekim #
    October 28, 2012

    Such a great idea! It looks like a lot of fun and I love all the beautiful colors! Yummy! The desserts looks amazing! 😀

  29. October 28, 2012

    This is such a nice idea. I loved the colours!

  30. October 28, 2012

    Wow. Beautiful!

    Keep uploading posts like this. Loved it.

  31. October 28, 2012

    love the costumes .Gorgeous photos btw 😀

  32. October 28, 2012

    Wow this looks really cooool. Wish I had been there. Those yummy tasty pastries looked luscious. I bought some today and was too happy. Champagne’s a nice touch though. I’ll have to keep that in mind next time. But the chic tipping the Chambord was priceless.

  33. botanicart #
    October 28, 2012

    Fun Fun Fun!!!!! Great photos!

  34. October 28, 2012

    This an amazing Idea and the photo’s are fantastic.

  35. October 27, 2012

    How fun. reminds me of Alice in Wonderland at the tea party.

  36. October 27, 2012

    What a fun & glamorous idea for a party. Lovely to see ladies so enjoying themselves!

  37. October 27, 2012

    What a fantastic idea for a girls’ day- it’s like something out of a Disney fantasy! Looks fantastic- and great shots, too 🙂

  38. October 27, 2012

    i like the costumes! 🙂

  39. October 27, 2012

    I want that cake right there in the first picture!

  40. October 27, 2012

    Fantastic party! Love your fabulous photos. You girls can rock! I will have to throw one together sometime.
    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  41. October 27, 2012

    Gives new meaning to the words “eye candy.”

  42. October 27, 2012

    Loved the random zebra face. What a hilariously fun idea for a get together!

  43. October 27, 2012

    What awesome and fun treats! Too good looking to eat for me!

  44. October 27, 2012

    unfair UNFAIR! Alas, I want to be there!
    So neato (wow, i havent used that word since I made mud pies in my backyard as a kid.)
    Frill power all the way. Love it.
    I too found that film indulgent but a feast for the eyes. But hands down, I got to get that horse mask to attract some men (Im lacking).

    THANKS for sharing. Cheers!

    • October 29, 2012

      Me too! UGH I’m so unhappy that I didn’t get to go. I wish I had friends like this!

  45. October 27, 2012

    Gorgeous photos. Looks like a fun time!

  46. October 27, 2012

    Ah!!! I love it! Looks like fun! Great photos too!

  47. October 27, 2012

    lovely 🙂

  48. October 26, 2012

    OMG this sounds amazing! Such a great idea for Bridal Shower or maybe just a crazy Saturday afternoon?!

    • October 31, 2012

      great bridal shower idea…or just a saturday afternoon!

  49. October 26, 2012

    Gorgeous pictures! And the food looks too delicious! And just ate Ben&Jerry’s!
    Not good at all haha!

    X
    http://dipitblack.com

  50. October 26, 2012

    gorgeous shots and it looks like SO much fun!!

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