Tuesday, December 12, 2017


Creating sweet tables has to be one of my favourite things to do during the holidays. 

You don't need to have a lot of different treats to create a holiday sweet table. I used assorted serving dishes, buffalo gift boxesburlap ribbons, mini trees and lights for my festive set up.

I prefer to put out a little bit of everything in smaller containers and then refill them every once in a while so that the display looks some what full for most of time.

Here's how I set up my little stress free sweet table:

home for the holidays - set up a sweet table | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Buffalo plaid gift boxes are both functional and decorative in my set ups. If you don't have gift boxes, you can create a similar look using books covered with wrapping paper "jackets" like I did here.

home for the holidays - set up a sweet table | Lorrie Everitt Studio

I have created these snow globe inspired jars filled with cookies as hostess gifts for years. This year I thought that it would be fun to make one for myself and use it as the focal point of my sweet table display. 

 I use coarse sugar to create a snowy base in the glass containers.The mini gingerbread house and cookies are from Mad Batter BakersThe container is more of a display element so you may want to fill another serving dish with gingerbread cookies for guests to easily take and eat.

home for the holidays - set up a sweet table | Lorrie Everitt Studio

I filled a candy dish with custom made sugar cookies from Emma's Sweets. You can add coarse sugar to the bottom of the candy dish so that the cookies will stand up.

home for the holidays - set up a sweet table | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Another small candy dish was filled with assorted colours of french macarons from Macaronz and placed on a gift box for height.

home for the holidays - set up a sweet table | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Not everything on your sweet table has to be baked goods. I like to fill larger containers with chocolates, popcorn, candy and nuts.

home for the holidays - set up a sweet table | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Once the serving dishes have been set up I fill in large spaces with gift boxes tied up with ribbon. I like to use pretty gift boxes in my holiday decor and in January I fill them with Christmas tree decorations for storage.

home for the holidays - set up a sweet table | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Finally I add in mini trees and battery operated strings of lights.

home for the holidays - set up a sweet table | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Guests may think that your sweet table is too pretty to eat so make sure that you tell them it's okay to help themselves!


home for the holidays - set up a sweet table | Lorrie Everitt Studio




Cookie Cutter Projects for the holidays - bake, craft and wrap

Thursday, December 7, 2017



Eating cookies and baking cookies are two of my favourite Christmas traditions. I had a few custom cookie cutters made to match the Sweet Life Collection that I designed for Creative Bag. The metal cookie cutters are great for baking, crafting and gift wrapping projects.

Mary from Emma's Sweets made the most adorable custom cookies using the cookie cutters so I could feature them in a holiday themed styled shoot. She decorated the cookies two ways - in full colour and in white with gold details. The white and gold cookies were so unique and inspired me to create my oven baked clay ornaments.


And as you know I love to add special touches to my gift wrapping so the cookie cutters made their way into my holiday gift wrapping as gift toppers.


My oven baked clay ornaments can also be used as gift toppers. 



Here's how I created my oven baked cookie ornaments:




Gather your supplies: oven baked clay, cookie cutters, rolling pin, wire, wire cutters, bamboo skewer, paint, paint brush, twine. You'll also need a baking sheet, parchment paper and oven to bake the clay.

1. Soften clay and roll out oven baked clay just as you would regular cookie dough.
2. Cut the cookie shapes and set aside.
3. Wire loops will be used to hang the ornaments. Cut pieces of wire and bend as shown above. 
4. Using the bamboo skewer, make a hole in the top of the clay shapes and insert the wire loop.
5. Place the clay shapes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake as per the instructions on the oven baked clay package.



6. Paint the ornaments with as much or little colour as you want. I gave my ornaments a contemporary look by just adding a few gold details. I used my cookie pattern as a guide. 
7. Add twine, baker's twine, yarn or leather string to hang. 

Note: If you don't want to use wire loops to hang the ornaments, add a small hole in the clay before baking using the bamboo skewer.

Sources for custom cookie cutters: owl, deer, squirrelbird, fox.



Wishing you a sweet holiday season and I hope that there are lots of cookies!




Sweet DIY: donut display board

Monday, November 20, 2017

sweet DIY - donut display board for the holidays and beyond | Lorrie Everitt Studio

I have been waiting for a reason to create a large beautiful donut wall. The problem is that I am not a wedding or party planner and I did not host any large parties this year. I am planning to do some holiday entertaining and I thought that this might be a great opportunity for me to put my own twist on the donut wall concept that is a little more holiday entertaining at home friendly.

sweet DIY - donut display board for the holidays and beyond | Lorrie Everitt Studio

 So I came up with the idea of turning these wood market trays into donut display boards. They will hold a dozen mini or regular sized donuts. You can replenish the donuts during the party to keep it looking full. And the trays are not huge so you can easily store them after the event and reuse them again.

sweet DIY - donut display board for the holidays and beyond | Lorrie Everitt Studio

 I painted this donut display board white and added gold details to the end of the the wood pegs. Learzi from Autumn Grey Designs added the gold hand lettering and the adorable mini donuts were made by Macaronz

sweet DIY - display board for donuts and cookies | Lorrie Everitt Studio

 My donut display board is also perfect for displaying decorative cookies with a hole.

sweet DIY - display board for donuts and cookies | Lorrie Everitt Studio

sweet DIY - display board for donuts and cookies | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Caitlyn from Cakelaine created the festive wreath cookies that were displayed above as well as all of the cakes and sweet treats for our holiday themed party.

Here's how to make these donut display boards yourself:

sweet DIY - donut display board for the holidays and beyond | Lorrie Everitt Studio

 1. Gather your supplies: Wood market tray, small wood pegs, kraft paper to work out spacing, ruler, pencil, drill, paint (optional).

2. Use kraft paper to figure out spacing for the holes that you need to drill into the tray. Make sure that you leave enough space around the donuts. Centre the kraft paper on the wood tray and mark where to drill with your pencil. 

3. Select a drill bit that is the same size as the wood pegs. You want the holes to be tight so you will not require glue. Drill holes in the wood tray


sweet DIY - donut display board for the holidays and beyond | Lorrie Everitt Studio


4. Place wood pegs in the holes. Paint if desired. 

sweet DIY - donut display board for the holidays and beyond | Lorrie Everitt Studio


Tip: You can prop the board up against a wall. Or, if you want the display board stand on it's own, I suggest that you super glue a large square vase to the back of the tray. 


If you make one of these for your own party I'd love to see it! Use hashtag #lorrieeverittinspire and follow me on Instagram for more holiday diy inspiration. 


Photo credits:

Donut display set up:

photography  Janet KwanPhotography 
mini donuts Macaronz 
hand lettering  Autumn Grey Designs 
greenery  Flower Treasures      
packaging products Creative Bag
entertaining products Weddingstar
creative direction Lorrie Everitt

Cookie display setup:

photography  Heidi Lau Photography 
hand lettering  Love Lettering   
florals Flowerly 
cake and sweets  Cakelaine   
packaging supplies  Creative Bag  
entertaining supplies Weddingstar
creative direction  Lorrie Everitt  
& the handcrafted artisans:




sweet DIY - display board for donuts and cookies | Lorrie Everitt Studio





You can do-it-yourself: confetti poppers

Monday, October 16, 2017



DIY paper and flower confetti poppers | Lorrie Everitt Studio
Confetti poppers are very easy to make and can be used at weddings, birthday parties and showers. The wonderful thing about making confetti poppers yourself is that you can fill them with whatever kind and colour of confetti that you wish.

DIY confetti poppers | Lorrie Everitt Studio


I created the labels for my confetti poppers and I've included it as a download in this post. 

If you want to make your own confetti using scraps of tissue paper, wrapping paper and mylar, like I did for my poppers, you can find my DIY confetti tutorial here. It's simple to make your own confetti and if you are planning on making a large number of confetti poppers it is a fairly cost effective option.

DIY confetti poppers | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Gather Your Supplies: push pop containers, white paper, confetti, scissors, two-sided tape.

Step 1.  Download the labels and print out on white text paper. Using the crop marks as a guide, cut out the labels.

Step 2.  Assemble the push pop container and position the labels to the containers as shown above. Keep labels in place using two-sided tape.

Step 3.  Remove the lids. Fill the containers with either paper or flower confetti. 

Step 4.  Add lids to seal. Give the container a shake and the confetti will expand into the open space under the lid.


DIY confetti poppers | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Dried flower petals can be used as confetti if you are looking for something a little more natural and fragrant. If you are getting married just ask your florist if this is something that they can help you with. My flowers were from Petal to the Metal.

DIY confetti poppers | Lorrie Everitt Studio

To use poppers: Remove the lids before use. Push the stick with one quick movement to release the confetti from the push pop container. The poppers can be refilled and used over and over.

You can see my Facebook live tutorial with Weddingbells to make these here:



DIY confetti poppers | Lorrie Everitt Studio



Here's one more idea for creating these confetti poppers using stickers instead of my labels.

DIY confetti poppers | Lorrie Everitt Studio

I added custom stickers that were designed by Alicia's Infinity. The art on these flower confetti poppers matched Alicia's wedding stationery.

DIY confetti poppers | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Sources: photo by Sara Wilde Photography, flowers by Petal to the Metal, hand lettering by Prose and Fawns Paperie, custom stationery by Alicia's Infinity, push pops/ribbon from Creative Bag, chalkboard/glass rose gold box from Weddingstar, shoot on location at the Fox and Fawn Antique Shop.





Let's celebrate! If you make your own confetti poppers I'd love to see them. Share your pictures on Instagram using #lorrieeverittsstudio. 


Create. Celebrate. Inspire.


DIY confetti poppers | Lorrie Everitt Studio








You can do it - DIY chocolate rings

Friday, September 22, 2017

DIY chocolate rings using a ring shaped ice cube tray and melted chocolate in the colours and flavours of your choice. | Lorrie Everitt Studio

I created these sweet chocolate candy rings for a DIY bridal party styled shoot earlier this year. I can't share a lot of the details about the shoot just yet but my DIY tutorial for making these chocolate rings is up on the Weddingstar blog now. They were made using ring shaped ice cube trays and melted chocolate wafers. 

I originally found a recipe to make these as sugar rings with flecks of edible gold but after three tries I gave up and started experimenting with chocolate. I think that my chocolate rings are much easier to make if you are not a professional candy maker. And honestly, who doesn't love chocolate?!

DIY chocolate rings using a ring shaped ice cube tray and melted chocolate in the colours and flavours of your choice. | Lorrie Everitt Studio

DIY chocolate rings using a ring shaped ice cube tray and melted chocolate in the colours and flavours of your choice. | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Photo credit: Sara Wilde Photography (for the first three photos)
Sources: hand lettering on chalkboard by Prose & Fawns Paperie, sweets by Savoury & Cakeflowers by Petal to the Metalpackaging and party supplies from Creative Bag, ring ice cube tray from Weddingstar. Styled shoot photographed at Fox and Fawn Antique Shoppe. 

DIY chocolate rings using a ring shaped ice cube tray and melted chocolate in the colours and flavours of your choice. | Lorrie Everitt Studio

These chocolate rings look great on cupcakes. 
I hope that you'll pop over to see the full tutorial here.