Thursday, July 18, 2013

Pretty in Pink

On a gorgeous summer day, a beautiful bride and her closest family and friends came together in an elegant backyard setting to celebrate her upcoming nuptials. Using a feminine color palette of pale, blush pink contrasted with black, it was all about the details at this lovely soiree...


We welcomed guests with a thirst quenching station of everything pink and yummy- Raspberry and Strawberry-Kiwi Lemonades and sugar rimmed glasses of Kir Royale.


We needed to beat the heat, so the client offered a sweet, pink fan as a favor and heat-buster. Although it was warm, we lucked out on the weather, and the plentiful shade, cool drinks and handy fans just made it all the more pleasant!


The tables were simple, yet gorgeous and we overheard many of the guests raving about the beauty. We created floral arrangements of stunning peonies and country roses accented by a crisp black ribbon and a rhinestone buckle. Black chandeliers brought  in an extra accent and proved that it doesn't have to be a night time event to warrant the use of beautiful candles...



Little details peppered the party- from individual wine charms and seating cards to the bride's signature (pink) drink.

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The catering was perfect for a late morning brunch: scones, cream, jam, grilled vegetables, and a light, delicious chicken dish that left the guest raving.

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We loved getting "girlie" with it and trimmed the dessert table in a bride-worthy blush pink tulle skirt.



French Macaroons, a host of cookies, candies and a feminine cake trimmed in "bling" enticed the guests.


It was a bridal shower to cherish. A group of lovely guests, a gorgeous day and an atmosphere that leaves a lasting impression. Congratulations to our Blushing Bride!!



Friday, July 12, 2013

A Back to School Party: for adults



Although we are always, ALWAYS up for a party, inspiration comes easily when the party is a Back to School Fundraiser for your own child’s school. Such was the case when we were presented with a school fundraiser- no theme, no ideas- we could do anything we wanted! Our first step? To create an inspiration board. We love this step in the creative process because it really brings together colors, textures and spring boards of ideas about transforming something into…well, something else. Our inspirations centered around the idea of school, itself. We envisioned school buses, pencils, chalkboards, and children. Although the fundraiser was for adults only, we wanted to somehow find a way to keep the “children” in the big picture. We chose a palette of yellows, white and a touch of gray to keep a fresh, yet modern feel.

Since our party was set to take place in a parent’s backyard, we wanted a look that created an updated garden party feel. We searched out yellow chevron patterned fabric and made runners for each table- a bright and colorful accent to the clean, crisp white linened tables. We kept things casual by choosing mason jars as vases and used a variety of sizes. Centerpieces, that were simple enough to do, were bright and cheery arrangements of sunflowers, gerbera daisies, yellow stock, queen’s anne lace, and the unusual flower with the funny name- “chicken bones”. The table “look” was complete with these fresh arrangements!


What says “School” more than a chalkboard? We bought some inexpensive frames, and spray painted them with a simple gray spraypaint. Then, we used a single piece of cardstock and painted it with chalkboard paint, inserted it into the frame without the glass, and…voila! Chalkboard table number frames! Did you ever wonder how some chalkboards look like a resident artist wrote on them? The trick is to use a Chalkboard pen. It was a new find for us, but completely changed our world…no more messing with a thick, straight-edged piece of chalk.

A Lemonade Stand is something that appeals primarily to children. However, we wanted to steal the concept and make an adult friendly-version.  We dressed our Lemonade Stand with beautiful glass beverage dispensers, drinking glasses prepared and waiting with a lemon wedge and yellow straw, and dozens of lemons and limes! We served up gourmet versions of lemonade with flavors like Rasberry Basil, Ginger Limeade, and Blackberry Mint. We created cohesiveness with the guest tables by creating chalkboard labels for the lemonade dispensers and even re-purposed eclectic frames to become interesting chalkboard signs. The lemonade stand was a welcome addition to a party that took place on a warm September evening and guests came back time and again for more.


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The fresh and cheery ambiance carried over well into the evening, as market lights peppered with paper lanterns in our colors of yellow, white and gray, gave way to a warm glow in the yard. Guests mixed and mingled throughout the evening and we like to think that the inviting ambiance helped to create an air of generosity, which led to many donations.

Finally, what Back to School event would be  complete without the beginning- of-the-year school supplies to drool over? We created a useable, simple “favor”, by placing a pad of Post-Its and a little yellow pencil on each placesetting. The supplies were utilized during the guest speaker portion of the evening, and we love a freshly sharpened pencil and a full pad of ready-to-post notes! So, take note: “Back to School” just got even more fun when it includes an inspired backyard fete!