Petite Parties: Little Birdie


Believe it or not, every little girl’s birthday party doesn’t have to be Barbie or Disney Princess themed.  To celebrate the arrival of spring and her daughter Charlotte’s 2nd birthday, our good friend Suzi Molak with Longview Gallery threw the most charming Little Birdie themed birthday party we’ve ever seen.


The earthy elegance of the party was created through a variety of DIY projects. A large stick found in the back yard was hung from the ceiling and adorned with birdhouses found at Michaels , which Suzi painted and hung with twine at varying lengths. Potted plants, small floral arrangements and mini chalkboards embellished the tables and decorative bird ornaments translated the theme throughout the room. Suzi’s husband did the calligraphy of each child’s initial on the gift boxes, which were filled with bubbles and bird stickers.



Guests were treated to delicious bites catered by Windows Catering Company and the memories were captured by lovingly by Susan Hornyak Photography.


Are you planning a party for your little one, or hosting a baby or bridal shower, and don’t know how to create a unique and personal theme?  We can help! Stay tuned for an exciting announcement we’ll be making next week about our new Petite Parties packages.

Happy Birthday, sweet Charlotte!



Puppy Love

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As the new owner of an adorable puppy, we’ve got puppy love on the mind.  Here are a few tips for including your four-pawed family members in your wedding day.


1)  Make sure your venue is pet-friendly.  If you’re having an outdoor wedding, is there shade for your dog in case it’s a hot, hot day?

2)  Make sure you have someone who can handle the dog other than you or a family member.  Animals are unpredictable and if they aren’t behaving or need to take care of business, you don’t want someone attending the wedding to miss out.

3)  Make sure they look their best.  Have them groomed the day before and, if appropriate, add a little bow tie or tutu to make it official.

4)  Don’t forget treats, food and water (and poop bags) so that all their basic needs are taken care of.

5) Everybody say “Cheese!” Don’t forget to let your photographer know that you want pictures with your pet(s).

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I know I’m biased, but I think Miss Darley would make a great flower pup!




2015 Food Trends

We’re hungry after researching the 2015 food trends!  Last year, we and some of our industry friends predicted that cauliflower, artisan Gin, celery, juicing and hyper local cuisine would become popular choices.  We’ve certainly seen these items on more and more restaurant menus, as well as our client’s event menus.  This year, we’re predicting some of the flavors and ingredients that are Up & Coming, ones that are Going Strong (hitting the mainstream), and those that seem to be on their way out (although, I don’t ever plan to say goodbye to bacon!).


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Thank you to Well Dunn Catering, Susan Gage Caterers and our fabulous intern, Cassie, for their contributions to this post!

Featured: Say Squeeze!


We had so much fun designing this citrus-inspired “Hello, Sunshine!” branding party with a few of our industry favorites, which is featured on today.  The signature bar highlighted local obsession, Don Ciccio e Figli artisanal Italian liqueurs, and the custom suspended shelves featured another local superstar, Jrink Juicery cold-pressed juices.  Decor of bright pops of yellow, orange, green and pink, with geometric patterns added zest to the party.  The custom Step and Repeat by Winifred Paper and custom swag boxes by Gift and Gander are two brilliant examples of how great design can make a lasting impression for your guests.


We are so grateful to our incredible vendor partners:

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Want to try some of our DIY projects at home?  Here you go:
DIY Citrus Fruit Garland/Chandelier
Cardstock or similar weight paper in citrus colors
fishing line
wooden dowels
Either make a template or free-hand cut in a pointed oval/leaf shape:
4 pieces of Yellow: 5″ long x 2″ wide
4 pieces of Pink: 6″ long x 3″ wide
4 pieces of Green: 4″ long x 1.75″ wide
Repeat to desired amount of fruit.  We also cut small green leaf accents.  Attached paper fruit to fishing line at desired intervals.  Attach garlands to wooden dowels.  These can be hung linearly to create a backdrop or clustered together as in the photo to create a “chandelier.”
DIY Geometric Floor Pattern
1 roll gaffers tape, orange
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measuring tape

We measured and cut the tape to create 4 squares that were 2ft x 2ft with 1 ft in between squares on all sides.  We then measured and cut the opposite color tape and centered for a 3ft x 3ft square.



2015 Runway Trends

In Part Two of our 2015 Trends Report, we take a look at the hottest looks straight off the fashion runways. We’ve collected lots of pins from the 2015 collections on our 2015 Runway Trends Pinterest Board, so be sure to jump over and check out all of the gorgeous looks.


Here are the hottest fashion trends we predict will have a significant influence on upcoming event design. We’re in the final stages of prepping our annual Runway to Table shoot where we’ll show you how to incorporate these runway trends into your next event. Stay tuned!


Colors to Watch: Ice Blue, Yellow, Red


Carolina Herrera, Ralph Lauren, Naeem Khan


White Swan: Wedding White for Everyday and Feather Details


Oscar De La Renta, Christian Siriano, Elie Saab, Giambattista Valli

Ballerina: Tulle Skirts and Delicate Bodices


Ralph & Russo, Jean Paul Gaultier, Giambattista Valli, Giambattista Valli

Exquisite Beading and Embellishment

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Chanel, Valentino, Chanel, Elie Saab

Check, Please: Gingham and Plaid


Zuhair Murad, Balmain, Marco De Vincenzo, Diane von Furstenberg

Rainbow Bright: Multi-colored Stripes and Patterns


Valentino, Peter Pilotto, Balmain, Chanel

Leather and Lacing

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Givenchy, Gucci, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Hervé Léger by Max Azria


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Alexander Wang, Rebecca Taylor, Tome, Zimmermann

1970s Nostalgia

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Chloé, Coach, Rebecca Taylor, Emilio Pucci


For all photo credits and more runway inspiration, visit our 2015 Runway Trends Board on Pinterest.

2015 Design Trends

We are thrilled to present our annual wrap up of fashion, interior design and food trends, now in it’s fifth year and still one of our most popular blog topics. First up, 2015 Interior Design Trends.

When designing for an event, we use a broad palette of sources – colors, textures, historical reference, balance, the taste and style of our client and the best way to function in a space. Interior designers are often using the same factors when they are working in a client’s living space.  For us, interior design is a natural source for event design.  A favorite local designer, Joanna Fletcher Abizaid with Cline Rose Designs, has added some interesting perspective as well.  Inspiration is everywhere, all you have to do is look!


2015 Interior Design Trends

Dark Blues

“‘Marsala’ might be Pantone’s color of the year, but dark blues are having a major moment in 2015. Blue is one of those universal colors that appeals to almost everyone, and it’s super versatile. Pair the saturated tone with blush, kelly green, or even black,” says Joanna.

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Mixed Metals:

Joanna adds, “Brass is still back in big way this year, but to keep it on trend, we’re mixing it with other metals. The trick is to keep the warm metals (brass and gold) aged, dull and /or brushed and the cool ones (the silvery tones) polished and shiny. Take it a step further and add a third matte black finish to mix.”

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Smoky Glass

We’ve noticed that glass in all it’s forms is always going to be a big player – from curios to tabletop to light fixtures.  This year, ditch the crystal clear and opt for some darker glass pieces for a little more mystery.

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Artistic Rugs

Have your floor be the centerpiece of your room with major statement rugs.

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Color Pop

Jazz up white walls or a neutral palette with an accent of a bold hue.

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Bold Wallcovering – Tile & Wallpaper

Goodbye white subway tile or painted walls, hello bold patterns and colors.





For more trends, photo references, and more, visit our Pinterest board.


Special thanks to Joanna at Cline Rose, and our fabulous intern, Caitrin, for their contributions!

Featured On: Wedding Sparrow – Pretty in Pink London Wedding

We are so excited to have our client’s romantic and glamorous London wedding featured on Wedding Sparrow today.  Combining shades of pink and metallic gold with black and white, this wedding is the epitome of classic and timeless.  We loved bringing in whimsical ideas to add personal touches like flamingo drink stirrers to reflect the couple’s time living in Florida and their beloved dog Sir Oliver making an appearance at the ceremony, but also as the host of their Welcome Party, on drink stirrers and in the welcome bags.


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Photos: Abby Jiu Photography

Featured On: Pretty My Party

Call Me Sweetheart Valentine’s Party for Kids

Inspired by the sweet endearments we all have for our little loves, Hillary had so much fun putting together this petite party inspiration for Valentine’s Day.  So excited to have her creativity and talent featured on Pretty My Party! Be sure to click here to see how you can host a party like this at home.

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Thank you to our fabulous team!

Styling: Hillary Offutt, Elizabeth Duncan Events 

Photography: Katie Browne Photography 

Invitations, Calligraphy and Artwork: Sarah Bohl Designs and Mary deStefano

Flowers: Helen Olivia

Desserts: Kendall’s Cakes



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Featured On: The Knot

We’re enjoying some trumpet fanfare here at having one of our favorite weddings from last year published in the current issue of The Knot, available on stands Nationwide now.  Rebecca and Frans’ London wedding was romantic and fun, personal and memorable.  We cherish all of our clients, but it is extra special when we get to help a former employee and close friend plan their wedding day.  Be sure to pick up your copy now and check out the sneak peek below.

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