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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.

EDE Call Me Sweetheart

 

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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#BTS: A Touch of Velvet

We’ve been busy getting in the holiday spirit and have been drawing so much inspiration from gorgeous velvet. An incredibly versatile fabric that is equally comfortable in elegant, luxurious or modern, playful designs.  For more holiday inspiration, visit our Happy Holidays Pinterest board.

EDE Trend Velvet

 

Photo credits:  Dress, Pants, Bow Ties; Wreath, Placesetting, Tablescape; Ornament, Gift, Gift, Boxes

Snapshot: NYC Bachelorette

Anyone who has spent any time on a wedding blog recently knows that photography and videography documentation have become one of the most popular areas to have some fun – from creatively capturing the actual wedding day to intricate, styled engagements shoots to well-planned proposals, everyone seems to be embracing the fun you can have in front of the camera.

One of our recent brides shared one more idea, having a videographer capture your bachelorette party.  These girls had a fabulous weekend together in NYC with one glamorous night on the town to top it all off.  The video, by A Mosely Media (alvismosely@gmail.com), makes us feel like we’re there toasting the bubbly with them!

Runway to Table: 50 Shades of Gray

Our fourth and final runway trend to be transformed into a fashion-forward event design is the color Gray.  An incredibly versatile color, it is perfect for everything from a Spring garden party to a chic dinner party or whimsical botanical luncheon.  Check out the pretty details captured by Sweet Tea Photography below.  Featured on United with Love and Junebug Weddings.

 

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Thanks again to our fabulous vendor team:

Photography:  Sweet Tea Photography

Floral Design: Sidra Forman Flowers

Equipment Rentals: DC Rental

Styling and Design:  Elizabeth Duncan Events

Runway to Table 2014: Paint the Town

We took inspiration from one of this season’s hottest runway trends and created a colorful and creative design perfect for your next fundraiser or dinner party.  Featured on United with Love.  Learn how to DIY your own dip-dyed napkins here.  For more painted event design inspiration, follow our Pinterest board.

 

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Special thanks to our fabulous vendor friends who helped make the shoot possible.  If you want this look for your next event, be sure to contact them!

Photography:  Sweet Tea Photography

Floral Design: Sidra Forman Flowers

Equipment Rentals: DC Rental

Styling and Design:  Elizabeth Duncan Events

 

 

 

 

 

Runway to Table 2014: Blue and Orange

Inspired by this year’s hottest runway trends, we created event designs ideal for the fashionista hostess.  Be sure to check out our blue and orange-inspired design below and in the feature on United with Love.

Some DIY elements we had fun creating with materials from places like Michael’s, HomeGoods and JoAnn Fabrics include:

  • Hand-painted table numbers
  • Gilded fruits
  • Personal collection of blue and white vases and candlesticks
  • Figurine accents

For more ideas on how to incorporate this season’s color trends into your next event, check out our Pinterest board.

Special thanks to our fabulous vendor friends who helped make the shoot possible.  If you want this look for your next event, be sure to contact them!

Photography:  Sweet Tea Photography

Floral Design: Sidra Forman Flowers

Equipment Rentals: DC Rental

Styling and Design:  Elizabeth Duncan Events

Runway to Table 2014: Embroidery

Inspired by this year’s hottest runway trends, we created event designs ideal for the fashionista hostess.  Be sure to check out the Embroidery-inspired designs below and in the feature on United with Love.

Some DIY elements we had fun creating with materials from places like Michael’s, HomeGoods and JoAnn Fabrics include:

  • Table numbers
  • Gilded fruits and vegetables
  • Napkin holders
  • Deer antlers

For more ideas on how to incorporate this fashion trend into your next event, check out our Pinterest board.

Special thanks to our fabulous vendor friends who helped make the shoot possible.  If you want this look for your next event, be sure to contact them!

Photography:  Sweet Tea Photography

Floral Design: Sidra Forman Flowers

Equipment Rentals: DC Rental

Styling and Design:  Elizabeth Duncan Events

 

 

2014 Design Trends

Many of my Clients and Pinterest followers comment that I pin a lot of interior design photos on my event inspiration boards.  For me, designing an event is very similar to designing a living space.  Both require a balance of function and flow with style and creativity.  Also, entertaining is an extension of how we live.  Whether you’re entertaining in your backyard, at a historic museum or in the convention center, bringing in the gracious hospitality and unique personality of your lifestyle is one way to ensure a successful and meaningful event.

In 2014, some of the design trends we’re tracking and looking to for inspiration include:

Bold Black

The chicest of chic, an entire room painted black or a major focal point, black is no longer taboo in home design

Black 2014 Design Trend

via Pinterest: sukio.com

Glamorous Gold

Subtle to spectacular, this color and material make a statement

Gold 2014 Design Trend

via Pinterest: thebeautifulsoup.com

Wood Wonderful

Dramatic wood installations and signature pieces can be modern and traditional

Wood 2014 Design Trend

via Pinterest: contemporist.com

Rock Solid

Incorporating natural stones, cement, and tile that mimics stone

Rock 2014 Design Trend

via Pinterest: lushhome.com

 

We asked one of our favorite local event designers, Amaryllis, for their insight into this year’s design trends.

“We’ve been noticing a greater focus on gold accents and overall [color] schemes, and, of course, think the outcome is beautiful! The color can be incorporated anywhere from tabletop designs to containers in brushed, classic and modern styles. We love the “go bold with gold” mentality and foresee this becoming a big [event design] trend throughout 2014.”

Photo: Eli Turner

Photo: Eli Turner

 

Check out our 2014 Design Trends Pinterest board for more trends ideas.