As we say farewell to 2012, I am so grateful to the fabulous clients and talented vendors who helped make this the most amazing year of events. Here is a fun look back at 2012:
I have recently returned from a week in Seattle and a successful corporate event for one of my clients. It had been 12 years since I last visited Seattle, and while a lot has changed, it still felt like the charming, small city I remembered. I added the weekend so I could check out some of the sights around town. Here are just a few snapshots of some of the highlights.
I wish I could take credit for planning this, but the weekly sailing regatta just happened to pass by my client’s celebration dinner at Aqua.
Followed by a truly spectacular sunset.
The off-site excursion planned for my client to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was informative and inspiring. I particularly liked this display of charitable intentions and ideas to inspire change. Visitors fill out their own blank cards and hang them on this “tree” and are then encouraged to take someone else’s with them to take some kind of action. The selection ranges from “I support…” to “How have contraceptives changed your life?”
The recently opened exhibit of Dale Chihuly’s work at Seattle Center is one of the best art exhibits I have ever seen. Not to be missed if you are in town!
Seattle is definitely a town for foodies as well. We enjoyed fabulous meals the whole week. From local favorites like Walrus and the Carpenter to downtown hot spots like Lola and Wild Ginger, the flavors reflect the seasonal, local produce, bountiful local seafood, and various Asian influences. Of course, wandering through the famous Pike Place Market is enough to inspire anyone.
I’m absolutely delighted that the French garden-inspired engagement party I planned this Summer was featured today on Style Me Pretty. Skip over to Style Me Pretty to see all the loveliness.
A huge thank you to all the vendors who helped make Lena & Reda’s party fabulous!
Catering: Well Dunn
Flowers and Décor: Capital Décor & Events
Music: DJ Jeff Hulbert – Bialeks Music
Accordionist – MSE Productions
Lighting: Frost Lighting
Tent: Sugar Plum Tents
Photography: The Observatory
Hair: Christophe Jouenne
Make-Up: Adrian Avila, Nectar Skin Bar
Calligraphy: Arney Walker Calligraphy
Last weekend, I had the great pleasure of hostessing a baby shower for one of my good friends. The other hostesses and I had so much fun thinking of how we could best honor our friend. We decided upon a Sugar & Spice theme with a pink, yellow and orange color palette and subtle touches of elephants and polka dots (the Mommy’s choice for the nursery). Our menu featured sweet and savory flavors and we incorporated baby clothes with elephants and polka dots as decor. The adorable invitation was ordered from Tiny Prints and Etsy was the perfect place to find the cupcake toppers. Everything came together perfectly for a fun, whimsical, and sophisticated baby shower!
Sugar & Spice Baby Shower Menu
Minted Iced Tea
White Sparkling Sangria
Curried Chicken Salad
Fig, Prosciutto and Arugula Pizza
Watermelon, Mint and Feta Salad
Cupcakes, macaron and white chocolate lollipop favors
I love it when my clients come to me with an event that lets me use creative muscles in a new or different way. This June, I was fortunate to have two great opportunities to work with clients to create interesting and unique theme parties.
A previous wedding client wanted to take advantage of so many friends and family in town for the US Open Golf Tournament at Congressional Country Club and to celebrate the purchase of their new home in Georgetown. The result, a “US Open House Party.”
Working with a palette of white, grass green and aqua blue, we created several unique spaces throughout the house for their guests to enjoy. Vintage golf decor and golf themed signage added a special touch. The hit of the party was certainly the “19th Hole” an Arnold Palmer & John Daly bar.
Pirate’s Invade Great Falls
For the second year in a row I was asked to help my client plan their annual Pirate Party. This family friendly party included several special guests, including an amazing balloon artist, incredibly talented tattoo artist and an insightful fortune teller. The feature entertainment was Pirate Michael Beans from the British Virgin Islands.
I’ve always said that, for me, anticipation is over 50% of the experience. I’m so excited for all of my fabulous June events, but one in particular has been absolutely amazing to design. When my client first contacted me about helping her plan her engagement party and mentioned words like French, garden, romantic, and vintage, I could hardly contain myself. As you may have figured out from some of my previous posts, I’m a huge Francophile and I love designing beautiful and unique events. I hope to be able to share some photos after the party, but here’s a little tease of inspiration boards I designed for the event.
I’m so excited about my first event of 2011 tonight, a fabulous Sweet 16 Party at the Halcyon House in Georgetown. We’re transforming the studio into a Winter Wonderland with the help of Capital Décor where guests can dance the night away to some super cool tunes courtesy of Dan Goldman at Bialeks, and enjoy a delicious Hot Chocolate Bar with all sorts of yummy dipping items and toppings and other winter-themed treats provided by the incredible Well Dunn. The birthday girl will blow out the candles on a beautiful tiered, snowflake-patterned ice cream cake custom designed by Kendall’s Cakes. I will post photos after the event, but here’s the inspiration board I put together when we first started planning.
Update January 19: As promised, here are some photos from the event. The Client was so thrilled and everyone had a great time!