Getting Started on Planning my Event

WOW!  Last week I had one of the best weeks a girl could ask for.  I was able to plan three different events on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Sound crazy?  Well it could be a little crazy, but with your creative juices flowing and the right planning your event can turn out          amazing

So you have a party to plan or your wedding (which might I add, will be the most important event of the century). You have this vision of what you want it to look like in your head but you don’t quite no where to start!  Well you’re heading in the right direction.

It is so important that I stay with my client’s vision so that their event can have the “look and feel” they’ve dreamt about.  Below are three key elements I start with to get my creative juices flowing while planning an event.

Event Theme

The theme should be something that is significant to you.  It can be a hobby, a favorite sport, or even a certain era in time, such as the Great Gatsby era.  Once the theme is identified, it is important to pull the concept into every design element starting with the Save the Date cards through to the party favors.  Next we focus on…

Great Gastby Collage

Color Scheme

The color scheme is sometimes derived from the theme you’ve chosen.  Choosing the right colors is important because you want it to be representative of your personality and it will drive all of the design decisions made.  I love working with multiple colors in a palette and encourage my clients to pick one or two dominant colors, a sub-dominate color, and two accent colors.  Below is the color scheme chosen for the Great Gatsby event I am working on.  You’ll see black and gold has been used for the dominate/sub-dominate colors and are often associate with the Great Gatsby era.  Next we added a splash of deep red and black/white diagonals as the accent colors because the couple wanted to add a twist on the traditional Great Gatsby concept.  And lastly is your

Great Gatsby Color Scheme

Guest Takeaway

How do you want your clients to feel when they leave your event.  Do you want them to say that was the most awesome party in the world?  Or that it was the swankiest event of the century?  Or we partied like a rock star?  What ever you choose it should be incorporated in the elements you choose for your wedding.

As an event planner, I love being able to create the vision boards for my clients and rely on my past events and other event resources to find the perfect elements to complement their day.  One of the first sneak peeks your guest get into your wedding is the stationery.  There are so many great resources that provide Save the Date Cards, Invitations, and your other stationery needs.  I love to rely on my friends from Paperless Post when my creative juices start flowing because they have so many wonderful items to share.  Some of my faves for a Great Gatsby Themed Wedding from Paperless Post…

Paperless Post Konfetti Gold by Kelly Wearstler

Save the Date from Paperless Post

Konfetti Gold by Kelly Wearstler

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Invitation, Menu Card, and Wedding Programs from Paperless Post

Josephine Baker also available in Black & Gold

Looking for more design inspiration? Check out these wonderful wedding invitations” target=”_blank”>wedding invitations and other stationery options that are sure to get your juices flowing from Paperless Post.

Are you hosting a party?  Would love to hear about your design ideas?

Take Care,

Erika

Happy Birthday to You Party Ideas!

Sunday, I shared with you that it was my mother’s birthday.  I got to join the celebration via Face Time. Last year I actually got to celebrate with her in Saint Louis and boy did I have a ball planning her surprise party.  My sister and I decided that since it was a milestone for her, and we had just unexpectedly loss our dad a few weeks before, we wanted to make this an extra special birthday for her.  This was going to be a challenge though, my mother knows everything and it is very hard to pull the wool over her eyes.  So we decided to host the party at my sister and brother-in-law’s house and invited her closest friends and family.

I  immediately kicked into party planner mode, who wouldn’t with an opportunity like this, doing something you  love to do AND for the girl of my heart?  It was a win-win situation and an opportunity for me to design and create some cool stuff to add a special touch for her day.

It was excited to see my entire family kick into event planner mode with me and we got all the planning and decor done in a week AND she was so surprised!

 

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I wanted the party to focus more on the celebration versus the décor, so I created just a few focal points and allowed the love in the air create the atmosphere.

Black, cream, and gold was the color scheme.  I wanted classy colors to complement a classy woman.

 I created this custom birthday sign with a diagonal pattern and used a pearl paper to give it an elegant touch.

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I love to add contrast to things when I’m creating so I created this tissue paper pom-poms in a polka dot pattern.  I added a little twist in how I cut the paper to give it a more contemporary feel.  My mother was actually the one who taught me how to make these when I was a little girl.  Tissue paper flowers are one of those old decorating ideas that will never go out of style.  I placed these on the cupcake table and around the home.

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The main focal point was the cupcake table.  I must say I was very proud of this creation.  I wanted to give the table a WOW factor so I created this awesome back drop by making paper rosette flowers to create this masterpiece.  Well it may not be a real masterpiece, but my mother loved it so much she has it hanging in her home to this day.

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My sister’s home had a wonderful furniture accent piece that paired well with the decor.  I love the hutch the cupcakes sat on.

Another DIY idea I used was making the cupcake stands.  This was done by attaching plates to candle stick holders and spray painting them in black and gold.

This is something you can definitely keep for serving items at any dinner party.

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Lastly I asked several of my mother’s friends and family to describe her and what it meant to celebrate her birthday.  I used those saying to created these custom cupcake tags:  “It’s Your Party”, “Diva Lady”, “Happy Birthday”, “We Love You”, “#1 Mom”, and “You’re Special.”  And I created these water bottle labels and gave guests bottle water as they left.  I got so excited I didn’t take a picture of them but here is the label design.

Momma's Water Bottle Labels

I hope you enjoyed some of the Birthday Party Decorating Ideas I presented.

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Thanks for sharing more time with my family.  I hope you have a great day!

Take Care,

Erika

What a Fun Week!!!

Happy Friday!  As we close out another week, I must say I love what I do.  I had a wonderful opportunity to work with some amazing vendors on a Bridal Photo Shoot for Hair and Make-up Stylist Monica of Monica Duldulao Professional Hair and Makeup.  She always looks stunning!

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When Monica reached out to me about the photo shoot, I was very honored and excited to join the photo shoot team to create the flowers and design and décor for the shoot.  Monica wanted to highlight three looks for the photo shoot.  She wanted to do an Elegant look that focused on crystals, a Bohemian look which focused on color, and lastly a Rustic look.  I want to show you a sneak peak behind the scenes.

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If this chandelier is any indicator of how beautiful the photo shoot was, you are correct.  I absolutely love this accent which is very edgy.

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One of our beautiful models Ruby and Photographer Joan Fuller of Joan Fuller Photography.

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Our Bouquet created for the Elegant look.  I added a little bling to the look to pull in the bling elements for the photos shoot.

Also, look a the beautiful jewelry on the model’s wrist and in her hair created by Dvnchi Bridal Accessories

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Our other beautiful model Vanessa adorning our Bohemian look.   I wanted to use flowers from the flower crown to tie the bouquet to the overall look.

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 I love the way the bridal crown came out and check out those eyes.  Monica you have done it!

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Lastly our Rustic look.  I love how the bouquet and boutonniere came out.

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Me and our wonderful photographer Joan and her lovely assistant Anna

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I can say it was a wonderful day!  Are you ready for more to come?

I appreciate your support and stopping by my blog.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  This weekend will be busy for me, I am attending tree trimming tonight and I am so excited, and then tomorrow will have rehearsal all day prepping for our big Christmas play on Sunday.  I have been directing the play for the past 3 years and it is an absolute joy in working with our Children’s ministry.  I’ll share more next week.

Take Care,

Erika

Savoring Saturday A Look Back at Christmas

 

Every year, I have the pleasure of creating Christmas gifts for my husband’s team at work.  I love coming up with creative ideas to make the gifts extra special.  I’m still working on what the gifts will be this year but wanted to share what I did last year.  My hubby loves coffee and I notice that the team loves coffee and tea as well, so I decided to give a few savory Christmas time drinks that they could enjoy.

I created three drink mixtures that they would only have to add boiling water to and Voila, there you have it, a warm and soothing drink.  Every year, I also create a custom card.  I have so much fun acting as my husband’s little helper :).

 

This is the Christmas Card I created.  I wanted to go with the traditional Christmas color scheme last year and wanted it to be festive and to incorporate the look of  one of my husband’s favorite sweet treats, peppermint.  I love to find inspiration through many aspects when creating, whether it be family and friends, nature, or even something I’ve dreamt.

 

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The inside of the card read

Chocolate, Coffee and Tea for You,

To say thanks a Latte for all you do!

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Next I gave instructions for mixing each drink and created a cute little saying for each.

The first drink mix was RUSSIAN TEA.  I added “as you’re russian through your day take a moment to sip on this spicy soothing tea.”  Directions: Add 3 to 4 tablespoons of tea mix to 1 cup of boiling or cold water. Adjust amount of mix used to taste.

 I found this yummy recipe at allrecipes.com you mix all the dry ingredients and you have enough for 5 servings.

  • 1 cup instant tea powder
  • 2 cups orange-flavored drink mix (e.g. Tang)
  • 1 (3 ounce) package powdered lemonade mix
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

The next drink was FRENCH VANILLA CARAMEL CAFÉ.  I added “what a way to start off your day with a little French vanilla caramel café.”  Directions: Add 2 heaping tablespoons of mix to boiling water.

I found this recipe at food.com you mix all the dry ingredients and you have enough for 12 servings.

  • 1/3 cup instant coffee
  • 1 cup instant powdered milk
  • 1/2 cup powdered caramel coffee creamer
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup vanilla instant pudding mix

 The last drink was the BOWERS HOT CHOCOLATE.  I added “take a little time and stop an unwind with a frosty hot cocoa, it’s warmth will relax you before you know.” Directions: Spoon 3 or 4 generous tablespoons of cocoa mix into your cup (depending on the size), add boiling water, and stir well.”  With this drink, I took cocoa mix and added chocolate chips and marshmallows.

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And I put all the drink mixes in this festive cup for all to enjoy.  I got feedback from some of the team and they loved the drinks.  Needless to say that made me very happy and my job as little helper was done until the next year :).

Have a great weekend!

Take Care,

Erika

Winter Wedding Wonderland

‘Tis the season!  As we start preparing for Christmas and New Years, I am reminded that winter is almost here!  Yeah, I love the winter season, the snow, the fashion and the crisp breeze that comes with this time of year.  Now that I’m a Cali girl, I love visiting Missouri during the holidays and often pray for snow when I go and usually get to enjoy one good snow day during my visit.

Although winter is not the prime of wedding season, I think winter inspired weddings are so chic and a couple can do so much with their color palette, wedding attire, flowers and décor.  The first step is finding the right color palette for you as a couple.  When I think of wintery color palettes, I think of hues of icy blues, deep purples, and crisp reds.  Take a look at some of our favorite red winter inspired wedding ideas.

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 red centerpieces

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red and gold small decor

With these awesome designs, you can easily say, I’m dreaming of a Red Christmas….I’m in the holiday mood, what about you?  Stay tuned for more holiday stuff and have yourself a merry little weekend.

Take Care,

Erika

Photo credit: Platinum Event/Project Wedding, John Labbe/Created by: Preston Bailey, Calligraphy by Jennifer, Finafani, Sane Wedding Planning, Weddinggs.net, Weddings on teh French Riviera, Reference Wedding Decoration, and Weddingomania.

Engagement Season is Officially Here

dreamstime_xxl_37273881Between working a wedding yesterday and seeing a good friend post his proposal to his girlfriend yesterday, I realize that Engagement Season is here.  Well November 27th officially kicked off that time of the year that many men and women wait for.  It’s a time that we hear all the wonderful proposal ideas that happen during this time.  Yes engagement season is really an occasion that happens between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day.  I especially enjoy this season because I often get the chance to help grooms come up with that perfect proposal idea.

The buzz this year has also been that many brides would LOVE to get engaged, and even married on December 13th of this year leaving them with an iconic date to remember of 12-13-14.  How cool is that???  Per a survey completed by David’s Bridal, there are over 20,000 couples slotted to get married on this date a huge jump from the 7,200 that got married on December 13, 2013.

So if you’re one of those lucky women who have already been proposed to, hats off to you, we share in your excitement! But if you are one of the ones still waiting to here those magical words, we can continue to dream with you about planning that wonderful event of a lifetime.  Stay tuned for more as we share some awesome proposal ideas, and I’ll even share how my hubby proposed to me, I still get Goosebumps thinking about it.

Have a wonderful day!

Take Care,

Erika

Where’s My Fork?

So you’re preparing for your big dinner party and you want every thing to be right.  You’ve picked the perfect party theme, paired together the perfect color palette and have an awesome dinner menu that would make anyone want seconds and thirds.

You want to make a great impression on your guest and you want everything to be perfect.  All the decorations have been put up and you begin to set your table.  Fork, spoon, knife?  No, knife, fork, spoon?

What is the correct way to set your table for your dinner guest.  We’ll share with you the formal table setting that will guarantee your guest will say, “wow they really know how to throw a party.”

 

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Bed, Bath and Beyond Love Story Place Setting

In order to get the correct information, we called upon the etiquette experts at The Emily Post Institute who is known for providing the proper etiquette since their first etiquette book in 1922.  Your table setting should include a charger plate, dinner plate, salad plate, bread & butter plate, teacup & saucer, dinner fork, dinner knife, salad fork, soup spoon, teaspoon, champagne glass, red or white wine class, and an iced beverage glass.

Start your look by using a charger plate.  The charger plate provides the framework for your dinnerware and is not used to eat on.  It is taken away once the dinner starts.  Next you place your dinner plate on the charger and the salad plate on top of the dinner plate.  You can add your napkin on top of the plates and add a name card or other decoration for a nice added effect.  If you don’t want to add to the top of the plate, you can add your napkin to the left of the fork.

Next you want to add your bread and butter plate which goes right above the dinner plate.  To the left of the bread and butter plate, you’ll add the teacup and saucer.  You can elect not to have the cup and saucer on the table and have it brought out after dinner.  Then you’ll add the add the champagne, wine, and iced beverage glasses.  The iced beverage glass goes directly above the knife, place the champagne flute to the left and the wine glass to  the right.

Finally, you want to place your utensils.  The key is to work from the outside in.  The silverware that is used first will lie farthest from the plate.  You’ll place your salad fork down and then your dinner fork closet to the plate on the left side.  On the right side, you’ll place your knife with the cutting edge facing the plate then your soup spoon, if needed, and lastly your teaspoon.

Also, If you have spoons and forks for dessert, you can set those up horizontally above the plate, the spoon handle should face right and the fork handle to the left.

I know it may seem overwhelming trying to get everything in the right place.  Although it looks really nice to have everything in order, what your guest will remember is the love and friendship that they’ll share with you.  So don’t sweat the small stuff.

Stay tuned for our upcoming Crab Boiled Themed Birthday Party.

Take Care,

Erika