Color of the Year….

Yes, the gods at Pantone have spoken and deemed the new colors for 2016 is Rose Quartz (pastel pink) and Serenity (pastel blue). According to the Executive Director  “…  joined together they demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as a soothing sense of order and peace.”

Hmnn…  We all need soothing in these turbulent times but translating these tones to events?  Maybe, maybe not.  The colors lend themselves well to weddings where softer pastel colors are always in vogue but interpreting them to other events means offering a female, whispy, almost childlike quality.  Which may or may not be the look and feel you are after.

Not all skin tones react well to these color combos so be careful before wrapping yourself up with these colors!

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Great idea for party favors!

What a clever idea for a unique twist on party favors!  A caricaturist draws the attendees face holding a product from the company!   It created such a buzz that attendees that didn’t show up called after the fact and wanted one too!!  What a great way to keep the after party buzz going!

You can read the whole article here:   photo courtesy of Bizbash.


5 clever ideas for table numbers

Table numbers are a great way to add a twist to your party’s theme.  Whether you aim for elegance, fun, modern or whimsical, checkout these 5  favorites:

Ceilings often get overlooked in the planning process but they are a great space to use to your advantage.  Need to bring a cavernous venue down to a cozier feel?  Think of bringing down the ceiling with a ceiling treatment.  In the first photo they did a nice job of incorporating table numbers hanging from tree branches .  Hanging it from above leaves the tables clutter free for the centerpieces to stand out.








Frames are always popular whether purchased or homemade.  These 2 samples give a classic vibe and tie in well with the centerpieces.








Selecting names of places, cities, countries, or other notable locations  add a personal touch and is fun for guests to  go from table to table and enjoy the scenes.    Incorporating the menu onto the table number saves on printing and makes an elegant keepsake for guests to take home.















We loved the clean look of this acrylic table number that also ties into the clear vase of the centerpiece.  A nice classic look!






The popularity of empty warehouses and old dilapidated factories continue holding their charm for party goers and party planners of all stripes.  Serving as a blank backdrop to fuel creativity, these venues are often seen decorated in a shabby chic or other styles that evoke years gone by.  Perhaps it speaks to  the nostalgia in all of us for simpler times!  Shabby chic continues to be a popular trend for weddings as well.  Outdoor photo op scenes abound with the bride and groom draped lovingly over vintage sofas surrounded by  nature and other vintage accessories. Centerpieces featuring grapes, pinecones, fruit and other winter produce remind one of nature’s bounty and fit nicely into the theme.e19637simplethings








Keep the rest of the  elements focused on the theme with vintage desserts served on dishes and cake stands popular in the past.


Photo booths are always a favorite activity as well as a great ice breaker for people who don’t know each other. I loved the new twist to the photo booth concept with this idea for a photo backdrop. This eye catching display by Sullivan florals is different and can be tailored to any season by the choice of fresh florals used to ring a grass covered backdrop.













Serve entrees dishes in bite size mini bowls, cups and glasses.  Combine complimentary flavors together and save yourself the hassle of providing all the usual plates, serving utensils and the accompanying clean up.

This asian style mini bowl featuring salmon with apple and ginger slaw from Lindsay Shaw catering fits the bill for a unique presentation and as a heavy appetizer for a cocktail hour.  Mini pies on a stick make for a great visual presentation and a different way to present a favorite stand by.












For an interactive experience,  try providing stations where guests can and pickle their own are to take home.  Provide enough variety for people to custom their own flavor pairings with different pickles, jams and sauces.










Usually the first item to get downsized or cut from a budget is lighting.  Big mistake!  Nothing sets a mood or tone to any party than ambient light.  Coupled with spots and other effects, guests are literally enveloped in the ambiance you are creating.  Consider these two looks and try to imagine the rooms without the softness of the lights and color.

All photos courtesy of Bizbash.



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