I apologize for taking so long to get this post up!!
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
I was checking out the Everyday Celebrating blog and came across a post from a couple of months ago talking about these AWESOME wine glass lamps (click here for the original post). I immediately fell in LOVE, so I had to post about them!
How simple, yet so amazing at the same time! I am personally one of those people who loves candlelight as a way to set a classy tone for a social engagement.
You can buy these shades, called Gorgeous Helen, from WishingFish.com. They are sold as a set of three for $14.00. Click here to go straight to the Gorgeous Helen shades.
What do you think??
Sunday, March 22, 2009
FYI- Easter is on April 12th this year!
I apologize for the quality of some of these photos. I forgot my digital camera, so I tried to capture what I could during and after set-up before my camera phone died (go figure). I wish I had photos of the actual event itself with all of the guests there, but I'm glad I do have what I'm posting below:
Yes, we literally had enough stuff to fill this truck.
The ballroom just waiting...
The completed sports section
Just some of our many raffles
The local artist section
The celebrity section
Monday, March 16, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Check out Martha Stewart.com. The website has four color palettes that are fun for home decorating, but I thought we could take that a step further and incorporate those same palettes into event designing. Here are the color palettes as highlighted by Martha Stewart (all photos courtesy of Martha Stewart.com):
Yellow and Orange
I envision a fun sunset or tropical theme party with this color palette.
Blue and Green
The colors blue and green always remind me of the beach, so I've been known to incorporate those colors for a beach or tropical theme. This is also a wonderful color palette for a special man or little boy in your life!
Red and Pink
This is a sophisticated color palette that's great for bridal showers, baby showers, spa parties or any others "ladies only" occasion.
Whites and Neutrals
Whites and neutrals are interesting in that you don't see them used too often as a color palette for an event. However, I like this palette because it can be used to provide a jumping off point for other brighter colors. Example: Have white tableware and tablecloths, then bring in eye-popping color through flowers and napkins.
Take a look at each of the color palettes above. Let me know your thoughts! I will post Part 2 in a little bit showing you a real-life example of using a color palette for a party.
Monday, March 2, 2009
- Food stations. Provide hot and cold food options for your guests. If your home or event space allows, consider placing food stations in different rooms (i.e., kitchen, dining room, living room, patio, etc.). This allows guests to mingle and will hopefully prevent traffic jams around a single food table. It also offers the option of providing different types of food without being too chaotic on one table. This can work well with a potluck event.
- Dessert station. The event I went to offered chocolate-themed desserts, but you can choose another theme if you wish, such as cheesecake, mini desserts, ice cream sundaes, etc. Allow guests to pick and choose items that satisfy their taste buds. Offer your guests an after dinner drink to go with dessert.
- Beverage bar. Allow your guests to mix their own drinks at a drink station. Provide the mixings for 3 recipes, and they can choose which drink to mix in their glasses. You can choose to provide alcoholic or non-alcoholic mixed drinks.
- Donation station. Throw a party for a good cause! Consider incorporating a fundraising or other element to your event to give back to your community. Put together a small auction (silent or loud) by asking each guest to bring a basket for the rest of the party guests to bid on. Or, simply ask guests to bring non-perishable items or cash to donate to a local charity.
- Dress code/theme. Most of us don't get the opportunity to dress up and attend a nice event on a regular basis. I'm one of those people who loves to do that, so I think it's a fun way to spice up an at-home celebration! You don't necessarily have to dress up in suits and heels, but consider choosing a theme that everyone will have fun with (i.e., Hawaiian, Roaring '20s, Safari, etc.).
I hope you enjoy the inspiration board above!
I am currently working on a fundraising auction for my "day job." I will be sure to post details and photos of the event once it is completed in a few weeks!