Archive for the ‘Event Design’ Category

How To Class Up Your Summer Events

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

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Whether you’re doing barbecues, beach parties, 4th of July or just getting together to enjoy the warm weather, summertime is when we want to be outdoors. Summer get-togethers can get lively and even raucous, but that doesn’t mean your event can’t be stylish. Keep your summer festivities classy with a little help from us!

Decorate the Outdoors

Even the great outdoors, in all its natural splendor, can use the helping hand of someone with a deft decorative touch. Don’t be afraid to adorn picnic tables or outdoor seating areas with tasteful tablecloths, centerpieces or any of the other flourishes you use inside. What’s stopping you from bringing the indoors out?

If anything, there’s more opportunity to embellish when you’re outside. You’re not hemmed in by space limitations or the need to match existing décor. Nature is wild, so run wild with it!

Make it Sparkle!

You’re probably all sparklered out after yesterday’s Independence Day celebration, but you don’t have to stop lighting up the evening hours just because July 4th is over. Embrace the trend! Wedding sparklers come in all shapes and sizes, and they’re actually just as appropriate for summer fun as they are for weddings. (But safety considerations always apply!)

Whether you’re celebrating your new nuptials or the neighborhood cookout, everyone loves a little flair (or flare, as the case may be) in your festivities.

Barbecue with Style

Sunny days and barbecues go together like yin and yang. It’s safe to say the grill is at the center of most summer gatherings. Why not spice it up a little? Avoid fire hazards, of course, but don’t be afraid to add some ornamentation to your barbecue zone. Knick-knacks and themed barbecue gear are a fun way to express yourself, and give your friends a chuckle. We’ve all seen “kiss the cook” aprons, but there are many other options out there to suit all tastes and themes.

However you choose to decorate your summer event, don’t forget to enjoy yourself! Pretty days with food and friends only come around every so often, so have a blast (and don’t forget your sunscreen)!

Centerpiece Vases: Classic and Timeless

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Quick question: what’s on every table at your event that can either get in the way or be a showstopper? You might be able to think of a few things, but we’re talking about centerpieces!

The centerpieces at your reception may seem like a minor detail when weighed against the swirl of venue, photographer and florist concerns. But as they’ll be on every table, guests will notice them. The centerpieces you choose are in your event photos and are the most visible piece of décor your guests interact with. So choose with care!

You have a great many options from which to select, but it’s worth noting that sometimes, the simplest—and most classic—way can be best. We recommend using vases as centerpieces, because the look is timeless and classic. This week, we’re breaking down the different types of vases you have to choose from. (more…)

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017


You use mirrors to spruce up your house—why not your next event? Mirrors can make a small venue look bigger, add a fun, romantic ambiance or work as your theme. Mirrors work best for indoor, evening events, and we’ve got some great ideas to help you out! (more…)

How to Throw a Beautiful Vintage Wedding

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

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From an opulent Great Gatsby wedding, a more traditional Roaring 20s theme or something in the natty style of the 1960s, a vintage wedding is all about making what’s old seem new again. Although the vintage theme is quite popular, there’s no shortage of ways to put your own stamp on a vintage wedding.

Wondering where to start? There are tons of little touches that will make your event perfect, but hit these three main areas, and you’ll be throwing the vintage wedding of your dreams.

What to Wear, What to Wear?

Dressing the part is important when it comes to dating an era, so you’ll need to put some time and thought into making sure the wedding party looks the part. Your budget will dictate how closely you can re-create the time period you’re aiming for. But keep to the style as closely as possible, and try to make choices that won’t undermine your visual narrative.
You also have the opportunity to decide if you want family members, and even guests, to wear period attire. Although you probably won’t be able to get every guest on board, some will find the idea fun and charming. If you do want others to participate, provide them with suggestions, websites and images to help guide them.

Setting the Scene

The decorations are probably the best and easiest way set the tone for the era-specific atmosphere you’re looking for. Everything from the flowers and the grander design all the way down to knickknacks at the guest tables can speak to your larger theme. Depending on what version of vintage you’re going for, you can choose more classic centerpieces, flower arrangements and even place card holders.

Don’t Skimp on the Cake!

The final piece that’s central to any wedding is the cake, but at a vintage wedding, the bar is raised. Your choice of cake—and how it’s presented—should tie into your vintage wedding theme. Look at your cake stand, serving set and cake topper as the final touch. As for the cake itself, make sure you choose a baker with the skill to execute your vision. You might even want to spend a little extra for a test cake so you’re not disappointed on the day of.

Whatever era and style you’re a fan of, we know your wedding will be beautiful!

5 Clever Ways to Reuse Your Peacock Feathers

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

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We love peacock feather centerpieces—especially because they are so easy to re-purpose. So get your creativity on, and get designing! To kick things off, we’ve put together five ideas that are easy, clever and inexpensive.

Create a “Flower” Arrangement

Put your peacock feathers in a clear vase, add a little decorative filler and voila! A lovely and unique arrangement with a pop of color to brighten your space. If you’d like, you can even include some real or dried flowers for variety. There are no rules, so put on your decorator hat, and arrange away!

Want Good Dreams? Make a Peacock Feather Dreamcatcher!

Used by the Ojibwa tribes to filter out bad dreams, these feather-adorned hoops are a favorite of modern craft kits. A perfect use for your peacock feathers, dreamcatchers are fun to put together and beautiful around the house. Buy a craft kit, or look up the instructions online.

Don’t Forget Your Memory book

Could there be a more appropriate place for your peacock feathers? We don’t think so! Keep your memories safe by using your feathers as a theme throughout your scrapbook or by tucking a few feathers into key pages.

Decorate a Picture Frame

Along the same lines as your memory book, incorporating your peacock feathers into the design of a picture frame—particularly one featuring photos of your event—is a great way to stay connected to your big day.

Peacock Feather Earrings

Peacock feathers are enormously popular when paired with beaded earrings—for good reason! They’re just the right size, and the deep and vivid hues pair perfectly with different styles. Make your own gorgeous peacock feather earrings out of your centerpiece feathers for the price of nothing more than a few simple items from a craft store.

However you choose to reuse you peacock feather, think creatively and have fun!

Have you repurposed your peacock feather centerpieces in a clever way? We want to hear! Share in the comments below…

5 Most Dedicated Fan Weddings of 2016

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016


Since we’re in the final days of 2016, we think a retrospective is in order! We thought it would be fun to look back over the year at some of the craziest, most committed to their fandom weddings. From classic Disney to a favorite decade, we’ve chosen five of the most standout weddings in 2016.

Fun with Disney Magic

It was all about Disney for Mark and Belinda’s magical day! Disney décor made for a classy and tastefully understated theme that perfectly complemented their joyous event. They used Disney fonts, a backdrop of the Magic Kingdom for a few of their photos and songs from Disney movies during the ceremony and the reception. And of course, who could forget each guest’s standard-issue Mickey Mouse ears?

Pottermania Strikes Again!

Lewis and Cassie’s Harry Potter-themed wedding was full of authentic touches from the wizarding world. Wizards and muggles alike loved the owl statues, Ministry of Magic posters advertising the “undesireable” status of the bride and groom and the jars of Honeydukes candy decorating the venue. And don’t miss the video above of their gorgeous wedding cake. Lewis and Cassie each had a wand, of course… Because what Harry Potter wedding would be complete a duel?

Hockey Fans do it up Right

From our friends to the north, comes a very Canadian wedding! Hockey fans Greg and Andrea really went the distance with their hocky theme. The wedding party (including the flower girl!) wore ice skates, and the ceremony took place on the ice at an actual hockey arena. After the hockey-themed ceremony, guests received personalized hockey cards and signed a hockey jersey/guest book. And of course, the wedding cake was a Stanley Cup!

Traveling Back in Time

Mid-century groomsman- and bridesmaid-attire, classic cars, records and other elegant visuals set the stage for Chris and Natalie’s 1950s-themed affair. A traditional ceremony was followed by a reception full of laughter and dancing. The clever bride and groom’s first dance to “Stand by Me” fizzled out halfway through only to be replaced with a rollicking rendition of Johnny B. Goode from the band.

Football, Football, Football!

“Supporting one another from penalties, opposing defensive and offensive lines, and when the clock is working against you, never forget the greatest victories come out of the most difficult challenges.” These words spoken by Rob and Teresa’s officiant kicked off the invocation of a ceremony decorated with Seattle Seahawks memorabilia and guests, bride and groom alike decked out in football jerseys. Now that’s a fandom! The backdrop for the nuptials themselves was the Seahawks’ team color “action green” as was one particularly exuberant guest’s beard!

Every wedding has a theme, but not all are quite as extraordinary as our picks. Don’t forget, your wedding is your chance to do you. We hope these romantic and fun-filled fan weddings inspire you!

From Cute to Clever: Event Place Card Ideas You’ll Love

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

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You definitely don’t have to choose traditional escort or place cards when deciding how you want guests to find their seats. Place card holders come in all shapes and sizes to match every theme. And if you play your cards right (see what I did there?), your place card can even double as your favor! We want your event to be perfect, so this week we’re sharing a few awesome ideas for unique event place cards.


5 Creative Ways to Use Ostrich Feathers

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Use Ostrich Feathers

Ostrich feather centerpieces are one of the best choices for your tables, and for good reason—they are a versatile decoration that adds flair to any event. But what do you do with the beautiful feathers when your event is over? With proper care and handling, you can use ostrich feather centerpieces forever, but what if you want to get creative? We’re sharing a few ideas to help you make the most of your leftover feathers. (more…)