Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
My sister's getting married! That's right, she sure is. I'm SO excited for her wedding. My dear, sweet, Kara is just 16 months younger than me. Though I've been married for almost 11 years, Kara has been waiting for Mr. Right for a long time. She's kissed a lot of toads, my sister. I'll spare all of us the pain of recounting them! But, I am so happy to say that her Prince has arrived!
We love, love, love, Kara's fiancee. When I say 'we,' I mean me, CPA, our kiddos and the entire extended clan! He's so sweet and funny and he can handle Kara's mood swings :) For that alone, we love him!
Anyways, I'm in the midst of planning Kara and Jason's November 8, nuptials. In fact, just yesterday morning I ordered her wedding invitations. Oohh, they're beauties! I called Kara and told her she was going to love what I picked out! You read that right, she hasn't even seen the invites yet! I told her I was going to pick them out and she was going to love them :). Crazy as it sounds, Kara didn't receive any of the detail-oriented, creative genes that her sister did. She received some other lovely DNA strands from our parents but the love of details is not one of them. So, it's just better for all involved to leave those decisions up to me and our mom!
I've got a rock-star line-up of vendors for Kara's wedding. And she's going to have a bunch of yummy details, too. Like her hand painted aisle runner. Oh, is it going to be awesome! I think that's the detail she's most excited about. She's also super excited about her chocolate brown pintuck linens, taupe lamour chair covers and ivory cream bichon chair ties and napkins. I'm pretty partial to the moss green hand beaded tulle we're using on the cake table. It's fabulous!
The amazing Jen of Jen Kroll Photography will be shooting Kara's wedding. And her champagne brunch will be held in the Imperial Ballroom at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. Her flowers will be provided by the amazingly talented Jenn Ederer of Modern Day Floral. Just wait until you hear what we've planned for the three flower girls. They will all carry purses made out of flowers!
Another great vendor we'll be using is Chocolate Impressions from Detroit. I used this great company at an event last year and their product was a hit! The concept is brilliant. Two people arrive with their digital cameras and 300 milk chocolate lollipops. They then take photos of the guests and print their picture on sugar and adhere it to the chocolate pops. Amazing! I think the wedding guests are going to love this!
Kara, you lucked out with an event planner as a sister! I'm fairly confident you'd still be sitting on the sofa, drinking a cup of tea, and wondering where you should start. You're probably laughing now because you know it's true! I LOVE you, sweet sister. And I'm so honored to be able to plan such a special day for you! I'm beyond excited to be your Matron of Honor because it's truly a place of honor. And hooray for the staff of In Any Event who will be coordinating the wedding so that I can enjoy the day with you!
Yesterday, CPA's (a.k.a. my dear husband, Nathan) brother Kendall, his wife Traci and their kids Ethan and Reagan arrived for little visit on their way back home to Minnesota. We had a GREAT time with them. And I wish they could have stayed longer. Our kids get along so well which makes for very pleasant adult time!
Last night, we decided to throw a little party for Kendall and Traci and invited a slew of college friends over for a BBQ. A lot of the friends hadn't seen my BIL and SIL in a couple of years. It was a gorgeous evening and we had the perfect mix of good food, good friends and good conversation. I believe at one point in the evening, we had 12 kiddos jumping on the trampoline. Serious fun, for sure!
This morning, we went to the Red Geranium for breakfast and then my SIL and I pawned the kiddos off on the husbands and headed over to Talbot Kids to do some serious damage. Well, I guess I did the serious damage and Traci did very minor damage. CPA is beyond thrilled that Talbot Kids is shutting their doors for good come the beginning of September. I, on the other hand, am trying to figure out if I need to seek help for the sadness I feel at the loss of this store!
We were sad to see them leave after lunch today. We can't wait to see them again and wish they lived closer. Thanks for a fun visit, guys! We love you!
PS - The photo above, from left to right, is my niece Reagan and my dear daughter Gretchen. How cute are they!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
And now for another installment of the 'Ode to' series. I didn't decide this was going to be a series until just now. But hey, that's okay because I'm not one to turn away a great idea when the light bulb flickers on!
Saturday, July 19, 2008
There's a great, and may I please emphasize the word great, artisan letterpress shop in central New York that we've been using exclusively for our letterpressed invitations. My ever-so-amazing rep at Bella Figura, Andrea, recently called to tell me that they loved the customization we did on their Soleil design so much, they wanted to highlight it on their website. She wondered if that would be okay? Well, yeah!
Friday, July 18, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
June was an absolutely insane month for us. Seriously! Thank goodness for such an amazingly dedicated staff because without them, there's no way I would have survived! Now, with a couple weeks of sleep under my belt, the whole world looks brighter :).
The next wedding for In Any Event is just around the corner. On August 23, we will realize months of planning when we execute the wedding of Liz and Curt. They are an absolutely adorable couple! They are both so sweet and kind and I can't wait for their wedding!
We selected a truly inspired color palette with Liz!
The tables will have pistachio crinkle taffeta, royal pintuck napkins, and orange/gold crushed shimmer chair pads on white chivari chairs. We're using white square dinnerware, and a very modern and clean-lined stemware and flatware.
The stunning invitations were designed by my dear friends at Bella Figura. All I can say is, WOW! They turned out so beautifully! I spoke with Liz's mom, Jillane, this afternoon (another dear soul!) and she said they have been receiving so many comments on how fun and fresh they are.
This, my dear blog readers, leads me to the point of this post. Don't be afraid of color! It's what will set your event apart from others. You don't want to go overboard, of course, but splashes of unexpected color (in unexpected places) will set the tone for a truly memorable party. Don't get me wrong, ivory and champagne are amazing colors that will 'ground' your palette. But go ahead and spice it up a little by throwing in some of your favorite jewel tones like saffron, purple, fuchsia, green.....you get the point :).
So, you might be asking now, 'Where should I add these so my wedding/event doesn't look like Joseph's coat of many colors?' Well, there are a number of places to add color. The most obvious would be the florals. Nothing is more striking then neutral linens with a pop of color in the centerpieces. But I think there are other ways to introduce fun colors. What about neutral linens with a beautiful, colorful brooch on each napkin? Or gorgeous letter pressed invitations with custom mixed ink? Or how about a hand painted aisle runner? The ideas are endless!
So, if I can leave you with one thing, it's that color is your friend! Love it and use it!
Wow! Here it is. The first blog post from In Any Event. I've wanted to start this blog for over a year now but, quite frankly, have been so busy that I haven't taken the time to get set-up. Thanks to my dear friend, Jen , I'm all set-up and ready to rock the blogging world with some great posts (I hope :-).
I've got some fun ideas for this blog. Of course, there will be photos and descriptions of events we've produced, but I also look forward to talking about trends, give you some tricks of the trade, introduce you to vendors and give away some great products, too! So, stay tuned and check back often! There's a lot in store!