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Pantone Color of the Year for 2014 – Radiant Orchid!

Radiant Orchid


Day 1 of the 2014 Designer Challenge came with strategic selections of images that we wanted to portray as a vintage radiant orchid wedding. We decided to choose the above images for the following reasons. The bouquet that was chosen shows the radiant orchid that we were striving for in many different tones and a variety of beautiful flowers. We admire the above table setting because the tall vase with flowers blooming over the top set off the look of the overall setting. The table also shows wine glasses with radiant orchid napkins that stand tall and bring the whole piece together. Above we displayed creative decoration tags that show inspirational quotes and a farewell from the bride and groom that guests can take with them. The wedding cake brings elegance and a vintage look that will make heads turn to admire its stature. The ladder is used to display various flowers and a mirror to show the dinner menu in a creative, vintage style. We decided to choose the wedding dress because it’s a classical white dress, but it spiced up with the radiant orchid crinoline. Finally, we chose this style of wedding invitation because it is unique with it’s wooden look, as well as, portraying the vintage theme in advance to the guests of the wedding.

2014 Designer Challenge

Valentines Day Baby Reveal

Cupid stopped by the Elite Events Studio for a Baby Reveal!

The happy soon to be parents are our very own Kati & Bryan McDougle! They celebrated their BIG news with friends and family by throwing a Cupids Arrow Valentines Day Reveal. Elite Events Floral and Design pulled this together with feathers and romantic candles. Sugar Shack Specialty Sweets made the Hearts & Arrow Modern Cake which was perfect for revealing the identity of their little one. Scroll through the photos taken by Mary Wyar Photography to find out if they are having a boy or girl!

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 It’s A Girl!!

Magnolia Grace McDougle will be joining the world and becoming a future Elite Events Bride this June! Baby Shower post’s coming soon!










Faith Love and Marriage October 6th 2012

Mr. & Mrs. Jeremy & Natalie Macke gave us the
pleasure of helping them through every aspect of their wedding as Full Planning
Clients. When we first met Natalie and her mother Monica they wanted to go over
the details of our contract very carefully, which was a good sign for us. We
knew right away that this was going to be a client who would
communicate to us exactly what they want and with that, we would be able to
guide them to the wedding of their dreams. Natalie is honest, humble and
beautiful inside and out, which made working for her and Jeremy not only
pleasurable but an honor. Since Faith is the cornerstone of their lives, we
wanted to make sure that guests felt that presence throughout the wedding. When looking through the photos below notice that Natalie and Jeremy are not just posing they are praying. You will see details such as crosses, bibles and tables named after bible verses. Our classic conservative couple used a color palate blending neutral champagnes with hues of greys then added an elegant touch of purples which we felt paired beautifully with the Toledo Country Clubs interior. From concept to completion you can see how we captured Natalie’s soft kind nature, Jeremy’s consistent commitment to her and their shared love for the outdoors all while telling their story of Faith Love & Marriage.


Venue: Toledo Country Club

Photography: Considering Lilies

Cake: Janes Cakes

Dress: Belle Amour Bridal

DJ: Decorative Sound

Harpist: Ginny Peterson

Event Coordination & Design: Elite Events

Florist: Elite Events

Stationary: Elite Events

Twisted Tropicals…. How can you not just Love them..!

As the newest member of the Elite Events team I am excited to bring my knowledge of flowers and creativity not only to the team but to the Elite Events blog as well! Be on the lookout for my new blog series Floral Friday, where I will be dishing on flower trends, flower favorites and plenty of other flower related topics.  I am excited to share with you some beautiful images of my work as well as some fun flower options for just about any occasion!

Today’s Topic: Twisted Tropicals….How can you not just LOVE them!

From the Rich Vivid Colors to the Super Cool Textures…. This is a Look I Truly Love !

The Pin Cushion Protea are definitely a show stopper along with Orchids and Hanging Helaconia. You can transform any Venue into a Tropical Paradise……  Simply add a Orchid Lay around your neck and let the party begin…


Last Minute Tips that will take your holiday Bash from Drab to Fab-WNWO24

As event planners something we have learned over the years is that the most successful party has just the right balance of Design, details, organization and coordination.  Today
we will discuss how to Create a warm, welcoming, atmosphere by using details
that appeal to all of your guests senses and give you the tools keep calm and
stay organized in the process. 


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1.  First Choose a menu that can be prepared ahead of time

By simply taking the time to prepare or prep as much food as possible ahead of
time, as well as considering how you are going to display your dishes will save
a lot of time and stress on the actual day of the party.

Here are  4 quick and easy recipes that your guests are sure to LOVE!

For a Printer friendly verson of these recipes please download them by  clicking on the links below:

Mini Pizzas

Herbed Cream Cheese Cucumber Wheels

Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Champagne Infused Jello Shots

2. Create an appetizing and effective Display

               Strategizing how you’re going to display and serve your dishes is as important as the dishes themselves.

 Pull out all of your serving dishes and take
inventory of what you have and what you want to use. Do a dry run the night or
2 before and set your table as you plan on setting it for the event.

DO not be afraid to play around with height:  3 tiered serving trays are perfect for this.

They add interest to the table, allow for better access to the dishes and allow to you fit more food on the table

 When you have everything how you want it, Write down on a piece of paper what food
will go in what and take a picture of the set up so come party day re-creating
the look is easy and something anyone can help you with it.

Be sure to add name cards identifying each dish for that added personal touch

3.   Add Fun Details- Like a Signature Drink

Mason Jars are cute, inexpensive and the perfect container for a signature holiday cocktail. Look online for drink recipes and invent your own names (Snow White Sangria, Santa’s
Secret Punch, Christmas Cosmos, etc.). You can even fill the jars ahead of
time, cap them, and let them chill in a cooler or make a batch up and serve it
in a beverage server. Make a festive sign featuring the drink name and ingredients. Then toast to a great celebration!

Now that your menu is created and organized turn your Focus to Setting
the mood

4. Good tunes are essential to the life of a party. Make a
playlist featuring your favorite holiday songs or use a digital music service
like Pandora to make
your dream playlist for free.

Don’t forget to turn the music on early, while your getting
ready as well, it will help you the hostess relax and get into the holiday
spirit as well ;)

5.  Be Inspired by Nature and Seasonal Elements

Incorporating nature into your entertaining décor is a free way to create a festive holiday
vibe. Here we used 2 glass apothecary jars one is filled with colorful holiday
ornaments and the other with pine cones and holly. Scents are also an integral part of a party, be sure to: Light a few candles throughout your home with festive holiday scents such as This particular candle that we just love. It creates the soothing sound of a
crackling fire when lit.

6. Have a Seat

Even if it’s a small family dinner party, assign seats with holiday inspired place cards or if your serving your food buffet style use the cards to identify each dish.  The place setting that we have here, utilizes an inexpensive ornament to hold the place card., its festive, simple, took only a minute to create, not to mention your guests can take them home with
them as a party favor!

7. Lastly focus on yourself!

 As a hostess and even as a guest it is important to look the part. Get a shelack manicure a few days in advance so you wont have to touch up your nails that day. Skip shopping for an new outfit and spice up that  Little Black Dress everyone has in there Closet by dressing it up with fun accessories such as: a funky bracelet, shiny handbag bag, put on a pair of bright shoes or  colorful belt.

One of our Favorite Go to Resources for Style is Lauren Conrad

Here she has paired several different accessories that can easily transform your little black dress for any occasion.

On The Day before the party pamper your skin with a good exfoliation using some mint sugar and honey then the morning of Give your hair a great blow out that way after the house is clean, table’s set, and the food is in the oven, you can turn on your music, light your candles quickly spruce up and enjoy time with your guests!

Happy Holidays!