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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

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

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!



Stylish Thanksgving Table Settings

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Style.  Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year and still deciding how you are going to decorate your table? Well, get ready to give thanks in a attractive and fresh way. Here are a few ideas on how you can wow your guests without breaking the bank!

Natural Elements

Look to nature for easy, elegant ways to embellish your Thanksgiving table. Rate My Space user chasingpaige brought the beautiful colors of fall to her table by incorporating gourds and pumpkins into her centerpiece and topping each place setting with a pear.

Personalized Pumpkins

Small details can make a big impact on your Thanksgiving table. Try tying handmade place cards to mini pumpkins for a personal touch that will make guests feel special. Design by Holly Mathis.

Fall Florals

Create a floral centerpiece fit for Thanksgiving by adding berries or mini pumpkins to an arrangement of red, orange and yellow flowers. Rate My Space user patrick paired this warm floral centerpiece with ice-blue place mats for a striking contrast. Short on time? Give a local florist a call they would be happy to help!

Beautiful Bloom by Jen

Bartz Viviano

Sharon Johnson Floral-419.460.0316

In Bloom Flowers & Gifts

Appealing Palette

Choosing a color scheme is a great starting point for setting your Thanksgiving table. Rate My Space user nyclq opted for chocolate brown contrasted with crisp white — a perfect palette for fall that also complements her dining room’s decor.

Candleholder Conversion

Try using items you already own in a creative and unexpected way when designing your Thanksgiving tablescape. Rate My Space user Baubles found that candleholders also make great pedestals for mini pumpkins.

Less Is More

A Thanksgiving table doesn’t have to be over the top to be beautiful. Rate My Space user luvmynugz paired a few subtle fall elements with neutral-colored dinnerware for a look that’s understated yet elegant.

Dressed-Up Basics

Dressing your dinner table doesn’t have to break the bank. No one said you have to go out and buy brand-new dinnerware to create a beautiful Thanksgiving table. Rate My Space user decorating4fun topped simple white plates with inexpensive crimson napkins for a splash of rich, fall color.

Rustic Elegance

Don’t be afraid to mix textures and patterns when setting your Thanksgiving table, it helps to give your table setting depth. Rate My Space user GritsandGlamour paired glossy, gold chargers with course burlap to create a rich look perfect for fall.

Soaring Centerpiece

If your table setting is simple, spice it up with a dramatic focal point. Fall branches spilling from a tall vase add interest to Rate My Space user Faby’s Thanksgiving table.

Incorporate Natural Elements

Incorporating natural elements found in nature is an easy and inexpensive way to add a touch of fall to your Dinner table. Jenna from  SAS Interiors used a tree branch to make a tea light candle holder.             

Thanksgiving Table Diagram
Have you ever wondered the proper way to set a table?   Does the knife go on the left or right?  Where does the salad plate go?  Here is a useful table diagram that will be sure to come in handy for Thanksgiving or your next dinner party.

Buffet Table Diagram
And have you ever wondered how it’s best to set up a buffet table?  This helpful diagram gives some great ideas and placement to properly lay out a buffet table so your guests can easily figure out the “flow of traffic”.

diagrams via SAS Interiors

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If you are hosting Thanksgiving I hope this post has inspired you!  We would love to see how our followers decided to decorate their tables!  Free free to post pictures of your beautiful tablescape via our Facebook fan page! WE would love to see how crafty you can be!

A Tablescape Inspired by…..

As I announced last week, we are beginning a new blog segment

I love all of the responses that we have received and really think this is going to be a fun segment! Please remember to submit a picture with your submissions and we will select a winner weekly.

This weeks winner was Pam Jurchenko from New York.  Pam is the sister of one of our past brides, and is a super sweet, fun girl!!!! Thanks Pam for this submission I absolutely love it!

1. Zgallerie 2. Macys 3.-4. Zgallerie 5. Macys 6.-8. Crate & Barrel 9. Macys

If you would like to submit to our weekly “Tablescape Inspired By” blog segment, please or post on our wall who you would like to see inspire our next Tablescape.

Please don’t forget to include a photo!