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Urban Dinner Party

I love when we have clients that come to us for assistance with events other than weddings, especially small intimate get togethers.  Working with Sarah & Neil was a blast.  We brought in a custom table and chairs just to accommodate this fabulous multi course meal dinner party.  Sarah is one stellar chef!

Loved the antler centerpiece that Sharon our fabulous floral deisgner created!

 Hope you enjoy the Photos that the very lovely Kerri from Mary Wyar Photography captured! I spy chalkboard chanrgers and votives!

It begins with an invitation

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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!










Our Favorite Fall Festivities and Decor Ideas for Fall as seen on WNWO

Fall is such a lovely time of year and we are fortunate to have so many lovely local activities going on.  Here are some that we are particularly excited about!

Our Favorite Fall Festivities

Our Picks for the Weekend of October 20th & 21st

Imagination Station is holding Spooky Science.  Where you can experience fun science events, taste as well as learn how to create Edible blood, glow jello
etc. For more info check out their website:

The Toledo Zoo is offering a fun pumpkin path which includes trick or treating and much more! Check out their website for more info:

 On October 20th

You can enjoy Levis Commons Fall festival:

Set your costume aside for the most festive fall of all! A costume contest, live music and an afternoon of kooky carnival activities will entertain the entire family.

3:00pm – Members from the National American Miss will be in attendance to help pass out goodies and greet children as they arrive.

3:00pm-7:00pm – Pumpkin bowling, hayrides, spooky science with Imagination Station, cow milking and many other activities will entertain the family.

3:00pm-7:00pm – Stop by the craft tent to decorate a Yogurt Vi children’s cup to receive a 50% discount at Yogurt Vi on your next visit! This offer will be good until October 31st, 2012.

Next Weekend Our picks are:

October  26th

is the Uptown Adams street Zombie Bar
crawl. It begins at 8:30pm at Welseys Bar and grill and progresses all the way
to Ottawa Tavern. Last year had record numbers, including a flash mob!!

 But Elite Events is Especially excited and as a sponsor we will be at the Downtown Perrysburg Inc.’s

Octo BOO fest on the 27th.

Kids can trick or treat carve pumpkins
and craft from 1-5pm. Stop by The Elite Events booth to decorate your very own trick or treat bag and make sure to get some of the delicious treats we will be handing out complements of Sugar Shack Speciality Sweets!

Kati’s  Dance Studio The Dance Factory will be there giving
Zumba and Ballroom classes as well as every hour her dancers and her will teach
the favorite Thriller dance! Starting at 7pm downtown goes dark and becomes
adults only with costumes, beer tents & live music.

Decor ideas for Fall:

Not everyone has time or money to update your home décor for
the new season. For those of you who know what you want but just do not have
the time to make it happen we will come to you! Our seasonal & celebration
design will transform your home into a warm welcoming place where friends and
family can make lasting memories. Here has we put together this beautiful fresh
take on a table setting that will look good from October through December.

This fall, I am falling in love with warm jewel
tones! I think it is a nice break from the reds and oranges which have been
done so many times before.  I paired this
purple table setting with a lovely metallic gold charger and brought in accents
from the outdoors with a natural wood table runner, then I incorporated a pop
of warmth with a rich plum colored napkin. For the final touch I got crafty and
made place card holders from a mini pumpkin by covering it in glitter, which
really jazzed up the whole table setting.

*Designer Tip: To
make your room feel elegant I like to leave my dining table set throughout the
day, not just for dinner. It keeps the table from becoming a dumping ground for
book bags & mail and anytime you are snapping photos in the house you have
a nice looking table in your background!

Additional details and Statement Arrangements

Once again using warm jewel tones our Floral
Designer Sharon Johnson has put together a beautiful arrangement that is
cohesive with the table setting. Another departure from the Oranges and Reds We
added a white pumpkin and incorporated natural twigs to keep the outdoor
element consistent.

Since this particular design can work for a few months you may want to opt for
artificial flowers or speak with our floral department about changing them out

 Remember to burn scented candles to fill your home with the aromas of pumpkin space or cinnamon apple cider. We love these tiered glass candle holders which pair with our metallic’s and keep everything looking elegant.


 A nice added touch that we give our home décor clients is seasonal custom stationary. Your note pads, thank you cards, holiday party invitations and menu’s will be cohesive with your custom seasonal décor, like this framed menu which coordinates with the design of the table.

 We see a lot of clients who get on pinterest and think they can DIY there event or home décor.  Thankfully there are now some debunking blogs out there proving that not every
project turns out pinterest perfect. More often that not we find that when its
all said and done they just prefer to spend a little bit more money and have it
done right by professionals who have access to décor items that you can rent
instead of having to purchase or pinterest. BUT should you want to get crafty
here are some pre approved pinterest projects that you  and even the kiddo’s can easily and inexpensively pull off.

DIY Decor

An Easy Décor idea: Tip #1: If you do not already own a nice large glass vessel or apothecary jar, invest in 1 or 2 or 3! They are beautiful and a must have for any holiday or any season for that matter!  Here I have used my glass apothecary jar and filled it with seasonal  gourds & mini pumpkins.  For Easter I filled the same container with Easter eggs and for Christmas I filled it with ornaments.  it versatile, beautiful and is the perfect vessel for a quick and inexpensive accent piece that can be placed anywhere in your home for virtually any season.

Gift Giving Decor

 For a fast gift that even the kids can help make: Yarn wrapped letters
I decided to incorporate the warm jewel tones again in this accent piece
but you can choose whatever color you think is best for the person your giving
it to!

You will need a foam or wooden
letter, Yarn, glue gun & some flowers or other accent. Simply wrap the yarn
around the letter being careful to only glue small spots on the back side. If
you make any mistakes don’t worry because you can cover it with your accent
décor item! Our particular letter is a little on the large side but you can opt for a much smaller letter and double it as a gift that can be then placed at their place setting it can even double as their seat marker.  The possibilities are endless.  The same concept can be applied to bottles that you can reuse and cover with year which can then hold flowers or serve as just a great piece alone!

I hope we have inspired you to step outside the box this fall season with some of our fall favorites and tips for decorating this fall!

National Martini Day

Happy National Martini Day!

As a Martini lover myself I thought I would share with you some delicious martini recipes!  If any of you are brave enough to try one out tonight I would love to hear what you think!

Godiva Chocolate Martini recipe

1 1/2 ounces Godiva original chocolate

1 1/2 ounces Creme de Cacao

1/2 ounce vanilla vodka

2 1/2 ounces half-and-half

chocolate syrup, for rim


1. Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and

2. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass that is rimmed with chocolate

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Blueberry Cheesecake Martini

5 ounces vanilla vodka

2 ounces heavy cream

1 ounce coffee liqueur

1/2 ounce strawberry liqueur

2 tablespoons blueberry preserves or jelly

fresh blueberries for garnish (optional)


  1. Combine ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled half-way with ice. Shake for 30-40 seconds and serve into a martini class.
  2. Garnish with fresh blueberries

Candy Bar-Tini

1 Ounce Chocolate Vodka

1 Ounce Dark Creme de Cacao

2 OZ. Half & Half

Chocolate Syrup

Caramel Syrup

Chocolate Jimmies


Pre chill your martini glass in the freezer.  When it is cold enough to frost up, quickly drizzle the chocolate syrup one way across the top pf the glass, then the Carmel across the other way, put glass right back in the freezer to chill.  Put the vodka, Creme de Cacao, half and half and squirt each of the chocolate and Carmel syrups in your martini shaker with ice and shake until well chilled.  Sprinkle with a few Jimmies on top and serve.

4th of July Martini

4th of July Martini. Photo by gailanng

1 1/2 ounces vodka (I used Mezzaluna)

1/2 ounce
triple sec

1/2 ounce
blue curacao

1/2 ounce
prepared sweet-and-sour mix

1 dash grenadine (I used the liqueur not the syrup)


1. Mix all ingredients except grenadine in shaker and chill.

2. Pour into martini glass.

3. Add grenadine and it will sink to

* for added fun try rimming your glass wither cherry pop rocks

Key Lime Pie Martini


Graham cracker crumbs, for rimming the glass

2 lime wedges

6 tablespoons (3 ounces) vanilla flavored vodka

1/4 cup (2 ounces) key lime liqueur (recommended: KeKe Beach Key Lime Liqueur)

2 tablespoons pineapple juice

2 tablespoons heavy cream

Ice cubes


Pour the graham cracker crumbs in a shallow dish. Rub a lime wedge around the edge of a martini glass and roll the edge in the graham cracker crumbs. Chill the glass for 30 minutes or until ready to serve.

Combine the vanilla vodka, key lime liqueur, pineapple juice, and cream in a shaker. Fill the shaker half full with ice and shake until well blended. Pour into prepared martini glass, garnish with a lime wedge and serve immediately.

Orange Julius  Martini

2 Oz. Citrus Vodka

3 Oz. Sunny Delight Original

1/2 Oz. Grand Marnier

1/2 Oz. Half and Half

2 Tbsp. Powdered Sugar

Orange Slice & Sugar to Rim


Dip the rim of the glass in some Grand Marnier than in the sugar.  Chill the glass in the freezer.  Pour the vodka, Sunny Delight, Grand Marnier, Half & Half and Powdered Sugar into a martini shaker with ice and shake vigorously, first slowly then quickly, until well blended and chilled.  Pour into your chilled martini glass, garnish with orange slice and serve.

I have to say, after writing this post I am thirsty for a Martini how about you?


Spring Wedding Trends for 2012 as seen on WNWO

Lets talk about Color & Whats inspiring us this season

I just returned from Florida where I was inspired by vibrant fruits, which are fresh, crisp and colorful. Apparently I am not alone in this as Tangerine Tango was named the 2012 color of the year by Pantone.

We love this color because it is fresh for spring and pairs naturally with other great spring colors such as kiwi green, Lilac, rich raspberry, peach and banana. It’s a great color even when used alone in various shades.

How to translate our inspiration into your wedding fashion & décor

Because each bridesmaid has different skin and
hair tones it can be risky trying to put them all in the same color. More and
more brides are selecting muted neutral toned dresses that can be re-worn. The
best way to incorporate your flair for fashion and passion for color is with
accessories and floral bouquets.

Bouquet Designed and Created By: Elite Events

As you see when you pair a vibrant bouquet and accessorize with
bright colored jewelry it completely transforms the
ensemble. You can even get creative and add a fresh flower shoe clip to
truly make a fashion forward spring statement.

Left shoe clip Designed and Created By: Elite Events

Moving on to your Table Decor

Your spring table setting should remind guests of a renewed energy and the optimism from the promise of a brighter day which is why we all love spring so much.

As you know Elite Events specializes in Event Design and Coordinating. Because flowers are such a large part of each events design we have expanded our services and added the very talented florist Sharon Johnson to our staff. She has created this centerpiece which is a celebration of spring by incorporating circus roses, along with green fuji mums, parrot tulips,  grape hyacinth and crab tree blooms, that are in currently blooming for the spring season . Wrapped in a natural birch bark, this floral arrangement makes the perfect spring statement for any occasion.

 Designed and Created By: Elite Events

Apply the same concept you did with fashion when dressing your table by using neutral linens and napkins and letting the flowers or fruit be the vibrant focal point. Do not be afraid to use texture in your fabrics, just because the color is neutral does not mean the fabric has to be dull or boring.

This look can be easily translated to your home

April Showers bring May flowers

Although the word rain is a terrible thing to
say as an Event Coordinator it is our job to make sure you and your guests are
prepared to enjoy yourself no matter what spring may bring.

Gift your bridesmaids these adorable Vera
Bradley umbrellas from the fabulous fiddlesticks in Levis Commons.

They will add a pop of color and fun element to your photos and are very practical!

If you are having an outdoor ceremony, secure a rain location and make sure to plan all the logistics of set up time.

Communication is key, so make sure your guests are reminded that they will be outdoors and to dress accordingly. Have the rain location information printed and sent with your invitation then Ask for cell phone numbers on RSVPs that way if you need to change locations at the last minute your planner can send out a group text with the info.

Handy Tool

Last but not least we hope that this Handy tool we have created might assist you remembering the Spring Trends we just touched on

So I must ask, what is inspiring you this Spring season?