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RE-THINKING THE “MUST HAVES”

From the desk of Mindy Home:

Clients hire us because we help them think beyond the scope of their imagination, as well as work within their budget. What is our secret to creating innovative looks, yet staying in budget? We use what is necessary in the room to make their event unique. Here are a few examples of ways that you can use the “must haves” to your advantage.

Chairs – all events need them – why not upgrade to something that helps to elevate your overall design scheme? Case in point – we have a tropical-themed event coming up in October, so we opted for transparent blue chairs from AFR – instant island vibe!

Forget the classic ballroom – we recently used these slatted chairs from Be Our Guest for a rustic field wedding.  Want something modern? Check out the avocado Jetson chair from PEAK…add some color to the room quickly and easily… and your design is halfway there!

Staging – if your event has a speaking program, most likely you’ll need a stage. Questions to ask yourself: What’s happening on that stage? Maybe you can wrap your standard black stage in crisp white vinyl to make it more modern. Is it a panel discussion? Maybe rather than stiff chairs, mix it up and put a couch, soft seating, and interesting end tables. What will guests see when they look at the stage? We’ve done everything from big screens to LED panels to cool textured fabric behind the stage, but also consider adding a little bit to your flower budget and creating a backdrop. A shot of your guest speakers with green leaves behind them is a refreshing point of view.

Table Numbers – why do they have to be plain or borrowed from the caterer? We’ve created printed numbers to match the invitations and the linens, but some clients want something they can re-use. In that case, we’ve created vinyl numbers on small mirrors and votive holders. We’ve painted pieces of wood for a more rustic feel. We’ve even done three-dimensional numbers that sit upright on the table. A print vendor (or even some paint!), a pretty font and a fun container – voila, visual interest!

Floor Plan – why use just round tables, mix it up! Create your logo with rectangular tables:

Bring the outdoors indoors by setting large trees between tables, or build the stage in the center. Create floor plans that mix up the tables, for an environment that is unique and catches your eye!

Thinking of these smaller details in advance can help push your design beyond what your guests (or even you!) may expect, and first impressions mean a lot! Take a look around, you’ll be surprised at what you notice when you really look.


Check this off my bucket list

From the desk of Christine Altieri:

SOUTH AFRICA: Go on Safari, see the Big 5, Visit Cape Town, Drink South African Wine CHECK!

South Africa…I have been dreaming about going for years, and finally I took the time to make it happen. It is important to take these opportunities and check them off your bucket list.

My love of traveling is based on the adventure of being in different surroundings with different cultures, languages and idealisms.  It is all about learning for me….learning the culture, learning the geography, the topography, the language, and the list goes on.

The first stop on our trip; Kruger National Park- Safari and the Big 5. What is the Big 5 – Lion, Leopards, Rhinos, Cape Buffalo and Elephant. Kruger is the largest game reserve in South Africa. Kruger National Park is basically a synonym for the word “safari.

Six days on Safari, which was 10 – 13 hour days…we were off to Hermanus –a small town on the southern coast of the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is famous for southern right whale watching however It was winter, so the beaches were cold and empty, but with a warm blanket and a glass of wine, the peacefulness was perfect after our safaris.

Now that we are well rested, picked up and off  to Stellenbosh – Wine Country!

Stellenbosch is a town in South Africa’s Western Cape province. It’s surrounded by the vineyards of the Cape Winelands and the mountainous nature reserves of Jonkershoek and Simonsberg. The town’s oak-shaded streets are lined with cafes, boutiques and art galleries. Cape Dutch architecture gives a sense of South Africa’s Dutch colonial history, as do the Village Museum’s period houses and gardens.  True small town charm, with lovely reds, whites and rose!

Last stop Cape Town –  Cape Town is a city on South Africa’s southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain. Slowly rotating cable cars climb to the mountain’s flat top, from which there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbor and boats heading for Robben Island, the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela, which is now a living museum. So much history and beauty.

What is next on my bucket list…..I am looking it over…torn between New Zealand – Australia or perhaps something closer to home, the Grand Canyon, I have never been.  Will shall see!