Monthly Archives: August, 2009

Hello All!  Every once in a while Eve, Sarah and I will be posting our own blogs.  Today is my first very own blog!

I am the girly one out of the three of us, so I wanted to share with you some of my inspirations today… ruffles and lace.  Here are some ideas on how you can incorporate these pretty details into your event, whether that be a dinner party, bridal or baby shower, garden party or wedding.  Enjoy!!

Wedding dress by Monique Lhuillier, ruffle dress by JCrew, parasol by Henry Kaye, blue lace cake from theKnot, garden scene from Lola B’s, others by Martha Stewart

A Sweet 16 Birthday Celebration that was anything but “sweet.”  The theme – urban, edgy, underground NYC nightclub.  We created “Club 416.”  Everything from the warehouse-type venue, with exposed brick walls and high ceilings, to the ultra modern furniture, the NYC DJ and breakdancers, the aerialists and the phenomenal skyscraper cake was perfectly planned and thought through to reflect the client’s personality and vision.  The “club” was jumping, the party was hopping as guests celebrated the arrival of the birthday celebration they had anticipated from the moment they received the intriguing and mystifying Save the Date announcement.

Check out the new video from the “Underground, New York Night Club” themed Sixteenth Birthday party we did a few months ago!

We recently had a client that wanted a small dinner party held at his home.  What a treat for us!  It was a perfect summer evening … and we had the opportunity to bring the “outdoors in.”  The décor for the evening was casually elegant, so we used crisp white linens and crystal; votives and glass vases of various shapes and heights.  We added stoneware of three different colors and pewter flatware, as well as wildflowers, to bring in some more casual elements.  Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres of shrimp shooters and flank steak with a watermelon-onion relish on crostini were the perfect starters to this fantastic menu.  The host wanted to delve back to his childhood summer memories for traditional Southern fare, and as always, Marie from Design Cuisine did not disappoint!  Apple and Cabbage Coleslaw, Collard Greens, Fried Catfish and Hush Puppies and BBQ Ribs were the menu for the evening, all displayed on a chalkboard for everyone to see, keeping in touch with the casually elegant theme.  The dinner ended on the perfect note with Fresh Peach Cobbler, Pecan Tartlets and Fresh Berries with Real Whipped Cream.

I really enjoyed planning and designing this dinner party, as it allowed the creativity to flow with regard to the casual elegance of the event.  I loved implementing various elements and textures, while staying true to the colors and design.

This past weekend I had the privilege and the pleasure of spending some time in the “Big Easy” … New Orleans and its people have an amazing, resilient spirit and soul.  It’s been 3 years since Hurricane Katrina hit the region … and while still struggling, the city and its people have made amazing strides.  I know it will become the city it used to be – where people go to eat great food, listen to great music, and be a part of a culture that thrives only in New Orleans.  It is unique; it is exceptional; it is inspirational.

My most recent trip to New Orleans reminded me of one of my most successful parties.  Nine months after Katrina hit the region, “An Evening in the French Quarter” came to the city of Minneapolis.  This themed-celebration was one family’s way of paying tribute to one of their favorite cities.  We drew inspiration from every aspect of New Orleans and its people – the food, the music, the colors, the spirit, the culture and celebrations.  The evening was realistic, authentic, creative and memorable.


Guests arrived to the sound of a Dixieland Band and a “second line parade.”  The venue had been completely transformed into the French Quarter, complete with wrought iron gates, street lamps, park benches and artists.  There were face painters, caricaturists, mimes, tarot card readers and more.  We created vignettes of Café du Monde and a park area where guests could sit, have a drink and “people-watch.”

For décor, we drew inspiration from the vivid colors, feathers, “sparkle” and Mardi Gras masks New Orleans is known for.  Centerpieces included large Mardi Gras masks and plume feathers in hot pinks, yellows and oranges.  Beads were also intertwined throughout various decorations.  Instead of table numbers, we used French Quarter street names to designate tables.  And food stations were named after famous restaurants.  Each detail was carefully thought through, and given purpose and design.

While many guests felt that they had actually experienced an evening in the French Quarter, all of them remembered the evening for many, many months to come.  I often run into people who remember the party and still say what a wonderful time they had!