Inspired by a fabulous spring (unusual in Minnesota!), a love of fresh herbs, outdoor entertaining and a mixture of the rustic and casual with the elegant, we designed this tabletop for the 2010 WAMSO “Settings of Note” Luncheon. On a cold, rainy day, ladies gathered at the International Market Square to bid on entire tabletops or elements of each table. On this day especially, our tabletop provided a sense of peace, serenity and all that springtime had to offer – and the herbs smelled AMAZING! We used elegant Monique Lhuillier Ruben d’Or china and Atelier crystal, and mixed it with fabulous outdoor hanging lanterns, a moss runner and tons of pots containing a variety of plants and herbs. Painted, distressed terra cotta pots, planted with fresh herbs, served as placecards for guests.  Fun, Fresh and Fabulous!  Enjoy!

Happy Holidays!!  This year we are enjoying a fabulous white Christmas – one of the most beautiful ones in over 50 years.  I always wish for a white Christmas, often to be disappointed, but the last two days have graced us with snow … and now it’s one of those storybook Christmases.

Make this holiday season a special event!  Celebrate your family and friends and the love, happiness and peace the magic of the season brings.  Look forward to a new year filled with good health and success, and all the wonderful things that life has to offer … and make it a memorable occasion.  The holidays are a fabulous opportunity to celebrate in grand style – break out the good china and crystal!  Go that extra mile and set a gorgeous table, hang those beautiful ornaments and mistletoe … deck out the pets!  (I know mine will indulge my insufferable wish to grab a photo of them in their santa caps and reindeer antlers!)

Wishing you and yours the very best this holiday season!  And all the best in 2010!  Thanks for being a part of EVE Events this year!

However you decide to celebrate the holidays this season, make it special, make it exceptional!

Eve, Sarah and Stephanie

The Expo and the Affair with the Chocolate Extravaganza last weekend were amazingly fun.  We, as creative designers, had a ball!  We had the opportunity to create holiday-inspired table top designs that were not only stylish, trendy and elegant, but also whimsical – and best of all, something that YOU could re-create for your own holiday table.
Our table top was inspired by the Christmas tradition “A Partridge in a Pear Tree;”  we took the traditional, and twisted it slightly to “deconstruct” the literal.  Our table top featured cocoa brown linear crush linen, which was reminiscent of tree bark, and centerpieces of pears, cranberries, holiday greenery and flowers in a footed compote.  Large and small sterling birds and pears, tucked into a wreath of greenery, graced the table in a fun, whimsical way.  The look was completed with beautiful silver-beaded glass chargers and simple, elegant stemware.
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The Affair was a great opportunity for ISES members to showcase their incredible creativity and talent through a variety of table top displays.  There was such a wide array of holiday-inspired themes and talent … all of which were fun, all of which were beautiful and creative.
The holiday season is upon us … Enjoy!

This past Friday I had the pleasure of hosting an anniversary dinner for my Dad and his wife, who have been married for 7 years now.  Wow!  I cannot believe how fast time has flown by.  So much has changed in the last seven years, and I was very grateful to be able to share this special day with them, and to show them how much their love for one another has inspired me in my marriage and in my interpersonal relationships.

My Dad and Pamala live in San Francisco now, and seeing them, spending time with them and sharing special occasions with them is always a very special opportunity.  Pamala LOVES to celebrate and entertain in style – and she has very high standards!  Talk about pressure – even for an event planner!  What would normally be a very nice dinner party for family turns into an elegant affair at my household for every occasion – but this time, I wanted to make sure it was that much more special.  I broke out the never-used, extra special china and crystal (the ones I never use because I’m afraid one of my brothers will break it … which, of course, happened! But, then again, it’s not a party unless something breaks, right?!), my “best” silver and I even made menu cards … all for a party of 7.  The table was exquisite!  I hired my favorite caterers – Design Cuisine – and Marie didn’t disappoint.  It was the most fantastic dinner she’s produced to date. And Cocoa and Fig designed an adorable 2-tier cake paying tribute to Dad and Pamala’s hometown of San Francisco.

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The evening was a fabulous success – everyone enjoyed being with one another, and it was a wonderful tribute to Dad and Pamala’s love for one another and for family.  A better evening couldn’t have been had in another venue or restaurant.  These are the parties I love most … whether they are for my own family or for a client.  The intimacy and special memories created just can’t be beat!

Happy Anniversary, Dad and Pamala!  May your love for one another last for many, many years to come!

Whatever you do, make it exceptional!

Eve


Anyone who knows me knows that Monique Lhuillier has been a huge inspiration in my life.  She designed my wedding dress, my bridesmaids’ dresses, and practically all of my occasion dresses.  If there is an important moment in my life, it has been marked in some way by Monique.  I am fortunate to work in a world where I am able to introduce Monique Lhuillier to the lives of others – to show them how her love of romance and fine fabrics and accessories transpires many aspects of life.  Monique Lhuillier believes that brides should feel like princesses on their wedding days; that a bride should feel her best on one of her most special, memorable days.  Monique has designed some of the most beautiful wedding dresses, inspiring trends throughout the industry, with her use of beautiful laces, appliqués and silhouettes.  She has added similar touches to her ready-to-wear collections with peacock feathers, pearls and crystals.  And her accessories are to die for – her clutches are fabulous, using the finest leathers and adornments.

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Monique Lhuillier has expanded her brand into other lifestyle elements, inspired by her dresses, that transition from fashion to home.  She has recently added a line of invitations which incorporate elements of the details of her dresses – the lace patterns, the sashes, and colors.  Brides can now use aspects of their dress as their “theme” for the wedding – from invitation to ceremony to reception to wedding cake to amenity packaging.  It is a subtle but elegant way of incorporating something so special and unique into such a special day.

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Monique has also developed a line of fine dinnerware, stemware and accessories that also reflect elements of her dresses or of her personal interests.  Her Pointe D’Esprit china is based upon sheer, light-as-air tulle, and is lavishly embellished with embossed bows and dots.  She has a fabulous new black and white pattern – Couturier – coming out in early January.  EVE Events is an exclusive rental agent for two of these exquisite patterns – the Etoile Platinum, with both the blue and the tan chargers and accent plates, and the new Couturier black and white china.

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Let EVE Events show you how to incorporate one of the top wedding designers into your wedding day.  We can assist you with invitations, rentals and appointments and fittings for your wedding gown and bridesmaids’ dresses.  We have an exceptional relationship with the Monique Lhuillier flagship salon in Edina – let us make your wedding gown shopping experience an amazing one.

It may only be October, but the snow makes me think of the holidays already.  And, while I’m not personally ready for the holidays (yes, as an event designer, my home does suffer from the décor blahs at the holidays), I can’t help but get excited for one of my favorite times of the year.

As part of the holiday season, EVE Events has been asked to take part in one of the premier entertainment events for the holidays – The Expo at the Affair, taking place at the Minneapolis Convention Center, November 7th and 8th.  As a member of the ISES Minneapolis-St Paul Chapter, we have been asked to create a unique, creative, elegant “Holiday-inspired” table top display.  This opportunity allows us to have some fun, and really illustrate our creativity.  For our table, we decided to do a play on the “partridge in a pear tree” theme.  We thought it would be fun to “deconstruct” it – taking the elements apart and use them in a new and different way, yet still remaining true to the components.  Our inspiration for this was a Hable Christmas stocking, found at Garnet Hill (www.garnethill.com).  We look forward to sharing the photos of our table top display with you.

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The Expo will showcase not only creative Holiday-inspired table top displays from ISES members, but will also provide entertainment that will evoke the senses for the holidays.  Fashion and accessories for yourself and your home; tips, tricks and recipes for holiday meals; wine tasting seminars and pastry competitions will take place at the Expo.  For more information on the Expo, or to purchase tickets, please visit the Affair’s website at www.theaffairmpls.com.

On Sunday, November 8th, the table top displays will be showcased at a luncheon and runway fashion show.  You will be entertained and treated to some of the latest trends in fashion for yourself and your home as you dine at some of the most creative, elegant and professionally designed “Holiday-inspired” tables.  You will have the opportunity to vote on your favorite Holiday-inspired table top design, and the People’s Choice Award winner will be announced at 3:30 on the main stage.  Visit www.theaffairmpls.com/style to order your tickets to the luncheon and fashion show now.

It’s going to be an exciting event for everyone involved – vendors, planners and attendees.  We look forward to seeing you and to sharing our table top design with you!  Hope to see you there!

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

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.