I love a fabulous Spring – especially when it leads to a magnificent June!  When the April rains have led to plentiful May flowers … and now fabulously lush and green June gardens.  It’s still cool enough to be able to enjoy the beautiful weather during the day, and the incredible evenings outdoors.  What a fabulous time for an outdoor wedding!

I was browsing through some of my favorite blogs, and ran across this amazing inspiration board on Snippet & Ink, inspired by the book “The Secret Garden.”  Could it be more perfect?  I just had to share it with you.

All via Snippet and Ink – Inspiration Board #10:  The Secret Garden

These are the days that I dream about, that inspire me and allow me to create incredibly romantic garden weddings.  One can only imagine that magic and love can be found right around the corner in lush gardens, hidden fences and secret paths.  The pale lilacs of the flowers and the cool celery hues create a perfect color palette for this wedding, and the added touch of crystals, ruffles and lace are fitting touches.  The ambiance is cool, yet warm and intimate.  Certainly one to serve as a fabulous backdrop for love and memories on your special day!

Here’s a great tip:  I love serving ice cold lemonade with a sprig of lavender.  Not only does it look beautiful, but it also takes the drink to an entirely different level of chic and elegance.

Enjoy this long Memorial Day weekend!


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!

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.