I love cherry blossoms!  They are symbols of good fortune, emblems of love, affection and spring.  What a wonderful way to celebrate spring – especially because they are so delicate and elegant. This week is the peak of the blossoming of the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C., so I decided what a perfect time to blog about incorporating something that you love, that is symbolic or special into your wedding or event.

The use of your favorite item or symbol doesn’t have to be over-the-top.  It can be as subtle or as lavish as you like.  Here, I have decided to show you a few ways to incorporate cherry blossoms into a wedding.  It can be through invitations, a cake, the use of the blossoms in bouquets, favors … or something as elegant as using the colors of blush pink, ivory/white and brown in your wedding gown.  I have assisted a bride with a Monique Lhuillier gown to reflect the cherry blossom season … she wore a blush ball gown, with an ivory lace halter vest, and a beautiful chocolate brown sash – gorgeous!

We often encourage and assist our couples in finding a theme or motif that is special to them or reflective of their personalities – something that makes them unique – subtly carrying it through to all aspects of the wedding.  This allows the wedding celebration to be cohesive from beginning to end, and allows the guests to feel connected to the wedding at all times – from the invitations through the favors.

Find that one thing that you are inspired by and allow it to help make your wedding yours.

Check out these videos from Rihanna’s First Birthday party!!!

These fabulous videos were done by 7Rendered Design

Enjoy!

Eve, Sarah and Stephanie

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

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!

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!

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.

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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!