Archives for November 2016

Throwing The Perfect Holiday Party, Part 1: Intro & Invites

Hi, lovelies!

During the holidays we like to take a break from weddings and throw some kick-booty parties! We want to pass on some of our inspirations to you, by way of a three part series… In the coming weeks, we’re going to lay out a start to finish plan on executing the perfect elements of aesthetic and comfort for your holiday party. We’ll start with printed items, then decor design, and finally food, drink, and fun! So let’s get festive as we kick off the series with invitations this week! Here’s how to choose and incorporate them into your yuletide soiree.

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Choosing Your Tones

The invitation is the first thing your guests will see of your holiday festivities. That being said, the tone of the invite should be in line with that of the overall party. If you’re planning a classy black tie affair, you should look for something clean with script, not have a silly reindeer or snowman. However, if you’re planning an ugly sweater party, that might be totally appropriate! Just be sure the invitation matches the event.

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Method of Production

Creating invitations online is fun and easy! Some of our favorite places to do that include Minted and Paperless Post. If you’re having a more formal party, we recommend sending physical, printed invitations in the mail. If the tone is more casual (or you’re just looking to save some trees), take a peek at Paperless Post and you’ll find equally gorgeous invites to send via email!

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Details & Info

Some things to include on the invite are of course the date and time, what to bring, and what the attire is (if necessary). Is the party and open house, or a set time? Should they bring a plate of cookies or coordinate a dish with you? Include an RSVP date, which should be a week before the party. Tip: If you have directions or specific instructions on getting into your building, that should either be sent in an email or on a separate card from the invitation. Putting it on the invitation can get too messy!

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And they’re off! Invites should popped in the mail (or emailed) around 3-4 weeks before the party. If you’re having cards shipped to you, be sure they arrive early enough to get them out on time. Then, while waiting for the replies to roll in, you can start putting together decor and details… which we’ll get into next week! Stay tuned for part 2!

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Celebration Libations: Holiday Cocktails for Sipping and Gathering

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving, friends!

We hope that you’ll get to spend the holidays with loved ones, and have the opportunity to share a fabulous celebration meal with them. But what’s a festive meal without festive drinks to go with it? Here are some of our favorites, perfect to serve at upcoming holiday gatherings! Say a big “cheers!” to our favorite celebration libations!

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Rosemary Cran Fizz

When the holidays roll around, cranberry comes out to play! This is a fresh, crisp treat to sip while chatting it up with the family, or to pair alongside turkey (yum!).

What you need:

  • Cranberry Juice
  • Prosecco
  • Vodka
  • Rosemary infused simple syrup

First, make the rosemary simple syrup. Put 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar & 2 sprigs of rosemary in a saucepan. Simmer until sugar is completely dissolved, and strain. Then, shake 1 oz vodka, 4 oz juice, & 1 teaspoon simple syrup in a shaker of ice. Next, pour into glass, and top it off with prosecco. Garnish with rosemary sprig if you would like, and voila!

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Pumpkin Spice Martini

This boozy version of the infamous PSL is a scrumptious favorite. It’s the perfect farewell to fall as we transition to winter!

What you need:

  • Baileys
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Kahlua
  • Espresso, chilled
  • Brown sugar
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Cinnamon stick for garnish

First, mix the sugar and cinnamon, then dip the rim of each glass into water and dip in the mixture. Next, add 2 oz Baileys, ⅛ tsp pumpkin spice, 1 oz Kahlua, 1 oz espresso to a shaker of ice. Shake it up, then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, and enjoy!

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Apple Cider Mimosa

Every family has different holiday traditions. Some have an afternoon meal, some gather in the evening, and some do holiday brunch… This twist on a traditional mimosa couldn’t be more perfect for late-morning celebration!

What you need:

  • Apple Cider
  • Champagne
  • Sugar sprinkles for rim of glass
  • Apple slices for garnish

First, dip the top of each glass into water, then dip in the sugar to line the rim. Next, pour each glass 1/2 full with apple cider. Top off with champagne, place the apple slice and enjoy!

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Gingerbread Eggnog Russian

Two favorite holiday flavors combined into a cocktail? Fabulous! This cozy cocktail is perfect for fireside sipping!

What you need:

  • Eggnog
  • Molasses
  • Ginger
  • Vodka
  • Kahlua
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar
  • Whipped cream for topping

First, mix cinnamon and sugar, then wet the rims of each glass and dip in the mixture. Next, add 2 oz eggnog, 2 oz vodka, 2 oz Kahlua, 1 ½ tsp molasses, and ⅛ tsp ginger to a shaker of ice, and shake it up! Finally, pour into glasses! Whipped cream and molasses drizzle optional.

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Jingle Juice

This punch is a bit like a modified Rosemary Cran Fizz, conveniently purposed to serve the masses. This is a festive, serve yourself beverage that takes moments to prepare. It doesn’t get any easier!

What you need:

  • 1 bottle Whipped Cream Vodka
  • 1 bottle Pink Champagne or Sparkling Rose
  • 1 bottle of 2 liter Cherry 7-Up
  • Cranberries for garnish
  • Rosemary for garnish

Combine all ingredients over ice in a punch bowl or pitcher. Serve! (And that’s the beauty of punch, folks.)

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We hope that these festive sips have not only gotten you into the holiday spirit, but inspired you hostesses with the mostest to serve one (or two!) of these fabulous cocktails at your holiday gathering. Best wishes and bottoms up!

Spring 2017 Wedding Styles

Hi lovelies!

In the fashion world, it’s a given that when fall rolls around, fresh fashion comes with it! Last week we touched on wedding color palettes we expect to see in 2017. In light of laying out all things new and to come next year, we decided to take a peek into fall fashion week’s bridal looks, which we will see in play very soon (yay)!  Here are a few trends to look out for in spring 2017.

Statement Florals

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Florals have been a bridal fashion trend since the beginning of wedding history. From the decor to the lace, it represents the essence of “the bride”. We’ll be seeing them taken to the next level with large, bold prints and a striking 3D presence in 2017 weddings. Seeing the twist on a more traditional floral lace done so elegantly is a breath of fashion fresh air!

Show a Little Skin

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One particular fashion trend that has recently found its place within bridal fashion gets a little foxy… We’re talking about the cropped and cut-out gowns! These trends seem to have established an unexpected but steady presence over the past couple years. In this fall’s fashion week, we saw this done in the perfect measure of flirty and sophisticated… And did we mention totally perfect for spring? Love!

The Jumpsuit

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This super modern, ultra chic look has established a presence as a powerful gown alternative. Designers took this trend and proved there are almost as many ways to design a jumpsuit as there are a gown… From feminine overskirt styles, to powerful pantsuit vibes, and everything in between!

Taking the Plunge

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Talk about drama! There’s nowhere to hide with a plunging neckline, and this fashion week the designers embraced and rocked it. Balancing the foxiness and elegance makes for an fabulous gown… And a few double takes. If you decide take the plunge for your wedding look, be ready for all eyes on you!

Bows, Bows, Bows!

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When it comes to bows on a wedding gown, the bigger the better! Designers frequently used bows give an extra pop to an otherwise simple gown, and it’s all kinds of chic. This trend has an ultra feminine feel, and we expect to see it fitting right in with sprightly spring vibes.

Phantom Sleeves

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Wedding gowns with sleeves have had their presence for many years. However, the illusion sleeve has stepped in as a dainty new twist on sleeved gowns. Nude sleeves give the illusion that the dress ends at the shoulder, but surprise you with detailing on the wrist, to sort of give the illusion of “cuffs”. It’s something we haven’t really seen, and it’s fabulous.

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Designers truly killed the spring 2017 fashion game, and we love sharing our thoughts on it with you! We’re so excited to see these fab styles in play for next year’s weddings, and we hope that you’ve been able to take a bit of bridal style inspiration for your own use! Stay chic, fashionistas!

Saying “I Hue” to Color Palettes of 2017

Hello lovelies, and happy Friday Bride-day!

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Choosing a color story for your wedding is not an easy thing to do, yet it is one of the first things that friends, family members and even vendors will ask you about once you start planning your day. We encourage our couples to design with a myriad of hues that work well together, rather than choosing one or two and then using them everywhere. The colors you choose for your wedding will serve as the foundation for your wedding design. That being said, color palettes that are “in” come and go with seasons, years, and trends. So without further adieu, here are some color palettes to look out for in 2017!

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Blush 2.0

We love the idea of the blushing bride, and we’ve done many a rosy affair. But for the coming year, we’re predicting some fresh spins on the tried and true blush wedding, full of new alternatives to keep the palette totally today… Kind of like a blush revamp. We’re expecting to see blush go dusty, blush with antiquey gold, and blush with rich marsala (one of our faves). Here are some examples.

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1. Dusty Blush

A shift from the brighter, baby pink to the more muted tones is happening, and it’s gorgeous. Dusty blush has that warm airy-ness, and really makes for a great base to add pops of color to.

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2. Blush + Antique Gold

Blush and gold have been frequently paired together in the past. However, one small change in tone can alter the look entirely. Glittery gold is nice, but when you add that antiquey finish, you’ve got a seriously dreamy bohemian effect.

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3. Blush + Marsala

In 2015, the Pantone fell in love with the rich red tones, and made marsala the color of the year. One of the great things about the blush revamp is that these three trends can definitely overlap, and marsala is perfect to use as that pop of color to go with either of the above!

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Photo Credit: Left: Rylee Hitchner Photography, Right: Rustic White Photography, Bottom: Lucy Cuneo Photography

The New Neutral

In the past, we have seen the typical neutral palette composed of some combination of white, taupe, grey, mauve, tan, or mocha. For the coming year, we’re loving the revival of the simple cream, oatmeal, and taupe neutral palette. Seeing this palette enhanced in a new way with pops of marble, copper, and green is totally swoon-worthy.

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Copper Blues

One of our favorite current color combos that we see staying strong in New Year is the pairing of cool and warm tones via a vibrant blue (such as cobalt) and bright copper. The reason these two hues are so meant to be is simple… They are color wheel approved to be perfectly complementary. Combine the true blue with pops of metallic copper, break it up with clean whites, and you have a seriously chic color palette. Swoon.

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The beauty of the new year is that it always brings exciting change in styles, and fantastic new trends. We hope that these color palettes have delighted and inspired you, and we can’t wait to see them in the weddings of 2017! Happy color scheming!

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