I’m catching up on my blog posts, and I realized there’s been so much I haven’t shared. I’m going all the way back to February when we did the premiere reception for “The Yellow Handkerchief.” It was one of those events when 300 folks come out of the screening and we need to be ready to serve! We’re real good at this kind of reception, and we can do it on a tight budget too.
First we set up the trays while the folks are watching he movie.
300 Salmon Canapes ready to go
I hire a great staff….
And we decorate a little bit.
Lighted Orchid Centerpieces
Come and get it!!
Vegetable Tapenade on Endive Spears
We are ready and waiting to serve you! This event was at the Silver Screen Theater at the Pacific Design Center. They are sticklers for the paper work and insurance nonsense, but the easy to work and elegant venue always creates a successful and enjoyable evening.
The winds are blowing, the dogs are howling and the day of the dead is hours away. Time for caramel apples. Let’s make some.
I’ll be re – visting the clown this year. We’re throwing a party for a high profile client who makes cute tops for skinny girls. She knows how to party. This is her wedding day…
Have fun this weekend~ be safe, eat some candy, and celebrate the dead.
- beautiful party table
Six 8-foot tables pushed together to make a long wide table ( 3 on each side). Drape each table separately then push them together (make sure you check the length of the drape so all the seams match up). Create a grand centerpiece to pull it all together.
Big centerpiece with candles, pumpkins and branches
And if you have room for a stylist in the budget, give Stephanie a call at Motif in Pasadena – she’s the genius visionary for this incredibly beautiful event.
This clever hostess created a little burlap ditty bag with the bride and groom to be’s favorite candy, a cracker, pick and bib for the lobster bake and of course, a few fresh wipes. It looked fantastic on the table and every guest got into the candy before the party ended.
I love my brides. They are always on a strict budget, and I, being a gifted green penny pincher myself, am always willing and able to oblige. Squeezing all those dollars bills lends to creating great ideas on the wedding day. Autumn chose black, white and red as her colors and that made flower selection very easy… long stem red roses.
Staff members extraordinaire Susan and Sheila did this installation from our equipment and the bride’s florals. Check out the party favors in the back. Autumn and Doug made framed photos of all their guests, beautiful!
Instead of a traditional framed table number, Katrina stuck a pin right in the cork of the wine bottles on all the tables. Their clever party favor was ” tree in a box” . A green wedding to the last detail.
under my umbrella ella ella
Jen got parasols to match the wedding colors for the ceremony and the kids loved them all night long.
I loved this party favor! It’s pear ( get it Pair!) seasoned olive oil for a wedding favor. So Lovely.
These are great fun and real crowd pleasers for the party people – Maybe you need one for your next office party?
The booze is poured through the top and chills all the way to the martini glass.
When you need a post that isn’t there, try using an umbrella stand with a fence post. That’s what I did for this party. I also rented weights (sandbags) for the umbrella stands because I had so many, and when we ran out of those, we got big boulders from the parking area. I’m glad I did , it felt much safer that way.
- We started in the afternoon, and danced into the night.
loving the lights.
The lights were as pretty as the bride and groom.
These looked great on the table. Names are written on a waxy leaf with a paint pen or Sharpie. The greens were pruned from a morning walk in the park. We picked a few different types of leaves and tried them out for stability before deciding on the lovely ones in the picture.
a Different kind of Name Card
I love this installation!
Who wants a cocktail?
We served cosmopolitans, Appletinis and Lemon Drops. All waiting for the guests as they arrived. Drink up and dance!