Friday, October 21, 2011

A little taste of Event Decor

So much inspiration, so many parties to plan...

I love the soft edges of the linens and the random birch branches!

The huge balloons and the green hydrangeas!

Love the chalkboard-esq framed Menu - rustic elegance at its best!

Chalkboard table numbers - these are so easy and affordable to make!
Chalkboard paint comes in spray (my personal favorite) and traditional roll-on.

Dying...Dying...The dress, the garden, the iron gate and the Chandeliers!

So simple, so classy!

Flower pomadores! These are perfect for a wedding, bridal or baby shower, garden party.

Love multi-level seating!

Simple or Glitzy ???

Glam up a barn


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Twinkle Lights

It may sound completely cheap and unchic to use twinkle lights at an event, however, if they are used in the correct way I think they can incredibly enhance the decor and mood of an event. Besides, doesn't everyone look better in a dimmed setting with flickering light bouncing off their faces?! It hides things you don't want to be seen!

Twinkle lights do not have to be the old green lights you put up on your Christmas tree. They can be gorgeously strung AND, they now make one's that are strings of white or black wire.

PS They now make twinkle lights and candles that are battery powered. No more hiding ugly wiring and needing electrical outlets. And, the candles actually look stunningly real!

There are many names for twinkle lights, they are different sizes and offer a different feel:

v  Globes
v  Candles
v  Chandeliers
v  Cafe Lights
v  Mini Lights
v  Market String Lights

Cost is usually per foot if they are a string of lights and per item if they are singular. If you have the budget, I recommend having the rental company install the lights. There is a rhyme and reason for how they are installed and it will save you much stress.

Here are some incredible uses of twinkle lights!

What do you think?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fabulously Designed Table Linens

Linens, oh how I love thee.

When I am thinking of the decor for an event, after I have selected the color palette, I immediately start thinking about table linens.

Right now, I am loving these, it must be fall:

Black Pintuck, Chestnut Shantung Reversed, Gunmetal Shantung Reversed
Ivory Orleans Damask, Amber Twist, Acorn Contour

All of the above linens come from an incredible linen company in Seattle called BBJ Linen. They have an incredible selection, fabulous examples and even a Virtual Design Center!

If you are in Oregon and are in need of linens here are some companies that are fabulous to work with and have years of experience:

Food In Bloom - PS They carry BBJ Linens!

What are your favorite linen choices right now?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Table Linens

Here is the thing about table linens, in general they seem way more pricey than you would think, and usually, I say usually, for a couple of additional dollars you can get a linen that can really take your table to the next level.

Always start with a fabulous base - just like when you get dressed you usually start with your favorite piece, like a great skirt or wonderful shoes, think of your table decor in the same fashion.

Let's use a 60 inch round table as our base. A 60 inch round can comfortably sit 8 - 10 people depending on your chairs. You will need a 120 inch round linen to cover it to the floor. (A 132 inch round linen will cover to the floor and billow at your guests feet.) Blacks versatile, so we will use that.

You could spend about $20 on this black linen, which you will have to spend even more on the centerpiece, chairs, and perhaps a charger to get the look you are wanting.

Or, you could spend about $28 on this pin-tucked version with a sheen and use a simple one color floral arrangement or floating candle *twinkle* with plain black wood chairs. FAB-U-LOUS!

PS... Another detail to keep in mind when choosing linens is the length. Remember, most rentals, like tables and especially bistro tables, are not incredibly pleasing without a cover. The bases sometimes are a scratched up ugly silver. Unless I know what the table looks like, I always request linens to the floor.

If you are still stumped on the size of linens you will be needing. Here is a helpful chart to get you started.

Table Linen Size Chart
Sizes based on a standard 30" table height
6'x30" Rectangular
15" Drop

To Floor
8'x30" Rectangular
15" Drop

To Floor
8'x42" Rectangular
8- 10
To Floor
30" Round
90" Round
To Floor
36" Round
90" Round
27" Drop
48" Round
6- 8
90" Round
21" Drop

108" Round
To Floor
60" Round
90" Round
15" Drop

120" Round
To Floor
72" Round
90" Round
 9" Drop

108" Round
18" Drop

120" Round
24" Drop

132" Round
To Floor
48"x48" Square
120" Round
 To Floor
60"x60" Square
132" Round
To Floor
72"x72" Square
132" Round
To Floor

This is not by any means the end all to Table Linen sizing, so if you ever have questions, don't hesitate to ask!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Table Linens and Twinkle Tights


For the last year or so I have been trying to come up with the type of event planning blog I wanted to create. Would it be event type focused or idea? Would it be specific to a specific region or broad? Who would be my audience?

Well, the answers to these questions were slowly answered and I finally found my voice. That's was the key, what would be my event/blog design.

This event blog is for those people who need/want to plan an event and do not know where to start. It is for the bride who is in the midst of planning her wedding on a budget and needs cost saving ideas, but the day will still be "HER" most important moment. It is for the assistant to the CEO whose boss informs him/her that they need to start working on their corporate holiday party and, well, they have no clue where to find a venue. And, it is for the small company who would like to throw a client appreciation event, but has no idea what something like that should cost or look like. I hope to be a resource for all!

With that, I give you some Table Linens and Twinkle Lights that beg to be used at your next event!

PS . . . Table Linens and Twinkle Lights are some of the easiest and cost effective ways to take your celebration to the next level with decor.