the Event Essentials

Oh so Fab Idea – Wine Glass Candle Lamp
October 23, 2007, 3:13 pm
Filed under: Centerpieces and Decor, Reception

I found this oh so fabulous idea on Charles and Marie on how to take a wine glass and make it into a mini lamp candle holder. It’s absolutely adorable and can be used for many different events.

Wine Glass Candle Lamp

Made out of fragile parchment, each set contains 3 different shades with cute and whimsical designs that are printed in a faint white. All you need to do is take them out of the package roll them up, drop a candle into a wine glass and add the lampshade. That’s it. Instantly the white pattern is transformed to a darker shade (as if it were a shadow) and a wine glass is turned into a sweet miniature lamp.

Save-on-Crafts has a great instructions on how to make your very own Wine Glass Candle Lamp

8-1/2″ x 11″ (21.8cm x 28cm) sheets of vellum (one per lamp)
Scissors with decorative blades
Decorative paper punch in desired shape
Glue pen
Votive candle or a LED Battery Operated Tea Light
Candle putty (floral clay)

1.Lampshade Pattern (PDF file click here)
To view this file, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader

2. Trace the lampshade pattern onto the sheet of vellum. Cut the straight ends and the inner curve using plain scissors with decorative blades.

2. Punch designs about 1″ (2.5 cm) from the lower edge, spacing the designs evenly.

3. Apply a thin line of glue (a glue pen works well for this) to one straight end. Lap the other end over the glued end, forming the shade.

4. Secure the votive candle and set the lampshade atop a wine glass


And the WINNER IS ….
October 22, 2007, 5:59 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

We just wanted to extend a very big thank you to everyone who sent in their nominations for our invitation design contest!!

Last night I put in all the eligable applicants into a vase and let my husband draw out a name and the winner is ……

CONGRATULATIONS …. (drum roll please) ……

Kerry Anne Metiger (whom was nomiated by her MOH Julia)

We are so excited and can’t wait to design a beautiful piece for you!!!

@}–>— Tuxedo Shirts
October 19, 2007, 2:43 pm
Filed under: Accessories, Wardrobe

At the beginning of the year, my husband and I were both in the wedding of some very good friends of ours. The bride and groom are both a very fun loving couple who decided to add a little flair to their rehearsal by giving the guys tuxedo shirts to wear. It was such a fun and clever idea. The guys just loved it and the girls had a ball with their “dressed up men.” At one point I even caught the guys “fixing” each others ties. It was too funny!! I found some fun shirts that were simular by Choice Shirts. If you like the idea and do the same at an event, shoot us a picture and we will feature it on our page!

Tuxedo Shirts

Interview with Mrs. Designher
October 17, 2007, 3:13 pm
Filed under: TEE Website

Just me

Everyone is always asking me – “How did you get into event planning and what makes you so different then the rest?” So I thought I would tell everyone a little bit more about myself with a Q and A session.

Ever since I can remember, I have loved being creative and sharing it with others. I can definitely say my desires began when I picked up that first crayon and coloring book. My grandma always told me to make sure to stay in the lines and to this day, my attention to detail has only expanded greater.

My love for helping others, combined with my creativity, has passionately driven me into graphic design and event planning. I can’t help but get excited to see all of the elements from custom designed menus tucked into a matching lamour napkin to the ambiance of twinkling candles dancing around vibrant flowers and how they can truly bring a space to life. Details, Colors, Embellishments — it’s what I love!!”

I was born in Tucson, Arizona on March 27th. I guess my creativity comes from being an Aries.

I’m inspired every day by my wonderful husband, amazing mother, sweet grandmother, fantastic friends, and even a smiling stranger. However, thinking back to my childhood, it was my grandfather who always told me “The key to opening the door of success is your education.” He always pushed me to do better and expected nothing less.

Most of what I have learned about creativity has come from physical hands on experience, incredible mentors, and all of the picture books that I can get ahold of; however, I do have a business degree in Marketing with a minor degree in Graphic Arts. I began my career working for a chain of local resorts as a Concierge, which has greatly developed my knowledge of the valley and interacting with vendors. Later, I changed my path into the sign industry where I was a sales manager and creative designer, allowing me to further my training in design elements. In 2003 I took a huge leap of faith and started my own successful advertising design business creating and branding businesses identities. Designing everything from full page newspaper ads, business cards and letterhead, to assembling large tent sale events for local automotive dealerships.

Knowing I am a graphic designer, a friend came to me one day and told me her troubles about finding the perfect invitation for her wedding. Excited, I took on the challenge of creating something for her that would invoke her personality and flair. Ever since then, I can’t get enough of creating those visual pieces that are the first impression of what is best yet to come.

It’s kind of funny actually. I have always loved creating surprises for people. When I was 12, my mother had a 40th birthday. So I decided to throw her a surprise birthday party with friends and family. Over the front door I hung an old sheet like a tarp with string that I could pull to shower her with a balloon drop as she walked in (yes, quite a hokie balloon drop). Our whole place was decorated, I had snacks for the guests, and fun games to play. Ever since then, I have just loved all of the fun elements that goes into planning and I completely understand the hard work that is involved.

Being a designer it feels like I fall in love with new color schemes every day. I love the elegance of monochromatic hues (different shade of one color) and chocolate is definitely the new black in the industry. It’s so rich, warm, and elegant!

I can’t elaborate enough how passionate I am about taking someone’s personality and articulating it throughout their design or entire event. From designing a beautiful invitation set to choosing the right color of matching linens and floral centerpieces. My passion is to conceptualize a vision, elicit a centralized theme throughout, and leave the guests with a long-lasting impression from the unique and up-lifting ambiance.

It’s simple … I have a flair for design and a passion to assist those in need. I understand that when you are designing an event and all of the elements associated with it, you are surrounding your guests with an essence of who you are. By creating The Event Essentials, I am hoping to help others effectively communicate their unique personalities for an experience they and their guests will remember for a life time.

No post yesterday
October 17, 2007, 2:47 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized


Sorry everyone. I was out yesterday with a sick puppy who decided he would like to eat the rocks in my backyard. So we were off to the vet to see what was in his little tummy. They took good care of him and he’s feeling much better now. I knew he was sick when he didn’t want to eat, didn’t want to play with our other pups, and wanted to hide in the corner. The minute we got home from the vet he snatched the food out of our tan chihuahua’s mouth, jumped on the back of our black chorkie, and was flying all over the house. He put his super cape back on and was feeling MUCH better!!

Harley and Hayden

{{{Living Green}}}
October 16, 2007, 1:58 am
Filed under: Advice and Tips from Experts

There’s this awesome ‘movement’ (if I can call it that) in the blog-o-sphere which was started by Lara from ready2spark. Its called the Green Challenge.
Basically you need to answer the following question: What are you doing to introduce environmental sustainability into your daily life? but before you can answer this question, you must be tagged by a fellow blogger.


I’m honored to be tagged by Miss Kelly at GlamourThis. In my personal life, I do many things daily to help the environment like having a desert landscaped yard at my home so I can conserve water, energy saving appliances and lights, and of course filling the recycle bin instead of the trash can. So I wanted to answer the question pretaining to how, at the Event Essentials, we go green to make a difference.

We offer paper with the highest percentages possible of recycled and sustainably harvested fibers, processed without the use of chlorine or chlorine derivatives.

We can provide our clients with these adorable, echo-friendly 2″ “seeded lotka paper” boxes that you can actually plant and will blossom into a garden of flowers. The paper is 50% recycled and contains our Red Coreopsis and Sweet Alyssum seeds.

We can also can provide “seed paper” that you can print your programs, menus, and even invitations on. Just plant the paper in soil, keep moist, provide sun, and flowers will bloom.

As part of event planning we absolutely adore designing a theme that will echo the personality of the couple. A great echo-friendly service that we offer is candlescaping using natural and beautiful elements such as desert plants, river rock, and tons of biodegradable soy candles. biodegradable.

Thanks Kelly — that was such a FUN post today!! Watch out, I’m coming to TAG the next great blogger 🙂

Wedding Day Emergency Kit
October 13, 2007, 6:40 pm
Filed under: Advice and Tips from Experts, Informative Articles

Bride’s Wedding Day Emergency Kit

Of course, nothing will go wrong on your big day – yet better safe than sorry.

Below is a wedding day emergency kit list. It’s probably more than you need (or maybe not enough?!). In any case, just like your wedding, make this list your own. (For the groom’s kit, click here.)

Emergency Kit

Bride’s Emergency Kit

Click here to print out a PDF version of the bride’s emergency kit from

Along with bringing your shoes, dress/veil and the groom’s ring, you may want to pick out the you want from the list below. Keep important last-minute items in your purse or ask someone in the bridal party to carry them for you.

In Your Purse or Maid of Honor’s Purse

Keep essential items on hand in a bag or purse.
Cell phone (be sure to turn it off before the ceremony!)
Emery board
Extra panty hose
Hair spray
Mirror (small and portable)
Perfume, travel size


Baby powder (useful for getting out last-minute spills on a white dress)
Bobby pins and hair elastics
Brush and comb
Clear nail polish (also helpful for stocking runs)
Corsage pins
Cotton balls/swabs
Extra earring backs
Extra pair of flat shoes
Lint brush
Nail polish in the bride’s shade
Sewing kit:
Hem tape
Safety pins
Small scissors
Straight pins
Thread that matches the wedding/bridal parties dresses.
Shoe polish
Spot remover (test it out on an inconspicuous part of the dress before using!)
Static-cling spray
Straws (for drinking without messing up lipstick)
“Throwaway” garter
White chalk (to cover any stains on the dress)
Wrinkle out spray (test it out on an inconspicuous part of the dress before using!)


Band-aids (that best match your skin tone)
Contact lens solution/cases
Eye drops
Insect repellent (for outdoor ceremonies or events – be sure it smells nice!)
Moist towelettes
Smelling salts
Tampons or pads
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Wash cloth or hand towel


Bug spray (be sure it has leaves no spots and has no smell or smells nice)
Extra flowers (in case of sun wilting)
Handkerchief for dabbing sweat
Sunglasses (pre- and post-ceremony)

Just In Case

Cash ($20 – you never know what you’ll need it for)
Disposable camera
Driver’s license or photo I.D. card
Duct tape (good for any handy repairs)
Extra copies of directions to your reception
Important phone numbers:
Wedding party
Wedding vendors
Taxi company
Notebook and pens
Portable flashlight
Roll of quarters (phones, parking meters, vending machines, etc.)
Snacks/bottled water (granola bars, dried fruit, etc.)