the Event Essentials

Makin a List – Checkin it Twice
November 20, 2007, 6:39 pm
Filed under: Accessories, Centerpieces and Decor, Flowers

With Thanksgiving, comes “black Friday.” A day when us crazy shoppers wake up at the oddest hours, grab a huge cup of coffee, and head out for some amazing sales at the wee hours of the mornings. My husband thinks it’s absolutely crazy, but I don’t exactly see him complaining on Christmas morning when he’s opening up some “totally awesome” gifts! Yes, as a marketing person, I know most of the sale items are just gimmicks, but I just can’t help going out. Even if it’s just to people watch!

One thing I do know, I love to shop online for gifts as well, and the Red Envelope has some fantastic items that can be personalized! Its a great site for bridesmaids and groomsmen gifts as well. They even have some cool event decor — sorry, I’m a centerpiece and decor freak 🙂 I can’t help it!

Red Envelope


Build Your Own Candleholder
November 16, 2007, 5:47 pm
Filed under: Centerpieces and Decor, Flowers, Reception

I was out surfing around today for some fun ideas to add to my Thanksgiving buffet table decor. Of course, being a planner and designer, everyone expects the tip top in my creativity, so every year I’m searching for bigger and bettter or something that will completely catch my family off guard. This year, I came across these neat little “Build your own candleholders” on that I thought could be really fun. I love the artichoke and some gords, but I thought this could be a great idea to build with pomander balls in the middle.

Build your own candleholder

Modern Glass Flowers
November 8, 2007, 12:47 am
Filed under: Centerpieces and Decor, Flowers, Reception

As you can probably tell, I’m always looking for creative decor or craft ideas for events. Well, this week I was out surfing the net for unique centerpiece concepts to show some of my brides that you don’t always have to use real flowers as centerpieces. I love to think outside of the box, but I always recommend real flowers for the bride to carry unless she’s completly eclectic! So I ran across this beautiful modern glass art called “Jade Glass”. Wouldn’t this make such a modern centerpiece? You can even purchase the flowers alone, which would be absolutely adorable on a napkin on a charger with a little paper petal used as a seating assignment. The really tall ones would be absolutely stunning for a ceremony site. I can just see the sun or candles reflecting off the glass. Simply gorgeous! And the best part is your guests could take them home!

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One of the most exciting features of these glass flowers is the ability to customize each piece to your liking. Each stem is threaded and the glass flower screws onto each stem via a short screw which is attached to the back of the glass flower. This enables you to build your own designs from our selection of over 30 different glass colors as well as very safe and trouble free shipping.

Whirly Hanging Candleholder
September 18, 2007, 7:51 pm
Filed under: Centerpieces and Decor, Flowers, Reception

A bride in New York brought these little “whirly hanging candleholders” to my attention today when she mentioned that she would like to hang tons of these at her wedding reception. What an awesome idea!! We couldn’t stop emailing back and forth (of course it’s mainly my fault because I have so many creative ideas we could do with these.)

I just think these are so beautiful for any event with candles or flowers. Check them out at

Candlelight ball

Determining the Flower Budget
July 8, 2007, 10:54 pm
Filed under: Centerpieces and Decor, Flowers, Reception

I was surfing around on some floral websites today just getting more ideas for our extensive library and came across this neat breakdown for “estimated” floral costs. It’s not for something totally creative, couture, or explosive, but it’s a great place to start with the basics.

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Bridal Bouquet (starting at) $185.00
Bridesmaids Bouquet $100.00
Flower Girl Basket or Bouquet $55.00
Corsages (each) $35.00
Boutonnieres (each) $12.50
Adequate size alter arrangements $250.00
Floral Pew Markers $50.00
Buffet Table Arrangements $250.00
Centerpieces $75.00
Delivery, Setup & Breakdown 15 to 20 percent of the total bill

**Don’t forget to include Taxes on the entire amount and possible gratuities