Wednesday, August 25, 2010

WHAT'S YOUR EVENT STYLE?

Eclectic…traditional…couture...modern? So many choices to leave a lasting impression on your guests.   Your event style is often brought together through the use of color, texture, shape and finishes. Establishing your event style is the foundation for the entire planning process-- it is our personal approach along with executional elements that makes your event stand out from others.

When we start designing the vision for our events, the first thing we do is to ask our clients “what is your event style?”  This often gives us clues are to what they like and are inspired by. Inspiration boards are usually how the creative process begins—we tell our clients "don’t look at the individual elements within each board but the collection of elements together" to get a sense of the overall style. We let our clients know that the specific executional elements such as color palettes can be adjusted—focus on the big picture!  Once we establish your style and color palette, we can meet to talk more in detail about your wish list for your event and other details.

Enjoy these event style inspiration boards!



Thursday, August 12, 2010

LOOKING FORWARD TO A COLORFUL FALL

As we are flipping through the Pantone fall 2010 must-have colors of the season we are inspired about how fashion, art and design meld together to create impeccable looks for the upcoming fall season.  Pantone, the world-renowned authority on color and provider of systems and the leading technology for color selection and accurate color communication, really continues to define how color is used through fashion, home decor and even event design.


We are excited to see how the Pantone fall 2010 color book will influence event design especially weddings. Some of our favorites color trends as described by Pantone fashion color report with florals that we would love to execute this fall:


" Not your mother’s avocado green, Woodbine takes last season’s neutral greens to a whole new level, and when mixed with Purple Orchid and Chocolate Truffle, results in a stunning combination"




"Exotic Purple Orchid, a purple leaning to fuchsia, is an unexpected choice for fall, imbuing a bit of magic and vibrancy to the season."




"Reminiscent of a radiant sunset on a brisk autumn evening, Golden Glow, an earthy,
deepened shade of yellow, creates a retro look with Purple Orchid or Woodbine."




To download a free PDF copy of the Pantone report to get color ideas for your fall 2010 wedding or other events, visit www.Pantone.com 

TODDLER PARTY PLANNING TIPS

We are in the midst of planning a birthday affair for a two year old.  While this age group can be great fun especially for little girls—think princess costumes and tiaras!  You should remember that toddler won’t have any expectations, so ensure you spend your time and money on things that we keep them happy and entertained. 
 



Who to invite
About three to eight toddler friends is perfect. Parents will need to stay, so you should have plenty of help and support.
Timing
Mornings or lunch time can be a good time for the party, especially if your toddler’s birthday falls at the weekend. Keep the party short and sweet due to the toddler’s nap schedule. 
Games and activities
Most children of this age love dressing up, so keep a box of dressing-up clothes handy.  Simple but structured games with clear instructions are always entertaining. Outside, a bouncy castle may work well, but you will need a large garden space and plenty of supervision.  
 
Choosing a venue
Home is still the best place, but you also book space at a toddler indoor play area nearby like Gymboree if you are expecting a lot of guests.
 
What food to serve
Food will need to look colorful and inviting in small portions. Animal-shaped sandwiches, bite-size pieces of cucumber and tomato and mini bagel pizzas are always popular. Remember that you will also have adults there also so plan to have food options for the parents as well.
For the cake choose a bold, instantly recognizable design, possibly of your child's favorite television character or shaped like one of their favorite toys


Choosing a theme
Opting for a theme depends on your child's likes or dislikes. A jungle theme is always a winner at this age. Aim for animal musical rhymes, animal-shaped foods and animal costumes. You may find that party supply store like Party City may have helpful suggestions for themed party packs, decorations and more. 
Party bags
Customize the party bag contents to match the theme, but don't spend a fortune. Be aware of too many cheap sweets, which are usually high fructose corn syrup and anything with nut or milk due to child allergies. Learning toys, healthy snacks and magic painting books are a good starting point for party bag fillers. 

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

NEED HOSTESS GIFT IDEAS? TRY THESE!








A great way to show appreciation for the effort put forth by the hostess for planning and inviting you to an event is to bring a hostess gift. While hostess gifts are certainly not mandatory, they are a thoughtful way to show good manners and are typically appreciated especially if you tailor the gift to the occasion or interests of the hostess. These ideas won’t ensure you will be invited back, but they will definitely help you leave a good impression.

Cookbook: If you know a little bit about your hostess, try selecting a cookbook geared towards her interests or towards the menu of the event. If the dinner menu is focused on Asian cuisine, look for an authentic Asian cookbook as a hostess gift. If she likes cooking outdoor on the grill, the Weber's Way To Grill cookbook is a superb choice.

Fresh herbs: With 'go green' being the mantra and hottest trend, getting indoor plants like herbs in a ceramic pot would make an excellent gift option. She will appreciate prepared meals with homegrown herbs, which always taste better than herbs from the grocery store.

Flowers: You can never go wrong with a beautiful flower bouquet. It is definitely a wonderful way to say thanks. However, if you are going to get flowers make sure you know her favorite flowers so it feels more personal than just a generic bouquet.

Music: For the music lover hostess, gifting music CD's of her favorite artists can be the best way to thank them for the gracious invitation to the event.

Chocolates: Savvy Selebrations loves the simplicity of Godiva chocolates as a hostess gift. The chocolatier always has nicely decorated seasonal Ballotin options, which will give your hostess a variety of options to enjoy from dark chocolate to white chocolate. 

Stationery: If your hostess loves to send handwritten thank you notes to friends and family, Papyrus and Paper Source both have an extensive collection of creative stationery from classic letterpress to graphic modern.

Coffee or Tea:  If she has a Starbucks obsession, stop by your local store and pick up her favorite. If coffee isn’t her thing, Teavana has the best tea blends that not only smell amazing, but offer a host of health benefits.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

TheKnot.com Features a Savvy Selebrations Wedding

The Knot features our Ocean & Sunset themed wedding in Islamorada, FL. View it online and in the Fall/Winter 2010 issue.  


Photo courtesy of KT Merry Photography