All you need to plan a beautiful outdoor wedding with a rustic edge is a classic color palette lots of natural decor and a few surprising design elements and Taylor and Matt's wedding is the perfect example. Silver chevron table runners added a twist to otherwise simple white tables, potted succulents doubled as escort cards, and a rustic barn draped with ivory fabric and low ambient lighting created a welcoming and visually stunning dance floor.
Last year, I posted about my cousin Stacy, who at the time, I was meeting with to plan her summer wedding at the Grand Del Mar. I’m so happy to finally be able to report that the stunning event went off without a hitch last July, and is currently being featured in this month’s California Wedding Day magazine!
We’re still waiting for one more publication to feature her beautiful wedding, but after that I’ll be posting a series of blogs all about Stacy and Mack’s wedding and the planning that went into each detail of their big day. If you’re in the throws of wedding planning or you just LOVE seeing how a big, fabulous event comes together, you won’t want to miss this upcoming series!
In the meantime, pick up a copy of California Wedding Day and look for my work in the ‘20 Real Weddings’ section!
I’m excited to speak again and share what I’ve learned since last year’s Engage! 12 in Vegas. Do you have any big events coming up? I’d love to hear about them in the comment section below. Anyone getting married this summer? Let me know!
Jaime and I have been working together for over four years now. We’ve designed spaces for movie premieres, product launches, non-profit events, and green-minded events.
The YourBash! creation featured in the BizBash Top 35 list is the V.I.P. tent we designed for the Teen Choice Awards (above). We used the show’s colorful surfboard award as the inspiration for this space. We’re also really proud of the design we came up with for FOX’s American Idol party celebrating this season’s Top 10 contestants, which took place just last week. Check out some photos from the event below:
I hope you’ll take a moment to view the entire BizBash Top 35 Event Designers–and Their Best Ideas slide show, HERE. To be listed among the best of the best in the industry is truly exciting for us.
What do you think of the event spaces we designed? Let me know in the comment section below.
Photo Credits: Sean Twomey/2me Studios
St. Patrick’s Day is this Sunday (March 17, 2013), so today I’m highlighting a few cute ideas I’ve come across for food, favors, decorations and drinks, sure to liven up your St. Patty’s Day celebrations.
Another great DIY decor item is this fantastic shamrock garland, made simply by folding two different shades of green streamers and tracing a shamrock stencil on top. Next, you cut that shape out of each streamer. Click HERE for the full tutorial from Studio DIY.
Once they’re unfolded, affix the garlands to your walls or hang from your lighting fixtures or over your mantle to add the perfect pop of green to your party space.
Next, focus on adding fun pops of green to your party food–but try not to over do it with the green food coloring. Not everything looks appetizing in green! Here are some cute ideas to get you started:
Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Let me know what your plans are in the comment section below. If you have any great St. Patty’s Day party tips or recipes, feel free to share them there as well.
Last year, I had the honor of being Freshly Pressed for my How to Throw a Super Cool, Superhero Birthday Party post, in which I featured the handy work of my talented sister on her son’s behalf. Today, I’m sharing a similar birthday party that another creative woman in my life put together for her son’s 3rd birthday.
My YourBash! business partner Jaime Geffen has a son named Cole who has two current favorites: superheros and ponies. So, being the uniquely talented mama that she is, she managed to incorporate both things into her son’s special day. Here are a few photos from the party, which is currently being featured on the Hostess with the Mostess blog:
Have you ever had to create a party theme based on seemingly unrelated things (e.g. Ponies and Superheros)? How did you pull it off? Let me know in the comment section below.
If you’ve seen all of the films that made the Academy’s Best Picture list, then you know how different they all are! Sure, a couple of them share a few similar qualities or locales, but for the most part, especially when it comes to food, this collection of films is like comparing apples to oranges.
With that said, I think I’ve managed to make selections that reflect each film (with the exception of the pie representing Life of Pi —that has nothing to do with the film, it’s just a silly play on words!) and still create a cohesive spread of tasty treats for your Oscar party guests to enjoy.
Most of my selections are self-explanatory, but for some of the more specific suggestions, I’ve included the recipes below.
Cheddar Jalapeno Hushpuppies – Recipe via FoxsNews.com
This appetizer is inspired by the main character’s name: Hushpuppy.
1 Cup yellow cornmeal
1 1/2 Tablespoon all purpose flour
1 1/2 Tablespoon tablespoons sugar
3/4 Teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1/2 Teaspoon baking powder
1/4 Teaspoon baking soda
1/4 Teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 Cup buttermilk, well shaken
2 Tablespoon beaten egg
1 1/2 Tablespoon chopped seeded jalapeño chile
5 Ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Canola oil or vegetable oil for frying
Creamy Ranch Avocado Dip
1/2 Cup mayonaise
1/2 Cup sour cream
1/2 Tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 Tablespoon olive oil
3 Tablespoon buttermilk
1/2 Small red onion
1/2 Teaspoon kosher salt
1 Avocado (peeled, seeded and diced)
Whisk first 7 ingredients in a bowl just to to blend. Whisk buttermilk, egg, and jalapeno in small bowl to blend. Stir buttermilk mixture and cheddar cheese into dry ingredients.
Add about 1 1/2 inches of oil to a pan or dutch oven. Attach deep-fry thermometer to pan; heat oil to 320°F over medium heat. Working in batches of 4 or 5, drop batter by tablespoonfuls into oil.
Cook until golden, turning occasionally, about 3 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer hush puppies to paper towels and squeeze just a bit of fresh lime juice over the top while they are still warm.
For the Avocado Ranch dip, place all ingredients into the bowl of a food processor. Process until mixture is smooth and well blended. Serve alongside Hush Puppies.
Crabby Snacks – Recipe via http://lindseysluscious.blogspot.com
This philly-centric pre-game appetizer is inspired by a line of dialogue that the mother repeats throughout the film: “I’m making crabby snacks and home-mades!”.
6 English muffins, split
1 (5 or 6 oz.) jar cheese spread, room temperature
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
a few shakes hot sauce, to taste
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 (or 2) tablespoon(s) freshly chopped parsley
1 (6 or 7 oz.) can crabmeat, drained, flaked
Garnish with diced green onions and tomatoes, if desired
Heat oven to 350°. Arrange split muffins, cut side up, on a baking pan lined with foil. Toast for a few minutes in the oven while it’s preheating until the muffins start to turn golden around the edges.
In a medium bowl, mash the cheese spread with butter, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, onion powder, granulated garlic, pepper, and parsley. Stir in the crabmeat (and baby shrimp, if using). Spread evenly over the split, toasted muffins.
Return to the oven for 10 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Cut into quarters and serve warm, garnished with green onions and/or diced tomatoes, if desired. Makes 48 crabby bites. Pair with dip made with melted cheddar, mixed with mustard and dash of paprika.
Utterly Deadly Pecan Pie - Recipe Via http://www.food.com
1 1/2 cups corn syrup (I use 1/2 dark and 1/2 light)
1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups pecans, coarsely broken
1 unbaked deep dish pie shellIn saucepan boil sugar and corn syrup together for 2 to 3 minutes; set aside to cool slightly.In large bowl beat eggs lightly and very slowly pour the syrup mixture into the eggs, stirring constantly. At this point I like to strain the mixture to make sure it’s smooth and lump free. Stir in butter, vanilla, and pecans and pour into crust. Bake in a 350°F oven for about 45 to 60 minutes or until set.
Mini Flour-less Dark Chocolate Cakes – Recipe Via TasteofHome.com
4 eggs, separated
8 ounces 53% cacao dark baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons butter, cubed
1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup sugar, divided
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 container (2-1/2 ounces) prune baby food
1 teaspoon dark baking cocoa or baking cocoa
1/2 teaspoon confectioners’ sugar
Preheat the oven to 350ºC and place muffin cases in a 12 cup muffin tin. Place egg whites in a small bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt chocolate and butter over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; cool slightly.
In a large bowl, beat egg yolks on high speed for 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Gradually add 1/3 cup sugar and vanilla, beating until thick and lemon-colored. Beat in baby food and chocolate mixture. Beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on
high until stiff glossy peaks form; fold into batter.
Pour into prepared muffin tin. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with moist crumbs. Cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes.
When cool, ice with a chocolate ganache or sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar – enjoy!
As far as party activities go, an Oscars party has built-in entertainment!
Just be sure to download and print out some Official Oscar Ballots for your friends to make their predictions before the show begins. Then, prepare a special prize for whoever selected the most Oscar winners at the end of the night. If you’re on a budget, just make a nice doggy-bag filled with a selection of left-over goodies for the winner to take home and enjoy. Good Luck and enjoy the show!
Since I am neither a chef, nor a bartender, and I’d like to include ideas for both singles and couples, today I’m offering up four creative ways you can celebrate this Valentine’s Day!
1) Plan a scavenger hunt that takes you around town to a few of your favorite places. Start at a bar where you may have met or had your first date and have a drink there. Then, give a clue for a restaurant where you love one of their appetizers and go there for apps. Next, hop in the car with a new clue that takes you to another favorite restaurant for dinner. The last clue can lead you back home or even to Yogurtland (which you can get to go). End the night with dessert and having toured a few of your favorites spots around town and fitting them into one fun-filled evening.
2) Make a memory bag of goodies! Maybe you met at Barney’s (or any establishment) while shopping, you could take a Barney’s shopping bag, cover it with hearts and fill it with things that remind you of your relationship. Maybe your first date was at a Chinese restaurant, simply get a bag of fortune cookies and put a red bow on each one, then open them together to see what your future holds. You could also purchase the first movie on DVD that you watched together and wrap that up in pink or red paper. If your favorite flavor is vanilla, add a vanilla scented candle. Pull ideas from experiences that you have had together and find creative ways to incorporate them into the gift. At the bottom of the bag or basket, have one final gift that is an envelope for two nights away together or maybe a piece of jewelry. This way, the bag is filled with memories from the past and ends with a gift for a memory for the future.
3) Balloon fortune cookies! Plan a night in with a romantic dinner, but rather than filling the house with roses which cost triple the price on Valentine’s Day, fill the house will helium balloons filled with kind words in the form of handwritten love notes. Throughout the night, pop the balloons and create a scrap book with the messages of LOVE!
4) Recreate your first date! Turn your dining room into the pizza parlor where you had your first date or the Chinese restaurant, etc. Re-create the meal or even order from the first date restaurant and have a romantic dinner at home. If you can, try to make the meal interactive. If you can cook it together or feed each other, you are one step closer to ending the night cuddled up in each others arms.
What is your favorite Valentine’s Day memory? Let me know in the comment section below… Only a couple of days left until the big day!
Since many of you will be hosting parties for the big game on Sunday, I thought that today I'd share a few easy ways to make your Super Bowl XLVI bash all about the THREE R's: REDUCE, RECYCLE and REUSE! (And the Three F's too: football, food, and friends, of course.)
1) Food is always a big part of any party or event, so use your menu to put an Eco-friendly touch on your Super Bowl party by purchasing pesticide free produce and organic meats and vegetables.
Last year I did a Valentine’s Day blog series showcasing a few creative ways to celebrate the holiday whether you’re single or in a relationship. This year, I’m doing something similar, but I’m focusing solely on food!
So I want to know… Do you prefer cooking a heart-y meal for your sweetheart(s) on Valentine’s Day or do you like to eat out? Do any of you order in? Also, regardless of where you eat, which meal of the day do you choose to make special: breakfast, lunch or dinner?
If you have a few moments, let me know in the comments section below. I’ve got a bunch of ideas brewing but I’d love to know what your plans are! Also, in case you missed it last year, here are My Thoughts on Valentine’s Day Proposals.