2014 favorites

As the end of the year approaches, we’ve taken a moment to look back at 2014 and we are feeling so blessed for the wonderful moments we were able to share with friends, family and clients (as well as their friends and family!)

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The best brunch with the best friends!

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Some fun in the sun celebrating a very special birthday!

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Beautiful weddings in beautiful spaces with BLE!

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An exciting delivery from Martha Stewart Home Office/Avery Products.

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2 amazing shoots with the oh so talented Whitney Heard Photography (more to come!)

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A girls trip with a great view

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More wonderful weddings!

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A roadtrip to to the sunny south with my favorite guy was the best way to relax after a crazy/busy/awesome summer

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Bought this book one morning, finished it that afternoon. Loved it.

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Hosted the first TCD networking event!

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Our first home was purchased in 2014. I can’t wait to truly make this house a home, make the new TCD office an inspiring space and create heart warming experience for all who visit!

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Thank you to everyone who was part of the big moments, and the small moments of 2014, we cannot thank you enough for your support, friendships, challenges and laughs!

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Wishing everyone a 2015 filled with love, success and happiness!

the cocktail party host

Cocktail parties have to be one of our favorite types of events!

Your guests have the flexibility of showing up when it fits in their schedule, stay for as long as they would like, enjoy a few treats and mingle with an intimate group!

the creative details hosted it’s first wedding industry networking event on Thursday night and despite the storm and cancellations, we would like to think it was a success!

Our plan was to get a small group of (amazing/enjoyable/ talented) vendors together as a thank you for a great wedding season and a cheers to being industry friends!

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Here are a few tips for planning your first cocktail hour!

1. Don’t worry about the number of guests. A cocktail hour should have a casual feel with people coming and going as they please. Whether there is a group of 5 or a group of 50 in the room, it will be a great time!

2. Know your group. We were inviting all industry-related guests so we made sure our event was not on Friday/Saturday/Sunday when they would be working. A Thursday evening seemed like the perfect timing for the group to get together and have a glass of champagne before the busy weekend!

3. Pick a theme or color scheme for your event (ours was Kate Spade inspired). This helps guide you through the planning process to ultimately create a pretty, coordinated evening.

4. Keep it simple and work with people you trust. We had hors d’oeuvres, mini sandwiches, snacks and sweet cookies! That’s it. Not need to go over the top, no one is anticipating dinner, just a little something.

5. Enjoy yourself. Hosting a networking event is like hosting a dinner party or an event in your home. You want to be calm, enjoy your guests and not run around worrying about things being done (planning ahead and keeping it simple helps so much with this!)

Thank you to the all the vendors who helped us make this event and a special thank you to the wonderful team at Balzac’s Coffee Roasters for being such a pleasure to work with and an a wonderful, unique venue for our networking event!

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Happy Planning

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Happy Thursday everyone!

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Today’s post is all about throwing a super fun halloween party. Whether you are having a chic adult-only affair or a post trick or treat get together for the kids, this day is all about getting creative and having fun with the theme!

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When hosting parties with kids, I like to plan a lot of activities to keep them busy. This ensures they have fun and keeps them out of trouble :)

There are so many free printables online; bingo, word games etc. for every age!

Decorating sugar cookies is always fun too!

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End the night with a scary movie and treats in the fort! A great way to unwind after all the sugar.

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When hosting a group of adults, I like to play up the theme of the haunted house and make things a little more spooky.

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You can get creative with food for this party and make your decor focal activity points as well.

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Get creative, enjoy your company and have fun!

Happy Planning

fall diy

Happy Monday everyone!

Today’s post is all about bringing fall into your home with easy DIY projects from some of our favorite bloggers.

With thanksgiving entertaining just one week away, let’s get inspired!

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 I just love this hydrangea wreath, it’s full and colorful yet not too busy!

Follow the easy steps here

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Everyone has a few empty frames lying around, what a great way to bring fall into your decor

Find the details here

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LOVE. I can’t wait to make this gold dipped feather garland!

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Glitter. Pumpkin. Candleholder. Love this project!

Happy Crafting!

fall menus

Are you planning a dinner party, choosing your wedding menu or simply loving this season?

Not only are these menus completely fall inspired and comforting, their presentations are oh so lovely!!

Enjoy

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Happy Planning!

 

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Fall is here!

The crisp air, the change in the color of the leaves and the nutmeg-cinnamon-pumpkin flavoured everything!

During my walk this evening I found myself dreaming of the sweet details that would be created for this season and next season’s fall weddings.. I felt giddy just thinking about the upcoming projects! (you know you love what you do when..)

Today I thought I would share a few of these details with all of you and inspire your fall decor!

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Gold rimmed plates, metallic paint, a simple name tag and a tiny pumpkin- perfection! I just love this look.

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The season is all about comforting foods, warm colors and natural pieces.

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Stay tuned- fall entertaining tips, wedding menus and DIY projects are coming soon!

Happy Planning

Planning a Bridal Shower

As a Maid of Honor, you have a lot responsibilities. Having this role is such an honor and it is also a lot of work. You will be there every step of the way for your best friend and you will probably be very involved in all aspects of the wedding plans.

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Here are a few tips on planning the bridal shower in hopes of making this a fun event, not a task!

1. Set your budget. It is so easy to get carried away with details and pretty things, but remember, the person hosting the shower is usually the one paying for it, and you want to be happy at the end of the day, no resentful of how much this cost you.

2. Plan Ahead. Invitations need to go out 4-6 weeks before the event, especially if it is during the summer months- weekends book up quickly! Make lists and timelines for yourself so you aren’t scrambling at the last minute, this will make the planning simple and enjoyable! Side note.. if planning parties really isn’t your thing, hire someone to do it! There are planners who love doing these smaller events and your bride will be just as happy with the results :)

3.  Personalize it. As many of you know, I just love personalizing every event I do. The couple or guest of honor should feel like this was put together just for her/him/them. Get creative and incorporate small details that show this shower is all about her.

4. Pick a theme or color scheme. This is my tip for every event. It makes it so much easier to have a direction when thinking of activities and items you need. Having everything consistent makes the shower look especial too!

5. Remember proper etiquette. Don’t invite guests who haven’t been invited to the wedding, if it’s a large wedding. Do invite guests who haven’t been invited to the wedding if it’s a very small or destination wedding.

Do make sure you greet guests and introduce yourself at the beginning of the shower.

Do add information about the bride’s registry on the invitation- it is not proper etiquette for her to do it on the invitations to the wedding so this is a good time to let people know.

Don’t host your own shower.

Don’t expect the bride to pay for anything- this is up to the friends and family. On that note.. don’t be afraid to delegate, you are doing the planning so you can ask others in the bridal party to participate in crafts, help set up, purchase a few items  or bake/cook items to save on budget.

Bonus Tip: Don’t stress, enjoy the shower!

Happy Planning

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baby boy shower

As some of you may know, the creative details plans all types of celebrations from weddings to bridal showers, parties and of course, baby showers!

Today’s post is sharing some baby boy shower inspiration..

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I just love these nautical, beach-y look! It’s masculine enough yet still so pretty!

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A baby backyard BBQ- this is casual party perfection for the whole family!

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It’s all about the details!

Stay tuned, more baby celebration inspiration coming this month,

happy planning!

BBQ Season

Happy Monday everyone!

Last weekend finally felt like summer and I was so excited to host a bbq and enjoy the wonderful weather and a great meal with friends!

Today’s post shares a few entertaining tips and some delicious recipes for your next BBQ

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The Set Up

- Afternoon and early evening barbecues are the best, the temperature is nice, the sun is going down and you have lots of time to prepare before your guests arrive. Make sure to have bug spray on-hand!

- Stay casual, but ensure there is seating for everyone (even if it is a mix and match assortment of chairs, benches and picnic tables).

- Have a build your own bar or table (everyone can customize their plate and will enjoy having an interactive meal).

The Food

Everyone loves basics like burgers (beef or chicken) and hot dogs (cheddar smokies are great too!)

Don’t be afraid to ask everyone to bring something- this saves you cost and prep and sometimes a potluck is even more fun, you get to try new recipes1

A few favourites..

Rosted Dill Potato Wedges

Skewered Greek Meatballs

Greek Tortellini Salad

The Drinks

Always make sure to have non alcoholic options -in the summer heat we want to stay hydrated (and be able to get home!)

Set up a drink station, this is fun for your guests and serves as decor in the backyard (if possible, do this in the shade)

Lemonade Iced Tea- a classic flavor and so refreshing!

The Classic Mojito

14 Fruit Infused Water Recipes

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Happy Entertaining!

 

mother’s day brunch

As promised, today I am sharing my menu for Mother’s Day Brunch this weekend.

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 I like to have a coffee station for when guests arrive. A good cup of coffee gets everyone in a great mood and starts the morning off right.

My Favorite Simple Brunch Recipes

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Scones: recipe here

Brunch Eggs: I ALWAYS use this recipe (they are great on their own, on an english muffin and for a quick  breakfast on the go the next day)

My go-to roll ups: buy a frozen pastry sheet. Let it defrost in the refrigerator the night before. The morning of your event, unroll the dough, fill with ham & swiss (or your favourite combination of ingredients). Roll up & bake in the oven at 400degrees until golden brown.

Cinnamon Pancakes: http://www.sugarlaws.com/cinnamon-pancakes

Want to add a veggie? How about Parmesan Broccoli: courtesy of budget savvy diva

Want to get a little fancy? Black Tea Honey Muffins: I like this recipe

Add some yogourt, granola and a biscotti to a glass. So easy and delicious!

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A wedding planner has to incorporate wedding planning in everything.. planning a bridal brunch?

Here’s some inspiration!

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Happy Planning!