Let’s go Buggy!

June 18, 2010 } Blog, Party ideas { by Kelly | 2 Comments

I love lady bugs, don’t you?  Well this lady bug party is going to inspire you to throw one of your own.
The Party Dress created this adorable party and I am thrilled to share it with you.
How cute is this banner?  Love the different patterns, polka dots and stripes.
The finishing details in the table setting are delightful.
A color-coordinated drink station was set up with lime and blackberry Izze sodas, stripe paper cups embellished with a lady bug sticker for the kids, and glasses with decorated straws for the parents.  I think that is so clever.
The best part of the party of course was the dessert table.  The star of the show!  My favorite detail are the Lady Bug stickers.  What’s yours?
These lady bug bubble tins just make me smile!
Go to The Party Dress to see all the details of this precious party, and WH Hostess , who designed the adorable paper goods and bubble tins.

Rock and Roll Rehearsal Dinner Part 2

June 14, 2010 } Blog, My Franklin Favorites, Rehearsal Dinners { by Kelly | No Comments

I just love this rehearsal dinner for several reasons.  One is that it was held at my friend Laura Hill’s event venue, The Red House in downtown Franklin, Tennessee.  This is an incredible venue that has so much personality and history and it was the perfect place to hold this rehearsal dinner.

The Red House

The next reason is that it fit the groom’s personality perfectly.  Josh Farro is the lead guitarist for Paramore.  Obviously music is a huge part of his life, but that wasn’t the only reason this was a great choice.  The Red House allowed the wedding party and family a very intimate and private place to gather and celebrate the couple’s marriage.

So with the venue picked, it was time to personalize the dinner.  I started with the invitations.   They were concert tickets and set the stage for the theme of the evening.

Josh & Jenna made CDs filled with some of their favorite songs for the favors,  a very personal touch that was a reflection of how thoughtful the couple was.

Josh’s Italian heritage was represented in the dinner menu that was served family style by Constant Cravings Caterers.

I added small wrapped candy bars to the table that matched the place cards and menus for added detail.  Once the lights were dimmed and the candles were lit the atmosphere was just amazing.

At the end of the night Josh, Zac & Taylor all signed the wall at The Red House (a tradition for all musicians that visit).  Check it out if you get a chance!

Paramore has a new album out and released a new video, Careful, directed by the talented Brandon Chesbro.   He also photographed Josh & Jenna’s wedding and I can’t wait to share some of those photos with you.

I hope you are inspired to personalize your rehearsal dinner!



Memorial Day Party

June 01, 2010 } Blog, Entertaining at home, Inspiration { by Kelly | 4 Comments

The perfect way to kick off summer is a Memorial Day Party.  I have a closet (storage unit really) with tons of props and accessories for my client parties, but I am more relaxed at home.  I shop my house for things I can use outside and pull together a table with things I have collected over the years.

 I made Strawberry Lemonade for my non-alcoholic beverage.
My herbs were the perfect decoration for the table
I just love my mason jars.  Fun straws with flags add
a special touch.
Cookies are a great topper for cupcakes.
These are homemade and my kids decorated them.
I pulled out an antique quilt for a tablecloth
The main course!  Chicken wings, smoked sausage and
steak kabobs.
Fresh corn from the farmer’s market.
I just love my hamburger and hot dog
salt and pepper shakers! Don’t you?
Fun cupcakes with toppers I made for my daughter
to handout to her friends.

I also made homemade ice cream and we used an old fashioned hand crank freezer.  Those pictures are coming soon.  Hope everyone had a great weekend.  Leave a comment and tell me how you celebrated the holiday.

Happy Summer!

I am linking to the following parties.

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A Rock and Roll Rehearsal Dinner Part 1

May 28, 2010 } Blog, Party ideas, Rehearsal Dinners { by Kelly | No Comments

The wedding is almost always more of a reflection of the bride’s style than the groom’s.  (most grooms are perfectly okay with that too).  That’s why I like to have fun with the rehearsal dinner and insert the groom’s personality into all aspects of it.

So here is a peak at my rockstar rehearsal dinner….so much fun

























The Design Process

May 26, 2010 } Blog, Inspiration { by Kelly | No Comments

When I meet with a new client I am always so excited to discover their style and find out their vision for their wedding.  Sometimes the bride has a plan and design already thought out and is just not sure where to go from there.  Other times they have pictures from wedding magazines that they like but no clear vision in mind.  My job is to take the information they give me and help them see the possibilities without overwhelming them.

There is a design process (at least for me there is) and I like to take things step by step.  Pictures are great but sometimes you have to dig deeper.  What about the picture do you like?  If you have a picture of a spring wedding and your wedding is in the winter, the element you like in the picture might not work.  The same would apply if you are having a day wedding and you love the candles that were in the evening reception picture.  It doesn’t mean you can’t get a similar look but you will have to go about it in another way.

A big component of how I style a wedding is based on the bride’s DRESS!  It is my inspiration and a good indication of the bride’s taste and personality.  Everyone else’s attire is based on that decision.

A theme is an easy way to coordinate all aspects of the wedding from the Save the Date all the way through the favor at the reception.  I always brand my events by using the same elements of design, color and style in every decision I make.

Colors are hard to decide on sometimes but that is an important part of the entire design.  I like to have the color palette picked out before to many other decisions are made.  Things to take into consideration when choosing colors are the style of wedding (formal, casual, whimsical) where the wedding is taking place (inside, garden, beach) and what season (fall, winter, spring or summer).
With these decisions made I can come up with a couple of design directions that I think the couple will like. I concentrate on putting the couples personality in every aspect of the design and always have a couple of wow factors to surprise and delight the guests.  That is what makes a wedding unique and special.
You can apply these steps to any event or celebration and the design process will be much easier.  It is your wedding so don’t copy anything exactly, use the picture as an inspiration and make it your own.

Here are some of my latest inspirations….

Love these colors for a spring or summer wedding
This is very boho chic don’t ya think?
Design on,