Friday, July 24, 2009

Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Pictures are up from my mother's birthday party, themed a "Mad Hatter's Tea Party." I've gotten such wonderful responses from people regarding this theme, so thanks so much!
We decided to go with a tea party and mix it up with bright colors in order to create an intimate and whimsical world for our guests. We even asked guests to wear the "maddest" hat they had!To create the space, we hung paper lanterns above the long tables, placed confusing directional signs (a la "Alice in Wonderland") sporatically on the fence to set the background, and surrounded the party with handmade paper mache flowers planted into the ground around the table. As soon as guests sat down, they would feel as though they entered a whole new world.The colors of the party included deep saturated colors of blue, purple, green, orange, pink, yellow, and red (lots of colors!). The floral arrangements were done by my good friend Sue Cook from SooziCook Events! She went with colorful colors and unusual big bright flowers put in cute tea pots and canisters.The food (homemade by my mom!) consisted of tea sandwiches, scones, mini cheesecakes, cupcakes, baby cakes, cut fruit, and offered 6 different types of teas that the guests could choose from. Guests played some games and winners were able to keep a flower arrangement of their choice. As a parting gift, guests received thank you card with a selection of teas from the party tied with a ribbon.
And of course, my wonderful photographer Adrienne Gunde captured all of these intricate details and the essence of the event in all of these beautiful photos!

Check out the following website for more details on this party:

Monday, July 13, 2009

BrideWorld Expo

I attended my first Bridal expo this weekend, Brideworld, held at the LA Convention Center. It head over 220 vendors for all the lucky brides and grooms. I met so many talented and fun people that are there to make sure your special day is unforgettable.

Here are some vendors I really LOVED:
Screenbooth-my new friend Stephen Park invented this phenomenal machine that combines guestbook signing and a photobooth into one amazing product! Your guests can either take photos that are printed instantaneously, or you can video-record a 45 second message to the bride and groom that they can keep forever! Both photos and videos are made into a CD and given to the couple afterward.
So nice and slim, it can be placed anywhere!
The Vineyards-A new venue that just opened up 1.5 years ago features waterfalls, a beautiful view, an outdoor ceremony area, and indoor reception area. It's a family owned business and I will be heading up for a personal tour soon so I'll post more info and photos soon!

Nature's Beauty-a wonderful way to keep your flowers and bouquet FOREVER!
Different samples of freeze-dried bouquets in frames, boxes, and other keepsakes.
One and Only Figures-Custom Design Clay Figures (my friends Jeremy and April had these made for their wedding and it was a huge hit!!) by sending 2 photos of yourself. They also sell Towel Cakes, which are small towels shaped into cakes and sweets and can be given as gifts.
These are all towels and make great party favors or gifts!
The Theodore Collection-Customized, monogrammed, Swarovski crystal cake toppers and accessories. They can be made out of glass or metal be letters, words, or shapes and designs.

One Night Affair-They rent thousands of designer gowns and will do personal fittings to make sure you look your best! So you can send less money still looking fabulous, and you won't have to box and store your big box of a wedding dress that you only wore once!

Shutterbooth-This photobooth is also a family business. What I liked about their photobooth was the depth inside (so it can fit more people) and the video screen is height-adjustable for wheelchairs.

Southern California Brides
-Brides magazine has started new regional magazines that cover 19 different areas. They gave away the fall/winter 2009 issue so I'll make sure to share any tips with you.

I also bumped into a few vendors whom I already worked with, so I can definitely vouch for them:
Brave Strings-Ripsi and her team are very professional. They can play popular or classical music.

Vida Dulce Photography-Joe has been doing photography for many years and is always looking for the sweet shots. He works hard and is very personable.

The Los Angeles Athletic Club
-Kelly Bland is the Catering Manager and super helpful at this hotel. They have several ballrooms that can work for all sorts of events.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Birthday Lollipop Madness!

I worked with The Party Goddess! yesterday for a very fun birthday party for Ali Landry's 2 year-old daughter at the celebrity exclusive Beach House in Malibu. The theme was inspired by Shirley Temple's "Good Ship Lollipop" and included a lemonade stand, a Shirley Temple Table lady, and lots and lots of ribbons! The Party Goddess! also made sure there were enough candy and lollipops to keep the kids on a sugar high for the next 2 days!!
Anne did a wonderful job as the Table Lady!
It was a beautiful day to be at a private beach with food provided by Johnny Rocket's and drinks sponsored by Rose's, Orchid Liqueurs, Nika Water, and Grandma's Sweet Leaf Teas. The house is completely sponsored by Pirate's Booty (yummy snacks!) so there were sand sculptors creating a pirate ship, a treasure hunt for the kids, a face painter, a photo booth, beach toys, and even a Shirley Temple look-a-like who played games with the kids.Estela, the birthday girl, was super adorable as she wore 4 outfits throughout the party, from an A-line dress (much like Shirley Temple), a tutu dress, a white summer outfit, and an adorable swimsuit, always with a matching ribbon in her hair and a lollipop in hand!The guests were very easy going and perhaps famous, but I don't watch much TV so I didn't have a clue. It sunk in when I saw a group of paparazzi "tanning" at the beach next door with their camera gear and phones handy. One guest I did recogize was WNBA start Lisa Leslie with her husband and cute daughter, and I was told that the hostess of "Dance Your Ass Off" was also there. The party ended nicely with a beautiful cake and swag bags full of goodies.As everyone headed out and the paparazzi left, who shows up but Lindsay Lohan with her entourage!! She's a regular at the Beach House, so she hung out on the balcony while all the NEW paparazzi showed up and waited for.... her to do something amazing?? It must be so hard being a paparazzi photographer... doesn't it get annoying to follow celebrities around all the time while they do mundane things like smoke a cigarette and chat with their friends? The day definitely made me realize that, famous or not, everyone parties with friends, takes care of their kids, eats burgers and candy, and hangs out at the beach.