We feel incredibly fortunate that our clients trust us 99% of the time. It helps that we work with such amazing people! But I must admit, I was a little nervous when I presented a group of industrial real estate executives with the idea of hosting a “Nashvegas” style event in conjunction with their Nashville conference.
A mechanical bull, professional line dancers, custom bag sets, rockin’ live music, and a specialty bourbon tasting all done in an upscale, classy way? Gotta love that their response was only, “Where’s it all gonna go?” And we were at the ready – “We’re going to close down the street outside the venue and take the party outside, of course!”
This was one for the record books. I’ve never seen a bunch of professionals at a networking event enjoy themselves so much. And I’m sure a number of important deals were done between bull rides.
Special thanks to the team at aVenue for helping us pull this event off and capturing such wonderful pictures!
Putting together these goody bags was great fun. Of course, it was my daughter’s first birthday party. Check back with me again when she turns ten and see how much energy I’m putting into goody bags then.
The children in attendance ranged in age from 10 months to 8 years. It was a bit of a challenge coming up with items that would please such a wide set. Each bag contained a bottle of bubbles (dollar store), a couple mini rainbow slinkies (amazon), and some homemade “raindough.” Everyone went home happy!
The “raindough” was inspired by this post over at Wine and Glue. It was a bit time consuming to make several batches of play dough and color them all, but well worth it in the end. One tip – I used gel food coloring which tends to make stronger, more vibrant colors. Just be ready for some colorful hands from all the kneading.
You may remember that we moved into our new house last November. Well, after six months, two floods, four weeks of construction, sixteen paint samples, three HVAC problems, and one secret room we were finally able to invite our families over to celebrate!
I decided to incorporate some DIY paint chip projects into the party. (I figured we hard earned the right to some extra paint chips after buying sixteen samples of paint and enough gallons to paint every room in the house!)
I made some adorable, simple menu cards, of which I naturally didn’t get a single picture! Forgive me, it was a very busy morning preparing to host fifty of our friends and family. I simply cut the paint chips down to size, wrote the menu item on the front, and used some washi tape to affix them to long toothpicks. Throw some decorative sand in a shot glass and stick the suckers in. Voila!
Next, I made these awesome paint chip fans following this tutorial. They did double duty as centerpieces and party favors. They were certainly appreciated seeing as it was mid-July and our backyard gets direct afternoon sun.
A special note about printing on paint chips: I used an ink-jet printer and no matter what I tried the ink just wouldn’t set. I’ve heard people have had similar frustrations with laser jet printers so who knows. I ended up covering the paint chip in contact paper before gluing the back to it. An extra step, but no smudged ink.
Want more paint chip projects? Check out my Martha Stewart Paper Strip Garland Knock-Off made with paint chips!
I may be a midwest girl at heart, but I spent my high school days in central Florida. So, when I saw an old friend’s pictures of her “Redneck Love” Stock the Bar Wedding Shower I just had to share!
Sure, traditional wedding showers have a time and a place. (Grandma Maude may not be down for shower games of beer pong and battle shots.) But if you’re throwing a shower mainly for the bride and groom’s friends, it’s a good idea to think outside the box. And I don’t mean afternoon tea…
This shower featured so much redneck love… Guests dined on the finest pigs in a blanket and tater tots around. Little Debbie Cakes were served for dessert. Drinking games and a special mug shot photo booth provided for plenty of fun. (Don’t forget redneck props!) And, of course they encouraged guests on Instagram to use the #rednecklove tag. What an awesome, fun way to celebrate a southern couple!
A great bonus to throwing a redneck themed shower- no one expects too much. Encourage guests to get into the theme by dressing the part. Heck, guests can even wrap their gifts in toilet paper or grocery bags if they like. Decor can be as simple as some empty beer cans or solo cups on a string of lights. If you’re feeling ambitious, throw up some camouflage and mock (or real, if you’re into that) trophy animals or shotguns on the wall.
Most of all, make sure your guests are having a blast. But with a theme like this, that shouldn’t be too hard…
Remember this groovy 60th birthday party invitation? Well, here’s all the super fun details from the party!
Is there a better way to celebrate turning 60 than throwing a big, 1960’s themed party? This party (in honor of a “reformed hippie”) was at the beautiful Bridgeview Boathouse in Knoxville, TN. Stunning river views surround the gorgeous event space.
It was a blast working with Kevin Clark of UT Catering to create an authentic 1960’s themed menu with a modern twist. We included all the things you’d expect to see from that era – shrimp cocktail, deviled eggs, Waldorf salad, pot roast sandwiches, ham skewers on a pineapple tree, mini casseroles, fondue, hostess cupcakes, etc. We even had a porcupine cheese ball and jello salad just for fun!
This party screamed 1960’s fun from the menu to the music to the decor, which included custom posters, tie-dyed paper flowers, and garden gnomes!!!
These ladies kept the dance floor rockin’ all night! They even had a special choreographed dance to “She Works Hard for the Money” in honor of the birthday girl.
We added so many personal touches to this shindig to make it extra special. Guests were greeted coming off the elevator by these three feet letters covered in pictures of the guest of honor from throughout the years.
Guests were encouraged to sign the letters below as a guest book. They’re now prominently displayed in the guest of honor’s sewing room signed with words of love and best wishes from all her friends.
And, what is a party without a photo booth? We went the extra mile by including a dry erase board and this goofy 1960’s theme cut-out.
Special thanks to our vendors!
Venue: Bridgeview Boathouse
Caterer: UT Catering
DJ: Party Boys
Poster Design: Drop Foundry
Printing: Allegra Evanston
Photographer: Joseph DiPietro