Sunday, September 25, 2011

Party Style: Moroccan-Mediterranean

Below is my recent post for the Lucky Lifestyle Contributor Contest. I created a colorful Moroccan-Mediterranean themed dinner party. See more pics below!
Parties are my thing. No, really-- I studied it in college and recently launched my own event planning company. I love planning events and showcasing creativity through decor and the dining menu. It's often the little details that get noticed the most, so I try to incorporate something unique for guests to remember. Whether it's a unique place card, signature drink or invite -- be sure to add your custom stamp to any party you host.

The Decor: Invites and Tablescape
I'm in love with bright, vivid hues so for my latest soiree I decided to go for a Moroccan-Mediterranean themed dinner party using a range of lush fuchsias and turquoise. The invites are unique, calligraphed tag tickets with homemade tassels, mailed in a fuchsia envelope. White dishes work for every occasion and can be easily dressed up or down. For the table settings I added pop to the dishes with turquoise napkins and used silverware with a similar beading pattern. A flower arrangement with purple and blue hydrangeas and magenta carnations add concentrated color along with Moroccan-style candle holders. Key Tip: Use colors and items that make you feel exuberant.

The Menu: Hors d'eouvres, Entree and Sides
We started off the night with spanakopita, my favorite Mediterranean appetizer. Next, we had a field greens and herb salad. For the main course, I served up shrimp skewers over couscous dotted with cranberries and toasted nuts and garlicky green beans with sliced almonds. A perfect combination for a Mediterranean-inspired event. Key Tip: Not everything has to be made from scratch. Some items taste just as good or better when they come prepackaged from your local store.

The Hostess: Attire
I like to work a little bit of the theme into my party attire. For my Moroccan-Mediterranean Party I donned a black and white skirt, boasting an arabesque inspired print, with colorful jewelry. Key Tip: Wear an outfit that shows off your style sense and is also comfortable, so that you can focus on your guests and not wardrobe malfunctions!

Clothing: Skirt, Urban Outfitters. Shirt, Banana Republic. Heels, Charles Jourdan. Jewelry, Saks and Belk.
Recipe Links: Couscous, Shrimp Skewers, Spanakopita

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Flowers: Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are undoubtedly one of my favorite flowers. Simply beautiful, I love the mound shape of these blooms.They are a perfect accent for any event or just decorating your home. I actually planted my first hydrangea this spring. Luckily, it has survived the overbearing heat of Georgia, I can't wait to see what it produces next year!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Inspiration Board: Tropical Fucshia

As Summer winds down, and Fall begins to rear its head, we tend to migrate to richer color schemes for events. Right now, I seem to be gravitating to a tropical vibe with hints of goldenrod and orange, but grounded by deep fucshia. The inspiration board above highlights some of my favorite applications of this tropical color theme.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Vendor Spotlight: Confection Perfection

My gorgeous wedding cake by Confection Perfection.
Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser, Our Labor of Love.

I had the opportunity to work with Confection Perfection a couple of years ago for my wedding. The experience was wonderful. I had always been of the mindset that wedding cakes almost always look better than they taste. So imagine how surprised I was when I took my first bite at my Confection Perfection cake testing. Hands down, it was the best wedding cake I'd tasting in my life! And to top it off the prices are very reasonable. My cake (shown above) was a wonderful complement to my wedding day decor and guest compliments abounded.

If you're in the Metro Atlanta area and are looking for excellent cake vendors at a great price point, I would definitely recommend that you check them out.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Inspiration Board: Navy and Green

At this moment, I'm loving the traditional color combination of navy blue and green. There is a certain crisp freshness about it that screams classic and welcoming. This colors play beautifully together in both fashion and events. How do you plan to work these colors this fall?

1.  Billy Reid
2.  High Heels and Diapers
3.  Nina
4. {AO3} Designs 
5. J Crew
6. Minted
7. Jenny Yoo via Martha Stewart Weddings 
8. JustClickPrint via Etsy
9. Preppy Pinwheel Party by Sharnell D
10. Jewelry by Dorothy via Etsy

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Inspiration Board: Turquoise (2010 Color of the Year)

Pantone recently annouced the color of the year and it's....TURQUOISE!

I've pulled together a turquoise inspiration board with pieces that I absolutely love for weddings, entertaining, and home. Enjoy!

  1. Silk taffeta bow monde dress - JCREW 
  2. Respite Drops - Anthropologie 
  3. Bright Bouquet - Martha Stewart Weddings  
  4. Puccini Glassware - ZGallerie 
  5. Turquoise & Gold Eleanor Chandelier Maura Daniel - Sweet Retreat Kids 
  6. Marquise Clip - sweet grass mill
  7. Dolce & Gabbana Tie - DellaModa  
  8. Glitter Peep-toe Pump Christian Louboutin - Neiman Marcus
  9. Ball Jar Votives - Martha Stewart Weddings 
  10. Antique Mercury Glass Votives - ZGallerie 
  11. Brilliant Blooms Invites and Response Cards - Wedding Paper Divas 
  12. Lace Ruffle Garter - Yensew 
  What are your favorite turquoise pieces?