I’m not going to lie, as I write this new post I’m under a lot of covers!  I hate being cold in the winter.  I was just catching up on my daily wedding reading when this “real wedding” from Martha Stewart Weddings, really caught my eye. 

 

The bride and groom served hot chocolate and hot apple cider as the guests arrived for the ceremony.  Each cup was customized special for their wedding. 

I think these place cards are so cute and go perfectly with the winter, rustic theme.  Using large, sturdy branches to hold the place cards  is an easy and cost effective idea. 

These mini cupcakes look fantastic in this branch cupcake stand.  The bare branches really set the tone and fit in with the rest of the wedding decor. 

The bride and groom gave all the male guests antique flasks and all the female guests soft, warm, winter boots (found at Target).  If you can’t afford to give all the guests such items, these are great ideas for the bridal party gifts.  The girls would look so cute in their wedding dresses and boots! 

These centerpieces are certainly perfect for a winter wedding.  I really love the use of fresh floral and the deep blue linens. It helps to create a fresh and bright looking table, even on a cold, snowy day.

I have to admit, I do feel much warmer after talking about all these great ideas!  Now all I need is some cozy winter boots and a cup of hot chocolate and I’d  be good to go!

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Year Round Nature

January 21, 2010

Venues with a view are in high demand.  So many of my client’s put windows at the top of their venue wish list.  Fortunately Chicago has many fantastic venues with a great view and The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is one of my favorites.  

 The Nature Museum has many great features including indoor and outdoor access.  The ravine (top left photo) is stunning and perfect for an outdoor ceremony or cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.  The ravine has nice shade so your guests will not get too hot. 

 

The Nature Museum also has a huge terrace on the 2nd floor that can be 100% open air and can seat up to 200 guests.   You can also tent the terrace  for year round events.  When the terrace is tented you can seat up to 300 guests.  (This photo was taken by Sarah Alair) 

   

The South Gallery has floor to ceiling windows and is spectaular year round.  In the summer and fall the surrounding trees are in bloom and rich with colors.  In the winter the branches from the trees and snow on the ground create a very cool, romantic look.  Pair it with branches for your floral and you have an instant theme.  (This photo was taken by Becky Hill

 

The Nature Museum has breathtaking views of Lincoln Park and North Pond.  The museum also features  the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven; which your guests are able to enjoy during cocktail hour.  Consider this unique venue for your wedding ceremony and reception or your next social/corporate event! 

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Winter Weddings that Sparkle

December 30, 2009

I’m loving this “sparkle” theme as shown below.  The colors of silver, gold, bronze and blush are really soft and romantic.  The sparkle element adds a lot of festive qualities without being over the top.  This idea could even be used for a New Years Eve party or winter birthday party. 

I know a lot of venues will not allow you to hang things from the ceiling but these stars are so eye-catching!  They really create a unique look; especially in a space that is a blank canvas like Prairie Productions or The Ivy Room at Tree Studios both of which do allow you to hang things like lanterns and floral pieces.

These little marzipan cherries are adorable in pink and gold.  They really help to pull the theme together nicely.  They would look fantastic on a dessert table or placed at the center of each guest table after dinner.   They are just a little something different from the usual winter desserts. 

There can be a lot of flexibility with winter weddings and events.  There are  many colors to choose from that you might not otherwise consider.  Pink, gold, bronze can be used year-round when paired with the right decor elements.

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Hosting a Holiday Party

December 11, 2009

We are right in the middle of the holiday season and we all have a lot of parties to attend.  Here are some cute ideas to make your party stand out. 

These snow flake cookies are not only pretty and festive but they make a great take away gift at the end of the night.  Give each guest a cookie wrapped in pretty paper or a cute mini brown paper bag as they are leaving the party.  They can enjoy them the next day or in the cab on the way home!

I have planned many events with adorable desserts like these hot coco and mini doughnuts.  They are perfect for a holiday party at your home because they are easy to make and they are so cute.  Guests really enjoy foods with a cute presentation. 

Here is another easy dish made unique just by serving it in individual cups.  Who doesn’t love hot macaroni and cheese?  If you don’t have small cups like these just use ramekins, small tea cups or shot glasses.  Get creative and have fun with appetizers. 

Your guests will be attending a lot of parties this season.  They may even have two in the same night.  By mixing up some fresh ideas with the old favorites you’re sure to have a successful party.  All these ideas are simple and big crowd pleasers.

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Winter Weddings

November 30, 2009

Tomorrow is December first……the perfect time to focus on winter weddings.  I just love winter weddings!!  They are so romantic. 

One fantastic benefit to a winter wedding is wearing a gorgeous fur or faux fur wrap for all your outdoor pictures.  They add just the perfect amount of glam to the event!

The men can wear really unique winter boutonnieres which look very handsome. 

You have a built-in theme with snow flakes and crystals.   

 Winter white is always stunning and glamorous especially when accented with either silver or gold.  However, there are so many rich colors that can make a winter wedding just as beautiful and often times a bit more un-traditional. 

 Eggplant   Navy   Red

 Gold  Silver  Chocolate

I have an upcoming wedding in January and the bride is going to focus on branches and crystals…..I’ll post pictures once I have them.  To get some more ideas check out a fantastic winter wedding with chocolate and cerise colors. 

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