Monday, December 31, 2012

Best of 2012

2012 has been a great year for Simply Events! We participated in 3 bridal shows, were a part of 5 couples big days, threw a spooktacular Halloween extravaganza, managed a corporate lobster bake outing, and coordinated over 10 corporate events! Talk about a busy year for Simply Events.  I am thrilled to be gaining so much ground in only my 3rd year of business and I am super excited to see what 2013 has in store for me.  I know 2013 is going to be unparallelled for Simply Events, as we already have more weddings lined up, bigger plans for corporate events, and much more! 

Thank you all for supporting me and my company!! Keep reading and suggesting topics you want me to blog about! In the meantime, enjoy the your new year celebration and 2012's top 6 most popular blog posts!!
  





 













Happy New Year!!




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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Free Printable: Christmas Cupcake Toppers

With Christmas just around the corner, you are running out of time to create those customized Christmas cupcake toppers.  Not to worry, here is a FREE printable saving you time & money!

These super cute cupcake toppers are each 2" in diameter.  Just simply follow these easy instructions"
  1. Click here to download.
  2. Print.
  3. Cut out.
  4. Attach to a lollipop stick.
  5. Stick the lollipop stick into the cupcake.
  6. Enjoy!


 


Happy Holidays!


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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Creative Escort Cards

I don't know about you, but I personally love how creative you can get with your escort card display.  There are so many ways to politely guide your guests to their table and below are some of my favorites! 

Now, you may be wondering what an escort card is and how it differs from a place card. In short, an escort card simply communicates to your guests that you have chosen the table for them.  That way they do not have to figure out where to sit.  A place card is in addition to an escort card and tells your guest which seat to sit in at that table.  If you chose to forgo having escort cards, there would be no reason to have place cards.  

Make sense?! I hope so! If not, feel free to shoot me a question! 

As promised, here are some of my favorite escort card displays.

Vintage fork escort card holder
Image from theknot.com


Classic & elegant stationary cards. 
These also doubled as showing which entree option guests wanted.
Image from a Simply Events wedding

Custom made escort board (instead of cards)
This is a very budget friendly option!
Image from a Simply Events wedding

Colorful and patterned button escort cards

Image from Pinterest

Cocktail hour drinks also serve as escort cards
Talk about creative!
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Monday, December 17, 2012

Emerald Green Wedding

Are you looking for a way to incorporate the fashion trends into your dream day? There are several ways to go about adding fashion-forward elements into your wedding. I always suggest that my clients choose 3 things that are most important to them.  Whether it be the dress, the food, the music, the decor, etc.  and do not be afraid to splurge on those three elements.  These areas would also be a great opportunity to bring in those fashion-forward pieces. 

To get you started, check out the Pantone website.  Just a few weeks ago, they announced that emerald was the 2013 color of the year for all things fashion.  

In the wedding world, there are many places you can tie-in emerald.  

Here are some areas you may consider incorporating lively, radiant, lush green, color of the year; Emerald, into your dream day!

Bridesmaid dresses & bold jewelry.

Image from Pinterest
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Lively emerald green flowers & wedding cake.

Image from Google Images
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Table linens and other decor!

Image from Google Images
Image from Pinterest







Are you using Emerald as one of your wedding colors?  Tell us which element of your wedding you're keeping in line with the fashion trends!


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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Holiday High-Top Tables

Cocktail tables are not just for weddings, these high-top tables can be incorporated into any event.  The great thing about these tables, in addition to serving as a functional piece of the party, is you can also dress them up with fabulous linens!

For the Christmas party Simply Events was a part of last week, we brought in two high-top tables for guests to mingle around.  They also served as a great spot for kids and adults to eat cookies and drink hot chocolate!

Instead of just simply plopping two wooden tables in a room and calling it a day, we decided to spruce them up with one of my favorite event design elements - linens!

Since this Christmas party was for a charitable organization, The Dragonfly Foundation, we chose to dedicate this space to them; even the tree was decorated in their colors (blue & gold).

Want to create this look?! Here is the recipe for one table:
  • One 132" round satin royal blue linen
  • One 90x90" white ringlets overlay
  • One poly-cotton sash (to get that super cute cinched in look)
Want more cocktail/high-top table inspiration? Check out our Pinterest board!


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Monday, December 10, 2012

Free Printable: Hot Chocolate Bar Topping Labels

Remember those adorable hot chocolate bar topping labels from the Claus for a Cause event?! Well, here they are in FREE printable form!

Each card measures 4in x 3 in.
Peppermint Flakes = Crushed Peppermints
Reindeer Crunch = Shaved White Chocolate (You can also use chocolate chunks)
Mini Snowballs = Mini Marshmallows



If you would like different names on these labels, please contact me! 





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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Hot Chocolate Bar

A hot trend this holiday season is having a hot chocolate bar at your holiday party! The Claus for a Cause event we did on Tuesday, December 4th was no exception to this trend.

Some must haves for your hot chocolate bar include:
  • Hot chocolate, of course! We decided to go with individual hot chocolate packets. This made it easier for the guests to get the proper amount of cocoa mix.
  • Toppings! We chose to keep it simple and offer three toppings. 
    • Crushed peppermints, mini marshmallows, and shaved white chocolate
  • Creative names & creative labels for your toppings. We created these adorable topping labels and used these unique candy cane card holders! 
  • Spoons and/or tongs to fish out the delicious toppings!
  • Stir sticks.  We had regular stir sticks as well as chocolate dipped candy canes.  The kids loved these chocolate dipped stir sticks! 
  • A decorative element for the table/bar! 
  • Hot water, duh!! :) 
  • A pendant banner! We made this Hot Cocoa banner using ribbon, scrapbook paper, card stock for the letters (which were made with stencils), and decorative snowflake stickers!
 Here are some pictures of our Hot Cocoa bar!!








Photography by Lauren.Ashton Photography



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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Candy Cane Card Holder

Christmas is my favorite holiday and this year I was fortunate enough to take part in a wonderful charity event, The Lane's First Annual Claus for a Cause which benefited The Dragonfly Foundation.  The event was a HUGE success and all the kids, both young in age and young at heart, had a great time.  Simply Events was asked to be the official party planners of this event and without hesitation, we said yes! 

We were so excited to help with all of the logistical coordination needed in preparation of the event as well as on the day of the event.  Over the next few weeks, we will sharing with you some of the details of this party! Up first, the candy cane card holders!

From start to finish, these candy cane card holders took approximately 25 minutes to make (I made five total) - maybe a bit longer since the candy canes would break every now & then! But they were well worth our efforts and everyone was raving about how cute and creative they were!

Supplies needed: for one candy cane card holder
  • Hot glue gun
  • 3 candy canes
    • You can use the regular size or the mini candy canes.
-------Directions-------
  1. Take your hot glue gun and place a line of glue on the inside of one of the candy canes.
  2. Then quickly line up the other candy cane at the appropriate angle and hold together for about 30 seconds.
  3. Take your hot glue gun and place a line of glue on the back of the two candy canes you just glued together.
  4. Then quickly place your third candy cane in that line of glue. 
    • This third candy cane is what will allow for your card holder to stand on its own. 
  5. Hold this candy cane in place for another 30 seconds to ensure that it is set. 
  6. Voila!! You have candy cane card holder! 
Super simple & super cute!

At Simply Events, we love unique ideas for parties! Contact us to assist with your upcoming Christmas Parties! We can assist in small and large parties and help with as little or as much as you need! 

Happy Holidays! 


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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Little White Dress

Wardrobe change anyone? Yes, please!

The craze over having two wedding dresses has slowly evolved over the past three years and trickled down to even brides on a budget.  The first wave of two-gowned brides were those with unlimited budgets.  For the ceremony, they wanted lavish princess ballgowns adorned with ornate detailing and enough bling to last a lifetime.  Then once the formalities were finished, they opted to change into another wedding gown which was more fitted to the reception atmosphere.  However, these second dresses were just as pricey as the first.

As more and more brides caught wind of this trend, they knew they wanted a piece of this fashionable movement.  Over the past few years, even budget-brides have found a way to make their guests do a double look as they enter the reception!

Check out some of our top Little White Dresses ranging from under $100 to $5,000!

One Shoulder Dress just $76 from Dillard's
Blush Chiffon Dress only $168 from Dillard's
Satin-Faced Organza Dress with Tulle Overlay on sale for just $299 from David's Bridal

Ivy & Aster's Sweet Dreams flirty lace dress priced evenly at $1,000
Silk White Chantilly Lace Illusion Neckline Mini with Corset Bodice and Natural Waist 2" Lace Bow Belt from
Monique Lhuillier. Price legend indicates this stunning little white dress is between $3,500 - $5,000.

Tell us, did you change or are you going to change into a little white dress?!


We couldn't put all of our favorites on here, so make sure you check out our Little White Dress Pinterest board!


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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Winter Wedding: Pros & Cons

Do you LOVE the idea of being a winter wedding bride?  There are so many beautiful elements and unique styling opportunities for the winter season. However, before you book that January celebration, make sure you understand all the pros and cons!

Pros:
  • Cheaper Venues
    • Throughout your wedding venue search, you may have noticed that they have 'peak' season (April-October) pricing and 'off' season (November - March) pricing.  Winter months are not the most popular for weddings and often will result in you being able to get a venue for a less expensive fee. 
    • Whether it be a room rental fee or a food & beverages minimum requirement, the winter months will certainly be your best friend if you are a bride on a budget!
  • Less Competition for Vendors
    • Similar to wedding venues having peak and off seasons, so do wedding vendors.  For instance; in October, Simply Events had a wedding 3 out of the 4 weekends and the forth weekend, we had a wedding planning design session.  Talk about a busy month!
    • However, over the winter season, things tend to slow down and vendors are willing to lower their fees in order to book a gig! 
  • Church Decor is...well, finished! 
    • You probably wont have to spend much money, if any money at all, on church decor.  Many churches already have holiday decor set up.  If you communicate your colors, and your style with the church, they may even order flowers to match your vision! 
Cons:
  • Weather
    • I know this is an obvious con, however, it is still one to mention.  Make sure you are aware of all the possible weather disasters that could occur.  For instance, snow storms, blizzards, ice, hail, bad rain, etc. 
    • Many people respond to this con with, "it can ran any month of the year and 'ruin' a wedding day.'  First off, a wedding day can never be ruined in my opinion!! Secondly, this is not just something to consider for your guests but also vendors that you hire to be part of your day. 
      • For instance, what if your cake deliver slips on ice while carrying the cake? Or what if your DJ/Band wreck because of the bad weather?  All of these scenarios and more, must be considered when choosing to go with a winter wedding. 
      • I'm not giving these instances to scare you away from winter weddings.  These are just some thoughts that come a wedding planners mind - after all, I'm always prepared for every situation and possible disaster! At Simply Events, we always have a Plan A, B, C, and D!!
  • All Indoor Photos -- unless you want to brave the cold!
    • This is not a huge deal really. But sometimes it is nice to have outdoor photos in your wedding attire!
  • Flowers
    •  Most flowers are available all year round, however, if the flower(s) you want are not blooming within a 250-300 mile radius, then you're going to have to pay for shipping, which could obstruct the budget.
Are you a winter wedding bride? Share with us why you choose the winter season! 

Stay tuned for Spring Wedding: Pros & Cons coming soon!
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Monday, November 26, 2012

Cyber Monday Deals From Wedding Vendors!



Here are some GREAT deals from a few of Cincinnati's top wedding vendors!!

Wedding Planner:
Simply Events - Free 60 minute massage for the bride on the morning of her wedding with the booking of any package! Contact Catie for additional information! 


DJ's:
Party Pleasers DJ - $300 towards upgrades
DJ Butlers - $695 DJ package marked down to just $495. That's a $200 savings!

Makeup:
BRIDEface - 20% off FACEing classes


Are you a vendor? 
Feel free to message me or leave a comment promoting your #cybermonday deal! :)
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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Be Thankful!

Happy Thanksgiving family & friends.  I am truly blessed and I have SO much to be thankful for this year.  Remember to enjoy the small things in life, love & cherish every single day, and most importantly give thanks!





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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Halloween Extravaganza

At the beginning of October, I received a phone call about an interested party thrower who needed a party planner's expertise for her Haunted Halloween Extravaganza! I was Immediately excited and had so many ideas running through my head.  Simply Events was hired to help with everything!  That means we participated in venue searching and selecting, menu development, budget management, invitations, vendor recommendations and management, and much much more!!

You may remember the spooktacular invitations I blogged about a month ago or even the funky Halloween food names we came up with.  Well, now it's time to see the whole party come together! Enjoy these spooktacular images from the party! 










Event Vendors:
Event Planning, Coordinating, Styling, & Design: Simply Events: Full Service Event Planning
Photography: Randy Bick Photography
Venue: Four Bridges Country Club
DJ: DJ Butlers
Entertainment: Cincinnati Circus
Cake & Desserts: The Little Baker, Cakes & Pastries by Marlo

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Patterns in Your Palette

In 2013, I predict to see a lot of patterns mixed in with the wedding color palette.  With the meteoric rise of chevron, bold stripes, and geometric shapes becoming a trend in house decorating and fashion, I expect for it to have a appearance in the wedding industry as well.  I mean, just take a look at my blog head background - I'm a lover of all things chevron! :)

If you like the idea of using patterns but are unsure of how, here are some inspiration images! Some from Simply Events events/weddings and some from Pinterest, of course!

 
Bold damask patterns on linens is a great way to add wow factor to your wedding decor! 
Purple is another trend that will saturate the 2013 wedding year.

This sequin chevron linen is amazing and would be such a great style element to any wedding.  If specialty linens do not fit into your budget, maybe splurge by getting something special for the sweetheart table or cake table!

If an entire table linen is too much pattern for you, you can always choose a table runner! Stylistically, runners look best on a banquet table versus a round table.


If you really want to be bold with patterns, you can incorporate them into your bridesmaids dresses.  If having all of your best girls wear a pattern is too much for you, then you may opt for just the maid of honor to wear a bold floral dress! Mixing and matching your bridesmaids is another trend that has been consistent in the wedding world for a couple of years now!

Another way to incorporate patterns in your wedding is with the cake. There are so many possibilities when it comes to the design of your cake. To make sure you are prepared for your cake tasting, make sure you brush up on our Know Before You Go blog! 


These are just a few of the ways you can add bold patterns to your big day.  
For more ideas, contact Catie!




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