Trend Alert | The Necessity of Napkins

Who would have thought that napkins, something you use to clean your hands and face, would end up being such a staple in your event’s table settings? Napkins, a defining detail for our 2020 event planners, can really change the whole dynamic of the table, so when you are preparing your table settings, choose your napkin color, fabric, and fold carefully.

Color

The napkin is a great place to add a pop of color to brighten up the mood or add an accent color to the entire event. And don’t forget the possibilities of mixing and matching! Two napkin colors, divided between whole tables or each place setting, is a super simple way to establish a color palette throughout the entire event space.

Fabric

The texture and fabric of a napkin can affect the ambience almost as much as the color. A silk napkin will give the event a classic and elegant feel, while a linen napkin creates more of a rustic woodland vibe. But textures and fabric types can be hard to convey online, so when choosing your napkins, consider coming into one of our three Showrooms, where you have unlimited access to test out different fabrics, colors, and styles of napkins and see how each one will work with your table settings.

Folds

From complex knots to simple overhangs, a unique napkin fold ties together the completed look at each table setting. It’s what transforms a piece of fabric into a statement piece on every table. There are endless ways you can fold your napkins, and many online resources and how-to videos. You can also ask any sales representative in any of our three Showrooms, and they will be happy to show you their favorite napkin folds!

~ Meagan Greenlee

 

Photo 1: Walnut Stained Farm Style Table, Lace Black Runner, Burst Silver Charger, Lucca Black Dinner Plate, Lucca Black Salad Plate, Lucca Black Bread and Butter Plate, Black/White Check Napkin, Arya Flatware, Ledge Water, Ledge Balloon Wine, Ledge Champagne, Black Chiavari Chairs.
Photo 2: Round Light Wicker Charger, Faye Dinner Plate, Charleston Salad Plate, Linen Ivory Napkins.
Photo 3: Satin Black Table Linen, Sprinkling Silver Runner, Black Sequin Runner, Beaded Platinum Charger, Jane Silver Dinner Plate, Jane Silver Salad Plate, Jane Silver Bread and Butter Plate, Metro Flatware, Satin Silver Napkin, Jane Silver Cup, Jane Silver Saucer, Benson Black Water Goblet, Sonoma Champagne Glass.
Photo 4: Beechwood Farm Table, Faye Chop Plate, Lucca Ivory Dinner Plate, Lucca Ivory Salad Plate, Cabo Palm Napkin, Presley Flatware, Lucca Ivory Bread and Butter Plate, Dixie Smoke Goblet, Ledge Water, Ledge Champagne, Delilah Pebble Oversized Runner, Linen White Runner.
Photo 5: Walnut Stained Farm Table, Linen White Runner, Plain Gold Rim Glass Charger, Lucca Black Dinner Plate, Lucca Black Salad Plate, Arya Flatware, Linen Appple Napkin, Benson Black Water Goblet, Ledge Wine Glass, Ledge Champagne Glass, Lucca Black Bread and Butter Plate, Fiddle Butter Knife.
Photo 6: Walnut Stained Farm Table, Linen Harvest Oatmeal Runner, Lucca Grey Chop Plate, Lucca Ivory Dinner Plate, Lucca Ivory Salad Plate, Clooney Stripe Wheat Napkin, Presley Flatware, Copper Mug, Sonoma Water Glass.
Photo 7: White Polyester Table Linen, Leia Blush Runner, Plain Gold Rim Glass Charger, Jane Gold Dinner Plate, Jane Gold Salad Plate, Parker Flatware, Satin Mauve Napkin, Dixie Pink Goblet, Empire Wine Glass, Empire Champagne Glass.




On Location | Parisian Wedding Inspiration in California

This styled shoot by Events by Kristina Elyse has so many French-inspired details, it’s almost hard to believe it all took place at Helwig Winery in Plymouth, California. Check out these gorgeous photos by Ashley Baumgartner Photography and take note of every detail you would love to repeat at your own wedding! The full list of participating vendors is listed below, be sure to check them out if you like what you see!

Stylist & Coordinator: Events by Kristina Elyse
Venue: Helwig Winery
Photographer: Ashley Baumgartner Photography
Bridal Gown Shop: La Soie Bridal
Bridal Gown Designer: Blush by Hayley Paige
Tuxedo: Bonobos
Stationery: BLXVA Designs
Chair Signs: Swoonable
Hair & Makeup: Lea Buehler BGorgeous
Rentals: Celebrations! Party Rentals and Tents
Linens: Creative Coverings
Florist: Violette Fleurs
Cake: Baker and a Black Cat
Vow Books: The Art of Etiquette
Models: Jaclyn Blair & Andrew Schrammer
Shoes: Vince Camuto
Film Lab: Photo Vision Prints

Products pictured: Satin French Blue, Wooden Bread Board, Cross Back Chair, Felicity Dining Chair, Faye Chop Plate, Faye Dinner Plate, Faye Bread and Butter Plate, Royce Silver Flatware, White Hemstitch Napkin, Long Drink, Felicity Ivory Bench, Iron 3-Tier Tray.




How To | 7 Steps to Plan Your Engagement Party

Congratulations on getting engaged! This special time and huge life step deserves a little bit of celebrating. An engagement party is a great opportunity to mark this momentous occasion, relive your epic proposal moment with your closest family and friends, and kick off the wedding planning process with a bang! Here are 7 Steps to Plan Your Engagement Party.

Step 1: Set a date

Since the engagement party is meant to celebrate your actual engagement, you should try to plan it as close to the proposal as you can. But of course with many factors involved (like a surprise proposal, timing around the holidays, and scheduling conflicts of important guests), you really just want to aim for no later than 8 months before the wedding.

Step 2: Decide on the party type

Is this going to be an ultra-casual backyard BBQ? Or an intimate dinner party? Maybe a big celebration with everyone you love since you’re considering an elopement or courthouse wedding? Whatever you want the vibe to be, nail down what you’re looking for and work out any details like theme, type of location you prefer, and a ballpark number of guests.

Step 3: Create a guest list

Start working on a guest list based on the type of party you chose. Try to make sure you are only adding people who will be invited to the wedding later. Unless of course you are planning for your engagement party to be bigger than your elopement or courthouse wedding, then go ahead and add whoever you want to see there!

Step 4: Select a venue

After you’ve selected the party style, date, and number of guests, you can start checking out venues. During this process you might find yourself making adjustments to all the details you’ve already worked out, and that’s fine! There’s a reason you haven’t sent out the invitations just yet. It’s also a great taste of what it might be like venue hunting for your wedding! Consider it a practice run and enjoy the process.

Step 5: Send out invitations

Once everything is booked and finalized, send out those invitations! Depending on the vibe you are going for, you can mail printed invitations, send out email invites, call up all of your guests personally, or make a Facebook event. No matter how you spread the word, your invitation should convey the type of party your guests should be expecting in addition to the basic information like time, date, location, and dress code if applicable. And if you have the beginnings of your wedding registry started, go ahead and include that information as well, just in case any of your guests are feeling extra generous.

Step 6: Prep the venue

Prepping the venue could potentially involve a multitude of things to consider, like décor, food, drinks, activities, seating, etc. And much of what you will or won’t need will depend on your venue, your style, your budget, and more. But just remember, this is meant to be a celebration of you, your fiancé, and your love for each other. Focus on that and the rest will come easy!

Step 7: Enjoy yourself!

The last thing anyone wants is the guest(s) of honor getting wrapped up in playing host and forgetting to enjoy their own party. If it helps, ask a friend to play host. Have him or her check on the food and drinks, make sure the guests have everything they need, and keep a list of what gifts you might open so you can be sure to send out thank you cards later.

 

Photo 1: Luna Ottoman, 13″ x 13″ Galvanized Tray, Wooden Bread Board. Photo by Gagan Dhiman Photography, Catering by Gesche’s Gourmet.
Photo 2: Gold Chiavari Chairs.
Photo 3: Carson Bar Back, Traditional Champagne Glass.
Photo 4: Draper Sofa, Luna Ottoman, Element Side Table, Harper Coffee Table, Lighted Bar Sign, Wire Spheres. Photo by Gagan Dhiman Photography, Mobile Bar by Belle Aventure Mobile Bar Co.
Photo 5: Gatsby Bar, Oxford Bar Back.




Trend Alert | 4 Wedding Trend Predictions for 2020

Products pictured: Wax-Leaf Pyramid, Evergreen Bush, Adirondack Chair, Adirondack Side Table, Copper Arch, Boxwood Hedge Champagne/Wine Wall. Photo by LUMI Photography.

 

1. Greenery Everywhere

Green plants, whether they are live or faux plants, add a natural touch to your wedding and we expect to see more of it in 2020. There are several ways that greenery can be incorporated into your wedding look, like adding them to your centerpieces, place settings, bouquet, and in any piece of decor! We have several different live plant options to choose from, including Olive Bushes, Foxtail Ferns, Tropical Palms, Leaf Shrubs, and Evergreen Bushes. We also carry an array of faux plants to choose from, including Boxwood Hedge Champagne Walls, Dividers, and Bar Facades.
 

2. Mood Lighting

Lighting is a key factor in pulling off any successful event, and we predict many brides in 2020 will focus on lighting to bring their venue to life. Between photographs, dining, and general ambiance, the lighting in your venue will influence not only the look but the feel of your event. Keep in mind that the vibrancy and hue of the lighting should enhance the theme of your event, and outdoor and indoor spaces have different lighting needs. And with so many lighting options, such as Market Lights, Twinkle Lights, Chandeliers, LED Uplights, Candelabras, and tealights in votives, it’s always a good idea to consult one of our event professionals, who can help assess your needs and determine the best lighting solutions to set the mood for your wedding!
 

3. Unique Color Schemes

In the new year and upcoming wedding season, we are expecting to see some beautiful and unique color schemes that include neo mint and faded-denim blue, along with pink, purple, and yellow. The easiest and boldest way to add color to any wedding reception is colored linens. For neo mint, check out Celadon, Linen Sea Green, or Tiffany Blue. For a faded denim look, try Satin French Blue or Linen Cobalt linens. Popular pink shades include Blossom, Satin Mauve, and Caprice Fuchsia, while our favorite purples are Caprice Fig, Amethyst, or Lavender. And to add a splash of yellow, try Buttercup, Canary, Caprice Mango, or Linen Citrus.
 

Products pictured: Metal Geo Oblong, Lighted Bar Sign.

4. Statement Décor

We predict this year’s weddings will include brighter and bolder décor. Lighted signs will bring a bright and vibrant touch and help distinguish focus areas around the event. Place a lighted “bar” sign on the bar to draw attention from across the room. Add a lighted heart or lighted “love” sign on the sweetheart table to help make it stand out at the reception. Place lighted arrow signs around to help direct movement with style and flair. Lanterns are another popular statement decoration. They can add height to a table centerpiece, line the ceremony aisle, or accent areas around the venue. For a more modern look, Metal Geos are an especially versatile décor option; they can be hung from the ceiling, placed on tables, or filled with floral or plants.
 

Every little detail counts when planning your wedding day! Contact our team of event professionals to begin planning your wedding or event and get a free no-obligation quote, or start designing your tables now online with our Table Design Center.

– Kali Morra




Color Story | Classic Blue: Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year

As we close out the year, and say goodbye to Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year, Living Coral, we are ready to embrace Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2020: Classic Blue! Take a look at these photos for all the Classic Blue wedding inspiration.

Photo 1: Photo by Emily Jean Images.
Photo 2: Products pictured: Walnut Stained Farm Style Table, Grace Silver Glass Charger, Parker Flatware, Lucca Ivory Dinner Plate, Lucca Ivory Salad Plate, Peacock Dixie Goblet.
Photo 3: Products pictured: Satin French Blue Table Linen, Royce Silver Flatware, Faye Chop Plate, Faye Dinner Plate, Stemless Wine Glass. Photo by Ashley Baumgartner Photography.
Photo 4: Products pictured: Lucca Ivory Dinner Plate, Presley Flatware, Navy Napkin, Peacock Dixie Goblet, Audrey Coupe Champagne Glass, Walnut Stained Farm Style Table, Lace Cream Runner.
Photo 5: Products pictured: Stella Flatware, Lucca Ivory Chop Plate, Lucca Ivory Dinner Plate, Lucca Ivory Salad Plate. Photo by Kaboo Photography.
Photo 6: Products pictured: Vintage Folding Table, Ledge Champagne Glass, Parker Flatware, Lucca Ivory Chop Plate, Lucca Ivory Dinner Plate. Photo by Woodmancy Photography.
Photo 7: Products pictured: Lace Cream Runner, Cornflower Napkin, Peacock Dixie Goblet, Traditional Champagne Glass, Madison Flatware. Photo by Andrew and Melanie Photography.




Trend Alert | 5 Ideas for a Roaring ‘20s New Year’s Eve Party

Products pictured: Gold Chiavari Chairs, Black Polyester Table Linen. Photo by Jennifer Clapp Photography.

 

The Roaring ‘20s is a favorite party theme all year round, but as we welcome the new ‘20s decade this New Year’s Eve, it’s a no brainer! Here are some ideas for a Great Gatsby level party to celebrate 2020 in style.

1. Invitations

Start with a themed invitation to immediately let your guests know what to expect at your party. The invites should also specify if you would like your guests to dress in ‘20s attire or bring any food or drinks. For a more immersive experience, also include a password that guests must provide at the door to enter the “speakeasy.”
 

Products pictured: Audrey Coupe Champagne Glass.

2. The Bar

The speakeasy theme is an especially fun one for the bar area. Wrap liquor bottles with paper bags and make or print some prohibition signs to post nearby. And don’t forget the champagne! Serve it at midnight in a vintage style glass, like our Audrey Coupe Champagne Glass, and cheers to the new year.
 

3. Decor

The roaring ‘20s were all about the glitz, glam, and fashion. Pile on the sequins, feathers, tassels, and shiny gold accents. From the seating areas, photo back drops, or dinner tables,
 

4. Dancing

Of course no party would be complete without dancing! Whether you just clear a space or rent an actual dance floor, make sure you have room for your guests to Shimmy, Charleston, and Fox Trot the night away.
 

5. Photobooth

Photobooths have started to become a party staple, complete with themed props. But if you decide to skip the real thing, at least make sure there are a couple spots with a perfect backdrop for everyone to take their selfies and memorialize the night.




How To | 7 Quick and Easy DIY Holiday Centerpiece Ideas

Products pictured: Satin Fuchsia Napkin, Ava Blush Charger, Lucca Ivory Dinner Plate, Jane Silver Salad Plate, Scroll Flatware, Pink Dixie Goblet, Sonoma Champagne Glass, Phantom Dining Chair.

 

1. Ornament Centerpiece

Disperse oversized ornaments around your table, line up smaller ones for a 3D runner, or fill up your vases or other tabletop containers with ornaments of any size or color. For a more eclectic look, grab a variety of ornaments from your own supply (all those bulbs who lost their hangers are perfect candidates) or head to a discount store to buy a case of cheap ornaments in coordinating colors.

 

2. Candle Centerpiece

Candles are one of the quickest ways to create a lot of holiday ambience. Place them in votives, mason jars, candlesticks, or just on their own throughout the table. Just be sure to remember fire safety tips when using real candles, or opt for LED candle lights for a safer option.
 

3. Natural Centerpiece

One of the most cost effective décor options is using natural elements that you find in your neighborhood. Collect pine cones, tree clippings, and cranberries to create a colorful and natural centerpiece. What you create depends on what you are able to find, but some ideas include arranging pine cones on a tray with battery-powered string lights, or float fresh cranberries and pine branches in a vase filled with water.

 

4. Candy Centerpiece

For a sweet spin, use some colorful candy in your décor. Most discount stores will have some type of festive candy you can pick up for a low price. Just pour them into some display bowls, vases, jars, or any clear vessels that you can place on your table.
 

5. Garland Centerpiece

Garlands of many different styles can usually be found for a very low price at most stores around the holidays. Run them down the center of a long table or shape them around a centerpiece on a round table.

 

6. Vignette Centerpiece

Create a festive scene on your table with a curated vignette of all things holiday. Mini trees, Santa figurines, and themed candle holders can come together for an eclectic centerpiece, especially if you are hosting on a round table. Use a tiered tray or a cake stand to elevate your décor and make it really stand out.
 

7. Wrapped Gifts

From colorful to craft paper, there is a wrapping paper to match your holiday style. Wrap some small and medium sized boxes, top them with a bow, and stack them in the center of the table for a fun and unique centerpiece. If applicable, you could arrange the gifts you are giving to your guests at the table so that everyone has something to look forward to after dessert is served!




How To | Create A Perfect Thanksgiving Seating Plan

Walnut Stained Farm Style Table, Lucca Ivory with Gold Band Chop Plate, Victoria Dinner Plate, Venice Amber Salad Plate, Harvest Oatmeal Napkin, Arya Flatware, Charlotte Water Glass, Charlotte Wine Glass, Charlotte Champagne Glass, Delilah Cloud Oversized Runner.

 

Why have a seating plan?

Putting together a seating plan and writing out some quick place cards is one of the simplest ways to elevate your Thanksgiving and make the entire evening feel more classy, put together, and intimate. When guests see a place setting just for them, it makes them feel valued and like you’re glad that they are here. Plus, the right seating arrangement helps the conversation flow for hours and encourages your guests to mingle with more than their usual crowd.

 

Some tips to keep in mind

When it comes to making your seating plan, you as the host probably know best where everyone should be seated. Use your judgement and really think about each guest’s personality traits and typical behaviors and how that might mesh with other guests. To start, make sure at least one host is at each table, and that they are seated somewhere with easy access to the kitchen so that getting up for drink refills or to serve up pie doesn’t have you squeezing past everyone’s chairs. Keep couples near each other at the same table, but don’t seat them right next to each other to encourage them to participate in a bigger conversation. If you have any left-handed guests, try to seat them on a corner to keep them from bumping elbows. And if you happen to have any guests who are excellent conversationalists and charmers, seat them near the middle of the table where they can interact with everyone and keep the conversation lively all evening.

 

Advice for the kids’ table

To avoid just seating everyone under 18 years old at one “Kids’ Table,” think about all the children in attendance and where they might do best. Younger kids who still need assistance with their dinner may do better seated in a high chair or booster seat between their parents. Some teenagers may prefer sitting with the adults as opposed to babysitting the younger kids at a separate table (but try to separate more than one teen so that they are encouraged to join in the adult’s conversation). If you are left with at least a couple of kids who are close in age and would be (at least mostly) well-behaved and self-sufficient at their own table, set them up with their own table and a couple extra activities to keep them busy throughout dinner and dessert (coloring pages with crayons, a box full of pipe cleaners, or simple games like tic-tac-toe).




How To | 5 Shortcuts to Make the Holidays a Breeze

Products pictured: Beechwood Farm Table, Faye Chop Plate, Lucca Ivory Dinner Plate, Lucca Ivory Salad Plate, Lucca Ivory Bread & Butter Plate, Presley Flatware, Cabo Palm Napkin, Smoke Dixie Goblet, Ledge Water Goblet, Ledge Champagne Glass.

 

Hosting a holiday dinner can be an intense whirlwind of juggling responsibilities and endless to-do lists. Here are 5 shortcuts to make the whole process a little bit easier.

1. Rent your tabletop

Your local event rental company will likely have suggestions (and maybe even sales) for festive holiday tableware. Not only will your table look amazing and like you put tons of thought and effort into it, but cleanup is much easier when renting your tableware. Just put it all back into the bins they came in and return them without washing. Table linens and napkins can also be rented to cut down on laundry and/or needless paper/plastic waste!

2. Clean smarter not harder

If you have the extra time to deep clean your entire home before your holiday party, then by all means get started! But for those of us with an overflowing to-do list, just focus on some major key spots to give the impression of a thoroughly cleaned house. In the kitchen: Get rid of any dishes in the sink and do a quick wipe down of the counters and front of the fridge. In the bathroom, make sure the toilet and sink are clean, stock the TP, make sure there’s soap and hand towels, and light a candle. In the living and dining rooms, clean up any clutter on the floors, counters, and tables, fluff pillows on the couches and chairs, and set the table.

 

3. Get some help

Assign jobs to everyone in the household as well as anyone who offers up their assistance. Even if their only job is to write out place cards, that’s one more thing you don’t have to worry about. Have someone go pick up the tabletop rentals and place them on the table. Ask another person to bring a salad. Delegating even the simplest tasks can make your to-do list seem much more manageable and your friends and family will enjoy feeling helpful.

4. Start prepping early

If possible, start planning and prepping for the holiday as early as you can. Completing even just a couple tasks well in advance will help relieve a lot of last-minute planning stress. Buy beverages and other shelf-stable menu items, clean up spaces that don’t get used very often, and do as much food prep as possible in the weeks leading up to the holiday.

 

Photo by Chris Potako.

5. Adjust the lighting

Some mood lighting does wonders to make your home feel cozy and festive, and it helps hide those areas you didn’t have time to dust. Turn off the bright overhead lights and go with softer lamps, string lights, and candles. Put on a perfect playlist and enjoy your celebration!




Looks We Love | Tips for Decorating Your Home for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to get together to eat, drink, and celebrate the season. Set the mood for the autumnal celebration with these simple fall décor ideas.

Set The Table

Since the main event at any Thanksgiving gathering takes place at the dinner table, start there with all your fall décor. Create your centerpieces first and use leftover décor items around the rest of the house. Use table linens and cloth napkins and rent real china, flatware and glassware to give your guests the feeling of an extravagant feast while ensuring that cleanup will be a breeze. Plus you can feel good about reducing the amount of waste at the end of the night!

Shop Your House

It doesn’t have to have a pumpkin on it or say “autumn” to help create a cohesive Thanksgiving look! Hang your family’s flannels on coat hooks, move all your wicker baskets out in the open, bring out any extra blankets and pillows to create a cozy warmth, and check your bookshelves for anything in pretty fall colors to temporarily keep out on the coffee table or incorporate in your table centerpieces.

Go Natural

Fall decorating is all centered on the natural beauty of the season. So go outside hunting for natural décor elements, like pine cones, colorful leaves, and interesting fallen branches. You can also find natural décor at the supermarket. Pick up some colorful apples, squashes, and pumpkins at the store to display in places other than the kitchen. And bonus: you can snack on those décor items in the following week!

Bigger Is Better

Instead of trying to fill a large entertaining space with lots of small décor pieces, invest in just a few larger pieces. A fall-themed print on your wall, a display sign for your porch, or seasonal throw pillows and blankets on the couch will make a big impact without having to spend too much time, effort, or money.

Create Focal Points

Another way to maximize the impact of a few décor items is to create vignettes around your entertaining space. For example, if your fireplace mantle and dining table both scream fall, the entire space will feel transformed and you won’t need to add more décor anywhere else (unless, of course, you want to!).

Photo 1: Beechwood Farm Table, Faye Chop Plate, Lucca Ivory Dinner Plate, Lucca Ivory Salad Plate, Lucca Ivory Bread and Butter Plate, Presley Flatware, Smoke Dixie Goblet, Ledge Water Glass, Ledge Champagne Glass, Cabo Palm Napkin, Abbey Dining Chair.
Photo 3: Caprice Petal, Burlap Runner, Beaded Gold Charger, Victoria Dinner Plate, Jane Gold Salad Plate, Parker Flatware, Amber Dixie Goblet, Empire Champagne Glass, Sonoma Red Wine Glass, Wooden Planter Box Square.
Photo 4: Photo by Vanessa Lynne Photography. Light Wicker Charger, Ritz Dinner Plate, Cognac Luster Salad Plate, Smoke Dixie Goblet, Sonoma Red Wine Glass, Sonoma Champagne Glass.
Photo 5: Photo by Brooke Shannon Photography. Glass Plain Gold Rim Charger, Faye Dinner Plate, Faye Salad Plate, Cabo Palm Napkin.
Photo 6: Photo by Woodmancy Photography. Walnut Stained Farm Style Table, Lucca Ivory Dinner Plate, Lucca Ivory Salad Plate, Parker Flatware, Sonoma Water Glass, Ledge Balloon Wine, Gold Candlestick.