Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Event Design: Hot Air Balloon Themed First Birthday & Baptism | St. Andrew Armenian Church, Cupertino

I'm so excited to announce that On To Baby has featured Leah's first birthday & Baptism on their blog! On To Baby features all things baby such as lovely baby showers, inspiring nursery designs, unforgettable kids birthday parties, and more. See the blog post here. On to the details...

Up, up, and away! This hot air balloon themed first birthday was filled with all things pink and glitter. Bella hired me to help design her daughter’s first birthday party and baptism. She wanted a theme that was unique, chic, and playful. The hot air balloon theme seemed perfect for this occasion. The event took place in the St. Andrew Armenian Church hall. We brought rentals and lighting to warm up the place and make it feel more elegant. I don't think the church hall had ever looked so good! Bella, thank you for hiring me to do the event design for your daughter's party. I had an amazing time making all the details and seeing it all come together. Leah is so precious and I wish your family many more blessings.

Event Design & Day-of-coordination: Simple Little Details / Invitations & Paper Goods: Simple Little Details / Photography: Becca Martin of Heartbeats Photography / Venue: St. Andrew Armenian Church /  Florals: Simple Little Details / Lighting and Draping: Method 42 Productions / Linens: Hartmann Studios and AGS Linens / Chargers & Chairs: Lush Event Rentals / Desserts: CakeArt by Gracie

Place Card Table
As guest arrived they were greeted by an “Up, up, and away!” sign and hot air balloons floating up above the place card table. I wanted the guests to feel like they were about to go on a hot air balloon ride. I found this amazing gold sequins linen that was perfect in setting the tone for the rest of the décor.

Dining Tables
The dining tables were covered with a soft pink linen and paired with gold chivari chairs to make it feel extra elegant. I hand made the napkin rings with pink tulle to look like a tutu around the napkin. For the centerpieces, I hand glittered craft boxes and added a pink tutu around it. I filled the box with white hydrangeas and pink garden roses and had a floating balloon up top to resemble a hot air balloon.

Kid’s Station
I created a kids station where they could pick up a goodie box and lemonade.  The goodie boxes were gold glitter and pink with a balloon attached. They were filled with little toys and games for the kids to stay entertained. I also made fun sippy cups for the kids to use to enjoy their lemonade.

Photo Booth
I made a life sized hot air balloon for the kids to take photos in. I bought a laundry basket, spray painted it gold, and attached a pink and gold tassel banner to the front. I created a cluster of pink balloons up above. It made for some adorable photos.

Birthday Girl High Chair & Party Hat

I wanted to make the birthday girl’s high chair extra special so that she stood out amongst all the kids. I created a pink tutu around the chair and hung a banner that said “ONE”. I also made her a matching first birthday hat out of the glitter paper and pink tulle, which she looked absolutely adorable in.

Dessert Table

The dessert table was the highlight of the party. The pink tulle backdrop and the gold sequins linen was the perfect combination. I hung hot air balloons that spelled out the birthday girls name floating above the table. All the desserts incorporated the hot air balloon theme. Guests were wowed by all the details of the dessert table.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Event Design: Classic Romantic Wedding | The Palace Hotel, San Francisco

Classic. Romantic. Glamorous. Those are the three words that described the vision for Nicole and Nick’s wedding at the fabulous Palace Hotel in San Francisco, CA. Nicole and Nick hired me to do the Event Design and Coordination for their wedding. It was an absolute pleasure working with them and their families. Nicole and her mom’s relationship reminded me a lot of my mom and I, so I could definitely relate to them and it was fun to see the similarities. I felt like I was part of the family!

The venue played a great part in the inspiration for the wedding. The ballroom at the Palace Hotel has gorgeous ornate gold walls and crystal chandeliers so we really wanted to play off of that. To keep with the classic romantic esthetic, the colors of the wedding were soft blush, ivory, and gold. When guests arrived to the reception they were greeted by the place card table that had a mix of ornate mirrors with the place cards placed on top. Nicole and I purchased a variety of mirrors from home décor stores and I painted them with a metallic champagne spray paint. Place cards tend to be an afterthought for most weddings, but I always like to create something unique to set the tone for the rest of the evening.

Asiel Design did a fabulous job on the florals keeping a classic shape but bringing in a gorgeous mix of roses and hydrangeas that had been hand spray painted with metallic gold. The mix of 3 different centerpieces gave a nice high low effect and gave the guests an opportunity to admire the different styles. The dining tables were covered in a soft blush paillette linen and topped with sparkly chargers, adding the perfect amount of glam. Each place setting had a chocolate favor that had a pearl and rhinestone broche on top.

My favorite design piece of the wedding was by far the head table for the bridal party. We chose to do a different linen here to keep it unique from the rest of the dining tables. The linen was a soft blush color with rosettes, adding a beautiful texture to the table. We purchased fabric from the store and created a beautiful drape with a rhinestone broche for the head table chairs. The Palace Hotel’s fireplace was a perfect backdrop to the head table. I simply added my high and low candle pedestals on the mantel to add a little candlelight.

I think that one important design element that couples tend to overlook is lighting. Lighting can completely transform a room and adds warmth. For this wedding we stuck with light gold uplights around the room and changed the color tone to a soft rose for the head table to again make it stand out. We also used an antique rosette pattern to add texture to white dance floor.

There were a few special touches for the guests throughout the night.  On top of the abundant spread of desserts, a gelato cart rolled into the reception serving up Nicole and Nick’s favorite flavors. It was definitely a hit! And no party would be complete without a midnight snack. Towards the end of the wedding we had a spread of truffled grilled cheese sandwiches and sweet potato fries.  It was the perfect ending to a beautiful night. Nicole, Nick, and Tantig Houry, I had such an amazing time planning this wedding with you. You have such impeccable taste that you made my job easy. I wish your family all the best and many more fun celebrations to come!

Event Design & Day-of-coordination: Simple Little Details / Invitations & Paper Goods: Simple Little Details / Photography: Chung Li / Ceremony: St. Gregory Armenian Church /  Reception: The Palace Hotel / Florals: Asiel Design / Lighting: AEC Tri-Valley / Linens: LaTavola / Chargers & Dance Floor: Hartman Studios / Chivari Chairs: Lush Event Rentals / DJ: DJ Cocheze / Gelato Cart: Sweet Springs / Desserts: Sweet Tooth Confections