Monday, April 25, 2011

Lindsey & Logan's Feburary Nuptials!

Every client that I work with has that special touch or personality that makes their wedding shine above the rest. It just so happens that my favorite part about Lindsey and Logan's February wedding didn't just occur on the wedding day, but each step along the way! As a bride, Lindsey made sure that all of their paper goods, from the Save the Date to the custom photo strip photo folder, were elegant and uniquely theirs, setting the tone for the wedding! The first piece that guests saw was a custom map and Save the Date by Elizabeth Danae. It was simply stunning! Then a few months before the wedding, the actual invites designed by Lindsey and Paper Fling were sent out which drew more raves! It was sure to be a spectacular event!Lindsey and Logan's wedding day began at The Rainier Club as Rubin Weddings captured each moment! As the bride and her bridesmaids finished up hair and makeup with Salon Maison, Logan and his groomsmen were competing in a ruthless game of foosball in another nearby room. Once preparations were done, the bridal party was taken, in luxury, by British Motor Coach to Blessed Sacrament Church where family photos began. As the winter sun shined brightly outside, the warm soft pinks of Ring Around the Rose's floral pieces delighted us all! As guests arrived, they were escorted to their seats by the ushers and the sounds of the Blessed Sacrament Musicians. Lindsey was simply stunning as she made her grand entrance with her father by her side. As they said their I Do's smiles and applause surrounded the newlyweds who were escorted off to Gasworks Park for photos! While the Bride and Groom took a few last photos, guests were entertained by Michael Benson's Cocktail Jazz duo as they sipped on signature cocktails (Black Pearls & Pink Lemondrops!) and appetizers by The Rainier Club! In addition, 321 Foto kept the guests laughing throughout the evening! My favorite part of the photobooth were the Photobooth Tickets inside each escort card created by the Bride's Aunt... ...and the custom Photo Strip Photo Folders by Paper Fling thanking each guest for coming! As the dinner bell rang the party moved into the dining room that had been transformed into a lush landscape of peonies and other lovelies by Ring Around the Rose! Place cards handmade by the Bride's Aunt were adorned with a single miniature rose, yet again another stunning detail dreamed up by the bride! Once guests were seated, the bride and groom were announced into the Heritage Room which was then followed by a special welcome toast by the Father of the Bride kicking off a gourmet dinner of the couples favorite foods! The toast of course, was not complete without the champagne that had been pre-poured for each guest! As the guests enjoyed each course, Michael Benson played background piano music. When the dinner neared an end and champagne flutes were replenished, toasts were given by the two Maids of Honor and Best Man. As a surprise to the groom, the Best Man decided to play a little fun and placed embarrassing photos of the groom under each table! It gave everyone a good chuckle! With Lindsey & Logan's lead, guests moved to the Rainier Room to celebrate the rest of the evening! Lindsey and Logan kicked off the party with their first dance and cutting of the cake.Once cake cutting was complete, a night of dancing followed! I must say I wasn't sure if it was the sugar in the cake by The People's Cake or the music of the Michael Benson Band, but this crowd sure did know how to dance! As the night went on, guests nibbled on late night snacks of mini grilled cheese sandwiches and mini sliders with golden garlic fries! However, the best part came as guests got to make their own s'mores in the roaring fire in the Rainier Room. It was a big hit along with the signature cocktail that was passed featuring a Hot Bailey's Irish drink! With the last song of the night playing in the background, guests stood on The Rainier Club's terrace and waived goodbye to the newlyweds who were heading off to their hotel in a vintage vehicle from British Motor Coach!

Thank you to all of Lindsey & Logan's Vendors!

Ceremony Location ~ Blessed Sacrament Church
Reception Venue & Catering ~ The Rainier Club
Event Planner ~ Pink Blossom Events
Florist ~ Ring Around the Rose
Photographer ~ Rubin Weddings
Reception Music ~ Michael Benson Band
Photo Booth ~ 321 Foto
Cake ~ The People's Cake
Transportation ~ British Motor Coach
Hair & Makeup ~ Salon Maison
Save the date Artwork ~ Elizabeth Danae - I Dream of Letters
Invitations and other Paper Goods ~ Paper Fling
Nails ~ Julep
Wedding Night Hotel ~ Alexis Hotel
Bridal Gown ~ Belltown Bridal
Menswear ~ Men's Warehouse

Thank you so much for all of your hard work and for helping to make our wedding dreams come true! Logan & I enjoyed working with you and truly appreciate the effort, energy & passion you put into planning our wedding! ~ Lindsey & Logan

Monday, April 18, 2011

Easter Beer Hunt!

What started with a group of six friends trying a new spin on the Easter Egg Hunt back in 2007 has now turned into the Annual Easter Beer Hunt and this April will mark year number four (we had to skip one year unfortunately)! As each year progresses, the excitement continues to build and I wanted to share some fun ideas for you to host your own Easter Beer Hunt! Who says Easter is just for kids?

Decor Ideas

What to ask each guest to bring? Each guest is asked to bring a six pack of their favorite beer. Then depending on the menu for that night, you can ask each guest to bring an appetizer or entree for a potluck dinner or provide your own Easter feast for your guests.

How to play? 1. After all the guests have arrived, designate two people to hide all of the beers outside while the rest of the group hides inside. Be sure to set a boundary of where the hiding will occur and also count the exact number of beers that are hidden to ensure your guests find all bottles of beer. 2. Once all of the beers are hidden, have each guest grab an empty beer container and let the hunt begin! 3. Winner is determined by who finds the most number of beers. 4. Give out prizes for the top three winners. Prizes may vary from a basket full of Easter candy to a cash prize! Time to eat and celebrate! Easter is a fun way to incorporate some of our favorite foods of the year including deviled eggs, ham and potato salad. Why not include those plus some fun items to mix with the beer theme? Soft pretzels, peanuts and my favorite for those of you having a bonfire are peep smores! Wishing you a successful Easter Beer Hunt and a Hoppy Easter!

Monday, April 11, 2011

2011 Voila! Wedding Show Recap!

On March 20, 2011 Panache and Pink Blossom Events hosted the second annual Voila! Wedding Show at the Woodmark Hotel. Brides, grooms and their wedding parties spent the afternoon getting acquainted with local vendors as they sipped signature cocktails and sampled seasonal sweets and appetizers. The theme of our event is inspired by the seasons, with each of four events spaces at The Woodmark Hotel designated to spring, summer, autumn and winter; with harmonizing tabletops, floral designs and decorating ideas. As with any event, the Voila! Wedding Show would not have been possible without all of those who supported us on this endeavor! Our gratitude extends to AA Party who provided us with everything from chairs to tables to glassware and linens, Linens by Alice and Express Linen Rentals for donating the specialty linens, Incentive Solutions for donating the Voila! bags and to the Woodmark Hotel for allowing us the opportunity to showcase our event at their venue! In addition, our Sponsors and Seattle Metropolitan Bride & Groom and to all of the vendors who helped to make each season's vision a reality! Thank you!
Follow along as we tour through the event season by season!
Photographs courtesy of Azzura Photography and Solace Arts.
Theme ~ Spring Blossoms As guests made their way down the spiral staircase to the Voila! Wedding Show, they were instantly immersed into the bright colors of spring and the sounds of Bugsie Productions! Bright blues, lime greens and accents of yellow highlighted the room designed by Pink Blossom Events, Panache, Laurel's Floral Decor, Heathoriginal and Ephemera. To match the blue swirl linen by Express Linen Rentals, Laurel, owner of Laurel's Floral Decor, created over the top floral pieces which accented the tabletop and room decor. To add a touch of spring fun, Heathoriginal and Ephemera's paper goods knocked our socks off with their unique touches ranging from "Love flags" to the custom bride and groom chair adornments stating "I'm Her Mr." and "She's His Mrs." Too cute! Moulton's Garden Bon Bon's were a fitting favor to this tablescape.
Along with nibbling on the chocolate treats from Immaculate Confections, the room featured Woodmark's Signature Margarita and Sushi by Wasabi Bistro!Spring Vendors
Azzura Photography, Bugsie Productions, Ephemera, French Knot Couture, Heathoriginal, Immaculate Confections, Laurel's Floral Decor, Moulton Garden Bon Bons, Wasabi Bistro and The Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club & Spa.


Theme ~ English Garden Party
With an outdoor garden vision, Panache and Pink Blossom Events enlisted the help of Christian's Plant & Tree Rental and Fena Flowers to bring the outdoor elements inside the Woodmark's Tent. A hand written sign by Pascal Collins Calligraphy directed guests into the "English Garden Party" where a display of programs, doubling as fans, and favor boxes by Paper Fling, noting guests table numbers, greeted them. The lilac and pink summer vignette featured, four small guest rounds, park benches, an aisle lined with boxwood planters, a backdrop of trees and grass donated by Make A Scene. This is the perfect example of how you can create a single area for both the ceremony and reception by having your guests seated at their tables during the ceremony. The English garden party tablescapes were inspired by an afternoon tea party! From the linens provided by Linens by Alice to teacups entwined with the menu to the petite fours by Tallant House, one wouldn't mind spending the afternoon at this wedding! As Smooth Grove played soft background music newlyweds took their photos in the Say Cheez Photo Booth, spoke with vendors, sipped Sweet Things (Tea Infused Vodka and Lemonade) and dined on Gazpacho Shots and Dungeness Crab Salad on Cucumber by the Woodmark and sweets by Tallant House! Before leaving summer, guests were shown a simple and unique favor idea of miniature azelea's from Fena Flowers wth custom tags and wrapping by Paper Fling! Summer Vendors
British Motor Coach, Christian's Tree & Plant Rentals, College Nannies, Edit 1 Media, Fena Flowers, Fly Fitness, La Belle Elaine's, Linens by Alice, My Flawless Makeup & Tan,, Paper Fling, Pascale Collins Calligraphy, Say Cheez Photo Booth, Smooth Groove Productions, and Tallant House.

Theme ~ Luxurious Harvest Walking into the Autumn great room you were immediately drawn to the thought of family and fall abundance with the long family style table featured as the room's focal point. Woodland Flowers, known for their lush arrangements, created the perfect centerpiece for this tablescape falling in line with the seasons burgundy and gold color scheme drawn from the kimono linen from Linens by Alice. The dishes from AA Party were surrounded by paper goods by Silberman Brown and a favor box filled with chocolate covered fruits from Chukar Cherries. Guests were not only delighted with the seasons desserts of cupPies by Shoefly Pie Company and Chukar Cherries chocolate treats but the Pomegranate Cosmo and Miniature Apple and Blue Cheese Quiche passed by the Woodmark were delicious!
Autumn Vendors
AA Party Rentals, Chukar Cherries, Crown Limousine, Disco Royale, Flower Girl Boutique, Little Borrowed Dress, Salon Maison, Shoofly Pie Company, Silberman Brown, Solace Arts, Wine World Warehouse and Woodland Flowers.

Theme ~ Black & White Vintage with a Modern Twist! Pulling from an array of our favorite ideas, Panache and Pink Blossom Events worked with A Tailored Affair, Ring Around the Rose and Valerie's Invites to create a room that had a look all it's own! The winter ballroom featured a typewriter guest book provided by Pink Blossom Events and an escort board inspired by a checkers board game. The bride and groom were then placed underneath a chuppah built by A Tailored Affair and decorated with white orchids by Ring Around the Rose. For the reception table AA Party's silver chivari chairs with floral chair back covers circled the black and white ribbon linen from Express Linen Rentals. Valerie's Invites added place cards, chalkboard table numbers and a floral paper rosette to each place setting to create this stunning look! Ring Around the Rose, as always, displayed a gorgeous floral piece for the table. To top off the tables, Cheryl, owner of Cookie Fairy, made handmade bride and groom cookie favors that were at each place setting. We can guarantee that you will not have many favors left if you have these at your wedding! To match the swirl pattern, Creative Cake Designs, featured a cake that coordinated with the table linens. As pianist Jennifer Iovanne serenaded the crowd, brides to be enjoyed warm coffee drinks by Mocha Motion, a Winter Mint Martini and Appetizers of Kahlua Pork on Taro Chips and Vegetable Risotto Cakes by the Woodmark!
Winter Vendors
A Tailored Affair, Butler Valet & Transportation, Cookie Fairy, Creative Cake Designs, Express Linen Rentals, Jennifer Iovanne, La Belle Reve, Lorbaniah Cameography, Mocha Motion, Ring Around the Rose, Sam Day, Tuxedo Club, Valerie's Invites and Vintage Proverbs 356.

Panache and Pink Blossom Events!
As the hosts of this event, Panache and Pink Blossom Events spend months making sure every little detail is planned and ready to be executed on event day! With this in mind, we centered our display area around how we go about designing each room and bringing our ideas together. Flanking each of our display tables, we displayed inspiration boards showing event attendees how we start with a photo or one simple idea and design the rooms from there. To begin with, we must choose the linens and tableware for each room then we meet with our vendors to let them go wild! Of course, we have to be certain that no two rooms feature the same theme or color scheme! In addition to the inspiration boards, our display area included an "Ask The Planner" section where brides, grooms and all involved could ask their most burning wedding questions!
In addition to the four seasons guests had the opportunity to visit Woodmark guest rooms and walk outside to view vehicles on display from Butler Transportation, British Motor Coach and Crown Limousine. At the end of the day brides, grooms and their wedding parties were energized, excited and loaded with ideas and resources to help check off their to-do lists. As for those who won the door prizes, they were beaming with joy as they discussed how they would incorporate their gifts into their wedding day and our Grand Prize Winner was busily deciding which weekend she would be visiting Sonoma Valley for the Wine Weekend Getaway!

Voila! It's easy, it's fun and it's done!

For a complete list of vendors and information on the Voila! Wedding Show, click here. Be sure to become a fan of Voila! on facebook to stay ahead of the latest news on Voila! Wedding Show 2012!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

More Businesses Rely on Events Planners' Help

Do you really want your receptionist to plan the company party?

BreeAnn Gale, owner of Pink Blossom Events and Seattle Regional Director of Wedding Network USA, has noticed that more businesses are taking advantage of event planners to guide or completely orchestrate their corporate meetings, trade shows and parties rather than rely on the same location, the same menu and the same awards.(A mock wedding ceremony and reception were highlights of last years bridal open house at the Pan Pacific Hotel coordinated by Pink Blossom Events. Photo by Barbie Hull Photography.)

In the March 2011 issue of the Snohomish County Business Journal, Pink Blossom Events business is highlighted as a source for a coporate events! Click here to read the entire article.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Birthday Scavenger Hunt!

To celebrate my 27 Birthday this March a group of friends participated in a Birthday Scavenger Hunt ending in a dinner at one of my favorite sushi restaurants, Wasabi Bay! With a list of 27 items to find, four teams of three people were sent searching Mill Creek with cameras in hand to capture each find. The scavenger hunt was a great way to get all of us excited and laughing until the night ended! Take a peak below at some of our fun!The final item to find was "The Best Free Birthday Gift." There were many good finds but I think the birthday balloon that was found in the trash may be the winner! Although I decided it was best to keep it there...Thinking of planning your own scavenger hunt? Be sure to consider your group, the ages of the participants, number of nearby stores or restaurants and the geographical area you are covering. If you are looking at making this a large event, possibly consider adding transportation or letting Pink Blossom Events plan your hunt!