Gosh, it’s been an age since I posted anything and I have such a backlog of things to show you! Let’s get started with this gorgeous Fall-themed bridal luncheon, and what could be more appropriate than to call it “Fall in Love”! This intimate luncheon for sixteen was hosted at the delightful Watershed Restaurant on Peachtree and, as crisp, Autumn leaves fluttered down in the sunlight outside, so too the table perfectly reflected the autumnal day! The table was inspired by a collection of beautiful copper-dipped leaves which had been used to decorate the family’s Christmas tree at their lake house for many years. Floral arrangements of hydrangea, silver brunia and scabious were accented with mini white Cinderella pumpkin, lotus pods and pinecones. To this, we added a few faux silk leaves, reflecting a leafy canopy above which diffused the overhead lights like dappled sunlight. At each place setting, a rich moss green napkin was dressed with a pumpkin and one of the copper leaves and, alongside, a favor bag of handmade cookies was decorated with ribbon personalized for the happy couple. Over lunch, guests delighted over a photo montage of the bride especially produced by the bride’s father. And, once lunch was over, the hustle and bustle of last-minute wedding plans took over again as guests scattered to dress-fittings, wedding planner meetings and venue walk-throughs!
When a former Georgia Tech footballer turned 80, his family decided to surprise him with a party to celebrate him and his sporting career! We set up tables and chairs under the shady trees, and a bar area in the cool enclosure of a pretty covered porch. We decorated using a collection of old photos which we had made into banners, posters and hanging photo collages. Twenty dozen roses added bright splashes of yellow to a decor scheme that was otherwise largely black and white. Tall floral pedestals stood either side of a brick terrace, framing the bluegrass band which entertained guests as they dined on One Star Ranch‘s legendary barbeque. Riff Raff, not surprisingly, did not miss the opportunity to get into character, donning a golden GT helmet and a jersey he borrowed from a real GT football player. At the bar, even the beer bottles sported team koozies! And we made sure guests were greeted at the end of the steep driveway by the their very own Ramblin’ Wreck - a golf cart decked-out in all manner of pompoms, pennants and flags. Old friends spent a happy afternoon sitting in the shade, reminiscing about the good old days, feet tapping away to the vibes of Jimmy T and his bluegrass buddies!
There are many things that I love about what I do. One of them is the privilege it is to get to witness and share in the celebrations of life – the birthdays, the marriages, the friends, the families – the happiest of occasions that we, frankly, so often take for granted. Today, I got to share in another kind of celebration of life. At a time of unconscionable loss, I realized the thing that I do, no matter how insignificant and superfluous it might sometimes seem, can help honor the beauty of a life well-lived. There are no words to comfort her loved ones, but it was a privilege to, in some small way, ease the pain and offer a celebration of her life. (“Here I am, send me” was the beautiful hymn she chose for us to sing for her.)
A Mitzvah is a wonderful coming of adulthood and an opportunity for a cherished family celebration of the life and loves of the young Mitzvah. In Jacob’s case, this included the recognition of basketball as his overriding sporting passion! At the evening celebration, the room was dominated by a custom gobo and lit with alternating blue and orange uplighters to create columns of light around the room. We identified the adult and kid seating areas by using round tables dressed in blue linens with orange napkins for the adults, and rectangular tables with orange linens and blue napkins for the kids. This also helped give the room a more uniform, clean look rather than mixing up the oranges and blues at closer quarters, and the all-white chair covers with co-ordinating spandex bands ensured that the look of the whole room pulled together. The adult centerpieces featured real basketballs atop a lighted column of water with bud vases of orange gerbera daisies around the base. For the kid tables, we reused the Kiddush centerpieces which were made of orange gumballs and blue gerberas and featured the Mitzvah’s monogram logo. On the highboy tables, we created simple arrangements of orange gerberas, adding wide striped ribbon as an eye-catching accent. We designed the escort cards to incorporate the monogram logo which was also featured on the sign-in board, and used retro Varsity-style fonts for the text. We created a scoreboard backdrop featuring the date and time of the Mitzvah celebration and used this above the basketball-themed gift box. Always looking the part, Riff Raff sported a basketball jersey custom-made for the occasion, co-ordinating toweling headband and a pro-style shooter sleeve…!
Renowned for its fancy hats and mint juleps, the Kentucky Derby is one of the most popular sporting events of the year. On the first Saturday of May, fun celebrations are held around the country in honor of what is regularly called “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”. The stakes are high – not only a top prize in excess of a million dollars, but also the coveted blanket of roses for the winner – hence the moniker “Run for the Roses”. For this Derby party, we wanted to recreate a little Millionaire’s Row luxe – a strong color theme, dozens of lush red roses, bold linens and classy accents. The entrance doors, with their lucky horseshoe shaped wreaths, opened to the tall spires of Churchill Downs and rows of rose bushes. On the chairs, cushions of red contrasted with wide black and white stripes, and highboy tables were dressed in bold linens cinched with red sashes. On the mantel, a row of trophies stood in honor of the proud recipients. On the buffet table, red carnation flower balls sat on black wooden pedestals and, as the centerpiece to the room, a pure black thoroughbred stood adorned with his own blanket of roses. The party spilled out through the French doors onto a terrace decorated with festive pennant strings and julep cup centerpieces. And, sensing an opportunity for glory, Riff Raff dressed as a jockey with his goggles and crop, and harbored dreams of victory on American Pharaoh…!
Just a quick one here… Glorious tulips nestled into moss-covered boxes and tall branches of frilly cherry blossom bring the Spring right into your home. If you’re like me, you look at them and can’t help but smile…!
It’s hard to think of a more perfect backdrop for a Picture Party than the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. With the architectural lines of Day and Mershon Halls in the background and Dale Chihuly’s glass masterpiece in the center, the Levy Parterre adds style and grace to any social gathering! We decided to add a pop of color with our centerpieces – red and lavender tulips offset against the pale chartreuse of mini green hydrangeas. Nestled into heavy barnwood boxes over a carpet of moss, branches of pussy willow added height and texture to the arrangements. The color scheme was also reflected in the linens - lavender pintuck taffeta cinched in with wide red sashes. Outside on the terrace, highboys provided an anchor spot for guests to put down their drinks as they grabbed their cameras. Inside, a sociable space was created around the bar with a combination of highboy tables and seated rounds. And on the walls, the bright tulip artwork which had provided one of the inspirations for the centerpieces!
For this March Madness-themed kiddush luncheon, we really immersed ourselves in the basketball theme! From the centerpieces to the gift box, there was no denying what this was all about. We created a personalized scoreboard which sat behind the hoop and backplate themed gift box, flanked either side by large orange gerbera flower balls. The centerpieces were created using real basketballs for vases – filling them with white cremon chrysanthemums and accents of ruskus – then scattered round with basketball table confetti and orange candies for the kids. On the buffet tables, we used tall bunches of themed balloons to add height whilst, on the central buffet, we brought the outside in with a huge arrangement of cherry blossom, bringing a wonderful Spring feel to the room. Riff Raff sported a March Madness banner and a custom basketball shirt, and the caterers wanted in as well – their servers all checked in wearing black and white striped referee jerseys!
My kids are now beyond the age where running around the garden searching for a bunch of plastic eggs filled with candy is their idea of cool… So, when I came across an adorable Egg Hunt kit a month or so ago, I instantly started thinking about how else I could use it. The answer, of course, lay on my Easter table! An astroturf table-topper provided the perfect backdrop. We made stands for the cute bunny signs and then scattered a mix of colorful eggs around on the grass. In the middle, I nestled a tree into a pretty flower ring then decorated it with shiny, metallic eggs. Miniature individual bouquets hung from the back of each chair, and we decorated the archway in the background with a mass of artificial tulips. Such a fun table and even the kids appreciated it - proving beyond doubt that you’re never too old to enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt…!
If you’re turning 10 you might as well do it in style – and this was certainly that! Henry’s Decade Jam was a rock-themed extravaganza for around 80 kids held at Capital City Club. We got the message – he wanted bright colors and loud music and that’s exactly what he got! We lit the room with alternating-colored uplights and gave each table a different colored linen, adding sequin linens here and there for some glitz. We set up a photo backdrop where the kids were snapped with an Instamatic camera after picking up assorted rock-themed props from the accessories table. Around the room, we added decor columns featuring mirrored guitars, glittered ROCK letters and a pyrotechic-style blast at the top. For the centerpieces, we used a combination of silver glittered guitars lit by color-changing LEDs, and vases filled with mini mirror balls and topped with a large mirror ball. We used all manner of color-changing lights to give the room a psychedelic feel, adding customized LED cola cups at each place setting. A table was set up for some crazy face-painting, and the kids were given LED mouth grills which made them look pretty freaky! Of course, Riff Raff was more than happy to come along for the ride, jamming out on his Fender…!