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Friday, August 31, 2012

{Event Details} 46th Annual SCCC Celebration, Pinwheels Centerpieces

In May we had a wonderful opportunity to work with Meghan O'Brien and Scott Buckland of Paradigm Talent Agency, who assisted on putting together a special fundraising event for the Southern California Counseling Center.

Meghan and Scott contacted us to create special centerpieces that would be auctioned off
at this glamorous circus-inspired event.

They sent us the invitation and asked if we could come up with something
that coordinated with the colorful theme.

Here is the front and back cover of the folded invitation.

Invitation by Future Circus, courtesy of Meghan O'Brien 

And the inside...

Invitation by Future Circus, courtesy of Meghan O'Brien 

And here is the cute rsvp...

This event was going to be an evening under the stars, full of fantastic feats to dazzle the eye. A cirque troupe would be performing to give the guests an extra-special experience.

We wanted the centerpieces to reflect the magical, colorful vibe of the evening.

Photo courtesy of Scott Buckland

We took a small gift box and adorned it with strips of red satin ribbon to give it a striped circus tent design, then filled it to the brim with all kinds of goodies: giant lollipops, pinwheels from Martha Stewart paper along with toothpick tags that coordinated beautifully with words of FUN and PARTY. We also adorned the centerpiece with metallic pinwheels that we found, along with red striped fun paper straws that look like candy sticks found at Paper Source, and sparkly sprigs that accent our centerpiece with that firework fun action that we found at a local party supply store.

Photo courtesy of Scott Buckland

The event (and the centerpieces) were a hit!

A big thank you to Meghan O'Brien and Scott Buckland of Paradigm, and also to Gordon Duvall, Director of Development for the SCCC, for the honor of assisting with this
special fundraiser for such a great cause!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

What We're Working On Wednesday

Hey all!

Just thought we'd share a photo of some of the wedding invitations we've been addressing lately...

Jillian did the calligraphy with white ink on kraft envelopes...and the couple getting married provided the vintage stamps, each of which hold a special meaning to them.

The effect is quite stunning, don't you think?

Addresses written in calligraphy give your invitation that extra 'wow' factor; it's elegant and personalized all at the same time.

Let us know if you have a special event coming up that could use that extra calligraphy touch!

Monday, August 27, 2012

{Event} Beautiful Bridge Birthday

Good morning and happy Monday to you!

We wanted to start off the week by sharing this fresh and floral birthday with you.
We had the chance to design an invitation and party details for a 90th birthday...
what a special occasion!

The birthday girl (Irene) loves playing bridge, so her daughter held a lovely luncheon where all of Irene's friends could gather to celebrate this momentous occasion,
and play some cards while doing it!

The luncheon was held in the spring, and
we wanted the invitation to reflect the fresh elegance of that time of year. 

Yellow and gray has been an increasingly popular color combination this year, so we used a gray card stock, a floral paper layer, and a white card stock to give the invitations a fresh feel.

We used florals to give the impression of a special occasion, along with a vintage playing card for that (still elegant) element of fun. The playing card and yellow satin ribbon sash served as the enclosure.

We lined the coordinating gray envelopes with a yellow polka dot paper for that pop of whimsy.

The result was a lovely invitation that evokes the special occasion while still being fresh and fun.

Irene's daughter, Teri Benaron, also asked us to design a few coordinating party details.
We designed individual place cards for each lady attending the luncheon.

Using a glitter gold card stock to really give them that special touch, we then added layers of chartreuse card stock and a floral-ly damask patterned paper.
These say, "glamour in the garden" to me!

The tags were then tied to each lady's napkin with a coordinating chartreuse ribbon. Gorgeous!

What elegant birthday party would be complete without favors?
We wrapped each favor with a combination of tissue paper, tulle, ribbon,
and a sprig of coordinating hydrangea.

Here's a quick photo from the actual event (please excuse the blurriness).
Look how gorgeous the favors and place card tags look with the garden leaf overlay!

It was such an honor being part of Irene's special birthday!

This concept of a garden luncheon would be beautiful for a bridal shower or even a baby shower.
When there's attention in the details, each celebration feels special and personalized.

Friday, August 24, 2012

{Frosting Friday} 40th Birthday Party Sneak Peek

Happy Friday!

Today we wanted to give you a sneak peek at a party we threw with an all-white color scheme.

It was a 40th birthday bash on a yacht, for Jillian's husband Tim.

These were just some of the all-white sweets on the dessert table...cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery that we adorned with our custom toppers.

Yacht...cocktails...dancing...cupcakes...could there be a better way to celebrate a 40th birthday? :)

Since Labor Day weekend is right around the corner, and some of you may be planning an all-white party of your own, we wanted to give you some sweet inspiration.

Stay tuned for more photos of this party next week.

And have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

{Special Project} Survival Kits

Ever wondered how to break the ice with a new group of people? Whether it be coworkers, organization members, or colleagues, sometimes its nice to have an "ice breaker" activity to help get the conversation flowing.

We wanted to share a recent project we did for Medtronic to serve this purpose.

We put together a "Survival Kit" to help the team members during their board meeting to get to know each other, build morale, and to realize they are all in the same boat together.

We simply filled a kraft paper bag with all kinds of goodies....

How are all these items significant, you may wonder?
Read the custom tag below :)

We attached this custom tag to each bag to add that personal touch.

A sweet way to get to know one another and motivate teamwork, don't ya think?

Let us know if your company/group/class is needing an ice breaker activity like this survival kit...we are happy to customize the kit to you and create a custom tag with your logo on it! :)

It's guaranteed to be a hit!

Friday, August 17, 2012

{Frosting Friday} Frosty Margarita Bachelorette Party

How yummy does this look right now? :)

Photo via Pinterest

In this post we'll show you how this "frosty" beverage inspired this frosted bachelorette party invitation.

Our client asked us to design a bachelorette party invitation for her sister. They would be celebrating on a margarita fiesta cruise...sounds like a blast right?

We wanted the invitation to set the tone for the occasion with bright, summery colors and an enticing theme. We used a turquoise enclosure and an anchor motif to represent the water/cruising aspect of the party. 

The cotton cord tying the enclosure also coordinated with the boating theme, as well as gave it a corset-y feel. The margarita-green card stock dipped in glitter "rock salt" evokes the margarita that was part of our inspiration.

The bright pink, green, and turquoise color scheme say summer fun while while the sparkly "salt" on the top makes me want a margarita! :)

Cruising, dancing, margaritas with the girls...this bachelorette party is sure to be a fabulous time!

To see the rest of our inspiration for this invitation, check out our inspiration board on Pinterest.


Have a fabulous weekend!

Monday, August 13, 2012

{Event Details} Santa Barbara Wedding

We recently had the pleasure of creating wedding details for Tracy and Todd, a couple getting married in beautiful Santa Barbara.

The couple was having their intimate wedding reception at San Ysidro Ranch, a beautifully romantic hideaway.
We wanted the wedding details to fit the rustic, romantic setting of Santa Barbara wine country.

The wedding weekend itinerary was printed on ivory card stock and embellished with a jute cord bow.

Titles in dark gold ink gave a nice contrast to the earth tones in the jute.

Since the reception was intimate, and there would only be three tables, the couple wanted the table numbers to reflect significant dates in their relationship. Instead of having traditional table numbers, each table number here stood for a special date.

The day they met.... at the Snake Pit Ale House, (who knew you could find romance in house of snakes?) The bride lucked out in finding herself a charmer in Todd.

(the serpent makes the "5" in the "15" since the place they met had a snake in the logo; what a fun, not-too-serious way to make a nod to where you first laid eyes on each other!)

The day they got engaged....

And the day they got married :)

The table numbers and the menus were also printed on ivory card stock, then backed with a beautiful shimmery bronze card stock.

For other reception details, Jillian wrote information on cute coordinating framed chalkboards that fit the rustic feel of the venue.

For the cocktail hour, Jillian wrote the name of their specialty cocktail...the blood orange margarita (sounds delicious!)

For the guest book, guests made a thumbprint with ink and then signed their names...have you seen this idea? So cute!

Photo via Pinterest

So Jillian wrote directions on another chalkboard

For escort cards, the couple also had guests replace their names with a picture of themselves when they arrived.

I'm not sure exactly how the couple did it, but I've seen a similar idea here, where you take a picture with a Polaroid camera the couple has at the table. Such a creative way to capture the moment!

Jillian wrote each guest's name on a tag

There are so many beautiful ways to incorporate rustic details into a beautifully romantic event. We'll have more rustic wedding details to come in a few weeks.

And we'd love to know...are you planning (or did you have) a rustic wedding? What are your favorite ways to incorporate these details? Please share in the comments below!

And congratulations Tracy & Todd! Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day.
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