Corporate and Special Event Planning

Thanks Martha Stewart

Thanks Martha Stewart
I know I have mentioned this a million times but I LOVE paper lanterns. I think they are one of the most beautiful decor items out there. They can be so simple but classy or you can turn them into something so extreme. While searching out gorgeous paper lantern ideas I came across this inspiring image. 
Idecided right then I needed to use this idea. But when and where? Well guess what! I got the call and I was going to get to use my inspiration piece…yipee!!
The mother of a groom called and said she would be hosting family the week before her son’s wedding and she was also hosting the post wedding party. She wanted some decorating done,  nothing crazy…just something simple…not overdone. As soon as she said I knew this was going to be the perfect idea. I took a drive out to her house and had a look around. The party was going to be outside and she had the most beautiful gardens all around the house. So we really didn’t need to do a lot because the flowers already took care of most of the decor. There were 5 gorgeous trees along the walkway to the backyard that would be the perfect home for these butterfly paper lanterns. 
I put together the proposal and to my delight she loved my ideas. We got to work right away. I called my designer and sent her my inspiration. She was in charge of making those butterflies happen for me. And as always, she came through with butterflies made of the most gorgeous papers. Her favorite was a japanese themed paper she chose.
The weekend before we had to set this up my cousin got married and generously gave me some of her decor items for me to use for my company. I am sure she will be happy to hear they were THE PERFECT fit for what I was doing with this client. 
By the front door we used these gorgeous tin “vases”. The flowers that were in them for the wedding had started to die off so we refilled them with some of the flowers from the client’s garden. We purposely chose some of the ones that were drying out and had that warm brown hue.

Along the walkway to the back yard we hung three lanterns, using crisp white ribbon, in each of the 5 trees and two large lanterns from the side of the house.

The butterflies were the perfect, simple but whimsical touch to the lanterns. We hung the butterflies using simple glue dots. It was very windy along the water that weekend and the butterflies easily withstood the breeze.
One of my favorite areas we set up was a simple table that was placed at the beginning of a littel trail that heads to the water from the back deck. We covered a simple patio set with white linens, yellow runner and candle lanterns.
We completed the look outside by running tulle along the railing of the deck and accenting it with silver wire butterflies I found at our local dollar store.
They decided to set up the buffet table in their living room in case the weather was bad so we continued the look inside with the same linens as outside but used different candle holders. We used something larger and more bold to center the look.
The client called following their event and said her guests couldn’t say enough wonderful things about the decor. They loved the simplicity of it all. They thought is whimsical and fun and thought it all tied together perfectly. 
A huge thank you to our client for allowing us to use this inspiration piece and a big thank you to Martha Stewart for continuing to inspire me.
When I was searching for the picture of my inspiration piece to show you I found these two images that I have now fallen in love with. So, I am now on the hunt for two new clients because I now have two new looks I want to try. If you are interested in having your next big event look something like this give me a call and we’ll get started on the planning.
Julia O’Grady has big vision, fresh ideas and a proven track record in the events industry. She and her team work hard to exceed client expectations and push ITM Events to achieve greater heights. A driven entrepreneur, Julia also manages the business side of ITM Events including human resources, finances, marketing and writing grant and sales proposals. In taking a high level approach to event management, Julia is able to visualize a project from inception to successful execution. She attracts valuable sponsors by offering meaningful opportunities to engage with participants. Julia uses her keen analytical mind to create incredible events that maximize the available budget. When Julia isn’t planning unforgettable events, she loves travelling the world with her family, staying active, and enjoying fine food and martinis.

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