We have been added to Catch My Party!!

We have been blessed to have our Galentine’s Day styled photo shoot added to the Catch My Party website!  This was a fun afternoon, sharing Awesome Ladies, Friends and Fun! Please check out all of the gorgeous photos in the gallery on the website.  Enjoy!

https://www.catchmyparty.com/parties/galentines-day

party recap

The holiday celebration of “Galentine’s Day” was made popular a few years ago by the TV show “Parks and Recreation”. I loved the idea of a day dedicated to sharing love and friendship with your best gal pals. I decided to design a styled photo shoot with some awesome ladies, sharing treats and an afternoon full of fun. The venue is really unique, The Cross-Eyed Moose Event Center, in Homeworth, Ohio. The venue was formerly a Methodist church, that had been remodeled into a wonderfully charming, rustic, event center. We used a mix of patterns in reds, pinks, and whites, to create a colorful and cozy setting for our celebration. The results were utterly adorable!

party highlights

  • WHAT PEOPLE ATE

    We had two cakes to grace our dessert table. The first is a chocolate heart shaped ice cream cake, decorated on the upper left side with a vanilla icing drizzle and hand molded chocolate pieces. The base of the cake was layered in chocolate shavings. It was so yummy! Our second cake definitely resonated with our theme of love and friendship. A darling two tier confection, the first tier was covered in pink fondant icing, white piping and dots. Small black chocolate tiles surrounded the base of the cake, each featuring a heart shape in the middle. The top tier of the cake was covered in white fondant icing, with pink piping and dots. Around this tier, there were pink chocolate tiles with black hearts and flourishes. The cake was topped with a handmade cookie, where on one side read “I Love You”, and the other read “BFFs”. It tasted as amazing as it looked!

  • WHAT PEOPLE DRANK

    We had two tables for our Galentine’s Day celebration, one for dining, and one laden with all kinds of sweets. On our dessert table, we placed a black and red buffalo check cloth over a white linen. We created a fun centerpiece for the table with a container that read “Happy Heart Day”, with pink and red tissue, a bouquet of wrapped chocolate roses, and a stuffed heart with sequins. Both of the delicious cakes were placed on the table, along with several varieties of candies. Rounding out our holiday brunch menu, we added glazed honey buns, chocolate brownie bites, blueberry and chocolate chip waffles, and individual bottles of sparkling beverages. To finish our design, we added a sign that featured waffles and “Galentine’s Day”, a couple of small white lanterns, and LOVE letters.

    Our guest table was set at one of the venue’s unique custom made wooden tables, along with rustic high backed chairs. We used a white jacquard linen, and placed a custom made table runner that was covered with hearts in different patterns. We added gold charger plates, and delicate pink floral china plates. The napkins were a mix of pink hearts on a red background, and a playful pink plaid. In the center of each place setting we laid a conversation starter card, so the ladies could have a fun, lighthearted chat over dinner. In vintage champagne glasses, we poured a lovely and sweet adult beverage. We had a lovely centerpiece on our dining table, in a tall red glass vase. We used shades of pink in the dahlias, peonies, and garden roses. At the very top of the arrangement was a single deep red rose. We added a few sprigs of greenery to balance the overall design. A pair of rose colored taper candles in silver heart shaped candlestick holders completed our table, fit for our beautiful queens.

  • ACTIVITIES / GAMES

    We had a few cute handmade details featured in our styled shoot, including the tags tied with pink chevron straws on the mini bottles of sparkling beverages. The venue also features several intimate seating areas. We chose one of the handmade wooden benches and added colorful blankets and pillows to create a cozy setting for our lovely ladies to snuggle up, keep warm and sip hot cocoa.. Above the bench there was a large mirror, to which we added handmade paper pinwheels, a puffy tulle banner, and letters that read “BFFs, Gals, and Pals”.

party helpers

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1 comment

  • Kimberly L

    Kimberly L wrote:

    This was such a fun afternoon, creating and sharing lots of laughter and stories with these ladies! I am blessed to collaborate with some of the most talented people in Northeast Ohio. I am happy to share our party with everyone. Enjoy!

Love, Love, Love – Valentine’s Day!

 

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching!  Why not celebrate your love with friends and family?  We would love to help you plan an awesome party for your children, with cookie decorating, candy, games, crafts and fun!  Or plan an afternoon of sweet desserts and drinks with your friends or coworkers.  We can set the scene for a memorable event!  We can even create wonderful gift baskets for your sweetheart!

Perhaps you have considered getting married on the most romantic day of the year!  Why not book our Bright Beautiful Beginnings Package:

This package is for the couples who just want a small intimate ceremony with a few close family and friends, or an elopement.  We can arrange for an officiant for you, or you may bring your own.  We can provide cake or cupcakes, beverage of choice, paper goods and decorations for up to 15-20 guests.  We will even take pictures of the festivities for you!

Please contact us for pricing.  We would love to help you celebrate love in all its glory!

Phone or text:  330-313-6030   Email:  lleweddings@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

The Bartering Bride!

The practice of bartering, is an age-old tradition, where two parties exchange services or goods, in equal values.  I am happy to report that this tradition has not died out completely.  One of my brides, Michelle, whose wedding is coming up in a few weeks, has bartered with many of her wedding vendors for services.  She in return is providing them with different services, such as a personalized journal story, or writing for business materials or social media.

I was given permission, to link her latest blog post, which features myself, and fellow local wedding planner Meredith Masaveg of Rain Wedding Planning.  Please feel free to read her other entries about our fellow vendors, and her unique details for her special day.  I am looking forward to working with Meredith, to make Michelle’s wedding fabulous!  Enjoy!

 

http://thebarteringbride.weebly.com/3/post/2013/08/chosen-wedding-planners.html

“As Visions of Sugarplums Danced in Their Heads…”

Hello Everyone!

The Holidays are upon us!  In this busy season of shopping, baking, wrapping, gifting, and general merrymaking, remember that there is love.  Yes, love is all around us: love for family, love for friends, love for our pets, and yes, love for love!  Statistically, more couples get engaged between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day, then any other season of the year.  There are many holidays to choose from to pop the question: Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s, and Valentine’s Day.  Hopeful brides-to-be wonder, sometimes agonized, over whether their beaus will go down upon bended knee, asking the all important question.  Proposals can be simple or elaborate, but all are heartfelt, and more than a few tears will be shed.  It’s a wonderful moment, and will always be remembered.  It is with these sentiments in mind, that I anticipate the time period after the holidays, what I call “The Bridal Blitz.”  

Bridal retailers look forward to the onslaught of starry-eyed brides after the holidays.  It’s also no wonder that the bridal magazines have their largest issues at the beginning of the calendar year.  Love propels the wedding industry forward at an astounding speed.  Bridal shows pop up mere days after the New Year begins, and the vendors begin contacting prospects to book their services for the wedding.  Often, couples get caught up in the planning process, and the zillions of little details that inevitably go along with it, and forget to just enjoy being engaged.  I want to stress that it’s not all about the wedding, it’s about two people in love, who want to share their lives together.  I encourage couples to take time out, away from wedding planning, to reconnect and enjoy each other.  Take a walk, go for a really nice dinner and dancing, have a picnic in the park.  Go away for a weekend in another city, stay at a bed and breakfast, go to a concert or movie.  There’s lots to do, just like when they were first dating.  I encourage couples to talk, laugh, and dream.  Keep the flames of love burning.

I will make one final suggestion this holiday season.  Remember that love is all around us.  Life is a journey sweetened by love, and weddings are part of the journey.  (And hire a great wedding planner too, LOL!)