Join us May 1st for the Bloomingdales PreWedding Party!

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Please say “I do”!

Join us on May 1 for our favorite spring Bloomingdales Pre Wedding Party.

We’re setting eight different wedding and party trend tables – filled from top to bottom with all the latest tips, tricks and trends including BBJLinen’s brand new collection for 2014.

Plus, cocktails and bites from Pure Kitchen Catering, sweet treats from Toni Patisserie, Bittersweet Bakery, Vanille Patisserie and Amy Beck Cakes.

Yay – spring parties are finally here.

photo: Amanda Hein

Tune into WGN Top 10 Wedding Trends, Wednesday March 12th 9:15 a


Tune into WGN tomorrow, Wednesday March 12th at 9:15 am to see our top ten trends for all things wedding.

We are sneak peeking our beautiful wedding looks for Brides Bubbles and Bliss March 26th at Union Station, with DIY decor around:


Mixed Metals




Tasting Bars featuring Glazed and Infused, Bon Macaron, Swirlz Cupcakes

And so much more!

Photography: Averyhouse

Floats and Fun for St. Patrick’s, Tune in 6:45a Sunday CBS

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We’re sharing all our favorite St Patrick’s Party tips, tricks and trends from the new spring magazine for some good ol’ frockiling, family fun.

First up – Cocktails

Beer Floats: So fun and easy to make grocery to gorgeous cocktail desserts using Guinness, Frozen Yogurt and a glass from your pantry.

You can even go gluten free with my favorite local hard cider Virtue floats, and even Green River Soda floats for the kids, also made right here in Chicago since prohibition began!

Kiwi Cocktails: Another favorite local Chicago spirit – Real Russian Vodka.  Mix it up with fresh, organic green juice in the produce aisle, like Naked Juice or Odwalla filled with vitamins and minerals for a “healthy” cocktail this holiday.  Garnish with slice of lime and kiwi for the mixologist craft cocktail touch.

Tastes of Ireland

The hot trend this year is miniature comfort food favorites – so guests can grab and taste and walk, talk and hold a cocktail t the same time.  This makes prep easier, there’s no need for a large dining table for seating, it’s a more casual, fun, high energy mix and mingle style party.

Mini Corned Beef Bites – just add our free download printable Lucky Clover flags on under DIYs.

Beef Wellington Pot Pies

Garlic Clovers

All right from grocery store ingredients – made in minutes. (recipes below)

Sweets for St Patty 

You don’t have to bake everything from scratch – which makes party planning a relief.  Lean on your local neighborhood bakery for fun, over the top favorites – like these from Toni Patisserie.

Mocha Irish Dreams. Layers of Mocha Irish Cream mousse, Creme de Menthe Mousse, Praline

Mini Irish Soda Bread Scones with Mint Gelato

Jameson Macaron

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

Rainbow Cupcakes

Or – take a plain iced cupcake and DIY it with the kids – making colorful Lucky Charm Cakes by adding treats from a box of everyone’s favorite cereal.

Festive Favors 

Send guests home with handmade gifts, combining grocery canning jars with foil wrapped “gold” Rolo or Hershey’s Nugget candies, and our free download tag at  Fast and fun for the kids to make with you gathered around the table – and we all need more of that together time.

Cheers to St. Pat’s, Chicago!

Recipes, by Debi Lilly

Mini Corned Beef Bites

On mini Rye Breads (Pepperidge Farm makes great one, mini size, in Deli aisle) layer sliced Corned Beef, Swiss Cheese, Sliced Pickles, Slaw, Spicy Mustard. Top with Bread.  Warm in oven, 350, for 5-10 minutes.  Skewer with toothpick, adding our free St Patricks Paper Flag from DIY.  Serve immediately.

Beef Wellington Pot Pies

Spray muffin tin with non stick spray. Place Biscuit dough from grocery in bottom, push to form “bowl” shape in bottom of tin.  In separate bowl combine 1 pkg chopped deli Roast Beef, 1 jar of marinated mushrooms, 1/2 Boursin cheese (bring cheese to room temp for easy mixing).  Place scoop ontop each biscuit in muffin tin, bake 350 for 10-15 minutes.

Garlic Clovers

Cover cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Shape bread dough from grocery into clover shape (mimic 3 loops and a stem), brush with melted butter, garlic powder, fresh thyme, black pepper.  Bake per bread dough directions, generally 350, for 8-10 minutes.  Serve with Black Pepper Jelly, from cheese counter at grocery.

Join us next Thursday for Bridal Fete Chicago

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Next week we’ve got a fresh, fun, fabulous wedding and party trends event just for you!

We’re whipping up gorgeous new spring florals, DIY wedding decor, and so much more.

Beautiful Private Label Linens in spring’s hot hues will be adorned to feature DIY lace doily tabletops, DIY lace doily scallop cocktail table wraps, and so much more.

Victoria Sdoukos Couture will captivate with her sensational silk wedding gowns – all fresh off our fantasy’s fashion runways –  with the most elegant touches of vintage beading, glamour, and gorgeous.

Best of all – each dreamy bridal gown is paired with a handmade confection of a wedding cake – one right after the other – for a delicious cake walk of a promenade throughout the party.

Pure Kitchen Catering shall astound with their beautiful bites – don’t they always?

Cocktails, bien sur, shall abound, with Binny’s crafting up local craft cocktails perfect for spring and summer parties.

And of course Carasco Photography and Fig Media will capture all the magic, for us to share and inspire.

So say “I do”, won’t you?

Tickets are $10 each, but with our discount code “Cake2014″ we invite you to join us, as our special guests, free of charge.

Just click here - and we’ll see you next week!


Join us Wednesday – Women on Fire Booksigning

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Can’t wait to see you this Wednesday as we celebrate two fabulous new, local authors and Women on Fire, at a booksigning, inside A Perfect Event.

Join us for fabulous “Whiskey On Fire” cocktails made with our homemade infused cinnamon whiskey…

“On Fire” Brochette Bar by Pure Kitchen Catering featuring savory beef, shrimp and truffled kohlrabi brochette pairings…

And the not to be missed “Sweets on Fire” from Baked the Bakery/Pure Kitchen – including my all time favorite: grilled strawberry balsamic brochettes (and, bien sur, torched orange blossom mallow or nutella cinnamon blood orange!).

Not to mention, our fierce firey florals and decor, and so many must meet women and men – you will never want to step back out into that snowy, frigid Chicago weather again!

Four more days – see you then!

DIY Superbowl Party Style on WGN!

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Just one more day til Superbowl Sunday – and we’ve got all of your DIY party tricks right here from WGN News.

Concession Stand Cocktails

Grocery to Gorgeous Tasting Bar

and so much more!

To print your own Superbowl decor with our free download printables, click here.

DIY Wedding Trends on WGN Around Town, Wednesday 7:45-10am

Wake up with us this Wednesday on WGN’s Around Town, from 7:45 – 10am as we share 2014′s Cool Colors and Pretty Palettes for Weddings and Parties.
We’re styling up BBJLinen and Tablescapes Event Rentals Hot Trends
Plus peeks inside Pure Kitchen Catering’s Global Menus
City View Loft’s Meet the Experts Party Sneak Peek

Victoria Sdoukos Custom Couture gorgeous gowns and so much more!

Tune into WGN, Around Town, 7:45-10am this Wednesday!

photo: AveryHouse

Brides to be, join us for our Meet the Experts Party, this Wednesday


Please say I do…
Brides to be, join us for the Meet the Experts Wedding Trends Party this Wednesday, January 21st.
With our friends from CS Brides Magazine, Pure Kitchen Catering, BBJLinen, Tablescapes Party Rental, Victoria Sdoukos Custom Couture, Toni Patisserie, Black Dog Gelato, A Perfect Event and many others, we will answer all of your wedding planning and design questions, sharing the inside scoop on how to maximize your wedding design and budget.

And, no matter where you like, our live stream social media feeds allow our favorite brides all across the country to join right in on the fun – plan those questions now, please!
Wednesday, January 22nd
6:30 – 8:30 pm
City View Loft
324 N. Leavitt Street
Chicago, Illinois

 RSVP to

Can’t wait to see you this week – to celebrate and design the wedding of your dreams together.

photo: Carasco Photography




Tune in this Wednesday, Windy City Live, 11a ABC, for Engagement Party Trends

Tune into Windy City Live, Wednesday, January 15th on ABC for our favorite new Engagement Party Trends, florals, decor and more.
Did you know 1/3 of all engagements the entire year long happen over the holidays, between November and December?
This makes January…Engagement Party month!
Tune in and watch Debi share her favorite party trends fresh from the fashion runways.
Be sure to meet the Color of the Year – Radiant Orchid, and tips to bring your party to life using one bold color, across all of the pretty details, using every hue.
And then of course, we have the just announced official Color of Spring – Dazzling Blue.
Who knew?
Bring modern style alive at the party – from personalized DIY chair decor to photography fun set right on the table.
Last, be sure to tune into our second show, Wednesday night, Windy City Live After Dark, at 12 midnight – for our Fresh, Healthy Cocktail Trends featuring local Premiere Distillery, Koval Distillery and more!
Windy City Live, 11 am on ABC this Wednesday, and streaming live on

Sneak Peek: Planes Trains Automobiles 1st Birthday Party


Want a peek behind the scenes at our Planes Trains Autos soiree this weekend?

Love the stripey and check textured silver propellers kids used for “Pin the Propeller on the Plane”…


Every kid’s party needs a busy, bustling arts and crafts table…


And don’t even think of throwing a party without a custom personalized pennant…



Busy busy crafty party guests – and a before snap of the Cookie Bar before the kids got their hands, icing and spinkles on them…


Toot Toot – Locomotive Lemonade coming down the tracks…


Pure Kitchen Catering whipped up an indian feast for the adult tasting bar…


The darling kid’s buffet stopped every little one in their speedy tracks…


And as always, Toni Patisserie whipped up the most sumptuous themed sweets.

Beep beep – honk honk – sure was ONE fun filled day of first birthday celebration.