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

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 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

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

Cheers 2014, jump into our new Winter Wedding issue!


Join us for DIY Decadence!


please pop in to join us…

we can’t wait to celebrate 2014 trends together.


Lobster Boil Lovely



Don’t you wish some nights would never, ever end?

A few favorite snaps from our Summer Lobster Boil, Nantucket Harbor.

Popsicle Prosecco…




(colorful, mini popsicles right in the freezer of the grocery aisle)




The climbing roses at Why Knot, Nantucket Harbor set the perfect summer garden party scene.




As do the massive, magnificent Hydrangea bushes…






Lilly, who has declared I have a “cool job”, and she wants to be a party planner when she grows up, snipped stems and arranged them into water glasses for instant centerpieces.






We had two dining tables, and she declared one would be “purple” and the other “blue”.

Genius design detail, age 11.


Cheese board with jams and fruit pastes – including the addictive Plums from Boat Street Pickles.




Charcuterie Board with pate, olives, cherries, pistachio.




Mom’s homemade spiced pears for dessert – ontop vanilla ice cream.




Potatoes scrubbed and ready to boil in every shape, color, size for the 40 gallon lobster pot…




Hydrangeas fill the cottage inside and out…






Mom’s gorgeous picnic dishes set with mugs filled with disposable cutlery for our every growing guest count of – gulp – 26 guests!




Gorgeous summer produce set and ready…




And of course – the bar!  Stocked with local Cisco Brewers, summer Rose and Prosecco.

More to come – wait until you see the lobsters!  And clams!  And shrimp!  Oh my.

What’s your favorite summer party to throw?

Summer Lobster Boil

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Join us tonight – for our sensational annual Summer Lobster Boil on Nantucket.

Thanks to the legendary Oscar de la Renta, and his fabulous handpainted watercolor new tabletop collection we helped launch with Bloomingdales in spring, our invitation is beyond.

We’re off to stock up on cases of summer cocktails…

Prosecco (served with frozen popsicle stirrers), must sip Rose, summer Chardonnay and more.

Next prepping, setting, dressing – and ready for 18 guests to walk through our garden gate, ages 5 to 75.

And guess what – we’ll snap it all to share – every single decadent detail!


Sunset Magazine Celebration Weekend is here!

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Celebrating with us for the next two days in sunny California?


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Just take a LOOK at this lineup.

Who’s joining us for this weekend’s kickoff to summer?

We’re sharing summer party trends, DIY Sangria Bar, signing books, setting the seasonal table and so much more.

We’ll be sneak peeking, posting and sharing all weekend long from Menlo Park – so be sure to follow along on Facebook, Instagram and of course Twitter, so you don’t miss a single trick – or trend.

DIY Graduation Party, Right at Home Magazine Feature



It’s that time again…






Celebrations ga-lore!




How to make yours thoughtful, personal, and yet affordable?

We’ve got you covered.













Thanks to our friends at SC Johnson and Right at Home magazine, we styled up our favorite DIY decor and details for every graduation occasion.

Tissue tassels, pennants, 2013 fruit skewars, watermelon lollies, candy centerpieces…just to name a few.

For the details, read on, and plan away, by clicking here.

Make sure to subscribe to Right at Home, for our next fun seasonal story!

photos:  Brittany Bekas Photography