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Metallic Madness

Metallic Madness

From one party, to the next.

Just another typical Saturday at the studio.

Tonight we jump from the floral fantasy of a 50th Fete head first into our marvelous May parties.

First up on our production calendar this weekend:

A Perfect Pair: A Craft Beer + Farm Goose Island event in just a few weeks, May 17th.

We all know and love their Lincoln Park brews, but have you tried their newly crafted farm to table catering menus?


We will fill long, sixteen foot farmhouse dining tables with metallic and glitter dip dyed canning jars in every possible size and shade – filled with flickering candles, paired (get it?) with our favorite romantic, ruffled fresh florals.

We are thrilled to be paired with our friends at Be U Weddings – who designed the most spectacular metallic copper letterpress invitation – be sure to take a peek on facebook.

And make your reservations now, bien sur.

Counting down…even from the hallowed, late night hardware aisles of Home Depot.

Glitter Dipped Glass on WGN News tomorrow, Wednesday at 12 noon


I don’t know about you, but we love, love, love a thoughtful collection of a centerpiece.



A sparkly bauble.



Or two.



Or ten.



All designed, of course, atop a gilded tray.



When our favorite man about town, Graham Kostic of fame (among many!) comes a calling…we jump.



So of course, when he asked us to create a fun DIY wedding trend for Glossed and Found to feature on WGN News tomorow – we got ourselves a glittering.

And you can too – it is as easy as this:


Glass jars (we recommend varied sizes for an eclectic mis matched look – but for a more mod look you could have all the same for a linear, clean row down the tabletop)

1 jar Modge Podge (decoupage glue – we recommend gloss finish for glass crafting- available in craft stores)

1 jar Glitter (can use any color palette – and mixing a few colors is next on our design production list)

Votives and Pillar candles – to fill jars

Tray – for display



Step 1 – Using repurposed glass jars (canning jars, fresh from the grocery aisle, or any glass jars in varied sizes you have on hand), lightly brush Modge Podge around bottom half (or quarter, or third – mix it up).

Step 2 – Sprinkle glitter ontop glue, to desired look/thickness.

Step 3 – Let dry overnight.

Step 4 – Set jars on a tray, and fill with candles.

Step 5 – If you like, scatter with fresh Rose Petals, or Orchid blooms, for an elegant finished touch.  Graham will be showing that last design detail live on WGN tomorrow!



What a great table top for Mother’s Day brunching, lunching…

For wedding celebrations…

For glamour girl cocktail parties…

And so much more.

Have at it friends – and share your Glitter Glass inspirations – we can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve.

For fifty – that’s right FIFTY – more easy, effortless decor and party ideas – be sure to pickup a copy of our new book, A Perfect Event – on sale now!

Click here to order from our friend Amazon…

or here from our other dear friend Barnes and Noble.

We’ll keep you posted on everything book launch you can possibly imagine…let me tell you…we are going to be celebrating all spring and summer.

Oh What a Night

Oh What a Night

Sign of an amazing party…

You create such a visual feast for the senses, your eyes can’t figure out
where to land.

Tonight was an overload of spectacles.

The fire dancers.

The silk dancers.

The glowing lounges.

The swiss silk wall installation.

The cocktails.

The cakes.

The gowns.

Not to mention the florals…the candles…the music…and Rosemary Fanti!

Thank you Room 1520, Pure Kitchen Catering, Precision Sound and Lighting, A
Perfect Event, truffle truffle, Katherine Anne Confections, Bombon, Tipsy
Cake, Flour, Rosemary Fanti, Olivia Leigh, and more!

Moroccan Magic

Moroccan Magic

Here is a sneak peek of the pretty golden plates…after!

For an easy, effortless patio party this summer layer Manzanita branches down the table, tucking trays of candles and delicious scented Gardenias into the branches. Add gardenia blooms into the branches at varied heights.

Ontop plates – preset as chargers (always an instant dress up the table touch) – set metallic printed menu cards, and for a lush finishing touch, a single gardenia bloom.

Room and Board Outdoor Entertaining Event

Room and Board Outdoor Entertaining Event

Join us next Saturday – and let’s toast to spring’s arrival.

Woohoo…we made it through winter! (albeit this year – the warmest, most
wonderful winter of my dreams…it’s like I packed up and moved to the
south, without selling, buying or redecorating!)

The new 2012 Outdoor Collection at Room and Board is full of jaw dropping,
fun, fabulous pieces – AND – eco design.

Imagine marvelous, made in Madison, Wisconsin or Duluth, Minnesota


Trend forward designs crafted from 100% recycled milk jugs.


And did we mention…the two most MAGICAL words in outdoor furniture

Maintenance Free.


Pop on in next weekend – and we’ll share our pairings for patio party
tables, florals, candles, and so much more.


Orchid Trees in Bloom


Well…not really, silly.

Of course orchids don’t grow on trees.



But last night, for our Arabian Nights corporate soiree in Oakbrook, they sure did.

We transported hundreds of guests deep into the heart of Persian, Northern African, and Middle Eastern cultures through thousands of orchids, votives, patterned fabrics, hundreds of lanterns, and more.

Tables were set with firey ornate mosaics, brocades and damasks in vivid hues from purple to red to blue to green from BBJ Linen

Jewel toned uplighting adorned walls, with a deep purple wash over the white vinyl dancefloor…

Heart pounding music with tar, lute, drums, tamborine…

Roast Lamb, Curried Veg, spiced Cous Cous and more.



Manzanita branch trees were adorned with blooming Dendrobium Orchids, Mokara Orchids, Jamestorie Orchids…



In purple, pink, green, orange, red…

Surrounded by hundreds of moroccan lanterns with colored, cut work textured glass panes.

Which in turn were surrounded by a dozen colored glass votives per table in vibrant hues of purple, blue, red and pink.

I won’t tell you how long it took to light almost a thousand candles…

Needless to say, our right hands are suffering from aim flame carpal tunnel today.

We suffer for our art – now don’t we?



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