Friday, March 18, 2011

Moodboard: Boudoir glam

Here is a mood board I designed on for my master bedroom. The gray, silver, and purple create an ethereal feel while the black elements ground the room. The mirrored furniture brings a "Hollywood glam" feel to the space.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tips for planning an all girls dessert reception

Several months ago I wrote a blog entry about a dessert reception my church was planning for our pastor's wife. Well I have to say that the event was a great success, with more sweets than my sweet tooth could handle, lots of good conversation and plenty of laughs. We had so much fun we want to turn it into an annual affair!

A dessert reception is a great alternative to a dinner party or hor's doerves party, because you aren't responsible for feeding your guests real food...just a little sumthin' sumthin' to satisfy their sweet tooth. It can be held mid-afternoon long after lunch has settled in their bellies or later in the evening after everyone has had a chance to eat a light dinner.

Here are a few tips to plan your next dessert fest:

1.  Let the decor set the tone. We wanted this affair to be a little bit formal, a little bit casual. Linen tablecloths, crystal votive candleholders, decorative cake stands lent an elegant air to the festivities, while whimsical tent cards and funky paper napkins kept the event from being taken too seriously.

2.  Save yourself and make it a potluck. Who says you have to do it all yourself? People always want to show off their most prized recipe or one that has been passed down through the generations. Why not ask a few of the attendees if they wouldn't mind whipping up something for the occassion? Most women would be happy to oblige.

3.  Use icebreakers to get the conversation flowing. If not all the girls know each other, icebreakers are a great way to get to know one another. We played an icebreaker where the girls had to right down something about themselves no one else knew about, place it in a hat and we all took turns trying to guess who it was. I can't tell you what was said, but let's just say some of the revelations were scandalous!

4.  Relax and have fun. Remember it's all about good food, female bonding, and good conversation.

No event comes of without a hitch. We were in a small space with a lot of people and it was 80+ degrees outside. Needless to say, it got hot very quickly and even with the AC set to 60, the room still would not cool down. There's nothing worse than having uncomfortable guests but all it to was one serendipitous look to the ceiling to figure out what the problem was and after a climb atop a bar stool to open the vents, the party moved right along.

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