It's party time!

by - Monday, May 16, 2016

Parties define us in many ways, often creating a time-line of our lives and showing how we lived at different moments. ~Carolyn Roehm

You set the date. You have an idea. Now you need a little something to make it all happen...

So many people have approached me over the years in need of some designer wisdom when planning their big event. They are looking for magic, and that little something special to manifest a memorable milestone celebration. For birthdays, weddings, b'nai mitzvah, corporate and charity affairs, I always use ingenuity to make a truly exclusive event, affording utmost attention to creative details, in an effort to delight everyone in attendance.

Each project is different, wishes vary. Devoted to capturing the true spirit of an anticipated event, a fresh perspective and personalized attention to detail is always in order while maintaining a budget. So invitations, event logos, themed decor, centerpieces, programs, favors and more can be styled in numerous ways.

From simple to sensational, planning a party involves several steps from concept to creation. Communication is key to a successful event. Brainstorming possibilities, researching ideas, planning and organizing details, I work with clients every step of the way. Gathering all the bits to get the ball rolling is so much fun using tearsheets, Pinterest, and family heirlooms and traditions as a starting point. 

Colors, textures and images come together building the foundation. Concept boards of images are compiled to convey a mood, focusing on details and design. 

Here is an initial concept board for Maria and Paul's Awashed with Love wedding idea.

With thoughts brought to the table by all involved, sketches are further developed and discussed establishing a definite direction. Once the final concepts are selected, details are fine tuned and the fun begins. Time to create a little something exquisite...

For their Awashed with Love theme, sketched ideas include watercolor hues of blush, ballet and bisque; vases painted in a geometric block pattern of brushed gold filled with shades of pink flora; a gate-fold invitation features a picture of the couple printed on fabric. Charms, ombré washed satin ribbons and touches of gold combine classic and contemporary flair for this couple, creating a unique mix of elements for their day. Every item is extra special.


Table centerpieces are simple glass vases painted in brushed gold and tied with watercolor satin ribbon featuring a hand-stamped golden charm. Brandenburg roses and Rosalie tulips fill the vase with splashes of tinted color.

Hand-poured soy candles for the venue tables are layered shades of blush and ballet. To take home, guests receive a wrapped duo of almond biscotti with a watercolor die-cut tag. Invitations are gate-folded canvas with a printed muslin inset tied with watercolor satin ribbon and a stamped charm. Just a little something makes all the difference.

 The details are not the details. They make the design. ~ Charles Eames

It's party time! xoxo-Sonya

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