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WELCOME TO MY BLOG

May 3, 2020

Hey beauties, WELCOME! I'm super excited to be new to the world of blogging.   I know that there's ton of blogs on the web; super easy to get bombarded and overwhelmed with information. So my goal is simple..to provide solutions to your decorating and design problems through tips, wedding and event inspiration and DIY 's.  Ready..let's go!  

BEFORE THE GUESTS ARRIVE: BUDGET  

May 12, 2020

Budgets are essential to planning, there's no way around'em.  Here are five (5) tips for event budget maintenance.  

  • Set A Comfortable Budget: Add about 5-20% as a cushion.
  • Create A Spreadsheet: Everything has a cost and it will cost you everything if every dollar spent is not tracked.
  • Determine What's Important: Invest in what will make you the happiest at the end of the day.  
  • Plan Early: Waiting until the last minute will be costly.  Don't fail to plan detail of your event.
  •  Become DIY Savvy: Zero to no budget = DIY.  If your not crafty check out my video here for easy ideas from the #dollartree.    

BEFORE THE GUESTS ARRIVE: DESIGN CONCEPTS

May 14, 2020

Styling weddings & events are my favorite part of the planing process.  Here are five (5) strategies for styling your event like a true boss:

  • Get it out of Your Head: Decide what colors, theme and vision you want and write it down.  If it's in your head and not on paper  you'll quickly begin to get frustrated with the millions of ways to decorate.   
  • Get Inspired: Once you know EXACTLY how you envision your big day, look for inspiration.  I suggest creating a vision board.  If you're unsure of where to start, my Pinterest page has tons of ideas.
  • Go With The Flow: Flow is so important!  Your event should have the same look and feel of your vision board; if it doesn't it will be 100% obvious.  
  • Keep the Receipts: Begin purchasing items, with the end goal in mind; bring your vision board with you everywhere you go.  Find matching decor items, linens, napkins, chargers, themed items, tableware, etc, that go along with your concept.  Definitely try patterns and textures.  If it doesn't speak to your design..WALK AWAY.  Keep receipts for budget purposes or should need to do a return in the future. 
  • Tablescape Tea: Finally, set up a faux guest table ahead of time.  Order samples from your vendors when possible, sometimes things look much different on line and it's better to know if colors match or if you'll like the quality of the good your purchasing.  Then, ask those you trust to give you the real tea on the look.  You don't want any regrets the day of.  

BEFORE THE GUESTS ARRIVE: VIRTUAL EVENT PLANNING 

May 16, 2020

COVID19 has everyone making unexpected changes.  You want to host your event and cancelling is not an option. If your stressing and not sure how to plan an event virtually. Here's a planning checklist to help you host an awesome event that everyone will love.

  • Pick A Collaboration Space: My top suggestions for the most dependable virtual and free chat rooms are: Zoom (up to 40 minutes), Goggle Hangouts (10 guests), Goggle Duo (8 guests), Facebook Messenger (50 guests), What's App (4 guests), Facetime (32 guests), Skype (10 guests) and HouseParty (8 guests).
  • Guest Who’s Coming To Dinner: Make the guest list. If applicable send out save the dates or reminders. Let your guests know if the date has changed or if the event has been postponed.
  • Pick A Theme: color combos, graduation, gender reveals, baby showers, birthday parties or a movie night.
  • Invitations: I love, love, love and highly recommend #Canva, #Evite or #Punchbowl. Setup is quick, easy and free. Evite and punchbowls have RSVP features to help keep you organized. Choose an invitation that matches your theme. Invites should be sent at least 2-4 weeks in advance. Check out my Cavna design https://pint.it/6O1bmWm  for a 40th birthday party I did last year, it was a breeze to text the final invite to guests.     
  • Decorating Details: This is a great opportunity to try a beautiful backdrop. The options are endless. Check out my entryway backdrop for starters: https://pin.it/5y8Lype.  Don't forget to decorate the outside of your home with matching theme messages.
  • Party Supplies: Including guests, friends and family is a great way to keep the momentum going. I suggest personalizing party supplies when possible; personal decor always makes an event more sentimental.
  • Agenda: Create a virtual agenda and timeline, I have found that guests like to know exactly what’s going on and need direction as to next steps.
  • Virtual Videos: Create a video or powerpoint presentation.  Most collaboration platforms allow for easy screen sharing.  Be sure to designate or hire someone to assist with taking pictures and video creation.  
  • Games: Printables are free and a great tool when you need a game such as for a baby shower; Pinterest has tons of ideas. These could also be sent in advance with guest party supplies.
  • Go Out With A BangEnding the event with a car celebration bringing attention to the guest of honor is a sure way to make the event extra special.  Check out this was executed at:  https://www.instagram.com/tv/CAXpgOFj0mJ/?igshid=k2r3ircmvv9o4.  Make sure to stream it on Facebook or Instagram live.  
  • Show Your Appreciation: Don't forget to say thank you.  Create a personal handmade gift or a quick YouTube video is a fresh and new way to say thanks.  

GLAM STYLE TERMS DEFINED

May 25, 2020

Have you ever wondered where the words couture, glam and lux originated?  Have you considered what these styles really look like?  A true understanding of what each of these terms mean is the "piece de resistance" to your decor success.  Read further as I breakdown these frequently used styling terms.  

   

Chic: Dictonary.com defines chic as: attractive and fashionable; stylish and elegant,  a casual and understated style, as in dress or décor, a style that expresses a specified trendy lifestyle or activity.  Noted from the 1600's chic is derived from the old French term "chicanery."  Chic has also been linked to German descent meaning "shick," "skill or tact."   A few examples are: 

Couture: Most known in the fashion industry as "haute couture" - merriam-webster.com states that couture is the business of designing, making and selling fashionable custom-made clothing; relating to or being high-end custom-made fashion.  It is of French origin: meaning sewing/dressmaking.  Couture also has a Latin connotation meaning "consuere" or to stitch together.  Great examples are: 

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  • Glam: The Urban dictionary defines this term as mostly sparkley and pretty stuff.  The etiomology dictionary states that the root word "glamour" is Scottish, for "magic and enchantment."  First recorded in 1840 glamour is also said to be an alteration of the English meaning "magical beauty and alluring charm."   The term is also noted to mean a quality of attractiveness more specifically associated with Hollywood, high-fashion.  Celebrities began using the term in 1939.  Other forms of glam are: glammed, glamming and glams.  Click here for some great ideas:  
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  • https://pin.it/3RwHY3A

Luxe: Also known as lux, is the shortened version of  luxury.  Similarly related to the term "sumptuous" meaning extremely comfortable living or surroundings.  Luxury is from both Middle English, Old French and Latin.  The American Heritage® dictionary  states that sumptuous also means extremely costly, rich or magnificent.  Click to see this style: 

 {Merriam-Webster; American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language via thefreedictionary.com}.  

Over-The-Top: Generally speaking over-the-top is purposely meant to be extremely excessively, flamboyant or outrageous; to go beyond what is expected, usual, normal, or appropriate, exaggerated; outlandish.  Here are some examples:

(Merriam-Webster & Urban Dictionaries).


Whatever style you choose make it personal and your very own. Your home or event can be beautiful.  Check out my glammed DIY design using dollar tree items: https://pin.it/2hNjdgF it's proof that you can have the event of your dreams even on a #brokeass budget.  

 10 ATLANTA VENUES | BEAUTIFUL & AFFORDABLE

July  1, 2020

10 Atlanta Venues| Beautiful & Amazingly Affordable | Outside Catering Allowed

Now is a perfect time to research venues while we’re waiting on normalcy from the pandemic. In my search of event spaces I narrowed down ten beautiful venues in the metro area when I was hired to style a milestone birthday party last year; a tour of each location was a must. Each venue is affordable, allow outside catering and some even permit alcohol.


ATL Banquet Hall

560 Thornton Rd

Lithia Springs, Georgia 30122

https://www.atlbanquethall.com/

Social: https://www.facebook.com/atlbanquethall

https://www.instagram.com/atlbanquethall/

  • ATL Banquet Hall is a versatile space with modern finishes that can be tailored to fit the style or theme of any event. The open space has 10 foot ceilings, architectural 3-D walls and vinyl wood flooring to match any decor. The venue’s beautiful entrance vestibule nicely separates the receiving of the guests and the event space. The spaces’ movable partitions allow for either a small intimate event or a large celebration. Don’t be fooled from the outside, because this venue is beautiful, modern and massive. Basic package rental price begins at: $1,800

Aviation Community Cultural Center

Fulton County Arts Center

3900 Aviation Cir NW

Atlanta, Georgia 30336

http://www.fultonarts.org/index.php/art-centers/emma-darnell-community-cultural-center

Social: https://twitter.com/FultonArts https://www.facebook.com/fultoncountyarts/

  • The Aviation Community Cultural Center (ACCC) is Fulton County’s newest neighborhood arts center. The 16,200 square foot facility is located on the grounds of Fulton County Charlie Brown Airport along Fulton Industrial Boulevard. The ACCC campus includes a large multipurpose room, two fine art galleries, instructional classrooms, a dance studio, and a 10,000 square foot outdoor plaza and green space. Basic package rental price begins at: $760

Chale Gardens

8039 Creekstone Way

Riverdale, Georgia 30274

https://www.chalegardens.com/

Social: https://www.facebook.com/chalegardens

https://www.instagram.com/chale_gardens/

  • Cha’le Gardens is a hidden gem nestled away in Woodlake Landing. The gardens is one of the metro areas outdoor wedding venues located in the City of Riverdale also known as the "Southern Crescent.” Any celebration of life’s special moments could be done with ease in this multi-faceted space, it’s an affordable full-service venue with over 15,000 square feet of endless possibilities. The ballroom overlooks the poolside covered terrace and a natural lakeside view. Their versatile space can host weddings, birthday parties, fundraisers, holiday parties, business functions and more. Basic package rental price begins at: $640

Elegant Occasions Event Center

7580 Springbox Drive Suite 100

Fairburn, Georgia 30213

http://www.myelegantoccasion.com/

Social: https://www.instagram.com/myelegantvenue

https://www.facebook.com/269362479933296/ 

  • Elegant Occasions Event Center is available to host weddings, parties, corporate events, baby showers, bridal showers, memorial repasts, tastings, graduation parties and meetings. Nestled in the beautiful scenic city of Fairburn, the event center proudly presents a wide variety of reception and party choices to bring your dream event to reality. With personalized options and first class service, this venue will provide you and your guests with a memorable experience that will change the way you celebrate. Amenities includes: On site event coordinator, elegant all-inclusive packages, sophisticated ambiance, bridal suite, kitchenette, large dance floor, flexible floor plans, an outdoor space and free Parking. Venue has a holding capacity of 120 guests. Basic package rental price begins at: $575

Eventology 23

1611 Jonesboro Road

Atlanta, Georgia 30310

Web: https://www.eventology23.com/

Social: https://www.facebook.com/Eventology-23-372867686470469/

  • Eventology 23 hosts small to medium events and activities in the Alice Elizabeth Ballroom intimate hall. The beautiful and elegant ballroom can host various functions any life celebration. With an open floor plan of 2400 sq. ft. the space can accommodate up to 80 seated guests and about 100 for a standing reception. Renovations and upgrades make it possible for convenient amenities and features. The venue is conveniently located just 10 minutes south of Downtown Atlanta and was designed with the renter in mind. The owners have an unparalleled customer-focused approach that you will absolutely love. Basic package rental price begins at: $900

Hope Banquet Hall

990 Pointe South Pkwy

Jonesboro, GA 30238

https://www.hopebanquets.com/

  • With two gorgeous locations in Jonesboro & Alvaton. H.O.P.E. Banquet Hall is one of Altanta’s premier event venues. Focused on providing exceptional service and high levels of customer satisfaction they offer an elegant, very spacious and intimate setting perfect for all occasions up to 300 guests. The Hall provides: tables, chairs, an elevated stage, warming kitchen, bar and more. Both venues are so elegantly HOPE provides a variety of offerings to choose from that you'll be happy with. Basic package rental price begins at: $2,950

JW Event Suite

416 Eagles Landings Way

Stockbridge, GA 30281

https://www.jweventsuite.com/

Social: https://www.facebook.com/jweventsuite

https://www.instagram.com/jw_eventsuite/

  • Chic and stylish this venue nook is designed for those who prefer a simple yet elegant approach to design. Accommodating up to 100 seated guests the mahogany flooring and 15- foot ceilings allow for endless creative decor ideas. Featuring beautiful crystal chandeliers, wall lighting, kitchenette, bridal suite (with shower) and a 80” Portable projector screen your guests will be wowed by the couture elegance. Venue includes: 60” round tables with Choice of white, Ivory, or black linen, 100 gold chiavari chairs and free onsite parking. Basic package rental price begins at: $800

M’barce Moments Event Center

3565 Georgia Highway 20 SE

Conyers, Georgia 30012

http://www.mbracemoments.com/

Social: https://www.facebook.com/MbraceMoments/

  • M’brace Moments is a full service event and banquet facility. A classy venue and unique all inclusive event center located just four miles off I-20 East in Conyers. This is one space looking from the outside that you wouldn't expect to be such a beautiful gem. The entryway draws you in immediately, and with it’s open floor plan and center raised stage it is the focal point to creating gorgeous backdrops. The space provides a bridal room and kitchenette, making outside a brezze. Whether you’re looking for space to hold a social or corporate event, M’brace Moments can help you entertain, serve, and impress your guests with their elegant reception hall. Basic package rental price begins at: $1,800

Opal Event Hall

1848 Old Norcross Road

Lawrenceville, Georgia 30044

https://www.opaleventhall.com/

Social: https://www.facebook.com/opaleventhall

  • OPAL Event Hall is a special event, wedding ceremony, reception, corporate and private function venue. It’s beautiful chandeliers, hardwood floors, bridal suite, luxurious bathrooms, marble foyer, is the perfect space to hold any type of event. With 6,000 square feet of awesomeness, a cocktail reception space for up to 400 guests and seated dinner space for up to 300, this event hall will leave an impression on your guests and create memories that last a lifetime. Basic package rental price begins at: $3,500

The Harvest Hall (Motel 6)

2360 Delk Road

Marietta, Georgia 30067

https://www.theharvesthall.com/

  • Get ready to be amazed as this venue will bring your special day to life. It’s the perfect setting for a memorable event. This venue will give your casual graduation party an extra touch of elegance, welcome your teen into adulthood with sophistication or make your wedding sparkle. The hall can be transformed into the ultimate setting for your theatre performance, prom, live band, dance workshop or fashion show. Colorful spotlighting can be customized to provide just the right atmosphere. With their modern indoor conference hall, this venue is well equipped and can accommodate up to 170 guests. It’s center stage is one that you’ll be able to easily add balloons, custom drapes, floral installations and other backdrops. Basic package rental price begins at: $1,200

*Pricing subject to change. Contact vendors to confirm.*