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November 30, 2011

Trendy Tuesday: Trend Summit Recap

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Today, we are pleased to share some photographs from this year's Trend Summit!  Not only did it have a list of STELLAR speakers, but it was full of creative and GORGEOUS eye candy to boot!  From florals, to cakes, to dresses, to invitations, and food (Ryan Crafts and Kaleb Crafts were in attendance as invited speakers!) - this event had it all covered - not to mention we here at Culinary Crafts provided lunch!  Yum!  Check it out!

This year's Trend Summit was held at Pierpont Place.  The whole venue was chock full of floral arrangements and gorgeous tables with even more GORGEOUS linens!

Ryan giving his tips and trends to all of the attendees!

This year's trend summit was full of fabulous speakers (some pictured above) and even more FANTASTIC ideas.  We are so honored to have been a part of it and to be involved with so many talented people!  Thank you Trend Summit!  We can't wait for next year!

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Photos provded by Ryan Galbraith Photography

November 22, 2011

Tuesday Trends: Thanksgiving Decor Ideas

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For the holidays, more and more people are creating beautiful decor for entertaining in their home.  Not only do people want gracious hosts, time with family and friends, and good food, they also love the extra touch of elegance and beauty that decoration provides.  That doesn't mean you have to hire a designer, spend a fortune, or be a craft goddess though!  I've found a bunch of easy and inexpensive ways to dress up your homes for Thanksgiving!  Take a look!

Photo courtesy of ZumaPhoto

This floral centerpiece, which was at one of our favorite fall events, incorporates a simple floral arrangement in a small vase and plays up the season with the leaves and color scheme.  This simple arrangement is gorgeous and easy for any table!

Photo courtesy of JustAGirl

What better way to welcome your guests into your home than a beautifully crafted wreath?  This seasonal wreath is very easy to make, but may take some time to gather materials and put it all together.  All you need is a foam wreath base, glue gun, pinecones, and ribbon for hanging.  Affix the pinecones to the wreath base with the glue, tie the ribbon around the top when you are done and voila!  A beautiful wreath is born!

 

Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart

These glowing candle votives are another easy project that are simple, yet gorgeous for the table or on your hearth.  You'll need leaves, spray adhesive, candle holders and candles.  Just spray the leaves with adhesive, then affix the leaves to the candleholder, making sure to leave a little hanging below the candleholder's base.  When the glue has dried, cut the leaves that hang below the base, and that's it!  Easy peasy!

Photo courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

Hollowed out gourds are a fantastic and fun alternative to standard snack bowls.  Not to mention that they are totally festive!  One note: Gourds naturally will give moisture to the snack in the bowl, so items like chips, pretzels, or chocolates probably wouldn't work very well.  Different types of olives are perfect though!

Photo courtesy of Re-Nest

This super easy centerpiece is a quick and beautiful solution.  You can pick up inexpensive stem or bud vases and find vivid fallen leaves.  The beauty of this centerpiece is that the vases don't need to match!  In fact, the more variety the better!

Photo courtesy of Design*Sponge

And lastly, this fun (and eco friendly!) pumpkin place holder is from one of my favorite design sources anywhere!  Design*Sponge!  I'll link to their tutorial here, complete with a step-by-step and photographs!  Believe me, its such a fun project and one your guests will definitely enjoy!

I hope these easy projects give you plenty of ideas for your table decor!  Happy Thanksgiving planning everyone!

Check out our website at www.culinarycrafts.com!

November 1, 2011

Trendy Tuesday: Pantone Inspiration Board

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Today, I'd like to share an inspiration board I came up with using some of the 2012 Pantone Fashion Colors!  I loved the combination of the bright yellow Solar Power, the cool and calm turquoise Cockatoo, and the natural feel of the taupe Starfish.  Together, they make a fun and poppy mix with just a hint of the natural and organic.  Take a look!

First row: Print from Farouche via Poppytalk; bouquet from Studio Stems; butterfly paintings by Koelle via Poppytalk

Second row: Wedding Dress from BHLDN; Table from Snippet & Ink

Third Row: Shoes from BHLDN; Bridesmaids dress from BHLDN

Fourth Row: Arrangement from Floral Design by Jacqueline Ahne; Paper Straws from BHLDN; Hair accessory from BHLDN

Check out our website at www.culinarycrafts.com!

October 25, 2011

Trendy Tuesday: Spooktacular Spirits

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One really EXCITING trend is the care and craftsmanship of spirits and liqueurs.  Creating the perfect cocktail or brewing the most flavorful beer is now being more widely regarded as artistry, much like that of a pastry chef or executive chef's creations would be art for your palette.  As a result, there are A LOT more inventive and seasonal spirits available - especially for Halloween!  I've rounded up some of my favorite finds, but I'm sure there are plenty more excellent libations to be had!  Enjoy!

From left to right:  Blavod, Fulton's Harvest Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur, Vampire Vineyards Merlot, Bacardi Zombie, Wasatch Pumpkin Ale, Vampyre Vodka, Witches Brew Ale, Charbay Blood Orange Vodka

Check out our website at www.culinarycrafts.com!

October 11, 2011

Trendy Tuesday: Pumpkins and Pinterest

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Hi all!  Well, its officially fall and with the grand entrance of October, its time to turn to fall and harvest decor!  And what says "fall" better than pumpkins?  Autumn, of Riehl Events, highlights the versatility of pumpkin decor with some of her favorite Pinterest finds!  Take it away Autumn!

"I have begun to settle into the fact that summer is officially gone and autumn is inevitably on its way. In addition to an increase in apple flavored delicacies and the return of hot chocolate to the scene, this symbolizes the incorporation of the pumpkin into home and event décor. Pumpkin ideas have been popping up all over Pinterest for months, and here are a few of my favorite finds:

Fancy-schmancy pumpkins:
Combining with another element, like flowers or candles:
Pumpkins are also great to use in a more functional way for your wedding or event:

-- autumn"

Thank you Autumn and Riehl Events for sharing your wonderful ideas!  Happy fall everyone!

Check out our website at www.culinarycrafts.com!

This post republished with permission from Riehl Events

photo credits:
1) Pictures clockwise from upper left: Pinterest, Martha Stewart, Better Homes & Gardens, Martha Stewart
2) Pictures clockwise from upper left: MarthaStewart, Martha Stewart, Style Me Pretty, Martha Stewart
3) both pictures Martha Stewart

September 27, 2011

Trendy Tuesday: Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2012

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Pantone, the world's leading expert in all things to do with color, just released their 2012 Fashion Color Report.  What does that mean?  Well, you can count on seeing these ten colors popping up on the runways and throughout fashion in the spring season - which includes wedding palettes and things like bridesmaid dresses!  This collection is definitely rooted in the extremes of nature - from the soothing neutrals of Starfish and Driftwood to the vibrant pop of Solar Power and Tangerine Tango - there is definitely something for every taste.  I, for one, am super excited to see what is in store!  I am loving pretty much every color in this report.   Also, for you iPad users, something else pretty exciting from Pantone and The Dessy Group - the myPantone Wedding Styleboard!  This tool allows you pick your wedding colors and then design a board including apparel and accessories to match.  Its your very own inspiration board generator!  Happy planning readers!

Check out our website at www.culinarycrafts.com!

September 20, 2011

Trendy Tuesday: Custom Signage

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Today on Trendy Tuesday, its all about custom signage!  I know I've expressed my love of it before, but we are DEFINITELY seeing this trend take hold and sweep across many events - from birthdays to corporate events and most of all - weddings!  Here are some of our favorite examples from Culinary Crafts events that we had a hand in coordinating, planning, and executing!!!

Images from Pepper Nix Photography

This wedding was chock full of fun details, but one of the best was their use of coordinating signage!  From the menu, to their photo booth logo, to the mix CDs they gave their guests, and the concert style posters boasting their event, they incorporated a strong style and carried it through the entire event!  I love it!  The menu is my favorite!  I always think its a nice touch to give your guests menus or post custom signage at the food stations so they know the delicious offerings there are!

Images provided by Logan Walker of ZumaPhoto

This event was full of style and 1920 speakeasy flair!  So we DEFINITELY had to make sure the signage kept that theme so the guests were totally immersed in the theme!  I think these signs did the trick, for sure!  From the font to the design, everything calls back to the prohibition era - from the DELICIOUS food to the gorgeous McCune Mansion!

Images provided by Logan Walker of ZumaPhoto

This lucky 8 year old celebrated her birthday with Ladybug style!  From the invitations to the candy table signage, there were polka dots galore!  I think the signs for the food definitely amplified the whimsy and fun of the event.  And the definitely made you remember you were partying among the Ladybugs!

Images provided by Pepper Nix Photography and  ZumaPhoto,

Ah, Mary and Rick's wedding day.  A day of true romance and elegance!  Adding to the beauty of the day were the elements of signage all throughout the event.  From the custom seating chart tags, the custom napkin name tags, and the custom menu - which all harked back to Mary and Ricks GORGEOUS invitations - the guests were impressed and well informed of all aspects of the event!  One of the best ways to tie your invitation back into your event is to make sure that the fonts, style, colors, and detailing are carried from that initial invite all the way through the custom signage of your event.  Your guests will love all the custom details and the tone you set with that invitation is sure to be felt throughout the main event!

Images provided by Logan Walker of ZumaPhoto

Lastly, this event had custom signage in spades!  The place cards, the napkin bands, the table numbers, and those high style signs on the bride and groom's chairs marking their newlywed status!  Such a gorgeous way of presenting guests with the information they need to find their seat and also make them feel special!  Not to mention, they definitely kept it consistent which made it tie in beautifully and only elevated the carefully crafted event.  BEAUTIFUL!

Custom signage is an excellent way to share information with your guests, keep your style present, and elevate your wedding beyond the norm.  One of the easiest ways to get custom signage is to work with your invitation designer to see if they would be willing to let you know the fonts they are using and the colors so that the signs match perfectly.  Some full service design studios may even be able to design the signage for you!  We here at Culinary Crafts love custom signage and love having our clients provide (or have us provide) signs for the stations, mocktail/cocktail bars, etc.  The food is such an important part that we love to showcase it with beautiful signs!  Culinary Crafts would LOVE to help you create custom signage as well and we also have a staff of AMAZING people who can plan and execute your event!  This way, the design and any custom signage you'd like will be expertly coordinated and laid out with the wonderful creators at Culinary Crafts!  I hope you are inspired to add signage throughout your event too!

For more ideas, check out our website at www.culinarycrafts.com!

September 13, 2011

Trendy Tuesday: Hot Beverage Bars!

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Row 1: Coffee and mini doughnuts photo from Martha Stewart Weddings, Hot Cider photo from Chudleigh Photography (Designed by LMG Events) via Pink Piggy Design Blog

Row 2:  Hot Beverage Bar photo from Chudleigh Photgraphy (Designed by LMG Events) via Pink Piggy Design Blog

Row 3: Chai Tea and Beverage Bar photos from Chudleigh Photography (Designed by LMG Events) via Pink Piggy Design Blog, Hot Toddy photo from Verses from My Kitchen, Herbal Tea photo from NY City Eats

Row 4: Espresso photo from bethanish, Pink Espresso Cups with homemade marshmallows from Martha Stewart Weddings

Its about that time of year, where we bid a fond adieu to summer and (try to!) welcome the on-coming fall and winter months.  Although the bitter cold of winter doesn't sound so fun right now, one of the newest trends for winter and fall weddings has got me SUPER excited!  Its a Hot Beverage Bar!  (Think candy bar - only with hot drinks.)  So fun!  What better way to warm up your guests and add something interactive to your event!  And the possibilities are endless.  Seriously.  You could have a Hot Cocoa Bar with mix-ins like homemade marshmallows (in your wedding colors, natch!), peppermint candies or sticks, homemade whipped cream, nutmeg, flavored syrups, chili powder (trust me, its delicious!), etc.  Or, you could have a variety of different hot beverages like chai tea, herbal teas, coffee, apple cider, hot toddies, espresso, and wassail - each in their own signature cup with a cute little sign and signature garnish.  So cute!  Or, even simply a coffee bar with tiny little doughnuts.  There are so many options to fit your style and tastes - not to mention its totally not something you'd see every day!  Your guests will love being able to warm up with (and dress up!) a hot drink and putting it together in a cute bar set up is bound to bring a smile to any face!  Happy planning readers!

For more ideas, check out our website at www.culinarycrafts.com!

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