Your Golden Ticket

FlowerI had the privilege of co-chairing the Decor & Logistics Committee for the Children’s Museum of Denver’s 40th Birthday Bash fundraiser on May 31st. The event was a fun change from the weddings that normally dominate my time and brought me back into my fundraising mindset!

Nearly a year of planning culminated in a fantastic evening that raised almost $300,000 for the museum’s programs. Each year, the event is centered around a children’s book…and this year, in honor of the 40th Birthday, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl was chosen. Of course, we looked to both movies based on the book for inspiration. Color and candy were our main goals…and I think we definitely succeeded! Colorful tissue poms, ribbon chanderliers, and star lanterns decorated the tents, while pink peony arrangements adorned cocktail tables covered in a variety of purple, gold, lime, and raspberry linens. Candy centerpieces and purple linens were used for the main tent tables. Everything turned out beautifully and we couldn’t have done it without our wonderful committee members and the AMAZING museum staff.

SO MUCH GRATITUDE to Lola’s Sugar Rush for providing our candy, guest favors, and helping us with decorations…it seriously wouldn’t have happened without their wonderful donations. Scribbles, an adorable paper shop in Denver, was the event’s presenting sponsor. Their golden ticket invitations set just the right tone for an amazing evening to come. Occasions Catering Denver provided amazing snacks and drinks, all specifically chosen to complement the theme: Blueberry Mojito, Fizzy Lifting Orange Soda, Chilled Snozberry Soup, Veruca Salt Skewer, Oompah-loompah Whoopee Pies, “Violet You’re Turning Violet” Cookies…and many more! Lauren Len’s Photography donated her time and talents; most of the photos above are hers!

Read more about the event, see additional photos, and learn more about the museum.

Again, many thanks to the hundreds of volunteers, staff, and community members who donated time, money, and auction items to make this event so succesful. And a big thank you to my wonderful friends who attended the event and my mom who tried REALLY hard to win the raffle trip! Better luck next year, Mom!

Can’t wait till next year!

Oh baby baby!

baby3We threw a baby shower for some very good friends a few weeks ago. This couple is fun-loving, casual, and laid-back…so a typical tea just wasn’t going to cut it! They also happen to be the first couple of our friends to have a baby, so the rest of us aren’t as “mature” as they are! After several brainstorm sessions, we decided on a co-ed cocktail party, complete with pink drinks and coconut macaroons for the girls, and a whiskey tasting and bbq wings for the guys!  “Mumm’s” champagne favors, a pink Colorado onesie, and a surprise icing of the dad-to-be completed a really fun night! I cannot wait for that little nugget to arrive in just a few short weeks!



Picture Perfect

Photo Credit: Boro Creative Visions Photography

Photo Credit: Boro Creative Visions Photography

I’m working with a client on picking her photographer and it’s reminding me just how crucial photography is to a wedding. It’s really the only thing you get to take home with you after the wedding! That being said, I usually recommend it as a top priority…it is not somewhere you want to scrimp!

Here are a few questions and important things to remember when choosing a photographer…and double check to make sure it’s all in writing in your contract!

  • Name of the photographer who will shoot your wedding and the number of assistant
  • Number and kind(s) of cameras to be used
  • Approximate number of photographs to be shot
  • Number of proofs you’ll receive, and complete package details
  • Date your proofs will be ready and how long you can keep them
  • When and how you’ll receive your order (albums, prints) once you place it, and any other delivery details
  • Length of time the photographer will keep your negatives/digital files
  • Total cost (itemized if possible)
  • Overtime fee, if applicable
  • Subjects to be covered, such as pre-wedding preparations, ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception
  • Travel fees, if applicable
  • Style of photography, such as formal portraits, documentary-style, candid, combination, straight shooting, unconventional      composition, and formats

Mmmm, I could stare at wedding photos all day…the beauty is never-ending!