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!

Red, White and Blue Decor

Memorial Day is a day to honor our fallen heroes and those who fought to preserve the freedoms that we all enjoy. The three day weekend also marks the official beginning of the summer season. We are feeling patriotic and inspired by Americana wedding and event decor. Red, white and blue isn’t just for Fourth of July parties! The classic color combination works well in patriotic, rustic or nautical event themes.

OMG Ombre!

Gwen Stefani married Gavin Rossdale almost a decade ago, but her ombre wedding gown is the inspiration for 2012’s hottest wedding trend.  For those of you who may be wondering what “ombre” is, the definition is “shaded or graduated in tone”.  We began seeing this design element pop up a few years ago in hair highlights, as darker and more natural roots became more popular. This year, it’s everywhere! And, it’s gorgeous! And, it’s easy to incorporate into your wedding.

Our friends are getting married this summer in Aspen and the bride is incorporating ombre as one of her many themes…this wedding is going to just be epic. She watercolor painted her save the dates by hand into a beautiful ombre…see her design posts over here on Denver photographer Laura Murray’s blog (who happens to both insanely talented AND the bride’s sister):

 Post 1: Design     Post 2: DIY

Here’s a smattering of more ombre to enjoy!