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!
~Greta

One step closer…

It was a big day here in Colorado as Governor Hickenlooper signed a civil unions bill into law…not only is this exciting (and overdue) for our state, but it’s also exciting for our industry!

The Denver Post reports that the new law will create “a business opportunity for ceremony planners and hotels, as well as financial planners and attorneys.” The Gay Wedding Institute is already on the right track, certifying industry experts in the best ways to understand and help this community. We are so happy to be moving forward and hope this is just one more step on the path to legal gay marriage in the entire U.S. Let’s keep spreading the love…let’s be honest, everyone deserves a spectacular wedding day!

Read more: Colorado civil unions could boost wedding, financial planning business – The Denver Post

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!

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