Don’t Fight Your Venue

In these times, many of us don’t have the money (or don’t want to spend the money) to completely drape an entire event venue to completely transform it from what it is into something new and different. One thing we notice of late, is that our clients think that by choosing a less expensive venue for their event and spending on extravagant transformations of the space will in the long run save them money. This is completely untrue!

Don’t fight your venue! Period. End of story.

If you are settling for a venue that doesn’t fit into your event vision, perhaps this is not the right location for you. You will spend thousands of dollars trying to transform your space, and your funds will more than likely run dry before you can really do the space justice, leaving you with a half-hearted theme that stands awkwardly against the original structure.

If you’ve chosen an old mansion for your event, think about bringing in colors and décor that compliments the space rather than fights it. A Great Gatsby theme could be just as fun and elegant and much more fitting than a Moroccan lounge, and a 70s disco party might not be the most fitting theme for an elegant ballroom. If you work with, rather than against your venue you will end up with not only a beautiful event, but some extra cash in your pocket as well.

People like congruity—it’s something that makes us feel comfortable. This doesn’t mean that juxtaposing competing concepts can’t work wonderfully, but it takes a strong concept and expert execution to pull such events off flawlessly. It takes more than just hanging fabric and bringing in furniture to completely transform a space to an entirely different vision.

Fighting your venue is a lost cause. Find a venue that you are happy with and build off the beauty that originally drew you to that space. We promise, you’ll be much happier in the long run!

Picture Curtosy of Martin Jobes Design

**A theme that worked in the space! When you work with your venue, amazing things can happen.

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Happy Mother’s Day

I wanted to take a moment to wish all of you amazing women out there a Happy Mother’s Day. This is the second Mother’s Day that I get to celebrate as a mother myself. I can only hope that I’m living up to the example my mother set for me. Moms are so many things to so many people—we are strong, multi-tasking, role models. My mother has been my friend, my support system, my psychiatrist, my nurse, and most importantly the inspiration for who I am. It is because of this super woman that I knew that I could have the strength to be in the event industry and still be a mom. Both of these things are full time jobs and as an event planner I am detail oriented, so I need to put 150% into everything I do, I couldn’t do any of this without her inspiration. So let’s all celebrate the amazing women who molded us into who we are today!

xoxo,

Danielle

Mix up your Cinco de Mayo

The holiday of Cinco De Mayo, The 5th Of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. It is primarily a regional holiday celebrated in the Mexican state capital city of Puebla and throughout the state of Puebla, with some limited recognition in other parts of Mexico, and especially in U.S. cities with a significant Mexican population. It is not, as many people think, Mexico’s Independence Day, which is actually September 16.

Though, in the United States I feel like we search for any excuse to throw another fabulous party. Though most of your preparations for tonight’s festivities have probably already been taken care of, why not mix up your drink menu with more traditional tequila drink recipes. (Fun Fact: Margaritas aren’t really enjoyed outside of the resort areas in Mexico!)

These recipes are sure to spice up your party, and impress your guests with your creativity. These drinks are also tastier alternatives for those of us who aren’t the biggest of tequila fans.

Infused Tequila
For a large dinner party, nothing beats a pitcher of distilled spirits. For an alternative on the tired vodka blends, try this infused tequila recipe. It’s just the thing for a hot summer night.
Pour a 750ml bottle of Cazadores silver into a glass pitcher, and fill with strips of cucumber and seedless watermelon. Store in the refrigerator overnight. Before serving, mix in a shaker with ice and a few drops of agave nectar. Serve over ice and garnish with mint.


Paloma
Forget the Margarita. The Paloma, or dove, can make claim to being the national cocktail of Mexico. In addition to the refreshing taste, Palomas probably earned their claim to popularity for being incredibly easy to make. In Mexico, they’re made simply by pouring a shot of tequila and Fresca, a sugar-sweetened grapefruit soda, over ice. In the States, where Fresca is inherently diet, you can make a similar drink with Squirt, or achieve a natural tasting Paloma with the following recipe:
Lime and salt the rim of a tall glass. Fill with ice.
Add 1.5 oz. of silver tequila to your shaker.
Add 2 oz grapefruit juice and 1.5 oz. lime juice.
Sweeten with agave nectar as desired.
Shake with a full scoop of ice.
Drain into the glass.
Top off with Sprite.

Corzo Modern Muddled Margarita
If you must have your margarita, forego the frozen, sugary types. Drop into your shaker the following:
2 orange wedges.
2 lemon wedges.
2 large lime wedges.
1 oz. agave nectar
1.5 oz. Corzo Silver.
1 oz. Cointreau (optional)
Crush ingredients with a strong muddler.
Add a scoop of ice, cover and give it a good shake.
Pour into a martini glass and garnish with an orange wedge.

Enjoy these sippable treats!

Share with us your favorite Cinco de Mayo party tips and recipes. We would love to hear what you’re doing.

xoxo,

Emily