Dress Of The Week: Sarah Jassir’s Iris

This dress of the week is part of Sarah Jassir’s collection.  The Iris is a tulle ball gown with organza ruched bodice with lace appliques.  Just this past week, Sarah Jassir’s bridal salon announced its opening in New York City.  This particular dress is from a collection inspired by the “creative process” itself.  Congratulations Sarah Jassir and thank you for all your stunning dresses.

ImageImage courtesy of Sarah Jassir

I just absolutely love the intricately fitted bodice on top paired with layer upon layer of tulle creating a wedding extravaganza!! This dress exudes chic sophistication and fantasy fun all in one! Absolutely LOVE!  What are your thoughts?

XOXO
Ayelet

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Oscar Inspiration

Oscar Night. An evening of beautiful gowns, celebrities, high anxiety, excitement and, of course, partying. This lavish night doesn’t need to be just an evening of stars, but an opportunity to bring life to your next party.

First, let’s take a look at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governor’s Ball. This party, boasting a central palm tree with Swarovski crystals covering the trunk, towering tropical blooms, and a delicious menu by Wolfgang Puck, was inspired by music and vintage nightclubs.

 83rd Academy Awards, Governors Ball Press Preview

Courtesy of BizBash.com



Courtesy of BizBash.com

This is a fantastic party idea, because it can be taken in so many different directions. Your club atmosphere can be as grandiose or as simple as you want it to be.  Start with brightly colored linens to introduce your color palate to your guests instantly. With the dominant table colors established, you can pair them with contrasting napkins and china.

Next, consult with your event planner to find out which lighting vendor can create a  design that will complement your overall aesthetic. In general, large splashes of color on the walls can create a warm ambiance even in a neutral space with blank white walls.

Then, kick your party into high gear with a live band. Choose either a large brass band to create that old-time feel or, on a smaller scale, consider a jazz trio to play a few sets alternating with a DJ. Like any live show, the performers provide an extra boost of energy by connecting personally with audience members and getting them excited for the dancing to come. The bands are well versed in many different genres of music and are able change gears and cater to the mood of the guests and/or host.

Finally, round out the look and feel of the evening with a variety of centerpieces. Contrasting looks can add extra flair to the room. Tall center pieces with large plumes of feathers and bright floral bouquets establish a dramatic upward movement to the room. Also have your designer create a look that is closer to the table. By pairing a small floral centerpiece with surrounding votives, you can add a touch of light that will produce a more cozy, intimate atmosphere.

By using these basic steps you can replicate a night of classic entertaining.

Enjoy!

Meredith

Valentine Inspiration

As the smell of chocolates, perfume, and candy fill the streets this Valentine’s Day take a few minutes to step back and simplify yours. Here are a few tips to inspire you.

If you have kids, do what Danielle is doing and throw a Toddler Valentine’s Day Extravaganza! Find fun activities for the kids such as arts and crafts or baking cupcakes!


Instead of going out to an overbooked restaurant, eat in! Nothing is more romantic than having a secluded, candle lit dinner cooked exclusively by you. Spend the evening proclaiming your love for one another without any interruptions from a waiter eager to bring the check and get the next tip-payer seated.

It’s easy to run into a store and pick up yet another generic gift. This year, to give that special someone something truly original and from the heart, try making something yourself. Find out what they like and work from that. Here is an idea we spotted from a crafter online who loves cherry blossom trees:

craftster.org

The girls at CUE hope these ideas help spark your own romantic creativity and wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

xoxo,
Kiki

SUPER BOWL!!!!

It’s that time of year again! When friends and family come together to support their favorite team, or, as the case may be, come together to face off and cheer for opposing teams! Here are a few simple ideas to make your Super Bowl gathering more exciting.

First, no party would be complete without the banners or colors of your favorite team. This year it’s a tough choice between two old school teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers. You can pick one or have a bit of flare for both! Lay out a green table cloth to represent the gridiron and set up the team gear on opposite sides.

 

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And no Super Bowl Party would be complete with out a hearty, tasty treat. This year try a great slow cooker chili recipe. Using turkey meat instead of ground beef can be a healthier option.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 cup diced onion
  • 3/4 cup diced celery
  • 3/4 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (10.75 ounce) cans tomato puree
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans with liquid
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans with liquid
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

Directions

  1. Place the beef in a skillet over medium heat, and cook until evenly brown. Drain grease.
  2. Place the beef in a slow cooker, and mix in onion, celery, green bell pepper, garlic, tomato puree, kidney beans, and cannellini beans. Season with chili powder, parsley, salt, basil, oregano, black pepper, and hot pepper sauce.
  3. Cover, and cook 8 hours on Low

Courtesy of http://www.Allrecipes.com

Finally, make this non-holiday count! Make this Super Bowl Sunday a SOUP-er Bowl Sunday. When sending out your invitations or calling friends, ask each attendee to bring a can or two of soup. Find a local shelter or food bank that is accepting donations and drop of your charitable gift to make someone’s February a little brighter! 🙂

 

 

Have a Happy Super Bowl!! Goooooooo [your team’s name inserted here]!!!!!

Happy Horror Madness

Halloween is creeping around the corner and as you work your way around the crowds, through the mess they’ve left behind in the costume store, and pick out your last minute costume, you might’ve forgotten a vital component in making Halloween such a wonderful holiday – a party! The greatest thing about this day is that you can get away with doing anything from different themes to activities to food selection. Do you want to make it kid friendly? Or scream-at-the-top-of-your-lungs scary? If you are still deciding and need some inspiration or just need some last minute tips, the CUE team is here to save the spooky.

As the tricks of planning are over, the treat of seeing your guests flow through the door shows off your dedication in making an unforgettable night. Now it’s your turn to relax and party like there’s no tomorrow!

xoxo,
Kiki