We have been using products from World Market for years when designing our events and parties. They are such a fantastic source with great prices! See our Instagram Story today on us taking an inspiration visit to the Napa, California store and our PopUp Sonoma White Party. (We used World Market’s macrame runners for this event)
Their decor items are up to 50% off right now so go check them out!
Here are some of our favorites.
How about the JuJu Wall Hanging Collection for a bar or wedding ceremony backdrop?
One party we love to participate in every year is HandMade Events PopUp Party. Nicole and her husband Garrett have been throwing their PopUp Party since 2011 in several cities around the US. Sonoma is our local party of choice and we always have a great team that helps pull it all together.
How to attend?
To attend a PopUp Party, you need to purchase tickets on the HandMade Events website. (usually a few months before) Tickets sell out fast, so buy them when they go live! For $40 a ticket, HandMade Events supplies you with a seat at a table, music, lighting and restrooms and the rest is up to you. Most people come as a group and delegate the responsibilities. (decor, food, beverages, and tableware). Our group has been attending for 3 years and DGE is (of course) responsible for decor. We also bring lots of wine since the owner’s husband is in the wine industry and always wants to enjoy something from his cellar.
Here are some photos of our last 2 years. (They can also be seen on our website)
This year we planned a boho vibe party design.
Pulling all the pieces together is fun, loading into the party…not so much fun. If you are ever thinking of changing careers and being an event planner, one thing to know…it’s a lot of shlepping!
Here are some photos of us putting our table together this year.
Ta-da! The finished table design.
Several wonderful vendors were used to create this look that we would like to thank! See below how you can create this look for our own party.
We started off the night with lots of Rose fun! We opened a jerobaum bottle of our favorite Rose, Azur. We did something most wine drinkers don’t do…poured our Rose into Disco Ball Tumblers from Packed Party to get the party started. If you follow us on Instagram you know we are obsessed with these Disco Balls. They are so much fun to drink out of and they always put a smile on everyone’s face…look for our upcoming party where we will be using hundreds of these!
PS -A Jerobaum wine bottle is the size of 2 magnums!
Soulflower was our florist for the event. We are loving pampas grass at the moment and not only does it match perfectly for a white party, but it’s big and makes a great statement without spending a lot of money. It also looks so pretty blowing in the wind, giving the boho relaxed vibe we were looking for. We used potted plants to add greenery to the table to give it a earthy look with lots of different textures.
La Tavola was our linen of choice for something simple, flowy and organic feeling to keep with our boho theme. We chose the Tuscany Eggshell fabric. The feel of the linen material is perfect with the theme and the eggshell color is a little bit less harsh then a bright white shade. We also had the eggshell napkins to match.
We thought the look of these macrame runners were perfect for the theme. We found them in Cost Plus World Market for under $40! We used two of them for a 16-foot table since they were 6 feet long each. (We could have used 3 to have more of the macrame design on the table).
Pulling the whole look together definitely happened with the help of Encore Events and their tabletop pieces; flatware, wicker chargers and glassware. The wicker chargers added a great pop of a natural feel to the table while the flatware and amber glassware brought in a stylish flare that’s on point for tabletop design at the moment.
The place cards by Studio Noel were so awesome and different than what we have done in the past. The owner of Studio Noel, Brittni Fisher, is totally killing it with her business! We had so many people ask who made the place cards, so I hope she gets lots of new customers! The place cards were made of wood, another layer of texture that added to the final look of the table.
Votive Candle Holders
We have been using our Concrete Geometric votive holders for lots of events. They have such a great look and are even better when you stack them and create a different design each time. They are neutral so you can use them for almost any table design.
All of the food was homemade by our friends who attended the party. Here are some pics of what we enjoyed. Beef tenderloin, gold leaf deviled eggs, tomatoes with burrata, and poached salmon… just to name a few.
At the end of the night the DJ always makes the last hour so much fun!
Stay tuned…we will have professional photos from the HandMade Events photographer, Allyson Wiley, and we hope to see our table in their advertising again for next year’s party!
An insulated tumbler styled with signature (Kate Spade), shimmery golden dots is so chic that even slurping will look cute. The straw makes it easy to sip on the go, while the faux-disposable top adds a pop homage to movie concessions and fast-food soft drinks.
Serve appetizers and desserts in elegant style with a minimalist stand featuring a faceted coppertone base, tapered wood column and striking marble dessert plate.
A large-capacity bottle is the perfect companion for the trail, the beach or everyday use thanks to TempShield protection that keeps all your beverages the perfect temperature, hot or cold. This is great for events because it keeps your drink hot or cold for houuuurrsssssss.
Shining coppertone handles add a touch of polish to an elegant serving board crafted in smooth, cool marble.
A rich combination of wool, jute and cotton creates a subtle striped effect on a beautiful accent rug that will liven up any room.
What do event planners do for fun? Plan vacations.
Going to Cinque Terre (the beautiful, picturesque 5 cities located along Italy’s coastline) from Florence in just a day is totally doable. Especially when it’s been planned out for you.
Here’s my one day guide to doing Cinque Terre as a day trip from Florence!
The 5 Cities:
Riomaggiore This is the first of the 5 cities and is very laid back in it’s atmosphere. Lots of little restaurants, cafes, and bars provide cute outdoor seating to relax at.
Manarola The literal Cinque Terre picture-perfect town. It has a tiny harbor with a boat ramp, picturesque multicolored houses facing the sea, and a tiny piazza with seafood restaurants. In Manarola starts the famous path Via dell’Amore (Lover’s Lane) which is a very scenic path that leads you to Riomaggiore in only 20 minutes.
Corniglia Located in the middle of the five towns, it’s the only one not built directly at sea level. Corniglia is probably the least visited town.
Vernazza Maybe the most photographed village of the Cinque Terre, Vernazza has a natural pier that you can walk out on. The tiny port is surrounded by the typical colorful houses you picture when imagining Cinque Terre.
Monterosso The biggest of the five towns with the most amenities. There’s a lot of hotels, restaurants, and shops. Monterosso also has the only long and sandy beach (my favorite part) in the area where you can rent chairs and umbrellas or even a kayak if you want to explore some cool coves off the coast.
You’ll want train tickets from Florence’s Santa Maria Novella train station to Pisa Centrale and then from Pisa Centrale to La Spezia. La Spezia is the city hub located closest to Cinque Terre and where you’ll begin your journey.
This was our schedule:
7:00am Depart Firenze Santa Maria Novella
7:40am Arrive Pisa Centrale
8:28am Depart Pisa Centrale
9:11am Arrive La Spezia
*Most of these are regional trains and there are no assigned seats so you can wait to purchase these train tickets if needed. They’re also cheap 🙂
Once you get to La Spezia, enter the info center and purchase a Cinque Terre Day Pass. It’s 16 euros and allows you unlimited train rides between all the cities, all day long. This day pass also includes a wifi code, free bathroom use at every train station, and your hiking pass (which is 7.50 euros on it’s own). You can thank me later.
*MAKE SURE TO VALIDATE YOUR CINQUE TERRE DAY PASS. It’s over 50 EUR if you don’t. And don’t lose it, either.
*When you arrive at the La Spezia info center ask if any of the hiking trails are closed.
We hiked from Vernazza to Monterosso. They say this hike is only 2.5-3 miles but we all swear it felt like more than 5. There’s a lot of up hill and downhill and it’s pretty strenuous but it is absolutely beautiful. My best recommendation is to be prepared for it – tennis shoes, comfortable clothes to get dirty, and water. You may even want a bathing suit to enjoy the incredible Mediterranean Sea when you’re done & sweaty.
We chose this leg of the hike partly for the physical challenge, but mostly because it provides so many panoramic views of the ocean from up high.
What we did in each city:
Vernazza – Our starting place. We grabbed paninis from “Lunch Box”, a cute cafe near the exit of the train station, and ice cold water bottles. We took our sandwiches to go and walked down to the beach area to eat next to the water. From here we started the hike and went towards the next city, Monterosso.
Monterosso – The beach town! I can’t even explain my excitement for when we finally arrived to Monterosso after our crazy hike. The water is a beautiful turquoise blue color and there’s lots of tourists with excited energy. I’d been instructed to find a small, specific bar near the train station and order a “bucket of daiquiris” (see pics below). Sure enough, a small whole-in-the-wall type place was blasting American 90’s hip hop music and had plastic buckets with many straws serving almost any type of alcoholic drink you could imagine. I opted for a pineapple daiquiri. Yum.
Corniglia – We stopped off the train at Corniglia for just about 10 minutes. There’s not a lot to see here but we wanted to say we’d been to all 5 cities so here’s a nice pretty building.
Manarola – If you’re as obsessed with Instagram as I am, this is where you want to be. The PERFECT Cinque Terre picture came from here. Walk down the winding street and then follow the steep road up the side of the cliff. Near the top you’ll find a little cove with arches cutout and a small cemetery. This is where you’ll get that perfect photo. We also grabbed some calamari here, so delicious and so fresh.
Riomaggiore – It was starting to get cold and stormy as our Cinque Terre trip neared it’s end so we decided to stop off at a cute little cafe on the main street in Riomaggiore. We got glasses of local Cinque Terre wine and pesto bruschetta. It was the perfect end to the trip.