July 23, 2017
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 for decor, food, beverages, and tableware. Our group has been attending for three years and DGE is (of course) responsible for decor. We also bring lots of wine since my husband is in the wine industry and always wants to enjoy something from his cellar.
Here are some photos of from this year’s event:
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 schlepping!
We started off the night with lots of rosé fun! We opened a jerobaum bottle of our favorite rosé, Azur. We did something most wine drinkers don’t do…poured our rosé 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!
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 relaxed Bohemian vibe we were looking for. We used potted plants to add greenery to the table to give it an 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 three 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.
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!
Of course, none of these elements would appear quite so nice without the hard work of HandMade Events’ photographer, Allyson Wiley.