Monday, June 1, 2009

Sexy in the City

Summer in Chicago is always the best time of the year for the hottest parties. Searching for a sexy spot for your next summer event can be stress free and fun. Here are some great rooftop locations for your next summer event!

Vertigo Sky Lounge

The Vertigo Sky Lounge at the Dana Hotel is one of Chicago’s hot locations for sexy rooftop events. Set above 26 floors of the Dana Hotel and Spa, the Vertigo Sky Lounge offers amazing views of the city, delicious cocktails, and a space that is perfect for any summer event!

The Dana Hotel and Spa
660 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60610

C-View Lounge

The C-View rooftop lounge is a sophisticated and exclusive space located above the 29th floor of the Affinia Hotel. C-View boasts an impressive cocktail and wine list as well as breath taking views of downtown Chicago. This luxurious and secluded space has both a rooftop lounge and outdoor terrace. C-View sets an amazing atmosphere for any event!

The Affinia Hotel
166 East Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Chaise Lounge

The Chaise Lounge roof deck has the feel of South Beach and the glam of a posh roof deck lounge! Located in hip wicker park, this Chicago roof deck offers guests a relaxed fun setting accommodating any event.

Chaise Lounge
1840 W. North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

Monday, May 11, 2009

Sun GLASSES - Outdoor Entertaining

There are a variety of fabulous and creative ways to transform your outdoor living space into a breathtaking oasis for your next event. Incorporating both glass and lighting can accentuate your event creating a classy and modern look.

Votives are easy, affordable, and always a great choice. Glass votives allow you the option to work with any theme at any event. The possibilities are endless with these traditional lighting pieces!

Glass vases are the perfect accent to any outdoor event – particularly those where kids aren’t present. Vases can be filled with a variety of items to match even the most unique of décor styles. Mix and match flowers, candles, water, crystals, or even flower pedals to create the perfect vase for your outdoor event!

Everything old is new again. Old school lanterns are back! Lanterns are fast becoming the stylish and sophisticated new choice in lighting. Using lanterns at your next outdoor event can be just what you need to up the ante on the decor!

Globe lights offer a variety of choices of ways in which they can be hung. These lights can be used both indoors and outdoors, are easily transported, and flexible to fit any space. Globe lights are sure to liven up your space!

*Lanterns ($59.95) and whirly hanging votives ($3.95) available at CB2

Monday, May 4, 2009

Got Swine?

12 Tips to Protect You and Your Guests at Your Next Event!

1.) Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

2.) Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth when in contact with people. Germs spread faster that way.

3.) If you feel ill, stay home from work, school, etc. to keep from infecting others.

4.) Cover your mouth and nose with your hands or a tissue when sneezing or coughing.

5.) Wash your hands after coughing and sneezing, or use alcohol-based hand cleaners.

6.) Avoid sharing eating utensils and drinking glasses with people who are sick.

7.) Build your immue system by consuming more Vitamin C in the forms of fruits and vegetables. Some main sources include orange juice, tomatoes, and broccoli.

8.) Increase your water intake and make sure you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to stay hydrated.

9.) Get enough sleep to allow your immune system to rest. 7-8 hours a night is usually enough for optimal rest.

10.) Take a multi-vitamin to get your daily recommended amount of vitamins and minerals.

11.) Manage your stress.

12.) Exercise regularly. Exercise has been known to reduce the occurance of colds and flu.

Monday, April 27, 2009

6 Ways To Have an Eco-Friendly Event

1.) Organically Grown
Choosing organic foods and desserts is the best way to not only go green with your event meals, but also have you and guests enjoy the freshest foods. Choosing local and organic foods not only lowers carbon emissions but also allows you to choose foods that are guaranteed to be tasty and not loaded with preservatives. Finding a cater can be difficult, but the outcomes are well worth it! Tip: When cutting costs, choose local rather than organic. Both options offer amazing benefits!

2.) Smell the Benefits

Organic flowers are not only healthy for the environment, but are beautiful as well. These flowers are grown without pesticides or insecticides and retain their natural scent better than bred flowers. (Did you know that bred flowers can lose scent so quickly that florists may often times spray flowers to create a scent.) Organic flowers are also edible and can be safely topped on cakes and desserts alike without harming guests!

3.) Your Invited…

Using paper alternatives for you invitations and place cards is another great way to go green at your next event! Choose paper made of hemp or bamboo, or get 100% recycled paper. Soy bean based ink is another way to make your invitations environmentally friendly and show your guests that you care!

4.) Recycling is Key
Ask your caterer in advance to be sure that their staff recycles all glass and aluminum cans that will be used at the event. Also insists that no styrofoam or unrecyclable plastic be used.

5.) Invest in Your Gown

Investing in a beautiful wedding gown is the best way to go green for your wedding! Having a classic gown that can be used for future generations is a great way to go green without feeling deprived. A gown that can be passed down encourages less future spending and is also friendly for the environment.

6.) Here Comes the Sun
Nothing beats sunshine! Having an outdoor event or wedding offers fantastic lighting alternatives and reduces your carbon footprint while also saving money on your event. Outdoor events use natural lighting and no electricity. When the sun goes down, opt for more candles than lights creating a beautiful ambiance at your event.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

9 Hot Wedding Trends of 2009

1.) Light It Up
Adding candles to traditional floral pieces is a great way to spruce up the ambiance of your wedding! Candles are a different way to get fun and creative with your floral arrangements. From simple votives, to pillar or shapely box or even sphere candles, adding some light to your floral settings is a unique way to personalize your wedding décor. Fun Idea: Place floating candles and bright flowers in clear cylinder vases to enhance your beach wedding!

2.) Sexy Shapes

Want to modernize your wedding? Incorporate the idea of using different shapes for your wedding cake tiers. While traditional circular cakes are still very popular, recently there has been a growing trend in using octagon, hexagon, or even square shaped tiers for wedding cakes! Fun Idea: Trying adding semi-circles to the outside of your circular tiers for an abstract flower appearance.

3.) Jewel s Aren’t Just for Jewelry

Jewel tones are the hot new color scheme for 2009 weddings! Switch your pinks and yellows for colors like plum, navy, and dark green. Amber, bronze, and copper tones are also a fun way to warm up your wedding environment.

4.) Unique Patterns and Prints
Replace your traditional white or one tone linens with patterns that pop! Fun, unique prints are the trend of the season. From paisley, checkered, or toile, patterns and prints hold endless possibilities for your wedding needs. Fun Idea: Use prints and patterns on your invitations to instantly show guests how fun and creative your wedding will be!

5.) Be on the Ball

Yes ladies, ball gowns are back! Walking down the aisle in a fabulous A-line or more modern gown design will surely make a show stopping impression on all your guests. Fabric is key in these fun dresses. Dress up your ball gown using satin or silk or dress down your gown by choosing fabric that incorporates tulle and cotton.

6.) Hairpieces that Rock

Lately there has been a growing trend in wearing glamorous hairpieces in addition to or in replace of veils! Whether it’s a tiara, silver wire multi-band headband, or 1950s vintage hat with mini veil, this new trend allows you to choose the perfect wedding accessory! Fun Idea: Having an outdoor wedding? Try a large white flower clip to incorporate the surrounding elements into your wedding.

7.) Have Your Cake…

Do your guests love desert? Then two tiered weddings cake are for you! Incorporate the idea of having more than one cake at your wedding. Two tiered cakes are becoming the hot new item to have at every wedding. These unique cakes allow you to create options for your special day. Different flavors and styles can add a twist to any wedding. Fun Idea: Make each cake a centerpiece to your tables!

8.) The Honeymooners

Collecting those last pennies from your wedding to find the perfect honeymoon spot? Have no fear, we have the perfect hot new locations for affordable post wedding getaways. US honeymooning is a growing trend. From the Florida Keys, to South Beach, to Aspen, finding the perfect wedding location can be affordable and easy. Fun Idea: If money is tight, look into driving to your honeymoon location. A road trip with your new husband or wife can be a romantic adventure!

9.) Home Sweet Home

Having an at home wedding should never be over looked, especially when we have fun new details that could liven up your wedding! Warm up your home with white tents and candles, add local food to get the freshest meals, create a rustic look with miss match colorful china and incorporate local flowers grown in your own town. At home weddings are cheaper and more intimate allowing guests to feel comfortable and loved.

Monday, March 30, 2009

We're going to the chapel and we're....

Before wedding planners, before exotic destination weddings and before the elaborate themes and designs there was the chapel. I recently recieved a request for a last-minute wedding (last minute meaning 24 hours) and while we were totally prepared to rise to the challenge, it occurred to me that this type of request was at one point in our history not uncommon.

During simpler times, there would be an announcement of an engagement and a wedding shortly to follow. In fact, I recently learned that in past times the purpose of a honeymoon was to consumate the marriage away from the family home where the newlyweds would reside. WOW! The entire purpose of your post-wedding vacation was to have sex in private?!?!

Anyway, the special request that we recieved got me thinking....why have people abandoned chapel style weddings? How did we go from the Chapel to the Castle? Perhaps the thought of a small chapel with open availability reaks of old carpet and lingering marboro's. Or Maybe it's that the idea seems cheap and taudry. What ever the idea, maybe it's time to reconsider.

Times have changed and with the economic downturn, I find myself constantly sharing ideas with Brides-to-be about how to still have a fab wedding on a shoestring budget. I'm here to tell you today that if you're on a tight budget and are a traditional bride at heart, you might consider some of the affordable, up-to-date chapel options that we were able to find last minute with a super-tight budget.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Destination: Spring

Winter is officially over and Spring Break is not just for college students anymore. Save the beach for summer and substitute it for one of these cool spring activities. Whether you choose the Caribbean, Mexico, or keep it domestic below are some great ideas that will get your pulse racing.

The Caribbean

Canopy through one of the many rainforests of Puerto Rico.

Get your adrenaline pumping while white water rafting down the Antigua River in Veracruz.


If you would rather stay state-side check out the Everglades Alligator Farm in southern Florida.