Advice to Newly Engaged Couples

The holiday season is over and if you’re one of the lucky couples that got engaged recently, congratulations! Whether it was a snowy Christmas proposal, a New Year’s Eve surprise, or a romantic Valentine’s Day engagement, you might already be overwhelmed with the task of planning your dream wedding. We, as wedding professionals, are here to offer some advice and guidance as you begin the exciting journey of wedding planning!

 

  1. Enjoy the bliss

Getting engaged is such a special and unique experience in your life, and you should make sure to enjoy it! Once you’ve announced your engagement to your family and friends, spend some time ‘enjoying the bliss’ with your significant other. Some couples plan a mini vacation or ‘staycation’ after getting engaged to truly bask in the joy and excitement of this special moment.

 

  1. Communicate

Most people think planning a wedding falls on the bride, and while that might be the case for some couples, it’s so important to talk with your partner and communicate what you both want for your wedding. This is when you can start developing the theme and feel of your big day, as well as discuss your budget.

  1. Hire A Planner

Planning your wedding should be fun and exciting, not stressful. We often see couples that try to do everything themselves, only to realize halfway through planning that they need more help. That’s what we’re here for! Wedding planners can help with every aspect of your day, or just be there for day-of coordination and logistical help. We help with things like venue selection, catering menus, vendor coordination, design, décor, and everything in between.

As important as it is to do certain things following your engagement, it’s just as important to be aware of the things you should not do:

  • Do not have your heart set on only one date. Many couples have only one date that they want at one specific venue, and are heartbroken when it isn’t available. Plan your wedding around the theme you want, not just one specific aspect.
  • Do not make all the decisions yourself. Certain ideas might make sense in your head, but sometimes they’re not realistic for your venue or budget. Again, this is where a wedding planner is beneficial to aid in the planning process; offering advice and help.
  • Do not get caught up in Pinterest. Getting lost in the endless supply of wedding inspo on the site can stress you out and give you the wrong idea about what your wedding should be. Your big day should be a celebration of you and your significant other’s love, and should reflect that.

We hope this advice has been beneficial to you as you start your wedding planning journey. If you’re interested in Creative Transformation’s services, we’d love to hear from you! Visit our website ctstyling.com and check out our other pages (Creative Transformations on Facebook and @creative.transformations on Instagram). Want to see a specific topic featured on our blog? Let us know!

2019 Wedding Trends: Personalized Touches & Reducing Waste

2019 is here, and this year, it’s getting personal. Weddings this season are all about adding personalized touches and reducing waste. Expect to see more ceremonies set up ‘in the round’ in order to allow all guests a perfect view. Décor at the wedding site will be minimal, and brides will instead focus more on enriching the experience of the guests at the reception.

Bridal dresses this year follow the simplistic, ‘less is more’ theme, with clean lines and high necklines. Similarly, bouquets will be minimalistic with plenty of greenery or grasses. Pampas grass is on trend to be the most used green of the season, and can be transformed in a multitude of ways. Grooms will be dressed in bespoke suits in rich, deep tones with an overall ‘custom’ look. As a whole, wedding dress codes are shifting to more straightforward requirements (think ‘black tie’), in order to minimize confusion for guests and create a more cohesive feel.

Sustainability is the name of the game this season, and brides are finding creative ways to reduce waste at their receptions. Traditional sit-down dinners are being traded for passed appetizers and charcuterie boards. Food stations are an easy swap for buffet dinners, featuring smaller portions of more intricate dishes. Getting rid of a lengthy dinner service cuts down on waste and encourages guests to dance and mingle as they please.

Elegant wedding cakes are making a comeback after alternatives such as donuts or macrons were used frequently in past years. Overall, receptions will feel less traditional and will instead have fun features like disco balls and confetti to make it feel more like a party. We’re excited to work with our 2019 brides and see their visions come to life!

2019 Wedding Trends: Personalized Touches & Reducing Waste- I Do! Wedding Cakes

I Do! Wedding Cakes

We hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about 2019 wedding trends! Be sure to tag us in your engagement and wedding photos! (Creative Transformations on Facebook and @creative.transformations on Instagram). Contact us if you’d like our help planning an engagement or wedding, or if you have questions about our services. Want to see a specific topic featured on our blog? Let us know!

Holiday Proposals

 

Tis the season for baking cookies, hanging twinkling lights, spreading cheer, and…planning an amazing proposal! The holiday season is the perfect time to surprise your sweetheart with a day they’ll never forget. We’re sharing some tips on how to plan the best engagement for the season, so read on!

There are so many opportunities to surprise your significant other during the holidays. First, think about whether you’d like to propose surrounded by others, or in a more private setting. Keep in mind what your boyfriend/girlfriend would want most: Should their parents be present? Their best friends? Or would they prefer a special moment just between the two of you? For an intimate engagement, consider proposing while picking out a Christmas tree, attending a tree-lighting ceremony, or in a beautifully lit gazebo in their favorite place. Location is important for setting the perfect mood, so take some time to think about the place that will make your proposal special and memorable.

Holiday Proposals: Q Avenue Photo

Holiday Proposals: Q Avenue Photo

The next important step is planning the behind-the-scenes logistics. It’s important to find a photographer that can capture the ideal photos you have in mind to help you remember this special day. If you have a certain picture you’d like to recreate or an idea for the moment of reveal, don’t be afraid to voice it to your photographer! Make sure you and your photographer agree on the best ways to capture the perfect angles in your location. Some private locations can make it tricky for your photographer to stay hidden in the background beforehand, so visiting your spot with your photographer before the big day will help ensure a smooth proposal. Using a videographer can also be a great way to capture your proposal. Planning the details with everyone involved in a great way to make sure the photographer, videographer, and anyone else that will be present is one the same page.

Holiday Proposals: Kayla Snell Photography

Holiday Proposals: Kayla Snell Photography

When it comes time for you to propose, don’t panic! Plan what you want to say while you’re down on one knee and practice a few times. You might be good at ‘just winging it’, but it’s a good idea to at least have an idea of how you’ll profess your love. It’s likely that something might go wrong, but as long as it doesn’t majorly affect your engagement, it’s okay. If you’re planning on being outside, check the weather the day of to make sure you can still execute your plan. Snow flurries? Beautiful and romantic. A blizzard? Freezing and possibly dangerous. If you have to change a small aspect of your plan, it’s no big deal. However, if it seems like too many things are going wrong, it might be best to save your proposal for another day when things are on track and you can surprise your sweetheart with the perfect moment. Above all else, have fun on this amazing and exciting day that you’ll both remember for the rest of your lives!

We hope these tips for planning the perfect holiday proposal have helped you prepare for your special day! Be sure to tag us in your engagement and wedding photos! (Creative Transformations on Facebook and @creative.transformations on Instagram). Contact us if you’d like our help planning an engagement or wedding, or if you have questions about our services. Want to see a specific topic featured on our blog? Let us know!

#GirlBoss: Betsy Karetnick; The Portable Garden

Our next #GirlBoss feature is Betsy Karetnick, owner and chief designer of The Portable Garden. The Portable Garden provides beautiful flowers and décor for all types of events, from intimate dinners, to bar/bat mitzvahs, to weddings, and corporate affairs.. Their client-driven focus allows customers to engage in the design process and consider all alternatives. The Portable Garden has become a premier source for special event flowers, event décor, and landscape design.

 

“A GirlBoss is…Someone who is in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it. As a #GIRLBOSS, you take control and accept responsibility. You’re a fighter—you know when to throw punches and when to roll with them… Sometimes you break the rules, sometimes you follow them, but always on your own terms. You know where you’re going, but can’t do it without having some fun along the way. You value honesty over perfection. You ask questions. You take your life seriously, but you don’t take yourself too seriously. You’re going to take over the world, and change it in the process.”

-Sophia Amoruso

 

#GirlBoss: Betsy Karetnick; The Portable Garden

#GirlBoss: Betsy Karetnick; The Portable Garden

Betsy grew up in New Jersey, and gained her interest in floral design from her mother’s love of gardening. However, Betsy started her business about fourteen years ago in decorative landscaping, after teaching herself through books and magazines. She helped friends with their gardens and practiced through tending to her balconies in New York. After getting her start in the broadcasting industry, Betsy launched a container garden landscaping business. Her experience with floral design grew when clients from her business began asking for centerpieces, so she taught herself on the job!

 

When asked about challenges she faced while beginning her business, Betsy noted the issue of maintaining profit margins. Because she is so focus on her clients’ happiness, Betsy admits she sometimes does a little more than expected, which can cut into profits. However, she focuses on the ‘long view’ and sees her clients as a multi-year relationship, not just a one-off job. Betsy also mentioned the challenges she faced when she began offering full design service, production, and planning in addition to florals. Mainly, the rapid expansion and need for more vendors with whom to work.

 

To Betsy, empowerment means ‘the ability to carve a path and help others along the way’. She tries to be open-minded about hiring from every walk of life and demographic. Betsy also frequently seeks feedback and ideas from those who work with her. She notes that she is pleasantly surprised by the hidden talent she can find around her, and always encourages those people to develop and use it. Betsy uses her #GirlBoss status as an opportunity to meet amazing vendors and clients!

 

The Portable Garden

973-224-1428

[email protected]

[email protected]

www.theportablegarden.com

 

Interested in being featured on our blog? Have a recommendation for our next #GirlBoss feature? Email [email protected] Planning a wedding or event? Contact our team to set up a consultation Creative Transformations Styling & Events!

 

Corporate Holiday Party: Wrapping up the Year In Style

 

Corporate Holiday Party Theme: Winter Wonderland

Corporate Holiday Party Theme: Winter Wonderland

 

The end of the year can be a hurried, busy time filled with holiday preparations, end of the year projects and a steady stream of party invites. It is likely that one of your invites may include a company holiday party, the annual end year celebration of new and old business.

If you find yourself with the responsibility of planning your company’s holiday party, the team at Creative Transformations has a few ideas to help you along the way.

 

Impressive Corporate Holiday Decor by HMR Designs

Impressive Corporate Holiday Decor by HMR Designs

 

Corporate Holiday Party Theme: Holiday Lights

Corporate Holiday Party Theme: Holiday Lights

 

Keep it Classic – or Shake It Up.
Every office will have different expectations for their annual holiday gathering. First consider if your business will be receptive to a traditional venue, such a country club, ballroom or a restaurant versus a reception at a local brewery, museum or restored industrial space.

Corporate Holiday Party at the Millwick Lofts in Los Angeles

Corporate Holiday Party at the Millwick Lofts in Los Angeles

 

Corporate Holiday Party in an urban loft downtown Philadelphia

Corporate Holiday Party in an urban loft downtown Philadelphia

 

Location, Location, Location
Whether you are planning a casual party or an extravagant gala, selecting an accessible location is vital. Scout parking options for a downtown venue and try to arrange timing that will work around busy traffic patterns. If you are opting for a cozy location in the country factor in road accessibility to avoid a white knuckled drive into the snow belt. Winter weather patterns can be hard to predict and your guests will appreciate this nod of consideration for their travels.

 

Paisley & Jade's cool vintage ski lodge theme for a corporate holiday party lounge area

Paisley & Jade’s cool vintage ski lodge theme for a corporate holiday party lounge area

 

Festive Fare & Drinks
Keep your event’s theme in mind when it comes to selecting your menu and bar options. Formal does not need to mean boring. Feature locally made wines and beers with a custom chef paired menu. Interactive food stations remain popular such as a build- your own mac & cheese station. Arrange a balanced menu to include colorful vegetable displays and healthier Mediterranean options.

 

Corporate Holiday Party festive open house bar display; photo courtesy of Celebrate Magazine

Corporate Holiday Party festive open house bar display; photo courtesy of Celebrate Magazine

 

Corporate Holiday Party Buffet Table; photo courtesy of Celebrate Magazine

Corporate Holiday Party Buffet Table; photo courtesy of Celebrate Magazine

 

Holiday Cheer
Select entertainment that will keep your guests in the holiday spirit and away from work talk. Keep in mind logistics and inquire about your venue’s AV capabilities before securing entertainment. A live band is always a good idea but you will want to be sure they will work with the acoustics and capacity of the room. Hire a service to bring in classic arcade games or a themed virtual reality station. A company-wide charitable donation drive is also a positive way to close the year.

Lastly there is always the option of karaoke just be sure to avoid the mix of too many spirits with an open mic (your Monday morning self will thank you).

 

Scandinavian Christmas Decor Ideas

Scandinavian Christmas Decor Ideas

 

Decking the Halls
Transform your event space to create a whimsical wonderland with lighting, rich linens and sparkling glassware. From Scandinavian inspired winter textures, bold winter glam or a modern spin on red and green, the team at Creative Transformations is happy to assist with your upcoming holiday decorating needs.

We wish you a happy & cheerful holiday season!

#GirlBoss: Jenifer Bemis; Metropolitan Design Group

Our next #GirlBoss feature is Jenifer Bemis; Metropolitan Design Group. She is a proud Kent State University graduate; a top-ranked school for interior design. Jenifer is the owner and lead designer of the firm and her work has taken her all over the US, as well as Canada. She is truly passionate about design and helping her clients make their visions a reality.

“A GirlBoss is…Someone who is in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it. As a #GIRLBOSS, you take control and accept responsibility. You’re a fighter—you know when to throw punches and when to roll with them… Sometimes you break the rules, sometimes you follow them, but always on your own terms. You know where you’re going, but can’t do it without having some fun along the way. You value honesty over perfection. You ask questions. You take your life seriously, but you don’t take yourself too seriously. You’re going to take over the world, and change it in the process.”

Sophia Amoruso

 

 

#GirlBoss: Jenifer Bemis; Metropolitan Design Group

#GirlBoss: Jenifer Bemis; Metropolitan Design Group

Losing her job in 2001 hindered Jenifer’s rise to success. She decided to focus on an industry within interior design that would be minimally affected by economic downturn. She started her company as a funeral home interior designer with just $49 after incorporating! Jenifer became the sole interior designer for the second largest funeral home chain in the world, and later had the largest funeral home chain in the world.

Jenifer noted that the hardest part of her work was having enough capital to buy goods. This proved extremely hard when her career was put on hold after having spinal surgery and losing her biggest client, due to being unable to provide service. Like all GirlBosses though, Jenifer did not let that setback stop her from continuing to achieve her goals. She launched Metropolitan Design Group in 2002 and hasn’t looked back.

Metropolitan Design Group located in Bath, Ohio

Metropolitan Design Group located in Bath, Ohio

To Jenifer, ‘empowerment’ means trust. Her clients give her the power to make decisions for their homes and businesses, which is a wonderful feeling. Jenifer empowers other professionals by showing support through recommendations to other clients, and treating them how she would also like to be treated. She believes that the stronger we are as a team, the better we can service those who need us. Being a GirlBoss means that Jenifer is kicking a** and taking names! She combines her intelligence, ability to innovate, and quick-thinking to become a force to be reckoned with.

 

Metropolitan Design Group

1969 Cleveland-Massillon Rd.

216-496-1192

Website: www.metropolitandesignohio.com

 

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#GirlBoss: Megan Konst Aleman; Traveling Spa Girl

Our first ever #GirlBoss feature is #GirlBoss: Megan Konst Aleman. Megan owns her own spa in Kent, OH and specializes in facials, waxing, and body treatments. She studied Esthetics at the Brown Aveda Institute and obtained her Advanced Esthetics license. After working at a number of spas for a few years, Megan decided that she wanted more freedom and flexibility in what she could offer to her clients, which led to starting her business. She chose Kent, OH because of the friendly residents and great atmosphere for small businesses.

 

“A GirlBoss is…Someone who is in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it. As a #GIRLBOSS, you take control and accept responsibility. You’re a fighter—you know when to throw punches and when to roll with them… Sometimes you break the rules, sometimes you follow them, but always on your own terms. You know where you’re going, but can’t do it without having some fun along the way. You value honesty over perfection. You ask questions. You take your life seriously, but you don’t take yourself too seriously. You’re going to take over the world, and change it in the process.”
-Sophia Amoruso

 

#GirlBoss: Megan Konst Aleman, Owner of Traveling Spa Girl

#GirlBoss: Megan Konst Aleman, Owner of Traveling Spa Girl

Like all new business owners, Megan faced some challenges while starting her business. Establishing her name and building a concrete client base did not happen overnight. Megan also had to work hard to come up with innovative services and retail products to set her apart from others. She strives to provide the best possible customer service as well as having the best products available for her clients. She truly enjoys helping her clients achieve their personal skincare goals, which has helped her business grow and maintain success.

 

To Megan, being a GirlBoss means achieving professional freedom, helping other women, and being able to do what she loves. She tries to help other female bosses in any way she can. She builds confidence with her clients and helps them to feel and look their best. Megan’s positive attitude, dedication to her work, and ability to empower her clients makes her our first #GirlBoss feature!

 

Traveling Spa Girl

217 N Water St. Kent, OH

Website: travelingspagirl.com

Instagram: travelingspagirl.mk

 

Interested in being featured on our blog? Have a recommendation for our next #GirlBoss feature? Email [email protected] Visit our website to learn more about Creative Transformations Styling & Events.

Tips To Help Bring Your Rehearsal Dinner Plans Together…..

Twas the Night Before the Wedding…
And all through the town, not a task was left to do, just some hair to let down. Dresses and suits hung from doorways with care, and flowers lie safe among the cool air. Visions of sugar and frosting danced through the baker’s head while the planner counted endless details from their bed.
Tips to help bring your rehearsal dinner plans together: Rehearsal Dinner Silverware Bags

Cute Rehearsal Dinner Bags: Etsy.com

As your wedding day details fall into place you can’t ask for more than a storybook start to the festivities. Whether you are hosting an intimate dinner, a backyard BBQ or a welcome cocktail reception we have a few tips to bring your rehearsal dinner plans together.
1). Timing: The first place you will want to contact is your ceremony venue to see if they can provide you with a rehearsal time. Your wedding venue may not be able to accommodate your ideal timing so try to stay a bit flexible with your initial plans.
2). Guest List: Choosing a guest list for the dinner is a common challenge among all couples. As large welcome parties continue to be a trend don’t be afraid to keep your rehearsal dinner to a small circle of family and friends. Select a list that balances the wishes of your host, budget and comfort level.
Tips to help bring your rehearsal dinner plans together: Gatehouse Pavilion at Old Glory Ranch

Gatehouse Pavilion at Old Glory Ranch

3). Finding a Venue: Once your timeline is set you should seek out a space that reflects your style and personalities. There is a sense of comfort that comes with a classic restaurant rehearsal dinner but galleries, breweries and unique outdoor spaces can also provide a memorable space for your gathering.
Tips to help bring your rehearsal dinner plans together: Decor Ideas For A Backyard BBQ

Decor Ideas For A Backyard BBQ

4).Selecting a Menu: Each couple will know the type of dinner that will best suit their crowd. Seated multi – course meals, interactive stations and cocktail receptions are a few options to consider. You may want to feature an ethnic dish or bakery that is special to your family.
Tips to help bring your rehearsal dinner plans together: A Casual Beach Side Picnic

A Casual Beach Side Picnic Photography: Two Birds Photography

Offer a signature cocktail or mocktail that includes your favorite flavors – or select local wines and beer to feature at the bar. Guests will appreciate your attention to detail as they visit with new and old friends.
Tips to help bring your rehearsal dinner plans together: Signature Cocktail: Honey Paloma

Our Signature Cocktail Pick: A Honey Paloma by The Little Epicurean

5). Invites: Rehearsal dinner invites can be fun and casual but they should also serve as a guide for guests traveling to the area. Inform guests of suggested attire and whether you are hosting a dinner or cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. It is also helpful to provide local parking, transportation and entertainment options, and this information can be added to a wedding web site with a link included on the invite.
Tips to help bring your rehearsal dinner plans together: Simple Rehearsal Dinner Invitations

Simple Rehearsal Dinner Invitations

 

6). Decor: Depending on the venue that you select, the character of the space may be able to stand alone without too much decor. Candles and simple floral pieces can add an elegant touch.
Tips to help bring your rehearsal dinner plans together: A Lovely Dahlia Centerpiece

A Lovely Dahlia Centerpiece

If possible try to avoid assigning setup responsibility to your family and friends on the night before your wedding so they can enjoy the festivities. Our team at Creative Transformations is here to handle your rehearsal dinner details so you and your dearest can gather, cheers and celebrate.

Holiday Magic: Party & Décor Planning

August has officially begun and with it comes preparation for the holiday season. Read more to learn some tips for holiday magic: party & décor planning! What better way to bring family and friends together than by hosting a festive themed party? We’ll show you how to plan a party to match the holiday of your choice. Let’s get started!

Holiday Magic: Party & Décor Planning-Halloween Tablescape with White & Black Decor

Atta Girl

 

Halloween

Set the stage for your Halloween party with the décor. Whether you’re planning on ‘Haunted House Chic’ or ‘Simplistic Skeletal’, utilize every opportunity to play up your decorations. The tablescape for your meal should have a gothic vibe that matches the aesthetic of the rest of your decorations. Below are three examples of Halloween themes for your décor; eerie or playful!

Holiday Magic: Party & Décor Planning-Halloween Tablescape with Orange & Black Decor

Frugal Living

 

Almost as important as the decorations is the food. There are so many fun ways to incorporate spooky snacks into the meal, and you can make them yourself! Check out these Halloween treats below, and click the links for the recipes, as well as other food ‘to die for’ 😉 Bon appetite!

Holiday Magic: Party & Décor Planning-Spiderweb Taco Dip

Palatable Pastime

Holiday Magic: Party & Décor Planning-Gingerbread Skeleton Cookies

Palatable Pastime

 

Halloween Recipes:

https://palatablepastime.com/2016/10/17/spider-web-taco-dip/)

https://www.elle.fr/Elle-a-Table/Les-dossiers-de-la-redaction/Dossier-de-la-redac/Halloween-14-recettes-effrayantes-et-faciles-reperees-sur-Pinterest

 

Including a signature cocktail for your party will delight your guests as well as contribute to your spooky aesthetic. Check out our pick for best Halloween cocktail:

Holiday Magic: Party & Décor Planning-Hocus Pocus Drink

By: Where Pigs Fly Events

 

Dressing up isn’t just for kids.  Require all guests to wear a costume. Encourage partner costumes, out-of-the-box costumes, and funny/creative costumes. Feature a costume contest for your guests and provide a cute or funny gift for the best one!

Gothic décor? Check. Spooky food? Check. Costumes on and signature cocktail in hand? Check and check! You’re ready to host a night of tricks and treats for your guests. Dim the lights and bring out the skeletons; it’s time to do the Monster Mash!

Holiday Magic: Party & Décor Planning-Christmas Tablescape Using White & Silver Decor

Red Magazine

 

Christmas

Snow is falling, cookies are baking, and the feel of holiday joy is present everywhere you go. It’s Christmastime! The holidays are the perfect time to bring your family, friends, coworkers, and long-lost relatives together. Hosting a Christmas party can bring thoughts of immense pressure and a lot of time-consuming work; but fear not! We’ll show you how to throw a simple gathering for your guests without breaking the bank. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…

Christmas is typically associated with red and green décor as far as the eye can see, but it shouldn’t overwhelm your setting. Instead, choose red OR green and build your décor around that color. A white winter wonderland is also a beautiful, simplistic option for your decorations, as well as your tablescape. Check out these options below and pick your favorite!

Holiday Magic: Party & Décor Planning-Christmas Tablescape using Red & White Decor

The Guardian

 

Every family or group of friends has their own traditional foods to make and serve on Christmas, so save the intensive cooking for Christmas Day and treat your guests to light, festive treats and appetizers. Could we interest you in a caprese salad? Christmas tree crescent roll? How about bacon-wrapped jalapenos? Click the links below and thank us later.

Caprese: https://cafedelites.com/caprese-christmas-wreath/

Crescent: https://realhousemoms.com/spinach-dip-stuffed-crescent-roll-christmas-tree/

Jalapenos: https://www.soberjulie.com/2016/10/bacon-wrapped-jalapeno-popper-appetizer-recipe/

 

Holiday Magic: Party & Décor Planning-Elegant Holiday Tablescape

The White Company

 

Time for presents! Doing a Secret Santa gift exchange saves everyone time and money while still including the excitement of receiving gifts. Want to add a little more fun to your party? Set a monetary limit (around ten or fifteen dollars) and challenge your guests to bring a funny, raunchy, or just plain stupid gift. You’ll spend the night laughing at the creative presents your friends and family come up with!

With Christmas music in the background and eggnog for all, your party will surely be a hit this holiday season. End your night with caroling or making snow angels or snowmen outside (bonus points for creativity!) Don’t forget the cookies for Santa…

We hope these tips for planning a holiday party have been insightful and will inspire you to create your own holiday magic this year! Be sure to tag us in your holiday party pics so we can see how you’ve decorated for the season! (Creative Transformations on Facebook, @creative.transformations on Instagram, and @CtStylingTeri on Twitter). Contact us if you’d like our help planning a party, or if you have questions about our services. Want to see a specific topic featured on our blog? Let us know!

Dream in Color

ultra violet centerpieces with gold place settings for rehearsal dinner

Dream in color: tablescape used for a rehearsal dinner at the Hearst Castle. Styled by: @casadeperrin

Dream in color! In the gray days of December ultra violet emerged as Pantone’s color of 2018 and the stage was set for a year of vibrant colors to follow. Ruby red, deep blues, emerald green, golden yellow, dark shades of purple, vivid pinks and orange have teamed together for some dazzling results.

Jeweled toned wedding color palette example

Dream in color: Fit for royalty: a jeweled tone wedding color palette. Wedding Inspiration by: One Fab Day

Whether you are planning a wedding, a milestone celebration or corporate occasion, color can be used as a powerful tool to leave a lasting impression. Dramatic drapery and with bold accent lighting will create a striking backdrop. Use complimentary colors on table linens or floral arrangements paired with gold dinner and flatware for a glamorous combination.

Bride and Groom with dramatic backdrop draping and uplighting

Dream in Color: Glamorous ultra violet up lighting and floral accents. Photography by: Black Dog Photo Co. 

If you find yourself a bit more comfortable among softer hues, there are a few ways to break into the wild world of color. Add a splash of crimson to a blush bouquet with deep colored greenery. Arrange a blue chaise lounge to a neutral custom seating area. Consider a berry infused signature cocktail garnished with boldly colored edible flowers.

Botanical style bouquet with pops of deep colors

Dream in color: Botanical style bouquet with pops of deep colors. Floral Design by: The Red Twig

Rich colors may be somewhat intimidating, but overall they can be expressive and fun.  Your guests will appreciate your vibrant approach and the warmth inspired by this palette. Take a chance with color!

Whether you’re planning a wedding, corporate event, or a holiday party our team at Creative Transformations is here to help you plan a magical night for your guests. Contact us to schedule your consultation today!

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