Winter is coming… Part 2 

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Christmas: the happiest day for all children (wise enough to wait until morning). But before Christmas day, it is Christmas Eve. It is more a family event than a party with friends, though in this day and age, we get to choose our family J.

f886709752aab251e2ba3fa56fe08c74Once again, you can prepare a lovely dinner and concoct a musical atmosphere (AC/DC is good but you should prefer some jazzy, low key tunes for this event). About the dinner; it is the time to be creative while keeping the favorite traditional comfort foods. Be spontaneous and add in a dish most people may never have thought to display. It is now appreciated and trendy to eat foods such as fish and seafood. You can do salmon, oysters, lobster, and other dishes the sea offers us. Speaking of eating differently, our French intern eats snails for Christmas; can you believe it? Why not try? If you prefer those succulent traditional birds, make sure you stuff them with apples and butter and of course, stuffing! Perfect traditional dinner! Maybe try venison, lamb, something new. Vegitarian? Tofurkey! Or some really awesome veggie platters. Corn casserole is always a favorite. So now you have the dinner and the music, is there something missing? YES: the table!

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Once again, the table is very important and is part of the full ambiance of the evening. Thinking of a table center is a way to express your artistic side again, you should keep a theme in mind, the result will be better. Don’t forget the candles, the flowers, you even can add fake snow (real snow tends to melt really fast you know), add place cards, and your most beautiful tableware on this special day. You should bet on a minimalist design, simple, with bright accents, maybe throw in some sequins and flashy objects (white & gold, or white & silver for example).

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Christmas day is now here; it is time to share presents and to wear your pajamas all day long! You can share brunch with your family (mimosas, bloody mary’s and screwdrivers!). It is perfect after the big Christmas Eve dinner. Brunch is cozy, not too serious, intimate, and the fact that you can drink before 3pm will delight everyone. If you don’t have any idea of which kind of food you should prepare for a brunch, do as simple as you can: some fruits, fruit juices, coffee, tea, bacon, eggs, avocados, muffins, toasts, jam, butter, maybe some turkey sandwiches (once again?), and some sweet deserts like the pie from last night. You can add some chill music, such as Amy Winehouse or Frank Sinatra, clear the table entirely form the night before, keep a couple of lively flowers and small pumpkins, but obviously this will be low key. The most important thing will be sharing this magical moment with your loved ones, and to enjoy the beauty of the simplicity of this day.

And, don’t forget that (winter is coming…). No seriously, don’t forget that SWANK is here to help you if you do not have the time to get through all the events this season has to offer, or if you need any advice, it’s our pleasure to help!

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Beautiful Chandeliers

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Because it is Wednesday, (being the middle of the week, we like to call it hump day!) today’s blog will focus on a fun and interesting topic: Chandeliers.

Most of our events will include one type of chandelier, sometimes maybe two, but for one couple, that just wasn’t enough. This couple decided to go all out and have the venue covered in different types of chandeliers hanging over the dinner tables, almost like hanging centerpieces.

The best words to describe this wedding is Extravagant and Glamorous!

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Chandelier 3These chandeliers are really elegant. We had so much fun using these chandeliers to create a gothic and romantic wedding atmosphere at Edison Ballroom.

Chandeliers can be used to exaggerate and bring out a theme. The following are examples of non-tradition, creative chandeliers that we have used in the past to make the theme and color stand out:

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You can view more pictures of the Chandelier Wedding here.

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If you, or anyone you know, has been recently engaged or thinking of finally preparing for their big day, make sure you get in contact with Swank Productions to ensure your dream wedding blossoms to reality.

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Non-Floral Centerpiece Ideas

Centerpieces 2While although floral arrangements are the most common centerpieces in formal dinners, there are a number of other alternatives that are equally as stylish and fabulous. You can go for these alternatives if you have allergies and you don’t want them bothering you (or your guests) during dinner. Some classic centerpieces include paper flowers, candles, candelabras and themed decorations.

Sometimes people decide that they don’t want to do floral arrangements for their event. It is important to keep in mind that these alternatives are not always cheaper and can be sometimes even more expensive.

Luckily, Swank Productions are experts in this area and have put together a list of alternative centerpieces:

Paper Flower Arrangements

Centerpieces 3It’s hard to believe, but in this picture we have a paper flower arrangement. This is an ideal solution for anyone that suffers allergies. These paper floral arrangements are the perfect alternative to real flowers and unlike real flowers, they last forever!

 

We even organised a whole wedding dedicated to this idea. Be sure to check out more pictures of our Paper Flower Wedding.

Themed Decorations

A centerpiece is an ideal feature that helps express an events theme. A centerpiece can be a decoration that represents a theme. Below is an example of a centerpiece for a nautical wedding. The yacht centerpieces also had the table numbers written on them.

A decoration will allow you to get creative with your centerpiece and lets you express and exaggerate your theme.

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Herbs 

Herbs imitate flowers very well with the green colors and the beautiful smells. Like in the picture below, herbs can be placed in creative glassware and this is very good money-saving alternative.

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To create a romantic and more intimate centerpiece, why not try using some candles. The candles can be on own their own or you can pair them up with some other decorations. There is an un-ending amount of centerpieces that you can use with candles and there light._DSC3548 copy2 copy

This is all about thinking outside the box and making your centerpiece unique. If you’re engaged or planning on getting married and want your wedding brought to the next level, be sure to get in contact with Swank Productions.

Also, check out our Swank Decor Sale on pinterest to purchase decorations for any event that you may be hosting.

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Hunger Games Theme Idea

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Starting off as a bestseller book, the Hunger Games was soon directed into a movie that had the world obsessing.  The movie sees 16 year-old, Katniss, volunteering herself (replacing her sister) to take part in the annual hunger games. 12 Districts randomly select 2 teenagers from their district to participate in a competition that puts all 24 participants against in each other in a battle to death, which only allows one victor.

“May the odds be ever in your favor” and with this theme, they will be!

Recently, this movie has developed into an unusual, yet a fun and exciting theme for parties for guests of all ages. Luckily, Swank Productions know how to plan the most incredible Hunger Games theme party. So look no further as the following tips will get you started on how to host your very own Hunger Games theme party:

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To really give the impression of a Hunger Games theme party, backdrop is very important. There are many scenes that you can choose from but we thought having a forest background fitted well for this occasion.  You can use greenery and shrubs as convincing props.

The forest background works best as it goes well with the decorations and food.

 

 

 

Realistic Decorations

DSC01587 copyPicking out decor that features in the movie really brings this theme alive. Here are a few items from the movie that stuck out the most for us;

  •      Bow and arrows
  •      Medallions
  •      Old-fashioned bags
  •      Shrubs and Plants

 

It is really important to think outside the box here and to get guests talking

Food for a Warrior

This is where color can come to life and you can get creative for your guests to enjoy.

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Make sure to include a range of food from sweet, colorful treats, to rustic, wholesome foods. The intense colors really excite guests.

One of our favorite treats are the flame cupcakes shown below!

 

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Swank Productions are always here to help you with your themed events. If you need advice on how to work with a theme, be sure to get in contact and we will develop a theme that will exceed our expectations.

Spring Theme Event Ideas

Spring is such a beautiful time of the year. The trees begin to take shape and turn green once again and the flowers slowly start to wake up from their winters sleep. Spring is all about starting out fresh and having blossoming joy in your life.

Why not add an element of Spring in to your next event to bring freshness and life to your party. You don’t necessarily have to stick to the theme, but try throwing in some of the elements to bring your next party to the next level.

Luckily, Swank Productions have some great tips to help you create a fresh Spring feel.

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You’re going to want really light colors along with some smooth pastel colors. The first colors that spring to mind (excuse the pun!) are duck-egg blues, fresh yellows and glorious greens. Keep the tone of the colors light. You don’t want too many dark colors dragging down the fresh and positive energy. You can have these colors on fabrics and decorations.

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Flowers

Spring is a time when flowers begin to grow into season and brighten up our lives. In my opinion, it is so important to have bright, beautiful and youthful looking flowers. Daisy’s and daffodil’s are a perfect example of flowers that represent spring. Anything with vibrant colors will be sure to bring a new energy of life to your party.

Florals are a must for Spring!

 

 

Food and Drink

spring 4An exciting food that is fresh for spring is cherries.  Lovely colored fruits are so fresh in this season and the bright colors allow the fruit to become like an edible decoration. Healthy foods are a must for the “Rebirth” season. Sticking to fresh and colorful fruit and vegetables will be a hit. Any other cold foods that are fresh are encouraged here.

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Be as creative as possible with all the colors, incorporate them into everything you do. If you’re looking to bring your party to the next level, be sure to get in contact with Swank Productions.

Also, check out our Swank Decor Sale on pinterest to purchase decorations for any event that you may be hosting.

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Where you’ll find a ton more photos and learn more about us
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Mad Men Themed Party

Mad Men Theme Party

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Fans are gearing up for the new season series of Madmenthe widely popular groundbreaking TV show.  Set in the 1960’s the show circles around the extraordinary life of Don Draper, a talented ad executive at a prestigious advertising firm.

What makes this show so wildly successful is the sharp styles, the outstanding class and the pure “sexy-ness” that surrounds every character.  Audiences of all ages and genders can relate to this perfect combination of power, control, sex and glamour.

And so there’s never been a more opportune time to hold a Madmen Themed Party!  Especially perfect for any Milestone Birthday Party! 

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Here are a few steps to ensuring that your theme is as glamorous as the TV show:

Create the Setting – 1960’s

It is important to remember the theme should be based on New York in the 60’s. You’re going to want it sharp and glamorous so to do this, keep colors as neutral as possible. Be sure to include Bob Dylan, The Kingsmen and of course, the early Beatles.

If you want to host your party outside, a good tip would be bringing your indoor furniture outside to create that ‘living room’ or ‘office’ lounge area feel. Some necessary decorations include:

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  • Vintage Bar Carts
  • Jukebox , Old Radio or Old TV
  • Typewriter
  • Ashtrays & Cigarette Holders
  • Mahogany-Wood Furniture
  • Patterned Rugs & Pillows

 

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Powerful Drinks Reception

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A Madmen theme party is nothing without the eloquent and prestigious cocktail reception. Some suggested cocktails would include the popular Manhattan, Old –Fashioned and Martini’s of all types.  Everyone at your party is going to want to have their specialized cocktail that brings them back to the elegant era. Nearly more important than the drink, is the glass that it is served in and the garnish so make sure to include the Martini glasses with an olive on a toothpick.

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Dress Code

With a Madmen inspired theme party, it’s all about the fashion.

For the men, you won’t go wrong with a blazer, white shirt and a skinny tie. A vintage plaid or tweed blazer, hat and thick rimmed glasses would all be a bonus.

For the women: Pencil skirts, a big bright lip color and Accessorize!  A hostess apron for that sixties homemaker look will give the party that extra detail along with BIG hair. You just can not be overdressed for this theme.

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TIP! The most important tip for a REAL Madmen party experience: Try to keep technology to a minimum. This can include hiding any modern TV’s or computer equipment that can spoil your atmosphere.

We hope you have an incredible party, and if you feel you’d like the real deal, contact us for some help! Any of these decorations are available for rent.

For more photo’s of our Madmen theme party, be sure to check out our Pinterest.