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!
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:
You can view more pictures of the Chandelier Wedding here.
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.
While 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
It’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Swank Productions event planning and design main site: Swank Productions
You’ll find a ton more photos and learn more about us
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:
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.
- Bow and arrows
- 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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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
An 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.
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.
Swank Productions event planning and design main site:http://www.swankproductions.com/
Where you’ll find a ton more photos and learn more about us
Mad Men Theme Party
Fans are gearing up for the new season series of Madmen, the 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!
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:
- Boxes of Fake Era Cigarettes
- Vintage Bar Carts
- Jukebox , Old Radio or Old TV
- Ashtrays & Cigarette Holders
- Mahogany-Wood Furniture
- Patterned Rugs & Pillows
Powerful Drinks Reception
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.
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.
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.
Passover starts Monday evening.
But sometimes Passover can seem so ‘steeped in tradition’ that it feels like there’s no room for any ‘fun’ or’modern’ design details.
But you know me… I always like to push the envelope (or the afikomen) lol!
If you’re being hosted by someone then a thank you gift will be needed! This year I’m really loving these chocolate dipped matzos from Fatty Sundays
They are super cute and super sweet and can be customized by picking colored glitter too….and if you want to do a project with your kids this weekend it seems like a really easy and fun project to make at home!
If you’re the hostess ( and setting a formal table with place cards) I made these personalized matzo place cards ( with chocolate lettering) for everyone last year and they were a huge hit!
If you’re looking for something quick and easy, I’ve also made these matzo napkin holders. Print out a full page of a matzo graphic, choose the napkin fold you prefer and you can write each persons name with a marker!
Remember, it’s the little details that make the big wow moments!
If your looking for more ideas check out our Passover Pinterest Board
Spring is FINALLY here!
After what seemed like the longest, coldest, most dreary of winters EVER… April is finally here and thank goodness so is Spring! And with Spring comes Spring Weddings, Parties & Events!
What I love about spring ties in directly to what I love about event design….the Transformation! Spring is all about the transformation from the emptiness and cold of winter to the new promise and beauty of spring. The same goes for event design. I love…ok I get a complete THRILL…when I get to take an empty venue or a blank table and create a vision of Springs Beauty!
Here are my top 10 favorite spring events
- Floating Babys Breath Spring Wedding Escort Card Display Gotham Hall NYC
- Blooming Dogwood Branches Centerpiece Spring Wedding Gotham Hall NYC
- Living Terrarium Centerpiece Spring Wedding Battery Gardens NYC
- Floating Radish Centerpiece Farm to Table Spring Wedding Westin Times Square NYC
- Cherry Blossom Chuppah Spring Wedding Rodeph Shaloom NYC
- Latin Chic Cigar Box Centerpiece Spring Wedding Calle Ocho NYC
- Floating White Orchid Centerpiece Spring Wedding Tribeca Rooftop NYC
- Modern Moss Luxury Escort Card Display Spring Wedding Lyndhurst Castle NY
- Modern Industrial Spring Wedding Photo Shoot The Knot Magazine NYC
- Yellow and Orange Ranunculus Spring Brunch Wedding Studio 450 NYC
Color trends for Halloween have been stuck for a long time in the candy-corn / black-cat palette – a treat for kids but tricky for adults. Our new vision for stylish wickedness takes the color trend to an aesthetic as refined as fine sugar and as indulgent as a pillowcase full of candy.
The seasons themselves are color trends, and here is Autumn at dusk – beet-stained fingers by kitchen candle light, the last ripened plums before the frost, a sweep of shadow in the clouds, a pale and golden moon about to rise – cool, rich, dark, and magical.
These color trends – unlike the black and orange stripes of old – translate beautifully into any area where color is to be found – from woolen sweaters and chunky scarves to stockings, nail polish, eye shadow and lipsticks, or even as an accent wall in the home. Playing with textures and layering adds depth and narrative to these hues, so get creative! And if you can find a pumpkin in ANY of these colors we’d LOVE to know!