Easter Weekend, Made Easy

Easter comes a little earlier in 2016 than in recent years, but that’s no reason to worry! There is still time to plan the perfect Easter event.

Whether you have in mind an elegant Easter Sunday brunch or a relaxing family dinner, here’s a few tips to make sure your Easter weekend is as stress-free as possible.

Make reservations – If you’re hoping to leave the menu and preparation to professionals, it’s never too early to make Easter Weekend reservations. Find a venue for your Easter lunch, brunch or dinner that’s perfect for groups of all sizes.

Go for family-friendly entertainment – When celebrating with children and family, look for entertainment options that delight all ages. Egg decorating, goodie bags and other interactive games are perfect Easter activities that never disappoint.

Plan a special surprise – A *huge* part of Easter magic (especially for kids) is a chance to catch the Easter Bunny in action. Luckily, there just might be a few chances this year to catch a surprise visit on the water.

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Celebrate Love this Valentine’s Day

February doesn’t get enough love – four weeks of winter, squeezed in between the Holiday season and glorious springtime – but at least this month gives us one day to celebrate Love itself!

When looking for things to do this Valentine’s Day, step outside the ordinary and make some lasting memories with your Special Someone.

Go for a unique experience – Show your Sweetheart a new side of the city, or sample some delicious cuisine together. Candy is sweet, flowers are pretty and no one ever scoffed at something sparkly, but we think sharing an unforgettable experience is the best way to celebrate V Day.

Get the ambience just right – Whether you’re looking for casual entertainment or elegant dining, setting the right mood is essential to the perfect date night. Nothing spoils a couple’s outing quite like the wrong atmosphere.

Celebrate with friends – Maybe you and your Someone aren’t so exclusive just yet (we get it). Celebrating Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be hot and heavy. Sometimes the sweetest memories are made connecting with your group.

Just relax – There’s no reason why celebrating your Valentine should make you break a sweat. Sit back, relax, take your time to indulge each other and let professionals handle the planning. Don’t miss a moment worrying about the little things!

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The Coffee Station Your Holiday Event Needs

Last month our team reviewed the must-do trends for holiday parties in 2016. Now we’re breaking down exactly how to create a boozy coffee station that will warm up your guests.

Whether you’re hosting a small soiree or working with a larger venue, this station is easy to assemble while leaving a big impression.

Get Toasty (The basics)
-Decaf & Regular Coffee
-Hot Chocolate
-Herbal Tea


Naughty List (For adults only)
Godiva Liqueur
Crème de Menthe


Nice List (How to top it off)
Whipped Cream
Chocolate Shavings
Chocolate Sauce
Crushed Peppermints


Bonus Tip! Let you guests stir their coffee in style with extra-sweet rocky candy sticks.

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Ideas for Your Company Holiday Party 2015

Anyone can have a holiday party, but here’s how you can plan one that will have people not wanting to leave.

Create a Vibe

It’s important to form a space that allows movement for your guests. Consider a mixture of high-boys to encourage mingling and dancing as well as standard tables to allow for eating.

Make the Drinks Interesting

Think about setting up a boozy coffee station or whiskey tasting table. People love activities and experiences that offer ways to connect with one another.

Give People Photo Ops

Above all, give people something or somewhere dramatic to snap a memory. Props with funny sayings, festive backdrops or even a green screen will entice people to share their fun.

Take a look at this video to see these suggestions come to life and party on!


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4 Ways to Keep the Entertainment Fresh

Any great event starts with a foundation that I like to call the trifecta:
1. Incredible ambiance
2. Delicious food
3. An awesome live band or DJ

From there, building on entertainment to match a theme or create a buzz is always a welcomed and unexpected bonus. Here are four ideas to make guests feel special and rewarded.

Photo Booth With Props


Everyone loves to take pictures to share on social. And with fun props, a customized vinyl backdrop or a venue with great views, guests will have even more of a reason to share on.

Take the Stage


For an event that’s interactive, encourage your guests to get in on the entertainment with a karaoke DJ. The best DJs will have music from all decades and the top 40 for a playlist to fit you.

Costumed Look-a-likes


Professional costumed lookalikes greet party guests in character and can often put on a show-stopping performance during dinner. Whether it’s a 1920s flapper teaching guests the Charleston, characters like the Blues Brothers or a sports icon – live performers can bring your theme to life.

Feeling Lucky?
Casino Night with Cigar Rollers

True pro cigar rollers are hard to find but  can be the perfect add-on for the right group.  With “Rat Pack” look-a-likes, Elvis or Marilyn Monroe characters, you can have an authentic throwback casino party.

Great events are often about helping guests get swept away, out of the day-to-day, to create unforgettable memories.

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What Menu Best Fits Your Event?

When planning a party, food is the easiest way to set the right tone.

Want something casual with mixing and mingling?  Steer clear of plated service where guests will need to stay seated. Want something more refined and elegant? Plated is the way to go.

The key is to think of the experience you want for your guests. Follow the flowchart to see what style may suit you best…

Menu Infographic

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A Must-Do for the Perfect Summer Party

Summer events and sangria are a match made in heaven. The drink is a crowd-pleaser, but take a few minutes to get the presentation right and you’ll score major bonus points with your guests.

Grace Fuller, Director of Food & Beverage for Entertainment Cruises in Chicago, is revealing the perfect mix of ingredients to dress up both red and white sangria. Time to get mixing.

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How to Plan the Perfect Outdoor Event

Summer is here! It’s time to head outside and not look back – and the same goes for your events. Whether you’re planning birthday, reunion or a celebration for no reason, this is the season for events al fresco.

Put these four must-do tips into practice and your guests won’t want to leave.

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Get Inspired by Color for your Summer Event

When planning a spring or summer event, it’s easy to get stuck in the garden-party rut. Surrounded by a sea of blush tones and matchy-matchy place settings, things can easily start to feel stuffy.

But three event designers from the Chicagoland area have exactly what you need when it comes to out-of-the-box inspiration. After styling tabletops for an event on private yacht Chicago Elite in partnership with Modern Luxury Brides Chicago, it’s clear that breaking a few rules can lead to event décor that’s vibrant and unexpected.

Morocco Meets the Sea – Debi Lilly, A Perfect Event


While the vintage Moroccan linen is certainly a stand-out piece, everyone can take inspiration from Debi Lilly’s mix of colors, textures and metals. Gold, silver and copper all make an appearance on her table, as well as mismatched china. The china, crystal and silverware are from The Festive Frog.

“So many times people worry that they can’t mix and match, but doing so looks much more interesting. I love elements that look like family heirloom pieces, something special and meaningful,” she said.

Another highlight from her table? Ombre centerpieces moving from pale to bold pink.

Understated Elegance – Jess Syburg, The Eventful Life


For Jess Syburg, this tabletop started with the color palette.

“We love blush pink as much as the next girl, but we wanted to display it in a unique way,” she said.

The answer? Deep purples and blues brought out with candles and unique components in the floral display like artichokes, fern heads and purple tea leaves. A dove-grey table cloth, vintage gold accents and hand-lettering by Bushyl keeps things light and fit for the summer.

As proof that inspiration can come from anywhere, a particularly elegant powder room at the new Rent the Runway store in Chicago inspired this design.

Keeping It Personal – Christine Janda Design and Events


When planning a summer event, starting with a theme can be a tempting jumping-off point. But for Christine Janda, it’s always better to start with what’s close to the heart.

This tabletop started with the Blue Willow China print. With historic ties dating back to the 1800s, it’s near and dear to Christine because it’s a print she associates with her grandmother.

She amped up the traditional print with poppy pink and yellow flowers, and kept the nautical touches subtle, including gold spray-painted rope tied around the menus.

“Don’t back yourself in to a theme or a trend,” she said. “Think about your personal style, the guest of honor and the type of energy you want to give off. Have that lead the design.”


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