Notes on a Party

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Fourth of July by Notes on a Party

Red, white and blue…the traditional colors of the Fourth of July can brighten up any holiday party.  Instead of an overload of cheap disposables filled with stars and stripes, we like to incorporate this patriotic palette into our event design with a few select items that are beautiful and functional….
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Ladurée macarons have nothing less than a global cult following among the sophisticated social set.  The Parisian bakery first opened in 1862 and developed the iconic French cookie, which is made from two macaron shells filled with ganache. Originally posted on Sweet Designs by Amy Atlas, this dessert table by Azar…
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Ghosts, goblins and ghouls don’t always have to be of the scary kind.  Halloween can have a cuter and sweeter side, especially if you are Mia Bauer, founder of Crumbs Bake Shop.  Halloween is by far her favorite holiday and a time of inspiration.   Here she shares a few…
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June 20, 2011 | Celebrity, Party Planning

It was a step back in time to the Roaring 20s last Saturday night on the swanky rooftop of the Gramercy Park Hotel. The festive occasion was the joint birthday party for Vogue Special Events Director, Sylvana Ward-Durrett, and her sister, Daniela Taplin Lundberg. The Gatsby-inspired gathering brought out New…
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June 10, 2010 | Inspired By, Party Planning

For this special event, my company Sofia Crokos Events collaborated with a group of my colleagues to host a cocktail party to start off the new year.  Nothing excited me more than to incorporate my favorite color into the overall event design.  I have always been drawn to the color…
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For their 150th Anniversary, Chopard retained Ron Wendt Design to create an event environment around the theme of Animal World. The black-tie event would launch the fine jeweler’s newest collection, which featured 150 one-of-a-kind designs that were inspired by fauna from around the globe such as a koala shaped diamond…
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May 11, 2010 | Inspired By, Party Planning

This wedding photo shoot was inspired by the Victorian Naturalists, a movement from the 18th century which was obsessed with observing, cataloging and categorizing nature. Juliet Totten and Sierra Yaun of Poppies & Posies developed the original concept and sent a mood board to each of the participating vendors, including…
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Way Basics
April 22, 2010 | Bright Idea, Party Planning

Seat a table of four in an instant with the Way Basics Simple Table Set.  A quick peel and stick is all you need to set up a portable table and four cube chairs for your party guests.  Lightweight yet sturdy enough for the weight of an adult, the boards…
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RatPack The Sands
April 15, 2010 | Inspired By, Party Planning

We created Silkstone, our boutique events and catering company in New York, on the belief that there are two essential ingredients to the service industry: the stone which represents the intensive labor, integrity and commitment; and, the silk that reflects the creativity, innovation and elegance in which this is presented….
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Amy Atlas
February 9, 2010 | Food + Drink, Party Planning

From birthdays to bar mitzvahs, the name on everyone’s lips these days is Amy Atlas, a New York based “sweets stylist” who is creating quite a buzz with her signature dessert tables.  Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Amy has created a table filled with cakes and candy in shades…
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David Stark Natural-Weave Trees

Decorating with a heavy hand can leave your holiday party looking a little too much like Santa’s lair.  Our friend and celebrated event designer David Stark shows us how to lay off the tinsel and faux snow for a more natural aesthetic this season. For The Lazy Hostess, Stark shares…
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October 15, 2009 | Inspired By, Party Planning

If there was ever an occasion to tap into your dark side it’s the night of Halloween, which often feels like a macabre carnivale where the adults get to act like kids, albeit very naughty ones. Despite the annual deluge of tacky costumes and kitschy decor, we found ourselves inspired…
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