Designing Your Event Around A Unique and Bold Color: Tiffany Blue

Every woman smiles at the sight of Tiffany Blue. I am sure any woman would get excited to attend or even plan a Tiffany Blue themed event. But let me tell you, it sure is a hard color to find, and even harder to match.

Tiffany Blue is just one of a few unique colors that are hard to match exactly. Sometimes you fall in love with a color, whether its from a paint swatch, bottle of nail polish or Pinterest that you just have to use! Maybe it’s that perfect shade of emerald green, or that mix between pink and raspberry that you can’t just seem to find all your decor items to match.

Don’t let that burst your bubble. You can still have the perfect color themed event, without the stress of hunting for the exact color. 

Here are a few ways to put together the perfect event with that perfectly unique color, whatever it may be.

Invest in Key Pieces 

Tiffany Blue Cake

When you decide to design your event around a unique and specific color such as Tiffany Blue, you don’t need to go overboard. Before you Google Renting Tiffany Blue linens, take a step back and think about different ways to bring the color in. Instead of Tiffany Blue linens, make the impact with white or black linens and pop it Tiffany Blue napkins, chair covers or chair sashes.

The key is to not overwhelm your guests with the color theme. You don’t have to purchase everything you can find in the color. Be selective and pick out the pieces that will bring the most impact. Impactful pieces include the cake, favor packaging, flowers, signature cocktails and additional decor. (Photo: Continue reading


Inspiration Thursdays – Wine Theme Edition

Beyond the Essentials Event Blog Wine Themed Event Inspiration

I’ve been brainstorming ideas for a wine themed event that I think would be perfect for a girl’s night in, birthday party or a romantic dinner party for couples. For this Inspiration Thursday post, I’ve decided to share a few of my ideas.

I hope to fully implement these ideas into a great event, but until then…be inspired!



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Wedding Wednesdays – Wedding Favor Alternatives

There are two main opinions on wedding favors. Some people find them to be essential, others find them pointless. My opinion lies somewhere in between the two. They are a traditional wedding must have, but they become pointless when they are just Jordan Almonds in a tulle sack.

I began to brainstorm great favors that weren’t your traditional take away souvenirs. Normally, a requirement of my brainstorming would be: must be budget friendly, but this time it is not. These are the top three ideas I thought of:

A Show! 

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It’s all the Craze…Apple Cider Bar Edition

It’s official. Fall is here. It’s time to trade in our cravings for iced tea and iced coffee for apple cider and pumpkin spice coffee. It’s time to consider having an Apple Cider bar at your next event and here are some ideas to make it great.

Get creative with the cups. I’ve mentioned before, the idea of multi-purposing, and using hollowed out actual apples as tasty and useful cups. You can also consider getting personalized mugs made for guests to use as cups and favors.

Pick great toppings: The best part of any bar or station is the toppings! Guests love to get creative and create their own delicious masterpiece. Lay out cinnamon, caramel, apple slices, vanilla ice cream, brown sugar, oranges or orange peels, flavored syrup or even champagne.

Let them decide the temperature. It’s a good idea to have both a warm and cold apple cider option. With ” bars ” it’s all about letting the guests decide what they want.

Keep the theme going. What do people love more than apple cider? Apple desserts! Fill the bar up with apple cider donuts, apple cider breads and apple pie.

Enjoy your apple cider bar at your next fall gathering!

Say Cheese! Photo Booth Fun

Who doesn’t love a photo booth?! It’s a joy for guests and hosts alike.

There are so many creative ideas you can apply to your photo booth. Check them out and see which one makes you want to say Cheese!

Don’t forget the Props

Props are one of the best ideas to implement into your photo booth. For one, they’re fun but they also allow your guests to embrace the theme of your event, the more creative the better. Props are also good for the shy guests in the crowd; you can’t help but do silly things when you have a red nose on your face. (Photo:

Some Prop Ideas:
– Baby Shower: Rattles, Baby Bottles, Bibs, fun things for guest to throw on and use.
– Mustache and Bowtie Parties: Let’s see..Mustaches and Bowties 🙂 You can do quick and easy cutouts of mustaches and bowties and have guests become the proper gentleman in seconds.
– Bridal Shower: Veils, big fake diamond rings or even ring pops. What lady doesn’t want to feel like a bride, even if only for a few clicks?
– White Boards/Chalk Boards. Want to know what you’re guests are really thinking? Grab a white board, some markers and a camera. Lets your guests express themselves. They might surprise you!

Photo Booth vs. Backdrop and Sets

There are so many photo booth vendors available that you can rent from. They’ll bring the classic photo booth in and have someone on hand to help out your guests as they enjoy the fun.  I love the idea of photo booths over backdrops, because guests usually feel more comfortable acting silly when they are behind a curtain instead of onlookers. (Photo:




You can set up a backdrop or set. Backdrops and Sets serve as the inspiration of your guests’ poses and photos. They are also a great way to have the theme or purpose of your event come through for others who might view the pictures later. For corporate events you could have a banner with your company logo or event name used as the backdrop. Or for a Housewarming party you could do a cute house set, such as the one pictured below. (Photo:

With both the backdrop and sets don’t forget to hire or recruit to volunteer, a great photographer. They should be fun, energetic, patient and most importantly great at taking photos. Especially candid shots, those are always the best ones out of the bunch.

We can’t forget the kids…and kids at heart

Let’s face it, children won’t sit still in a photo booth for long, and your set or backdrop could end up torn to pieces by the first click. So give the kids some space. Take a big inside wall or side of the house and creative a colorful and festive backdrop (and throw in a few props) to keep the kids happy and entertained long enough to get some great pics! (Photo:

Have a question or idea about photo booth you’d like explored? Leave a comment and we’ll talk about it on an upcoming post.

Multi-purposing to Save the Budget

Event budgets can be broken down into the Must Have’s and the Want to Have’s.  Food, Venue and Entertainment, yes these are must have’s. But there are also the Want to Have’s, place cards and favors, that are simply part of the event to add to the wow factor, decor and guest experience.

When doing events on a budget or having to skim down your budget always consider multipurposing before you eliminate items completely. Here are a few ways to multipurpose and combine these guest experience must have’s.

Combine place cards and favors: Regardless of your favor choice, a classy, simple or theme focused label placed on the packaging is an instant win-win. (

Bonus: Combine Place Card with Menus

Make place cards edible: A popular trend right now is beverages with place card labels identifying the guest name and table number on the glass or hanging from the straw. These are perfect for outdoor events, think refreshing lemonade or iced tea.  If your favor is edible, I highly suggest multipurposing them as a place card. (

A few ideas:

  • Lollipops
  • Cookies
  • Sacks of candy
  • Cocktails

Have purposeful and usable favors: One of the best wedding favors I have ever received were coasters. They were very simple, glass coasters that didn’t include the couples name or wedding date. However, every time I use them I think of their wedding. Try to leave your guests with favors they will use in the future. (

A few ideas:

  • Coasters
  • Cooking Utensils (whisk, measuring spoons)
  • Wine Bottles
  • Wine Stoppers
  • Set of Candles (a much more useful option than one candle)

Combine favors with another event element: I am a huge fan of buffets and stations because I believe they truly add an element to the guest experience, a lot of people tend to agree. We know this by all of the new and unique station ideas that are popping up.

Are you already planning on having a popcorn or candy buffet? Have it available at the end of the event and add a Thank You sign or label and allow guests to enjoy on their way home. (

Having a photo booth? Add a holder and have guests take them home as a souvenir favor. Your event will always be remembered! (

Cutting the budget doesn’t always mean cutting event elements, especially if they will enhance the guest experience. The next time the budget needs to be skimmed down, consider some of these ideas and you will still give your guests a wonderful time!

 What’s the best favor you’ve seen or received? Leave a comment and share.