Garden Party 1st Birthday

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I can’t believe it has already been a year since our gorgeous baby girl was born.  She has taught me so much not only about parenting but also about myself in such a short time here.  I wanted to share a little bit of Stoli’s first birthday party and her photo shoot.

The theme we chose for her birthday was a Garden Theme.  There are so many different ideas for this theme that I drove myself crazy in the beginning wanting to do everything. We chose to have the party at our house since it is the end of May in Las Vegas, our pool was perfect to cool off in.  Below are the ideas we used for this perfect little party:

  1. Welcome Sign:  I found a super cute floral poster board from Hobby Lobby and added gold lettering also from there to welcome guests.  I made my husband hunt down a wood pallet for the sign to go on.#firstbirthday, #gardenparty, #stoliisone, #1, #1stbirthday, #1stbirthdaygardenparty, #girlsbirthdayparty, #1stbirthdayparty, #desirableeventsbydesi, #weddingplannerlasvegas, #eventplannerlasvegas, #firstbirthdayeventplanner, #birthdayeventplannerlasvegas, #firstbirthdayparty, #iamone, #firstbirthdayoutfit, #welcomesign
  2. Guest book: We used the ever so popular fuji film mini polaroids for our guests to take pictures of themselves and write Stoli a note for her 18th birthday.  I’m collecting so many things for her future that I believe will be a nice surprise to her. I made a floral backdrop out of tissue paper and twine for guests to stand in front of.  I also purchased adorable photo props through zulily and amazon.
  3. Outfits:  Stoli wore an adorable tutu dress by Grace and Lucille throughout her party.  For the cake smash, she wore a birthday girl diaper cover from Hobby Lobby.  To clean the cake off of Stoli, she jumped in the pool in her rose floral swimsuit with attached swim diaper from Zulily.
  4. Flowers:  These are obviously a must for a Garden party and although they are beautiful, they can be extremely expensive.  I went back and forth a lot about this finally deciding to go with mixed summer bouquets from Sam’s Club that come in a bulk of 10 bouquets (10-12 stems per bouquet).  We used the flowers all over the party.  I bought watering cans to create centerpieces that were used throughout the space.  We have a pergola that I wanted to hang flowers from.  We couldn’t use glass though to hang so for the weeks leading up, I had a bright idea about using the Ice drink bottles to hang.  I loved the way this turned out and wanted to keep it all summer (but the flowers won’t hold up in this Vegas heat).
  5. Flower Crown:  Along with the floral, we had to have an adorable fresh flower crown for Stoli which was provided by the amazing Naakiti Floral.  My go to florist in town for everything!
  6. Gift Table:  Going with the theme, I added one of the centerpieces to the table so it wasn’t empty as guests arrived.  I also found an adorable letter S from Hobby Lobby and a birthday chalk sign through zulily to adorn the table.  Throughout the party I had banners and decor by Kathy Davis.  For a card box, I just turned over a wood crate and added some loose flowers.#gifttable, #firstbirthday, #gardenparty, #stoliisone, #1, #1stbirthday, #1stbirthdaygardenparty, #girlsbirthdayparty, #1stbirthdayparty, #desirableeventsbydesi, #weddingplannerlasvegas, #eventplannerlasvegas, #firstbirthdayeventplanner, #birthdayeventplannerlasvegas, #firstbirthdayparty, #iamone, #firstbirthdayoutfit
  7. Banners:  As mentioned before the banners by Kathy Davis, I added a personalized touch by using wood bunting letters from Hobby Lobby spelling Stoli Vela.  I also made a high chair banner with a wood number 1.#firstbirthday, #gardenparty, #stoliisone, #1, #1stbirthday, #1stbirthdaygardenparty, #girlsbirthdayparty, #1stbirthdayparty, #desirableeventsbydesi, #weddingplannerlasvegas, #eventplannerlasvegas, #firstbirthdayeventplanner, #birthdayeventplannerlasvegas, #firstbirthdayparty, #iamone, #firstbirthdayoutfit, #banners, #custombirthdaybanner, #firstbirthdaybanner, #customnamebanner
  8. The Menu:  I decided to hire a personal chef to cook for the birthday so we could relax and enjoy the event.  I chose Fed by Dawn and she did such an amazing job putting everything together.  The menu consisted of all kid friendly but adult happy items.
  9. Dessert Table: I decided to do a dessert table instead of a birthday cake for guests.  I ordered rice krispies, pretzels, and cake pops from Party Time Chocolates.  Three different macaroons flavors of champagne, raspberry, and coconut.  We had garden themed cupcakes made from Sam’s Club and also purchased cotton candy there.  The centerpiece and most important part was Stoli’s naked smash cake that was adorned with flowers and a wood “one” cake topper. Her amazing sitter Theresa made the smash cake for both our photo shoot and her party. The dessert table doubled as favors.
  10. Favors:  In addition to the desserts, there were favors for the kids and the adults. The kids were all around 1 year olds so they received a goody bag of a ball, a flower pot duck squirter, gold fish crackers, bubbles (for parents to use).  The girls also received mini watering cans with shovel and racks to stick to the theme.  The boys received boats.  The kids favors were from Oriental trading, Amazon, and Target. The adults went home with a flower pot to watch their own flowers grow which I also found at Target.IMG_1544
  11. Activities:  Since they are babies, I set up an area with all of Stoli’s toys for them to play in.  I realized at many 1 year old parties there isn’t an area for the kids to crawl around in so this was number 1 on my list.  We also bought a bounce house which Stoli absolutely loved playing in. As I previously mentioned, we had the pool open as well and the daddies enjoyed cooling off with the little ones.

Please check out more photos from the party below:

Stoli had her First Birthday photo shoot that took place at the Dry Lake Bed.  We had a gorgeous but windy day although our amazing photographer Susie captured Stoli perfectly.  Please check out her amazing work below and visit their website http://www.susieandwill.com to book your next photo shoot or event.

 

I just want to thank everyone for your help on throwing this gorgeous party for our baby especially the vendors:

Planner: Desirable Events by Desi

Catering: Fed by Dawn

Floral Crown: Naakiti Floral

Tutu Dress: Grace and Lucille (on Etsy)

Photo shoot: Susie and Will

Party photos: My husband RJ & friend Erika

Cake: Theresa (our babysitter)

Desserts: Party Time Chocolates (on Etsy)

Set up and clean up crew: My amazing Mother in Law, best friend Erika & Josh, and everyone else who helped.

 

Bridal Show Checklist- Desirable Events by Desi

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Are you newly engaged and ready to begin planning?  Typically every bride from the moment that ring hits your finger (if not the day you started dating) you already have ideas of how your wedding will be.  Where do you begin?  Of course being a wedding planner, I highly recommend hiring a planner immediate for Full Service Planning because it just helps make the whole process easier and enjoyable for you.  However, if you feel that is out of your budget or you are not sure right away, a great way to find out is by attending a bridal show or open house.

Bridal shows and open houses are a fabulous way for a couple that does not have an idea of vendors, venues, or styles.  Pinterest is great for ideas but it definitely can not find and book your vendors for you.  First I want to just let you know the difference between a bridal show and an open house.  A bridal show is different from an open house because at bridal shows, there are many different venues there along with vendors.  An open house is actually at the venue and they have a preferred amount of vendors there to use for that property.  You of course do not have to book at the open house that venue but you will also not have information available on other venues.

I want to share a list of helpful information for any of you that plan on attending one or more of these events to make it actually worth your time.

  1.  Before you attend the event have a list made on exactly what you are looking for (photographer, videographer, DJ, and so on).  This way when you arrive and are handed a map, you can circle all the booths you definitely want to see.
  2. Go as a couple!  It is great to get your bridesmaids together and have a fun girls day out but you essentially could be meeting someone that you want to book for your wedding and your fiance will not be there.  This would typically mean that instead of having the initial meeting out of the way, you will have to set up an additional appointment to meet them.  Plus, vendors love seeing couples together because it shows how involved and in love you two are.
  3. Share the correct information.  Although none of us love having tons of spam emails, these emails will be helpful to you as they are from all of the vendors at the show.  Some offer discounts, a free gift or other incentives for booking them so it is a great way to see special offers.  You can always opt out as you are receiving them.
  4. Pricing is key.  If you are on a strict budget, you need to be sure to meet vendors that fall within that budget.  If someone is significantly out of your budget and you want to book them, it will break your heart.  Get information on pricing before you go into getting to know the person.
  5. Shop around.  You are there to find the perfect venue or vendor that completes your style.  Be sure to visit multiple booths for each vendor so you can see their different styles, packages, and personalities in order to find the one that best fits you.  It is not always best to go with the biggest bargain.  Pricing ranges quite a bit, especially in Las Vegas.  Make sure your vendor has the experience and quality of work that you wish.
  6. Ask vendors important questions.  Be sure to ask each vendor if they have a business license as well as insurance.  Most of the vendors at a bridal show will definitely have this but this is great advice whether you are looking at a show or online.  Any one can be a planner or a DJ, be sure that you are actually getting someone that has a reputable company.  Most venues require a copy of the license as well as insurance for each vendor.
  7. Sign up to enter their contest.  The vendors already have your contact information from registration so do not be afraid to enter into their giveaways.  You will get emails from them regardless and you never know if you could be the winner of a free engagement photo shoot from an awesome photographer.
  8. Have fun! Enjoy every minute of these shows.  They are meant for you to take all the stress off you for your planning experience.  Take in everything it has to offer.  Enjoy cocktails, sweet tastings, fashion shows, everything they have to offer.

Finally I want to just add, if you still need help finding some vendors you can always hire a wedding planner for partial service planning to help you out.  Regardless if you need that or not I always highly suggest having a day of coordinator from an independant company.  All venues come with wedding coordinators but most of their responsiblilties fall on the venue side and does not include assisting in setting up any DIY decorations or making sure all of your vendors know how the day is going to flow.  Please feel free to contact me for any assistance in planning your gorgeous day!

If you are traveling for a bridal show or open house, please visit Las Vegas Travel Packages to book your stay.  Contact me also if you need any assistance on planning your wedding day or vacation stay.

Also save the date for the following upcoming shows and open houses:

Revere Golf Club Open House– Sunday February 26, 2017

The Kosher Bridal and Mitzvah Expo– March 26, 2017

Bridal Spectacular Veils & Vino– August 18-19, 2017

Photo courtesy of Elegant Entertainment

Back to Work from Pregnancy Leave

I just wanted to say a quick Thank you to everyone in my life for all your support during this past year.  It has been a while since I had time to blog about our events but the wait was so worth it.  I didn’t get to blog about my pregnancy or anything but this little amazing, fiery spirited girl came into our lives and is the best surprise we will ever have.  Our daughter Stoli was born 4 months ago and she’s so awesome.  Although I worked throughout my pregnancy and even had a wedding a few days before I went into labor and another right after, I made sure to keep some time aside for this sweet little angel.  I can’t wait until she is older to be my little wedding planning assistant.  Thank you Lullaby Lane for capturing our little newborn.

New Year’s Eve Las Vegas Suite Wedding- M Resort

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Who wouldn’t want to attend a New Year’s Eve wedding especially when this amazing couple are the hosts? I first spoke to Joey and Lori right after the holidays in the beginning of 2014. The way we were introduced is bittersweet. They had booked an amazing officiant, Reverend Jimmy Mac with whom I have worked with in the past and became a great mentor. They knew if he approved than I was the perfect fit for them seeing as Lori’s stepfather actually attended High School with Jimmy Mac. About a month before the wedding we had shocking news that saddened all of us which was the sudden passing of a great friend and amazing man Jimmy Mac. If it weren’t for him, I would not have been part of this amazing and gorgeous wedding day and I know he was with us all in spirit.

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Lori and Joey met online.  One of my blogs “First BLIND Date” was actually inspired by them.  They met after months of speaking online and had the perfect date at Lori’s sister’s house.  He was blindfolded when he showed up as well as Lori and they sat for hours talking to each other and enjoying each other blindfold.  Lori’s bridesmaid actually put on the whole date and listened through baby monitors.  At the end of the date Joey couldn’t take it any longer and had to see his gorgeous date.  Please see my past blog for more information on “First Blind Dates”.

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Lori had one request for her wedding and that was she wanted it on New Years Eve. We decided to rent a suite and have a New Years party/wedding done Vegas style. Since we began planning so far out, most hotels did not know the room rates and if there would even be a suite available for them to rent. After using my negation skills I believe we could not have chose a better location. Joey and Lori were wed in a two story loft suite at the M Resort. For those of you unfamiliar with this resort, it is located about two miles south of Mandalay Bay off the strip but still on Las Vegas Blvd. With breathtaking 270 degree views you can not go wrong with this choice in venue. They rented the two connecting rooms as well.  One room we had all the catering in and the other room we had a photobooth in for guests to enjoy.  The photobooth doubled as favors for their guests and was another guestbook for the couple.

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Being a New Year’s Eve wedding, their theme was a fun, elegant party.  They served their guests hot and cold Hors D’oeurves and an assortment of Beer, Wine, liquor and of course Champagne.  Lori and Joey love Rotari Rose so I special ordered 2 cases for them through the liquor distributor.  As guests entered the room for the ceremony, they were served Champagne or Beer.  Lori joked that she had “Champagne taste on a Beer Budget” so the preceremony drinks were perfect for her taste.  We used the rest of the champagne as a midnight toast when we did a countdown to midnight.  Each champagne flute was rimmed with gold sugar to add that extra elegant touch for their New Year’s Eve wedding.

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The two story suite was set up perfectly for guests to enjoy music and dancing.  The DJ was set up on the top floor balcony overlooking the bottom level of the suite.  The bottom is where they guests were able to dance and get their drinks from the bar.  It was the perfect touch for any hotel suite wedding.  As I mentioned previously, the M Resort has breathtaking views.  On New Year’s Eve at midnight something beautiful happens in Las Vegas in which their guests enjoyed perfect views from.  The Las Vegas strip has fireworks in different locations throughout the strips which was the perfect ending to a beautiful wedding.  I even got a little choked up by the fireworks and had tears in my eyes.  You can’t make up or dream of such a beautiful fairy tale.

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Finally at the end of the night just after the fireworks, they wanted guests to grab their coats, a drink, and meet us downstairs for a sparkler send off.  Everyone who came received sparklers and we timed it just right to give the couple their final send off.  It was a magical moment for Joey and Lori and definitely a memorable wedding/ New Year’s for everyone who attended.  In my opinion, one of the best ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve is a wedding.  Especially if you can make it intimate and beautiful like this Suite wedding.  No one likes planning their New Year’s so why not plan it for them with not only a great party  but by sharing your love for one another in front of your favorite and closest friends.

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A special thanks to this gorgeous couple for letting us be part of their day and to all the vendors who helped make it happen:

Wedding Planner: Desirable Events by Desi (www.desirableevent.com)

Wedding Venue: Loft Suite at the M Resort

Photographers: Susie and Will Pictures

Officiant: Pastor Pete (elegant las vegas weddings)

DJ/Photobooth/Uplight: Greg D’angelo (Elegant Entertainment)

Flowers: By Dzign

Decor: Desirable Events by Desi

Cake: Babycakes at M Resort

Bartender: RJ Wojtowicz

Catering: M Resort

**All photos provided by Susie and Will Pictures**

To plan your Las Vegas wedding, a suite wedding, New year’s eve wedding, or destination wedding, please contact me at desi@desirableevent.com.

Las Vegas Bachelorette Party

Soon to be Mrs. Ritter

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I did it again with success! I planned a surprise bachelorette party for my best friend Dayna from Michigan. The girls were visiting Vegas for the Redken hair show and when I found out in August, I knew what I had to do. Here is the planning breakdown of this amazing party

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Invitations:
Since I am a wedding planner, of course I tend to plan far in advance. In August, I immediately made a timeline for the events and made invitations for the girls. Invites do not necessarily need to be sent for Bachelorette parties but it does get everyone more pumped for the event. The original plan was this:

5pm lingerie shower in suite
6:30pm Dinner
8:30pm Chippendales
10:30pm Club

The 2 bedroom 1,000 square foot suite at Mandalay Bay was perfect for a party of 11 girls. The view was gorgeous. The room was determined at check in the day of so a mass text would go out to those attendees. The execution of the event is similar. You will see the information below for the few changes:
6:00-7:30pm lingerie shower and food in suite at Mandalay Bay
8:30pm Chippendales at Rio
10:30pm Lily lounge at Bellagio

Invitations made through zazzle.com

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View from Mandalay Bay Suite

Dress:
We decided on Little Black Dress. Basically everyone just could be comfortable in anything black. It’s tricky of course to get the bride to wear white or red in this case but I had the plan down. A week prior, I called Dayna and we were talking about them coming and she brought up what she should pack. Perfect opportunity for myself, I went over the general stuff then said actually I need a favor. I told her I am working on a blog and I needed a photo of her either in a red or white dress since she is wearing both colors at her wedding. I told her a photographer was going to meet us to take a photo (which later I said they were doing a shoot that day at Mandalay and we had to meet them in the suite). It was the best of both her bringing the outfit and getting her to the big surprise. The only problem was when she put on the white dress she started freaking out because the zipper broke so she wore a super cute white top instead. I may have stretched the truth a bit but in order to keep surprises don’t we all?! We walked to the suite and knocked on the door to be greeted with our amazing friends. Dayna was truly surprised even through all the slip ups that weekend she had no idea.

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Food and beverage:
Instead of going to a restaurant since we were short on time, we decided to cater in the room. We ordered food from BJ’s Brewery. The catering package included Mediterranean Pizza, Vegetarian Pizza, Caesar salad, BJ’s Cobb salad, ribs, buffalo wings, fries, and steamed vegetables. We also offered for cupcakery mini cupcakes for dessert. For the drinks, we wanted a variety but we didn’t want everyone to have too much fun before we left the room. We had vodka with different mixers, Cabernet Sauvignon, and of course a Rose of sparkling (bubbles is my new term).

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Decorations made by Desirable Events by Desi

Decor:
Dayna loves leopard and with her wedding colors being black,red, and white this was perfect theme for bachelorette. I chose leopard and red as the main focus. We like to stay away from all the Penis type bachelorette party items. They can be fun if that’s your thing but this group of girls prefers to keep the plastic penis out. All of the decorations were made my me and can be purchased on my etsy. We hung a leopard bachelorette banner, streamers (bra and panty, heart), place cards for food, do not disturb and welcome door hangers, a bar sign, and a poster made out of pictures of the bride growing up from samsclub.com.

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Favors:
For the bride I made a mini tulle leopard bow to go along with leopard Bride to Be sash. For everyone I made stickers that says either “bride to be! mother of the bride, or bride’s crew”. I also did leopard water bottles with red straws (everyone needs to stay hydrated), ring pops, and I made cute little drink tutus out of leopard and red tulle that we brought with us for our drinks but actually became bracelets.

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Games:
There are plenty of cheesy, fun bachelorette party games out there. Again this group isn’t into the whole cheesy bachelorette so I thought if we just played one game it would be fun. I made up a Bachelorette categories game (similar to the categories in the “kings” drinking game) but each category was wedding themed. I printed out 20 different categories I came up with then cut them into pieces and put them into a basket. The game works like this, everyone sits in a circle, pulled a category and then went around the circle until someone couldn’t think of the topic. The girl would drink and then pull the next category. It’s a fun innocent game that helps get the party started without forcing the bachelorette to do uncomfortable things. We actually ended up not having time to play it but it is definitely a great alternative to the traditional bachelorette games.

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Gift:
My gift to the bride was a Victoria’s Secret bride tank top, leopard nail wraps, no hang over drink, and the popular panty poem. The panty poem is great especially because lingerie isn’t worn by everyone but everyone (well almost everyone) wears panties. The poem cards can be purchased on my etsy and comes with a list of what types of panties to buy or your option to buy them with the panties. She also received tons of Victoria’s Secret gift cards, lingerie, nighties, and adorable bracelet from her mother.

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Chippendales

What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas right?! Well I will keep the Chippendale show and club under that category. It was a fun and awesome surprise for Dayna especially since (spoiler alert) she was called on stage at Chippendales. It was the perfect end to a “work weekend” and great surprise for the bride to be who was also celebrating her birthday weekend.

I will say planning a bachelorette party with a group of girls is never easy, so if you want it be worry free then feel free to hire a professional like myself. This way I do all the planning and everyone’s opinions are just that. Not everyone agrees on what to do so leaving it to a pro gets the stress of trying to make everyone happy off you. It’s supposed to be all about the bride remember. Keep her happy and the event will always be a success. If you need help planning a stress free Las Vegas bachelorette party please contact me at desi@desirableevent.com.