I love our Select vendors – they produce some of the most wonderfully creative events! Like this fun Vienna-inspired birthday party from Allison Jackson of Pineapple Productions and photographer Kate Headley.

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From the guest of honor’s wife:

“After living in Vienna for four years, I wanted to celebrate my husband’s 60th birthday and our homecoming by sharing some of the charm of Austria with our family and friends. I loved it when friends came up to me and said they felt like they had walked into a Viennese cafe! From the welcoming Austrian folk music and drinks served by a lovely young lady in an Austrian dirndl, to the schnitzel and pastries, to the schnapps bar, everything had the warm, lively feel that I was hoping for. And the cigars were a huge hit with the guys! The cake, though, was really the highlight – the entire family depicted on an Austrian alp (even the dog). Add a fantastic dance band and it was the perfect evening.”

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From Allison: “We were inspired by highly decorative motifs and graphic patterns from the Vienna Secession Movement. Cheree Berry created a brilliant custom invitation suite in a forest green, orange, warm red and gilded gold palette.”

Europeans traveling to Washington D.C. for the party were welcomed with all-American treats, like mini Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pies packaged in kraft brown pie boxes and tied off with red and white pastry string.

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Guests were sent home with take home breakfast treats – homemade Austrian breakfast rolls and Austrian jam and kakao (cocoa) from Julius Meinl. The rolls were packaged in custom pastry bags foil stamped with the wording “Essen! Essen!” (Eat! Eat!), and rolls, jam, cocoa and wooden knives with red linen napkins were placed into simple muslin sacks.

“We turned the library of the Meridian House into a Men’s Hunting Lodge with handsome tufted leather furniture, fur and woolen knit throws, natural animal hide rugs and wooden furniture,” says Allison. “In this room, we offered grilled to order Austrian sausages and a schnapps bar. Mountain foliage, herbs, candles and antlers were placed on the tables and fireplace mantle.”

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The signature cocktail for the evening was an Aperol Spritz – served by ladies wearing dirndls of course!

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“Under a grove of European linden trees we placed café tables and wood chairs with a variety of cable knit and woolen throws for an après ski feel. Large bulb café lighting was strung through the trees, and outdoor heaters kept everyone comfortable. A cigar station was set up on a rough hewn wooden tavern table. Vintage standing ashtrays were placed nearby. Oversized wooden lanterns were placed around the perimeter for a magical Alpine glow.”

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“We turned the dining room of the Meridian House into a Viennese Coffee House, complete with an authentic pastry case filled with traditional Austrian tortes and treats. Made to order Viennese coffee drinks were prepared for guests who lingered at marble topped tables with bentwood chairs. Servers prepared crepes with raspberry jam, apricot compote and Nutella, with ice cream and whipped cream garnishes. Candles and thin bud vases adorned table and the fireplace mantle to complete the café look.”

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SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR MORE DETAILS FROM THIS EUROPEAN INSPIRED BIRTHDAY PARTY.

 

Menu

Passed Hors d’Oeuvres: Espresso Crusted Smoked Venison on Black Bread Crisp / Foie Gras with Raspberry and Brioche / Salmon and Sole Pinwheels / Curried Carrot and Zucchini Pancakes / Olive and Goat Cheese Beignets / Spring Pea Soup Sips //

Traditional Beef Goulash over Egg Spaetzel
Charcuterie, Smoked Fish and European Cheeses
Bistro Leek Tart

Assorted Grilled Austrian Sausages with Homemade Pretzel and Kaiser rolls and a Variety of Mustards / Hot Apple and Potato Salad / Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage

Classic Austrian Wiener Schnitzel Served with Green and White Asparagus with Hollandaise and Six Spring Vegetable Chopped Salad

Desserts: Sacher Torte / Apple Strudel / Opera Cake / Hazelnut Linzertorte / Charlotte Russe / Crepes with Nutella, Raspberries, Apricot Preserves, Caramelized Bananas, Whipped Cream and Ice Cream

 

Kate Headley and Pineapple Productions are Snippet & Ink Select vendors.

Photography: Kate Headley / Event Planner: Allison Jackson, Pineapple Productions / Venue: Meridian House in Washington, D.C. / Stationery: Cheree Berry Paper / Floral Design: Dragonfly / Music: Big Ray and the Kool Kats via East Coast Entertainment, Austrian Duo - Liab Und Schneid / Cake: Charm City Cakes / Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pies: Pie Sisters / Austrian Breakfast Rolls: Wagshals
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  • Vienna Birthday Party from Kate Headley

    10 June 2014
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    Calder Clark is one of our wonderful Select vendors, and she sent over this delightful bridal brunch which is full of sweet details and thoughtful design – plenty of inspiration for any party, big or small! Photos by Tec Petaja.

    From Calder: “It was a gorgeous crisp Fall day in the high country when 15 ladies gathered to toast Sarah Hess’s approaching marriage to Dave Mackenzie. The rooftop terrace at the Old Edwards Inn was the perfect little nook for an intimate group to sit fireside and sip bubbly.”

    “Sarah loves cobalt blue and since we hadn’t utilized that palette in her wedding designs, we thought it only fitting to use it as an anchoring color here – especially with the royal blue chiavari chairs!

    “All good Southern affairs need a monogram or two, and we made sure to personalize her bridesmaids’ gifts to a tee: each bag had a cobalt monogram on a blue and green patterned tote, and inside was tucked a sweet note from Sarah and a monogrammed pompom throw that doubled as comfort at the luncheon if it got chilly.”

    The signature drink was a Pom Fizz: champagne and pomegranate juice with fresh pomegranate seeds.

    Menu: Roasted Cornish Hen on Acorn Squash Purée with Strawberry Balsamic Vegetables / Fall Salad Bouquet with Passionfruit Tupelo Honey Vinaigrette / Fresh Fruit Tartelette with Campari Sorbet and Vanilla Mousse

    Photography: Tec Petaja / Event Planning & Design: Calder Clark / Venue, Catering: Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands, North Carolina / Stationery: Cheree Berry Paper / Floral Designer: Blossom Events / Linens: La Tavola / Rentals: DC Rental /
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    Let’s kick off the week with a gorgeous two-part feature from the incredible talented Jonathan Canlas! Molly and Thomas’s wedding three-day wedding weekend included a Friday night clambake dinner for all of their guests, held at the same venue in Newport Beach where the wedding took place the next day…

    Says the bride: “Our rehearsal dinner (we didn’t call it that – we called it a welcome dinner) was a clambake and all of our 200 guests were invited to the Friday event. The theme was ‘Sweden Meets New England Clambake Celebration,’ and the invite was in both English and Swedish.”

    “A great moment Friday night was the Swedish Snaps sing-a-long,” shares Molly. “Every one had a shot of snaps and had to sing together to ‘Hej Lang Gore’ – we had the phonetic, English version on screens which was quite humorous. Americans loved it.”

    The clambake dinner was followed by ice cream novelties (ice cream sandwiches, Eskimo pies, fudgesicles, etc.), and a bonfire for s’mores.

    The tables reflected the seaside location without being overtly nautical: blue and white runners with a coral-inspired pattern, blue water glasses, and simple bud vases filled with foliage.

    SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR MORE DETAILS FROM THIS CLAMBAKE REHEARSAL DINNER.

    Says the bride:  “Having a traditional New England Clambake was a wonderful experience for our overseas guests and a great way to showcase the best of New England. We had 100 overseas guests, mostly from Sweden and the UK. We worked with Compton Clambakes who were wonderful and gathered all of the guests around the pits to explain the tradition of this feast before we all sat down and ate.”

    Photography: Jonathan Canlas / Venue: private estate in Middletown, Rhode Island / Event Planner: Stasia Anthony / Floral Design: Flowers by Semia / Bride’s Jumper: Emilia Wickstead / Music: Antoine Drye & Jazz Quartet / Catering: Compton Clambakes / Desserts: Plantation Catering / Wine, Spirits: Del’s Lemonade / Stationery: Paper Moss / Calligraphy, Maps: Daley Ann / Rentals: Rentals Unlimited / Farm Tables: John Orton Events / Historical Newport Trolleys / Hair: Hoa Thai / Makeup: Jane Sincere
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  • New England Clambake Welcome Dinner

    10 March 2014
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    Photographer Jillian Mitchell is with us today with a two-part feature: first, Lisa and Benjamin’s fun summer rehearsal dinner, with their rockabilly wedding to come in just a bit. Lisa’s late father was an avid baseball player and fan, so the rehearsal dinner had a baseball theme to honor his love of the game.

    There was corn hole for the kids to play and a cooler full of PBR for the adults. Benjamin’s parents’ house was the backdrop and all of their antique memorabilia added to the Americana feel for the whole weekend.

    Hot dogs, popcorn, and baseball cookies were on the menu along with pulled pork sandwiches and cornbread muffins.

    Stop by in a bit for Lisa and Benjamin’s super fun wedding. And thanks to Jillian Mitchell for sending over these fun pics!

    SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR MORE DETAILS FROM THIS FUN SUMMER CAMP REHEARSAL DINNER.

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  • Summer Camp Rehearsal Dinner in Maine

    5 November 2013
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    Today we’re headed to Florida for a double feature! First up, this preppy rehearsal dinner from Melissa Schollaert, and then in a little while an intimate beach wedding from another one of our favorite photographers…

    When Kelly and John first met at the University of Notre Dame, they talked about a shared love for Florida’s Gulf Coast. Their first meeting also included joking with each other about how the two could never marry because then Kelly would become Kelly Kelly. Despite that initial conversation, nine years later they tied the knot! They chose the Gasparilla Inn Golf Club gazebo in Boca Grande for the rehearsal dinner, for its open air setting with views of the water, golf course, and sunset.

    Seashells and nautical stripes played up the waterfront setting.

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    Bright pink and peach roses and peonies were a playful contrast to the navy blue linens.

    Says the couple, “Throughout the rehearsal dinner, our friends and family toasted us with wonderful heartfelt speeches and an occasional roast. After dinner, all the guests were invited to a welcome party with cocktails and desserts. The evening ended with a surprise firework show that made the rehearsal dinner even more memorable!” 

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    And make sure to stop by in a bit for part two of our trip to Florida with a dreamy beach wedding from KT Merry!

    Photography: Melissa Schollaert Photography / Event Planner: One Fine Day / Venue, Rentals & Catering: Gasparilla Inn in Boca Grande, Florida / Flowers:  Botanica / Stationery:  Karen’s Paperie / Fireworks:  Zambelli Fireworks
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