It was nearly impossible for Ryan and I to tear ourselves away from our wedding reception, so I can definitely get on board with throwing an after party. As Calder from Calder Clark Designs says, “Everyone cares so much about first impressions, but this couple let us plan for a famous last impression!” Photos by Jeremy Harwell.

If you’re going to have a “family color” I think orange is a good one; that’s what this couple used to add pop to their late-night bash, and as Calder says, “It was a blast to splash that color around and punch up an otherwise dark little rib shack.”

From seat cushions to sunflowers, every last detail matched the palette of of orange and gray. There were even coordinating poker chips!

The late-night menu included Popcorn, Pigs in a Blanket, Deviled Quail Eggs, Billionaire’s Bacon, Jerked Venison Strips, Miniature Elvis Waffles with Banana and Peanut Butter, and Miniature Donuts.

Guests enjoyed a moonshine bar and hand-rolled cigars.

The bride and groom danced the night away with their guests, and everyone also enjoyed a photo booth with silly props.


See even more fun details from this playful after-party in the gallery.

Photographer: Jeremy Harwell / Planner, Event Design: Calder Clark Designs / Second Shooter: Gabe Aceves / Venue, Caterer: Old Edwards Inn Rib Shack in Highlands, North Carolina / Stationery: Cheree Berry Paper / Florist & Production Team: Blossom Events / Cigar Roller: Coastal Cigars / Lighting, Sound: Technical Event Company / Photobooth: Shutterbooth Charlotte / Rentals: DC Rental / Linens: La Tavola / Transportation: Elite Limousine
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You guys are going to love this fun 30th anniversary party from Kate Headley and Pineapple Productions! The couple wanted to do something fun and different, so they asked their guests to wear “bride and groom attire,” and an invitation insert gave suggestions like Wear your old wedding dress, you’ll look fabulous! and Consider fashions from a past decade. The result was a variety of fabulous costumes, from Downton Abbey garb to a hippie bride and groom. Love it!

The colors of the invitation suite were inspired by the idea of nostalgia and warm memories: sepia, black and white, and gold foil.

Waiters passed mason jars of “Honeymoon Shine” (honey simple syrup, bourbon and grapefruit juice served over ice) with gray and white straws and cocktail flag stirrers.

Upon arrival, guests were greeted by a traditional string quartet that played modern music – everything from Lady Gaga to Bruce Springsteen to The Beatles. Waiters passed French 76 cocktails (mandarin orange and lemon juices shaken with vodka and ice, topped with champagne and garnished with a lemon twist), and then guests were ushered in for a photo op moment. Costumes included a Cinderella and Prince Charming, Gatsby-inspired bride and groom, bride of Frankenstein, Hawaiian bride and groom, ball and chain, 1980s bride and groom, among many others.

Guests enjoyed several delicious catering stations with some of the couple’s favorite foods, from an Artisan Bacon station to a Farmers Market station (see full menu below).

From the couple: “We thought an offbeat, almost tongue in cheek concept would set a festive party mood that would lead to much laughter and warm memories. Instead of renewing our vows and making the party solely about us, we wanted to bring family and friends together to celebrate the idea of marriage in a creative and fun way. We are fortunate to have so many friends who are as creative as they are supportive – we encouraged everyone to approach the costume aspect of our party with a sense of humor, and our guests really had a great time figuring out their attire for night!”


Passed Hors d’Oeuvres: Fried Oysters and Bloody Mary Shots / Olive and Goat Cheese Beignets / Noisettes of Lobster with Tangerine Beurre Blanc / Mac-n-Cheese Bites topped with Carolina-Style Pulled Chicken Barbecue / Fried Chicken and Biscuits / Tropical Mini Fish Taco // Artisan Bacon Station: Bacon Burgers / Miso Glazed Pork Belly on Momofoku Buns with Hoisin Sauce and Quick Pickles / Caramelized Onion and Bacon Alsatian Tarts / Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwiches Made to Order with Choice of Artisan Bacon // Chophouse Station: Grilled Strip Steaks with Steak Sauce / Strip Loin Steaks with Crispy Onion Rings / Seared King Salmon Steaks / Beef Tartare / Creamed Spinach with Chèvre / Fries with Trio of Sauces / Bite-Sized Iceberg Lettuce Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Foam, Crumbled Blue Cheese, and Bacon or Tomato Dust // Farmer’s Market Station: Butternut Squash Cappuccino / Chicken Boudin Blanc with Braised Cabbage / Sweet Corn Ravioli with Tarragon Cream / Red and Golden Beet Salad with Pancetta Crisps / Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Fresh Walnuts and Pecorino / Fried Green Tomatoes // Dessert: Pecan Pie Cake / Tiramisu Cake / Carrot Cake / Wild Blueberry Pie Pops / Gingered Pear Pie Pops / Apple Cinnamon Pie Pops / Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Pops // Parting Snack: Warm Soft Pretzels / Boylan’s Sodas


See more photos from this fun 30th anniversary costume party in the gallery.

Photographer: Kate Headley / Planning, Design: Allison Jackson, Pineapple Productions / Venue: Potomac View Terrace / Stationery: Cheree Berry Paper / Calligraphy: Arney Walker Calligraphy / Floral Design: Jack H. Lucky Floral Designs / Catering: Occasions Caterers / Cake: Charm City Cakes / Pendant Shades, Linens, Furniture: Beehive Events / Music: Dexter Lake Club Band
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Today I have a fun two-part feature for you! First up, Stephanie and Tyler’s yummy rehearsal dinner in the Napa Valley. Guests were served mini bottles of Ma(i)sonry wine as they arrived, and enjoyed other boutique wines, the bride and groom’s favorite Aperol spritz cocktails, and small plates of Italian dishes and charcuterie.

Stop back in just a bit for this couple’s gorgeous black tie wedding!

Photographer: Jose Villa / Planner: Laurie Arons Special Events / Venue: Ma(i)sonry in Yountville, California / Catering: Paula Le Duc Fine Catering
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Today’s cheerful farewell brunch comes to us from Calder Clark Designs and photographer Jeremy Harwell – I just love seeing all this yellow in the middle of winter! Whether you’re hosting a farewell brunch, or considering a brunch reception for the main event, there’s plenty of inspiration here.

Guests enjoyed lawn bowling and cornhole (or bean bag toss).

Pale blue hydrangea were a nice accent to the bright citrus palette.

The brunch buffet included all the favorites: seasonal fruit with yogurt, house-made croissants and breads, pancakes, Baker’s Mill Creek heirloom cheddar grits, scrambled eggs, sausage and bacon. Guests also enjoyed mimosas and Bloody Marys.

Guests could also opt for a to-go box, with a choice of buttermilk biscuit sandwiches and a fruit cup.


See more details from this preppy yellow brunch in the gallery.

Photographer: Harwell Photography / Planner: Calder Clark Designs / Venue, Catering: Old Edwards Inn in Highlands, North Carolina / Floral and Fabric Production Team: Blossoms Events / Rentals: DC Rental / Tenting: Skyline Tent Company / Linens: La Tavola / Stationery: Cheree Berry Paper / Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones / Transportation: Elite Limousine / Band: County Farm
  • Preppy Farewell Brunch with Sunny Details

    22 January 2013
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    Every year, the talented Mindy Rice hosts a festive wreath-making party to get into the holiday spirit. This time, Elizabeth Messina captured it on film for Santa Barbara Magazine, and for us! Minday also shared some details about the event: I live in a valley that is full of beautiful, creative friends and an overdose of nature. It’s so easy to let time to fly by, especially during the holidays, so about three years ago, I invited my local girlfriends to an early winter wreath party. I hold the party at my dear friend Michelle deWerd’s home as she has a beautiful barn as a back up in case of rain.

    Each of my guests was asked to scour their properties for beautiful foliage and organic elements that would last the season. I think many were surprised by how much was available right out side their doors. People brought olive branches, oak, walnuts, pine, bay leaf, dried hydrangea, grapevine, fresh succulents – you name it! I often display all the foliage in front of the barn – buckets and baskets brimming with goodies cause a stir as everyone arrives!

    My dear cow friend, Ferdie, came to the party this year sporting her own necklace of fresh pine.

    I supplied each guest with an apron, clippers and hand-calligraphed name tags (that everyone tied on their wreaths at the end).

    I provided wreath forms, clippers, base foliage, fresh oranges, vintage millinery leaves and oodles of ribbons that I collected throughout the year.

    The party is scheduled for the late morning into the lunch hour as I like to offer sandwiches that everyone can enjoy during their crafting time! Every year I serve the same thing: chicken curry sandwiches on a French roll, classic egg salad served on Mom’s whole wheat, and grilled winter vegetables on ciabatta. The sandwiches are wrapped in brown butcher paper and slipped into a burlap bag with a calligraphed label.

    For beverages I always offer L.A. Burdick hot chocolate with fresh whipped cream, and for dessert, mini pecan butter tarts.

    Isn’t this a brilliant way to celebrate the season?! And everyone takes home a beautiful wreath to decorate their door. (I also love the red aprons with the Provençal print.) Thank you Mindy and Elizabeth for sharing this fun party with us!


    See lots more pics from this creative holiday wreath party right here.

    Photographer: Elizabeth Messina / Concept, Design: Mindy Rice Floral and Event Design / Custom Paper Tags: Lazaro Press / Hot Chocolate: L.A. Burdick
  • Holiday Wreath-Making Party with Mindy Rice

    11 December 2012
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