I have been really into the idea of drink tags lately. I wanted to create something that was different from a charm or name tagging the glass - so I used hashtag flags. Each hashtag is representative of the party theme yet different from all the rest - making it easy to differentiate between drinks.
These custom cookies were created by Steph at Steph's Creative Confections. The mini mailboxes and love sealed letters added so much to detail to this party! Not only were the cookies so super cute - they were the most delicious cookies I have ever tasted!
This is my ultimate favorite way of displaying an escort card - clearly because I can't seem to stop using this idea! Each clothes pin holds a chalkboard inspired name tag printed with white writing.
Shoot Styling, Paper Products & Event Production: Ariel Nathan - Until Next Time Notes / Custom Cookies: Stephanie - Steph's Creative Confections / Location: Connecticut / Paper & Milk Glasses: Michael's Arts & Crafts / Tableware & Glass Decor: HomeGoods
PS- MOST DELICIOUS COOKIES EVER! (link above!)
Location: Rooftop 120 - Glastonbury, CT
It is no surprise that my dream location for a summer themed styled shoot would be Rooftop120. Infamous for its outstanding rooftop bar and over the moon delicious cocktails, I knew there was no place I'd rather feature a party than at 120!
Inspired by Rooftop120's bold branding, the party color palette was influenced by the restaurant's logo. The party paper was handpicked to emphasize the yellows and greens of a cocktail's most important citrus. This specific party package included: invitations, drink stirrers, menus, drink decorations, an instagram sign, and place cards.
Party Package: Setting the Scene
The Menu: To Drink & To Dine
Crafted by Rooftop’s finest and packed with fresh flavors, each plate & drink featured on the menu was picked specifically to pair with the party theme. All so refreshing not only to eat or drink but, to look at as well - equal parts - beautiful, colorful, and detailed.
Drink Decoration: Personal Stirrers
Adding to the detail of the hand created cocktails - I incorporated some paper accents to each glass. A hashtag labeled drink stirrer and paper lime adorned the rim bringing the theme full circle. Individually labeled drink stirrers help guest to identify their own drink.
The Details: Photo Memories
Photographs are popular these days! An instagram or social media sign helps to inform guests how they should label their pictures. It makes for easy photo finding and sharing - leaving picture memories to last a lifetime.
Shoot Styling & Event Production - Ariel Nathan: Until Next Time Notes / Event Coordinator & Location - Jena Reasinger: Rooftop 120/ Photographer - Lindsay Stanford: Lindsay Stanford Photography / Party Rentals - Linen Provider: Taylor Rental of Manchester and West Hartford / Model - Julia Ekwall
Happy Spring! I am so excited to introduce The Spring Social - a party inspired by all things social - friends, & fun!
Featuring: Marissa from StyleCusp & Christina from OhSoGalm
Location: Paradise Hills Vineyard & Winery, Wallingford, CT
This party was set at the most gorgeous & hospitable winery! The minute I stepped on location (weeks prior to the event) I knew it would be the perfect place to host #TheSpringSocial. A perfect backdrop for my vision of a rustic but, pastel inspired spring scene. The natural elements of wood, stone, and wicker paired perfectly with the bold & bright seasonal colors of hemlock, violet, comfrey, and magenta.
The Invitation: You're Invited
Influenced by my love of the translucent envelope, this invitation was made to be simple highlighting the illustrations by Cricket Lane Studio (more to come on this)! Through the clear envelope - the potential party guest can see a small sneak peak of the exciting event to come!
Centerpiece: Flowered Birdcages
These birdcages were set on pedestals to add necessary height dimension to the tablescape. Although, I wouldn't normally create a centerpiece with so much height, due to the fact that they would be unrealistic for socializing purposes conversely, conversation could easily be conducted via the airiness and visibility through wire the cage.
Place Cards: Instagram Feed Photo
Is there anything more social then an Instagram photo feed?! I think not! These place cards served two purposes. The first way in which they were used was to distinguish a seating guide. Their second function was to be use as photo frames!
Party Favor: Social Agenda & Planner Cards
Every party should end with a take home gift for guests - it could be big or small just as long as it is fitting to the party theme. Partygoers at The Spring Social were presented with a Social Agenda, a booklet and planner cards - complete with a personalized illustration by Chelsey at Cricket Lane Studio!
The Tablescape: A Spring Time Setting
While considering this party was more on the side of formal, I wanted attendees to keep in mind the fun and easygoingness of being social! Mixing formal place settings with pastel and modern patterns - I combined the clashing patterns of light chevron and bold paisley this helped lighten the mood and achieve this relaxed yet, dignified look.
Hostess Marissa at StyleCusp dress: French Connection / Hostess Christina at Oh So Glam dress: French Connection / Illustrator Chelsey at Cricket Lane Studio / Venue Paradise Hills Vineyard & Winery / Photography Dean at Dean Robert Photography / Makeup Nina Midlik / Event Coordinator & Crafter Until Next Time Notes
For more behind the scenes fun - search #TheSpringSocial on Instagram!
The AMAZING Chelsey from Cricket Lane Studio drew this fashion illustration for me - in celebration of my business & my life! I have been through so many exciting adventures since Until Next Time Notes launched last June - I cut and donated my hair, I have moved a few times, and have had lots of success with my business! I finally feel like I am in the perfect place at the perfect time. I wanted something to remember and celebrate these exciting moments!
Take a peak at how I styled this PERFECT illustration!
Always sporting my Until Next Time Notes T-Shirt.
Chelsey and I have a few more exciting things to come at the end of the month so stay tuned!! In the meantime, check out the Cricket Lane Studio shop on ETSY!
February 14th is just around the corner. If you are anything like me - you start prepping for this holiday FAR in advance! A day to celebrate love & friendship is a day at it’s finest! I don’t necessarily believe that Valentine's Day has to be all about romance – it should be a time to celebrate your love for anyone! Growing up my sister and I always woke up to elaborate decorations & goodie bags filled with love notes, flowers, chocolate, and all of the V-Day accessories a girl could wish for!
As a 20 something creator my vision of this holiday is seen through rose-colored glasses of course!
Please note - information on invitation is false - do not contact this number!
Now if you are one of those people who don’t believe in Valentine’s Day - you may be thinking this post is not for you, just know – black (my favorite color) is absolutely included in my color scheme ;) – I dare you to borrow my rose colored glasses and take a look below!
You’ve Got Mail – Valentine’s Day 2014
A party theme based on my love of hearts and mail. Honestly, I am not the biggest fan of pink but, tis the season, right?!
This crazy thing is a 3D invite (YES, they are mail-able!) – a rectangle, kiss-covered box!
Guests would find a piece of mail with their name on it designating their seat at the table!
I created paper mailboxes for each of my party guests. This party is a dinner & DIY, throughout the night each partygoer could craft up a valentine and place it in a friend’s mailbox! More on the card making station below!
These little props were created for picture taking purposes! Everyone loves a good kissy picture – for each guest – a set of extra voluptuous lips! #MWAH
Until Next Time Note valentines were pinned to this easel. The easel was stocked with festive pencils. Each guest could choose a valentine to decorate.
Free Until Next Time Notes Valentine Printable
VALENTINE MAKING STATION
For this event I used the place setting to unite the party’s theme… Each place setting includes the colors maroon, hot pink, black, white and gold. Hot pink and geometric patterns are BOLD - I used the bright base of the mailbox, the geo-patterns on the plates & place mats to marry hot pink with such a timeless colors of gold, maroon, black and white. This is my favorite setting to date.
A little shout-out to the MOST amazing store
I have been obsessed with this store for years. I first spotted it in Mizner Park - Boca Raton Florida.
Their online shop is amazing but, actually being in the store is an unreal experience. Heaven on earth for your eyes, inspiration at it's finest AKA I would live in this store if I could!
Of course this amazing vision couldn't be captured
without the AMAZING
Lynzy & Sparkling Footsteps Photography.
Her pictures just as beautiful & inspiring as she is!
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!
Comment below & let me know what you think!
I'd love to hear what you are up to for V-DAY!
Since I was a little girl, my mother always loved being a hostess. She entertained as much as possible for every occasion possible. She hosted dessert parties, dinner parties, book clubs, huge holidays, multiple birthday parties for each age and so forth and so on. I think I gained my love for going the extra mile from her! Her attention to detail is impeccable. This post is inspired by my mother's brilliant way of always making things look pretty no matter how small the guest list or how casual the occasion.
A mix of all elements included in the table scape – map paper, whimsical winter writing, glitter paper and of course a hand-cut paper bow!
Even a small, 4 person luncheon can be themed & decorated!
My ideas & brainstorming generally stemmed from the winter season.
Here’s the story backdrop:
My favorite silver glitter paper with a white overlay.
PERSONAL PLACE SETTINGS
Handmade paper teacups & saucers add to the idea of a luncheon which doubles in the menu & theme as a tea party! Here I arranged bright colored flowers to make these tea cups the focal point of the table. I kept the center piece decor minimal to draw the eye to my favorite feature of the party! These individual flower arrangements can also be gifted to guests as party favors!
PS - My amazing rings are by The Glitter Vault
(currently obsessing over their midi rings!!)
Menus are such a fun way to display what will be served. Guests love to know what they will be dining. A super cute detail I like to add is one my favorite recipes so the ladies can take the menu home and try it themselves!
Winter white is always so beautiful! I wanted to play up that idea in all of my decorations. Aside from everything I made (explained above) I found everything I used to decorate at TJ Maxx & Hobby Lobby. For sophisticated decorating I always turn to my local TJ Maxx - Home Goods section AKA my favorite place on earth!
Photography - Kate Gibbons with K.E. Photography / Makeup - Whitney Beal with Whitney Beal Makeup Artistry / Styling - Mary Francis with Mary Francis Image Consultant
Remember - no matter how small the guest list or how casual the occasion YOU can always create a theme and decorate for your own occasion!!
With both Thanksgiving & Hanukkah coming up next week I have been swamped with holiday orders! In the past couple of weeks I have had the pleasure of working with one of my new favorite clients - Joy from ipersonalize - she is the brilliant force behind the unique personalization products company!
She sends the best and most creative orders my way helping me expand my creative vision and I am THANKFUL for that! I love meeting & working with new people everyday!
Everything I create for Joy is exclusive to her shop only. You can find Joy and her shop on instagram @ipersonalize_ or contact her via phone (718)490-7063!
With the combination of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving on the same day many hosts & hostesses (including myself) are trying to find the most imaginative ways to combine both amazing holidays!
Recently Joy ordered custom Dreidel Straws (unique to her shop ONLY!) from Until Next Time Notes. I had so much fun creating these fun straws!
I am so excited to see that these straws have been featured in a Thanksgiving & Hanukkah party planned by Marlene of The Jewish Hostess website.
Marlene created the most beautiful Syrian style Thanksgiving Table!
Be sure to check out Marlene's website for details of this party as well as other delicious recipes, classy table settings & party ideas.
Happy Pre-Thanksgiving & Hanukkah week to all!!
Until Next Time Notes has been such a blessing in my life! As a new business owner I have experienced many ups and downs with only good lessons to be learned! I have so much excitement going on in my life with expanding the idea of Until Next Time Notes, there is never a dull moment!
I knew from the beginning that Until Next Time Notes was more then just greeting cards! Until next time simply meant there would be a next time to write, to visit or to celebrate.
Along this path I have realized that my passion is to help my clients create a custom handmade package for their party theme - invitations, place cards, paper good, goodie bags, food decorations, party decor, and thank you notes.
Marissa from Style Cusp & I teamed up for a photo shoot featuring a custom Until Next Time Notes party package!
Glamour & Gold Holiday 2013
Until Next Time Notes strives on the basis that all creations are handcrafted, unique, and custom. This invitation is no different. Here I mixed a tiny bit of text with a whole lot of textured paper!
From arranging the flowers and to picking a table cloth color to using coasters in an unconventional way and buying every last box of gold tinsel the dollar store had to offer; I enjoyed every minute of this party package planning process. I used shades of black, white & gold as my theme. I mixed and matched shapes, patterns and heights to highlight my favorite aspects of the table scape!
Originally I had intended for these goodie boxes to be used at the dessert table - as goodie bags for the party guests to pack treats in to take home! After reviewing my party plans I decided that they could also double as champagne & straw caddies! I loved the look of the craft paper against the back and white straw and the gold foil on the mini champagne bottle. I believe that mixing textures can be so classy when done in the proper way!
I am in love with these hand-cut paper bows! I have been using them on everything and anything I can. In my opinion these craft paper bows are a bit shabby-chic, and the look I was trying to go for was more in the way of glamourous and indulgent so, I incorporated gold foil paper to hold true to that theme!
Paper straws seem to be happening these days! I included paper straws so party guests could sip camps from the mini bottles if their little hearts' desired! I was considering including text or shapes on the straw but decided against it. There is so much glitter & gold goin' on that I was happy to keep the straws neutral.
This type of place card was a new experience for me! I took a chance on vellum paper and I was nothing but satisfied!
Again, I used hand-cut bows to carry the consistency of the theme throughout the decoration details.
TA-DA THE TABLE SCAPE
A TRIO OF WHITE ROSES
I am so happy with the success of this party package. It was an amazing experience working with Marissa. It was so fun to see how she used the party decor to create her look for the day! She is so truly beautiful & inspiring (inside and out)!
If you haven't already head over to Style Cusp & follow her!
THANK YOU to everyone involved in this project!!
Photos by Dean Purificato!!
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