Inspired by my love for purchasing fresh flowers at the super market - I saw a vision of a brown paper bag filled with the brightest of blooms. The color palette for this particular soiree was difficult to dream up as, we are right in the middle of a seasonal transition. I stuck to deeper shades of my favorite bolds, which are all represented in the paper flowers shown as a first impression on the invitation.
The scene was set on the Drake Hill Flower Bridge in Simsbury, Connecticut. Note back to the invitation for a second, party goers love to know what they can expect. With that in mind, I used the invitation to set the scene long before party day and guest arrival. The flowers on the party paper were a representation of the beauty to come. If you have never stepped foot on this flower bridge I highly suggest a trip to little old Simsbury! This place is absolutely magical.
Per usual, I like to keep my parties as practical as possible! Low and behold this easily transportable paper bag meal, with menu and all. When packing the picnic my idea was to keep it classic with a simple food menu and a specialty drink with lots of flavor. Cue Nicole - my insanely talented bestie who is a mixology maven! She concocted a flawless Peach Tea cocktail for this occasion and will be chatting more about it over on her blog Behind My Bar!
This small celebration it set to be a double date style picnic, although there would only be 4 attendees I still see it fitting to use place cards. Labeling names is always an extra way to class-up the table, and as always helps the host to delegate seating.
I believe that the only thing any dinner party needs is good company and good conversation. Nevertheless, this tic-tac-toe set is provided in hopes to add a bit of excitement and laughter to the night and may be a great idea to try when dining with new friends!
Shoot Styling, Event Production & Photos - Ariel Nathan: Until Next Time Notes / Cocktail Creation & Drink Decoration & Staging – Nicole Mailloux: Behind My Bar / Location – The Drake Hill Flower Bridge: Simsbury CT / Event Coordination & Marketing – Jean Alban / Party Paper & Accessories - Michaels Stores: Michaels'
The best part about this party is that there is another one to follow! This is my idea of a four top dinner - however, you might find yourself thinking, this place is so romantically (yes, it's so filled with romance it needed it's own word, heart) how might I go about preparing this sort of picnic for a date night?! Well stay tuned my loves - next week I will show you my version of The Perfect Picnic, anniversary date style!
Drink Decorations: Straw Flags
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.
Custom Cookies: Mail Boxes and Envelopes
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!
Place Cards: Chalkboard Paper
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!)
For the celebration of my business I wanted to fully represent the branding behind Until Next Time Notes -black white, clean lines and a little bit of jazz. Here is a look into the colors, patterns, and palette behind the creation of Until Next Time Notes' birthday styled shoot.
Photo Source: www.pinterest.com
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
A sneak peak at the inspiration behind the Until Next Time Notes summer styled shoot - one in which I am most excited about the creative collaborative forces that have come together to execute this project!
All images via Pinterest
I look forward to sharing the final photos! But for now #SummerAt120 for more sneaks!
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!
I am definitely one for keeping with tradition, ritual and order however, I am way too excited not to share this - and I am not good at keeping secrets of my own anyways. I have decided to let you in on some sneaks of my SPRING project! Every season I coordinate an Until Next Time Notes lifestyle photo shoot, this spring I have been planning the BIGGEST and most amazing shoot yet!
The Spring Social - Spring 2014
images via pinterest
Stay tuned for some super cool paper products, beautiful faces, amazing art and snazzy pictures.
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!