Monthly Archives: September 2011

EVEN MORE FABULOUS PARIS PARTY PICS!-From photographer Lauren Wakefield

here are some amazing pictures from Lauren Wakefield.  She captured the evening beautifully!



This is an excerpt from Lauren’s Blog:
 (click on her link to see full screen shot of the pics.  For some reason my blog cuts them off!  Check out her other beautiful pics while you’re at it)

AN EVENING IN PARIS : HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMIE!

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Let me just start off by saying I have the greatest family ever.  And not just the family I was given…but all the family I’ve picked up along the way.   When my brother got married…we added a whole new group of people into our family.  And let me tell you…they are fabulous.  I honestly do feel so lucky to get the chance to be a part of such a loving, giving, incredibly fun family.  Holidays…birthdays…random Saturday nights..have changed forever and I couldn’t be happier about it.  I’m pretty sure Kasey (my sister-in-law) and I were meant to be sisters…so this just works out peachy. :)
Last week, I attended the birthday party of the century.  Seriously.  Kasey’s sister-in-law (which is basically like my sister too), Amie, had a surprise party that was one of a kind.   Amie had planned to go to Paris for her birthday but the trip had to be canceled. :(  So why not bring Paris to her, right?  Well that’s exactly what they did.  And it was nothing short of a success.  Amie was competely surprised…the party was incredible…and everyone danced the night away…
Paris Themed Party
Anne Rogers did a FANTASTIC job on this event.  Not one detail was overlooked.
Paris Themed Party
Paris Themed Party
Paris Themed Party
Yes…those are Louis Vuitton cookies.  Except…the letters are AL for Amie Lacy.  Like I said…no detail overlooked.
Paris Themed Party
And Chanel cookies…
Paris Themed Party
Paris Themed Party
Paris Themed Party
Paris Themed Party
A light up Burlesque sign…yep I think so.
Paris Themed Party
Paris Themed Party
And an Eiffel Tower ice luge for martinis…
Paris Themed Party
Everyone waiting for her to arrive…
Paris Themed Party
Totally surprised!
Paris Themed Party
Paris Themed Party
My bro and sis-in-law…
Paris Themed Party
Paris Themed Party
One thing is for sure…the champagne was flowing… :)
Paris Themed Party
The fam!
Paris Themed Party
Paris Themed Party
And you guessed it…what’s a light up Burlesque sign without a Burlesque show?
Paris Themed Party
Paris Themed Party
After cake it was party time.
Paris Themed Party
Paris Themed Party
Matthew and Amie are so adorable.  Love them. :)
Paris Themed Party
Paris Themed Party
Paris Themed Party
A little gambling…
Paris Themed Party
Paris Themed Party
Paris Themed Party
I think it’s safe to say Amie had an amazing time…
Paris Themed Party

A FRENCH INSPIRED BURLESQUE BIRTHDAY BASH

This high spirited, theatrical 40th Surprise Birthday was so fun to be a part of. Think Moulin Rouge meets a 1940’s supper club.   Anne Rogers Mitchell had an amazingly bold vision for the usually proper, refined private country club.  We transformed the lobby,  ballroom, living room and parlor into a Parisian extravaganza.  Above is a pic of the lighted sign we made.  It was 18′ wide!

The centerpieces for the guest tables were sexy legs with fishnet stocking and feather plumes bursting out of the top.  The other half of the centerpieces were fresh florals with peacock feathers all created by Coby Palmer of Coby Palmer Designs.

There were two gaming areas, one in the parlor and the other outside on the terrace.

Here’s a pic of the outdoor gaming area.  Aren’t those purple toppers to-die-for?!? The outdoor gaming area had had outdoor lounge a photo booth with berets, faux mustaches and boas.  There was also a cigar station with hand rolled cigars.

We wanted to create a Parisian street scene as the guests walked in so we had little vignettes along the walkway.  Above is the “Salon de Artiste” where a an actual sketch artist sketched for the guests.
A Patisserie with eclairs, chocolate covered strawberries and a Louis Vuitton handbag cake created by Classic Cakes. The detail is amazing you can see the stitching in the leather/fondant trim and she used the birthday girls initials instead of the LV
We also had Chanel purse cookies and Louis purse cookies

A 3-D Eiffel Tower, Chanel store front and french street lamps with Rue de Amie signs were also a part of the street scene.  Two Burlesque dancers adorned the balcony telling guests to move into the ballroom for the big show.

Once the guests entered the ballroom they were treated to a tasteful Burlesque show, dinner and dancing 

                                                 Custom monogram dance floor was created by Evans Audio Visual

OUR MONOPOLY PARTY IS A FINALIST!!!

competition is stiff!  check  out all the awesome parties and vote on your fave…or if you can’t decide….just vote for mine (just kidding–sorta).  Click on the link below and leave a comment under one of the pictures you would like to vote for.  (If you are not a fan of Kara’s Party Ideas you must first become a fan on FB). 
So here they are! The SUMMER HOSTESS PARTY CONTEST FINALISTS! Judging was SOhard. So glad it wasn’t just up to me this time {Thank you, fab judges}! A huge thank you to ALL of you who entered! Every single one of you deserve something special for your hard work and amazing parties!!
The winning party is now chosen by YOU, my readers and fans {voting is happening on Facebook}! But that’s not it. By voting, you also have a chance to WIN! Not only does the winner receive a $200 ultimate relaxation package BUT one lucky voter will win the same {chosen randomly}! 
Now go and VOTE. Leave ONE comment under ONE of the party photos you’re voting for in the Facebook album HERE. You have to be a fan of {like} Kara’s Party Ideas on Facebook to be able to leave a comment. The party with the most votes wins! Voting ends Friday, September 30th!
HERE ARE THE TOP 8 PARTY FINALISTS {in no particular order}…..
GIRLS NIGHT OUT PARTY by Mindy Hoerr Kaisner







MERMAID UNDER THE SEA PARTY by Tami Branch Goeckeritz





FUN & GAMES PARTY by Jamee Bryant of Setting The Mood






JIMMY BUFFET BEACH BASH by Nicole Everson Gould






PIRATES AHOY PARTY by Jennifer Wright Hanna





FISHING THEMED PARTY by Spaceships & Laser Beams





SAILOR BEAR PARTY by Fabiola Lopes






GLAMPING PARTY by One Stone Events



CONGRATULATIONS TO THE TOP 8 FINALISTS! Now go and VOTE HERE!

3-D EVENT

Here are some pics from our 3-D corporate event.  My client used “3-D” to represent 
Deliver, Delight, Differentiate.  These are the dimensional buttons we made for the swag bags.
Cocktail table centerpieces 

Lighted Bar from Evan’s Audio Visual with the giant 3-D glasses we made.
Here are the centerpieces we made.  Giant 3-D glasses atop and dimensional 3-D 
with cylinders filled to the top with real 3-D glasses
All of the beautiful photos were taken by my sweet friend Erin of Erin Hession Photography
This event was held at the BEAUTIFULLY remodeled Landmarks Center

Lighted and branded cocktail cubes from Evan’s Audio Visual

Plum Wedding at the Historical Union Station

Check out this beautiful wedding photographed by Jennifer Driscoll.  We had a small part in this event (the candy buffet) but all of the details are amazing. 

(click on the photos to enlarge)

Leslie and Conor

Posted by jennifer in Jennifer’s WeddingsWeddings on August 16th, 2011 1 Comment »
Leslie and Conor planned things from afar! Leslie’s sister married just over a year ago and so when Conor asked for Leslie’s hand in marriage dad must have really liked him to say yes and plan yet another beautiful family event (well Susan and Leslie did most of the work with help from Deborah Bowman:)). These two could not be more perfectly matched. Not only are they both tall and gorgeous, but kind, sweet, compassionate and very humble. Leslie was one of the most shy brides I’ve ever photographed! Her humbleness and sweet nature make her so endearing. I know they are enjoying their move to California! I hope to see you soon! Can’t wait to get rocking on the wedding album. Check out all the purple details!
Venue: Union Station
Event Coordinator: Deborah Bowman and Cassie Smith- A Touch of Elegance
Florals: Royal Creations
DJ: Brian Whitis
Candy Buffet: Setting the Mood
Cake: Sweet Seductions