Author Archives: Erica Becks

Last Minute Holiday Party Tips

With the holiday parties wrapping up this season, there are many tips and tricks we can share so that your last minute holiday party goes flawlessly. Here are 3 tips for those of you still planning a holiday party.

Easy DIY Decorations

Last minute decorations are easy to put together with the right tools. For example, centerpieces are quick and simple to assemble with glass vases and holiday ornaments.

Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations

Holiday Food Display

The holiday buffet at your event can be elevated with simple holiday decorations, such as small presents and poinsettias.

Christmas Display

Christmas Display

Game for Guests

Who says decorating cookies is just for kids? A cookie-decorating bar is a fun way for guests to bring out their creative side and also serves as their dessert for the night.

Cookie Bar

Cookie Bar

Let us know what tips have helped you plan your last minute holiday party!

3 Creative ways to use Pumpkins at your next Event

Think Jack-O-Lanterns are your only way to show off your pumpkin creativity this fall?  Think again!  Here are three creative and simple ways to use pumpkins at your next event, whether that be a wedding, corporate party, or dinner party at home.

1. Vase for Floral Arrangements

A hollowed out pumpkin makes simple and sustainable vase for your fall arrangements. There are a variety of color schemes you can use depending on the color of your pumpkin.  Below are two different examples of the variety of colors and sizes of floral arrangements, both stunning and sophisticated.

Pumpkin Vase #1          Pumpkin Vase #2

2. Stenciled Pumpkins 

A simple way to add an elegant touch to any event is a pumpkin with cursive writing on the front.  These decorated pumpkins can be seen at a wedding with “I Do” written on the front, at a corporate party with the company’s logo, or even on someone’s doorstep with the first letter of their last name monogrammed.

Stenciled Pumpkin #2         Stenciled Pumpkin #1

3. Centerpieces

Floral arrangements aren’t the only way to use a pumpkin on a table.  Try using smaller pumpkins for centerpieces, or as an accent to your centerpiece.  Below is a perfect example of how to utilize the right variety of shapes, sizes, and colors of pumpkins to make a statement with your centerpiece.

Pumpkin Centerpiece

How else would you use pumpkins at your next event? Let us know!

DIY Fourth of July

BBQs, fireworks, and various hues of red, white and blue. This could only mean one thing: Fourth of July is here! It was only 238 years ago that the Declaration of Independence was signed, declaring the former 13 American colonies independent of British rule. So what better way to celebrate America’s birthday, than with sweets and treats? Here are some DIY decoration ideas and fun cocktails to try!

Mason jars are versatile and can be used to carry cutlery or flowers as centerpieces.

Satisfy your sweet tooth by indulging in American Flag Cheesecake Bars.

Or for those watching their waistlines, opt for a healthier alternative, such as a Red, White, and Blue Parfait.

Quench your thirst with a signature Fourth of July cocktail.

Lastly, an American flag hanging in your front yard is a simple, yet patriotic way of celebrating America’s independence.

Have a happy Fourth of July everyone!

A Spin on Traditional Wedding Cakes

From intricate piping details to crazy flower accents, the wedding cake is one of the key features that make up a wedding. The cutting of the cake symbolizes the first task of the couple’s life together and the feeding of the cakes represents the commitment to provide for each other. Classic white wedding cakes has become the staple to any wedding – it’s simple and chic! However, with the changing times and themes comes variations to the traditional wedding cake. Check out these unique wedding cake ideas:

The Geometric Wedding Cake
Add a twist on the classic wedding cake by creating different geometric shapes for each tier and add a touch of roses to make it pop!

The Cupcake Wedding Cake
Guests are able to have their own “cake” to themselves and the bride and groom are still able to keep their top tier!

The Ombre Wedding Cake
A gradient of a single color allows you to customize the cake to match your wedding colors!

Three Cakes are Better Than One
Why have one cake when you can have three? This allows you to have different flavored cakes so that you don’t have to choose between vanilla or chocolate!

Hand-painted Wedding Cake
For all those art-enthusiasts, this is the cake for you! Hand painted cakes are delicate and simply stunning!

and last but not least,

Rosettes and Ruffles Wedding Cake
Intricate designs of rosettes and ruffles made with an expert hand are sure to capture the attention of the wedding guests!

As Marie Antoinette once said, “Let them eat cake!”

Wedding Guestbooks

Being consumed with all the wedding details can be stressful, but one memento that you do not want to overlook and should cherish from your wedding day is the guestbook. You can look back at your guestbook years from now to relive those happy memories. Rather than having a one book that people have to crowd around and wait to sign, here are a five other fun guestbook ideas!

1. Polaroids: Say cheese and have your guests take a photo and sign their names.



2. Monogram: Have guests sign a large monogram that you can later use as wall décor!



3. Puzzle Pieces: Have guests sign the back of an engagement photo puzzle that you are able to put together afterwards.



4. Envelopes: A traditional method with a twist- have each guest write on blank cards and place in an envelope, which you can later compile into a scrapbook! That ensures no crowds around the guestbook!



5. Jenga: A fun, creative way for guests to give you advice/leave a message that you can always look back on when you play the game



Springtime Weddings – DIY Bridal Kit

The snow is melting, flowers are blooming, and the sun can be seen peaking out beyond the horizon. Spring is almost here, which means it’s almost wedding season! With colorful hues of pastels all around you, and the warm weather caressing your skin, we’d say it is the perfect time of year to be wedded in an outdoor ceremony. On that joyous day, a bride shouldn’t have to fret about little details – that’s the wedding planner’s job! In order to ensure the bride is looking her best, here is an easy DIY emergency bridal kit she can create, in case of any beauty mishaps! Go check it out!

bride kit

DIY Vintage Teacup Candles

Valentine’s Day, a day filled with flowers, chocolates, and romance, is just around the corner! However, some of you single ladies (and gentlemen) dread this so-called “Single Awareness Day” because it brings attention to your lack of having a significant other. But who said that being single meant being alone? Valentine’s Day is the day of love, so why not share the love for your family and friends? Go out and buy your mother a box of chocolates. Create mini valentine cards/gifts for your best girlfriends. And my personal favorite, have a group gathering with your friends to celebrate your love for one another!

Here’s a cute and simple gift tutorial for DIY Vintage Teacup Candles. These will surely put a smile on someone’s face!


Fall Florals: Behind the Scenes

A part of Fall’s charm are the colors that take over everywhere we look. Our coffee’s suddenly have a creamy orange pumpkin spice tint, and the leaves turn in to vibrant yellows and reds. Creating a color palette from the elements that inspire you, is the perfect way to create a floral arrangement inspired by Fall or whatever theme you please. Here’s a look at our fall floral blueprint and the things that inspired us… image

Secrets from an event planner: 5 rules for a stress-free event

Learn how to host like a pro without breaking a sweat.  Here are 5 rules Erica lives by when hosting a big party or event.

#1: Plan Ahead

Planning a party or event shouldn’t be stressful or intimidating.  By starting early, you can plan, create and host a memorable affair with ease.  Are you notorious for procrastinating?  Enlist a friend to hold you accountable and keep you on track.  Don’t have much free time to iron out the details?  Consider hiring an event planner to help.











#2: Stay Organized

I always keep several lists that I continuously update through the planning process: a master to-do list where I highlight every task that must be accomplished including a deadline date, a supplies list for all the things I need to purchase for the event, and so on.  I recommend Google Docs (easier to edit, and you can add more than one viewer so friends can help out).  It’s also an easy way to track RSVPs.  You can also use Google Sketch Up which is a free program to make layout diagrams of your seating arrangements.

Festive Fall Drink Recipe

shutterstock_110324081 The air is crisp, the leaves are turning, the sun is setting a little earlier and pumpkins are slowly beginning to appear on doorsteps.  Yup.  Fall is here.

Even though the weather may be cooling down there are still plenty of reasons to get together with friends for a festive soirée.  And what better way to celebrate the season than with a Fall inspired cocktails.

For a taste of autumn, mix up this delicious drink from Better Homes & Garden.

Autumn Punch

Recipe link:



  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 1/2 of a vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 1 64 ounce bottle apple-cranberry juice
  • 4 medium purple and/or green plums, pitted and sliced
  • 1 750 milliliter bottle Gewürztraminer, or other fruity white wine
  • Ice cubes


1. Place cloves and vanilla bean in center of a double-thick 6-inch square of 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth. Bring corners of cloth together; tie closed with clean string. Pour apple-cranberry juice into a large container or pitcher. Add plums and spice bag. Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours.

2. Remove and discard cheesecloth bag. Stir in Gewurztraminer. Serve beverage and plum slices over ice. (Or omit the ice and heat the juice mixture and wine in a 4-quart Dutch Oven until hot. Serve in heatproof mugs.) Makes 10 to 12 servings.

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