Monday, June 28, 2010

Carnations...Making A Comeback

How has it come to be that such a simple flower has gotten such a bad wrap? Yes I am talking about the carnation. I believe that this negative connotation has developed from people associating the cost of this flower with the quality. However, with the growing popularity DIY weddings and special events, utilizing inexpensive materials to create a unique design is considered nothing short of savvy. If this is not reason enough for you to give carnations a second chance, just look to the queen of design herself, Ms. Martha Stewart. Martha has expressed many times her love for carnations because of their practicality when designing on a budget.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Mr. & Mrs. Change UP

Imagine this... a two week honeymoon on a tropical island staying at luxury resorts with the one you love. You sold? This is what a recent client of mine opted for as oppose to a large scale wedding. I am finding that more couples these days are choosing to cut wedding day costs by getting married at City Hall. Many couples still want to share their special day with their family and friends; therefore, the ceremony is typically followed by an intimate dinner.

My client requested that All Set design her bouquet, corsages, boutonniere for the groom and tablescape for 22 guests, for a sit down dinner. “Keep it simple” was the input from the bride, along with “I’d like a little pop of color somewhere”. The design was exactly that-simple with a pop of yellow here and there.

Aloha to the newlyweds!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Fit For A King

Happy Father's Day to all those fabulous fathers!
Cheers to being "King" for the day. Love you Dad!

Friday, June 18, 2010

3rd Annual Chef's Warehouse Parking Lot Sale- SATURDAY!

On Saturday, June 19th from 9am-5pm Chef's Warehouse located in South San Francisco is hosting the 3rd Annual Parking Lot Sale. Chef's Warehouse is the Bay Area's greatest resource for all your kitchen/dining needs. Inventory includes major name brands like:
  • Cordon Bleu
  • Ecousable
  • KitchenAid
  • Built NY
  • Le Creuset

All Set was given the opportunity to design three tablescapes utilizing inventory that was inspirational. The design consists of two tables and one bar that showcases Chef's Warehouse's merchandise in a party setting. It is a perfect opportunity for customers to see "how to" make their everyday dining pieces come to life.

I encourage all cooking enthusiasts to make their way over to Chef's Warehouse on Saturday to reap the benefits of the insane deals! This is also a great resource for purchasing wedding, birthday, and Father's Day gifts.
447 South Canal Street- South San Francisco, 94080
(650) 553-4155

Monday, June 14, 2010

First Annual Travel Faire- SUCCESS!

On Wednesday, June 9th, All Set participated in the "First Annual Travel Faire" hosted at a Silicon Valley based company. The faire brought out 32 vendors representing the various sectors of the travel industry- airlines, hotel, rental car companies etc. From the hours of 11:30 am to 1:30 pm employees were invited to share in the festivities and learn more about the various travel resources while enjoying a hosted lunch. Approximately 350 employees attended in the "First Annual Travel Faire" making it a huge success.
I completed the decor design for the check-in and buffet tables. Decor elements included floral arrangements and custom signage.

Not only did I get to help create the atmosphere for the event, but I was also a vendor on the show floor. The All Set information booth consisted of a cocktail table, vibrant linen, two floral arrangements, portfolio, business cards (a must!), and a vintage suitcase just to match the theme.
It was a great opportunity and wonderful experience. I hope to be asked to participate in the "Second Annual Travel Faire" next year!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

First Annual Travel Faire

All Set is off to the "First Annual Travel Faire". We are responsible for decorating the buffet table for all 400 attendees. So Fun!

Pictures to follow.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Transformation Into a Beautiful Butterfly

After a joyous Monday spent perusing the inventory at Z Galleries, I was inspired to give my bedroom a little face lift. Specifically, I had been contemplating replacing my bedside nightstand. This piece was something that I had purchased from Target years ago- and needless to say, the markings and stains were evidence of its age. But before I invested in a brand new piece, I decided to try an come up with a more cost efficient solution.

Off to Michael's I went. While wandering the isles I found my answer- Mod Podge. Every crafter needs to know about this fabulous product. Mod Podge is an adhesive and sealant. The product is offered in two different finishes; matte and glossy. For this particular project, I selected the glossy finish.

The next decision I had to make was not so easy, which 12x12 patterned paper did I want to fall asleep and wake up to everyday?! At $1.00 a piece, I narrowed it down to three different patterns and decided to purchase them all.

Once home, it was clear which option I needed to choose. Ten minutes later, I had a new bedside nightstand that worked perfectly with the colors and d├ęcor in my bedroom. All without breaking the bank – total for my Sunday makeover? $9.65!