We can’t believe April is coming to an end and May is just around the corner! We don’t know where the time went since we did this event at the beginning of the new year! We couldn’t be happier to have worked with Yianno’s mom, Anna, again for this elegant and simple party at the new space The Oaks at Gibsons Steakhouse in Oak Brook. The new space is beautiful and perfect for your next event if you are looking for a great venue in the suburbs of Chicago with delicious food and a wonderful team!
We went with a pretty grey and white color palette with pops of blue candy for little Johnathan’s celebration. We used different textured florals including succulents and silver brunia balls amongst all the white hydrangeas and roses. All the silver textured vessels added to the overall design along with the silver bichon linens. The early evening intimate celebration was perfect with lots of candle light of course.
We wish baby Yianno and his family congratulations on his special day!!
Alexa’s Adorable Garden infused Baptism celebration took place in February. You would have never thought that in Chicago we would have had such a beautiful, sunny and warm day but we did! The event took place in probably one of our most favorite restaurants in the Chicagoland area, Plateia Mediterranean Kitchen and Bar, not only because of the delicious food but the decor and ambiance at this place is so welcoming and so true to a traditional, yet modern, Greek restaurant found in Greece!
Elaine, Alexa’s mom, gave us one direction and that was to incorporate green into the decor and invitations. We have to be honest here, sometime our best ideas come from something as simple and straightforward as that. So, we kept the custom invitations and the Baptismal candles in a simple and elegant design of green and white. The invitations had a hand embossed A placed over bright green ribbon in a shimmery grey enclosure. The Baptismal candles were wrapped in white fabric with texture and adorned with little white daisies and a large dahlia.
The green and shimmer grey color palette was carried over to the welcome “table” tree favors and place cards. We hung the place cards, along with Jordan almonds, on the olive tree found at Plateia using the same color green ribbon found on the invitations. Guests were able to walk around the tree to find their place card easily and in a non-traditional table setting.
For the event we knew we wanted to incorporate hanging pieces since the tables are so narrow. Usually when working in a restaurant, the design has to stay very linear and narrow, so hanging above gives us more of an impact. Our statement piece in the room was found over the head table. We hung branches over the head table and filled them with fresh eucalyptus and hung fresh floral and candles from the branches. This piece is something we have wanted to put together for a while and we were so excited to create this for baby Alexa’s special day!
For the long family style tables found a few steps above the main room, we hung woven baskets with fresh floral and candles. The continuous look of vases and ceramic pots down the tables were filled with white, orange, yellow and green florals. The colors were so cheerful and worked perfectly in the neutral color space.
If you follow us along on Instagram and here and Facebook you know that Peter and I baptized baby Alexandra. Elaine is my cousin and we couldn’t be more excited and happy to add another layer to our relationship. Elaine and Peter, thank you for asking us to be part of Alexa’s life in such a special way! We love you guys! We wish Alexa congratulations on her special day!
Pretty Pink Princess party details include sparkly crowns, hanging floral wreaths and lots of crystals! We loved worked with baby Georgia’s mom and grandmother to create this princess inspired event! We worked with a pink and silver color palette and kicked off the event with custom invitations with silver glittery crowns. The glittery crowns were then found throughout the table numbers and even the thank you cards.
The place card design included the pretty princess crown favors we made with hanging Jordan almonds, pink ribbons and sparkly beads. Guests found their names hanging on silver trees or branches in the foyer. From there, a beautiful fabric canopy draped over the entrance.
We worked with six looks throughout the room to create a whimsical and magical evening with lots of candlelight. From the hanging crystal chandeliers and silver crowns to the lush green and floral wreaths, we did not spare any detail. We used a variety of pink and white florals to make full arrangements. The crystals were of course a must and found throughout the design.
The head table was made up of different high and low arrangements with silver crowns and the fun silver balloons made for the perfect backdrop. We couldn’t help but create a fun photo moment with crowns and wands for all guests to enjoy!
It is always a pleasure working with clients that allow us the freedom to create what we dream of. We couldn’t be happier to have designed this for such a wonderful family. Wishing Peter, Stacey and baby Georgia congratulations on her special day! We love you guys!
A Very Floral Fête is very fitting for this floral infused Baptism celebration for adorable baby Aria in Michigan, with shabby chic details, lots of pretty pink mini garden roses and different green textures! We first ventured off to Michigan to do an event with fresh floral two years ago to put together Zoi’s Picture Pomegranate Perfect Baptism Celebration, and this time we decided to not only bring some fresh floral but to also bring some wonderful large fresh branches to give the room some height!
By now, you figured out how much we LOVE, LOVE, LOVE details so we kicked off the custom boxed invitations with a burlap wrapping and a delicate white paper flower with a pearl center. The little floral detail was carried over to the place cards, table numbers and glassware vessels. The pearl necklaces were added for a touch of girly shabby chic feel and of course all the different milk glass vases and mercury holders added to the whole overall eclectic feel.
The pretty pink linens and the white chiavari chairs transformed the room to a wonderful garden setting. Since we used boxed invitations, we ended up using more boxes to create risers on the tables and the little wooden numbers were just the perfect touch. The floral coordinated with the room perfectly and all the candles created a soft glow as the evening progressed.
The long head table was of course center of attention with two large tall floral and branch pieces in silver mercury vases with a continuation of floral arrangements in different shabby chic pieces, including two tiered vintage like cake stands. The fresh wooden pieces were found throughout the room that even the smallest votives had a piece to go with it!
We’ve had the pleasure of working with our good friends, Maria and Adoni, for all three of their children’s Baptisms and we have to say they not only make adorable babies but they are the sweetest, most kind little ones anyone can ask for! With big sister Tiffany and big brother Sam, we know Aria is one lucky girl to have such wonderful siblings. Maria and Adoni, thank you for trusting us with our moving caravan of props, ideas and work. Our friendship means the world to us and your support is greatly appreciated!
We wish everyone a very happy weekend and check back next week for more pretty parties!
Lemons in the event design? Yes, please!! This Lemon Yellow event was put together for baby George’s Baptism Celebration and we can’t even begin to tell you how much fun we had using all the natural elements like tall fresh branches, pretty yellow and white floral arrangements, and lots and lots of lemons provided by George’s wonderful Mom, Michelle. We’ve had the pleasure of working with Michelle before, Engagement Party and Bridal Shower, and we were beyond honored to design and work on this event for her adorable and sweet baby boy!!
We kicked off the event with bright yellow custom invitations with a layer of blue and a natural looking wood backing. For the envelope liners we went with a lemon print and of course coordinated the table number frames to match. The welcome table was made up a beautiful tall arrangement with lots of different green textures and pops of yellow. The place cards were shaped like a lemon leaf and attached to a fresh lemon making it for a fun and unexpected entrance piece.
The tall pieces throughout the room added great height, while the long rectangular tables had a very linear design with tall white lanterns, adorned with blue and yellow ribbons, cylinders filled with lemons and lots and lots of candles going down the center of the table. The cutest little kids table was made up of adorable tiny chairs and simple floral pieces in the center.
The head table was made up of fresh greenery, hanging candles and beautiful yellow garden roses. Our signature look of smaller, continuous pieces down the center of the table were made up of floral arrangements, lemon filled glass cylinders and candles, of course, making it for a full table design while not obstructing the view of the guests.
The celebration also included a gorgeous cake by The Baking Institute, we absolutely love their designs and their natural & delicious ingredients, for George’s lovely Grandmother! How sweet is that?? Happy Birthday Vaso xoxoxo!
We wish baby George and his family congratulations on his special day!! We love you guys! Here’s to the wonderful ‘heat wave’ we are having here in Chicago:)
Oh Baby! 2017 is here and we just can’t believe it!! With all new beginnings, it is great to start with celebrations and what better way to kick off the new year than with Baby Shower Brunch and a new baby girl!! My sister Peggy, you see all her great photos posted throughout our site, Journal and social media pages, is a style blogger, check her blog out at Hallways Are My Runways introduced me to some of her wonderful blogger buddies and Sam is one of them. Sam had a healthy and adorable baby girl last month and we are so excited for her!
A few of my favorite Chicago bloggers hosted a baby shower for Sam at the end of October and we had fun creating the boxed invitations to kick off the party as well as the chocolate and pink floral arrangements to go with the color palette of pink and leopard, some of Sam’s favorite things!
Click over to see more details and great advice and tips on hosting a fun Baby Shower from Monica of Caravan of Style A great overview of the party from Peggy and great photos from Jessi from Pepperminting.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We are so thankful for so many things this year and we can’t believe the time has come for one of our most favorite holidays! Not only for the feast we are about to enjoy later this afternoon but for the purpose behind this holiday. We are grateful and thankful every single day that we are healthy, happy and most of all surrounded by family and friends. With that being said, we can’t not share some Hautest Hosts photo inspirations for your table design today!
This past year we had the opportunity to partner with Crate & Barrel, one of our favorite stores and Loverly! It was not only an awesome event to be part of, but we were able to meet some amazing vendors like Kara, who captured the event so beautifully, and Elysia, she and her team not only make the most beautiful desserts but they taste out of this world!
So for a successful party we recommend some great beverages, you don’t have to have a bar full of options, try to keep it to a few choices as to not overwhelm yourself. Some copper mugs go beautifully this time of year.
For the decor, floral can be placed down the center of the table like our farm table design photographed. We kept the floral in the orange family to play off all the pretty rose gold flatware and serving pieces. We made the floral come down the sides, this is a great accent if you don’t have seating on the ends of the table. If you are making a larger more focal piece, work around the area you will be placing the piece. In our bakery section, photographed above, we used drooping flowers, like these large tulips, to create a little bit of drama. Always work with your color palette, dining room, serving pieces and seasonal decor. it makes for another great design layer.
Of course, delicious food, dessert and background music are a must! Most of all, don’t forget to enjoy yourself, the friends and family that you are hosting, as a hautest hosts, and the time you get to spend with them.
Wishing you all a wonderful holiday and happy hosting!
*To see more images from this event and the other events across the country click here
When your sister-in-law, Anna, sends you inspiration photos that include different color pumpkins for her daughter’s Baptism celebration, your creative heart skips a beat! We love incorporating different textures and design details into our events so we painted them pink and gold and a Pretty Pumpkin Patch event design was born.
We used pink, rose gold and gold mercury glassware and candle holders throughout the tables and included gold branches for some height. The florals were made up of different types of pink roses and mums, since we are in the middle of mum season. Curly willow branches in glass cylinders, used for risers, worked perfectly for the table designs. The dark brown linens added just the right amount of dark fall color with a festive pop of hot pink napkins to complete the whole event design.
For the long family head table, a continuous look of florals and pumpkins were placed down the center with candle holders on either side. We love a long banquet style table and couldn’t be happier with how this table looked!
The food was so delicious and the whole afternoon was one fun cozy celebration for the cutest baby Despina! Anna had Freckles the Clown there, she does such an amazing job entertaining the little ones, and also had set up a paint a pumpkin station with some wonderful teacher friends! A fun time had by all!
Anna and Greg congratulations on your daughter’s special day! Love you and your girls so much!
Last year we had the pleasure of working with Megan, who lives in San Diego, to put together her and Mark’s Wedding. Not only was she the sweetest but her event design details were the prettiest! The wedding took place at City View Loft and we had the pleasure of working with so many wonderful vendors. The view of Chicago from City View Loft is absolutely stunning and we love how all the bright lights in the big city were the perfect backdrop from all the windows.
The color palette was soft, with blush bridesmaid’s dresses, we used fresh lavender for the bouquets and Megan’s bouquet was a medley of soft pinks and touches of greens. Megan looked absolutely gorgeous in her lace gown and the beading detail was just perfection. The service took place in the downstairs area where we created a beautiful neutral backdrop with hanging twinkling lights provided by YJ Decorating. We used purple limonium florals in galvanized buckets down the aisle as well as candle pillars in glass cylinders.
Guests found their seats with a cute mason jar mug with their names attached. Not only a perfect favor but useful too;) When the guests moved upstairs it was a non-stop party celebration until the end. The bar had two signature drinks, for any Blackhawk fans out there, The Hossa, an Autumn Manhattan, and The Toewsor, a Cranberry Mule, you can appreciate these.
The tables were farm style tables so we worked with a continuous design with pops of teal and mercury mason jars throughout and all the pretty florals that worked with this lovely palette. We used lace runners to complete the looks and every place setting had a purple limonium flower on it. Lots of candles added to the soft glow once the evening sky took over.
The DJ, Toast and Jam, rocked out all night in front of another backdrop of twinkling lights and guests not only ate under a string of bistro style lights but danced the night away under them. The photo booth area was a fun touch with entertaining props that made for great photos and memories of course!
We can’t forget the delicious donut bar by Do-Rite Donuts We used different glass cake stands to display all the deliciousness and Megan and Mark even fed each other a donut instead of traditional cake, we love when couples have their own style!!
For a late night snack, a small hot dog stand, Hubby’s Dog House was set up and guests could make themselves a Chicago style hot dog to enjoy and re-energize.
These photos are just a glimpse at all the pretty that made up October 2, 2015 and we wish Megan and Mark a wonderful 1st Wedding Anniversary!! We wish you a lifetime of even more laughter, happiness and love! Thank you for working with us!!
PS. We can’t wait to see photos of your beautiful growing family!!
Vendor Love: Venue City View Loft
Event Design and Florals by Limani Designs
Photography George Street Photography and Thomas Pham Photography
Hair and Makeup Nika Vaughan Bridal Artist
Backdrop lighting and overhead string bistro lights by YJ Decorating
Nothing makes us happier than a repeat client! When Marina called for us to work together again for her adorable son’s Baptism we were thrilled! We loved working with her for her daughter’s elegant and girly Seashells and Pearls event a few years back and couldn’t wait to hear what she had in mind for her little guy Teddy! Everything came together nicely for a kite and pinwheel filled celebration this past July.
We kicked off the event with custom crisp white and blue invitations with kite detail, the color palette would be used throughout the event as well as the kites. We love the chance to create custom invitations on events we are working on, this keeps the whole design esthetic consistent from the start.
Shakou Sushi opened it’s latest location in Park Ridge and we are obsessed! The room layout and decor is phenomenal and the food is delicious! For the event, we worked with the team at Shakou to create longer tables for sitting and utilized the booths as well. In the back private room, the buffet was set up for easy access and we created a fun backdrop for the dessert table. The backdrop included a fun scenic moment with a custom kite and puffy white clouds. On the dessert table we kept the dessert risers in a clean and neutral color palette of glass, white and sand colored. In the front of the restaurant, a long banquet style table was covered in white paper for kids to draw and enjoy throughout the event.
All the kites and pinwheels were hand made by Angie in different blue and white prints and along with the fresh white hydrangeas, created a very fresh and summer atmosphere throughout the restaurant. Lots of candles were used throughout the room and we kept the design very narrow as to not obstruct the dining experience.
For the head table the large custom kite was hung from a tall fresh green fixture and down the center of the table we had continuous candles and florals in coordinating vessels.
We wish baby Teddy and his wonderful & beautiful family Congratulations on his special day! Marina, it was a pleasure working with you again:) Have a great weekend everyone!
*Instead of traditional Greek boubounieres, favors, the family makes a monetary donation to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. If you wish to make a donation click on the Leukemia Lymphoma Society link above.