After some terrifically busy weekends, and weekdays too for that matter, I finally have a day "off" to sit in my jammies all day (as in, it's 2:30 in the afternoon, and yes, I am still in the jams!)
So, what do I do on this golden day? I read a beautiful book about EVENT PLANNING!!!!! For the last 5 hours I have been pouring over an absolutely fantastic book---"Art of Celebration--New England". I have stuck at least 20 markers into it, with notes written on them about the inspirations and ideas that the beautiful illustrations in this book have given me. It's part of a series which includes a book for Georgia, Chicago, Northern California, Southern California, New York City, New England, South Florida, and maybe one more that isn't coming to me right now. Oh, it's Washington D.C.
THESE ARE AWESOME BOOKS!!!!!!! So many fabulous ideas for flowers, decor, lighting, food, linens, chair ties; you name it! Obviously, the events featured in these books are gazillions of dollars. They are, for the most part, REALLY high end events, but the beautiful thing is, so many of their ideas can be scaled back for the common man--or woman! So many things can be done on maybe a slightly less grand scale, but still will add some great punch and spark to YOUR event.
I have these books at work, in my office, and I would be THRILLED to share them with anyone who would like to come by and look at them. I'll even be happy to loan one out to you, just like the library, if you want to take it home with you and check it out.
An aside note: There is a stationery designer in Boston by the name of Kelli Parker who does some truly lovely things with invitations and paper pieces for weddings and social functions, who was featured in this book. I looked up her website, and on her blog she is having a contest to give a copy of this book to some lucky person! Well actually, she already had the contest and nobody entered! so maybe if a few people go to her blog and "enter" she'll give it to one of you!
And yet another aside note: In one of her blogposts she mentions that the Dessy Bridal company is using Pantone colors for their gowns, and Pantone has an entire site dedicated to bridal colors and design. You can order swatch colors, create mood boards for different combinations or for the colors that you have decided on; all kinds of fun things. So if you are taking the day off today too, check it out!
Sorry, I have to get back to my book now, I think I should get dressed before dinner time. :)