Romantic Colors | The Trend for Spring

I found out something new today.

Each season, Pantone lists the colors that are trending.

For Spring 2014, the colors are gorgeous!

Romantic.

A little spicy.

Perfect for any event or project!

Here are the 2014 Pantone Spring Fashion Colors

 

Placid Blue

Placid Blue

Placid Blue

Even the name is calming.

Wouldn’t this be a great wedding color? Your something ‘blue’.

 

 

 

 

Violet Tulip

Violet Tulip

Violet Tulip

This color exudes Spring to me.

It makes me think of spring flowers, Easter eggs and jelly beans.

 

 

Hemlock

Hemlock

Hemlock

Soothing, lovely green.

The plant may be poisonous, but the color certainly isn’t!

 

 

Paloma

Paloma

Paloma

The name Paloma means dove.

That is exactly what color this is. A soft, romantic dove gray.

 

 

 

 

Sand

Sand

Sand

The beach.

Enough said.

 

 

 

 

The preceding colors are basically neutrals.

How about some more vibrant colors to add POP!

 

Freesia

Freesia

Freesia

Yellow is my very favorite color.

Imagine a color palette of Paloma and Freesia. Stunning!

 

 

Cayenne

Cayenne

Cayenne

Here’s the spice to add the flavor.

This isn’t just red. It is almost a pastel red, a soft red.

What about Cayenne and Sand? A perfect complement of colors.

 

Celosia Orange

Celosia Orange

Celosia Orange

A rich plant-based orange.

Celosia Orange and Violet Tulip are contrasting colors that work well together.

 

 

 

Radiant Orchid

Radiant Orchid

Radiant Orchid

Radiant…shining or glowing brightly, a perfect description.

This beautiful color can be combined with Hemlock for an earthy look.

 

Dazzling Blue

Dazzling Blue

Dazzling Blue

A bright, vibrant blue that calls to mind the wide open sky.

Combine Dazzling Blue with Placid Blue for a monochromatic look.

 

If you are feeling bold, how about

Freesia and Cayenne?

Celosia Orange and Radiant Orchid?

The beauty of these colors is that you cannot make a bad combination.

Try two, three or more for your next event.

Imagine a mass of balloons in these colors.

Or a magnificent bouquet.

Or even your next outfit!

With these hues, you can’t go wrong.

Which is your favorite?

 

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Rosemary for Remembrance

What’s in a name? that which we call a rose

By any other name would smell as sweet;

Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare

Act II, Scene 2

Pink roses hold significant meaning for me and my family

Pink roses hold significant meaning for my family

Ah

The language of flowers

I love that flowers have meanings.

It is so much fun to learn about the history behind this language and how we can incorporate these very special meanings into our lives.

One way to use the language of flowers is in your bridal bouquet.

Your wedding, and the choices surrounding it, may be the most meaningful ceremony you will ever have.

You can pick your flowers not only for their beauty, but also for their meaning.

Here are some wedding flowers with significant meanings

Chamomile        Patience

Daisy                  Innocence and Hope

Fern                   Sincerity

Gardenia           Joy

Hyacinth           Fertility

Jasmine             Sweet love

Lavender           Devotion, Virtue

Peony                Happy Marriage

Red Rose           Love, Desire

Rosemary         Remembrance

Red Salvia        Forever Mine

What fun!

There is another type of association for flowers, one that could be deeply personal.

Maybe you have a family connection to a certain flower.

Maybe you have a favorite flower.

Maybe you want to use the same flowers he sent you after your first date.

For instance, if your mother carried anemones for her wedding, you may want to do the same.

Even though, in the language of flowers, they mean forsaken!

But they hold a dear, special meaning to you and that is what matters.

I find it fun to hide flowers in bouquets.

Rosemary for Remembrance

Rosemary for Remembrance

If you want to include rosemary in memory of someone special, but it doesn’t really go with your theme, tuck it in the back…wrap it in the stems…or just bury it deep enough to not be visible.

You will know it’s there and it will be meaningful to you.

As with all things wedding, the flowers can be very personal and quite meaningful.

Yes

You want them to be beautiful.

But

When you are picking your wedding flowers

Be sure to

Listen

To what they are saying.


There is a language, little known,
Lovers claim it as their own.
Its symbols smile upon the land,
Wrought by nature’s wondrous hand;
And in their silent beauty speak,
Of life and joy, to those who seek
For Love Divine and sunny hours
In the language of the flowers.

   –The Language of Flowers, London, 1875


Learn more about the language of flowers here, here and here.

Surprise!

My engaged niece went dress shopping today.

So exciting!

Do you want to see a picture of her dress??

Okay

Here it is…

 

My niece's wedding dress

My niece’s wedding dress

Um. No. Not really. 

Did you really think I was going to tell you what she was looking at? Some things just need to remain a mystery!

Until the big day, that is.

It is so easy to spill the beans about your wedding these days. There are so many social media outlets and it is so tempting to show your friends and family what you’re doing.

You can go to some of these sites, and know everything about an upcoming wedding…

Flowers

Dresses

“The” dress

Food

Decorations

Music

I think that some (most) things should be kept quiet until the actual day. Don’t you think your guests want to be wowed as much as you want to wow them?

So, show off that engagement ring! Take lots of engagement pictures! Put them all over FaceBook!

Take lots of pictures of your showers and share them with friends. They will love to see them.

But

Make your Pinterest page hidden and invite key people to view it. You know, people like your mother, future mother-in-law, maid of honor.

Try not to put things on FaceBook. I know it’s hard! You’re excited! But try.

Your friends will want to know all the details. Have an answer ready. When I’m asked what my niece’s wedding is going to be like, I tell them

Rustic

Romantic

Elegant

These words convey the emotion and feel of her wedding. But they don’t give anything away.

You will see some projects of mine on future blogs. Some of these are for her wedding; some are not.

I don’t want to give away her secrets!

And on her big day, all of her friends and family…and her lucky, lucky groom…will be wowed!

Okay

I will share one secret

She

will

be

beautiful

On birthdays and memories

I had a hard week. I forgot to

Breathe

Today is one of those bittersweet days. 15 years ago, we lost my precious oldest niece. It’s so hard and we miss her so much.

On the other hand, it is my oldest brother’s birthday.

Yes…my niece died on my brother’s birthday.

So, today, I’m going to go see my sweet brother and sing Happy Birthday to him.

And

I am going to remember how lucky and blessed we were to have my niece for 17 years.

And

I’m going to miss my mama a whole lot today. We need her so much! She was our rock.

As you know, my youngest niece is getting married. When you think about celebrations and special events, you start thinking about those who will not be there with you. She and her fiancé have lost several special family members. How do you honor and remember your loved ones and still have a fun, positive day?

It is not easy, but it can be done.

First of all, it is better to acknowledge it in some way. Letting yourself feel that sadness helps let it out.

Some people use a memory candle or mention them in the program. These are both very good ideas and everyone else can share in your memories and love.

A more subtle approach can work, too.

Did your loved one have a favorite necklace? How about cuff links or a pocket watch?

Maybe you can find a favorite hankie or something they personally made.

Now

I know that these items may not go with your theme. That’s okay! You can do it subtly.

Find a way to incorporate them into your bouquet…pin something to the inside of your hem…carry that hankie.

Everyone else there may not know the significance of your item, or even know you have it.

But you will.

And that makes all the difference.

Grief. Memories. Longing. These are all very personal emotions. The best way to honor your loved one is to do it in a way that is meaningful to you. That’s all that matters.

(I love you Lindsey! I love you Mama! I love you Steve and Happy Birthday!!!)

i carry your heart

i carry your heart

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart)

i am never without it (anywhere i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling)

i fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet)

i want no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)

and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows

(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)

and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

~ e. e. cummings

What’s Your Goal?

I missed blogging yesterday. I’m sorry.

I was distracted.

I just found out some good news!

Lovely Pink Peony Bouquet

Lovely Pink Peony Bouquet

My youngest niece is getting married!

I am so excited…she is marrying the love of her life and I’ve never seen her happier.

The almost as good news is that I get to be her wedding planner. I’m giving her two weeks to enjoy being engaged, then we will have to get to work.

The first thing I am going to ask her is a seemingly very simple question.

What is your goal for the wedding?

I’m sure her reaction will be “Goal? What do you mean goal? I want to get married!”

And of course, that’s the purpose of wedding.

But

It really goes deeper than that. What are her priorities for the day?

Does she want to show off for her friends?

Does she want to be the center of everyone’s attention?

Does she want it to be an intimate, family event? Or a glitzy, over the top, invite-everyone-you-have-ever-known event?

Does she want great pictures to have forever?

What’s the most important thing? Flowers? Food? Signature cocktail? The dress?

That is a lot of information to process. Most of the time, though, when you start planning an event, you have an idea of what your goal is. The key is to keep that goal in mind as you make your plans.

This isn’t just for weddings, either.

Say you want to plan a road race. Is it to raise money? Increase awareness of being healthy? A fun race for families?

What about a downtown street dance? Your goal could be to bring awareness to the district. It could be to raise funds for downtown improvements. It could just be to get people out and dancing.

From big events to little ones, having the end in mind is important. Once you set your goals and priorities, making decisions should be much easier.

As each choice is made, ask yourself one simple question: Will this help me reach my goal?

(Congratulations, sweet girl!)

…now at last they were

beginning Chapter One

of the Great Story

no one on earth

has ever read:

which goes on forever:

in which every chapter is better

than the one before.

~C. S. Lewis

The Best Themes in Life are Free

You’re throwing a party! What fun! You’ll see all your friends and family, have some fabulous food, maybe a signature drink.  You’ll get to show off your house and all those pretty decorations. Of course, the entertainment will be off the hook…

Wait. What?

Fabulous food and signature drinks?

Decorations and entertainment?

And exactly how are you going to invite all these people to your house?

Forget those tired meatballs and cheese crackers. Not the same old beer and wine!

Let’s have a party that no one will forget! First, we need to make some plans. It’s not that complicated if you take it one step at a time. If you make a good plan, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a great party. No, really. I promise!

The first thing I like to do is pick a theme or tag line.

So

Let’s say you are planning a house warming party and you pick the date May 4. SO close to Cinco de Mayo. So make your party a Cinco Cuatro de Mayo party. Mexican is a quick and easy theme. Once you pick that, it all falls into place.

Or

You are planning a bridal shower. A good way to pick a theme is go by what the wedding theme is. Will the bride carry daisies? Use that as your theme.

Or

Street dance or block party? Pick an era or a song you like or a music genre. That is the start of your theme.

Or

You want to have a party but have no idea what kind of party you want.

Let’s begin with that

Start looking for inspiration; it can be found anywhere. I like to go on-line and do searches. Are you a butterfly person? Is Rockabilly your style? Do you love S’mores? Search these key terms and see what others have done. You don’t have to recreate the wheel! Once you see an idea you like, you will put your own spin on it. Remember, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

You may want to create an inspiration board or make a Pinterest board just for your party. This will make sure that your ideas are cohesive.

Let’s go with the S’mores theme. Who doesn’t love S’mores?

Invitations

Even if you don’t mail them, you can make a cute invitation and email it or post it on social media.

I did a quick image search of “S’mores invitations” and came up with these invitation ideas.

Pick several ideas you like and use what you like from each one

Pick several ideas you like and use what you like from each one

Fabulous Food

Obviously, you will make s’mores. But what can you serve before dessert? You have a big fire going (probably), what about hotdogs? Here are some ideas I got from an image search of “campfire food”.

Campfire food is a good choice for a S'mores party

Campfire food is a good choice for a S’mores party

 Signature Drink

You could make a chocolatey, marshmallowy hot chocolate. That is so obvious, and it may be nice to have something besides chocolate (no really!). First, do you want it to contain alcohol? Consider your audience. A signature drink can be either (or both).

Use milk with fun garnishes, like the center photo. Or have fun with mixed drinks.

Use milk with fun garnishes, like the center photo. Or have fun with mixed drinks.

Decorations

I am all about found objects. What do you have around your house that you can use or repurpose. I searched for images related to “S’mores party decorations” and “campfire party decorations”. I was surprised to have so many results. Here are a few I picked because the can be done with items you already have.

Fun napkins, galvanized pails and simple garlands can add style to your event.

Fun napkins, galvanized pails and simple garlands can add style to your event.

Entertainment

You do not have to hire a big band to entertain your group. Let’s go with our S’mores theme. Ask one of your friends to bring his guitar and sing around the fire. Or make a fun party song playlist for your iPad. I searched “campfire party songs” and came up with a few suggestions.

Fire and Rain by James Taylor

Burning Down the House by Talking Heads (or Bonnie Raitt)

Fire by the Pointer Sisters

Come as You Are by Nirvana

Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding

You can get really punny with the songs, or just pick old favorites everyone knows the words to.

Here’s the Pinterest board I used to compile my ideas.

I took the ideas I liked best and made notes about any directions, recipes or changes.

I took the ideas I liked best and made notes about any directions, recipes or changes.

This is a quick insight into my party planning methods. With a lot of imagination and a little hard work, you can make your party memorable, unique and most of all, fun!

I don’t own the pictures used in this post. These are examples of on-line search results.

Breathe

I am so over the term “hump day”. From now on, Wednesdays are going to be my BREATHE day.

As in

Breathe in good thoughts…breathe out bad thoughts.

As in

Take time and breathe. Enjoy the present…BE in the present.

As in

Consciousness is in the pause between breaths.

Before I took a break from working (more on that later), I was tense, had migraines and high blood pressure. I was working in an intensely stressful, deadline driven job. I loved my job; I work best under pressure. But there is a limit and my body was telling me I had hit it!

After a year of soul searching, and some gentle prodding from my sister, I decided to pursue my dream and start my own business. I have been considering this for years. Suddenly, it was the right time.

I love graphic design. I love starting with that blank page and making the first mark.

I love event planning. I love brainstorming and coming up with unique ideas. Starting from nothing and creating an entertaining and exciting experience is fabulous.

I love making things from “found” items. Upcycling, recycling, reusing, reworking. I want to take things that are used up, dirty and ugly, and make something special, romantic and beautiful.

Take a deep breath. I’ll take one, too. Kudzu and Romance starts TODAY. Join me in my journey…we’ll have fun together.