Calendar Quest: 2014 Edition

calendarWe were a good part of the way through January when I realized I didn’t have a calendar to my name for 2014. As someone who relishes planning maybe a little too much, this was quite disturbing. Despite relying heavily on Outlook at work and my smart phone for up-to-the-minute reminders and the answer to “what day is it, anyway?” I still need that grid of printed paper to scribble appointments, deadlines and birthdays on with a favorite pen.

So thus I set out to find the perfect planner and calendar for the new year. I settled on a 5″ x 8″ Blue Sky brand agenda because it was lightweight, wire bound, small enough to slip into a purse and had both monthly and weekly calendar views. For a wall calendar, I found an illustrated Barbie calendar at Paper Source that, despite not being much of a Barbie girl, I couldn’t say no to. The illustrations are just so pretty.

plannerIn my quest for the necessary planning devices, I stumbled across a genius idea from Midwest design blogger Jensie. Crafters rejoice: it involves washi tape. For multi-day engagements, use the tape of your choice to mark across calendar grids. For the ultra-organized, you can even color code by using different tapes. You could do this just as well with a highlighter, but what’s the fun/craftiness in that?  At least this way you have an excuse to go out and buy some new rolls of the adorable, multipurpose tape that’s sweeping the craft world right now. An added bonus I found is that if an appointment changes, you can carefully peel up the washi tape and reapply it to the new date. This technique is a fun and easy way to take the monotony out of scheduling. Even dull events appear like something to look forward to when they’re dressed up like this. If you have a suggestion for how to organize your calendars, I’d love to hear about it!

7 Event Design Trends for 2014

The Event GalleryLast month I attended The Event Gallery’s 2014 trend event, a showcase from local wedding and event vendors at The Event Gallery’s uptown Minneapolis space.

Here are seven standout trends to consider for event planning in the upcoming year.

Farm to Table

farm to tableFarmer’s markets, eating local and organic everything are all so big right now, it’s no surprise that incorporating farm-inspired, nature-sourced elements into event décor is a popular wedding trend for 2014. This can include using re-purposed, found and salvaged objects, such as the pallets that form the backdrop for this scene. Farm to Table is a perfect theme for sustainability-minded couples. With vegetables and fruits taking center stage in lieu of a traditional floral centerpiece, the decorations look good enough to eat. Stylist: Girl Friday & The Vintage Type Floral: European Floral Rentals: The Vintage Type Stationary: A Milestone Paper Co.

Sequin Sweetheart

pink sequin tableIndulge in all the sequins, glitter, gold and pink your heart desires. Sequin tablecloths, glitter details, chandelier-inspired centerpieces, satin napkins and pink roses make a luxurious and glam statement. The little details of the glitter-dipped miniature champagne bottles and gold silverware are the perfect finishing touches to bring the look together. Whether you want this whole look or just a touch a touch of sparkle for your event, there is a lot to be inspired by in this set up by Linen Effects.

Donut Bar

Donut BarFollowing on the heels of the popular cupcake trend, donuts are rising to the top. There’s something charmingly retro about the deep-fried pastries and this display really showcases that charm. This vintage-glam donut and dessert bar features non-traditional flavors that will surprise and delight guests. Like cupcakes, the donut bar gives a selection of sweets choices to attendees. To round out the variety, meringues or macaroons make a lovely addition too. Rentals: The Vintage Type Donuts: Glam Doll Donuts

How Do You Know…? Pins

who do you know pinsThis is such a brilliant idea, I don’t know why I’ve never seen this done at a wedding before. A display of pins lets guest select and wear the one that best describes how they know the happy couple. It’s a genius way to help attendees break the ice and get to know one another, and I’m sure we’ll be seeing it used more and more often in wedding seasons to come. Stationary: By Stelie Designs

Laser Cut Stationary

stationaryCustom invitations get a new edge with laser cut designs. The detail and level of customization you can get with a laser cut process is unbelievable.  Design by A Milestone Paper Co.

Realistically Detailed Cakes

tree cake See the oak leaves and tree bark? That’s all marzipan, baby. This style of frosted masterpiece, well, takes the cake. Created by The Cake Divaz.

Yarn Bomb

Yarn Bomb CenterpieceYarn takes center stage as a backdrop, decoration and centerpiece in this textural, fiber arts inspired display by Girl Friday. Knitting skills not required! Stylist: Girl Friday Tablecloth, Plates, Glasswear: Mani Mela Floral: European Floral Stationary: Stelie Designs

So there you have some amazing trend inspiration to kick off your event planning for 2014. Which event trends have you seen lately and loved?

Minneapolis Chandlery

vanilla peppermintGood news, candle lovers. Minneapolis just got its very own candle store. Located in South Minneapolis, the storefront offers a place to meet all your candle needs (and candle wants), including an offering of classes in candle making for adults and children. A chandlery, if you’re wondering, is an old-fashioned name for a candle maker’s shop, but the candles sold here are delightfully modern.

All the candles at Minneapolis Chandlery are made in-house with renewable waxes (soy or beeswax) and 100 percent cotton wicks for a pure, natural product. This is a big deal because many scented candles are made with less pure ingredients and contain toxins that are released during burning into the air you breathe. This is a concern for asthmatics and really anyone who cares about their bodies and health!

Wildflower HoneyShop owners Audrey and Jonny got their start in the candle biz in Chicago, where apparently candle stores are a thing. In Minneapolis, not so much. Until now, of course. They opened Minneapolis Chandlery in October 2013 and are off to a great start, building off their successful business track record on Etsy and the craft fair circuit.

The scents change seasonally so you can always find something different. Seriously, the candles smell amazing.

Keep an eye on this adorable store; you’ll surely be seeing more from them.

Blacklist Vintage Closing Sale

vintage hats from blacklist vintageIt’s sad to see a good store close, and Blacklist Vintage is no exception. For six years, Vanessa has provided Uptown Minneapolis with one of the best-curated vintage collections in town. She is closing down the bricks-and-mortar store in order to travel and focus on selling exclusively online.

Blacklist Vintage moves online

The silver lining of the store closing is my favorite four-letter word: SALE. Blacklist will be clearing out its inventory beginning January 25th and continuing for a month. Vanessa created an event page so her fans can keep updated on the liquidation.

vintage scarvesYou’ll be able to score finds like the scarves and hats pictured here, among the rest of Blacklist’s collections which include treasures from every era. Everything from 1920s gowns, vintage records, fab furs, 60s aprons, and more, they’ve got you covered. The discounts promise to get steeper as the weeks go by, so you’ll want to check back for the latest updates. After the store closes, you’ll still be able to find Blacklist Vintage online on Etsy.

Green Weddings

Bridesmaids dressesWho knew that weddings could be so bad for the environment? These are some tips for how to plan a more green, eco-chic wedding day.

Barnwood AccentsAs mentioned in the article, Barnwood accents, such as these by Lisa Curry Designs, are one of the ways to add eco-chic flair to your big day.

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