I feel so grateful, guys. And lucky. In December I hosted a party here in our home to celebrate the relaunch of Hey Gorgeous Events. About 40 industry and non-industry friends came out to enjoy appetizers and drink mimosas with me and it was the perfect way to end nearly a year’s work of rebranding and preparing for the unveiling. My sweet friend and colleague Leah Mullet came over a little earlier that Monday night to snap some shots of the party details for me, and I’m so happy she was here. She chatted with me while I curled my hair, zipped me up into my dress and even gifted me with the sweetest present ever before things got started; a lovely card and a giant Henri Bendel peony candle I had been lusting after. After deciding at MTH in October that my ideal day started with a lit candle in my office, she decided to get me the biggest size possible. It’s March and already I’ve burned through that entire thing. Oops!
My sweet neighbors, Tara and Joey, kind mother in law, Pat, and handsome hubby were on hand to that night to help with setting up, serving, coat-getting and cleaning. And all of you were there and here to leave the kindest comments via Instagram, twitter, facebook, snail mail and even Ustream where I streamed parts of the party live. I went to bed that night like a little kid on Christmas morning. My heart nearly exploded with contentment and joy. Enjoy some of the party detail shots below! And check out #hgelaunch on instagram to see some photos of the amazing people that made it out that night! I told Leah not to worry about guest shots so she too could mingle and have fun with everyone.
This is me before the party started. I’d like to get those giant balloons permanently blown up in my home.
We all know I have an unhealthy addiction to Starbucks so I thought it would be fitting to have a take home swag ‘cup’ for each guest. They were filled with delicious treats from Nicole at The Caramel Jar, custom HGE pencils, some amazing new branded buttons from Ashli at Big Yellow Dog Designs and handmade peony soap as a nod to one of my favorite blooms. I hand wrote gold ink messages on the side of the cup, like they do at Starbucks when you order a drink and displayed the cups on my mint dresser in the entryway to our home. This was one of my fave details!
In the kitchen we had a fruit mimosa bar and pop, beer and water. Our unfurnished and undecorated front room actually came in handy that day and served as the perfect empty space to set up a little bistro type area for guests who wanted to sit down. Funny enough most people hung out in the kitchen and dining room during the beginning of the night and the bistro area looked lonely. But come 11:00 pm (I thought people would leave by 9:00 at the latest!) there were about 15 of us sitting in the ‘bistro’ area eating Sweet Heather Anne treats and laughing together by candlelight.
I ordered all of the appetizers through The Gilmore Collection. A 2011 bride of mine used them for her wedding food (they are amazing!) and they own close to 15 restaurants in the city here; I couldn’t imagine ordering food through anyone else! They were a pleasure to work with and we’re so helpful in coming out, delivering and setting up the food.
As a memento to the entire rebrand experience I had a shot from a shoot I designed and Cyn Kain photographed blown up and make into a canvas. I asked every guest to sign it with a note of encouragement and it now hangs proudly in my office. My favorite part was when Molly Jacques signed her name in calligraphy (with a Sharpie mind you) on the canvas. Molly created my logo and it was like coming full circle to have her art work on that canvas too.
The desserts were made by Sweet Heather Anne and she’s one of my faves in Michigan for delicious treats. Lucky (or unluckily depending on how you see it) we had a ton of leftovers after the party and Andrew and I ate peppermint dark chocolate cake truffles for breakfast all the way up to Christmas. I’m not even kidding. The treats were a hit and loved by all! Thankfully our IKEA console table and my cake stand collection served as the perfect way to display them all!
And last but not least here I am putting on our bluetooth speaker system for some tunes just before the party started. It was about 6:29 pm here and no one had showed up yet. I honestly thought no one would come! And poor Leah and Andrew had to keep telling me to calm down. Like clockwork, the first guest rang the door bell at about 6:34. I think Rihanna had come on at this point so I Was singing my heart out. Who knows, all I know is I was and am very happy.
Happy Thursday, blogettes. xoxo
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Photography: Leah Mullet Photography / Desserts: Sweet Heather Anne / Dress: Rent the Runway / Catering: The Gilmore Collection / Flowers: Hey Gorgeous Events / Table Rental: Baker Rental / Linens: BBJ / Favor buttons: Big Yellow Dog Designs / Caramels: The Caramel Jar / White console table: IKEA / Mint dresser and blue bar cart: Vintage / Black chairs: Events by I Candy