Friday, March 21, 2014

Where to Read About What

I've come to the conclusion that I need to stop making grand, sweeping announcements as to what this place, this spot of the internet, actually is. Is it a party blog? Not really. When your archives include things like your baby's first roll-over or your pre-baby bucket (read: drinking too much) list adventures, it's not quite the professional image one might want. Is it a personal blog? No, not so much anymore. I stopped updating everyone on me other than business owner me. I've stopped posting cute pics of Gabe. I've stopped snapping pics every time I get new couch pillows.

Honestly, I'm confused as to what I want this place to be. I've talked about it before, merging blog Shannon with business Shannon. It's a weird line and I'm still not comfortable straddling it. So once again, I've made another decision to change things up. I know, you probably don't care. I'm not even positive who reads this blog anymore. But just for the record, here's my plan.

Shannanigans will go back to being Shannanigans. I may blog, I may not. I might have John ghost writing for me. Can I do that? Is that weird? It won't be the business blog anymore. I won't be posting links on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram. I'm just relying on you to check back in on us now and then. And hopefully we'll have something to show you.

Like this!

The business blog will be over on the business website, where it makes sense, right? Since we're (Kristen & I) are immersed in this wedding and party world, we like writing about it. So we're gonna write more about weddings & events over there plus updates on all the real life events we handle. I'd love it if you checked in on that too.

So now that I've set things straight again, I vow to keep the changes to a minimum. Now let's see if I can get some actual blogging going. Wait, do people even blog anymore? No? Crap.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Bottle Pop Party Picks: Camp Bach!

I wanted to intro a new little series we're going to be doing called Bottle Pop Party Picks.  It's basically a themed party inspiration board but with all tangible product to purchase, as opposed to random pictures. Remember my Get Party Prepped package? Well this is basically a mini version. And you know…for free. So here's the first one…a girly camping bachelorette party, hereto referred to as Camp Bach!

Even though the color palette may be super girly and you may be tempted to call this glamping, I still recommend the basics. 

1) Like adorable matches 
2) And a flowered tent to hide from bears in 
3) S'mores are mandatory obviously 
4) Woodgrain flasks for water or whiskey 
5) You prissy b's can't be expected to sit on the ground, right? Use fancy stools
6) And in case you can't find any sticks, use these roasters (p.s. where are you camping where there are no sticks???) 
7) Who's bringing the Stacked sealed individual wines? Because they're ADORABLE
8) Bring enough cozy blankets for the whole class ok?
9) What's for dinner? Hot dogs and beans? Eat them out of the prettiest thermos ever!
10) Do not, under any circumstances, forget to decorate the campsite. Use garland whenever possible.
11) Staying alive is the goal. Right behind having the best time ever.
12) Coolest sleeping bag ever.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Let's Read Books!

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I have been a reading fool lately! And by lately, I mean all my life. Ha. I finally gave in to the electronic reader when I received a Kindle for Christmas. Man, that thing is dangerous. Books at my fingertips? Ok, buy, buy, buy. I still need to learn the whole lending library deal but for right now, I bought myself a few books and haven't regretted one. So here's what's been read lately…

First up, my girl Rainbow Rowell. Even though a few of her books are considered YA, they're all really good, easy reads. The YA ones are the kind that make you wistful for your teenage years, if only they were nothing like your real teenage years. She only has a few books out but I think my fave is Fangirl. But read anything, they're all fun.

I also read The Goldfinch, because everyone else was doing it. And why yes, I would jump off a bridge, Mom, thanks for asking.  It took me awhile to get to the point where I was like YES, this book has finally hooked me. But once it did, it had me til the end. 

I'm a fan of J. Courtney Sullivan too and eagerly awaited her most recent book, The Engagements. It was a tad bit disappointing. The story is centered around the woman who created the Debeers slogan "A Diamond is Forever" and it follows the stories of a few other women and the connection with the engagement ring. Some of the characters are unlikeable but I enjoy her writing, if that makes any sense. It's a pretty easy, light read if you're bored.

I'm also currently in the middle of The Sisterhood by Helen Bryan and I'm hooked. It switches back and forth between present day and Spain in the 1500's during the Spanish Inquisition and surrounds a convent and all of the interesting women that float through.  

And for anybody in the event business, I also read Preston Bailey's Dear Preston. I read it in a day but it was full of good, practical advice for those of us wanting big things out of our businesses.

Every time I do a book post, everyone tells me to join Goodreads. Well I finally did while back and use it pretty often. Are you on there? The name's Shannon Wellington if you want to be friends. And if you didn't know my name. Otherwise, I always want to hear your book recs!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Under the Chuppah: A Bridal Show Table

My friend Sue at Fresh Designs Florist is pretty much a rockstar. She's been in the wedding business for a long time, she's blunt yet hilarious and is one of those people that makes things happen. Like you're sitting there talking about an idea and all of a sudden she's on the phone making plans, introducing you to this person and that person. It's kinda cool.  

So when she told me to get a design together to accompany her table at the bridal open house at the Merion Tribute House, I jumped at the chance.

As the other vendors looked on curiously, we carried tree limb after limb inside the grand venue and set about constructing her chuppah. We set the table underneath, hung Moroccan lanterns, lit candles and placed flowers everywhere.

It was the first table that the couples saw when they walked in the door and honestly? It was pretty incredible.

I used free calligraphy printables from Snippet & Ink, which you can find here.

We got to speak to so many fun couples that night & I got to chat with tons of other awesome wedding vendors. And even though we called it a chuppah, it's perfect for any wedding ceremony + I'm excited because my October bride and groom are using it as their ceremony backdrop. Now I know what to do with all of those fallen trees in my yard now, chuppahs for everyone!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Otherwise Engaged ( Party! )

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My September bride & groom have an engagement party on the horizon and although I won't be Pinteresting it up, it doesn't mean I don't have some ideas. Why no cutesy decor? Well the venue doesn't really call for it and if you can believe it, not everyone needs a fussy party :) I'm perfectly happy to cater to those that do and do not need fussy parties btw.

We chose this simple taupe invitation and from there, I took the color scheme, simplicity and of course…the tiny bow! Engagement parties are perfect for simple decor like black and white photos, gorgeous flowers (in ice cubes even!) and celebratory Italian liqueur & sorbet bars, aren't they? Well any day is perfect for Italian liqueurs, so there's that.

Do you get invited to lots of engagement parties? Would you like to? Would you like to wrap yourself in that sequin tablecloth and prance around with me? I hope that last one is a resounding YES.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A Classic Baby Shower at Lacroix

With gorgeous views of Rittenhouse Square, the private dining room at Lacroix at the Rittenhouse Hotel proved to be a *choice* location for a classic baby shower. Luckily the parents-to-be are waiting to find out whether the baby is a boy or girl because the room was perfectly decorated in gender neutral shades of green and lot of natural textures. 

I kept the decor simple and natural with lots of burlap and a little bit of sparkle.

We also did a onesie decorating activity and since we couldn't hang a line along the wall, a pair of bifold doors were the perfect spot to hang little hangers & custom designed outfits!

Classic baby accoutrements like silver rattles, cups and spoons were put on pedestals on the tables.

And the flowers. The flowers are always my favorite part. We filled monogram mugs from Anthropologie with lots of pretty neutrals and spelled out the words Baby Love as the centerpieces.

And the gorgeous guest of honor!

This was a last minute event for me but everything turned out beautifully! Although having an incredible restaurant as a base doesn't hurt, right?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Girls' Day + Champagne Bar = Perfection

When the time came for my lady friends and I to get together for our annual after-the-holidays soiree, we decided to go ahead and make it another Favorite Things party! We sorta loved doing it last year so really, it was a no-brainer. And when it came time to decorate, I wanted a chance to use some of my favorite trends: confetti, champagne bars & metallics. So I did. And I loved it.

Oh and hey, it's me!

So much cute stuff! And most of it came from my friend Tara of One Stylish Party fame. She is my go-to girl for fringe banners, tissue tassel banners & giant confetti balloons. She even let me borrow her gold sequin runners which made me giddy with all that sparkle.


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