• Revisiting last year's Variety Care Benefit

    After a relaxing holiday, we're back and busy as we prepare for Variety Care's “A Taste for Travel” benefit happening this Friday!  This exciting event is actually sold out but we still wanted to share with you some about this nonprofit which touches the lives of so many Oklahoman's.

    Last year Variety Care helped over 100,000 people in our state by providing medical, dental, vision, nutrition and mental health services.  With the proceeds and donations from this benefit, they can offer quality affordable health care, along with social services, pharmacy, lab and X-ray diagnostics.  Started in 1932, they have created a lasting impact on low income families, children, at risk youth and fragile elderly. 

    We're so proud to be a part of this fun and informative event that helps people year after year.  If you're wanting to donate please reach out to Variety Care here.  And to get into the party mood let's look back at last year's event!

    Variety Care Oklahoma City party
    red linens western decor with backdrop

    variety care western
    jazz statues oklahoma city rentals

  • Classic + Tasteful Patriotic Decor

    tasteful patriotic party decor

    Happy Memorial Day weekend!  While we love a themed party, let us remember what the day is actually about.  This Monday we pay our respects to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and we also recognize and thank those who actively protect our country.  This weekend we pay tribute to you!  

    We hope you have a safe and happy holiday weekend and it you're looking for some tasteful patriotic decor ideas, check out the ones above! 

  • | Wedding Wednesday | Summer Wedding Ideas for 2017

    The heat is on its way and so is wedding season!  

    While there really isn't a true "wedding season" anymore, nothing is better than a beautiful summer wedding.  Are you planning your upcoming wedding or looking for some fresh and festive trends, then check out these summer wedding ideas for 2017 below!

    gelato summer wedding ideas for 2017Delicious gelato would make a sweet surprise.

    parasol umbrella wedding guestsA pretty parasol for guests that are sitting in the sun.

    bright vibrant summer bloomsBrides, consider carry a bright vibrant summer bouquet.

    snow cone stand for weddingThis mini snow cone stand will keep guests cool.

    croquet set for weddingCroquet games will keep your guests busy while waiting for the bride and groom to arrive.

    Which summer wedding ideas do you love?!

    (photos from Martha Stewart Weddings)

  • | Setting the stage | Creating an environment for your entertainment

    blue sequin curtain stage

    fringe stage with lighting

    circus theme stage

    stage with piano

    Knowing what you want for your event is the easy part, executing it is quite another.  Once you decide on the style of your event, we can take over from there!  We have both the experience and tools to help you create your vision... especially when it includes a stage.

    Do you have a speaker or some entertainment that you want to be the focus of your party/function?  Then let us literally set the stage so that the highlight of your night is visible for all to see!  Above are some of the many examples of the stages we've designed.  Which one is your favorite?

  • | #WeddingWednesday | Staying sane while planning your wedding

    tricks to stay sane when planning your wedding

    Planning your wedding can be the most stressful time of your life.  While "keep calm and carry on" is something people love to say, it's not always the easiest thing for a busy bride-to-be to do!  That's where the experts come in...

    Vogue asked some of the top wedding planners the key to keeping sane during this exciting time.  Below are their tips which we also agree will help you keep it together.  They'll also help you to enjoy this unforgettable time in your (AND YOUR SPOUSE'S) life. 

    Hire a planner.
    Regardless of how simple or elaborate you are envisioning your day, planning out the logistics of such a special event will take time. “My advice for a bride-to-be is to begin working with a planner as soon as you set the wedding date,” says Ron Wendt, CEO of Ron Wendt Design.

    “There is no worse feeling than that of being rushed—or told that you missed an opportunity because of time constraints. Planning your wedding should, and can be, such a fun process if you go about it properly with a professional. Start early and save yourself the unnecessary stress,” Wendt adds.

    “Especially during the month leading up to your wedding—you should be concentrating on friends, family, and pampering yourself,” says Sara Fried of Fête Nashville. “Not calling all your vendors, updating them on head-count changes, worrying about the weather, and finalizing the timeline and vendor load-in details!”

    Ask for help.
    “It always confuses me when brides tell me they don’t want their bridesmaids to have to do anything,” Fried says. “It’s an honor to be asked to be in a wedding, and your friends want to help make your wedding memorable, personal, and as stress-free as possible, just as you would do for them!”

    If you get overwhelmed with the task of stuffing envelopes, finding bridesmaids dresses, or choosing favors, ask your bridesmaids for help. “There’s nothing wrong with asking a friend to take on the task of setting up manicure appointments for everyone or ordering lunch and mimosas for your wedding day,” says Fried.

    Be flexible.
    What is urgent versus what is important? “It’s easy to get bogged down by the daily demands of planning a wedding. Write down the three things you value most in your life and keep them front and center,” Boardman suggests. Focusing on what matters ensures you won’t have a conniption over which table linens to choose.

    “I cannot stress the importance of flexibility enough,” says Binder-Brynes. “Many brides and grooms these days have precise visions of what they want their wedding to be. It is good to have some idea of what you desire, but remaining flexible is key to reducing stress and finding enjoyment in the planning. And choose your battles. Deal with the most salient and immediate problems first and leave the less pressing ones for a later time,” she says.

    Enjoy the journey.
    ‘Good stress’ is still stress. “Brides-to-be sometimes feel guilty that they are not enjoying every moment of what is supposed to be one of the most exciting times of their life,” Boardman says. Getting enough sleep, maintaining an exercise regimen, starting a meditation practice, and eating a healthy diet are ways you can fortify yourself and stay strong within the wedding vortex.

    It’s not all about you!
    Your fiancé is now your forever partner, so ask him for ideas and input. “The more decisions you make together, the closer you will become—and the more personal your wedding will be to the both of you. It’s a great experience to learn how to compromise and choose your battles,” Fried says.

    Boardman echoes that sentiment. “Remember who you are marrying. I can’t stress this enough—it takes two to get married, so there are two who have to be considered in the planning stages. Here is where flexibility comes in again; you are both important that day, and planning your wedding sets the tone and a precedent for many other ‘plannings’ to come in your future.”

    (Interview from

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