We are bursting with delight this morning over photos from a Broadway influenced celebration Diva With A Fork created for one up and coming Bat Mitzvah star in Tampa Bay! Here’s a look at the beautiful pinkolicious invitation and “ticket” escort card created by our talented friends at Natural Impression Design. Each “ticket” escort cards was attached to thirteen different divalicious Broadway poster cookies created by the one and only Eleni’s New York.
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Stay tuned for more details from this Great White Way inspired party!
Our mission if we chose to accept it? Transform a historic, beachfront hotel’s ballroom into a “0013 Bar Mitzvah Celebration.” I know, my opening line for all you James Bond fans isn’t from a 007 movie. However, by the looks on guests faces as they walked through a Monte Carlo inspired entryway into the reception…we knew our mission was accomplished!
In keeping with the party’s theme, martini glasses held place card olives adorned with Bar Mitzvah guests names and table assignments.
A custom Aston Martin gobo graced the dance floor.
The room’s overall decor, reflected the glamour of Monte Carlo.
Elegant glass vases filled with white roses, hydrangea, orchids and ostrich feathers sat atop tables dressed in black pintuck eyelash linens.
We loved these unique file folder “For Your Eyes Only” menu cards. When opened, they revealed a sumptuous menu printed on a stunning, crystal card stock.
Our guest of honor’s table was filled with all the gadgets a secret agent would need to successfully complete a covert operation.
On display throughout the celebration, this delectable cake was the perfect ending to a first class affair.
Event Planning & Design – Diva With A Fork
Venue – Loews Don CeSar Hotel
Florist – The Arrangement Florist
Menu Cards & Table Signage - Natural Impression Design
Linens – Connie Duglin Specialty Linen
Lighting – Swank Audio Visuals
Music – The Mike Eisenstadt Band
Photography – Maddock Photographers
Eat, Drink & Entertain,
Although fall’s cool weather is a divine change from summer’s heat, this fall’s celebrations are gearing up to sizzle! How do we know? Check out Diva With A Fork’s picks for the hottest event trends for Fall 2011.
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Millions excitedly watched the morning of April 29, 2011 as Catherine Middleton wed Prince William of Wales in a breath-taking gown designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen fashion house. The dress was inspired by the one worn by Grace Kelly, the day she married Prince Rainier of Monaco. The French Chantilly lace and English Cluny lace adorning the gown were hand sewn throughout the skirt, underskirt and bodice. Critics praised Ms. Middleton’s elegantly polished wedding day look, which has paved the way for lace to take center stage for fall 2011 and winter 2012 affairs.
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This chic applique will not only be gracing the fashion world with its presence, it will be jazzing up cakes, invitations and linens too.
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Girls just want to have fun, but so do guys! Men are vocalizing the importance of including their interests when planning a social event. We predict Man Caves…spaces created for men to congregate and enjoy “guy time,” will be hitting the party scene in the near future. What guy wouldn’t be thrilled to see an area featuring a Bourbon, Cognac & Whiskey bar, surrounded by a few poker and blackjack tables?
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Bold, distictive, dramatic…red is replacing purple as the queen of color!
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Red hues are perfect for flirty pops of color or envelop a room with its richness for a stunning look!
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Cherry, s’more, PB&J, strawberry, chocolate fudge…who would have thought these sugary breakfast pastries would be the next dessert sensation? Move over cupcakes, these treats are forkolicious!
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Entertaining family and friends this Memorial Day/Fourth of July weekend? Check out our ideas for setting a beautiful, inexpensive, stress-free “Stars and Stripes” table your guests will adore!
A Pop of Color!
Uncle Sam Proudly Wears Red, White & Blue
Old-Fashioned Mason Jars
A Simple Red Tablecoth & Patriotic Colored Sand Candles
Ever dream of becoming Hollywood’s next sweetheart?
Events By Eileen made one Bat Mitzvah girl’s dream of stardom a reality!
At sunset, a pink carpet was rolled out for our Bat Mitzvah starlet and her 300 family and friends. Paparazzi were on hand to capture guests faces, as they entered the V.I.P. Bat Mitzvah Awards Bash.
Our diva starred in her very own concept video, shot months before the event by Bryan Coward and his talented team at Tampa Wonderworks Films. The world premiere of the seven minute movie was shown to all, as the Bat Mitzvah girl made her grand entrance into the ballroom!
Interactive food stations, chairs and cocktail tables were draped with hot pink, purple and black satin linens…our leading lady’s favorite colors! The menu, a mixture of Asian and American delights served in takeout containers and on chic plasticware.
Stunning centerpieces overflowing with pink and purple toned flowers, perched atop smoke colored risers, accented with candles, glamorized food stations. Orchids resting in large martini glasses, filmstrips and LED stars, dazzled our cocktail tables strategically placed throughout the venue.
Dancing Heads were a hit with guests searching for their own time in the spotlight. This interactive, lip-syncing, head bopping experience is one of the hottest entertainment trends for 2011!
Event Design & Planning: Events By Eileen – (813) 598-9941
Venue: The Ritz Ybor – (813) 390-0397
Photographer: Booray Perry Photography – (813) 728-7110
Florist: The Arrangement Florist – (813) 886-1518
Catering: Lynn’s Catering of Tampa – (813) 546-4835
Videography: Tampa Wonderworks Films – (727) 542-8614
DeeJay - DJ Perfections – (886) DJ-TAMPA
Dancing Heads – (800) 446-3211
Old world elegance best describes the opulent tablescape that captivated us the moment we crossed the bridge to Italy Isola located in World Showcase at EPCOT. The table was draped in rich aubergine crinkle taffeta linen.
Pistachio crinkle taffeta napkins accented with miniature grape napkin rings, decoratively held each guest’s place at the table.
Pistachio crinkle taffeta also added panache to mahogany chiavari chairs. Bronze urns overflowed with a variety of vibrant flowers accented with ivy and twig.
Ornate laterns one might find at a bazaar, held candles that cast a soft glow. The table looked as if it had popped out of a magazine. It was stunning…absolutely stunning!
Interactive food stations have become a popular dining option for celebrations large and small. They enhance a party’s ambiance, while showcasing gastronomical cuisine.
I experienced this concept at its finest at the Platinum Anniversary celebration! The menu was a creative mix of flavors, paired with wines that complimented the epicurean experience.
Heirloom Tomatoes with Sweet Onions and Olive Oil
Grilled Asparagus with Piquillo Peppers
Pan Seared Angus Beef Medallion with Tarragon Demi
House Made Mushroom Bread with Butter
Paired with: Simi Carbernet Sauvignon
Mesclun of Greens with Champagne Vinaigrette and Green Peppercorn Cream
Truffle Smashed Yukon Gold Potatoes
Merlot Braised Duck Meatballs with Onion Crisps
Roasted Poulet Rouge with Calvados Apple Jus
Grilled Flatbread with Hummus
Paired with: King Estate Ranch Pinot Noir
Penne Pasta with Spinach, Roasted Red Pepper and Parmesan
PEI Mussels with Garlic, Tomato and White Wine
Pan Seared Scallops with Meyer Lemon
Paired with: Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc
Always leave room for dessert is my motto. It wasn’t easy with so many delectables to try at dinner. However, I did manage to leave a crevice in my stomach for a few bites of decadent dessert. Tiramisu, Strawberry Trifle and Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch, were just a few scrumptious offerings displayed on the shelves of a vertical station.
The sweet that had everyone’s tongues wagging, was the Flambeed Cinnamon Doughnut Topped with Coffee Ice Cream…sinfully rich and totally delish!
With glasses of Rosa Regale in hand, we watched as the sky exploded with bursts of color from IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. What a magnificent ending to a night I’m sure none of us will ever forget.
Happy 20th Anniversary to the dazzling ladies and gentleman of Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings! Wishing you all many more years of making couples wedding dreams come true!
Ever wonder if dreams really do come true? The talented cast at Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings would happily say so. For the past 20 years they’ve been magically making couples wedding dreams a reality. Last week I had the pleasure of attending their Platinum Anniversary Celebration along with Carley Roney – cofounder and editor in chief of The Knot, Inc., David Tutera – celebrity party planner and host of My Fair Weddings, Michael Shettel – Vice President of Alfred Angelo, as well as, other industry professionals from around the country I respect and admire.
As the chartered bus pulled into the entrance of Franck’s Studio at the Walt Disney World Resort, our eyes were drawn to a sea of color perched atop a few large round tables draped in vibrant turquoise fabric. My eyes began to twinkle and my heart filled with glee.
There decoratively displayed for all to enjoy, were oodles and oodles of brightly colored confectionary treats!
While approaching the tables to take in the miraculous site, a gentleman in a tuxedo offered our lively group champagne.
A champagne and candy reception…are you kidding me? I thought I had died and gone to heaven! Lollipops, rock candy, salt water taffy, Jelly Belly’s, etc. overflowed from the sunny yellow take out containter I used to collect sweets.
High on sugar, we piled into the first few rows of seats at Disney’s Wedding Pavilion. Korri McFann, Worldwide Marketing & Business Development Director for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings gave us a warm welcome and announced for the first time that couples will be able to tie the knot Disney style at the new Aulani Resort in Ko Olina, Hawaii and aboard the Disney Dream, the newest ship in Disney Cruise Line’s fleet.
All eyes were upon Michael Shettel as he unveiled Alfred Angelo’s latest creation, the Cinderella Platinum Anniversary Gown available to brides late summer of 2011. It’s absolutely gorgeous! There’s no doubt brides will feel and look like a princess in this stunning gown.
The lovely Carley Roney, provided a glimpse into the average age and budget of today’s brides from around the country. Did you know in New York, women are typically walking down the aisle at 32 years old and spend an average of $71,000 for their big day?
You know that feeling you get deep down inside when you’re in the presence of someone you adore? When the double doors flew open at the back of the Wedding Pavilion and in walked David Tutera, that’s exactly how I felt. He’s charming, charismatic and in my opinion a genius when it comes to planning the perfect party. Wondering what the hot color for weddings will be towards the end of 2011/beginning of 2012? According to David Tutera, the focus will be on the color red!
Just as we thought our time at the Wedding Pavilion was coming to a close…dance music filled the air, the double doors once again parted and bopping down the aisle came bridesmaids and groomsmen.
A couple who had married two years ago at the Walt Disney Resort, invited all attending to share in their happiness as they renewed their vows.
Outside the pavilion, we applauded as the fireworks exploded and the couple rode away in Cinderella’s carriage. It was a fairytale ending to an incredible afternoon.
For us though the party wasn’t over, the celebration was just beginning! Our next stop…a candlelit dinner at Italy Isola in EPCOT.
Join me again Monday, as I take you to EPCOT at Walt Disney World in Florida for an unforgettable V.I.P. dinner under the stars. It’s Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings 20th anniversary and you’re my date!
All photos appearing in this article were courtesy of Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings.
Once thought only as a delicious start to the morning, people are flipping over the latest dessert trend for 2011 celebrations…pancakes!
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Yes, that right! Offering flavors like red velvet, chocolate, banana and chocolate chip, are an ingenious way to present a comfort food known to all with a forkolicious twist! What I love most about this dessert is it’s adaptability. Pancakes can be cut into decorative shapes, stuffed with gastronomical fillings and elegantly presented at a formal affair.
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For a creative alternative, a chef attended station offering multiple flavored pancakes and an assortment of fillings and toppings is sure to excite. What fillings do I recommend? Cheesecake, Nutella, bananas foster, hot fudge, cream cheese and your favorite jam. Toppings? How about chocolate syrup, fresh whipped cream, Ghirardelli white, milk, and semi-sweet chocolate chips, fresh fruit (pineapple, strawberries, blueberries, bananas), chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds), M & M’s and sprinkles. Oh, and you won’t want to forget a scoop of creamy chocolate and/or vanilla bean ice cream!
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With a tantalizing dessert like this…2011 is looking pretty sweet!
James Bond is the fictional character created by novelist, Ian Fleming. His books feature 007 as a charismatic British S.I.S. agent known for his luxurious lifestyle and love of beautiful women. Bond’s larger-than-life image inspired the bold design of this Bar Mitzvah celebration.
An elaborate entryway influenced by the movie Casino Royale, was a welcoming sight for guests.
It’s no secret James Bond’s drink of choice was a Vodka Martini, “Shaken Not Stirred.” These glow in the dark martini glasses were playful seating cards, as well as, party favors.
Sports cars, private airplanes…007 traveled in style! We decked out the children’s soda bar and buffet area with both!
Le Magasin De Bon Bon De Brett was a candy lovers dream come true. No one could resist the urge to indulge!
While children dined bistro style on gourmet mac-n-cheese garnished with panko breaded chicken strips in a martini glass, adults devoured filets of beef with a peppercorn demi-glace at tables of ten named after Bond movies. Beautiful, bright floral arrangements complimented multi-colored shag linen overlays.
A sensational deejay and dancers kept everyone celebrating way past midnight!
Meet the experts that brought our masterpiece to life!
Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel
Events By Eileen & Diva With A Fork
The Arrangement Florist – (813) 886-1518
Connie Duglin Specialty Linen & Chair Cover Rental
M & M Entertainment
The ballots have been counted, red carpet’s being rolled out, fashion houses are aflutter…all in anticipation of the Oscars. It’s the night Hollywood’s newest royalty will officially be crowned!
Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been mesmerized by awards shows. Don’t tell me you’ve never imagined what it would be like to stand on a stage and accept one of those gold statues in front of millions of viewers? How about wishing you were a fly on the wall to hear what conversations go on between celebrities backstage? Although most of us will never experience the thrill, a few years ago I did along with 350 other people get the opportunity to listen to someone who has!
In 2007, I had the pleasure of bringing fourteen time Academy Awards producer, Gil Cates to Tampa for a nonprofit’s fundraising event. Mr. Cates shared personal photos and stories of his many experiences producing the Oscars. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at what it takes to produce tinseltown’s hottest awards show. Since this year’s show is days away, I thought it would be fun to share a few photos from one of my favorite galas…Behind the Scenes with Academy Producer Gil Cates.
When selecting a venue to host an event that featured an award winning producer, I couldn’t think of a more appropriate one than the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. At the start of the night, an elegant cocktail reception was held in Ferguson Hall’s lobby. Guests enjoyed divine hors d’oeuvres, sipped wine and mingled as entertainers belted out hits from the musicals, Hairspray and Dream Girls. As the dinner hour approached, attendees were ushered into Carol Morsani Hall, a gigantic lobby with soaring ceilings for a sumptuous four-course dinner.
When booking the space for the gala, I knew the massive lobby would pose a few challenges. One of the biggest would be to create an intimate atmosphere on a small budget. Remember, this event was for a nonprofit. Their goal was to fundraise, not to spend money frivolously. Normally, I’d utilize pipe and drape to condense the space. In this case however, it wasn’t feasible. To drape the room with fabric would have depleted most, if not all of my decorating allotment.
One day while shopping for plants to landscape my yard, the idea hit me! Trees! Branches! Forest! I’d create dramatic centerpieces from curly willow branches, crystals and orchids to trick the mind into thinking the ceiling was actually lower than it was.
Candlelight softened the space and gave it a warm glow, while enhancing the dramatic look. Basically, I knew I had one chance to make a huge impression and I intended for everyone entering the lobby for dinner to be awed by the beauty. When choosing a color palette, my inspiration came from old Hollywood and the diamonds worn by leading ladies. Platinum satin linens adorned the tables and draped the chairs. A shag overlay added glamour and texture to the tablescape. Custom menu cards printed on silver shimmer cardstock were placed inside each guest’s cummberbund folded napkin. In honor of Mr. Cates, tables were named after award winning movies like Forrest Gump, Terms of Endearment and Driving Miss Daisy. The room that evening was drop dead gorgeous and the gala a financial success for the nonprofit!
My vision couldn’t have been brought to life without help from my team. A huge thank you again goes out to the wonderful people from…
The Arrangement Florist – (813)-886-1518
Gracia Creative Photography
Room Service An AFR Event Furnishings Company
Green Room Public Relations
Bob’s Busy Bee Printing
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
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