Peony Events Entertaining 101 | Welcome Drinks

Entertaining is all about being gracious and keeping guests engaged from the beginning of an event to the very end. We suggest to treat your guests the way you would want to be treated at someone else's affair. Also, let's not forget that first impressions make lasting impressions. Case in point, "Welcome Drinks!"

We like to welcome the guests of Peony Events with a beautiful entrance, which includes a welcome drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic), upon their arrival. Whether it's to the ceremony or entering the cocktail hour (post church), it's always a nice, simple touch! Depending on your decor, event layout or drink selections, you can opt to have them butler-passed on trays (with lovely accents of course - personalized napkins, fruit garnishes, patterned straws, & flowers!) by waiters greeting at the entrance or they can be put on a beautiful display stand/table (something unique). Either way, guests will l-o-v-e it!

For spring/summer weddings opt for something extra refreshing + ice cold, for the colder months, something to warm them up with! Here are a few from some of our real weddings & events. {Photo Credits: Top 5 Images by Berit, bottom 4 Elena Wolfe Photography}

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Home For Easter

We hope everyone who celebrates Easter had a lovely holiday weekend with those you love!

I (Stacey) had so much fun hosting our families yesterday! It was a small crew this year, table for 11, the perfect size (for our dining room)! We wanted everyone to be able to feast at one table, so we put in the extra leaf and ordered gold chiavari chairs from A Party Pleasing. By doing this, it created plenty of space for everyone to sit comfortably, we even had enough room for one more!

Easter Table

We wanted to mix the traditional pastel shades of Easter with an extra pop of color, creating that WOW factor effect! The color palette for the day: Pale blues, shades of pink, green, whites and gold. The linens were a gorgeous pale blue and creamy white (Williams Sonoma, Painterly Damask Tablecloth & Napkins) perfect for any spring or summer event you may be hosting. We used a mix of vintage, antique plates that were my Grandmother-in-laws. Each guest were greeted at their place setting by a pretty die cut peony place card purchased at Laura Clare's Florist in Bernardsville, NJ and a yummy chocolate bunny pop from Enjou Chocolat in Morristown, NJ, we tied them with beautiful blue ribbon. The centerpiece was a mix of a few of our favorite's: blue hydrangea, pink peonies, white tulips and silver dollar eucalyptus done by Laura @ Laura Clare's - she let us hand select the florals and she arranged everything so beautifully for us in a low, gold mercury glass pedestal vase. She definitely knows my taste to a T! For the double chandeliers in the room, I really wanted to create a garden like atmosphere indoors - fresh eucalyptus from Laura and live ivy and bright pink tulips from plants purchased from one of my favorite places, Morris County Farms in Denville, NJ.

The dinner menu: Roasted rosemary chickens, chive and dill mashed potatoes, melon arugula salad with homeade lemon dressing, roasted snap peas with asparagus and my mother's homeade rolls. For sweets, we enjoyed a beautiful fruit platter + red velvet cupcakes made by my Mom (family tradition since before they were a worldwide favorite), vanilla cupcakes with lemon zest icing that I made, mini chocolate chip cookies and cheesecake that my mother-in-law made, cute little lemon sugar cookies from Williams Sonoma and of course jelly beans galore! Everything was delicious over our chai tea latte's, Starbucks house blend coffees and iced hot chocolate for the kids (thank goodness for Keurig's)!

 

After dinner we had an Easter Egg Hunt for my nieces and played Bocce Ball!

Happy Easter from The Sainato's!


Seasonal Spring Wedding Flowers

Happy first day of spring! Spring brides have the option to use cheerful, bright colors in shades of perfect pinks, pretty purples and beautiful blues.

Spring is all about new beginnings and is the perfect time for wedding season to kick off! Flowering bulbs, such as tulips and hyacinths come into season. Peonies are available from late spring to early summer; they are the favorite flower of many brides (and us!). Another popular spring wedding flower is the Hyacinth, these fragrant flowers come in shades of red, blue, white, orange, pink, violet, or yellow.

Many spring wedding flowers are known for their scents, choose flowers with pretty fragrances that are not too overpowering. Just a few stems of Oriental lilies can fill the air with a strong sweet perfume, so they are best used in larger venues. Stephanotis, freesia, stock, tuberoses, sweet peas and English Garden Roses bring the outdoors in, they have a light sweet fragrance and are the perfect look for mother-of-the-bride and groom corsages and bridal bouquets.

Spring seasonal flowers are the most economical for weddings held in March, April and May. Apple or cherry blossoms, Daffodils, Delphinium, Dogwoods, Forsythia branches, Hyacinths, Hydrangeas, Iris, Larkspur, Lilacs, Lilies, Lily of the valley, Lisianthus, Mini Calla Lily, Pansies, Peonies, Ranunculus, Roses, Sweet peas, Tulips. You can mix these seasonal flowers with flowers that are available all year round, such as roses, lilies, gerbera daisies, orchids, anthuriums, and other tropical flowers.

Here are a few ideas we love for spring wedding flowers!

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We are so excited for warmer weather, the smell of fresh cut grass and the beauty of flowers everywhere, not too mention all of our spring weddings! We would love to hear what flowers you will be using for your spring wedding!

{Photo Credits: 1. 79ideas.com 2. bridalguide.com 3-5. bollea.com 6. oncewed.com}

 


Wedding Day Weather Predictions

Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, couples are always concerned about possible wedding day weather conditions. Rain, snow, ice, extreme heat or a perfectly sunny day, with mild temperatures and zero humidity, one can never be 100% sure. Try to remember that your BIG day is about the union of the two of you and all about your love for one another. Plus, rain on your wedding day is good luck!

With that being said, we love The Weather Channel's Wedding Planner tool which helps you to predict your wedding day weather as best as possible. Just visit their site: http://www.weather.com/activities/events/weddings/, type in your wedding date, time of wedding and voila you will have the average weather conditions for the month of your wedding. They provide in great detail for each different element: cloud cover, temperate, rain & snow. In addition, they will show you the past three years of weather conditions for your wedding day location and actual date.

Your day will be fabulous no matter what, but it's important to try and forecast your weather as much as possible for your big day, especially if your heart is set on an outdoor ceremony and/or reception.


Peony Events Featured in Unplugged Weddings Article

We were contacted a couple of weeks ago by the very talented freelance writer, Jill Jaracz. The topic: Unplugged Weddings - The Smartphone vs The Wedding. We couldn't resist talking about such a hot topic!

The unplugged weddings article was picked up by several outlets nationwide, here are just a few!

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Check out the article, we feel pretty giddy to be quoted right next to etiquette expert Emily post's great granddaughter, Lizzie Post, a co-author of Emily Post's Etiquette, 18th edition and co-author of Great Get-TogethersLet us know your thoughts on Unplugged Weddings and if you had one or will be having one!