This time of year, I am always reminded of an event I had the pleasure of planning a couple of years ago. Amber wanted to host a surprise birthday party for her husband, but she wanted it to be different from any party they had ever attended. She wanted the party to incorporate his love for music, fine food, and spirits. I immediately thought a yacht party with a cigar lounge vibe and cognac tasting would be perfect! Once guests received the digital cinematic invitation, the anticipation began to build...
Beauty and the Beast hit theatres this past weekend with record-breaking openings. For me, the movie called to mind the ever popular 1991 song, “Be Our Guest!” Composed and produced by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, it has proven to be one of the greatest salutations to dinner. That being said, let’s talk invitations!
Because we’re still in the month of LOVE, I’ve been reading a plethora of posts about relationships and couples. I kicked off the month with the 30 Day Relationship Challenge. I thought I’d share with you some of what else I’ve been reading since then.
So I’m still on a Beyoncé high from my Christmas Eve Eve party which prompted me to design this versatile and unique idea for a Valentine's celebration. This theme will work in both a playful environment and a sexy, romantic one. I also like that it can be enjoyed in an intimate couple setting or with a group of friends. You can start the day by leaving a card stating why your special someone is the Bee’s Knees. Then, throughout the day send cute messages or sexy questions like these. For those of you that want to celebrate all month long, try this 30 Day Relationship Challenge. It's a sure way to spark some fireworks and have the romance dialed up in time for Valentine’s Day!
Reflecting on 2016, I found that I failed to accomplish a lot of my goals for the year. So, for 2017 I wanted to implement a new practice to increase my likelihood of success. How I intended to do that was still not clear, though. While out gathering supplies and seeking inspiration for my Annual Christmas Eve Eve Lemonade Party, I came across some really cute items for my guests to take home as a parting gift. The glass bottle, metallic woven basket, and journal pictured above all worked perfectly with the theme for the night. And I knew then, that the journal would be a tool in achieving my goals...
For the past 5 or more years, I have hosted a gathering in my home for my girlfriends on December 23rd. It has come to be known as my Annual Christmas Eve Eve party. It’s a moment for all of us to unwind from the last minute Christmas shopping and holiday parties. And the date is usually perfect because most of us have started our holiday vacations, but it is before family traditions kick off the next day. It is a time for us to catch up, have fun, and eat (of course)!
Now that the initial excitement and shock of becoming engaged has settled in, it’s actually time to start planning what may be one of the biggest days of your life – your wedding day! As you start attending bridal shows and reading all of those magazines and blogs, you will surely encounter tons of businesses vying for your support, wedding planners included. But before you consider making a commitment to a wedding planner, consider these common myths as to why NOT to hire one, and the reality.
Most engagements occur in the month of December - mainly due to the Christmas and New Year holidays. So, now that your boo has popped the question, and you said "YES!," here are some engagement party ideas with a POPPED THE QUESTION theme incorporating POPcorn, POPped corks, and soda POP.
With Thanksgiving just over a month away, we thought we'd share our top tips for hosting the most memorable dinner party. While hosting an event can seem daunting, with some thoughtful planning, you can be sure to leave your guests talking for days, weeks, or sometimes years!
Exquisitely Dunn was officially established in 2007, but its story begins many years prior. Our founder and creative director, Kayla Marie Dunn, has been crafting memorable events since childhood. She quickly realized her knack for dreaming big and transforming vision into reality. This, coupled with her impeccable style, allows us to create classic, elegant events to suit any client’s taste. The hummingbird embodies our philosophy at Exquisitely Dunn. It is delicate, yet surprisingly strong; it is versatile, efficient, swift, and graceful. Understated yet bold, the hummingbird provides joy, brightness, and love. This is the unique spirit Exquisitely Dunn brings to every event.