December 1, 2020 - Comments Off on Holiday Wedding Drinks to Serve to Your Guests

Holiday Wedding Drinks to Serve to Your Guests

No holiday wedding is complete without the perfect festive drink menu for you and your guests to enjoy! Curating cold-weather drinks for your holiday wedding is a fun way to stay on theme with the season. However, we understand that the options are endless! If you are not sure where to begin, we have teamed up with our friends at Single Barrel Events for their advice and recipes for the top holiday wedding drinks to serve to your guests. We first worked with them at one of our favorite Smoky Mountain weddings. Share these recipes with your bartender to bring your holiday drink menu to life!

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Photography by Molly + Co | Venue  Smoky Hollow Studios | Design + Planning by ‘Cause We Can Events | Floral Design by Best Day Ever Florals | Wedding Dress by Vene Ai Studio| Headpiece by Le Delicat | Makeup by Mobile Bridal Salon | Stationery Design and Chalk Wall by Fiber and Dye | Tableware from Dish Wish Events | Concrete Planters by Concrete Geometric | Bar by Cali Craft Cocktails | Modeled by Modern Day Girlfriend |

Bailey's and Coffee

Searching for no-fuss holiday wedding drinks? Bailey's and Coffee is a classic holiday cocktail with only two ingredients that will warm up your guests!

Recipe from Single Barrel:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz  Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • Coffee to fill
  • Garnish: Aerosol Whipped Cream

Assembly:

Single Barrel says, "Fill a footed mug with hot coffee, we prefer a holiday blend of coffee from our local coffee shop. Add the Bailey’s, you can use any flavor of Bailey’s you like but we love the OG! To make this cocktail extra fun we like to make our own whipped cream!"

Photo by Darcy Ferris

Hot Toddy

Another holiday classic! A Hot Toddy is also known as 'hot whiskey' and contains soothing ingredients to comfort your guests.

Recipe from Single Barrel:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz Grand Marnier
  • 3/4-1 oz  Local Honey
  • 1  orange wedge (squeezed)
  • Hot water to fill
  • Garnish: Cinnamon Stick

Assembly:

Single Barrel says, "First, fill a footed mug 2/3 with hot water. Next, stir in honey until dissolved. We love to use local honey from our farmer's market! Then, add orange squeeze and Grand Marnier. Finally, Top off with hot water and stir. Finally, garnish with a cinnamon stick or cloves."

Chocolate Apple

This Chocolate Apple Cocktail is ready to be served at your Tennessee wedding! With local Tennessee moonshine and seasonal apples, this drink is a unique option to feature at your destination wedding.

Recipe from Single Barrel:

Ingredients:

  • 1oz  Old Forge Distillery Apple Pie Moonshine
  • 1/2oz  Old Forge Distillery Chocolate Moonshine
  • 3oz  Cranberry/Apple JuiceTop Sprite
  • Garnish:  Apple Wheel

Assembly:

Single Barrel says, "Fill a pint glass with ice. Add OFD Apple Pie Moonshine, OFD Chocolate Moonshine, Cranberry/Apple Juice.  Top with Sprite and garnish with an apple wheel."

Holiday Sangria

Saying yes to Sangria year round! Add a holiday twist to this sweet cocktail with cinnamon liqueur and apple cider.

Recipe from Single Barrel:

Ingredients:

  • 1.5L  Shiraz
  • 375ml  Cinnamon Liqueur
  • 1 gallon  Apple Cider
  • 64oz  Cranberry/Apple Juice
  • 2L  Sprite 
  • Garnish:  Apple Wheel and Fresh Cranberries

Assembly:

Single Barrel says, "Pour all ingredients into a dispenser and stir. Next, add 12 seedless apple wheels, add ice to fill the remainder of the dispenser.  Finally, garnish each drink with an apple wheel and 3-4 cranberries. This recipe will yield 30-40 16oz cocktails."

Hot Chocolate

We always recommend including a non-alcoholic option within your bar menu so that each guest can enjoy a festive drink! While hot tea and coffee are go-to non-alcoholic options, hot chocolate is the way to go for a holiday wedding. This warm drink is extremely customizable with simple assembly.

Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Pre-mixed hot chocolate. We purchase our favorite mix from Thrive Market!
  • Milk of your choice
  • Garnish: Aerosol Whipped Cream and Peppermint Sticks

Assembly:

Combine hot chocolate mix and milk in a large pot. Store in a thermal coffee carafe to keep warm. Fill a mug with hot chocolate and garnish with whipped cream and a peppermint stick. Get creative with different toppings!

Planning your Holiday Wedding Drink Menu

After you have some holiday wedding drinks in mind, be sure to plan ahead with your bartender. Jake with Single Barrel is sharing his advice to keep in mind during the planning process!

Jake says, "When structuring signature cocktails for your wedding or event I suggest starting with your favorite spirit(s), this is kind of the foundation for the cocktail.  You can incorporate a theme or specific flavor profile such as a holiday cocktail or something more suited for the summer.  Go over your likes and dislikes or any allergies.  When I design cocktails for my clients I try to keep a few things in mind.  First, probably most important, is the cocktail a crowd-pleaser?  There are a lot of different cocktails out there with a wide range of flavor profiles and complexities but the question is will everyone feel the same excitement about them as I do?  I can make some amazing cocktails but if there is one ingredient in the cocktail that isn’t popular with the crowd then the cocktail is a flop.  Second, is it affordable? The more ingredients or the more complex the cocktail the more expensive it is. Last, is the cocktail functional? I have always been mindful of is the bartender's ability to recreate that same cocktail over and over and over and over….. you get the picture. If you are dealing with an experienced bartender they should be able to walk you through your selection process and guide you to a cocktail that will check all of the boxes."    

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Wedding

November 24, 2020 - Comments Off on 5 Dreamy Wedding Veils (under $25)

5 Dreamy Wedding Veils (under $25)

Wedding veils add that final touch to many wedding day styles. If you are choosing to add this classic addition to your wedding look, the hefty price tag can be surprising! In order to cut down on cost while keeping the look and quality desired, we recommend checking out Amazon. There are endless options to choose from to suit any style! So, while you are shopping for your wedding day must haves, why not browse through wedding veil options? To help narrow down the list, we are sharing our top 5 best wedding veils on Amazon that won't break the bank!

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1. Simple Tulle Wedding Veil

This simplistic edge cut wedding veil is ideal for those that prefer a classic yet minimal style. A mix of two layers including white and ivory tulle will help to ensure that the veil will match your gown or tux without seeing it in person. The shorter length is perfect for those that prefer wedding veils that easily transition throughout the entire day (perfect for the dancefloor)!

Pros:

  • 4.4 stars
  • $12.98
  • Ready to wear with attached comb
  • Lightweight for full day wear, made of 100% tulle

Cons:

  • Only one color available
  • Extremely delicate due to soft tulle fabric (be sure to designate a member of your wedding party to take extra care of your veil pre-wedding!)

Customer Review:

"Beautiful, great length. Heavy enough to stay in place, light enough to flow pleasantly in the wind."

Simple tulle wedding veil buy here

2. Dramatic Trailing Wedding Veil

This is the wedding veil for making a dramatic grand entrance at the ceremony! At approximately 9 feet in length, this trailing veil will be the focal point of any wedding day look. This option is ideal for capturing creative wedding veil photos. As a bonus, three colors are available! For a wedding veil this long, we would recommend wearing this option only for the ceremony and photography.

Pros:

  • 4.6 stars
  • $24.99
  • Ready to wear with a hand-sewn on flexible metal wire comb.
  • Available in: Ivory, Off-White, and White.

Cons:

  • Veil length is not wearable for the full-day. However, an outfit change for the reception can be super fun!
  • The soft tulle fabric wrinkles easily (keep a steamer handy on wedding day!)

Customer Review:

"This photo doesn't do the veil justice. It's beautiful. I shopped around at high end boutiques for my veil and didn't find anything I liked. I ordered this basically winging it and boy was I pleasantly surprised. Great quality. Flows great and looks beautiful. The bridal place where I took it to get steamed was shocked when I told them where I got it from and how much it was."

Pinterest pin with Bride with long veil that says 5 best wedding veils on Amazon

3. Elegant Lace-Trimmed Veil

For all of the true romantics, this dreamy lace-trimmed wedding veil is for you. This is also one of the most affordable options from our list! With the addition of crystal beads and lace detail, we can envision this veil at a festive holiday wedding.

Pros:

  • 4.4 stars
  • $9.99
  • Crystal beaded lace trimmed design
  • Ready to wear with attached comb

Cons:

  • Only available in one color
  • Design is not as versatile for every wedding look

Customer Review:

"I couldn’t believe the price and it’s better than I expected , you can’t go wrong if you are looking for something classy yet simple, it’s tul with appliqués , each appliqué has tiny little diamonds . It’s a nice inexpensive veil"

Mid length lace trimmed veil buy here

4. Raw Cut Boho Wedding Veil

This raw cut wedding veil is an extremely versatile option for many different styles! The veil is available in a wide range of colors with an attached hair comb that can be customized. Boho brides may choose to stick with the simple ivory raw cut option for a natural style. For an alternative, edgy look a black veil color is even available. If you can't decide, with this option you might choose to order two wedding veils for different designs!

Pros:

  • 4.7 stars
  • Available in various colors
  • Customizable textures and comb styles
  • Made of soft-tulle fabric

Cons:

  • Price various depending on selected style
  • Only available in a raw cut

Customer Review:

"I originally had a short/medium length veil and decided 4 days before the wedding that I wanted a long veil. This was a great choice and came in fast. I didn't want to buy an expensive veil for a ceremony that would only last ~15 min. This veil was affordable and turned out beautiful in the pictures."

5. Two tier Glam Wedding Veil

For a wedding veil that is just as glam as your wedding gown, this two tier option will not disappoint! This customizable option is available in a variety of lace and bead details.

Pros:

  • 4.6 stars (Amazon Bestseller)
  • Customizable lace and bead details
  • Ready to wear with comb included
  • 2 tier style offers the option for full day wear

Cons:

  • Price ranges depending upon desired style
  • Color variety includes only white and ivory

Customer Review:

"I loved this veil! It was perfect for what I wanted and not overly expensive. I’d highly recommend this veil if your looking for simple and cute and a good price. It stayed in pretty well when it was put in by the hair dresser with a good amount of Bobby pins. It didn’t move an inch! The lace details are beautiful and it’s a good length."

Which veil did you love? Can you picture yourself with a veil on your wedding day?

If you're not sure whether or not you want a veil, buying an inexpensive one like these is a great idea so that you can try it on during your hair and makeup trial and see how you feel.

Remember, you should take your veil off during the reception anyway so you can party the night away!

If you liked this blog post, read 7 Best Wedding Planning Books next!

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Wedding

November 17, 2020 - Comments Off on Color of the Month: Sage Green

Color of the Month: Sage Green

Almost every wedding we plan is filled with the color of the month: sage green (hello eucalyptus) so, we understand the trend! This calming color can actually work well will many different designs without being too neutral. From what to wear to tablescapes, we are sharing our favorite wedding design ideas incorporating the color. While it may be the color of the month, sage green is a timeless choice to add to your next event's color palette!

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Bright & Romantic

If you are a true romantic, there is nothing more dreamy than being surrounded by lush greenery. You may find inspiration from your outdoor venue space! Adding in pastel blush tones and lace textures with the sage green color will brighten up your wedding design. You may include a complementing color similar in tone for a unique look. We are a fan of indigo from this intimate Montreal wedding.

Boho Chic

The best way to keep a design boho-inspired is to include plenty of natural elements. So, place some fresh eucalyptus onto vintage furniture or add a sage green centerpiece onto your guest tables. Don't overthink it! This edgy boho chic wedding would not have been the same without the pretty floral and greenery additions!

Dark & Moody

Moving on to something more dark and moody! If industrial venues and leather jackets are your style, this design is perfect for you. Sage green is available in many different tones. Therefore, it will look extra edgy with deeper colors. Your alternative wedding design will stand out with a bit of added greenery to break up harsh lines and dark backdrops.

Photographer Matt and Jess Photography | Planner 'Cause We Can Events | Catering TGIS | Florals Rosewater Florals  | Venue Smoky Hollow Studios | Desserts Susie Cakes | DJ DJ Will Gill | Videography Silver and Soul Weddings | Rentals La Pinata Rentals | Photobooth Hollywood Photobooth | Invitations Think Make Design |Chalk Art Fiber and Dye | Arcade Games Fun Time Arcades

Minimalistic

There is something so refreshing about keeping things simple especially with an intimate wedding. You may choose to stick with minimal decor and florals only during your elopement. For a minimalist reception design, introduce sage green onto your glassware or linens. Browse online at our favorite store for some inspiration. Minimal decor is also an effective way to remain eco-friendly. You can choose to rent curated tabletop pieces rather than buying each item. There is always a way to remain sustainable even when planning a wedding!

Rentals: La Pinata Party and Signature Party Rentals.
Photographer Lauren Mihae | Planning + Design 'Cause We Can Events | Florals Flower Duet | Officiant Matt Rothert | Beauty Beach Bridal Beauty | Getting Ready Hotel Pacific Edge 

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Wedding

November 9, 2020 - Comments Off on Nashville Wedding Venue Tour: Germantown Inn

Nashville Wedding Venue Tour: Germantown Inn

Want an intimate wedding at a Tennessee venue with historic charm? We recently took a venue tour at the Germantown Inn, in Nashville, Tennessee. Germantown is the oldest neighborhood in Nashville with plenty of things to do during your stay. The inn's 1865 property was originally a Federal-style house that has been reimagined into a modern historic boutique hotel.

The Event and Wedding Spaces

With four unique indoor and outdoor event spaces available, the Germantown Inn can accommodate all aspects of your event. First, on our venue tour, we toured the courtyard terrace, an ideal space for a ceremony or private cocktail hour under the cafe lights.

Next, on the rooftop veranda, enjoy a view of the city while celebrating with guests. This is the perfect space for an intimate wedding. We can already picture a family-style seating reception here! During our visit, the inn was set up for a baby shower. Therefore, we got a sneak peek as to what real-life events look like at the inn!

After touring the outdoor space, we moved indoors. The parlor can serve as a lounge space to greet guests as they arrive. However, the area can easily transform to suit any vision. It is always a perk to find a venue that is so versatile for each event!

The Rooms

Lastly, we took a look at the rooms at the inn. After touring the event spaces at any venue, it is important to check out where our couples will be getting ready for their wedding day. Each interior space was designed by a local Nashville designer, McLean Barbieri. Modern details that honor the historic architecture of the venue make every room unique. It is safe to say that the photography opportunities at the Germantown Inn are endless!

We had a blast on our venue tour at this charming venue space! Who is ready to plan an event here with our team? Email us or email Kellie, the venue manager for more details about the Germantown Inn for your wedding or event.

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Wedding

November 2, 2020 - Comments Off on Cute & Colorful Llama First Birthday Party

Cute & Colorful Llama First Birthday Party

While our team here at 'Cause We Can Events mostly does weddings, we love sprinkling in some fun creative events like one year old birthday parties! If you haven't yet been to a llama themed birthday party, today is your lucky day!

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The party venue

This particular party took place at a home in Los Angeles that we rented off of PeerSpace. Cool, right? I don't often have the opportunity to look for venues on there but it was the perfect space for a birthday party.

Our clients 'must-haves' for the birthday party venue were simple but still required a little research. On their list was:

  • Great outdoor backyard
  • Some outdoor seating
  • Room for a taco cart
  • Access to restrooms indoor
  • Access to a kitchen for preparations

This house checked off all of our boxes and as a bonus, it had an amazing outdoor bar! This bar officially made it to my own Pinterest 'dream house' board. All we had to add was this colorful shimmery paper garland to add a little pop of color.

The party rentals

Now, a one year old llama birthday party should have all the cutest details and this one definitely did! We rented several pieces of bohemian furniture from Provenance Rentals in Los Angeles. From this cute Agua Fresca table to the fun peacock chair, it was really fun for us as event planners to pick out pieces for this party.

Want to recreate the look? We've gathered our favorite items for you to shop. Check our out "Bohemian Birthday Party" shopping list!

Birthday Party Games

No party is complete without a few fun games, right? Even though the birthday girl was only turning one, a lot of the guests were kids aged 5-10. We had a giant connect four game, giant Jenga, a balloon show and a couple ball games around the lawn.

For the parents, we had a fully stocked bar and bartender ready to make them an afternoon cocktail to go with their taco feast. I think it's safe to say that all guests were well taken care of.

Birthday party food ideas

Of course, no party is completely without delicious food, drinks and desserts! The birthday girl's family brought homemade spring rolls and we had an amazing Taco Cart vendor there. Guests got to eat as much as they wanted!

The desserts were almost like an art installation! We decided to use a great white antique dresser from Provenance Rentals to stage all of the desserts on. The key to creating a great dessert display is to have multiple levels of treats. Place them on cake stands, inside drawers and on lower platters.

How cute are the llama and cactus cookies that Nicole Bakes Cakes made! They were a huge hit and also a great gift for guests to take home after the party.

llama and cactus cookies individually wrapped and displayed in a dresser drawer

I think we can all agree that the star of the show is this adorable llama birthday cake!! Nicole Bakes Cakes knocked it out of the park as always and had everyone snapping photos of this cute llama smash cake.

First birthday party favors

The birthday girl received some incredible gifts from friends and family. We also wanted to thank guests for coming to the party by giving them a little party favor as well.

The kids who attended each got a llama party bag filled with goodies like bubbles, slime and treats. Of course, everyone was encouraged to take the cactus and llama cookies home as well!

Vendor team

Shoutout to the amazing vendors who helped bring this llama birthday party vision to life!

Photography by Julie Shuford // Planning & Design by 'Cause We Can Events // Desserts by Nicole Bakes Cakes // Rentals by Provenance Rentals // Florals by Flower Duet // Bartending by The Events Boutique // Aqua Fresca by J&J Aqua Frescas // Taco Cart Tacos El Mexicano // Kids Entertainment Kid Party Productions

Let us know what you thought of this fun llama birthday party!

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Lifestyle

October 21, 2020 - Comments Off on 5 Holiday Self Care Ideas for Brides

5 Holiday Self Care Ideas for Brides

Wedding planning is not as glamorous as it can appear to be. The seemingly endless emails and meetings can be overwhelming. As a bride, it is important to take time away from the stress of planning your wedding (especially this year)! The holiday season is all about relaxing and enjoying time with those you love. So, leave the details to your wedding planner and take time for yourself. We have compiled a list of five-holiday self-care ideas for brides so you can fully enjoy the season!

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Get Outside

Spending time outdoors is a wonderful way to clear your mind and connect with nature. Put your phone and go on a hike, take a walk on the beach or stroll through a park with your fiancé. To completely unplug, you could even take a romantic outdoor getaway for the weekend. Don't forget our glamping must-haves for your trip!

Photo by  Parallel33 Photography

Take a Spa Day

As a bride, nothing says holiday self-care like taking a spa day during this season. Indulge in a trip to your favorite spa or stay at home and put on a favorite face mask. For some extra fun, invite your bridal party along!

Photo by Guillermo Benetton 

Enjoy a Date Night at Home

Stay at home with your partner and enjoy a cozy date night in! You can get creative and prepare a new holiday recipe with ingredients from Thrive Market or support a local business by ordering take out. Enjoy the time together without any wedding talk!

Photo by Katelyn Mallett Photo

Treat Yourself

Why not treat yourself to a gift? Take a shopping day with your bridesmaids or browse online for some holiday decor. We're big fans of the Jungalow because their style is both boho and eclectic at the same time. There is nothing wrong with a little retail therapy as a bride during the upcoming festive months!

Or maybe you want to DIY your own decor projects! You could definitely go down a rabbit hole on Pinterest with so many amazing holiday ideas!

Gorgeous black bride with red and pink bouquet

Reflect

Taking time to reflect after the busyness of wedding planning can be the ultimate form of self-care. Invite a friend to coffee for good conversation or simply write your gratitudes in a journal. Reminding yourself of all of the things you are grateful for will certainly get you in the holiday spirit!

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Wedding

October 12, 2020 - Comments Off on Our Top Resources to Plan Your Elopement

Our Top Resources to Plan Your Elopement

Bride and groom running in road

Tis’ the season for elopements! Choosing to celebrate with just you and your future spouse can save a lot of time, stress, and will provide more room in your budget. Elopements can also open up the chance for adventure that might not have been possible with a large guest list. We are all for putting on our hiking boots to the ceremony! If you are planning your elopement right now, you may have discovered there is a bit more behind the scenes work to consider. To help bring your dream day to life, we have narrowed down the top resources to plan your elopement created by wedding professionals along with their advice.

Ultimate Elopement Checklist with ‘Cause We Can Events

You may have discovered there are many details to remember as you plan your elopement. From a packing list to important to do’s, our free checklist will keep you on track for the day. For a full perspective on your elopement, we have even included tips from our favorite wedding vendors!

Gabby’s advice: We know not everyone can afford to hire a wedding planner for their elopement but do make sure to assign someone in your group to help you. That person can help pick up your bouquet, set up the arch if you have one and carry your backpack with snacks and water!

Photo by The Hendrys

How to tell Your Family and Friends You’re Eloping with Evangeline Lane

While you may have all of the planning aspects in place, breaking the news to others can be intimidating. Elopement photographer, Evangeline has written a complete guide for telling your family and friends you are eloping. Thinking ahead? After you let others know about your decision, here’s what to expect.


Evangeline's advice: Give yourself permission to dream. This year has been a lot but consider this an invitation to get excited and ultimately have the best elopement ever!

Bride and groom smiling leaning on car with champagne
Photo by Evangeline Lane

The Ultimate Elopement Planner with Artful Elopements

It is incredibly important to stay organized when planning any event. Angie with Artful Elopements created a planner specifically devoted to couples planning an elopement! You can store any important planning information in one place either digitally or in a printed version

Angie’s advice: Remember that the day is about YOU - and no shutdown,  pandemic, family member, or otherwise can stop you from having an amazing day.

The ultimate elopement planner

Elopement Timeline Tips with M. Laine Photography

The ceremony is just one part of your elopement! Whether you are planning an eight-hour elopement or full week elopement, an organized timeline will keep everything on track. Not sure where to begin? Meghann with M. Laine Photography has created an elopement timeline resource with tips to assist you in the process.

Meghann’s advice: Allow yourself to dream big, imagine your best day ever and do everything you can to make it happen! No one ever regrets going on a crazy adventure! 

Non-traditional bride and groom kissing in front of water
Photo by M. Laine Photography

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Wedding

October 6, 2020 - Comments Off on Easy Halloween Dining Room Decorations

Easy Halloween Dining Room Decorations

I may have started to decorate for Halloween in August this year but if you're just getting to it now, I have a fun idea for you! These Halloween decorations can be modified however you want with whatever you have in your home.

If you were following our blog recently, you saw that we hosted a Halloween Tablescape contest that featured over 20 amazing designs from some of our Instagram friends.

Well on today's blog, I wanted to zoom in on our design so you can take a look at all the fun details. I called this design my Werewolf Themed Tablescape because of that faux fur runner in the middle!

Special thank you to Darcy Ferris for coming over and getting photos of my tablescape! She's a talented photographer here in Nashville. She does everything from weddings to family sessions and now interior design photography haha.

Bats on wall and table settings are decorated for halloween

List of Supplies

I'm not going to lie I started decorating in August this year woops. I happened to already own a few of the items you see in the images. I want to give you a proper list of what I bought so you can recreate this at home. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

  • Faux-fur fabric. I purchased mine at Joann Fabrics
  • 6 Charger Plates. I got mine at Kirkland's on sale for $3 each.
  • Dinner plates & salad plates. I used the ones I had at home. You'll notice that I snuck some white ones in there because I didn't have enough black ones!
  • Napkins. I bought these at Kirkland's. Set of 4 for $16.
  • Bell Jars. I ordered these on Amazon because I knew I could reuse them for something else later! I ordered the 9.8" and the 5.9".
  • Black candle holders. I love these from Amazon.
  • Black candle sticks. I had these already but I know you can get some on Amazon as well.
  • Skull glasses. I found these at my local Dollar General but the quality isn't great. I found these way cooler ones on Amazon!
  • Cobwebs for the chandelier were from Amazon. I used them on my outdoor bushes too. You don't need a lot!
  • Bats for the wall. Another great Amazon find. They come with little double sided sticky things and I plan to reuse them next year too.
  • Science beakers. I used these to put my flowers in and I thought it looked really fun! Here are the ones I ordered.
Halloween table decorations with bats on the wall
Fall and halloween table decorations
black candles and plates for halloween table setting

What did you think of my Halloween decorations this year? It's so fun now that we own our own home because we can continue to add to our collection. We'll get spookier and spookier every year!

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Lifestyle, Styled Shoot

September 30, 2020 - 229 comments

Best Halloween Table Designs (of all time!)

Are you ready to see the best Halloween Table Designs? Welcome to the official blog post for #TablescapeSpooktacular ! In case you haven't heard of this yet, it's a Halloween Tablescape Design contest put on by our team here at 'Cause We Can Events and by our amazing interior design friend, Ginny from Au Petit Salon Design.

We wanted to get our creative juices flowing again so we decided to have a little fun while staying at home. Get ready to feast your eyes on some INCREDIBLE halloween table designs!

Best Halloween Table Designs of 2020

Here's how this will work. Below you will find all of the Halloween Tablescape design submissions. Each will have the Instagram handle of the designer next to the photo.

To cast your vote, you can:

  1. Comment with your favorite design's Instagram handle on THIS blog
  2. Head over to our Instagram stories (and highlights) and vote by sending us a DM of your favorite design.
  3. Comment with your favorite design's Instagram handle on Au Petit Salon's blog
  4. Head over to Au Petit Salon's Instagram stories (and highlights) and vote by sending her a DM of your favorite design.

Ready? Here we go for #TablescapeSpooktacular !

Colorful Calavera Night Halloween Table by @Adornbypriscilla

A beautiful and colorful tablescape inspired by Priscilla's Mexican culture. She mixed color and spookiness for a really fun Halloween design! Some of those butterflies truly look like they are flying, don't they?

Colorful halloween table decor on rainbow runner with prayer candles and butterflies

Cozy Halloween Table Design by @Aupetitsalondesign

Halloween doesn't have to be about orange and black. Ginny decorated her Halloween tablescape with a beautiful pink color palette. I love the red candles as they bring a cozy but slightly spooky atmosphere to the dinner table.

Classy Halloween Table Design by @Bestsypepsii

I would love to be a guest at this Halloween dinner party, wouldn't you? A nice white neutral color palette makes for a classy table design look. If you look closely you can see a skeleton hand making it's way to your dinner plate!

Neutral halloween table decor with blush florals and white skeleton hands.

Bohemian Witchy Halloween Table Design by @Bohofrisco

I wish all witches were this cool! With cauldrons turned into flower pots, this witch knows how to host a great Halloween dinner. Now, who's to say what kind of potion is in those martini glasses though.

Halloween table decor with orange cupcakes and red floral filled black cauldrons on wooden table in plant filled room.

Werewolf Halloween Table Design by @Causewecanevents

A werewolf-inspired halloween dinner party for 6! I hope there's no red meat on the menu though. Light the candles, dim the lights and enjoy this halloween feast tonight!

Halloween table decor on fur runner with six black and white place settings with artificial bats adhered to background.
Photo by @DarcyFerris

Whimsical Halloween Table Design by @Champagneprojects

Whimsical creatures and fairies of all sorts should be decorating their Halloween table like this! But what's that under the bell jar? Our first course are eyeballs!!

Nautical Nightmare Halloween Design by @Deannanashevents

Could this be a table from a ghost ship? If so, sign me up for dinner with the ghouls! Do you think those scorpions come as the first course or are they for you to eat as an appetizer? Enjoy!

Table with two place settings of marbled navy and white plates on with scorpions and mini skulls.

Trick or Treat Halloween Table design by @Featheredarrowevents

Trick or treat? You don't get to decide. Have a seat and you'll find out! That cobweb isn't just here for fun. There's an 8-legged lady who likes to visit her dinner guests from time to time. Beware!

Dollhouse Disaster Halloween Table By @Heartandsoulfloral

You best dress up for this spooky dinner set up! As you dine, don't be surprised if you feel like someone is watching you. Remember, the crows have eyes MUAHAHAHA!

Photo by @Kansasgirlvintage

Witchy Boho Halloween Design by @Heartsandhoneydoevents

Does this not remind you of Hocus Pocus for some reason? “I suggest we form a calming circle.” Gather around this table and let's chat about the latest poisons and potions, shall we?

Photo by @NolaFontanezPhotography

Minimalist Halloween Table Design by @jesspancake_

Who says you have to go dark and moody on Halloween? This minimalistic tablescape with crisp white mix-matched seating is a breath of fresh air. Gold detail, candlesticks, and delicate dried florals are a dreamy way to celebrate the season!

White and gold place settings with dried florals in mini vases on rectangular  table.
Photo by: Katelyn Mallett 
Florals by Bad Rabbit Flowers
Rentals by A Plus Party Rentals Maine

Velvet Vintage Halloween Design by @kansasgirlvintage

Crushed velvet and dried florals, oh my! This design turns back time with vintage place settings and a centerpiece that seems to grow out of the table itself. Can you spot all of the skeleton creatures hidden within?

Poisoned Apple Halloween Table Design by @Langfloraldesigns

I dare you to take a bite of that shiny apple. Only one of these is poisoned, so WITCH one do you think it is? This design is so fun for both a Fall and Halloween tablescape don't you think?

Yellow florals and pompous grass halloween centerpiece with six place settings of black plates and white stone bowls with a red apple in each bowl.

Desert Dia de la Muertos Tablescape by @Sarah__pearl

Bringing Day of the Dead inspiration to the desert! Fellow adventurers will be ready to celebrate at this table. From colorful florals to sugar skulls, each element within this design draws from the traditional Mexican holiday.

Midnight Fog Spooky Design by @Lengebretsen.legacy

We can feel the chill in the air! This design is ditching the classic orange of the season. Ready to dine at this metallic silver, black and white table just as the fog creeps in?

Six place settings on round table with black and white halloween table decor and pumpkins surrounded by fog.
Rentals: Legacy Event Rentals

Apothecary Witchy Floral Table Design by @Letaverbena

Pick your poison! If I were a witch, this is what my home would look like for sure. Covered in dried flowers and candles all around the house. Can you picture yourself here? Perhaps if you'll stay a while we can do a little magic trick on you. Don't worry it'll only hurt a little.

Bouquets of dried florals with halloween table decor and tarot cards.
Florals by @LetaVerbena

Spookiest Graveyard Picnic by @Nicoleburbankevents

How about we go on a nice little picnic....at the local GRAVEYARD! I feel like someone is watching us eat. How this team got the candle sticks to look like that is beyond me but I am digging it (no pun intended)!

 Halloween table decor on ground in graveyard with white tapered candles in gold candle holders.
Photo by @jennyto_
Florals by @NicoleBurbankEvents

Millennial Witches Hangout Spot @Rosewaterfloral

Halloween doesn't mean dark and moody. This team brought it to the year 2020 with pops of millennial pink and some trendy ceramic plates. This tablescape is the hippest one with its glass skulls and knotted napkins!

Photo by @Shannacphotography
Venue & Specialty Rentals by @Provenancerentals
Table Top Rentals by @Theark_

Wine & Skeletons Tablescape by @4_seasons_settings

Up for a wine tasting at this table? There are skeletons in every direction and the touch of sparkle certainly catches our eye. Just look at the wine glasses!

Skulls & Roses Dinner Design by @tambramoultrie

I dare you to take a sip of this drink. The spook-factor is high on this tablescape! From bloody cocktails to cauldron bowls, I can feel the chill creeping up my spine. Can you see what that cake topper is? RIP.

Rentals by @LegacyEventRentals
Cake by @cupcakejulie

Spooky Backyard Tablescape by @Thepopupbnb

Want to impress your guests this Halloween? Check out this fun witchy backyard dinner set up! Complete with bistro lights and tall candelabras. This tablescape just gives me chills. What if you heard a crunch in the leaves behind you!?

Magical Al Fresco Halloween Design by @Thriftedsisterevents

Imagine gathering here for a beautiful dinner al fresco! Can you smell the chill in the air? Who knows what'll happen when the sun sets and the full moon comes out!

Florals by @Moonriverfloral

W-O-W what did you think? How will you ever decide who to vote for? Remember, you can vote up to 4 times for you favorite Halloween table design on this blog post, Ginny's blog post, our Instagram and Ginny's Instagram.

Voting ends October 4th at 8pm PST. Winner will be announced October 5th at 9am PST!

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Hope you enjoyed Halloween contest as much as we did! Tell us if we should do it again next year!

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Wedding

September 14, 2020 - Comments Off on How to Create Your Wedding Budget (Stress-free!)

How to Create Your Wedding Budget (Stress-free!)

As you begin planning your wedding, determining your wedding budget can be an intimidating feat. While this is certainly not the most exciting part of wedding planning, it is the most important. With a set budget, you and your future spouse can focus on enjoying the process, stress-free! We have compiled a list of 5 useful tips for creating your personal wedding budget. 

Hire a Wedding Planner 

Our free Wedding Budget Guide is a great place to start as you search for the perfect planner. With plenty of weddings under their belt, a wedding planner will work with you to create and manage your budget based on your preferences. They also can connect you to the best vendors for your wedding, saving the time and stress. As you fill more portions of your budget, your wedding planner will keep all information up to date.

Be Flexible

Determining which aspects of your wedding day are most important you may require some flexibility in order to bring your dream day to life. If you know you want a live band and videography for example, you may need to find another portion of the day to allow flexibility in your budget. We always advise checking with your vendors on their suggestions. Their professional experience in the industry can provide solutions you may not have considered previously. 

Get Back to the Basics

Understanding the portions of your budget that are a ‘have-to’ can set the baseline for the rest of your budget. The venue, travel fees, and marriage license fees are all basic portions of your wedding that are essential. Thinking about these costs can save you from surprise later on during the planning process.

Stay Organized

Creating a digital spreadsheet outlining your budget takes away the confusion as you set more portions of your wedding day. You will be amazed at the amount of emails wedding planning brings! A spreadsheet is your opportunity to list every cost related to your event. This can range from wedding prints to cake tasting fees. 

It’s YOUR day

While it is important to make your guests feel welcome and entertained, remember that your wedding day is about you. Do not include aspects in your wedding day (and budget) that you will not enjoy. If you don’t like cake, no problem! Feature your favorite dessert instead; we can attest that your guests will love anything sweet. There are no requirements for what you choose to include in your budget and on your wedding day.

Every wedding and every budget is unique. These 5 general tips for creating your wedding budget are sure to get you on the right track to your event. We understand beginning wedding planning can be intimidating but don’t forget to have fun! Keep in mind, things take time and everything will come together for your special day. Have a question or need assistance? Contact us today for a free 30 minute consultation. We can’t wait to hear about your event!

Want more wedding planning tips? Check out How to build a wedding website like a pro next!

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Wedding