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June 13, 2021 - No Comments!

The Best Ever Al Fresco Table Designs

Are you ready for the best ever Al Fresco table designs? We are back for another tablescape design contest! This one covers everything from backyard patio design to romantic picnic ideas! Welcome to the official blog for our latest tablescape design contest! I have once again teamed up with Au Petit Salon and just wait until you see these submissions.

As the weather warmed up, we couldn't miss this opportunity to get creative. Let's begin!

Best Al Fresco Table Designs of 2021

Here's how this will work. Below you will find all of the Al Fresco 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. Comment with your favorite design's Instagram handle on Au Petit Salon's Blog
  3. Comment via Instagram DM over at Cause We Can Events
  4. Comment via Instagram DM over at Au Petit Salon Design

This means you can vote up to 4 times for your favorite tablescape!!

VOTING CLOSES 11:59 PM CT on Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Ready? Here we go for the tablescape contest!

The Prizes

For the winner of this season's tablescape contest we have some outstanding prizes lined up:

  1. Board by @gresham_houze
  2. Pillow Cover by @mohrliving
  3. Terrain Twinkly Lights by @aupetitsalondesign
  4. Pinterest audit and 30 min strategy session with @gabbypinkerton
  5. 1 month unlimited at @chrysalisfitnessla

Now it's time to view the submissions!

Whimsical Secret Garden Al Fresco Tablescape by @aupetitsalondesign

This tablescape design by our very own co-host, Ginny with Au Petit Salon is an escape into a secret garden! The blooms from the trees directly translate onto the table from actual petals to the printed napkins. Even the cakes stand as a magical decor piece!

Backyard Glamping Al Fresco Tablescape by @kampnightco

This tablescape design brings in all of the fun of glamping to the backyard. Textural boho details in neutral tones decorate this tent escape. Look at that dream catcher!

Moody Cottagecore Wedding Al Fresco Tablescape by @thepopupbnb

This tablescape design proves that you can make cottagecore moody! For this wedding table idea, an intimate table is set up with dried florals, vintage glassware, and earth tones. Of course we can't forget about that geometrical arch!

Tropical Summer Backyard Patio Design Al Fresco Tablescape by @lorified

Just in time for the summer, this tablescape provides the ultimate tropical getaway. Bright pops of florals and natural foliage bring this design to life on a backyard patio. Mix matched pillows and patterned place settings are ready to greet guests to this table!

Brunch for Two Al Fresco Tablescape by @1of2tomats

How about a brunch for two? For this intimate tablescape, citrus and french pressed coffee serve as the cute table decor. How fun are the pops of red against the greenery background?

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Party Al Fresco Tablescape by @4_seasons_settings

We are always ready for a fiesta party! This tablescape is inspired by Cinco de Mayo. Traditional cultural Mexican colors and decor items make this table design so unique!

Playful Patterns Al Fresco Tablescape design by @kansasgirlvintage

This tablescape is not afraid of patterns! A cute vintage quilt acts as the tablecloth for this fun design. For the final touch, a lush floral centerpiece ties in the colorful palette for this table!

Romantic Charcuterie Picnic Al Fresco Tablescape by @discoballoclock

Who doesn't love charcuterie? We can already image a romantic picnic date with this tablescape design. How delish!

Modern Chic Dinner Party Al fresco Tablescape by @luckymathilde1223

This tablescape is ready for a dinner party. Crisp lines and minimalistic decor create a modern design at this outdoor escape under a tree. How chic!

Boho Dinner Under the Lights by @causewecanevents

For our very own tablescape design, we were inspired by lighting. Some boho pillows and place settings under the string lights created this design. We completed the look with some romantic candles!

For more tablescape inspiration, check out this bachelorette weekend table design next!

Published by: Gabrielle Pinkerton in Lifestyle

May 24, 2021 - No Comments!

Nashville Event Venue Highlight: Alabaster Collective

As a wedding pro, I often find myself sourcing venues that I personally would enjoy spending time at outside of weddings. This could mean glamping for the weekend at Under Canvas or spending a day at a local venue space. Alabaster Collective in Nashville offers an intimate gathering experience for those planning a wedding! The trendy venue is located in historic Germantown in Nashville. Ready to learn about this dynamic space? Let's begin!

Alabaster Collective venue tour, Nashville, Tennessee

About Alabaster Collective

Alabaster Collective is a renovated home in historic Germantown. This is what gives the space its modern charm! Like us, you might fall in love with how the venue is decorated. For this reason, their is even an option to choose for Alabaster to be furnished for your wedding! This can save the costs of rental delivery fees and save some of the time spent on design decisions.

Event Space Offerings

If this looks like the perfect intimate space to enjoy your special day with your guests, make your event a reality! Event offerings listed on their website include:

  • Full Weekend Rental Packages
  • Rehearsal Dinners
  • Day-of Ceremonies
  • Welcome Parties
  • Workshops
  • On-site Preparations
  • Brunch Send-off Celebrations
  • Intimate Dinner Parties
  • Corporate Gatherings

If you choose to celebrate for a full wedding weekend, we recommend staying at the Germantown Inn nearby.

Contact the team at Alabaster Collective or send us an email to start planning your special day!

Published by: Gabrielle Pinkerton in Lifestyle, Wedding

May 3, 2021 - No Comments!

How to Celebrate This Mother’s Day

It's the holiday dedicated to all of the amazing mothers out there! This year, you might be planning to celebrate Mother's Day at home. Make your space feel special and for all of the mothers in your life by planning out a beautiful tablescape for your celebrations! Today we are sharing inspiration to help you find your decor style for this sweet holiday. From brunch party ideas to cozy dinner tables, we have you covered. Plus, we are even sharing some a-m-a-z-i-n-g Mother's Day gift ideas to go with each option!

Place setting for celebrating Mother's Day

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70s Inspired Brunch

This design is perfect for those moms that love an alternative styled. Not every mom loves pastels and classically 'pretty' designs. This 70's inspired brunch is so cool with bold red colors and old-school details. Look at those invitations! We think it adds an extra touch to mail an invite to everyone attending your brunch party- even if you talk to them every day.

Gift Idea: We figured that the moms for this badass brunch party design may want something a little different for their Mother's Day gift. Surprise your mom with a fitness membership from Chrysalis Fitness + Wellness. They can receive a free week for free with our code: CWCWFREE and get their sweat on! This is a virtual membership so you can your mom can work out together from anywhere.

Tea Party

Invite your mom over for some afternoon tea! Decorate your backyard with this feminine and sweet design. We recommend keeping your color palette light and airy for this option. Add in some fresh greenery for an easy yet impressive decor piece. Serve some tea and sweet treats while celebrating the mothers in your life!

Gift Idea: This mom probably loves a good accessory. Treat her with matching mother-daughter pieces from Starling Jewelry! This is something you both can wear daily as a special reminder of each other. Whether you love necklaces or dainty bracelets, there is a design for everybody.

Dinner at Home

Instead of going out to dinner, cook a homemade meal and set up a cute table for your mom and mother figures! You might go thrifting for some vintage glassware and stop by the farmers market for some fresh flowers. Be sure to light some candles as the finishing touch on your dinner tablescape.

Modern boho tablescape design for Mother's Day dinner
Photography by Olivia and Dan // Design + Planning 'Cause We Can Events  // Florals by FDK Florals

Gift Idea: Make this Mother's Day extra sentimental with a custom illustration by Samilynn! This has to be my favorite option because it is so personal. All you need to do is find your favorite photo of yourself and your mom. Then the photo will be transformed into an adorable illustration. In fact, I even purchased an illustration this year based on a photo from my wedding. Look how great it turned out!

We hope these ideas sparked your inspiration! Have a lovely Mother's Day.

By the way, if you are looking for more decor advice, be sure to check out how to decorate with sage green next!

Published by: Gabrielle Pinkerton in Lifestyle

April 26, 2021 - No Comments!

How to Get Body Confident for Your Wedding

You should feel your absolute best on your wedding day. If you are planning a wedding, you might be looking for ways to get fit and healthy so you can be confident for your special day. We teamed up with our friend, Jenn, Co-Owner and Instructor at Chrysalis Fitness + Wellness for her expertise. Today she is sharing some pro advice and 4 exercises so you can be body confident for your wedding!

Chrysalis fitness workout

Tip: Complete these exercises as a fun date with your partner to de-stress from wedding planning. Ready to kickstart your healthy lifestyle? Keep reading!

Jenn's Journey

I was super nervous before my wedding for so many reasons, but one of them was definitely because I was worried about standing in front of so many of my friends and family, being the center of attention, and having SO many photos taken. There are plenty of articles out there telling you how to get “in shape” for your wedding or how to lose weight for your wedding, if that’s what YOU want then great. But I think it’s far more important to feel confident on your wedding day, you should be able to stand tall on that altar and feel damn good about how you look no matter your size. 

The areas that helped me stand tall on my big day were the ones that worked my posture muscles and my core. Here are four Chrysalis Fitness + Wellness exercises that you can do at home with little or no equipment (if you don’t have weights, 2 full wine bottles will do!). I suggest making a playlist of 4-6 of your favorite dance songs that will last about 15 minutes, do a little warm-up like jumping jacks or running in place, and then hit the mat for these exercises. I’ve given some recommendations for reps, but always listen to your body and if it wants less, take a break, if it wants more add some more reps!

I hope these exercises help you stand a little more body confident on your big day!


Jenn - Co-Owner/Instructor of Chrysalis Fitness + Wellness


This first exercise works your booty, your hamstrings, and your abs, it hits all parts of your core.


  • Avoid straining your neck when you curl your shoulder up. 
  • Keep your glutes engaged and your hips lifted by pressing down into your bottom heel. 
  • Slide your supporting arm wider to the side for more balance. 


  1. Lie down onto your back
  2. Bend your knees and place your feet slightly forward of your knees
  3. Grip your seat, lift your hips, and pull your navel down
  4. Keep your upper back on the floor, only lift your seat, waist, and lower ribs off the floor
  5. Extend your left leg to straight and in line with your bottom leg
  6. Place your right hand behind your ear with your elbow bent out to the side
  7. Slowly lift your leg upward and simultaneously curl your right shoulder upward engaging your obliques
  8. Continue for 15 reps on the left leg, repeat on the other side. 


This body confident exercise works your chest, upper back, shoulder, core, and quads. 


  • Keep your neck long by only bringing your arms as narrow as your shoulders. Avoid “shoulder earrings” meaning, keep your shoulders drawn down away from your ears. 
  • Keep your glutes engaged and your abs drawn in, avoid hinging back too far causing your low back to arch. 
  • Press the tops of your feet down into the floor behind you, avoid curling your toes under as this can put stress on your knees. 
  • If you’re on a hard floor, use a folded towel or pillow under your knees. 
  1. Pick up a set of weights (2-5 lbs)
  2. Kneel down with your knees hip’s width apart or slightly wider and place your feet directly behind
  3. Squeeze your seat, bend slightly forward at your waist, and hinge slightly back from your knees to engage your quads. 
  4. Bend your elbows in half and draw your elbows slightly wider than your shoulder, elongate your neck by drawing your shoulders down. 
  5. Open your arms into a goal post position and simultaneously hinge back from your knees 2-3 inches engaging your quads more. 
  6. Return to your original position. Repeat for 20 reps. 


This exercise works your abs and your upper quads.


  • Press down into the side of your supporting forearm to draw your shoulder away from your ear.  
  • If you have a sensitive hip, try placing a cushion under your glute. 
  • Bend your knees as much as you need. 
  • Keep the movement in your abs by exhaling sharply as you lift your legs.
  1. Sit down and rest onto your right glute, extend your legs diagonally down and forward
  2. Come down to your right forearm and draw your shoulder away from your ear
  3. Lift your left arm upward
  4. Keeping your knees slightly bent, pull your core in, and lift both legs upward on a diagonal as you draw your left arm down toward your shins. 
  5. Return your legs to the floor with control and your arm overhead. 
  6. Continue for 20 reps and repeat on the other side.


This exercise works your triceps, upper back and core.


  • Spread your fingertips wide apart to increase surface area and take pressure off of your wrists. 
  •  Squeeze your shoulder blades back and down to elongate your neck. 
  • If lifting your legs is too much, keep both feet on the floor. 
  1. Sit down on the floor with your feet about a foot and a half in front of you, hip’s width apart. 
  2. Place your hands on the floor with your fingertips facing toward your feet and slightly out on a diagonal. 
  3. Scoop your hips up lifting your seat off of the floor. 
  4. Draw your ribs back toward your inner arms and lengthen your neck by drawing your shoulders down.
  5. Bend your elbows directly back and simultaneously lift one knee toward your chest, repeat and switch legs. 
  6. Continue, alternating legs for 30 repetitions.

Looking for more exercises to feel body confident as a future newlywed? Use our code: CWCWKFREE to receive a week of free (yes free!) online all access with Chrysalis Fitness + Wellness! You will receive:

  • Access to both livestream classes and on-demand virtual platform! Livestream classes provide you with the "in-studio experience," you will receive live feedback which includes verbal corrections, motivation and modifications.
  • On-demand platform provides you with the flexibility to take class when it is convenient for you.
  • Access to full classes, mini workouts and how-to videos.

Your 1-week trial activates the date you purchase.

For more pre-wedding planning advice be sure to check out these self care tips for future newlyweds next!

Published by: Gabrielle Pinkerton in Lifestyle

April 20, 2021 - No Comments!

How to Create Affordable DIY Napkin Rings

Let's face it. Purchasing new table decor for each season is expensive. Not to mention, you might want to refresh your table for dining table special occasions and parties. I set out to create affordable DIY napkin rings that are easy to make at home. The result was even better than I thought! Ready to create your own? Keep reading for all of the details.

How to create affordable DIY napkin rings

Supply List

  • Cardboard tube
  • Fabric
  • Pocket or Exacto knife
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

Pick up enough fabric and cardboard tube for the amount of napkin rings you are needing! My fabric & tube made enough for 6 napkin rings.

Step One: Cut the Fabric Tube

When you are picking up your fabric at your favorite craft store, be sure to ask them if you can have the paper tube! This is what you are going to be using for the actual napkin rings. Once you are home, be sure the fabric is completely off of the tube and set aside for later. Then, on a flat surface, you will want to start cutting the fabric tube. Don't worry about being perfect with this! With your pocket or Exacto knife, cut about an inch wide piece for each napkin ring. Cut as many napkin rings as you need for your table setting.

Step Two: Cut Your Fabric

Start cutting small strips of fabric for each tube. You want the fabric to be long enough to cover the entire napkin ring tube piece and wide enough to tuck under. This size will vary depending on your type of fabric and how you have cut your napkin rings from the fabric tube.

If you need a visual guide for this DIY Project, be sure to check our my YouTube video here:

Step Three: Wrap Your Napkin Rings

Now, this is where the pieces of that fabric tube start looking like napkin rings! Gather your fabric strips and napkin ring tubes. Start adding hot glue to your napkin rings rolling the strips of fabric around the tube as you go. Once the napkin ring is completely covered, cut any excess from the length. Glue the rest to the fabric width to cover the inside of the napkin ring.

And you are done! See how easy that was? These are such a sweet addition to any tablescape and are a fun DIY project. Get creative with this craft and make different colors and patterns.

Love this blog and want more tablescape inspiration? Be sure to check out this modern pink and green table design next!

Published by: Gabrielle Pinkerton in Lifestyle

March 23, 2021 - No Comments!

Easy Modern Pink and Green Easter Tablescape

There is nothing wedding planners love more than being creative. Piecing together the perfect tablescape is such a fun process and we knew we wanted to share our inspiration for the Easter holiday! Whether it is just you and your partner or a small group, gather inspiration from this easy pink and green festive tablescape. We added a modern twist on traditional Easter decor while also featuring aspects from the spring season.

If you are planning your tablescape for this upcoming holiday, look no further! We are going over all the details on how to create this design in your own home. You can even purchase the exact items we used or edit to suit your personal style! Ready to see the table decor? Keep reading!

Pink and green easter tablescape

Spring Florals & Vases

Guess what? These flowers are from Hobby Lobby! They looked so lush like fresh florals, I had to pick them up. Don't be afraid to purchase faux florals and greenery for your tablescapes. You can always reuse them for other occasions!

I (Gabby) focused on light and airy, natural color with pops of pink tones. I love the contrast of the pastel vases with the calming greenery and delicate textures. To make this design more modern, I chose simple vases in solid colors. I arranged the various sizes in the middle of the table under a warm, earth tone runner to act as the centerpiece.

Place Settings

These place settings are so cute and easy to create. You can even make the napkin rings yourself as a fun DIY project! Tip from a wedding planner: if you find one design piece you absolutely love, build your tablescape around that! These chic eucalyptus plates caught my eye for this tablescape. Not only are they wonderful for Easter and spring, but they could even transition to the cooler months.

By the way, I shared a YouTube video creating the Easter tablescape for a visual guide here. There's also some bonus business Pinterest tips for my fellow wedding pros and creatives :

I layered a wicker charger from Kirkland's underneath my two plate sizes, then got to work on adding the napkins and napkin rings. The napkin rings turned out so great and were a quick DIY from fabric at the craft store. Get creative with how you present this final touch on your place settings! I chose to wrap them around the top plate but you can test out different options.

Final Look & Decor Needed

Voilà! Here's the final look. What do you think? With a few new purchases and items I already had on hand, this sweet Easter tablescape was so fun to create! Add or take away items to best suit you. I chose to set a table for 6 guests. Here's what you need to create this Easter tablescape:

  • A CLEAN TABLE: Start with a blank canvas using the table of your choice. I stuck with the wooden rectangular table in my dining room.
  • SEASONAL FLOWERS & VASES: You may choose to purchase faux flowers or pick up some fresh florals. Be sure to choose spring-inspired florals and add in some greenery for extra texture. Choose one pop of color such as the bright pink on this tablescape. For these vases, grab some that you already have or you can find the vases we used at Hobby Lobby.
  • PLATES, CHARGERS & TABLE RUNNER: Keep the base of your place setting neutral. I focused on earth tones for the simple table runner, muted green plates, and wicker chargers.
  • PRINTED NAPKINS & NAPKIN RINGS: Choose some fun printed napkins! Go with a design that pulls tones from the plates and florals of your choice. Then, for the napkin rings, choose a contrasting color.
Table decor with green plates and pink and white bud vases
Plates & napkins from Kirklands
Faux flowers, vases, chargers, & napkin ring fabric from Hobby Lobby
Runner from Home Goods

Love this blog and want more tablescape inspiration? Check out this brunch table design next!

Published by: Gabrielle Pinkerton in Lifestyle

February 1, 2021 - No Comments!

Easy DIY Valentine’s Date Ideas for Future Brides

Valentine's day as a future bride or engaged couple adds extra romance to the holiday. Get creative and plan a DIY date to surprise your significant other. From an at-home movie night to an adventurous glamping getaway, there are so many easy date options to put together. Add in personalized gifts into your planned date for your future bride or spouse. We are sharing our easy DIY Valentine's Day date ideas to inspire your holiday celebration!

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Coffee & Tea Breakfast

Create a coffee shop at home with a sweet breakfast date! For those that prefer to keep things laid back on the holidays, serve a romantic and healthy breakfast accompanied with your partner's favorite hot tea or coffee. Order your coffee shop date ingredients straight to your door with Thrive Market! Arrange the ingredients in a gift basket and surprise your future spouse. For those that are hot-tea enthusiasts like us, gift them a new mug with a tea infuser that they can continue to use even after Valentine's day.

Click link to purchase tea infuser mug on Amazon
Modern Tea Infuser Mug $18.99 on Amazon

Movie Night

Since many of us are still staying at home this year, why not celebrate Valentine's day with a DIY movie night? Splurge on a projector to watch a bring the theater feeling to your own home. Gift your partner a cozy blanket to sit and watch a romantic movie with. This is such a fun date night option that anyone will enjoy!

Click link to purchase projector on Amazon
Amazon Portable Movie Projector $99.99
Click link to purchase throw blanket on Jungalow
Jungalow Champagne Lightweight Throw Blanket $69

Pamper Day

For those that love the spa and bath and body products, gift them with a Valentine's pamper day! This is a great way to relax from the stress of wedding planning. Create an at-home spa with a luxuries candle and a new bath item. Our favorite scented candle and body scrub is available on Amazon! Order a bouquet of fresh flowers to place in the bathroom to make your loved one feel extra special.

Click link to purchase candle on Amazon
capri BLUE Volcano candle on Amazon $30

Glamping Weekend

As adventurous wedding planners, we find ourselves glamping at national parks often. Check out one of our past weddings at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains for a behind the scenes look at a glamping location! This is a romantic and simple getaway for those that love to be surrounded by nature and need a moment to unplug. Surprise your partner with a bag that includes all of our glamping must-haves before your trip!

Under Canvas Smoky Mountains glamping tents
Photographer Lauren Mihae // Planning + Design 'Cause We Can Events // Venue Under Canvas Smoky Mountains 
Blue lightweight backpack click link to purchase on amazon
Glamping Must-Haves on Amazon under $25 | Lightweight Backpack $18

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Published by: Gabrielle Pinkerton in Lifestyle

November 2, 2020 - No Comments!

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 Pinkerton in Lifestyle

October 6, 2020 - No Comments!

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 Pinkerton in Lifestyle, Styled Shoot

February 27, 2020 - No Comments!

Hotel Figueroa: A modern boutique hotel and wedding venue

Part of our job (and trust me it's a fun part) is that we get to visit wedding and event venues all over Los Angeles and beyond to see if they might be a good fit for our clients. Sometimes they are venues that we know about but have never been in person and sometimes it's an old venue that got a new facelift. This time, Jessica, Kari and I headed downtown Los Angeles to check out the trendy and newly restored, Hotel Figueroa.

Boutique Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, Hotel Figueroa is the perfect wedding venue for the modern bride or corporate event space for trendy companies


The Rooms

First we got a tour of the rooms and suites. We love checking these out because we can see where our couples will be getting ready and how the lighting and space will look for our photographers. Good news, every single room and suite looked photo-ready!

Bedroom Suite with leather headboard. Boutique Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, Hotel Figueroa is the perfect wedding venue for the modern bride or corporate event space for trendy companies

Boutique Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, Hotel Figueroa is the perfect wedding venue for the modern bride or corporate event space for trendy companies

The event spaces

Next, we headed into the main area of the hotel to check out their cool event spaces. With over 10,000 sq. feet of event space Hotel Figueroa can offer an intimate and outdoor gathering on the Terrazza (for up to 140 guests) or something more elaborate in the Gran Sala complete with Spanish Colonial Architecture right down to the limestone fireplace.

Hotel figueroa ballroom. Spanish modern wedding venue in downtown Los Angeles

Hotel Figueroa Ballroom. Wedding venue in Downtown Los Angeles for the modern and bohemian bride

Even beyond events themselves Hotel Figueroa is welcoming to all its guests. With many lounges scattered across the property it’s a perfect place to relax and mingle with old friends and new. P.S their cocktails are INCREDIBLE.

Modern lounge at Hotel Figueroa - boutique hotel in Downtown Los Angeles for weddings and events

Cool lounge at Hotel Figueroa - boutique hotel in Downtown Los Angeles for weddings and events

The food + drinks

As beautiful as this place is the facility is only part of the story. On our tour we got treated to lunch and ordered delicious dishes from their in-house restaurant, Breva. We sat outside in their tropical-modern-moroccan patio overlooking the pool. This space is available to rent as well!

Hotel Figueroa outdoor pool and bar. Wedding venue in Downtown Los Angeles for the modern and bohemian bride

Flatbread pizza at Hotel Figueroa


After lunch, we ended the tour in their separate beach bungalow! This is typically open as a restaurant and bar but clients can do a full buyout and even use this space as the wedding after-party. I think this was my favorite space, look how colorful the design is.

Pool at Hotel Figueroa downtown Los Angeles

greenery archway at Figueroa Hotel

Cause We Can Events team at Hotel Figueroa - destination adventurous wedding planners

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Photos by Kari Dirksen

Published by: Gabrielle Pinkerton in Lifestyle, Wedding Business