Tea for Two

20 06 2008

Those of you that know me knows that I’m a major tea drinker. The only time I drink coffee is when I go to a diner. Don’t know why. So I am always looking for ways to share my love of tea with others and have found these great favors.

Wedding Tea from Crate & Barrel $3.95 each

5 tea sachets of Chinese Mutan white tea, infused with a hint of lemon-vanilla and pink rosebuds.

These tins from Adagio Teas ($1.85 each for 100)

You can personalize the label, choose different color organza bags and fill the tins with a variety of tea.

You don’t have to buy the gift sets. Some of the teas today have such great packaging that you can simply bundle them up with a bow and they would look great on their own. Revolution Tea sells the T-Mini tins with 6 infuser bags and the T-Box single servings. Both have colorful packaging. (I love the mint tea and have given them out as gifts)

R&R Catering

18 06 2008

Natalie at R&R Catering was nice enough to invite me to one of their tastings held at the National Zoo! They had a tented picnic at the Great Meadow and then other food stationed at the Small Mammal House and Amazonia. Unfortunately, I had another event to go to so I didn’t get to see too much of the latter two.

Table Top Competition

16 06 2008

The DC chapter of the International Special Events Society (ISES) hosts a table top design competition each year, participated by any member who wishes. This year’s competition was held at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel (formerly the Holiday Inn). Here are some teaser pictures! I’ll post more when the professional photos are in to do the tables better justice. Cool, huh?

table top #1 Table Top #2

Here are some photos of the hotel.

Below left photo is of the modern lobby.

Below right, our dinner meeting in the Metropolitan Ballroom. The table top competition and cocktail hour were in the Hill/Grid/Hub Rooms. There is also a rooftop lounge, which I missed but hopefully, the professional photos will show the view.

Liaison Capitol Hill lobby Liaison Capitol Hill hotel ballroom

Follow Up to iPod Post

14 06 2008

After reading a post on WeddingBee about a couple that had planned on using an iPod to supply the music for their wedding, I wanted to follow up on my previous post about the same topic. Basically, “the iPod worked brilliantly for the ceremony … But cut to the reception, when my iPod stopped working. And those multiple backups? Left behind at the hotel.” (The bride had loaded a copy of their playlist onto the groom’s laptop and also burned copies onto CDs as backup.) Luckily, their photographer saved the day by playing music from her laptop. The bride lamented the loss of their special first dance song and the hours she had spent setting up the playlists.

Again, I think there are events where I think an iPod or laptop would be OK for supplying music. Although this might have just been bad luck, why chance it for your big day where there are no do-overs?

Chalk it Up!

12 06 2008

Chalk board oilclothI love anything chalk board related! I have cans of chalk board paint at my house and if i could, I would spray it on everything. Katasha at K Sherrie & Company spotted these chalkboard oilcloths by Bell’occhio! How cool are they! At $15/yard (48 inches wide), you would need to be judicious on how you will use it. Some ideas:

A table runner

An overlay for the kids table

Escort card, table markers, menu cards, etc – basically anywhere you would use paper.

Guestbook – after the wedding, put several coat of polyurethane to seal in the chalk.

An aisle runner – draw your own design and seal with polyurethane.

What other ways can you think of to use for your wedding?

Real Wedding: Joan & Ben

10 06 2008

I love lunch time weddings. They tend to be less formal, the guests are more relaxed, and the couples tend to be a little different. Joan and Ben were still able to have a stylish event during the day time, despite the 90+ degree weather.

Venue: Glenview Mansion, Rockville. Great venue and great staff.

  • Advantages: plenty of parking; reasonable rental rates; beautiful, lush gardens available for ceremony; bowling green available for tenting; tables included in rental rate; outdoor white folding chairs available at additional charge for ceremony; art gallery on 2nd floor open to guests; fairly spacious rooms.
  • Challenges: tables only available for use indoors; as with any mansion, guests will be seated in separate rooms; ideal for cocktail style receptions as a sit down dinner is not really possible for more than 50 people.

Caterer: Stone Soup Catering. Chef Zello and his wife Kim run this Germantown company. They are excellent to work with during the planning process, providing prompt answers and assisting in resolving various issues. Their food is delicious also. They have worked at Glenview many times so it was great to have their knowledge. Ben & Joan chose the perfect summer luncheon menu where no dish was too heavy. Nice and light but yet filling.

Floral Designer: Helen Olivia. I really like Marianne’s designs. Joan wanted to stay within the sky blue and orange color schemes. Some of the highlights include the tall, orange filled ceremony arrangements topped with a cloud of blue hydrangeas. Everybody loved them! She also made several orange carnation pomanders and ring pillows.

eaTip: We moved the ceremony arrangements to the buffet table after the ceremony. It’s a great way to save money. If you go this route, be sure to mention this to your floral designer so that he or she can put something together that would make sense in both places. In this case, the oranges in the tall vases made perfect sense and complemented the dishes on the buffet really well.

Ceremony Musicians: Virginia Virtuosi. Made up of 2 violinists and 1 double-bassist, the ensemble plays professionally through this area. This was a great find. Mark, the bassist, contacted me one day out of the blue to introduce his group. I think the double bass really lends itself to a different sound as compared to other string ensembles. Check out the samples on their website. Mark, Tiffany and Nancy get the award for braving the swamp-like weather. Unfortunately, because it was so hot outside, the guests didn’t get to enjoy too much of the prelude music as they were all hanging out in the air conditioned mansion.

Sound Equipment Rental: Dan Sandys Entertainment Group. Because this was a lunch reception and there wasn’t going to be any dancing, Joan and Ben elected to spend their budget elsewhere and chose to play music through their laptop. We rented a sound system through Dan Sandys. It was a cinch. He set it up in 5 minutes! It came with speakers and mics.

Photographer: Holland Photo Arts. I have been waiting for an opportunity to work with Anne and Bill for a long time as I really do admire their work. They are just the nicest people and super easy to work with. I cannot wait to see the results.

Videographer: A&E Productions. I met Eric Nicholas several years ago at another wedding and have kept him in my secret pile of lesser known talent. By day, he works at TV station and on weekends, he shoots weddings! He’s so easy to get along with and if you are looking for professional video work, nothing fancy shmancy, at a reasonable price, he’s your guy. Contact us for his info.