INS AND OUTS OF EVENT PLANNING

event-planning-tips Workshops. Par-tays. Eat Drink Create events (woot woot!). They're all so much fun. I've received a few emails asking about event planning tips. What works? What doesn't work? While I've done a few Eat Drink Create events, I don't consider myself an expert. Not at all. BUT I wanted to share a few things that have helped me turn our EDC ideas into full blown celebrations... cuz if I can do it, so can YOU.

01 TEAM UP. It really helps having another person on board. I couldn't do any of these events without Lexy. Her skillz, expertise, and brilliant ideas are invaluable.

So gather your peeps. If there's an aspect of the event you're not 100% confident about, like decor or styling the tables, find someone who loves decor and styling. Delegating can save you time and save your sanity.

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02 TIME, TIME, AND MORE TIME. Give yourself plenty of time to plan, fo sho. When working with sponsors and vendors, you have to give them enough time to plan and carry out your requests. Like making 75 mini cupcakes (I'm still dreaming about those Happy Cakes cupcakes from the holiday EDC!). Plus some folks might say no. And that's okay. Why? Because you've given yourself enough time to contact other awesome folks.

We usually give ourselves a solid 2 months. Make a list of everything that needs to get done and then each day do a few things on that list. It may seem (IT IS) overwhelming at first, but it all comes together, I promise.

03 GET A PHOTOGRAPHER. Very important. I always think I'll have plenty of time to take photos. Nope. Never do. With setting up and then, ya know, actually talking with our guests, there's really no time to take photos. I barely get a few instagrams in! So having a photographer there is crucial. If you really wanna take things up a notch?? Get yourself a videographer. You won't regret it.

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04 DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK. I'm always so grateful for the positive response from the local community when planning EDC. I've found that local stores and restaurants want to help! They want to be involved! So don't be afraid to ask that local bakery if they'd be willing to donate cookies. Or your favorite shop if you could host your party at their awesome store. Chances are, they'll be interested.

This goes for online asks, too. Reach out to that amazing etsy shop or online store. It's always worth asking. I mean, for our first event ban.do donated pom pom flowers for everyone!! What the what, I'm still excited about that one. So ask, k?

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05 THE DETAILS. Food, drinks, decor, goodie bags, music, activities. These are the little things that really make an event come alive. The details are my favorite part. They shape the whole experience. AND as a blogger, it's what you'll share and what you hope others will talk about and share, too... and take instagrams of :)

Needless to say the details are important. Think about them, plan them with care, think outside the box. Oh and HAVE FUN. Cuz that's the whole point, right?

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So tell me... do you plan events? Do you want to? What are some of your event planning secrets? I'd love to hear from you!

Check out more photos + videos from all of our Eat Drink Create events!

Photos by Kate Donaldson Photography.

PROJECT BROWN BAG

whimsical balloons by laura ruth Oh hello, friends. Things are heatin' up with Eat Drink Create right around the corner! The artsocial headquarters is a wonderful mess of balloons, goodie bag treasures, and name tag assembly lines. This event is going to be off the heezy! And I only bust out that phrase when I reeeeally mean it.

So while I don't have June's Project Brown Bag recap for ya quite yet, the PBB train must roll on. Louise of Laid Off Mom is hosting the final round of PBB - psst and there's a twist!! So head on over to Laid Off Mom for the deets and to sign up to be a contributor!

It's only the best collaborative art project around. No big deal.

Image: Whimsical Balloons by Laura Ruth.

IN LOVE: LET'S PICNIC

picnic-style Whenever I start planning an event, the first place I go is pinterest. I pull anything and everything that fits my vision. From styling details and cool packaging to possible drink recipes and goodie bag candidates. Good visuals are everything. For me, it paves the way for turning that party idea into a party reality.

For this month's Eat Drink Create (psst have you rsvp'd yet???), Lexy and I are doing a picnic theme. Cherries, pie, gingham - real traditional like. With our special pizazz thrown in there, of course.

Here are a few items from my original pinterest board that inspired this month's event... I would've loooved to have any of these gems at EDC, especially that pillow!

01 pillow 02 cocktail picks 03 wooden postcard 04 bear plate 05 mini bowls 06 blanket

IN LOVE is a weekly series featuring all the things I’m in lurrrve with. Check out more IN LOVE posts here!

EAT DRINK CREATE // SUMMER

Eat_Drink_Create_Summer_Invitation That's right, friends. Lexy and I are doing it again! We've been workin' hard to prepare for the next Eat Drink Create and, I'm tellin' you, this one is going to be off. the. hook. We're planning one sweet little party in the park.

We've teamed up with Fancy Tiger Crafts and October Ink for one super awesome diy project. The Humble Pie Store will be providing - yep - PIE! And Minted is giving us a hand with some suh-weet picnic party decor. Don't miss it, ya hear!

Check out the hashtag #eatdrinkcreate to follow along with our party prep adventures and get pumped. I can't wait to party it up with you Denver gals!

Invitation + logo design by Sarah Fritzler.

MADEWELL PARTY RECAP

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You know where I'd like to shop and party every week? MADEWELL. I had such a blast co-hosting a summer party with Madewell earlier this month. Of course I asked Kate Donaldson to be there to capture everything. I'm so excited to share the photos with you!

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We had french macaroons from D Bar, arguably the best EVER. Seriously. If you live in Denver, drive there right now and try one. You can finish reading this post later.

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MADEWELL and ARTSOCIAL
MADEWELL and ARTSOCIAL

This lemon rosemary soda from the Backyard Soda Co. was not only delicious, but SO much fun to style... I'm now obsessed with drinking everything out of jelly jars tied with twine bows.

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Along with the giant and uh-mazing macaroons, we also had fruit in snow cone cups. Highly recommend for your next summer party. They're easy to make and so much fun to photograph - clearly that's the most important thing. Oh plus they're healthy and stuff.

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MADEWELL and ARTSOCIAL

Madewell asked me to pick out my favorite summer items. When I realized I couldn't fit the entire store on one rack, I opted for a few dresses, some chambray shirts, anything with polka dots, and one of the cutest jackets in the whole world. I know, it's summer. But sometimes it's cold in the evenings... you know, when you're inside and the AC is on.

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After the snacks came the shopping and general merrymaking...

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MADEWELL and ARTSOCIAL
MADEWELL and ARTSOCIAL
MADEWELL and ARTSOCIAL

I'm a big fan of party favors. Giving them, receiving them. Doesn't matter. These little succulents matched the Madewell aesthetic so well. They not only made great favors, but they were the perfect decor during the party.

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MADEWELL and ARTSOCIAL

HUGE thank you to Madewell and everyone who came out. Big hugs to all of you!

event by: artsocial and Madewell photos by: Kate Donaldson Photography