Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Even though I frequented these fantasy worlds and thought I knew them inside and out, they still pulled the wool over my eyes with one thing. Did you know that the smell of fresh baked cookies on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, or the scent of damp earth when you walk through Jurassic Park at Universal Islands of Adventure is all a marketing ploy??? The cookies weren't baking at all, it was scent marketing! Brilliant! Machines pump out over 2,000 different scents from Glazed Donut to Dinosaur Dung... to make you feel a certain way; deisel exhaust, fresh cut grass, pizza, bubble gum, the list goes on. So who knows if an aroma you fondly remember was real or if it was a scent machine persuading you to stay a little longer or buy a little more.
photos by Charlestonpicturecompany.com, Michael Bonnett, jr., Lori, ScentAir
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
The clever centerpieces were topiaries in the shapes of various canine companions, and the decor was a swanky fuscia and black. The Renaissance Washington, DC served vegan and vegitarian dishes to the suits, but the doggies got organic snacks, specialty ice-cream, and a cake baked by Barkley Square Bakery out of Alexandria, VA.
Monday, June 18, 2007
The satellite dishes look both retro and futuristic; they would be great for dips, condiments, or even a specialty ice cream.Cute little stainless steel cocktail spoons look sleek and modern but are only 4.5". Make yourself a Top Chef when you present a delicate lobster foam atop these under-sized utensils, because foam isn't just for the carwash anymore.
Love your new olive dish when you spring just $12.95 for this really great serving piece that also keeps your hors d'oeuvres from escaping. Make neat patterns with alternating green and black olives for an instant conversation piece.
It's a very whimsical destination and today's post is taking a peek into the unique society parties that took place in early June during the opening of the Venice Biennale, the largest contemporary art exhibition in the world.
Above is a photo of a cocktail party in the ballroom of the Palazzo Pisani Moretta, a palace built in the 15th Century for the Pisani family. Are you having a little bit of venue-jealousy right now?
Above, guests mingle before being seated for the Venetian Heritage Gala dinner.
Below is a dinner party at the STUNNING Palazzo Albirizzi, another palace that has been in the hands of its original owners, the Albrizzi family, for over 500 years. If you're looking for a vacation rental, an exclusive apartment here is just $12,000 a week...
And last, we round out the night at Hotel Cipriani where Russian artist Stella Kesaev hosted a party to celebrate her Moscow-based contemporary art foundation. Czech out the bovine-inspired upholstery!
Incidentally, Hotel Cipriani is an Orient-Express Hotel just like our very own Charleston Place.
I hope this travel series was fun, we have to go again sometime! Ciao!
(below, me and my hubby on our honeymoon)
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Joel from Curly Willow and his team worked tirelessly stringing alternating gold and ivory ribbon in THREE individual tents. Twinkling string lights peeked through the amazing ceiling installation and large votive chandeliers were dressed with greenery.
Guests started inside for a quick cocktail and to pick up their place cards done by Martine over at Dulles Designs. After being seated in the courtyard. Carolina Catering served a delicious dinner of beef tenderloin and lobster stuffed shrimp with haricots vert and twice baked potatoes, Yum!
Jim Smeal made a beautiful 5-tier cake decorated with icing flowers that matched the delicious cookies guests got as favors.
Bryan Mahanes from Other Brother Entertainment brought the Pat Patrick Band all the way from Nashville, and toward the end of the evening a group of military men, including the groom, took over the mic with "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" just like Top Gun, HOT!
Do you have an event you'd like me to showcase on Charleston Party Planners and Being SOCIAL? Email me and we'll type about it!
Friday, June 15, 2007
Having recently been one (June Charleston Magazine wedding pages), I know the modern bride has a lot to worry about these days so she shouldn't have to worry about what her MOH will do about the bachelorette party.
If planning a destination bachelorette party, why not go to NYC and check this out! On Location Tours, Inc. provides Sex and the City tours in the now famous nabes of the show we all miss SO much! How fun would it be to chill out with your best girlfriends (or boyfriends) and visit Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Sam's old hotspots and stompin' grounds?
The SATC tour boasts bachelorette packages ranging from the Charlotte, at a mere $44 per person, to the Samantha starting at $195 . This package arrangement is obviously for the least adventurous to the utmost.
They also have Soprano's tours so you can send your fiance a photo of you and your girls swinging at the Bada Bing.
I'll probably never get enough of SATC, but now I won't have to because I can just hop the next AirTran flight to NYC and strut down 5th Avenue with a little Carrie in my step...or just wait for the movie!
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Research led me to discover Festival del Sole, a ten day lifestyle festival blending together wine, cuisine, art, literature and music in Napa Valley, California from July 13-22, 2007. This will be the second annual Festivale del Sole, and last year's resounding success foreshadowed many exciting editions to come.
photos by David Patrick Columbia
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
photo by BizBash
The 2007 Academy Awards took the issue very seriously when they re-shaped many of the details of the event. Tissue products in the pre-show trailers, Kodak Theatre, dressing rooms and green rooms were 100% recycled content, non-endangered forest paper. Hybrid vehicles were made available for presenters and staff. Nearly 100% of Wolfgang Puck’s Governor’s Ball menu was organic and environmentally friendly, including seafood, dairy and produce selections. Puck used only organic, locally grown, sustainable ingredients and meat from humanely treated animals when serving the evening’s 1,600 pounds of lobster, 800 pounds of chicken, 400 pounds of Kobe beef, 40 pounds of black truffles, and 40 pounds of salmon. These were just a few of the steps taken by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the huge awards show that stops Hollywood in its tracks every year!
photo by BizBash
On our coast, another notably green event was the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. The night’s earth-friendly elements included email invites, the use of soy-based inks on biodegradable materials Bioflex and Duraplast for signage, generators powered with biodiesel, and organic food for catering.
photo by BizBash