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Santa Barbara’s Oldest Private School – The Howard School – Gets Back to “Grassroots” in a Spring FUNdraiser

Special Events / 03.16.20160 comments

grassrootsunnamedSanta Barbara’s oldest private school – The Howard Carden School (now based in Carpinteria)- will celebrate Spring getting back to the “grassroots” of what’s important in life: community, education, delicious, hearty & heavy appetizers by Chef Rick Rossignol and Chef Nirasha Rodriguez , fabulous drinks,  and live music with the the beloved local band SolTree . There will be incredible items on which to bid, but even if you don’t bid, come for the community, music, fun, and to take in the atmosphere.

Held on Saturday, April 23rd at 3pm, “Grassroots”  is designed to help raise funds for Howard, a non-profit school which boasts a world-class education from preschool through 8th grade for over 100 years.  There will be something for everyone, and unlike many formal fundraisers, this one was specifically designed to pay tribute to and celebrate the relaxed, casual style of Carpinteria while supporting a worthwhile cause with no pomp and circumstance:  just good food, entertainment, community and incredible opportunities to bid on fabulous prizes (see below).   Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on the Howard School Website .

Check out some of the auction items:

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When a Workshop Is Held In a Wedding Chapel | Weddings at The Grand Sierra

Blog, Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, Industry Shenanigans, Special Events / 01.28.20150 comments

Grand sierra chapelWhen NACE Reno/Tahoe asked me to do a workshop on generating immediate revenue for wedding businesses for my other company division, Engaging Inspiration, I was delighted.  When I found out that my presentation was going to be in the newly-renovated wedding chapel of The Grand Sierra Resort, I was absolutely tickled. I love originality and creative locations and how could a presenter ask for a more elegant setting for a wedding industry presentation than in a wedding chapel?

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Fresh Holiday Party Trends for 2014

Blog, Event Planning Advice, Special Events / 09.25.20140 comments

Photo: Hotel Kings Court

Photo: Hotel Kings Court

With the corporate economy improving,  the company holiday party has returned.  However, after having such a hard-hit economy with individuals and companies struggling the last several years, many company parties are returning to a holiday party experience with a conscience.  They are also offering an “experience” for guests and not just a meal with a DJ (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

The latest trends include:

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Feasting Fabulousness |A Connected Dining Experience

Blog, Special Events / 06.11.20140 comments

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l-r : Jill Remy of Jill&Co, Cori Lassahn of Avante Events & Kerry Lee Dickey of Santa Barbara Wine Country Weddings & Events

There are those moments in life when you truly realize that the pretense of what you are doing on the surface has actually little to nothing to do with the “real” moment you are supposed to be experiencing.  Such was last night at Trattoria Grappolo‘s in Santa Ynez, in the heart of Santa Barbara’s wine country.

The invitation said simply to come for

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Cocktails-N-Vinyl Vintage Basement Party

Blog, Special Events / 04.20.20142 comments

imageHow does a gal who grew up in the 1970’s in Southern California in a basement-less home decide to host a basement-party themed celebration?  I love the way middle-class parties were done in the 1950’s – 1970’s and I spent a year as a child living with my grandmother in the Pacific Northwest where she had an incredible basement and I attended a few basement parties in my friend’s homes. It always felt like a private world away from “reality” and lots of open space to just “hang”.  Fast forward to 2014, where it felt like a fun and inspired twist to  a “happy hour”.  Throw in my passion for music and love of the sound of music on vinyl with all the pops and scratches, and I suppose it makes me feel nostalgic for

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In College and Think a Career in Wedding & Event Planning May Be For You?

Blog, Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, Event Planning Advice, Industry Shenanigans, Special Events / 02.27.20140 comments

kld ht headshotWhen I look back on my college experience, it was a time of big dreams and great hope and promise.  Junior and Senior year you felt a certain amount of pressure to make “the” job choice of what inspired you for your career post-graduation.  There were and are countless resources at colleges and in communities to provide career counseling and opportunities to open doors to your desired field with alumni contacts and more.

As society has evolved, so has the need to choose a single career with which one sticks all their lives.  As we grow as humans in our pursuits, development, personality, spirituality and more, often that vision shifts and evolves with our growth.  So what’s a student to do with all these choices bearing down hard on them?

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Tea in Paris Birthday Celebration for Gracie

Blog, Special Events / 11.07.20131 comments

Tea in Paris Collage DecorI’ve spent a lot of time in France, including living in Paris for a brief while, and also living with a non-English – speaking French family at the age of 17. I love all things French and when the school to which my daughter goes started students in French in preschool, I was especially delighted.

While I’ve planned all kinds of events, I’m the first to admit that

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Planning a Proposal | Santa Barbara Style Marriage Proposals

Blog, Event Planning Advice, Special Events / 06.18.20122 comments

We are honored to have seen an increase in requests to help plan marriage proposals.  While they are mainly the gentlemen who have come to us, we have had a few ladies come to us, too.  What’s unique about a Santa Barbara marriage proposal?  Just this:  that it’s incredibly difficult because there is so much to choose from.   Not just location-wise, but stylistically.  There are so many options.  Will you reserve the top of a tower overlooking Santa Barbara at dusk?  Go for a walk on the beach? Plan a scavenger hunt?  Rent a vintage car in wine country to drive you all over and pop the question at your favorite winery by candlelight in a barrel room? Propose while her whole family shows up to surprise and congratulate you both?

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Putting the “Fun” back in “FUNdraiser”: “Murder in Swingtime”

Blog, Special Events / 04.29.20111 comments

Photo by Ziva Agel

I admit it.  I am a vintage girl at heart who should have been born in another era wearing gardenias in her hair, visiting supper clubs by night and dancing until the wee hours of the morning with the love of my life in a pinstripe suit under a full moon to a live swing band in the 1940’s.   So it may come as no surprise that I have always wanted to produce a 1940’s themed event.

When The Howard School in Carpinteria asked me to plan their 2011 Annual Fundraiser Event,

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