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4 Halloween Parties You Should Be Having

It’s time to hit the thrift, craft, and costume stores – Halloween parties are right around the corner. If you are feeling in a rut and looking for a little out-of-the-box inspiration, we are here for you. Particularly if you are looking for something more stylish than spooky (or at least a little bit of both), these four themes are for you:

Gothic Dinner Party

To set the scene for an equally elegant and eerie dinner party, combine Victorian Gothic Period style with lots of dark colors, dim lighting, and some subtle scares. Some of our favorite sinister details include: play menacing sound effects in the hallways, limit as much lighting as possible to candlelight, and place skulls, bats, and spiders in apothecary jars or on tables throughout the house.

Gothic Dinner Party
1. Candelabra 2. Sleepy Hollow invitation 3. Black Skull Candle with Crystal Eyes 4. Williams-Sonoma Halloween Moon Plates 5. [DIY] Black candy apples 6. West Elm X-Ray Glassware 7. Feather Wreath 8. LED Orange Light Twig Tree 9. Table runner 10. Inky Skies invitation

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Glamorous Chicago Wedding: Jessica & Stephen

After 8 years of being together, Jessica and Stephen exchanged vows in a stunning waterfront ceremony in front of their closest friends and family. In the words of the bride, “While the vows and ceremony of the wedding were important to us, we both just wanted to celebrate our love and all we had accomplished together — graduating college, Stephen becoming a doctor, myself entering Northwestern for grad school — with a beautiful party. The thought of having everyone we loved in one place was electrifying… Our brothers were even the ones to marry us. We wanted this to be a special memory for ourselves and each of our guests.” Each memory now lives on in these gorgeous photos captured by Jason Brown of J. Brown Photography.

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All White Everything: Essentials for a Labor Day White Party

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Labor Day Weekend: the coveted long weekend before the summer warmth fades into the crisp autumn air. Historically, it also marks the last day of the year deemed appropriate to wear white (apparently, says somebody). So whether or not you follow the fashion police on that one, why not use the opportunity to throw a White Party where your guests can don their crisp creme, eggshell, and ivory apparel and give a proper farewell to summer. Here are our top 4 tips on how to throw a white hot Labor Day party that will be one for the books!

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Best Practices for Promoting Events

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Events come in all shapes and sizes, from intimate client banquets to extravagant ticketed galas, but the tools and timeline of how you promote those still follows the same path. By promoting your event in a designed, curated way you can build a brand for your event at each touchpoint, which in turn allows and empowers your network to spread the word with consistency and confidence. From the save the date to the final tweet, here are some tips on how to make the most of your event promotion.

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Creative & Casual Vintage Wedding: Jasmine & Ben

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Jasmine and Ben decided to take a hands-on approach to their wedding, held in Broken Head, Australia, to reflect their laid-back and creative style. From the bride: It was very important to us that we were comfortable with our ceremony and reception. I know everyone says the same thing but we did really want our wedding to reflect the people we are. We walked down the aisle together which everyone really loved, we made almost everything ourselves, including the cake, the furniture, the wedding dress and the centerpieces. In the end, we were rewarded with praise and comments from our guests telling us that we had achieved what we set out to, and that they had a great time. Simon Hunter was able to beautifully capture every special moment of the day!

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Designer Feature Friday: PrettyMeJoy

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Nazia Hyder, the talented artist behind stationery, design, and illustration brand PrettyMeJoy, has been an incredible addition to the Greenvelope designer community since 2014. Her unique brand of illustration is instantly recognizable among our collections, with a distinctive playful elegance that follows her motto of “simplicity is beautiful“. Today we want to share a bit more about her journey as a designer, her inspirations, and what flavor is in her ice cream cone.

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Summer Party Trends We Love

We brought together insight from both event industry experts and expert party-goers to bring you our top summer party trends right now. Share your faves with us in the comments section below!

Garland Detailing 

Simultaneously playful and utterly chic, if we saw garland chandeliers at every party, we wouldn’t complain. 

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Jimmy Gideon Photography

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Pure and Simple DIY Wedding: Jeff and Shannon

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After 7 beautiful years, Jeff Smith finally proposed to his now-wife Shannon on July 11th 2014, and had their wedding a mere three months later (talk about making up for lost time)! In an effort to avoid pomp and circumstance, and to inject “a taste of Shannon and Jeff,” for family and friends, the couple strayed from tradition to create a wedding that was distinctively them. Captured beautifully by Anne McGrath Photography.

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Six Fun Summer Parties to Throw

We know everyone is talking about “back-to-school”, but summer’s not over yet. Here are six fun party themes to throw before the first leaf falls:

1. Camping: for real or just in your own backyard–is a great way to enjoy the warmer nights and starry skies.  Essential activities include roasting marshmallows and making S’Mores, sharing stories (both spooky and sentimental), playing flashlight tag, and snuggling under shared blankets. Surprise your guests with a farewell gift…a bag of homemade trail mix.

Must haves:

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Breathtaking Bohemian Wedding: Bianca & Tad

Boho chic farm wedding in Michigan | Greenvelope ecofriendly invites + photography by Caroline Ghetes

After being together for almost 10 years and living together for over 8 years, Bianca and Tad finally decided to tie the knot. By foregoing the typical wedding formalities and opting for a celebration that was a full representation of the things they loved and were important to them, their Eternal Connection wedding was certainly an occasion to remember. Held on their farm in Michigan, it was a weekend filled with love, shared seasonal fare, dancing, morning yoga, and too many beautiful details to list… all captured beautifully by the incredible Caroline Ghetes Photography

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