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Fun Wedding Departures: What will your exit be?

Thanks to our fabulous photographers Brooke Photography, Morgan Matters, Jesse Daniels, Tall Trees, The Studio, Megelaine, and Brittany Davis

Throughout your wedding planning you have envisioned making sure to WOW your guests with your invitations, décor, linens, cocktails, dinner and entertainment.  Each element of your wedding or event sets a tone and excites your guests about being part of the experience.

Have you ever thought about the party ending?  What about the departure?  Would you like to make it as memorable as the entry into your ballroom?  Ceremony or reception, your departure will leave a happy memory for you and guests.

Don’t overlook the wedding departure.  It can be fun and fabulous!  What better experience than to leave your guests with another unexpected, happy and exciting moment?  We have offered some images of past weddings that we hope will WOW you and give you the inspiration you may need to create your very own Grand Departure.  Make sure to let us know what you decide.

Happy planning!

Love,

Kim

Just Announced: Color of the Year 2014

 

Pantone has just announced the color of the year for 2014. We have anxiously been awaiting this announcement.  Each year, it is so much fun to see what the color will be.  This year it is a hue of purple and we love it!!! (of course)

Did you know that purple is considered a neutral?  It has warm AND cool tones which make it a very compatible color partner.  The new color is soft, but yet powerful enough to stand alone.  What colors will you pair it with?  Make sure to let us know.

Pantone Reveals Color of the Year for 2014: PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid

“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.

“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

For more than a decade, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design. Past colors include:

  • PANTONE      17-5641 Emerald (2013)
  • PANTONE      17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)
  • PANTONE      18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)
  • PANTONE      15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
  • PANTONE      14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
  • PANTONE      18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
  • PANTONE      19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
  • PANTONE      13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
  • PANTONE      15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
  • PANTONE      17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
  • PANTONE      14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
  • PANTONE      19-1664 True Red (2002)
  • PANTONE      17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
  • PANTONE      15-4020 Cerulean (2000)

Photo and Credits:  http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/photos/pantone-reveals-color-2014-pantone-photo-050100891.html, http://brides.prestonbailey.com/2014/01/01/new-years-orchid-centerpieces

Love,

Kim

 

Toast the Kentucky Derby

May is Derby Time

To celebrate the past Kentucky Derby,(sorry, we were having weddings) we’ve found the perfect Mint Julep recipe! The Mint Julep is the drink of choice at the Churchill Downs and the perfect beverage to serve at your Derby party this month or anytime this summer.

Mint Julep Recipe, 1 serving

4 fresh mint leaves
2 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey
1 tsp powdered sugar
2 tsp water

Muddle (crush the leaves in the liquid) mint leaves, powdered sugar, and water in a C glass. Fill the glass with shaved or crushed ice and add bourbon. Top with more ice and garnish with a mint sprig. Serve with a straw and slow sips. Let’s toast to sunny days, big hats and fast horses!    🙂

XOXO

Kathleen and Kim

http://www.drinksmixer.com/drink5382.html#ixzz2RFA3i8Mi

Image courtesy of myrecipes.com

 

 

Floral Design: What Fun!!!

Spring should be here soon.

With Spring sunshine there will be flowers blooming again!  Some of our favorites are the hydrangea, knock out roses, day lilies, zinnias and flox.

It really is fun to grow them, cut the blooms and take them to the office or decorate with.  If you aren’t that ambitious, go to the local floral store and buy a bouquet of your favorites.

Everyone we know loves beautiful flowers. Before you begin cutting, take a little lesson in the art of floral design with Kate Spade’s floral designer, Ashley.

Here are some tips:

 

Kim 

Hostess Gifts

Attending a party or gathering soon?  We know how you are looking forward to it and we know what it takes to throw a party.  Make sure you’re the guest that goes the ‘little extra’ and remembers your host with a “hostess gift”.  What is a hostess gift?  We think it is a great way to say, “Thank you for inviting me!”  We all love to be included and when we are invited to a special event we can show our appreciation with a small token.

Many guests include a bottle of wine (which we love to receive) as a gift, but think out of the box too.  What about some great chocolates, fruit from the local farmer’s market, a new read or the latest released CD?  Don’t underestimate flowers or a potted plant too. Hosts love to be remembered and appreciated.  They worked hard to make the party a celebration and your thoughtfulness will be remembered with many more invitations.

Always remember a personal handwritten thank you note is a rarity and will be greatly appreciated too.

Your appreciation, your smile and willing hand to pitch in (when needed) will make your host or hostess invite you again and again.  Of course, how could any party be fun without you?

http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?_adv_prop=image&fr=ush-mailn&sz=all&va=thank+you

By Kim

Meet Our Interns: Leah

Hello! My name is Leah Streeval and I have the pleasure of interning for Kim King Smith Events this summer! I am so excited about this opportunity to learn about the event planning business and all the work that goes on behind scenes.

In the fall, I will be starting my senior year at Anderson University. I am pursuing a degree in communication arts with a minor in entrepreneurship. At AU, I am a cheerleader as well as part of the Student Alumni Association and Public Relations Student Society of America. This year, I have the honor of being president of ΦΛΣ. The group is full of wonderful women who I am blessed to be sisters with.

I have always loved planning events for school and church functions as well as nights out with the girls. This internship will be a great experience to take what I already know and apply it while learning more while I go.

Have a blessed day!

Fast Wedding Day Fixes: Keep Calm and Try to Carry On

Need a fast fix for your wedding day?  Here are some great suggestions we think you need to know.

Clear Nail Polish works wonders.

Reattach rhinestones and beads that may have fallen off your dress with clear nail polish. It can also stop stocking runs in their tracks.

Dryer sheets are for more than the dryer.

To keep hosiery from sticking to your dress, rub a damp used dryer sheet over them. Toss one in your luggage, just in case (it’ll freshen your clothes). If you don’t have one, run a wire hanger or a metal spoon over or under your dress.

White chalk isn’t just for your chalkboard.

White chalk will cover the stain on a white garment.

Vodka or Wine anyone?

Give your diamond a real cleaning and shining using vodka (yes, vodka!) and a toothbrush.

Red wine spill?  Quickly pour white wine on the stain to remove it.

Lip balm isn’t just great for your lips.

Zipper stuck? Lip balm or hand soap can loosen it.

Baby powder; the old stand by.

Baby powder is great for treating wedding-dress stains. Sprinkle on to absorb oil from spots, then brush off with a white cloth. It’s also useful for hiding the residue of wine and makeup stains after you’ve used stain-removal wipes.

How about a banana?

Use the inside of a banana peel to erase scuffs from your guy’s leather shoes. Then buff them to a shine with a paper towel

Whatever the situation, please….Keep Calm and Carry On!

http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/231173/6-fast-fixes-your-destination-wedding/@center/272506/destination-weddings?xsc=eml_dwd_2012_06_04&om_rid=NsVlhG&om_mid=_BPzKNDB8jL-DKm#/276241  www.bellasugar.com/Wedding-Beauty-Bag-Essentials-8410299

 

By Kim

 

 

The Broadripple Gazette: Kim King Smith Events Wedding Planning

 We were thrilled to make the front page of the Broadripple Gazette Newspaper.  What an honor and privilege!  Thank you to the Broadripple Gazette and Mario Morone.  The Broadripple Gazette is a MUST read for everyone in tune with Indy! www.broadripplegazette.com

Kim King Smith Events Wedding Planner

 

St. Patrick’s Day Fun

Get Lucky Downtown on St. Patrick’s Day

As St. Patrick’s Day draws near, there are some can’t miss events going on downtown Indianapolis that you won’t want to miss!

Hayley’s Pick-32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade has over 80 units made up of high school bands, floats, catholic schools, Irish dancers, bag pipe & drum bands, Irish organizations, law enforcement, local media and celebrities. The parade is free to the public. www.indystpats.com

When: March 16; 11:30 a.m.

Where: North Street South to Ohio, North on Meridian, ending at Vermont Street

Friday, March 16, 2012

Andrea’s Pick-Hoosier Lottery Greening of the Canal
Sponsored by the Hoosier Lottery, the Greening of the Canal is an annual tradition. Enjoy live music, dancing, celebrity appearances and of course, the greening of the canal. Free coffee and donuts are provided and prizes from the Hoosier Lottery will given to a few lucky winners. www.hoosierlottery.com

When: March 16; 6 a.m.

Where: Canal Walk, near Ohio and West Streets

Nate’s Pick- Vermont Street Tent Party
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will host a tent party on Vermont Street Friday, March 16th. There is live Irish entertainment, food, beer garden and St. Patrick’s Day merchandise. The tent is free to enter and it is open to the public.

http://www.indystpats.com/runwalk/index.htm

 

When: March 16; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Vermont Street, between Meridian and Pennsylvania Streets

 

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Mary Beth’s Pick- Shamrock Run and Walk
The 21st Annual Shamrock Run and Walk is the official race of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The race is open to people of all ages and abilities. Join the fun with thousands of others by participating in either the 4-mile Run/Walk (with timing tag) or the 4-mile Fun Walk (without timing tag). The course starts at Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis and goes to Fountain Square, home of the Irish Hill, before finishing back on the Circle. www.indystpats.com/runwalk/index.htm

When: March 17; 10 a.m.

Where: Monument Circle to Fountain Square

Jessica’s Pick- ShamRockin’ the Circle
After the Shamrock Run and Walk, enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on Monument Circle with entertainment, awards, prizes, food and beer garden. Local Irish bands including Eunan McIntyre, Elevation (U2 Tribute Band)and Second Fiddle will perform. This event is free to the public. www.indystpats.com

When: March 17; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Monument Circle

Kim’s Pick- 14th Annual Indianapolis Downtown Irish Fest- The Rathskeller
It might be the German house, but The Rathskeller knows how to go Irish this time every year for Indianapolis Downtown Irish Fest. The festivities begin at 11 a.m. with great drink specials, authentic Irish food and live performances by local artists. Check out The Irish Dancers of Indianapolis, Brian Cunningham & The Irish Aires and The Gordon Pipers. www.rathskeller.com

by Mary Beth

 

The Magic of Elegance: Owen Valley Junior Senior Prom 2011

Sweets Bar and Decor before the guests arrived.

They danced nonstop all night! We were thrilled!

We were fortunate to be asked to attend the prom this year!  It was thrilling to receive the invitation to coordinate and design the Owen Valley High School Junior Senior Prom 2011.  This would be the first year  ever that the prom would be held enitrely at the school.

To make it extra special, we went to work with fundraising events that gave the prom committee the extras they needed for a great prom.  Tons of news releases, special posters and the creation of the Extreme Pancake Breakfast plus  Little Prince and Princess Contest for a new event, the Grand March, paid off.

We had our work cut out for us and enjoyed every single second!  Transforming the gymnasium into an elegant ballroom was so much fun.  Special lighting and gobo from Evans Audio Visual www.evansav.com transformed the room as the DJ kept EVERYONE ON THE FLOOR the entire night!  We’ve never seen anything like it and were thrilled the attendees were having such a great time plus completely exhausted from dancing so much!  The sweets bar was a special treat along with the decorated tables and fabulous entry way.

The prom didn’t stop there.  Our coordination and partnership of the Post Prom had everyone taking their chances on fun and gifts.  A DJ, casino room, refreshments and prizes all kept the attendees there until the very last minute; just in time to take a ‘breakfast to go bag” with them.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Owen Valley Junior Class and parents.  We already have some great ideas for next year!

Pictures by Evans Audio Visual