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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)

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Fall Wedding and Event Inspiration

Hello, Fall! The leaves are changing here in Indiana and we are gushing over the beautiful colors. Here’s a little inspiration on incorporating these fabulous autumn hues into your wedding.




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?

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!

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

by Mary Beth


An Enchanting Autumn Wedding

Fall is one of our favorite seasons here at Kim King Smith Events. It brings bold splashes of color to life and makes a gorgeous landscape for a wedding ceremony or reception. Whether your wedding is indoors or outdoors, there are endless amounts of themes and colors you can use to make your wedding look like an enchanted affair. Take a look at these fall themes for an outdoor reception, a unique wedding cake and lively assortments for floral and centerpieces.

Don’t be afraid to try something new.  Use the elements of autumn to your advantage with produce, nuts and twigs along with the many color tones of the earth and sky.  Such a rich time to gather and inspire!

By Laura

Lit up starry night.

Colorful fruit centerpieces.

Unique chocolate cake.

Autumn floral.

Fabulous Pool Party

Have the urge to host a fabulous pool party your friends will talk about long after it’s over? Kim King Smith Events has the ideas to help transform your backyard into a beach barbecue party quickly and at an affordable price. Make sure to tell your guests to wear flip-flops, swimsuits and sunglasses and to lather on that sun block before arriving. You can use a child’s sandbox in the backyard to create sand castles and other beach-like figurines and your own beach towels to cover any chairs you have set out for your guests. You can also easily decorate the tables with seashells or fish nets that you have from home. Try using sandbox toys like plastic pails or shovels to serve hors d’oeuvres and drinks in. Serve hamburgers, hot dogs, and corn on the cob to represent the classic barbecue foods, but also make popcorn and snow cones to satisfy your guest’s cravings.  If you’re having the party in the evening, you can also try putting tea candles in mason jars and lining them along the side of the pool for an added glow.          By Laura

Shell centerpiece at

Fish net lights at

Have your party in the evening to have a beautiful glow from the fire by the pool.

Perfect Honeymoon Contest!

Trying to find the perfect honeymoon getaway for you and your fiancé?  How about a trip to Paris, one of the most romantic cities in the world? After your wedding, you and your husband could be on your way to a relaxing dream vacation where the word “breathtaking” is an understatement.  And to make this dream sound even more spectacular, you could win it for FREE. All it takes is a quick visit to, fill out the form and upload a picture of you and your fiancé and you’re done! If you win, you’ll be able to share your engagement story with thousands of viewers and be on your way to the city of Love. Kim King Smith Events loves to travel, and especially for free!      By Laura

Cinderella Shoes

Looking for bridal shoes that will turn every head in the room? Visit for the cutest shoes to wear on your wedding day! Choose from multiple designers in every size and color. Whether you’re looking for high heels that “wow” your friends and family or low flats that are comfortable and sophisticated, has the right shoe for you. Just make sure you don’t leave your glass slipper behind after your wedding! You’ll definitely want to wear these shoes again!      By Laura

Designer Giuseppe Zanotti

Designer Something Bleu

Designer Badgley Mischka

Sizzling Summer Dresses

Since you’re attending weddings, fun parties and a various events this summer, take a look at some of this season’s hottest dresses. Some of Kim King Smith Events favorite designers like BCBG, Ann Taylor and The Limited have some the trendiest dresses that will go perfect for any occasion or night out on the town. Whether you like strapless, one shouldered or dresses that touch the floor, all of these designers offer a collection of dresses that you are bound to fall in love with!     By Laura

Ann Taylor


The Limited