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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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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

Escort Card vs Place Card

Escort Card: A small card  with the name of the guest on it, placed on a table,  to tell the guest which table they will be seated at.

Place Card:  A small card with the name of a guest on it, placed on the table, to indicate where he or she is to sit.

Which will you use? Know the difference and use the card that best suits your wedding needs.

Proper labeling:  After you have decided, here are ways to address and label them properly.  For a single guest and their date, Mr. John Jamison and guest. For a married couple, Dr. and Mrs. William Hartman, for a single guest, Ms. Megan Jones.  Note that you do not need an escort card for each guest.  You will need a place card for each guest.  Dietary restriction may be flagged with a logo, monogram or color; usually near the right hand corner.

We love that Brides use these cards to assign guests to specific seats.  The escort card gives the guest a place to sit and usually with others that they know and will love to share the evening with.  It is also a great way to designate and alert wait staff of any guest having a special dietary restriction.

Escort cards don’t have to be to be a “card” and they certainly don’t have to be lined up like soldiers in little straight rows.  We love adding personalization to the cards and even using unexpected elements in place of a place card.  Whether you have a dramatic floral design or a fun decor accent on your table, guests will appreciate a little direction and having a space reserved especially for them.  Which do you prefer?

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!

Kim King Smith Events Wedding Planner


Ahhhh, Audrey Hepburn Fashion

We loved this recent blog from Preston Bailey.  The inspiration for this room and chairs comes from a dress Audrey Hepburn wore in Sabrina.  What a beautiful room and idea.  Did you know that we do have the means to assist you with made to order linens and accessories?   If you have something you would like to mirror for your special celebration, please enlist our decor team in helping you make it happen.  We are always here to serve you with the very best!

by Kim

Ask A Question, Get An Answer!

Here’s your chance.  We want to give all of you the opportunity to ask us any celebration or wedding planning question and we will try to answer it for you.  We’re sure you will have some of the same questions as other readers.   We love our readers and would like to give this as a special Valentine’s gift to you.  So start thinking and begin asking!  We are ready and here for you!

We will post questions and answers that we receive.  Please send your question to Our Trendsetting Team will be ready to answer your questions.

by Kim