Event planning/decorating school – 6 weeks recap

October 4th was my first day at school; it was a Wednesday. From that day my week changed; it no longer started on Mondays but on Wednesdays and all other days were “just” leading up to THE day where I could learn new “stuff”, show my work and have fun doing it!

This class is small – and that’s a conscious choice of the teacher!. We’re only four students there which is extremely helpful when craft supplies take up a whole lot of space and though the table is “of conference-dimensions”, many more would not fit around it comfortably to craft. We do theory and practice in the same session so our restless minds and hands are both satisfied.

Our study material revolves around the basic differences between event decorating and event planning/managing; about all the ways there are to work in the industry and about the services you can offer. For now, the hardest work is building up your vendor list. I have almost 20 years of event planning and decorating behind me but it was always on an intimate level – on a very small scale, for family, friends, co-workers of my hubby etc. I did not need any vendor list cos I was the one planning, budgeting, making, decorating, setting up, tearing down, cooking/baking, waitressing, bar-tending etc.

Our decorating projects started with wreaths that we wrapped with different textured materials, decorated them with handmade flowers made out of fabrics like, burlap, felt, cheese-cloth, satin, organza etc. One of our tasks was to decorate a wreath with ready-made, cheap components, a task that I found puzzling at first because for me the whole custom-made concept lies on hand-made elements. (Now I know that custom-made does not equal hand-made; more on that in a later post.)

Here are my wreaths

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Then, we moved on to the art of bonbonniere.

You can choose from so many different shapes and forms, materials and embellishments,  themes and colors for bonbonnieres; really, the sky’s the limit! We’ve made them 6 different ways and we’re still not done! Because of the wide variety of materials and embellishments, you could decorate for many different clients and not repeat the design.

These were my bonbonnieres

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I’m excited to continue learning all the ways I can make someone’s event easier by providing solutions that are custom fitted to the clients while the aesthetic of the decorations is in synch with the style and soul of the event.

Thank you for spending your time with me and hope to see you back for my next update.

Your Fairy,

Tünde

 

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A New Era

I love crafting. I love paper. I love beautiful things created with paper. They are decorative, can be meaningful, not very expensive and most definitely unique. Dreaming them up and creating them is as much joy for me as it is for the recipient.

I always knew I wanted to craft things that would pretty up someone’s home or could be used as decoration on a bigger scale like events. I dream of my pretty things bringing joy to many more people, and maybe a bit of a profit for me. And recently I found the way – better yet the first step on that way- to make my dreams a reality.

On the first week of Oktober, I’m enrolling at “CREATIVE CORNER – Center of applied arts” for Event Planning & Event  Decoration Studies.

I have all the excitement and positive energy to start this journey and see myself evolve and become the designer of YOUR next event! (;

I’ll be updating you on my progress. Wish me luck!!!

Thanks for visiting, hope to see you back soon.

Tunde

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I have a ton of pictures of projects and happenings to share cos, of course, my post-writing skills are rubbish.

Birthday and Christmas present galore these past two months.

  • 4*6 photo frames  (the other one was sent off before I remembered to take a picture)

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Party time

Both my girls have their birthdays in August (along with my husband, mom, cousin, nephew, father in law and there are name days and anniversaries too in August! It’s a celebration packed month!) but we’re usually away for vacation during that time.

“A” turns 12 this year which also means she is finished with elementary school. Tho many of her classmates will reunite in Gymnasium (the first three years of high school) not every of her friends will attend the same school. A also wanted a party by the sea but that was a wee bit impossible to organize so I offered to whip up a beach-themed party in our backyard before school let out so she could have her friends with her.

The invitations were color-coded for boys and girls in the shape of a flip-flop. (My girl was skeptical about the boys liking the flip-flops but they were received with exclamations of “cool!” and “awesome”!)

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Flashback to Easter

Unfortunately too many things went wrong for me to keep my promise and deliver a post just around Easter time but my Godchildren had to have their Easter candle so I went with colored candle, burlap, dried orange slice, cinnamon stick, real chocolate, ribbons and snuck in a bookmark also.

“M” is a sophisticated young lady so a simple arrangement in low-key color combination without many embellishments was what I was going for.

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Three months in one post

It seems I’m really not good with this time-management thing – unfortunately.

I had all the right reasons and best intentions but alas those weren’t enough to make me stick to my “resolution/wish” to post at least one project a month. The only way I can make up for it is to post all the finished projects at once!

So…there was a birthday project, a couple of Valentine’s and a couple of baby projects for me from January till now. 

The best friend of my little daughter (and when I say best friend I mean they are joined by the hip!) celebrated her 13th birthday. I made her a word-art card using my Cameo and a cupcake box from Svgcuts’ Happy Birthday kit. I used First Edition’s  Bella Rose Premium Paper Pad cos they have the sturdiest patterned paper. The top layer was pop-dotted on the card base (on three sides of the base the word-art shaped the card.)

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Christmas bazaar

December is just around the corner which brings the culmination of the holiday season into focus. Store windows are decked with Christmas decorations, pastry shops fill the air with scents of seasonal sweets, the weather seems to catch up to its norm (in Athens/Greece the weather was uncharacteristically mild for November), radio stations have Christmas songs on a loop and  full-force preparations are being made in every home.

We kicked off the season a bit early with a gathering at a friend’s house. It wasn’t per se Christmas-y but meeting up with friends is reason enough to celebrate with all of our busy schedules!

I was “surfing” Pinterest and was inspired to make a cone-shaped flower tower which I baptized then a flowery Christmas tree. Until the end, I was unsure but the end result was impressive – if I may say so myself.

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