The Gala of the Year

We helped with the Port Catholic School annual fundraising Gala in April, and it was out of this world gorgeous!!  (Plus it raised over $110,000!) With a delightful Alice in Wonderland theme, we were able to produce a lovely evening for all who attended.

Guests arrived and walked through the Rabbit Hole, registered, and were immediately greeted by the option to have a delicious Moscow Mule served in copper mugs (and the guests got to keep the mugs!).  They could buy raffle tickets, or choose a gift card off the “Dine and Dash” wall, before walking through a lovely hallway draped in red with gold frames and red roses suspended in mid-air to the silent auction tent.  The tent was filled with over 400 items on black crushed taffeta linen, while playing cards and red fabric hung above.  Tables draped in red with paint cans filled with red and white roses completed the Queen of Hearts vibe.

The ballroom was out of this world – hundreds of china teacups and teapots were suspended in mid-air amid swathes of white gossamer draping.  Icy blue uplights gave the room a little other-world vibe, while the white and silver linens were piled high with many types of eclectic centerpieces – branches dripping with keys and piled with teacups and flowers, teapots, cups and saucers laden with fresh floral, birdcages adorned with butterflies and filled with moss and flowers and little blue caterpillars, and lots of old books and candles.  There were details everywhere, from the menus to the little corporate name tags on the backs of chairs.  The creme de la creme was both the extraordinary cake to celebrate the school’s 25th year, and the Couture Table, which was a lovely vintage table surrounded by old chairs, covered in lace and more floral and china with white butterflies dangling above.  The Mad Hatter himself (an actor) headed the table in full costume.

It was a fun-filled evening for all the guests and parents, which could not have happened without an ARMY of volunteers, and we cannot wait to see how 2016 unfolds!

Design help: Little Shoots Photo House

Cake: Cakes by Erin Salerno

Lighting in Ballroom: ACME

Lighting and sound in Tent: Accent Events

Linens: Elegant Touch of Cedarburg

Rentals: Relics Vintage Rentals

Venue & Caterer: Country Inn & Suites with Saz’s

Tent: Arena Americas

Costume: Miller & Campbell

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Bridal Shower Beauty

Recently had the opportunity to work with the American Club and their Floral Department and Confection Chef to create a gorgeous bridal shower at the Kohler property.  The bride, getting married in August, is having a silver and deep purple wedding, so since the shower was in April I decided to lighten the palette by using lavender with touches of lime green and deep purple.  It was an intimate event, designed to let the bride get to know a part of the groom’s family whom she had never met.  A multi-course meal was served around games and discussion, culminating in sponge cake with lemon curd and fresh strawberries.  Gorgeous, fun and special!


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The Cake!

I am so asking Cakes by Erin Salerno to do this – a golden, glistening two-tiered cake covered in luster dust with a cute Hello Kitty holding up the Birthday Girl’s number!  I’m tempted to ask for vanilla cake, but Hannah has asked for chocolate with pink buttercream filling.  She’s got style, that’s for sure!

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Finished Hello Kitty Birthday Invitations

Well, everything’s been printed up – I used a local printer for the 10 invitations and it cost me about $8 total.  Then, after cutting them out and getting hot pink envelopes (I used A7 size for the roughly 5×7 cards) from Amazon, I put on some gold stamping glue to decorate the little middle of the bow, add a gilt “3″ to Hello Kitty’s foot and very lightly with a toothpick added some gold to the words “Golden Birthday.”  Like most of my ideas, it ended up to be far more labor intensive than I planned.  But worth it!

Then I calligraphed the envelopes with a metallic gold sharpie (Hannah wanted mostly “regular” font but I got to make the names pretty) and soon will send off, as her birthday always lands on a crazy time of year for people – the sooner I get the date out, the better attended the party!

(Dates/phone and address are smudged out for personal privacy :) )

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Erin & Christopher {September 2014}

A fresh taste on a Milwaukee classic, Erin and Christopher chose a great venue to host both their wedding ceremony and their reception.  The couple had a streamlined, elegant affair and spent the entire day toasted by their family and friends at this downtown landmark.  We remember their day fondly and wish them love forever!

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Milwaukee Athletic Club

Photography: Roberta Rae Photography

Linen: BBJ Linen

Cake: Simma’s

Floral: Bloom

Lighting & DJ: A Personal Touch

Stationary: Paper Envy

Rehearsal Dinner: Water Buffalo

Salon: Pfister WELLSpa




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Hello Kitty Golden Birthday Invitations

A party needs to have an invitation, and I’m still a fan of the old fashioned mailing vs an evite.  I found a great Hello Kitty decal with a transparent background online and popped it into Illustrator, let Hannah pick the background, the colors of the fonts (OK, I guided her a bit) and plan to have them printed on 100lb white cardstock.

Once they’re printed, I’ll be adding gold glitter to the “GOLDEN BIRTHDAY” line as well as gold glitter on Kitty’s hair flower.  I’ll post when they’re completed, along with envelopes and calligraphy.

Because sometimes the little details are the most fun part.

Anyone who wants to use this invitation, send me a message or get in touch through the blog and I’ll send you the Illustrator file so you can customize the names, dates and numbers, etc.

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Hello Kitty Golden Birthday Party

Well, my daughter turns 3 in July (and there’s no time like the present to start planning) and she’s asked for a Hello Kitty theme.  Our efforts to keep her from buying into the merchandise just didn’t work, though I’m convinced if it was Hello Puppy she wouldn’t care (she loves kitties only).  Anyway, this birthday is also her Golden Birthday and I’m determined to make it utterly wonderful.

So, while we plan a lot of weddings, we also plan parties, showers, birthdays, corporate affairs, and charity galas.  I’m going to take you on the journey of how I plan a birthday party, starting from Square One.

Here’s how it starts – my trusty notebook that holds the past plans for all my children’s parties.  It begins with an idea…more to come each week!

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Why It’s Been Few & Far Between

Sigh…you know us ladies…one of us is always having a baby!  Between all the Golden Chic girls, since starting Golden Chic in 2006, we’ve had 10 babies between us all.  Meet the latest addition, which is why I’ve been absentee over the past few months.  And Baby #11 (Cara’s!) should arrive in August sometime.  This is Jack (my third).  He’s 17 weeks as of today, on the 17th.  And he was a hefty 10lbs 2oz and 22.5in long when he arrived.  A lot of us call him “Squishy.”  And he’s awesome!


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Elizabeth & John {August 2 2014}

It’s been a while since we’ve posted here!  So many exciting things have been happening with Golden Chic Events!  New babies, new job arrangements, and lots of new weddings!  We wanted to post a refeshing wedding back from August 2014 which has never been shown here – Elizabeth and John, besides being sweet and wonderful, had a fresh and gorgeous outdoor wedding moments with lots of natural elements.  The perfect thing to get us all thinking about spring again!

Ceremony: Holy Communion Episcopal Church

Reception: Big Foot Country Club

Photography: Chic Wedding Photography

Linen: BBJ

Rentals: Lakes Area Rental

Photobooth: Shutterbooth

Floral: Lilypots Floral

Cake: Milwaukee Cupcake Company

Lighting: TFL Lighting

Band: Eddie Butts

Stationer: All That’s Lovely

Rehearsal Dinner: Lake Geneva Boat Cruise

Salon Services: Calladora Spa – Lake Lawn Resort

Transportation: Luxus Limos and Churchill Limousine


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Lauren & Derek {October 11 2014}

Young love.  Forever love.  These two childhood sweethearts truly were, in complete honesty, so sweet themselves.  They were so excited to get married and so in love – I was nearby when they walked down the aisle in complete euphoria, and as I ushered them into the private back room of church, Derek whooped out: “Babe, we’re MARRIED!” and Lauren responded, rather overawed, “I KNOW!”  The total happy abandon was wonderful and a privilege to hear.  It’s part of what makes this job so amazing.

Lauren had a very traditional view of this wedding – lace, pearls, taupe, ivory and black with a touch of red.  It was elegant, timeless and refined and I felt so lucky to get to know the entire family in the planning process.  Plus, they had a gorgeous day of photography, a packed ballroom, and an evening of dancing after a delicious meal.  Lauren and Derek deserved every minute of it and I know they’ll be happily married 60 years from now.  And that’s the sweetest thing of all!

Gorgeous photography by Spottswood Photography

Church: Gesu

Venue: Hilton Milwaukee City Center

Linens: BBJ

Chair Rentals:  Sound by Design

DJ/Music: Sound by Design

Photobooth: Sound by Design

Lighting: ACME

Videography: David Schulta Videography

Cocktail and Dinner Music: Joe Hite

Floral: Alfa Flowers

Cake: The Cake Lady

Stationary: Paper Envy

Late Night Snacks: The Gouda Girls

Coffee Bar: The Java House

Transportation: Go Riteway and Badger Bus

Friday Rehearsal Dinner: The Best Place at Pabst

Saturday Wedding Party Lunch: SWIG

Chargers: The Elegant Touch


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