Ready to Pop – Katie’s Baby Shower – 11.30.13

Event : Baby Shower
Theme : Ready to Pop

Guests of Honor : Katie and her growing belly (baby Graham)
Event Date : November 30th, 2013
Hosts : Sarah Ansley (from Ansley Event Design) & Katie’s Mother – Maryann
Location : Hidden River Club House in Parker, CO

What We’ll Never Forget :
>Katie is my sister-in-law, so it was an honor to throw a baby shower for her and my soon-to-be nephew, Graham.
>I gave Katie a whole list of themes to choose from and she chose ‘Ready to Pop’.
>We used a bunch of balloons, buttons, themed-food, soda ‘pop’, etc. to carry out the chosen theme.
>It was so fun using AED’s wedding decorations to create a stylish, unique baby shower.
>We used an old window frame and shutters to display baby pictures of both Jeff (dad-to-be) and Katie – showing just how cute Baby Graham is going to be.
>We had onesies custom-dyed to match the events’ colors and we hung them from the fireplace mantel.
>Guests were asked to paint a letter block so that Graham would have a whole set of ABC blocks to help decorate his nursery.
>We played a game called ‘Guess the Baby’ and asked guests to bring a baby picture of themselves. Each guest then had to decide which baby was which guest.
>We also played a game where we broke the guests into 4 teams. Each team had to pop their set of balloons, get the letter out of the balloon and spell a word. It was hilarious watching them all try to pop their balloons the fastest.
>Each guest went home with a ‘pop’corn favor, including a shower pouf, bubble bath, a small bottle of champagne, a scented candle and more.

Thank you to Ali & Garrett Wedding Photography for taking these amazing pictures and capturing the memory of the day for forever.

Click here to see more pictures from the shower.

shower-Desktop-0002Clusters of balloons lined the walkway so guests
knew exactly where to go for the celebration.

shower-Desktop-0013As guests arrived, we asked them to take a ‘selfie’ and write a note to Graham. We would then later assemble a scrapbook full of the pictures and notes for
Graham to enjoy.

shower-Desktop-0004Each guest wrote their name on a mason jar to use for the day as their drinking glass.

shower-Desktop-0014One of my favorite decorations – a balloon wall!

shower-Desktop-0023Food was displayed on 2 of our vintage tables in trunks and on pedestal plates. Katie’s Mother-in-Law (my Mom) made a fabric wall to cover the opening from the kitchen into the event space. We made individual letters to spell out ‘Let’s Eat ‘Til We Pop’ for the vintage window frame behind the food. And, we used ‘pop’ themed food, such as popcorn, lollipops, gum balls and more.

shower-Desktop-0008shower-Desktop-0025shower-Desktop-0018Love the custom-dyed onesies we ordered from an Etsy seller.

shower-Desktop-0020Guests were asked to decorate a letter to complete Graham’s ABC block collection.

shower-Desktop-0054shower-Desktop-0024Adorable cupcakes! They tasted delicious too.

shower-Desktop-0058shower-Desktop-0016Each guest went home with a little shower-themed treat.

shower-Desktop-0042The Dad and Mom-to-be

Again, thank you to Ali & Garrett Wedding Photography for capturing the event!!

To see more pictures, click here.

7 Wedding Planning Steps to Get You Started

You’re engaged – Congratulations!!! Now enjoy it, two weeks minimum. No wedding planning, no choosing your wedding party and no stressing over getting in shape. Take two weeks (at least) to take it all in, live in the moment and just enjoy being engaged.

Ok, are your two weeks up? Are you ready to dig in? Here are your first seven wedding planning steps.

Step #1 – Narrow Down a Date : Don’t pick an exact date (unless you absolutely, without a doubt have to get married on a specific day), but instead pick a time of year, a month that you really would like to get married. Then, pick your top three wedding dates. Even better, choose a few back-up options in case those top three don’t work. Narrowing down your wedding date, rather than picking an exact day, will help with Step #4.

Step #2 – Make a Guest List : Good news – the guest list you create doesn’t have to be final, there is plenty of time to revise it down the road. But, having an estimated guest count will help you when figuring out your wedding venue, as many locations have a maximum number of people they can hold. The guest count will also help you figure out your budget and will allow you to get accurate proposals from your vendors.

Step #3 – Hire A Wedding Planner : I don’t just say this because I’m a wedding planner, I say this because having a planner on your side helps with your vendor selection and negotiation (at the least). We have worked with tons of wedding vendors and we know who is good, so let us give you recommendations. And, an added bonus, many wedding vendors are happy to give you a discount just knowing that you have hired a wedding planner. Plus, our schedules get busy very quickly, so hiring your wedding planner and/or day-of coordinator early will insure that you have an expert on your side throughout the wedding planning process.

Step #4 – Secure Your Venue : Almost everything from this step on depends on the venue you choose – decorations, caterer, band vs. DJ, flowers, etc. Do your research and plan to check out no fewer than two venues (the more the better). Remember how we narrowed down your wedding dates in Step #1? Here’s why we did that – If, while visiting a venue, you fall head over heels in love with it, ask to check their availability. If your first date choice doesn’t work, move on to your second date choice and so on. Then, ask to be penciled in so you can make a final decision once you’ve seen all of your options and completed Step #5.

Step #5 – Finalize That Wedding Date : Now that you’ve picked a venue, check with VIP guests (parents, grandparents, potential wedding party candidates, siblings, etc.) to make sure the date in consideration works for everyone. Then, finalize it!

Step #6 – Engagement Pictures : This is fun, we promise! Consult with that wedding planner that you hired in Step #3 to get recommendations for wedding photographers. Most wedding photographers offer an engagement shoot in their wedding packages. Once you’ve checked out the recommended photographers’ portfolios and you find one that matches your style and expectations – schedule your engagement shoot. You’ll want those pictures for your save-the-dates, wedding website and Facebook, of course.

Step #7 – Pick Your Wedding Party : Who can you count on? Who supports your upcoming marriage? Who has been with you through thick and thin? Who are your best friends? How many people do you want standing up with you when you say ‘I Do’? – Those are just a few questions you can ask yourself when picking your wedding party. Once you have the list put together, ask them, don’t tell them. Being in a wedding is a big commitment, and you should give your family and friends the option (they’ll say yes, we almost guarantee it).

Now that you have your wedding party secured, it’s time to dive head first into planning. It can be overwhelming and stressful, but remember, that’s why you hired your wedding planner. Your engagement will only last for a short period and it only happens once, so remember to enjoy it.

So, back to Step #3 – give us a call at 970.412.2650 or shoot us an email at info@ansleyeventdesign.com to get more information on our wedding planning and day-of coordination services.

Again, congratulations – this is a big deal! And, Happy Planning!

Wishing You a Happy Holiday

You have one chance to get it right. One opportunity to be the bride or the groom. One day where everything is about you and the one you love.

You are probably getting email after email offering holiday discounts, sales and savings. But, trust us, this is one email you aren’t going to want to delete!

If you contract with Ansley Event Design before the end of 2012, we will give you $200 off*!

You have spent months and months working on your wedding. Making sure all of the details are taken care of and that everything is planned. But, come the day of your wedding, who is going to make sure everything happens exactly how you want? You don’t want to be the one waking up early to decorate for the ceremony. You don’t want your Mom checking in on the vendors, making sure they are showing up when they’re supposed to be. And, you definitely don’t want your Dad cleaning up at the end of the night. Hire Ansley Event Design and YOU get to be the bride, YOU get to be the groom and YOU get to be the parents – enjoying the day with family and friends, rather than stressing about all those details. Click here to learn more about our Day-Of Coordination service.

Ansley Event Design wants you to experience your wedding day the way you should – feeling the emotions, walking into the decorated venue(s) in awe and knowing that you have someone making sure everything is perfect. So, this holiday season, we’re feeling very generous, offering you a discount we’ve never offered before.

If you contract with Ansley Event Design before the end of 2012, we will give you $200 off*!

If you are on a tight budget, this discount will help with our day-of coordination service,  ensuring that your wedding day is perfect. If you are debating spending a bit more and getting help with planning, this discount will help you with that too. Click here to check out some of the services we offer.

As you can see, this discount is too good to pass up. You have until the end of day December 31st, 2012 to contract with us to get this discount. Our calendar is filling up, so make sure to contact us quickly at 970.412.2650 or info@ansleyeventdesign.com.

*Rules and regulations apply. This discount is for new clients or current clients looking to add services to their existing contract. Contact us at info@ansleyeventdesign.com for more information about this discount. Discount is offered for packages that include a minimum of day-of coordination or cost equivalent.