Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Holidays from Sweetchic!

Ruby Press Joy Cards Sweetchic Events

Happy Holidays dear readers and friends of Sweetchic! It has been a wonderful year, and I’m off for an 8-day vacation to ESPANA with my husband and family tomorrow! Email access will be sporadic if at all, so hopefully you’ll understand :) I’ll be back in January with pictures galore!

I am so excited for 2010! Here are just a few of the things Sweetchic has in store for the new year:

- NEW website and blog launching in January! 
- NEW branding! (keeping my logo and my fun colors… but with a twist!)
- New Marketing collateral, fun fun!
- More consistent blogging (I promise!) and bringing it to a more personal level, and hopefully interesting to you readers :)
- A Silent Auction for charity!
- Attending the Eventology conference in Indy, and the ABC conference in Phoenix

… and of course, weddings, weddings, WEDDINGS!

Above is a close-up of the diviiiiinnee letterpress cards I sent out this season (in my colors, no less! :)  They are courtesy of lovely Etsy seller, Ruby Press, who kindly customized them to my liking. The luxurious paper, the vibrant color, and the amazing press… ooh la la!!

May your holidays be filled with family, friends, and much JOY!



Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Venue Spotlight: theWit Hotel

There has been a lot of buzz surrounding my next featured venue, theWit Hotel, and after a recent site visit, I’d have to say that buzz is well deserved! Everything about this hotel is super modern, sleek, and chic!  theWit is located next to the Chicago Theater (as evidenced by the picture below) and the rest of the theater district and some fabulous State Street shopping.


 theWit Chicago ballroom ceremony
Carasco Photography

theWit Chicago ballroom cityview

theWit Chicago ballroom 1 Above two images: Ashley Portraits

Ballrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and great views are not as easy to find as you may think!  
 theWit Chicago ROOF Outside
theWit is also home to new Chicago hotspot, Roof, aka a fab rooftop bar. Check out all the Yelp reviews.  

theWit Chicago movie theater
A hotel with a private movie theater? Yes, please! Imagine a bride and her ladies getting ready in their suite upstairs while the groom and his entourage take over this theater and catch a game (or whatever) since we all know it takes the gents less time to get ready :)

Swanky lobby

theWitChicago common area
The lovely Library area

Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up to this view (in this cozy bed)?

See more hotel pictures here.

Capacity for seated dinner:  200 with full-size stage and dance floor
Capacity for cocktail reception: 400
Ceremony space: Yes, up to 300
Package starting price: $155.00**
Food & Beverage minimum: $24,000.00 for a Saturday, $20,000 for Friday or Sunday.
No Room Rental or Ceremony Fees

**Includes Cocktail Hour on ROOF

Additional options:
- AfterParty on ROOF
- Brunch in Library Space
- Party in the Theater

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Chicago Weddingbee Holiday Party

Back in 2006 - 2007 when I was planning my own wedding, I was thrilled to blog as Mrs.Emerald, the first Chicago “Bee” on the fabulous site, Weddingbee, which has exploded in popularity over the years. We have since expanded our numbers to include 11 Chicago-area Bees, so I decided to invite everyone over (sans significant others) for our first annual Holiday Party! To make it quick and easy, I asked everyone to bring a drink, hors d’oeuvres or dessert… and the result was an 8 foot long spread of sparking wine, quiche, shrimp puffs, sushi, bruschetta, cookies, cream puffs and cake galore! And thanks Quiche for the lovely calla lilies :)

Thanks Heather, aka Snappy, for taking the pictures below with her new DSLR!

Bee Holiday Party 10

Bee Holiday Party 12

Bee Holiday Party 8   Bee Holiday Party 13

Bee Holiday Party 7 

Bee Holiday Party 2 Cutting into my Kahlua cake and topped with fresh whipped cream… so easy to make, and so deeeelicious to eat. Let me know if anyone is interested in the recipe! :)

Bee Holiday Party 15 Had to get a picture of snap-happy-Snappy!

Bee Holiday Party 14
From L-R, Powderpuff, Stiletto, Quiche, Emerald, Snapdragon, Nacho, Mascara, and Parfait
Missing from our Chicago contingent: Jasmine, Radish, and Peacock (who almost came, but instead gave birth to baby Eloise 24 hours after our party!)

Thanks ladies for a fabulous evening! It sounds crazy, but Weddingbee really changed my life, and I now have such a wonderful network of amazing women (and a few men) who I would never have met otherwise!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Kids + Stuffed Animals Down the Aisle

I just saw this image on The Bride’s Cafe and had to share… how cute is this flower girl carrying a stuffed doggie down the aisle in her basket? It just goes to show that that a flower girl does NOT have to do anything with flowers and will still be oh-so-adorable. Simple is good :)

Flower girl stuffed animal
Photo by Jonathan Canlas (who shoots in film!!)

I love this photo and this idea because it reminds me of my own wedding back in 2007 when I gave my young flower girl and ring bearer teddy bears to carry down the aisle. She was also supposed to ring a bell with her free hand, but she felt more secure holding hands with her big brother :) And the ring bearer-bear was holding a tiny pillow with fake rings attached!

Flower girl ring bearer teddy bear 
Photo by Dennis Lee

Did you have kids involved in your wedding, and what did they carry down the aisle?

Friday, December 11, 2009

DIFFA: More Tablescape Inspiration!

I just realized that I never finished posting the pictures that I took from the DIFFA event a few weeks ago! So let’s round out the work week with some visual fabulousness…


IMG_5286I love everything about this tablescape, especially the simplicity of it! There isn’t anything here someone couldn’t replicate themselves on a budget… amazing what simple topiaries and baskets of fresh apples can do!

paint can tablescapeYes, that is a giant Benjamin Moore paint can! Someone was very creative, and this display is oh, so cute!


IMG_5324 fuschia orange mokara orchids blue asianDid you know that cobalt blue will look amazing with fuchsia and orange? Why yes it will! 

green white wood tablescape This display screams “rustic with a modern twist!!!” to me!

pink tent pails zebra print
If I was a little girl, I would want my birthday party hosted under this tent, with those yummy cupcakes (see below)!



gold paper clip lamp closeup 
The tablescape itself was not very inspiring, but the hanging chandelier made entirely of PAPER CLIPS certainly was! I can’t imagine how much time this took…

green white brown garden tablescape 

IMG_5282    IMG_5290Adore the multiple vessels each with a different flower…

Manzanitas are still hot stuff…

Have a fabulous weekend and stay warm!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Kehoe+Olivia Leigh+Smitten Boutique

= FABULOUS EVENING of Creativity, Cupcakes & Champagne!