Beefeater Gin Party…Tales of the Cocktail

Every summer in hot month of July, Tales of the Cocktail descends upon New Orleans.  Beverage distributors of all kinds come in from all over the country, to host parties celebrating their brands.

This year, Leaf+Petal had the fortunate opportunity to work with some amazing distributors including El Tesoro Tequila, Ford’s Gin, High West Brewery from Park City and Beefeater Gin.

They were all pretty fabulous, but the Beefeater Party was one of my personal faves.

For one of their events, they hosted a seated dinner at Trinity Restaurant in the French Quarter.  The aesthetic was garden style, utilizing their brand colors as inspiration: ivory, blush, gold and accents of red.

Tables were laid out garlands of eucalyptus, white stock, blush roses, red and white ranunculus and red tulips.

To tie in the gold, we added our antique gold lanterns with additions of gold mercury votive cups.

 Now for next year, I need to work towards getting an invite.

 I may love flowers, but I love cocktails…

The Land of Bridal Magazines…

Working in the wedding industry, when speaking with brides-to-be, I find myself frequently saying, “I know, it can all be very overwhelming, but…”

But apparently I didn’t truly understand the complex nature of that sentence.  Or how truly overwhelming it actually is.

We got engaged on Christmas morning and it was wonderfully low key.  We’ve been dating 8 years, and at some point along the way ‘high key’ went out the window.  So I posted the obligatory #ringselfie, because if we don’t put it on the internet, it’s like the silent tree in the woods.  And immediately after, people started asking when the date was and where it was going to happen. And immediately after that, I started to panic.

I honestly believed that since all I do, about 50-70 hours a week, is work on weddings, that this would be simple.  But I find myself thinking when I’m overwhelmed (buzz word), I’ll think about this later.

I’m really good at that mentality, I’m still ‘back-burnering’ things from college.

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So I did what any bride-to-be in over their head does, I went and bought a magazine.  I guess this is exactly why I pay for business advertising, so that’s money well spent.  I only bought one bridal magazine because my magazine budget would only cover that, Travel & Leisure, and four interior design magazines.

I guess I got sidetracked.  That’s ok, I’ll just think about it later.

flowers & ankle weights…

With three weddings and an event this weekend, I’ve had a long week of prepping flowers.

Beginning of week:

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here’s a glimpse of what my lovely studio looked like earlier in the week after one of my flower deliveries.

But to be honest, throughout the week it looks more like a flower explosion.

And on a side note, I had also decided to invest in some ankle weights (top right- which I meant to kick out of the way before taking this pic but they’re too heavy and I would’ve broken my foot).  I’m on my feet all day and had the bright idea that I could tone by backside and make flowers at the same time.  Logical.

Nope.  They’re 10 pounds and I can’t even lift 10 pounds with my hands, let alone my feet.  I basically just ended up standing in the same spot for four hours.

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{hydrangeas, blush roses, apricot ranunculus, wax flower and eucalyptus}

But thankfully, I’ve been released from my ankle weight prison and am headed out today to an elopement in the Quarter then a drop off of these little colorful cuties to a reception at Brennan’s.