Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Jes on

Jes's tips on where to get Cheap Drinks was recently featured on Check out the article below and go to the link for the awesome tips and tricks!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Pipe & Drape & Lighting Galore

Last weekend we produced an event in an open and empty blank canvas space. Our goal was to transform the space into a cabana-type lounge. In order to create this modern, chic, loungey look,we depended on our never-failing pipe and drape. If you haven’t used it before, we recommend you consider this the next time are looking to transform a bare (or unattractive) space. Simply put, pipe and drape are pieces of pipes that lock into one another to create a framed structure. Before locking everything into place, you slide on the drapes (of your preference). We went the next step to gently pulling the drapes back with ribbon, revealing sleek white couches and a pallet of blue and silver pillows.

To add even more of a lounge feeling to the pipe and drape design, we installed lighting to project different patterns and designs amongst the drapes. The patterns of light were also projected onto our table linens and in different spots throughout the room, pulling together the entire design of the space while creating an elegant nuance.

To further emphasize the touch of lighting to the room, we incorporated glow-up bars and cocktail tables. We continued the color thread of silvers and blues throughout, and lit the bars and cocktail tables accordingly. Keeping a consistent color pallet is always helpful - you don’t necessarily have to smear the entire room in aqua blue, but instead, add pops of your color in less expected places. It’s all about the element of surprise and introducing different colors tastefully! Scattering aqua glow-up furniture throughout the space was a great way for us to put a punch of color in our lounge-like setting.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fall In The Hamptons

This past weekend was quite a magical one for the JG team. A wedding that we’ve been working on finally unfolded and turned out beautifully. Based in the Hamptons, the ceremony and reception had an ethereal aroma to it, as the ocean became a pleasant backdrop. Just as the ceremony was about to begin, a set of dark clouds rolled through and out, making way for the sun to sparkle down on the rows of white chairs placed on the manicured, lush lawn. We were very lucky and grateful to have flawless weather.

Once the ceremony was completed, guests made their way in to an amber-glowing room filled with decadent floral arrangements containing pops of hot pinks and deep teals. Amber votives hung from the ceiling and a special touch of gold shells sat upon each table containing the table number. The small details are what made this event so extraordinary and yet intimate, not to mention the amazing band was pumping throughout the night and definitely kept the guests on their toes.

When the reception ended, the after-party began, pulling guests down towards the beach, as tikki torches lead the way to the beach house. Paper lanterns lit up the ceiling and white lanterns added a charm to the whimsical room.

This was a wedding that the JG team will never forget and it is the events such as these that keep us loving what we do.

P.S.: Meet Klair, the newest addition to the JG team! She rocked the floral design for this event!

*All photography credits go to Christine Han

Monday, September 13, 2010

Five Fall Flowers

Today we are taking a look at Five Fall Flowers and giving you a little information about each. We will be looking at the Aster, Cosmos, Dahlia, Delphinium, and Hydrangea. These are five of fall's most gorgeous and versatile flowers. We will give you information on the colors they are usually seen in as well as something that is good to know about each specifically.

Colors: White, Pink, Yellow, Purple
Good To Know: Perfect for fall bouquets, since they offer fresh colors that look seasonal (But aren't only orange!).

Colors: White, Pink, Red and Chocolate
Good To Know: A fairly fragile bloom - So avoid if you'll be outside in the heat for hours with no shade.

Colors: White, Pink, Red, Orange, Yellow, Purple
Good To Know: These big, fluffy flowers are best in late summer or early fall before the first frost.

Colors: White, Pink, Blue, Purple
Good To Know: Perfect grouped together for tall centerpieces. Or pluck off blooms for a hair wreath.

Colors: White, Pink, Green, Blue, Purple
Good To Know: Oversize blooms look bountiful with no filler. A great option if you want green.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Host with the Most

Today we had Jes answer one of the hardest questions posed to someone hosting an event. What are your top 10 tips to being a fabulous host and still have fun? This is a difficult task but check out Jes' great tips and tricks below.

1. Give yourself a budget, but be sure to not only put your cash into d├ęcor and food but possibly into hiring some supportive event staff like a bartender or someone to help you clean up in the kitchen! This will make your life uber easy and freed up to be a phenomenal host!

2. Do what you know and what you do well!! Don’t try to cook Indian food if you never have before for your first time hosting a party.

3. Dress comfortably but show yourself off as the host. If you’re going to try to pull off those seven-inch heels while hosting an event you are either stupid or a gladiator from roman times. Dress so you feel like a rock star but be comfortable and who you are normally; just raise the bar a bit. If you’re into the all black look, go ahead and rock out a hot pink shoe or an awesome feather in your hair to let your guests know that you are the woman to know!

4. Make things simple on yourself. Pre-prepare anything you can in terms of food etc. you can freeze items and defrost when its party time and pre mix some cocktails too. Do as much as you can before party so you can relax and be with your friends.

5. Check out your surroundings and make sure your environment is party ready. If you’ve had a running toilet, fix it because you know that puppy will choose to break during your event. If you have major valuables that you don’t want your drunken friends to mess up, by all means hide them!

6. Create “no enter zones” in your home. Just because you invited folks over, it doesn’t mean that they are welcome to look in your underwear drawer.

7. If you are having an outdoor event, be sure to turn off your sprinkler system a few days before your event. Your ground will be a mud bath if you don’t. Be sure you have proper bug repellents, and outdoor lighting as well.

8. Make the invitation process easy! Go electronic or if you go with paper, make sure you keep track of your RSVP’s with an excel spreadsheet constantly. It’s very important to know who is coming to your party because it will affect your supply level, and yes its okay to do an electronic invite for a cocktail gathering.

9. When pouring the libations do small pours. If your guests are going to be there a while make sure the alcohol flows but doesn’t flood! A bottle of wine should server at least 4-6 guests and cocktails should be mixed with quick shots of alcohol not a lingering long lasting shot. Trust me, you will be happy you did this!

10. Don’t let guests leave your party drunk!!!! Whether you believe this or not, you are legally liable for anyone who leaves your event wasted and worse yet in a car crash. Be sure to have a trustworthy taxi cab service on hand.

I know this is beyond 10, but my last tip is to HAVE FUN!! Why go through all this shit if you aren’t going to have a good time?

Photo Credit: Mad Men AMC