April 2013 Archive

Sharing the Sparkle: 65th Annual Tulip Luncheon!

Happy May! Whoa, I mean, it's MAY already? When did that happen?! I know I said on Monday we were back to our blogging schedule, but I sort of lied. Next week; I PROMISE! Today's we're talking about sharing the sparkle…Albany style!

Did you know I am a former Tulip Queen? Yes, it's true; I am the 1998 Tulip Queen! It was one of the most fun times of my life and I love being part of this Albany tradition! This year's tulip luncheon will be held on Friday, May 10th at 12PM at the Hilton in downtown Albany. This year's luncheon benefits the Tulip Fund! The Tulip Fund was set up through the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region by the 2008 Tulip Queen, Sarah Volk and her Court.

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This fund is used by Tulip Courts to enhance programs for the Mayor Jennings' Literacy Campaign, to donate to organizations that the Tulips support, and help Tulip Courts leave a lasting impression on the community throughout their years of reign. Tulip Queens and Court members have had a significant impact on the Albany Community and its organizations. The Tulip Fund ensures future Tulips will be able to further enhance this influence throughout the City of Albany.

This year will feature a fashion show of amazing finds from Circles in Stuyvesant Plaza in Albany, as well!

If you would like to attend, please email tulipluncheon@gmail.com or call 518-275-6813!

We hope to see you at the Tulip Luncheon to support this great cause and honor the tradition of tulips in Albany!423099 551863591498163 1834796279 NAbove: me and my former “Tulips” from the 2012 Tulip Lucheon.

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Trends: Ombre Wedding

Happy Monday, friends! What a week! We're so happy to be back to our regular scheduled programming here on the Katie O Blog! First I want to give a shout out to everyone who came out for the 10th annual Dining Out for Life event at DP's! We had an amazing day and were so thankful for the generosity of the Purnomo family and everyone who supported the day!

So I have an AWESOME trends post for you today…we're talking ombre wedding trends today! I LOVE ombre! What is ombre? It's basically the gradual lightening of color–it's super popular with hair color, but can also be found in weddings! Let's check it out, shall we?

Cakes–how amazing are these beauties?!

Ombre Wedding Cakes

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Mad About Ombre Wedding Cakes

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Flowers: These are gorgeous!

Ombre Centerpieces

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Dresses: I Love the subtlety of the color here. “My colors are blush and bashful.”  5 Pink Bridesmaid Dresses Valentines Day Inspiration1

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And last, stationary!

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Would you consider having some ombre elements to your wedding or event?! Let me know in the comments!

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Wedding Wednesday: Green Your Wedding–Eco-Friendly Wedding Tips!

April is Earth Month and Monday was Earth Day (it was also my birthday), so I've decided to make yet another slight departure from our regularly scheduled blog posts to take some time to talk about “greening” your wedding. Weddings take a lot of time and planning…but have you ever thought about how a wedding might impact the Earth? Me neither. It turns out that there are SO MANY things that you can do lessen the environmental impact of your big day! Here are some great ideas that you may want to consider for your wedding or next party / event!

Flowers: Love peonies (I mean, who doesn't?!)? Then a June or early summer wedding date is for you! Kris Ann Elario, owner and designer at Fleurtacious Designs, suggests going with flowers that are in season locally or at least available relatively locally. “In the northeast, you're more likely to have a better selection for local flowers in the warmer months and we use several local and regional growers for as much as we can, when we can,” said Kris Ann. 

I LOVE this simple lavender bouquet. Photo by Amanda Gentile Photography.

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Invitations: If you're really trying to minimize your eco-footprint, then e-vites are the way to go. If you can't imagine not having a paper invitation, consider using recycled paper or even plantable paper! That's right, paper with flower seeds embedded in the paper–your guests can plant your invite and watch the flowers grow! These invites from Botanical Paperworks are so pretty!

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Food: Similar to the growing season of flowers, vegetables are more abundant in the summer. If you're dedicated to an organic foodie affair, then, again, the warmer months are the way to go. Local, grass-fed beef, poultry, and pork is readily available, as well. Inquire with your venue or caterer to see if they will use local and/or organic suppliers for your event.

Attire: The most eco-friendly dress is one that already exists. Maybe your mother's or grandmother's gown isn't to your taste, but what about other vintage dresses? Not feeling something that old for your “something old?” Another green option is finding your gown on Pre-Owned Wedding Dresses.com! Choose from thousands of pre-owned gowns–your might get a deal, too! Lastly, check out these amazing environmentally friendly wedding gowns from Janay Andrews, a Kansas City based wedding gown designer. Her Willow gown is pictured here. I really love the back of this dress. Swoon.

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Favors: How many weddings have you been to where you forget the favor? I'm at the wedding till the very end of the night and I see a lot of forgotton favors! What about making a donation to a charitable organization on behalf of your wedding? This also eliminates excess packing associated with many favors. Or what about a consumable item like organic chocolate bar?! Yum.

Hope this post has been helpful to you! Will you consider incorporating some eco-friendly elements into your wedding or event? Let me know in the comments!


Keep sparkling–

Sharing the Sparkle: Dining Out for Life 2013

We're taking a slight departure from our regularly scheduled Trends post to talk about a very special event that Katie O' Weddings and Events is SO PROUD to be part of! Dining Out for Life has been an annual event since 1991 and is in its 10th year here in the Capital Region! It's a great way to try a new restaurant or enjoy a meal at your favorite spot for lunch or dinner! Giving back to the community is very important to us here at KOWE and being a part of this amazing event is one of the highlights of our event calendar.

This year we're hosting along with our friends at Elario Photography at dp–An American Brasserie and Yono's! 20% of the bill from your meal will go to the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York and 100% of the proceeds from either the Sparkletini (my signature cocktail) or the Blog Stalker (JP's signature libation) will go to the AIDS Council.

As a result, JP and I have a friendly competition going…we hope to see you on Thursday at dp's! Since it is my “birthday week” please consider stopping in even just for a quick drink (Sparkletini!) at the bar.  I will be there all day and can't wait to see you.

Not able to join us?  Please feel free to make a donation directly online here: http://www.aidscouncil.org/HowYouCanHelp/SpecialEvents/DOFL.aspx

There's still time to make a reservation–518-436-3737.

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Will you be joining us at dp's and Yono's for Dining Out for Life 2013 on Thursday, April 25th?

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