Top 5 places in Washington DC to pick up a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day!

February 13, 2019. Category: Sweet Treats, uncategorized, Valentine's Day

With Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day this week, we thought it would be fun to put together a list of some of our favorite local places in Washington DC that you can pick up the perfect sweet treat for the love of your life or even your bestie! If you are not local, don’t worry many of these amazing retailers ship nationwide!

GEORGETOWN CUPCAKE

You can’t go wrong with ordering some delicious cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake not only does the line still go around the block for those who are willing to wait that long for one of these sweet confections, they not only have lots of valentines day cupcakes specials, but they also ship nationwide.

A. Dominick Events favorite cupcake place. Georgetown Cupcakes, Valentine's Day, Sweet Treats

District Doughnut

Who doesn’t love donuts, conversation hearts and flowers on Valentine’s Day? If you said yes to all or any of those District Doughnut is where you need to go this valentine’s day. They are partnering with with #MadeInDC locals Ash To Oak to bring you doughnuts and floral arrangements. Choose the doughnut box. For chocolatey deliciousness, the Box of Chocolates is the move. For cutesy miniature doughnuts, check out the Conversation Hearts Minis. Each box comes with a ribbon, rose, and personalized note.

A. Dominick Events favorite Donut place in Washington DC. Flowers and Donuts, Valentine's Day

BUTTERCREAM BAKESHOP

Buttercream Bakeshop in Washington, DC, is celebrating famous women’s voices in a limited-edition Valentine’s Day confection treat. #WomenCrushWednesday Bars featuring six confection queens: Michelle Obama, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Chrissy Teigen, Mindy Kaling, Samantha Bee and Kristen Bell, with one of their famous sayings on decadent fudge brownie bites topped with whipped coconut pudding buttercream. – Don’t walk – run to get your hands on one these or all six!

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Fluffy Thoughts Cakes

Known locally for their variety of delicious treats and their famous wedding cakes! Fluffy Thoughts Cakes located in Mclean Virginia has some really cute sweet options for Valentine’s Day. From conversation heart macaroons, to a variety of Valentine’s Day Card cookies like the StarWars inspired “Yoda one for me” or “We go together like bacon and eggs”, to mini heart cakes, the possibilities are endless and delicious!

Fluffy Thoughts Cakes. Best cake shop in DC. A. Dominick top pick, Valentine's Day

SUGARFINA

How sweet is this? Did you know that the luxury candy store Sugarfina has boutique locations in Bethesda, Tysons Corner and Union Station and that they have a sweet new way to send the perfect, personalized gift that that is easy for you, fun for the person you want to surprise, called a Candy Drop? You pick the box, and then they get to pick their favorite candies, which are then delivered straight to their front door, making gifting sweet and simple. Luxury candy gift instantly, or schedule it for the future like Valentine’s day!

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Desert Destination – Palm Springs!

January 15, 2019. Category: A. Dominick Events Team, advice, bachelorette, destination wedding, inspiration, uncategorized

Here at A. Dominick Events we might be all about event planning, but we also enjoy getting out of the office from time to time and exploring! After a recent trip to Palm Springs, we would love to share our recommendations for this amazing destination – perfect for a fun weekend getaway, bachelorette location, or of course a desert oasis destination wedding!

Here are our recommendations for food, drinks, and fun activities!

Food:

We love the original Las Casulas for Mexican food, but be careful, the margaritas are strong!

Recommended Mexican food in Palm Springs
Yummy guacamole at Las Casulas!

Farm is such an adorable spot! Great for breakfast, but also a very romantic for dinner (think live music and twinkle lights). Be sure to get reservations!

Great breakfast, romantic dinner spot in Palm Springs
The perfect patio for brunch at Farm!

Purple Palm at the Colony Palms Hotel. Totally the spot to run into celebrities in town from LA.

Pool side dining in Palm Springs
Purple Palm, the place to see and be seen!

Drinks:

Bootlegger Tiki – we love this tiny tiki lounge!

Intimate bar/lounge in Palm Springs
Fun and intimate drink spot – Bootlegger Tiki

4 Saints on the rooftop of the Rowan Hotel (which is also a great restaurant!). We stayed at this brand new Kimpton property and it was fabulous!

Recommended bar and restaurant in Palm Springs
See you at the 4 Saints bar!

Fun:

We went horseback riding at Smoke Tree Stables and LOVED it. The views are absolutely to die for and our guide taught us a ton about the desert.

Horseback riding in Palm Springs
The west is waiting for you at Smoke Tree Stables!

Take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway for some amazing views. Full disclosure, I needed a few drinks with my fear of heights, but there is a bar at the top.

Breathtaking views from Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Enjoy the view from the top on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway!

Take in the architecture of Palm Springs with The Modern Tour.

Modern architecture in Palm Springs
Visit the historic mid-century modern homes of Palm Springs

These are just a few of our recommendations for this amazing destination!

Where do you like to go in Palm Springs? Any suggestions for our next adventure?

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Washingtonian Weddings– DC Wedding Planner Top Vote Getter!

December 31, 2018. Category: Event Planner, uncategorized, wedding planner

We are thrilled to be named a top vote getter in the first ever issue of the new WASHINGTONIAN WEDDINGS  annual list of the best wedding professionals (and specifically best wedding planner list) in the Washington, Maryland, and Virginia area for 2019!

It is such an honor to be a part of such an incredible list and be voted the best wedding planner in DC among the company of so many of our amazing peers.

We love what we do and it wouldn’t be possible without our incredible clients who trust us to bring their vision for their weddings to life.

Such a wonderful way to end 2018!

Top vote getter. Best Wedding Planner Washingtonian Weddings 2018
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Happy Holidays!

December 18, 2018. Category: A. Dominick Events Team, Happy Holidays, uncategorized

With only one week left until Christmas! We wanted to share what our favorite part of the holiday season is and some of our traditions that we do in our families. 

Happy Holidays! 

Aimee:

Favorite part of the holiday season: I mean, it’s me so food and decorating. I wish I could have Clark Griswold’s house with ALL the lights but we only have some deer, a Santa and a few lights on our bushes.  We do tons of baking, cookies, sticky buns and I have an awesome gingerbread cake with salted caramel buttercream recipe! 

Favorite holiday traditions: My family does an act of kindness every day for advent.  I am really trying to counteract the idea that the holidays are about getting (gifts/candy) but more about giving and finding joy and excitement in that.  Some acts are small, like sitting with someone new at lunch others are bigger, like playing bingo at a retirement home.

Aimee Dominick of A. Dominick Events Events holding a Gingerbread cake with salted caramel buttercream recipe.

Christina: 

Favorite part of the holiday season:  I absolutely love giving back during the holiday season with my family! My mom and dad always made it a point to teach my siblings and I that giving back to those less fortunate than us was simply a part of the Christmas season. It doesn’t have to be giving back in a big way – sometimes giving of your time makes a bigger difference than money!


Favorite holiday traditions: One of my favorite holiday traditions is going to Christmas Eve service at my church with my family. I love taking that part outside of the present portion of the holiday to focus on our faith and our family.

Debby: 

Favorite part of the holiday season:  My family always go to church on Christmas Eve and it is one of my favorite traditions that we do. There is something wonderful about being a part of something that is bigger than you. I always love how beautiful the churches are decorated and the songs that they sing. Now that I have a family of my own it is even more special. 

Favorite holiday traditions: My Family is the most important thing to me in the world, and there is nothing better than Christmas in Connecticut. My mom always decorates the house so beautifully, no detail in spared and she always has a different theme! This year her theme is around “The Grinch” as my 4 year old is just obsessed with him! We also love the message around the Grinch that Christmas “doesn’t come from a store, that Christmas, perhaps means a little bit more!” Spreading small acts of kindness and joy has always been a part of what the holidays mean to my family. So making sure my boys now do that during the holidays is a wonderful thing! 


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Congratulations Catherine and Keith

December 09, 2018. Category: anniversary, DC Wedding, real wedding, winter wedding

Catherine and Keith met and fell in love in DC, though they spend a number of years in San Francisco before moving back to Washington, shortly after they got engaged, so it felt only natural to have a classic District wedding.

 The Decatur House felt like the perfect venue for them – charming, full of history, and close to so many DC landmarks.When they decided on a December wedding, the bride was thrilled. She loves the holiday season, and was so excited to plan a winter wedding.

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They wanted to include holiday touches and create a cozy, festive atmosphere – so they planned a hot cocoa bar, hung mistletoe at the entrance to the carriage house, and had snowfall lighting effects behind the DJ!

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The first snowfall of the season fell on the day of their wedding, which was so perfect and unexpected.

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The bride’s favorite memory of the day, was when they were surrounded by everyone we loved, and it was a moment of complete peace and happiness for both of them.

Winter Wedding Reception, Decatur House Wedding, Winter Wedding

Happy First Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Muth. We with you a lifetime of love and laughter!

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Photography: Rachel May Photography   Floral Design: Blossom + Vine

 

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