Move Aside Candy Spelling – We Have Our Own Wrapping Queen

December 04, 2017. Category: diy, Happy Holidays, holidays

You all know that each of us ladies here at A. Dominick Events have some unique quirks and that is why you love us. Aimee would eat everything with chopsticks if possible, Ashley is obsessed with fonts and I (@cindybastron) invest a lot of time, energy and let’s be honest, money each year into crafting the perfect holiday wrapping theme.

I refuse to have any store gift wrap an item for me and make sure to order each gift early enough so it can be shipped to me, wrapped and then shipped out to my friends and family – before you criticize me remember I am the only one on the A. Dominick team without kids¬† ūüôā

I have included below a look back at some highlights from the past few years along with some of my very own wrapping tips and tricks.

2016

2015

2014

2012


Cindy’s Wrapping Tips and Tricks:

– When at all possible use a solid as one of your wrapping options. This not only gives you a pretty base for patterns and ribbon but keeps costs down. My go to is Uline solids paired with more expensive patterns.

– Don’t get stuck in a green and red rut! As you can see I love using neutrals and even black and white to make an impact under the tree.

– Ribbon scissors are a must! No one will care how cute your theme is with a ribbon that looks like your dog ate it! Haute Papier’s gold scissors are a personal favorite and extra sharp!

– If you are struggling for inspiration try starting with your Christmas card. Some of my favorite themes were pulled from the design of our holiday card that year – like the 2016 custom patterned paper that matched the card below with hidden symbols that coordinated with the highlights of our year.

I will leave you with one final wrapping story: in 2015 my parents traveled to DC to celebrate the holidays with us instead of us heading to Colorado. This meant that all the gifts we would receive that year would be under our tree when my parents arrived. I had already put so much effort into matching our tree to my wrapping theme that the inevitable had to happen – 2015 is the year I rewrapped every gift that was sent to us (over the wrapping paper of course so there was no peeking) so that each gift perfectly matched out theme. Call me crazy but it was adorable!

Have a wonderful holiday season! I look forward to seeing your wrapping themes this year and check our Instagram for the reveal of my 2017 theme!

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Thanksgiving Dos and Don’ts

November 21, 2017. Category: advice, diy

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s about that time to start thinking about your celebration, especially if you’re the one hosting! Here are a couple of tips and tricks we’ve picked up over the years that you can use to make your Thanksgiving celebration run smoothly.

DO:¬†Take on only as much as you think will be fun. Don’t overdo it, you want this to be an enjoyable evening for everyone, including yourself! Keep the size of the gathering to an amount of people you’re actually comfortable hosting in your home. By not taking on too much, you’re going to ensure the best time for everyone!

DON’T: Feel like you have to make everything from scratch. There are plenty of delicious alternatives to cooking yourself, whether that’s picking up desserts from your local bakery or ordering dishes from your favorite restaurant or catering company. Ordering or buying a couple of your harder-to-make dishes is going to make your day all the more relaxed enjoyable for both you and your guests.

DO: Plan ahead. One of the easiest ways to make your Thanksgiving morning less stressful is to prepare some of your dishes in advance. A trick that Aimee uses every year is to make her rolls a few days before Thanksgiving and then freeze them. By doing this, they stay fresh and on the day of all she has to do is pop them in the oven, saving time and unnecessary stress!

DO: Delegate to guests. Just because you’re hosting doesn’t mean you have to do it all yourself! Guests are going to be more than happy to pitch in, plus this is a great way for people to showcase their cooking skills. It’s absolutely okay to ask guests to bring a dish or dessert for the party, and involving everyone in the preparation of the meal is going to add to the Thanksgiving spirit.

DON’T: Forget tupperware to send leftovers home with guests. We all love the traditional day-after-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to want to have those leftovers in your fridge a week or two later!

DO: Have an icebreaker. If your guests don’t know each other (or even if they do!) a fun activity at the start of the evening is a great way to get everyone mingling. One of our favorites is asking guests in advance to submit one or two obscure facts about themselves, so that they can guess which facts belong to which person. This is a great way to not only test how well you all know each other, but also learn some new information about your friends and family!

DON’T: Forget to leave space on the table for food. While setting your Thanksgiving dinner table, it’s easy to overlook the fact that even though you want to fill the table with pretty settings and centerpieces, you still need to fit all of the food!

DO: Make a large-batch cocktail or punch. Doing this is going to allow your guests to help themselves to the bar while you’re cooking. Plus, this is a quick and easy way for you to try out a fun new cocktail for all of your guests to enjoy together on Thanksgiving.

DON’T: Wear tight clothing! The best part about Thanksgiving is the food, and at the end of the night you’re going to be thanking yourself for not wearing an uncomfortable outfit. There are plenty of ways to dress up in “comfy chic,” i.e. a dress or big sweater, so that you can look stylish in an outfit you’re going to be happy in all night.

DO: Consider hiring someone to help with the clean-up. After an evening filled with family and fun, cleaning up isn’t going to be something you’re looking forward to. One of our favorites is Protocol Staffing¬†to help out with set up and/or break down after an event.

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Monster Bash

October 31, 2017. Category: diy, Halloween, holidays

Halloween is one of our favorite days of the year at A. Dominick Events. Hosting a Halloween party at home is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the Halloween spirit and enjoy an unforgettable night that’s fun for the whole family!

Nothing gets people into the Halloween spirit like some festive decorations. The fireplace mantle was the perfect spot to highlight these gorgeous black, white, and gold pumpkins.

You can’t properly celebrate Halloween without treats for the whole family! Kids indulged in some yummy Halloween candy, while the grown-ups were treated to a full bar featuring some delicious fall-inspired cocktails.

A great DIY trick to incorporate into your Halloween party is to make your own lights. With a little help from Frost Lighting, these black witch hats from Oriental Trading were used to cover hanging light bulbs, adding a fun and spooky feel to the outside decor.

The party was full of activities that kept guests feeling the Halloween spirit throughout the night! There were plenty of games for the kids, including a skeleton ring-toss and this ghost bean-bag toss from Oriental Trading.

The palm reader added to the spooky atmosphere of the party, and guests had a blast learning about what their future might hold.

To fully embrace the Gypsy-inspired theme of the party, the grown-up dinner option included Spanish fare and tapas catered by¬†Occasions Caterers.¬†We couldn’t forget about the little monsters, so the dinner buffet for the children featured some kid-friendly favorites, including pizza and pigs in a blanket.

A huge hit with the kids was the decorate-your-own pillowcase table. They loved getting creative and designing their own trick-or-treat bags!

The night concluded with a costume contest for the adults, and with so many fantastic costumes, it was hard to choose a winner!

Photography: Bonnie Sen Photography

 

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A Virginia Farm Wedding Filled with DIY Charm

April 21, 2017. Category: diy, inspiration, real wedding, virginia wedding, weddings

 Set in Virginia’s breathtaking farmland this wedding is filled with just the right amount of southern charm, whimsical details and DIY touches! This adorable couple knew exactly what they wanted for their wedding and Panorama Farms was the perfect blank canvas.

This crafty couple worked on many projects during their 17-month engagement here are just a few:

For the ceremony the bride spruced up the grapevine arch and ceremony chairs with various shades of peach and coral fabric that she cut them into strips herself. The result was spectacular! Especially when the wind was blowing.

Along with one of her bridesmaids (who just happened to be have a background in graphic design), the¬†bride created a logo incorporating the barn and the couple’s¬†initials. The logo was used on everything from their invitations to koozies, and all of signage.

The burlap runners on the tables were trimmed with fabric the couple purchased in India.

The couple made the chalkboard sign with a layout of the barn, so the guests could find the restroom or donut truck at any point throughout the night.

See more of their DIY Wedding featured on Style Me Pretty 

Photography: Jodi & Kurt Photography

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Super Sunday without the Super Stress

February 04, 2016. Category: catering, cooking, details, diy, event, how to, uncategorized

With a die-hard Denver Broncos fan on our team in Cindy, we couldn’t let the Super Bowl Sunday go by without a blog post.¬†We have pulled together a few of our favorite Super Bowl entertaining tips and put together a cute downloadable version of Cindy’s favorite Super Bowl predictions game for you to print out and play with your friends. So get cooking, drink up and Go Broncos!

(This post may or may not have been written by aforementioned die-hard Broncos fan)

These adorable and easy to make cutlery cans (see instructions here) are the perfect way to add a little football flare to your Super Spread.

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Aimee’s go to Super Bowl snack is the Barefoot Contessa’s caramelized onion dip (here). And who could forget the drinks! Consider calling in tired on Monday morning and making a crowd favorite Beer-Rita (here).

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Don’t forget to have activities for those that may not be the biggest football fans. Fun activities like our downloadable predictions game (click here to download printable version)¬†are the perfect way to engage those there for the pigs in a blanket and not the pigskins.

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