Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Bridal Shower and Rehearsal Dinner Venues on the North Shore

Planning a Shower? Rehearsal Dinner? Party? Intimate Wedding? 

A dear friend's cousin reached out to me recently looking for venue recommendations for a bridal shower she is hosting on the North Shore. I was thrilled to come up with this short list of places for her and am happy to share it here as well. 
Turner's: in Salem: has a great private room upstairs, serves excellent seafood and is in a great location. 
L’Andana: I have not been yet, but I have heard great things about the food.
Davio’s : We love Davio’s. It’s menu is excellent, decor is clean, almost modern and traditional, a very pleasant experience.  There are several locations. I've been to three, all were consistently good!
Nahant Country Club: It’s quaint, a little old fashion, but charming and very traditional for a shower and in beautiful Nahant.                                                                                                                       Ocean View Nahant: I love Nahant.
Strega Prime: Old School- Dark/ Sexy- Steak House
Two more casual, alternative, fun places that have private room and built in entertainment are Kings for bowling or Dave and Busters.
What venues am I missing? Do you have other treasured gems in the North Shore you adore?  
If you're not in the Boston area and struggling to find a suitable venue for your next special event, think about where you like to eat and consider what you like to do on weekends and the hotels in your area. 

*BONUS VENUE:  I was eager to check out the new Beauport Hotel in Gloucester. It did not disappoint. It delivered in food, service, decor and views. It's perfect for an upscale nautical vibe! 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Top of the Hub

We celebrated a phenomenal man last week. My wonderful father in-law turned 75! We needed a celebration fitting of such an occasion, so in lieu of a big party, my mother in-law gathered seven of us for an intimate dinner at Top of the Hub. It was his first visit to this popular Boston restaurant that sits on the 52nd floor of the  Prudential Building, so he was thrilled and so surprised and happy that his grand daughters were there to make this monumental birthday even more special. While we all enjoyed the stunning views of the city skyline and delicious food, we certainly missed the North Carolina crew!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Oh Donna

"Oh, Donna, Oh, Donna
Oh, Donna, Oh, Donna
I had a girl
Donna was her name
Since she left me
I've never been the same
Cause I love my girl
Donna, where can you be? Where can you be?
Now that you're gone
I'm left all alone
All by myself
To wander and roam
Cause I love my girl
Donna, where can you be? Where can you be?
Well, darlin', now that you're gone
I don't know what I'll do
All the time and all my love for you"

September is my month, now it's our month and while the last few years have tested my love of this beautiful month, I'm determined to take it back. Those I've lost would want it that way. While I'm sure I'll be sad today, and sometimes it's good to let yourself be sad, I'm going to find special ways to honor and remember my mom- more than usual-on the two year "anniversary" of her passing.  My sister in-law has a diet coke ready to drink in my mom's honor and tootsie roll pops to give the kids. Their grandma always had tootsie roll pops. I've written much in my grief but have been reluctant to share since this is my event planning blog, but this month- anything goes, grief and all. I am committing to blogging all month to see where it will take me. Though life isn't easy, at all, I am proud of the life I've built and continue to build. It's interesting, colorful, fun and optimistic and hopefully by sharing more I'll inspire others to live large, do more, be intentional and enrich their journeys. 

What are some of your goals this month?  Do you have any creative ways to remember and honor loved ones you've lost?

Thursday, September 1, 2016

First Day of School

Happy September!
Happy 1st day of Kindergarten and Preschool to my dear nephew and niece. I was fortunate this past weekend to spend three luxurious days loving them up and being love by them. Their unconditional affection is intoxicating. I adore them so wholeheartedly, being their aunt is one of my greatest joys.

Together we explored a bit of Chicago, visited their local farmers' market, played in the mud, went down water slides, jumped off the diving boards, swam, told jokes, read books, laughed a lot and loved. It was truly an incredible weekend!

I hope the butterflies in their bellies this morning inspire great things as they begin their educational journey. I hope their beautiful character will attract and ignite wonderful life long friendships. I hope today will unleash a thirst for knowledge, nurture their passion for books and reading and continue to develop their curiosities. I am confident that their sense of joy, respect for others and fun personalities are going to serve them well in school and life.

Aunt Tammy


Saturday, January 30, 2016

A Green Building Gem

When couples trust my recommendations and hire those who I consider to be my A-team, magic happens. This wedding from last year was packed with goodness and I am so thrilled to share their wedding images and the talent of some of my favorite New York City wedding professionals.

Congratulations to Leslie and Michael and thank you both for entrusting your day to my team and me and thanks to my colleagues for always going above and beyond when caring for our couples. The Newlyweds were thrilled and their guests had a fantastic time!

Sharon from SB Beauty does makeup beautifully, but more so she's a wonderful person to have on your team as you are primping. 

The couple's printed items were designed with care by Park Slope's favorite paper store:  Lion in the Sun. 

The flowers were designed lovingly by Gabrielle at G! Designs! 

The Green Building never gets old, especially when infused with love, laughter and lighting.

The barn tables, chairs and all rentals were from Broadway Party Rentals. 

Carissa Templeton officianted a heartfelt ceremony.

Betsy from Nine Cakes created this pi day original. 

This was one of the couple's favorites! They created their own ice cream flavors with some help from  MilkMade.

Guests were sent home with delicious chocolate from NuNu Chocolates
This wedding was caterered by Chef Rossi and her team at The Raging Skillet
João Kouyoumdjian provided the ceremony music and We Love Photobooths were on hand doing their thing. 

Special thanks to
Renata Levine Photography for sharing these wonderful images.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Greetings from San Diego!

I am spending a few days in sunny San Diego at a conference as I prepare for one of our last weddings of the season. I am sampling excellent food, connecting with smart professionals, visiting beautiful venues and enjoying this stunning backdrop. A few of my favorite things. I am marketing an organization in Cambridge, MA. It's exciting, challenging and rewarding to acquaint myself with the inner workings and professional tapestry of an industry that is unfamiliar to me.