In life I usually like one of two things when it comes to design: gaudy excess or mixed materials. When we were searching for inspiration for The Crystal Clear Vision Event at Mayapalooza, mixed materials won out mainly because I didn't want to scare people.
Our design wasn't unfamiliar at all - our number one pin on Pinterest is a growler with flowers we used for a stylized shoot back in early 2013, so we started there. After doing some digging I became obsessed with the idea of a wooden table runner, and tin cans added a fun industrial twist.
What colors should we go with? What can we do to make this cohesive? When in doubt, I default to our branding colors. The gals at Waterford Event Rentals found the perfect textured grey linen and I loved the light coral napkin for a pop of color. Usually I would stop there, but this is a design competition after all, so the gold chargers were added for extra dimension.
By this point I had dubbed our hodgepodge mess of a table as a "Hipster Garden Party" so the rest of the ideas came rather naturally. PaperDolls Design was totally on board with our super simple typewriter font, and she created "Hipster Bingo" instead of a menu card for the napkins. Blue Steel Design incorporated their cafe lights for our design last year, and considering how obsessed I am with them all the time, the lights were a must.
Now what about the details? Originally I asked Blue Steel to hang an extra wire so I could clip polaroid pictures to it, but that became too troublesome. I had Cherry Blossom's head shots printed in cute 2x2 squares by Persnickety Prints to use as "place cards" and bought these cute little bikes to prop them up on. What's more hipster than polaroids and bikes?! Pedro (the gold dinosaur) got most of the attention overall, and we were totally ok with that. I borrowed hammered flatware, found a complete set of various beer glasses for a table of six, and then called it a day.
Since the whole idea behind the event was to inspire brides + grooms for their own wedding, we needed to add a little something wedding-ish. We've always been a big fan of Palette of Petals and thankfully they were into our idea of transforming tin cans + growlers into centerpieces. Trust me - some people would roll their eyes at the idea! We threw in some altoid tins at the last minute and they totally embraced it. Mary even sourced this reclaimed wood to bring the idea of a wooden table runner to life.
Aren't these photos by Kirstyn Marie fantastic? Knowing she was photographing our table is making us super anxious to see how she captured all the quirky details. Speaking of details, the other designers really knocked it out of the park. It was so wonderful to be inspired by event and wedding planners in our area (a grafitti banner by As You Wish! Emily Weddings' under the tree theme! Events by Jacklyn had such a beautifully designed table with the best color combos ever!), and we had the opportunity to meet some folks we only previously knew on IG.
Next year I'm thinking about going old school cartoon-ish/ full tacky on everyone, but we'll just have to wait and see. Bravo and air kisses for everyone involved - the event was a huge success!