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Conquering New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions are like exercise equipment, we all have some but most of us don’t use them. They’re fun in theory but after March rolls around, those resolutions are shoved into the back of our minds like those dumbbells collecting dust in the back of your closet.

Surprisingly enough, event planning and goal tracking can be very similar, so here are a few tips to creating AND keeping that New Year’s resolution.

Inspiration: Surround yourself with things that inspire you, which could be photos, mood boards, videos, books or even other people. Inspiration creates motivation and motivation is half the battle! With event design, it’s essential to stay inspired, we love to keep trinkets that we find or take photos while were out. We’re constantly looking for inspiration to help create unique elements that we can add to events.

Plan of action: Organization is key! Creating a detailed plan of action provides direction and accountability.  Logistics is the name of the game in event planning; without a plan or timeline, nothing would get done properly. Creating smaller goals within the main goal makes things much more manageable.

Optimism: A “can do” attitude can work wonders for your desired outcome. Your attitude determines your thoughts and your thoughts determine your actions. The LV office is always filled with smiles and encouragement! It may not always be smooth sailing but when you’re always finding new ways to love what you’re doing, it shows in the results!

So no failing this year ladies & gents! Let’s make 2017 a year of self-improvement and growth, both professionally and personally…LV will be rooting for you! 😉

A Year in Review

At LV Event Designs, 2016 was filled with so much joy and growth!

Our clientele base has grown so much that it has given us the opportunity to work amazing individuals and some of the greatest national and international companies.

One huge highlight for us was collaborating with major fashion houses such as Fendi and Armani, these are the kind of clients you could only dream of! Lina Vargas expressed her enthusiasm in building these brand relationships and forging new ones.

“When you’re working with such well-known brands it’s important to not disappoint” Lina Vargas, LV Event Designs´ Creative Director, explained, “It may come with plenty of pressure but I loved every second of it!  It pushes me to challenge myself and the creative process is so rewarding!”

The LV Office also experienced personal growth. This year, we added two great additions to our team, our Sales and Marketing Director and our Event and Hospitality Specialist! This allowed us to not only tackle more projects but it has created a collaborative environment that has increased the quality and level of detail in our events!

It’s safe to say we are THRILLED to see what 2017 brings!! LV is expanding in all ways and the future looks BRIGHT yet none of it would’ve been possible without our dear clients! We cherish you all!!

A Dream in PINK

A Bat Mitzvah is a huge milestone for every Jewish girl and this one was no different but done with such style and elegance. This particular young lady loves the color pink and to dance. We knew the party had to be classy but full of life! We created a fun and hip design palette that consisted of shades of blush, white and mirrors for edginess. With the help of lighting and glass elements such as glass stems for floating candles we were able to transform a banquet hall into a luxurious venue. Guests were greeted with a beautiful floral design and macaroon place cards! (yes, you read that right!) The photo booth was also a big hit with the kids and adults! She was able to dance the night away with a huge smile and for us; that was the cherry on top!

Art Basel Miami Beach is here!

We kicked off Art Basel week with a bang! We put together a sneak peek into Hyde Residence & Resort. The property was built by The Related Group, which is founded by the famed Jorge Perez. Mr. Perez is a force within the art industry and owns the Perez Art Museum in Miami so naturally Hyde isn’t lacking in beautiful artwork and décor! The sneak peek allowed us to showcase artwork and fashion in a beautiful way. Guests we’re guided through different levels of the building that highlighted the amenities and art and then directed to the nearby Hyde Kitchen + Cocktails on the beach, where they socialized, enjoyed music by DJane Kika and bites from the kitchen on the VIP membership level. Guests also enjoyed a fashion show that showcased the most beautiful dresses! (Being the shopaholics that we are, we wanted every single one!) Art Basel only comes around once a year and it is a privilege to be apart of it!

It’s a Boy!

Talk about a teddy bear madness! Who doesn’t love a Teddy Bear? They’re instantly nostalgic. This month we had the opportunity to work with a beautiful couple whom we love very much (psst …. we also planned their wedding!) to celebrate the birth and Bris of their baby boy! The Bris we planned this month was an office favorite, plenty fun and creative brainstorming! With the tenderness that this type of event brings, the design had a harmonious mix of baby blue, khaki and earthy tones, combining the modern and healthy lifestyle of the baby’s parents. We created the concept of the event by using straight lines and fabrics like zest and white leather, and green flower arrangements for the décor. The personalized elements included teddy bear napkin rings, branded juice bottles and rustic elements for the breakfast buffet decor. Let’s not forget the THREE dessert tables, all with personalized sweets that tasted even better than they looked! No worries, every teddy bear found a home with a guest!

A Birthday Celebration like No Other

What happens when you mix designer with a fabulous woman? The most elegant and lavish birthday bash anyone could dream of! This month we had the honor of throwing a gorgeous lady a birthday party at Fendi Château in Surfside, FL. The location alone provided a gorgeous canvas; we based this design on clean lines with curvy accent pieces that go along with the venue’s architectural design. We incorporated the client’s favorite color, Yellow, into our design, which allowed for a more festive and bright atmosphere to this mid-November affair.

From the extravagant entrance that included a human extension line (you have to see the photos!) to cocktail hour, where the talented violinist group, The String Angels, serenaded guests. It was an entertaining evening with over 70 artists and many performances such as Led Beaus Freres, a young talented opera singer, a Flamenco performance and the Brazilian carnival! It didn’t end there, catering was provided by the world-renowned Cipriani and for dessert guests noshed on churros while they danced the night away! Guests ended their evening with their own box of personalized handmade truffles! To put it quite simply, it was a fairytale birthday extravaganza!

5 Tips For A Fall Wedding In Tropical South Florida

Honestly, what’s not love about fall? Pumpkin this and pumpkin that, cooler weather and the change in colors. Many brides choose to highlight the season in their weddings. If you live in South Florida, that can be a little challenging since the sunshine state only has two seasons, hot and not so hot. Below, we listed 5 tips to accomplish a fall wedding in the tropics.

  1. It’s all about the colors. The simplest way to capture fall in your wedding is with colors. Burnt orange, sage or burgundy are just a few colors that exude fall.
  2. Make the tropics work for you. Using things that are native to the tropics will put a truly unique spin on your fall wedding. Mango mini calla lilies are a great tropical flower to use for a fall wedding.
  3. Consider the time of day. Using a South Florida sunset as a backdrop to your vows adds an immense amount of rich colors to your wedding. Also, planning an outside reception in the evening allows the slightly cooler air to add to the fall theme.
  4. Add a rustic touch. Anything rustic we correlate with fall, especially in South Florida. Twinkle lights, wood and mason jars are just a few additions that can create the aesthetic you’re looking for.
  5. Incorporate fall flavors. The wedding menu will be your biggest opportunity to create a sense of fall. The seasonal menu should include warm comfort foods such as a roasted sweet potato soup or having the bar stocked with autumn cocktails like spiked apple cider!

What To Look For When Choosing A Wedding Planner

Beside a few other occasions, a woman’s wedding day will be one of the most important days of her life. There should be no shortcuts taken, especially when you’re deciding on a wedding planner. A planner is an extra expense but it usually saves you money and a huge amount of stress in the long run. When deciding on a wedding planner there are a few things you should keep in mind!lina-planner

Credentials – You’re wedding planner should be one with a well-rounded portfolio. Expertise in a variety of areas is important because every aspect of the wedding is important and should be treated as such.

Do you feel heard? – After your initial meeting ask yourself this question. Your wedding planner is someone you’re going to be spending a lot of time with, there needs to be a positive connection. Do they understand your vision?

What services do they provide? – Not all wedding planners are made alike. Some may plan and help set up meetings and handle contracts but don’t have the expertise to design your wedding. A wedding designer is someone who can take your vision to the next level.

Access – A good wedding planner will have access to a wide variety of venues and vendors. Having a wedding planner with a large professional network ensures that you have options and the best of the best.

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Etiquette Tips For Your Holiday Office Party

A holiday party can be nerve wracking for anybody but it shouldn’t be. We’ll give you the low down to the do’s and don’ts of office parties to make sure you enjoy the upcoming holiday season at work!

Do: Know what type of party you’re going to, read the invitation for clues to the theme, dress code and overall feel of the party. Does it seem festive or formal?

Do: Dress to impress! Although it may be a party, it is important to remember that it is still a work event. A party is the time to play with colors and style but if you wouldn’t be comfortable if you’re boss saw you wearing it in public it’s a safe bet that it won’t be appropriate for the party.

Don’t: Don’t be antisocial. After all it is a party, it’s a great time to network and get to know your coworkers beyond your everyday cooler talk.

Do: Prep your guest. Every office has their quirks, it’s important that your guest is aware of some of these. Make sure they follow the dress code and know which topics to stay away from.

Don’t: This might be the biggest DON’T on the list. Don’t over indulge at the bar . To avoid any cringe worthy mishaps, have a drink limit, for most two is more than enough. The alcohol is provided to make everyone more relaxed not revisit your college years.

Don’t: These days we post everything on social media. When it comes to office parties, its’ probably best to leave the snapchats and instagram filters at home. Some companies might consider the social gatherings private, and not to be shared with the general public.

Do: Have fun! It might seem intimidating but try to enjoy yourself.