Late Summer Drinks, OUTDOORS

After being indoors all week, and anticipating the cold Chicago months ahead, savoring summer and  loving to create a weekend outdoor bartender garden for my guests. What could be easier? Perfect for creating a tiered bar on my small urban deck, my French wire planter holds glasses, cutting boards, muddlers, knives, garnish, carafes, napkins, bar […]

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Dinner for 1000? Done.

What takes 80 front-of-house staff, 70 Chafers, 7 Double Door Refrigerated Coolers, and 48,000 plates and forks?  The Green Tie Ball — scheduled for dinner time on September 15, 2012 at Finkl Forgings, of course! This year 1000+ of Chicago’s most active environmentalists, young professionals, and media figures will be treated to one of the […]

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Flights..One Two Three

Flights of Fancy feature in CS Brides magazine. Taking the expected, (i.e. such as butter) and upping the ante makes us smile! Pesto, Sundried Tomato, Whipped…all butter but even better when crafted into a triangle! European butters, seasonal specialty butters…..We’re always interested in taking the barely noticed element on a table and raising the level~BAN […]

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Garden Party!

Inspired by a client’s small party space, a vintage garden cart laden with abundance of cheese, figs, strawberries, sundried tomato torta, flatbreads, cheddar crackers and chutneys is just the thing to roll into summer entertaining! Rounded out here with vintage stemmed glasses and crystal hors d’oeuvres plates… White cart, black wrought iron cart, glass and […]

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LIU and EC

#MonthofLove & Wedding Styles

At our recent end of year wrap up and holiday get together, Anthony, of Liven It Up and I, started discussing how the  wedding couples that choose us as wedding vendors are really focusing on the desire to up the ante on the “uniqueness” of their wedding. Then as we started discussing what it means […]

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It’s Worth It!

Last week I was in Florida, visiting my father. One stop that we always make is Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, which appears to be the last bastion of elegance in the U.S. Worth Avenue remains a place where both men and women dress to shop or to have lunch. The typical man that you […]

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