What is the difference between a Bridal Shower, Kitchen Tea, Hen’s Night and Bachelorette Party?

It can be so daunting planning a wedding and definitely confusing trying to work out the “language” of weddings and events! A common question we get asked is “What is the difference between a Bridal Shower, Kitchen Tea, Hen’s Night and Bachelorette Party?” followed by the confusion of which to have and who’s meant to be invited!

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Let us help answer the ever-puzzling question and provide some clarity, as well as the added relief of suggested themes and colour palettes. One thing that all of these pre-wedding occasions have in common is; the maid of honour and bridesmaids traditionally organise and host these events, so you can take a deep breath and put your feet up.

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Image: Brit + Co | Green Wedding Shoes

A lot of these events have evolved over time and use to be held 2-3 weeks prior to the wedding and would be female guests only. These days we are seeing the pre-wedding events being moved to around 4-8 weeks prior to the wedding to minimise stress and space out the festivities. There has also been a shift in the guest list to now include any close male friends as opposed to being strictly ladies business.

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Bridal Shower vs Kitchen Tea so what is the difference?!?!

Bridal Showers and Kitchen Teas are very similar daytime events with only minor conceptual differences. The main difference between them is the origin; Bridal Showers are more common in Belgium, Netherlands, US, UK and other parts of Europe whereas Kitchen Teas are local to Australia and New Zealand.

Geography aside, Bridal Showers are a time to “shower” the bride in gifts in order to spoil her with something for the bedroom, kitchen or other luxurious gifts. However, at a Kitchen Tea, it is customary to bring a gift specifically for the kitchen such as a small electrical appliance, modern cooking gadgets, perhaps even kitchen cleaning utensils.

Common practice for a Kitchen Tea is to ask the guests to bring along their favourite recipe, these are then all collated into a personal cookbook and gifted to the bride.

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Image: Brit + Co | Wedding Chicks

Suggested themes and colour palettes;

Bridal Shower: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Beachside Chic or Lace & Pearls. Think blues, aquas, beige, ivories or perhaps you would prefer soft yellows, pastel greens and other gelato-inspired colours.

Kitchen Tea: Alice in Wonderland’s Madhatter Tea Party, Classy Outdoor BBQ or Bake-Off! Think bright colours and mixture of patterns like polka dots, gingham or candy stripes

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Photo of Tiffany and Co. boxes: Amy Rizzuto Photography | Invitations: Esty | Décor and flowers: Divine Events

Hen’s Night vs. Bachelorette Party

This is purely another demographic confusion with Hen’s Nights being predominately known in Australia and New Zealand but also stretches as far as the UK and Ireland. Whereas Bachelorette parties are more of a US based concept and thanks to movies and television it has us all confused!

These events are sometimes in addition to a Bridal Shower or Kitchen Tea with the sole intention of having one last debaucherous night of single life before getting hitched. It is not expected to bring gifts but it is usual practice to participate in some rather raunchy games and there may be a surprise visit from a rather good looking “policeman” about a noise complaint.

More recently however, we have seen a transition from naughty nights out to classy days about! Some hostesses are swapping the massive night out for more sophisticated daytime events such as winery tours, glamping sleepovers, luxury spa days or interactive group classes.

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Image: Brit + Co | Ruffled | Green Wedding Shoes

Suggested themes and colour palettes;

Hen’s Night: Burlesque Boudoir, Sex and the City themed, Black and White Bold and Bright with solid patterns and pops of colour, perhaps even feathers. Think citrus colours like Marsala, orange, yellow and raspberry.

Bachelorette Party: Bachelorette TV Show with a ‘Red Rose’ theme, Las Vegas or Casino Royale. Think reds, golds, glamour and glitter

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Marquee letters: Sammy and Lola | Décor and Styling: Divine Events

We hope we have tackled the confusion, relieved you of stress and inspired you (and mainly your bridesmaids) with some fun and interesting ideas!

Four Trends We Love for Winter Events

As the air gets chilly and the leaves begin to fall, you know winter is coming.

Although we may not love the weather, we can get excited about some beautiful trends we are seeing come to life for autumn and winter events.

1. Warm metallics – coppers, mercury glass, warm golds, and toasted bronzes are perfect cozy colours for this cold season. Not that these are anything new but they are perfect to soften and warm up an event space during the chilly months. Pair them with white flowers for a winter wedding, or with bold rich tones for a gala dinner.

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2. Marsala – after being announced as the colour of the year by the Pantone Colour Institute, this rich earthy colour is popping up everywhere. Pair it with pastels and gold for a daytime ladies lunch, or rich greens and browns for an earthy tablescape.

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3. Velvet – although a versatile fabric that can be used year round, we love this plush snuggley fabric for winter. In dark tones such as navy blue velvet looks regal even in the most rustic settings. Pair with marsala and copper and you have a dream lounge setting.

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4. Foliage – living walls, hanging foliage installations, or even foliage centrepieces are very on trend for the winter months. It can be chic and modern, or rustic and organic depending on how you style the rest of the space.

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Featured Theme: Sport Themed Event

Watching the cricket last night, I got to thinking about sporting events… sport themed events.. events that have a some sort of sport element included in the look.. and then I remembered an event Divine Events styled in conjunction with the soccer world cup. We took classic Divine products; Tolix furniture, Pasha chairs and astro turf and gave them a sporting twist. Soccer balls were placed under the Tolix cocktail tables representing goal posts. The colour scheme was simple black and white with a splash of green in the astro turf that covered the floor of the venue. Clashing patterned soft furnishings gave us another layer to the look and clear perspex accessories complimented the scheme well. This is a high end sport themed event. You’ll see in the images below the extent of what we can offer a corporate client here at Divine Events. We can style the look of your event as well as design and fabricate a media wall. Our in house florist can create anything you can dream of with flowers, even a soccer ball on a pitch!

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A Trendy Colour Scheme: Navy & White mixed with Spring Colours

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Look at this delightful colour combo Divine stylist Paige used when she styled her most recent corporate event. Mixing spring colours with navy blue and white gives us a super pretty event to cast our eyes upon.

The best thing about this corporate event is that it can be translated into a wedding as well. Perhaps you would like a wedding set up that is a little out of the box? Mixing these colours and teaming them with transparent accessories; show plates and chairs makes for a striking and elegant affair.

 

Our Divine florist has used the following flowers to create this look. Red and pale pink Roses, pale pink Tulips, orange and yellow Poppies and white Ranunculus.

 

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Now don’t under estimate the power of a mirror base my friends, a mirror base is a fantastic addition to a table scape as it reflects what is styled on top of it. Its opens up the table, and gives it layers that will make your guest remark ” I love the look of this table!”

 

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Enquire with us if you would like your next corporate event or wedding to look like this.

Featured Theme: Nautical

Summer has ended in Australia and we have now begun to drift into Autumn. However, the days and night are still warm. We live in Sydney after all! So just because its no longer summer doesn’t mean we need to forget about you favourite summery themed events. The nautical themed event is a classic theme. It oozes sophistication and a beachside elegance. Just like the Hamptons theme, we can incorporate neutral tones with rich navy blues with burst of either yellow or coral. We can throw together some striped prints, white candlesticks, a ball of marine rope and tall vase filled with palms, just like that your standard looking event is transformed into a socialites haven. Your Nautical themed event might look a little something like this…

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We have used our Capri range of outdoor furniture as the base for the Nautical look and layered in patterns and textures common to the Nautical theme.

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By adding accessories and props like the what is pictured below, we will complete your nautical themed event.

All items can be hired from Divine Events. If you would like a nautical themed corporate event or wedding, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Featured Theme: Masquerade

It was one of our most popular themes for corporate parties in 2014. To coincide with Baz Lurhman’s blockbuster film, The Great Gatsby, everyone wanted to attend a party of lavish proportions just like the parties Gatsby was renowned for hosting.

So lets look at what makes up a Masquerade themed event. Masquerade parties were made famous in the bygone eras when throwing decedent and lavish parties was normal. These parties were typically held in the oversized manors of the parties host, which were adorned in most luxurious furniture of the time.

When considering a Masquerade themed event for your next corporate party, using a combination of black and gold furniture and soft furnishings will convey the lavish nature of the parties you are simulating. Decorations such as ostrich feathers and crystals, overflowing from a martini glass, candlelight and detailed masks will assist in portraying the grander of your event.

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Don’t hesitate to contact Divine Events if you would like an event styled like this one featured here. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Luna Park Wedding Showcase – 14.02.15

On Valentine’s day this year Divine Events took part in the Luna Park Wedding Showcase. You may not know this but Luna Park has several event spaces to hire. As well as a theme park it opens its doors to hundreds of bride and grooms each year to give their special day a little touch of magic. If it is a spectacular backdrop you are after then, Luna Park is the right choice, boosting Sydney harbour views and a quirky theme park right in the heart of Sydney city.

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Our friends over at O’neil & Page captured the showcase beautifully and below are a handful of photos snapped up by this talented pair.

Divine Events was given the task of styling a wedding reception. The bridal party table and eight guest tables were decorated to look like an alluring enchanted garden. Using a bright colour scheme of coral, and green on a crisp white linen base, the table settings popped in the light and airy venue. Place settings were set with glass show plates and an individual apple. Gold metallic accents took up a good portion of the overall look of this design, making this enchanted garden seem opulent and sophisticated.

Below we can see the detail in the bridal party table setting. It oozes style and beauty. This setting is so inviting, I feel compelled to sit underneath the trailing phalaenopsis orchids and bunches of coral coloured roses. This is a table setting fit for a king and queen.

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In addition to styling the enchanted garden wedding reception, Divine Events had an expo booth to style as well. Here the girls spoke to a number of prospecting brides and grooms about how they could style their big day in the Luna Park venues.

The colour scheme of white and green with burst of copper and blonde wood give the expo booth a fresh and modern look. Trawling ivy, and copper candlesticks, hint to the core of the Divine Events style and geometric shaped vases and ornaments give this look a stylish edge.

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Meet the team! This is Lara, Emma and Paige. The stylists behind the Divine Events expo booth and wedding reception.

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Thanks O’neil & Page for the great images.

 

Style Guide for a Beautiful High Tea

A high tea party is always an fun idea. Who can pass up buying a divine new dress and sipping tea and champagne in unison while nibbling on delicious little morsels. A high tea can suit a variety of event settings from a hens party or kitchen tea to a product launch or corporate breakfast meeting. There are some beautiful venues in Sydney that specialise in the finest of high teas, but what if you wanted to create this elegant experience for your guests at your home or a venue of your choosing? To help you out below are my top tips on creating an elegant high tea table setting.

1. Linen and Napkins: A table is just a blank canvas until you begin to add colour and texture which stars with your base – linen. Divine Events has a large range of coloured and textured linens to chose from but one of my favourites for high tea is the brocade white linen tablecloth. The brocade linen gives us another texture to work with when creating our table setting but is subtle and sophisticated. Then we move to the napkin; when choosing a a napkin pick a colour that compliments the centrepiece. Perhaps it’s a pale pink  to match the  roses in the flower arrangements or white with gold spots to compliment the gold tealight candles. Either way napkin is a great way to add a pop of colour and personality without going overboard. Don’t forget to get creative with the way you fold your napkin as well! The bow tie fold is popular at the moment and looks very special placed at each place setting.

2. Show plate: Creating layers to your table setting is what takes a table from boring to exquisite. Adding a show plate raises the place setting and offers a features before a main dish is served. The show plate is there to add a splash of elegance and colour. Choose from our unique range of show plates to take your setting to the next level, I love the clear glass with gold beaded detailing.

3. Chairs: The days of chair covers and sashes are over and we are spoiled with choices when it comes to great chairs! A classic choice for a high tea event is the Tiffany chair, or if you are after something more modern try a Louis ghost chair. For the look I am building I would suggest a gold Tiffany chair with a white pad. I am then going to spruce it up by adding a dusty pink satin sash tied in a bow across the back of the chair. We have all seen Tiffany chairs before so it is nice to add a little flare!

4. Centrepiece: The centrepiece is the element that ties together your entire design so make it stand out. The centre of the table will be filled with plates of macaroons and cucumber sandwiches so the centrepiece should not take up to much room. A small posey of seasonal blooms dotted in between the butler stands and pots of tea will be sufficient, but consider a vase with a touch of height so it doesn’t get lost amongst the teapots. Our white urn vases are a perfect fit for this setting. Candlesticks are a great alternative giving your setting height without taking up to much room, try our cooper candlesticks at varying heights  placed in between the high tea essentials already on the table.

5. Lounge Setting: Depending on the space, a decadent lounge setting can be a lovely place to start a high tea party or to give your guests a breakout space to mingle in comfort. You don’t need a huge lounge setting, just a couch and two armchairs will do the trick. Choose you furniture to match the overall look of the event. Add soft furnishings in rich colours and patterns to affirm the elegance of a high tea event. I love the new Florence range for an opulent Marie Antoinette look! You might not think to pair it with soft pastels and subtle tones, but with the right decorative elements the rich navy velvet fits right into the overall look.

You now know what it takes to create a high tea event fit for a queen. It takes just a few elements of your design in pretty colours and rich textures to present an event that will keep your guests talking long after all the tea has been finished.

All the items pictured in the mood board I have put together are available to hire at Divine Events.

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How To Style Your Corporate Event Using Colour

You have been given the task to organise your companies next corporate event. You are in the midst of viewing several venues to decide if they are the right fit for your event. Ideas f themes keep swirling around inside your head, but none of them is quite right. Why not try styling your event using lots of colour? Here is a “How to” on styling your event using colour.

1. Pick a Neutral Base Colour: When styling a corporate event, adding pops of colour to a neutral base colour gives a sophisticated look. Use black or white for the best results. In the concepts I have given in this post, I have gone with a base colour of black. You’ll notice the overall look is high end and on trend.

2. Add ‘Pops’ of Colour: ‘Pops’ of colour can be additional styling items like cushions. Soft furnishings are a great way to give your theme character. Cushions, throw rugs and floor rugs could just be what you need to really make your colourful theme sing. Choose cushions with unique patterns, or repeat patterns. Chevron is a big trend at the moment so add this into a base of black furniture for an instantly chic lounge setting. You might like to also add pops of colour to your setting by adding coloured stools to a black cocktail table or a colourful occasional chair to your lounge setting.

3. Make it Special: Add hints of metallics. Using a neutral base colour and adding pops of colour isn’t completely finished until you make it special. Adding either gold of silver will give your look another layer. You could use a silver or gold side table in your lounge setting, silver or gold tea light candles on your cocktail tables or a metallic vase to hold your flowers arrangements.

4. Flowers and Foliage: Choose flower arrangements that are the one colour. You might include several different varieties to give you lots of texture but keep the colours the same. Go for lush flower varieties and vibrant colours like fuchsia phalaenopsis orchids, bright pink peonies, orange or yellow columbian roses or large white dahlias. A small amount of green foliage will freshen and complete your look.

5. Unique Props: A colourful themed party calls for a little bit of quirk. Why not present your flower arrangements in white vases in the shape of a crumpled paper bag or include feature pendant lights in the shape of bowler hats!

You now have three layers to your theme; a neutral base, ‘pops’ of colour and hints of metallics. You have a theme that has depth and gives your event the WOW factor. Your colourful theme is looking mighty special and you’ve topped off you look with lush flower varieties and green foliage. Your theme is on trend and its small quirks sets it apart from the rest. It would be hard not have a tonne of fun at an event as colourful as this.

All the items pictured in the mood board I have put together are available to hire at Divine Events

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Theme of the week: Moroccan Kasbah

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I bet you have dreamed of throwing a lavish party, full to the brim with colour, textures, delicious food and scrumptious wine. The sort of party where your guests whisper to each other about how ‘wonderful the space looks‘ and ‘this is by far the best party of the year‘ For most people this lavish party is a once in a lifetime occasion and will end up being their wedding. I have already had my wedding and i dream of marrying my husband over and over again so that i can have a different themed event each time. So why not just throw that party you dream of? Invite all you friend around and  have a party… just because.

A great theme for party of lavish proportions is a Moroccan themed event. The colours, textures and patterns are bright and invite your guests to feel overwhelmingly happy. Theming an event that evokes feeling within your guests of being transported to another country is a sure fire way to get them talking for months about the party you threw.. just because.

So how do you theme a Moroccan style event? Below you will find a list of items, with a mood board to  accompany, that you can find at Divine Events to create you little slice of paradise for your next event.

HOW TO STYLE A MOROCCAN STYLE EVENT

– White Chiffon Draping

– Moroccan tea light candles

– Lanterns of various shapes and sizes

– Persian Rugs, layered over the ground

– Moroccan Furniture, hand-painted for a truly authentic look

– Gold Candlestick with flickering pillar candles – LED or Real

– Lush bouquets of bright coloured flowers – Yes, we do flowers as well!

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FOOD

Try the Afghan Cuisine Catering, their catering is bursting with flavour and has an exotic, rustic look to it. Click HERE for their website and contact details.

DRINK 

I found the perfect Moroccan cocktail on blog, Design Sponge. Click HERE to see the full post.

The Morocco
Makes 2

For the coriander simple syrup (makes plenty to jar and save):

1 cup water

1 cup honey

3 teaspoons coriander seeds

For the drink:

60 ml orange liqueur

60 ml dry vermouth

30 ml coriander simple syrup

5–6 dashes of bitters

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Methodology

1. Heat the water, honey and coriander seeds over medium heat until it begins to boil. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour or longer; the longer it sits, the stronger the flavour. Drain the liquid from seeds and set aside.

2. To mix the drink, combine all ingredients (including the simple syrup, but not the seeds) over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake and pour over ice and garnish with orange slices.

So there you have it.. Organising a Moroccan themed event in Sydney made easy!

We styled a pop-up bar inside Zeta Bar in Sydney in a Moroccan theme, take a look at the snaps below for an example of what we can do for you!

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We love styling events in a Moroccan theme, its just as much fun for us as it is for you. So for your next or that party you will throw.. just because, contact Divine Events.

Range Review: Chesterfield Range

One of our most popular ranges here at Divine Events is the Chesterfield range. This range is a particular favourite to our corporate clients.  A style of lounge that evokes the feeling of an old world library or a smokey cigar lounge, this set of a 3 seater lounge, 2 seater lounge, armchair and side table is perfect for styling the ultimate man cave or a chic lounge corner of your corporate event or trendy wedding. We have added into this post some styling suggestions to consider when choosing the Chesterfield range for your next event.

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Range Review: French Provincial Range

Here at Divine Events we have different ranges of furniture for hire. One of our ranges that remains a favourite amongst our brides is the French Provincial range. A classic style of lounge, this set of 3 seater lounge, 2 seater lounge, armchair, side table and coffee table is perfect for an elegant wedding or garden party event. The pieces in the range create a lounge area where your guests can sit and relax at a cocktail event or place the pieces at the entrance of your event as an inviting suggestion of what is to come. We have added into this post some styling suggestions to consider when choosing the French Provincial range for your next event.

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French Provincial Style Guide

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