March of Dimes + Eclipse Event Co. Fundraiser

Last week, Eclipse Event Co. put on a wonderful fundraiser at Chez Zee for The March of Dimes and raised over $1700 for the cause!

If you’re not aware of what the March of Dimes is or stands for, their mission, taken from the March of Dimes website states: “Prematurity is the #1 killer of babies in the United States. We are working to change that and help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. From polio to prematurity the March of Dimes has focused on researching the problems that threaten our children and finding ways to prevent them.”

Eclipse raised the money for March of Dimes but having various items donated to be raffled off. Items included things like gift cards to restaurants, comped stays at various hotels and videography/portrait sessions.

They showed an incredibly touching and informative video during the luncheon, which you can watch by following this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxCjow3rpnQ

Below are a few photos we took while we were in attendance. We hope you enjoy them and might consider donating to March of Dimes today.

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The Plant at Kyle Open House

Last week we had the pleasure of attending a planner open house at an unusual venue called The Plant at Kyle.

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Photo: Hester + Hardaway Photogypsies

“An award-winning architectural landmark, the building was designed by Lake|Flato Architects as a private residence using steel recycled from the Alamo Cement Plant. The house was completed in 1989.” This secluded property can host small intimate events or larger receptions up to 300 guests by adding tents in the fields around the stunning home.

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Photo: Lake | Flato Architects

The Plant at Kyle is housed on 17 acres of private land and is nestled away in the Texas Hill Country. According to the property managers, Martha and Jamie, you might even see a fox, armadillo, or wild turkey roaming nearby while lounging by the pool, sitting on the screened in porch, or playing games on the lawn.

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We had the privilege of providing rental decor for their two oak farm tables and chose colors to bring out both the natural rustic beauty of the landscape, as well as the industrial feel of the architecture. The Plant at Kyle was built with sustainability in mind and was “green before it was cool.”

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We loved the unique design of the screened in two story porch, with stairs leading up to a balcony and bedroom, where you could see out over the patio. Downstairs, there is an indoor living room and fully equipped Kitchen. They even have their own bistro lighting hung in the screened in porch, to light up the night and provide the perfect ambiance for any reception.
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We were joined by a wonderful team of vendors who helped put on this event including Royal Fig Catering, Mad Rooster’s, HEB Blooms in Kyle, Whim Hospitality, and more.
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If you’re planning a small to medium wedding or are looking for a unique and sustainable venue to host your event, look no further. The space inspires creativity and we can’t wait to help with your events at the Plant at Kyle!

 

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A Groom’s Guide to the Perfect After Wedding Cigar/Whiskey Pairing

blog-1Amanda White, Research Technologist in the Department of Psychiatry at Penn State College of Medicine states,”A number of behavioral studies have demonstrated that smells trigger more vivid emotional memories and are better at inducing that feeling of “being brought back in time” than images.” Whether you’re a cigar aficionado or want nothing to do with smoking at all, the smell, feel or taste of a cigar has the ability to trigger a memory of a special day or time in your life. Tad Gage, from Cigar Chronicles states,”Beyond all the basics, there is a “certain something” about cigars and fine tobacco that captures our interest and passion. A cylindrical roll of well-aged leaves and the drifting blue smoke of a fine stogie tell part of the story, but not the full story. In the end, tobacco is as much about enjoying the moment and making memories, as it about the smoke itself. Not every cigar or situation will yield a memorable moment, but if you keep your eyes, ears and taste buds open, it’s surprising how many times a fine cigar can also yield a fine memory.” From Tennessee to Texas, cigar  stations at weddings are becoming quite popular. Even if the bride and groom are non-smokers, it is a great way to connect your guests with conversation, entertainment and those memories we all go out of our way to leave in each guest’s mind about your special day. blog-2Although I could go into great detail about the do’s and dont’s of a great cigar station at your wedding, this is more or less all about you and your personal experience. The stress of pulling off a perfect wedding day, although on many occasions are left to the professionals, can still leave you ready to kick back and unwind after the vows are completed and the cake has been cut.

There is something about smoking a cigar that can make a person feel strong, relaxed, confident, and dauntless; all the things a man will need on the first day/night of their new responsibilities; just think of Clint Eastwood in The Outlaw Josey Wales, Demi Moore as a navy seal in, G.I. Jane, General Patton on the front lines speaking to his troops, and of course, Arnold Schwarzenegger in almost every picture.  Besides making the choice of which pairing you are going to try, there are a few other decisions you will need to make. blog-3For example, make sure beforehand that your choice of venue allows smoking, as some do not. Another decision to make is choosing the perfect time; whether you slip off and find a quiet spot alone, have your wedding planner script in a 30 minutes hiatus, or choose to wait until after the new in-laws have made their way back to the hotel, will be totally up to your personality and style. Another decision to make is whether you choose to kick back alone with just your thoughts, invite the best man to join for some good conversation, or whether you are going to make it a bonding moment for you and your new forever friend in the middle of all the chaos while your guests eat, drink, dance, and be merry.

Now for the options… Whether you have tried every cigar and whiskey on this list or have blog-4never heard of them before, I recommend just going with what sounds like the most enjoyable to you for the occasion. It can be a tricky thing to pick the right whiskey for a cigar—I would say personally that whiskey will overpower most mild cigars, but sometimes there are exceptions. According to an article by Cigar Aficionado’s Jack Bettridge, “We’ve been pleasantly surprised in pairings when a big, ballsy cigar made a great partner for a light whiskey and vice versa.” In the grand scheme of things, it is always best to leave the details to the professionals. With that being said, here are some links to some great pairings along with excellent descriptions of flavor and taste. Some may be quite expensive, while others will be more affordable, however I will say if you can afford it, don’t let price be a barrier to the experience of building a great and lasting memory! https://www.jrcigars.com/blending-room/university/cigar-pairings/best-american-whiskeybourbon-and-cigar-pairing/2015/07/27/

https://www.famous-smoke.com/cigaradvisor/17-top-whiskey-and-cigar-pairings

By Steven C. Smith

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Brunchin’ with Stephen F. Austin

On January 24th, the Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin hotel in downtown Austin hosted a lovely planner’s brunch in their newly renovated event space on the second floor. Premiere had the pleasure of not only attending this brunch, but also providing rentals for it to help dress the space and give the planners event inspiration.

The space can be sectioned off with retractable walls if your event is a smaller scale event, or you can leave it completely open and host about 250 people! Even better still, there is a beautiful bar located right next to the ballroom (with bathrooms across the way) so your guests never have to leave the second floor, and your event remains completely private. The event space contains multiple chandeliers, as well as lighted wall sections around the perimeter of the room and along the perimeter of the ceiling as well, which can change color and are completely customized to your event!

Guests were greeted with their choice of a champagne beverage as soon as they walked into the ballroom. There were tables set up in the space with black and silver linens, and beautiful pink and green florals provided by Bouquets of Austin.

At each place setting was your very own personal bottle of champagne to drink there or take with you. The brunch buffet included a yogurt parfait bar, strawberry bread pudding, bacon, fresh fruit, potatoes, spinach and egg casserole and so much more. Is your mouth watering yet?

Check out some of the pictures our team took from the event below!

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Suits and Boots- 15th Annual Community Awards Celebration

Premiere Events had the pleasure of being a banquet sponsor for this year’s Suits and Boots event hosted by the Dripping Springs Chamber of Commerce at the Dripping Springs Ranch Park. If you’re not familiar with this event, it is the Annual Community Awards Celebration where local business can receive various awards. This year was the 15th year putting on this event!
Alongside Premiere were many other wonderful sponsors! Verdes Catering provided DELICIOUS bites and Copper and Birch provided the stunning centerpieces. We were happy to provide the linens, tables, and chairs for the event.
Here are just a few photos from the event. We would have taken more but we were having too much fun!
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2017 Annual Linen Special Starts TODAY

Premiere is pleased to announce that our 2017 linen special begins today and will run through the end of the business day on February 11th. If you are engaged, or just hosting an event, and want to splurge a little on the linens without breaking the bank, this is an event of which you’ll want to take advantage.

One of the best parts? Not only are the linens themselves on special, but so are the napkins, chair ties AND table runners! Were you wanting to spice up your chairs with a intricate chair tie but couldn’t find room in your budget? Well, now you can!

The terms are very similar as in years past. We are offering 10% off of our basic linens such as these:

                                     Navy Economy                   Celadon Cottonique            White Satin Stripe

20% off of our premium linens such as these:

                                           White lace                    Red Iridescent Crush        Taupe Dupioni Capri

and 50% off of our elegant linens such as these:

                                     Natural Panama                     Blush Sequin               Champagne Matte Satin

With the linen special terms, the linens must be paid in full to take advantage of the reduced rental price. The special pricing only applies to items that are available and in stock at the time of booking. Once the linen special order is booked, you cannot reduce, change or alter your linen special linens in ANY way. You may add on linens after the sale has ended, they will just be at full price. You may find full details here: 2017-linen-special or you may also find them by visiting our website or by contacting one of our rental consultants!

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Hip, Hot and Happening for 2017

Chances are, if you’re planning on tying the knot this year, you’re exploring current wedding “fashion” and researching emerging wedding trends. While you want your special day to be stylish and sophisticated, you don’t want a cookie cutter wedding that looks and feels just like everyone else’s. Here are some thoughts about the look and feel of hip, hot and happening 2017 nuptials.

Let’s start with color – the most influential choice you’ll make as you’re planning your day. From the invitation to bridesmaid’s and groomsmen’s apparel to the table linens and china to floral (or non-floral) centerpieces – color choice has a profound impact on every aspect of the event. It sets the mood and establishes the tone for every other event aspect. The 2017 Pantone color of the year is “Greenery”, so look for many shades of green on this year’s wedding scene.

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Jerry Hayes Photography

Green may well be the perfect wedding color. It represents growth and nature, and is a relaxing color with universal appeal. This year’s bride will discover a variety of unique and interesting ways to incorporate Greenery into the wedding theme. A “plant-able” invitation with imbedded seeds (botanicalpaperworks.com) not only reduces paper waste but sends a message about going green. Selecting an outdoor wedding venue (or an indoor / outdoor venue as a hedge against bad weather) is another way to incorporate Greenery into a trendy wedding. With our early springs and late fall seasons, there’s green grass at almost any time of year in Texas. Being outdoors on a perfect spring or early summer day, saying your vows surrounded by native grasses and towering live oak trees . . . it doesn’t get any “greener” than that!

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 Greenery can be incorporated into any wedding style. From vintage and vintage glam to rustic, from elegant to classic – and everything in between, green can be adapted to any wedding décor and design. Nature gives us an abundance of affordable décor options and alternatives well suited to rustic, vintage and even vintage glam designs. Everything from green apples and pears to succulents to ferns to green branches with colored berries or flowers can be used to capitalize on a green theme. Most of the classically affordable flowers (daisies, carnations, etc.) are available in green varieties. For a more elegant classic look, green roses, hydrangeas, orchids, lily of the valley and many other floral selections make a lovely green statement. Bridal bouquets made entirely of mixed greenery are also growing in popularity.

 

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Green options for creating a beautifully designed reception are readily available to today’s bride. Start with a cocktail period (while you and your wedding party are taking those family photos) featuring a signature green apple martini. Or offer a whisky or wine tasting or flights of local craft beers – served in stunning green glassware. Covering the cocktail tables with fun and fashionable table cloths, then adding lounge seating and sprinkling matching green-toned throw pillows enhances your guest’s pre-reception experience. Rental providers offer linen and furniture options the suit every event style and fit any event budget. Available green-tone linens range from organics to faux silks and satins to sequins and rosettes.

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Whether you’re planning a casual buffet, offering stations or providing an elegant four-course plated dinner, your guests will spend 60% to 70% of their time during your reception seated at the dining tables. So capitalize on this opportunity to make your event stand out from the crowd by creating memorable tablescapes. China, glassware and flatware are available to enhance the well-appointed “green” table. And using “real” china, glassware and flatware reduces your wedding’s negative environmental impact. Unlike paper or plastic food-service items (that require landfill space and are typically non-biodegradable), rental, with its reuse / recycle model, is environmentally friendly.

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Todd White Photography

You’ll have green dishware choices ranging from basic stoneware to the finest bone china. And if you want china that’s not just environmentally friendly, but literally “green”, just ask a rental provider to acquaint you with available options. Gold, silver, rose-gold or even black flatware adds dramatic tabletop flair, and we expect the non-silver flatware trend to continue this year.  Colored glassware, available in casual, vintage or classic styles, helps tie the cocktail period to the reception and adds a pop of unexpected color.

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This season, expect to see new metallic décor and design choices. Geometric shapes will dominate many trendy tables. Copper, which is a great complement to the green color palette, is expected to be last year’s rose gold.

We hope you’re excited about 2017 and ready to incorporate Greenery, along with some of the other trends described here, into your hip, hot and happening 2017 wedding. It’ll be lovely!

 

 

 

 

 

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