FASHION: Style Reigns at Another Philadelphia University Fashion Show

May 3, 2015
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Kayla Donovan’s gown, made in collaboration with textile design student Jennifer Biggs, wins “best of show.”


1200 sexy Lucite chairs later, we can say the Philadelphia University Fashion Show just gets better and better! Yet another very sleek, very BIGTIME fabulous, fashion event in the City of Brotherly Love to rival all others in the Big Apple and beyond! Creativity lives in our youth and Evantine Design couldn’t be more thrilled to set the stage, literally, for their talent to shine! Read the rest of this entry »

Freaky Good Times at M. Night Shyamalan’s “Shyamaween”

October 31, 2014

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As per usual, October had us partying down with a vengeance! One fabulous event after another to orchestrate, many of them for charitable organizations, kept us jumping from one side of Philadelphia to the other and beyond. Each party was chock full of all the fun, thoughtful, and, let’s be honest, sometimes whack-a-doodle, details we love to obsess over. None more so than M.Night Shyamalan’s first ever spookfest fundraiser, “Shyamaween” at the Mask & Wig Club in Philadelphia. As you can see from these incredible photos, we had a blast working with the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation’s uber-creative team! Wicked costumes, playful attitudes, clever entertainment, and generous guests. Everything you want in a Halloween gig! To read more about the incredible work they’re doing at the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation, we encourage you to hop on over to their website. Happy Halloween!

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{Photos courtesy of M. Night Shyamalan Foundation aka #MNSFund}

REAL STORIES: A Steakhouse Bar Mitzvah Celebration

April 16, 2013

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When a client walks in the door with a cool party idea already in mind, it’s our absolute pleasure to make that concept come to life!

Such was the case with a recent Bar Mitzvah in South Jersey. Our clients are devoted steakhouse lovers and challenged Event Designer extraordinaire, Arlene Bluestein, to create that same sense of warmth and sophistication for their son’s Bar Mitzvah celebration. Working with a rich palette of reds, browns, taupes and metals, Arlene transformed the halls of Congregation Beth El in Voorhees, New Jersey into Jared K’s Steakhouse.  {Photos courtesy of Philip Gabriel Photography}

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Guests were entertained on every level, from the delicious foodie-approved menu to the fire-branded chalkboard seating boards and rustic wooden tables, to the engaging soccer ball performer, energetic entertainment and dramatic red lighting. But that’s not all. Waiters from Barclay Caterers took table-side dinner orders from leather bound menus. Custom-made mahogany bars were placed in the main “dining room” complete with  leather bar stools and drink menus featured classic American cocktails.

When it came to designing the main dining room, Arlene lined the room with curved leather banquettes with round tables as well as rectangular family-sized tables. But the upscale steakhouse feel didn’t end there, red silk lamps, modern distressed wooden candle holders, contemporary glass hurricanes, lush low floral centerpieces and tall palm trees were layered into the scheme for dramatic effect.

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Jared and his friends were seated at high community tables centered in the main dining room, allowing them the best (and fastest) access to the dance floor. The always rockin’ band LA Stars kept the crowd dancing all night long!  The adults’ dined on intimate tables holding low centerpieces filled with flowers in deep red tones, such as amaryllis, tulips, roses, hydrangea, orchids and hypericum berry. Even the party favors were branded right on theme, and included short sleeved t-shirts for the boys and burnout hoodies for the girls, all rolled into “fire branded” tubes that also included tins of  mints.

No detail was left to the imagination and the collaboration between Arlene and her client couldn’t have been better! … and then there was the fabulous sports-themed cake from Classic Cake Co. to bring it all home. Mazel Tov Jared!

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{Photographs courtesy of the ever-talented Gabe Fredericks of Philip Gabriel Photography}

REAL STORIES: You Make My Dreams Come True

March 15, 2013

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When it comes to grand ballrooms in Philadelphia, there are many fabulous locations to choose from when an urban wedding venue is a planning must. But there really is only one ballroom that has the classic Old World elegance that every bride and groom craves. The Hyatt at The Bellevue. Situated on the famous Avenue of the Arts in the heart of Philadelphia, the Hyatt at The Bellevue blends historic architecture with modern amenities. It’s two story ballroom, with its ornate ceiling, built in stage and enormous dance floor, is a stunning venue for a wedding celebration. As you can see from these gorgeous images from wedding photographer Alison Conklin, the traditional grandeur of the ballroom was the perfect setting for our clients’ classic white wedding. As both their wedding planner and event designer, we were able to weave the bride and groom’s vision through every luxurious detail… the joy and emotion of the day was infectious!

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{EVENT VITALS: Wedding Gown Monique Lhuillier; Bridesmaids Gowns Monique Lhuillier; Groom’s Classic Black Tuxedo Brooks Brothers;  Invitations Ceci New York; Wedding Day-Of Stationery Two Paperdolls; Photographer Alison Conklin; Videographer Video One; Cake Cake Art Studio; Church Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul}