Thursday, June 19, 2014

With this ring I thee wed…

By Lisa; St. Thomas More Catholic Church was the site for the nuptial mass celebrating the sacrament of holy matrimony for Allison Marie Melgaard and Samuel Charles Tapko The ceremony was held on Saturday, June 7, at two o’clock in the afternoon and was presided over by Father Don Farnan.  Millie’s Event Designs’ “Wedding Planner” was on site to oversee every detail allowing the families to enjoy the day free from worry.

The church was beautifully decorated with green and white hydrangeas, big fun roses and hot pink spray roses on every other pew.  There were three white roses at the altar presented by each of the mothers to honor deceased family members. During the prelude, organist, Judy Kashka played “How Beautiful” as the guests were being seated.  Each bridesmaid carried coral peonies bouquets and the groomsmen were dressed in black tuxes with a coral rose boutonnière as they processed down the altar to the hymn “Song at the Speyer Catherdral, Nevue”.  The bridal processional was “Processional, Purcell” as Eric Melgaard, the bride’s father, escorted his daughter, Allison, who was carrying a bouquet of all white and ivory flowers (hydrangea, roses, peonies and tulips) down the aisle to give her hand in marriage.

Upon the conclusion of the ceremony, the guests made their way north to the Kansas City Marriott on the Country Club Plaza to begin the reception celebration with a hosted cocktail hour.  Each guest was treated to buffalo mozzarella, tomato & basil focaccia, BBQ meatballs and coconut shrimp. The bridal party enjoyed a Trolley Tour from the church to reception with their memories recorded by photographer Tim Fleenor and videographer Mat Baysinger   

Michael Beers called the guests into the Grand Ballroom at 7:00 PM. Once the guests were seated, Michael proceeded to introduce the bridal party as they made their grand entrance into the ballroom. Directly after, Eric Melgaard gave the blessing.  The menu was a garden green salad, chicken piccata with a lemon caper xauce, garlic mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus. Upon conclusion of dinner it was time for the toasts and the cake cutting ceremony. Lynne Muellier of Icing on the Cake, exclusively designed a beautiful three-tiered embossed cake with buttercream icing, accented with red rose petals.  It was now time for Mr. and Mrs. Sam Tapko to have their first dance as man and wife. Following the newlywed’s dance, Allison and her father Eric shared the dance floor with Sam and his mother Julie to create some lasting memories.  The guests then hit the dance floor where they danced into the early morning to the sounds of the Michael Beers Band.

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Sunday, March 16, 2014


 Millie's Event Designs is offering a 20% discount to each bride that books her wedding between NOW and April 17, 2014. If you are a bride that is needing that special touch, that one of kind wedding, then Millie's is you're wedding destination!   

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Save the Date: Superbowl Night of Wishes

By Lisa; Make plans to attend the Make-A-Wish of Missouri first annual Superbowl Night of Wishes, presented by Helzberg Diamonds - Friday, January 31, 2014, at Arrowhead Stadium.

Don't miss the amazing fundraising event, where former Chiefs players, Helzberg Diamonds and Chi Omega alumni work to make wishes come true.  Fans will have the chance to meet former players, while taking part in many interactive opportunities with them! Make-A-Wish children will be present to show their appreciation, and a wonderful cocktail hour followed by a delicious dinner will be enjoyed by all.

The Game Plan

  • Clebrate Make-A-Wish by honoring the wish children of our past and present.
  • Meet Emcee, Former News Anchor Maggie Crane
  • Photo opportunities with former Chiefs players
  • "Extreme Wishes" Live Auction featuring Kansas City Celebrities auctioned off to entertain you in your own home! Dinner by Chef Michael Smith with accompaniment from Artistic Director of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Ward Holmquist, and many more! 
Join Millie's Event Designs on a night where wishes do come true!

For more information on how to attend, contact Laurie Ingram at or 816.506.2127. 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Congregation B'Nai Jehudah Welcomes Goldstein Bar Mitzvah!

By Lisa;  Joshua Aaron Goldstein was called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on the seventh of December two thousand thirteen at ten thirty in the morning at the Temple, Congregation B'Nai Jehudah.

Millie's Event Designs was on site during the celebration as each guest was treated to a "Mystery Bus Tour".  Matt Ross Community Center was the first stop on the tour.  The guests were treated to a Magic Show, popcorn & assorted drinks.

The guests then boarded the bus for their new stop at the Wellington Club House where to their surprise was a photo booth, pizza & a chocolate fountain.  After each guest had eaten and their photos taken, they were treated to a walk down memory lane with a DVD of Josh's life put to Josh's favorite tunes.

When your family celebrates a major milestone, let Millie's Event Designs coordinate your event so you can enjoy your family's big day!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Forty, Fabulous and Looking Fantastic……

By Lisa: It was a lucky Friday the 13th for Jeana Charles who celebrated her 40th birthday with a party graciously hosted by Matt Charles in her honor at the newly opened Hotel Sorella, Kansas City, Mo;

Millie's Event Designs worked along side husband Matt to create an intimate setting where friends and family gathered to celebrate this memorable occasion.

Each guest was treated to tapas of chilled crab & cucumber pillows, a plate of salmon, an assortment of sushi and sashimi baby tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and basil stuffed vine leaves, spicy tomato and sally shooters, lobster salad stuffed rolls and assorted bruschetta.  The menu also included warmed tempura prawns, smoked salmon & leeks quiche, assorted seafood, chicken, beef and vegetable dim sum, mini mixed grill kebabs of marinated steak, lamb, and chicken, fried vegetable spring rolls, truffled forest mushroom tartlets, and spicy sausage/peppers tortilla pizzas.

The tables in the Francesca room were complemented with eight inch clear glass square vases  filled with nosegay red carnations and white roses accenting the uniquely designed centerpiece by Randy Neal Floral Design

And what would a Fabulous 40th Birthday Party be without cake?  This one was a truly edible masterpiece from Mike Elder, world class cake designer custom cake;  The cake was a simple but elegant turquoise and white three tier design.

The evening was capped off with acoustic guitar player, Bryce Meehan playing and singing a list of Jeana's favorites from todays top hits to yesterdays classics.

When you want to WOW your friends for your fabulous forty, contact Millie's Event Designs!
(Photos for this blog were furnished by Krista Wargo;

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Fry Family Host PathMaker Scholars Night-Out

By Lisa:  The Olathe School District Board of Education was the site for a gathering of the Fry PathMaker Scholars.

This past Thursday night, the ten Fry PathMaker Scholars met for a night out with their AVID Counselors and parents.  These Olathe students were selected through an application process administered by the Fry PathMaker Board.
Scholar Parents and Cindy VonFeldt,Olathe Public Schools 
The evening was kicked off with a welcome speech by co-founder Dr. Bob Fry.  He went on to introduce Dr. Gretchen Sherk, Executive Director of General Administration and High School Programs along with Cindy VanFeldt, Executive Director of Olathe Public Schools Foundation.   

PathMaker Scholars
Nicki and Jeremy Fry
Dr. Fry then proceeded to ask the scholars to work as a team, and arrange the buffet of pizza, salad, breadsticks and dessert for their guests.  While everyone was enjoying the meal Dr. Fry introduced his family; his wife Dr. Mary Fry, their son Dr. Jeremy Fry and his wife Nicki along with their three children Caroline, Lilly and William.  The microphone was then passed to the scholars who gave a brief bio and introduced their guests. 

Once the introductions were complete, there was a drawing where each of our ten scholars was eligible to win three AMC Movie passes for two.  The winners were Ian Njoroge, Anna Perez and Heather Booth.  Congratulations!

It was a fun filled evening for the scholars and their guests.  The Fry Family looks forward to the continued growth of the PathMaker Scholarship Foundation in the years to come. 

Millie’s Event Designs proudly serves the Fry Pathmaker Scholarship Foundation in an ongoing coordinator role.  When you are ready to recognize your scholar’s success, call on Millie’s Event Designs to coordinate your celebration.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Congregation Beth Torah and Kauffman Stadium host Cole Bar Mitzvah

By Lisa:  On Saturday, January 5, 2013 Zachary Cole and his family celebrated their son being called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah.  Millie’s Event Designs worked with proud mom Michelle Cole to plan and coordinate this Jewish rite of passage.

In the Jewish tradition, the age of thirteen marks the passage into adulthood.  The term “Bar Mitzvah” means “one who is obligated to the commandments.” This ceremony symbolizes Zachary’s acceptance of the spiritual, ethical and religious responsibilities of an adult member of the Jewish community. 

The décor of the Temple was set to a baseball theme.  Each table was draped with a white linen cloth coupled with artificial turf table runners and accented with memorable baseball cards.  The centerpiece was designed by Velvet Crème to replicate a bucket of popcorn served at baseball stadiums. 

A ceremonial prayer was said with family and guests over the Hallah, (each single loaf is woven with six strands.  Together, both loaves have twelve, which represent each tribe of Israel).  After kiddush over a cup of wine, the head of the household recites the blessing over the bread: ("Blessed are you, LORD, King of the Universe, who brings forth bread from the earth").  Each guest was then treated to a buffet style lunch catered by Panera Bread that included their signature style salads and delectable pastries.   
Continuing with the baseball theme, the celebration then moved out to Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium.  Here young Zachary and his friends enjoyed cake and stadium fare including pizza, nachos and popcorn.   Activities included photo booth memories and dancing to the music of a live DJ.  It also included Zachary’s Mitzvah project which was collecting donations from each guest suitable for use at Wayside Waifs.  These items were collected in a pet crate provided by the charity and will be used to care for abandoned animals at the shelter. 

At the end of the celebration, each guest received a gift bag that included bubble gum and baseball cards featuring young Zachary. 

When you are planning a celebration for the rites of passage in your child’s life, please contact Millie’s Event Designs  and let us help you make the day one to remember for generations to come!