Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Millie's Event Designs does Fox 4 Encore on Summer Parties!

By Lisa: Millie's Event Designs adds a little Geography Flair to your Summer Holiday Parties.

When you think of summer parties most people think of swimming parties, beach parties, tea parties, etc.  However, if you look outside the box and travel the globe, you will find ideas on how other countries celebrate summer holidays.

We are all familiar with America and how we celebrate our Independence Day, July 4, with friends, backyard BBQ's and fireworks.  But, did you know that our Canadian friends to the North celebrate their birthday as a country on July 1st in a similar fashion?  For our encore appearance, we recommended spicing up the festivities with a maple leaf cake to serve their guests.  

Moving over to Europe, every July 14th, France celebrates Bastille Day which marks the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789.  Bastille Day is a festive event that splashes fireworks and patriotic processions across Paris, the French capital. For this day of gathering with friends, Millie’s Events recommended baguettes, Nutella as well as signature drinks and sparkling water.  

In Italy, Ferragosto Day, is a very popular holiday celebrated on August 15th.  Ferragosto Day also coincides with the day that the Catholic Church commemorates the "Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary".  The most typical way to celebrate Ferragosto is to on a so-called "gita fuori porta", literally a "day trip to some place outside the city gates".  Most people go to the beach, or have a picnic in the woods on the nearest mountain or in the countryside.  Millie’s Events recommended packing some Italian cheeses, crackers and wine for your excursion!  
Finally “Feliz Cumpleanos” is how our Mexican neighbors to the South say "Happy Birthday".  But, you don't have to know the language to understand the appeal of a fiesta.  An ice-cream-sundae bar is a welcome alternative to cake when the temperatures reach tropical levels.  Be sure to set out your toppings with Mexican flair, like spicy candies and lime garnishes.  Don't forget the traditional piñata filled with favorite candies to add to festivities.  Even if your address is north of the border, everyone's sure to have an afternoon that's “muy bueno”!

Whether your summer party plans are traditional or involve going outside the box, contact Millie’s Event Designs to bring it all together for a party that is the hit of the season!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Millie's Event Designs brings Hollywood to Overland Park, Kansas

By Lisa:  A Surprise 40th Birthday Party and Millie's Event Designs was there to create the memory.

Everyone has their own special day when it comes to their birthday.  However, this birthday was one for the memory books.  This past Saturday night, June 16th, the red carpet rolled out for 100+ of the couples closest friends to celebrate a surprise party for this wife and mother of two.  As the guests arrived to the black tie affair via limo, they were greeted by Fox 4 reporter Eric Burke who captured each guest saying a special message into the camera to the guest of honor.

Upon exiting the red carpet the guests were then treated to several venues where they too could create their own memory of this magical night.  These included a movie premier photo op, a caricature artist, a whimsical photo booth and a palm reading of their future.

Once inside the guests were amazed by a one of kind Hollywood themed multi-tiered birthday cake designed by the one and only Mike Elder owner of Black Sheep Customer Cakes; http://www.mikeelderonline.com/ along with business partner Carey Lennaccaro owner of Sprinkled with Sugar; http://www.getsprinkled.com/events.html.

The menu reflected an Oriental flair with sushi, egg rolls, pot stickers, crab ragoon, and edamame.  Guests were treated to flutes of Champagne for a grand toast of the birthday girl provided by 3 Blondes and a Martini; http://www.3blondeskc.com/.  Owner Katie Petterson and bartender Victor manned the open bar and also concocted a "signature drink" for the guest of honor.  Finally the guests danced under the stars until midnight to the rockin' sounds of Kansas City's own DJ Kirby; http://djkirbyradio.com/home.html.

When you are ready to host that Big Event that everyone will be talking about for years to come, contact Millie's Event Designs to bring your vision to reality!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

The John Wornall House Patron Garden Party

By Lisa:  On Friday, June 8th, patrons of The John Wornall House gathered in the garden of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shelhorn  of Mission Hills, Kansas.  The party was the kick off to the John Wornall House Museum Garden Tour of 2012.

In case you are not familiar with the John Wornall House Museum this was the home of Kentuckian John Bristow Wornall.  In 1858 John B. Wornall built this elegant home in the Greek Revival style.  Accurately restored to the period, its interior spaces and authentic furnishings demonstrate why the house was called "the most pretentious house" in the section.  Now engulfed by Kansas City's Brookside neighborhood, the John Wornall House originally sat on the Missouri frontier.

This year the John Wornall House Museum Garden Tour offers viewers a chance to visit 5 spectacular gardens.  All gardens are located within a short driving distance of each other. http://wornallhouse.org/visit/

Last night I was privileged to be a part of history by co-chairing the silent auction for the patron's party along side Joni Siplon.  This was the first year that an auction was included.  We raised $520.00 with all proceeds going to the John Wornall House. The guests were treated to a reception that included their choice of selected beers and wines. Along with a buffet style serving of grilled salmon with a lemon basil glaze. A twice baked potato casserole complemented with sautéd french style green beans. To top off the evening, a dessert bar providing choices of chocolate fudge and red velvet petit fours along with macaroon cookies.

If your summer plans call for a gala garden party, contact Millie's Event Designs to bring it spectacularly into bloom!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

A Night to Imagine Your Future

By Lisa:  Mid America Nazarene University Bell Cultural Event Center was the site for the first annual Fry PathMaker Scholarship Foundation dinner.  The event recognized nine Olathe, Kansas high school students, their parents and guests during an evening of celebration.

The PathMaker Foundation's objective is to stimulate, nurture and financially support AVID students (Advancement Via Individual Determination) in the Olathe School District.  It also serves to enhance their opportunities for post secondary education.  Last night each of the nine selectees earned $1,000 upon selection.  Another $1,000 will be awarded at the end of their junior year and $2,000 will be awarded upon their graduation from high school.  

As the event coordinator for the Fry PathMaker Scholarship Foundation, I collaborated with local orthodontists Bob and Jeremy Fry, the foundation’s primary sponsors.  I felt privileged to share my designs with them and to bring their initial event from inception to execution as the professional guiding touch. 

The guests were treated to a two entree buffet featuring roast pork loin with tarragon cream sauce and grilled salmon with fine herbes beurre blanc.  Sides included a sautéed medley of fresh summer squash, broccoli polonaise and oven roasted parmesan new potatoes.  Each place setting featured a spring salad pre-set with baby greens, toasted almonds, herbs, lemon and goat cheese along with a french baguette.  The meal was topped off with a three layer chocolate cake that was sure to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth.

At the end of the meal, we welcomed to the podium our speaker for the evening, Munro Richardson, PhD., and author of What's in Your Kubbard?  Dr. Richardson is Vice President of Education and advises the Foundation on strategic program initiatives and new opportunities related to youth education.  He also assists with the Foundation's civic engagement in Kansas City.  Dr. Richardson helped to develop several major new programs, including Kauffman Scholars and the Foundation's math and secondary education initiative.  Previously, he was the deputy director of Kauffman Scholars, Inc., where he worked with the Scholars team during its demanding startup phase to guide the program's administration, operations and finance. 

As we congratulated each scholarship recipient we could not help but imagine the brightness of their future paths thanks to this opportunity offered by the Frys and the PathMaker Scholarship Foundation.

Have you been thinking about a special event that needs a professional guiding touch?  Look no further than Millie’s Event Designs and let us bring your event from inception to exceptional execution!