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Calling All Bargain Shoppers!

by Valerie DiVecchio 9. July 2010 07:14
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This Saturday (July 10th) from 8 am - 4 pm, there will be a huge liqidation sale at the former flower and gift store located 3 doors down from my studio.  The address is 3315 S. Westshore.  They are selling fixtures (some really cool collapsible bookshelves in addition to other stuff), computer equipment, holiday decor, loads of Gasparilla inspired items and LOTS of gifts ready for the giving.  I got a sneak peek yesterday and there are some really great bargains to be found.  I've eye-balled a couple of things for myself!

It is one day only, and it is cash only, so if you're in the mood to find a great deal,  I guess I'll see you there!!

BRR... A Chilly Reception

by Valerie DiVecchio 7. July 2010 11:25
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It might have been a nice, sunny day outside the Intercontinental Hotel on January 23rd, but inside was a different story!  It was Ben's bar mitzvah complete with his very own winter wonderland.  The theme was BRR which had a double meaning - first the obvious, cold, winter... you get the picture; second meaning was a personal one - those are his initials!  Root Brr-tini

Little touches of winter were everywhere: large lit up ice cubes on the dance floor, acrylic bars made to look like ice; a 200 pound ice carving with his initials and the ice luge for BRR-tinis.Root Bar.. for the adults of course!  The colors were blue and silver (new rule at Divine Creations after this event - clients need to pay to have chair covers installed professionally... my back can't take that anymore!) and the table names all incorporated the theme from the traditional like "Old Man Winter" to the not-so-traditional like "Yellow Snow" (funny, but ewww...). 

Ben also had the ultimate "cool" entrance for his introduction... the doorway filled with fog and through the fog came Ben in a trench coat with a beautiful girl wearing a glittery, snowy mask on each arm.  As he made his way onto the dance floor, off came the trench coat to reveal the white tuxedo underneath!Root Centerpiece

The intention for the evening might have been to incorporate the cold, but the evening was everything but.  The love that was shared among family and friends helped to heat up the night and the party!  Mazel Tov Ben! 

 

There's An App For That!

by Valerie DiVecchio 26. May 2010 10:36
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It seems like almost every uncertainty can be answered by a smart phone application these days, and the wedding industry is no exception.  Are you tired of hearing the phrase “there’s an app for that”?  Well, just wait until you see this new lifesaver for your Maid/ Matron of Honor and Best Man! 

 

Waterford Crystal has recently introduced the new “Clink-Clink” app for the  iPhone.  The Clink Clink app is tons of fun and contains over 100 hysterical and heartwarming toasts for a number of different occasions!  Users can “clink” their glasses (you have a choice between 5 beautiful Waterford Crystal Glasses to appear on your screen for the toasts) to exchange toasts with friends or to share contact info with each other.  The app even has a Facebook Connect Application option, so that any toasts you share with existing friends can be also shared on your Facebook walls.

  

The best part about the Clink-Clink app... it’s FREE!  Download the application from clinkclinkapp.com to your iPhone today.  Happy toasting!

 

A Platinum Production!

by Valerie DiVecchio 21. May 2010 11:56
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On the night of January 16th, I saw more than a year's worth of planning come to life in the most amazing way.  It was Zoe's bat mitzvah and it was spectacular.  I reflected back on the day when Zoe's mom Mary Ann walked into my office and pulled a pair of pajamas out of her purse.  That's how it all began. 

You see Zoe loves polka dots and animals - especially dogs.  The pajamas Mary Ann showed me were polka dotted in many of Zoe's favorite colors.  So that's how we got her theme - polka dots and puppies.  I was a little nervous at first thinking how I was going to pull those two elements together, but not for long.  The fun, creative side took over!  We paired up with some amazing vendors and that night turned A La Carte Event Pavilion into Zoe's Dog Park complete with floor to ceiling draped walls, amazing lighting effects and the most adorable centerpieces - all to be donated to the children's hospital afterwards.  The night featured an incredible dinner for the approximately 100 kids and 250 adults, as well as a DJ and 16-piece band that kept everyone up and dancing.

Of course it wouldn't be a party without a few glitches.  Thankfully the glitches were during the day and none of the guests knew anything about them.  You see, the Shriners had their annual meeting at A La Carte the same day, and Zoe's party was to begin at 6:00... the Shriners' meeting ended at 3!  Luckily they were gracious enough to allow us to drape the room in fabric the day before otherwise that would have never happened.  So that morning our team of talent arrived to start setting up.  We had the Great Hall and Terrace Room empty but only the smallest, back section of the ballroom.  Imagine about 25 tables crammed in this little space as we try to cover them with spandex.  It was a sight!  It was also a little painful when one of the large round tables collapsed as I was stretching spandex over the top... and I caught it with my thighs!  Thankfully the adrenaline was pumping and I didn't feel it - until the next day! 

So once the Shriners' meeting broke, it was mayhem!  The band had to load in, the special dance floor had to be placed and then covered in polka dots, the AV wall and plasmas had to be installed, all of the tables and chairs had to be dropped in place and then set... you get the picture.  I don't think we stopped moving for a second.  And then the magic happened.  As the first guests began arriving, the room was finished.  You could actually hear a collective sigh of relief from all of the vendors who worked so hard in helping to pull all of the pieces together.  And you know what made it all worth every second... when Zoe threw her arms around me and gave me the biggest hug and said two little words - thank you!  The smile on her and her family's face was all the thanks I needed!

Pictures Below: 1) View of corner of room with custom made bar and tables, 2) Close up of centerpiece, 3) One of the dog park settings in the Great Hall, 4) Entrance to building, 5) Gift table, 6) Place card table

           

           

Free HealthCare Symposium for Women Returns to Tampa

by Valerie DiVecchio 10. March 2010 09:05
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Have you heard the buzz about Focus on Females?  It's a women's healthcare symposium in its fifth year that is free and open to the public.  That's right, on Saturday, March 27th at the Tampa Convention Center, there will be 22 different seminars about a wide range of women's health topics all presented by local, area physicians who speak in plain English, provide practical, relevant and ready-to-use health information and even give you a chance to ask your questions.  There are also health screenings, fitness class demonstrations and chair massages - all FREE! This event has proven to have immediate impact, save lives and protect families.  You can register on-line at www.focusonfemales.com.

Oh, and I heard the event planner is AWESOME!  Guess who?  Come by and say hi!

Sweet 16

by Valerie DiVecchio 8. March 2010 16:06
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So I'll ask for forgiveness upfront on the corny blog post today, but I couldn't let this milestone occasion go by without some acknowledgement!  I have posted on my four-legged sweeties before and yesterday Kenya turned 16!  Here she is posing for her driver's license picture... watch out Tampa, here comes Kenya!

An Affordable Option to Dress Up Your Tables

by Valerie DiVecchio 3. March 2010 17:57
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One of the biggest impressions that you can make at an event is the way you set up your guest tables.  I mean after all this is where your guests spend a good portion of their time whether it be eating, drinking, taking a break from all of that dancing or talking with other guests.  They look at the linen, the centerpiece, the little votive candles - all of those special touches, but sometimes, especially when it is a buffet or action stations for dinner, the table can look incomplete without a full place setting.

There is a great alternative that dresses up a table wonderfully - charger plates.  Generally seen in gold or silver (but you can also find them in other colors), charger plates do wonders to make your table appear more elegant and complete.  And they are totally affordable to rent!

Divine Creations is pleased to announce that we now rent charger plates in gold and silver.  The cost is only $1.50 each (plus local sales tax) and if you mention that you learned about it by reading this blog, we'll give you a 10% discount! 

2010... Off to a Flying Start!

by Valerie DiVecchio 17. February 2010 17:37
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I know I seem absent as of late, but 2010 has been hopping (and I'm NOT complaining!).  With 4 events in January, the month totally flew by!  And February and March are just as jammed packed!  I want to thank all of my past and current clients for helping me to have the best start of a year ever, and I promise that I will be posting pictures of recent events very soon so check back often!

New Year... Same Old Resolution

by Valerie DiVecchio 4. January 2010 18:35
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Happy New Year!  I'm excited for 2010 and all it has to offer.  I think it's going to be a fantastic year! 

About this time of year you hear the word "resolutions" a lot.  I used to attempt to make resolutions... actually I could make them just fine, it was keeping them I wasn't so good at!  I hadn't done it in a few years and then last year I decided that I'd give it a go again.  Realizing as we all do as we grow older, I wanted to try to live a healthier lifestyle so one of the resolutions I made was to eat more fruits and vegetables.  Well... does it still count if they are smothered in chocolate or french onion dip?  So, let's just say I didn't do too good with that one.  Another one was to do yoga or go walking 3 times a week.  Okay... maybe I should have been more realistic and said 3 times a month!  I did okay with that one (the 3 times a month that is... I must have been feeling super ambitious that day to say 3 times a week!) up until going to Ireland this summer.  Somehow when I returned that whole exercise thing was like a foreign concept! 

So, hence the reason that this year I am going back to not making new year resolutions again - with one exception.  It is my year round resolution to provide excellent service to each one of my clients.  That is one resolution that will never change!

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2010!

Weddings Photos, Warhol Style

by Valerie DiVecchio 16. December 2009 16:25
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Does your inner artist long for something unique to display your favorite wedding photo?  Well, check out www.photopopart.com where you can get a customized canvas for under $200.  It's incredibly simple: select a style (many to choose from), select a layout (anywhere from one to six panels per canvas), pick your preferred size (anywhere from 16x20 for $199 all the way up to 40x40 for $455), add a floating frame if you want, upload a photo and pay - all on-line and all very user friendly!  And it's super fast... within 3 days your creation will be on its way!  Sorry to those of you who just thought this would be a great gift for December 25th... they are no longer taking orders that will be delivered before then!

    

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