December 7, 2012

EMERALD Entertaining - Feast Meets West

We can barely contain our excitement over the just announced Pantone Color of the Year 2013: EMERALD. This has always been one of our favorite colors since it evokes thoughts of Old Hollywood Glamour, Art Deco architecture, and gleaming Green gemstones. What better way to give a nod to Emerald than to show you how we recently incorporated this fantastic shade into a luxe dinner party? So, cheers to a little inspiration for how you can weave this color into your next gathering, and perhaps "DECOrate" for the holidays. 

Here at Figmint Design, we strongly believe that nothing gets guests more excited about a party than receiving an impressive invitation that evokes conversation and "brands your event" by giving a taste of what the fete will be like. So, when we joined forces with the wildly talented florist Toby Kassoy of Lilla Bello, we decided to throw an intimate yet luxe dinner party called "Feast Meets West". The dinner party was held at her gorgeous and lofty design studio in the legendary art complex Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. Lilla Bello provided the lush floral artistry and event styling for the evening, and we provided the custom stationery and event branding for the overall vision and vibe. 

Designed to be a gathering of the top event artists in Los Angeles, each vendor was invited to put their creative brushstroke on the evening as a host. Hosts included: Jamaica's Cakes, Two Sparrows Photography, La Tavola Fine Linens / Beverly Hills, Classic Party Rentals / El Segundo, Great Taste CateringWe then invited a handful of the city's most talented planners and movers & shakers in the event industry as guests of honor to indulge in our feast and see the talents of each vendor as a collective. Guests included: Harmonie Krieger of Modern Luxury, Cassandra Unruh Santor of Cassandra & Company Weddings, Beth Helmstetter, Charley Izabella King of Bluebell Events, and Tamalin Srisook of Presence Entertainment.

It all began with the custom invitation by yours truly, Figmint Design. Inspired by the Art Deco vibe of the color palette, we decided to use a round invite to play up the geometric shapes often found in the design from that time period. We thought it would be fun to "serve" each guest their invitation on a vintage Emerald plate via Etsy shop  Willow Tree Antiques. We letterpress printed each invite in Black and Gold and then carefully hand strung (with Emerald string, of course!) a Black vintage bead found via Etsy shop Vintage Lizzy to each invite. After each invite was printed, strung, and plated, it was placed on a bed of moss and fresh florals and placed in a White box. The outside of each box was tied with ribbon and decorated further with fresh florals and hand delivered to each guest!

Glamorous Gold leather table linens, Gold flatware, Black goblets, and geometric White china DECOrated the tabletops (provided by La Tavola Fine Linens and Classic Party Rentals). Stunning blooms dripped from vintage Emerald glass vases (provided by Lilla Bello).  Menus and place cards were hand strung with Emerald string (provided by Figmint Design).

Mouthwatering morsels were served by caterer Josh Jackson of Great Taste Catering and delectable desserts by Jamaica Crist of Jamaica's Cakes

January 11, 2012


How gorgeous is Mila Kunis (the newest face of Dior) in this Temperley London Top? I just love the soft organic shapes of the petals and the graphic quality of the black edges. Something this soft and elegant paired with shiny hard metallic accents is so interesting. Wouldn't this be a fantastic vibe for a wedding? LOVE!!!!

Source: Mila Kunis in Temperley London Top / Photo via Couture Courier

Source: , Noritamy necklace image via PinterestKitchen by Dunlin Home via Apartment Therapy, Red smoke image via Pinterest

Source: Erica O'Brien wedding cake via Pinterest

January 2, 2012


It's hard to believe that another year has passed and we've already begun 2012. Let's remember that the power is in our hands to create, cultivate, and care for our dreams. So be thoughtful of what you pick up, bring into your life to nurture, and blow back out into the world. 

Wishing you a healthy, happy, and prosperous year filed with love and everything your heart desires. Make it shine!!!!!

Image via Pinterest