Category Archives: Events

Market Blooms: Valentines Day Edition

Oh, that’s right.  How could we not acknowledge Valentines Day – one of the biggest holidays that involves flowers!  We have to let you in on a little secret.  We’re not a big fan of this holiday.  It’s become a holiday for lovers where sometimes we go overboard measuring our self worth by the amount of gifts we receive or don’t receive.  Even worse the gifts we receive is a measurement of how much our significant others love us.  Ick!  But let’s leave this topic for a whole other blog.

Market Blooms series - V-day gram,

We can’t rule out showing our thoughts, love, and kindness towards one another though.  It’s the perfect day for it (just don’t go measuring yourself).  So how can one show their thoughtfulness towards another person for this Valentines Day?  In today’s Market Blooms series, we want to help you make a stem of flowers go a long way, literally.

Inspired by the V-day gram** and the April Fools prank*, we thought, hey, why not make another person’s day a bit brighter!  Go ahead, we’ll wait for you to finish rolling your eyes.  :).  Look, you get to make your thoughtfulness go viral.

Identify who makes a difference in your day, your work, or your life.  To this person, pass along a stem of flowers with a note attached.  The message should just show them that somewhere, at some point, you appreciate their existence.  When you leave the note on their desk, don’t get caught.

This idea could work well in your workplace, school, or heck, if you can’t do it secretly, then pass it along to a stranger.  Make them smile.

For this project, you’ll need:

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  • 1 Stem of flower (we chose a hardy one, the carnations), from your local market.
  • Ribbons, any color, or skip it completely.
  • A tag – or simply cut them out from a piece of paper.  Don’t skip this item.  You’ll need to write a message.
  • A pen (not shown).

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When you write your note, it should be thoughtful, but generic enough that the next person could continue to pass it along.  So don’t forget to include, “pass it along” in that message.  Give them a chance to pay it forward.  Above, we wrote it on the other side of the tag.

Keep the rest of the bouquet for yourself or make plenty more of these to pass along.  We hope you like it!

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How are you planning to share your thoughtfulness?


* Long before we broke out into design, we meddled in what was the corporate world where everyone had a computer, used a mouse to move their pointers, and typed on keyboards.  Do people still do these things?  Every April Fools day we pull a prank.  Simply place a sticky note underneath a computer mouse.  This causes it to “malfunction” (not really), the sensor can’t sense anything (it works perfectly well with a roller mouse).  By the time the person figures it out, they’ll find the sticky note that instructs them to pass it along to the next person, without getting caught.  Yes, it’s a chain prank.

** Back in high school, the International Club that we were a part of runs a fundraiser called the Valentines Day Gram.  Students buy carnations for a buck and get it sent to their significant other, their crushes, or their group of friends.  We can imagine how sweet it is to receive one.  Somewhere, at some point, someone is thinking of us.  Isn’t that special?

EDIT: Today Style This Shindig turns 1!  We’re super excited to share this with you.

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Happy Shindig 2014

Happy new year! Did you have a good celebration? Are you recovering well? You know, getting the rest you need to feel pumped for the new year? Well hopefully you answered, yes, yes, and yes.

Stars, party blower, Style This Shindig

The beginning of the year is a hopeful time of year. Because we tend to make a decision to improve something or other with ourselves. At the very least we have intentions, if not an entire strategy, to edit aspects of our lives that we don’t like. If you’re one of those without a thing to improve or to change, well lucky you! Could we hang around you? Seriously!

For the rest of us, whatever your plans or intentions are, you have our backing 100%. Before you go a little wild with your new year resolutions, here’s something to think about: A Ted Talk by David Steindl-Rast.  He talks about the secret to being happy.  That’s gratefulness.  It’s an inspiring talk that got us thinking about all the things we have already.  While we focus on changing the things we don’t like about ourselves, let’s look back at all the things that we’re super pleased with.

Looking into the new year.  2014.  Style This Shindig.

Being grateful for family, for another birthday, for another anniversary, for deepened relationships, and for good health (hence another birthday and another anniversary) is what makes us happy.  These are all the reasons to celebrate, don’t you think? It’s really about showing how grateful and pleased we are with life.  Right?!

Here at Style This Shindig, we strive to embrace  all that we have in life, all the people we love, and all the stories we create in the moments that we’ve been given.  We’re all about visually capturing and retelling stories.  It’s why we LOVE to style events and help you style yours!

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Whether you’re retelling a special story, standing up for a just cause, celebrating a special moment (a born day, a wedding, a union, a still-in-love-with-each-other-day), or simply being present, let us be your cheerleader.  You know, help you celebrate, in style!

On this blog, this year, you’ll find wedding decor how-to’s, event styling ideas, kid’s party ideas, floral how-to’s (of course!) and a whole lot more.  We hope you’ll find the thoughts, tips, and ideas helpful as you plan your next event.  Can’t visit the blog often?  Sign up for email and you’ll get the info delivered to your inbox.

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Won’t you come along for this ride, this adventure?  Let’s look ahead into the party future together!  It’d be more fun!

Tell us, what events or parties are you planning this year?


P.S. If reading blog articles isn’t your style and you still want doses of inspiration, find us on Instagram.  It’s an intimate space.  We tweet.  We pin.  You’re awesome!

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Vintage Bazaar 2013

If you’re a fan of antiques, then maybe you’ve heard about the Brimfield Antique Show.  Started in 1959, in Brimfield, MA, it’s the largest outdoor antique show in the world.  Held 3 times a year in May, July, and September, attendees  can count on having dealers after dealers to visit.  It’s a BIG show and to be honest it could get overwhelming.

Vintage Bazaar Pettengil Farm

That’s why we’re so excited when we visited the Vintage Bazaar, a flea market style bazaar held twice a year on the historic Pettengill Farm in Salisbury, MA.  This farm has been in the family since 1792.  In addition to trees, shrubs, plants, they offer custom containers and even services of a landscape designer.

Vintage Bazaar Pettengil Farm

Given the long history of the farm, it’s fitting to hold this kind of event that brings in all the vintage goodness.  It was smaller in comparison to the Brimfield Show yet there was plenty to look at.  There was live music, food, crafts, and lots of knick knacks.  Not too much and not too little, it was just right.  The best part was that all the vendors had an eye for style.  Their presentation was enjoyable to folks who style events – us.  Did we mention that the weather turned out wonderfully?

Vintage Bazaar Pettengil Farm

We collected items to spruce up our future design lab.  Between the two Vintage Bazaars this year, we scored some industrial lighting pieces.  After all our future lab maybe located in the city of Lowell, a mill city where the industrial revolution took place.  See the connection there, eh?  Highlighting our location with related decor pieces is important.  If any, we’ll keep you posted on our future lab developments.

Vintage Bazaar Pettengil Farm

There were loads of letter signs, wooden letter presses, refinished found furniture, upcycled lamp shade frames, clothing, mason jars and the list goes on.  It’s really a place where you get to enjoy shopping weekend with family!  If you’ve never been, we hope you’d consider going next year.  It’s worth it!

Where’s your favorite place to visit for thrifting?

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Styling: Great Gatsby Inspired Birthday Party

Don’t you think that every single child deserves a wonderful birthday celebration?  We’d like to think so.

When a mom approached us to help create a special birthday for her 6 year old daughter, we couldn’t say no.  She wanted to add a touch of pretty to the theme.

We were wide eyed with excitement because of course it would be a fun party to style!  For this crafty mom and her daughter, this was a wonderful birthday celebration.

Photography: Sitha Vorn

Styling: Style This Shindig; Photography: Sitha Vorn

Styling: Style This Shindig; Photography: Sitha Vorn

Styling: Style This Shindig; Photography: Sitha Vorn

We feature a simple black and white background.  The gold and pink just pops right out.  The candy bar is super fun to style.  Did you know that you can get any bar cart and spray paint it into any color you desire?  Yes you can.  That’s what we did to highlight this element.

Styling: Style This Shindig; Photography: Sitha Vorn

Just a simple dessert arrangement.  What makes this scene is the frame gallery wall.

Styling: Style This Shindig; Photography: Sitha Vorn

What’s a party without photo props?

(If you follow our blog, do you recognize our mommy on the right?)


How will you create a wonderful party for yourself or a love one?


Event styling/design: Style This Shindig

Photography: Sitha Vorn

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{Good to Know} Difference Between Event Stylist and Event Planner

Ever wondered what a wedding/event stylist does versus what a wedding/event planner does?  There may be a little overlap in what we do.  Both are significant.  Both will help you carry out successful events.  Both will make your life in hosting events easier.  Both will help you make a positive impact!  Both will make you look like the hostess with the mostest.  Both will make your event photos look good on Pinterest.  Both will help your photos get featured on wedding and event blogs!  It’s HOW we achieve the goals that are different.  But let’s look at the overlap first.


Some of the things we may do that overlap are:

  1. Venue suggestions
  2. Budget management (planners for the whole event, and stylists for the decor aspect).
  3. Rentals

Although there are overlaps in what we do, there are key differences.

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Wedding/Event Stylist

Wedding and event stylists’ responsibilities are to create a positive impression, to stir up positive past memories, and to create a new memorable experience for guests and event go-ers through aesthetics.  Making visual impact is one of the goals of stylists.

Stylists meet with clients to go over all things aesthetically related such as theme, color story, interests, vision, and vibe.  We achieve the look by designing/crafting/using elements such as (Not an exhaustive list at all):

  1. Hand made props
  2. Backdrops
  3. Flowers
  4. Paper goods
  5. Rentals (chairs, linens, napkins, etc)
  6. Dessert table
  7. Photo booth props

We put together these elements to achieve the desired cohesive look and impact.

Wedding/Event Planner

Think of the wedding/event planner as the project manager.  Their responsibility is to accomplish a project at a set budget.  Throughout the cycle of the project, the project manager (PM) manages multiple teams, logistics, time, resources, human resources, and the budget.  They will always take into account the stakeholders, those interested and invested in the project.  Having had the opportunity to work with planners, we must say that they are so much more and can be so much more!

Much like a project manager, the event planner oversees the entire event.  He or she does the following to successfully carry out an event (not an exhaustive list whatsoever):

  1. Understands the client’s goals (hopes and dreams)
  2. Handles scheduling logistics
  3. Manages the budget
  4. Coordinates with vendors
  5. Handles contracts
  6. Provides a list of preferred vendors (i.e. Event stylist)
  7. Scouts venues

Wedding stylists and planners we may work together shoulder to shoulder.  After all, a stylist is a vendor that planners may go to for help in achieving the event goals.  If a client does not work with a planner, they may work with the stylist directly.

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You see, we play different roles and we do different things.  But in the end, we work with clients, brides, and couples, to make their event, the most memorable ever!

* Disclosure, we are speaking from the point of view of event stylists.  Event planners, please feel free to add on.

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