Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Glitteratti - What to Wear this New Year's

This Posh Party Gal loves to add sparkle to any ensemble.  We've scouted out some hot sequined looks for your New Year's Eve.  Where will you be partying??

All looks available at


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Our Grand Finale

Here at Posh Parties we plan some very interesting events.  We plan weddings that are lavish, sophisticated, traditional and fresh.  We have amazing clients and we love every one of them.  The best part about our job is meeting so many people and adapting to each clients personalities - its a fun job and we always have something exciting going on!

Three months a ago, I got a call to interview to be the wedding planner for actress JoAnna Garcia and Yankee baseball player Nick Swisher.  As a die-hard Yankees fan, I was jumping for joy inside.  I went to the meeting and we hit it off!  Of course we have planned weddings and events before for professional athletes, local celebrities and socialites, but this one was different.  It's not often that a Hollywood couple gets married in Palm Beach....and I was the lucky one to have this amazing experience.

Funny enough, planning their wedding was just like planning everyone elses.  We triple checked the guests list, chose amazing invitations, selected music for the evening, and added personalized touches.  We dotted all of our i's and crossed all of our t's - multiple times.

We had our all-star team lined up - photographer Anthony Vazquez, cinematographer Francesco Spezia, music by Alan James of the Powerhouse Group, decor by Kim Votaw of the Breakers Design Studio and catering manager Kym Bichon of the Breakers.

The wedding week arrived and we delivered 200 gift bags to the hotel.  Thursday evening kicked-off the festivities with a Welcome Party.  Friday was the bridesmaid lunch and the rehearsal dinner under the stars.  Saturday was wedding day - the ceremony could not have been more beautiful and the reception was spectacular.  Guests were dancing the night away, having a blast.  Sunday, the weekend ended with a delicious brunch over looking the ocean.  The weekend could not have been more perfect - perfect weather and one flawless event after another for this perfect couple!

The bride looked amazing and you can see her wedding weekend wardrobe that was featured on,,20352342_20449043_20888504,00.html

We couldn't have asked for a better event to end our year.  We are thankful for our success in 2010 and looking forward to an even bigger and better 2011!

Happy Holidays!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Engage 10: The Breakers

I spent the early part of last week immersed in a wedding industry conference that left me motivated and inspired.  I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to be amongst the best of the best in the industry - from Mindy Weiss and David Beahm to Michelle Rago, Darcy Miller, Lara Casey, Abby Larson, Donna Newman, Bryan Rafanelli, Amy Atlas and so many more.  We were wowed by the delectable food presentations from the Breakers and even more amazed by the Design Studios visionary creations at every event.  Not one detail was left unnoticed.

What really came out of it for me was to keep doing what you are doing, hold your head up and keep pushing forward.  You can do anything you want to do if you put your mind to it and make it happen.  What a great way to kick off an extremely busy season.  My team and I are ready to embrace it!!

Here are some of the fabulous photos from the event.....I cannot wait to go to the next one.

All photos: Mel Barlow Photography and Allan Zepeda

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Posh Paper: Smock

We were so excited to open our box full of inspiration found in 2 albums from Smock Paper that came in the mail last week.  Their letterpress invitations for all occasions are on gorgeous heavy stock paper.  Things we love about them: They offer colored edging, gorgeous calligraphy typestyles and hip patterned envelope liners.  Check out some of the designs.....

From wedding and party invitations to moving announcements, personal and business stationery to birth announcements, sending s a Smock design in the mail is sure to make any recipient smile!!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Last Weekend of Summer...what are you going to do?

I can't believe September 1st has approached and it's Labor Day weekend...the last official weekend of summer.  What a great way reason to spend time on the beach, enjoy some great company, host a pool party or just relax in the great outdoors.

What are you going to do to make the most of this Labor Day weekend?

We love this simple, casual tablescape overlooking the ocean and the sunset.  Fully epitomizes summer's end.

photo courtesy of

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Welcoming Your Guests

It's such a nice gesture to give your guests a nice surprise when they are traveling from out of town to your event.  Whether simple or elaborate, a welcome bag should always have a personal note from the hosts or honorees and an itinerary of the weekend festivities.

I just did these Palm Beach welcome bags for a bride & groom from New York City who were having their wedding in Palm Beach.

Some fun items to include in your gift bags:
water bottles - personalized
honey roasted peanuts
granola bars
personalized mints
personalized hand sanitizer
mini champagne or wine
gourmet popcorn
personalized drink mix
something local

It's fun to include things that are your favorites to really let the guests get a glimpse of who you really are. Have fun with this - use creative containers (beach buckets, palm leaf totes, canvas totes, boxes) and fun foods and it will show your guests that you appreciate the distance they have traveled to celebrate with you!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Finally, A Break.

Today will be our final wedding for the season (our next event isn't until August 21st!).  It's going to be nice to have a few weeks to focus on our marketing plan and to network and build relationships with our wonderful referral sources.  We are also going to take the time to focus more on our blog by getting some posts in the can so we can update more frequently.  You will be seeing a lot more "real weddings" and interviews with industry insiders.  We are going to share some exciting entertaining tips and keep you up to date with the latest trends in party planning.  Let's see, we are also going to be making a trip to New York City to the gift we will have a lot to report when we get back.  Thank you for following Posh Party Gal ~ looking forward to sharing everything we have in the works with you soon!!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Let's Get Patriotic: Happy 4th of July

What a great time of year.  Summer - which means picnics, summer soirees, pool time and beach days.  July 4th is just around the corner....there's no better excuse for a fun barbeque, a time to make patriotic crafts with your children, or eat some delectible desserts while you watch fireworks.

Here are some of our favorite acitivites and recipes to get festive this holiday....

American Flag Tart (From:

Makes two 4-by-14-inch tarts

2 recipes Pate Sucree

Creme Fraiche Filling

4 ounces semisweet chocolate

1/2 cup apricot jam, for glazing blueberries

1/2 cup raspberry jam, for glazing raspberries

2 tablespoons water

2 pints red raspberries

Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

1 pint blueberries, picked over


1.On a lightly floured surface, roll out a disc of pate sucree 1/8 inch thick to fit a 3 3/4-by-13 1/4-inch fluted, rectangular tart pan with a removable bottom. Brush off excess flour with a dry pastry brush. Carefully transfer dough to tart pan, tuck dough into the edges, gently pressing along sides, and allow excess dough to overhang the edges. Trim the dough by running your rolling pin over the dough against the edges. Gently shape the edges by pressing the length of your forefinger against each flute along the sides. Prick all over the bottom with the tines of a fork. Repeat with remaining disc of dough. Transfer to the refrigerator, and chill for 1 hour.

2.Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Remove chilled tart shells from refrigerator, and line each with a piece of parchment paper that overhangs the edges by at least 2 inches. Fill parchment with pie weights or dried beans. Bake until just starting to color, about 20 minutes. Remove parchment and weights from tart shells, and return tart shells to oven. Continue baking until tart bottom is golden, about 20 minutes more. Transfer tart shells to a cooling rack, and allow to cool completely. Carefully remove tart shells from pan.

3.In a small bowl in the microwave or set over a pan of simmering water, heat chocolate until it is just melted, about 1 1/2 minutes; stir until smooth. Using the back of a spoon, line each tart shell with chocolate. Refrigerate to set, at least 5 minutes. Meanwhile, heat apricot and raspberry jams in two separate saucepans with about 1 tablespoon water in each; strain into separate small bowls.

4.Make top tart: Remove one lined tart shell from refrigerator and spread 1/3 of the creme fraiche filling over the bottom. Arrange 3 rows of unglazed raspberries 2/3 the length of the tart, leaving space between each row and at the top and bottom edges for 4 more rows. Dust with confectioners' sugar until raspberries are completely coated. Toss blueberries in a bowl with strained apricot jam. Fill left third of tart shell with a layer of glazed blueberries arranged snugly in rows; top with another layer of blueberries. Toss half the remaining raspberries with the strained raspberry jam, and carefully fill empty rows with some of the glazed raspberries, rinsing your hands as needed.

5.Make bottom tart: Remove remaining tart shell from refrigerator, and spread a third of the creme fraiche filling over the bottom. Arrange 3 rows of remaining unglazed raspberries, starting at the top edge and leaving space between each and at the bottom edge for 4 more rows. Dust with confectioners' sugar until raspberries are completely coated. Fill empty rows with remaining glazed raspberries.

6.Arrange tarts on a large board or tray to resemble the flag, and serve with remaining creme fraiche filling on the side. Finished tarts will hold at room temperature for several hours.
I have also made this as a cake with vanilla frosting and used strawberries and blueberries to make the stars and stripes!

Fireworks Centerpieces (From

To make pom-poms, fold a 3-by-15-inch piece of vellum in half twice lengthwise. Cut slits every 1/8 inch, leaving inch at the top uncut. Unfold the paper, and attach a 1-inch piece of double-sided tape to one uncut corner; adhere to a bamboo skewer, and wrap the paper around several times. Once you reach the other end, use another piece of double-sided tape to secure. Curl the lower strips with the edge of a scissor blade, as you would a ribbon.

For the napkins and runner, dip the bristles of a kitchen scrub brush into fabric paint from a crafts store. Press bristles firmly onto fabric. Use smaller bottle brushes to create patterns on paper place cards; then handwrite names with a white pen.

Get creative with your table displays...decorate boxes in patriotic papers and use them as risers to create a multi-level look on your table.

Here's the how to: ( From


Sturdy boxes (such as a Fed Ex boxes)

4 to 6 sheets each of 5 different types patriotic-patterned paper all in the same color tones

Sheets each white cardstock

A roll of white grosgrain ribbon

Double-stick tape



Believe it or not, the most challenging items to find on this list will probably be the boxes, especially if you are sizing them up to be stacked for a centerpiece like the Cupcake Tower.

To give your party table a "balanced" look, try to find pairs of boxes that are the same size. For example, the photo of the party table shows a box that is a riser for the hamburgers and a box containing the chip cones, which are both the same size to give the table symmetry amid a variety of patterns. So, find your sturdy boxes and let the crafting begin!

Cover all sides of the box that will be visible with scrapbook paper, trimming and matching up the patterns as shown in the photo where the stars and stripes all line up. Use double-stick tape to adhere the paper to the boxes.

For a box that is going to be a container, like the chip cone box, line the inside bottom and sides with white cardstock and use double-stick tape to keep it in place.

Trim the top perimeter of the box with white grosgrain ribbon. Use double-stick tape to secure it.

Place your boxes on the 4th of July party table and arrange food on top of them or inside them!

Happy 4th!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Summer has arrived.....serve up some Memorial Day Drinks

Kick off your summer this weekend - the right way - with some refreshing summer drinks you can serve at your Weekend Barbeques!

Some of our favorites....
Patio Lemonade {from hwtm}

1.5 oz vodka
.5 oz chambord
3 oz lemonade
mix ingredients, shake & serve. 
garnish with fresh berries or add a frozen cherry popsicle for some fun!

Watermelon Margarita {from martha stewart}

Makes 2 cocktails:
2 limes
4 tablespoons tequila
2 tablespoons vodka
1 tablespoon Triple Sec
2 cups watermelon, seeds removed
1/4 cup sugar
3 cups crushed ice

rub the rims of two glasses with a slice of lime each, and dip the rims in salt.
process the juice of 1 1/2 limes with the other ingredients in a blender until smooth.
add more crushed ice, and blend until slushy.

Classic Mojito {from}

1.25 oz. of your favorite Spiced Rum

12 mint leaves
1 teaspoon(s) sugar
.5 oz. lime juice
2 oz. soda water
Place mint leaves in bottom of glass.

add crushed ice, spiced rum, sugar, and lime juice, and muddle.
add soda water and garnish with mint leaves.
also try frozen

Welcome to Summer!!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Contest: Say "I DO" with Sally Hansen!

Get in the mood for love…Sally Hansen has partnered with Brides Magazine and The Diamond Vault Collection and one lucky winner will win a custom diamond eternity band valued at $3,000, and a collection of Sally Hansen® wedding-worthy products, including Diamond Strength® Nail Color for brilliant nails and Diamond 12 Hour Lip Treatment for lavish lips and lasting moisture. The contest will be live on on May 11th.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

A Bride's Ride

I came across this website where you can not only rent a vintage car for your send off, but you can purchase vintage decorating kits for the car, as well.  Car rental prices start at $250, decorating kits are $47 each.

For more information, visit

Thursday, April 1, 2010

DIY: Paper Flowers

Now that spring is here, flowers are everywhere.  So many flower varieties are available in the Spring - I love this time of year.  Flowers are also a popular trend on the fashion runways, too.

It's always nice to have fresh flowers in the house to brighten up any room, but something more unique (and longer lasting) are paper flowers.  So fun to make and such a great thing to incorporate into centerpieces, place cards, favor boxes and more.

Here are a few photos from Marth Stewart Living this month....
I saw these and they reminded me of how great the use of paper can be.  You can use paper of different colors and textures, or make paper flowers out of paper with unique patterns for a more eclectic look.

A great source for paper flower kits is - one of my favorite websites!!

Here are simple steps for creating the cherry blossom branches above:
To create five-petal blossoms, start by cutting pink or red glassine or vellum into 3 1/2-inch and 4 1/2-inch squares. Fold a square into a flat cone, following steps 1 to 4.

Using scissors, make four angled cuts to remove the top of the cone as in step 5.

With a utility knife, carve out a small rectangular sliver on each side of the cone. Snip off a tiny bit of the pointed tip of the cone, and unfold and shape the paper to yield a blossom. Collect branches from the yard, and poke their tips through the centers of the blossoms. Place the decorated branches in a tall vase filled with pebbles to anchor the display. For favor bags, fill colored-paper bags with token gifts of your choice, and fold down the closed tops of the bags twice. Punch a hole through one folded corner. Push colored brad through flower, then hole in bag to fasten.

Have fun and Happy Spring!!!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Pretty Paper

I just completed this invitation set for Liz & Chris whose wedding is taking place on June 6th in West Palm Beach, Florida. This invitation from BT Elements ( is absolutely perfect for a summer wedding. The color palette, the fonts used, the elegant design really showcase their personalities. What is great about this company, I think i have mentioned before, is that you can perfectly coordinate a matching menu card, place card, table number, favor box and gift tag!
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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Chef's Table

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a chef's table at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens.  We sampled crab cakes, shrimp, a variety of salads, petit filet, lamb chops, and of course several delicious wedding cakes.  It was simply fabulous.

Not only was the food devine, the resort itself offers such a unique location for an event.  For one, because the hotel is on property, your guests can stay there and make a weekend out of it.  They offer spa, golf, tennis and so much more.  The bar in the lobby makes for a fun central gathering spot and they usually have nightly entertainment. 

What I love about the party space is that they offer a few different indoor ballrooms mixed with outdoor possibilies for ceremonies, cocktail hours, etc.

If you haven't seen it, you should take some time to visit.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Fab Find: Rent the Runway

So you've always wanted to wear a designer dress to your next big soiree, but the price tag deters this from happening.  Well, your wish can come true with this fabulous site I discovered called Rent the Runway.  A site by invitation only where you can rent a designer dress for a small rental fee, they send it to you to wear and you send it back!  Yes, you can wear a Badgley Mischka, a Diane Von Furstenberg, Herve Leger, Catherine Malandrino....the list goes on.....for a fraction of the retail price!  Rental fees run from $50 - $250 depending on the dress and designer.  They actually also offer a monthly pass for $350 which gives you access to unlimented rentals for the month or an annual pass for $900.  You keep the dress for 4 or 8 days.

Check it out for yourself at  You'll be stylin' at your next wedding, gala or night on the town!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Not Your Typical Box of Chocolates

As Valentine's Day rapidly approaches, I was thinking that there had to be a way to give a box of chocolates in some unique fashion.  So I came across gorgeous artesenal chocolates by Anna Shea.  Beautiful handmade chocolates in a variety of flavors and designs....strawberry ganache, blood orange caramel, mint ganache, vanilla pineapple, honey lime chipotle - the flavor menu is plentiful...YUM.

They offer their chocolates in a pink heart shaped box in 2 sizes - meduim with 26 pieces or small with 8 pieces.

I think this is the perfect alternative to your typical Valentine's Day box of chocolates.  Oh and you know what else, they can customize favors for any occasion!! Enjoy!