This One Takes the Cake! posted in: Events, Food and Beverage, Inspiration, Weddings

Have you seen this confectionery masterpiece? It is quite the showstopper!

This masterpiece is actress Kaley Cuoco’s upside down wedding cake that she and her new hubby, Ryan Sweeting served at their recent wedding reception. The sparkling sugar showpiece was created by Kimberly Bailey of the Butter End Cakery and was installed installed with the help of production pros at RrivreWorks. In a word – STUNNING!!!

Chandelier Upside Down Wedding Cake

But this gravity-defying dessert  wasn’t simply some gorgeous to look at it – it was literally good enough to eat! The rhinestone adorned cake which boasted a grand 27-inch bottom layer (or top depending on which end you consider is up) consisted of two-flavors —almond with toasted almond cream cheese buttercream frosting and chocolate almond cherry with cherry cream cheese buttercream frosting—sounds as good as it looks!

As you can imagine, the display for this creation required a little…OK, a lot more than a pretty cake stand. Pulling off this presentation required a few trips to Home Depot, custom rigging, several sandbags and a lot of creativity and can-do determination! A gorgeous example of the benefits of having pros at the helm of your event!

We think this daring display takes the cake! What do you think? Love it or leave it? Share your thoughts below in a comment.


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Wedding Inspiration: Radiant Orchid posted in: Decorating Ideas, Events, Trends, Weddings

If you’re tempted by purple  – with Radiant Orchid (check out full color review here: Official Color of 2014) being all the current color rage, but “go bold or go home” is not your style, not to worry all is not lost. You can use bold tones in your color story without having it overpower you and everyone else in the room. The trick is in “how” and “how much” the hue is used in your design.

Consider pairing radiant orchid with lighter and more subtle tones from a close color family, such as a soft ballerina pink and blend with an ombre effect to achieve a softer and inviting feel.

Radiant Orchid Wedding Inspiration

Here’s how:

To achieve the overall desired look, use neutrals or again the softest whisper of pink as your base (this will be the most prominent color in your palette) and accent with radiant orchid blending with mid-tones to soften the transition between colors.

*Ambiance: A soft wash of color with special lighting will do wonders! Seriously – it’s totally worth the investment. Plus, pink/ soft purple hues of lighting are lovely and universally flattering.

*Decor: Create focal areas with colorful decor (such as oversize round balloons), using varying shades to achieve a “quieter” so to speak effect. Colorful stemware or glassware is also another way to incorporate an elegant infusion of color.

*Flowers to carry: Here again it’s all about the mix. A long, flowing ombre effect for the bride’s bouquet would be gorgeous and would have an overall softer effect on the eye so as not to overshadow, but rather complement the bride’s beauty. Attendants’  bouquets could have more of a blended look (smaller bouquet pictured above).

*Centerpieces and floral decor: Lush runners created of varying shades of fresh purple and soft pink blooms flowing along the center of long dining tables accented by soft candlelight would be quite stunning.

*To wear: Pinks and purples are beautiful in makeup. You could wear a bold lip, colorful shoes and jewelry. Selecting a max of three areas to infuse this color so as not to have too many areas competing for the eye’s attention.

*Favors: You can also have fun with color in guest gifts or favors. A personalized bottle of bubbly with a vibrant label would be fun and would double as a nice pop of color on dining tables.

So, by pairing a bold tone with softer colors and being careful with the amount of the color in any given area, you can achieve a strong, yet soft feel for your wedding or special event. Do you have additional ideas? If so, please share with us in a comment below.


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It’s 2014 – Happy New Year! posted in: Events, Society News

Happy New Year, Readers!

We sent the 2013 out with a Bang! Bang! (Gatsby fans will recognize this nod to the soundtrack)  and rang 2014 in just the same – with a party, naturally! The photo below is from our most recent event which had a fabulous bespoke theme and design, Gatsby Goes Rock-n-Roll. What a fun event for our last hoorah of the year. There’s more eye candy to come from this one, so stay tuned!

What a year it has been here at T&Co.! We’ve had the good fortune to have designed and produced a wide range of events from social soirees and weddings to charity galas and corporate events.  On this note, I would like to take a moment to say, “THANK YOU”. Thank you to our clients for appreciating our talents, entrusting us with your events, embracing our creativity, and challenging us to continue to be innovative in our field of expertise.  It has been a pleasure to be a part of your special moments and successes. I would also like to express my appreciation to our online community here on our blog and on our social media pages. The team and I enjoy sharing our thoughts, works and inspirations, and we love hearing from you!

On behalf of the team here at T&Co., our sincere wishes to you for a healthy, happy and blessed New Year!

Happy New Year 2014 R


We have some great things to share with you this year, more to come on this at a later date. Right now, I’m going to slow the pace for a few days before I head off to scope out all that’s new in events. I stay in tune with the industry, always learning and checking out the latest services to ensure that our clients always have the best within reach when working with Tanja & Co. So be sure to check back for news on the wow! and now trends in weddings and events.  By the way, is your event on our books?!

We’re here to help you celebrate your special moments and milestones in you-nique and true style!

Here’s to a happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous 2014 for you and yours.


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