Lifestyle

Happy Valentine's Day!

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text] We’re all about LOVE here at Bliss and Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show the most important people in your life how much you adore them!  How do we tell our darlings we care?!  Stationary of course!!  A little card goes a long way and allows you the opportunity to personalize a message for each person on your list.  We’ve picked out 14 our favorite Valentine’s Day cards to share! [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_single_image image="12871" alignment="center" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="12888" alignment="center" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="12889" alignment="center" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="12890" alignment="center" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][/vc_column][vc_column][/vc_column][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]

1.Lulu & Georgia

2.Sugar Paper

3.Paper Source

4.Snow and Graham

5.The Social Type

6.Sugar Paper

7.Rifle Paper Co.

8.Paper Source

9.Printerette Press

10.Elum

11.Rifle Paper Co.

12.Sugar Paper

13.Rifle Paper Co.

14.Elum

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Studio 1610

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We all boogied down BLISS style at this year’s holiday party!

After careful planning we were psyched to see that HMR had decked out our fab studio with dozens of disco balls and tons of glitter, even a groovy selfie mirror!  Food For Thought created a customized menu of far out bites from Bliss Campbell’s Soup to a North Pole Disco Floor dessert. Great Life Music provided some funky tunes while Laine Too gave all of our guests some killer glitter tattoos! We have to thank all of our primo vendors, Cheree Berry, V.I.P. Valet, BBJ Linen, Rebecca Marie Photography, and Glazed & Infused for making this party out of sight!

We’re stoked to share the night with you!

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A Blissful Thanksgiving

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Wishing you all a happy Thanksgiving!

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Time for a Getaway!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]If you live in Chicago, chances are you are thinking the same thing we are – it’s time for a getaway. Somewhere warm, and soon! This is the perfect time to take a break from planning your wedding or just beat the winter (spring!) blues. While taking a full week for an impromptu tropical vacay might not be very practical, a long weekend is certainly not out of reach. Personally, I am headed to Napa Valley in a couple of weeks and can’t wait enjoy the California sunshine! We love northern California in general, but there’s something about wine country that has me already in a relaxed state of mind just thinking about it. Thinking about what to pack, on the other hand, is not a zen-like experience. Finding those perfect items that will travel well, be interchangeable and practical, all while looking put together, can be a daunting task! I put together a little go to short list of weekend getaway necessities to share with you. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="5853" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

My go-to wine tasting ensemble will definitely be a maxi dress. Layering is a must, so I’ll be sure to bring my denim jacket and this springy scarf from Kate Spade. When out and about at wineries, a cross body handbag is a must, so your hands are free for the important task ahead! These comfy wedges from J. Crew will be ideal for a stroll through the vineyards. After a day of wine tasting, you’ll surely have picked up a few favorite bottles along the way. Pack these shatterproof stemless wine glasses from Go Vino and a wine key (in your checked luggage, of course) so you can head to a park where you can enjoy your winery finds el fresco with some artisan cheese or chocolates. Take time to reconnect with your sweetie and hopefully by the time we all get back from our long weekends, spring will finally be upon us in Chicago!

xoxo,

Lauren

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Oscar Party 2014

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It’s time for the Oscars!!! We are excited for our favorite awards show of the season and it’s the perfect excuse for a party. Most Oscar parties will focus on black, white, gold, and perhaps some touches of red, with an Art Deco vibe. However, we love the unexpected!  

Instead of a black and white throwback to Old Hollywood, choose a color palate that is fun and playful by taking inspiration from confetti. Set the scene with a fun piece of décor such as colorful tissue garland. Adding onto the bright colors, we love the new popcorn dish by powerhouse design duo, Courtney and Robert Novogratz, with its perfect pops of color. Be sure to upgrade that popcorn with one of these fun recipes. Or, spice up the movie theater classic by trying out one of our favorite simple popcorn tricks: add truffle salt for a savory touch or Hot Tamales for a sweetly cinnamon spin.

No Oscar party would be complete without some bubbly, but why not garnish your champagne with rock candy? If you want to take your cocktailing to the next level, we love this fun twist on Jell-O shots.

Don’t forget to print out your 2014 Oscar ballot and while you’re there, check out the great tutorial for a confetti mani to complete your Oscar party hostess look. We can’t wait to see what looks our favorite stars will be rocking and who will take home those prized golden statues!

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Lauren Carter is a Bliss Belle!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We have a serious new girl crush...and her name is Lauren Carter! We are so very excited to welcome Lauren to the already amazing Bliss Family.  We can't wait for you to meet her and work with her.

Visit our "about us"' page to learn more about her and her incredible experience.

xoxoxox

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Tis The Season with Bliss!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Happy Holidays to everyone! We wish you all Peace, Joy and Happiness this beautiful time of year.  We can hardly wait for 2014!!!

xoxoxx, Renny, Jesse, Kara, Katie, Liza and Beth

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Bliss Approved Groomsmen Gifts

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Buying gifts for your ladies is a relatively simple task- your maids will be happy with jewelry, clutches, or even gorgeous custom robes, but the groomsmen on the other hand can leave you scratching your head for a creative idea.  Bridal party gifts are difficult because you want to get something special that shows how much you appreciate their support, but you also will want to get the same thing for each guy and you don't want to chose something too pricey because you might have to buy 6, 7, 8 or more of these!  We've rounded up a few of favorite groomsmen's gifts for you today- each of these gifts are unique, fun and something your guys will actually use.  [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="6058" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]

 Personalized coated canvas dopp kits

Monogrammed leather key fob

Cocktail shaker with leather cover & custom monogram

Leather cord holder for travel- can be customized

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Bliss Weddings & Events 13th Anniversary!

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Bliss Weddings & Events just celebrated our 13th anniversary of being in business!  Not a day goes by that you won't hear one of us saying how much we j'adore our jobs or how lucky we are that we get to do this for a living.  One thing's for sure, we could have never gotten this far without our amazing clients!!  We love all of you!  It's been a dream being part of your wedding planning process.
Cheers to the past 13 years of happy memories and spectacular events!
Here's to looking forward to many many more blissful years to come!
xoxo,
Renny, Kara, Katie, Jesse, Liza & Natalie

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A Tiki Themed Baby Shower

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Guess what that "Events" stands for at the end our company name?!? Thats right- it's for all the other fabulous soirees we plan throughout the year!  This past weekend Renny planned and hosted a baby shower along with a few of her girlfriends for one of their mom-to-be besties, Anne.  We love dreaming up fun and creative baby shower themes, but this one was a total no-brainer given Anne's love of the beach (she had wanted to get married there originally!) and her dream of one day opening a Tiki Bar in Chicago- we just knew we had to do a girly twist on an island Tiki theme! After kicking off the theme with some festive invites from Paperless Post, Renny then called on Blue Plate for the catering, Cheree Berry for adorable paper goods, Hall's for rentals and our own Jesse Deckard to design the florals as well construct the fabulous Tiki Bar from scratch!

Guests enjoyed the gorgeous weather outside while sipping cocktails adorned with paper flags that read "Sleep when the baby sleeps, Drink when the baby drinks!"  Guests then sat down for a tasty tiki themed meal at tables surrounded by grass skirts and topped with colorful glassware as well as fresh tropical fruit and vibrant island inspired florals.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="5893" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Happy labor day weekend!

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Wishing you a very happy Labor Day weekend as we all say farewell to summer and hello to back to school!! Hopefully you can squeeze in one last beach getaway before Tuesday rolls around- myabe even on crowded North Avenue Beach captured in the above photo by Gray Malin).  The team here at Bliss will be busy planning two gorgeous weddings this Sunday including one at our fave, The Art Institute and another out at the lush Medinah Country Club.  Be sure to stay tuned to our Instagram & Facebook for some behind the scenes.

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A Royal Baby!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We were absolutely glued to our televisions during the gorgeous royal wedding less than two years ago and these past 9 months we have been glued to the British tabloids admiring Princess Kate's flawless pregnancy style! A huge congrats from the Bliss team to the lucky couple on a beautiful baby boy!  Cheers and we hope that little prince receives everything and more that Mrs Lillien prescribed for him!

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Go Blackhawks!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]While we don't normally get too involved with sports on a daily basis, we would never miss a Chicago team in the playoffs!  You can bet that we will definitely be watching tonight's Blackhawk's game- although we will probably be viewing while sipping a fabulous Bliss-inspired cocktail rather than a beer!   A few months back, one of our favorite weddings blogs put together a fabulously simple, but fun inspiration shoot for a Super Bowl party- check out all the images here.   Wouldn't it be fun to host a fancy little Blackhawks viewing party inspired by the ideas in SMP's super bowl shoot?!? We especially love the mini margarita mix favors! Also, we just about died laughing at this spirited Blackhawk loving wedding party?!?

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The Bliss Studio

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]While there were plenty of sneak peeks of our new studio space in the photos from our Kiki Party, we thought it would be fun to share some proper photos of the space when it isn't in party mode! After a long search for the perfect space, we finally found this gem right around the corner from some of the best restaurants and shopping in Wicker Park/Bucktown. With a little inspiration, a few coats of paint and tearing down a couple walls this space started transforming into the Bliss Weddings & Events Studio back in early December.

Renny scoured our favorite antique stores, Jayson Home & Garden, and One Kings Lane to find the perfect furniture and accessories to compliment the color story of navy, white, kelly green, fuchsia pink, and metallic gold.

Our favorite parts of the studio include the fabulous silver and kelly green metallic palm leaf wallpaper in the powder room, the comfy chic seating area and of course- the bar cart set against fabulous metallic snakeskin wallpaper!!

Thank you to Studio ThisIs for the great pics!

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Gift Guide- Summer Weddings

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It's that time again- summer wedding season is in full swing!!! While we always recommend to go off the bride and groom's registry for gifts, sometimes the registry gets sold out or you want to find something a little more fun to gift the new couple!  Here are a few foolproof gift items to bring along to the next wedding or even engagement party!  

 

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1. Custom monogrammed pillows

2. Wine Club membership (bonus points if it is all sparkling wines!)

3. Oxford serving bowl from Z Gallerie

4. Lacquer tray from C. Wunder

5. Custom correspondence cards from Crane

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Things are busy busy busy around the Bliss Studio today as we prepare for two fabulous weddings this Memorial Day weekend!  We hope you all have some fabulous plans on your social agenda- maybe even a weekend long getaway that starts promptly this afternoon!  

While the Chicago weather this weekend is really not living up to our agreement to be gorgeous, sunny and a perfect 80 degrees, we aren't going to let the weather ruin our fun!  Rather than putting back your picnic supplies, why not plan a fabulous indoor picnic?!?!

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Mother's Day

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We would like to wish a very happy mother's day to all the mothers out there this weekend- especially those who are in the midst of wedding planning with their daughters or sons! :)  We hope everyone has fabulous plans for Sunday whether you are headed out to a delicious mother's day brunch or staying in for breakfast in bed!  

 

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Kiki Kiss Mirror

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]There weren't just fabulous dancers and delicious drinks at our Kiki party, there was also the now infamous "kiki kiss mirror." As guests arrived, they were given a "kiki lip" in either bright fuchsia pink or marvelous red courtesy of the talented ladies at Reiman Condron Beauty! We then set up a mirror outside of the powder room for guests to leave their Kiki kiss as well as their signature claiming their smooch! We were inspired for the Kiki kiss mirror from our very own Kara Superfine who has guests sign their names using lipstick on the bathroom mirror at her annual holiday bash! What a fun idea for a bachelorette hotel room or even a saucy bridal shower!!

 

 

dive. turn. work.

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