DFW Bridal Shows

   The past few weekends my awesome interns and I had the pleasure of attending both the Star-Telegram Bridal Show in Fort Worth and the Dallas Bridal Show at Market Hall. Both shows were beautiful and featured fantastic vendors from all across the DFW Area. Here are a few of our favorites!

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The Brooks at Weatherford: The Brooks at Weatherford
 is a brand new venue opening in Weatherford, Texas where rustic beauty meets classic elegance with a breathtaking open-air concept. The owners, Steve and Tricia Heflin, moved here recently from the San Antonio area to be closer to their kids and grandkids and to embark on this new journey. Steve is also the architect and designer and has done a beautiful job creating this new and unique venue. 

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A Woman with a Brush
: Sanah Brown is the woman with the brush, and she spends her days making fully customizable and original art work. She hand paints everything from anniversary portraits, seating floor plans and alternative guest sign-in books for your reception, as well as decorative art for your home. Sanah can paint practically anything you request, and she will make it beautiful. 

European Wax Center
: One of the biggest hits of the Dallas Bridal Show was the booth tphoto (6)hat was put together by European Wax Center, where they offered free eyebrow waxes all day long. My intern, Alyson, had the opportunity to get one, and she said it was truly an experience. For someone who needs their eyebrows waxed on a regular basis, she is used to the pain and day-long redness that comes with having perfectly groomed eyebrows. However, European Wax Center uses a wax imported from Paris that is kind on the skin and a redness soothing serum afterwards that eliminates the embarrassing lobster skin that follows a good waxing. 

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Donnie Brown: This beautiful floral peacock statue was put together by Donnie Brown Weddings and Events, a full service wedding and event planning and decor company. Their booth was breathtaking and spoke worlds of the exquisite floral design this company offers, as well as it’s award-winning Event Planning.    

Melanie Hill, Owner/Executive Event Planner
Exceptional Events

Exceptional Events now listed on Thumbtack.com

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Exceptional Events is now a featured company on http://www.Thumbtack.com.  Thumbtack is a great site to search for reputable, reliable vendors in a wide variety of categories, including event & wedding planning.  Vendors will contact you and then you select the vendor that best meets your needs.  Exceptional Events is proud to be listed on this helpful site and offer you professional Event and Wedding Planning services, customized to meet your specific needs.  We are based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, but work with clients worldwide.

Visit http://www.Thumback.com to see all the vendor categories and great vendors available.


A Splash of Color

Utilizing a color scheme can make for a beautiful wedding ceremony and reception. Incorporating some of your favorite colors can also make for a wedding that is personlized and unique to you. Consider the following ideas on how to use colors and give your wedding some personal flare! 


pink sash  More and more brides these days are opting for the less-traditional yet very beautiful colored sash around the dress. It is a feminine and unique way to personalize your wedding dress while incorporating your wedding colors into the ceremony. Often the bride’s sash will coordinate with the groom’s tie or the bridemaids’ dresses. If you like the idea of utilizing more color in your bridal look but the sash isn’t for you, consider wearing colorful shoes or jewelry. If you’re going for something more subtle, ask your makeup artist about incorporating richer colors in your makeup routine.

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Lighting is a great way to add color to your reception without over decorating or relying too heavily on obstructive centerpieces to establish a color scheme. Additionally, colored lighting can make a tremendous difference in the mood of your reception. In an earlier blog post about event atmosphere, we discussed how lighting can make or break how you want the atmosphere of your reception to feel. 


Lastly, don’t be afraid to experiment with color in your food. Desserts in particular are a great way to add a splash of color to your buffet line and eventually the tables of all your guests. Colorful cupcakes, cookies, and cake balls can be beautiful and tasty. Similarly, serving a brightly colored drink or punch is a delicious way to add some flare to the party. 


Melanie Hill, Owner/Executive Event Planner
Exceptional Events

Upcoming Summer Events

Looking for some fun things to do around the DFW this summer? Take a look at these upcoming events!


1) Tax-free Weekend is August 8-10th! Make your way to the Allen outlets and do some damage! 

2) Visit the new Perot Museum and see the latest exhibits! Through August 17th, you can try out the Build It Garage, where you can construct a robot, launch a rocket, race your uniquely designed car and create with a 3D printer! 

3) Make your very own Ice Cream Sunday at the Kimbell Art Museum! Beat the heat at the Kimbell Art Museum at “Blue Bell Ice Cream Sunday” on Sunday, July 20, from noon to 3 p.m., in the Piano Pavilion. 

4) Celebrate at the Fort Worth Zoo! Belle and Bowie, two baby elephants at the Forth Worth Zoo, will soon be celebrating their 1st birthdays! Come celebrate with them at the weekend-long event August 1-3. 

5) Head to the Dallas Arboretum! The Dallas Arboretum presents August Dollar Days. Throughout the entire month visitors can enjoy general admission for only $1!


Melanie Hill, Owner/Executive Event Planner
Exceptional Events

Summer Drink Recipes

Stay cool at your next summer bash with these refreshing summer drink recipes!

Raspberry Lemonade Smoothie

-1 can lemonade concentrate {frozen or thawed – doesn’t matter}
-1 & 1/2 cans water
-2 cups frozen raspberries
-1/4 cup sugar
-4 cups ice {more or less depending on how runny you like it}
-Fresh lemons {optional}

-Mix first 5 ingredients in a blender and mix until no more chunks exist.
-Garnish with fresh lemons.
*For an alcohol version of this yummy drink, try adding raspberry flavored vodka!
 watermelon green tea recipe-001Watermelon Green Tea
-1/4 cup pureed watermelon (strained)
-1 cup sweet green tea
-Puree your watermelon and strain through a mesh strainer until you have 1/4 cup of juice.
-Add to 1 cup of sweetened green tea
-Stir and enjoy!
Frozen Coconut Limeade
-5-1/2 cups ice
-5/8 cup Coco Lopez cream of coconut (can be found in most grocery stores near the mixed drinks section)
-4-5 Tbsp. frozen limeade concentrate
-1/8 cup water

-Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
(Pictures and Recipes courtesy of High Heels & Grills and Country Chic Cottage)

Parent-friendly Parties (pt. 2)

In our last blog post we talked about how to make your adult parties more kid-friendly. But what about making kids parties more entertaining for the parents? We have tips for that, too!


1) Alcohol: Need I say more? Kids parties usually consist of fruit punch, milk, water, juice,  etc..  If you  want the parents to come and have a good time, consider putting together a wet bar  for  them to enjoy. It  doesn’t have to be much, but just enough for the adults to feel like the  party is  for them, too (as  children’s parties often are!).

2) Put out adult food: Just as adults don’t want to drink kid drinks, they don’t want to eat kid food! These parents are probably used to going to children’s parties and eating the same pizza, corn dogs, and chicken fingers. Try putting out some foods that are just for the adults. Consider sliders with caramelized onions or cheesy basil-stuffed chicken breasts. Are the kids eating grilled cheese sandwiches? Make grilled cheese, fried egg, and bacon sandwiches for the adults!


3) Make an adult “section”: If the party is large, it will more than likely be over run with kids at every square inch. By creating an adults-only area, you make the party more inviting and comforting for parents who may need a break from all the chaos. Is there a sporting event going on? Roll a TV over there and turn it on! Keep the “adult food” in that area and keep the bar stocked!

4) Pick an age-neutral theme: If you decide to have a theme for your party, choose a theme that both kids and adults can participate in. Avoid “Pretty-Pretty Princess” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and opt for a theme such as a Mexican Fiesta or Hawaiian Luau.

Parent-friendly Parties (pt. 1)

When planning a party among friends with kids, it can be difficult to cater to both adults and kids. Here are some tips to make your adult parties kid-friendly! 


1) Keep them entertained: Find a fun and easy hands-on activity to keep the  kids busy and out of your hair! Consider setting up a cookie decorating station. This is something that will be interesting and fun for all ages.
If you want to kick it old school (and super cheap), try setting out a bunch of old cardboard boxes and crayons and let the kids build their own fort or castle!

shirley temple

2) Put together a fun kid’s “drink”: With all the various alcoholic drinks for the adults to choose from, it’s easy for the kids to feel left out! Ditch the fruit punch and milk and try putting  together a simple and fun drink like a Shirley Temple. This is an easy way to let the kids feel special and involved in the party.

*Just remember to reserve the glass cups for the adults and opt for a clear plastic cup for the kids!

3) Hire some help: If your budget allows, consider hiring a babysitter or two just to keep an eye on the kids during the party. This way the adults can spend their time socializing and having fun without having to keep a hawk eye on their little ones. You can even hire a kids entertainer (a magician, a clown, a balloon artist, etc.) who will double as helpful hand in watching the kids. These entertainers are often fun for the parents as well!