La Fete’s Annual Christmas Tea 2012 150 150 La Fete Weddings

La Fete’s Annual Christmas Tea 2012

Every year we set aside a day in December to reflect on the year that has past, share our favorite memories, and honor some of our closest friends in the event industry. This is special time for all of us to enjoy each others company around a beautiful table. This Christmas Tea was particularly special because we incorporated a company called The Giving Keys which employs the homeless and they are able to use their money from hand-stamping words onto the keys, to get off the street and finally enjoy a home of their own. When you receive a key you wear the necklace until you find a person that you feel needs the word on your key more than you do, and then you give away your key to them.  A friend of mine (also named Caitlin) started this pay-it-forward concept a few years ago and we LOVED the idea of incorporating the keys into our place cards. Heidi from Zenadia Designs  helped us to design these cards which had each woman’s name and then a short phrase describing why each word represented them. Example: Melissa, we are amazed at your ability to… and the key read “Inspire”. Each woman was incredibly touched, and we all teared up when we shared why we admire each one of those women with their specific word on the keys.

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We designed the centerpiece mostly out of all dried materials such as pods, ornaments, cotton balls, and tufts of organza and then we plugged in a few fresh peonies! (Our favorite!) Boy, you should have seen us at Michael’s…We were not messing around! “What about this?!?” and “Oooohh…. We definitely need this!!!” But we plan on re-using all of the dried elements and converting it into a wreath for next Christmas!

We worked with Town and Country Rentals to add the gorgeous chairs which match our living room furniture, the metallic chargers and stunning silverware. We also included the incredible sequin linen and napkins from La Tavola.

Thank you so so much to Melissa Musgrove Photography for showing up early to shoot these gorgeous pictures for us! We are so blessed to have such a talented and dear friend to help us out!

Christmas Tea 2011 150 150 La Fete Weddings

Christmas Tea 2011

It has been a tradition for many years to gather a few friends around the table for afternoon Christmas Tea, and this year wasn’t any different.  It is a time to reflect, share our hearts together as busy women, relax and enjoy each other’s company.  We laugh, cry, eat, drink champagne, and enjoy a few hours of refreshment together.   Preparing the tea, sandwiches, scones, cookies as well as setting the table has made such fond memories for Kaitlin and I.  This year we had fun finding all the flowers and putting the centerpiece together,  buying the ornaments, glassware and designing the table with the eggplant lamour linen and napkin from Creative Coverings , and the pretty topper by La Tavola called Paloma in Platinum.
 It is a special time to say thank you to a few friends that we work so closely with.
It has become the highlight of the Christmas Season for us both.
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a Healthy and Happy New Year!
See you in 2012~
Colette & Kaitlin

Welcome to our Home: A Time to Reflect, Remember and Cherish- A Christmas Tea 150 150 La Fete Weddings

Welcome to our Home: A Time to Reflect, Remember and Cherish- A Christmas Tea

For many years it has been a tradition for Kaitlin and I to invite dear friends and family into our home during the Christmas Season to take time out of the crazy busy time of year to rest, relax, have some great homemade treats, hot tea, and toast to another amazing year.

Ever since Kaitlin was about 6 years old she would help me set a pretty table, and then serve each of my guests the sandwiches, cookies and homemade scones.  We would bake together, and prepare the table for the special time to reflect and share what has been special to each one of us that year.  I believe this began our journey many years ago of bringing us to where we are today.  A mother/daughter event planning company.  I have watched Kaitlin grow and mature into the woman she has become.  It brings me such joy having her work along side me and now helping her own clients enjoy their special day.

Using my Grandmother’s china, and other items of my Mother’s reminded me of years past and time when my Mom would attend the teas with us.

Laura from Cody Floral Design worked closely with me to create the nostalgic vintage look with all the gorgeous textures of red roses, ranuculus, amaryllis and deep dark ruby red carnations.

Our rotweiller “Shay” had to get into the shoot too.

I was thrilled when I saw the beautiful gift boxed invite that Lazaro Designs came up with for the tea.  Tracy you are amazing!

Fresh raspberry tart with creme fresh filling and almond crust.  Was a so easy to make and looked perfect on the table.

We wish you a wonderful Christmas and a safe and Joyous New Year!

With love,
Colette and Kaitlin

We couldn’t have done this shoot without the wonderful people with their amazing talents.  Melissa Musgrove photographed and captured the memories for us.  Laura Sangas her flowers were stunning and the wreath over the mantle was gorgeous too made from fresh carnations.  Tracy from Lazaro Design again showed off her fabulous talent with creating the perfect touches for the tea.  Classic Party Rentals so grateful to you too for your help with this table.  We used La Tavola for the table linen, and BBJ to create our chair rosettes.