Her name is Rio and she dances on the sand…..

Why hello there….it has been a while…but here we are again celebrating at the next level….what we do best!

We were thrilled when a dear friend wanted to have a Yacht Rock themed 40th. It is so much when everyone involved runs (or in this case sails away!) with the theme. The most fun was building the photo booth. A photo booth is such a fun addition to any party and can be super simple or as elaborate as you want it to be. For this project we knew we needed something big, how can you have a yacht rock party and not have a yacht??!! We thought it would be cool to have all the pieces separate so that it gave the photo dimension and wasn’t just a backdrop, we wanted it to be an interactive piece for the guests. We had Redbeard construct the waves and boat out of plywood and the birthday girl’s hubby made the sale out of drop cloth and dowels. Throw on some paint and spray on some stenciling and voila a photo booth! Didn’t the boys do a great job?

Here are some of our fave photos.

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The super cutie birthday girl with her adorable daughter and hubby.

The super cutie birthday girl with her adorable daughter and hubby.

Because seriously, too cute!

Because seriously, too cute!

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Howl-O-Ween!

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Ginger & Sugar helped throw a friend’s Happy Haunted 40th birthday party! Here are the treats and tricks we enjoyed putting together…

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Halloween treats from the Buttery!

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Happy 40th Jennine!

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EAT, DRINK, & BE SCARY! so delicious!

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Just say Boo!

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Skulls or cupcakes?

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How Boo-tiful!

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Every Halloween party needs a cemetery!

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Pumpkin Carving Station!

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This party had 3 Halloween Stations: Bobbing for apples, Pumpkin Carving, & Donuts on a string game!

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hands-free zone…how many apples or donuts can you eat with no hands?

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Trick or Treat?

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Food Table complete with petrifying potions display and branches with creepy creatures! yum!

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Ginger&Sugar as Pebbles&Wilma!

May your Halloween be enchanting and Fangtastic!

xoxo G&S

Happy Birthday Classy Nautical-style…

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Ahoy Matey!

 G&S decided to celebrate Sugar’s birthday in Nautical style! Here are some photos from the birthday that we styled with simple classy nautical pieces.  We had a dessert table complete with an anchor cake from the local Buttery Bakery, lifesaver shortbread cookies, sailboat shortbread cookies and chocolate dipped Driscoll’s Strawberries all lit up by a custom-made rope light. The Nautical wood bar was created by Sugar’s father-in-law complete with vintage lifesaver pillow from an actual Nautical store in downtown Santa Cruz. And of course no party is complete without champagne and Chandon was nice enough to make a special Nautical themed champagne bottle for us.

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The Nautical Bar!

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Happy 33rd Sugar!

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Favor bags filled with Nautical candies that say “Let your Dreams set sail!”

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Dessert Table!

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Nautical Champagne! yum!

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sea creature glasses from PaperSource

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Cheers! Look at those classy nails!

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Buttery Sailboat Shortbread cookies!

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Make a wish!

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Anchors Aweigh, G&S

Gatsby! Gatsby! Who is this Great Gatsby!?

“And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.”
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Ginger & Sugar are super excited for the new Great Gatsby movie…ahh the visual indulgences and excitement of the roaring 20’s!

Talk about parties, the Great Gatsby sure knew how to throw one!

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Let’s Party Gatsby-style!

Champagne, anyone?!?!

One-year old Birthday Party: The Sweetest Kitten

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Ginger & Sugar believe that birthdays are the best days! Today’s featured party was for our dear friend’s little baby girl who just turned 1. The proud mama does graphic design work for G&S, is super duper creative, and came up with the cutest theme for the occasion – Our Sweetest Kitten! How cute is that?!! Not only is Ercilia super creative but her mom is a baking genius and made all of the colorful, beautiful, delicious treats. Check out the dessert table and try not to drool. It was so much fun styling this special celebration because all the elements were FUN! Bright & cheery colors, pom poms, tassels, and beautiful desserts! Check out the details:

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Check out the pom pom chandelier!

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Stunning desserts, fun candies, confetti, and little kittens!

Who doesn't love colorful sprinkle donuts??!!

Who doesn’t love colorful sprinkle donuts??!!

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Tassels!

Fun goodie bags!

Fun goodie bags!

Let the good times keep rollin’!

Wanna celebrate G&S style?… Contact us!

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Hey there, Amigos!

Happy Cinco de Mayo from G&S!

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Hand-made Piñata from G&S! Tissue paper and cardboard boxes! Buenisimo!

Hope everyone has a safe and fun CINCO! 

Adios Guapos!

Sinceramente, G&S

Cheers to direction and connection!

The Enjoy Event Co. Workshop in SF

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2 day workshop at the Makeshift Society in Hayes Valley in SF

Getting a business started can be overwhelming and daunting – and then you get inspired by creative people and that other people, yes just like you, have done it and done it well! G&S feel privileged that we were able to participate in the Enjoy Events Co. Workshop in San Francisco.

G&S love inspiration, meeting new people, seeing creative design, working with smart business people, connecting with savvy businesswoman, learning, being open to new things, being taught by geniuses in the social media and event industry! We love direction and connection!

G&S have major respect and gratitude for Megan & Emily from Enjoy Events Co. for sharing their knowledge, tips, and tricks on the wedding/event industry. It’s cool to build a community of planners, designers, stylists, etc who all learn from one another and make the industry stronger.

 Highlights from the workshop for G&S:
  • Awesome Swag – we were each given a fancy toolbox filled with treats, writing goodies & cards from Anna Rifle & Hello Lucky, and fun swag.
  • Being schooled on Social Media – SM genius Anne Sage shared her social media genius and she is just a rockstar. Inspiring and hilarious.
  • Photographer’s personal take on Weddings/events – Edyta – Fabulous, well known photographer with loads of information on styled shoots and the importance of showing quality work. She also introduced us to Tomfoolery SF – super fun Photo Booth company.
  • Insider scoop from a Vendor’s view – One True Love Vintage Rental businesswoman Amanda – broke down the difference between designers, stylists, and planners. Gave more info on styled shoots and how to work well with vendors of all kinds. We are all in this together! Also, super hilarious.
  • Checked out a mock-up table setting  – DIY design guru Myka from Modern Sequins shared an inspiration board and mock setting of fabulous DIY and budget friendly advice. LOVED her style! Bell jars, sprayed bottles as vases, the quartz gemstone drink toppers, and the concrete vases/planters. so much LOVE for this style!
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Venue visit to Terra Art Gallery

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Thanks to Enjoy Events Co. – it was our business!

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yummy treats from G&S favorite sweets shop – Miette! yum!

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G&S having a lil fun after our brains were going to explode from the 8 hour info-packed workshop day#1!

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That’s right – G&S take notes the oldschool way!!

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Emily & Megan sharing their biz knowledge. Like a BOSS! ha!

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cool art from site visit

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Workshop day #2 started with a mimosa! We are definitely on the same page with EECO!!

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DIY design by the fabulous Myra from Modern Sequins

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A very pretty mock-up table setting by EECO

Until next time,

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Rustic Wedding Luncheon by G&S

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Ginger & Sugar were lucky to plan and style a special Wedding Luncheon.  The Bride wanted a simple, rustic luncheon with a gourmet sandwich bar for her dearest friends and family after the morning wedding ceremony.  G & S used burlap and lace to make placemats complete with name tags tucked into lace napkins. The centerpieces were made with old wood pieces from a salvage yard accented with glass bottles and burned wood pieces with the Bride and Groom’s initials.  We hung framed lace and a barrel ring-shaped heart in the trees to give the luncheon a homey feel. It was delightful….check out the Wedding Luncheon by Ginger and Sugar …

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Gourmet Sandwich bar complete with all the fixin’s

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Framed lace and Heart hung in the trees above the Sandwich Bar

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Drink table with Bride and Groom’s favorite beverage with Succulent Terrariums

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Mr. and Mrs. signs at the Bride and Groom’s seats!

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Luncheon table ready for the guests

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D + M = Bliss! G&S love wedding celebrations!