Pure Imagination

The Factory gates at The Huestudio + Company recently were opened to celebrate and honor Broadway’s delicious new musical, Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

Inspired by the five Golden Ticket winning children, our Factory shoot features whimsically colorful place settings on luscious amethyst Gatsby linens from Over The Top, Inc. and uniquely different chairs from Hall’s Rentals, depicting the nuanced personalities of each character.

Step inside our world of pure imagination!

The place setting for Charlie Bucket, the poor, kind and well-mannered young boy who finds the final Golden Ticket, is sparse and features real cabbage leaves, pieces of chocolate, tin and metal and an elegant silver lamour napkin from Over The Top, Inc. tied simply with twine. 

Originally played by Peter Ostrum in the beloved 1971 American musical fantasy film, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder, the Broadway cast features three multi-talented Charlie’s – Jake Ryan Flynn, Ryan Foust and Ryan Sell.

Augustus Gloop, the gourmandizing German Golden Ticket winner who gets sucked up in a pipe after falling into the Chocolate River, is represented with vintage German china and beer steins, authentic German sausages + Topkuss chocolates to satisfy an insatiable appetite and black, red and yellow lamour napkins folded to resemble the German flag.

Brilliantly played by F. Michael Haynie on Broadway [and an Understudy by talented cousin Elliott Mattox], Michael Bollner was featured in the 1971 film.

The place setting for the self-indulgent and impatient Veruca Salt marries two distinctly different themes of “bad egg/bad nut” in an elaborate place setting, perfectly fitting for the girl who wants it all!

Discarded down the garbage chute after considering her a “bad egg” in the 1971 fantasy film, nut-testing, dancing black squirrels in the Broadway musical equally determine that spoiled Veruca is a “bad nut”.

Wonderfully played by the talented Emma Pfaeffle on Broadway, Julie Dawn Cole was memorable as selfish Veruca in the 1971 film.

Perfectly set for the “Queen of Pop”, gold + hues of purple spotlight the ultra-competitive, gum-chomping Violet Beauregard. Featuring artfully folded purple and violet lamour + blueberry fortuny napkins by Over The Top, Inc., colorful gum balls and scented violet gum stand ready to chew to blow big bubbles.

Portrayed on Broadway by the spectacular Trista Dollison, Violet blows up into a giant blueberry after sampling an experimental three-course chewing gum meal in the Inventing Room, but who could ever forget Denise Nickerson in the 1971 film. Simply eye popping!

With a playful nod to the TV/technology-obsessed Mike Teavee, a reduced place setting was created in miniature. With the Broadway update reflecting current trends, graffiti and color, neon green, orange and pink napkins by Over the Top, Inc. are secured with plugs and connectors.

Getting shrunk after attempting to become the first person to be sent by television and technology via the TV’s Television Chocolate Technology, Mike, played on Broadway by Michael Wartella, updated the pint-sized character to reflect current technology with social media, internet, etc.

Paying respect to Paris Themmen, the rambunctious, gun-totting Mike in the 1971 film, a vintage cowboy hat rests on a white folding chair.

Jeff Hughes, the Chief Experience Officer at The Huestudio + Company, channels the eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka, artfully played on Broadway by two-time Tony® Award winner Christian Borle.

But what about the iconic Oompa Loompas, the small people who help Willy Wonka operate his chocolate factory?

They are magically wonderful!

So magical that Basil Twist won the 2017 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Puppet Design for Charlie and The Chocolate Factory!

Purchase a ticket. Go see them for yourself. You’ll be awed by their magnificence and wonder!


View more of our photos in our Gallery, captured beautifully by the talented Gabi Bucataru of PhotoGabi to see how select Preferred Partners created custom gifts for our five #HuestudioGoldenTicket winners in our recent online promotion + see the video of the magic of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory on Broadway!


Preferred Partners


“The imagination is the golden pathway to everywhere.”

Terence McKenna

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Simply…a 10 | Ten23 Designs!

[Preferred Partner Spotlight: Ten23 Designs]

Talented. Tantalizing. Tasteful. Terrific. Tempting. Textured. Simply, a Ten!

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Delight in our beautifully branded acrylic mirror chargers, custom crafted by the creative team of Ten23 Designs!

As a mom-owned, family-run business, owner Lauren Sarnoff Atwaters specializes in custom event and business branded vinyl decals, table numbers, cake toppers, [and so much more!] for home decor, weddings and special events.

Ten23 Designs beautifully branded our Giving Circle icon in an exquisite acrylic mirror charger for a recent styled photo shoot.

Giving Circles combines our beliefs, mission and Guiding Principles to offer Imprint and Not-for-Profit clients the option to direct up to 20% of event experience fee/s on the planning of The Huestudio + Company events to a Preferred Charitable Partner. Learn more about Giving Circles.

For all special event and business branded items, contact Ten23 Designs today! We love them and know you will too!

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The Huestudio + Company offers premier event and wedding planning + design services creating exquisitely-curated event experiences throughout Chicago and exclusive destinations worldwide. Our team plans and orchestrates elegant and glamorous celebrations all over the world from intimate weddings, large affairs and private soirées.

Contact us at hello@thehuestudio.com + allow our experienced and talented team to handle every detail for you today!

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Photo Credit: © PhotoGabi exclusively for The Huestudio + Company, 2017.

In Love With Lucky!

[Preferred Partner Spotlight: Lucky Invitations]

Lavish. Luxurious. Luxe. Lucky. Love!

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“Love isn’t love until you give it away”, as John H. MacDonald Jr. states, so why not show your love to others by giving and gifting luxurious letterpress creations from preferred partner, Lucky Invitations?

Laura and Jerry, the creative wife/husband team behind Lucky Invitations, consider themselves ‘paper snobs’ and offer exquisite, bespoke creations using letterpress, thermography and flat digital printing methods.

Elevating the art of paper, printing and embellishments to epic heights for event stationery + custom designed invitations, we love and adore their unique, elegant offerings and call upon them often to design and craft one-of-a-kind creations for special clients.

In the wisdom of Voltaire, “Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination”, so delight in our gallery of special creations by Lucky Invitations, captured magically by the über-talented, PhotoGabi! #ShareThe Love

“Love is a great beautifier.”

– Louisa May Alcott

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Photo Credits: © PhotoGabi exclusively for The Huestudio + Company, 2017.

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7 Loves for 14 February 2017!

How will you say “I Love You” to your special love on 14 February 2017?

Will you select a beautiful card with a heartfelt message? A traditional cluster of roses? A delicious box of chocolates?

With only 7 days remaining, please find exquisitely-curated offerings of our personal 7 Loves to delight and awe your beloved! Enjoy, with delight! 

1. Fragrant Flowers! Surprise your special love with magnificent, romantic flowers from The Flower Studio, just because!

Allow Karen Meeske-Cook and her talented team to design and create artful magic through flowers for Life’s little luxuries and all momentous occasions. As Luther Burbank states, “Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” 

2. Give Luxury. Give Green! With a recent trip through the Philippines, we spotted the handloom-woven luxury scarves by Une écharpe – Une vie Luxury Cotton Scarves.

Pronounced: [ewn eh sharp – ewn vee] and meaning “one scarf one life”, these luxury offerings are proudly designed and handmade by communities-in-need in the Philippines. These wearable works of art are redefining the way everyone looks at luxury scarves. Une écharpe – Une vie.

3. Bee Still My Heart! Gift your sweetheart with the 2017 Bee Still My Heart collection hand-crafted by Anna Shea Chocolates!

These glorious heart-shaped confections are inspired by sweet honey + feature whimsical names of Honey Bun, Honey You’re So Hot, Sweet Honey Crunch, Honey Lavender, and Wild Honey Lemon. #Yum

4. Travel to the City of Lights! Jet to Paris with your sweetheart to sip a Serendipity Cocktail at the iconic Hemingway Bar at The Ritz Paris!

Delight in the best selling libation since 1994 and splurge for a romantic weekend stay! For Valentine’s Day, Pastry Chef François Perret, has composed a special sweet-and-salty dinner menu. Delightful and unexpected, but oh, so romantic!

5. The Gift of Jewels! One can’t go wrong with diamonds and jewelry, especially for Valentine’s Day!

Allow Jim Mitchell of Mitchell’s Jewelers to design and hand-craft a bespoke piece of wearable art using only the finest stones and materials. The work and craftsmanship is simply spectacular – and – your creation will be enjoyed for a lifetime!

6. Reveal Your Inner Beauty! Gift that special woman in your life with a luxurious experience in pampering, with Revealed Studios, the top rated Chicago Boudoir Photo Studio!

Allow Maggie Rife Ponce and her creative team to transform your beloved with this special photography gift experience!

7. Get Personal! Everyone loves a personal set of luxury note cards, so check out two (2) of our favorite event stationery professionals: EIGHT21 Studios + Lucky Invitations!

Both are exceptional, creative and personal + will hand-design the perfect set for any occasion. We love them both, and know you will too!

So, with 7 days remaining…Be creative. Be thoughtful. Be generous. Be delightful. Be delicious! Be loving. Be happy! From all of us at The Huestudio + Company…xoxo!


Photo Credits: © PhotoGabi exclusively for The Huestudio + Company, 2017.

Take the Cake!

[ Preferred Partner Spotlight: Julie Michelle Cakes ]

Creative. Clever. Convivial. Celebratory. Congratulatory. Cake! 

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“Cakes are special. Every birthday, every celebration ends with something sweet, a cake, and people remember. It’s all about the memories.”

– Buddy Valastro

As lovers of exquisite and tiny details, all things delicious and creative, plus artful craftsmanship, we love and adore the spectacular cake creations! 

As a new preferred partner for 2017, we appreciate and value the talents of cake artist Julie Lopez of Julie Michelle Cakes.

Utilizing only the finest ingredients and delightful creativity to bake and design custom works of editable art, Julie Michelle Cakes are both beautiful, delicious and oh, so amazingly elegant!

Delight in her recent creations for our 1.7.17 Proposal Event + contact our creative team today to book our Full Service Wedding Design + Planning services.

From beginning to end, we have mastered the art of the wedding event!

From small, intimate affairs incorporating opulent details, to luxurious, romantic destination soirées, to glamorous and sophisticated epic wedding events, allow our creative team to envision and design every magical moment showcasing the uniqueness and individuality of the wedding couple.

We thrive on exceeding client expectations and delighting and surprising attending guests, with each and every refined detail.

“You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

– Dr. Seuss


Photo Credits: © PhotoGabi, exclusively for The Huestudio + Company, 2017.