A New Little Pumpkin

Monday, October 31, 2016 was a special, revealing day for the Hernandez family!

Not only is this day beloved for the festive Halloween holiday, but this was also the magical day to formally announce a new addition and precious baby love to family and friends!

To welcome guests, three fresh pumpkins [Appropriately sized to represent Mother, Father and Big Brother] were placed on emerald sequin linens from Over The Top, complemented by custom artwork and event stationery from EIGHT21 Studios.

We love our preferred partners and all that they do for our team +  our many special events!

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A ‘baby’ terra cotta pumpkin remained hidden under a white vessel until the baby/new addition ‘reveal’ occurred. When turned, custom signage revealed the surprise announcement and arrival date. A small candle was then lit to illuminate the baby pumpkin, representing joy, delight and bountiful blessings!

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A second surprise [Not to mention, a special guest favor!] was unwrapped to reveal a crate filled with artisan chocolate baby lolli’s complete with pumpkin pacifiers, custom crafted by Anna Shea Chocolates. Truly a sweet treat from the Hernandez’s newest little pumpkin!

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Individually wrapped treat bags + boxes, filled with scary eye gumballs and local pumpkin candies, were suspended and hung from a gold manzanita tree allowing children of all ages to pick their desired sweet treats. #Yummy

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Artisan chocolate vampire fang lolli’s from Anna Shea Chocolates and custom “Sweet Tooth” serviettes delighted guests! [Most especially, the men and boys!]

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For Halloween 2016, this special baby/new addition reveal certainly was not a trick, but an amazing experience for all attending guests. The Hernandez’s newest little pumpkin treat is due to arrive in April 2017!

On behalf of the entire creative team of The Huestudio + Company, we extend our very best wishes, with thanks and gratitude for allowing us to be a small part of your memorable reveal day and celebration.

Congratulations to all!

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The Huestudio + Company | artisans of exquisitely-curated event experiences™

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Photo Credits: © PhotoGabi, 2016.

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Hey Dude! A Baby Shower, Just for You!

Man Showers and Dad Showers are widely popular, ever growing and a natural extension of modern parenting and equality. Less about gifts, and more about the male bonding experience, these unique baby showers bring men into the folds of anticipated fatherhood through innovative baby celebrations and special events!

So, what makes a baby shower the kind that men desire to attend?

Delight in these unique Dad Shower event experiences, custom designed by The Huestudio + Company! Curated just for that special man in your life, we proudly feature custom, hand-painted watercolor event stationery from EIGHT21 Studios + stunning photography by PhotoGabi, two of our favorite preferred partners!

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Over the Moon! For a first time father-to-be who may be a bit more casual, relaxed and cost conscious, a display shower might be a perfect option! Trends are changing to reduce, reuse and recycle so forego elaborate paper and ribbons and request unwrapped gifts that can be artfully displayed for all to see.

Invite guests to BYOB [Bring Your Own Bottles] which may include craft beers and boxed wines, along with new baby bottles! With an “Over the Moon” dad shower theme, create a starlit evening competition of cornhole/baggo games, complete with Blue Moon beers and diaper-wrapped bean bags tossed into custom ‘babies in the buff’ whimsical platforms! Go ahead. Shoot the Moon!

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Donuts + Dads! To recognize and honor the busy and hardworking father-to-be, plan an early morning office celebration or low key weekend affair at home. Cater office celebrations with a “Donut Drive By” utilizing local food trucks offering handmade gourmet donuts. For an engaging Dad Shower experience, partner with a local bakery/caterer to make hot and fresh mini-donuts on-site, allowing guests to select flavors and choose fun toppings. #DudeItWasSweet 

Design and craft your own “Sweet Munchkin” donut wall allowing guests to handpick uniquely innovative doughnuts from local artisans, while offering coffees, specialty teas and festive libations. Vanilla Bean Glazed + Red Velvet doughnuts from Glazed and Infused are local Chicago favorites! Don’t be crazed…be amused! 

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Fore! Bogey’s, Birdies, Bib and Babies. For active men and golf lovers alike, a local country club golf experience or destination adventure to a luxury golf resort might be ‘taylor made’ for a spirited and competitive dad shower. A clever “Pro Shop” can be shared and included on guest invitations for baby gift and apparel registries. Custom, personalized keepsake golf towels may complete this unique dad shower.

Upon arrival at the golf event, guests generously gift the father-to-be with golf balls, tees and baby bibs for the new family addition, plus ‘buy-in’ with $10-$25 to demonstrate expert putting skills in a competition putting contest, prior to teeing off. Dollar amounts may be pre-selected for bogey’s [1-over par] and birdies [1-under par], and following play, scores are tabulated with all funds gifted to the new father-to-be during post-event, “19th Hole” clubhouse celebrations! #AboveParMan

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* The Huestudio + Company was recently honored to be one of ten event designers for Operation Shower and the “Little Works of Art” baby shower, sponsored by The Barclay’s and Birdies for the Brave held in August 2016 at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, New York. Operation Shower is a Preferred Charitable Partner of The Huestudio + Company.

** Read our latest guest blog posts for Rosie Pope where we share our favorite baby shower favors!

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Beer. BBQ. Diapers. This dad shower has all the right fixin’s for a fun and lively event for all, especially dudes! To celebrate ‘six-pack abs’ + an upcoming new baby, bring a 6-pack [or more!] of your favorite beers, turn up the heat and smoke on desired BBQ offerings, and gift the new father-to-be with new diaper packs. Further enhance dad shower celebrations by engaging a favorite local band to provide live music, and for added flavor, partner with innovative local beer companies to offer craft beers in food trucks. Tap + Trucks + Tiny Toes = A New Baby is Brewing!

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Plan accordingly. At a minimum, have your Dad Shower at least six to eight weeks, prior to the due date. Invite and include any/all male friends and family members. Dude, it’s your choice to keep guest lists reserved to just the guys, but don’t forget to consult with the mother-to-be…she just might have other thoughts and ideas!

With more stay-at-home dads and more involvement + an increased interest in parenting overall, celebrating fatherhood and Dad Showers is oh so, cool! Visit Oh Baby! in Celebrations at The Huestudio + Company for more! 

Go for it gentlemen, and enjoy!

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Jeff Huges Portrait Photoshoot

Jeff Hughes is the Chief Experience Officer for The Huestudio + Company.

As artisans of exquisitely-curated event experiences™, The Huestudio + Company exclusively partners with the finest purveyors and talent to design and create magical special events and memorable celebrations. We are honored to support local small businesses with offerings and products 100% Made in the USA! #supportlocalartisans

Photo Credits: © PhotoGabi, exclusively for The Huestudio + Company, 2016.

Glamp It Up!

“In a well-ordered universe…camping would take place indoors.”

– Morgan Matson

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Providing the positive aspects of recreational camping without the uncomfortable negatives, Glamping – a fusion of camping and glamour – partners the authentic experience of communing with nature, along with adult desires for elegant amenities, plush comfort, fine dining experiences…and camping butlers offering exceptional service!

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To celebrate the purchase of a new RV motor home in retirement, Libby + John recently hosted a gathering and dinner party for close friends in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

The creative team of The Huestudio + Company was honored to have planned and designed this unique Glamping event experience, in collaboration with select preferred partners.

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Preferred partners created exclusive, bespoke offerings and unique elements; items that elevated the regular camping experience to an elegant, distinctive Glamping soirée.

Invited friends were surprised and delighted with the elaborate tablescapes, exquisite florals, luxurious linens and hand-crafted culinary delights, among other special items. Each offering was thoughtfully designed with an elegant flair and in grand Glamping style!

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Why not experience the Art of Glamping for yourself!

Head off beyond the beaten tourist path and immerse yourself in authentic local culture, all in style, comfort and elegance. Contact our creative team today to create your exclusive enclave of camping elegance!

Upgrade travel recreation, luxurious rejuvenation and complete comfort to a refined experience and environment while enriching your life. 

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With no tent to pitch, no sleeping bag to unroll and no fire to build, to fully experience unspoiled wilderness in incomparable luxury, The Huestudio + Company recommends The Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, an exclusive eco-safari destination and The Resort at Paws Up.

Both offer memorable and unforgettable Glamping experiences! 

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“My camping days are over, but I might consider glamping.”

– Christine Feehan

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Photographer: PhotoGabi | Artisan Chocolates: Anna Shea Chocolates | Chair + Table Rentals: Halls Rentals Event Stationery: EIGHT21 Studios | Event Planner: The Huestudio + Company | Floral Designer: The Flower Studio | Heirlooms + Extras: Posh Chicago | Letterpress Coasters, Letterpress Notecards + Custom Printed Linens: Lucky Invitations | Linens and Coverings: Over The Top Rental Linens | Venue: Private Home in Arlington Heights, Illinois

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A Decade of Love

Sea Turtles. Fragrant Leis. Oceanfront Vows. One Magical Wedding Day!

E Hoomau Maua Kealoha | May our love last forever

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To commemorate a special wedding event ten years ago, and to celebrate a rich historical reminder to know and respect the ocean, a traditional outrigger canoe adventure was booked in the peaceful waters just off of Polo Beach in Wailea, Maui, Hawaii.

With a love for ocean, tranquility and a preference for the relaxing quietness of early mornings, a perfect beginning to a magical and memorable wedding day on May 25, 2006 was about to occur.

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Hawaiian guides expertly navigated the outrigger canoe into the waters and told stories of island lore while paddling. With a sudden stop, and with paddles raised, the canoe glided gently as the lead Hawaiian guide stated in a soft whispering voice, “Just below us is a Hawaiian Honu [sea turtle].” With silence, everyone looked into the clear, deep waters.

In a hushed tone the guide continued, “However, even more special is there are two!”

In silent awe, we watched two giant sea turtles swimming peacefully below. “It is very rare that we see two Honu’s swimming together. What a most memorable sight and a special, magical omen to experience on the morning of your marriage!

You two will be blessed.

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Representing longevity, safety and Mana [spiritual energy], the Hawaiian Honu are considered bearers of good luck and peace by Native Hawaiians. The Honu is honored for the wisdom that comes with age and many Hawaiians worship the Honu as their ‘aumakua’ or ancestral spirit guide whose wisdom protects and leads them throughout their lives. 

May 25, 2016 represents a memorable return to The Fairmont Kea Lani and Polo Beach in Wailea, Maui, Hawaii to celebrate ten years of marriage.

A Decade of Love is celebrated with Honu, leis, sunrises, sunsets – and – with the artistry and talents of select preferred partners, with bespoke anniversary gifts!

Delight in their craftsmanship and creativity + the beautiful photographs taken by PhotoGabi!

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Ten (10) custom Hawaiian-inspired fabric puzzle boxes were commissioned and hand-crafted by Judy Lynn of mirabelle studio. Each puzzle box held ten (10) commissioned hand-painted watercolor cards, custom created by Carol Massa Woldhuis of EIGHT21 Studios.

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Each morning, a unique box with enclosed custom card commemorating favorite Hawaiian songs throughout the years, was presented. Each representing “pieces of a larger puzzle”, ten (10) boxes and cards were received over the course of the anniversary trip to reveal special messages and four (4) quotes of love translated from English to Hawaiian.

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A larger custom ‘instruction card’ was created by EIGHT21 Studios designs by Carol Massa Woldhuis with inspiration by a favorite song, Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World by Israel “Iz” Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole!

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Laura and Jerry Pugh from Lucky Invitations were commissioned to create a special May 25, 2016 anniversary folio for presentation on the actual wedding anniversary.

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With a hand-crafted outer box with a 2006 penny representing “the sands of time”, the luxe “sunrise/sunset-inspired” mango silk folio [complete with leather braided cording and a diamond starfish embellishment], contained letterpress messages of love, sentiments and celebration presented on hand-hammered copper sheets backed in blue silk representing the ocean.

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Inspired by a unique sea shell picked up from Polo Beach ten years ago during wedding portraits, the original sea shell was utilized by Jim Mitchell of Mitchell’s Jewelers to create custom 18K gold cultured Akoya pearl earrings, complete with 2016 dimes to commemorate the 10-year special occasion.

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Presented in a custom mirabelle studio puzzle box along with a EIGHT21 Studios watercolor card, “My heart tells me that I love you, More than all the little pearly shells!”

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Married by the Maui born and raised Reverend Valentin (Tino) Rosete on May 25, 2006 to the sounds of the slack key guitar, and presented with traditional Hawaiian flower leis representing the unbroken circle of eternal commitment and devotion to one another, we share love, kindness and joy with each of you, today and always! 

Aloha!

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Ei-Ah Eha-No. Ka Malohia Oh-Na-Lani. Mea A-Ku A-Pau

May peace from above rest upon you and remain with you now and forever

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*To create your own bespoke special events and extraordinary occasions that are memorable, we hope you’ll consider Imprint at The Huestudio + Company. Learn more!

Photo Credits:© PhotoGabi exclusively for The Huestudio + Company, 2016.

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Event Stationery Elevated!

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”

– Edgar Degas

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[ Preferred Partner Spotlight: EIGHT21 Studios ]

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Elegant. Exquisite. Elevated. Edgy. Elaborate. Enchanting. Endearing. Enviable. Essential. Ethereal. Epic.

Consistently envisioned, designed and crafted in excellence, the above words are descriptors, among many, that represent the impeccable artistry and talents of EIGHT21 Studios and artist/owner Carol Massa Woldhuis.

Creating elegant, whimsical and one-of-a-kind, hand-painted invitations and distinctive, custom event stationery, EIGHT21 Studios is where Art meets Stationery™

As a preferred partner, a blank canvas awaits for discerning clients where high expectations + colorful visions mix and combine together with artistic talent [ and a bit of glitter and shimmer! ] to transform ordinary paper into extraordinary works of art. 

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Delight in the enchanting artistry and elaborate designs of EIGHT21 Studios with a preview and sampling of their exclusive event stationery!

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“When I say artist I mean the one who is building things … some with a brush – some with a shovel – some choose a pen.”

– Jackson Pollock

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“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.”

– Pablo Picasso

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“Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing.”

– Marc Chagall

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“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

– Henry David Thoreau

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“The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.”

– Jean-Jacques Rousseau

For all types of celebrations, occasions and spectacular weddings, EIGHT21 Studios | Designs by Carol Massa Woldhuis, is exquisite in every way! We love them…and know you will too! PS: Look for their secret signature #821 in every custom creation!

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The Huestudio + Company’s Preferred Partner program is an exclusive, invitation-only network of the finest artisans, purveyors and talent from around the world. As artisans of exquisitely-curated event experiences™, each Preferred Partner is unique and offers custom, distinctive and innovative offerings; Offerings that amaze and delight our clients!

We are honored to collaborate and partner with these exceptional artisans and proudly introduce you to these talented event professionals through regular Preferred Partner Spotlights. View our full listing of Preferred Partners.

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”

– Vincent Van Gogh

Photo Credit: Custom Event Stationery | © EIGHT21 Studios | Designs by Carol Massa Woldhuis, 2016.