Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Company Winter Wonderland

For this corporate holiday party, the client wanted to create a Winter Wonderland in this trendy New York City nightclub. Cool blue lighting was key to creating this wintery atmosphere. The focal points were two frosted Christmas trees adorned with multi-colored blue, silver and white ornaments, mini birds, feathers, pine cones and icicles. Pink Monkey Events likes to add fun elements to Christmas trees rather than sticking to just the typical ornaments. We also used an abundance of white branches to cover all the railings for a wintery feel. These same branches filled tall vases filled with snow to make grand bar arrangements incorporating the theme. Additional décor included frosted candle votives, strands of white Christmas lights, all white floral arrangements and glittery snowflakes throughout the room to finish the look. Finally a yummy signature cocktail, gift raffle, lots of dancing and a faux snowfall helped to make for a fun and festive evening for all guests!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Pink Monkey Gets Married!

Here at Pink Monkey we have some very exciting news... Michelle, owner of Pink Monkey Events, got married this past December and we couldn’t wait to share the details with you! It all started with a gorgeous pair of Wedgwood blue (Michelle & her fiancée’s favorite color) satin Badley Mischka heels that Michelle spotted right after their engagement that would inevitably inspire the entire event. We had the shoes in our office because we were constantly referring back to them while planning and obsessing over the unique shade of blue. But panic set in when the shoes mysteriously went missing and being the key element, we were on a mission to find these shoes. After tearing apart the office, Michelle’s fiancée took her back to the store to buy a new pair and all that was left was one pair that was 1/2 size bigger but she vowed to make them work! After every wedding there is a funny story to tell and this wedding just happened to start with one. Once everyone could focus now that the shoes were back, we had so much fun working together to plan this event to make it this wedding perfect for this perfect couple.
Taking place in the sleek and modern venue, Tribeca Skyline Studios, not only lent itself to breathtaking views of the city and expectational service but gave us a clean slate to work with so we could make Michelle’s vision a reality. Michelle chose a theme of vintage gold, lavish red and ice blue that incorporated a touch of wintery elements that made for stunning decor. There were so many fun and unique elements to this event from monogrammed pillows on the lounge couches to the cocktail napkins on the bar to the miniature birds nests that created a one-of-a-kind seating card table. We created an invite that was presented as a beautiful package that encompassed the overall feel of the event with feathers, a vintage rhinestone broach and satin ribbon. The tables were adorned with crisp blue linens, antique gold votives, elaborate candelabras, bold red roses and lavish gold flatware. Special thanks to Jessie from Rountree Flowers for the flawless job she did creating the extraordinary floral arrangements and additional decor elements. Michelle also wanted her wedding to feel personal so there were special custom touches throughout. The ring barriers’ pillows were embellished with the bride & groom’s initials and the wedding date. Being the romantic that he is, her soon to be husband bought Michelle a exquisite fur coat as a pre wedding gift that the couple had embroidered specifically for the wedding day. Also not typical for most of our weddings, Michelle wanted to make sure we had something fun for the large number of children attending. We set up a super cool kid’s lounge equipped with Wii, karaoke and tons of games to keep the children happy and their parents even happier. We are so happy to share with all of you this wedding that has such an extra special meaning to Pink Monkey Events! Jayd Gardina Photography did an amazing job capturing this event and provides us all with memories of the day to last a lifetime.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

A Gorgeous Day for a Gorgeous Couple

This wedding cannot help but put a smile on your face! This beautiful afternoon wedding was casual enough to let everyone’s happiness take center stage. The rustic yet elegant theme suited the couple perfectly and made for a heartwarming occasion. The color palette of crisp navy, bright yellow and vibrant green worked perfectly for this September wedding. Although this was a Manhattan wedding, there was certainly an outdoorsy feel. The decor was kept very natural using tree bark, branches, green apples as well as fresh flowers to emphasize the simplistic theme. The venue, The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, allowed for plenty of natural light to pour in from the floor to ceiling windows displaying a gorgeous view of the Hudson River. The favors were one of the most special aspects of this wedding. Gourmet bottles of olive oil were given out which was a unique idea that was the perfect way for their guests to remember the event.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

True Love

This couple cannot help but put a smile on your face and bring a tear to your eye. Christine and Jim were so in love that this wedding was extra special. For this event, we focused on coordination insuring that everything ran smoothly so their love was center stage. We helped every step of the way with the traditional tea ceremony, ceremony and reception. Pink Monkey Events handled every aspect from making sure the groomsmen’s boutonnieres were on straight to the timing of the wedding to stay on schedule. This couple’s happiness filled the room making this lovely afternoon wedding a joyous occasion for all.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Why You Really Do Need An Event Planner

Some may wonder why hiring an event planner is necessary but trust us when we say, we are here to make your life easier! After years of experience there are countless occasions when Pink Monkey Events have saved the day. From torrential rain, dress malfunctions, drunk party guests and wedding crashers… we have been through it all. When it is your special day you shouldn’t be the one who has to worry when things go wrong because that’s what we are here for. There is no problem that Pink Monkey can’t fix! 

Wardrobe malfunctions:

Some of our most memorable calamities revolve around dress problems. It is almost inevitable that throughout the course of any wedding, that some sort of wardrobe malfunction take place. Whether it be a torn bustle, ripped hemline, makeup on the groom’s tux or even an exposed bra strap, we make it our priority to insure you look picture perfect at all times. Our sewing kit equipped with needle and thread is sure to come to every event and on more than one occasion has been put to good use.

Party guest problems:

Another crucial element to our role is damage control. Pink Monkey Events is focused on keeping the bride and groom happy at all times so we try our best to deal with all problems quietly. One extreme example was at a wedding when a family member suffered from a serious asthma attack on the dance floor. We made it our responsibility to have an ambulance come quickly yet discreetly to first and foremost insure the safety of the guest but also to keep the party running smoothly. On a lighter note, we have experience with party guests that have had one too many cocktails. Rather than embarrass the guest by doing something extreme such as cutting them off, we simply water down their drinks, encourage them to eat or offer them some strong coffee. Continuing with difficult guests, party crashers are another bothersome element that we are all too accustomed with. In such situations we aim to find security dressed in plain clothes that can calmly escort the uninvited guest out without averting any attention from the party.

Vendor dilemmas:

In addition, working with vendors can be another headache that we are happy to take care of for our clients. On numerous occasions we have had problems such as dead flowers, broken centerpieces, under-staffed venues and late caterers, just to name a few. Monkey Events always comes prepared to rectify these situations by staying on top of our vendors and always having a backup plan. We are not afraid to take matters into our own hands when necessary. If need be, we will step in to serve food, mix cocktails or create last minute centerpieces because there’s no job we won’t do! For one wedding, the lead singer of the band unfortunately got into a car accident so we had to help the other unprepared band members with song choices on the spot but the musical performance went off without a hitch.

From researching street closures to avoid traffic to purchasing rain boots and umbrellas in preparation for a wedding taking place during a hurricane, Pink Monkey Events goal remains the same… to insure your event is all you dreamed it would be no matter what your special day has in store!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Leave the Coordination to Us!

This wedding was all about fun! Leave the coordination to us and you’re sure to have a good time. Our job is to make sure everyone including the bride, groom, family and friends don’t have to worry about a thing. For this event, we did the coordination and took care of everything to insure everyone had a carefree and memorable time. Even the flower girl was relaxed knowing Pink Monkey Events had everything under control!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

No Hurricane Could Stop Us!

Pink Monkey Events believes that come rain, sleet, sun or snow nothing can stop your special day from being everything you dreamed of! This wedding is proof of this philosophy given that this one took place during Hurricane Irene. To make matters worse, the wedding was set to be outdoors so this torrential weather had the potential to have a serious damper on the event but we would not have that! We improvised and used chic black umbrellas to provide coverage from the rain during the outdoor ceremony and luckily these impromptu accessories added a playful yet unique touch. As for the reception, we moved the location indoors and used sleek gunmetal linens and crisp white floral centerpieces to dress the tables. Warm amber lighting and an abundance of candles were also used to set an intimate vibe in the room. We incorporated a NYC theme in their table numbers and menus to personalize the event to the couple. Although the decor was sophisticated, the party was all about fun! The cocktail party even allowed guests to play a game of pool together which kicked off this event in a special way. Later, the reception was followed by an after-party that included more dancing and yummy fun snacks for the guest to enjoy. Nothing could rain on this parade! Special thanks to Catherine Leonard Photography who went above and beyond by taking the challenge of coming out in this weather truly making them a one-of-a-kind vendor!

Friday, August 26, 2011

The Vacation Starts Here!

For this destination wedding we decided to take the invites to the next level to incorporate the playful island theme. We used three mini suitcases in crisp green and vibrant turquoise that each contained a different element to the invite. Our vision was that when the guest opened each suitcase, what was inside each time would be a fun surprise. The top suitcase contained the elegant, handmade invite revealing the incredible tropical location. Then as the guest continued to unpack their goodies, they discovered chic leather passport holders and travel essentials such as hand wipes, chapstick, sunblock, Airborne, Colgate wisps, individual packs of tissues and Listerine Pocket Packs in the second suitcase. It continues to get better from there when the bottom suitcase is opened to reveal a Brookstone N.A.P Travel Kit which included a lush sleep mask, neck pillow and ear plugs to keep the guests comfortable on their flight along with a great read. It was important for this specific bride and groom that their guests felt special and enthusiastic for this trip from the moment they received their invitation and these one-of-a-kind invites did just that!