Written by: Tami

I love the holidays! It’s a time for family and friends to get together, for exchanging of gifts, for decorating your home in the most festive ways, for hopefully getting a little time off to relax before the new year, and of course … for company parties! I can’t think of a better way for employers to show their staff that they appreciate them than to host a party (small or big) with tasty food and drinks and time to all be together outside of work. This past weekend, we planned an at-home company party that really encompassed all of these things. Check out all of the details!

Festive decorations? We kept it simple but super festive incorporating live eucalyptus garland created by Mulberry Row in all areas of the home (where the party took place starting with this entry console), small strands of twinkle lights, and lit candles for ambiance. 

Delicious food and drinks? You can’t have a party without it! We set up their formal dining room to house a station of really yummy food and an adorable farmhouse bar rented from Signature Party Rentals.

Here’s another look at that gorgeous garland atop a gray linen table runner. Love this simplicity!

Many guests frequented this bar and were excited to try the signature Paloma cocktail and Lemon Drop shots our bartender whipped up. I personally love the details best … Pinecones and sprigs of eucalyptus, cute cocktail napkins, and black bar glasses to match the party’s decor. 

The living room was another space we used for this particular party. It was a great place for guests to mingle and to watch a special show put on by mentalist Riccardo Berdini later in the night. 

I love the way this garland looked wrapped around the already existing accessories in our host’s home. It really fit right in and gave a festive holiday feel. 

We incorporated candles and pinecones in all trays and decorative dishes too. Oh what fun!

Company swag? We had that too! Each employee (and their significant other) got to take home a special tote bag with the company’s logo filled with swag … T-shirts, hoodies, and eco friendly water bottles created by Invite Amy, and softer than soft Rachel Miriam throw blankets embroidered with the company logo as well. 

Did I mention delicious food? The cuisine at this party was seriously next level starting with tray passed appetizers including Jon and Vinny’s signature mozzarella sticks and so many other yummy things catered by Carmelized Productions.

A “Jon and Vinny’s” station was set up with more signature dishes including their gem lettuce with parmesan and bread crumb salad, pastas (The fusilli was insane!), delicious garlic bread …

… and those meatballs though! We can’t wait to work with this amazing catering company again!

For dessert? Tray passed strawberry cheesecake squares and chocolate fudge brownies! Is your mouth watering yet? This hamburger is not made of meat but rather ice cream! An action station was set up to give guests a taste of this delicious dessert as well!

Guests didn’t seem to want to wander back into this back bar area of the house, but its beautiful garland detail will not go to waste! I hear another party is happening here again this coming weekend! 

We couldn’t be happier with how this company party came together and hope that each employee feels as appreciated as we do by these dream clients! Keep checking back … We have so much more fun holiday decor, gift wrap, and events to share in the next coming weeks! Happy Holidays from Side by Side Design!

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Halloween is our absolute favorite time of year to decorate our living spaces. We both love to add festive touches into our existing decor. Here is a look at what we did last Halloween! In preparing to decorate this year, we once again realized just how truly busy we are and had time to purchase just a few new items, dusted off some of our old favorites, and came up with new (but quick) overall looks. Here’s a peek at how each of us used our different styles to create the right look for our homes and what we have goin’ on this Halloween.

T Side: Being the mom of one little girl and another on the way gives me exactly the excuse I need to do things super girly! I included fluffy florals, ruffles, and pink plaid in my decor, and I don’t regret this decision one bit! My tablescape turned out super cute … I can’t wait to have our Halloween guests over!

Plenty of pumpkins mixed with silk peonies makes for the perfect table runner this year.

A new textured table cloth and paper goods with a fun pattern … I really didn’t have to make big purchases to change up the look of my space for fall.

Here’s a preview of my treats I am making for Halloween night. Ghost Peeps, gummy brains, and other sours will make these skewers so much fun!

L Side: We have been so busy here at Side by Side Design, that I almost haven’t had time to do much preparing for Halloween. My girls have almost gotten more into the spirit of the holiday picking out pumpkins at one of our early October trips to Trader Joe’s and changing up their costume ideas of what they want to be most days. Earlier this week, they were all home as a last attempt to kick whatever bug was going around my house, and I decided to do something fun to lighten the mood. I set up a little Halloween surprise which really made their day.

I set up their play table (party of three) and added some spider webs to our fireplace to keep up for the rest of the month.

I couldn’t resist these adorable party plates and napkins and added some other fun details I had lying around.

My girls loved the set up, and Ava was quick to notice the pillows I “borrowed” from her room, saying “It’s ok Mommy … I know you like things to match”.

Sometimes it’s just fun to eat lunch at a party for no reason!

I even made a little dessert tray to finish it off.

As you can see, we each have our own style when it comes to decorating, but we also love to see what each other comes up with. Halloween lends itself to millions of different directions you can go. What is your plan this year? We can’t wait to hear how you decorate your space for Halloween, and of course (as we are very visual gals) we would love to see photos as well. Send them our way!

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Written by: Tami

It’s the most spooky time of the year! We absolutely love decorating for the fall holidays in our own homes and have been blessed in the past with projects that take this concept to the next level! Today, we wanted to take a little trip down memory lane to our biggest Halloween project yet and show you some of our favorite photos.

Don’t you just love this spooky ticket booth from our Haunted Circus themed year? These props from LA Circus were spectacular and helped to create the most festive yet spooky scene.

Living in LaLa Land is the perfect excuse to use this theme in your holiday decor. This Haunted Hollywood scene was complete with eight foot letters spelling out the city’s name, red carpet, and movie theater seats in front of a big screen playing an actual movie … So fun!

This haunted pirates theme was not only fun for trick or treaters to enjoy, but there was a whole party planned in its honor! Treasure chests were overflowing and everyone had arrrrgh really good time!

We have been known to bring in gorgeous displays of live flowers and plants to the events we throw, but here is an example of a live “statue” we hired for this Haunted Toga Party. We love surprising guests with new layers of Halloween fun!

This scene and coordinating party was in honor of the Wild Wicked West! Oh what fun it was to see it all come together from the three hundred bales of hay we brought in to the delicious BBQ cuisine!

I know Halloween is just around the corner, so you have probably already planned out your decor, but it is not too late to book for Thanksgiving or our winter holiday services! To get more information or put an upcoming date in the books, contact us at info@sbsdesignla.com.

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Our series, Hosting at Home, is a place for us to share the creative touches we add to our space when hosting in our own homes as well as tips from us as event planners for how to pull off a similar look or type of event at home. These events are not fancy and super pre-planned like the ones you are used to seeing us do but rather casual and impromptu. The content of these particular blog posts is meant to inspire each of you to invite friends over for a last minute BBQ, to pull out dishes you haven’t used in a while, and to find those random accessories that help make your table look unique. Keep it causal! None of this is sponsored … It’s from the heart and straight to you from our very own homes. Enjoy!

Written by: Lauren

For some reason, 4th of July sneaks up on me every single year! I always like to do something but never can get my act together far enough in advance to plan. Last year, I threw together a quick last minute get together at my house for some of my friends which seemed to go from lunch to dinner, and we all had a lot of fun!

The girls got into the spirit early and we put out some activities for all of their friends to come play.

Some beads were set out to make their own red, white, and blue jewelry to wear, and we set up a kiddie pool, a large bubble station, and our permanent trampoline to keep the kids busy.

For the adults, snacks and drinks to get the party going!

We decided to go with sandwiches for lunch and put out cold cuts and sides for all to enjoy. This was an easy set up, clean up, and made all our guests happy!

It’s nice to switch it up. Since we had cold food for lunch, we decided to heat up the grill and serve salmon, sausages, and other warm sides at night.

When hosting in your home, do what feels most natural to you while trying to push yourself a little each time to think outside the box. Until next time … Happy 4th of July and Happy Hosting from Side by Side Design!

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Written by: Tami

Is Father’s Day really this weekend? I guess it’s time to be thinking about ways to show those men in our lives how much we really care! As part of my preparation process, I pulled up pictures from last year’s celebration and was reminded of how nice it was to celebrate my husband’s first Father’s Day. While I was at it, I prepared a little post full of tips for all of you (especially if you have a new baby and are coming up with ideas for a first Father’s Day). Enjoy!

The first Father’s Day is a really important milestone in the life of a new dad, but it’s more important that he feels special every day! After our daughter was born, we treated ourselves to professional photos of ourselves with our newborn (taken by Erica Leigh Photography). My Father’s Day gift to Phil was selecting a few extra special shots and framing them just right so he could take a look at work whenever he was missing her (and me).

My husband loves sweets almost as much as he loves being a “Dada”. If you haven’t read this book by Jimmy Fallon, you must! I immediately knew I had to treat Phil to this book and some treats. I began a search for adorable local bakeries. I found one with some great options! My man loves a good chocolate chip cookie!

Pro Tip: It’s all about knowing your loved ones and treating them to the things they love. My hubby and I will sometimes pick out our own presents, but we always find a card that says just the right thing and try to make the day as special as possible.

I am sure if you asked him though, the best part of his first Father’s Day was getting to spend time with his little girl, and we had so much fun with him!

We truly hope that all you fathers have a really special day this Sunday! Whether celebrating at home or out and about, we hope you get to spend time with your loved ones, that they tell you how much you do for them, and give you extra hugs and kisses! Happy Father’s Day from Side by Side Design!

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