Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Inspiration Boards: Before and After

I think it is very important to use inspiration boards when you are planning an event for a client. Some planners disagree, but I feel strongly that your client needs to feel the general direction visually. After all, they can't climb into your head and see what you are thinking, so it is important to make sure that you are both on the same page. 
When I am brainstorming for an event, I usually do that with tons of tons of pictures, whether that is through Pinterest, or just bookmarking things that I like. After I decide on the direction of the event, whether that be a color scheme, or a party theme, I make an inspiration board for my benefit, as well as that of the client. 
So, I thought I would do a little before and after....

All these inspiration boards were made prior to my event, to show the client what my vision was for the party. The next board is a collage of actual photos from the event, come to fruition. 

I think you can see that I try to stay very close to my inspiration board when planning the actual details of the party. I actually didn't really even really how closely I use these board until I saw all these collages side by side!
A lot of people have asked me what program I use for these and I use Picasa. It's a free download from google and it is SUPER easy to use!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

New Blog Design!!

I am thrilled to unveil my new blog design, courtesy of the wonderful Michelle at Intrigue Design Studio!

Michele also redesigned my logo and totally rebranded GreyGrey Designs! I could not be happier with the results. 
A few months ago, Michele also designed the logo for my Step Forward to Cure Tuberous Sclerosis walkathon Team Greyson t-shirts. She actually made my Greyson into an illustration!!

So, HUGE thank yous to Michele!
If you need any design work at all, please visit her website!
She. is. the. best. 

Also, if you noticed, my domain name is now registered:

And you can reach me via email at

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Tate's Tailg8: A Sneak Peek!

Professional pictures coming soon!!
I can't WAIT for you to see this cute party!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Children's Party Network: Party Girls Rock Memphis

I am SO incredibly behind on this posting! 
A few weekends ago, I had the distinct privilege of hosting some of my favorite party girls in my hometown of Memphis. 
The lovely Cineca of Dreamin N Details had asked me a few months back to co-host a Children's Party Network Girls' Night Out with her and Laura from Eye Candy Event Details. 
I immediately said yes because, hello, do you KNOW how awesome CPN is? Well, if you are not a member, then I have no idea why. 
Another reason I wanted to be part of this event is because of the massive love I have for CPN's founders, Natalie of Little Shindigs and The Knock Knock Factory, and Kristy of The Purple Pug. They have always been SO amazing to me, that I wanted to represent their amazing network in the best way I know how. 
And the opportunity to meet some of these girls' whose work I have admired was too good to pass up!
We had 19 fabulous ladies joining us for our Party Girls' Rock Memphis!

Our vision for the event was for it to be music themed. Since Memphis is the Home of the Blues, and famous for all the fabulous musicians that have come from or recorded here, it was the perfect choice. 
We picked Automatic Slim's in downtown Memphis for it's location and it's vibe. Plus, the food is awesome.
We had the entire upstairs portion of the restaurant, which has this amazing gold leaf wallpaper.
My contributions were decor and assembling swag bags for the event. I saw a mobile made out of records on Pinterest and I knew that is what I wanted to do for this event!
The centerpieces were made from cardboard boxes that I picked up at Hobby Lobby. I affixed music scrapbook paper to them and then used glittered scrapbook paper for the tops. I put in a Stax label record (a Memphis institution) and a large wooden music note that I painted with glittered spray paint. Also, I tossed in a few multi-colored disco ball Christmas ornaments. 
The record place mats, programs, and lanyard name tags were Laura's contribution. They looked amazing and everyone loved that we could sign the place mats and take them home as souvenirs!
The mobiles were a fun, easy project that turned out to look so fab!
I picked up a bunch of old 45 records at the antique mall (seriously 10 for $5!) and used clear craft lacing (you can get it at the HL) to secure the records to a plant hanger that I got at Home Depot. 
Plant hangers are super inexpensive and all I did was turn this one upside down and take out the chains and reattach them to the bottom. Next time you need something to hang, use a plant hanger! The lines of this one are super modern and looked fab when the records were attached. But really, you could use anything you wanted to make a mobile!  
The swag bags were filled TO THE BRIM with awesome goodies and product samples! I can't thank our vendors enough (or Laura and Cineca for securing such great stuff!)
Cineca also brought some fun photo props like Elvis glasses!
I used the remaining 45s and some 78s (Elvis and Stax of course) to design a backdrop for the desserts. Luckily, Cineca brought some clear thumbtacks along!
We had such great goodies on the dessert table, including these GORGEOUS Elvis cookies from Dandy Delights!
Fabulous glittered microphone lollipops from Whimsical Boutique!
Guitar cookies from The Sweetest Thing!
And these incredible jukebox cake pops from A Twist of Cake! Seriously, the detail on these were crazy!
Cineca put together these gable boxes for our guests, to make sure all their yummies got home safely. 
An overview of our lovely room!
My co-hosts, Cineca and Laura. 
Everyone went around the room and introduced themselves, this is Aimee from Aimee Broussard Events

We were lucky enough to have the adorable Courtney Dial from Pizzazzerie come and hang out with us for the weekend. She gave everyone there some very useful advice on how she has built her brand so quickly and wonderfully. I know you know Miss Courtney. Because, if you don't, then get thyself to her blog immediately. 
She was such a pleasure, exactly how you think she would be. Totally cute and fun!

This is me and the fabulous Do from Piggy Bank Parties. I heart Do. She helped me SO much with my hamburger party, and I already have her lined up for another party in January. She is fabulous beyond words. And just brilliant. 
Some fabulous ladies here too! Eleanor from Pink Peppermint Paper, Jill from Peas and Thank Yous, and Cineca. Jill and Eleanor have insane paper talent. You might have seen some of their fabulous parties lately, such as Jill's Cowgirl Chic Party and Eleanor's Boy Meets World Sip and See. 
Some of my Memphis girls--Ashley and Kim, better known as the Hip Hostesses! I cannot believe it took us this long to meet, seeing as how Ashley's husband and my husband played soccer together in high school and we live in the same place! I am sure we will run into each other at Hobby Lobby soon!
The lovely Latasha from A Posh Party by Latasha getting her picture made with Courtney!
Latasha and I know each other from way back! When she was planning her wedding a few years ago, I was the catering manager at the country club. Unfortunately, I left that position before her wedding, so it was so good to see her and catch up. Check out her website! She literally has the cutest logo ever. 
A fun group pic that Amy got! 
I was so honored to help in this fabulous event! It went by way too fast!
It was wonderful to meet so many of the people who I admired and already "knew" via our blogs and webpages!
I hope we have another one super soon!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

CPN Swag Bag Giveway Winner!

Remember, you've got two more chance to win!
Make sure you try again at my co-hostesses blogs!

Dreamin N Details is up next!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

{Giveaway!} CPN Party Girls Rock Memphis Swag Bag!

Want to win one of the amazing swag bags from this weekend's Children's Party Network Girl's Night Out in Memphis? 
 Trust me, YOU DO!
Well, it just so happens that I have an extra one with your name on it!
My giveaway is first!

With swag from:

Whimsical Boutique

Here are the rules:

1. Contest open only to Children's Party Network Members. You're not a member? Well, join today! It's totally free and it's awesome!

2.  Please "Like" my page GreyGrey Designs and then share my page with your friends and family.  Also, please like my co-hostesses' pages Dreamin N Details and Eye Candy Event Details.  Once you have done that, COMMENT ON THIS POST that you have liked and shared the pages.

The contest will run until Friday, November 11th at 9:00pm CST.  I will then enter all the names into an Excel spreadsheet, randomize the names and use a to pick a winner!