Whether you're planning a shower for your best friend, or a full on formal wedding, event planning can get really stressful. The logistics are overwhelming; invitations, locations, food, and all those details, plus then you have decorations. Girl, BYE.
Lucky for you DC is full of amazing planners, artists, calligraphers, caterers; you need it, somewhere in the DMV is the events professional of your dreams! As an event planner myself, I find such joy in the planning process, however it can get really stressful if it's not your forte. So, I put together this guide with some of my favorite creatives to help make your next event the party of the century!
I first met Michelle Sampson a few years ago when ... Not only is she the sweetest person and always willing to help, her floral arrangements are OUT. OF. CONTROL. She draws from japanese floral design and other modern influences to create the most amazing, unique and moody arrangements. From bouquets to table arrangements to full on huge installations, her work is sure to wow at your next event.
Sweet Root Village
Admittedly, I have never personally worked with these power-house flower geniuses, but I have been a fan for some time now (since seeing their work at an event on which I worked as well). Their installations, especially their GIANT ones, are an absolute site to behold. Honestly, in my mind they're basically defying gravity on some of these. Whether you're looking for major installations at an event, or a tables cape for your bestie's shower, these ladies will rock. your. world.
Depending on your event, you may have different needs for food, so I had to pull a couple of my favorite caterers and vendors.
Manos De Maiz
For a laid back affair, I could not recommend Manos de Maiz enough. If you check out my blog recap of the Girl Brunch Elizabeth and I planned last year, you'll see some shots of their amazing maizopes, and their insane mexican hot chocolate. Joanna, the founder, is so community oriented and her food is not only delicious, but brings a fun and whimsical feel to any event.
If you're looking for a new Insta-stalk, look no further. Not only is Heirloom's food delicious and creative; it's absolutely gorgeous! Their team's eye for style, plus their knack for miniature-izing the tastiest of treats- it's a real win-win. This catering and styling company can be seen working their magic at a lot of high-end, hot-spot events throughout the DMV, so make sure you go check them out the next time you have a chance. I promise you won't be disappointed.
From weddings, to baby showers and artist events, many of the city's hip events are held in this amazing gallery. With a full kitchen, and gorgeous back patio area, it's perfect for a variety of event types and styles. While still being incredibly posh and styled, the space feels very much like a blank canvas. Style it to your liking and turn this venue into the event space of your dreams!
JUG AND TABLE
This first floor bar of Roofer's Union in Adam's Morgan is a hidden gem. With a plethora of wines (some on tap, which is a lot of fun), local beers and super crafty cocktails, PLUS a menu centered around cheese, charcuterie and tasty bites, there's no way you'll be disappointed. In my experience it's hard to find event space for more intimate gatherings without breaking the bank, but this place is reasonably priced without sacrificing style and quality of service.
Honestly, these are just a small collection of the talent that the DMV creative community has to offer; whatever your budget, style and needs, there is without a doubt the perfect fit for you!