Day of the Dead Celebration: A Stylish Halloween Dinner Party

Day of the Dead Inspired Dinner Party | Orlando, Florida

Day of the Dead Halloween Dinner Party
On October 31st, an intimate group of friends joined their Halloween-loving hosts for their annual Halloween celebration. The hosts selected Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) as the theme, and worked with A Flair for Affairs®, Flourish Floral Productions and Puff’n Stuff Catering to create a festive Mexican dinner party under the stars. (Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday which is also celebrated throughout Latin America and in parts of the United States. This colorful holiday is steeped in cultural traditions, and centers on celebrating deceased loves ones by honoring them with food, drink and parties.)

The hosts (our lovely clients) are never shy to admit that Halloween is their favorite holiday of the year. They have amassed an enviable décor collection, comprised of everything from ravens and skeletons, to exotic artisan-crafted items. Upon setting the date for the dinner party, they contacted Elisa Delgardio to help develop a stylish event design, and coordinate the elements of the celebration.

Invitations were sent, and party guests were asked to dress for the occasion. Given the choice of dressing in costume or proper dinner attire, the majority opted for the former. To the hosts’ delight, the arrival of each and every guest created a buzz of excitement, and created a synergistic experience for all.   Fortunately, photographer Errol Colon was on hand to capture the spirit of each guest.

Day of the Dead Make Up

As guests arrived on that gorgeous fall evening, they nibbled on butler passed hors d’oeuvres. Tasty goat cheese quesadillas and mini tacos were complemented by margaritas and sangria served by the Puff’n Stuff team. Guitarist David Naidu played a delightful array of Spanish classical and South American music.

Day of the Dead Halloween Dinner Party | AFFADay of the Dead Dinner Party Table | AFFA
Audible gasps were heard as the guests saw the feasting table and perused the vignettes and decor sprinkled throughout the home. Flourish Floral Productions did an incredible job of incorporating the quirky and colorful Day of the Dead elements into two table-scapes and various ‘oferendas’. Elisa Delgardio (A Flair for Affairs) took on a bit more than the planning and event design – she is also credited with creating the custom linen table runners. (Some décor items shown are part of the hosts’ collection.)

Day of the Dead Decor | AFFA

After cocktails and conversation in the main house, guests transitioned to the outdoor patio where dinner would be served al fresco. Top shelf guacamole was prepared table-side and served with tortilla chips, a trio of salsas and queso cheese. After enjoying the salad course, guests were treated to a dual plated entree with a Mexican flair.

Day of the Dead Halloween Dinner Party

But dessert was the showstopper: Flourless Chocolate Chili Cake with an edible Sugar Skull image on white chocolate – it was truly to die for!

Day of the Dead Halloween Dessert Sugar Skull

And what would a Halloween party be with out treats! The host created charming gift bags that were given to guests as they departed.

Photographer:Errol Colon Photographers
Event Planning / Design: Weddings & Events by A Flair for Affairs
Floral / Design: Flourish Floral Productions
Catering: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering
Guitarist: David Naidu guitaristonwheels.com

Private Parties, Entertaining at Home

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11 2014

Winter Park Wedding Expo – September 6

In the mood for a Bridal Show? Then you need to attend the Winter Park Wedding Expo!

The Winter Park Wedding Expo is returning to Hannibal Square on September 6th! Get your tickets today online (or visit local Winter Park merchants for free passes!) Just in time for anyone planning a winter or early spring celebration! The Winter Park Wedding Expo will feature the very best Central Florida wedding and event professionals in a convenient location. Similar to a Bridal Show – yet, with a casual and upscale vibe.

Winter Park Wedding Expo - 2014

SATURDAY – SEPT. 6th 2014

Participating Vendors:

Elegant Imagery Photography | A Flair for Affairs | Tuscawilla Country Club | errol colon photography | Winter Park Wedding Chapel | Flower No. 5 | Beautiful Bride Orlando … and many more!! Actually, over three dozen Central Florida businesses will be present to meet and greet all who turnout.

Plus, this show is not exclusively for bridal couples – If you are planning a birthday celebration or holiday event, I’m sure you will collect tons of great ideas!

Purchase Tickets: $10.00

Wedding Expo

Winter Park Wedding Expo

Saturday, September 6, 2014 – Starts: 3:00 pm
Saturday, September 6, 2014 – Ends: 5:00 pm

721 W. New England Ave.
Winter Park,
FL 32789Wedding Planning - Dresses - Inspiration - Local Bridal Shows

www.facebook.com/WinterParkExpo

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08 2014

shine :: Event Education and Professional Development Conference

Calling all Wedding and Event Pros!  It’s time to shine !

I’ve been working on this project for a few months and now it’s time to share the news!  The shine event is an educational and professional development conference for ABC members as well as all creative professionals serving the wedding and event industry.



Prologue: I established myself as an independent event planner and bridal consultant more than a dozen years ago. While my title and credentials have gradually changed and evolved over the years, the fact that I am an entrepreneur does not change. I can label myself Planner, Designer, Consultant, or Specialist; I can throw in CEO, Owner or Founder… But the only thing that truly matters is this: I am the business owner, and I am responsible for my successes as well as my failures.

 am an entrepreneurI don’t know about you, but I don’t like to fail. And yet, I entered business without knowing how to be successful as entrepreneur.

Did I make mistakes?  – Yes I did.

Did I waste time and money? – Absolutely.

Did I learn from my mistakes? – You bet!

And that is the key:  Learning (education).  As an entrepreneur, learning is not optional.  You must learn, or your business will not survive.  You must find inspiration or you will burn out.  You must adapt and try new things or you will become irrelevant.

I love my job.  But entrepreneurship fascinates me!  Entrepreneurs are some of the most intelligent, resourceful and creative people I’ve ever met.  I have learned so much from my event industry colleagues I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to help educate and inspire others by organizing the shine event.

The Association of Bridal Consultants – Florida has put together an incredible conference: {shine} is a professional development conference featuring superb educational sessions presented by experts & leaders in our Industry and and beyond! Get a jump on your FALL 2014 EVENTS by squeezing 6 months worth of meetings into 2 turbo-charged days of inspiration, motivation, and networking! 

shine event - Shine Conference 2014

Presenting shine’s Dynamic Speakers:
Planners, Designers, Authors, Entrepreneurs, Trend setters, Influencers, and Award Winners:

 Donnie BrownDonnie Brown Weddings & Events – @WDonnieBrown

Heather Canada, MBCFirst Coast Weddings and Events – @FirstCoastWedd

Eddie Diaz, CSEPEncore Creations – @eddiediaz

Kelly McWilliamsWeddings by Socialites – @weddingtidbits

Jennifer LeeCoach Jenn Lee – @coachjennlee

Brenda Fernandez MBCDream Wedding Mexico – @Brendaferza

Shine Event Speakers: Donnie Brown, Kelly McWilliams, Eddie Diaz, Heather Canada, Coach Jenn Lee, Brenda Fernandez

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06 2014

Winter Park Wedding Expo – June 7, 2014

The Winter Park Wedding Expo will showcase Central Florida wedding and event professionals at the Winter Park Community Center

Save the Date!  Just in time for anyone planning a fall or winter celebration! The Winter Park Wedding Expo will feature the very best Central Florida wedding and event professionals in a convenient location.  Similar to a Bridal Show – yet, with a casual and upscale vibe.

Winter Park Wedding Expo - 2014

Participating Vendors:

The Alfond Inn | Absolutely Fitting | A Flair for Affairs | The Collection | GiGi’s Cupcakes | Dream Designs Florist | Tuscawilla Country Club … and many more!!  Actually, over 40 Central Florida businesses will be present to meet and greet all who turnout.   Score free tickets from local retailers and vendors (like me!).

Plus, this show is not exclusively for bridal couples – If you are planning a birthday celebration, or holiday event, I’m sure you will collect tons of great ideas!

Purchase Tickets: $10.00

Wedding Expo
Winter Park Wedding Expo

Saturday, Jun 7, 2014 – Starts: 3:00 pm
Saturday, Jun 7, 2014 – Ends: 5:00 pm


721 W. New England Ave.

Winter Park,
FL 32789
Wedding Planning - Dresses - Inspiration - Local Bridal Shows

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