I’ve Been Published!!!

It has been excruciating to keep this under wraps the last two+ months, so I’m ready to shout it from the rooftop:


Back in October, the Creative Director for EA Bride – a new magazine that caters to the Greater Kansas City area – called me to meet with her at a local restaurant. Once there, she presented me with a roll of ribbon. “This,” she said, “is your inspiration. It’s up to you what you do with it.”

A couple of weeks later I found myself in the ballroom of the beautiful, sprawling Lone Summit Ranch setting up a table. Being SO leery of “jinxing” myself, I kind of kept it low-key. Last night, Sheri and I attended the Preview Party for the magazine’s Winter issue at The Stanley in Lee’s Summit, MO. (For those of you who don’t know, the Winter issue is traditionally the biggest and most widely read issue of quarterly bridal magazines as Christmas, New Year’s and Valentine’s Day engagements prompt happy couples to start the planning process.) I have to tell you…I felt kind of like being a supporting cast member at a movie premiere! We really got the red carpet treatment, and it was fun to meet many of the other vendors whose work is showcased in the magazine.

I hope to get photos from the photographer who shot the table in the next couple of weeks or so, and I’ll post those as soon as I do. You’ll be able to see the detail of the table elements that aren’t visible in this photocopied image. For those of you in the Greater Kansas City area, pick up a copy of EA Bride at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Price Chopper, Hy-Vee, Hen House Markets, KU Bookstore, K-State Bookstore, and even in some hospital gift shops! I’m on page 52!!!

Pictures from the party…

Cake by Sherrie's Cake Magic (Photo by Sheri L. Grant)

Click here for information on Sherrie’s Cake Magic who created the party cake!

Me with Stanley Historic Event Space owner Cindy King (Photo by Sheri L. Grant)


Chatting with sales director Treasa Hershberger. (Photo by Sheri L. Grant)

L to R: Publisher Christie Scott, Creative Director Anne Kelly Acock, me, floral designer Ashley Hotka. (Photo by Sheri L. Grant)


I know, I know… it’s not that big of a deal, but it’s a big deal to me!!! My work as a wedding planner/designer and business owner has been the subject of many different articles in various publications, but this is the first time for my new venture and I’m doggone psyched about it!!! 🙂

Look for photos from the photo shoot (courtesy of Phoenix Photography) in the next few weeks!

I’m once again joining Susan and the other tablescapers at Between Naps on the Porch!

Between Naps On The Porch

More Bling for Your Buck

I’m an admitted shopaholic. I love shopping for decorative items & tableware. It’s a deep-rooted, dark cloud that hangs over me. But with every dark cloud there is a silver lining. For me, that silver lining is finding loads of things I need for my [tablescapes] at prices that don’t require gold bars to pay the tab. If you’re one of the lucky ones with a hefty bank account filled with mad money just waiting to jump into a retailer’s cash drawer, I salute you. Strike that…I wanna BE you!!! If you’re not, take this tip from me: HIT YOUR FAVORITE STORE(S) AT LEAST TWICE A MONTH. How else will you know what’s out there? You can get chummy with store personnel who will get to know your personal style and be able to make great suggestions for you. My favorite shopping genie is Thomas at Z Gallerie in Leawood, Kan. Thomas – who has enviably impeccable taste and is nothing short of a decorating wizard – has helped me on numerous occasions. In doing so, we have chatted and he knows a lot about what I like and what I can afford. He is able to point out what’s new and advise me on what’s hot. My favorite “Thomas quality” is that he never sniffs at me for visiting the clearance area. I am interested in 50% off, start breathing heavily at 60%, begin salivating at 75%, and at 90%…….”Clean up on Aisle 5!!” Great table bling and I get a terrific selection because I shopped early and/or often. They’re playin’ my song! Get yourselves in to the nearest Z Gallerie, available in 18 very lucky states!