Sunday, April 22, 2012

Mad Hatters Tea Party and Fashion Show

On March 3rd, Design Vertigo hosted a wonderful afternoon of fashion, food, shopping and fun! Events like this one, is like a quadruple win for my business: 1.We invite the twin cites to the event through press releases, postings, advertising, etc. - even if they don't come, they hear about Design Vertigo.
2. Those who attend I get to meet, make connections, and network with. 
3. We sell Wilde Room product durning the event. (make $$)
4. Its an AWESOME event that creates good vibes, photos, and memories.  
Win win win win! So its totally worth it for my business to put in all the work it takes to host an event like this together. 
Now, let me give you the scoop about this wonderful afternoon:
See a great vido recapping the event + behind the scenes here!
At 2pm, the doors to K&J's Victorian Room  opened and guest were greeted by a space transformed for the occasion.  Fresh flower arrangements in tea pots and birch treas throughout, creating our wonderland

Party goers enjoy hors d'oeuvres made with love by yours truly, and amazing deserts provided so sweetly by Cookies and Cakes by MaryOn the food table, I used hat boxes and plate stands to create hight dimension and interest! Unfortunately, I never got a photo after we took the plastic wrap off (nuts!!) This assortment of tea sandwiches and skewers got GOBBLED up fast! The girls on food refill duty ran their butts off! (Thanks Jami and Sara!!) 
I wanted to keep things simple because I knew I wasn't going to have a ton of help before the show. So I made my mixes the night before and put everything together day of. Important Note- put your sandwiches together too early and they'll get soggy and bread will dry out. 

Tea Sandwiches:
Goat cheese + sprouts + Strawberry halves on Peita crisp cracker 
Best Ever Cucumber sandwiches on crustless bread topped with dill  (I have to find the recipe and post that)
Egg salad 
Salmon Patte on mini rye crisps 

Mozzarella + charrie tomato + fresh basel
Hard salami + cheddar cubed 

Veggies + greek yogurt spinach dip in individual tea cup
Deviled eggs

Sara is holding one of our mismatched tea cups that we put a big dollop of veggie dip in the bottom for individual veggie sticks + dips (with no duble-dipping worries).

While the ladies and gentleman sipping a cocktail or cup of tea they were able to check out the Wilde Room's Occasional Sale, Occasionally Wilde and pick up some great fashion, accessories and gift items.
Then, at 3pm the chic' and classic looks created by local fashion designer Gina Marie Vintage strut on to the runway.

Hair and makeup Amped up the drama on our customers turned models thanks to the girls down at BakkenWood hair studio and Makeup artist Tina Beaupre!

My original goal for this event was 50 pre-sales tickets and host 100 guest at the party. We beat that number by more then double. Woohoo! Love a good party!! Everyone seemed to have a great time and enjoyed the food and the fashion show! And I LOVED that some guest wore hats!! 

If you love love this poster you can note that it was created by the fabulous, and a dear wonderful friend of mine, Keisha Bigelow (  and Printing for this event was done by my favorite cool kids over at Senthor Creative in Stillwater. 
Please contact me if you'd like Design Vertigo to help you host YOUR next event.  Go to the Design Vertigo Event Page for details about upcoming events.

Amanda Wilde, owner of Design Vertigo, and Gina Landes of Gina Marie Vintage share many of the same philosophies when describing their design aesthetic; whether it is in Gina’s fashion or Amanda’s interiors. The joining of these two young and creative businesswomen made for an awesome party and fashion show.

As a native Minnesotan with a passion for apparel design, Gina Landes ventured out to Los Angeles, California at the age of 18 to attend the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She later lived in New York City for the summer of 2009 while working as a trends and concept intern. After living in Los Angeles for three years. Gina moved back to the midwest to launch her clothing line, Gina Marie Vintage. This line is a collection of vintage-inspired heirlooms, created to be staple pieces in a women’s wardrobe and worn for a lifetime, not just a season.
North Saint Paul’s young Entrepreneur, Amanda Wilde, jumped into business in the summer of 2009 with a retail storefront, interior design studio and creating city events. In February of this year, Amanda made the decision to direct the focus of her growing business to the interior design and creative services that Design Vertigo was becoming known for. Moving the retail to an online showroom, The Wilde Room, and hosting local “Occasionally Wilde” sales has allowed Design Vertigo to be strictly a hub of creativity! Offering clients superior design services in the areas of interior design, visual merchandising and event design. Amanda is a graduate of CIDA accredited Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, WI with her BA in interior design and fine art.

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