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Like a Tree, Birch Continues to Grow

Despite the craziness and uncertainty, due to COVID, I'm so excited to officially announce our full team... and a renewed commitment to keeping up with this blog. So here are our introductions: Julie Park- Owner and Lead Planner Julie’s background has fostered in her a tremendous attention to detail. With 12 years’ experience and a degree in Event Management, Julie started her career at the Vice President’s Residence where she was fortunate to be involved in the planning of both social and private events for the Vice President of the United States. Since the start of her career, she has [...]

July 8th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Pantone Color of the Year 2018

Inspiration for wedding and event design can be found everywhere. One popular category is color and we designers wait, with anticipation, annually to find out the Pantone Color of the Year! The color for this year is 18-3838 Ultra Violet. Pantone annually sends their "color authorities" to blanket the globe in search of colors in food, cars, cosmetics, clothes, and housewares. They reconvene, pool their findings, and analyse before they declare the Color of the Year. This year, Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute said that this color, "communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking." From a design [...]

January 4th, 2018|Categories: Cakes, Event Design, Flowers, Party, Weddings|0 Comments

Thank You 2017

2017 was beyond anything that we ever could have imagined. This was our first year, fully operational, and it was filled with love and beautiful celebrations for several of our clients. As the photograph proofs continue to come in, I can’t help but relive the day with them, gushing over every memory and detail and that was created. I am so grateful to call this my “job” and work with so many wonderful couples and vendors. Congratulations to all of the 2017 Birch couples who tied the knot! I can’t WAIT to share some of their gorgeous photos. We are [...]

December 30th, 2017|Categories: Annoucements, Weddings|0 Comments

Tips for Tipping Your Wedding Vendors and Service Providers

Last week one of my clients asked about proper etiquette on tipping her vendors and service providers because she realizes the hard work and efforts they contribute to make her wedding day a success and wants them to be compensated fairly for it. Here are a few rules of thumb: Vendors that provide a product (i.e. cake baker, caterer, florist) typically do not receive a tip, but vendors that provide a service (i.e. musician, limo drivers, bartenders) should be tipped. Remember, tips are intended for workers who receive lower base salaries so vendors who are self-employed or the owner of a business do not generally [...]

September 7th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

11th Birthday Happy Hour

Birch Event & Design isn't only a D.C. Wedding Planning Company! We truly love celebrating all of life's moments and in June we had the pleasure of planning a fun eleventh birthday celebration for a young lady with a very sophisticated pallet. During our first client meeting the birthday girl, Rosa, had just a few requests: Cheese and Crackers Sparkling Grape Juice Happy Hour Feel with Games Fun Bright Colors Her Favorite Coffee Cake as her Birthday Cake I hope that our client was satisfied! We had a blast creating a colorful balloon garland and we now feel like every [...]

August 15th, 2017|Categories: Birthday, Cakes, Happy Hour, Party|0 Comments

Going Bare…

It is hard to miss one of the most popular wedding trends out there… a “naked” wedding cake. These cakes, which are mostly unfrosted, are perfect for an outdoor or rustic wedding or for couples that are looking for an alternative to the traditional wedding cake. Truly “naked” cakes only have frosting in-between the layers whereas a “semi naked” cake will have frosting on the sides that is scraped off to reveal the cake underneath. There are so many great cake examples out there! Here are a few of my favorites [...]

August 4th, 2017|Categories: Annoucements, Cakes, Weddings|0 Comments