DIY Terrariums

 

This week at the  Creative Concepts NYC studio, our Creative Director Benjamin created mini terrariums. We were enlisted by one of our favorite clients to create arrangements for a “Grow” themed event. Terrariums are a beautiful representation of nature’s ability to evolve. They can also be completely self-sustainable.

On first glance, creating terrariums can seem difficult, but Benjamin is making very simple ones that right up the DIY alley!

Step 1 – Supplies

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You will need:
– Moss or Grasses
- Orchids (or any starter plant such as, mini ferns, violets, begonias, clover, etc)

– Succulents
– Rocks (or any other decorative item such as, driftwood, bark, air plants etc.)
-Terrarium
– Scissors
– Spray Bottle
– Clean Paintbrush

Helpful Hint: Make sure your hands are clean! When you are touching the glass it can get very smudgy, your clean up at the end will be a lot easier with clean hands. 

Step 2 – Create the Bed

After cleaning your terrarium, add in your Moss or Grasses to the base of the terrarium. Be sure to mist your moss  thoroughly with water beforeIMG_20150715_160546 placing in the terrarium, this will make the moss more playable and prevent it from drying out quickly once the other items are on top .

 

 

 

 

Step 3 – Envision the Terrarium

Before placing the other items inside, try to decide how you want your terrarium to look. Most commonly, the starter plant, in this case thIMG_20150717_143909e Orchid, is built around mound. When you begin placing the succulents, rocks, and other items inside the terrarium, they should support the starter plant. This creates visual dynamics that will add depth and contrast to your terrarium.

Helpful Hint: Less is more! You don’t want to overcrowd your terrarium.

 

 

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Step 4 – Adding Succulents

Start by embedding the succulents into the moss on a little mound. Keep clear of the area in the middle for the Orchids.

Step 5 – Place in Starter Plant

Add your Orchids by leaning it into the mound of the succulent, and support it with the rocks and decorative items. Orchids are air plants, so they do not need to be actually plantedIMG_20150715_161507 in the bed. It will support to stand though, which is where the moss or grass, rocks, and other items come in to play.

Step 6 – Enjoy!

Use the clean paintbrush to clean off the leaves of the plants and general maintenance of your new terrarium
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Quick notes:
As the terrariums Benjamin is making are for a specific event, these terrariums are not made to last a long time. These require more maintenance to survive.
But the maintenance is very easy! The door to the terrarium needs to stay open because the Orchids need air to survive. Also, you will need to spray the terrarium lightly once a week.

Self-Watering Terrariums:
These are sealed when completed so that the water is retained and is self-sustainable. For this you would use a different starter plant as Orchids need air to survive.

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Welcome Evalyn Carter

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The Creative Concepts NYC team would like to welcome our newest Associate, Evalyn Carter.  Evalyn is joining us from the world of weddings where she has worked as an event assistant for the past year.

Evalyn moved from Michigan in 2013 to pursue a career in event planning.  Before working at CCNYC, she began working at a Mediterranean restaurant in the Lower East Side.  Through this position, she was able to learn customer service and food industry skills, both of which have come in handy when working with events and vendors at her new position at CCNYC.  She spends a lot of her time at the movies, finding the best burger in NYC, and traveling across the coast.

Along with general assistance, Evalyn will also be the main voice behind all the social media that you will see from CCNYC.  So if you’re wondering why our tweets and posts may have a little more zing in their step, you can thank Ms. Carter.  Please help us in welcoming Evalyn to the CCNYC family!

 

 

The sun is shining and the weather is sweet…

Join Allison Bottomley as she explores summer trends and reveals some of CCNYC’s favorite dishes, décor, and tricks of the trade.

Join Allison Bottomley as she explores summer trends and reveals some of CCNYC’s favorite dishes, décor, and tricks of the trade.

Summer is a great time to spend time with friends and family celebrating the lighter things in life. At Creative Concepts NYC, we plan events all year long, but we can’t help being inspired by the elements of summer.

To get the ideas flowing, here are some of our favorite takes on summer get togethers.

The Americana Barbecue Summer is the season of barbecue and purposefully playing up the inherent kitsch this American tradition is quite fun. Bite-size burgers, pigs in a blanket, and a faux-lemonade stand are some of the ways we love to play with this theme.

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lemonaid Stand (AOL Event)

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French Picnic Get out the gingham! Picnics are a relaxed way to get your family and friends together and outside. We like the idea of a French-themed picnic with quiche, galettes, and clafoutis—all items that that can be prepared ahead of time and served at room temperature. So, check out these recipes, throw on the gypsy jazz, and head in the park. check out  How to plan a picnic !

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Mini Quiche

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Movies Under the Stars-There is nothing more cozy than cuddling up with a loved one in front of a movie, but when the weather is so nice who wants to spend two hours inside?  We suggest moving the view outdoors mixing the feel of a rooftop party with the excitement and comfort of watching a movie. At CCNYC, we love the movie theater theme. Popcorn and candy displays  keep your party simple and fun. We also recommend making these cute popcorn floral containers for a festive décor.

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Candy Station

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Fiesta Brunch- Piñatas and mojitos anyone?  Ole’! A Latin twist to a traditional barbecue is a great way to add flavor to your summer. We love to change up traditional barbecue for tacos, mini quesadillas, and arepas. Check out this recipe for a great take on Chile-Braised Pork Shoulder Tacos.

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Piñata Scape

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Mini Fish Taco

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from CCNYC! What a year we have had moving full speed ahead! Look out for our new sleek branding, amazing new website, and fantastic events, of course! Here is to a happy and healthy New Year from our family to yours.

Nikki Lazar, New Business Development Coordinator

Nikki Lazar has been with Creative Concepts NYC for over a year as the New Business Development Coordinator. She has proven to be a social butterfly and a superb addition to the powerhouse team at CCNYC. Her duties include developing new business, event planning, and acting as a client liaison.Hailing from SUNY Binghamton with a degree in human development, Nikki has been in the fast-paced event industry for over eight years. Previously she was the Vice President of Corporate Sales and Events with Strike Holdings and the Director of Events at The One Group.

Nikki,  a native of New Jersey, is a self proclaimed wine enthusiast, beach lover, and avid traveler. She has studied abroad in Florence, Italy and has traveled throughout much of Asia. Her drive and humor are welcome additions to the CCNYC Team!

Nikki Lazar- nicolelazar@gmail.com

“Event Planning Maestros”

Creative Concepts NYC teamed up with Gotham Magazine, Dominique Ansel Bakery, and Karlsson’s Vodka to produce the after party for the kick off of the New York City Wine & Food Festival. The event benefited Share Our Strength and the Food Bank for New York City.

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The CCNYC team received much acclaim for the event. Gotham Magazine referred to the CCNYC team as “…event planning maestros…!”  Creative Director, Benjamin Lester explains his  design for the event, “ I was interested in encompassing the bohemian  feel of the Dominique Ansel Bakery with the complexity of Dominique‘s modern approach to pastry, ‘bohemian chic’, if you will!” Fall was in full force with 20 foot tall fall foliage arrangements on top of mirrored tables. The bohemian mood was set by strung vintage lights with paper lanterns and tons of candlelight.

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Foodies, and guests alike enjoyed sweet treats including Dominique’s signature Warm Madeleines and Sweet Croissant Ice Cream Sandwiches. CCNYC’s savory crowd-pleaser, Chipotle Cotija Cheese Popcorn was given as a parting snack to end the the evening of culinary delight. A fantastic evening indeed!

Guests and CCNYC's Nikki Lazar, Benjamin Lester, and Julie Sommers

DIY: Donut Hole Tower

Many of Creative Concepts NYC‘s clients like the idea of a tablescape, and miniature everything! One of the many creative ways CCNYC accomplishes this is by making custom donut hole towers. They are super easy to make and fun, while adding much needed hight to a breakfast spread or themed event. Here is how all you DIY enthusiasts can get in on the action!

left to right: The supplies- foam cone, tissue paper, toothpicks, & stapler. lay out paper and wrap while stapling along the way. cut off excess and staple to bottom.

stick in toothpicks and attach donut holes.....it's that easy!

Creative Concepts NYC’s Local Summer Inspirations

Earlier this year there was an exploration of the favorite tropical inspired dishes of the principal’s at CCNYC. It was such a hit, so here is another common thread, summer inspired dishes and adventures too!
Julie Sommers, Director of Catering
Julie’s most resent summer ‘staycation’ adventure was a short ride away to Island Park near Long Beach. There she found an amazing off the road seafood joint called Peters Clam House. No fuss no muss, but amazing all on it’s own! She enjoyed old standbys: Blue Point Oysters, Cherrystone Clams, and a Lobster Roll. “They certainly were not glamorously served over a bed of ice, but rather a paper plate, but it didn’t matter because they were so fresh and amazing! The Cherrystone Clams had a nice cold sea flavor and the Blue Point Oysters had an amazing sparkle with salinity. Of course, we didn’t stop there, we had to have a Lobster Roll too. We ate so much we had to roll out of the place!” A true summer adventure with some amazing fresh seafood right here in NYC’s back yard!
Miguel Urrego, Executive Chef
Over Memorial Day weekend, Miguel enjoyed some quality family time while camping at Wildwood State Park in Wading River, New York. The annual family adventure involved several other families as well, “…we took over the place which meant the need to feed a ton of people. One of my favorite meals I made was a simple menu with things that were readily available and literally at arms reach, like BEER! We had Beer Braised BBQ Chicken with Garlicky Chinese Broccoli. Very kid friendly and tasty with an ice cold Modelo Especial. I will be making this again and again, it was out of this world!”
Benjamin Lester, Creative Director
Benjamin took the ‘staycation’ to heart and did exactly that. After a lovely afternoon at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens he was inspired to stay in and cook up some of his favorite summer dishes. “It was so hot out that weekend, I instantly needed Watermelon and beer!” He enjoyed a simple meal of Watermelon Salad with fresh mint, Kale Salad with Chickpeas, Pecorino Romano Cheese, with a Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette, and grilled Flank Steak with a dry rub of Pepper and Salt. “It was an evening of breaking out my favorite easy summer dishes and BBQ corn chips and Negro Modelo, of course! It’s official, summer is on!”

Creative Concepts NYC at The New York Magazine Wedding Event 2012

Creative Concepts NYC worked the floor with their sublime interactive booth, by Benjamin Lester, at New York Magazine’s 2012 New York Wedding Event! The event took place at Metropolitan Pavilion and was dazzling thanks to touches of creative bliss by Taylor Creative Inc.

Guests had an opportunity to meet with the CCNYC team including, planner extraordinaire, Julie Sommers, while tasting exquisite bites by Miguel Urrego, CCNYC’s Executive Chef. The menu included:

Smoked Chicken Salad with Almond Slivers, Cranberries and Chives Served on Dill Corn Edible Spoon

Wild Salmon Tartare with Caviar on Wonton Crisps

Seared Foie Gras with Sour Cherries on Toasted Brioche

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All the ‘who’s who’ of the wedding industry attended and participated including CCNYC friends from Curtain Up Events,Generation Events and Sugar Flower Cake Shop. The entire evening was a huge success thanks to the  New York Magazine event staff.

 

THE OUT NYC Urban Resort, Hosts CCNYC Spring Tasting Event 2012

Creative Concepts NYC was thrilled to have teamed up with THE OUT NYC Urban Resort for their 2012 Spring Tasting Event!

THE OUT NYC Urban Resort is New York’s first, straight-friendly, gay urban resort located in Hell’s Kitchen just steps from Times Square and Chelsea. Boasting the best of lodging, dining, nightlife and design all in one place! The property offers several amazing event venues that are available for private events.

 

The stellar event was held in the atrium and sun deck of the property where guests enjoyed a live sushi station, cocktails and, Chef Miguel Urrego’s, delectable passed hors d’ overs. 

 

The mood was set by CCNYC’s Creative Director, Benjamin Lester, offering a fresh simple spa like design with cozy seating, lounge areas, and gorgeous florals. 

 

No detail was left behind and all ran smoothly with, CCNYC’s Director of Catering, Julie Sommers’ flawless leadership. The event was bursting at the seams with key industry players, major corporations, and future and prospective clients all in thanks to, CCNYC Representative and social butterfly, Nikki Lazar

If you would like more information on THE OUT NYC’s venues or would like to be involved and or attend the next tasting event, please contact CCNYC at info@creativeconceptsnyc.com or (646)308-1243.

Creative Concepts NYC Kicked Off Annual Tasting Events

Earlier this year we kicked off our annual seasonal tasting events. Top of The Garden, was the perfect setting for our future clients to experience what we have to offer in a full event setting. The event was co-sponsored by AFR Event Furnishings and Party Rental LTD and offered our in house decor team free range of their amazing party rental and fine furnishing products to feature at the tasting kick off event. Delish food, made by chef Miguel Urrego, was passed by our amazing hand picked staff! Take a look at the fantastic video below, produced by: Pattie Simone of Women Centric. If you would like to join us for our next tasting event drop us a line at info@creativeconceptsnyc.com and we will keep you in the loop!