We are having a Pre-Season sale on our decor stock. We love our decor items, but must make space for the coming season’s new treasures! We will consider every offer. All items are cash and carry from Long Island City, NY. Drop our Creative Director , Benjamin Lester, an e-mail if you are interested in any or all of the items. firstname.lastname@example.org
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
You will need:
– Moss or Grasses
- Orchids (or any starter plant such as, mini ferns, violets, begonias, clover, etc)
– Rocks (or any other decorative item such as, driftwood, bark, air plants etc.)
– 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 before 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 the 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.
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 planted 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
Terrariums are charming and simple arrangements. They are perfect for a unique centerpiece or an unconventional gift. Add them to your list of DIY musts!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 !
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.
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.
Putting bite-size foods on a stick is a terrific way to dress up appetizers and make main courses more cocktail party-friendly. CCNYC has done many skewered hors d’oeuvres for our clients some of our classic favorites include: Watermelon, Mint, and Feta skewers with Aged-Balsamic drizzle, Chocolate Dipped Vanilla Cake Pops, and Ancho-Chili Pineapple Glazed Meatballs (pictured above).
We’re constantly experimenting with new ways to keep our menu exciting and the ‘food on a stick’ craze is one we LOVE! The food trend is an incredibly easy DIY item for your next soirée. All you need are skewers (bamboo are our favorite and eco-friendly) and a little ingenuity. Spearing small bites adds elegance to a menu item, while also saving on plates and utensils as these nibbles can often be served on a napkin and nothing else.
We’ve combed the lot for inspiration and have seen everything from a Korean “French Fry-Wrapped Hot Dog” on a stick (courtesy of mattbites) to “Baby BLTs” on a stick (courtesy of Return to Sunday Supper), but the gallery below contains some ideas and recipes we’re most jazzed about. So, flip through these sweet and savory recipes and get ready toincorporate ‘food on a stick’ into your next party!
One way we recently dolled up a seemingly straight forward corporate sales meeting was with summer drive-in themed food and decor. Think root beer floats and a popcorn cart with branded boxes. The perfect addition to the candy striped table was a popcorn floral. Here is how you can make you very own at home.
- To get started you will need the following materials: foam core, scissors, rubber cement, black marker, sticker letters ( we love a little sparkle!), lined craft paper, cylinder vase, ruler, and sturdy tape. All of these materials can be found at your local craft or art supply store.
- Draw out a pattern on foam core: draw a 12″, 6″ line about 12″ apart. Connect with straight edge on bias. Cut out.
- Trace and cut out 3 times. You should have 4 pieces
- Flip craft paper face down. Glue foam core on to paper using rubber cement.
- Cut craft paper along edge of foam core.
- Cut out circle and embellish accordingly. Glue to one of the panels.
- Tape all 4 panels together on back side along joints of foam core.
- Insert vase.
- Add dense hand tied white hydrangea.
This fun floral could work for all sorts of themes including a child’s party. You could also take this concept and decorate each box to represent something vintage or even an Andy Warhol Brillo motif. Regardless of direction, this is a great way to bring in some fun summer colors to your table and setting!
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!
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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.
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.
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!
A tip for the wise: it’s not to early to book your holiday party! The benefits of doing so are endless and many event and catering companies offer incentives for you to do so. The reason for this is because come November it is full speed ahead. In other words, the more planning a vendor can get out of the way now, the better for everyone!
Creative Concepts NYC is offering a ‘Book Now Save 10% Later’ promotion! If you would like to take advantage of this amazing incentive, book your holiday event before November 1, 2012 with Nikki Lazar ( firstname.lastname@example.org ). Here is to an amazing holiday season (early)!
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!
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.
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
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 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 email@example.com or (646)308-1243.
Creative Concepts NYC‘s creative director, Benjamin Lester, was looking for a cheap alternative for some side tables for an event to be added to a small lounge area. He came across these amazing garbage cans at CB2 and the light bulb came on, BINGO side tables. Not so far off form the famous Knoll Platner Table. Just a quick trip to Target and presto gorgeous side tables, so gorgeous they now live in his very own living room and they only cost $26.00 a piece!
Very simple to do, all you need is the garbage can and glass topper. Don’t forget to get some Self-Stick Rubber Pads to keep the glass balanced and safe! You can also switch up the surface to give the table an entirely different look, try a round tray! Happy table making!!
Often times, place card holders are an after thought at events and become a last minute item. The team at Creative Concepts NYC was in one of these last minute situations and figured out a crafty and frugal way to make DIY place card holders. The simple solution was to use stainless silver binder clips! The result was perfect for our clients need of a modern, sleek, and industrial looking style. The CCNYC team liked the place card holders so much, that it has become a permanent item in the many crafty tricks they have up their sleeve!
Here is how you can make your own place card holders!
1) You will need Binder clips: Binder clips come in a variety of colors, sizes, and patterns. Pick clips that represent your style and or the theme of the event. It is important to get at least a medium- large sized binder clip so that they can hold the weight of the paper while standing upright.
2) Print cards: CCNYC uses card stock, but the options are endless! Be sure to leave space at the bottom to attach the clip.
3) Cut out: When CCNYC is doing signs rather then seating they laminate the cards this way they can be used multiple times.
4) Attach clip: Be sure the clip is centered.
5) Remove clip handels: Simply squeeze to release the clip handles. Be sure to save the handles, so that you can adjust, remove, and re-use the clip.
This is a huge money saver, looks great, and is a simple solution for all you ‘DIY enthusiasts’ out there. Happy place card making!
CCNYC is dedicated to giving back and this past holiday season we chose Hope Lodge NYC. Located in midtown Manhattan, Hope Lodge NYC is the House of Hope. The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Jerome L. Green Family Center offers lodging and support services at no cost for cancer patients receiving outpatient treatments in Manhattan, while away from home.
On December 8, 2011 Creative Concepts NYC Teamed up with Bonne Fete Baking, and YouCake to donate their services and provided food and gifts to support the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Holiday Bash. The Hope Lodge Holiday Bash with program Emcee Diana Williams of WABC-TV benefited the programs and services of Hope Lodge NYC Jerome L. Greene Family Center.
For more information on Hope Loge NYC and if you would like to contribute to their amazing cause and efforts, here is link to do so: http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/SupportProgramsServices/HopeLodge/NewYorkCity/index
One of Creative Concepts NYC‘s innovative products is tailgating parties. That’s right, we pull up with you and your crew and whip it up right out of our vehicle and put out a spread. All you have to do is pop open your brewski and enjoy the fruits of our labor! The menus are geared towards your personal tastes and will surely prove to be fun, simple, and delicious grub for all! Menus can be more elaborate or just plain simple and comforting, below is a sample menu of a party we did featuring easy small bites by Miguel Urrego.
Tailgating Small Bites Menu
Backfin Crab Fondue
w/ Garlic Ciabatta
Grilled Chorizo on Crispy Jalapeño Polenta Cakes
w/ Cilantro Creme
Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp
w/ Aged Balsamic
Truffled Mac & Cheese Bites
BBQ Pulled Chicken Panini
w/ Pepperjack & Avocado
Mini Kobe Beef Franks
w/ Caramelized Onions & Grain Mustard Aioli
Enjoy The Game!
Often times clients are looking for small customized details to give their event something special, without breaking the bank. One solution we offer is coasters. Professionally printed coasters can get pricey, but one can make them for cents if not for free! All you need is card stock paper. If you were doing a holiday party and you wanted to give it a vintage feel, you might consider using old holiday cards. For a wedding, you could print out your monogramed initials on colored card stock. The themes and options for card stock coasters are endless.
As an example, the theme in our mind is a girls sweet sixteen party. We used postcards and invites from a show at a local gallery here in NYC.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will keep you in the loop!