“She awoke.. Breathing in cool autumn air just as the morning ray begin to trickle in through her open windows. She entangles herself deeper into the warm linen, welcoming the warmth it provides a comparison to the cool air that filled her home during her evenings rest. There she lay, admiring the stillness and hush of the morning. Just beyond her walls the leaves turn, changing colors from that of green to vibrant hues of reds and yellows. “This” she thought “..This is when life is in harmony, this moment of in-between which is to be of imperfection but in fact is perfection…”
“What is a Sip N’ See exactly? Let us share with you! While already popular in the south, the Sip N’ See is an up and coming trend for West Coast Moms looking for an alternative to a traditional shower. Perfect for Mom’s who may be on their second or third child or for Mom’s that just want a chance to show off the newest member of their family. The Sip N’ See invites you to grab a glass of bubbly and welcome the little bundle of joy into the world!
Our inspiration for this party stemmed from natural earthy elements and pops of bright, vibrant colors. When we were approached by our client, she had mentioned that the baby of honor was named Faye, which is a more mystical word for Fairy. So immediately we thought of a dreamy, mossy environment where Faye was the focus. Loose flowly organic florals, an abundance of sweets, a bassinette, Glamfete tissue paper garlands, moss and giant terraniums filled this beautiful southern style home. Warm wheat hemstitch linens, mix matched colored plates, various patterned linen napkins, mod gold flatware, amber and emerald glass goblets decorated the table. Real moss blanketed the table and served as a forest bed for the lush florals. We sliced pieces of wood into small rounds to serve as mini platters for food and floral accents. A chandelier we created out of a wooden wreath wrapped in foraged greenery with strips of ivory fabric danced in the trees. Drop it Modern’s gold sequin backdrop created a pop of sparkle and served as a selfie station!- Lotta”
“Many of you are preparations for Thanksgiving on Thursday. But much of that prep isn’t just food, its getting your home ready for all of the guests. Lotta Alexandersson with MINT DESIGN in Bakersfield shares some easy decor ideas for your Thanksgiving table.” -Ryann Blackshere Vargas, KGET Channel 17 NEWS
- Table scape A) Candle centerpiece. Candles of various heights can be a great centerpiece for Thanksgiving. You probably already have them scattered around your home. Your local thrift shop is also a great place to get candle holders. If they’re various colors, use metallic spray paint to add a touch of glam to the table. Gather them and add plain white candles or festive fall colors such as oranges, reds, and browns. A simple plate with a festive boarder paired with simple gold rimmed glasses are sure to make a statement. A pumpkin can serve as a great place card holder! Either attach a label around the pumpkins stem or write the name directly on the side. You can rent linens, napkins and chairs like the ones we have here from All Celebrations Rental for under $100!
- Table scape B) Floral Focal Point. A simple flower arrangement to add height to your table can be achieved in a matter of minutes. Go out to your garden and snip some greenery as your base. Then just add flowers, berries, and branches! The local grocery is a great spot to get affordable roses—one or two dozen is plenty for one centerpiece. Keep it simple. Add a glitzy runner to draw the eye to the center of the table. Leaves can be used as name tags by easily using puff paint and glitter—this is a great project to do with the kids! Finish off your table display by adding a fresh sprig of rosemary to each white plate adding a nice contrast against the leaf.
- Table scape C) Foraged centerpiece. This is great for a last minute set up. Your garden is your best resource for warm, festive fall colors. Don’t rake away your leaves that are sprinkled on your lawn just yet! Use 2-3 types of leaves to create simple base for your low laying centerpiece. Add in various types of pumpkins, squash and ghords. Snaz up your farm to table look with a statement charger—only $2 at the dollar store—paired with a simple plate. Lastly, an old tree stump when sliced into disks make for a wonderful name card!
-Don’t be afraid to mix and match plates, glasses, napkins and flatware.
-Pick what level centerpieces best suit your family. If Dad is one to talk a lot with his hands and engage in family “who are you thankful for at this table,” then low laying centerpieces might be best for your family.
-Liven up your table with festive colors. A cream linen is best to keep a neutral base and layer the colors on top.
-Your garden is your best bet for free décor! Leaves, twigs, pinecones and pumpkins are great for any table.
We are in November and are nearing the holiday season. When we think of the holidays, we think of parties. When we think of parties we think of being a guest or hosting a party at your house. The first thing your guests will see when they visit a party is the exterior decor of the house. We wanted to share with you a simple, quick, fun, easy and foraged wreath DIY that will spruce up door and leave guests excited to see whats inside that door.
Florals: MINT DESIGN
Photography: Mariel Hannah Photography
Featured on: Utterly Engaged
Wooden twig wreath base
Bittersweet Orange Branch
Round canvas sheet or hearty paper in a cream tone
1. Start with a pre made wreath as your base. We will let you in on a little secret.. Goodwill is always stocked with funky wreaths that just need a little plucking and trimming of orignal decor. And they are usually under $3.99.
2. Start with your branches. Grabbing the Maple Branch, Cotton Branch and Bittersweet Orange Branch at random will actually give you a more foraged effect. Alternate with large and small branches.
3. Add in your Seeded Eucalyptus. Add some on top, exposed and some a bit more concealed so they peak through the hearty branches.
4. Next comes the florals. This looks best when bunched heavily in a corner, easing your way up to one side. Red, Orange and White Ranuculus were the florals we chose, but this can easily be switched out with a more seasonal floral.
5. Lastly, we took piece of canvas paper and traced a circle the diameter of the wreath. We then wrote (can be printed on or hand written in calligraphy) ‘Season Greetings’ and adhered it to the back of the wreath. Simply hang and enjoy!
“Keep a simple theme for your Thanksgiving arrangement by finding one type of greenery as your base. Here we used Magnolia Leaves to be the focal point of the arrangement. If you do not have Magnolia Leaves, fall leaves from your garden are a great way to start a statement arrangement. Keep the arrangement smaller in the center and larger on the sides to add width. Combining non traditional flowers and branches pair wonderfully with the feel of the thankful holiday. Don’t be afraid to find from your garden or forage the morning of thanksgiving in your neighborhood. Keeping with the festive fall tones with a pop of red will keep everyone’s spirit bright!” -MINT DESIGN
Juliette Garden Roses
Cream and Orange Pumpkins
Photography by Mariel Hannah Photography
Featured on Utterly Engaged
Floral MINT DESIGN
Our first offical bride and groom! This gorgeous wedding took place at Stockdale Country Club. The most important thing for the bride and groom was to create a memorable wedding for guests coming from all over the world to enjoy. We focused on the details, simplicity and warmth. We wanted to achieve simple elgance by incorporating their wedding colors, which were plum, sage, cream and gold. Fresh florals and greenery were used to accent the lush colors. The wedding was photographed by the lovely Ashley dePencier Photography!
Wedding Planning & Design MINT DESIGN
Photography Ashley dePencier Photography
Paper Products Matinae Design Studio
Flowers House of Flowers
Cake & Macarons De Coeur Bakeshop
Videography Patrick Ang
DJ & Lighting FreeStyle Entertainment
From the bride and groom. “We loved everything about our wedding its hard to choose where to begin. The ceremony site had a breathtaking floral backdrop with ribbons and floral-filled lanterns hanging romantically from the grand tree of Stockdale Country Club, the German styled cocktail hour was handcrafted for us by MINT DESIGN to symbolize Jan’s heritage. Our guests enjoyed the fresh pretzels, German mustards and beers, escort cards and Bavarian style decor. Then our guests moved indoors into the reception. The grand room had an open layout with 8 greenery filled chandeliers, giant floral centerpieces, romantic gold candles, a floral wall backdrop for the cake, macaron party favors and a monogramed dance floor. As for the entertainment, there was a live pianist during cocktail hour, an LA based caricature artist on site and Freestyle Entertainment DJ’ing, which had the guests and us dancing all night!” Dr. Jan & Allie Trobisch
“For our Black Swan shoot we were drawn to deep sultry colors such as merlots, plums, charcoals, rose’ and black. Our florals were loose and romantic, flowing with purple cotinus, red ranuculus, black pin cushions, privett berry, seeded eucalyptus, red hanging amaranthus, caramel antike and romantik antike garden roses. We used a black circular table which we dressed with black candle sticks, bronze candle holders, florals, black plates, feather winged chargers and black drinking chalices. Our fabulous black fondant cake made by De Coeur Bakeshop was an absolute show stopper. We placed it on a table in in the lake, to give the cake the illusion that it was floating. This same table was later used to balance our Black Swan in the water making it seem as she was walking on water.” -Lotta of MINT DESIGN
October 30th marked one year being in business as an Event Design company here in the Central Valley. Since our debut we have learned so much. Over the past year we have laughed harder than ever before, burned our fingers (literally, glue guns are dangerous!), cried tears of joy & sadness, felt overwhelmed and happiness all at the same time. Yes, it’s possible. In one year we have had the honor of planning and designing just under 10 events, one wedding, over 25 styled shoots and have been featured in numerous blogs and magazines worldwide. I just pinched myself!! Much of what we love about being a designer is being able to create something at the spur of the moment. Everyday with get to work with new clients, have new experiences, and begin new ventures in our business. Everyone is unique. We all have our opinions, wishes & wants, vision, dreams and aspirations. This is what I love so much about the industry. Mixing elements, visions, experiences and unexpected pieces together is what keeps our clients calling our phone. We are constantly learning and expanding our design, creativity and vocabulary alike.
“I recommend Lotta’s (MINT DESIGN) style and expertise for everything from romantic weddings to birthday soirees- from design details to party planning!” – Debi Lilly ‘Top 10 Event Planner of the World’
We don’t even know where to begin with all the Friendors we have gained! Math lesson: (Friend + Vendor= Friendor). Oh you guys. Where do we start? So much of being a strong team in this industry stems from being able to work closely with your peers. Each vendor brings something distinctive to the table. Whether it’s the paper products, florals, photography, specialty linens, balloons, alterations, videography, rentals, lighting, music or officiating (the list goes on), each vendor has a specific role unique to their craft. So we give a giant thank you and a hug as big as we can manage to each and every one of you! None of this would be possible without you. You know who you are! And friends, if you don’t, please look at our album titled MINT DESIGN Friendors and please LIKE their pages! We would also like to give a special shout out to the growing MINT DESIGN team! Amy, Ashley, Dagmar, Marcos (aka Mr. MINT) and most importantly our Fall/Winter Design Assistant Hanna! Thank you to the best team I could ever ask for!
Thank you for taking the time to read our little summary of our past year in business. We can’t wait for what’s in store for 2015! But for now, we are looking forward to our biggest event to date. An anniversary party for 1,000 plus people next week!
From the clients’ vision, to our design insight, to working hand in hand with our Friendors, it’s important to keep a balanced head and your eye on the task(s) ahead. But it doesn’t hurt to have a LOTTA fun along the way! ;)
-Lotta, Founder of MINT DESIGN
Two at the Zoo Birthday Party for a very special little client! Happy Birthday Car Car! This little zookeeper and his little zookeeper friends got to experience all that a zoo has to offer… hippos, tigers, lions, monkeys, giraffes, rhinos, snakes, zebras and more! With each zookeeper’s very own binoculars, box of treats and, of course, their safari hat they were ready for these exotic animals. We also didn’t forget about the big zookeepers… they were given their own special set up with giraffes and monkeys accompanying them as well!
Event Design: Mint Design
Cookies & Cupcakes: Imperial Sweets
Cakes: Gimme Some Sugar Cakes
Balloons: Paradise Balloon Designs
Paper Products: Matinae Design Studio
Linens: All Celebrations Rental
Cupcake Stand, Tables & Chairs: Walker-Lewis Rents