July 4th Star Paper Lanterns

Light up your 4th of July celebrations with DIY star lanterns.

Light up your 4th of July celebrations with DIY star lanterns. Photo courtesy of MarthaStewart.com

MATERIALS

  • White glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Tissue paper
  • Crepe paper
  • Streamers
  • Chinese lanterns

To create a cascading star pattern, cluster stars close together at the top of the lantern and paste stars farther apart toward the bottom. Hang the lanterns in a group for maximum impact. When the party’s over, fold them up and tuck them away for next year’s celebration. STEPS

  1. STEP 1

Accordion-fold tissue paper several layers high, and punch with a star punch. (A single sheet will tear under the weight of the punch.)

  1. STEP 2

Combine 1 part white glue with 1 part water.

  1. STEP 3

Brush glue mixture on the lantern; attach stars. Brush another layer of the glue mixture on top.

  1. STEP 4

Attach a single 24-inch strip of crepe paper to the lantern by twisting it around the bottom wire of the lantern.

DIY concept and design courtesy of MarthaStewart.com

Birthday Party Inspiration Shoot

Sunshine, whirligigs, and white cake – all the elements needed for carefree birthday fun at the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club, Martha’s Vineyard.
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Add a twist to the grill on Memorial Day!

The new Old-Fashioned: Grilling peaches adds a tantalizing twist to a classic summer cocktail.

The new Old-Fashioned: Grilling peaches adds a tantalizing twist to a classic summer cocktail.

For many of us, Memorial Day kicks off the summer with an outdoor BBQ for friends and family, and being that Big Sky Tent is a party rental company, we’re all about it, of course! We think there’s nothing more fun than spending time with loved ones while grilling in the backyard or at the beach, and we love unique recipes. Here’s one that we’re excited about that we hope you’ll enjoy this Memorial Day. Happy grilling, and have a great holiday!

Grilled-Peach Old-Fashioned
makes 4 cocktails

Peaches on the grill? Yup! Grilling intensifies their flavor and adds a smoky element that pairs perfectly with bourbon. Morning Glory Farm usually has beautiful peaches, and MV Wine & Spirits in Nevin Square has a great selection of bourbons.

INGREDIENTS
2 ripe yellow peaches
2 tablespoons sugar
6 sprigs thyme, plus more for garnish
4 dashes of bitters
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
6 ounces bourbon

DIRECTIONS
Grill the peach slices until nicely charred and let them cool. Muddle the sugar, bitters and lime juice to your liking, and blend with your bourbon of choice. Add some ice, garnish with the peaches and thyme, and voila! You have a refreshing new take on an old classic that everyone can enjoy, all summer long.

Baby Blue Candy Buffet

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Prices range from $4.75-$6.00 per person. Call Anne-Marie today for more information. xx

Yes, we have Candy Buffets! Order Now! …we provide the candy in your color theme, the glass containers complete with personalized labels, ribbons, ribbon backdrops, vintage boxes & other decorations. The sky’s the limit!

Candy Buffet

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flower girl photo shoot

So excited to have received the “behind the scenes” video of our Flower Girl photo shoot from Jeff Brouillet Films. Fully published editorial spread coming February 25th from Bliss Celebrations magazine. Grab it from your local newsstand!

Enjoy……Anne-Marie

Sneak Peak: Flower Girls’ Delight Photo Shoot

Spectacular photo shoot this week with plently of hand-made tutus, flowers, pinks, creams, gold, cakes, props, poofs, dresses and amazing kids and folks contributing! Corinna Raznikov Photography rocked this out!! Many thanks to all. — Flower Girl’s Delight Photo Shoot IMG_2362 IMG_9578 IMG_2369 IMG_2378IMG_1387

Welcome Adriana Ghidu!

Please join us in welcoming ADRIANA GHIDU to our team.  She will be assisting customers with all aspects of their event and in the day-to-day operations at Big Sky.  Welcome!      SONY DSC

Photo Shoot Video

I just finished an incredible month long collaboration with photographer Eli Dagostino working on an editorial bridal photo shoot!  It was such an amazing experience.  We wanted to join our forces together, gather fellow Martha’s Vineyard wedding vendors and capture the essence of a true island wedding and rehearsal dinner.

Martha’s Vineyard is special because brides have a variety of backgrounds to choose from for locations.  Yes, of course, we have our gorgeous, sun streaked beaches and up-island country fields for hosting your special day.  But Eli and I were discussing how many brides are now coming here to either have that glamorous, classic style wedding in say – Edgartown, or a rustic FAB look at a barn or in this case, the Grange Hall in W. Tisbury.

From the hair stylist to the florist to the models to the make-up artist to the venues….to the assistants & our crew; we all worked together so smoothly it was one of those magical moments (or days!).  Oh, and who can forget, Peter Stray, the videographer!  Superb work.

Check out the video that Eli edited and put together for the behind-the-scenes of our bridal shoot.  The photos will be added to the end once they go public in one of our favorite wedding magazines (ssshhh)…stay tuned!!  So excited! …WAIT – BIG thanks to my husband, Jim, who was more than accommodating & patient during this whole process.  He says I have to get back to “real” work now.  ;-)

Enjoy, Anne-Marie

 

 

Country Elegance at the Allen Farm

One of the first weddings we did last last season on June 2nd, was a gorgeous event at the Allen Farm, overlooking Lucy Vincent Beach.   The couple resides in NY and had 130 guests at their wedding.  As the groom, Patrick Dempsey told us, “…if any future brides and grooms want to speak to anyone, we’re happy to be a referral if you ever need it. You guys were great, and everything turned out beautiful!”  We’re always so happy to get feedback like this from such a wonderful couple!

Love at the Allen Farm

Love at the Allen Farm

The couple said they were more than happy with their choice of vendors: Jaime Hamlin, caterer; Louise Sweet, of Flowers on The Vineyard was the florist; Patrie Grace, on-site coordinator; and Sultans of Swing, for the musical entertainment.  Thanks to Kristen Conklin, photographer, for these beautiful photos.

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The bride and groom picked out a simple, yet polished interior design with: sparkling bistro lights over head, a mix of square, rectangular and round tables all covered with the nova solid tablecloths in Ironwood and hemstitched linen napkins.

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It’s a family affair, their big dog won’t be left out this shot!

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The majestic Sperry custom made tent with bistro lights.

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Cheers!

The combination of the long, family style tables with the round tables makes for a perfect flow.

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Our white lounge sofas, chairs and mirrored coffee tables make cozy little sitting areas for the couple and their guests.

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Last dance…xx