Thursday, July 30, 2009


May 21st, 2009

On Tuesday, I was invited by Good Gracious! Events to join 14 other event planners at a “Getting to know you Better” party held at the Simpson House Inn here in Santa Barbara. Oh, wow!

Good Gracious! Events is based in Los Angeles and does catering and events all over California and the Central Coast. Charley and Jean did an amazing job and were fabulous hosts, and the food by their head chef Pauline Perry (btw, Check out her cookbook in stores now … SO good!) was out of this world. The event planners came from far and wide (so worth the trip!) … San Francisco, LA, OC, Las Vegas, etc. And sponsors pulled out all of their tricks — including beautiful linens by Wildflower, Oh-so-cool chair covers by Chameleon Chair and spectacular flowers by Mille Fiori and Camilla Svensson Burns.

We arrived Tuesday afternoon and checked into the Simpson House Inn (the only 5 Diamond B&B in the country). What a place! If you are looking for a private venue for an intimate event loaded with charm - this is it. Awaiting in my room was Sandy, a manicurist from Ziba Massage (a mobile spa service - how fun for the morning of!).

We enjoyed cocktails in the garden and decks before moving to the Magnolia Garden for the first of many treats from Good Gracious!

We then moved on to dinner - how gorgeous! - where we enjoyed Pauline’s Asparagus Risotto and Black Cod Miso. Yum!

Finally, we ended up in the lounge for Tarot Card Readings and Smores in a Bag from Epicurean Umbrella - Jennyfer Rodgers is so talented with such fun ideas. We were all kids again (at a very glamorous camp). We stayed up way past my usual bedtime and enjoyed getting to know each other and comparing tales of events we’ve worked on. What fun!

The next morning I woke up expecting a simple breakfast buffet and a “Thanks for coming” from the already generous sponsors. Instead, I found an elaborate tent set up in the garden. Is this not to die for?! I can picture bridal and baby showers or even a fundraiser luncheon in this tent!

The tent is from Rivre Works Design Studio. Rivre is so amazing and one of the most gracious men I’ve met. He is a doll! He also happens to be the son of the Simpson House Inn owners, and actually grew up on the property!

The flowers are Camilla Svensson Burns, of course. Camilla is another one of those people whose talents I am envious of. Her works always look so fresh and original; breathtaking.

Another fabulous meal before hitting the road! Trust me, my real life is not this glamorous … Getting back to reality Wednesday afternoon was difficult! Thank you Good Gracious, and all.

p.s. The invitations and printed materials for this affair were incredibly sweet … Almost as sweet as Rachel herself is. You have to check out Rock Paper Scissors Design! More on her in my next blog.

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