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Ideas & Inspiration

Summer 2011

Welcome summer, welcome sunshine! We love summer entertaining! Drenched in sunlight, the simplest décor can come to life. Back in the Half Past Lavish office we are planning many garden parties and outdoor events – each with a uniquely different design theme. Garden parties are a great opportunity to focus on the décor, which is an area of event planning & design I adore. We get to be really creative, and it’s exciting! The “Half Past Lavish plate” is really full right now, and as much as we’ve loved showcasing friends, vendors, products, and our ideas to inspire you, we’ll be taking a break after this issue to focus on our summer and fall clients. As always, we’ll keep our facebook page fresh with updates from the team, ideas, and inspiration, and who knows, perhaps a holiday issue of SOIREE will appear in your inbox in the winter. For now though, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support, your great ideas, and your patronage of SOIREE & Half Past Lavish Event Production. It is an honor to create with, be inspired by, and support you - our clients, colleagues, and friends, on such wonderful events! We are still booking events, so please do not hesitate to contact us to see if your date is available: Here’s to a delightful summer! Cheers,

Courtney Russell Publisher


Ideas & Inspiration

Contributors Rizzo Johnson Design Director

Crystal German

Rizzo is a graduate from the International Academy of Design and Technology Seattle with a BA in Graphic Design. She likes to read fiction books and draw. Check out her portfolio:

Graphic Design Advisor Crystal is a freelance graphic designer. She has created logo and print pieces for clients such as Half Past Lavish Event Productions, Bellevue Youth Orchestra, UW Arts, and Fashion Group International - Seattle. She lives in South Seattle with her husband and son and their baby girl.

Danielle Bortone-Holt Photographer Danielle is a native of New Hampshire. She earned her Marketing/ PR degree in Tennesse at Miligan College and an Associates Degree in Photography at Pellissippi State Technical College in Knoxville. You can find her shooting at local clubs and fashion shows. Visit her website:

Sarah Meyers


Gabriella Antonino


Sarah is graduating from the Art Institute of Seattle with her Bachelors degree of Science in Fashion Marketing in June 2011. "This internship has been so much fun that I've decided this is the career path I plan to pursue." Sarah enjoys looking through lifestyle and fashion blogs, baking, and antique shopping.

Gabriella is a licensed esthetician and receptionist at a pilates studio. When she is not working she is at home with her fiance, alaskan malamute, and tabby cat planning her upcoming nuptials. She enjoys going to movies, eating queso and working on her new little garden!

Coupons Re-imagined Chinook Book now for iPhone ®


The world’s first mobile coupon book

Happy Birthday Little One!

A “Whale of a Tale” themed children’s party We had too much fun designing this whale-themed children’s birthday party! From the detailed cookies and lollipops to the custom birthday whale cupcake toppers, this party was a “whale of a good time!”

Cake: Starry Nights Catering

Custom Cupcake Toppers: LC Cakes Cupcakes: Trophy Cupcakes Sail Away Cupcake Wrappers: The Paper Blossom Shop thepaperblossomshop

Sea Animal Lollipops: Oriental Trading

Sea Animal Cookies: TS Cookies people/TSCookies

Custom Designed Dessert Buffet: Half Past Lavish Event Production

Sunday in the Park with

...Georgia A Fabulous Fete Cupcake Stand

Frost Doughnuts

Lovely, in-season blooms from your local farmer's market are a great option for floral dĂŠcor

Johnboy Caramels

Gurgle Pot

The City of Dreams:

Port Townsend A beautiful, welcoming city, Port Townsend is a magnificent example of “living history.” Hailed as, “one of the finest examples of a Victorian Seaport in the United States (,” Port Townsend is an affordable and accommodating location for special events. Recently, we toured the city and discovered a lovely backdrop for any event.


Clam Cannery

One of the most photographed buildings in Port Townsend, this unique, recently renovated, event center boasts an on-the-water location, 4 stunning guest rooms, and a variety of event space.

Considered one of the most desirable places to stay in Port Townsend, the Clam Cannery is situated in the heart of downtown, making it an ideal location for visitors interested in exploring the shops, restaurants, and the Northwest Maritime Center. In addition to the lovely decor, the suites are equipped with full kitchens, a washer and dryer, and entertainment centers with Netflix, gaming systems, and more.

For board retreats, intimate weddings, family reunions, and more, The Clam Cannery is a truly magical venue. Photos courtesy of Courtney Russell and The Clam Cannery

More in Port Townsend: For wedding cakes and all things sweet, visit: Pane D’Amore Artisan Bakery and Sweet Laurette’s Cafe Bistro. Local treats for out of town guests: Fresh cheese from Mt. Townsend Creamery or Alpenfire: Washington’s only organic hard cider.

For custom floral visit: Petals Flower Boutique

Themed Dessert Bar

Photo Credit: Jean-Marcus Strole Photography

SOIREE June 2011  

Half Past Lavish event magazine

SOIREE June 2011  

Half Past Lavish event magazine