Last Minute New Year’s Eve Décor!

New Year’s Eve can sneak up on us very quickly after Christmas, so we wanted to give you some last minute ideas for decorating for your New Year’s Eve get together!

  • Start by choosing a color scheme – traditional New Year’s colors are black, silver, gold and white.
  • If you have empty wine or champagne bottles from Christmas, spray paint them gold or glue gold glitter to them.
    • You can also do this with battery powered candles or plastic drinkware.
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  • If you decorated with silver and gold for Christmas this is the perfect time to grab those decorations and transform them to festive, NYE decor.
    • Put silver or gold ornaments in glass jars and add candles.
    • Use your silver and gold trees and put them around the party room.
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  • You can also make décor out of your dessert by decorating cakes and cupcakes with the color scheme you chose.
  • Lastly, all you really need are a few bottles of champagne and great company!
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Thank you to all of our clients for making 2015 a great year for Karen Brown New York! We hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year.

Don’t forget to check out our Pinterest board for more ideas!

Written by Emily Grosser, intern.

Christmas Party Decoration Ideas!

Many of you will probably be hosting family and close friends on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so we wanted to give you some decoration ideas to make your get together even more special.

Table décor is important if you’re planning to host guests for a Christmas meal, but it doesn’t have to be over the top or expensive.

  • Put candy canes in clear glass jars with a red ribbon and set them around the table. It also doubles as a classic Christmas dessert option! (you can also do this with small ornaments)
  • Candles are always a great go-to option to make your table feel more festive – go for the classic red and green, or add in some gold and silver for some extra flare.
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  • Cut out or buy snowflakes made of card stock and use them as place cards.
  • Tie ribbons or bows on the backs of the chairs around the table and add a festive ornament, pinecone or evergreen.
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  • Add small bouquets of poinsettias around the table – you can even add tapered candles for extra ambiance.
  • Don’t forget that you can always keep it simple and classic.
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Everyone loves indulging at Christmas, especially when it comes to desserts!

  • Make your favorite family recipes and set them up at a fun dessert bar.
  • Decorate your dessert bar with festive things like candy canes, snowflakes, bows, and Santa hats.
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Extra party tips:

  • Buy stick on letters in holiday colors for guests to put on wine glasses for a unique way to keep track of which one is theirs.
  • Set the mood with some subtle Christmas music in the background – make sure its not too loud so you can catch up with your guests without having to shout.
  • Enjoy yourself!! The décor doesn’t have to be perfect; neither does the food or the gifts. The holidays are about spending time with loved ones and appreciating what you have.

Don’t forget to check out our Pinterest board for more ideas!

The KBNY team wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday!

Last Minute Thanksgiving Decor Ideas!

Thanksgiving is approaching fast, and we wanted to give all you fabulous hosts some ideas to make your Thanksgiving decor amazing, even if you don’t have much time to plan.

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  • Shoppingcan be crazy the day before Thanksgiving, so use what you have around the house.
    • Grab some fall flowers and pumpkins and use them as centerpieces.
    • Use votive candles to create simple ambiance in seconds. Lighting can make the biggest difference.
    • Grab leaves or acorns from outside and put them in mason jars or apothecary jars.
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  • Leaves are always an awesome go-to for Thanksgiving décor.
    • Cut out leaves from paper bags or copy paper and decorate them as nametags for guests.
    • If you live in an area where the leaves have fallen, grab some from outside, spray paint them, and use a sharpie to label your delicious dishes.
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  • Using festive fall colors will also give the perfect Thanksgiving ambiance to your dinner.
    • Oranges, reds, and yellows are always a fall staple.
    • Use festive colored dishes, tableclothes, and napkins.
    • Spray paint your leaves, pumpkins, and pinecones fall colors like gold or burgundy before you put them in your clear mason jars.
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We hope our easy décor ideas will help anyone who is stressed about hosting friends and family for Thanksgiving this year. Be sure to check out our Pinterest board for more ideas. The whole team at Karen Brown NY wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday!

*Written by Emily Grosser, intern. All images have been taken from Pinterest.

5% Goes to AOMDA

After our client's event for AOMDA last week,


After our client's cocktail reception at the New York Athletic Club on October 26th, we have chosen to give back to their organization, AOMDA (American Overseas Memorial Day Association). It's another "Event that Gives Back!"

An excerpt from their website:

"AOMDA is responsible for the annual placement of American flags on all known graves in Europe of American Servicepersons. Both the Paris Staff and the AOMDA committee in Brussels, Belgium work to accomplish the Association's mission.

In addition to the placement of American flags on graves the AOMDA coordinates & sponsors the annual Memorial Day ceremonies at American Military cemeteries in Belgium, France, Holland, Italy, Luxembourg, Tunisia and the United Kingdom with support from American Embassies, Consulates, the American Battle Monuments Commission and American Legion Posts and local groups.

These Ceremonies include the participation of American and National Military Units, American and National Government Officials as well as Local Authorities. The Ceremonies have become important annual events in the lives of many communities and their residents. The Ceremonies are international testimonials of remembrance and gratitude for the sacrifices made by Americans on behalf of Europeans in two World Wars."

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AOMDA Cocktail Reception: New York Athletic Club

The American Legion room at the New York Athletic Club was the perfect location for the AOMDA Cocktail Reception and new member drive. The space worked well to create an intimate gathering for guests to get to know each other and learn more about the organization, American Overseas Memorial Day Association.   

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Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series: Brooklyn

We had so much fun doing our first event with the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series! First the Runner's Expo at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, then race day at Brooklyn's Prospect Park here we helped with the VIP area set up, then passing out Heavy Medals to runners who have completed 5+ Rock 'n' Roll runs this year.  

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5% Goes to Hispanic Federation!

We had a wonderful time working with Sarah & Max as their day-of wedding coordinator on September 16th and they have chosen the Hispanic Federation for their 5% donation. It's another "Event that Gives Back!"

An excerpt from their website:

“Hispanic Federation (HF) is involved in local, state and national advocacy on a whole host of critical action areas. HF works with a Policy Leadership Council made up of esteemed community leaders and advocates from its grassroots nonprofit network to inform and set its advocacy priorities.

These leaders work tirelessly to provide effective services to needy individuals and families in various states and are at the forefront of advocating for the diverse Latino issues and communities they represent.

The Council is tasked with identifying the most pressing issues facing U.S. Latinos and co-developing, with HF senior staff, an advocacy agenda which responds to these urgent needs. Coalitions focused on issues such as immigration, education and health have been established to advance the priorities of the Council.”


Sarah & Max's Wedding: Fornino at Pier 6

It was a perfect evening for Sarah and Max's roof top wedding on September 16th in Brooklyn! The ceremony and reception took place at Fornino at Pier 6. 

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Cake: William Greenberg
Ice Cream: Van Leeuwens
Flowers: Fox Fodder Farm
Hair: Soon Beauty Lab
Photo Booth: Upside Walkdown
Photographer: Mary Kang
Venue: Forninio at Pier 6, Brooklyn

5% Goes to No Kid Hungry!

We had a wonderful time working with Leslie & Rich as their day-of wedding coordinator on August 26th and they have chosen No Kid Hungry for their 5% donation. It's another "Event that Gives Back!"

An excerpt from their website:

“Share Our Strength began in the basement of a row house on Capitol Hill in 1984, in response to the ‘84-‘85 famine in Ethiopia. Brother and sister Bill and Debbie Shore started the organization with the belief that everyone has a strength to share in the global fight against hunger and poverty, and that in these shared strengths lie sustainable solutions. Today we focus these strengths on making No Kid Hungry a reality in America.”

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5% Goes to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital!

After another year of working with Apollo Electric for their annual company picnic on August 26th, they have chosen St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - New York & New Jersey again for their 5% donation. It's another "Event that Gives Back!"

An excerpt from their website:

“St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.”

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Leslie & Rich's Wedding: Apella & Riverpark

Leslie and Rich's August 26th wedding in Manhattan was a huge success! The ceremony took place at Apella in the Alexandria Center and the dinner/reception was downstairs at Riverpark. 

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Cake: Riverpark's pastry chef, Geoff Koo
DJ/MC: Stem Productions
Favors: Canele by Celine
Flowers: Scott's Flowers
Hair: Shunsuke Takahashi
Makeup: Yoshie Kubota
Photo Booth: Stem Productions
Photographer: Sean Gallery Photography
Videographer: Frank Ahn Films
Rentals: Your Green Room
Ceremony Venue: Apella at the Alexandria Center
Reception Venue: Tom Colicchio's Riverpark
Transportation: Luxor Limo & Car

Host a US Open Party!

With the US Open already under way the KBNY team wanted to give you some ideas for throwing your own themed party! We’re inspired even more by this event because it’s held in New York City at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The US Open is the modern version of the US National Championships where men competed in the first single’s tournament in 1881. The US Open is the last of the four major world tennis tournaments held every year so we wanted to give you ideas to help you say goodbye to the tennis season in style.

  • Choose a color palette – the go to colors for tennis themed parties are typically yellow, green, and black.
  • Create your own cocktail and give it a fun tennis themed name like “Bourbon Backhand Smash.”
  • Buy small circle discs from a craft store and paint them to resemble tennis balls and use as coasters.
  • Have fun with the dessert spread! We posted some ideas on our Pinterest board!
  • Plan some tennis themed games for you guests to play! Here area couple ideas:
    • Tennis trivia – come up with some questions to ask throughout the event. Every 15 or 30 minutes ask a new question to keep up the competitive atmosphere. You can even give a prize to the person with the most points at the end of the night.
    • Hang up a piñata and have guests try to break it open with a tennis racket.

We also wanted to give you some extra ideas for your décor:

  • Make tea-light holders from halved tennis balls. Be sure to cut out the bottom for safety!
  • Fill large apothecary jars and vases with tennis balls.
  • Buy lime green paper lanterns to hang from the ceiling.
  • See more ideas on our Pinterest board!

Lastly, since it is the US Open add some American pride into your party with American Flag decorations!

  • You can buy mini flags, glue them to tooth picks, and use them at cupcake toppers.
  • You can also use American flags as part of the dessert spread or tablescape.

We hope you enjoy your very own US Open celebration! Send us photos on Twitter or Facebook if you try any of our ideas @KarenBrownNY.

Written by Emily Grosser, intern.

4th of July DIY Party Ideas!

Celebrate a long weekend with friends; the more the merrier! This holiday is about celebrating freedom and what better way to do so than with friends?!

It’s summer, it’s hot, and this year the 4th of July falls on a long weekend. You still have time to host a last minute celebration!

Start with the decorations to set the tone for your party. It doesn’t have to be fancy; get creative!

  • Add red white and blue accents to a wine or champagne bottle
  • Red and white flowers with a blue ribbon make for the perfect center piece
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You want to enjoy the celebration as much as your guests. Don’t make it too complicated; have a cookout!

  • Hamburgers and hotdogs
  • Chips
  • Fruit
  • Desert- think light and fruity
  • Plenty more food ideas on our Pinterest page!
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What’s a celebration without drinks? Don’t resist that fun and fruity cocktail, you deserve it!

  • Red White and Blue Sangria
  • Watermelon Blueberry Coconut Frozen Margarita
  • Red, White, and Blue Daiquiris
  • Get the recipe for these tasty treats here!
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July 4th should be spent outside! Have a few outdoor games to entertain your guests while they mingle.

  • Corn hole
  • Frisbee
  • Cool off with Water balloon dodgeball
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Background music is a must. Know your guest list and set the mood.

  • Try out Pandora or Spotify’s summer playlists! They offer a great selection for almost every genre.
  • Be sure to crank up your favorite version of “Proud to be an American” before the day is over!

Don’t forget about Fireworks! 
Celebrate the end of a fabulous day by walking to the nearest park to watch fireworks, setting off sparklers in the yard, or enjoying the Macy’s televised celebration in New York City from the comfort of your living room!

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For more ideas for the perfect July 4th party check out our Pinterest board!

Valentine’s Day Party Planning!

What is Valentine’s Day without a few surprises for the ones you love? It’s the perfect holiday to throw a party for friends and those who have touched your heart. Since we love throwing parties, and we love any holiday revolved around LOVE, we couldn’t let Valentine’s Day go by without sharing some festive ideas to make your party shine!

Tips for a Great Party

  • Party size is everything. To show your appreciation for those who are special to you, have a party that is comfortable for them. For Valentine’s Day, a smaller, more intimate gathering feels more relaxed than a larger party would be.
  • Enhance the festive occasion with some simple table decorations. You can get some great ideas in the pictures below. Decorations do not have to be expensive and can be DIY ahead of time on a small budget.
  • Chocolate is always a good idea at parties and for Valentine’s Day it is a must! Candy, cake, brownies, chocolate cocktails – however you want to serve it! Use your creativity to organize a memorable experience with this popular sweet treat.
  • Strawberries are great for Valentine’s Day and can be served with a whipped cream dip or on skewers for a fun look.
  • Host a Secret Valentine project! Use the same rules as a Secret Santa at Christmas-time.
  • Scented candles are a lovely party favor for your guests. You can wrap the midsection in twine or yarn. Choose a pretty heart applique or cut out a heart from craft foam to glue to the middle of the yarn. Then attach a tag and write “You hold the strings to my heart!”.
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Now that we have the party planned for friends, what do you give your date for Valentine’s Day? We thought of a few ideas that might help you get the ball rolling!

Great Gift Ideas for Him

  • Fill a cellophane bag full of chocolate candies and put a toy plastic shovel through the top with a tag that reads I Dig You!
  • Choose a five senses gift like the boxes shown below. Fill each with a gift for him using one of the five senses. Smell: could be a bottle of cologne, Taste: can be one of his favorite treats, Touch: (use your imagination!), Hear: maybe an iTunes gift card or tickets to see live music, Sight: try tickets to his favorite sporting event.
  • A Year of Dates in a Box: Think of 12 fun activities that you would enjoy together. Write them down and wrap them individually so he can pull one out each month.

Great Gift Ideas for Her

  • Turn to post it notes for you inspiration by writing 50 things you love about her and organizing them in the shape of a heart on the bathroom mirror where she’ll be sure to see them. This one with a night out on the town is sure to make her heart melt!
  • Women need to know that you spent some time and thought into their gift. They want to feel loved and cherished. Use you ingenuity and what you know about her to your advantage. Take her somewhere intimate. Make her feel like she has your undivided attention for the night and that you want to do nothing else but be with her. That and a box of chocolate will make her night memorable!
  • Thinking about proposing? Go the extra mile with this one and think of something creative. Make it a memory that she will cherish for the rest of her life! She’ll want to show that ring off to everyone so don’t forget to include a gift certificate to her favorite spa for a manicure!
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Valentine’s Day is a day for thinking about your loved ones. It’s about showing your appreciation that they’re a part of your life. Whether you choose to show your love through a party for friends and family or just to the one that holds the most cherished place in your heart, make the most of this Valentine’s Day. Don’t let it go by without showing your love and most importantly, opening your heart!

Don’t forget to check out our Pinterest board for more ideas!

5% Goes to Doctors Without Borders!

We had so much fun working with Carlota & Alberto's wedding at the Colony Club in Manhatton on October 29th, and for their 5% donation they have chosen Doctor’s Without Borders. It's another "Event that Gives Back!"

An excerpt from the Doctor’s Without Border’s website:

“We are Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). We help people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from health care.

5% Goes to Operation Smile!

We had a fantastic time working with Erin & Jon to create a magical wedding day for them on October 8th at Penthouse 808 in Long Island City, New York, and they have chosen Operation Smile for their 5% donation. It's another "Event that Gives Back!"

An excerpt from their website:

At Operation Smile we believe every child suffering from cleft lip or cleft palate deserves exceptional surgical care..”

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