Super Bowl XLVIII Party Planning!

I don’t know about you, but I think most of us in New York City are really getting excited about the Super Bowl being in our neck of the woods!

If you’re planning to host a Super Bowl party, here are some things to keep in mind:

  1. Make sure you have a well stocked bar! Kegs are a great option and work well for big groups, especially those watching sports. My ‘go to’ place for beer and keg delivery in New York City is Beerrightnow.
  2. Have plenty of food and make sure you consider guests with different dietary needs. If you want to stay in the theme of football you can make a few fun items like in the images below.
  3. Organize a few games such as Super Bowl Bingo, Guess the Score and Super Bowl Word Scramble.

Happy New Year from KBNY!

In less than 12 hours we will be ringing in the new year whist toasting to champagne and contemplating resolutions for 2014. I always look forward to the beginning of a new year for many different reasons. I love reflecting on all the accomplishments from the previous year, setting new goals which challenge me to grow both individually and within my business, and looking ahead at all the possibilities for creating special memories with my clients and those around me.

As I ponder on the weddings and events that Karen Brown New York has been part of the past year, I can’t help but feel overjoyed. I am extremely fortunate to have worked with so many amazing clients and supportive vendors. You have all made my job so easy, even in moments of crisis. Memories were made, charities have benefited and we partied way past our bedtimes. 2013 was most definitely an unforgettable year!

Here is a video recap of our year in wedding and event planning and the song “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz was inspired by a client’s wedding where the bride sang this song to her husband in a flashmob performance. Enjoy!

5% Goes to Housing Works!

On November 9th I had the honor of being part of Michelle & Michael’s eclectic and swank wedding at the Housing Works Bookstore Café in Manhattan. For their 5% donation they have chosen to give to (of course) Housing Works! It’s another Event that Gives Back!”.

An excerpt from their website:

Since our founding in 1990, we have been at the forefront of advocacy efforts to ensure that New York City provides housing and related supportive services to low-income and homeless New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. We closely track the city agency charged with overseeing subsidies for poor New Yorkers with AIDS, the HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA), and we push for improvements and expansion of HASA services. Every year, we doggedly lobby the mayor and city council to make the best funding decisions around HIV prevention and care, especially for those most at-risk: drug users, transgender people, people of color, the poor, the homeless, and those with mental illnesses. Sometimes our lobbying takes the form of rallies, protests, and creative civil disobedience actions.

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5% Goes to The Discalced Carmelite Nuns

On October 6th I had the privilege of being part of Anne-Marie & Chris’s fairy tale wedding at the beautiful Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan, and their breathtaking reception at Oheka Castle and Estate in Long Island. For their 5% donation they have chosen to give to the Discalced Carmelite Nuns of San Antonio, Texas. It’s another Event that Gives Back!”.

An excerpt from Wikipedia:

The Discalced Carmelites dedicate themselves to a life of prayer. The Carmelite nuns live in cloistered monasteries and follow a completely contemplative life. The heart of the Carmelite charism is prayer and contemplation. The quality of prayer determines the quality of the community life and the quality of the service which is offered to others. Prayer and contemplation for the Carmelite are not private matters between the individual and God but are to be shared with others since the charism is given for the whole world. Each day is marked by silence for prayer. In addition to the daily celebration of the full Liturgy of the Hours, two hours are set aside for uninterrupted silent prayer.

Creative Ways to End Hunger

As you probably know by now, Karen Brown New York is passionate about giving back to the community in tangible ways and it is my hope to inspire others to give back as well.

As we approach the Fall season many corporate offices and organizations will coordinate food drives and if you’re looking for creative ways to help end hunger, Berry Breeze has put together a list of 5 Ways You Can Help End Hunger in America. I am thrilled that one of our ideas was included!

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Stephanie & Steve’s Manhattan Wedding!

We could not have asked for a more beautiful day for Stephanie & Steve’s wedding which took place on the rooftop at Midtown Loft & Terrace. There was not a cloud in the sky and the temperature was perfect for an August day in New York City.

One of my favorite moments before a wedding ceremony begins is getting the bride ready to walk down the aisle. I love being part of that special moment before she says “I do” as I walk behind her, carrying her train. I’m the last person to see her face full of anticipation before the processional music begins, and I’m the last one to hug and congratulate her, other than her father, before she becomes “Mrs”. I can’t help but be overcome with emotion.

The style of the wedding was classic vintage and being that the bride thrives in creative concepts, she did a lot of DIY, even making her own flower bouquets for the bridesmaids and centerpieces. The bouquet she carried was made of antique brooches, including one from her mother on the stem of the bouquet.

During the speeches the bride had a special surprise for the groom – a flash mob she had organized with their friends singing “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz. He was definitely surprised and it was so moving to see the love surrounding them and radiating throughout the room.

It was another successful wedding for Karen Brown New York and as always, I feel honored when couples trust me to take care of all the details on their special day!

To see more pictures, please visit the Karen Brown New York Facebook page. Professional photographs by Lilian Haider will be up soon.

5% Goes to God’s Love We Deliver!

It was an exciting week for buyers at the New York Accessory Market and I loved working with Robert Rose, planning their rooftop cocktail party for client’s and industry friends on August 7! At the conclusion of their event, they chose God’s Love We Deliver for their 5% donation – another Event that Gives Back!”.

An excerpt from their website:

God’s Love We Deliver is the tri-state area’s leading provider of nutritious, individually-tailored meals to people who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves. 

Founded in 1985 when one woman began delivering food on her bicycle to a man dying from AIDS, God’s Love now cooks 4,600 meals each weekday, delivering them to clients living with life-altering illnesses in all five boroughs of New York City, Newark and Hudson County, New Jersey. All of our services are provided free of charge to our clients, their children and to the senior caregivers of our senior clients, without regard to income, and we have never maintained a waiting list. Because we believe the combination of hunger and serious illness is a crisis, we deliver food within 24 – 48 hours of first being contacted.   

God’s Love We Deliver is a non-sectarian organization, providing meals with the strong belief of “food as medicine.” To that end, we employ a team of registered dietitians who individually tailor meals to each client’s specific medical requirements. God’s Love provides all services by employing a small but dedicated professional staff and with the critical assistance of nearly 8,000 volunteers annually.

Robert Rose Cocktail Reception!

I was excited when I got the call from Robert Rose, a jewelry line that has been featured on such celebrity driven shows as Wendy Williams, E! Entertainment, Project Runway, Entertainment Tonight and the Insider and often found in magazines such as InStyle, Elle, Glamour, Lucky, Essence, O Magazine and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.

The owners needed help planning a cocktail reception on their showroom’s rooftop terrace during the New York Accessories Market Week and I was thrilled to help!

As luck would have it, the forecast showed rain for the night of the party and we had 48 hours to execute Plan B; tenting the terrace.

The party was a huge success despite the weather, which in the end never really rained! Regardless of having the tent, there was still a great view of the Empire State building.

Neuman’s did a fantastic job on the catering and the Milkbar cake was a hit!

74Events’ DJ, Duane, kept the party rock’n until the very end, finishing the night off with “We Are Family”, a tribute to the Robert Rose family.

To see more pictures, please visit the Karen Brown New York Facebook page.

Company Picnic in Central Park!

It was a delight working with my client Colonial Consulting again on their annual company picnic and the upside to this year was that we were actually able to have it in Central Park! Last year we had to make the dreadful decision to have it indoors at their office due to rain. Luckily we couldn’t have asked for better weather this year!

The day started with a pre-party at their office which included sangria and a few yummy snacks.

For the picnic at Central Park we reserved Mineral Springs and had BBQ catered by Virgil’s and custom clown cake pops by Haute So Sweet.

For entertainment we had a clown and face painting by Kiki’s Faces & Balloons and caricature artist, Steve Nyman.

To see more pictures, please visit the Karen Brown New York Facebook page.

5% Goes to AutismSpeaks!

After working with my clients Jeanne & Andre to plan their Brooklyn wedding at the New York Distilling Company on June 29, they chose AutismSpeaks for their 5% donation – another Event that Gives Back!

An excerpt from their website:

“Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We are proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish and look forward to continued successes in the years ahead.”

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Jeanne & Andre’s Brooklyn Wedding!

Sandwiched in-between rainy days, we could not have been more lucky with the weather on Saturday for my couple’s Brooklyn wedding at Greenpoint’s Transmitter Park with a reception following at the New York Distilling Company, also known as the Shanty.

It was an honor for me to be the wedding planner for Andre, a firefighter with the FDNY and his now wife, Jeanne. The vision for the wedding reflected the couple perfectly, both liking the idea of keeping it casual but ensuring it was a fun party for everyone, and it was!

The food was one of the highlights of the night. We had the Calexico food truck serving up tacos with chips and guacamole, and a chef cooking Indonesian style BBQ on site, both cuisines representing the heritage of the bride and groom. The Momofuku Milk Bar wedding cake was an absolute hit with everyone and for the last hour we had the MUD truck serving night caps.

Being that the wedding was at the New York Distilling Company, guests received a small bottle of gin with personalized labels as their parting gift. It was truly a night to remember!

To see more ‘behind the scenes’ pictures, please visit the Karen Brown New York Facebook page.

Click here to see professional photographs by Laila Bahman.

5% Goes to AutismSpeaks!

I worked with Manhattan Childrens Center to plan their annual fundraiser event at Bryant Park Grill on June 11 and they have chosen AutismSpeaks for their 5% donation – another Event that Gives Back!

An excerpt from their website:

“Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We are proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish and look forward to continued successes in the years ahead.”

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MCC Seeds of Hope Event!

I was thrilled when The Manhattan Childrens Center contacted me in the Spring to be their event planner for the 3rd annual fundraiser, Seeds of Hope. It was a beautiful affaire at Bryant Park Grill on June 11 and celebrated the accomplishments of Dr. Catherine Lord, Professor of Psychology and founding Director of the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain (CADB), and Ms. Tina Jackson while raising funds for future of The Manhattan Childrens Center.

We were lucky to have Amanda Drury, co-anchor of CNBC’s “Street Signs” and Dave Price, former co-host of Fox’s Good Day New York, as the event emcees.

Amanda Drury of Street Signs

Amanda Drury of Street Signs

Dave Price of Good Day New York

Dave Price of Good Day New York

We were also fortunate to have so many fabulous donations for the silent auction!

About MCC
We believe that every child must have the opportunity to become a functional member of their community. We understand that all children are unique and individualized instruction is essential to their growth. Our goal is to offer every child an opportunity to enjoy a quality of life and emerge as a functioning member of society. Our caring professionals focus on each student to enhance and foster his or her maximum potential.

To see more pictures of the event please visit the Karen Brown New York Facebook page.

5% Goes to Planned Parenthood NYC!

After planning a fabulous event at Grohe America with DADA Goldberg for New York Design Week, they chose Planned Parenthood NYC for their 5% donation – another Event that Gives Back!“.

An excerpt from their website:

“For more than 90 years, Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) has been a beacon of hope for the thousands of women, teens, and families who rely on us for essential reproductive health care, innovative educational programs, and effective advocacy.”

“Believing that “Planning is Power,” we promote awareness about contraception as part of our commitment to prevention and proactive education. Likewise, our community and educational initiatives empower teens and adults to make informed and healthy decisions. At the same time, PPNYC works to protect the right of every woman to decide for herself when and whether to become a parent.”

New York Design Week!

I had the opportunity to work with DADA Goldberg and Grohe for the launch of their new product, Grandera, during New York Design Week. The New York City showroom is spectacular and was perfect for a cocktail event.

Photo credit: grohe.com

Photo credit: grohe.com

Architects, Interior Designers and the press were invited to GROHE Live! Center to get  a sneak peak of the newest, architecturally inspired Grandera collection and had the opportunity to experience and interact with digital water art by French artist Antonin Fourneau’s. It was the first time his Water Light Graffiti installation was featured in New York City.

To see more pictures of the installation and the event please visit the Karen Brown New York Facebook page.

5% Goes to ASPCA!

After working with my clients Betty & David to plan their Brooklyn wedding at reBar on April 14 , they chose ASPCA for their 5% donation – another Event that Gives Back!

An excerpt from their website:

“Founded in 1866, the ASPCA was the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere. Our mission, as stated by founder Henry Bergh, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.” While there are SPCAs and humane societies all over the country, the ASPCA is not directly affiliated with them. However, the ASPCA works nationally to rescue animals from abuse, pass humane laws and share resources with many shelters across the country.”

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