Garden Venues: Portland Metro and Surrounding Areas

•May 25, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Garden Venues: Portland Metro & Surrounding Areas

Nothing says Portland like a beautiful, lush garden and our brief Northwest summers are the most spectacular in the world. (Why else would we web-footers tolerate months of drizzle and gray?) So if you’re hosting an event in the next few months, why not take advantage of the sunshine with a garden party? Open landscapes provide natural gathering spots and scattered niches, such as benches and gazebos, encourage intimate conversation. Plus a garden’s scenic beauty requires little to no additional decor.

There are special considerations when planning any outdoor event, however. Many garden venues, for example, do not have kitchen facilities, so leave room in your budget for grills, hot boxes, ovens, and a kitchen tent. Depending on your menu, these can add an additional $200 to $1500 to your event costs. You might also consider tenting for your guests if there is no natural shade, and if there is, will your guest be comfortable with the stray leaf in the water? Wind + trees = natural debris!

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VT on TV 2

•May 20, 2010 • Leave a Comment

What makes Vibrant Table unique?

Sales Manager Karen Rich joined KATU to talk about creating an unforgettable wedding. Along the way, she showcases what we do best: artfully blend food, decor, flowers & more in a way that represents our clients unique personalities.

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Real Weddings: Betsy and Alex

•May 17, 2010 • Leave a Comment

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Betsy + Alex 4/24/10

Real Wedding @PAM – Betsy & Alex

Betsy and Alex were married on April 24th in the Fields Sunken Ballroom at the Portland Art Museum, a venue that was perfect for them in its elegance and simplicity.  Their dream team included Vibrant Table (catering and flowers), Molli Barrs of Soiree Special Event Planning, DJ Eric Wright of All Wright Music, and gorgeous photography by Jamie Bosworth of Bosworth Studio (thanks for the photos, Jamie!).

The details were a reflection of Betsy and Alex’s personalities: synchronized sports watches for the Bride and Groom (Betsy tucked hers in the pocket of her dress- practical and awesome, in our opinion), brownies from Fat Witch Bakery in NYC as a very tasty favor, and beautiful linens and chair covers designed to complement the room perfectly.  The flowers were a mix of French, parrot and local tulips, highlighted by a few orchids here and there. The aisle was illuminated with different sized cylinder vases filled with submerged tulips, which created a glowing path to the ceremony space.  Drape from West Coast Drape and lighting by the Portland Art Museum transformed the ballroom into a glowing backdrop for both ceremony and reception.

The couple and their guests sampled lamb chop lollipops, samosas, cranikopita, and potato cakes with smoked salmon as their hors d’oeuvres while sipping on Marionberry Martinis. Dinner included New York strip and cider-glazed salmon with roasted rosemary potatoes and seasonal vegetables. The newlyweds then danced the perfect Spring evening away with their friends as a beautiful beginning to their new life together.

Congratulations, Betsy and Alex!

Want to see more? Read the photographer’s take on the wedding and view more photos on Jamie Bosworth’s blog.

Venue Feature: Portland Center Stage @ The Armory

•April 29, 2010 • 1 Comment

Portland Center Stage @ The Armory

A Portland landmark since 1891, The Armory is currently home to Portland Center Stage. Artfully blending historical significance and modern aesthetics, PCS is a dramatic gem of an event facility. Features include rustic brick, graceful stair case, and cascading lights that give your celebration a celestial quality. With a Platinum LEED Certification, you can be sure your celebration has a light environmental impact and Vibrant Table, a PCS preferred caterer, will help you plan your event with ease.

PCS boasts seven rentable event spaces, including  Continue reading ‘Venue Feature: Portland Center Stage @ The Armory’

Vibrant Challenge: Setting the Mood 2

•April 22, 2010 • Leave a Comment

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Event Design: Setting the Mood 2

Not to brag or anything, but Vibrant Table is pretty darn good at creating event designs that support an event’s cohesive identity and achieve our client’s goals for their event, but we faced a unique challenge at The Portland Art Museum’s recent ‘Disquieted’ opening gala.

The Museum’s Disquieted exhibit explores the way contemporary artists react to a modern era marked by war, financial collapse, terrorism, and extreme natural disasters. As one would expect, the results vary widely — frequently dark and somber but also light-hearted and humorous. Creative Director and Event Coordinator, Kurt Beadell, needed to not only integrate the range of interpretations but also the creative qualities of an art exhibit, the welcoming gestures of an opening gala, and the celebratory mood of gathered Museum friends. Continue reading ‘Vibrant Challenge: Setting the Mood 2’

Tricks of the Trade: Setting the Mood 1

•April 22, 2010 • Leave a Comment

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Event Design Tips & Tricks

A talented event designer employs light, color, sound and texture to create innovative settings that reflect both the unique flavor of the overall event and the objectives for the event’s various stages. An event’s design is essential to establishing a cohesive identity and to developing a mood that positively influences guest behavior. Here are some Vibrant Table tips and tricks to make your event decor work for you.

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Kari Ramey, Zenith Vineyard

•April 20, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Kari Ramey, Zenith Vineyard

Kari Ramey, Zenith Vineyard

Our vendor spotlight this week is on the lovely Kari Ramey, co-owner of Zenith Vineyard in Salem, OR. Kari was gracious enough to take the time to answer a few questions for us about who she is and what she does.

Vibrant Table is proud to be the exclusive caterer at Zenith, and Kari and her husband Tim have created an events space that exudes elegance and charm (their wines are top-notch too!). Read more about Zenith Vineyard here! Continue reading ‘Kari Ramey, Zenith Vineyard’