How to Use Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year: Greenery

This week we’re feeling inspired by Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2017, Greenery—a zesty, yellow-green shade that will liven up space or color palette it’s paired with. This color is dying to be used in all of the springtime palettes but we love the unexpected, so we’ve put together a collection of inspiring ideas that will show that you can use this year’s color of the year in a variety of seasons and occasions!

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Pantone discusses their choice: “the more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. this shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. a constant on the periphery, greenery is now being pulled to the forefront – it is an omnipresent hue around the world.” 

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Pair ‘Greenery’ with deep turquoise walls, patterned pillows, and black & white accents for a moody, modern interior with style. Trendland

 

 

 

This year was probably the best year for ‘Greenery’ to be chosen as color of the year as the raw, refreshing garden look was truly unleashed during this wedding season. It reminded us a lot of Kristine & Eric’s greenery-filled day. Overflowing ferns and overgrown greenery are a beautiful and natural way to utilize this year’s color in your wedding decor.

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If you aren’t looking to redecorate and don’t have any big events you can introduce ‘Greenery’ into, show it off using your makeup! Think fresh green or olive-toned nails and eyes—so fresh! Your Beauty Pantry

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Liven up your neutral interior my injecting some green into your accessories and plants. Compliment the green with white and just a small amount of gray or black for a fresh and lively vibe. Concepts & Colorways

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We are digging this green velvet cap so much we may just have to order matching ones! The velvet really adds something special. Boohoo

How are you using Pantone’s Color of the Year? Share it with us, we’d love to see!

 

Summertime in Chicago

Chicago summer is finally in full swing and we couldn’t be happier. Summertime in Chi manes there’s never a dull moment and there truly is an unending list of fun activities, events, and festivals to attend. If you’re ever bored and looking for some Chicago excitement, try any one of these super fun activities, maybe you’ll even see us there! :)

Jazzin’ at the Shedd
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July 5-26 (Wednesdays) Shedd Aquarium
“Every Wednesday evening during the summer, enjoy live jazz, cool drinks and a relaxed visit with 32,000 animals. Take in the Chicago skyline while listening to some of our area’s top jazz musicians.”
Take the afternoon off to wander through the Shedd and finish your evening off by enjoying live music and drinks on their outdoor patio in perfect view of the skyline. Imagine how pretty it would be at sunset!

Chicago Margarita Festival
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July 8 & 9, South Shore Cultural Center.
Live music, dancing, games, margaritas AND appetizers? We. Are. There. 

Millennium Park Summer Workouts
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Wednesdays & Saturdays, Started June 3 continues to September 2, 2017, Millennium Park
You can definitely count us in for morning yoga at Millennium Park, and maybe a little zumba to finish? Here’s what you need to know—Pilates: 7am | Yoga: 8am | Strength Training: 9am | Zumba: 10am

Dîner en Blanc
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“Over the course of the evening, guests experience the beauty and value of their city’s public spaces by participating in the unexpected. Beyond the spectacle and elegance of the dinner itself, guests are brought together from diverse backgrounds by good taste and a love of beauty.”
Dîner en Blanc has been around for over 30 years and originated in Paris, making it one of the coolest, most sophisticated events. Everyone wears white, you bring your own white chairs and table, pack a fancy picnic, and then you just enjoy the evening dancing and socializing!

Chicago Full Moon Jam
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“The Full Moon Jams’ unite performing artists and spectators through a love and appreciation of fire art.”
We actually only discovered this Full Moon Jam recently but just had to share because look at it! Can’t wait to attend and see what it’s all about. Apparently it’s been around since 2004!

Retro on Roscoe
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August 11 to 13, Roscoe Village
“Local restaurants fill the venue with summertime samplings and tasty treats. All this and more liven up this tree-lined street for an enjoyable three-day festival that brings back great memories while providing excellent entertainment for the entire family.”
Live music, food, drinks, atmosphere–there seems to be a trend here…Retro on Roscoe is one of my favorite festivals in the whole city. Hope to see some of you there!

Fresh Summer Recipes

I think it’s safe to say that Summer is officially here and here to stay! Summer to us always means food, food & more food. To show you just how much we love to eat, we’ve put together a pretty extensive list of some of our favorite dishes. Don’t worry, we’ve included options for all—whether you’re vegetarian, gluten-free, or just here for the cocktails. ;)

Vegetarian Dishes

Lemon Parmesan Zucchini Chips

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These zucchini chips are an amazing alternative to fatty potato chips & the added lemon is delish! See the full recipe by Closet Cooking.

Roasted Asparagus Penne

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Whenever I see penne recipes I usually think “boring”, but this roasted asparagus penne is actually anything but boring. See the full recipe by My Recipes.

Mini Portobello Mushroom Burgers


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If you’re looking for a good burger alternative this is it! The great thing about these portobello burgers is that you can top them with whatever you’d like and create your burger however you lie. See the full recipe to see how Country Living topped theirs.

Chocolate Balloon Bowls

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I know we’ve all seen these chocolate ballon bowls before, but they are such a treat to have that we just had to include them. Fill them with your favorite ice cream flavor & you’ve got the perfect desert! See how to make them on BBC Good Food.

Standard Dishes

BLT Summer Rolls with Avocado Dipping Sauce

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This summery twist on the classic BLT by Hapa Nom Nom is a great way to lighten up a traditional BLT.

Grilled Lime Salmon Avocado Mango Salsa Coconut Rice

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This dish from Cooking Classy not only tastes as good as it looks but the sweetness of the mango mixed with the sharpness from the fresh red onion compliment the grilled salmon perfectly.

Lemon Lime Bars

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If you’re looking for a quick, refreshing desert try out these lemon lime bars by Thistlewood Farms. So simple & makes quite the statement!

Gluten-Free Dishes

Rainbow Thai Chicken Salad

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen a dish as colorful as this. Gimme Some Oven fresh ingredients put a modern (and beautiful) twist on a typical chicken salad.

Jerk Shrimp Wraps

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For those of you who like a little spice in your life, these jerk shrimp tacos from Woman’s Day have just the right about of heat.

Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

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Anyone with a sweet tooth is going to want to check out this incredible Peanut Butter Bar recipe by This Mess is Ours. A great alternative to the classic chocolate chip cookie.

Summer Cocktails

Blueberry Basil Moscow Mule

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Kick up your classic Moscow Mule with some blueberries & basil! This sophisticated take on one of my favorite cocktails by Marla Meredith is why this has become one of go-to summer cocktails.

Slushsicles

 

I cannot get enough of these homemade “slushsicles” from Pear Tree Kitchen. You can use whatever type of mixed drink you prefer, but remember there must be a least a little sugar otherwise it won’t freeze up!

Watermelon & Pineapple Summer Sangria

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One of my favorite drinks to experiment with is Sangria because it’s so versatile! I usually just throw in whatever fruit I have around the house. If you want something a little more polished, try this Watermelon & Pineapple Sangria from What the Fork Food Blog.

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Ahhh Father’s Day. I have always felt like Father’s sort of get the shaft when it comes to their special day. BUT NOT THIS YEAR FOLKS. Show papa you care by getting him a handcrafted wallet, or maybe a custom fit shirt…or just make him a clay coffee cup he can’t really drink out of and tell him he is the best dad ever. I also have heard that the best gift is letting them watch the Penguins win the Stanley Cup in silence, but what do I know.

Leather Front Pocket Wallet

Front Pocket wallets are becoming more and more popular so help your dad stay hip and pick up one of these leather wallets by Holtz Leather Co. for Father’s Day. Plus, they can be personalized with his name or initials too!

Engraved Wood Watch

These handmade wooden watches from AxMen are so unique and the option to engrave the back with a name, date, or phrase makes this a lovely gift for any occasion.

The Rhodes Weekender Duffel Bag

Lo & Sons is one of my favorite places to look for duffel bags. I bought one for myself not too long ago and am so in love with it! It’s full of secret pockets, lots of zippers, tons of space, and it’s so well made! It’s durability makes it the perfect gift for the frequent traveler.

Monthly Beer Subscription

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If your Dad is a big craft beer drinker, consider signing him up for a monthly subscription like this one from Craft Beer Club and he’ll get a little gift every month!

Hot Sauce Sampler

“The Good Hurt Fuego” hot sauce sampler is filled with a variety of 7 sauces with different flavors and levels of heat. If your Dad loves a kick of spice, get him this awesome sampler pack. Just look at the packaging, that alone sells it for us!

Denim Work Shirt

For the handyman, this heavy duty Deep Indigo Denim Work Shirt from Stock MFG is a great gift option as it will stand up to wear and tear better than most and is much more stylish than your typical work shirt. From Stock MFG: “2-in-1 pocket with carpenter pencil slot, and 3-D hand pockets. Elbows are reinforced with contrast-stitched patches and stress points on pockets are reinforced with contrast bar tacks.”

Our Top Picks for Wedding Favors

When it comes to providing favors for your guests, you want to make sure you find the sweet spot between too cheap and too expensive, while also giving something that is useful, interesting, or exciting. When in doubt, provide something that you love to use or would love to receive. We’ve compiled a list of fun favors that we hope will inspire you to come up with your very own unique ideas!

Mini Succulents
Whether in a small pot, teacup, or mason jar, mini succulents are a lovely favor to provide your guests! You can even customize them by writing your initials and wedding date on a tag or ribbon. If you want to take it one step further, you could write a cutesy phrase as well: “Watch Our Love Grow” or “Let Love Grow” are fairly popular.
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Popcorn
Providing your guests with food or snacks is always going to be a winner at weddings. If you choose popcorn, you actually have a couple of options, kernels or bags? If you choose kernels, try putting them in a funky jar with a catchy phrase: “Thanks for Popping by!” or “Our Love is Poppin’!” If you choose bagged popcorn, try printing custom stickers with your names and wedding date to put on your bags.
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Pickled Veggies
A step up from our popcorn kernel idea above; give your guests a jar of pickled veggies of your choice! Just find some cute mason jars and top with a custom sticker.  For some inspiration, here’s a favor display we put together with custom pickle favors for one of our favorite couples: Sara & Martin.
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Cocktail Recipe w/ Tool
If you featured signature cocktails at your reception, think about giving the recipe (if it’s a complex cocktail) as a favor. Throw in a fun cocktail tool for added value (think muddling stick, jigger, or strainer) Tie them together with some ribbon and you’ve got a great favor your guests will be sure to appreciate.
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Recipe Cards
Recipe cards are a great favor option, personalize them with your names and anniversary date. You can provide blank cards or fill them up with some of your favorite recipes you’d like to share. Whichever you choose, your guests will think of you each time they cook the dish! Check out these from Magnificent Milestones that we featured on Kelly & Bryant’s day.
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Source: Laura Meyer Photography

Confetti
Maybe you want to give favors that are meant to be used that night or at your reception? One of our brides, Emily, (see Chris & Emily’s full day here!) chose to provide her guests with customized boxes of confetti to throw during their grand exit. This is a super fun way to get your guests involved and ensures that your favors will not go to waste! Plus, confetti always looks gorgeous in photos.
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Source: Nicodem Creative/Jayne Weddings

Sweets To-Go
A classic, no-stress favor will always be take home dessert. Simply place plain, or customized take-home boxes on your dessert table at the end of the night and watch your guests load theirs up! Get creative with your boxes to make a big impact. These triangle boxes are too fun!
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Have you received a favor at a wedding that just blew you away? Share with us below!

4 Must-Try Cocktails in Chicago

When it comes to cocktails, our Jayne Weddings team knows what’s up! While it was so difficult choosing from our extensive list of favorites, we eventually landed on 4 cocktails from our very favorite bars in Chicago and we want to share them with you!

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One cocktail that will remain on our list forever is La Paloma from Big Star. Known for it’s “garage party” vibe, Big Star is the perfect hangout to grab some cheap tacos and incredible cocktails. Now, if you don’t frequent Big Star you should know that their all around best seller is the Classic Margarita. While also an incredible cocktail, don’t let it distract you from La Paloma. La Paloma is an unexpected twist to a classic marg—the blend of Lunazul Blanco, lime, and grapefruit gives this cocktail a tart, refreshing, and crisp finish.

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Source: Violet Hour Instagram

Is it possible to create a list of Chicago’s best cocktail spots without naming The Violet Hour? We sure don’t think so. Violet Hour’s mysterious exterior, cozy interior and simple cocktails with a punch will have you adding everything on their menu to your favorites. Violet Hour is known for being difficult to find due to its unmarked door, but you may have better luck looking for their commissioned art pieces on the wall next to their door. Be sure to try the old classic ‘Briar Patch’. It’s been around since 2007 and it doesn’t seem to be leaving anytime soon. The mixture of gin, lemon, and blackberry creates a fruity, floral cocktail masterpiece with a tart finish.

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Up next is a place that is part lounge bar and part restaurant: Celeste. The cozy nooks and luxurious, yet approachable menu give this place its charm. Though surrounded by many other bars, Celeste has them beat with its seductive atmosphere and comfy spaces, making it one of our favorites in River North. Our top cocktail pick has to be ‘Thai One On’. We do love our puns, but the combination of whiskey, thai basil, ginger, blueberry, and lemon have us sold. These unusual flavors will have us coming back time and time again.


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We’re rounding out our list with a fun tiki fave: Lost Lake. Heard of it? Located in the corner of Logan on Kedzie and Diversey, it’s definitely worth the visit. Though similar to its brother bar Three Dots & a Dash (actually, Paul McGee ran Three Dots before venturing out to open Lost Lake), there are some striking differences that will convince you to visit if we haven’t already. If you’ve been to Three Dots & a Dash, perhaps you can guess what Lost Lake’s decor will look like: a tiki, neon, leafy heaven (if Jayne Weddings owned a bar, this would be it). This is where the similarities stop as Lost Lake’s list of cocktails is full of deeper, darker tiki cocktails that are a little less accessible, though they do have the signature fruit skewers, crazy straws and umbrellas with each drink. If you’re looking for a single serving cocktail, try Tic-Tac-Taxi. With Aged Multi­-Island Rum, Overproof Jamaican Rum, Coconut, Passionfruit and Lime, it’s a perfect combination of strong, sweet, & tropical. If you’re with a group of friends, get a large drink to share (we suggest Ruby Mae’s Second Surfin’ Bird: Reposado Tequila, Mezcal, Ruby Port, Campari, Pineapple, Lime and Passionfruit)! They even provide you with extra long crazy straws that’ll have you feeling like a kid again sip after sip.

Have a favorite of your own? Share it with us, we’re always looking to add new faves to our list!

Valentine’s Day Floral Buying Guide | CHICAGO

VDAYFLOWERGUIDEHey party people! Although flowers are lovely to get any day of the year, Valentine’s day is notorious for the day we are showered with the fragrant petals. This year, we wanted to help you or your lover to get it right. Skip the food store people, do not call FTD (booo, so lame), Chicago is FILLED with amazing floral shops that offer high quality flowers and unique gifts. This year, keep it local, you will be totally impressed and your lady or gent will be in awe of your awesomeness.

**Tip- if you call the flower shop and give them a budget + the colors / style you want they can put something together that will totally beat any thing you have ever seen before!**

Shops to give a try:

Fleur – 2651 n milwaukee avenue, chicago, il 60647 //773.395.2770

Pistil & Vine – 1924 north damen avenue chicago, il 60647  //  773.698.7287

Asrai Garden – 1935 w north ave, chicago, il 60622 // (773) 782-0680

Fox Glove Studio – although they do not have a store front, they will be hosting a pop up at Humbolt House on Saturday!

Field & Florist – although they do not have a store front, they will be hosting a pop up shop on Saturday and Sunday at Heritage Bicycle!

*we are just speaking of florist with flower shops in Chicago, there are many amazing and talented event & wedding florists not on this list. If you are a floral shop and would like to be added to this list, please let us know!

Indie Wed Recap | The 3rd Floor

Hello! We are back after the whirlwind that was this years Indie Wed! As you know (or can read about here) we were given an entire floor to coordinate and design! We wanted to bring the warmth  and radiance of the summer sun to Chicago for the day, and that is exactly what we did!  Guests got to experience a state of zen while sipping on bright libations in our mystically alluring Moroccan cabana created by Art of Imagination. Spa In Your Space provided complementary manicures and massages. Publican Quality Meats created global themed bites and Cage & Aquarium pumped in some killer tunes. Smilebooth was all the rage for folks with their gif booth & photo booth and Black Dog Gelato dished out some yummy summer time gelato! We created a lounge with luxurious furniture from Bowery and Bash, bright sunny smiley flowers from Foxglove Studio, a giant, beautiful (we wish it was our wedding cake) cake from Elysia Root Cakes.

indiewed_p1Jayne Weddings and Events worked closely with all the vendors to keep on theme. We created custom mood boards and color palates to help everyone see our vision!

We also created a custom tablescape for our Moroccan, Cali, summer time fling! Macrame runners, fur lined benches, terracotta plates, brass and gold metal votives, teals geometric salad plates, hand cut place cards, fresh fruits and orange sodas! Chicago Farm tables provided a gorg farm style table and benches and Janelle from ReFind Joy hand lettered the mirrors (from Chicago Vintage Weddings) for us, as well as provided the flower vessels on the table. Layers of Loveliness created beautiful calligraphy place cards, as well as some other signage around the room. We topped off each plate with a super cute tiny (REAL!) gold pineapple.

Our favorite design element of the day was definitely the fun and colorful ceiling installation that we created by hand just for this space. 900 feet of tissue fringe garland!!! Can someone please let us do this at their wedding! It was so pretty and moved with the rhythm of people walking around, I can envision this at an outdoor wedding in peaches, golds and whites, blowing in the breeze, ah, so gorg!

indiewed_p2We even created a custom backdrop for Smilebooth! Which we also had fun in! Whew, we were exhausted, but so pleased by the turn out of so many unique and in love couples!

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A giant thank you to Julia Franzosa Photography for taking so many amazing pics of the floor, your use of lighting just gets us.

we also mixed in photos from Amanda Megan Miller Photography and Tuan H. Bui Photography, as well as some Insta pics. We are just so proud of this floor, we love all the different photographers takes on it, we couldn’t help ourselves!

Also a hug and a high five to Indie Wed for trusting us with the floor! It was such a blast to create something like this amongst such supportive peers!

Stay tuned for some fun DIY’s from the day to be blogged about in the coming weeks!

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year friends! This year has been such a good one! Our team grew larger, we finally finished our rebrand, we threw down on some super killer weddings (with even more photos to come!), had some work featured, and met so many amazing couples, new friends, and vendors we just adore.

Thank you for being part of it! High fives, hugs, and a giant champagne cheers!

xo,

Katie Jayne & The Jayne Weddings Team