Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Announcing Kara Superfine Events

Many say this is long overdue.  I say the timing is just right!  

I am so thrilled to announce the launch of my very own wedding & event planning company, Kara Superfine Events.

Kara Superfine Events works with discriminating clients to plan, design and produce incredible celebrations that are tailored specifically for each individual client.  

Website forthcoming, but in the meantime, feel free to reach out to set up a time to connect about your wedding or party.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Pause in Action

I started this sweet and simple little blog 6 years ago, before Life grew so exquisitely full.  

I simply don't have the heart to close down the The Art of The Occasion, in hopes of finding a pocket of time now and again.  Should you, in the meantime...during this blogging sabbatical...like to keep up with me, my wedding, design and daily happenings, feel free to follow me on 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Spring Fling

While I haven't put together this year's Easter Centerpiece yet [sneak peak: coral, celery & grey!] - here was last years collection of sunny yellow Garden Roses, Dusty Miller, Mimosa and Kumquats.

Have a wonderful Easter!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Had it.

At least it's not snowing at the moment here in Chicago!...but seriously, friends, our frigid temps and uninspiring sogginess has me counting down the days [minutes?!] until our little holiday to Mexico next month!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Pretty Parties

It's rare I get a moment to share these days!  Between juggling my favorite little man and a full load of fabby clients, the balance is a constant work in progress!

.....I swear I'm still around!.....  

And still FULL of gorgeous ideas and inspiration.  In fact, I wanted to share some of the Inspiration Boards I've created to help support the planning process for a few clients this year.  


One of the coolest clients ever, this bride loves an industrial, edgy look - with vintage touches and beautiful oddities.

Natural, romantic, muted and marvelous!  This early fall garden wedding oozes style and natural beauty [like my bride!]

And this sweet bride was inspired by the ring her dreamy man proposed with:  A generous oval solitaire - an example of classic beauty, with an element of unexpected style.  Her clearly romantic palette of creams, blushes and metallic golds will warm up her sleek venue beautifully!

And remember this favorite?  Stay tuned for the unveiling of the wedding photos - both here and on the Bliss Blog!

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Happiest 1st...Ever!

Early October, my favorite little man turned One!  
Although it was peppered in between a few lovely fall client weddings, I still managed to whip together a little celebration in honor of the perfect creature that changed my life forever.

Carter was turning 1 - and let's be honest....what are one-year-olds really into?!  Carter isn't yet into trains, or trucks - could care less about Sesame Street or scooters.
However...he does have One True Love....Our beagle (mix), Illiebelle!

And so, an Illie-theme was quickly established!

My amazingly talented artist friend, Liz Dixon, designed the invitations for us.
What ended up being a single, oversized balloon let guests know they were in the right place (alright, so we started with two balloons.....)

Similar to a pair of wreaths on the front doors of my in-laws, two Illie silhouettes (also created by Liz) were the first to welcome friends and family.

The birthday boy posed with momma and daddy in front of the dessert buffet.

The party was called for 1:30pm, so while guests weren't expecting a full meal, I prepared a food buffet fit for adults and kiddos alike.
For the elders, I had a bruschetta bar with four different flavors - marinated skirt steak, arugula, caramelized onions and gorgonzola - BBQ pulled chicken - tomato, basil and fresh mozzarella - seasonal honeycrisp apple, ricotta, crispy prosciutto, parmigiano reggiano and honey drizzle.  I also made a farro salad and a fall salad.
Bowls of cheerios, yogurt bites and Plum Pouches kept the kiddos satisfied until desserts.

Stickers made on zazzle featured Illiebelle's silhouette (also created by Liz!) and adorned paper cups for the bevvies.
The kids weren't the only ones that had fun...champagne cocktails and beer were on hand for the older kids.

Carter's Corner featured toys galore!

The dessert spread was positioned in front of a collage of paper fans and featured treats from Sweet Mandy B's, green and blue candies, legendary peanut butter squares made by my mother in law, and of course a cake made for one happy little boy.

Oh!  And the most delish fall pumpkin cupcakes made by Jenn (find the recipe here!)!

Of course Carter needed a wardrobe change before his Smash The Cake experience!  I had his bloomers, suspenders, bow-tie and hat made on etsy.

Little Man demolished what was nearly 1/3rd of the Sweet Mandy B's cake!  (His sweet tooth comes  from MOMMA!)

  Guests took doggie-bag favors home with them...Puppy Chow made by my mother in law and cookies decorated with Illie's silhouette.

And coordinating stationary let our generous friends and family know how much Carter appreciated their thoughtfulness.

I have always LOVED hosting parties - and to be able to throw one for my SON (ah!) was a pretty amazing experience!  

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Flying High

As the autumn season sneakily approaches, my time continues to be limited - happily balancing the amazing life of being a mom while also tending to some really wonderful clients.  

Working from home can be viewed as a luxury - there is no one that spends more time with my son, something that I absolutely won't sacrifice - but it is also incredibly difficult to find time to accomplish everything on my massive work, family, and personal to-do list.  

Unfortunately, while I still have loads to share and am continually inspired to do so, blogging [in any sort of regular sense] is what I've chosen to scale back on, in order to help to find time for my family and my clients.

I will still share when I'm able, so don't forget about me!!


Saturday, July 6, 2013

Jazziest of Fourths

I hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend!  Mine was absolutely perfect - packed with family, friends, fireworks and so so SO much fun!
I'm excited to share some photos from our Bliss 4th of July Celebration!  All of the photos [shot by the adorable Katie from Studio This Is] are featured  here, where you can also read a bit more about our inspiration...but I wanted to share a few of my personal favorites:

As I described in the feature on Strictly Weddings, we wanted our 4th of July celebration to ooze with glamour and have an ultra fancypants feel.  Sequins [along with our stripes]!!  So we decided to host the evening on the rooftop of Katie's home - under the stars, with jazz in the background, the skyline in the foreground and plenty of fun - all loosely inspired by the allure of the Golden Twenties.

Our single dining table was dressed in a dazzling rose gold sequin linen, layered with place-settings of gold, personalized placards featured each guests' silhouette in gold foil and a rich navy box was  mounded with dozens of the most beautiful Red Charm peonies I could have ever daydreamt of. 

Martini's and bubbly, for the most indecisive guest!


The most richly-hued [and deliciously-tart] cherries, ever!

A sparkler bar to illuminate the night after the golden sun melted past the horizon.

Katie and I can never. shut. up.

We Bliss Belles and Beau always love a fun party game!  Here we tried to match the preferred cocktail to each appropriate person.


And the evening continued waay past all of our bedtimes...but we simply couldn't have it any other way!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Inspiration Board

A favorite client of mine and I just wrapped up a week of Wedding Planning Bootcamp.  The busy bride took the whole week off for planning meetings and to eat, speak and dream wedding details with me.

This was the inspiration board I created for her wedding look.  We are LOVING the color palette of kelly green, crisp white, rich magenta, navy and metallic gold.  

I will have to wait to share more of the wedding details until after her fall wedding, this year.  But, for now, I truly can't get enough of this palette and my darling bride with impeccable taste!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day!

This weekend we get to celebrate DADDIES!  
Today we honour the studs in our lives who help keep us sane, grounded and laughing.  We celebrate the effort they make with our little ones and have a blast watching the bonds grow deeper by the day.  

We also celebrate dads of our own who taught us about right and wrong, success and failure and how to Dream Big, always with a sense of humor.

Happy First Father's Day, J!  We love you!