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Ideas for Modern Spring Table Settings

May 04, 2015

If you’re planning a springtime event, such as a wedding, baby or bridal shower, or a Mother’s Day brunch, you might be eyeballing different sorts of flowers to decorate with. Springtime often means a plethora of florals and pastels for décor themes, but without careful consideration, this can lead to your event looking dated or a bit stuffy. But, there are ways to incorporate these ideas and themes into your decorations without making your event look like a 1980s garden party (unless, of course, that’s the aesthetic you’re after—in which case, go forth as planned!). Check out our tips for planning and decorating a modern-looking spring table.

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Tutorial: How to Fold Napkins into Elegant Bow Ties

May 01, 2015

Fold Napkins into Bow Ties

If you’re researching different ways to make your event look like no detail went unchecked, folding napkins into fun and elegant shapes is one way to do so. At BBJ Linen, we’re always looking for ways to help all of our customers plan the events of their dreams, and that’s why we’re sharing our tutorial for folding napkins into beautiful bow ties. 

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Tips for Planning a Kentucky Derby Party

April 29, 2015

If you’re gearing up for this year’s Derby, you’ve probably got some ideas cooking in your head already. Kentucky Derby parties offer you a unique way to have some fun—you can host a racetrack-style betting game with your guests, serve mint juleps, and invite everyone to wear their biggest and boldest hats. In order to help you throw your best Derby party yet, we’ve compiled a list of great tips for planning and event that’ll be a Triple Crown contender.

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Tips for Planning a Fun Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

April 27, 2015

Cinco de Mayo Decorations

Cinco de Mayo is coming up soon, so now’s the perfect time to get your fiesta prepped and ready to go. If you want to plan a Cinco de Mayo party this year, we’ve got plenty of tips for you to take into consideration so that your event doesn’t just consist of tacos and tequila. Everyone loves a great party, and especially when you take the time to plan something that’s different than the other Cinco de Mayo parties that your guests have attended in the past.

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Eight Great Ideas for a Mother’s Day Brunch Everyone Will Love

April 24, 2015

Eight Great Ideas for a Mother’s Day Brunch Everyone Will Love

Moms are important people, and too often, we take them for granted. One day a year, though, they get a full day dedicated to them, and it’s important to make the most of it. We should all appreciate our moms every day of the year, but on Mother’s Day especially, we should spend the extra time to be nice to them, and honor them for being the great women they all are. Check out these eight ideas for planning a fabulous Mother’s Day Brunch for the moms in your life!

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Weddings: What NOT To Do With Color

April 22, 2015


Finally, warmer temperatures are here, and Spring wedding season will be in full swing before we know it! If you didn’t get a chance to check out our Spring/Summer 2015 Lookbook, it’s a great resource for the latest color trends and ideas. Here at BBJ Linen, we make it a point to stay on top of the latest trends to in table linen, table overlays, chair covers and all aspects of event décor to bring a unique and creative vision to our clients.

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Culture Spotlight: Indian Dinner Party

April 20, 2015

Indian dinner party decor

Have you seen the new film, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel? If not, you must make plans to do so immediately! This beautiful film not only explores the complex range of human emotion in regard to aging, love and relationships, but it also has a fantastic cast, and is set against the gorgeous backdrop of Jaipur, India. My head has been swimming with pinks, golds and all the beautiful colors of India, so I thought it would be fun to put together a blog on how to host a fabulous Indian/Bollywood-inspired luxury dinner party. If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, read on! 

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BBJ at Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party: A Recap

April 17, 2015

Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party

On March 22, 2015, dozens of vendors set up camp at The Ritz Carlton hotel in Chicago, showing off their finest wares and services to brides from all over the Midwest. More than 100 wedding vendors, including caterers, florists, bakers, dress makers, DJs and much more showcased what they do best, and we at BBJ were one of them! If you couldn’t make it, or you just want to relive that fun day, you’ll love this recap of what went down at the party! 

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Planning an Unforgettable Vow Renewal Ceremony

April 15, 2015

Plan a Gorgeous Vow Renewal ceremony

When you exchange vows, you make a lifelong promise to the one you love that you’ll always be with them, always be there for them, and that you’ll always love them. More and more, couples that have been together for a long time are deciding to reassert their commitment to one another in a vow renewal ceremony. Some couples have renewal ceremonies because their first wedding wasn’t quite what they wanted it to be, due to budget concerns, life events, or otherwise. Others plan renewals after going through a rough patch with their spouse, with the ceremony being a symbol of the enduring relationship. And some couples plan vow renewals simply to throw a great party and to rededicate their lives to each other. Whatever your reason is for planning a vow renewal ceremony, there are plenty of ways to ensure it’s unforgettable both for you and your spouse, as well as for your guests.

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Planning a Star Wars-Themed Event: a How-To Guide

April 13, 2015

Star Wars-Themed Event

If you’re obsessed with the Force and wish that you grew up a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, you’re not alone. May the Fourth is almost upon us, so what better a time to go over a list of ideas for planning a Star Wars-themed event? Whether you want to plan a unique party, an intergalactic wedding, or any other event, we’ve got some great ideas to help you plan something perfect.

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