photographer: Clove & Kin | event planner: Crown Weddings and Events | floral design: Jennifer Cole Florals | venue: private estate
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The People Have Spoken: Your Most Liked, Clicked, and Saved Events of the Past Year

When it comes to playing favorites, you — dear readers, party hosts, superusers of PartySlate — have told us exactly what you love. Your likes, clicks, and saves have spoken loud and clear. You adore tables adorned with moss and greenery; you can’t get enough of ombré balloon arrangements; and you dream of hosting a glorious dinner party on tables lit from within covered in candles (we do too, by the way). Read on to see the most-loved celebrations you might’ve missed seeing this past year.

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forest themed tabletop with moss, flowers, and candles
photographer: Vincent Segalla Photography

Garden-Themed Wedding in Luxe NYC Ballroom

New York, NY

The experienced planning team from Norma Cohen Productions worked with the designers at SBK Associates to conjure this totally-unique vision — a lush woodland in a luxe NYC ballroom. “We made a garden in The Pierre,” explains Cohen, to fulfill this couple’s dream of a “Sean Parker-type wedding” — referring to the Napster founder’s California forest-set nuptials. A relatively intimate gathering for such an over-the-top fantastical celebration allowed for highly individualized service. Tables from Party Rental Ltd. overflowed with moss, while lighting by Frost Productions and hundreds of candles ensured a dreamy vibe. It’s of note that this wedding actually took place in 2004 but remains one of our most-loved; it just affirms that an uncommon concept brought to life with beautiful design is timeless.  

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clear tent with gauzy draping and pink and green florals over dance floor
photographer: Clove & Kin

Lake Arrowhead Clear-Tented Wedding

Los Angeles, CA

This stunning wedding from Crown Weddings and Events featured a beautifully-draped clear tent from Hire Elegance built on a hill in a project that took a full 10 days. The Crown Weddings team describes “starting in the snow and ending up with a picture-perfect 75-degree day.” It was worth it. Pink and cream florals from Jennifer Cole Florals and sweet décor touches created a serene scene accented by the rich green natural views on all sides of the open tent. Nuage Designs and Wildflower Linen provided blush linen that matched the delicate-looking pink seating from Chameleon Chair Collection — touches that create a cohesive feel.

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pink ombre balloon installation on baby shower dessert cart
photographer: Soda Fountain Photography

Pretty in Pink Baby Shower

Evanston, IL

This perfectly pink baby shower from Michelle Durpetti Events featured an ombré balloon display by Zzazz Productions that made a big design impact. The arch also drew all eyes to an adorable cart and mouth-watering sweets table with cookies from Toni Patisserie & Cafe and gorgeous cake, donuts, cake pops, and cone cakes from Bon Vivant Cakes. Kesh Designs curated a glamorous all-pink celebration that featured soft blush and ballet slipper hues as well as vibrant hot pink and magenta tones. BBJ Linen and Hall’s Rental Service, Inc outfitted tables in luxe printed linen and beautiful chargers that made every guest feel celebrated.

Most Saved Event on PartySlate

glowing table bases with glass tops and candles
photographer: Brian Dorsey Studios

Glowing Tables with Deep Red Accents

New York, NY

The visionary team from Ovando Design and Production described this design as “exotic and enchanting,” and we couldn’t agree more. The romantic wedding reception featured glass tabletops on glowing bases topped with dreamy candlelight. And the red accents — so much gorgeous, deep red — extended from the napkins to the candles, and all the way up to the orchid-filled, hovering floral installations. The luxe Mandarin Oriental, New York ballroom was transformed by this layered vision. 

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poolside cocktail parties with white umbrellas and floating orb decor
photographer: The Day by Ira Lippke

1. Elegant & Romantic Wedding Celebration

Wilton, CT

This beautiful tented wedding in Connecticut at a private residence, from the team at Leslie Mastin Events, wowed everyone with its lush garden ceremony, beautiful poolside cocktails, and glamorous greenery-draped tented reception. The chic palette from the designers at Lewis Miller Design featured neutral shades of white and pink paired with downy linen and bright sprigs of green. We love how the tent lighting from Luminous Designs evolved throughout the evening to create a party scene.

red orchids and bright orange flowers hover over lit tabletops at wedding
photographer: Brian Dorsey Studios

2. Rich Red Reception

New York, NY

What more can we say about this gorgeous event that was already featured above as the “Most Saved Event on PartySlate”? Plenty. We adore how the bright orange chargers stand out on the glowing tables, drawing our eye up to the overflowing floral arrangements that include pops of the same bright hue. And don’t miss the cake, with its alternating layers of deep red and orange blooms.

tables with giant lollipop and ice cream installations
photographer: Jai Girard Photography

3. Bright Candy-Themed Bat Mitzvah Brings Childhood Dreams to Life

Highland Park, IL

While this candy-themed Bat Mitzvah celebration isn’t a new event, it has real staying power thanks to its creative and colorful centerpieces and sweets table (of course). The planners at Designer Event Chicago worked with the team at HMR Designs to curate every kid’s dream celebration, evoking Candyland in party form. Brightly-hued table linen and napkins from BBJ Linen brought the theming right down to every place setting on tables from Tablescapes Event Rentals.

gold and black gatsby themed lounge area
photographer: Dove Photography

4. Glam, Gold, & Gatsby Wedding

Greenwich, CT

This gorgeous celebration from the talented teams at Ruth Ridgeway Designs and AMG Events and Visuals evokes and embodies all of the glamour of the 20s — without the prohibition part, thankfully. In fact, the bar itself is a stunner, with its gold tufting and backdrop of pure deco-inspired design. The decadence of the era is evident in every luxe detail, from the plush lounge areas to the towering floral centerpieces, and the creative lighting to gleaming dance floor that makes us want to do the Charleston. 

citrus projections flanking fresh orange decorated place card table
photographer: Sheri Whitko Photography

5. Tropical-Themed Bat Mitzvah Bursting with Unique Citrus Elements

Chicago, IL

It was tough to choose a single image to represent this celebration because there are just so many diverse spaces worthy of depiction at this over-the-top tropical-themed Bat Mitzvah celebration. The skilled planners at Paulette Wolf Events teamed with the designers at HMR Designs to conjure a celebration full of bold colors, unique lighting from Frost Chicago, and the most creative use of citrus in a celebration that we’ve ever seen. Also don’t miss the blooms arranged into pineapple and parrot shapes and the towering fruit-filled vases topped with palms —  a unique floral and produce vision that’s right at home in the beautiful space of the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago.

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momosa signage on mimosa bar at baby shower
photographer: Heather Roth Photography

Fun Bar Featuring Clever Play-on-Words

St. Louis, MO

This “crazy cravings” themed baby shower from KATE & COMPANY featured fun graphic elements that were totally expressive of the mom-to-be. An interactive spinner invitation by Cheree Berry Paper set the tone, then pickles or ice cream necklaces adorned guests who guessed the baby’s gender. Ces & Judy’s Catering created a “Mom-osa” bar featuring colorful fresh juices while the featured bites filled mom’s cravings with cheesecake and an ice cream cart (complete with pickle toppings). 

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golden dancers in fringed dresses entertain at gatsby themed celebration
photographer: PS Photography and Films

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girls toasting bride-to-be in outdoor bamboo structure
photo courtesy of Shore Club Chicago

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strings of lights cover wall at kardashian party
photo courtesy of Mindy Weiss Party Consultants

3. 6 Over-the-Top Kardashian Parties — and How They Can Inspire Your Events

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restaurant with lit bar and wall full of bottles
photo courtesy of Upland

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orange printed napkin topped by a lemon and seating name tag
photographer: Amy & Jordan Photography

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