EVENT STYLIST VS EVENT PLANNER

 Hola! Talking today about the differences between an Event Stylist vs Event Planner. Well, as complicated as it may sound. It really isn’t but, I do see how people can be puzzled a bit. So here goes my brief breakdown.

Hola! Talking today about the differences between an Event Stylist vs Event Planner. Well, as complicated as it may sound. It really isn’t but, I do see how people can be puzzled a bit. So here goes my brief breakdown.

EVENT STYLIST:

An Event Stylist (me), is mainly responsible for all the aesthetics and overall look of the event. Our responsibility is to execute the vision of a client, one’s own or both. Focused on all the creative tasks in transforming a space. We work on the themes, color palette, decor, flowers, table setting, menus, floor plan layout, styling budget and anything related to the creative production of the event.

We also, work with vendors to help us create the vision with the guide of our creative direction.

EVENT PLANNER:

The Event Planner, “is the overall coordinator of the event.” The planner handles everything that has to do with the event, like finding a venue, DJ, entertainment, caterers, decor and anything the event needs. Managing the whole budget of the event as well as negotiating contracts. Delegating all vendors and ensuring the whole event runs smoothly from planning to the end of the party.

EVENT STYLIST VS EVENT PLANNER

In Summary, an Event Stylist focuses on the aesthetics/styling & Event Planner on logistics/functionality of the event.

Hope I helped in clarifying the difference. If you would like me to post next on my tips on How to Select a good Stylist, lmk on the comments below or on our Instagram @BonitoDesign.

XO

Helen Guzman

Photo by @ChasingDenisse

PARTY OVER

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When the party is over you better believe rest is to follow!

Last month Bonito’s event was at the Archer Hotel Florham, NJ. The event was a Christening for Baby AJB inspired by The Little Prince Theme. (If you missed it please CLICK HERE to see it).

This gorgeous hotel was so tempting, that I decided to book a stay. I am so glad I did and can not wait to go back! Yup, this hotel was so beautiful, accommodating and everyone there was so wonderful. If you have been following the Instastories, I am sure you are in agreement.

Right after Bonito’s work was successfully completed, I went to the restaurant. Ordered a delicious burger and a drink, which I highly recommend. (See below for reco). After that amazing indulgence, I took advantage of my Deluxe King Studio. I absolutely loved my room. The interior, the space, the complimentary treats, the adorable slippers, desk area, robe and Malin + Goetz shower items. Slept like a baby and woke up to go right to their indoor pool.

The only problem I had was leaving. Next time I am going to enjoy it even more because it will be a mini getaway.

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STRAIGHT UP BURGER + Old Fashion

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Totally forgot to take a pic when I got to the room, but here is a screenshot of Archer’s web pic verses mines all messy.

A very special thanks to Victoria, who was nothing, but amazing to work with through the planning. 

THE LITTLE PRINCE EVENT ON INSTAGRAM

XO

Helen.

RAIN RAIN GO AWAY

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A little rain don't hurt nobody. Well, in our case it does, specially when it pours.

Yes, it poured on our party date. Fortunately, we had options. As you can see we moved the outdoor party indoors. Phew! Right!

Because you are all my beautiful supporters, followers and clients I decided to write a few tips for you all.

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Bonito Tips:

When deciding on doing your party outdoors you must remember that you are playing with a risk of the weather changing over night. You just can't control the climate. Unless you have powers then please give me a call asap.

Always have a rain date or a Plan B. Tents, a covered outdoor area, Indoor option and/or another date. This would help you have less stress and also keep your guests informed and prepared if weather changes.

Plan B Options:

Indoors - make sure the space is as big as the outdoor. You need to accommodate your guests the same way.

Rain Date - postpone it for a better climate and have the party exactly as envisioned.

Tents/Coverage -  this is a good option because this would be the only change made. However, keep in mind that if it pours the floor or grass will be wet. Also, the look will change a bit.

Hope I helped.

XOXO

Helen

Bonito Unicorn Theme

The unicorn party trend is still going strong & we love it! Yes, we love unicorns as well! Today we decided to share our very own unicorn parties we have styled, on National Unicorn Day!

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Different ideas for each party with the same unicorn theme and this is why we welcome many more. Let us style your next Unicorn Party and we will make it fun and uniquely bonito.

XOXO

 

BONITO TIP

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HOLA! Hope you all had a lovely weekend including the Easter and/or Passover celebration.

Today I wanted to bring you a simple TIP. If you are creating a setting or idea, give your details LOVE. Yes, love!

Here you see a simple, but elegant table setting. You don't have to over do it all the time. Reuse your beautiful flatware and mix it up with chargers, napkin rings and give it love by paying attention to the smallest detail. In this case the choice of using the napkin in the center of the plate with a silver ring was BONITO enough. Play around with it and have fun with your creation.

Remember less can also be more.

Happy Monday!

XO

Helen.

EASTER FLOWERS & DECOR

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Hola! Here is a cute little setup for Easter! Demonstrating again how you can decorate a simple yet BONITO way. Hope it inspires you!

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Happy Easter!

XO Helen

PS11 BK Scholars Party

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Hi Everyone! This past weekend Bonito took part on helping to decorate a party for PS11 Brooklyn school, celebrating, 4th, 5th and 6th grade students for their scholastic achievements.

Over eight hundred students from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds attend PS11. The school and PTA celebrates and encourages academic excellence among PS11 students. This amazing and beautiful rewarding system has increased 70% of their students to achieve high level grades this year. The goal of their Scholars Reception is to shine a light on intellectual achievement and scholarship.

Learning all about this made the 750 guests attending the Reception at Brooklyn Expo Center a lesser challenge because Bonito's heart was in. Plus, 366 Balloons later we made it happen and the kids were all so happy! The PTA and school were such a great team to work with.

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Make sure you are always checking our Instastories, where we post bts videos and snippets :)

XO

Helen

Last Minute Galentine & Valentine Ideas

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Vday is 4 days away! Yes, time flies. If it has flown for you as well here are a few picks we love from Pinterest. Perfect for Last Minute ideas.

Now tell me this is not just a fabulous idea! This beautiful heart shaped napkin fold will automatically make your vday decor a winner. To see 2 more of Lauren Conrad ideas you can CLICK HERE.

Image Source: Pinterest / Article from LaurenConrad,com

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Of course, baking is always another great way to make your celebration personable. Well, these are one of Bonito's favorite via Pinterest by Camille Styles. You can get her recipe HERE.

Image Source: Pinterest / Camille Styles

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How about a Valentine Breakfast, Brunch or Lunch! This is an adorable idea you can have fun and get creative with. For instance, you can make them for your child's lunch and/or make it part of your lovers breakfast with a little sticky note.

Image Source: Pinterest

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This a perfect inspo for hosting a Galentine get together or Valentine party.

Image via Pinterest / Martha Stewart

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Here is our table setting for versatility. It can be for celebrating Galentine's, a Romantic Valentine Dinner or even a family lunch celebration.

Tip: For a Romantic Dinner just dim the lights, pour those glasses and turn all your candles!

To see more of this table CLICK HERE.

WE REALLY HOPE WE INSPIRED YOU! LOVE SHOULD ALWAYS BE CELEBRATED SO MAKE VDAY INCENTIVE! XOXO.

MUCH MORE ON PINTEREST.COM/BONITODESIGN

 

PARTY TRAVEL TIPS

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Hola! Bonito Design & Events did a Unicorn Party in Ecuador last year on this very same date.

If you recall from the fiesta of the photos seen HERE and on Bonito Instagram, was for my loving grandmother who turned 96. Today she turns 97 and because I just couldn't go this year (which I am totally bummed about) I decided to reminisce on all of Bonito's platform celebrating her.

On Instagram I will be posting photos of the party and video clips I have not shared. And on here I wanted to share a few tips on planning a destination party and some behind the scenes as well. So make sure you read below and then hop to HERE to see the instagram pics.

For those Planning a Destination Event or thinking about it here we go!

PACKING

  • PACKING: Of course, I wanted to pack the luggage with ALL my party decor, but that wasn't realistic. Instead, I packed a few things that were necessary that I knew I was going to have a struggle finding of there. So I packed things like mini pinatas, pastel colored balloons, cute paper cups/plates and even the unicorn cake topper made it to this travel. I also, kept in mind of thaking things that weren't too bulky or breakable. Everything else I got locally.

 

  • TIP: Balance out what to take and be smart of what is really needed because you also want to minimize shopping time on your trip. If you must take an item that is breakable I would say to make sure to wrap the item securely. I went heavy on the bubble wrap and paper to cover a few fragile things and made sure to place it in between clothes.
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LOCATION

  • LOCATION: Second, most important thing was location. After searching many pretty options we decided Nazu City Hostel's Penthouse was our best option. A Spacious, Modern Location, with a great Rooftop, Furniture and a brick wall I crushed on. The other reason was that we had to find a place that wasn't far for my grandmother to travel to.

 

  • TIPS: Concentrate on what you need from the space and make sure you read all amenities they provide before you book. I made sure I communicated that we were going to have a family gathering since this was a Penthouse not a venue. Thankfully it all worked out to our favor, but I strongly suggest you have great communication with the manger or owner. That way there are no surprises.

 

LOCAL VENDORS

  • LOCAL VENDORS: Researched Piñata & Baker vendors mostly on instagram. Social Media specially Instagram is a great tool to use to navigate through vendors. As for the cake my aunt made it :)
  • Since this was in Ecuador my communications were through emails, whatsapp and knowing Spanish helped.
  • Try to give yourself enough time to search and communicate with vendors before the party.

CAKE TOPPER

  • NYC VENDOR: I decided to take the cake topper because I knew my aunt would do the cake. So what I needed was a fabulous cake topper.  Joycie Cakes made a fondant unicorn topper to perfection. I was a little scared that something may happen to it because I was going to travel for 7 hour. Joycie reassured me that I should be fine and she boxed it securely. She was right!
  • TIP: A simple cake is always easy to get anywhere. Just make sure it has something that gives it a personal or thought outtouch. - If you are taking a cake topper I suggest to took it by hand in a small bag. Always consult with the baker on directions or advice.

SHOPPING

  • SHOPPING: For cupcakes & flowers I went to a local Floralist Company and a local bakery.
  • TIPS: Limit your shopping experience so you don't get beyond overwhelmed.

Ultimately, planning an event big or small in another state or country can be a little challenging. Our Unicorn theme party in Ecuador was a family celebration honoring our grandmother who turned 96 years of age. I wanted something different that we could all experience together. Time was limited and it needed a little more tlc than usual. A little sleep deprived, but all worth it. My family was an amazing resource and unbelievable help. So just make sure to do your research and keep this basic tips in mind.

This event was beyond special and happily successful! I wish I was there right now, but until then I will celebrate her virtually. FELIZ CUMPLEANOS ABUELITA!

Plus, when I do go no matter what month I will be creating a party for her either way.

Ok Hasta Luego. Xo.

Hop over to see the Unicorn Party Gallery if you missed it Click HERE.

Squish Marsh

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Hola! Today I am sharing this Adorable and Delicious Marshmallows from Squish Marsh! They are the perfect bite size and come in all different flavors. On top of that they do Donut Marshmallows and custom branded ones that will just make you twirl. Just look at the adorable packaging and branded marshmallow of Bonito. Need I say more!

The Best part my New Yorker readers they are located in St. Marks NYC. Take a look at their site HERE and get all the yummy details for your next party or craving. :)

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XO Helen

Operation Shower Under The Big Top

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Every year you know that Bonito is part of Operation Shower. This year's Baby Shower theme was Circus - Under The Big Top. Undeniably this was going to be a Fun and Colorful celebration for all the Military Moms to be surprised with.

We had the joy to work with graphics from HWTM and designs from SpoonFlower Fabric . Loved incorporating black and white to the vibrant color scheme of the stationery design and adding some gold, white and baby colors. Balancing it all out visually, with a modern twist, making it sweet and Bonito.

NYCakePops who always donates for our table did these beautiful dotted and striped cake pops. As you can see the cake pops are on top of cupcake wrappers, decorated with different animal sticker and the sticks were embellished with fun colored feathers.

The SpoonFlower Fabric played the role of a unique place mat trimmed with red pom poms! Again giving it a modern twist to this Circus Table. If you notice the Lion's Ring was also trimmed with Red Pom Poms implying to be the Fire. Making it all very darling!

All the other details were as fun to come with... the hip floral vase, the funky fun straws, admit one ticket glass stem decor, ketchup and mustard baby bottles, light box, and on and on... To see ALL the Details go to the Full Gallery CLICK HERE.

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 All the beautiful Moms we celebrated. Photo by   Images by Berit

All the beautiful Moms we celebrated. Photo by Images by Berit

 From Left: Happy Happenings Event, Save the Date for Cupcakes, Gabriela Events, Style In the Details, Simply Divine Event Decor, Bonito Design, M Pression Events, Amy & La Productions (who sadly missed this group photo). Photo by   Images by Berit

From Left: Happy Happenings Event, Save the Date for Cupcakes, Gabriela Events, Style In the Details, Simply Divine Event Decor, Bonito Design, M Pression Events, Amy & La Productions (who sadly missed this group photo). Photo by Images by Berit

These Moms were ALL overjoyed as soon as they walked in the room. Stepping into a room of pure magic, great energy and the amazing gifts waiting for them. Truly blessed to be a part of this organization and always happy to see all the Moms reactions.

Hope you enjoyed this post as much as we did creating.

Remember to see the Full Gallery of more details HERE.

XO Helen.

 

FEM THINK TANK EVENT

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Bonito had the opportunity to once again style an amazing Event in a fabulous space. All for our lovely friend Kathleen from Endlessly Elated, who hosted her 1st Fem Think Tank Event!

Thankfully Kathleen and I have very similar taste in style and gave me the green light to take control, which unfolded to all the prettiness you see here.     

Inspiration came from the beautiful venue, Hudson Table and a pink box with black/white ribbon spotted on a window display. Of course, details played a huge role here as you can witness on this post or on our Instagram.

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Made a surprise welcome sign that read: "Hello Lovelies," if you follow Kathleen you know that is her signature greeting.

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Ugh, these custom frames where "Life," like Kathleen stated when first seeing them.

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I had to plug in the Behind the Scene Video as well. FYI: Kathleen will be posting a video of the Event soon. Stay tuned.

Cheers to Kathleen, and all the GIRL BOSSES at FEM THINK TANK! XOXO

Group Photos and BTS Video by @Alcidezx3

Champagne by Le Grand Courtage

Venue Hudson Table

Styled by Bonito Design

Decal Classy Clutter Designs

Hosted by Endlessly Elated

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