Fall Gathering // Styled Shoot

Well, we had a blast this fall planning our launch. It had everything: Popcorn, rootbeer, pumpkins, s'mores and of course, awesome people! This crew seriously was so much fun to work with, We also were blessed with the amazing talent of AE Photography. This girl is not only one of the most encouraging people I have ever been around - she really knows how to make everyone feel comfortable in front of her lens! Check out more on her story and her business this coming Friday, on the JGE Blog. We also were so honored for this shoot to be featured on Inspired By This - We don't think it could have gone any better, but let us know what you think!!

When you think about all the gatherings that happen this time of year, there is some real inspiration for creating an inviting and warm space - i've put some of my favorite tips together below for you!

1. Embrace seasonal colors 

The colors that make up the season are inherintley warm and inviting. Play up the plaids and warm golden tones to really give your gathering that inviting aura. Look for props that easily compliment those golden tones like pumpkins, lanterns, and wooden furniture. You can easily match up solids and patterns together for a more elegant feel.

2. All about the food

Fall and winter make up the half of the year that makes you just want to curl up and eat some pie or drink a piping hot cup of cider - same goes for your gatherings! It's really easy to run by your local market for supplies and prepare a elegant brie and meat plate or an incredibly yummy casserole or stew. Keep it simple - people love appetizers, and it's easy to fill your guests up quickly while keeping your stress level down. We'll be sharing some of our favorite recipes down the road, so keep an eye out!

3. Make it easy

Keep it simple, and keep yourself sane. Guests are coming to your gathering not to see how much work you put into everything looking like perfection, but to honestly enjoy themselves. There is a balance between presentation, and laughing about slightly burning the turkey. Create a space that makes it easy for your guests to lounge and laugh together - formality and structure tends to make a party feel rushed or too organized. When in doubt, pick the top 5 details that you want to be just right, and find some way to give yourself a little break on the others. Details can make a space, but your nerves can break it! 

Remember, if you need advice or help planning your next gathering, visit our "Packages" page and fill out the form to receive our best plan for you!

With all the love,

S & N

We're Live!!

Guys… we are so beyond pumped to introduce Jillian Grace Events officially to the world. We have had so much fun rebranding, and putting together some beautiful packages and plans for your upcoming celebrations. We want to be able to share our vision for what JGE represents, and why we're doing what we love most! So grab a cup of coffee (or tea), a blanket, and your planner and find out why JGE should plan your next celebration!

Q/A

Q: What made you decide to take on this venture?

Noelle: After discovering that Sarah and I have the same passion for celebrating life through event planning,  we carefully prayed and talked it through with our husbands and decided to take a leap of faith by creating JGE.  I thrive on the anticipation right before people arrive at our events as well as the gratification that comes after the event has concluded. Another reason I decided to take on this venture is because I know a lot of people get overwhelmed when they think about planning an event/party. Perhaps they know how to throw a party, but don’t have the time. They may not even get to enjoy their own event because they’re either worried they forgot something or they’re exhausted from staying up late finishing last minute details. I love that JGE is able to take on all the responsibilities and be a breath of fresh air to our clients so that they can have a fun stress-free time at their event. 

Q: Why event planning? 

Sarah: I've found that I really have always had a passion for organically bringing friends and family together, and making the space feel inviting and warm. There is something about seeing a kids face light up, knowing that all of their friends and family have come together to celebrate their life, that makes me want to make that as magical an experience as possible. The same goes with showers, graduations, or even simple holiday parties. I love to live in the details and know that those can really make an experience extra magical. None of that works though without organic fellowship and friendship… you can't will that into being. Even better, if everyone attending doesn't know one another, I truly believe those details will create an atmosphere that makes it easy to branch out and meet someone new!

Q: How did y'all come up with the name Jillian Grace?

Noelle: A lot of people have asked us this question and it's kind of a funny story! Sarah and I had been brainstorming a name for our business for a few weeks, then one day Sarah thought about incorporating our middle names somehow. She did not know what my middle name was at that time and just started playing around some ideas beginning with her middle name, Jillian. While she was doodling, the word Grace came to mind and how it seemed to flow effortlessly with Jillian. She was conflicted because she liked the sound of Jillian Grace a lot, but did not want me to feel in any way left out. She quickly texted me, "Hey! What's your middle name?" I wrote back, "It's Grace! How come?" ...... Then the rest is history!  

Q: What's your favorite part of the whole process from start to finish?

Sarah: Seeing the clients vision come to fruition is definitely my favorite part - and through that process, building a new relationship with the client is also always a blast. Each event is a new way to express a new creative thought and see that come to life. I also simply just love seeing people having a great time, and letting all the anxieties and troubles go away, even for a short time. 

Q: Where do you hope to see Jillian Grace in the future?

Sarah and Noelle: We have goals and dreams for JGE, but we also trust that our relationship with our clients will help us know the direction our business needs to grow. Our most prominent goal is to provide our clients with the most exceptional experience possible, and to focus on them, rather than ourselves and what we want out of it. We hope that Jillian Grace will become a symbol of joy and community, while taking the burden of trying to do everything at once away so that you can enjoy your events wholeheartedly! Our tagline is "Creating beautiful ways to Celebrate" - I want that to be what we are about in future, as much as it is now.