First of all, I couldn’t imagine having our launch party anywhere other than Al Biernat’s North. All the special occasions in my life over the past two decades have been celebrated at Al Biernat’s, and their new location in North Dallas — https://albiernatsnorth.com/ — was the perfect place to debut my new baby! Director of Operations Brad Fuller allowed us to take over the entire upstairs area, while Sales and Marketing Manager Melissa Neumann made sure we had everything we needed to execute the event flawlessly. And I can’t thank Bar Manager Kevin Nickens enough for working with Nue Vodka to come up with a delicious signature cocktail for our launch party!
What really set the stage for our event was the gorgeous 3D flower wall provided by DFW Flower Wall! It was everything I had hoped for, providing an elegant, sophisticated backdrop for all our EK&Me selfies! While we chose a design of white flowers with sprigs of greenery mixed in, DFW Flower Wall has a variety of flowers and color schemes available. Owner Bryan Delgado is happy to work with you to make your vision come to life. His gorgeous flower wall designs are perfect for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Sweet Sixteens, Quinceañeras…..And with Valentine’s Day coming up, I can’t imagine a more romantic setting to pop the question than surrounded by a wall of roses! Get inspired by checking out https://www.instagram.com/dfwflowerwall/. You can also find them at https://www.facebook.com/dfwflowerwallrental/ or https://www.dfwflowerwall.com/find-us.
Additional floral arrangements were provided by Petals N Pastels. What a difference these beautiful floral arrangements made for all our table tops, the fireplace, and the photo displays! Flowers add so much personality to an event. I just appreciate so much the attention Petals N Pastels has for detail and how personally invested they are in making a moment memorable. You can see some of their beautiful wedding artistry at https://www.petalsnpastels.com/. You can also check out https://www.facebook.com/petalsnpastels/, as well as https://www.instagram.com/petalsnpastels/.
To take the perfect selfies, we used the absolute best photo booth from https://radiodjs.com/photo-booth/. I loved that the photos were immediately ready for social media posts, because as we all know, if it’s not posted on social media, it didn’t happen!
Cynthia Smoot of Gangway Advertising was a huge help getting the word out about our launch party, making sure we had the right influencers there to familiarize themselves with our line and getting our story out to a host of publications. Keep up with Cynthia (if you can!) at https://www.instagram.com/gangwayadv/.
Parker & Hyde has been such a gift to EK&M! Their leopard clutch is what inspired me to go for it and launch our own brand! I can’t thank Zack and Lauren McLarnon enough for their generosity, allowing us to give away several clutches as door prizes at our launch party and including their fabulous teardrop earrings in the gift bags. Speaking of…..
I reached out to several businesses I know and trust to ask them to participate in our gift bags, and without hesitation, they all said yes! Thank you again to Parker & Hyde, as well as Studio 110, Elevate Fitness, Smart New You, Red Mountain Weight Loss, WorkSuites, Bronzed Babes, Honey Bare, and Body Machine Fitness for your generous gifts.
But we absolutely, positively couldn’t have pulled this party off without the help of my wonderful sister-in-law Amanda Whittenburg and Allen’s longtime friend — and now my friend, too! — Ashley O’Dea. These ladies worked tirelessly to make sure everything was set up and executed perfectly. And it was! Our team at EK&M is small but mighty, and there’s nothing we can’t accomplish together!