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my passion is producing stylish & memorable experiences through special events. 

Whether it's a holiday dinner party or a wedding celebration for 300 guests, I believe every event is an opportunity to create something special. Thanks for visiting my blog, I hope you'll stay a while and find some inspiration along the way!

So, hey! I'm Cassandra.

A Stylish Fourth of July Celebration

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Inspired By This

“Why would we veer from tradition when a Fourth of July BBQ is the perfect way to celebration our nation’s independence?! Especially when it can look as good as this one! Cassandra Clair of The Event Prep went above and beyond for her gathering, but in a way that is ultra easy to recreate for your own celebration! With festive cocktail recipes like Peach Kombucha Sangria and Rosemary Lemonade, plus a Bourbon Float to boot, you’ll be singing this party’s praises all summer long. And don’t forget to whip up these patriotic popsicles while you’re at it!” – Inspired By This

 Pier 1 loved this photo so much that that even shared it  here!

Pier 1 loved this photo so much that that even shared it here!

The Fourth is prime time for relaxing with family and friends while indulging in summertime classics like your family’s “famous” heirloom BBQ recipe and some ice-cold cocktails.

Here in the Midwest we take every chance we can get to dine outside, and this festive tablespace perfectly sets the mood for such an occasion. A mix of patterns between the table linens and speckled salad plates creates a playful tone while the summertime-themed sugar cookies add a fun touch to each place setting. Custom acrylic drink stirrers serve as a place card as well as a keepsake guests can take home with them. Garden flowers shooting out from the table are almost reminiscent of fireworks and they create a beautiful and refreshing centerpiece that your guests are sure to admire.

As for the menu – a classic (and hassle free!) meal can still be presented elegantly like we did here with these trays filled with an assortment of sliders, corn dogs, a mix of fruit, and cups of pasta salad. Refreshing beverages like our Rosemary Lemonade and Kombucha Sangria can be prepped in advanced and served in glass drink dispensers for an effortless yet refined look. Simple décor and styling accents can go a long way to creating an environment that will make your guests feel like they’re at home. One of my favorite tips to help accomplish this is to swap in a blanket with a fun print – like our red and white one here – instead of using a plain table linen.

Wishing everyone a great Fourth of July! 

XO,

Cassandra

 

CREATIVE TEAM:

PLANNING& DESIGN: EVENT PREP

PHOTOGRAPHY:AMANDA COLLINS PHOTOGRAPHY

FLORALS:GARDEN VIEW FLOWERS

COOKIES:THE NEXT SWEET THING

INVITATION:DULCE GRACE PAPERIE

ACRYLIC STIR STICKS:STUDIO NOEL

TABLETOP DECOR: PIER 1

LOCATION: TOLEDO, OHIO 

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- Monica & Stephen

Where do I begin? If you're considering hiring Event Prep as a wedding planner, stop thinking and DO it. Cassandra was the BEST decision we made for our wedding day (besides each other, of course!) I was working full-time, in graduate school full-time, and trying to plan the wedding. Because of her, I was able to truly relax, especially on our wedding day, and live in the moment which I am so grateful for. We can’t thank her enough for helping to make our wedding day exactly as we had hoped and dreamed it would be! 

"The best decision we made"

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- Elena & Nick

Event Prep is the best decision you can make for your wedding planning needs. Period. From the beginning vision phases, to the tough decision making moments, Cassandra is there not only as a seasoned professional but as a friend. There were times where I was at my wits end, and Cassandra became my place of peace and calm. She was always 10 steps ahead of the game and guided me in the right direction. She made me feel like my wedding was her only focus and her efforts showed through. My husband and guests were absolutely speechless at our ceremony and reception. They were truly blown away. None of it would've been possible without her. Simply put, Event Prep made my wedding dreams come true. 

"None of it would have been possible without her."

- Lauren & Todd

You will not be disappointed in your selection with Event Prep. Cassandra is the most professional, kind and bubbly spirit you’ll come in contact with.  We both have full time jobs and knew we would need all the extra help we could get.  Cassandra and Event Prep were the answers to my prayers! She made sure that we were all able to enjoy our day and not think twice about what needed to be accomplished. When I needed her, she was right there. I could not possibly fit a list of all the things Cassandra assisted with into this review. However, I can say she is a big reason I am able to look back on my wedding day with joy and happiness. Having the ability to focus on our guests and enjoy the most important day of our lives was priceless. 

"She is a big reason I am able to look back on my wedding day with joy and happiness."