DME Ladies and Gentlemen Tables

The new window displays are up and the DME staff is loving the theme, because it was inspired by them! Each table represents our fabulous ladies and gentlemen that make up the our incredible staff all while including the patriotic theme of this past weekend.

For our gentlemen's table, instead of using a floral centerpiece, we wanted to include items that are near and dear to our staff like their old trophies, childhood toys and of course beer.

Look at those American flag runners aren't they great! Instead of using one long runner across the farm table, we used four runners to create a personal place setting so that each person has their own individual flag. These awesome runners and napkins are from Pottery Barn!

The dinner plate sits on a cool leather charger with a place card attached to a glass buoy in the center of the plate which ties in the guys love of boating. A pilsner and mason jar are used for the boys to enjoy an ice cold Sam Adams Summer Ale.  The amazing farm table and place settings are courtesy of Rentals Unlimited. 

Now for the DME ladies inspired table, simplicity is the key. 

The classic yellow and white striped table linen is complemented by the navy napkins that hang over the edge of the table give the perfect accent color to the bold linen. Again the linen and place settings are from our friends at Rentals Unlimited! 

The white anemone centerpiece sits on top of a cutting board with pewter crab handle,s surrounded by seashells which incorporate the ladies love of the beach and food. Sundae glasses filled with fresh berries and whip cream give the table a touch of red white and blue. The Gurgling Cod from Shreve, Crump and Low provides the ultimate contrast to the traditional water pitcher

 Clear glass plates are placed on top of a dark rattan charger which gives the table texture and completes the overall look that the DME ladies love!

Stop by the Dana Markos Events studio to get a closer look at these incredible displays and let Daniel know you love them as much as we do! Great job Daniel!  

Happy 4th of July!

Fourth of July is one of the best days of the summer. Everyone’s outside having a great time, dancing to their favorite music while decked out in our nation’s colors, devouring all the barbeque foods they can eat and ending the night with a beautiful firework display. However this year, the most patriotic holiday will be filled with rain and thunderstorms. Thanks a lot Mother Nature!!

Even though the day is predicted to be dark and gloomy don’t let it put a damper on your Fourth of July festivities just bring the partying indoors.  Although barbeque just doesn’t taste the same without the grill, here are some really great ideas that we love for an indoor 4th of July barbeque.

Here are two great ways to have hamburgers and hotdogs without having to brave the storm and cook on the grill, all you need to use is the oven. 

Cheeseburger Sliders

Crescent Dogs

Making your own drinks are a great twist to the normal canned drinks that you see at an outdoor barbeque. These drinks are easy to make and even fit with the color scheme!

Layered Drinks (Kid Friendly)

Red, White, and Blue Sangria (For the Adults)

These dessert look too good to eat!

Fruit flag

Patriotic cupcakes

Chocolate Covered Oreos

Whats a fourth of July party without some red, white, and blue


Table Setting

Courtesy of Dana Markos Events

We hope everyone has a Happy 4th of July and a great long weekend!!!

Summer of Color

After a long, bitter, snow filled winter and what seemed like a short lived spring, summer has officially arrived and it was long overdue, especially for those who live in the New England area. Along with numerous beach days, family trips and backyard barbeques comes the busiest event season of the year! Whether it’s celebrating the union of a loving couple, the new beginning of a recent graduate, a new addition to a family or the most patriotic day of the year, there is always something taking place every weekend of the summer.

One of the biggest event trends this year, which will never go out of style in my opinion, is the use of bright colors. Using bright colors is a great way to liven up a space and looks even better in the summer sun! Color can be used within different aspects of an event whether it’s included in the invitations, linen, event space, flowers, or even the food. 

What better way to kick of the color filled season than with a blue and hot pink themed graduation party.

Who would have thought that a tent and those chiavari chairs could come in such magnificent colors? This bright blue tent was lined with pink and white paper lanterns which kept along with the color scheme down below.

Chevron is another popular trend this season. Using a patterned table runner instead of a solid colored runner helps break up the color scheme without it becoming overwhelming.

Another great way to add color to an event is by incorporating it in the food.

 Mason jars filled with pink fruity drink with a blue striped straw

If the using colored fabrics and décor may be too much color for you, using bright color flowers can also have the same effect of livening up a room. For a wedding at the  Lyman Estate Bride and Groom Kirsten and Evan chose an elegant and classic color scheme for their décor, which complemented the historically estate, while using flowers, lanterns and water glasses to give a touch of color to the spacious tent.

Our incredible team here at DME did an amazing job incorporating the elegance of the venue within the floral arrangements. The center pieces for this wedding varied in sizes for each table giving the tent a unique atmosphere.

This beautiful mantel piece arrangement filled with coral, and blush peonies, white hydrangeas, lilac, yellow ranunculus gave the ornate white fireplace a splash of color against the grey walls.

These small arrangements in vintage glasses provide several different color schemes to the elegant table scape. Adding several small centerpieces to a head table instead of a large arrangement provides more space for guests to sit and interact with each other.

We here at Dana Markos Events are very excited for our action packed summer and we can not wait to see what this event season has in store for us.

A Classic Thanksgiving in Woodstock, VT.

  1. "We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
    He chastens and hastens His will to make known;
    The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing;
    Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own."

    Remember singing this song in your school days?  Heading home for Thanksgiving break?!  It sure is a classic and whether you are religious or not, the song strikes a cord in most that the holiday season is upon us!

    Straight out of a Currier & Ives print!

    Woodstock is a bucolic little town in east central Vermont. Chartered in 1761 the town endured through the American Revolution and swiftly prospered shortly after its end.  Sawmills, furniture manufacturers, and leather goods largely dominated the industry of the town as well as many other factories and services. Although those days are largely over, Woodstock still provides many amentities and long-time family-owned farms make up a vast amount of the area.  Today the town relies largely on tourism and offers many quaint stores and restaurants for those seeking to support local business.

    Morning snowfall.

    This year my family decided to spend Thanksgiving holiday in this wonderful town - it is the perfect place to get away from it all and enjoy some much needed respite.  As we headed up we were delighted to hear nothing but Christmas music playing on the car radio!  By the time we arrived, darkness had already fallen and we could see the faintest bit of snow on the ground.  After a night of good sleep we all awoke to a freshly fallen snow that continued throughout our morning!!  Heading downstairs we were all greeted by a roaring fire that my cousin Heidi's husband Steve had built when he woke up at dawn.

    Fresh baked muffins sit atop a old wooden cutting board with a tartan throw beneath.

    A Large board of fresh baked muffins of bran, lemon-blueberry, and pumpkin sat on the coffee table with a fresh pot of coffee - what a perfect way to start what is now one of our most memorable of holidays!  We decided as a family that we would take the day to talk, play games, and enjoy each others company without influence from the outside world.  Dinner would be had in the early evening leaving us plenty of time to cook and set up all of the great decorations we had collected.  Until then it was nothing but sitting around the fire and having lots of laughs!

    Once it was time to decorate and cook we hopped-to-it and couldn't have been happier with the outcome of it all!

    Keeping it crisp, clean, and warm!

    Beautiful autumnal flowers.

    Turkey salt and pepper shakers.

    Loving the rustic elegance!

    Before sitting down to enjoy our feast, it was time to start restocking the firewood from the old barn….

    While Daniel braved the cold while gathering wood, inside I was busy at work putting together an elegant but simple table-scape.  This year old family napkins would be used against simple white plates and silver flatware.  The table - made of large reclaimed wood planks is too beautiful to cover, so we left it exposed. Instead, I decided to run pieces of cut burlap down the center, topped with birch stumps and birch stick tea light holders.  In addition I placed three centerpieces spread down the middle of the burlap using roses, berries, hydrangeas, and leaves - all in seasonal colors of red, orange, white, and green.

    Scattering raw-inshell chestnuts, almonds, and walnuts around the centerpieces gives the table a whimsical feel of carelessness!

    Hot apple cider is the perfect addition to this holiday meal, add cinnamon sticks for those who like theirs with a kick!  Don't you just love the old metal and wood carrier?

    Using birch bark for place cards is a great way to add interest, write names in gold for that holiday feel!

    Always offer your guests a choice of two waters, sparkling and spring - Pellegrino and Saratoga are our favorites.  We love the simplicity of the bottles, however, using glass or pewter pitchers would look great as well.

    A bottle-opener made from a real antler.

    Creamy milk chocolate lollipops in the shape of a turkey grace each place setting.

    Tartan!  Who doesn't love tartan, especially during this time of year?  Adding classic tartans of Scotch and Stewart add the perfect amount of warmth!

    Once the food was done it was time to show it off - look at that turkey, props to Steve who did an incredible job!  My cousin Heidi, Steve's wife made wonderful sides of mashed potatoes, mashed butternut squash, and two stuffings!  In addition to their food, we also made a hamburg and chestnut stuffing, stuffin-muffins, and candied yams - we had enough leftovers to feed an army!  Because two families are joined together for Thanksgiving, it is wonderful to be able to sample the traditional foods of each other's holidays.

    A Thanksgiving family favorite, Stuffin-Muffins look great set atop an old treated medallion of wood.

    Bread-rolls in a recycled soft cork bowl…this can be shaped to be smaller or larger depending on your needs.  How cool is that?

    Believe it or not, after all of this came dessert!  Granted, a few hours later.  We decided to keep is simple and go with all of the traditional pies; pumpkin, apple, pecan, and blueberry.  An old pewter bowl filled with delicious honey-crisp apples and homemade whipped cream topped with cinnamon sticks make great additions to this dessert table!  And again, adding the tartan throw gives the table warmth.  We dug in, snuggled together, and enjoyed the movie Elf as we sat around a roaring fire that had been kept going since dawn.  What a perfect way to end the most perfect of days!

    Homemade pumpkin pie:

    Add interest to your pie crust by cutting small leaves and riming the pie with them to create the look of a garland.  Make sure to cut out a piece of dough in the shape of a maple leaf for the center - it really looks terrific!

    So simple!

    The rest of our days were spent relaxing at the farm, strolling around Woodstock Village, drives in the countryside, and a trip to a Christmas tree farm!

    A lovely wood pergola at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller property.

    We just had to stop for some amazing pure Vermont maple syrup!  Elm Grove Farm, owned for four generations by the same family is now run by Fred and Nancy, husband and wife of 62 years….two of the kindest people one could meet.

    Some architecture in and around the village:

    The famous Woodstock Inn.

    A very busy village center!

    Suicide Six that-a way!

    A simply elegant house in the heart of the village.

    How quaint!

    We LOVE this street.

    Look at that stunning pediment over the front door!

    A lovely village church.

    A trip to The Daily Grind….

    Very cool vintage skis in the foyer!

    One MUST head to The Daily Grind - terrific, friendly service and treats to die for; fresh croissant, muffins, cookies, and gelato!  Not to mention their out-of-this-world homemade marshmallows and oh-so-good hot chocolate!

    The Christmas tree farm.

    Our wonderful family!  
    (top left to right) Steve, son Daniel, and myself.  
    (bottom left to right) My niece Kathryn, daughter Amanda, Heidi, and niece Ellie.

    On our last night of this wonderful holiday vacation, the girls decide to play some games and chat about who knows what - but it seems they were having a great time together!

    I've been spotted!!

    We then gathered around the large stone hearth and roasted marshmallows for s'mores!!

    The most important aspect of one's holiday should be love.  Whether you spent it with family, friends, or both, love is what really makes everything so meaningful.  Happy Holidays to all of you and your loved ones.  I am truly grateful for the support throughout all my many years in business.  Here's to health, wealth, and happiness in all our lives!