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Welcome Aboard
Exciting News
Upcoming Events
About posh productions, LLC
Event News You Can Use
July 2013

Ashleigh DorfmanHave you ever been wow’d by unexpected elements at a familiar theme party?  Last month, I attended a “Sailing into Summer” luncheon and was pleasantly surprised by the company’s fresh interpretation of a coastal celebration.  I was blown away!  Check out the photos below and read my ideas for a destination-themed party – and keep reading to see my exciting news! 

As always, I wish you many reasons to celebrate … and when you need professional event assistance, please contact me!


Ashleigh Dorfman, CSEP

President | Event Consultant

Welcome Aboard!

Planning a summer celebration and still looking for inspiration?  Welcome Aboard!
Sailing into Summer - entranceLast month, I attended a fabulous luncheon hosted by Ridgewells Caterers. Aptly themed “Sailing into Summer“, the party was held at the Flying Bridge, a nautically designed rooftop venue overlooking the US Capitol, Washington Monument and Union Station in Washington, DC.  The food, drinks and decor reminded me of my travel-inspired event planning article in the current issue of I Am Modern magazine, specifically – Welcome Aboard (or even Coastal Clambake).

Sailing into Summer - bar
Sailing into Summer - food buffet Sailing into Summer - food display 2

Stay poolside for this luxurious excursion. Greet guests with a fruity concoction on the “Lido Deck,” offer to take their photo (a great souvenir), and encourage them to sit back and admire the evening sunset. Add sunscreen, exotic flora and a Steel Drum Band for a complete cruise experience.

Evoke seashore charm with a seafood feast! Think lobsters and drawn butter; blue and white nautical décor accented with seashells and lanterns and, of course, seersucker attire. Your guests will feel like they are at Martha’s Vineyard. Sand is optional.


Create the desert experience without the overly hot temps! Focus on neutral colors with turquoise and copper accents, succulent table arrangements, Mariachi music and flavorful Tex-Mex cuisine. Golden margaritas are essential.

Beat the heat with a rooftop dance party. Go all out with an urban vibe – contemporary music, graffiti artist and food truck. Skyline not necessary.

Look no further than your backyard for an extreme outdoor adventure. Pair the thrill of ziplining or rock climbing with a relaxing BBQ, cold beer and campfire. Bonus – swap travel stories ´round the fire.

When planning your travel-themed summer party, here are a few things to keep in mind:

STRIVE FOR AUTHENTICITY: Leverage globes, maps, travel books, postcards, luggage and other destination items for a real look and feel. If you don’t own these items, borrow from your neighbors, buy from World Market or rent from a local decorating company.

STRIVE FOR AN EXPERIENCE: Along the lines of authenticity, create a celebration that truly reflects the destination. Incorporate popular foods, entertainment and activities; many items can be sourced locally. “When in Rome” should be your mantra.

STRIVE FOR FUN: Celebrations are meant to be fun! Ensure a good time by planning ahead, doing only what you are capable of and/or have time to do, and buying/hiring the rest. “Keep it simple” should be another planning mantra.

Exciting News!

2013 ISES Esprit Nominee logoI’ve been nominated for my first International award … a coveted Esprit Award for Best ISES Team Effort Budget over $200,000 by the International Special Event Society (ISES). In early April, I won my first industry award from my local ISES chapter for the same team event.
Leadership Fairfax logoI’ve been accepted into Leadership Fairfax!  Starting in September, I will follow in the footsteps of many successful community leaders (including personal friends) by participating in this interactive educational program.

Upcoming Events!

Sound the Alarm! 1st Birthday Party
Splish Splash! Pool Birthday Bash
NSLM Polo Match & Luncheon – TWG Consultant
Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun!
AAM Inaugural Awards Gala – TWG Consultant

posh productions logoSUMMER SAVINGS

Hosting an event and wondering where to start, what to do and who to hire? You need a consultant to help – suggest creative ideas, strategies and preferred vendors, as well as develop timelines and budgets!

This summer Buy One Consulting Hour and Get One Free!  The first hour may be in-person, the second hour via email and phone, as needed. $85 value. Not valid on full-service fees.

Offer Expires: 08/31/2013