Karen's Chronicles

Wedding & Party Planning

Welcome to my blog celebrating all the things I love. I will be writing about the things that inspire me, discussing fashion and style tips, taking you from the runway to real life. With party planning tips for all occasions. Keeping you in the know with the latest trends in food, décor and lifestyle. And, time and again about the balance of being running a successful business and being a great Mom to my two boys who are 12 and 6. I’m excited to begin this blogging journey and hope to hear your feedback to learn about things you want to see.

6 Tips for Entertaining this Holiday Season

6 Tips for Entertaining this Holiday Season  1. Get into the holiday spirit! It’s impossible to host an energetic holiday party if you aren’t embracing the holiday magic yourself. As you’re cleaning your house or setting up for the party, light some candles and play classic holiday music. Try the Vanilla Bean Noel Candle from Bath & Body Works to fill your house with the smell of Christmas, and for your listening pleasure, try Michael Buble’s Christmas Album . His dreamy... Read More
Posted by Karen Kaforey at Friday, December 4, 2015
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7 Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner

7 Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner As one of America’s favorite holidays, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to gather with family and enjoy festivities that are as memorable as they are delicious. If the honor of hosting this celebration has fallen on your shoulders, then we have some helpful tips for you!  1. Design a menu and make a shopping list. A week before the big day, design your menu and post it on your refrigerator! This way you can easily make a shopping list... Read More
Posted by Karen Kaforey at Friday, November 20, 2015
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New York Bridal Market Recap | Naeem Khan Fall 2016 Bridal

Naeem Khan Fall 2016 Bridal Collection  For the Fall 2016 Bridal Collection, Naeem Khan channeled a Spanish influence in both his gowns and his runway show. Bright red flowers draped down from the ceiling, and the models donned elaborate floral headpieces and bold oversized earrings. The designer said his main muse was Frida Kahlo, and we think he captured her essence perfectly.   We loved all of the dresses in this collection, but one of the standouts was a hand... Read More
Posted by Karen Kaforey at Thursday, October 29, 2015
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New York Bridal Market Recap | Oscar de la Renta Fall 2016 Bridal Collection

Oscar de la Renta Fall 2016 Bridal Collection Illustrating an obvious French influence, the Oscar de la Renta Fall 2016 Bridal Collection epitomized couture fashion. Designer Peter Copping created a luxurious yet classic series of gowns fit for royalty. The French influence was evident with the corded pansy lace and silk organza halter neck tie back blouse shown on two dresses in the collection.  One was a strapless silk faille ball gown with a pleat skirt detail, and the other was a... Read More
Posted by Karen Kaforey at Wednesday, October 28, 2015
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New York Bridal Market Recap: Rivini Fall 2016 Bridal Collection

Rivini Fall 2016 Bridal Collection  The Rivini Runway show was an icy affair inspired by the coating of the first frost. Designer Rita Vinieris showcased glistening gowns coated with shimmering delicate overlays. When we viewed the collection for a second time at our private writing appointment in New York City, we were captivated by the intricate overlays and capelettes, which exuded the frosty elegance that the designer achieved with this collection.  Another unique icy... Read More
Posted by Karen Kaforey at Tuesday, October 27, 2015
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Styling Your Perfect Fall or Winter Wedding

Karen Kaforey, owner of Signature Events, has just released her second video on styling your perfect wedding! This video we explore all the perfect colors for fall and winter ! Check out Signature Events' channel here and subscribe for endless tips and tricks for everything you need to know about planning your dream wedding! If you're thinking about having a fall or winter wedding, this video is a perfect place to start! See some of our favorite fall and winter wedding inspirations... Read More
Posted by Karen Kaforey at Tuesday, October 27, 2015
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New York Bridal Market Recap | Vera Wang Fall 2016 Bridal Collection

Vera Wang Fall 2016 Bridal Collection  Vera Wang pulled out another edgy, avant-garde series of dresses for her Fall 2016 Bridal Collection. We love how Vera played with the contrast of sharp lines and oversized bows to create an innovative romantic look. Another fresh feature that we admire is the double covered buttons that adorn many of the gowns in this collection.  At our private writing appointment at Vera Wang in New York City, one of the most unique gowns... Read More
Posted by Karen Kaforey at Friday, October 23, 2015
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New York Bridal Market Recap | Carolina Herrera Fall 2016 Bridal Collection

Carolina Herrera Fall 2016 Bridal Collection  The Signature Events Team recently returned from New York Bridal Fashion Week, and we are excited to recap each breathtaking collection we got to see firsthand while there. As always, Carolina Herrera delivered beauty and elegance with her Fall 2016 Bridal Collection. The collection also offered hints of sensuality and subtle mystery achieved through elements of transparency and illusion. A gorgeous standout from the collection is an A-line... Read More
Posted by Karen Kaforey at Thursday, October 22, 2015
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Styling Your Perfect Summer or Spring Wedding

Karen Kaforey, owner of Signature Events, has just released a new video on styling your perfect summer and spring wedding ! This is the first video in a two-part series; her video on styling your fall and winter weddings is coming soon! Check out our channel here and subscribe for more helpful tips and tricks for everything you need to know about planning your perfect wedding!  These videos are a great place to start if you are in the beginning stages of your planning process!... Read More
Posted by Karen Kaforey at Wednesday, October 21, 2015
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6 Tips to Whip you into Shape for your Wedding Day

Of the 2.3 million American weddings that occur every year, 80% of brides will try to change their eating and exercise habits to prepare for the big day! (Brides.com) So, if you’re looking to amp up your fitness routine and alter your diet, you’re in good company, and you’re not going to do it alone. We are here to help you with the best tips for whipping yourself into shape before your special day! 1. First, focus on the healthiest YOU not the skinniest YOU. It’s tempting to... Read More
Posted by Karen Kaforey at Tuesday, October 20, 2015
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Martha Stewart Weddings: Providing Inspiration for 20 Plus Years!

Today we will be featuring one of the most amazing resources that brides have at their fingertips: Martha Stewart Weddings ! Martha Stewart Weddings has been providing brides and wedding dreamers with inspiration for over 20 years! At the October 2014 Bridal Market the Martha Stewart team rang in their successful 20 years with an amazing party to celebrate all the awe-inspiring work they've done! It was such a pleasure to celebrate with the amazingly talented Martha Stewart Team and all their... Read More
Posted by Karen Kaforey at Wednesday, October 7, 2015
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Predators Hockey Themed Birthday Party

When throwing a Nashville Predators Hockey themed birthday party for a 6 year old, you need to be creative! There's something very special when you see the faces of little ones celebrating a birthday, so when I started planning Preston's 6th Birthday I knew it would have to be top notch! I wanted to make sure that all of his favorite things were included and he was very vocal about what he wanted and even what he didn't want!  I hope you love these photos as much as Preston... Read More
Posted by Karen Kaforey at Friday, October 2, 2015
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Wedding Wednesday | Kayla & Benjamin

Wedding Wednesday   -Kayla & Benjamin-     After 11 years together, Kayla and Benjamin finally tied the knot on a beautiful Saturday, September 12, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. Kayla and Benjamin's beautiful, heartwarming ceremony took place at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and was followed by a reception at Bridgestone Arena's private club overlooking downtown Nashville.  The only thing as precious as Kayla and Benjamin's love story... Read More
Posted by Karen Kaforey at Wednesday, September 23, 2015
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Check out Signature Events, Karen Kaforey on YouTube

Signature Events is excited to bring you our first video blog series! Our goal is to keep you informed and up-to-date on the latest tips, advice, and trends related to wedding and event planning. We want these videos to be a way for you to easily access our wealth of knowledge and expertise. Signature Events owner, Karen Kaforey, loves to help others turn their dream events into a reality. She does this by listening carefully to your vision and making sure that your event captures the essence... Read More
Posted by Karen Kaforey at Wednesday, September 16, 2015
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6 Ways to Include your Favorite Fellas in your Wedding

1. Ask the Best Man to throw a party for your wedding party!  This is a great opportunity for the entire wedding party to get to know one another so that they will be a cohesive group of friends by the day of the wedding. If the Best Man needs some help planning a fun get together, the Maid of Honor would make a great co-host. 2. Surprise the groomsmen with exciting gifts!  A great way to keep your groomsmen happy is to get them a thoughtful groomsman gift that they will be... Read More
Posted by Karen Kaforey at Friday, September 11, 2015
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4 Ways to Include your Furry Friends in your Wedding

1. Engagement Announcement  Typically, the first thing a couple does once they are engaged is share the exciting news with the most important people in their lives.  If telling your pet is your first priority, you may want to consider utilizing their adorable faces in your engagement announcement. If your pet was already incorporated in the proposal, then you can go ahead and snap some cute engagement photos since the most important family member is present.  2. Save the... Read More
Posted by Karen Kaforey at Saturday, September 5, 2015
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5 Fall Parties You Should be Planning Now

  1.    Oktoberfest Beer Party  You don’t have to be in Munich to enjoy this fantastic tradition. Even though the Germans have been celebrating Oktoberfest since the early 19th century, it’s not too late to start your own annual celebration! Have each guest bring a different, preferably fall-themed beer. Give each guest a sample of each beer as well as a tasting sheet to fill out. Then, let the fun begin! Some great local breweries in Nashville to check out are Yazoo... Read More
Posted by Karen Kaforey at Thursday, September 3, 2015
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Wedding Wednesday: Kimberly and Kenneth

WEDDING WEDNESDAY -Kimberly & Kenneth- Kimberly and Kenneth had such a magical Monday on June 1! This adoring couple titled their wedding day #TheBestMondayEver and rightfully so.  This joyous day began with the bridal party prepping at the Schermerhorn Symphony. The 'first look' the shared at the base of the symphony stairs is nothing less than magical. They shared a precious moment reading their heartfelt letters written to each other before joining the whole bridal party... Read More
Posted by Karen Kaforey at Thursday, September 3, 2015
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Destination Wedding

Destination Wedding Essentials Before you decide to say "I do" to a Destination Wedding consider the details that go with planning from afar. Are you already dreaming of the perfect tropical location or are you seeing yourself  surrounded by majestic mountains? If having a stunning backdrop for your wedding is the most important detail for you then keep reading as we share with you our  Destination Wedding Essentials Wedding Decor Picking a unique... Read More
Posted by Karen Kaforey at Tuesday, July 14, 2015
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Tip Tuesday

Once you have found your dream dress the next step is to find the perfect shoes to complete your bridal look.  This week we have seven tips for you to consider when shoe shopping.  Don’t be Afraid to Rock Them : It is important to find shoes that fit your personality and make you happy.  After all, you’re the one walking down the aisle in them so you better feel like a million bucks and then some!     Bigger Isn’t Always Better : While you... Read More
Posted by Karen Kaforey at Tuesday, July 14, 2015
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Blackberry Farms Wedding

BLACKBERRY FARMS WEDDING -Lindsey & Sheldon- Wedding Kickoff | Blackberry Farms This breathtaking weekend wedding was held at Blackberry Farms nestled against the Great Smoky Mountains.   Beginning festivities kicked off Friday with a charming outdoor welcome dinner. Bluegrass music filled the air as guests played lawn games before dinner which featured a menu honoring classic Southern dishes and flavors. The moment the Wedding began all eyes were on the couple as they... Read More
Posted by Karen Kaforey at Thursday, July 9, 2015
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Wedding Wednesday

Wedding invites are the first impressions that guests have of your special day, they set the tone for the style of your wedding!  There are many different designs to go with but we have selected a handful to give you an idea of your options.  Whether you are going for classic, watercolor, or rustic; we have the latest trends for you to look at.  We have also provided a Stationary Wedding Essentials Checklist that you can use for your special day.  You do not need all of... Read More
Posted by Karen Kaforey at Wednesday, July 8, 2015
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Wedding Apps for Couples

The hottest trend for gathering photos from your guests is creating your own personal wedding app.  Yes that’s right ladies, an app just for your wedding! This modern, innovative way of collecting weddings photos is much more convenient than using a hashtag.  With an app you can easily have all your guests load every single photo and video from your wedding day.  Wedding Apps for Couples      Here are some of our select picks for you!   ... Read More
Posted by Karen Kaforey at Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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