Tips for Birthday Celebrations

All birthdays are special and they deserve to be commemorated. For adults, these are often milestone birthdays; the ones that make you feel like you need to freeze time to honor the moment. They arrive at a time when the guest of honor may be overwhelmed with the thought of entering a new decade of life. That’s why it’s important to surround the birthday person with the people they love in a setting that fits their personality and style.

While decorating for my own birthday party this year (it’s not a milestone but any birthday is a reason to celebrate), I thought it would be fun to share my top three decorating tips that can really make the day special.

Proof is in the Pudding…or Birthday Cake!

The birthday cake completes the party. It acts like an exclamation point, presented at the end of the party and “wows” the guests with its beauty and deliciousness. Often a cake is forgotten about because its decorations are generic and boring, but don’t miss this decorating opportunity! The cake can match the style of the guest of honor using color, shape and embellishments. For my birthday cake, I used a pastel pink that reminds me of springtime pansies and romantic pink roses. It’s elegant, simple and classic which fits the style I strive to keep. The vanilla cake tastes equally delicious as it is beautiful, made exquisitely by Patrick at Aux Petits Delices in Wayne, PA.

Celebrate Happy Moments.

Sometimes the birthday person is not extremely excited about “aging up,” so keep their mood happy by celebrating the past. Ask guests to bring photos of fun and special moments they’ve shared together. Create a decade-based theme party if the guest of honor is entering a new decade. For example, a 40th birthday party could include big band music from the 1940s. You could use the decade they were born and host a party around that time period as well. It's always important to document the party with amazing photography. I always use Maddie Flanigan Photography.

Of Course, Use Silk Florals!

One of the latest trends in party decorating is the use of a silk floral wall and lately, my birthday walls are almost as popular as my wedding walls. My walls come in 14 vibrant color themes to match any party style. They make amazing backdrops for photos of guests. I encourage my clients to get creative with the wall and take photos sitting, standing, and even being silly with props. I set the walls up in no time and work well with other vendors you might be using. I also create floral table runners. They can match the color of the floral wall and run on any size table. Flowers have the power to create an elegant and fun atmosphere and silk florals can be used to create a lush backdrop without the expense of using real flowers. Most of my clients use my silk floral walls in addition to real flowers for other decorations like table centerpieces.

If you are planning a birthday party, or any special event, please call me for a free consultation.




Silk Foral Walls For Special Events...Not Just Weddings!

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE working with brides to make their special day perfect, but I don't just do weddings! I recently collaborated with Lohner Plastic Surgery and Porsche of the Main Line for an informative, fun and elegant evening. Dr. Lohner, a highly respected plastic surgeon in the area, sponsored an evening of fun and education, sharing some of the new and innovative trends in plastic surgery. With the help of my red silk floral walls, the showroom at the Main Line dealership popped! Not only did the florals add a superior touch of elegance and beauty, the wall was a perfect backdrop for guest photos. Shutterbug Maddie Flanigan was on hand to snap photos of all the guests of the evening.

Hand crafted with amazing detail, my silk floral walls and visual displays have become immensely popular among Philadelphia retailers. Each wall is carefully created to reflect a business, brand or personality. Place your order today!

Ritzy Business in Philadelphia Style

I am still reveling in the glory of being in yet another media powerhouse in Philadelphia! My flower walls were one of the topics of the article “Ritzy Business: Fanciful floral walls and custom cakes offer the finest finishing touches at the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia.”

This is the third time my business has hit media news in that last year!

The recently renovated Ritz Carlton has partnered with Nicol Floral Design to create their own exclusive flower walls for brides. The elevated personal touches of this venue are what sets them apart as one of the top wedding reception venues in the city and I’m thrilled to be working with them!

I handcraft my walls with amazing detail, using high quality silk florals. Some of my walls are available as packages throughout the city, such as the Ritz Carlton, but they can also be custom made and rented to be used anywhere. Call me for a free consultation!

Philly Magazine “Best of Philly” Soiree

I had the opportunity to showcase my blue silk floral wall at the Philly Magazine “Best of Philly” Soiree at Dilworth Park last week. Guests sampled the city’s best bites, danced the night away al fresco to the sounds of DJ Adrian Hardy, and were photographed in front of my blue wall that radiated by the park fountain. The wall was adorned with the Mercedes Benz emblem, the main sponsor for the party. Truly an honor to work with the “best” of the city!

This event is the capstone of a month of curating the best the city has to offer. More than 1,500 guests were treated to exquisite food from past and present “Best of Philly” winners including, Fork, Russet, Tinto, Townsend, Little Baby’s Ice Cream, and Vernick.

Winners were validated and everyone else attending were lucky enough to explore the city of brotherly love all it one convenient location.

It was a privilege to work with the “best” event vendors in the area including Cinemacake, Ritz Carlton, Party Helpers, Carl Alan Floral Designs, Eventine Design, and Maddie Flanigan Photography. Pictured here with me in front of my wall is Vito Russo from Carl Alan and Alicia Vitarelli from 6abc news.

Flower Wall Meets Photo Booth Innovation

Photo booth technology has changed a lot these days. Gone are the days of curtain-drawn boxes and low quality outputs. TapSnap has taken over the photo booth industry with open-air, digitally-integrated, and fully customizable kiosks. When paired with my silk flower walls as a backdrop, party guests take home beautiful keepsakes and instantly share photos on social media.

In an open-air setting, guests can pose for pictures in front of my wall or a green screen then use a touch screen to drag and drop digital props, write messages, and add filters. It’s like “reality Instagram and Snapchat” because the photos are sent to you instantly for sharing on social media. Guests can add the event hashtag or the bride and groom’s hashtag and share party images all night long. If there is a screen and projector set up at the event, the TapSnap action can be displayed at the event in real time.

I recently worked with TapSnap at a wedding at The Logan in Philadelphia and was amazed. The set up was quiet and quick, guests were easily engaged, and they had a great time creating fun photos to take home.

I try to work with top-notch vendors and TapSnap fits the bill! The team is experienced and the photos are taken with a professional DSLR camera. No grainy photos, just beautiful glossy prints with fun props and digital embellishments to add on, if desired.

Here are some photos from the event. I’ve included images of the dining tables and place settings as well. TapSnap was a step above the traditional photo booth and blended well with the sophisticated style of the décor by Evantine Design.


Best of the Main Line

I am honored to be included in the Best of the Main Line issue of Main Line Today for my flower walls AND my Instagram account!

Flower walls are all the rage at weddings and other celebrations. They create a back drop for photos, and they act as dividers and overall enhancements to any party. Top notch venues such as ELLIS PRESERVETHE RITZ CARLTON, and PHILADELPHIA CRICKET CLUB have my floral walls available in their wedding and entertainment packages.

I am extremely grateful to be recognized for my Instagram account. My teenaged kids are proud of my social media skills! I'm always sharing photos of my work so if you're stuck inside and need a dose of outdoors, check out my floral design photos at @nicolfloraldesign

Besides floral walls, I create custom silk floral designs for homes, too. Whether you are a home owner, decorator, home stager, or realtor, consider my arrangements to enhance any room with beautiful florals that last a life time!  If you are entertaining guests, decorating dining tables with silk florals is an elegant way to add a natural touch. Use them as centerpieces, place settings, even napkin rings. Because they're silk, you can decorate your table days ahead and have one less task before your party!

Off To The Races

Radnor Hunt Race fans and fashionistas turned out in derby finery this past Saturday and I was honored to judge it all as one of the hat contest judges checking out the sea of festive millenery.

Proceeds for the Radnor Hunt Races benefit the open space and clean water programs of the Brandywine Conservancy. The Conservancy has protected over 62,000 acres to date. I was honored to be part of a long-standing tradition in our area and to support the Conservancy. Community events like these are what makes our area so special.

In conjunction with local milliner, Ella Grace of Ella Grace Hats, Nicol Floral Design offers hat rentals with a wide collection of hats from around the globe.

A special shout out to my fellow hat judges: Caroline Mangan O’Halloran from Savvy Main Line, Janet Sidewater, Milliner and owner of Feather In Your Cap, former meteorologist John Bolaris, Caryn Kunkle of ArtJawn, and Miss Pennsylvania Carolina West.





Nicol Floral Design Featured on Action News

On April 8th I was honored to be featured on the ABC 6 Action News program, FYI Philly. Co-host Karen Rogers and crew met me at my studio to interview me and capture the essence of my work. They saw first hand what a statement my silk walls can make, and they witnessed the beauty of silk flowers in my studio packed with color. Then I had the opportunity to go to the ABC 6 studio to see broadcast live. My blue silk floral wall was used as the backdrop in the shoot. What a thrill! Here is a link to the program... 

Flower Wall at Rodin Museum - Nicol Floral Deisgn Among Masterpieces

The warm weather lately reminded me that I never shared my experience working with amazing photographers, florists and event planners at the Rodin Museum last spring. The dramatic architecture and the stunning masterpieces made for a perfect venue for one of my flower walls at the wedding of Lyndsay Hoy and Vincent Nguyen. Their wedding was featured in this season's Philadelphia Wedding Magazine. Here are a few pictures from the event. Shout out to some of the vendors: Marie Labbanz, Photographer; Gina Sole, Wedding Planner; Evantine Design, Flowers; Starr Events, Caterer; Cinemacake, Videographer; Two Paper Dolls, Invitation. 

Featured in Philadelphia Wedding Magazine, Spring/Summer 2017

I never would have imagined a year and a half ago when I started my business that my work would be displayed on the cover of Philadelphia Wedding Magazine! For one day my floral studio turned into a professional photo studio complete with models, makeup artists, photographers and stylists. My hand crafted silk floral walls were used as backdrops for the most beautiful brides! All my color palettes were featured on 12 pages of the magazine.