A new venture

Happy Friday!

I’m so excited to share two new offerings I’ve been working on for several months behind the scenes that will be debuting soon!  These new ventures are things near and dear to my heart and are at the core of who I am and what Madelyn Ridgeway Events is about.  Without further ado……….

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MADELYN RIDGEWAY LEARNING

MRE Learning blends my past as a facilitator and community specialist with my love of planning events, encouraging others and supporting the development of strong relationships.  It’s who I am at my core and what Madelyn Ridgeway Events stands for.  Offerings for the learning sessions will include all sorts of creative classes taught by some of the most creative minds in Iowa and the Midwest!  We’ll have sewing, photography, painting,  calligraphy and floral design classes (just to name a few) that you and your girlfriends can spend the day enjoying.  It will also feature exclusive events for couples and families that provide new, fun and innovative opportunities for learning and socializing in the Cedar Valley.

MADELYN RIDGEWAY CREATIVE

Many people don’t know this but for as long as I can remember, I’ve had an affection for pretty paper and stationery; my extensive collection of wrapping paper and notecards are a testament to that affection! For years now, I’ve designed custom stationery and products at the request of clients for events but never for general sell.

MRE Creative is a collection of prints, notecards and helpful mommy items that feature fun and encouraging words. The goals of each of item is to give you a way of encouraging others or yourself and to make make your life a little easier, something I’m sure we all can use.  I’ve been busy working to design each piece so each is near and dear to my heart.  I know you’ll enjoy them as much as I do.   There may even be a few Christmas card options for those of you who like thoughtful and fun family photo cards for the holidays!

Here are a few sample few pieces from the 2014-15 line.

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So tell me, what are you most excited about from the announcement?

Iowa Friendship Brunch

I’m finally getting around to sharing the pictures of the friendship brunch I mentioned in my last post.  To recap; my client Betty’s friend Susan passed away unexpectedly this past summer.  Her birthday was in November so Betty wanted to bring together a group of Susan’s closest friends to celebrate her memory.  The three requirements for the brunch were:

1)  Use the color yellow and incorporate yellow roses

2)  Make the decor fit in with the Christmas decor already in the house

3)  Add a bit of sparkle

I shared the inspiration board in my last post and here are pictures from the actual event!

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Friendshipbrunch4We were able to use my client’s heirloom china for the event which I was thrilled about;  it added such a special touch.  The silver and white china coordinated with the overall color scheme and looked very classic.

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friendshipbrunch3Fresh garland and ornaments added the hint of Christmas we needed to tie the table in with the rest of the house which had just been decorated for the holidays.

It was a pleasure working with Betty and I had the added delight of meeting all the ladies who attended the brunch when Betty invited me to join them just before the brunch ended.  I can see why Susan had them all as friends, they were such a lively and fun group!