Our Four Favorite Holiday Décor Trends

December 14, 2017

In need of some inspiration for this year’s holiday party? From metallic accents to frosted fruit, Herban Feast’s Design Studio has pinpointed some of the top holiday party trends for the coming season.

“The Herban Design studio is excited to create fun vignettes of holiday goodness this year,” says design studio expert Rebecca Dashow. “Whether it’s creating cozy seating areas, custom floral centerpieces, or themed dessert presentations, we love being your personal decorating elves.”

See some of our favorite holiday trends below:

Sparkle this season with gold and silver.

Featuring mercury glass hurricane candles to lend light in the dark of winter and a mirror chalkboard that sparkles with holiday cheer – the space will be a dazzling with celebratory bling at your next event.


Bring the beauty of the Northwest home for the holidays.


Natural elements like fir cones, antlers and berry ornaments mingle with glowing candles and bright red poinsettia arrangements. Dress up the room with fur throws for a cozy atmosphere featuring the natural beauty of Northwest woodlands.


Embrace the promise of snow and wintertime sparkle.


The twinkle of frosted holiday trees and snowflake décor balance the beauty of white votive candles and icy blue embellishments. Lounge with festive pillows while savoring the sparkle and togetherness of a snowy gathering.


Enjoy the sweet things in life with joyful accents for the season.

The twinkle of hanging tea lights, white filigree lanterns and colorful ornaments make for décor that shows off the shine of the holidays. Play around with berry colors and frosted fruit to make every room feel lighter and brighter, embracing the sweetness of the season.

Spring and Summer Event Inspiration from our Dual Open House

April 15, 2016

Our Sodo Park and The Foundry venues were enlivened with exquisite spring and summer décor and florals during last week’s Open House event. Thanks to our talented style and design team, both venues were transformed into wedding and special event ready settings, allowing guests to imagine how they would look during their own event.

Guests started the evening at The Foundry, where our Herban Design Studio and Herban Bloom team combined lush greenery, metallic accents, flicking candlelight and floral details for a romantic, modern feel.

Photo credit: Barbie Hull Photography

Photo credit: Barbie Hull Photography

Photo credit: Barbie Hull Photography

Photo credit: Barbie Hull Photography

Photo credit: Barbie Hull Photography

Photo credit: Barbie Hull Photography

Photo credit: Barbie Hull Photography

Photo credit: Barbie Hull Photography

Stunning rental pieces from Vintage Ambiance

Stunning rental pieces from Vintage Ambiance

Guests were then chauffeured by Butler Valet to our award-winning Sodo Park venue, where they were greeted by more awe-inspiring décor from our event styling and floral design team, from pops of colors, to whimsical tea lights, to an amazing umbrella overhang.

Photo credit: Rebecca Ellison Photography

Photo credit: Rebecca Ellison Photography

Photo credit: Rebecca Ellison Photography

Photo credit: Rebecca Ellison Photography

Photo credit: Rebecca Ellison Photography

Photo credit: Rebecca Ellison Photography

Jen Leslie Events & Wonderstruck Event Design at our “Ask-A-Planner” booth

Jen Leslie Events & Wonderstruck Event Design at our “Ask-A-Planner” booth

At both venues Chef Amanda and the Herban Feast culinary team presented dishes from the new spring/summer menus, including the Citrus Rubbed Salmon entrée, and hot Creole Shrimp and Grilled Chicken Caesar appetizers. Wines from Vinea Imports and Sozo, cider from Dragon’s Head Cider, and a bubbly bar accompanied the delicious bites. The evening was topped off with gourmet wedding cake from Celebrity Cake Studio, gluten-free delicacies from RylieCakes, and our own famous house-made ding dongs!

Citrus Rubbed Salmon with Blackberry & Brown Butter Emulsion

Citrus Rubbed Salmon with Blackberry & Brown Butter Emulsion

Grilled Chicken Caesar served on a Endive Spear and topped with Crisp Parmesan Cheese & Feta Flank Steak Roulade with Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Mousse

Grilled Chicken Caesar served on a Endive Spear and topped with Crisp Parmesan Cheese & Feta Flank Steak Roulade with Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Mousse

Creole Shrimp and Grits with Cheddar Cheese and Fresh Herbs

Creole Shrimp and Grits with Cheddar Cheese and Fresh Herbs

Gluten-free treats from RylieCakes

Gluten-free treats from RylieCakes

A fun bubbly bar accompanied by beautiful hand-crafted chalkboards from Chalk Boss

A fun bubbly bar accompanied by beautiful hand-crafted chalkboards from Chalk Boss

Our Open House event would not have been possible without the help of our amazing partner vendors. A very special thank you to Herban BloomHerban Design Studio, Sozo, Prop Gallery, Blue Danube ProductionsCORT Events Rentals, Vintage AmbianceChoice LinensCelebrity Cake StudioFun Frames Photo BoothButler Valet, Vinea Imports, Phototainment, Windsong Trio, Barbie Hull Photography, Chalk Boss, Dragon’s Head Cider, Seattle Parties, RylieCakes, Jen Leslie Events, Wonderstruck Event Design, Emerald Media Services and Rebecca Ellison Photography for making our event a stunning success.


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Two Tips to Transform Your Traditional Holiday Décor

December 14, 2015

‘Tis the season for holiday parties and hosting guests! As you prepare your home or office for your next gathering, we thought you might enjoy these two simple tips from our Herban Design Studio experts for enlivening your typical décor.

Decorative Greenery

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Embellish a plain wreath by adding bows, twigs, and ornaments like the one pictured. Not a DIY-er? Our Herban Bloom shop on Vashon creates amazing ornamental wreaths in all shapes and sizes.

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Instead of flowers or berries, add pine cones and twigs to your pine branch centerpieces.

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Garland on a mantel is expected, but adding it to your table centerpiece is not. We love adding in little led-lit votive candles too.

Make Your Holiday Colors Pop

White, metallic, or pink are beautiful colors to add to your traditional red and green décor.

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Crisp white chairs contrasted by the rich green garland centerpiece infused with pink, white and red flowers is unexpected and fresh.

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Or, forgo holiday colors and opt for wintery white décor accented by shimmering gold and silver.

If you try one of these tips, we’d love to see pictures! Share them with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Spring/Summer Open House at The Foundry

May 29, 2015

The Foundry was ready for wedding season at our spring/summer open house event on April 22nd.

A special thank you to our partner vendors MikedUp Productions, Tallant House, Phototainment, Butler Valet, Blue Danube Productions, Prop Gallery, Choice Linens, Creative Coverings, Espresso Elegance, Kevin Drake Sign & Design, Dante’s Inferno Dogs, Vintage Ambiance and ABC Rentals by CORT for helping to make this event possible.

We love these gorgeous pictures from the event taken by The Popes:


The Herban Design Studio team; Kaleb Norman James, Fluert, and Herban Bloom did a terrific job, including décor such as succulents, metallic accents, pastel floral arrangements and more. It looked fantastic in there.

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Lucky for us the sun was shining and we were able to show off our outdoor patio. The perfect spot for a cocktail hour or late night snack. Whimsical picnic furniture perfectly complemented the outdoor space.


Guests got a chance to sample some of our spring/summer menu items including our signature sweet potato and Dungeness crab cakes and our citrus rubbed wild Pacific salmon with blackberry and brown butter emulsion. At the bar we mixed up our Herban smash cocktail with bourbon and orange bitters.




We sincerely appreciate our partners and team for helping bring our vision for this event to life.

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Happy Friday,

Herban Feast


April 21, 2015

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Ready to learn how to create the perfect bouquet arrangement, wow dinner guests with a gorgeous centerpiece and learn the secrets of growing and cooking herbs?

Then we have news for you! Our flower shop and floral décor store on Vashon Island is offering spring classes and workshops starting this April. Classes will take place at Herban Bloom’s beautiful shop on Vashon Island. This is the perfect way to inspire your inner-gardener (and would also make a great Mother’s Day gift!).

Here are the classes/workshops to choose from:

Art of the Seasonal Centerpiece:

Herban Bloom’s own Floral Designers will guide you to create the perfect seasonal centerpiece for your table. This hands-on class includes instruction, flowers and vases to bring your floral vision to life. Sunday, April 26th, noon-2pm. Taught by Melody Williams and Mark Grant of Herban Bloom.

Gardening & Cooking with Herbs:

Bring your garden and kitchen together in this hands-on workshop. We’ll discuss all kinds of herbs, and how to grow, harvest, cook, and preserve them. An herb-inspired lunch will be provided with recipes including: Rosemary Lemonade, Sweet Potato-Dungeness Crab Cakes, Lemony Spring Sorrel Soup Shooter, Herb and Goat Cheese Timbales, Salad of Organic Greens, Fresh Herbs and Edible Flowers with Raspberry Thyme Vinaigrette, Herb Buttermilk Knots with Chive Butter, and Rosemary Caramel Sandwich Cookies. Wednesday, May 20th, 6-8 pm. Taught by BJ Duft, owner of Herban Bloom and Herban Feast.

Make a Hypertufa Planter:

Hypertufa is a combination of mixed peat moss, cement, and perlite used to create rustic pots that are perfect for growing herbs, succulents, and other plants. This workshop will require you to tap into your imagination in order to create a hypertufa planter of your own design! Sunday, May 24th, noon-2pm. Taught by BJ Duft, owner of Herban Bloom and Herban Feast.

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All About Lavender:

Did you know that there are over 150 varieties of lavender? Learn about what varieties to grow in the Pacific Northwest, what varieties to cook with, what varieties to use for aromatherapy and much more. A light lunch will be provided with lavender-inspired recipes such as Strawberry-Lavender Lemonade, Tapenade, Chicken Pressada, Grilled Asparagus W/ Vegetable Citronette, Herbs de Provence Quinoa Pilaf, and Lavender-Lemon Shortbread Cookies. You will also get to take home an aromatic lavender sleep pillow. Sunday, May 31st, noon-2 pm. Taught by BJ Duft, owner of Herban Bloom and Herban Feast.

Don’t have time for a class this spring? We are planning additional classes for the summer and fall, so stay tuned!

All classes will enjoy light snacks and refreshments. Class fee is $50 per class. Handouts and materials will be provided. Garden gloves advised for potting and hypertufa class.

For more information and designs from Herban Bloom connect with them on Facebook  and Pinterest or contact Herban Bloom at 206-607-8885.

Happy Spring!

Herban Feast


Get inspired by these bridal trends for 2015

March 12, 2015

As we get closer to the peak of wedding season, we’ve been noting our favorite trends, styles, décor and themes. Here are a few that we think you’ll love as much as we do.

  1. Off-the-shoulder dresses

This romantic look was all the rage during spring runway shows and offers a fresh style for the romantic bride who’s looking beyond the ball gown.

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Photo via Harpers Bazaar, courtesy of Marchesa

  1. Marsala

Pantone’s 2015 Color Of The Year is showing up in wedding details big and small – from flowers to groom attire to cakes and décor.

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Photos via Pinterest

  1. Lace invitations

Lace has always been a trend for wedding dresses, but now it’s making the leap to other wedding details, like these invitations.

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Photo via Elegant Wedding Invites

  1. Metallic bridesmaid dresses

Just because it’s the bride’s day to shine doesn’t mean that the bridesmaids can’t stand out too! Glitz and glamour are sneaking into bridal parties, putting a spotlight on the bride’s leading ladies.

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Photo via Style Me Pretty

  1. Communal dining

Many brides this season are embracing inclusivity and togetherness with big family-style tables.

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Photo Brandon Pato Photography

  1. Flower crowns for the bride

All hail the floral queen! Brides are taking spring flowers to a new level, using them to top off their wedding ‘do. It’s an easy (and inexpensive) way to add some bohemian glam to your look.

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Photo via The Wedding Blog

  1. Chalkboards

Chalkboards are the new black. From invitations to menus to seating charts, they’ve become a new wedding staple.

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Photo via The Wedding Blog

  1. Greenery

While we all know flowers and weddings go hand-in-hand, brides this season are opting for a “greener” floral arrangement. Greenery is showing up on all the trendy wedding tables and in many bride bouquets this spring. Perfect for an enchanting summer wedding.

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Photos via Love My Dress

  1. Fishtail braids

This laid back look is all the rage on the runways and red carpet this year. Now, brides are making it their own. With this messy yet stylish look you won’t have to fret about your hair during your big day.

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Photo via Want That Wedding

         10. Local and sustainable food

Weddings are going green as brides and grooms are becoming more thoughtful about what they’re serving friends and family. Couples are requesting local food that is sustainably sourced, like our new spring/summer menus featuring ingredients from Northwest farms and producers.

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Photo via Herban Feast galleries

For more wedding favorites take a look at the real weddings we featured here and here. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!


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A fresh arrangement! Herban Bloom Opens

December 2, 2014

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Roses are red, violets are blue, we’re thrilled to introduce Herban Bloom to you. Herban Bloom is an exciting extension of our floral design capabilities, creating strong connections to local growers and infusing a new level of floral creativity into our Herban Design Studio.  Located on Vashon Island, Herban Bloom’s retail shop is managed by islander Melody Williams who brings over 30 years of floral design experience.

Read on to see photos from our Grand Opening celebration!

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The perfect home and floral gifts await you.

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A peek from the street.

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Hop on the ferry for an island adventure and stop by the store for your holiday floral arrangements, wreaths, centerpieces and gifts.


We hope to see you soon!

Interview with “Featured Vendor” Kaleb Norman of Kaleb Norman James Design

November 3, 2014

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What inspired you to create Kaleb Norman James Design? 

I’ve always been creative. When most kids couldn’t wait for baseball practice, I couldn’t wait for it to get over so I could get back to designing or building something. By the time I was finished with high school, I knew I wanted to do something in the design world and signed up for a bunch of architectural design courses. Quickly I realized it wasn’t nearly hands on enough for me and the times I had been most happy creatively was when I was working with flowers and helping friends with their weddings. So I started doing some research and found an incredible school in Manhattan and within a week was signed up and on my way to NY. After about 5 minutes of my first class, I was hooked and no doubt remained that this is exactly what I wanted to do.

What do you love most about your job?

Weddings have this way of being larger than life and over the top. It’s fast paced and chock full of momentum, so every day is different and there’s no monotony. Each client is entirely unique from the next, but the one thing I’ve found in common is that they come to me because they’re passionate about creating a beautiful wedding. So when their passion encounters my own, it’s amazing seeing what we can accomplish together. The process of working with someone so closely for anywhere from 6 months to over a year allows me to build a really special bond with my clients. We got through a lot together, form choosing venues, dealing with family issues that affect the wedding, to the small things, like choosing which shade of white we want the flowers to be. By the time the wedding comes we’ve generally become great friends. There are two moments that I love most on the day of the wedding- just before the first look, I always take a moment to connect with my bride, see how she’s doing and then show her the bridal bouquet for the first time. Getting to see the look on her face and the way her eyes light up is the best…the second is when I get to reveal the reception space to the bride & groom before it’s filled with their guests. We’ve spent months dreaming this up together and when I get to open the doors and show them a perfectly appointed space, created entirely for them, it makes all the late nights and hours of prep work, absolutely worth it!

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Where do you find inspiration?

I have a serious case of Wanderlust. If I’m home for more than two months at a time, I get antsy and have to go somewhere new. Travel for me is the biggest source of inspiration. I love experiencing a culture different than my own. From the street fashion, to the architecture, to the food, it’s all so beautiful to take in. I try to place close attention to the details that surround me, so when I travel I love find boutique hotels and shops. These smaller places never skimp on the details, so I’m inundated by fresh takes on design and style. I love finding the way locals interpret the styling of these places and try hard to pay close attention while in town.

What do you see as the prevailing event design and décor trends for 2015?

So far, I’ve noticed that metallics aren’t going anywhere! Adding in that touch of gold, bronze or silver seems to be the accent everyone going for. Whether it’s changing it up with gold flatware or adding a metallic, sequin linen, I’m constantly being asked to incorporate metallic touches for my weddings. Also, I’m getting lots of requests for “bringing the outdoors, in.” People seem to be loving the idea of really lush, greenery heavy concepts, with flower walls, suspended branches dripping with florals or creating centerpieces that feel more like trees than just flowers, everyone seems to be on the cascading floral/lots of greens concepts.

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Photo by Gabriel Van Wyhe

Falling for Fall & Winter Events: Our Sodo Park Open House

October 20, 2014

Fall events are a favorite for us.  We love the combination of sweet coziness and beautiful natural scenery to create a warmth that washes away even the rainiest of days.  Our Fall/Winter open house events were themed with this in mind and emphasized an “into the woods” experience that brought together earthy elements with ethereal neutrals to bring out the original beauty in everything we showcased during the event.  Vintage pieces play nicely in this theme as does vibrant accent colors like you will see in our Dahlia display below.

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Our Herban Design Studio  carves out a warm corner (above) and showcases inspiring table top settings (below) that exemplify the elegant, outdoor, natural theme of the event.

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A table of Dahlia’s complements the neutral décor with a burst of vibrant color.

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A few featured tastings from our fall and winter menus included our baby spinach salad with grapes, toasted walnuts, gorgonzola crumbles, and pear vinaigrette; our fennel-crusted halibut with olive and fennel caponata, and a sampling of our fall and winter appetizers, including our signature Sweet Potato and Dungeness Crab Cakes with chipotle remoulade and chives.

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We are grateful to our team and partners who made our Sodo Park Open House intimate, inspiring and beautiful.

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Working with an award-winning Seattle catering company: Q & A with our new Herban Design Studio Coordinating Assistant

February 26, 2014

Working with an award-winning Seattle catering company: Q & A with our new Herban Design Studio Coordinating Assistant

We are so happy to introduce you to Herban Feast’s newest member of the Herban Design Studio team, Chelsea Edwards.   Chelsea assists the studio’s creative director, Nicole Haynes, in every aspect of an event décor project’s planning, production and design.

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Find out what it’s like to walk in her shoes!

 Give us a quick “day in the life”:

In this industry every day is different, which makes it fun! We are constantly looking for inspiration so I could be in the office coming up with new design ideas to create the perfect personalized experience for our clients. My favorite part of the day is in production. It’s amazing to see an events vision take shape and come to life in this romantic fairy tale sort of fashion.

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Photo courtesy of Sarah Flotard Photography

How did you begin your career in event design?

It was kind of an accident. I was a Recreation & Tourism major in college and had a background in Food & Beverage. I hadn’t found my niche yet and here was this career opportunity that wrapped all of my passions into one position.  I was enthralled in learning everything I could about event and floral design. It is pretty special to be given the opportunity to bring someone’s dream to life.

What do you love about working at the Herban Design Studio?

I love being able to create something original and exciting and memorable. I love weddings because every bride and groom has their own story and we get to create a true experience for their guests based on all the things that are special to them as a couple.

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What are your favorite event design trends for 2014?

My favorite themes right now are actually new twists on old favorites. I will always love the vintage look. There is something incredibly romantic about adding old world charm to today’s modern lifestyle.

Thanks Chelsea, for being an amazing part of our team!

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