Happy 10 Years to Backthird!

One of our most favorite vendor partners is an awesome company out of Aurora that is run by Benjie Hughes. Backthird Entertainment has been wowing wedding crowds for awhile now – with both live and recorded music. Their DJs are personal yet professional and provide great service both leading up to and during your event. And their live music groups are unparalleled. Personally, I can’t get enough of Twin Strings – a group that plays contemporary music (Coldplay, Adele, Sara Bareilles, Imagine Dragons and more!) on a cello, violin and piano or guitar. Sounds exciting, right? It totally is! Perfect for couples seeking out something different for their wedding, Backthird does an excellent job of combining live & recorded music for folks who want something non-traditional.

As this is their 10th year in business, over at You Name It Events, we decided to help them celebrate by creating their very own custom infographic. What’s an infographic, you may be asking? Simply put, it is information displayed in a visual format.

To create this custom infographic, we spent time scoping out all of Backthird’s marvelous client reviews online and from those drew a list of many great qualities of their work. My personal favorite is the client who wrote, “They made our wedding sparkle.” Visions of vampires aside, that is pretty high praise.

Once we had our great list, we put those qualities together in a fun and engaging format, printed it, framed it and passed it along to them as a ten year anniversary gift. ย  I know, I know…so sweet. We’re good like that at YNI. Anyone who owns/runs/works at a small business knows that ten years is a BIG deal and worth celebrating. So cheers to Backthird and congrats on ten (!) years in business! A tip of the hat to you all!

Backthird Entertainment's 10 year anniversary gift from YNI



A Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday: Part 3

What’s a party without a little fun and games?ย For the third and final installment of Charlie’s Very Hungry Caterpillar birthday, we will be taking a look at all of the fun activities and special treats that Charlie and his guests enjoyed. Everything was, of course, Very Hungry Caterpillar themed!

Charlie’s guests were able to show their creative sides with a few fun arts and crafts. There were craft stations to make caterpillar necklaces and caterpillar clothes pins. There was also a coloring station with caterpillar coloring pages! Can you see the caterpillar theme coming into play? We pre-prepped craft kits that included the supplies to make one of each craft, so even the younger kids were able to participate.

Charlie’s mom made hand sewn bean bags for a Very Hungry Caterpillar bean bag toss game. Charlie’s little friends could easily toss them into the giant caterpillar mouth that awaited the fun felt food. We even had the official Very Hungry Caterpillar board game set up for guests to play as well. With so much to do, kids had plenty of opportunities for fun!

As this spectacular event drew to a close, guests were each able to take home a personalized gift bag. Inside, guests found “caterpillar food” (M&Ms) and other candy to enjoy. The most fun part of the favor bags were the Very Hungry Caterpillar cups, plastic silverware, and snack containers each kid got to take home. It was a great way for guests to remember the fun they had at Charlie’s Very Hungry Caterpillar first birthday party!

Check out pictures of the fun and games below!

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A Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday: Part 2

Welcome back for A Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday – part 2! Charlie’s Very Hungry Caterpillar 1st Birthday party was so chock full of fun details and we have so many great things to show you from this event, so we will be taking a week off from Wedding Wednesday to make room for it all. But have no fear! We’ll be back next week with another wedding ๐Ÿ™‚

Inspired by the theme of Eric Carle’s “A Very Hungry Caterpillar” storybook, Leanne and Charlie’s mom did not leave anything out when it came to the details. This event was so detailed that it was a whole year in the making! Nearly everything that decorated Charlie’s home was handmade. The fabric pennant banners were hand sewn by Charlie’s mom with fabric she custom ordered from the Eric Carle Museum, while the printed pennant name banner and paper goods were all done in house by YNI. As a birthday gift for Charlie, Leanne also hand painted the beautiful sign that welcomed guests at the front door. As a special treat, the adorable pinwheel caterpillar was created by Charlie’s Auntie Jeni!

From caterpillar balloons to little paper caterpillars that popped up everywhere you turned, no detail went overlooked. You can see how this event took a whole year to create! My personal favorite was the caterpillar timeline of photos that began with Charlie’s birth and ended with Charlie at one-year-old. Check out pictures below of the creative, caterpillar decor at Charlie’s party!

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