Museum of Mystery Open House

Museum of Mystery Fall Open House

Last week, Plank & Pearl had the honor of hosting a group of Denver wedding and event planners for an Open House to celebrate the end of a busy Colorado wedding season. We wanted to treat these hardworking professionals to an evening of appetizers, drinks, some mingling, and the opportunity to see our newest vintage rental collections.

We held the event in our intimate main-floor venue, which we rent for showers, cocktail parties, seated dinners, and celebrations of all kinds. The space is decorated and furnished completely from our vintage collections, and guests often remark that exploring our venue like visiting a museum.

Speaking of museums, the theme of our party was “Museum of Mystery,” or what is often called a “Cabinet of Curiosity.” What the heck is that you may wonder? Well, before there were any Museums of Natural History full of animal bones, taxidermy, insects, fossils, gems, botanical specimens, weird medical implements and scientific oddities, people who were interested in these things would curate their own collections and display them in special rooms called “cabinets. Historians date the concept all the way back to the 1500’s, and millions of people today take huge pride in showing off their treasured collections from the natural world. It was (and is) a way to try to understand the vast mysteries of the world around us.

Since owner Coleen Hubbard has an ongoing passion for collecting these kinds of objects, the theme was a chance to display many of her favorite finds. (You can see more of her collection in this Cabinet of Curiosities shoot.) It also ties in well with Halloween, which is always a time to celebrate mysteries of all kinds. Throughout the venue, we styled our vignettes with antique photos, vintage books, bones, rocks, apothecary bottles with dried foliage, and a tray of old dental and medical implements. Coleen loves theme parties because they provide endless ways to meld decor, food, and drink into a cohesive experience for guests. When you include the theme in an invitation, it creates a sense of anticipation for guests and gives them an idea of what to wear for the occasion.

Sometimes a bit of “creepy,” especially near Halloween, is just “what the doctor ordered!”

The “Museum” is closed until next year, but we think you’ll like our vintage Christmas style coming soon.

If you missed the party, we invite you to schedule a time to visit us and see what our venue and rental collections have to offer.

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Inspiration for a Whimsical Mountain Wedding

“You’ll love this bride,” Sarah (the wedding planner) told me. “She’s so fun to work with and she’s fallen in love with your retro gold typewriter!” I was immediately excited to meet Evie, who is planning an autumn wedding in the Colorado mountains, complete with gondola rides to the top of the peak where the ceremony will take place. When I asked Sarah about the theme she told me to visualize a whimsical mountain affair with white and touches of gold. She also mentioned that Evie had been drawn to my collection of brass candlesticks in various sizes and shapes.

Because I work from home as I explore future space possibilities, meeting clients means I set up inspiration vignettes on my long dining room table, the coffee table in the family room, the kitchen counter, and just about anywhere else that can accommodate my vintage inventory.
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Summer Bridal Shower: A Retro Backyard Celebration for Amy

IMG_2706 Vintage gold flatware, Corelle plates, and assorted amber goblets.

When Sarah met with Plank & Pearl to talk about the wedding shower she would be co-hosting for her sister, Amy, she gave three words to describe what she had in mind: retro, summer, and yellow. The party would be held outdoors in the expansive backyard of her aunt’s home on the last Friday evening of June, attended by members of their large and close-knit family. As Sarah chose milk glass vases, amber goblets, and a yellow typewriter she radiated absolute excitement about using vintage tableware and décor for the event. “It’s so Amy!” she explained. “And wait until you see my Aunt Clare’s backyard.”

IMG_2768 1960s retro Royal typewriter with a custom message.
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A Very Vintage 4th

Here are some photos from our Fourth of July styled shoot! We gave ourselves a challenge: to create a patriotic vintage vignette using select items from our inventory enhanced by household objects easily found in the average garage, attic, or basement. No plastic windsocks or tempting merchandise from the Target dollar bins! You’ll see in the photos that we started with a rusty red wagon from the garage as our focal point, added some blue-covered history books from our shelf, a stray brass eagle bookend, some blue-and-white plates, white goblets, and a red cake stand from the pantry and (last but not least) our adorable mutt Otis! Taking a shortcut, we picked up some festive desserts, but otherwise spent nothing on this easy-to-recreate backyard celebration.

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