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November, 2015

Tis the season for holiday parties and get-togethers and if you’re anything like us you’ll be hosting at least one of these joyous occasions. Our event planning and design team is always looking for ways to set the bar higher when we throw an epic bash so you can imagine how thrilled we were when we first heard about Uber’s latest feature, UberEVENTS.

As if Uber didn’t already have the transportation industry in the palm of their hands, now they are allowing hosts to buy rides for their guests. This is an awesome way to make your guests feel taken care of and helps to eliminate the stress involved in offering an event with an open bar.

UberEVENTS allows you to choose how, when and where your guests will ride. If you are hosting an event that is on a larger scale or a company party you can create a customized promo code that guests can enter when they request a ride…so cool!

As an event planner in Philadelphia, Uber is an extremely affordable option and we use it often. I’m looking forward to our next soiree so that we can put this new feature into drive!


Source: Uber


Source: Uber


Source: Uber

Xoxo Melissa Brannon, #FairyGodmotherBadass

Uncommon Events Glamping
  • by Melissa Brannon
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We like to think everything we do should be done with style, especially those not so beautiful tasks. So when it comes to camping you know we would go BIG. We recently designed a vignette for a fundraising event in Philadelphia called A Date with a Plate and we used Glamping (glamorous camping) as our inspiration.

With a brand new Raj tent that arrived into Philadelphia the night before the event (this industry always keeps us on our toes) as the canopy, our Creative Director, Jessica Mader created the most glamorous ‘camping’ experiences. We used mixed china from Bloomingdales that was set upon a live edge wood table and Jess created a few smaller vignettes within the tent with some amazing vintage furniture.

Check out some of the images captured by John Armich Photography below!


Source: John Armich Photography


Source: John Armich Photography


Source: John Armich Photography

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26th Birthday in New York City
  • by Melissa Brannon
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Over the last couple of weeks, our planning team took on a very special project for a very special client to help celebrate a 26th birthday in New York City. We created a customized itinerary for a full day in NYC that was based off of our guest of honor’s favorite hobbies and passions and was filled with surprise gifts and activities around every corner!

The day began at 6:45 a.m. when the concierge at The Greenwich Hotel delivered the first gift of the day (a set of Lululemon yoga clothes) to the penthouse suite where our clients spent the weekend. Shortly after, our driver picked up our couple and brought them to Pure Yoga for a private hot yoga class! After a sweaty yoga session our clients headed to BoxKite Coffee, a coffee roaster and cafe in the East Village. After coffee and breakfast, our guest of honor received a pair of boots (these boots were meant for walking!) and set out on the town for shopping!

Around noon, our driver arrived with gift number three, an oyster plate (the birthday girl LOVES oysters) and then brought our couple to Maison Premiere. Maison Premiere is a well-known oyster house and cocktail den in Brooklyn. We set up an exclusive meeting with their Sommelier, who discussed all of his knowledge of oysters and wine right at the oyster bar!

After an incredible lunch, it was time for some adventurous NYC fun from the air! Our birthday girl received a new pair of Ray Ban aviator sunglasses and buckled up for a helicopter ride around the city. To close out the day and prepare for a special dinner (we left this to our main man to plan), we booked a wine tour and tasting session at Moore Brothers, with one of the Moore family members, Terry!

We had a blast planning a personalized day in NYC and we’re totally looking forward to the next time we get to make BIG birthday wishes come true. Check out some of the shops we stumbled upon when we were looking around the East Village!


Nalata Nalata


Nalata Nalata


Exit9 Gift Emporium


Still House

Xoxo Melissa Brannon, FairyGodmotherBadass

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