Nicole Arend Events

The Arend Team- Client Apprecaiton Party


For a years now my extremely hard working husband has been wanting to find a way to say Thank You to all of the many clients for supporting him during his many years of being in real estate.

I can say we are beyond grateful for the many referrals he receives every year which goes to show how much care he puts into his clients!

The party was a huge success and we would like to say Thank You to:

Bottega Pizzeria Ristorante for the delicious food and the ideal location to host the party!


C Lacey Design for the fun Arizona facts!


Aaron Howard for the wonderful music. Not pictured but go check him out!

If you are in need of any real estate please consider contacting Chad Arend! 

Kate Spade Inspired Shower

What I love most about being a wedding planner is spending time with my clients and really getting to know them.  And its even more fun when my brides become good friends!   When I was asked by Kristi's parents to help with the bridal shower I was very honored to do so.  

I knew Kristi had love for Kate Spade (and so do I) OK, what girl doesn't love bows, flowers, pink and of course Champagne?  

The decor and ideas came very easy to me.  I worked with Elizabeth from Frosted Art cakes on the cake which turned out beautiful!  The floral design on the cake was actually the same design from Kristi's wedding invitation liner. Its nice when can add a few of the wedding elements into the shower and see if any of the guests noticed!     

Chrissie with C Lacey Design helped with the invitation and the signs.  Aren't they beautiful?!

Straight to the Plate catering provided the brunch. Check out the donut tower!!   It was very tasty especially with the 3 dipping sauces!!   Kristi was not involved in the planning of the shower that much but she did have 2 special requests a photo booth and Sunny D for the mimosas!   I borrowed a backdrop from a friend which we turned into a selfie station!  We did have a photographer on site to capture those photo's as well!  All photo's are provided by Susan with Beautiful Edge Photography.    I provided the centerpieces which turned out perfect!  I found cute artificial moss tea cups on Beau Coup and purchased the flowers from a local wholesaler! 

And lastly the entertainment!  Kristi and her parents wanted the shower to be very casual and did not want to open gifts or play a lot of games.    I knew I had to find something creative for all of the guests have fun!!  

Years ago I came across Pam Fox with LipStory and have wanted to work with her but never had that right event!  When I told Kristi's parents about it they were excited! This was something none of their guests would have seen before and it could also be used as party favor! Which was a win win!!   Never heard of Lip Story, you are not alone. Pam is the only Lip Print Reader in Arizona.  I would say Lip Print reading is like palm reading but instead you place 3 lip prints on a piece of paper and she can read the prints based on the shape, lines and more.  Please go to her website lipstory to learn more and hire her for your next event.  All of your guest will be wow'd and leave the party with something to talk about!!

Thank you to the Marino's for having me help with the bridal shower and most importantly for Kristi and Ryan's wedding! It's truly an honor to get to know Kristi and your entire family!!  XOXO


Cool Off In Style- Arizona Event Industry networking

Back in June 2015, I was the planner for this years Cool Off In Style!  Cool Off In Style is in event industry networking event!  Ok, maybe just a little networking and more of an event!  

For the past 23 years Dave Forman with Pour Masters has put together his networking event called in Cool Off In Style and each year it has got bigger and better!  I was lucky and honored to have been chosen to be the 2015 planner!  

This year the venue was at the brand new Château Luxe in North Phoenix. And the theme was GLOW!  Everything had to glow in the dark! Which meant bringing in black lights and tables that lit up!!   This event is event planners dream!  It does not have a budget as all of the vendors donate to showcase to the event industry what they do best!!  

Take a look at the video and you will see how much fun I had planning and how much fun all of the guests had enjoying food, photo booths, aerial bartenders and so much more!! 

Straight To The Plate Kitchen Grand Opening

I had the pleasure of coordinating Straight to the Plate's kitchen grand opening on February 5, 2014.  

Here is a little background about Straight to the Plate:  Sue Carlisle (owner) thought she had a typical sinus infection, she was diagnosed with Mucormycosis, which is an extremely rare and deadly infection. With the help of some amazing doctors they developed a new technique to treat the infected area and give Sue back the quality of life she once had. Even though she can’t taste her own food and has a metal palate she has gone on to serve over 2,000 guests which I am proud to say that I have enjoyed her delicious food on many occasions one being my recent baby shower. 

Click here to read the full article ABC News Wrote about Sue! 

Ok back to the Grand Opening! 

When I first saw the kitchen both Sue and I had the idea that she deserved something big! She deserved a Hollywood Movie Premiere Grand Opening! And that is what I created for her!  

With the help of Themers who designed the Step & Repeat, the red carpet, cocktail tables and my favorite the Glow Bar! I didn’t want the inside of the kitchen to look like the same boring kitchen’s you have seen before so with the help of Karma Event Lighting they providing all of the purple uplighting for inside the kitchen as well as the additional lighting that was needed outside to make this feel like a Hollywood premiere!  A party isn’t a party without an awesome DJ and Emcee! Of course the one and only Curtis Whipple was the man for the job!  Chrissie with C.Lacey Design designed all of the menus and signage for the opening. The very talented Maria Fossler with Photography by MF was the main photographer and did an excellent job capturing the Grand Opening!  Of course what’s a party without a bar?   Pour Masters was there to provide the guests with a full bar and Signature Drink just for the occasion! 

Let’s talk about the food!   Sue wanted to do something a little different. When she first started Straight to the Plate she would have her friends over to taste the food and provided them with Rate Cards and have them decide if the dish was worth keeping. Sue wanted to test out 4 new dishes at the grand opening and in my opinion they were all a Winner!  

She served something for everyone,  Raspberry Chicken, Mediterranean Quiche, Ceviche (Seafood) Station and Pana Cotta with a orange raspberry sauce. The Seafood Station was by far my favorite!  Sue provided us with her popular dishes: apricot meatballs, spinach & artichoke dip and much more!  

I am so honored to be able to work with very talented people in the event industry. Thank you to all of you that put in your hard work to help make this Grand Opening a successful event! 

If you are in need of a caterer for any event please contact Sue with Straight to the Plate, I promise you will not be disappointed!