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Heidi Kallett is the CEO & President of a The Dandelion Patch by day, and the hostess with the mostess by night. A transplanted Texan, Heidi has a degree in marketing from Texas Tech University. She and her husband, Joel, have two children. Heidi enjoys entertaining friends and family, and is active in planning many successful charity events. While Heidi envisions making The Dandelion Patch the area’s leading stationery retailer, she strongly believes that the true definition of success includes playing a meaningful role in the community in which she lives. Having served as President of the Junior League of Northern Virginia, she continues to be committed to giving back to the DC community, serving/having served on many non-profit Boards, including: ChildHelp USA, Volunteer Fairfax, Children’s Science Center of Northern Virginia, Medical Care for Children’s Partnership, Advisory Social Services Board of Fairfax County, Greater Washington Boys and Girls Clubs of Fairfax County, Charity Works and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Her volunteer commitments expand into her professional life too. Heidi serves as a Board member for the Association of Wedding Professionals, is President-Elect for NAWBO, and is a member of the Reston Chamber of Commerce, Success in the City, Women in Technology, and the National Retail Federation.

If you have a question concerning party planning, entertaining, or being a gracious guest that you would like to see covered on Miss A, please contact Heidi at heidi@thedandelionpatch.com.

A Chic Affair Bridal Show

This past Sunday I was lucky enough to be part of a spectacular event and even better panel discussion held at the Historical Society of Washington DC. A Chic Affair is DC’s most modern, hip and luxe wedding event of the season. With vendors specializing in everything from scrumptious cakes to spectacular florals, I was like a kid in a candy store (or a girl in the wedding biz!)…

Seeing my favorite photographer, Rodney Bailey and his super fun photo booth is always a highlight of my day. After he got a few shots with me and my team hamming-it-up, I walked over to say hello (and taste the yummy goodness on the table) to Chef Jacques Haeringer from L’Auberge. He is simply delightful and charming. Who doesn’t love a man that can cook? And walking up the grand (and I do mean GRAND) staircase, I found our bright green “non-booth” and a HUGE, dramatic, display from my friends at Gala Events. And of course I had to stop and nibble at the chocolate fountain and sip some champagne at the end with the stunning bar. If I were a bride, this event is pretty close to a one-stop-shop for all preferred vendors in the area.

But then… my great day got exponentially better when I was asked to join the group in the GREEEN ROOM! Yes, that’s right! Me! In the green room– sitting next to style guru, Paul Wharton (who has the absolute best skin of anyone I’ve ever seen), Christian Siriano from Project Runway (who is funny, smart and fierce all rolled up together), Karen Sommer Shallet (Editor in Chief of DC Magazine and gorgeously tiny) and Jamie Greenwald (Event Planner Extraordinaire from Gala). I was speechless. Well, at least until we had to go on stage– then I had plenty to say about the importance of custom letterpress wedding invitations! Karen moderated a conversation that lead us through stories of a wedding with ruby red slippers and a vintage wedding gown “edited” by Christian for less than $500 and Paul’s funny philosophy on Spanks (try a personal trainer instead!). Honestly, these panelists were funny, sassy, candid and informative (and yes, I was one of them!)….

As the afternoon was winding down, I was asked to escort the fashionable Christian to the outside tent where a bridal fashion show presented by my friends at Chevy Chase Bridal knocked my socks off. First of all, I’ve never been to a runway show where the male models were hand-painted, shirtless and standing on tree trunks. And secondly, the dresses the models wore were something fresh from New York. When folks say that DC is stuffy and conservative, they haven’t seen a bridal show through the eyes of RGI events.

After saying goodbye to my new BFF, Christian, I made sure to give a big hug to my vendor friends until the next wedding event. But as I drove home, I was pretty sure that this event was one for the fashion record books. And certainly one for my scrapbook.

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