Special Occasions of Great Falls

Special Occasions of Great Falls We create your signature event, you enjoy the moment! Heidi Lathrop and Malou Rennert have decades of real experience planning everything from large galas, proms, and banquets, to office parties and intimate gatherings.
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They understand the overall vision with the style, timetables, and flow of the event. What makes Special Occasions of Great Falls unique is our attention to every detail; those little touches that create the wow factor and make your guests feel their every need was thought of. To provide that level of personal service, we have two designers with different strengths, creating every event. While we have experience doing large events, our niche market is in celebrations of up to 100 guests. Let’s begin creating your signature event!

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Do you need something to do while being confined in the home? How about making your own Easter bonnet using what you hav...
04/09/2020

Do you need something to do while being confined in the home? How about making your own Easter bonnet using what you have in the house? This one I used my daughter's old hat ( from almost 23 years ago), silk flowers I had available, and a hot glue gun. I have now an instant Easter decoration...Stay safe and healthy everyone!

It is not quite often that one gets to design and create  the ambiance for the bridal shower last year and this year's b...
03/09/2020

It is not quite often that one gets to design and create the ambiance for the bridal shower last year and this year's baby shower for the celebrant who went to preschool with your son and later danced ballet with your daughter. Thank you @Shannon Curry Somerville for entrusting us once again to create your vision of Stephanie's jungle themed baby shower @Belle Haven Country Club. It was truly a fun event !

Oh what a night! We successfully transformed the historic Grange in Great Falls into a winter wonderland (on a shoestrin...
02/23/2020

Oh what a night! We successfully transformed the historic Grange in Great Falls into a winter wonderland (on a shoestring)...Celebrate Great Falls Foundation Wineter Wonderland and a Frosty Beer Tasting 2020

The question is... would we be able to transform an otherwise drab historic place into a winter wonderland for an event ...
02/18/2020

The question is... would we be able to transform an otherwise drab historic place into a winter wonderland for an event this Saturday on a shoestring budget? Stay tuned...

Getting ready for a winter wonderland event.
02/01/2020

Getting ready for a winter wonderland event.

HappyThanksgiving to all especially to everyone who trusted us to help create his/ her vision  of a special event this y...
11/29/2019

HappyThanksgiving to all especially to everyone who trusted us to help create his/ her vision of a special event this year! Utilized some of my garden greenery to create this arrangement.

We had a busy weekend. Had the first opportunity to design and create a "kababayan's" mom's 80th birthday celebration at...
10/07/2019

We had a busy weekend. Had the first opportunity to design and create a "kababayan's" mom's 80th birthday celebration at the Lake House in Reston yesterday and created floral arrangements for a bridal shower today. It was a fun birthday party ... lots of food, singing, and dancing.

300 balloons & counting! Can I tie them to my roof rack?! 😂
10/04/2019

300 balloons & counting! Can I tie them to my roof rack?! 😂

This past Sunday, I had the pleasure of  creating  floral centerpieces for a family event. I was worried that the flower...
09/25/2019

This past Sunday, I had the pleasure of creating floral centerpieces for a family event. I was worried that the flowers won't look great since I brought them from VA to NJ. But Thank God, they survived!

Had the pleasure of designing and creating floral centerpieces/decorations for the event at Eddie Merlot's.  The Merlot ...
08/10/2019

Had the pleasure of designing and creating floral centerpieces/decorations for the event at Eddie Merlot's. The Merlot room is beautiful , so in this case less is more.

Had the pleasure of designing and creating floral centerpieces/decorations for the event at Eddie Merlot's. The Merlot room is beautiful , so in this case less is more.

I met Malou 3 years ago through a mutual friend, who brought her to volunteer in the garden. Somehow I talked her into h...
07/29/2019

I met Malou 3 years ago through a mutual friend, who brought her to volunteer in the garden. Somehow I talked her into helping me transform the entire church into an undersea adventure. Ever wish you were born with two sets of hands? After several weeks working together, we were beginning to mirror each other and anticipating needs without needing to speak! We decided we’d found our perfect partner to launch a business with, that we’d individually toyed with starting... the rest is history! 😊

Even though we are technically closed for the summer, we are keeping ourselves busy! This is what we’ve been up to the l...
07/28/2019

Even though we are technically closed for the summer, we are keeping ourselves busy! This is what we’ve been up to the last couple of days... wedding flowers for a friend and a Garden-to-Table event at one of our community outreach projects.

You don’t have to buy anything to make stunning flower arrangements! Just go out in your own backyard  and voila!  Sunfl...
06/27/2019

You don’t have to buy anything to make stunning flower arrangements! Just go out in your own backyard and voila! Sunflower, cilantro blooms, and spearmint sprigs.

Photos from Special Occasions of Great Falls's post
05/27/2019

Photos from Special Occasions of Great Falls's post

Beautiful garden themed wedding at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Sterling, Virginia!
05/23/2019

Beautiful garden themed wedding at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Sterling, Virginia!

While waiting for the official wedding photos, here are a few samples of Christine and Kevin's Big Day!Congratulations D...
05/12/2019

While waiting for the official wedding photos, here are a few samples of Christine and Kevin's Big Day!Congratulations Drs. Merola- Wenzel!

We had the honor & privilege of designing & coordinating the wedding for this sweet couple last weekend (the bride, I ha...
04/30/2019

We had the honor & privilege of designing & coordinating the wedding for this sweet couple last weekend (the bride, I have watched grow up in my church for the past 15years, so this was a very special wedding to work on). Photos taken by my husband, David Lathrop. We’ll hopefully get some photos of our design work posted in the next week or two (we didn’t get a chance to take our own photos)! St. Matthew's Celebration Garden St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Sterling, Virginia

Installation beginning for the BIG day... T minus 5 days!
04/22/2019

Installation beginning for the BIG day... T minus 5 days!

Preparing for a garden party... what happens when you set me free with 700 coffee filters, food coloring, scissors, & wi...
04/08/2019

Preparing for a garden party... what happens when you set me free with 700 coffee filters, food coloring, scissors, & wire!

From gazebos to flowers... more fun creating projects ahead
02/27/2019

From gazebos to flowers... more fun creating projects ahead

02/24/2019

SOGF once again transformed the Grange in Great Falls for the Celebrate Great Falls Wine and Beer Tasting event.- "Love and Locals Tasting"

A love and locals tasting event with a touch of class. Transforming the historic Grange Hall for this event was a fun pr...
02/24/2019

A love and locals tasting event with a touch of class. Transforming the historic Grange Hall for this event was a fun project to do.

A love and locals tasting event with a touch of class. Transforming the historic Grange Hall for this event was a fun project to do.

Working Godzilla into our design work is a first for us, but you’ll never grow as artists without pushing yourself out o...
02/13/2019

Working Godzilla into our design work is a first for us, but you’ll never grow as artists without pushing yourself out of your comfort zone!

Creating hanging decor for the CGFF WINTER WINE AND BEER TASTING this month.
02/08/2019

Creating hanging decor for the CGFF WINTER WINE AND BEER TASTING this month.

My Fair Snow Lady...Happy Holidays! Crafting with wood flowers
12/11/2018

My Fair Snow Lady...Happy Holidays! Crafting with wood flowers

Just a simple arrangement for your holiday dinner table.
12/08/2018

Just a simple arrangement for your holiday dinner table.

This wreath is staying locally to another donor of the Puerto Rico mission trip fundraiser.
12/07/2018

This wreath is staying locally to another donor of the Puerto Rico mission trip fundraiser.

Special order wreath on its way to spend the holidays in New Orleans!
11/27/2018

Special order wreath on its way to spend the holidays in New Orleans!

A little different and special project request for us. Dressing up the new columbarium at our church for consecration th...
10/25/2018

A little different and special project request for us. Dressing up the new columbarium at our church for consecration this Saturday. The first inurnment will be a dear mutual friend of Malou & I before the two of us even met. We planted lots of bulbs to brighten up the space in the spring.

We were delighted to design and create a warm party atmosphere for this event in accordance to our client's vision. The ...
10/08/2018

We were delighted to design and create a warm party atmosphere for this event in accordance to our client's vision. The first 4 photos are the "before" photos.It was quite a challenge given we only had about an hour to set up, but we did it! The party was a great success.

We were delighted to design and create a warm party atmosphere for this event in accordance to our client's vision. The first 4 photos are the "before" photos.It was quite a challenge given we only had about an hour to set up, but we did it! The party was a great success.

We had the wonderful opportunity to  create centerpieces for a bridal shower as the first part of our busy weekend.
10/08/2018

We had the wonderful opportunity to create centerpieces for a bridal shower as the first part of our busy weekend.

We had the pleasure of decorating a Tuscan themed 60th birthday alfresco dinner party at a beautiful home in Maryland. T...
09/15/2018

We had the pleasure of decorating a Tuscan themed 60th birthday alfresco dinner party at a beautiful home in Maryland. Talk about threading the needle around Hurricane Florence!

It only takes one to make a statement...
09/03/2018

It only takes one to make a statement...

It is all about the flowers...We were asked to design and create floral arrangements for the event  ( short notice), inc...
06/16/2018

It is all about the flowers...We were asked to design and create floral arrangements for the event ( short notice), including decorating the two candelabras for the dining room table. Once again we incorporated elements from our garden for these creations.

It is all about the flowers...We were asked to design and create floral arrangements for the event ( short notice), including decorating the two candelabras for the dining room table. Once again we incorporated elements from our garden for these creations.

When half the party needs to be outside and you’re in the middle of an unusually relentless monsoon season, you do whate...
06/12/2018

When half the party needs to be outside and you’re in the middle of an unusually relentless monsoon season, you do whatever it takes to make it happen! I thought I’d experienced every kind of scenario, but tents on multilevel stilts, cantilevered out to adapt around the home was a new one for me! From the moment guests were greeted by valets to our covered entry, they were dry the entire party!

Had the pleasure of planning a tropical island themed birthday party. Although the weather was not very favorable the party was a huge success. Great ambiance, lots of food and fun entertainment.

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Reston, VA

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(703) 539-2324

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For the second year in a row Special Occasions of Great Falls will be decorating the Celebrate Great Falls Foundation Winter Wine Tasting event on February 24. It will be held at The Grange.
For the second year in a row Special Occasions of Great Falls will be decorating the Celebrate Great Falls Foundation Winter Wine Tasting event on February 24. It will be held at The Grange.