The Almost Holiday Party

It's Almost Here: Holiday Party Season

Together with Katie Huber and team from Kenley Event Design, we hosted the Almost Holiday Party, a rooftop party to help some fellow event professionals get in the mood for the upcoming season.  

We'll be passing along some of Katie's event design secrets and holiday party tips over the next few weeks, but we wanted to start by sharing some photos of the occasion. 


Venue: The Rooftop of the Homewood Suites, Downtown Grand Rapids

We're pretty sure this is Grand Rapids' first rooftop bar. This space comes equipped with heaters and an awning to protect you from the elements, which was much needed during the rain we had last week.

Visit their website for booking info

Rooftop Holiday Party
Rooftop Holiday Party
Rooftop Holiday Party


Catering: Field & Fire Cafe

They served up some amazing smorrebrods (translation = amazing things on bread), macarons, napoleon and a few other delectable treats. We can't recommend them enough. Their new space serves breakfast, lunch, coffee and is also available for your catering needs! 

Contact Field & Fire for catering or visit their website (and definitely stop in their new cafe)

holiday party catering
holiday party catering ideas
Holiday Catering Ideas

Drinks: Early Bird Cafe

Beverage connoisseur, Stephen Curtis from Early Bird Cafe, created Strawberry Citrus & Earl Grey tea spritzers. These were delicious and were flexible enough to accommodate drinkers and non-drinkers alike, paired with Prosecco or soda water. 

Contact Early Bird for catering or visit their website

holiday party cocktail
holiday party cocktail
holiday party cocktail

Event Design: Kenley Event Design

I'm endlessly amazed by the work of our party co-host, Kenley Event Design. Katie and her team made it seemingly effortless to transform the rooftop space into a holiday wonderland. 

Follow Kenley on Instagram or visit their website

holiday party inspiration
holiday party inspiration
holiday party inspiration

Music: DJ ZSNB

Looking for a DJ for your cocktail event or party, but sick of hearing the same old stuff? DJ ZSNB is your guy. Listen to a sample from one of his recent events.

Contact us for booking info


Photography: Marissa Boswell

I mean, just look at these images. 😍

Follow her on Instagram or visit her website for booking info

holiday event photography
event photography inspiration
Holiday Party Photography

Invitation: Blackbird RSVP (of course)

Check out our new holiday-themed banners for your holiday festivities! Styled by Kelly O'Hara and photography by Jill DeVries:

holiday party invitations
holiday invitation online
holiday online invitation

Say hello to Blackbird 2.0

Cheers all around!

If you've used Blackbird in the past, you'll be excited to know that we've redesigned and rebuilt our entire platform from the ground up. In our new 2.0 product, you'll find an entirely new and improved user experience.

Read more about our favorite improvements or take it for a test run.

To celebrate this new milestone, I wanted to take a minute and thank some of the lovely collaborators we worked with to make this possible:

Collective Idea

A year ago we started talking with the team at Collective Idea, a Holland, Michigan based software development team that we've have worked with for years on Sitting in a Tree, the wedding-focused product and initial inspiration for Blackbird RSVP.

We partnered with their insanely talented design & development team to create this new version (it's a custom Ruby on Rails application, in case you were curious). 


Photo by Jill DeVries

Photo by Jill DeVries

Kelly M O'Hara

Kelly is a designer in Grand Rapids, Michigan that we collaborated with on many aspects of the new product. Kelly is a graphic designer by trade but also has a killer sense of style and taste in event production.

Kelly helped us craft our new brand identity and website, as well the photo styling for our Blackbird Pro banner images. 


Start Garden

Start Garden is a non-traditional investment fund & office space based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Over the last few years, their team has provided amazing advice, support, office space, and some startup funds to help us get to this milestone. 

In addition to being home to our beloved office, Start Garden has been a key early Blackbird customer and even hosted our 2.0 Launch Party in their space.


Invest Detroit First Step Fund


Thanks to the team at Invest Detroit for the encouragement and direction - as well as the funds to support our development efforts!


Photo Source:

Photo Source:


Jill is responsible for shooting all the new banner images you see across as well as our Blackbird Pro banner photos. 

Jill is amazingly talented (check out her work on her website) and was a ton of fun to spend the day with as we sipped champagne and ate donuts (I mean, worked).


thank you


It takes a village. A huge thank you to all our early customers, beta testers, friends, and family for your help, cheerleading and feedback!

Make sure to check out Blackbird RSVP 2.0 for your online RSVP needs!