(201) Magazine Best of Bergen 2019

So happy to announce that Angi & Co has won Best Event/Party Planner category in the (201) Magazine Best of Bergen 2019! THANK YOU to everyone who voted for us!!! We are so grateful to all our clients, vendors, families and friends for all the encouragement and support!

Also.... a big CONGRATULATIONS to Eroula Dimitriou Photography, who won Best Photographer category! We love working with you and are so glad to be in this issue together!

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Decor Rental Service

Over the past four years, we have received many inquiries asking to rent our items. We are excited to announce that this summer, Angi & Co will begin offering a rental service! From a cake stand to tablecloth, whether you just need a few things for your special event or a full on display, reach out and let us know what you need. We'd be happy to give you some rental pricing.

For more information, visit our decor rental page.

Eden's 1st Birthday

This past weekend was Ellis' amazing One-derland party, but before posting any photos, I had to recap her older sister, Eden's, party! It was a new year, pink and gold sparkle party. One of my favorites!

Mini Moet bottles with custom labels as escort cards.

Mini Moet bottles with custom labels as escort cards.

Clear favor boxes with gold lid and custom labels for guests to fill at our candy/dessert bar.

Clear favor boxes with gold lid and custom labels for guests to fill at our candy/dessert bar.

Vendor Credits:

Photography: StorybyMia

Venue: Flemings, Edgewater, NJ

Cakes & Fondant Cupcakes: Cakes by Christine NY

Cake Pops: Big City Little Sweets

Macarons: Joohee Bakes

Planning, design, sugar cookies: Angi & Co

Zimele 3rd Annual Gala 04.27.14

Last month, I spent 2 weeks in South Africa with an organization called Zimele to see first hand the amazing work that they do in rural areas in the KwaZulu-Natal region. I'm honored to be helping Zimele USA plan their 3rd annual gala this year on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at Maritime Parc in Jersey City, NJ. 

Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.

About Zimele

Zimele confronts the root causes of poverty by removing the barriers to self-sufficiency for women in the impoverished and often AIDS-stricken communities of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. Zimele spearheads programs to provide economic, educational and social resources such as financial management, job skills and life-skills classes. These resources empower women to become small-scale entrepreneurs who sustain independent livelihoods that not only benefit their families, but also their communities. With the firm belief that true community development begins from inside an individual, Zimele has enabled over 5,000 women to realize their hopes of becoming caterers, computer teachers, craft-makers, farmers and community leaders through an extensive support network. These Zulu women have inspired other women, men and children to break historical cycles of poverty and dependence on charity to take ownership of their own futures. For more information, please visit www.zimelecommunity.org

Wedding: Sy & Chris

More blog catching up to do! Starting the year off with Sy & Chris' wedding from 2013.

It was such a pleasure working with Sy & Chris on their wedding at The Green Building in Brooklyn, NY. As guests entered, they were treated to live doo wop classics performed by Acapella Soul, who you may have seen performing around NYC. The ceremony was held in the round with their family & friends surrounding them on all sides. During the tented cocktail hour just outside of the building, we transformed the space from ceremony to reception, where guests then watched the pyeh bek (Korean traditional wedding ceremony) as well as danced the night away.

Photography Credits: Loreto Caceres Photography


Livin' It Up 2013

In March, I had the honor of serving with over 70 volunteers from Metro Community Church at their 8th annual Livin' It Up event, a banquet for homeless individuals and families from various shelters in Bergen County. I'm so thankful to have been involved and feel so blessed to see God's love being shared with everyone. I hope you enjoy this video that some very talented Metro volunteers put together.

Wedding: Esther & James

Trying to catch up on some blog posts finally! One of my favorite photography duos to work with husband & wife team Elizabeth + Rich. Not only are their photos beautiful but they are so friendly and truly a pleasure to work with. Below are some detail shots from the day, but  check out more of Esther & James' wedding on the Elizabeth + Rich blog here!


DIY Tutorial: Dol Go Ims

While many modern dolsang table display do not showcase go-ims anymore, I find that many moms like to use them to add personalization to their event decor. Following is a go im DIY tutorial, one of many tutorials to come. it's actually updated from one that i wrote a while back on the Meli & Angi blog, but with some new materials suggestions.

Photo: Elizabeth + RIch

Photo: Elizabeth + RIch

There are a variety of materials used to make go-ims. You can always find alternatives so don’t fret if you are missing one or two of the items below. We made three different types - 1) mentos, 2) rice puffs / red beans, and 3) M&Ms.


  • Bounty paper towel roll
  • 8.5 x 11" printer paper
  • Hot glue gun
  • Mentos OR Rice puffs w/Red beans OR M&Ms

Go-im bases

The go-im bases are rolls of paper towels covered them with plain printer paper. Wrap it tight around the bounty plastic and tape down so the roll stays sturdy.

If you want to show your child's Korean name, a character/zodiac animal, or "chook dol," scale the image onto 8.5"x11" printer paper and glue over it. Below is our template for "chook dol." Print "fit to page" if you plan to make this go-im.

Note: If you want to keep the go-ims for posterity, you'll probably never get to use the paper towels underneath, but they do hold up very well for years.

An alternative to paper towel rolls are cardboard cylinders/tubing from Home Depot or other supply stores, but the paper towels are a manageable size and probably something you already have in your home. You can also make go-ims in different heights to add a nice variety to the display. To make a shorter one, just use a roll of toilet tissue or an old coffee tin.

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Gluing the puffs/candy

Everything needs to be glued on with a 

hot glue gun 

because it won't stick with any other glue. Elmers is too wet and will soak through the rice puffs & paper. Glue stick is too weak to hold the heavy candies. Heavy duty glue dots are an option, but you'd need A LOT to cover the whole roll.

Go Ims made from M&Ms and rice puffs / red beans  Photo: Chris Son

Go Ims made from M&Ms and rice puffs / red beans

Photo: Chris Son

Rice Puffs & Red Beans

First glue on the red beans along the outline and Korean characters

To fill in the characters and outlining, I used Korean rice puffs which look like little rice krispies. (You can find these at any Korean supermarket). 

For the nose in the tiger go-im above, I used a pink Mentos cut in half. (You can also use a pink jelly bean or other little pink candy).

Note: These go-ims took a very long time because the little rice puffs are so tiny. However, I prefer the way the rice puffs look. Several people have borrowed my go-im with the rice puffs afterwards so I feel like the time put in was well worth it.

As an alternative to the rice puffs, you can use black and white goya beans. If you are short on time, this is a better option because they take up more surface area. You can also spray paint the goya beans to match your party colors.

Candy go-ims

I used Mentos and M&Ms come in various colors and since there is a candy shell, you don't have to worry about the glue melting through to the center. The candies were glued on freehand since they fit together like puzzle pieces. However, if you want to make a pattern like flowers or diagonals, you can draw guidelines on the paper before gluing.

Tip: If you are going to use Mentos, be sure to use only the chewy mint candy (NOT gum) because the Mentos gum has a different shape and is not as smooth and round like the mints.

As an alternative to Mentos, M&Ms and spray painted goya beans, you can also use beads (from your local craft store).

I hope this post has been helpful for all the DIY moms out there. If you have any questions, please feel free to email or post a comment here.

Happy crafting!