Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Do you need extra ribbon, paper lanterns, eco friendly confetti, grapevine Christmas trees or battery operated candles? How about some led lights for your mantle or brown wire Christmas lights to go on your grapevine reindeer?
Don't forget Save On Crafts
They have everything you could want for a wedding, shower or just to add some touches for your holiday decorating!
Friday, December 4, 2009
I saw this cute idea from Martha of course -
They are made with durable material to withstand the weather.
you can use templates or have the kids make their own!
Here are directions on how to make them from Marthastewart.com
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
It's my favorite time of the year!! Time to decorate, listen to Christmas songs, go shopping, bake cookies and did I mention decorate!
Stay tuned over the next few weeks for ideas on decorating, cookie exchange, tree toppers, shopping tips and maybe even some entertaining ideas.
Friday, November 13, 2009
- 1 pouch Dry Mix for about 6 oz of Apple Cider
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
- 10 oz Ginger Ale
- 1 oz Spiced Rum-I like the Captain!
Pour Ginger Ale into a frosted mug. Add dry apple cider mix and rum and stir with the cinnamon stick. Leave the stick in the mug for more flavor.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Recently a potential bride with whom I felt that I clicked with emailed me to say basically: "thanks for your follow up, but we booked Venue X and they provide a wedding coordinator and so I don't need your services." I was sad for her because I really liked her and she has no way to know that the wedding coordinator promised to her is a venue coordinator, not a wedding coordinator. I'd like to explain the difference between the two.
Friday, October 30, 2009
I thought this was worth a repost:
Once cut, a pumpkin lasts about four to five days, then starts to rot.
You can rub Vaseline on the cut parts to help with deterioration.
And a tip I read from Real Simple:
Think about cutting out the bottom of the pumpkin instead of around the stem - place your candle on the porch or walkway then place the pumpkin on top. This will prevent the cut out stem section from falling in when rotted.
Pumpkins are a great way to show some creativity - will you make a scary face, write your initials, a jack o lanturn or maybe turn it on its side and make a candy container?
What will you do?
Thursday, October 29, 2009
"Overall, the trend is to be eclectic and make your wedding paper goods your own, says Meredith S Tomasulo, founder of Elegant Engagements. "Monograms are still in, but couples are also adding slogan, poem verse or quotation to elements of their wedding," she says. "This can be seen on the invitation, program, favor containers and cocktail napkins. I have seen Dave Matthews song lyrics on cake boxes ('Life is short but sweet for certain') and Shakespeare verses on invitations ('Journeys end in lovers meeting'). I also have some clients that are putting 'Did you know...' information on cocktail napkins - they're great conversation starters and really get the guests to know about both the bride and groom."
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I went to my husband's cousin's wedding on Saturday in NY. Although it was a great time they did things a little differently so I thought I would share what it was like. Ceremony and reception were all at the Hilton Hotel.
We checked in and received a great box of goodies; animal crackers and water bottles were some of the items inside.
The invitation said 6:30 so we walked down to meet family. From 6:30 -7 we all met in the hotel lobby for champagne, We were all standing around not sure what to do. Then they moved all 300 of us into a ballroom for the ceremony at 7. The grooms family and groomsmen stood on the left side and brides on the right, I haven't seen this before. Even the bride was confused, when she walked down the aisle she stepped right to the left side and her MOH had to move her!
Cocktails which included so much food we could have considered this dinner were from 7:30-8:45. There was a raw bar, Asian station, lamb chop and turkey carver, pasta bar with calamari, mini hotdogs and hamburgers with french fries! I had to keep reminding myself there was dinner later.
Then we went into the ballroom, beautifully decorated with brown pin tuck linens, tall centerpieces with hydrangeas and lillies and lots of candles and uplighting.
The staff was just wonderful, took our order (Seabass, filet or stuffed chicken) and brought salads out around 9:45. There was a lot of dancing then eating then dancing and we didn't get served our entree until 11pm!!! The DJ rocked until 1am!
Now this DJ was different then any other DJ I have seen as well - part of the set up included a drummer who played along with the songs!
So are you seeing a lot of late night weddings? Is the trend to switch brides and grooms sides for the ceremony? Do you like the idea of a drummer with the DJ?
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Wedding Wine and Liquor Calculator - Great tool for figuring out how much wine or beer and alcohol to have at your next party. Use it for your next holiday party, backyard bash or if you can bring your own alcohol to your wedding.
Find out how much alcohol you should stock for your party. Click here Real Simple
Monday, October 19, 2009
For my son's first birthday I decided to do an airplane themed party. Invitations were boarding passes for GJT Airlines.
I made tons of mini airplanes out of fun foam, they hung from the light fixtures and ceiling fan. Even on his own cake.
The adults devoured pumpkin or chocolate cupcakes with airplane / 1 toppers. I had airplane sugar cookies and along with a platter of Philly pretzel bites, a custom G pretzel.
I made a 'wall of Gavin' which included pictures from every month of his first year. I also made a Happy Birthday Gavin sign using scrapbook paper and grosgrain ribbon. Inspiration from Etsy.
When guests arrived they had to check in to get airplane stickers and when they left they picked up their favors at baggage claim. Favors were bubbles with labels that said 'Thank you for flying GJT Airlines' and personalized luggage tags.
I think I love planning kids birthday parties as much as weddings!!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
What are you planning to do with your bouquet (or a smaller version)?
Will you stick with tradition and toss your bouquet to a group of your single ladies?
Will you have an anniversary dance and see who the last couple dancing(longest married) is?
Will you present your bouquet to someone special?
What else are you thinking?
Please post your ideas or what you are seeing this year?
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Glad you asked!
Wedding planners can offer suggestions for reputable wedding professionals; people or businesses that fit your style and budget and they even know some of the out of ordinary locations. A planner can work on your budget, create a timeline and suggest ways to get you started. 3-4 hours of planning in the beginning can get you on the right track and save you valuable time and potentially money.
Say you already have your dream venue in mind and you are certain you can decide on the other aspects of your wedding but you aren't sure how to pull the event together. IE: the guest list seating, the day of timeline and last minute logistics- consider a day of planner!
"Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning." - Edison
Monday, October 5, 2009
This is due to an advertising slump.
As Modern Bride and Elegant Bride close, a third Conde Nast magazine, Brides, will increase its frequency to monthly instead of coming out every two months.
So if you subscribe to these magazines I am not sure you will see a difference- you will just get Brides every month!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
So I searched Spiced Cocktails!
Check these out:
Since iced tea vodka is so popular right now and I have some Appleton's Rum in my cabinet I love this!
Appleton Spiced Iced Tea
- 2 oz. Rum, Jamaican (Appleton Estates)
- 1 can (Lipton Brisk®) Iced Tea
- 1 pinch (optional) Cinnamon
- 1 pinch (optional) Nutmeg
Fill glass with ice, pour 2 oz. Appleton Estates Jamaican Rum into a large glass or mug. Add Spices then add Lipton Brisk Ice Tea.
Captain's Spiced Cider Drink
- 2 oz. Rum, spiced (Captain Morgan's)
- Fill with Cider, apple
and lastly Spiced Pomegranate Sipper from a previous post.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
and check out www.elegantengagements.com for more images.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Party ideas, recipes, tips and products for throwing a casual party.
Check out this Tequila Tasting Party
1 1/2 parts tequila
1 part fresh squeezed lime juice
1 part blue curacao
Shake with ice in cocktail shaker, pour over ice into a chilled, salt rimmed margarita glass and then add a lime wedge.
They also have movie night, cocktail party, dinner party and bridal shower themes.
They have great recipes and ways to set up your table.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I can't believe today is the first day of Fall.
Enjoy some fall centerpiece decor ideas:
The classic pumpkin vase - its easy to do and will last- just buy a mum and put in pumpkin then adorn with fresh flowers. pic from MarthaStewart
or something more simple- just fill a vase with acorns. from Pottery Barn
Here is a large vases filled with apples with a large chunky candle. from BHG
Monday, September 21, 2009
Here is a min barrel of Red truck wine - equal to 4 bottles of wine and it lasts 6 weeks after opening. So if you don't drink it all don't worry! and only $30!
an added plus - its eco friendly!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
As your guests walk towards the door how are you greeting them? I came across Door Decor and they have some great examples to pretty up that front door. Its a way to bring the theme one step further. This is good for your home, a restaurant, country club etc.
For a bridal shower:
First Day of School:
Are you hosting the next book club, your childs first birthday celebration or how about to surprise your neighbor for her birthday. Think layering of your theme. Why not start at the beginning!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
My cousin is very simple but I wanted to incorporate some personal touches.
I did pictures of her growing up along with pictures with her bridesmaids - I added them to the centerpieces. I also did her monogram on stirrers in every water glass.
We had lunch at Season's 52 in Orlando.
I ordered the shrimp salad-it was served like this:
then voila like this:
Saturday, September 12, 2009
It rings close to my heart since I just celebrated my anniversary. Thought other to be wed or anyone in love would enjoy.
A good marriage must be created.
In the art of marriage the little things are the big things...
the courtship should not end with the honeymoon,
it should continue through all the years.
It is standing together facing the world.
of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy.
and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is cultivating flexibility, patience,
understanding and a sense of humour.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
When guests arrive they are greeted with a tray of Pomegranate lemonade spiked with a little iced tea vodka and a galvanized bucket full of colorful IZZE sparkling bottles
Table Decor: cute yellow linens from Party Rental Ltd. with glass vases of gerbera daisies.
The Menu -cucumber-avocado soup with cilantro then grilled shrimp and pineapple skewers and a spring mix salad with pear and blue cheese crumbles.
and for dessert - cute cupcakes with pink floral wrappers from Paper Orchid
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Think simple - Does your family have a crest? Make photo copies, laminate and use that as place mats.
Definitely do name tags and under the name list the next of kin. Make a large family tree, color code the different branches and then use those same colors on the name tags.
Get Conversation Starters from plumparty.com (pic)
How about a little recipe sharing. Encourage a pot luck of sorts for the menu. Aunt Sally's potato salad, Uncle Nicks BBQ marinade, Grandmas deviled eggs, Great Great Aunt Bea's lemon meringe pie, etc. Print out copies of all the recipes and have available for everyone to take.
Here are some more tips from ehow on to have the most successful reunion!