Thanksgiving Once More

Organic-thanksgiving-tablescape_2.jpgIt has been too long since I have written here and as the holidays roll around, I always come back.  I have been preparing steadily for two week for my favorite day of the year. The food, the drinks, the fall colors, the aroma… the most decadent of all our days. A day filled with warmth and family and home. This holiday at its core embodies all of the things that are right about the human experience. To be thankful for what we have, who we are and who is around us. It gets lost all too often in the shuffle. We see the long lines at the stores, accompanied by unsmiling faces and just get disheartened. I too have, on occasion succumb to dismay, but on that day where we feast and laugh, it all melts away. I would just like to extend warm wishes from our family to yours… may your holidays be filled with love and togetherness, may your cup run over with the bounty of all you love and may the people nearest to you be the ones you most treasure. Take the time to enjoy all around you, let your senses absorb the wonder that is this life and with a kind spirit and a generous heart, spring you in the holiday season.

 

***Photo “Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape” Homeandheavens.com

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We Love The Use Of Mirrors…

 

 

We are not talking about  just on the tables either!  Mirrors are being used for signage, seating charts, menus, and even furniture. Mirrors can add instant shimmer and glamour to any event.

As Event Planners, we love to use mirrors to visually expand the surrounding space. Mirrors placed strategically around the venue can make the overall space appear larger. They can also increase the light in the room. Think about situating them in places where they will also visually multiply the number of floral arrangements. This trick will make everything appear more lush.

Instead of one mirror tile in the center of the table, try a runner of mirror tiles down the table. What a beautiful and simple way to add mirrors to your event!

Get creative and have fun, but make sure that the mirrors are secured at all times for safety.

 

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Paris Is Always A Good Idea…

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We had a blast designing this Paris themed Bat Mitzvah!   Since this is our blog, we thought we should showcase some of our work for a change!

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The beautiful handmade photo booth backdrop along with 3ft. balloons!

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The lounge area next to the dance floor for the kids to hang out!

 

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Beautiful flowers on the seating card table.

 

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Seating cards with individual personalized perfume bottle and rose per person.

 

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One of the beautiful round tables!

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View of the room with a mixture of round and rectangle tables.

 

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Simple cocktail tables for appetizers prior to the party.

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Custom candle lighting table next to the white dance floor.

 

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Custom made DJ sign

 

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What would Paris be without shopping for beauty supplies? Custom Made Beauty bar and giveaways!

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Get Your Drink On…..

One of the trickiest parts of planning a party is knowing how much glassware to have on hand. First, consider simplifying your drinks menu. If the only wine you’re offering is champagne, the only wine glasses you need are flutes. A highball glass, in a pinch, can hold beer or water. You should offer wine glasses for wines, juice and water; straight-sided highballs for tall drinks; tumblers for spirits and juices; and martini glasses. In terms of quantity, be ready with approximately twice as many glasses as you’ll have guests. A cocktail party usually requires 3 glasses per person.

Don’t worry if all your glasses don’t match. Older glassware with some character to it is a great conversation starter. Keep an eye out on ebay and at thrift stores for good deals on vintage glassware.

 

Liquor

Another challenge in party planning is figuring out how much alcohol to have on hand. Choosing a cocktail menu can help. You can print up a menu of a few signature drinks in advance, and buy your alcohol  according to what you need for each drink.

As for the number of bottles you’ll need to buy, the general rule of thumb is to expect each guest to consume 1 or 2 drinks per hour. So multiply the number of guests by the number of hours your party will last, and then multiply that by 2, just to be safe. If you’re having 20 guests for two hours, you’ll need 80 drinks. Keep in mind, this number includes cocktails as well as wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages.

A standard bottle of wine or liquor holds 750 milliliters, or a little over 25 ounces. If you’re pre-batching a pitcher (or carafe or bottle) of margaritas that uses 8.5 oz. of tequila, you’ll get almost 3 pitchers of margaritas from one bottle of tequila.

 

Essential Liquor and Mixers

Even if you’re serving one or two cocktails that you’ve mixed up in advance, you should plan on having these spirits on hand:

  • Whiskey
  • Gin
  • Vodka
  • Tequila
  • Rum
  • Brandy

Guests  come to the  party with varying tastes: some will be in love with your cocktails, whereas others will prefer scotch on the rocks or a gin and tonic. Be prepared by stocking the following mixers:

  • Tonic water
  • Seltzer or club soda
  • Cola
  • Lemonade or lemon-lime soda
  • Ginger ale or ginger beer

Be sure to have lots of lemons and limes on hand!

Ice

Bagged ice is perfect for keeping a bunch of bottles and cans of beverages chilled in a cooler or tub. Send someone out the morning of your party to buy ice—a bag or two per cooler or tub. If you have ample freezer space to store extra bags, then go ahead and have a few extras on hand.

Break up the ice a bit and pour it into the cooler or tub. Fill with water and add your bottles. Beverages chill faster and colder in ice water than they do in ice alone, but you’ll have to replenish the ice as it melts so the drinks don’t warm up too much.

Cubed Ice

Consider investing in silicon ice-cube trays for easy removal,  Large, heavy cubes of ice melt more slowly in rocks drinks than smaller cubes do, and they look more festive in a glass. If you have enough freezer space, you can start freezing ice several days in advance and store it until the day of the party.

Molded Ice
 Is great for chilling bowls of punch, molded ice also gives you a canvas for a bit of creativity.
Here’s what you do:

Fill a large bowl, or several small bowls, with a mix of water and fruit juice. If you’re making a punch recipe that calls for pineapple or lime juice, for example, you can add pineapple or lime juice to the ice. Add slices of lime or chunks of pineapple to the bowl as well and freeze, at least overnight.

As the ice melts, it will “water” your punch down with juicy flavor instead of just water. You can even add edible flowers (or other edible garnishes) to the ice, if they’re in season. When you’re ready to serve the punch, simply dip the ice bowl in warm water until the ice loosens from the bowl.