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.

 

 

Not Your Ordinary Balloons!!

Balloons are associated with  happy, fun and whimsical events, so why isn’t it obvious that this classic decor item can easily be incorporated into your wedding day? Balloons provide a fun factor to your event while keeping it chic and classy. Balloons can be used in a variety of ways for your event. Before  you think balloons are a thing of the past, take a look at these….

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Welcome guests to what is sure to be an unforgettable reception with a beautiful modern arch! The modern arch today includes floral along with texture. So not the balloon arch of the 80’s and 90’s.

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Everybody loves a photo booth, and it’s now easier than ever to create your own. This beautiful  balloon wall provides the perfect backdrop! The backdrop can consist of many more things than just balloons! Look again for floral and texture being added.

 

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Beautiful colors of balloons can be used to accent various  areas of the event. Show off your wedding colors with coordinating and contrasting colored balloons for your bridal party to hold, or stick to one color for a sophisticated and trendy monochromatic look. There are so many colors,sizes and types to choose from.

 

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Far from cheesy, balloons will make for a memorable getaway or entrance  for the bride and groom. Whether you choose to stick to one color or a variety of colors and sizes for more vibrant photos, balloons will help to send the newlyweds off in a fun way to their next adventure.  Don’t  forget to use letter or number-shaped balloons to spell out special sentiments at your wedding or other events! Balloons will help to make your event a memorable one!

 

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Honey… Bee Mine

For a sweet event, a honey bee theme is perfect. Filled with bright colors of yellow and flavors of delectable honey, this is a unique way to celebrate and most certainly a memorable one.

 

There are so many plays on words you can incorporate into a honey bee themed occasion, such as “Meant to Bee” or “Bride to Bee”, so let your creativity fly

Obviously you’ll want to bring honey flavors into as much as your party food as you can, so opt for honey cocktails with actual honeycombs as garnishes, cakepops in the shape of honeycombs themselves, detailed sugar cookies in the shapes of honey bees and even honey flavored hard candies in containers that look like bee keeper boxes. The possibilities  are endless with this sweet theme!

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Various Venues For The Occasions…

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Any number of buildings and locations can make a perfect wedding reception venue! Picking which venue will likely be one of the most difficult decisions of your entire planning process. Here are some ideas to help out. Ideally, this process should be started a year prior to the event!

Hotel wedding reception. There are so many different types of hotel that there’s likely to be something for everyone. Having accommodations for you and your guests is a big plus!

Historic wedding reception . This choice offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy the use of a stunning building.

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Restaurant wedding reception. Food and drink are among the main ingredients for a successful wedding reception! You’re more likely to find a good match if your wedding party is smaller.

Sports or social club wedding reception. Different types of club premises can be perfect for a wedding reception. Many offer a stunning location.

Tented wedding reception. If you have access to spacious gardens or other outdoor space, a tented wedding could be worth considering.

Set Your Sites…On The Type..

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The first thing to take into account when choosing the type  wedding is that there are likely to be two parts of your wedding to organize – the wedding ceremony and the wedding reception. A church wedding is still the favorite choice for many couples and most have a particular church in mind. In this case, the reception must be planned around the ceremony location.

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If you’re thinking about a civil wedding, you have the option of choosing a venue that will host both your wedding ceremony and your wedding reception.  This has the benefit of minimizing the amount of traveling involved for you and your wedding guests.

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Then there is the destination wedding. This is a really fun and adventurous choice! Just make sure that everyone is able to travel , and can afford to celebrate with you.