So you’ve finally finished (or maybe just started) your holiday shopping and the big day is just around the corner. All that’s left is making sure that your gifts’ presentations are as wowing as the gifts themselves. Tired of seeing the same old wrapping papers under your tree? Whether you’ve got five extra minutes or days left, try a little twist this year with some of the following ideas:
This has been quite a year for my family, and we could not be more thankful for the gifts life has brought to us. We made it out of the crazy NYC rat race, relocated to the DC area diving into new and fantastic jobs and community, welcomed a new niece into the world, remained unscathed by a hurricane, and got the news that we’ll soon become a family of three (due April 2013!). Needless to say, it has been one heck of an amazing year. Reflecting today, I am overjoyed, grateful, and feeling more than blessed.
One of my absolute favorite visuals for Halloween is from the super-girly, 2000 flick- Hanging Up. Luckily, the story-line has little to do with the appeal. The idea of mostly filling a party room with hanging ghosts seems like a simple one that could get really cool with the right lighting. Here is one of the images from Meg Ryan’s kid-friendly Halloween/birthday party.
And in case you like the idea, but have no interest in investing in dozens of simple white sheets, you can always opt for a more cost-effective, airy version. Even hanging a trio (as shown) can be a welcomed addition to any All Hallows’ Eve festivity. Consider this cute DIY version from Simply Designing. With just a styrofoam ball, some cheese cloth and black paint, you too could have wispy ghosts to share with your guests.
(She even shares how to create them on her website, so if you’re interested, definitely check it out.)
But the all-time, most amazing, awe-inspiring (and not even spooky) Halloween spectacular (that I know of) has to be The Blaze. Put on every year in upstate NY, more than 5000 jack-o-lanterns are carved and put on display each year. They’re even set with synchronized lighting and sound to add to the drama and excitement. It is a MUST see.
After the countless hours of planning, vendor selection, contract negotiation, and invitation sending, don’t forget to capture your events on film. If you’re hiring a photographer, here are a few quick things to keep in mind.
- Having a great camera is not enough. Sure, Aunt Sue has an awesome SLR and would be totally happy to take those candids through the event for free, but you’ll need someone with a great eye as well, so keep that in mind.
- You want to see the photographers’ past works. Their styles should be quite evident to you when flipping through their past events. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, kindly thank them for their time and move on. You’re doing both of you a favor, believe me.
- Everything in events is negotiable. EVERYTHING. If it’s not the cost, it’s the package, or the time, so consider what it is you’re actually looking for and ask for it. You’ll be surprised at how willing photographers, especially, are to work with you and truly get/give you what you want for your day.
Take a look at some of our favorite award-winning snapshots from past events (most are wedding specific).
Fireworks have recently been added to lavish weddings and mitzvahs, but no event (not even Disney’s iconic, nightly spectacular) can compete with THE day of good ‘ole American pride.
Today, on July 4th, many plan to camp out on their patio, on a blanket in a park, or poolside with friends and fam to watch the fireworks. There really aren’t all that many blue foods to choose from (aside from the usual blueberries, blue jell-o, or blue popsicles) so it’s easy to stick with the ones you know- like the rockets on the right.
Though firecracker popsicles are a great addition to this holiday each year (and my husband’s personal fave), they’re not the easiest to transport. Here are a few delicious treats that’ll make the trek and still compliment the firework spectacular for you and your guests. Happy fourth!
It’s always nice to see creative minds think aloud.
Now, I’m sure at one point or another, we have all been to a restaurant, maybe as a kid (or with a child), where the server sat you in front of 3 crayons and a paper tablecloth. Sure, we’ve doodled, and played tic-tac-toe, and enjoyed the creative environment, but how often have we really given it a second look as a way to enhance the food presentation itself?
A fellow blogger, Lauren with RockPaperScissors, posted this tablecloth with signage of personality and I think it’s just genius.
Especially with cookouts, July 4th celebrations, and pool parties, we’re in the midst of the fun but laid back, outdoor-lovin’ lifestyle.
This would even be a great addition to a casual rehearsal dinner, a book club gathering, or a nostalgic family reunion.
Every once in a while, I just need to take a minute to give credit where credit is due. Kudos, Lauren!
DIY events have been on a solid trend of perfectly executed tablescapes… but the feel of an event comes from the entire space. Whether your next soiree is indoors or out, don’t forget to consider space above eye level. Some of the most fantastic elements leave impressions when people look up.
From grooms’ cakes, to diaper cakes, to tiers and tiers of cake balls, cakes have made their way into the limelight time and time again. While for weddings the focus is more on ombre cakes, tiers of macarons, and theme matching, birthday cakes continue to be more whimsical and DIY in nature.
Here is a mix of a few of the cuter birthday cakes we’ve seen lately:
Sorry for the delay! It’s been a while since the last post, we know. We’ve been busy bees and will soon have news to share (we cannot wait!).
It may seem counterintuitive for an industry pro to give advice about not spending oodles of money on events… but that’s what we’re doing in today’s post. The key (as we’ve previously mentioned) is to keep your event truly personal, and that does not necessarily have to go hand-in-hand with dollar signs.
In fact, event budgets don’t require they be a specific $ amount, they just require that whatever budget you set is stuck to and has expectations to match. (Great in theory, much more difficult in reality, we know.)
Our favorite quote from the post:
“… At the end of the day, we have photographs we love, memories of delicious cake and happy friends, and the relief that we could throw a party without drowning ourselves in debt or liquidating our savings.”
Let us know what YOU think.
Rather than championing hors d’oeuvres and filled drinks on a buffet ready for pick up, we thought we’d highlight some fabulous food and beverage presentations that make a much larger impression on guests.
Dressed to Impress
These mobile human tables can be fantastic ways to (literally) carry your theme throughout your event, while adding entertainment pizzazz.
Obviously these are great food trays for themed parties and fundraisers, but these could also be great vehicles for silent auction or party favor displays as well.
As highlighted by fellow blogger, Satin & Snowflakes, a catering company called Tulips & Maple has begun to perfect the art of entertaining through catering. They’ve coined it ‘catertaining’. Check out the wall o’ hors d’oeuvres they had on display at one of their recent events. Such a unique, nearly Willy Wonka type of playful presentation.
This could be a great presentation option for kids, with the removable wooden (or could be colored plastic) spoons and the ability to have these line the walls in whatever shape or pattern you’d like.
And how about these exquisite additions to a client event, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain recently held?
Champagne poured into and served right from her skirt. Genius (and still wildly elegant).
These could be wonderful additions to formal cocktail hours or galas. These could also easily become more futuristic (with a change of ensemble or addition of uplit glasses).
For that matter, these could also be used for more casual affairs (by pouring coke floats, filling ice cream cones, or making flavored sodas with pre-poured syrups- that would also be very colorful).
So many options!