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Rosanna’s Rococo Noir collection is the perfect addition to your Halloween décor. These pedestals are great for displaying your pumpkin spice cupcakes. You might put them away for Thanksgiving but you can bring them right back out for an elegant winter table setting.
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Calling all allergy sufferers, wedding criers, and creative minds. If you can believe it, there is an innovative and totally personal way to keep Kleenex handy. Who wants a generic Kleenex box taking up visual space when you can opt for a custom conversation starter like this? For $4.99 each, you can add your own photo, logo, or artwork. It's perfect for the powder room at a wedding or seasonally for the holidays. Hilarious. Check it out at www.mykleenextissue.com.
by Kate Sinclair of Life In Style.
Here are a few often-missed planning questions for those organizing office parties to ensure a smooth, enjoyable event.
Is a daytime or evening party more convenient for attendees?
Are you trying to schedule the party to make sure everyone can attend?
Are you providing lots of non-alcoholic alternatives that are attractive and inticing?
Are you suggesting a level of dress or dress code to assist people in making tasteful choices?
Are you including ways for people to mingle with people from other departments and meet the president, CEO or VPs?
Are you trying to include spouses and significant others and children?
Are you trying to make it comfortable for those who arrive a bit early or on-the-dot?
Do you have an organized time in the schedule to thank those hosting the party?
Are you envisioning an event that reflects well on the company? Included here are issues of appropriate location, alcohol flow and taking your employees' interests seriously.
Can you provide a babysitting service or kid's activities for the event?
Is there a need to give guidence related to gifts? What's been done in previous years? What kinds of gifts were given, and to whom? How about suggesting a shift in the corporate culture toward making charitable donations?
Here's to the office party season!
Adults often get left behind at Halloween since they have to stay at home manning the door and doling out candy for all the little trick-o-treaters in the neighborhood. If your neighborhood has few children or if you live in the city center, or in a condominium or townhouse complex, you might not see many costumed children. But Halloween is not over for you! I suggest gathering some friends that live in your neighborhood or building and have a Progressive Halloween Dinner Party.
What you need is at least 3 homes within walking distance of each other and hosts with imagination - that's all! Each host is assigned one course of the evening's meal and each house is to host the group for that course. Of course, costumes and decorations are mandatory! Invitations should be sent in advance and can be designed like a menu with the location of each hosts house and any activities planned. One evening I heard about included 5 locations with the first serving cocktails and appetizers, the second serving soup and salad, the third was the main course and the fourth had coffee and dessert. The fifth location hosted games and activities and was...
A few tips to help the evening run smoothly:
- Discuss with the hosts the number of guests invited and the timing of each course. It is important that the whole group not spend too much time at one or two houses in order to allow enough time to enjoy each location.
- People can discuss their decorations and food with each other, or you can insist all ideas be kept a secret to ensure a big surprise at each stop.
- Choose locations that are no more than a 10 minute walk away from each other and encourage walking from house to house as people may be drinking and this lessens the need for a designated driver.
Some ideas include the use of candles and carved pumpkins for spooky lighting, using hay bales as seats in the back yard, tombstones and coffins for tables, costume contests and monster movie trivia games to keep people in the mood, even loot bags decorated with Halloween characters for everyone to take home...the list is endless.
Remember, nothing is too over-the-top for Halloween! Using fog machines, "live" scarecrows and grim reapers as escorts, bubbling punch bowls, creepy music and outlandish costumes will only liven up the night and make this Halloween dinner party unforgettable!
Photos courtesy of MarthaStewart.com
Hard to believe, but in a month it'll be Halloween- and what better and excuse to have a little soiree? I'm not talking about a full on costume extravaganza, but rather a fun but chic themed dinner party for all your favorite friends who still want to enjoy a little merriment on the spookiest night of the year- without feeling juvenile.
To start, the invites. All you need are some 5x7" dark colored cards from a place like Paper Source and a light colored paint pen (wjite, silver, gold will do). Cut each card so it curves at the top like a gravestone. Personalize each one for each guest, (i.e. Here lies Jane Smith, who passed from not attending Erin's Spooky Supper party on October 31st"- or whatever wording you like. Ask everyone to wear a favorite, fun wig instead of full on costume!
For decorations, pumpkins are a cost effective and nostalgic way to go. Get several in various sizes and colors (I love the white ones) and invite a friend or two over to carve the morning of the party). They don't all have to be faces, some would look great with just a slew of small holes carved in it like the night sky. Arrange then down the center of the dining table when lit. Put out bottles of your favorite wine with new labels on them that you create that say "Poison" with a skull and crossbones, or Witch's Brew. Also, pick up some bottles of Spellbound Petite Syrah- the label and name fall right into the theme!! Use all black and silver table linens and, of course, the more candlelight the better!! In fact, try not to have to use any lighting other than candles! Use small cut our gravestones again as placecards with names written in your paint pen!
Find a great halloween cd or iMix (with "Thriller" on it, of course) and play as backround. Or put some scary movies on a loop on your TV! Buy those old school plastic pumkin buckets that everyone used to use trick or treating and fill them with single serving candy and place around the house for people to munch on. Or pack up individual bags or baskets with candy and put at each plce setting for people to take home.
You can have great fun with your food as well! Pumpkin or squash soup is a perfect way to start, followed by a great beef stew. Martha Stewart had a great idea to make masked potatoes (Rusett and Sweet) and pipe them onto the plates next to the bowls of stew like ghosts and pumpkins. The gosts eyes are black sesame seeds, and the pumpkins have stems of 1/2 pecans and leaves of basil or oregano!
Hi there, I'm Sarah Bradley of SOCIAL Event Design & Planning out of Charleston, South Carolina. I have been invited to start contributing to this wonderful blog and you can see more of my event industry blog, Being SOCIAL, HERE. My goal for posting on Createmyevent.com is to bring my personal perspective as an event designer and planner in this beautiful part of the country straight to you! Charleston is rapidly growing as a wedding and event destination, and its beauty and energy are unparalleled. I'll be posting on Saturdays and can't wait to read your comments. To a long and fruitful relationship!
Not everyone is traditional. When a non-traditional person starts musing over hosting an event, and when they are not pressured to conform to societal mandates - often something new, insired and exciting can evolve. As an event planner, this can be the most challenging, yet rewarding work there is out there.
Pressure them to conform to the pre-programmed expectations of traditionalists... and you have eliminated the possibility to get something new out into the world.
There are few resources to help non-traditionalists, partly because of the infinate complexity of the subject - and the fact that there is little opportunity for profitability for niche markets. I have located a few resources, and anyone is invited to add to the arsenal. Just send in your comments, and I will be sure to review and post them here.
www.uniquevenues.com hosts basic searchable info on non-traditional venues such as colleges, universities, conference centers, theaters, mansions, dining and entertainment venues, museums and castles among others.
At ethicalweddings.com they boast: ”Local, fair trade, organic, eco-friendly, recycled… these are a few of our favourite things at ethicalweddings.com, a searchable database of ethical wedding services and products which give you the chance to celebrate your wedding the way you want while giving others something to celebrate too.”
Offbeat Bride offers inspiration for the “aisles less traveled.” Author Ariel Meadow Stallings shares her own experiences that of dozens of nontraditional brides. Offbeatbride.com is the companion website for the book, with such unconventional categories as “Wedding Porn”... and it does not hold back. Reoccurring themes are: tattooed brides, red wedding gowns, groomsmen as bandmembers and veil alternatives. Warning: she drops the “f-bomb” on her site a few times.
To quote Ariel … " For me, the scariest part of getting engaged was feeling as if I were suddenly buying into an identity that wasn’t my own. I was having a bridentity crisis. Suddenly I was supposed to care about floral arrangements and classical quartets. Suddenly I was supposed to like poufy white dresses and showing off jewelry. Suddenly I was supposed to buy five-hundred-page glossy magazines and take a strong interest in decorative bows for the backs of rented chairs. I was a bride, but I wasn’t that kind of bride. I didn’t care about any of these things. I just loved my partner, Andreas, and I wanted to have a big party to share that love with our family and friends."
As planners, we can reduce pressure and try to buffer the stress for our client when resistance from family, society and traditional vendors arises. It is rewarding to assist people in realizing something new, something not experienced before, and somehing that truly reflects the wonderful person hosting the event.
If your idea of gown shopping doesn’t involve camping
outside Filene’s Basement and strangling fellow brides over clearance designer
tulle, you’re invited to a classy alternative to the chaos that is the
In October Brides Magazine is hosting the “Something Pink Gown Sale” in collaboration with the Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation. Half charity benefit, half designer gown sale, the event provides two ways to shop for your gown:
1) PREVIEW SALE
Where: 122 West 26th St
When: October 4, 2007
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Pay $200 for tickets to the Preview
Sale, which allows you first dibs on the goods, admission for one shopper and a
guest, cocktails, and a swag bag with goodies from Ralph Lauren, Hanky Panky, Godiva,
and Target worth $500. You’ll also be entered to win a $4,500 honeymoon to Maui.
2) GENERAL SALE
122 West 26th St
When: October 5 & 6, 2007
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Pay $20 for tickets to the General Sale, admitting you and a guest to two hours of shopping.
Proceeds go to the Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation, and you can purchase your tickets online at www.brides.com/somethingpink.
FOR OTHER CITIES:
You can find their schedule of sales throughout the country by clicking here.
DONATE YOUR GOWN:
“Calling all former brides! On October 4, you can appear live on Good Morning America and help support Breast Cancer Awareness. Brides magazine is teaming up with Good Morning America to kick off a national breast cancer fund-raising campaign that features donated wedding gowns. If you'd like to give your dress to the cause, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by September 29 for more details.” ~Brides.com
For bubble lovers with champagne taste and a "two buck chuck" budget...enter the Blanc de noir. Meaning "white wine from red grapes", Blanc de noirs are produced by quickly removing the skins from the juice after the grapes have been pressed. This technique prevents the pigment in the grape's dark skin from transferring too much color to the wine, yielding a very light apricot hue. It's pinot noir origin gives balance to the bubbles by warding off the overly sweet flavors often found in other sparkling wines or prosecco. While a decent champagne will run $50 and up, you can find fantastic Blanc de noirs for around $15-$20 a pop. Better bubbles for a bargain.
by Kate Sinclair of Life In Style.