Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Planning the Perfect Fourth of July Party

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Here are some quick and easy ideas for planning the perfect Fourth of July party.  The 3 essential  offerings you will need to provide are food, drinks, and decorations.
Fruit is always a popular party dish. If you want an easy option, you can put blueberries, strawberries, and bananas on skewers and lay them out in the shape of the American flag.  For dessert, you can dip strawberries in white chocolate and then dip them in “Fourth of July themed” sprinkles. Ice cream is another great dessert option to help cool off.  You could top vanilla ice cream with red, white, and blue colored sprinkles, fruit, or even mix together food coloring and whip cream for a fun treat.        

As for the main dish, I recommend grilling hot dogs and hamburgers because it is fast, easy, and always a crowd pleaser! 
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Fight the summer heat with some refreshing and patriotic beverages!
Non-alcoholic: When thinking of the kiddos, mix together red fruit punch or Gatorade, blue Gatorade, and Sprite to create a colorful and delicious drink or, you can serve these beverages separately in clear mason jars and arrange them in the shape of a flag.
Alcoholic: For the adults, you can mix together sangria, frozen blueberries, pineapples, and red grapes for a refreshing summer cocktail. If you have time, I recommend cutting the pineapples into stars for extra touch of patriotism! 

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You can easily find Fourth of July themed plates, napkins, and table clothes at any retail store around the holiday but, feel free to get creative! For some other fun decor ideas, you can paint flower pots or mason jars.  The mason jars can hold candles, flowers, silverware, or serve drinks.  You can also make a patriotic wreath or if you like to sew, create your own napkins and table linens.  

Lastly, don’t forget plenty of fireworks, especially the kid favorite; sparklers!  I hope you found these ideas helpful and I wish you a safe and fun Fourth of July! 


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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wedding Day Survival Kit

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ATTENTION ALL BRIDES: What I am about to say may make you extremely uncomfortable and nervous about your idea of a perfectly planned wedding day. Therefore, I am going to start out with an apology for maybe making you a bit nervous; I'm sorry! Now, with that being said, on with the blog. 

You can plan your wedding day perfectly. Even account for every minor detail and while I hope you do not run into emergencies there is still a chance that someone will forget something or some minor detail will go wrong. Never fear though! By having a survival kit you can ensure your dream wedding goes off without a hitch. Below is a list of items that every bride and bridal party should have in their survival kits. 

But first: Your "survival kit" can be just a simple tote bag. Or, if you are making one for every member of your bridal party, they can be in a basic cosmetic bag.

Suggested Items:
o   Aspirin/Ibuprofen: for headaches and any other pains and aches that may occur
o   Water: because trust me you need to stay hydrated
o   Extra panty hose: this is only if you are planning on wearing them, but if you are you will definitely need extra
o   Snacks: the day of your wedding, you may not get a chance to eat until the reception therefore it's good to have a granola bar or something for you to snack on
o   Extra bobby pins: in case someone's hair is just not cooperating
o   Deodorant: someone may forget to put some on that morning
o   Extra earring backs: those things are so tiny someone is bound to lose one
o   Tampons/sanitary napkins: because mother nature is very unpredictable
o   Tide ToGo (or some other spot remover): because spots happen
o   Tissues: I promise someone (if not many people) will cry
o   Safety pins: for a quick mend
o   Mini sewing kit: for a not so quick mend
o   Corsage pins: in case a corsage needs a little extra hold
o   Extra Makeup: for last minute touch ups
o   Straws: so everyone can drink their drink without ruining their lipstick
o   Band-Aids: new shoes = new blisters
o   Mints/Gum: no one wants bad breath (especially the bride or groom) 
o   Phone charger: so your phone can go all night

These are just the basics, but add any other necessities needed for you and your bridal party to tackle any wedding day issues.

Also, keep in mind that Simply Events provides a survival kit for all of its brides & grooms as part of their services!! Contact Catie today to learn more about the wedding planning packages!

Happy Planning!

 - Jennifer O.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

SPLISH SPLASH SUMMER BASH! Ideas For Your Smmer Pool Party!

Now that school is out and the sun is shining the most popular place to be is by the water! Whether it be the pool or the beach it is the perfect way to spend a hot summer day. Here are some fun ways to take your pool party to the next level!

Candy bars at parties these days are extremely popular. It would be so easy to make one for a pool party! You can throw some fruit in there as well for a healthy refreshing snack. Twizzlers can be like pool noodles!

One of the worst thing that could happen at a party is to run out of cold bevereages - especially during these HOT summer days! Here is a inexpensive way to keep all your drinks chilled and ready to serve! These kiddie pools make for great coolers as well as self-serve beverage stations. TIP: Don't forget to rehydrate with some water! :)

Make sure everyone has plenty of skin protection while you're having fun! Make a sunscreen station by the pool as a reminder for everyone to put some on before they dive in! Nothing can ruin a good pool party like a sunburn - ouch!!

Guests always love party favors. When people first arrive give them a basket with things they can use during the party. Items such as a towel, flip flops, sunglasses, and a koozie for those ice-cold beverages make for great favors. They are also very functional. I love this idea of a "Tiffany's" themed pool party. It makes it oh-so-glamorous and could make for an amazing summer bridal shower!

No matter what favors you choose to go along with your pool-side-bash, it is sure to be a hit with your friends and family!

Enjoy the sun and water!

~ Erin W. 


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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Escort Cards 101: Everything You Need to Know

Escort cards are often one of the first things your guests will see when they arrive at your reception. There are lots of fun and creative ways to make escort cards and place cards memorable for your guests!

Note: Escort cards and place cards aren’t just for weddings. They can be used at any seated event! In fact, Simply Events just had an event a few weeks ago with 700+ guests. The guests could find their name and assigned table number on slides that played on a screen. 

Some of you may or may not know the difference between escort cards and place cards. Escort cards simply inform your guests that you have chosen a table for them. In addition to escort cards, you may want to use place cards. Place cards inform your guests which seat to sit in at the table. For a formal plated dinner, place cards may indicate which meal each guest will receive. (For example, color coded for different entrees or a simple stamp such as a fish or a chicken) To sum it up: escort cards assign tables, place cards assign seats!

If you are considering assigned seating for guests at your reception, there are many creative ways to display escort cards. You may decide that you want incorporate them into the theme of your wedding!

Rustic feel: Utilizing Shutters

Simple and Elegant: Stationary cards

Beach Theme: Seashells and Sand

Sports Theme: Names and tables numbers on tickets

Vintage Theme: Vintage keys attached to the cards

Escort cards can also double as a favor for the guest to take home! 


Another fun idea is escort cocktails! Your guests get to enjoy a yummy drink while still being escorted to the correct seat. 
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For a simpler and cheaper alternative, you could also do an escort board! Instead of cards, just have one board with all the names and table numbers. The guest would look at the board to find their table, but leave the cards on the board. You can be very creative with these as well!

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Hopefully now you have a better idea of what an escort card is, and some creative ways to incorporate them into your special day! 

Happy Planning!

~Danielle S.

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