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10 Tips for Spring Party Planning

13 Feb

Are you getting ready for spring to appear?  I know I am.  It’s still winter, of course, in Chicago and although we haven’t had a lot of snow, we have had our share of cold gloomy days.  We can all use some sunshine and flowers to cheer us up.  So it’s the perfect time to start thinking about planning a Spring Party.  We have a host of floral invitations which are perfect for bridal luncheons, spring birthdays, baby showers and other events you are planning for spring.  Won’t it be fun to start thinking about the pretty invitations, guest list and centerpieces?

Here are 10 Tips for your Spring Party Planning!Spring Party Planning

  1. Pick a fabulous party invitation! A pretty floral invitation works wonderfully for a spring party and can set the tone for your event.  There are so many and having them personalized adds a professional touch to your event.  Remember to mail out your invitations for a bridal shower, birthday or luncheon about 4-6 weeks before your event.
  2. Determine the type of party you are planning.   For bridal showers and birthdays and baby showers, it’s very nice to offer a pretty luncheon, either at your home, in your garden or at restaurant or club.  For luncheon menus, think light fare such as salads, grilled seasonal vegetables, grilled chicken or salmon and fruit salads.  Evening spring cocktail parties are nice too for adult birthday parties and couples showers. If you are hosting a cocktail party, consider bbq, sandwiches, fruit kababs, seasonal vegetable crudité, pretty platters of cheeses and grapes and chocolate covered treats.  Spring is a great time to lighten things up and cater the foods of the season.  Spring fruits and vegetables include  apricots, artichokes,  asparagus, avocados, carrots, pineapples, mangoes and peas.
  3. Select your party color theme.  You can use the tones for your pretty table cloths, place mats, candles, plates, napkins and other table accents from the flowers you want to use for your table or from the color theme on your invitation.  Using the right blend or colors will make your event pop and look like it is all pulled together effortlessly.
  4. Use spring flowers for your centerpieces.  From tulips to peonies to the lovely iris, the colors and shapes of spring flowers are gentle, feminine and very pretty.   Let the colors of the blooms set the tone for your upcoming spring event.  From the many shades of pink, purple, white, yellow and red, you can determine whether there is one that is your favorite or which ones you want to mix together for your party palette.  If you want a stunning and elegant option, select all white blooms and use white tea candles surrounding them. Very chic indeed.
  5. Consider the type of drinks you will be serving.  No need to go overboard on a huge bar and all those fancy drinks for luncheons.   Spring means a big punch bowl filled with Sangria, lemonade or ice tea.  Serve in great glasses or jars with straws and you will make a great impression.  We also suggest printed shatterproof disposable glasses themed to your event.
  6. Printed napkins can make the event very special.  Consider adding printed napkins for the cocktails and appetizers and select pretty colors that coordinate with your invitations and table decorations.  Imprint your event such as “Bella’s Bridal Shower” or something similar and they instantly become more than fabulous!  There are guest towel sizes and luncheon sizes that are wonderful for the meal and will be a great addition.
  7. Think about the table treats.  Remember to put out some pretty candies or nuts on your tables.  Or, those wonderful french macaroons are wonderful and come in all sorts of pretty spring colors, like pistachio, melon, lemon and more.  So elegant and fun.  Have you ever seen the ones from Ladurée?  They are a french pastry house since 1862 that makes the absolutely most gorgeous and delicious treats.  If you can ever try some or order some for an event, you won’t be disappointed!  Oh, what wonderful favors they would make for your guests!
  8. Desserts are very important.  Once your luncheon or cocktail party is in the final phase, you’ll want to bring out some pretty desserts, cupcakes or a large special cake.  Everyone loves their treats!  A cake themed to the event makes a for a special moment at the party.  Visit your local bakery if you are not planning on baking it yourself and you should find many wonderful ideas.  Or, consider a bakery which can create an edible photo on your cake, surrounded by pretty edible spring flowers.
  9. Thank You Notes are a special gift. It would be lovely to order a box of personalized thank you notes for the guest of honor.  That will be one present that will be unexpected and truly appreciated.  You can never go wrong with something basic and featuring their name or monogram.  You can be sure they will be used to thank all the guests for the presents they will be bringing to the party.
  10. Pick out a special favor for the guests. Anything small and pretty from a little jar of jam, a pretty candle,  a handmade craft item, or even a help-yourself candy jar with cute little personalized bags waiting in the ready are lovely as a party favor.  We also recommend fun little mason jars filled with cookies or little clear paint jars with gumballs.  They’re adorable and they come finished and personalized!  Personalized bags with imprints like “Love & Kisses from Bella and Jon” would be very cute on the bags as a final send-off.  Or, a personalized favor tag can do the same, when attached to your jar of jam or other treat.  Farewell favors are always appreciated by the guests.

Have fun and happy spring party planning!

Renee

 

 

Wedding Inspiration: Pantone 2016 Colors of the Year

3 Feb

rose-quartz-and-serenity-wedding

In case you haven’t heard, Pantone announced their 2016 colors of the year.  Instead of one color, they chose two colors for 2016 … Rose Quartz and Serenity.  According to Pantone.com,  “Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”

If you’re looking for inspiration for your upcoming wedding, the new Pantone colors would make great complimentary colors perfect for an outdoor wedding.

Get inspired with our picksTurquoise Silhouette Die Cut Personalized Placecards, Framed Rounded Monogram Napkins, Slate Poppy Initials Thank You Note Cards, Bride and Her Bridesmaids Die-cut Invitations, Slate Save Our Date Announcements, Formal Pink Bride Stainless Steel Flask, Heart Made of Arrow Guest Towels, Acrylic Emma Monogram Necklace.

Other Source Links:

Dress: http://www.stylemepretty.com/2015/12/03/pantone-2016-rose-quartz-serenity-wedding-inspiration/
Chairs:http://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-ideas/etiquette-advice/14-ways-to-use-pantone-s-2016-colors-of-the-year-in-your-wedding
Cake:http://www.tulleandchantilly.com/blog/pantone-top-10-spring-wedding-colors-2016/
Bride and Groom:http://www.instyle.com/holidays-occasions/rose-quartz-serentiy-weddings#1110256
Bouquet:http://aisleperfect.com/2015/12/appantonetakeover.html
Bridesmaids:http://aisleperfect.com/2015/12/classic-virginia-wedding-filled-rose-quartz-serenity.html
Rose Crown:http://www.tulleandchantilly.com/blog/pantone-top-10-spring-wedding-colors-2016/
Nails:http://www.shopstyle.com/blog/Pantone-Color-Year-2016-39285065
Macaroons:http://happywedd.com/wedding_theme/pantones-2016-color-63-serenity-wedding-ideas.html

Take a Break with Spring Travel Plans

2 Feb

jan-travel-001This is a great time of year to make some travel plans for Spring.  Are you planning any travel?  Some like to go to warm climates and chill in the sun and some like to go to colder climates and enjoy outdoor activities like skiing and snowmobiling.  If you can’t get away on a bigger trip, it’s also a great time to take a weekend car trip just for a change of scenery and a little break if you can.  There are so many pretty and interesting things to see and do close to home for so many of us.

jan-travel-002When traveling it’s always fun to have a wonderful big travel bag with you where you can stuff in your purse, a book, water bottle and a scarf and other essentials. I love the tranquil seafoam green color of the leather tote bag, zip case and wallet. The color makes me feel like I am at the beach or in just some warm tropical locale.

jan-travel-003If you are flying, we have new pretty silver luggage tags, passport covers, silk cosmetic bags and even a big new black weekend canvas bag to help you both organize your luggage in style.

And I always travel with a big summer weight or winter weight pashmina which is handy for a layer of warmth on a plane or in a car and is also great as a great accent over a shirt or sweater for day or night.  No matter what type of traveler you are, whether you like to travel light and easy or if you can’t decide what you need to bring so you pack your whole closet, it’s nice to  have some new fresh travel accessories to bring with you.

What are some of your favorite spring trips?  Mexico with your friends?  Seattle with your family?  Los Angeles or Florida to see the studio tours and theme parks?  Are there some little towns around the southwest or midwest you love to visit, a diner you just love to go to, some museums or galleries you enjoy?  Or do you prefer to do outdoor trips like horseback riding at a ranch, walking around a big city to see all the stores and theater, or finding a very small town somewhere and just browsing and getting lost in all the quaint little places to visit?

jan-travel-005Are you reading anything special these days?  Let me know if you’ve heard of any good books.  I just finished Amy Poehler’s Yes Please, Tina Fey’s Bossypants and Barbara Walter’s Audition.  I’m also in the middle of a book about the history of Nordstroms.  It’s fun to get involved in a book and relax, maybe see a movie or two, get some fresh air and take a break from cooking and your daily grind.  I also enjoy not sitting at the computer all day for a little bit!

Since we are half way through winter at this point, March and April is a popular get-away time of year and it’s really just around the corner.  So plan something special for you and your family or ask a friend or two to join you on a little break.  It’s wonderful to have something big or small to look forward to.

Happy travels,

Renee