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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

 

 

Announcing Your Big News in Style

4 Jan

dec-bigPlans-001aDid you say Yes? Do something spectacular this New Year and announce your Big Day in style!   It’s the most exciting time of your life and a great excuse to celebrate.  You know that your friends and family will love to help you enjoy this excitement so consider sending out a beautiful Engagement Invitation and get the celebrations started.

Our beautiful selection featuring hundreds of styles will inspire you so send out something really memorable.  With endearing designs from the modern to the classic and many ways to add your own signature touch, you can find just the right save the date, or engagement invitation.  If you have a great photo, there are many photo invitations styles for you to complement your image with a picture perfect design.

2016 can be the year of your dreams while wedding planning and it all starts with a great engagement invitation and your save-the-date announcement.  From quality invitations which feature foil to glitter accents to die-cut shapes, you can select something that will be a one-of-a-kind special card with your own unique customization.  As you get further in your planning, there are great bridal shower invitations, wedding napkins, bridesmaid gifts, groomsmen gifts, thank you cards, and other personalized accents you will love.

Visit our Wedding Boutique and you will have fun browsing and planning.  Make this the best year ever and stand out in style!

Best wishes,

Renee

Fourth of July Fun for Kids

29 Jun

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The Fourth of July is almost here!  Kids (and adults) love celebrating by going to parades, waving flags and watching fireworks.  It’s a great time to get together with family and friends to have a BBQ or a picnic on the beach.  I love when everyone gets patriotic and wears their red, white and blue gear for the day.  And when you’re planning fun activities for kids, it can get tricky as many 4th of July activities involve fire and fireworks.

To keep kids entertained and safe, here are some fun ideas of things they can do to celebrate our day of Independence and stay safe:

  • Make their own parade!  Have kids put on their own 4th of July parade by decorating their wagons, bikes and strollers with festive and colorful ribbons, balloons and paper.  They can have a parade in their neighborhood, family gathering or wherever you plan to celebrate.  Plan to line-up and cheer them on!
  • If it’s hot, a water balloon toss is always a fun and easy way to have fun during your get together.
  • If you’re little ones love to doodle, use our free downloadable 4th of July coloring sheet.  Let kids color these while you cook and get ready.  You can have a coloring contest or just have them display their finished artwork on the wall.
  • Stock up on glow sticks!  Kids of all ages love glow sticks and there are such cute options including bracelets, necklaces and wands.
  • Have kids make their own patriotic cupcakes for the party.  Let them decorate the cupcakes with red, white and blue sprinkles and add little flags.
  • Grab some face paint and let the kids draw stars, flags and fireworks on each others cheeks and arms.  A safe and fun way to enjoy the holiday!

What ideas do you have for kids enjoying the 4th of July?  Please share in the comments below!  I always love hearing from you.

xoxo,

Jennifer