This past weekend I had the pleasure of working not one, but two weddings at one of my favorite event venues in Orange County. The Aliso Viejo Conference Center is an absolutely beautiful location for a wedding. It has a large ballroom full of windows that overlook a well maintained golf course, and the food that they prepare and serve on site is amazing. (Especially the ever popular pistachio crusted chicken)
Here are some photos that I took at each wedding:
Congratulations to both of the happy couples, and job well done to the all the staff at the Aliso Viejo Conference Center!!
This is one of my favorite holidays!! I love all the pink everywhere, and how girly and romantic everything is.
The trend that I saw this year however was a lot of DIY cards and gifts. A simple and budget friendly gift to give is some fresh baked cookies. Here is a picture of some of the yummy pink sugar cookies that I decided to share with some of my friends today.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! And thank you to my husband who surprised me with flowers and jewelry. (He is a very great, and very smart man).
February is one of my favorite months of the year. It is a month where the focus is often on planning small intimate events. Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love planning a big soiree, but there is truly something special about a simple event like a romantic dinner for two.
When planning for a small event take these small bites into consideration:
- If planning on a small group, keep your guests in mind and really embrace the opportunity to make every detail personalized to each individual, all while keeping within the overall theme of your event.
- Don’t skimp on the food and drink because you think you have a small group. It is always better to have leftovers than to run out during your party.
- Keep the music on softly in the background. It will always seem louder with a small group, and you do not want to drown out the conversation.
So think small this month and enjoy your simply sweet events!
Are you ready for some football? With the Superbowl right around the corner, here are some tips to help you plan for a fun and casual event:
- Plan ahead and send your evite or paper invitation out early. There are usually a lot of Superbowl parties going on for people to choose from, so if you want a good turn out you better spread the word in advance.
- It has been my experience that people like to munch during sporting events, so I recommend keeping the menu limited to a variety of finger food style selections. Think crock pot pulled pork sliders, mini homemade pizza bites, pita chips with hummus, tortilla chips and salsa, individual mini bags of popcorn….you get the idea.
- Don’t forget the dessert! The hottest thing that I have seen this year is football themed cake pops. They are affordable (or easy to make for you baking beauties) and I have the perfect cake pop baker for those of you that would like to order some. Just let me know! You can see a sample of her work at my superbowl party below. Thank you to Stacey’s Cake Pops!!
- Have fun with the decorations and get creative! There are a variety of color schemes to choose from. You can go with colors from the one or both of the teams that are playing, or you can go with more traditional colors by pulling from the referee and field. For example, get a small pallet of wheat grass to use as a centerpiece on the buffet. It is not only festive, but it is actually edible too.
Just remember that the most important thing is to not only make sure that your guests have a good time, but make sure that you have fun as well. You should enjoy your time with your guests, so as long as you plan it all out in advance there is no reason you can’t kick back and watch the game too!
You’re engaged! That special day that you have dreamed about since you were a little girl is finally within your sights. So now that you have your prince charming, and you have announced your love to the world, it is time to find the perfect location for you to celebrate with your family and friends. So here are a few tips and suggestions that I think will help get you started in the right direction:
♥ Decide what kind of wedding style that you want. Will it be an elegant black tie affair, a casual backyard gathering, or something in between?
♥ Decide if you want to hold the wedding in the area that you live in or if you want a location that is in a new place and would feel more like a destination wedding.
♥ Determine a budget that you want to stay within (and stick to it!)
♥ Put together a rough guest list to help you determine what your guest count could be at its highest point.
Once you have those four things down then you are ready to start looking at locations. Make sure the venue matches the answers on your list above and if it doesn’t then move on to the next one.
Stay tuned for tips on what questions to ask your venue!