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Tips for planning a New Year’s Eve party

Believe it or not, the year is quickly drawing to a close, and it is time to prepare to ring in 2018! If you are planning a New Year’s Eve party this year, here are a few easy and fun ideas to take your event to the next level as you welcome 2018 and all it has to offer. Decor is everything when planning a New Year’s Eve party New Year’s Eve is all about glitz and glitter, and over-the-top decor is crucial to throwing an epic bash. Looking for creative ideas that won’t break the bank? Some fun options that will take your New Year’s Eve party to the next level include a sparkly tassel garland, a giant confetti wall (which also doubles as the ideal backdrop for party photo ops!), DIY pom poms, and tinsel wrapped numbers. You can’t go wrong with a well-thought-out menu When choosing what type of food you will serve at your party, the first step is deciding what kind of event it will be. Is it a sit down dinner? If so, focus on decadent and festive main courses like this classic pot roast or this lobster mac and cheese. Keeping it casual? For a more casual party, plan on serving up crowd-pleasing finger foods and appetizers like these French dip roll ups, these gourmet tater tots with a spicy mayo dip, or these spinach artichoke cheese ball bites. A high energy playlist will keep the party going ‘til the ball drops Once...

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Hosting a Christmas Wedding

[caption id="attachment_1265" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo credit: Lisa Schiller[/caption] With beautiful decorations adorning homes, offices, and stores, magical twinkle lights brightening the longer nights, Christmas carols playing on pretty much every radio station, and an overall sense of holiday cheer in the air -- December really is the most wonderful time of the year. If you are hosting a Christmas wedding this season, it’s time to harness the magic of the season to create an affair that your friends and family will not soon forget. Below we discuss some ideas for infusing holiday cheer into your December nuptials. Make your invitations extra special with a holiday theme Hosting a Christmas wedding gives you the chance to think outside of the box when it comes to your save the date cards and invitations. Instead of opting for traditional invitations, we suggest going all in on the holiday theme. This could mean adding some extra sparkle to your invitations, incorporating Christmas colors and patterns, or even adding a beautiful red wax seal to each invite. We also love the idea of displaying your invites on a mantle covered in seasonal greenery during your reception. Greet guests with warm, holiday beverages If you are hosting a Christmas wedding, chances are it is going to be chilly outside! Keep guests warm and toasty by welcoming them to your ceremony or reception with the season's most beloved warm beverages. Some delicious warm drinks that are certain to keep your friends in good spirits no matter how...

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Festive Ideas for Planning a Holiday Party

As of today, December is officially here -- which means it is time to focus on all things Christmas! Are you planning a holiday party this season? Whether you are gathering friends for an epic bash at your home, heading up your office’s holiday potluck, or hosting your family for a traditional Christmas dinner, here are some festive ideas for entertaining this holiday season. Set the mood for holiday cheer with the perfect playlist Nothing says Christmas quite like a festive playlist filled with classic holiday songs. If you are feeling ambitious, why not put together a mix of your personal favorite Christmas tunes? Running short on time? Fear not! The HuffPost has you covered with their definitive guide to the best Christmas playlists out there. Make your party a winter wonderland with DIY decorations Thoughtful DIY decorations are one of the easiest (and most affordable) ways to take your Christmas party to the next level. Planning a holiday party in your office or simply don’t have space in your home for a tree? We suggest creating a makeshift tree out of leftover wrapping paper or gathering extra greenery and placing them in a vase with ornaments to serve as a tree. Some other cute ideas that will add some Christmas cheer to your party include creating these DIY reindeer garlands, lining your walkway with these easy-to-make mason jar candles, or making a giant holiday wreath for your mantle. Serve up snacks with a holiday twist When planning a holiday party...

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Planning a winter destination wedding

[caption id="attachment_1254" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo credit: Nicole Gatto[/caption] When most people picture a destination wedding, they imagine friends and family gathering in a warm, exotic location to celebrate together under clear and sunny skies. However, for the couple that loves all things winter -- be it the beauty of the snow, a love of winter sports, or fun memories from a cold-weather family vacation -- a winter destination wedding is an option worth considering. In this post, we will share some cold-weather destination wedding locations that will set the perfect backdrop for your very own winter wonderland. Create a Winter Fairytale in Finland The beautiful Lapland region of Finland will provide a magical, snow-filled backdrop for your winter nuptials that cannot be rivaled. Some recommendations from the experts at the Travel Channel include booking a reindeer-drawn sled to carry you to your wedding chapel and reserving an igloo (yes, you heard us right!) for your wedding night. Add a Touch of the Wild West to Your Wedding in Jackson Hole, Wyoming If you want to enjoy your winter destination wedding surrounded by beautiful snow covered mountains, in a bustling western town, Jackson Hole, Wyoming is the spot for you! Nestled between the majestic Teton Mountains and the Gros Ventre Mountain Range, this charming town has it all. Martha Stewart Weddings suggests booking a stay for you and your guests at the Alpine House -- a cozy inn that includes locally sourced breakfasts and an honor bar. Love to Ski? Think...

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Hosting a Winter Wedding

Due to shorter days, freezing temperatures, and snowstorms, winter is typically known as the “off-season” when it comes to wedding planning. However, although the colder months certainly don’t win the wedding season popularity contest, we think there is something magical about hosting a winter wedding. Below we share some ideas for turning your December, January or February wedding into a winter wonderland that will rival a warm-weather soiree any day! Keep Spirits High with Warm Drink Stations Winter is about indulging in all things warm and cozy, so why not offer guests seasonal beverages in place of traditional refreshments? Setting up DIY stations for friends and family to mix up hot toddies or gourmet hot cocoa will keep spirits high -- even on the chilliest nights of the year. Incorporate Seasonal Greens into your Decor Along with winter comes beautiful greenery -- be it a traditional Christmas tree, a pine wreath, or a simple sprig of holly. Instead of focusing on traditional flowers in your decor, why not embrace the season by opting for fresh greenery. This could mean using mistletoe as a fun photo prop, adding a sprig of evergreen to your escort cards, or adorning each place setting with a festive holly cutting.   Adjust your Attire Accordingly If you are hosting a winter wedding, it is important to make sure that you and your wedding party are comfortable and warm no matter how low the temperatures may dip. In lieu of sleeveless styles, you may want to...

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Thanksgiving ideas to make your celebration extra special

Can you believe that Thanksgiving Day is less than two weeks away? As you prepare to gather friends and family for a delicious feast, consider incorporating some of these fun ideas that will make this year’s Thanksgiving celebration extra special! 1. Mix things up with some new recipes When it comes to the Thanksgiving menu, it can be easy to get stuck in a rut. We suggest mixing things up and refreshing your annual celebration by testing out some new seasonal recipes. Who knows? You may even end up stumbling upon a new family favorite. If you are in search of fresh Thanksgiving ideas, check out this list of 25 Unique Thanksgiving Recipes. 2. Keep kids (and adults) entertained with coloring placemats Getting your kids to stay seated throughout the entire Thanksgiving meal can be a challenge for even the most seasoned parent! That is why we love the idea of incorporating Thanksgiving-themed coloring placemats into your table settings. This is a fun and easy way to keep your kids entertained, and can even result in some pretty memorable artwork for your refrigerator door after the big day is over! 3. Spice things up with seasonal beverages Instead of sticking to the classic tea, water, beer and wine drink menu, why not mix things up this year with some seasonal cocktails (and mocktails for guests that don’t drink alcohol)? If it is going to be a chilly day, we love the idea of serving guests this warm mulled cider (bonus:...

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Festive ideas for your Thanksgiving wedding

[caption id="attachment_1237" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo credit: Christina Kenny[/caption] November is here, which means Halloween is over and it is officially Thanksgiving season. Focused on gratitude and gathering friends and family, what could be better than incorporating a little bit of this classic American holiday into your Thanksgiving wedding celebration? Below we share a few fun ways to add a touch of Thanksgiving to your November nuptials. Serve up pie instead of a traditional wedding cake When you think about Thanksgiving, chances are that pie is one of the first things to come to mind. Whether you prefer pumpkin, pecan, apple, or chocolate, it wouldn’t be a Thanksgiving wedding celebration without pie! So why not ditch the traditional wedding cake in favor of this beloved Thanksgiving tradition? If you aren’t sure how to pull it off, we love the idea of setting up a pie bar featuring a variety of popular pie flavors. You could even ask friends and family to contribute their favorite family recipes to the spread. Incorporate gratitude A Thanksgiving wedding is a wonderful opportunity to let those you love most know how grateful you are to have them in your lives as they are gather together to celebrate your love. Show guests how thankful you are by preparing thank you notes to add to their place settings or creating a thank you map that expresses your gratitude for the the time and money guests spent to be there on your special day. Mix up seasonal cocktails Cranberry...

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How to Plan a Spooktacular Halloween Bash

[caption id="attachment_1232" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo credit: Julia Dennebaum[/caption] Halloween is only a few days away, which means it is time to embrace your inner child and prepare to celebrate the spookiest holiday of them all. Whether this means having friends over to carve pumpkins, hosting a neighborhood block party, having family over to hand out candy, or boosting office morale with a post-work costume extravaganza, here are some fun ideas for hosting your very own spooktacular Halloween bash. Serve Guests Savory and Sweet Halloween Treats Hosting a Halloween party gives you the chance to get playful with your menu by incorporating all things creepy. Instead of serving a traditional cheese plate, why not opt for these cheesy eyeballs or a platter of goat cheese fingers? Looking for dessert ideas that go beyond candy corn and the candy you purchased for your trick-or-treaters? Delight your guests with these adorable white chocolate ghosts or these easy-to-make mummy cake pops. Add a Touch of Haunted House Style to your Home with DIY Decor One thing we love about decorating for Halloween is that it doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Some fun and easy DIY ideas to set the mood for your Halloween bash include making these no-carve fanged pumpkins, creating a haunted front porch with this easy guide from HGTV, turning egg cartons into hangable bats decorations, or crafting these creepy drip candles. Plan Halloween Party Games No party is complete without entertainment, and Halloween-themed games are certain to delight both...

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4 Common Wedding Planning Mistakes Solved

[caption id="attachment_1227" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo Credit: Andres Valenzuela Photos[/caption] When it comes to planning weddings, there are certain mistakes that we see time and time again. That’s why we decided to create a post on common wedding mistakes and gather the best advice on how to avoid these issues when it comes to planning your special day. Read on to learn about the top four wedding planning mistakes and the easy ways to avoid making them! 1. Going with the cheapest vendors without doing research Yes, sticking to your budget is one of the most important things you can do when planning a wedding; however, this doesn’t mean you should choose the cheapest options for everything without doing a little bit of research. They say you get what you pay for, and this is definitely true when it comes to choosing your wedding vendors. The Huffington Post suggests you choose wedding vendors as you would choose any other big-ticket purchase like a car, appliances, or a new phone: with lots of research. The internet is a great resource for learning more about your options, however, one of the best ways to ensure you choose wisely is to get recommendations from friends and industry insiders, as well as by meeting with the vendors one-on-one to see if you like their work. This may mean not opting for the cheapest option, but it will be worth it in the long run. 2. Lacking a backup plan for inclement weather Although a healthy...

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How to Plan a Holiday Wedding

If you are planning a wedding in late fall or early winter, your wedding is bound to coincide with the holiday season. Whether it is Halloween for October brides, Thanksgiving for November nuptials, or Hannukah and Christmas for December ceremonies, planning a wedding during this time of year gives you the chance to incorporate some of your favorite fall and winter holiday traditions into your big day! Below are some fun and easy ways to add a touch of holiday flair to your holiday wedding celebration including ideas for decor, food, drinks, and even your wedding send off. Add a Spooky Touch of Halloween to Your October Wedding For couples planning a wedding in October, adding in a touch of Halloween is a must. If you are not fans of the creepier sides of the holiday, you can focus on adding in some less spooky traditions. Some fun ideas include having Halloween Carnival activities, like pumpkin carving and bobbing for apples at your reception, trying out a masquerade theme, serving a Halloween-themed signature drink, or sending your guests home with trick-or-treat favors at the end of the night. Love the spookier side of Halloween? Some creative ways to incorporate this fall holiday into your wedding include sending creepy save the dates, like these, having an eerie candle-lit ceremony after sundown, and embracing the “Till Death do us Part” portion of the wedding vows, with this spooky ring holder or this dramatic display. Incorporate the Thanksgiving Harvest Theme into your November...

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