Tuesday Tips...

If you are not working with an Event Planner, then it a a good idea to check in with all of your vendors a few months before your celebration to discuss your expectations, your timeline, and set-up and breakdown times. It is also important to get a contact name and cell phone number for the "day-of" for each vendor.  Often you will sign your contracts months and possibly years in advance and these specifics aren't discussed, but they are vital to the success of your event.  Even though you are using amazing vendors, don't assume that everything will just "happen".  Every party is different and everyone has a different "vision". 

If you will be using a "Day-Of" Coordinator (and remember a good "Day-Of" Coordinator is really begins their work a few weeks before your event), then you can pass all of your vendor information on and they should follow up with each vendor to confirm all of the logistical details.  If you are not using a "Day-Of" Coordinator, you will need to follow up with each of your vendors regarding logistics the week of your event. I also suggest you share all of your vendor information with a trusted friend who can oversee things for you so that you are not bombarded with last minute questions and issues. Remember, the goal is to feel like a guest at your celebration so leave nothing to chance.


Sweet Inspiration in Honor of National Cupcake Day


Today is National Cupcake Day!  These tasty treats are always a FAVORITE, so here are a few ways to serve them at your next soiree...

photo credit (clockwise from top left) MMJ Weddings & Events, Fancy Cakes by Leslie, The Couture Cakery

Create a Cupcake Dessert Station.  Whether you have your caterer/venue do the baking or you bring in cupcakes from your favorite bakery, you can personalize this delicious dessert course by serving all of your favorite flavors or color coordinating your cupcakes with your decor.  Many bakers will even customize cupcakes with a logo or photo. One thing to keep in mind...If you want to serve cupcakes from your favorite bakery for dessert, clear it in advance with your caterer or venue as some don't allow you to bring in food from outside vendors.

photos credit Mia Bella Cupcakes

 Cupcake Centerpieces.  These flowers are cupcakes!  Imagine the possibilities.

photos credit Baked By Melissa

Cupcake Art.  Your logo, name or monogram in cupcakes will create a fantastic focal point for any event.  Baked By Melissa, famous for their bite sized cupcakes, will transform any design into edible art.  Their Customer Happiness associates will send you a map for the design along with the cupcakes so that it can be easily created by your caterer or decor company.

Party Favors.  It's a thoughtful idea to send your guests home with a sweet treat and everybody loves a cupcake.  I especially love cupcake favors from JARS BY DANI, POPS BY HALEY and BAKED BY MELISSA



Wonderful Winter Themed Celebrations

It's unusually warm in Maryland today (65 degrees!) but I want to share 2 recent Winter-inspired celebrations.  First up is M's Bat Mitzvah celebration which took place last weekend at Washington Hebrew Congregation and included a fabulous team of vendors including MC ICE, DESIGN CUISINE, GARY LAW PHOTOGRAPHY and DA VINCI'S FLORAL AND LIGHTING.  Kim Oser of NEED ANOTHER YOU was the Day Of Coordinator.  Some of the fabulous favors and finishing touches that we created included hooded sweatshirts, escort cards, cocktail napkins, table numbers and a custom lucite sign-in board.

Another one of my FAVORITE recent winter-inspired celebrations was A's Bat Mitzvah.  Event planner Dana Nestel of THE WRITE OCCASION turned the POOKS HILL MARRIOTT into a wintery wonderland with the help of DA VINCI"S FLORAL AND LIGHTING.  Other vendors included AL PEASLEY PHOTOGRAPHY, MC LANCE, and INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT GROUP.  Some of the finishing touches that we collaborated with Dana on included escort cards, personalized favor tags, table numbers, and "lift tickets".

Aside from being gorgeous events, these two parties are great examples of how the same "theme" can look completely different when you add your own style to the celebration.



a FAVORITE...Bantam Bagels

I saw these Mini Stuffed Bagel Balls aka Bantam Bagels on Shark Tank and they looked so delicious that I just had to order them.  They arrived yesterday and they are delicious.  Being a traditional girl, I sampled the Everything Bagel stuffed with plain cream cheese but I can't wait to try the rest of their flavors including the FRENCH TOAST (a Cinnamon nutmeg egg bagel stuffed with a buttery, maple syrupy cream cheese) and the COOKIES AND MILK (a Brown sugar walnut bagel with a sweet chocolate chip cream cheese).  Afterall, calories don't count when your doing "market research", right? 

Bantam Bagel's Mini Stuffed Bagel Balls would be fabulous to serve at a brunch or a Bar Mitzvah Kiddush.  They would also make a fabulous Take Home Treat for your guests at the end of a celebration.  For more information you can check out their website www.bantambagels.com.


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