Labor Day Party Planning

End of Summer BBQ and Movie Night 

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Photo Credit: Prairehive.com

Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to wrap up summer with a party. Hosting a BBQ and movie night is a simple party that is fun for all ages. Here are a few tips to help you plan a Labor Day party.

Start Planning now:

  • Start preparing your menu. Keep it simple, hot dogs and hamburgers, salad, chips and drinks.
  • Compile your guest list and pick a movie.
  • Pick the location to set up your movie screen. Make sure to choose a location that is not near any lights that could affect the brightness of the movie, such as house lights or street lamps.
  • Send out your BBQ and movie themed invitations.
  • Gather the items you will need to play the movie: the screen, extension cords, speakers, computer and projector.
Photo Credit: Hotel Pearl

Photo Credit: Hotel Pearl

 

Day of the party:

 

  • Purchase the remainder of the food.
  • Set up for the movie.
  • Use tiki torches, lanterns and other soft lighting to make a pathway back to the house. Maybe add some small American Flags between each light as well.
  • Lay out red, white & blue colored pillows and blankets for the kids and chairs for the adults.
  • Set up your food table. The key is to make your food table both festive and functional making everything have a dual purpose. Have fun shaped bowls (maybe shaped like stars) and apothecary jars filled with food and candy. The secret to a well-designed table is making it have different heights, boxes of pasta covered with tablecloths works well. Don’t forget to add some American Flags too.
  • About a ½ hour before the movie start popping the popcorn. Plan for about ¼ cup uncooked popcorn per person.
  • Light some citronella candles and tape some dryer sheets under your food tables to keep bugs at bay.

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Now it is time to appreciate what you have created and wait for guest to arrive.

Have a fun and safe Labor Day weekend!

Simply,

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Perfect Summer Wedding Outfit for Under $100

Wedding season is in full swing!

It can get very costly to be attending weddings, being in weddings and purchasing wedding gifts.  That is exactly why I am sharing the perfect summer wedding outfit for under $100!

As a planner I have back to back weddings all summer.  I know that means that many of you  must be attending lots of wedding this summer too.

Here is the perfect summer wedding outfit for under $100!  The best part is, it is an online boutique called Treasurez Boutique so anyone anywhere can get this outfit.

Wedding Outfit for Under 100

Blue Ivy Dress $59.99

 

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combining both an event planning company and PR firm in the luxury wedding, events and lifestyle industries.  We plan, coordinate and design weddings, social, corporate and fundraising events and also provide public relations to leverage and promote your event. We offer a valuable service to our clients with professional advice and experience that will help streamline the process, save money and create a dynamic experience resulting in memories that will last a lifetime.

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Simply Top 10 Ways to Use Rose Petals

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The rose is one of my favorite flowers. I believe roses are popular because they come in so many colors, are durable and typically available all year round.

Simply Top 10 Ways to Use Rose Petals

1. Scatter the petals around the base of a centerpiece or around the cake. Sometimes I spread the petals thinly or lay out each petal down into the perfect position. Other times I just want an opulent, overflowing look and will scatter them in larger groups.

Florist: Flower Fusion

Florist: Flower Fusion

2. One easy way to use rose petals it to fill a cylinder vase with petals; add water, and the place a floating candle on top. You will need the petals from two roses to fill and 8-inch tall vase.

3. You’ve probably seen rose petals scattered down the aisle with a flower girl. A fun twist would be to make a pattern down the center of the aisle. When guest arrive just seat them from the side aisles instead.

Flower Fusion

Florist: Flower Fusion

4. To make a rose bowl, fill a short or shallow vase with water then float an open rose in the center. Add petals around it until you have filled all the space to make it look like a giant rose.

5. Float a couple of rose buds in a large cylinder vase filled with water.

Rose buds Centerpiece

6. Make garlands that can be incorporated into your centerpieces, hang them on the backs of chairs or from candelabras with scattered floral cocktails and petals round the base.

7. To create the classic pomander, glue petals on a Styrofoam ball, using colors that coordinate with your event design.

8. You can also make a composite bouquet. Use one open rose in the center, then glue petals around it to give it the look of one giant rose.

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9. Use rose petals to garnish a drink. Note: It’s important to remember that there are no regulations on pesticides with flowers so I strongly recommend using only organic flowers for drinks

10. Event outdoors? Try adding rose petals one by one to the inside of an umbrella.

Rose Petal Umbrella

Those are some of my favorite ways to use rose petals. Which one is your favorite? Do you have any other ideas to add?

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combining both an event planning company and PR firm in the luxury wedding, events and lifestyle industries.  We plan, coordinate and design weddings, social, corporate and fundraising events and also provide public relations to leverage and promote your event. We offer a valuable service to our clients with professional advice and experience that will help streamline the process, save money and create a dynamic experience resulting in memories that will last a lifetime.

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Last Minute Christmas Gift Idea

I love to do crafts.  I love to make gifts.  And just importantly I love crafts/gifts that are easy to make.

Here is one of those crafts.

Hot Cocoa in a Jar

Mason Jar Hot Cocoa

I made hot cocoa in a jar for a friend.  It was simple and fun to make.  I wanted it to be colorful so I made multiple layers.  I started with dark hot chocolate, the milk hot chocolate, followed by a layer of chocolate chips.

Then I took some small candy canes and broke them up into smaller pieces and added it to the next layer.  To top off the jar I added mini marshmallows.

The lid of the mason jar was gold and I just did not think the color went well.  So I spray painted it a matte silver.  Please make sure to let it air dry outdoors for a day so completely airs out before putting it on the jar.  I also sealed the jar with some plastic wrap before adding the lid.  To add a bit of sparkle I sprinkled on some white glitter in the center of the jar lid.

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Add a ribbon and a couple of straws are your jar is ready to go.  I found a free printable on-line to tie it all together.

To complete the gift I added two movie tickets and a box of popcorn.

Last Mintue Gift Idea

No gift is complete without a homemade gift tag.  I little bit of paper, a stamp and some washi tape.

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This is a fun gift good for any age.  This is the perfect gift if you want to make a homemade gift and need a it quickly.  If you have all the items at home you can even skip the crowds at the mall.

Merry Christmas All!

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4th of July Party Theme

4th of July is right around the corner.  Have you stared to preparing your party plans yet?  If not, here are some ideas to give you a jump start.

Recently, I had the honor of being published in Everyday Party Magazine for my 4th of July themed party design so, I though I would share a few photos of the party I created.  The printables I used were created by Chickabug.

Picnics are always fun because they are a simple party,  yet they still allow you to bring out a little bit of  your creativity.

Simply Radiant Events 4th of July

Place Setting

Place Setting

I used the water bottle wraps around the drinks to decorate the cups.  Baby’s breath and a paper pinwheel garnish the plates.

Table Setting

Table Setting

The pinwheel helps to give the utensil basket a summery touch.

Wrapped Water Bottles

Wrapped Water Bottles

I placed red, white and blue leis around the water bottles to give them  even more of a festive feel.

Patriotic Candy Dish

Patriotic Candy Dish

Marshmallow Clusters

Marshmallow Clusters

Nighttime Snacks

Nighttime Snacks

The centerpieces for the table were mason jars wrapped with lemons then topped with some baby’s breath.

What are your plans for this year’s July 4th?  Let me know, I’d love to hear about your party plans.

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Easy Homemade Mother’s Day Gift

This year I wanted to make my mom something instead of buying her a gift like I do every other year.  I saw this idea while playing around  on the internet and I thought I could make my own version of it.

It is very easy and only cost about $10 to make.  With Mother’s Day being tomorrow and this being such an easy gift to make, you still have time to pull it off.

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Supplies:

Scissors

Yard Stick

Acrylic Paint (no washable paint, as soon as you water your flowers you will lose your design)

Glue

Terracotta Pots

Two part cardboard drink holder (got mine for free at a local fast food restaurant)

Pencil

Waxed Paper

Paint Brush

Mother’s Day Tag

Flowers

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First thing is to place some paint on your waxed paper and start painting.  I just used a round sponge brush to make a polka dot design on my pots.

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Set them aside to dry.  Next, measure the side of your cardboard drink holder to wrap it in pretty paper.

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Then use a straight edge to cut the paper to fit and wrap your box.  I used hot glue to hold down the paper.

Once that is compete put your pots inside the drink holders.

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Add your flowers.

Homemade Mother's Day Gift Simply Radiant Events

Add a cute Mother’s Day Tag…You now have your completed gift all ready for mom.

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This project is easy for anyone to make.  I hope you enjoy making it and your mom enjoys the flowers.

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A Great Day for a Bridal Show

The weather as in the high 70’s and the sun was shining down on the Simply Radiant Bridal Fair this Saturday at the Rose Garden Estate.  Some of Orange County’s premier wedding professionals gathered together to show off their services and beautiful booth displays.  The first 100 brides got a chance to have a swag bag full of goodies such as bridal magazine, discounts, wedding confetti and more.

One bride even left saying, “I have been to 5 other bridal shows and this is by far the best one I’ve been too!”

Thank you to all who attended, vended and sponsored this great event!

Here is a handful of the pictures from the show by Mariela Campbell Photography. Enjoy!

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Thank you to our vendors:

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Rose Garden Estate

Roxy’s Sweet

Bonny’s Bridal

Drac Music

In Your Favor

Mary Kay

Dipidii

My Flower Affair

Nature’s Beauty

Pauline Ann Calanoc Make-up Artist

Luxe Custom Appeal

Pacific Patisserie

Photo Booths on Wheels

Sweet!

Retrodolls

Patrick Ellison- Wedding Dance Specialist

Mariela Campbell Photography

Thank you to our sponsors:

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Hope you can join us this fall at our next show. If you would like any contact information on vendors or need help planning your wedding just let us know: hello@sreventplanning.com

Tell me what you think, what makes a bridal show a great bridal show?  We would love hear your thoughts.

As always from your Southern California event and wedding planner – Simply Radiant Events.

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DIY Peppermint Trays for Christmas

Here is a quick and fun project to add some Christmas cheer to any room or event, Peppermint candies melted and shaped to fit your creativity and needs.

All you have to do is purchase peppermint candies and melt them on wax paper on a cookie sheet in the oven.   Arrange them in any pattern and shape you choose.  Then bake them for 8 minutes at 330 degrees.  Let them cool for about 10 minutes then remove the wax paper.

Here is the before and after results.

Just placed in the oven

Simply Radiant Events Multi Colored Tray

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Simply Radiant Events Small Peppermint Tray

Cupcake Stand

Cupcake Stand

I added plastic wrap around my trays that way when I place the cookies on them they do not end up tasting like peppermint.

Once they cool and harden they are very fragile like glass.  They break very easily. Also note the longer you bake them the more they will melt and the thinner they become.

I’ll post photos of them in use at a Christmas party to show them in all their glory.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  Enjoy.

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DIY Mason Jar Candles

It has been a very long time since I have posted anything.  Hopefully, someone out there will love this idea project.  It is a great way to cut costs for outdoor parties or even weddings.  With the heat still staying strong in Southern California is seems at though outdoor parties are still a “hot” topic.  I found this idea from another blog here

The materials you will need are:

  • Soy wax flakes. These are commonly used in making scented candles and are sold in craft stores or Amazon. You can use other wax, but soy is affordable, typically has a longer burn time than other waxes and has some other beneficial qualities (all-natural, renewable, etc.).
  • Canning jars. You can purchased a dozen 8 ounce jars from Wal Mart for around $8.
  • Wicks and Tabs. You can find these on Amazon, eBay and at your craft stores. You’ll want your wicks to be a bit longer than your candle holder is tall.

The tools you will need are:

  • Scissors:For cutting the wicks to size
  • Double Boiler: For melting the wax. I don’t have an actual double boiler, so I just get a large pot, fill it about 1/3 to 1/2 of the way with water, and then nest a slightly smaller pot inside.
  • A Pouring Device: I just used a pyrex measuring cup. 
  • Protective Gloves: We’ll be using boiling water and hot wax, so you want to keep you hands safe.

Still want more insturctions.  Check out the link to the blog above.

Enjoy your new found candle making skills.