Girls’ Night In

Time for Another Media Monday

This time we got to be a guest blogger for Double the Fun Parties.

Double the Fun Parties April 2013 Simply Radiant Events

This event was something that helped bring back some childhood memories.  When I was a child my mom and dad would let me invite one or two friends to stay over on Friday nights.  We would go to the grocery store stock up on candy, popcorn and a movie.  This party is to reflect that type of girl’s night in.

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There are two apothecary jars, one is filled with popcorn and the other is filled with gum balls.  I used cute flower shaped cupcake holders from Michaels to serve the popcorn into.

Some of the snacks included pretzels, fruit, jelly beans and chocolate chip cookies.  Then to top off all the snacks, I made marshmallows on a stick decorated in pink and yellow rounds to tie the theme together.

Pink lemonade can be poured into the colorful cups.  In order to know which drink is yours I took clothes pins and covered them with colorful washi tape and provided a pink marker to write your name on the tape.  The clothes pin then can be clipped to the paper straw labeling your drink.

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The table is dressed with a sunflower colored pintuck table cloth from Signature Party Rentals.  To enhance the table I added a coordinating flag banner.  The table with then sprinkled with tissue paper confetti by the Cloud Parade.

Paper lunch bags were filled with goodies and closed with the glitter clothes pin and topped with a package of the tissue paper confetti.

I hope you enjoy the photos and it helps to spark some new creative party ideas.

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How to Throw a Great Co-Ed Baby Shower

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Did you see Simply Radiant Events’ article on The Stir?  If you  missed it here it is again.

How to Throw a Great Co-Ed Baby Shower

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(Image and article from TheStir.com) By Marissa Brown

While throwing fathers-to-be their own “man showers” is a growing trend, so are showers that honor an expectant couple together by inviting their closest female and male friends. “To throw a great co-ed baby showers, you have to get rid of the kitsch,” Lauren Haselberger, food and beverage manager at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Illinois says. “The silly, frou-frou, run-of-the-mill games, like ‘guess the number of pacifiers in the jar’ or baby gift bingo aren’t gonna fly as well in a mixed crowd. Whatever you would do for a regular social gathering with friends is what you’ll want to do at a co-ed baby shower.”

Here, your guide to throwing the ultimate shower both sexes will enjoy.

The Invitations:

  1. Keep the guest list balanced by inviting the guys who are closest to both the mom- and dad-to-be. Future grandfathers, uncles, and college buddies alike! And when you address the invites to couples, include names of both wife and husband.
  2. From the get-go, you want to set a tone that speaks to all your invitees, so gender-neutral colors and themes is best. A photo of the happy expectant couple is a nice touch. (Both TinyPrints.com or SimplytoImpress.com have couples’ baby shower sections.)
  3. Watching the wording of the invitations can be helpful, too. Instead of a “shower,” you could call it a “celebration.” Refer to both parents as your guests of honor.
  4. To prevent the event from erring too pink, frilly, or feminine in tone, consider a general party theme, like a luau, BBQ, or sports teams the parents-to-be root for.

The Food:

“‘Baby’-sized finger foods, such as little quiches, mini-cupcakes, or tiny cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, may be old standbys at traditional baby showers, but for a co-ed crowd, it’s best to get away from that,” says Haselberger. A few recommendations …

  1. Chicken wings: Not just loved and devoured by guests on Super Bowl Sunday!
  2. Pizza: A similar party staple beloved by the majority of guests at any party.
  3. Chips and dip: No fail hit for any party. Crowd-pleasing alternatives: Pita chips and hummus, crudite and dip, guacamole, etc.
  4. Alcohol, but specifically … beer: This is the key to pleasing the guys, as those who’ve jumped on the co-ed shower bandwagon can attest.
  5. Mocktails: For the mom-to-be and any other expectant moms in attendance.
  6. Taco bar: A taco bar — or if you’re doing a catered event, maybe even a taco truck — sets up a natural opportunity for mixing and mingling, notes Courtney Lutkus, event planner and owner of Simply Radiant Events in Southern California. It also allows guests to customize their meal.

The Entertainment:

“Traditional baby games may have men running for the door and other games simply won’t work,” explains Lutkus. “However, games both men and women enjoy can be a great icebreaker.” Still, giving guests the ability to opt in or out of games may work best for a co-ed group, as there will be those who are more interested in sticking with talking and mingling. If you do decide to play games, a few ideas:

  1. Guess the Beer in the Baby Bottle: Buy baby bottles and fill them with six different beers. Post a list with the names of the possibilities, and ask guests to guess which is which.
  2. Diaper decorating contest: Everyone can show off their artistic side — or sense of humor — by drawing with Sharpies on diapers for the newborn. Parents-to-be will love to look back on the messages and pictures.
  3. Diaper raffle: Who doesn’t want to win a raffle? “Ask everyone to bring a bag of diapers, and if they do, they get a raffle ticket to win a prize,” recommends Lutkus. You’ll want to pick a prize that’s suited both for men and women, of course, like an iTunes or restaurant gift card.

The Favors:

Baby bottles filled with jelly beans might not be your best bet in this case. A few other options:

  1. Candy or cookies: Think personalized candy bars. One popular option: Hershey bars with the “HE” colored blue, if the couple is expecting a boy, or “SHE” colored in pink, if the couple is expecting a girl. Brownies or customized cookies are always winners, too.
  2. More beer and wine: Those who have successfully thrown co-ed baby showers say favors like 40s of specialty beer and bottles of wine were a hit with guests.
  3. Seeds: Lutkus recommends a packet of seeds for everyone to take home and plant once the baby is born, as it serves as a constant reminder of the new little addition to the world.

 The Stir May 2014 Simply Radiant Events

 What do you think would make a co-ed baby shower a hit?

 

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Simply Top 10 DIY Wedding Ideas

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With the invention of Pinterest and the Internet DIY is everywhere!  I have seen so many brides interested in  saving money and want that extra special homemade touch to their wedding.  I am all for saving money and doing things yourself.  However, please just note that is very easy to come up with a bunch of ideas and projects for your wedding and run out of time.  Just be mindful of what you choose to make for your wedding that you will have enough time to complete the project.  If you start running out of time make sure to ask your wedding planner to lend a helping hand to alleviate some of the stress.

Some of these ideas don’t even need to necessary be for weddings, some can be used for other events as well.

Here are  the Simply Top 10 DIY wedding Ideas that I personally have seen in the weddings that I helped plan and coordinate.

1. DIY Wedding Programs

This bride used some craft paper and printed everything on her computer then sewed them up with her sewing machine.  Very simple and very cute.

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2. DIY Wedding Favors

This bride took wine glasses then painted the base with chalkboard paint. Inside the classes were come custom matches and a piece of chalk to write your name on your wine glass.

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3. DIY Thank you Cards

This couple took this picture on their wedding day then inserted the photo into cards…BAM instant thank you cards!

Source: Bridal Guide

Source: Bridal Guide

 

4. DIY Guest Book

This couple used their engagement photos and turned it into a photo book.  They left every other page blank so their guests could sign their marriage wishes for the couple.

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5. DIY Light Up Initials

Theses letters were bought at a local craft store.  Then they drilled wholes into the letters and placed in some lights.  Very fun way to add some light and décor for an outdoor reception.

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6.  DIY Chalkboard Signs

This bride is a teacher so she incorporated chalkboard signs all throughout their wedding.

 

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7. DIY  Escort Cards

This couple loved their dog and had little touches of their Golden Retriever throughout their reception.  Even their escort cards were dog bones they printed out at home and tacked on a tack board.

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8.  DIY Photo Booth

This couple purchased some props, a backdrop and some disposable cameras.  Guests were able to use the cameras at the photo booth and throughout the reception to take photos.  Any leftover cameras they took with them on their honeymoon.

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9.  Front Entrance Décor

Initials, some greenery and some floral wire can go a long way.  Check out this adorable sign!

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10. Bird Card for Cards

Simply decorated bird cage with some ribbon, birds and last initial.

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There you have it Simply Radiant Events Simply Top 10 DIY wedding Ideas!  Those are some cute wedding DIY projects that won’t break the bank or have you panicking for more time.

Do you have any other ideas??

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Simply Top 10 Things To Do Before Your Next Birthday

10 Ten Things Before your next birthday

With my big 3-0 birthday on the horizon.  I thought it would be nice to post the top 10 things to do before your next birthday.

Here is the list that I have created:

1.  Travel somewhere you’ve never been before

2.  Go on a girls trip

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3.  Go on a weekend trip with your spouse

4.  Get a facial or treat yourself to a massage

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5.  Grow something you can eat

6.  Have a personal yoga session (channel your inner goddess and relax)

Yoga with Shamika

Yoga with Shamika

7.  Choose one space in your house and completely reorganize or redecorate it

8.  Visit a state or national park

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9.  Host a dinner party

10.  Have a picnic in the mountains, beach or park

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Which one makes the top of your list?  Would you add any others?

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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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Woman Making A Difference Award

Each year Senator Lou Correa picks out a handful of women in Orange County that have made positive and impactful changes within their community.  This year I was lucky enough to be one of those women.  I am happy to announce that  I am a Woman Making a Difference 2014!

Along with being honored, I had the pleasure of being asked to help plan that evening’s event.  It was exciting enough to be recognized, but to be asked to help plan the event.  Wow! Never saw either of those coming.

Council Woman Diana Carey nominated me for this amazing honor and I am greatly humbled that she would choose to even nominate me, yet alone actually win the award.

She choose to nominate me based on  my work as the Secretary of Kiwanis of Westminster and my help with planning their annual events which include, The Taste of Westminster, pancake breakfasts and more.

I was lucky enough to have both my parents attend along with my boyfriend by my side that evening to support me.

Here are a few pictures from that evening.

Women Making a Difference Award 2014 Courtney Lutkus

Myself with Senator Lou Correa

 

Kiwanis Members and Major Margie Rice

Kiwanis Members and Mayor Margie Rice

 

Woman Making a Difference Award

 

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Casey’s Cupcakes Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Huntington Beach

I had the great honor of being apart of Casey’s Cupcakes ribbon cutting ceremony at their new location at the Bella Terra in Huntington Beach.

Casey’s Cupcakes is a confection boutique offering fresh cookies, classic candies & fluffy gourmet cupcakes in a glamorous Parisian café with a Hollywood twist.

Casey is as equally sweet as her cupcakes.  Enjoy the photos!

Casey and Courtney

Casey and Courtney

 

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Ribbon Cutting

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Casey's Cupcakes autograph

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To learn more about Casey’s Cupcakes and find a location near you visit her website at http://www.caseyscupcake.com/ or follower her on Facebook.

Casey’s Cupcakes are available at  5 locations in: Laguna Beach, Fashion Island Newport Beach, Irvine Spectrum Center & Woodbury Town Center in Irvine, the Bella Terra in Huntington Beach and The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside.

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10 Ten Reasons To Hire The Best Event and Wedding Planner in Orange County

Before we get into the 10 ten reasons.  Did you know that we don’t only plan events and weddings, we provide wrap around services including public relations?  We are the only event planning company in Southern California to provide such service.

Now for the top 10 reasons why you should hire Simply Radiant Events.  Learn why we are the best event and wedding planners  and events public relations firm in Los Angeles and Orange County.

 10.       We pay for Ourselves!

With our knowledge of budget cutting, vendor referral discounts, and unlimited advice you can’t go wrong with us.  We also have some of the most competitive wedding and event planning prices in Los Angeles and Orange County.  Also, we have extensive background  in working with non-profits.  Therefore, we know the value of a dollar and how to keep you on budget.  Check out all our media partners that you business can be featured on!

9.         You can RELAX and ENJOY your Event

The day is about you, why should you be worrying about details and carrying around a checklist the day of your wedding or any event for that matter.  Who’s going to queue the music? Who’s going to hand out the flowers? Who’s gong to make sure all the vendors show up and are set up on time? And so much more…  Simply Radiant Events, that’s who.  Leave that up to us and relax and enjoy the day!

8.         Out-of-the-box Thinking

If you are looking for something unique and are unsure what your guests may think of your  ideas or need new ways to promote your event,come to us.  We LOVE to shake things up, there are no rules except the ones you write.  It is your event, it is your day and it is your vision.  We are here to help to make your vision become a reality.   We create the setting for your memories after all!

7.         Custom Service Just for You

We design packages that are made specific to our clients and are custom for you.  Check out our wedding planning services to review our services and see how we can build the best possible wedding planning package just for you. Also, check out our other event planning services and our public relations services to promote your business as well.

6.         Personalization

It is all about you!  We make sure to sit down and get to know your style, personality and expectations. What are your favorite colors,  your favorite food, what are your hobbies, where do you like to travel tpp? All of these questions  and more give us a chance to get to know you and personalize your wedding or event.  If planning a promotional event, what is your target market, what type of event do you want to plan?

5.         DIY

Want to make some projects by hand?  That is fine with us too, Simply Radiant Events can help.  We love Do-It-Yourself projects and putting a twist on current trends. Bring us an idea and we help will make it happen!

4.         We go the Extra Mile

Simply Radiant Events provides unlimited advise, helpful planning documents and is on call for your needs.   We want you to know we are here for you.  We are here to help and guide you and make this the best and most memorable experience.

3.         10 years of Experience

We have been in the wedding industry, event industry and in PR for over 10 years in difference capacities.  We pride ourselves on our diverse background in event planning and PR and the desire to be the best event and wedding planners in Southern California.  As part of our high standards that we continue our education in many different fields, which also helps us keep with the current trends.

2.         Customer Service

If you are not satisfied, neither are we.  Our clients are our #1 priority at all times!

AND THE NUMBER ONE REASON why Simply Radiant Events is the best event and wedding planners in Orange County and Los Angeles.

1.         You make a Friend for Life

At the end of all of this, we have been through a lot together.  You are not just another event or a number to us.  We get to know you, your family and friends on such a personal level, it is hard to walk away from a relationship such as the one we built.  Simply Radiant Events tends to stick with you for friend’s weddings, anniversary parties, a baby showers and more… We are here for you, from now until as long as you will have us.

There you have it.  Top 10 reasons why you should hire Simply Radiant Events and learn why we are the best event and wedding planners and Public Relations Firm in Los Angeles and Orange County.

1.         You make a Friend for Life

2.         Customer Service

3.         10 years of Experience

4.         We go the Extra Mile

5.         DIY

6.         Personalization

7.         Custom Service Just for You

8.         Out-of-the-box Thinking

9.         You RELAX and ENJOY your event

10.       We pay for Ourselves!

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{Winner Announced} Southern California Event and Photography Giveaway

 

untitledCongratulations to Tracy B. for winning the giveaway!

This is your prize Tracy to be claimed:

Simply Radiant Events:  $500 off Event Planning Services, Event Budget Tracker, Guest List Management, Seating Chart Worksheet and Tipping Guidelines

I’m A Mrs:  A Premium Package Name Change Kit

The most recent Ceremony Magazine (County of your Choice)

AND…..

An E-Photography Session from Mariela Campbell Photography

Congratulations again.  I am very excited to be planning your wedding!!

For those who did not win, no problem.  You can still get your free hour consultation on how Simply Radiant Events can “Create the Setting for your Memories.”

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Southern California Event and Photography Giveaway

This is the last week to enter!!!

Event Planning-Photography Giveaway

We have 0ver $1500 in prizes to giveaway!  Make sure to enter below and come back daily for more entries.

This is what we are giving away:

Simply Radiant Events:  $500 off Event Planning Services, Event Budget Tracker, Guest List Management, Seating Chart Worksheet and Tipping Guidelines

I’m A Mrs:  A Premium Package Name Change Kit

The most recent Ceremony Magazine (County of your Choice)

AND…..

An E-Photography Session from Mariela Campbell Photography

Event Planning-Photography Giveaway

ENTER HERE!!!!!!

The winner will be announced via Facebook on March 17th! So stay tuned!!!!

The giveaway starts March 1st at 12:00 AM and will end on March 16th at 12:00AM PST.

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