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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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 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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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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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

 

Look at that detail on the back of the dress!!!

White Hand Painted Bracelet $11.97

 

Blue Cupid Sandals $ 24.99

Treasurez Boutique is a health and wellness boutique that has a belief that yoga is a form of detox, but strengthens the mind and creates wellness. Treasurez Boutique is eclectic, elite & fashionable curating beautiful collections that are both versatile and wearable for the modern day fashion maven.

To shop the boutique make sure to visit us at http://www.treasurezboutique.com.  Find them on Facebook and Instagram!

 

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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 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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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 Questions to Ask a Potential Caterer

Aside from your wedding venue, the catering bill will probably be the next largest budget item. Catering costs are usually presented as “per-person” (pp) charges. Make sure to ask if the per person charge includes tax, service charge, gratuities, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and setup. Bring your calculator to crunch the numbers; if needed.

Top 10 questions to ask caterers simply radiant events

 

1.  What is the largest party you have ever catered?

2.   What is your favorite cost cutting tip?

Mariela Campbell Photography

Mariela Campbell Photography

3.   Given my budget, guest count and event style, what food choices would you recommend?

4.   What is your most popular wedding entrée?

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Mariela Campbell Photography

5.  What is the price difference between a buffet and a sit-down meal?

TIP: Don’t automatically assume that a buffet is going to be the less expensive option

6.   Do you do food tastings?  If yes, is there an extra charge?

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Mariela Campbell Photography

7.  What types of linens, glassware, plates and flatware do you provide?

8. Can you provide references?

Mariela Campbell Photography

Mariela Campbell Photography

9.  Can I see an example contract?

10.  Do you have my date available?

If you are interested in a full list of questions please feel free to contact us.

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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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Simply Radiant Events is an Southern California based premier full service special event planning company and boutique events public  relations firm. We are one of a kind with
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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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.

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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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Simply Radiant Events is an Southern California based premier full service special event planning company and boutique events public  relations firm. We are one of a kind with
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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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

 

Ribbon Cutting

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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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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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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