Labor Day Party Planning

End of Summer BBQ and Movie Night 

Photo Credit: Prairehive.com

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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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 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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{Winner Announced} Southern California Event and Photography Giveaway

 

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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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Quick and Easy DIY Halloween

Hi All,

I just wanted to share my “Halloween Costume” with you all.  My Spider bun.

I got the idea from Simple as That blog.

Happy Halloween

Items Needed:

– Hair in Bun

-Handful of Pipe cleaners

– Googly Eyes

– Piece of Felt

– Bobby Pin

– Pompom

-Glue

– Scissors

Photo from Simply As That

Photo from Simply As That

All I did was glue googly eyes to a large pompom.  I then glued the pompom to round piece of felt with a bobby pin.

Photo from Simply As That

Photo from Simply As That

Here is the finished product….

Happy Halloween Simply Radiant Events

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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.

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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.

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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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Spring Theme Retirement Party

Here is another great post from your Southern California Event and Wedding Planner  – Simply Radiant Events.

This December I got a chance to work on a retirement party for a lovely lady.  Here is a peak at a few of the photos.

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Event Program

Event Program

Let Simply Radiant Events help you create the setting for your memories.  Find us at http://www.sreventplanning.com.

What do you think of the spring theme in the middle of winter?

Happy Planning,

Courtney

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$100 Giveaway (Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery)

This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and Martha Stewart Home Office™ with Avery™ and I received an entry for posting this blog.

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Since I recently redid my office at work and I purchased some of the Martha Strewart Collection it functional and pretty things to help keep my life organized!
Here is some photos from Honey We’re Home where she created an entire wrapping station.
The Stack + Fit also has a companion pocket that you can hang on the wall to keep important documents and papers off of your table tops and counters.
Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery has super cute Paper Gift Tags in stocking, mitten, and rectangle shapes and matching wrapping paper. You can write right on them and they won’t smudge. The holiday line is available in-store at Staples.
 If you need to get control of your holidays this year too, you can find the Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery line exclusively at Staples (available online and in-store).  
Here is another photo from Honey We’re Home.
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Pumpkin Toilet Paper Rolls

Here is a cute project for kids that works as a table centerpiece for Thanksgiving.

It is a cute no sew project.  I know everyone loves those.

 

Supplies:

Sissors

Fabric

Brown Foam

Silk or Plastic leaves

Roll of Toilet Paper

All you have to do is get a full toliet paper roll.  Find some festive fabric wrap it around the roll and stuff it in both ends.  Then get a piece of brown foam and cut them into strips and roll them to fit in the center of the roll to make the stem.  Then add a leaf and there you have it toilet paper roll pumpkins.

What do you think?  Good projects for the kids?