entertaining tips: mothers day brunch

Last year I hosted Mother’s Day brunch and it was so much fun! My parents are in the States so having my boyfriend’s family and grandparent’s over was so nice! (I’ve always loved a yummy meal surrounded by friends and family)

When playing host, I like to create a little bit of a color scheme. I have such so much fun picking napkins, flowers and accessories. It makes everyone feel special and entertaining is something I truly enjoy.

Here are a few tips to make “playing host” enjoyable!

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1. Prepare as much as you can the night before. There’s nothing worse then being flustered by having too much to do the morning of your event or while your guests are there. By having a few things done prior to your guest’s arrival- you will have more time to socialize and enjoy!

2. Have a plan. Think about what you want to make and create a list of what you will need – again get these items before the day of the event.

3. Make multiple simple dishes or have one fancy meal, don’t do both! For brunch, I like to have options! Simple options.

4. Have enough seating for everyone. There is nothing worse then having guests standing around or sharing a seat- especially for a seated meal. Create an open space for everyone to gather and socialize but ensure the table(s) is large enough for everyone to be together.

5. Have a little something for your guest (s) of honor to go home with. I had 2 centrepiece last year and had my boyfriend’s mom and grand mother leave with one. They were so excited and it really shows that extra thought.

Bonus tip: if you have the time, get crafty and creative- everyone loves personal touches!

Stay tuned for this year’s Mother’s Day Brunch Menu

Happy Planning

the home office

Working from home can be very tricky for some people. It is so easy to get distracted or stay in your pjs all day. Unfortunately, that probably won’t lead to a very productive day.. so here are a few tips for those enjoying the perks and struggles of their home office!

1.  Don’t stay in your pyjamas. Remember, you are at work.  Take a shower, get dressed and work in your office space. Not your dining room table or your couch, your office- this will help you stay focused.

2. Start your day with a to-do list ( and a coffee :) ) having priorities and tasks you need completed will get you started.

3. Have a separate phone line for business- you don’t want to end up on personal calls, your personal facebook, social media, or texting friends.  This will not only keep you focused during the day but it will also help you disconnect at night – when it is personal time.

4. Make that space your own and make it comfortable. Buy a nice chair and desk, frame pictures, quotes, and stay organized. Make that space inspiring, energizing, an office you want to work in.

5. If you find yourself doing laundry, vacuuming or distracted by other house chores, try a coffee shop! Sometimes a little break outside of the house can do you some good.

As for your office decor- here’s some inspiration

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Get creative- remember the DIY Home Organization post? Use some of these ideas in your office. It will create a personalized, pleasant atmosphere and may inspire all kinds of new ideas.

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You are going to be spending a lot of time in this room so make sure you like it. And stay organized!

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Happy Monday!

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Happy Friday!

 Whether you are taking some time to yourself this weekend or out and about getting things done, enjoy it!

December is the most popular month for engagements- 60% of engagements happen over the holiday season (crazy right??). Valentine’s Day was a popular time as well.

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Being in the events industry, January & February are very busy months connecting with new clients and following up with those whose wedding dates are fast approaching. I love working smaller events; intimate weddings, baby showers, engagement parties, milestone birthdays, cocktail parties etc. I have a passion for working closely with every client to create a memorable celebration.

For those who are recently engaged or planning a special celebration, here are my top 5 reasons why you should hire an event planner:

1. We go through a step by step process to ensure your event is entertaining for you guests and all the details are taken care of.

2. We work for you to make sure things happen on time, on budget and within the theme. We are up to date on trends and we’re usually overflowing with ideas.

3. We keep you on track and organized. Planning can get overwhelming- it’s not for everyone so sometimes it’s best to leave it up to those in the industry. We have tips, tricks and connections to give you a different perspective on issues.

4. If and when a problem arises, an event planner can most often take care of it without the guests or host being aware.

5. Most of the time we already know the vendors. People are more likely to remember an event where things went wrong (ex: the dj didn’t show up, caterer was horrible) and that’s not the type of memories you want your guests to walk away with!

You want to enjoy this special time with friends and family and we make sure that happens : )

Looking for more information regarding wedding & event planning?

We’d love to hear from you! info@thecreativedetails.ca

weekend happenings

 Happy Monday everybody!

Do you ever have those weekends that feel just a little longer then usual? The ones where you get to do so many fun things?

Last weekend was one of those for me. Busy? Yes. But awesome? Also yes.

Friday night I ran some errands, watched a movie with my love and prepared these cupcakes for a charity event today.

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Saturday morning was spent at Williams Coffee Shop working away and meeting with potential clients. I just love meeting new couples and hearing their stories.

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Next was a lunch date and some office supply shopping! More photos coming soon.

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Sunday was so much fun! A big breakfast and the gold metal game was the perfect way to start the day. I think all of Canada was unavailable between 7am-10am. Way to go boys!

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The weather was perfect for a mini road trip to Toronto. The Wedding Room show was happening at The Arcadian and everything was gorgeous! I was so excited to chat with some familiar faces and meet more of Toronto’s amazing vendors.

Stay tuned! More photos from the The Wedding Room show will be posted tomorrow!

DIY home organization

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I am sharing some of my favourite DIY home organization projects. When it’s this cold out, craft time and a hot chocolate sounds like the perfect Sunday

What I love about these projects is that most of them can be done with items you already have at home!

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Using an old frame or window shutter to hang jewellery is an awesome idea! I love the look of having everything displayed so it can easily be found yet be organized and look nice.

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Does anyone else have a scarf obsession? I have SO many and this DIY project is perfect to keep them all in one spot. Using shower curtain hooks and zip ties- this super functional piece is easy to make and fits right in the closet!

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When it comes to crafts Martha Stewart knows best! Check out this post about how to create this awesome etched glass jars to stay organized in the kitchen.

Stay tuned for my weekend happenings post on Monday. I’ll be attending The Wedding Room Show this weekend and will surely have tons of pretty to share!

wishing you all a wonderful day!

my valentine’s day menu

Good morning everyone

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! Already!

Whether you plan to go out, or stay in, dress up, or get cozy in your pajamas, it’s really just about making time for yourselves as a couple, as friends or as a family and enjoying each other’s company.

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 There are tons of restaurants with Valentine’s Day menus or you can create your own…

Here’s Mine :)

Cabbage Slaw with Goat Cheese

Crab Cakes with Lemon Aioli

Mediterranean Pasta

For dessert? Super easy, super delicious Toffee Brownies

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welcome!

Good morning everyone and welcome to the creative details blog!

I have been a lifestyle blogger for almost a year now and I have decided to make a few changes and incorporate blogging into the social aspect of the creative details.

The business focuses on planning personalized celebrations so it only makes sense to share ideas and connect with all of you here.

I plan to make this blog a one stop read for all things wedding planning, celebration inspiration and bridal lifestyle!

I want to feature amazing vendors, provide expert tips and inspire all of you to create, entertain, and enjoy this new chapter of your life!

Please please please feel free to send me questions or tell me what topics you would like featured!

info@thecreativedetails.ca

I’ll be starting this adventure with my 5 benefits to hiring a wedding planner, my Valentine’s date night menu and floral trends for 2014.. stay tuned!

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