the cocktail party host

Cocktail parties have to be one of our favorite types of events!

Your guests have the flexibility of showing up when it fits in their schedule, stay for as long as they would like, enjoy a few treats and mingle with an intimate group!

the creative details hosted it’s first wedding industry networking event on Thursday night and despite the storm and cancellations, we would like to think it was a success!

Our plan was to get a small group of (amazing/enjoyable/ talented) vendors together as a thank you for a great wedding season and a cheers to being industry friends!

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Here are a few tips for planning your first cocktail hour!

1. Don’t worry about the number of guests. A cocktail hour should have a casual feel with people coming and going as they please. Whether there is a group of 5 or a group of 50 in the room, it will be a great time!

2. Know your group. We were inviting all industry-related guests so we made sure our event was not on Friday/Saturday/Sunday when they would be working. A Thursday evening seemed like the perfect timing for the group to get together and have a glass of champagne before the busy weekend!

3. Pick a theme or color scheme for your event (ours was Kate Spade inspired). This helps guide you through the planning process to ultimately create a pretty, coordinated evening.

4. Keep it simple and work with people you trust. We had hors d’oeuvres, mini sandwiches, snacks and sweet cookies! That’s it. Not need to go over the top, no one is anticipating dinner, just a little something.

5. Enjoy yourself. Hosting a networking event is like hosting a dinner party or an event in your home. You want to be calm, enjoy your guests and not run around worrying about things being done (planning ahead and keeping it simple helps so much with this!)

Thank you to the all the vendors who helped us make this event and a special thank you to the wonderful team at Balzac’s Coffee Roasters for being such a pleasure to work with and an a wonderful, unique venue for our networking event!

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Happy Planning

I Said Yes! Now what?

You’ve probably been dreaming of this day since you were a little girl. The magical day your love is down on one knee and asks you to spend forever with him.

Just a few weeks ago, my sister got to experience the utter bliss of this life-changing moment. It all started with a date at the young age of 15 that transitioned into seven more great years together! If that isn’t a cute love story then I don’t what is.

We all know the planning/dreaming/thinking begins the very next day. But, where to start!?

For those recently engaged, here are some items to start thinking about:

- Length of Engagement (do you want ample time for planning and decisions, or do you know what you want and feel ready to do it)

- Wedding date (season, month, date. Keep in mind those long weekends and holidays).

- Size of wedding (and budget!)

- Location: Local or Destination, possible venues, themes & styles

- Hiring a good wedding planner/day of coordinator (having someone to take care of all those details ensures you will get to enjoy this special moment with friends and family!)

Congratulations on those recently engaged. However it may be, get inspired and enjoy the process!

- Mel

Meet Mel.

Good morning everyone!

I am so excited to introduce all of you to newest member of the TCD team. Mel will be creating and writing blog posts, design boards, spicing up our social media pages and assisting with our events!

Meet Mel.

Melisa

My name is Melissa and I am a 20-year-old student at Wilfrid Laurier University. I am an Economics major with a minor in Business.
 I have always been very interested in event planning and I have often taken the lead in planning events with family and friends. It is something I am very passionate about and it is definitely a career I would love to pursue. I stumbled across The Creative Details website and was immediately interested in getting in contact with Catherine.
Lucky enough I was given the opportunity to be an intern for the company. I am excited for the experience and to be featured on the blog.
 

Stay tuned! More from Melissa coming soon!