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

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Happy Thursday everyone!

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Today’s post is all about throwing a super fun halloween party. Whether you are having a chic adult-only affair or a post trick or treat get together for the kids, this day is all about getting creative and having fun with the theme!

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When hosting parties with kids, I like to plan a lot of activities to keep them busy. This ensures they have fun and keeps them out of trouble :)

There are so many free printables online; bingo, word games etc. for every age!

Decorating sugar cookies is always fun too!

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End the night with a scary movie and treats in the fort! A great way to unwind after all the sugar.

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When hosting a group of adults, I like to play up the theme of the haunted house and make things a little more spooky.

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You can get creative with food for this party and make your decor focal activity points as well.

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Get creative, enjoy your company and have fun!

Happy Planning

fall

Fall is here!

The crisp air, the change in the color of the leaves and the nutmeg-cinnamon-pumpkin flavoured everything!

During my walk this evening I found myself dreaming of the sweet details that would be created for this season and next season’s fall weddings.. I felt giddy just thinking about the upcoming projects! (you know you love what you do when..)

Today I thought I would share a few of these details with all of you and inspire your fall decor!

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Gold rimmed plates, metallic paint, a simple name tag and a tiny pumpkin- perfection! I just love this look.

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The season is all about comforting foods, warm colors and natural pieces.

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Stay tuned- fall entertaining tips, wedding menus and DIY projects are coming soon!

Happy Planning

Outdoor Wedding Tips

Happy Sunday Everyone!

 All summer I have been trying my best to enjoy the sunshine and the outdoors as much as possible (which can be difficult during such a busy time). After the busy-ness of yesterday’s wedding day, I have decided to sit out on my balcony with an iced tea and some magazines to just relax and “turn off” for a moment.

As I flip through the pages of magazines I am SO inspired by backyard parties and outdoor events. I cannot tell you how excited I am for this month’s gorgeous tented wedding.

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So today I am sharing some tips to a successful outdoor wedding. They are amazing, but can be tricky logistically!

1. Have a back up plan. This has to be the most important thing in planning an outdoor affair. If the weather does not cooperate you need to have something in place to implement quickly.

2. Think about the position of the sun- yes it’s nice when you are at the beach but it may not be comfortable for guests to be sitting and eating in the direct heat (especially when you have a variety of aged guests).

3. Parking & Transportation. This is na important factor to consider for outdoor events which are usually in a secluded area, on a private property or in a unique setting. Having a designated parking area or shuttle service will make it much easier for your guests to arrive & depart.

4. Advise your guests. Depending on the location choice you may want to add some details or tips with your invitation or on your wedding website. Outfit choice, shoe choice etc. may be uncomfortable in your venue.

5. Don’t forget the extra costs! While tented wedding are beautiful, you have to consider the fact that you are starting from scratch. Everything from the tent itself to the floor, washrooms , decor and all rentals must be purchased and set up (this can add up quickly).

6. Plan your day accordingly. If you are going to be outdoors all day you want to have a very early or a later afternoon ceremony so your guests aren’t in the sun (or rain) all day. Late afternoon/early evening lighting is great for pictures too!

7. BUGSPRAY :)

8. Match your menu. Plan for summer-y food, maybe stations or a buffet. The outdoor atmosphere lends itself well to a more casual meal.

9. Hire a team of professionals. Working outdoors can get messy- you don’t want your friends, family and wedding party getting dirty and working instead of enjoying with you.

10. Don’t stress about the rain! Unfortunately, we really can’t control the weather. Keep an eye on the forecast and stick to your decisions, if it rains you’ll have cute umbrella photos, if it doesn’t, Bonus!

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Happy Planning

bridesmaids gifts

Having a great group of bridesmaids with you along the planning process is so important. Wedding planning can be overwhelming and sometimes your groom may not be so into it.. Having your friends to support you, listen to you or even just make you laugh can make it better!

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Finding the perfect gift for your girls can be tricky- choosing the right sizes, styles etc. can be challenging when each girl is so different.

Today, I am sharing some of my favorite bridesmaids gift ideas- personalized and sure to make every girl happy and feeling appreciated!

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I just love a great tote! These awesome West Elm bags come in a variety of colors with an option to have them monogrammed. Fill these with goodies for the perfect gift!

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Every girl needs a great luggage tag & travel size roll on perfume- available at Chapters, Indigo, Coles stores or online.

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Love these sweet accessories!

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Simple items like this notebook or your favorite nail polish make a great bag filler too.

Happy Celebrating!

baby girl shower

Last time we shared some inspiration for a baby boy shower and as promised, today is all about the girls!

Whether it’s a vintage tea party, a fun bbq or an upscale affair we think all mommies-to-be should have a shower personalized to them!

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Don’t be afraid to mix DIY items with rented items for a casual chic look!

For more information regarding planning social events, contact us at info@thecreativedetails.ca

We can’t wait to hear from you! Happy Planning!

Planning a Bridal Shower

As a Maid of Honor, you have a lot responsibilities. Having this role is such an honor and it is also a lot of work. You will be there every step of the way for your best friend and you will probably be very involved in all aspects of the wedding plans.

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Here are a few tips on planning the bridal shower in hopes of making this a fun event, not a task!

1. Set your budget. It is so easy to get carried away with details and pretty things, but remember, the person hosting the shower is usually the one paying for it, and you want to be happy at the end of the day, no resentful of how much this cost you.

2. Plan Ahead. Invitations need to go out 4-6 weeks before the event, especially if it is during the summer months- weekends book up quickly! Make lists and timelines for yourself so you aren’t scrambling at the last minute, this will make the planning simple and enjoyable! Side note.. if planning parties really isn’t your thing, hire someone to do it! There are planners who love doing these smaller events and your bride will be just as happy with the results :)

3.  Personalize it. As many of you know, I just love personalizing every event I do. The couple or guest of honor should feel like this was put together just for her/him/them. Get creative and incorporate small details that show this shower is all about her.

4. Pick a theme or color scheme. This is my tip for every event. It makes it so much easier to have a direction when thinking of activities and items you need. Having everything consistent makes the shower look especial too!

5. Remember proper etiquette. Don’t invite guests who haven’t been invited to the wedding, if it’s a large wedding. Do invite guests who haven’t been invited to the wedding if it’s a very small or destination wedding.

Do make sure you greet guests and introduce yourself at the beginning of the shower.

Do add information about the bride’s registry on the invitation- it is not proper etiquette for her to do it on the invitations to the wedding so this is a good time to let people know.

Don’t host your own shower.

Don’t expect the bride to pay for anything- this is up to the friends and family. On that note.. don’t be afraid to delegate, you are doing the planning so you can ask others in the bridal party to participate in crafts, help set up, purchase a few items  or bake/cook items to save on budget.

Bonus Tip: Don’t stress, enjoy the shower!

Happy Planning

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mix and match

As a wedding and event planner, I love watching trends come and go. It’s interested to see what people “go for” and what sticks season after season. A trend I really enjoyed last season and I am incorporating even more this year is mix and matching.

Not everything has to be a matching color.. it can be various shades of one color or within a color scheme. For this of you who aren’t too traditional, enjoy some variety and are planning a more casual event, here’s some inspiration!

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Whether it’s the attire, the chairs, the decor or the details, I just love the fun style that comes from mixing and matching! Don’t be afraid to get creative and try something new..

Happy Planning!

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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