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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 favors

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Completely feeling this way lately.

As I plan both details for events this fall and weddings next fall, I am loving all the fun details that go with the season.

Today I am sharing some fun fall wedding favors (or party favors!)

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Keep your guests warm today and all season long!

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We all love a homemade treat :)

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The guys will love these.

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And the girls would love these.

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Happy Planning!

fall diy

Happy Monday everyone!

Today’s post is all about bringing fall into your home with easy DIY projects from some of our favorite bloggers.

With thanksgiving entertaining just one week away, let’s get inspired!

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 I just love this hydrangea wreath, it’s full and colorful yet not too busy!

Follow the easy steps here

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Everyone has a few empty frames lying around, what a great way to bring fall into your decor

Find the details here

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LOVE. I can’t wait to make this gold dipped feather garland!

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Glitter. Pumpkin. Candleholder. Love this project!

Happy Crafting!

fall menus

Are you planning a dinner party, choosing your wedding menu or simply loving this season?

Not only are these menus completely fall inspired and comforting, their presentations are oh so lovely!!

Enjoy

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Happy Planning!

 

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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

BBQ Season

Happy Monday everyone!

Last weekend finally felt like summer and I was so excited to host a bbq and enjoy the wonderful weather and a great meal with friends!

Today’s post shares a few entertaining tips and some delicious recipes for your next BBQ

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The Set Up

- Afternoon and early evening barbecues are the best, the temperature is nice, the sun is going down and you have lots of time to prepare before your guests arrive. Make sure to have bug spray on-hand!

- Stay casual, but ensure there is seating for everyone (even if it is a mix and match assortment of chairs, benches and picnic tables).

- Have a build your own bar or table (everyone can customize their plate and will enjoy having an interactive meal).

The Food

Everyone loves basics like burgers (beef or chicken) and hot dogs (cheddar smokies are great too!)

Don’t be afraid to ask everyone to bring something- this saves you cost and prep and sometimes a potluck is even more fun, you get to try new recipes1

A few favourites..

Rosted Dill Potato Wedges

Skewered Greek Meatballs

Greek Tortellini Salad

The Drinks

Always make sure to have non alcoholic options -in the summer heat we want to stay hydrated (and be able to get home!)

Set up a drink station, this is fun for your guests and serves as decor in the backyard (if possible, do this in the shade)

Lemonade Iced Tea- a classic flavor and so refreshing!

The Classic Mojito

14 Fruit Infused Water Recipes

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Happy Entertaining!

 

mother’s day brunch

As promised, today I am sharing my menu for Mother’s Day Brunch this weekend.

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 I like to have a coffee station for when guests arrive. A good cup of coffee gets everyone in a great mood and starts the morning off right.

My Favorite Simple Brunch Recipes

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Scones: recipe here

Brunch Eggs: I ALWAYS use this recipe (they are great on their own, on an english muffin and for a quick  breakfast on the go the next day)

My go-to roll ups: buy a frozen pastry sheet. Let it defrost in the refrigerator the night before. The morning of your event, unroll the dough, fill with ham & swiss (or your favourite combination of ingredients). Roll up & bake in the oven at 400degrees until golden brown.

Cinnamon Pancakes: http://www.sugarlaws.com/cinnamon-pancakes

Want to add a veggie? How about Parmesan Broccoli: courtesy of budget savvy diva

Want to get a little fancy? Black Tea Honey Muffins: I like this recipe

Add some yogourt, granola and a biscotti to a glass. So easy and delicious!

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A wedding planner has to incorporate wedding planning in everything.. planning a bridal brunch?

Here’s some inspiration!

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Happy Planning!

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!

products I love- the summer edition

It finally feels like Spring! Which means summer is just around the corner and I could not be more excited.

To me, summer means wedding season and amazing moments with  my clients, fun road trips with my guy and beach days with the girls!

As I get into the routine of healthier cooking, more regular exercise and feeling better overall, I am also restocking my favourite summer products.

I am often asked about which products I use so today’s post is all about sharing these great finds!

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Key West Aloe is my absolute favourite moisturizer! I love the light, fresh feeling and the subtle scent that brings me back to the Florida Keys! It’s the perfect everyday moisturizer and their collection is filled with great after sun products. Check out their website for shipping details.

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OPI Too Pink to Hold Em- the perfect bright summer polish for fingers and toes!

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This flip flop is my go-to for the every day running around. Comfortable, simple & cute (I have them in atleast 3 colors). You can find these at Spring or something similar at Aldo etc.

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I just love this color block maxi dress; It’s casual enough for running errands, but nice enough to be dressed up with a few accessories for a casual work day or dinner out with the girls. Best part? It’s affordable from Target!

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Maybelline’s Full N Soft is my favourite mascara for every day use. It’s waterproof, sweat-proof, does wonders for my lashes and lasts all day!