Thursday, January 10, 2013

Connor is special helper

Once a month Connor and Sean get to be special helpers at preschool. They LOVE it. They get to lead the class with the teachers and bring in a special snack and half gallon of milk to share with everyone. Connor is special helper tomorrow so we made fruit kebabs as his special snack. The kids lived helping.....well they loved eating but had fun anyway even if they weren't very productive.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Party Designers

So your're throwing a party and you sit down to figure out what to serve and your mind is blank. You could always go with your old stand bys, the ones that you serve every time you have guests.....or you could use Party Designers to help you create the perfect menu. I think this is such a neat idea. You fill out a questionare and Party Designers sends you a perfect menu based on your answers and they also include a shopping list and execution plan. Its such a great idea.

Check them out........

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Wedding Tree by melangerienyc


The wedding tree available on the melangerienyc site is a customized chart similar to a family tree that details the relationships of the bride and groom to all of their wedding guests. Great for cocktail hour and receptions, these charts fill guests in on who's a friend from childhood, a neighbor, a family member etc. They also serve as a lovely peices of wedding memorabilia. The colors are fully customizable and its available in a variety of formats including placemats!!

Check them out:

Monday, October 27, 2008

Congrats Christina and Keith!!!

Check out some footage from one of our recent weddings at Aldrich Mansion in Warwick,RI.
Videography is courtesy of Jason Harmon Weddings

Take a look........................

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Connecticut Legalizes Same Sex Marriages

Earlier this week, Connecticut followed in the path of Massachusetts and California by legalizing same sex marriages.
We're excited about this change and welcome the increase in business that it promises. I was recently quoted in Special Event Magazine's online newsletter "Eventline" regarding the topic. Check it out.......

Connecticut OK's Same-sex Weddings
Oct 14, 2008 7:25 PM

Photo by © Sandra O'Claire
Following decisions earlier this year by California and Massachusetts, Connecticut's Supreme Court ruled Friday that gays and lesbians have the right to marry in the state. The ruling goes into effect Oct. 28.

On Monday, the team at catering company A Thyme to Cook, based in North Stonington, Conn., was discussing the business the decision might bring.
The company already serves about four to five receptions celebrating same-sex unions each year, president Linda Sample tells Special Events, and she "definitely" expects an increased demand for such events. "We already have two on the books for '09," she says. She adds, "We are in the midst of establishing our marketing plan to target this audience." The company recently joined the Rainbow Wedding Network, an online source for gay-friendly wedding vendors.

Although she isn't certain how much new business she will see, Elissa Fallo, head of Perfect Productions of Farmington, Conn., expects "many more" same-sex ceremonies to come. "I think that the benefits of using a planner at a same-sex service will be the same as using them at any other wedding," she says. "Once couples are aware of our services, I think that they will start to utilize them more." To help boost awareness of her company, Fallo is considering putting an ad in an alternative lifestyle magazine.

Fallo expects the scope of same-sex events to grow now that they are officially "weddings." "Even though civil unions were accepted here, I don’t think that people were making a big deal out of them," she says. "Once you call it a 'wedding,' it’s a whole other ballgame."
Based on the same-sex wedding market in neighboring Massachusetts, which opened the door to same-sex unions of residents in 2004 and to visitors in July, Andrea Robinson, head of Ledyard, Conn.-based AMR Event Planning, expects a "significant" increase in that segment of her business. "I typically plan about 20 weddings per year, and I’m hoping to have somewhere between five and seven same-sex weddings this coming year," she says.

Robinson maintains that even more than traditional weddings, same-sex events require the services of an event professional. "First, same-sex weddings are nontraditional, and couples tend to apply that nontraditional thinking to all aspects of their celebration, which is an event planner’s dream," she says. "These out-of-the box ideas take a lot of planning and coordination to pull off, and that’s where the wedding planner comes in. Secondly, same-sex marriages take a degree of sensitivity that you wouldn’t necessarily need with a traditional wedding. There are usually a lot of different family issues to deal with, and couples don’t want to have to 'come out' to every single vendor they deal with."

Sample says her work with same-sex ceremonies is "such fun." "The couples, as well as their guests, have been so enjoyable, innovative, open to creative ideas, and great to work with," she notes. "We have done several wedding cakes with two brides or grooms on top and have also had some receptions that maintain all the traditions of toasts, first dance, cake-cutting, etc., but make little, if any, reference to it being a same-sex union. We tend to do more women couples than men--not sure why that is!"

Friday, August 8, 2008

Party Idea

I was recently invited to a Wine Judging Party. I think this is such a great idea.

Invite everyone over for Wine and Appetizers. Everyone is instructed to bring two bottles of their favorite wines. You can give everyone a price range so that people don't go overboard. Once everyone arrives one bottle goes away and the other is set out to be served.

The hostess hands out preprinted cards with numbers for each bottle of wine and a place to add in a comment and a grade. Bottles are graded from 1 to 5. 1 being a bottom shelf bottle that should be stored next to your reserve Popov Vodka and 5 being a special occasion bottle. The hostess pours each bottle at random without letting the guests know the name of the wine or who brought it. At the end the scores are tallied and the person who brought the wine with the highest score gets to take home their own private collection of all the wines (the second bottle that everyone brought)

For all my friends who read this blog be prepared for an invitation to my own personal Wine Judging Party soon!!!