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Interested in planning a wedding? Curious about party planning? Do special events intrigue you? Then The Celebration Advisor is the place for you! We are a community of people who enjoy sharing the ins and outs of planning a celebration. Party planners will find topics ranging from party themes to party ideas. Wedding planners will discover wedding tips including handy checklists, learn about wedding traditions and find the answers to issues of etiquette. In this party and wedding blog, we invite you to share your experiences while exploring the celebrations of others. Welcome, let's celebrate!

by Hannah Jackson

If you'll be the one in the kitchen this year during the Super Bowl, here are some easy yet super delicious appetizers to make for the big game, along with a few ideas on how to display your food in a unique way.

  • Bacon Wrapped Potatoes: Cut small, gold potatoes in half, wrap each with half a piece of bacon, and roast. These are so easy and will have your house smelling extra yummy.
  • Mini Ranch Burgers: Their name says it all, and the ranch will give these burgers a nice zest.
  • Pita Chips and Hummus: Simple, healthy, and a good break from the traditional chips and salsa.
  • Homemade Chicken Nuggets: These are not your kids' beloved chicken nuggets–although they are a very healthy alternative! Coat your chicken with crunched up pita chips and Parmesan for an unexpected flavor boost and great texture.
  • Nacho Bar :  This will give everyone plenty of options to build their own nachos. You can do a variety of chips to match whatever dips you choose to prepare. If possible, the dips could match team colors!
  • Build-Your-Own Sandwiches: Meats, cheeses, condiments, and mini sub rolls make this appetizer a filling one. Everyone will love being able to customize their own delicious creation.
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries: If you're needing a sweet option, dip strawberries in milk chocolate, then use white chocolate or white icing to draw stitching on them like a football.

Fun Super Bowl Party Food Display Ideas

Football Field Table Cloth: Aside from the actually football game, it's all about the food table. Transform it into a football field with green felt and white ribbons for the 10-yard lines.

Chalkboard: Set up an over-sized chalkboard behind your food table with the words, "Ready, Set, Eat!" written on it. Or have someone who actually knows a thing or two about football draw a game play on the chalkboard. This is a super easy back drop that can even be interactive as your guests come up with their own football puns to write on there throughout the party.

Watermelon Helmet: This one requires some explaining and a skillful hand. By hollowing out a watermelon you can make it into the shape of a football helmet, fill it with fresh fruit, and watch everyone be amazed at your creativity.

Team Colors: If there is unanimously one team that you will all be rooting for, customize your food table to reflect the team's colors. You can do this with the actual food and also by setting out pom poms, jerseys, flags, or other gear you and your friends may have.

Throw a delicious Super Bowl party this year with delicious, yet simple appetizers. Your guests will be blow away by your set up as well.

by Laken Watts

Quite possibly the most crucial item in your wedding: the dress. Brides may think it’s more important than the food, the flowers, and some would even venture to say, the vows. You’ve dreamed about this day since you were dressing up in your mother’s wedding dress. Meaning, it’s important as ever to find the perfect one for you.

This year, gowns have taken elegance to a new level and Wedding and Party Network is bringing the latest trends to you.

Designers are taking their dresses back to a more simple way for 2015 with simple, romantic designs that graced the runways at Bridal Week. Off the shoulder, flowing, lace and even pale blue are a few things you can see brides in this year.

Get ready to bare those shoulders, brides. Off the shoulder dresses are increasing in popularity. And we can’t blame you girls, these dresses softly whisper romance to anyone who sees them. Beautiful lace and chiffon are accompanied on these off the shoulder beauties, which will help elongate your neckline.

Who says you have to wear white? For our funky brides, colored dresses are so in. The ever popular champagne has had some competition with “something blue.” These gorgeous pale hues of blue are a fresh take on an old tradition. We’ve even seen pale lilac and red.

Fit for a princess. Princess Kate’s style is still carrying over on the runway with dainty sleeves that are fit for a queen. These embellished sleeves add elegance to any wedding and will have guests in awe.

Dress like royalty. Designers are bringing the feel of royalty to their dresses with lace appliqués and beading.

A hint of illusion. Something new we are seeing this year is the idea of illusion sleeves. Forget those frumpy long sleeves dresses of the past; sheer fabrics sewn with chic lace add style to any modest bride.

Whether you’re searching for sophistication and grace or wild and non-traditional, 2015 is the year for you! With such diversity in this year’s trends, you will find the dress to make your day perfect.

by Kelly Curtis

Your Wedding Wednesday Question

I've just been asked to be in a wedding. How can I hint or talk with the bride about the strict budget I am on?


Be up front with her. It's better for her to know now than later after she has picked out a dress. It would be inconsiderate for you to know this from the beginning but not talk with her. If you are important enough to be in her wedding, she should understand that you're on a budget. You can either turn it down or tell her that you don't have much in your budget to spend on a dress or shoes. This gives her the option of finding another bridesmaid or a more budget friendly bridesmaid's dress.

by Kelly Curtis

Have you seen what Maroon 5 did for their newest music video "Sugar"? In the music video, it shows the band crashing weddings. What do you think? How would you react and most importantly, what band would you want to crash your wedding?

Are you planning on hosting any outdoor parties this year? Everyone loves them, but there are problems that arise. One example is bugs! Not only are they a nuisance when they're biting you, they're also swarming around the food. Have you ever thought of placing your food in cookie jars, mason jars or any time of decorative container with a lid? Having a lid ensures the bugs stay off the food and you also have a fun way to display your food.

by Elizabeth Cooper

This year, Valentine's Day falls on a Saturday. This means, you and your sweetie will be rested after you sleep in, and then you’ll have the whole day ahead of you. Here are some ideas for filling that time with new memories of love.

Get Your Chef On

Valentine’s Day is the night of crowded restaurants, full of couples vying for privacy. Instead of braving the masses, stay at home with a nice meal that you made together! Pick out a recipe that suits you both, shop for the ingredients together and spend a chunk of your Valentine’s Day in the kitchen with some wine and music that you both like.

Tip: Take turns doing the not-so-fun jobs (like washing dishes and cleaning kitchen messes) so both of you get a shot at the actual cooking.

No one is left out for long periods of time, you get to take advantage of an all-day V-Day, and you end up with delicious food (or even mediocre food, but it’s definitely made with love.) Win-win.

Time Travel

What brought you together? What was your first date? If you’ve been together (or at least have known each other for) a good while, you’ve probably got some set activities that you like to share. Perhaps you both love video games, movie theater outings, or a certain restaurant or club. If your first date was dinner at a certain place, go there for dinner on Valentine’s Day. A certain movie? Rent or stream it. Recreate your first date and make some new memories from it.

Tip #1: One new memory could be a Valentine’s Day gift, like a piece of jewelry or a rose, tucked into the dessert at the restaurant.

Sending Flowers: Still A Classic

Don’t let the idea of a Saturday holiday stop you from sending flowers. In fact, take advantage of a week of Valentine’s Day by having an arrangement delivered the Monday BEFORE! The flowers will sit on your sweetie’s desk and remind them that you love them all week long. Your florist is happy to deliver early and help make your love the envy of the office – or if the flowers go to their house, the neighbors.

Tip: Don’t forget to place your order well in advance!

Valentine’s Day is special, and it only comes around on the weekend but rarely. Take advantage of it!

by Kelly Curtis

Thinking of a color combination for your wedding? Black and white are classic colors to use for any wedding. This week's Inspirational Friday will show you just how you can incorporate these colors into your wedding.

The color combination of black and white just makes a statement. It can add glamour to any wedding and you can incorporate the colors throughout. You can have white be the main focal color and then add little details of black throughout. For example, have all white flowers in your wedding bouquet and arrangemenst and accent it with black ribbon. Or, you do the opposite and have black as your main foal point. It's up to you. Whatever you choose, it will be great.

Your Wedding Wednesday Question

I've been so far behind with my thank you notes, more like a year behind, but I would still like to acknowledge my gifts. What should I do?


After a year, your guests may be surprised that they got a thank you care at all. However, they will still be just as appreciative of it. Apologize for the delay in having these sent out and keep your message short. Guests will still enjoy the fact that they received a card from you.

by Kelly Curtis

Want to know what the latest trends are within weddings and parties? Every week Wedding and Party Network will post trends that you just have to see. This week, we're focusing on wedding venue trends.

Castle Ladyhawke

Who says you have to be married in a church? Brides are taking their weddings to the next level by choosing an unexpected wedding venue. For example, bride and grooms are marrying in castles, museums, sporting venues or even caves. You will have some stand out wedding photographs for sure.

by Kelly Curtis

Need an idea on how much to tip your wedding vendors? Wedding and Party Network has a break down on how much you should tip each one.

  • Wedding Hair Stylist & Makeup – This is an expected tip around 15 – 25% tip is standard.
  • Wedding Photographer & Videographer – This tip isn't expected, but if you do decide to tip it can range anywhere from $50 – $200.
  • Wedding DJ or Band – Again, this is optional but actually preferred that you tip them. It can be around $20 per musician if you have a band and $100 for a DJ.
  • Wedding Reception Staff – An expected tip around 15 – 20% of the food and drink fee.

Hopefully this tip guide helped. If you have any more questions on who else should be tipped, email us at

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