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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!

Your Wedding Wednesday Question

Do I have to send the traditional photo card for my Save-the-Dates? Is it okay to do something different?

Answer:

Save-the-Dates can get as creative as you would like. They inform your guests ahead of time to plan to attend your wedding and they are important to send to those guests that are out of town. As long as you mention the date they can vary from magnets to balloons they blow up that reveal the date. Get as creative as you like!

Nov
25
2014
by Tanya Giraldo

Want a personalized wedding favor? Wedding and Party Network has the favor idea that will be one your guests will always remember.

Whether you have a book themed wedding or just love the idea, pencils are a great gift when they are personalized! Make them your wedding colors and personlize them with your names, wedding date and funny quotes! Make them as silly and original as you can. Your guests won't be able to wait to sharpen one up and use it at home or in the office. Every time they use one of your personalized pencils, they will remember your phenomenal weddding ceremony and reception!

Perfect for: Book Themed Weddings, Any Other Wedding Style

Check back with Wedding and Party Network for more favor ideas!

Nov
24
2014
by Elizabeth Cooper

Christmas party themes are full of holiday spirit. You see the classic Ugly Sweater parties with the spiked eggnog and the dirty santa gifts. But this year, how about something a little different? Wedding and Party Network has three great ideas to make your Christmas party one to remember.

Lights, Camera, Movie Themed Parties

Draw inspiration from a popular seasonal movie to create a holiday party theme.

The Nightmare Before Christmas, for example, can give your Christmas party a Halloween twist.  This Not-So-Scary-Christmas theme combines two very fun holidays into one wonderful event. Adding Santa hats to black cats and draping faux spiderwebs over red poinsettias is a great way to mingle the elements of each holiday into one fun-filled party.

Tip #1: You can twist black and white pipe cleaners to make Halloween themed candy canes.

Tip #2: For entertainment have the movie playing in the background the same way you would music.

With so many wonderful holiday movies there are endless party themes possibilities.

Party to the Holiday Tunes

Turn up the holiday music and start the party! Make a popular holiday song into the theme of your celebration. Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer, for example, lets you get really creative. All you have to do is listen!

Use the song lyrics as the inspiration for your event. Decorate with blue and silver candles, serve eggnog and play card games too, just like the song cheerfully belts out. Make sure to have the lyrics printed out in case some guests don’t know the song.

Tip #1: Draw sled tracks on paper and tape them around a chalked-in body outline.

Tip #2: Make it fun by dressing up. Pick someone to dress like grandma and another guest as a reindeer and watch them act out the song as it plays. Your guests will be laughing all night long and hoping to play grandma next year.

Choose your favorite holiday song and let your creativity go to work!

A Cozy Soup Soiree

Everyone loves a good potluck and soup is a great way to warm up your guests from the chilly temps. Melt the cold this season with a soup bar.

When deciding what soup to serve, your options are endless. Offer classic soups like homemade chicken noodle as well as some with a Christmas twist, like winter squash soup or a hearty stew. Invite guests to bring their favorite sides, or even a delicious dessert that will go well with hot cider and mulled wine.

Tip #1: Tell your guests that their ticket into the soup bar is Christmas sweater attire.

Tip #2: Decorate your soup bar with a wintry flower arrangement. Combine amaryllis with, evergreens and deep red cranberries in a frosted vase or red tin pail.

Christmas parties don’t always have to be the usual “singing carols and drinking eggnog.” Mix it up, and you’ll have the most interesting and original party around!

Want a great way to warm up from the wintry weather? Check out our Inpirational Friday with some great Summer Bridal Bouquet Ideas!

 Your summer bouquet can have a combination of pastels with colors that pop! Make sure to add your own personal touch. Include your beach theme by incorporating pretty seashells or add greens that will give your bouquet a modern look. Check back with Wedding and Party Network for more wedding inspiration!

Nov
19
2014
by Tanya Giraldo

Your Wedding Wednesday Question

Do I have to give each individual guest a wedding favor or can I combine one to couples?

Answer:

It's really up to what kind of favor you choose and how well you know your guests. Do keep it consistent and give one to all couples if that is what you choose to do. Make sure to place the gift in a way that makes sense to each. For example, at the place card table, make their place card Mr. and Mrs. Smith and put the card on top of their favor, so they know the gift is for both of them.

Nov
18
2014
by Ed Belly

No wedding or party is complete without top-notch food. But who has time to plan the wedding, organize the party and also prepare an amazing feast? Not to mention the time required to serve it to your guests. If you want the best food and service for your event, you're going to need a caterer.

And if you're in the Redmond, WA and surrounding areas, the best choice you can make is Catering By John!

Anything You Might Want

Chef John is a nationally recognized chef with a broad culinary background. You can rest assured that you are always receiving the best food available. To guarantee this, chef John buys fresh, locally grown produce to include in his signature dishes, and he pays close, personal attention to each client.

And with chef John, you'll never have wonder if you can find something to fit the spirit of your event. He can design anything from an elegant multi-course meal to a delicious country barbecue and all with the same unparalleled quality and flavor. You'll find that the menu selections are vast, so there's sure to be something for everyone!

Service You Can Depend On

This company prides itself on only servicing one client a day. It's important to the owners so they can be onsite for each and every event. They are committed to providing you and your customers with unequaled attention and service, and that means giving your wedding or party their personal, hands-on attention.

But service means more than just ladling food onto your guests' plates. You'll get impressive presentation including embellished silver and crystal trays, baskets and mirrors with fresh flowers and greens. And all necessary linen, serving pieces and dinnerware can be provided for you!

If you want the best food and service for your guests, there's no caterer better than Catering By John!

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Nov
14
2014
by Kelly Curtis
Nov
12
2014
by Tanya Giraldo

Your Wedding Wednesday Question

Is it okay to have an uneven number of bridesmaids and groomsmen?

Answer:

You don't have to go the traditional route (a.k.a. even number of wedding attendants) . It is entirely up to you. However, an even number does make it easy when choreographing the walking of the ceremony, but here is an easy tip: if you have five bridesmaids and four groomsmen, just have two of the bridesmaids walk with the last groomsman (lucky guy!) Don't hesitate to make every part of your wedding the way YOU want–traditional or not.

Nov
11
2014
by Tanya Giraldo

You want your wedding favors to be fun and unique. So why not personalize? Wedding and Party Network has the wedding favor idea you don't want to miss!

Taking something useful and putting a little personal touch can make a great favor to remember your special day. A drink koozie with a quote or cute saying and your wedding date turns this simple gift into a great momento of good times had. Make sure to add your monogram and names so that every time your guest uses their koozie, they can smile at the memories.

Perfect for: Summer Weddings, Outdoor Weddings, Any Other Wedding Style

Check back with Wedding and Party Network for more favor ideas!

When planning your wedding pictures with your photographer, you can give them as much direction as you want. You can let them roam freely and capture the moments as they happen or plan a few posed photos you can't live without. No matter what you decide, Wedding and Party Network has these great wedding portrait ideas to get you and your photographer brainstorming!

 Don't be afraid to show your quirky side! From funny pictures with the wedding party to a kiss with a fist bump, get as romantic or as creative as you'd like. These pictures should reflect you and your future spouse's love for each other, so don't hold back a little PDA. For more great ideas, visit the Wedding and Party Network Blog!

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