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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!

Apr
18
2015
by Hannah Jackson

If you’re beginning the research for your special girl’s birthday party, here is a helpful shortlist of five themes to choose from that can take your celebration to an extra special level of girly sweetness.

Tea Party: If you’re somebody who loves entertaining, this is a good one to throw at your house. Not only will you save money on a venue, but your birthday girl can have an intimate place to celebrate with her friends.

Center this theme around pastel colors and the basics of any tea party: tea pots and tea cups, finger sandwiches, and yummy desserts. Set out foods such as grapes, crust-less pb&j sandwiches, cupcakes, and don’t forget the tea. Have the girls dress up and wear little crowns and feel like royalty at tea time.

Vintage Girl Superhero: It’s pretty awesome when a little girl wants to be a superhero for her birthday. What makes this party vintage is channeling the classic superhero look—think comic book style with lots of pink and blue accents. Your superheroes can even wear matching pink tutus under their capes if they want. It’s pretty simple to make your own tutu with tulle and ribbons so that each girl can wear them at the party and take them home as your party favors.

Pajama Party: Girls can either wear their own, or you can have matching sets for the kids to change into once they arrive. For the party area, create a ‘sleeping area’ complete with either one big pallet or multiple small ones laid around the room. Use paper lanterns, cute pillows, or stuffed animals to dress up the sleeping area. Making this party a brunch would be perfect so you could serve mini donuts, fruit, cinnamon rolls, or muffins as easy treats.

Country Fair: Wildflower arrangements, homemade pies and cakes, fair games are all great options for a fair themed party. There are so many cute and fun ideas to make kids feel as though they have spent the afternoon at the fair. Farm animals can also make an appearance at this old-fashioned party if you have friends who have access to a few that the kids can pet and feed.

Garden Party: With spring in the air, this is the perfect time to take advantage of all of the options at your local garden center. Buy terracotta planters, soil, and whatever flowers or seeds for the kids to plant together. Provide everyone with little hats and tools and fill the backyard with a long table as a work station with planting options laid out for them to choose from. Let the kids be creative tuning their gardening skills. Break for cake and ice cream and allow time for the kids to show off their work to each other.

Whatever theme you choose to go with, your little one will love it no matter what. Don't forget to send us your party photos at social@weddingandpartynetwork.com.

Apr
17
2015
by Kelly Curtis

Need inspiration for your wedding boutonnieres? This week's Inspirational Friday focuses on just that. We are loving the latest trends and know you will find the perfect one for your wedding.

These styles are all so great. We love the variety of colors and styles chosen. They all match what the groom is wearing perfectly as well. There are a variety of styles to choose from. Rustic, elegant, contemporary or vintage are all types of styles you can go with. Go with what you're wanting but don't forget to ask for the groom's input. They'll be wearing it. Also, don't forget to talk with your florist, they'll have many wonderful ideas that you might not have thought of.

Apr
16
2015
by Kelly Curtis

Finding a florist who understands your vision is your top priority when searching for a wedding florist. If you're in the Saskatoon, SK area, Quin& Kim's Grower Direct can't wait to celebrate this special day with you. Their creative and talented team will always go above and beyond to make your dream a reality.

Working with You Every Step of the Way

No matter what the size of your wedding, your budget or what you're wanting, they work with you in every aspect. Have a vision in mind but not sure on the flowers? They assist you in every way when selecting the them. They'll sit down and discuss what's in season, as well as which ones will fit within your wedding theme. Over the years they have literally done hundreds of weddings, all of them unique in their own way and they can't wait to make yours unique.

From your wedding bouquet to your reception flowers, they are ready to bring your dreams to life.

Not Just Weddings

Not only do the design for weddings, they also design for special events as well. They have provided flowers for several prominent events in the city, most recently the grand opening of the VIP Scotia Bank Theaters in Saskatoon Sk. If you have a party or special event coming up, they'd be more than happy to design your flowers. No matter the theme, size or style you're looking for, they'll achieve it.

With 25 years of experience, Quinn & Kim's Grower Direct is your first choice for a wedding florist. They look forward to working with you in every way.

Your Wedding Wednesday Question

My husband and I had a small wedding ceremony 6 months ago with no reception. Would it be tacky if we hosted a one year anniversary party for those who felt left out?

Answer:

That sounds like a fun idea. You can easily host a brunch, reception or a small get together. Keep it simple but don't skimp out on the details of what would have been at your wedding reception.

Apr
14
2015
by Kelly Curtis

Farm to table is a huge trend that we're seeing among weddings and events lately. Not only are you getting the freshest vegetables and fruits, but you're also helping out your local vendors. Your wedding will also have a bit of a personalization to it as your food came from where you live. This means, giving your guests a little taste of where you're from.

Need help sticking to your wedding budget? This week's wedding tip gives you a few ideas on cutting costs but still having your dream wedding.

  1. Keep it realistic: A venue can be a big chunk of your budget, so think about gardens, beaches, parks of even your own backyard. Even get creative with your venue by having it at your college campus or where your proposal took place.
  2. Guest List - Keep the guest list simple. Don't invite every single person you know. Instead, invite the people you are closest with. The fewer guests you have at your wedding means fewer expenses on invitations, seating, food and postage.
  3. Wedding Decor - Your wedding doesn't have to have elaborate decorations. You can easily keep it simple by using items you, friends or family members already have within your home. You can also shop at thrift stores for unique vases, candles and unique antique pieces.

There are other numerous ways you can easily cut costs. Also, don't forget to talk with your vendors. They may have budget friendly packages or know of ways to cut costs as well.

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Apr
13
2015
by Kelly Curtis

When deciding what type of flowers you will include in your wedding, it can start to get overwhelming. That is why we came up with this helpful guide. Here is a wedding flower guide to help you discover whether the most popular flowers for weddings are available when you want them.

Year Round - These flowers are easy to acquire no matter the season, but check with your florist first.

  • Rose
  • Calla Lily
  • Gerbera Daisy
  • Baby's Breath

Fall - It may seem like colors are beginning to fade, but in reality, there is an abundance of blooms that are ready for you during the autumn season.

  • Dahlia
  • Kale
  • Sunflower
  • Sedum

Winter – A wonderland of blooms is easy to acquire even in the season of cold. In addition to flowers, check out some of these pretty flowering branches and filler berries.

  • Holly
  • Aster
  • Anemone
  • Snowberries

Spring - Now, this is the season where you’d expect to be able to get any brightly-colored flower. While the selection is hardly limited, always check with your florist just in case your favorite bloom isn’t available.

  • Peony
  • Sweet Pea
  • Iris
  • Lilac

Summer - Summer weddings are incredibly popular, and the trendiest, most colorful flowers are available to add even more warmth to your big day.

  • Peony
  • Sunflower
  • Dahlia
  • Kale

We hope this wedding flower guide helps. Remember, research ahead of time and decide the theme of your wedding so you can get things started immediately with your florist.



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Apr
10
2015
by Kelly Curtis

The big night is coming. It’s the peak of your high school life, and it should be perfect. If you have your dress, you’re ready to pick your flowers. Your florist is ready to take a look at your colors and create a corsage and boutonniere just for you! Here are the top trends in corsages and boutonnieres (don’t forget the boys!):

Classic Style

Popular prom flowers are much the same varieties as wedding flowers, as prom is usually a romantic night spent dressed to the nines. Roses and orchids have topped the prom flower list for a very long time and don’t seem to be going anywhere. Pair them with classic fillers, like baby’s breath, for a time-honored look.

Mix It Up with Succulents

Dare to be different! Succulents are funky and fun, and highly varied in style. It’s easy to pair succulents with either flowers or other succulents. Combine them with pearls and jewels for a modernly elegant look or vintage lace for rustic charm. The best part is that succulents require very little care, so you can keep your corsage and boutonniere for a long time after the prom.

Add a Little Bling

One of the best ways to stand out is to sparkle as much as possible! Your florist has incredible varieties of bling to choose from. Beaded and rhinestone cuffs can be combined with jewels, lights, pearls and glitter to create a custom corsage that will show up brightly under the prom night lights.

Alternative to the Wrist Corage

Seeing wrist corsages all over the dance floor and in every magazine photo…and not really feeling it? Ask your florist about floral jewelry and hairpieces. There’s lots of inspiration out there for floral necklaces, rings, belts, headbands, hair picks, and even flowers for your handbag. Flowers can be incorporated into just about any sort of wearable.

Matching

Consider going with your date to pick out flowers. On one hand, it’s a joy to be surprised by your date’s pick. But on the other, it’s also really fun if you perfectly match! Bring fabric swatches or photos of your outfits (taken in natural lighting for the best color match) and be the most coordinated couple on the floor.

It’s your special night. Whatever you want, you should have. Your choice in flowers will reflect the person you’ve become over your years in school, and your florist is ready to create your vision! Try to give plenty of prior notice – remember, your classmates are heading to the florist shop, too. Make your prom night the most memorable night of high school life!

Apr
09
2015
by Elizabeth Cooper

When deciding what type of flowers you will include in your wedding, it can start to get overwhelming. That is why we came up with this helpful guide. Here is a wedding flower guide to help you discover whether the most popular flowers for weddings are available when you want them.

Year-Round

These flowers are easy to acquire no matter the season, but check with your florist first. Since some blossoms have to be grown specially at certain times, it can be more expensive to acquire them.

  • Rose (standard, spray and garden)
  • Calla Lily (standard and miniature)
  • Lily
  • Tulip
  • Hydrangea
  • Orchid
  • Gerbera Daisy
  • Gardenia
  • Baby’s Breath
  • Carnation (standard and miniature)
  • Freesia
  • Stephanotis
  • Delphinium
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Succulent

Fall

It may seem like colors are beginning to fade, but in reality, there is an abundance of blooms that are ready for you during the autumn season.

  • Dahlia
  • Montbretia
  • Pumpkin Tree
  • Sedum
  • Kale
  • Sunflower

Winter

A wonderland of blooms is easy to acquire even in the season of cold. In addition to flowers, check out some of these pretty flowering branches and filler berries.

  • Ranunculus
  • Snowberries
  • Holly
  • Pussy Willow
  • Aster
  • Leucadendron
  • Anemone

Spring

Now, this is the season where you’d expect to be able to get any brightly-colored flower. While the selection is hardly limited, always check with your florist just in case your favorite bloom isn’t available. However, the most popular wedding flowers are still around!

  • Ranunculus
  • Peony
  • Sweet Pea
  • Lisianthus
  • Waxflower
  • Iris
  • Viburnum
  • Lilac
  • Anemone
  • Hyacinth
  • Calycina

Summer

Summer weddings are incredibly popular, and the trendiest, most colorful flowers are available to add even more warmth to your big day.

  • Peony
  • Sunflower
  • Iris
  • Sedum
  • Dahlia
  • Ranunculus
  • Lisianthus
  • Kale

We hope this wedding flower guide helps. Remember, research ahead of time and decide the theme of your wedding so you can get things started immediately with your florist.

 

Apr
08
2015
by Laken Watts

It’s off to the races! While you may not be traveling to Churchill Downs, you can bring that Kentucky Derby flare to your home! We’ve got your number one tips on how to throw: The Perfect Kentucky Derby Backyard Watch Party.

First things first: HATS. The most iconic item, maybe even more popular than the horses themselves, are the hats that women wear to the Derby. So what do we suggest since not everyone has extravagant, elegantly floppy hat? Make your own! Tell your guests to bring their garden hats. Have gorgeous flowers fresh from the garden or your local farmers market set out, and let your watch party assemble their own.

This is an inexpensive way to bring the Derby feel to your party, and let your guests have some extra fun. Wondering what to wear? Encourage your guests to find their inner Southerner. Sear sucker shorts for the men and light, spring dresses for women can bring the Derby feel without being uncomfortable in frumpy attire.

Next: Food. For your relaxed party, go with finger foods that are easy to make and filling to your guests. Southern delicacies such as fried green tomatoes, chicken salad mini sandwiches, fried pickles, and tasty crab cakes are great appetizers to serve.

Finish the night off with delicious Derby Pie. You can try to duplicate, but we suggest going with the real deal here. The Derby Pie has been enjoyed by Derby goers for fifty years now, and the recipe is top secret. If you can’t find the pie at your grocery store, head on over to derbypie.com to order and have it shipped to you.

Must have: Drinks. It’s not Derby until a Mint Julep is there! Juleps, along with Stella Artois, official beer sponsor of the Churchill Downs, are your must have drinks. Don't forget to make a virgin Mint Julep for the kids!

Money Makers: Place your bets. This is what it all comes down to. And just because you’re not there, doesn’t mean you can’t get in on the action! Mention to your guests before the party that they can place their bets online at twinspires.com, official partner of the Kentucky Derby. They even have a mobile site, so guests can increase bets from their Smartphone at the party!

Lastly: extra fun. Have horseshoes, corn hole and bocce ball, which are all fun activities for guests to participate in while you’re waiting for the race to start.

Be prepared for The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports with these simple tips!

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