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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!

When planning a wedding the goal is for it to go as smooth as possible. One way to take away some stress is to have someone do your makeup. Candee Caldwell has over 20 years of experience in the makeup business and has helped many brides in the past. By helping you with your makeup, she’ll take away the stress that might come along with you having to do it yourself.

With her amount of experience she has learned a lot throughout the years. She listens to your input, and knows how to estimate the actual time to put on the makeup. With her calm demeanor, Candee will give you what you want and discuss what makeup works best for you to bring out your natural beauty.

Candee does makeup trials prior to the event so that you know what to expect and can make alterations. With a little help from Wedding Make Up by Candee Caldwell your true beauty can be captured and it last all night long.

Candee Caldwell is based out of Connecticut but is available for on location makeup in the whole tri-state area, including Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts. She is also available for tutorials.


by Tilda Helgesson

Your Wedding Wednesday Question

As friends or relatives of the bride and groom who live far away, can we throw the couple a wedding shower?


Of course you can throw a wedding shower! It is called a proxy shower. If the bride and groom cannot attend.  Do make sure to figure out a solution on how to send the gifts to the bride. One way to solve this problem is to have everyone come with their gifts unwrapped so that they can show what they got the bride. Then the host or hostess can provide wrapping paper and etc. to wrap the gifts to later pack them in a box and send as one big package. You usually call the bride or the couple at a proxy shower so that they can thank their friends and family for the gifts.

We hope this answered your question!

If you have more wedding questions, send them to:

Every Wednesday we will post answers to your biggest wedding questions.

by Kelly Curtis

There are a variety of color combinations to choose from for your wedding. However, one that is making a stand out amongst brides is dusty blue. This gorgeous color pairs well with creams, whites and light pinks. However, this color should be the main focal point. Include it within your wedding bouquet, reception centerpieces, wedding dress, as well as your groom. How will you incorporate this color into your wedding? Let us know at

by Kelly Curtis

You've all seen Washi Tape. If you haven't, you're missing out of this latest trend. If you don't know what it is, it's basically printed tape. Did you know there are lots of ways to include this in your next party? Here are a few ideas:

  • Party Glasses – If you're using disposable cups, you can decorate the cups with this tape to make them unique. Another great idea is using the tape as name tags on your glasses.
  • Flags – Use washi tape to create adorable flags. Easy to make and can be displayed on straws or within centerpieces.
  • Napkin Rings – Take your napkin, wrap it around silverware and then tape it closed. This is a really fun detail to add.
  • Vases – Same thing goes here as it does for the cups. If you want to add a little flair to your vases, simply add this tape.

Washi tape comes in a variety of colors. It's so easy to just pick which designs go with your party best and incorporate them into it. What are your plans to do with it? Share them with us at

by Hannah Jackson

Boys are known for their energy. So, planning a boy’s birthday party should be no less of a thrill. Here is a top five list of ideas to get you started!

1. Construction:

  • Replace serving bowls with toy Tonka dump trucks and fill the backs of them with your snack food.
  • Yellow hard hats can also double as decorations and party hats.
  • Signs such as, “Construction Zone Ahead!” and “Dig in!” will enhance the atmosphere and maybe even get a laugh or two from the excited party goers.
  • For this theme, serve snacks like gummy worms, rock candy, or pretzels to imitate things outside that boys love.

2. The Cat in the Hat:

This theme is really becoming popular. You can do a lot with all of the quirky sayings and goofy characters in the Dr. Seuss books.

  • If your boys are well-versed in their Dr. Seuss characters, a game of Guess That Book would be a fun way to test their knowledge of Dr. Seuss quotes.

3. Safari:

My little boy is in love with all things safari animals. From the unique way they look, to each one’s distinct expression of sound, boys are mesmerized by them.

  • I would choose three to five different animal types and use them as inspiration. It would be easy to go overboard on the variety of animals presented.
  • Give each guest the option of dressing in the color of their favorite safari animal.
  • Fun activities would include: pinning the body part on the various animals, guessing the animal sound, and a safari station where they could pack a small bag with essentials like binoculars or sunglasses.

4. Army Camo:

For the hunter, a little boy who may have a parent who serves our country, or if your little guy just loves soldiers and all things battle related, this theme is perfect.

  • Green and brown cupcakes, a cake topped with little toy army men, various candy and snack bowls that can be renamed with things like "Cannon Balls" and "Cookie Grenades" are just a few suggestions for your food presentation.
  • You can find camo inspired craft paper and hang up homemade banners around the party room for a super easy decoration.
  • Tear up green and black butcher paper into various shapes and sizes and place them on the walls of the party area and hang green netting on the ceiling to create a camouflage effect.

5. Camp Out:

For the outdoor lover, creating a camping experience for his birthday is a fun way to recreate a scene that he enjoys.

  • If your party is during the day, have a scavenger hunt to search for different plants and wildlife.
  • At night, break out the s'mores buffet table with add-ons such as; different types of chocolate, pretzels, and nuts.
  • If you make cupcakes, make chocolate ones with orange and white icing that resembles a campfire.
  • Have your birthday boy help you search for large pinecones and small sticks to display your party food signs on.

When the time comes to plan a special party for a special guy in your life, these ideas are lots of fun and easy to pull together!

by Tilda Helgesson

You can get married in more than a church now days. We at Wedding and Party Network are here to widen your scope of wedding venues with some inspirational picture.

For example you can get married out under the blue sky, and not only during the summer time. Imagine an outdoor wedding in the fall with all the colors changing, simply beautiful. Then of course there’s gazebos, chapels, barns, greenhouse inspired venues, and more.

Check back for more inspiration and ideas from Wedding and Party Network.

by Murray Watts

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by Tilda Helgesson

Your Wedding Wednesday Question

Is there a right way to display the guest book for the guest to sign at the wedding reception?


First of all, it is not “required” to have a guest book, but it is a nice keepsake to remember all the guests that attended your special day. You can have someone in the wedding party, a close friend, or family member stand by the guest book to remind each guest to sign. Do remember to show your appreciation to this person in some way, maybe by giving them a corsage or boutonniere. The most common way is to have a table at the entrance or at the end of the receiving line at the reception with the guest book. Another option is to have the guest book at a small table at the entrance to the ceremony.  This might depend on if you have guests only attending the ceremony, but not the reception or vice versa.

We hope this answered your question!
If you have more wedding questions, send them to:
Every Wednesday we will post answers to your biggest wedding questions.

by Kelly Curtis

Who doesn't love brunch and of course, you're ready to plan your grand wedding. So, why not combine those two together? It's totally unique and just as fun. Serving a variety of pastries and all things breakfast sounds delicious. You could even include a mimosa bar, as well as a crepe bar into your wedding. The only thing that really changes is the time and food. If you have your wedding earlier in the day, you could possibly have a wedding that lasts all day and into the night. Think about the fun activities you could plan.

On one of your friend's biggest days, you need to be prepared as ever. It's not your day, so you shouldn't be running last minute errands for yourself. It's very important to pack everything you need, which is why we created this bridesmaid wedding day packing list.

  • Your Dress (Of Course!) – Tip: Use a garment bag.
  • Shoes – Tip: Break them in beforehand since you'll be standing quite a bit that day.
  • Undergarments – Tip: Make sure to try these on with your dress before the wedding.
  • Comfortable outfit & button up top to get ready in.
  • Makeup
  • Band aids, Shout wipes, Sewing kit
  • Bobby Pins
  • Tissues
  • Jewelery
  • Cell phone charger
  • Camera

This is just a basic list. Of course, think of what you may need atleast a week before the big day. It's better to over pack than under.

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