5 benefits to hiring an event planner

Good morning everyone,

Welcome back to creative entertaining. Last weekend I were part of the planning for a 13th birthday party and our client was so happy she featured us on a lifestyle post in her business blog. Today I am sharing part of that post and telling you about my 5 benefits to hiring an event planner!

1. You’ll get more for your dollar– Planners often have connections to vendors and wholesalers. They can negotiate with these contacts and get you the best deals.

2. They are creative! Planners have done this before and will have creative ways of putting things together to make your event look awesome without breaking the budget!

3. Someone is there to help you set up and tear down. Hosting a party can be a long day and having someone on site to help you – or do the setting up for you – can be a huge stress reliever!

4. Planners can help you develop your theme and stay focused. There are so many options these days! Having someone help you stay on track and coordinate the different aspects of the event can be very helpful.

5. Your time is valuable- this is their job. Hire someone who is priced reasonably and you will enjoy giving your input and then letting the professionals get things done so you can work on everything else going on in your life.

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Stay tuned for delicious muffin recipes tomorrow! and wedding planning tips later this week.

wishing you all a wonderful day!

super bowl party inspiration: flatbread pizza

Happy Friday!

The weekend begins today and I only have one more post after this for Superbowl inspiration.

Today I am sharing the tastiest item on my Superbowl party menu and tomorrow it’s all about the details!

The modern take on traditional party food- Flatbread pizzas are bite size, so delicious and easy to make- definitely a crowd pleaser

Buffalo Chicken

Chicken & Black Bean

BBQ Chicken

Mexican Hamburger Flatbread

Pesto, Mozzarella & Sun-dried Tomato

My favourite? Artichoke dip as the base, chicken, bacon, chopped spinach and goat cheese YUM!

You add pretty much any topping and it will be a great appetizer or meal.

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wishing you all a wonderful day!

super bowl party inspiration: party dips!

Day 2 of our super bowl party week!

Some of my favourite appetizers are party dips! I love having a delicious dip for pita bread, crackers, chips or veggies!

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I’ve put together a collection of party dip recipes to inspire your super bowl party menu- I’ve got to warn you they are addictive!

Tuscan White Bean Dip

Goat Cheese and Artichoke Dip

Clean Eating Guacamole

Like a little more spice?

Spicy Shrimp Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip

7 Layer Mexican Dip

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Entertaining tip: prepare small bowls and avoid having your guests lean over each other to get their snack, avoid double dipping and create portion control!

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These are all so yummy and easy! Make them the night before and reheat them before serving.

wishing you all a wonderful day!

superbowl parties: entertaining tips

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope you all had a great weekend.

The super bowl is next weekend so i’ve dedicated this week’s blog posts to super bowl parties! It seems to be a very busy weekend for parties and entertaining so I thought it would be the perfect time to share easy recipes, decorating ideas and entertaining tips.

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Today’s post: my top 3 entertaining tips for a party with boys

1. Make sure you have enough drinks for everyone! You want to have a lot of ice on hand and ensure you keep those drinks cold for your guests (if you are serving alcohol please make sure everyone has a safe way home!)

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I love the use of frozen water filled balloons to keep drinks cold. Add these to a beer bucket to make them more man-friendly.

2.  Arrange to have a variety of finger foods instead of one meal. Super Bowl parties are all about snacks and appetizers! I’ll be sharing some super simple, super delicious recipes later this week so you can serve great food without being stuck in the kitchen all day/night!

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3. Have enough seats. This is really important if you’re having a group over. This party is all about a televised event so your guests will want to sit down and be comfortable. Play around with your furniture and don’t be afraid of rentals! Most companies have decent prices, quite a few options and they deliver.

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For more entertaining tips be sure to check out red envelope’s entertaining tips for 2014

Stay tuned for more super bowl party fun this week!

wishing you all a wonderful day!

wedding wednesday: cake toppers

Hi everyone!

Remember these traditional cake toppers?

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These are long gone and couples are going for more creative ways to top their cakes.

Today is a Wedding Wednesday post and I am sharing with you a trend that I love right now.

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Although many couples are choosing cake alternatives such as pie bars, candy bars, cupcakes, macaroon towers etc. Cakes are still trending and these unique toppers are so much fun.

Whether it be theme related, monogrammed or florals, these modern, personal touches to the traditional dessert make them that much yummier!

thanks for stopping by, wishing you all a wonderful day!

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weekend happenings

Happy Monday Everyone!

Today’s post is all about this weekend’s happenings..

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I got to spend some quality time with friends and family over lunch and downtown shopping!

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Then I met for coffee with an awesome florist to talk about the industry and she provided me with these beautiful arrangements for a photo shoot I was doing Sunday.

Here are some sneak peeks of the shoot staged with The Millionaire’s Daughter

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I promised you guys some yummy dinner recipes this week so here’s the first!

We had White Chicken Lasagna last night and it was so good! I love this dinner with a salad-and it freezes well, perfect for nights when you don’t want to cook or don’t have time to!

This week we’ll talk about DIY home organization, more dinner recipes and some wedding trends for 2014.

wishing you all a wonderful day!

color trend: radiant orchid

Good morning everyone!

This weekend was filled with brides, sparkles and colors. My weekend inspired this post- Pantone’s color of the year (2014) is Radiant Orchid is slowly starting to show up and it’s exciting. I was kind of surprised by this color choice, but I like it. It’s bright, comes in many pretty shades and goes well with other colors and neutrals (which I love!).

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To brighten up your Monday, here’s a little color inspiration!

In your home

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In your closet

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For events & weddings

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Pretty right?

Gourmet sandwiches and products I love: kitchen edition still coming up this week!

wishing you all a wonderful day

winter weddings

I’m sure most of you are dreaming of a destination wedding on this cold winter day but I have to say, one of the weddings I did last winter at a ski resort was one of my favourites!

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Winter weddings are great because they can be very glamorous or casual, cozy and filled with natural textures. Today’s post is all about winter wedding inspiration, enjoy!

Stationary

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Florals

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Details

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The opportunity for gorgeous photos!

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Would you consider a winter wedding?

wishing you all a wonderful day!