So your son is turning 5 in July and thanks to Pinterest you need to be the most creative mom or dad and blow everyone out of the water right? Dessert tables, crazy fun games, food that looks like their favorite Star Wars character or Disney princess, new cars as favors, the whole nine yards. I laugh because I was that mom a week ago for my son's 5th birthday party in the middle of my wedding season and I still wanted to make it really fun. I did not give away cars, but I felt like I did! And the best part is that if I had more time maybe I would have! :)
So after surviving through his 2 hour birthday with only 10 kids (I cut back his list because I did not want 27 kids running around my house!) I decided I need to write a little post for all of you busy moms and dads out there that want to throw a fun party for your kids, but do not have the time. Or maybe you do, but you want to enjoy the party and remember it when it is over. Even as a planner, I wish I had someone there to do the dirty work so I could have enjoyed my friends and family and watched Jack play with his friends!
If you have awesome ideas and have the time to do it all - GREAT! More power to you! Then what I would highly recommend is hiring someone to come in for a couple of hours to help set up, keep drinks, food, etc, stocked up and to clean up after. Oh man do I wish I had someone to clean up!
If you have awesome ideas but have no clue how to do it, then we can also help you with bringing your ideas to life, or helping to create some new, fun ideas as well. This is what we live for!
The moral of the story is, enjoy your party and your friends. Just because it is your kid's party, doesn't mean that you can't have fun too! Trust me, it will be totally worth it!
Callie wanted a tea party birthday with her friends and their American Girl dolls so my friend Jen, Callie's Mom and owner of Dulce Press, reached out to me and her team of vendors to come together and to pull of a fun tea party at her home for her daughter's birthday! Of course I said yes as we love planning and designing birthday parties whenever we can on Cape Cod - especially for a cute group of girls! We helped Jen pull together the decor and tablescape, while Judy from All About Flowers brought in stunning flowers to decorate the table and Kerry from Cape Cod Lollicakes provided cake truffles for the girls. Jen purchased fun decorations for the event, but also made a lot of it herself. From the printable, personalized napkins, to the colorful bunting and the pom-pom chair decorations, Jen can do almost anything when it comes to paper products. Ralph Alswang stopped by to capture the setting and got some pics of the girls having a fabulous time!
Many weddings on Cape Cod take place at locations outside of a church - like on the beach, by a lighthouse or in a backyard - leaving many couples to find their own officiants to oversee the ceremony. Cape Cod has a great selection of officiants of different faiths to choose from, but the question is - what should you be looking for when you are researching and interviewing these people? Below is a list of things which I think are important when considering a person to marry you, no matter what your faith.
Personality is a big trait to look for no matter what vendor you are looking to hire for your wedding day, but when speaking to someone that will join you and your fiance together forever in front of all of your friends and family, you definitely want to be sure that you are comfortable with their personality. And vise versa, you want to make sure that he or she is comfortable with your personality and beliefs.
Some couples require a certain faith when looking for someone to perform the marriage. Some officiants are ministers, rabbis, or a justice of the peace. It is not likely that you will find a catholic priest to perform a marriage outside of a church, unless it is a family friend. But be sure when you are researching and interviewing that you discuss your faith with him or her so that they understand and are comfortable with any of the rituals that you would like to include in your ceremony.
When speaking with the officiants you are considering, be sure that they are well spoken and that they can carry a conversation with you comfortably. They should be able to speak clearly to you about your options without hesitation and should make you feel welcome. If they are going to be speaking in front of your guests, you want to make sure they are comfortable speaking with you.
Ask a Friend or Family Member
Many couples choose to go a different route when selecting someone to marry them. It is very popular for couples to find a very well spoken friend or family member get a one day marriage designation so that they can perform the service. If this is the way you choose to go, I recommend sitting down with this person and talking through the ceremony and what specifics you will want. I also recommend purchasing a book about wedding ceremonies to help you in writing the ceremony and personalizing it to you.
No matter what you decide, definitely do your research and ask your venues and other vendors for good recommendations. Also - be sure you do your research on how to obtain your marriage license as it can differ from town to town.
Are you planning to have a super fabulous holiday party for your friends, family or co-workers on Cape Cod? Do you want to give it that extra special touch or are you just looking to enjoy your party with no clean-up?
Here at Cape Cod Celebrations we don't just plan weddings! We offer event planning services for all types of parties and occasions, including the holiday festivities you are planning this year! Are you a great chef, but don't want to serve or clean up the mess? We can help you with that! Are you in need of a caterer and some original ideas for an evening of fun? Or do you have some great ideas that you have pinned on Pinterest and are just not sure how to execute them for your party? We can help you with that too, all while working with your budget.
Contact us today on how we can help you throw a holiday party to write home about!
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So I have been a slacker when it comes to blogging lately - I blame it on life in general.
What got me thinking today was inspiration - and how cool it is to work with so many different brides and watch where their individual inspiration comes from.
Last year I worked with a bride who studied birds and who knew names of birds I have never heard of. She decided to incorporate birds into her table names, place cards, cake topper and even centerpieces. The birds also flew throughout her invitations and ceremony programs. The wedding was beautiful, creative and classic.
Polka Dots & Sparkles
Next year I am working with a bride who loves polka dots and sparkles!! (Who doesn't really?) Her inspiration is drawn from her fun loving attitude about life and her personal goal of having a wedding that is fun, but classic and beautiful at the same time. I think we can make that happen!
Being on the Cape it is hard not to find inspiration from the beautiful beaches. From sand to shells, sea glass to beach grass, I have worked with it all. When couples have planned a destination wedding on Cape Cod it is always great to be able to show your guests the Cape through hydrangea centerpieces, starfish place cards and a Cape Codder signature drink - all to the tune of ones personality though!
Last year I worked with a family who had a back yard reception the night before and the night after their wedding at Wychmere Harbor. Their back yard was filled with beautiful gardens and one of the gardens was dedicated to their daughter who had passed away. The centerpieces at the reception were inspired by the garden and were filled with beautiful assortment of flowers they typically grew in her garden.
Plan. Relax. Enjoy.
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