Monday, December 2, 2013 at 1:40PM
The holidays often conjure the latest and greatest our society has to offer. We can Skype with our relatives when they can't make it home for the holidays, and our kids add faster and smaller portable computer devices to their wish lists each year. But wouldn't it be nice to slow things down a little bit and celebrate with an Old Fashioned holiday this year?
Ways to have a more Old Fashioned Holiday Season...
Plan a budget and stick to it. Stay home instead on planning long stressful trips. Make your own cards, treats and decorations. This will promote the true meaning of the season for your friends and family.
Spend More Time
Watch your favorite holiday movies and specials with your family. Go Caroling in your neighborhood or local nursing home to spread the seasonal cheer. Build a gingerbread house or bake cookies for your friends. All these things create perfect opportunities for quality time well spent.
Go Sledding and build a snowman while you're at it. Get out the board games and challenge your family to a game night. Teach your kids a card games that you played as a child. This playing will awaken your childlike holiday spirit.
Treat yourself to an Old Fashioned Holiday this year-continuing traditions of the past may just change your Holiday futures for good. Happy Holidays!
Monday, December 2, 2013 at 1:32PM
Planning a January or February Bridal shower? Creating a Winter themed shower is the perfect backdrop for your bride to celebrate her upcoming nuptials. The winter bridal shower is clean and crisp adding elegance to your event no matter how big or small.
Unlike at the spring wedding when everyone likes to go outdoors and throw the garden parties to enjoy the nice weather, winter season in the contrary makes people desire the warmth and comfort of inside. Simply take into consideration all the aspects you love about winter and incorporate them into your winter bridal shower. Thought the Winter Wonderland and Christmas themes are among the most widespread, you can also go for the simple kitchen or home shower. It is important to make an accent not on the typical household gifts of the bride-to-be, but rather on the gifts she will need during winter months.
As for the decorative elements, the first thing that comes to one’s mind when thinking about winter are the snow and ice so simply use them in your winter bridal shower décor. Put the snowflakes and silver glitter all over the place including windowsills, tablecloths, fireplace etc. Speaking about the fireplace, don’t forget to fire it and embellish with the pinecones for the true winter smell. If you are not good at fire building, consider using the blend of glowing candles and simple votives to fill the area with the warm glow and nice smell. You may use in your winter bridal shower décor such elements as snowmen, gingerbread men and even Santa.
Replace the habitual finger sandwiches with the comfort food, which will better suit the winter bridal shower. It is impossible to go wrong with the creamy quiche or chili pot during the freezing winter day. Apple cider along with cinnamon candies is a nice option for the desert. Consider using the blue and silver hues in the bridal shower cake or waive the typical cake with the dessert bar with pumpkin tarts, peppermint fudge or apple strudel.
Almost every bridal shower is accompanied by the games for entertaining the games, so don’t forget to dilute the formal program with the wintery games. One of the options is throwing the gingerbread-house-decorating contest. Another option having your guests decorate the gingerbread people as a bride and groom. At the end ask the bride to choose the winner.
Winter is a wonderful time to celebrate the bride to be in any of these special ways. Stay warm and Happy Planning!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 6:10PM
Statistics show that Christmas proposals make up 26% of all engagements. So, the odds are, if you think he might be close to popping the question, get your mistletoe hung with care this holiday season. With all this influx of newly engaged couples, its good to have a road map of sorts to follow as you begin the planning process. You'll be on your way if you follow this checklist for the newly engaged.
1. Announce your Engagement Formally. Your friends and family will appreciate hearing your big news from you personally rather than through your Facebook status or Twitter feed. Take the time to spread the word.
2. Create a dedicated Wedding Email account. As you begin planning,m you will receive a barrage of emails and having a separate account will help to keep you organized.
3. Decide the style of Wedding you'd like to have. Are you dreaming of a traditionally formal affair or an intimate gathering in a romantic destination?
4. Make a list of what really matters to you. Chances are, unless you're one of the lucky few brides with an unlimited budget, certain items will have to take more priorities and having a list already composed will help you to make those tough decisions.
5. Set the Budget. Not the most enjoyable detail to ponder, but oh so important to making your ideas a reality and having appropriate expectations from the beginning will eliminate a lot of heartache.
6. Create a Rough Draft of your Guest List. It may seem premature, however, many elements of your wedding will depend on the number of guests you will entertain.
7. Decide on your Venue. The place where you will host your ceremony and reception may dictate many other elements such as style.
8. Will you be working with a Planner? If you decide to hire a planner the earlier the better.
9. Decide on your Design Theme. Having an idea formed before you meet with artistic vendors like florists and photographers will help you to ask the right questions in your selection process.
10. Choose the members of your Bridal Party. Its time to inform your nearest and dearest that you'd like them to hold a place of honor during your big day.
When you stick to these simple guidelines, the overwhelming wedding planning process will begin without a hitch. Happy Planning!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 6:02PM
Holidays already have you stressed and pushed for time? Most of us are already having those all too familiar arguments about which invitations are necessary to accept this season (even though we might rather decline). Take matters into your own hands this year by planning a post holiday soiree for your favorite group of friends and/or coworkers. It'll take a load off your to-do list while freeing up the schedules of your guest list too-which might be just the gift they need this holiday season.
This trend towards post holiday celebrations frees hosts to indulge with creative themes that will keep their guests looking forward to next year's big event.
- Host an Eco-Chic Post Holiday Party. Use up-cycled gift wrap for invitations and décor elements. After all the excess of the holidays, many feel let down at its end. Hosting a low key, lighter fare event will allow you to really spend quality time with your guests and relax after making it through the holiday hoopla.
- For a more upbeat crowd, try a Post Holiday Photo Shoot where guests don their favorite new outfits courtesy of Santa. These photos will make great favors!
- Or, before the decorations come down, have your guest list wrap an ornament from their tree to exchange and your Post Holiday Ornament Swap. Your friends will take home the last gift of the season looking forward to its place in their home next year.
The Rucker Place would love to host your Holiday Party during or after the Season. Call today for availability.
Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 12:39PM
Who is sick of lame conference-room parties with fluorescent lighting that can make even the brightest of holidays seem unfestive? All of you? Thought so.
Follow these steps to throw a holiday party for your office that will have them staying till the end and talking about it for months to come.
For a large budget:
Do a Make-a-Wish for Employees: Maybe you allot $500 a head (or more, depending) and figure out a way to make your employees' wishes in some way come true. Do your employees want a Starbucks machine in the office? Maybe you bring one in for the party. Do they want to go to Disney World? Maybe you help get them a flight and passes to the park.
Do a Destination Party: Keep it a secret to the last minute. When everyone shows up to work,have them board a luxury liner that takes them to an old warehouse in Brooklyn that you've transformed into a tropical Hawaiian beach resort. Or, if you already live in a sunny climate, transform it into a snowy mountain wonderland.
Take Them to a Show or Private Performance: Maybe you buy X number of seats at the Radio City Spectacular or you buy out a Louis C.K. Show.
For a smaller budget:
Put the Boss in a Santa Suit or Dreidel Costume: That will certainly lighten the mood and make the boss more accessible.
Conference Room Snow Globe: Get a giant bag of Styrofoam peanuts and an industrial fan,close the conference room door and voila! You're having a party in a snow globe.
Drop the Beat Now: Music can really make or break a mood no matter where the party is — in a fancy ballroom or the conference room. Choose the right music, and you can hear the cool points coming down the chimney.
No matter what you decide to do for your holiday party, we can help. There's not a better location to brighten the holiday and bring out the joy of the season. Just give us a call and we'll help deck the halls.