My self-care Fridays are the time I intentionally set aside to rest, recharge, and reinvest in myself. Giving myself permission to my “me time” has been amazing. I have to manually turn off my brain and say, “This is OK.”
I don’t allow myself to feel guilty if I should be working on RDD, or whatever else has been pressing on my mind (like the office closet which needs to be reorganized). I enjoy the little things that bring me happiness, like a new lipstick color, nail polish, getting a facial, or a massage. Knowing I have Friday morning coming and that I am allowed to use that time to decompress makes such an impact on my upcoming weekend (Momprenur/Event Life) . What are some of your favorite self-care practices?
Next to every Bride is her trusty Maid of Honor. There are responsibilities (keep your eye out for that post) that go along with being a Maid of Honor and planning the bridal shower is one. Besides choosing the cake, decorations, and food for the the bridal shower, the fun games are a big part of the celebration.
Games at a bridal shower serve many purposes but mainly they serve as ice breakers and it creates a fun atmosphere for everyone! There are a variety of games to choose from. Depending on the setting and your audience, you might choose simple or active games. Here are five fun game ideas:
1.He Said, She Said
How to Play: Hand out "He Said She Said" cards and guest can guess fun facts about the couple, like who said "I love " first, who is more forgetful and who is the better dancer. You can make your own cards, or you can find some beautiful options on Etsy.
2.Charades: Wedding Movies Edition
Write names of wedding movies on cards. Divide the party into two teams. Players act out titles to their own team members, who must guess the answer in three minutes or less. Here are a few to get you started:
Gather the names of your favorite celebrity wives, then write each name on a single index card. Ask each guest to tape a card to her forehead. Then have others describe who she "is" until she guesses her party-long celeb status.
4. What's in Your Cell Phone: Bridal Shower Edition
For this game, the guest will whip out their phones for a scavenger hunt. The ladies will search their phones and get points for each they can find. For example one to five points for things like:
5.Would She Rather
Would She Rather is a game for the besties. This game consists of Would She Rather questions. There are game cards or papers with questions. The guest answer the questions to the best of their ability. When the guest finishes, the bride-to-be will reveal the answers. The player with the most correct answers win!
Hosting a bridal shower for a newly engaged love one can be intimidating. Here are a few go to tips to help you with the planning process.
1.Personalize where possible. It’s all in the details when it comes to personalizing a party. Adding special, unexpected touches wherever possible really makes the day feel memorable for both the guests and guest-of-honor alike. When adding these touches to your event, think about places your guests can’t miss. The place settings, for example, are the perfect place to start.
2.Serve up their favorites. Catering a menu to her likes will make the day extra special for her and her guests. Creating beverages stations with sweet dispensers allow guests to feel like they can serve themselves when they are feeling a bit parched. Bonus points for filling them up the bride-to-be’s favorite signature cocktail.
3.Layer in thoughtful touches. Do fresh flowers make her day? Creating a floral bar is always a crowd pleaser. Perhaps implementing a favorite quote somewhere throughout the day.
4. Don’t forget the favors. Sprinkling a little something for each guest to take with them as they go on their merry way will ensure everyone leaves feeling loved.
5. Get the guests involved. Ask guest to come prepared with a sweet story or toast to share with the bride-to-be. Then, create an intimate space tailored to the bride-to-be’s taste where guests can gather to open the gifts and share their sentiments
In case you didn't realize it, the summer solstice is fast approaching—it's this Friday, June 21—and it not only marks the first official day of summer, but it's also the longest day of the year here in the northern hemisphere. You may be familiar with the fact that some people choose to throw a summer solstice party to celebrate the change in seasons.
The longest day of the year seems like the ideal excuse for a party, so here are some ideas for a backyard celebration of midsummer. And if you don't get around to throwing a summer solstice party, there's no expiration date on these outdoor party essentials!
In this crazy world of technology, things tend to become so last minute and impersonal. Sending an invite in the mail is a perfect way to let your guests know that you are thoughtful and paying attention to detail. It sets the tone for the whole evening, and who doesn’t like to get something pretty in the mail? I even like to use a stamp that goes along with the theme. I’ll head to my local post office and see what they have to offer and either choose something that goes along with my color scheme or theme. If I think enough ahead of time, I’ll order pretty stamps off of Etsy or personalize them on Stamps.com. Paying attention to little details like that are what will really knock your guests’ socks off.
Flowers Make The Table
I can’t say it enough, florals just make everything prettier. Although it’s an investment, adding fresh flower arrangements to any event are key. If you can, enlist the help of a great florist. If you can’t invest in a florist, you can go to your local market for florals. Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods have great selections. And if you can’t invest in florals, simple greens or even fruit can beautify a table easily.
Flower crowns are essentially a requirement for a summer solstice party. Have a set ready for your guests upon their arrival or set up a DIY flower crown station. Not only will this keep them occupied as you finish up the dinner prep, it will also allow guests to better acquaint themselves with everyone there. Now that’s a win-win.
What's A Party Without Cocktails
If you want to go the cocktail route, making up batches of drinks saves you the trouble of bartending during the party. Rhubarb Mint Mojito, made with sparkling wine, sounds light and refreshing.
Don't forget the non-drinkers in the crowd. Sparkling lavender lemonade or thyme lemonade sound like lovely options.
Floral Ice Cubes: If you don’t already have decorative drink stirrers or fancy glasses, consider sprucing your drinks up with floral ice cubes. Pro tip: Before removing the frozen cubes, pour water over the tray to ensure the cubes stay intact! (via Brit + Co).
There's so much to love about summer: the explosion of great produce; the chance to fire up the grill; afternoons spent enjoying leisurely meals outdoors with friends and family. Whether you're planning a beachside picnic, a feast under the stars, or just a weekend backyard barbecue, celebrate long days and warm nights with a few of our summer recipes.
During my Planners In The City getaway this past weekend to NYC, we came up with something very delicious at the Liquid Lab NYC mixology class held at LeGrande Lounge. We were tasked with creating our very own cocktail at the end of the course which was judged by Parker Boase himself.
Say one thing about me, say I love lavender. I’ll happily take it in a brownie, stuffed strawberries, oil you get the idea. So when Parker gave us the task of creating our own cocktail. I already knew what I wanted to do. When I can get lavender in cocktail form, then I am quite the happy camper. So Planners In The City came up with the Nipsey Hussle Cocktail for that!
Lavender Honey? Check.
Black Berries? Check.
Vodka? You can double check that.
Out of 9 entries The Planners In The City took home the number #1 spot!!! Can you say we were very excited! We received 5 points for presentation, 5 points for drink name, and 10 points for flavor.
There are probably many wonderful women in your life whom you would love to take a trip with in 2019, be it your mother, sister, daughter, best friend, grandmother, girlfriend or wife. You might be after a bit of adventure, a unique cultural experience, good food, active pursuits, or idyllic beaches. No matter what your travel style is, Rea Danielle Wedding & Events can take care of all your girls getaway needs.
Galentine's Day is just around the corner. So here are a few steps to help you throw the perfect brunch!
Step 1: Send Pretty Invites to your tribe.
Set the tone for your party, sending out paper invitations make it feel more official. Head over to Etsy and download this beauty.
Self care is so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel. So heading into the New Year I would like to share a few of my self care tips.
First off, congratulations! Being engaged is an exciting time, but also overwhelming. There are several things you can do after the proposal, but here are a few time sensitive tips that should be done sooner than later.
Call your parents and close friends/family.
Before anything, call the people who are important to you. Chances are, they would rather hear from you than a Facebook post. If you have an idea who you want your bridesmaids to be – you should call them as well. You don’t have to ask them right then and there if you want them to be a bridesmaid, but it will let them know you regard them highly. After you’ve contacted the people who are close to you, post away on Facebook or Instagram!
Insure your wedding ring.
Life happens. And for important, sentimental things like wedding rings, it’s better to stay on the safe side. We found this post from The Knot to be very informative about ring insurance.
Draft a guest list
Easily one of the more stressful decisions when it comes to weddings. Be realistic on how many people you can invite. Our tip? Start by an writing down an A-list: people you MUST have at your wedding. This list includes immediate family, the friends you’ve had since kindergarten, etc. Then write a B-list: people who you would LIKE to have at your wedding. This list usually consists of co-workers, the former-roommate, your parent’s friends, and so on. Send invites to the people from your A-list first. If 10 people from your A-list can’t attend, invite 10 people from your B-list in order of priority.
Set your budget
First, do your research. How much does your dream venue cost? How about your ideal photographer? Invest your time into gathering the right information so you can have a realistic idea of how much you plan to spend.
In addition, sit down with both sides of the family. Will they be willing to help pay for the wedding? If so, how? Financial help can be in the form of a fixed amount, a percentage, or a category (flowers/ bridesmaid dresses).
Pick a date (or at least a season)
The third most-asked question after “How did he propose?” and “Can I see the ring?” will inevitably be “When’s the wedding?”
June, August, September, and October are popular months because of their pleasant weather. But a winter wedding can be great too with a little bit of creativity.
Start gathering ideas on what you want your wedding to look like. This step is easier when you know your budget, how large the wedding will be, and what season it will be in. Check out our Pinterest page for inspiration for everything from your welcome gifts to your wedding favors.
Choose the planner,venue, photographer, caterer, or florist you really want
I can't stress this enough, higher a professional planner. If you have a dream venue or dream florist, reach out to them before they’re booked! Do you have a favorite photographer that you’d love to have photograph your wedding? Chances are, other newly engaged people do too! Book your dream professional before it’s too late. This also applies to your caterer, florist, or any other wedding professional.
There is a need to share with couples more than what vendors to choose when planning their day. It is more about how to work with these vendors, mistakes not to make, tips on how to stretch budget, and planning tools that make it a stress free process. That is what Rea Danielle Designs Wedding & Event Planning will do. If you are newly engaged, make sure to sign up for our newsletter to be notified on tips, advice, events, and or to have Rea Danielle plan your big day.
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Rea Owens-Byerly is a lover of fab parties, gorgeous weddings, curated gifts, and chic stationery. She is a certified wedding planner who specialize in designing, planning, and executing fabulous weddings and events. As a designer, styling is an extension of her and all the things that she loves.