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.
I had an opportunity to attend The Planner Suite Conference in Atlanta, Georgia recently. I was a recipient of the Clarence B. Howerton Empowerment Scholarship. After attending this conference I have returned a changed Event Planner. I am more knowledgeable, and committed than ever to bring my clients dreams to reality. Dare 2 Dream was the motto for the conference, and I am doing just that! Jon'll and each speaker engaged me in ways that help me see where I currently am, where I can go in my business, and how I can get there. The transparency from each of them, made me do my own personal self reflection. The round table discussions were rich with information. I learned a lot of valuable lessons throughout this conference. Being able to network with like minded individuals and have knowledge poured into me was the cherry on top. The Planner Conference Suite exceeded my expectations. I look forward to attending the conference in Orlando, Florida next year.
As the owner of bartender company I am hired to create specialty drinks for every occasion. As February approaches, the main request for February is sexy cocktails.
This Valentine’s Day as couple’s engage in intimate conversation at the bar I have created a cocktail that is perfect the night, “ I Love Me Some Him” Martini. With martini Fellas you can skip the chocolates and flowers and order this romantic cocktail or mix it up and make it at home with a romantic dinner.
“I Love Me Some Him” is guaranteed to set the mood, this will be your new Signature Cocktail or great for Bachelorette Parties, Bridal Showers and Girl’s Nite Out.
Before you serve your cocktail please chill your Martini Glass, nothing worse than a hot martini glass.
1 Shot of Malibu Rum
½ Shot of Peach Schnapps
½ Shot of Vodka
3 Shots of Cranberry Juice
Shake profusely, Strain in Chilled Glass and Garnish with Strawberries
Lashanda Marshall - Owner
Marshall Arts Entertainment, Catering, Bartenders & Wait Staff
Planning an event whether it is organizing for a conference, seminar or trade show involves many hours and varying degrees of skillsets to get the job done successfully. Attempting to put together an event without the necessary skills, time and resources, can cause the total cost of your event to go over-budget. Hiring a professional event planner will leave you with peace of mind knowing that the event will be highly organized and well run.
If your event will feature speakers, they will need equipment to enhance their presentations. The list of available equipment is numerous and setting up the equipment will be difficult if you are not familiar with them. Planners can reach out to vendors and technicians they work with to arrange for such things as hand and table microphones, projectors, video recorders, dimming lighting systems and PA systems. If your event has teleconferencing options, they can organize the necessary communication links.
Dining and Catering
It’s important to work closely with your caterer so they know what your plans are for the event.The caterer will be familiar with the location of the event and can plan an organized seating arrangement and layout of the food. Chairs, tables, tablecloths, dishes and cutlery can all be taken care of by the caterer, relieving you of all those stressful decisions. Dietary needs will need to be taken care for vegetarian guests, and food allergies will need to be taken into consideration when planning the menu.
If you are planning a multi-day conference or trade show, out of town guests will need a place to stay. An event planner can arrange accommodations with local hotels or student housing at nearby campuses. Planners are experienced in negotiating special rates for your attendees and can block off rooms at hotels to ensure that no one is left without somewhere to stay. They can also organize transportation of guests to and from the event, especially if they are unfamiliar with the transportation options in your area.
Event planners are very detail oriented and live by their to-do lists. They can draw on their networking system and call upon contractors, vendors and suppliers to make your event successful. And most importantly, your guests will have a better event experience overall.
More About The Designer
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.