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If you or someone you know will be having a baby in the next few months, the idea of a baby shower may be running through your head. The main purpose is to get together with friends and family and “shower” the mom-to-be (and possibly dad) with things they may need for the baby. However, most baby showers will have some form of entertainment. If you are at loss for what type of entertainment will work best for your party, consider these three ideas as a place to begin.

* Play a simple game — While you may not want to do anything complex, there are a number of simple games that are plenty of fun too. One super-easy activity involves putting a diaper pin on each person when they enter the party. Then, if someone catches you saying the word “baby” they get to take your pin (or one of your pins if you’ve gotten any extras.) The person who has the most at the end of the event wins a prize!

* Make food fun — An easy way to entertain the guests is to make food the focus. Let everyone make mini pizzas, specialty cookies or cupcakes at the event. It’s a lot of fun to bond over food.

* Crafts — In today’s Pinterest lifestyle, it’s not hard to find fun craft ideas. Get crafty as a group. You could even do something like decorate bibs and wind up with a nice gift for the mom-to-be at the end of the party.
These ideas are only the beginning when it comes to the fun you can have at a baby shower. Ask around among those who may be attending, and especially the mom, and come up with some ideas that fit your particular event perfectly.

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Most engagements last an average of 16 months, 15% of couples will throw a reception outdoors, and one in five brides will choose the color purple as part of their color scheme. Perhaps the fastest growing trend, however, is making weddings as personal and unique as humanly possible, with modern brides and grooms departing from societal norms and what is generally expected. One way soon-to-be married couples are breaking out of the mold is to have weddings wherever and whenever they like, even around the holidays. Why are holiday-themed weddings more popular than ever before?

Take Advantage Of The Holidays
There are more beautiful wedding places during the holidays than at any other time of year. Why? Churches, bed and breakfasts, hotels, banquet halls, and more typically already decorate for the holidays, which can save you a considerable amount of money when it comes to putting everything together. Churches and/or chapels may already be beautifully decorated for Christmas; true, you may have to make some adjustments here and there (with permission), but there’s a pretty good chance that you won’t have to do quite as much.

Carefully Consider Wedding Pictures
Wedding plans and wedding receptions during the holiday season offer a unique opportunity: completely striking — even magical — wedding photos. Consider the locations where wedding pictures will look best. Take advantage of snow in the backdrop — and don’t rule out areas that are lakeside or seaside but also have snow. Give bridesmaids comfy shawls and groomsmen warm, woolen scarves; this will keep the bridal party happy, snug, and willing to brave the cold weather while pictures are being taken.

Years ago, it may have been considered impolite to have a wedding too close to the holidays. Things are changing — and the holidays are a perfect time to take advantage of venues and beautiful wedding places with decorations already set up. And remember snowy backdrops create the best settings for any and all wedding photos.


The giving of an engagement ring is the start of a wonderful journey that ends with the most important day in the life of a new couple: the wedding day. But the day doesn’t end once the newlyweds leave the altar. Their next stop is at the banquet hall, where everyone comes together to celebrate the reception of your dreams.


The Importance of Making Sure it’s the reception of your dreams:

So much planning goes into the wedding day. Everything has to be timed right and look a certain way per the bride’s and groom’s desires. It’s a day of celebration to be sure, but if something goes wrong, it can set the tone and make it not so enjoyable. The surest way to eliminate uncertainties is to work with experienced agents from start to finish, and that includes the reception hall.

The Importance of the Wedding Reception:

The reception is the point where everyone comes together to relax after a long day, eat good food, listen to a band or DJ, and dance. While it is the point where everyone lets their hair down, it’s still part of the experience, and the couple has every right to want the reception hall to match their expectations. In order to achieve this, the reception hall needs to have a variety of linens available, different types of plates, decorations and even an appropriate space for the musical talent.


How a Reception Hall With Experience Meets Their Clients’ Needs With Ease:

A reception hall or banquet facility that has been in business for some time is one that understands the needs of its clientele. To that end, the facility has trained staff along with the necessary equipment and accoutrements that make a wedding perfect.

Staff sit down with the couple, discuss their desires and show what can be done to create the perfect reception. Linens are shown, potential displays are laid out and finishing touches are shown for examination. No stone is left unturned, and that includes the lighting of the interior.


All of this results in a reception hall that reflects the tastes of the newlyweds on one of the most important days of their lives.


 You already know that your wedding day is going to be one of the best days of your life, but what about your guests? Are they going to be bored? While you are busy admiring your new spouse, taking pictures, and making your rounds, you can’t expect your guests to just sit and wait for the fun to begin. Instead, offer a variety of wedding reception games to make your wedding the most talked about one yet. Here are 3 Ways to Make Your Wedding Reception More Fun for Your Guests!


Table Game: I Spy


One option is to have some ready-made games available at the reception tables. “I Spy” is a top choice because it not only entertains your guests, but it also scores you extra pictures for your scrapbook. Create an appealing checklist of the items/situations you want your guests to locate. Instruct them to take a picture with their phone to prove it, and then email it your way. Some examples include a crying mother-of-the-bride, the youngest guest, and a bridesmaid dancing.


Yard Game: Horseshoes


If you are having an outdoor wedding, then you should absolutely take advantage of the grassy area once the ceremony is over. Horseshoes is an obvious choice thanks to the once-common belief that carrying a horseshoe around on your wedding day can bring you good luck. Ring toss, bocce ball, and even oversized checkers will also suffice.


Interactive Game: He Said, She Said


When you really want to create a memorable reception, you need to make your guests laugh. And one of the best ways to do that is with a game called “He Said, She Said.” It’s a simple premise: You and your new spouse sit back to back, each of you holding a tie (to represent the groom) and a bouquet (to represent the bride). The DJ will ask you a variety of questions, and all you have to do is hold up the prop that represents the answer. For example, the DJ might ask, “Which of you is the better driver?” or “Who is smarter?” or “Who said the L word first?” Some answers will be sweet, and some might be slightly embarrassing. But one thing is for sure: Your guests will be cracking up.


  When you are in charge of planning a baby shower, it’s an understatement to say that you are under a lot of pressure. Most first-time moms have been dreaming about their baby shower for a long time, so you better not let them down. And as you probably know, the first step to any successful party is to choose a theme. There are a lot of baby shower themes that will leave your guests impressed, but these two will really impress your guests.


 About to Pop:

When a woman is very far along in her pregnancy, she really does look like her stomach is about to blow, so why not play up this common saying by bringing in all things pop-able? You can use balloons and pop art for the decorations, popcorn, cake pops, and popsicles for the treats, and pop music to round out the theme and set the mood. And the best part is, you can still choose whatever color scheme you want.


Welcome to the World:

Babies have been used to life in the womb for nine long months, so it’s a big deal when they finally make their appearance in our big, wide world. Why not welcome them with an introduction to the planet they are joining? You can use a variety of maps and globes for decorations, and highlight the pastel colors found on them by using those same colors for the flowers and paper supplies. For food, you can offer a variety of appetizers from around the world, like some hummus dip with pita chips from Greece, bruschetta and garlic bread from Italy, and avocado and salsa from Mexico.


Whichever theme you choose, your guests will not stop talking about it any time soon.

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Planning a wedding that is truly unique can be something of a challenge — especially with all of the images and ideas shared on sites like Pinterest and Instagram. It is more than possible to make your special day completely your own, with some dedication and patience. What are some of the most unique wedding places?

Go To Extremes
Right now, just about 15% of weddings are outdoors. Outdoor locations for ceremonies and/or receptions are becoming increasingly popular. You can still stand out, however, by going big. Instead of just getting married outdoors, some couples are going to new extremes — and tying the knot in midair (with a little help from hot air balloons), on the edge of a cliff, or right next to a volcano.

“In Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, couples marry with views of Kilauea Caldera, part of a live volcano with plumes of lava flaring against the sky,” Glamour magazine explains. Remember, ceremonies and receptions don’t necessarily (and often are not) in the same place. If it’s too expensive to throw a wedding reception on a cliff or if your guests are a bit skittish, it’s perfectly acceptable to exchange vows wherever you like — and select classy banquet hall rentals for the festivities with friends and family.

Make Vineyard Weddings Truly Unique
Nearly one-third of couples (30%) plan their weddings in seven to 12 months. The relatively short amount of time to do a lot of planning might explain why many brides and grooms-to-be overlook a relatively simple fact: there is more to vineyards than fields, lobbies, and reception areas. Some wine cellars are truly beautiful — and more couples are taking notice and hosting one-of-a-kind receptions in wine cellars.

One in five brides will pick purple as one of their wedding colors. Break out of the mold. Choose truly unique wedding places, like volcanoes and cliffs or elegant wine cellars.

Planning a wedding is always hard work and a lot of stress. One of the biggest decisions you will make is choosing a date. However, one option you may not have considered is a New Year’s wedding. There are many benefits–your friends and family are likely off work, everyone is ready to party, and you may get a good deal on a Honeymoon. If you decide that December 31 or January 1 is the right day for your wedding, keep these tips in mind and you will be assured success.

Tips for a New Year’s Wedding:

* Reserve the venue early. Not only do you have to worry with being the first wedding to book the venue, there are likely other parties competing, too.

* If you’re planning a New Year’s Day wedding, think about doing it later in the day. Chances are that your guests may have been up late the night before and will want time to recover.

* Don’t feel obligated to make the occasion your theme or color scheme. Let your personality shine through as you make decisions.

* If you do a New Year’s Eve wedding, plan for a late night. You may want to offer a place for guests to sleep or make connections with a taxi service. More guests than usual may be drinking on this big night.


As you can see, there is a lot to think about when hosting your wedding around New Year’s. When it comes down to it, it’s really not much different than having a wedding any other day–you just already have a theme. No matter what you choose to do, relax and enjoy the big day while ringing in the new year with your new spouse!

Banquet table decorations match the party’s décor, create a festive atmosphere, and invite guests to relax and have fun. Whether you set the tables with colorful, neutral, formal, or primitive centerpieces, try one of six unique, attractive, affordable, and inviting candles at your next banquet.

Decorate Any Celebratory Banquet Table:


1. Select Single Candles – Single candles make simple yet elegant centerpieces, especially with embellishments. they can include decorative candle holders, color coordinated ribbons, raffia bows or small flowers.


2. Arrange Pillars – Customize each centerpiece with pillars of varying heights. Small, medium, and large pillars look attractive on long tables when they’re placed in a row. Or arrange them in circles to decorate round tables.


3. Focus on Tea Lights – Small tea light candles allow guests to visit across the table. Arrange several tea lights in the center of the tables on colorful placemats or set them on decorated boxes at varying heights. They also look beautiful when they’re arranged around the table near each place setting.


4. Utilize Flameless Candles – When paired with flowers, ribbon, or other flammable materials, flameless candles improve ambiance and safety. Customize this candle option when you utilize flameless light bulbs that match the banquet’s theme.


5. Use Colored Candles – Colorful candles accentuate the banquet’s color scheme. Create an interesting visual with matching or contrasting colored candles that accompany the tablecloths, flowers, and other banquet decorations.


6. Mix Textures – Smooth, rough, fuzzy, silky, corrugated, and other textures add variety to centerpieces. When choosing candles and embellishments, mix as many or as few textures as you want to create centerpieces that pop.


Candles offer the perfect decorative addition to any banquet. Try one of these six unique candle centerpieces as you set attractive, affordable, and inviting banquet tables for your guests.

Weddings tend to be planned months, if not a full year, ahead of the date. A large part of the reason for this is that locations can be booked solid for months, making it difficult for you to get in unless a cancellation comes up. And sometimes making the plans a year or more in advance backfires as someone has already laid claim to the date.

Wedding at the Reception Hall:


An additional consideration that comes with weddings is the location of the ceremony. Where do you want to have it? Do you have a special location that is close to your heart, or are you flexible with your choices? Consider the fact that Renaissance has a beachfront location that can host a wedding while providing the perfect backdrop. It really doesn’t get much better than having a wedding on the beach on a beautiful, sunny day.

Save Money While Still Having a Perfect Day

Combining the wedding location with the reception hall has the added benefit of reducing costs. No having to hire an outside limo company for transportation; instead, it’s a short distance from the beach to the reception hall, easily traveled in minutes instead of the better part of an hour.

Dealing With the Weather During a Wedding

If the weather’s not perfect for an outdoor wedding, the Renaissance has an indoor chapel. Have your vows performed in one room where guests are seated as if in a church, then step into the reception hall afterwards and begin the festivities. But if the weather is perfect, there’s an outdoor chapel that is perfect for your ceremonies.

Having the Perfect Event

The benefits of combining the ceremony with the reception hall has the overall effect of reducing cost and uncertainties while meeting all of your needs. The event planners are available to help a bride and groom turn their wishes and desires into reality. All of the services are handled under one roof — no having to scout for a location, then try to find an available date.

Take advantage of what the Renaissance has to offer and eliminate potential problems while keeping costs under control. It all but guarantees the perfect wedding.

corporate event planning ideasCorporate events and/or company parties generally fall into one of two categories: parties are either surprisingly fun (so much so that it’s almost a little difficult to believe it’s a corporate event) or they are boring and sometimes even humiliating experiences, and just about everyone will be happier once the so-called festivities are over. Thankfully, there are several ways that you can make certain your company party is not a flop. In fact, you can throw an event that is fun, memorable, and does exactly what it is supposed to do — improves employee morale and boosts worker productivity. Here are just a few tips to make it happen.

Keep Activities Lighthearted And Fun
This is important — and where a lot of managers with good intentions go wrong. Sharing cherished Christmas memories or delivering speeches about appreciating fellow employees and/or the company may be just fine, or it can be a nightmare. The bottom line is that it can — and will — make some employees uncomfortable. Skip it. Sharing food and drinks may seem relatively simple, but there is nothing wrong with that.

If You Are Serving Alcohol, Plan Accordingly
Nearly all corporate event planning ideas involve at least some alcohol. You should entertain the possibility that some employees will indulge more than others, and it is important for everyone to stay safe and have a good time. A few ways to curtail heavy drinking and/or to promote worker safety are either to provide employees with drink tickets (offer two complimentary drinks and require employees to purchase any additional drinks) or budget for taxi services, should someone need a safe ride home.

When It Comes To Budgeting, Start With The Basics
Finally, the key to corporate events planning is to establish a budget. Start with the basics, and fill in the details from there. Consider: Is this a formal or informal event? Will you be serving pizza and wings or wine and hors d’oeuvres? Remember, corporate event venues don’t necessarily have to be elaborate. Choose banquet halls for a large, private space that you can easily dress up or dress down for a professional atmosphere, formal atmosphere, or laid-back Super Bowl party.

Every year, couples spend $72 billion on weddings in the U.S. Remember, corporate budgets should never be quite that elaborate. Throw a fun and memorable event with a few, key corporate event planning ideas, like keeping things lighthearted and choosing an adaptable venue.

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