THE JUICY DETAILS

June 24, 2014

Whether you’re hosting a wedding, birthday celebration or even a small dinner party at your house we always suggest incorporating some of the natural seasonal elements in your event. For Summer, using fruit, luscious flowers and bright colors is the perfect way to freshen up any event, big or small.

Here are a few practical ways to incorporate summer fruits + colors into your celebration:

1. Make your escort cards out of fruit by attaching a flag or pinning a small sign to an orange, apple or pear

2. Bring in bright colors by using colorful umbrellas to block the sunshine during the ceremony

3. Place one single colorful flower into your place setting

4. Use fresh fruits as decor or a centerpiece

5. Bottle and hand out fresh lemonade for your favor

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B’NAI MITZVAH AT WASHINGTON HEBREW

June 19, 2014

Planning this B’nai Mitzvah was beyond fun, not only because we had an incredible vendor team, but because we had two boys who loved sports, their family and friends and a great party. We wanted this celebration to be about Sam and Alex, hence the nod to their favorite sports, but we also wanted it to be an event for the adults to enjoy as well. With our creative partner Chicka we were able to create a fun and interactive environment in an elegant way. The kids were able to enjoy games, Booth-o-rama‘s photobooth and an incredible dance party with Washington Talent, while the adults enjoyed tasting and learning from a gin mixologist.

One of our favorite elements of this celebration was that the boys asked their guests to donate to the US Soccer’s Passback Program, which is a program that collects soccer equipment and distributes it to children in underserved communities. We loved that they chose to incorporate this into their celebration.

Mazel Tov Sam and Alex!

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Photographer: Michael Kress Photography

Venue: Washington Hebrew

Decor: Chicka

Entertainment: Washington Talent

Caterer: Occasions

Photo Booth: Booth-o-rama

THE PERFECT TOAST

June 17, 2014

We have all been to that Wedding, where the Best Man or Maid of Honor just can’t seem to wrap up their toast. We know they mean well, but maybe they didn’t spend as much time planning as they should have. While some people love talking in front of a crowd, my guess is the majority of people get a little bit nervous before they are about to toast the newlyweds in a room full of family and friends. So what really makes the perfect toast?

Today’s blog is all about practical tips to help write a Wedding toast that you won’t be dreading.

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A few tips to remember:

1. Keep it short and sweet and definitely under 5 minutes.

2. Get creative and include a story, quote or joke that is significant to everyone in the room, not just you.

3. Focus on the couple and avoid talking about yourself or anyone else.

4. Make sure to plan it out and rehearse ahead of time. If you are nervous, it’s okay to read from a card.

5. Have fun with it. If you are naturally funny, use it to your advantage. If not, just keep it sweet.

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