Monday, March 29, 2010

How to Plan a Party Without Flowers!

Flowers are beautiful, elegant, and help add color, set the mood and even change the formality of any event. But flowers can also eat up a budget, so what do you do if you can't afford grand floral centerpieces to woo your guests? Or what if your guests are allergic to flowers or you're just not a big flower fan? Here are some creative tips on making your event décor grab anyone's attention without going over-budget or under-impressive.

1. Light them up! The great things about candles are that they come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors! You can group them together or spread them throughout the event to use as both decoration pieces ans ambiance lighting. Candles create a very private and intimate mood for any party, but please be aware of the fire safety guidelines for your venue and the city.
Photo by: Sugar Envy
2. Lighting packages. Most people don't think about lighting or how important it can be as part of your party décor, but it can sometimes make or break the whole event! Try using variations of lamp sizes and colors, rope lighting, twinkle lights, even glow sticks! Companies are now making lounge furniture that light up in specific colors or change throughout the evening.
Photo Credit: BizBash
3. Personalize your party using photos. Create a unique and personalized environment for your event by finding and framing any family photos, nature pictures, even table numbers in a creative and unique way that allows guests to reminisce and enjoy each photo placed as part of the decor.
Photo Credit: Becoming Mrs. McHugh
4. Nature inspirations. Fruits and vegetables (real or fake) and live plants can be displayed in creative ways to become innovative decor pieces for your party! Pick out fruit or veggies that match your theme or color, or look for interesting plants that are in season during the time of your event. Plus people can eat them or take them home to plant later!
Photo Credit: Project Wedding
5. Arts and crafts! Give your party a little sparkle with some fun simple art pieces. Think crystals, glass, and beading in various colors and sizes. You can even bring in art pieces (yours or of someone you admire) to show off your exquisite artistic taste!
Photo Credit: It's a Jaime Thing
6. Make it unusual and fun! What are some of the things you like? Decorate using your favorite color, hobby or sport memorabilia, or random interests you have (classic model cars, anyone?). Also don’t forget the all-time party favorites, BALLOONS! Sometimes they can be cheesy; but you'd be surprised how many amazingly creative and neat things that can be done with balloons that are modern and super impressive!
Photo Credit: PlanningElegance.com

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Madame Tussauds in Hollywood Open for Events!

I went and visited the new Madame Tussauds in Hollywood with Events Coordinator Jessica Rhoades. What a fun place to work! Since it's Spring Break season, there was a ton of people taking pictures and coming in for the museum. The museum itself is 3 stories tall and there are all sorts of fun themes inside, from Old Hollywood to a Clubbing room, and even a Western room! I even got my photo taken with Beyonce (that picture will be online soon, woohoo!).

George Lopez will be unveiling his wax figure on April 1st in the courtyard. Who says they never see any stars in LA?
In addition to being able to rent out the museum space (yes, you can party amongst the "celebrities!"), they also have this fantastic rooftop space for parties, dinners, and swanky cocktail parties! You can overlook Hollywood Blvd and even see the top of the Graumann's Chinese theatre!

Uh...Samuel L. Jackson is looking right at me!!!
There are smaller events you can do as well, like a VIP Champagne tour of the museum, and a small dinner party for about 40 people in the "Awards Room." In fact, Jessica forwarded me a special they're having right now if anyone is interested in having an event, party, or even an awards show!

I've been to the Madame Tussaud's museum in London and Las Vegas. I remember the one in London being very formal and elegant...but I couldn't touch any of the figures (but maybe that was just my mom's rule...?!). In Las Vegas they let you take pictures and stand next to the figures wearing props and stuff and I probably spent like 2 hours in there! And the Hollywood one, well let's just say I'm gonna be making another trip and taking a fully charged camera with me!

A Hottie even as a wax figure!
Jessica says it's all about having fun at her venue, so guests are encouraged to play, take photos, and have fun with the wax figures (as long as you don't damage them). How fun is that!?
Oh, and they even offer a hand-waxing gift while you're there! I had always seen them done at the LA County Fair but never tried it. So now I have my "Peace Sign" waxed forever!
Now if only I can figure out what to do with it now...?
I really hope to plan a cool party one day at Madame Tussauds! For more info on renting space, contact Jessica at (323) 798-1674. Thanks Jessica!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Brain Overload at "Uncensored" conference

I attended the "Uncensored" conference for St. Patrick's Day last week, hosted by The Party Goddess! Marley Majcher, and boy did I get a wealth of information! Such great speakers, such fun and enthusiastic attendees, and of course, a fabulous team who put it all together!Wednesday was the first day of the conference and Simon T. Bailey spoke about "Releasing Your Inner Brilliance." What a funny and smart guy! He's written tons of books I took a lot of great notes. Here are just a few:
-Failure is just feedback. And if you're going to fail, fail FORWARD.
-Finding Clarity by asking #1. What would I do if I knew I wouldn't fail, #2. What would I do if I wasn't getting paid to do it? #3. What makes me come alive?
-Real confidence comes in the valleys of life.
-Believe in your self worth.Cocoe Voci is a wonderful wedding dress and dress designer who shared how she got into the business and what she loves about her job.
I also met Merri Jill Finstrom who actually designed the TPG logo (I always wondered that) but wasn't able to stay to hear her presentation or Laura Roeder, but don't worry! They videotaped it so you'll get to see everything on DVD later. There were hot seats featuring volunteers from the audience where both Marley and Simon asked the "uncomfortable" questions to get people thinking about how to really solve and grow their businesses.
The event celebrated St. Patty's day by having a green candy station, green uplights, and a full St. Patty's themed cocktail party with manicures, a photobooth, book signings, and of course, mingling!
Happy St. Patty's Day!
Thursday was Day #2 and even more amazing info for event planners. Tara Wilson and Kathy Nenneker spoke about PR and how to get publicity for your events. I absolutely love Tara, I met her at TSE and she is just brilliant not only as an event planner but also as a PR hound!
Mary Dann, whom I just friended on twitter, was also a speaker, along with Gianna Provenzano (super smart lady), Liz Dennery Sanders (how to book A-list celebrities), and Kelly O'Neill (boy is she a smart seller or what!?) on how to find your perfect client.

Marley has worked with Brittney Spears, Snoop Dogg, Pierce Brosnan, Katherine Heigl. and Nick Lachey, just to name a few!
Thursday was more of a pink day and we worked on a beautiful pink candy station and the girls started preparing for the evening event of "Man Candy Martinis".... yummy!

The event continued until mid-day Friday, but unfortunately I wasn't able to stay for that day. But it was a super successful and great event! Thanks again to the volunteers who came to help, the TPG ladies for their kick-a$$ event (Katrina, Camilla, Jisan, and Donna), and to Marley and all of her wonderful successful friends for sharing their knowledge with us!
For those who missed it, save the date for the next one set for October 2010!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Speaking at Chapman University

I had the wonderful opportunity and pleasure to speak to the lovely women of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority at my alma mater, Chapman University in Orange, CA. I hadn't visited the school in years and was really impressed by how much the school (and the chapter!) had grown in such a short time.
The Epsilon Delta chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma.
My presentation was entitled "The Wonderful World of Event Planning and How Phi Sigma Sigma helped shape 'The Rest of your Life'." I really wanted to show the girls how my experiences in sorority, however small, trivial, difficult, or dramatic it was at the time, really helped me grow not only as a person but as a leader and business woman. Not only did those three years sharpen my event planning skills (because these girls deal with just as much as an event planner does) but I really learned how to present myself in the best light, network and build relationships with the right people, and always seek new ways to learn through volunteering and "putting myself out there" in as many ways as possible.

Afterward I chatted with some of the girls who were interested in the event planning industry and we're planning on keeping in touch so I can help guide them towards their goals.
For more information about speaking opportunities, please contact me!

Classy Clover Inspirations

So for St. Patrick's Day, I decided to play make-believe and make up where I wanted to go and how I wanted to dress this year. In the wonderful world of virtual reality, I got my entire outfit picked out and I'm ready to paint the town GREEN! Now if only I could wiggle my nose and make them appear....

Thursday, March 11, 2010

O'Fluff's Lucky Charms March 13th!

Hi all you St. Patrick's day lovers! Here's a way to celebrate with your lovable pet!

Donations to go a great non-profit organization Four Legged Friends Foundation! And Debra Skelton from MadTV will be the event's spokesperson.

They're still looking for some volunteers for the event, so if you're interested, please email Sandra at sandra@flff.org by Friday!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Be Green on the Greenest Day of the Year!

Seems like everyone is getting excited about St. Patrick's Day coming up in a few weeks, and why wouldn't they be? My favorite color is green, so when people get dressed up in green and make everything green, doesn't it just make everything all more fun?!

This year, why not go the extra mile and "Go Green" on the Greenest Day of the Year!? You can still have fun while you think about how to better the environment and even eat a little healthier too. Here are some fun tips on how!

1. Green Beer. Yes, they do make green beer for St. Patrick's day, but what about another kind of green beer? Consider the environmental benefits of buying from local breweries!

2. Kale Salads. If you haven't heard of Kale yet, you're missing out! Kale is rich in calcium, vitamin K, folic acid, magnesium, and beta carotene. Especially for vegans, who are often calcium deficient, kale is a great source of dietary calcium. Kale can be used in a variety of recipes for St. Patrick's Day. Think about it sauteed, steamed, grilled, or fried, plain or ornamented with olive oil, salt, lemon, or butter. Be the one who brings in something besides the same boring lettuce salads or green chips, and it can also be added to stir-fries and soups!

Kale Salad, Yummy and Good for You!
Photo: Tasty Planet
3. Safe Gas...Carpool or Walk! Acting green is even better than dressing green! Schedule a carpool together for work (or St. Patty's hot spots), ride public transportation, or walk/crawl to the pubs that day!

4. Wear Green, Buy Green! Show off your Irish roots with an organic shirt to show off your Nature roots too!5. Beans, Beans, They're good for your Heart! Now I lived in Japan for a year, and I must say it was probably the healthiest I ever ate in my life with all the veggies, fish, and eggs! Edamame was a norm for me, but not many people eat it here in America! Here's what you can find in a half-cup serving of shelled edamame (or 1 1/8 cup edamame in the pods):
120 calories, 9 grams fiber, 2.5 grams fat, 1.5 grams polyunsaturated fat (0.3 grams plant omega-3 fatty acids) ,0.5 gram monounsaturated fat ,11 grams protein, 13 grams carbohydrate, 15 mg sodium, 10% of the Daily Value for vitamin C, 10% Daily Value for iron, 8% Daily Value for vitamin A, 4% Daily Value for calcium

Who knew you could get so much from so little??
Photo: WorldCommunityCookbook.com

Monday, March 8, 2010

First Invitation Impressions

Article Written by Carrie Hunter Vice President Invitation Dealers of America, Inc. p 320-240-0479 f 320-240-1632 CHunter@invitationstores.org

Every bride knows her guests first impression of her wedding comes from the invitation. Invitations not only set the tone for the event but also convey the couples personalities. While searching through hundreds of invitation styles, brides may find themselves being overwhelmed by the choices not to mention the etiquette that should be followed. Often, your best bet in ordering invitations comes from visiting your local stationery expert. Stationery experts will listen to your thoughts and plans and help you pull all the pieces together so your guests will receive the perfect invitation to the event you've spent so much time planning.

So how do you find your local expert? Look in the yellow pages under Invitations. Now that you've found someone local who can help you with your invitations you make plans to stop by the store one afternoon on your lunch hour only to find ordering invitations is not something you can do in 15 minutes. Even with your stationery expert guiding you through multiple invitation albums and writing your order, you can plan on spending a good 2 hours at the store.

Tips to ordering your invitations:

1. Bring all the necessary information. This includes the name & address of the ceremony site, reception site, any artwork you need for a map.

2. Know how many invitations to order. Remember when counting this number to only count the number of invitations, not the number of guests.

3. Make your stop all inclusive. Your stationery store provides a lot more than invitations. Look over your "to do" list, as you will be able to cross off many of these items. Some of these include: thank you cards, informals, programs, napkins, table favors, reception decorations, albums, pens, glasses, garters, flower girl baskets, ring bearer pillows, unity candles, gifts for your wedding party, etc.

Photo: MyExpression.com

4. Have fun! This is the most important step. Plan on making an event out of it. Bring your mom, maid of honor or maybe even your fiancee. Your wedding is a time of joy and should not be rushed or stressful.

Whichever style of wedding invitations you choose, be sure to let your local invitation expert assist you with every step of the process. After all, your wedding is the most important event, so don't just flip through impersonal catalogs and web sites when there is a wonderful person in your town waiting to offer you years of experience.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Wedding And Event Specialists Open House

Attended a very fun Wedding and Event Specialist Open House today at the studio of the very talented Jen O' Sullivan. Met many cool people who do not only weddings but just about everything in special events. I met some new people as well as familiar faces, including a girl I went to high school with (what a small world!!).
Because Jen is the awesome photographer she is, we were able to get fantastic photos just hours after the event (I said she was awesome, right?) so please enjoy! You can also check out more pictures on her blog along with each vendors' info if you're interested in meeting them!

Info booklets about joining the Wedding and Events Specialists group.
This is Sabrina and we were on the high school swim team together!!!! And now she makes this kick-a$$ cookies through Sabrina's Sweetery!

Sabrina brought these sample cookies.
My favorite were the lemon ones...tarty!

This was taken in the middle of me telling Sabrina,
"OMG You went to South Pasadena High School?!"

So it turns out Tara (Makeup Therapy) standing next to me is going to be one of my speakers at the "Get Pampered!" event in April, so it was great to finally meet her and chat!
We got these very try these Flipp'ncool flipbooks.
You gotta see mine...Very fun!
I JUST ate this cupcake lollipop thing from Cake Goodness, and it was DEELISH!
All Photos: Jen O'Sullivan

Monday, March 1, 2010

Learn all the Secrets to Event Planning at "Uncensored" Conference


Get ready my little event planning rock stars!
This is your lucky year! Your all-access pass to the hottest gig in town:

The Party Goddess! UNCENSORED

Join me and a host of A-list panelists for 2-1/2 action packed days in Los Angeles at the ultra-swank Hotel Palomar for the time of your life!

We'll be hosting an opening night cocktail reception where guest speaker, Simon T. Bailey, will be personally autographing copies of his best selling books, and in addition, you will have access to:

All of the networking and new friends you can possibly handle!

Non-stop classes taught by me and my fabulous agenda of speakers who will
teach you how to:

- Land an A-list celebrity client
- Get the PR you deserve
- Double your income
- Release your brilliance
- Reignite your creative spirit (even if that pilot light is slim to none!)

Plus, you will receive a complimentary binder complete with:

- Strategy for identifying the PERFECT client for you
- Action plan for setting and ACHIEVING your goals in 2010
- Full list of attendees so you can be friends later, stay in touch and hopefully make some money together!

And as if this weren't enough, you'll get your Hollywood, crazy cool SWAG bag
full of fun treats you're sure to treasure, Continental breakfast every morning, the
chance to hang out in L.A. with The Party Goddess! AND the opportunity to
participate in VIP lunches with the speakers!

Excited yet? Don't delay! Book your seat today!
Go to: www.thepartygoddessuncensored.com for all the details on how you can live it up L.A. style and learn from the best of the best while you do it!