Entertaining 101: Let’s Get Started

Posted on: November 20th, 2014

Photography by Frolic Photography by Maryanne Wey

The holidays are here which means it is entertainment season. During this time of the year, parties will be in full swing during Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and all days in between.

Are you having a party? I want to share with you four steps to help jumpstart the planning process.

1. Decide on your guest list and the date – If you are inviting people to your party other than family members, be mindful of inviting them on the actual holiday as people tend to reserve these dates for family and close friends. Finding a date that suits everyone may be difficult. It’s always good to err on the side of the majority.

2. Determine your budget – A number of items can factor into determining your budget. Will you have the party at your house or rent a venue? Have you considered having a potluck instead of you providing all of the food? When it comes to decor, spruce up your current decor by adding a few holiday elements that can be used yearly.

3. Theme – It’s not always necessary to have a theme. The particular holiday may be used as the theme which doesn’t require anything special from your guests. But if you desire, for Christmas, you may decide to have a White Elephant Exchange, the ugliest Christmas sweater contest or the best holiday jewelry. It’s important to remember, if you are having a theme party,  make sure it is indicated on your invitation.

4. Invitations – Make sure to include a RSVP date to determine your actual guest count. If you prefer not to have children attend the party, Judene McCalla, an Invitation Designer from See You There Hand Crafted Invitations suggested adding “Adults Only”, “Adults Only Reception” or “Strictly No Children Please” on your invitation. It’s important to know your guest count so that you can properly prepare the correct amount of food, plates, flatware, etc.

To learn more about Judene and her company, make sure you check back here on December 5. She is an excellent designer and last year was voted best invitation designer in Canada. She designed some save the dates and invitations for me and I’m still hearing about the elegance and the beauty of those products.

In the meantime, be sure to check in on Tuesday as we will be talking about the preparation for entertaining. Are you entertaining this holiday season? If so, is it a theme party? I would love to hear your holiday plans.

Photo credit: Frolic Photography by Maryanne Wey

 

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    Back to Blogging

    Posted on: November 15th, 2014

     Photo credit: Life Spirit Photographer

    I know it’s been awhile but I’m back to blogging. I could use the excuse that we moved to another state, my son graduated high school and went to college or I can say I’ve just been plain unmotivated.  Truth is, it has been a combination of all excuses mentioned. Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE my company but just wasn’t in the mood to blog.

    The other night, I made my first editorial blog calendar. I wanted to start with content for four weeks but found my creative juices flowing. After I completed my ideas at 3 am (I’m most creative in the wee hours of the morning),  I was left with content for the next four months. I’m excited to start sharing and hope you are excited to read!

    Starting next week, the first series is about entertaining. With the upcoming holidays rapidly approaching, you don’t want to miss this.

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      My Celebration Brand

      Posted on: July 24th, 2014

      LeeHenry Events, LLC has been a solid and established business since 2007.  Next January, I’ll celebrate eight years in business. YEAH! Because I’m a military spouse, I (and my business) get to experience opportunities in new locations every three to four years. I’ve learned to turn this negative into a positive as I am blessed to have contacts and industry friends in several cities. I also LOVE to travel so I can plan events from anywhere and fly or drive to wherever my clients are located. What sets LHE apart? We are fortunate to take from each city the various experiences, trends and professional partner contacts. Trends of each city? Believe it or not…some overall industry trends may not have reached a particular city. When this happens, I can be the lucky one to make the introductions. This year, has been no different – we are now in KY.

      In addition to moving, over time, I like to add small aspects to the brand. Two aspects, I want to share with you today are:

      1. My lifestyle blog called “Lady Celebrate – Lifestyle Chronicles of an Event and Wedding Planner”. This blog chronicles the personal aspects of my life as a business owner and all things fashion, bling, entertainment and being an Army wife.  It’s possible you will find a few deets about LHE here as well.

      2. One day, I was stalking Savoir Faire Media’s website and fell madly in love with the virtuals.  After finally contacting the owner, the design process was in motion. I found Natalie and her team to be talented, very professional and I loved how my virtual turned out. Here’s a peek of my photo taken by Colette D. Photography and the virtual. To see the full length virtual, visit here.

      Tanza Cooper's photo and virtualIf you or someone you know is in need of an event planner to plan your next celebration, don’t forget that I travel. In the meantime, I’m curious to know your thoughts on my virtual. I think it looks like me but what do you say?

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