Feathers for Your Wedding

I love using feathers and masks when designing parties.In addition to being dramatic they add great texture and dimension and are just plain fun.

Consider having a boa bar at your next party. Have lots of great colors and offer each guest a boa to wear that will match or compliment their outfits.

You could also use them as a décor element by draping them on your chairs for visual interest.

Try creating some drama in your room by adding feathers to your centerpieces, suspend them from the ceiling or add them into your bridal bouquet. Another great way to incorporate feathers is to have them in your hair.

A great way lower inhibitions on a dance floor without breaking the bank is to pass out masks to the guests during one of the dance sets. People tend to be more free when they think no one can see them. I like to buy several different mask styles so that you are sure to find one that you like.

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Harry Potter Themed Event Ideas

With the final Harry Potter movie currently in theaters a lot of people may be thinking that a Harry Potter themed Wedding or Mitzvah could be a lot of fun.

My son is a huge Harry Potter fan and 8 years ago, when the 2nd Harry Potter movie first hit the theaters it was that magical time in the life of a Jewish child known as a Bar Mitzvah. Knowing his passion for reading and all things Harry we decided to create a Harry Potter themed Bar Mitzvah.

In preparation for the planning of this event I too, read all the books and completely immersed myself into all things Harry.

Here are some fun ideas and ways to incorporate Harry Potter into your next celebration:

Instead of having escort cards why don’t you have a costume designer create a life sized sorting hat costume and actually place a person inside to interact with your guests and help them discover where they will be seated.

We actually used stuffed owls that were miniature replicas of Harry’s owl, Hedwig as the actual escort card along with the life sized sorting hat. We then offered our guests the option of keeping the owl for placing them in provided baskets which we intended for donation to a Battered Women’s shelter.

Another idea is to suspend 200 battery operated, flickering candles from the ceiling of the banquet hall.

You can also make your own snitch and flying broom to use in the room as added décor.

Consider offering your guests a specialty drink that sits in a cauldron at the bar. Fill the bottom of the caldron with dry ice for the smoky fog effect or simply hire a molecular mixologist for your event to mix up some mystical potion.

Hire a psychic or a fortune-teller to interact with your guests as part of the entertainment.

Infusing your event with a theme based on a movie like Harry Potter offers so much creative possibility. The ideas are endless. Let your imagination go and have fun.

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Private Caterer for your Wedding part 2

I love being able to use a private caterer for your wedding day food. As a real foodie I know that it will ensure that your wedding has the food and service that you desire. With a wedding menu designed exclusively for you. Usually there are no minimums and/or limitations with what you can request.

I lean towards the boutique companies as I find they have fresh, new and creative ideas and they typically prepare most items on the menu from scratch using the freshest of ingredients. They tend to shop using local farms and food suppliers and a lot of them like to buy organic and usually hit the markets within 1 to 2 days prior your event to ensure only the finest and freshest ingredients are being used.

It take a lot of hours to prepare and cook food for a party so typically your caterer will have a kitchen that they prep all the food in prior to your wedding day.

Once on the job site they then go to work cooking and finishing your food. If the job site has no kitchen one has to be built. While building an offsite kitchen is not a big deal, it does however cost some money. And you cannot assume that the cost of the kitchen is something that is paid for by the caterer. On the contrary, it is a cost paid for by the client. In addition, a lot of caterers may need to rent platters and serving utensils. Again, this is a cost passed onto the client.

Often times venues such as private homes, mansions, beaches, warehouse spaces require that you bring in a private caterer and most likely you should assume that you are at a space that is pretty much a blank slate which means you, the client get to bring in the dishes, forks, knives, glassware and just about everything else that you need to feed and service your guests.Your caterer can arrange for all this if you choose the go that route.They typically charge you the cost of each item plus 20% for arranging the rentals.You can have your wedding planner arrange the rentals or you can try and do it yourself. We will discuss rentals at a later date.

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Hiring a Caterer to Cook for Your Wedding?

Before you decide to have your wedding at a private venue or your home I think it is very important to understand how caterer’s charge.

Typically, private caterers break down the cost of the meal as follows: food per person, and an hourly fee for their staff inclusive of: head chef, assistant chefs, scullery, managers, waiters and bartenders.

The size of the event and the scope of the menu will usually determine how large a staff is required to service your event.In general most catering and staffing companies require a 5-hour minimum per party. In addition to the food and labor fees you can expect to see a tax and a service charge on your bill.

Generally the per person food charge will cover the cost of the food and the initial food prep at the caterer’s own kitchen. The hourly fees kick in once the caterer arrives on site at the venue where the wedding or party will take place. Typically, your caterer will base their estimate on the following: average event is 5 hours which consists of 1 hour for cocktails, and 4 hours for the reception. Additional hours may then be added for the set up/installation and clean up at your location. By and large, for a small event of 200 guests or less with a minimal amount of set up the caterer will frequently add 2 hours for installation and 1-2 hours for cleanup. These times are a guideline and may differ based on size of the wedding, the menu and the party’s overall flow of events. Furthermore, if you have a killer party that goes into overtime expect to pay additional sums of money to the staff.

Additionally, when choosing to work with a caterer at a private venue or home you should be aware that you will have to rent everything that will be used for your event to take place. It is a good idea, especially if you choose to not work with a planner, to schedule a walk-thru of the venue space with the caterer, prior to your wedding. This will allow the caterer to scope out the site and know how best to use the space. They will also be able to help you create a rental list of items that they may need to best execute the menu.

I hope you found this article helpful and informative. If you have any questions or need any help please feel free to contact me or leave comments. I look forward to helping you have a stress free event.

Grace, Gratitude and Happy Planning!