March 22, 2011

Celebration Ideas

Posted in Other Events, Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:25 pm by JBEvents

 
  

For quite some time, I’ve been throwing ideas around in my head about writing an article on unique themes for celebrations and finally with a little help from W Hotels ~ Buckhead , the ideas have finally been put to paper.

Whether you are planning a Birthday Party, Mitzvah, Groomsmen Grunch, Rehearsal Dinner, Couple’s Engagement, or Post-event After-Party – there are so many fun options. While some people decide to go to places like Dave and Buster’s or Andretti Racing – how about having your OWN Arcade. Your imagination can be your guide to determine what activities you want to include, but to give a few ideas of some favorite games consider some of these.

    

Air Hockey

Wii Bowling

Video Car Racing

HUGE Chess

Original or Ms Pac Man

  

Or how about:

Basketball Toss

Hi-Strikers

Dunk Tank

Wii Dance Revolution

Casino games

Even actual carnival rides are available to rent for a party.

Many times my clients will want something to do after their event for those that are just not ready for the party to end – so how about renting a meeting room or another function room at a hotel and have these games and activities brought in. Your guests will have so much fun just letting loose and playing. But in this situation – it’s your own private Gaming Room so you don’t have to worry about tons of other people being around. Who doesn’t like to play games and have fun….especially as adults when so much of our time is spent being professional.

In a wedding situation, this would be an excellent idea for an addition to the Rehearsal Dinner or Post-Rehearsal Dinner activity – and if using a space at the hotel where your guest room block is, makes it very convenient for your guests.

For a Mitzvah, since keeping the kids busy is the key to a successful event, why not have an Arcade Theme event. Instead of taking the party to one of the big complexes where it is sometimes difficult to keep up with everyone – having your own Arcade is the solution.

I’ve been lucky to be the guest at several Arcade themed events, and to watch all of the other adults lose their inhibitions and play like a kid – truly enjoying him or herself is something to behold.

So now you have an idea about games – what about the food? Well, keep in mind things that are easy to grab and eat – like sliders, or a Taco Bar. How about a Hot Dog Stand complete with all the trimmings? Pretzels and popcorn anyone? And if you are up for the true carnival spirit, how about Cotton Candy? The ideas are limitless.

 

Specialty drinks for the occasion would be another nice touch or keep it super simple with Beer and Wine or for a kid’s party, soft drinks and juices. But to add another fun element, how about a custom smoothie station or a snow cone stand. 

 

Let’s talk a little about a Groomsman Grunch. Since Bridesmaids have their Bridesmaid Luncheon – why not a special event for the guys? Think Sports Bar for the food idea — wings, burgers, etc., and beer or scotch tasting for another special idea. Many restaurants will offer this type of event – perhaps in a private room – but this can also be done in a host hotel utilizing a small meeting room. Large TV’s could be brought in so that the guys can watch their favorite sports while enjoying the friendship and yummy food. One super cool place that works great for a Guys’ party is STATS  in Downtown Atlanta. Of course, being a sports bar, the atmosphere is already present with TV’s all around – but there are also a few areas within the Restaurant that offer a semi to completely private event.

A very common type of event for couples these days is either an Engagement Party or a Couples Shower. What better way to get the guys excited about the party than have fun, arcade type activities for them to busy themselves with. But don’t think those ladies won’t take a turn or two at the fun games, in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if some light-hearted competition ensues.

The possibilities are endless, so if you are ready to plan your next Party and want to include the Arcade theme – let us know and we will hook you up with the best vendors to provide you the fun games and activities that your guests will appreciate and will truly say that YOUR event was the best one they have ever been to.

Atlanta has several companies that specialize in providing Arcade type equipment. Some of my favorites are: 
 
 
CCP Events
Burgess Amusements 
Amusement Masters 
  
  
So when you are ready to plan that next Arcade themed event, contact us and we will be sure to make it flawless!!  
 
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March 5, 2011

Our Secret Wonderland

Posted in Other Events, Planning Tips and Information tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 4:11 pm by JBEvents

 

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As an Event Planner, sometimes it is hard to WOW us.  However, this was not the case for some of the cities elite planners who were invited to attend the Atlanta Weddings Magazine and W Hotels of Atlanta Wonderous Day full of indulgent Surprises!

Our day begin at the W Hotel ~ Buckhead where small hints eluded to what lay before us.  On the information screens throughout the hotel, there were images from Alice in Wonderland ~ both the original and the new version with Johnny Depp.

We gathered in the prefunction area where we were encouraged to “Drink” a concoction that would perhaps set the mood for what would come next.  The drink was served in a shot glass and was an espresso shot.  Very tasty.

When the time came for us to finally enter the room and see some of the Wonderous Surprises, we walked through the Rabbit Hole guided by the image of Alice in Wonderland.

The room was AMAZING!  The tables were placed in a “T” and were loaded with various vases and tea pots and all kinds of beautiful flowers.  The senses were in over-drive for sure.  At the far end of the room, there was a huge structure of trees that had leaves (magnolia) hanging as well as votive candles.  The size of the trees was nothing short of Magical.  In each of the various mis-matched chairs, there were Hats each with its own personality.  We were encouraged to find a hat we liked and have a seat at that spot.  There were so many fun hat options that I was literally walking around the whole room trying to decide which one I wanted.  I settled on one that wasn’t as FABULOUS and frilly as others but was very tasteful and actually coordinated with my outfit for the day. It was a cream-colored hat with a chocolate-brown satin ribbon and bow with a cluster of hydrangea attached.  Other hats featured feathers, tulle and boas and usually a floral accent as well.  What a Wonderful idea for a Ladies Tea, Bridal Shower or even a Bat Mitzvah.

Once seated, you continued to notice all of the intricate details.  All of the decor was provided by Your Event Solutions.  They began the room set-up the night before and literally worked all night to have this Wonderland come to life. The tree that they created truly looked real because of a product that is available at Your Event Solutions which in essence is a graphic design of the image desired that is then incorporated into the decor.  So for the tree, the graphic design was of tree bark and so as it was wrapped around the structure, it looked like a real tree. 

Because we were all so amazed at the decor, it took a while before we were all ready to take a seat.  But once we did, our taste senses were in for the next treat.

Our first course was a creamy tomato soup with sweet basil foam.  The soup was served in an oversized white bowl that was off-centered for lack of a better description.  The soup was DELICIOUS.  Following came the salad which was tuna tartare “nicoise” frisee salad with black olive vinaigrette.  The main course, that might I say took us all by surprise, was prosciutto white rabbit loin served with sweet and sour cabbage and spicy pea puree.  Another common feature among event planners, is that many of us  are foodies.  While we all seemingly were hesitant on tasting the entrée, we all (or at least most of us) did try it and were surprised that the flavor wasn’t bad.  This certainly isn’t meant to be a negative comment, but the common feeling among those present was that it was hard to get past the thought of eating our “host” if you will.  ~smile~

As we were finishing our meal, we all kept wondering what could be coming up next in our day of  indulgent surprises.  We quickly found out that we were being whisked away to an undisclosed location.  We loaded a shuttle provided by Atlantic Limousine and took off on a secret journey.

Within a few short minutes, we arrived at our next destination, W Hotel ~ Midtown.  As we departed our shuttle, we were greeted by the friendly staff and offered bottled water.  We then were taken to the awe inspiring Altitude Ballroom located on the 27th floor of the hotel with a view of the city from the floor to ceiling windows that surround the room.  This ballroom is magical by itself – because of the view.  However, there are other special details that make the Ballroom special – such as soft-seating lounge furniture that is included, as well as the whole floor being just for the private event.  The hotel also offers other private event space on another level of the hotel for those events that may not fit into Altitude.

After we all had viewed the ballroom, we were then escorted down to one of the suites.  WOW was it spectacular.  The decor was contemporary as one would expect in a W property – but with the continued Alice in Wonderland Theme, we were greeted by the Queen of Hearts who was actually a dessert table.  There were a variety of cupcakes in addition to other small bites of delectable treats placed on the “roving” table. 

On the dining table, we were treated to even more delicious array of nibbles.  The chef prepared a variety of hors d’oeuvres that we each found to be tasty.  In keeping also with the theme, the signature cocktail of a Pim’s Cup was served.

As we were able to mingle and enjoy the delicacies, one of the massage therapists from Bliss Spa offered a chair massage.  This was such as hit that several of us wanted to keep getting back in line for another one. 

One of the nice surprises of the day was the swag-bag that we found waiting for us on the shuttle.  It contained the latest edition of Atlanta Weddings Magazine as well as luxurious samples from Bliss Spa and even gift certificates for Spice Market and Whiskey Blue

This truly was a Wonderous Day full of indulgent Surprises and I was so pleased to have been included in the select group of planners invited. Thank you so much to the W Hotel Buckhead and Midtown, Atlanta Weddings Magazine, Bliss Spa, Your Event Solutions and Atlantic Limousine for making this such a magical and wonderful day!

For those of you looking for a full-filled theme for your next event, Alice in Wonderland is one that can offer many different options so that incorporating in into a wedding, a Sweet 16 Party, a Bat Mitzvah, a Ladies Tea or even a Bridal shower or Bridesmaids Luncheon would all work extremely well. 

 We would be happy to assist you in planning your next event and have the experience and qualifications to make every event Flawless!

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