December 31, 2011

As 2011 comes to a close, we look back a

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:01 am by JBEvents

As 2011 comes to a close, we look back and reflect on the many wonderful clients and events we were honored to be a part of and thank each one of them for trusting their special day to us! Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and happiness always! http://ow.ly/8dCRR

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December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!!!! May today find you s

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Merry Christmas!!!! May today find you surrounded by those you love the most! May your heart be filled with His goodness and light! http://ow.ly/89KQ4

December 23, 2011

Exciting happenings on the horizon for JBEvents

Posted in Other Events, Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , at 9:00 am by JBEvents

Exciting happenings on the horizon for JBEvents. Can’t wait to share some of the good news with you all very soon!!!!

December 21, 2011

Holiday’s and Stress

Posted in Other Events, Planning Tips and Information tagged , , , , , , , at 12:02 pm by JBEvents

 

 

 

 

 

Ten holiday stress busters

So many gifts to wrap; So many parties to attend; So many cards to send!

Are the holidays stressing you out? Well, join the club! Few of us escape holiday time without feeling:

  1. Panic
  2. Overwhelmed
  3. The blues
  4. All of the above!

And it doesn’t help one bit when you turn on the TV and there’s someone smiling happily, hosting “the perfect” holiday party.

So here are 10 tips to help you survive the holidays.

  • Throw away the word “perfect.” We are all human beings trying to do our best. There is no such thing as “perfect” when it comes to this time of year.
  • Try to do less this year, not more. What is one task you can remove from your “to do” list?
  • Do a “small” good deed. It’s amazing what it can do to lift your mood. Call that elderly aunt in California. Baby sit for the young mother across the street.
  • Say “no.” That’s a tough one. Start with a list. Decide what events are important to you. And let the rest go.
  • Try not to worry about things out of your control. Uncle Bob always talks too much. Those mail-order gifts might not arrive in time. The world will go on.
  • Shake a leg! Hit the gym. Take a walk. Ride your bike. Exercise helps relieve stress and chase away the blues.
  •  Get more zzzzzz’s. Sleep? Did someone say sleep? Yes, it’s extra important this time of year. Burning that (festive green and red) candle at both ends is a guaranteed way to let stress and the blues win.
  •  Laugh off mini-disasters. OK, so the dog just ate the shrimp dip. Think how many calories he’s just saved you from!
  • Forgive yourself. Forgive others. It’s not the time of year to settle old scores. No matter how much you want to tell off your (you fill in the blank).
  • Hugs help!

Hopefully these tips will help you reduce your stress during the Holiday’s.  One other way to always ease the stress when planning any type of special event, is to contact Janice Blackmon Events and let us take the stress away by providing our exceptional service that ends with a flawless event allowing YOU to enjoy the special occasion along with your other guests!

Dates are quickly filling up for 2012, so don’t delay and run the risk of creating STRESS because we aren’t available for YOUR date! 

Happy Holiday’s from all of the Janice Blackmon Events Team!

 

December 16, 2011

Holiday Gatherings!

Posted in Other Events, Planning Tips and Information tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 1:49 pm by JBEvents

It’s that time of year when we open our homes to family and friends to celebrate the Holiday season.  Whether you decide to have an elaborate soiree or a more intimate gathering, we have a few ideas to help with your celebration.

 

As with any party, the first thing you must do is to set the date and time of the event.  With so many parties at this time of year, it may be a good idea to check with your group of friends to see if your proposed date is open on their social calendar prior to moving forward with your plans.

Once the date has been set and your guest list determined, send out invitations as far in advance as possible.  Be sure to indicate any specific information such as details on parking so that your guests can be prepared ahead of time.

Now comes the decision-making process on what you will serve for your party.  If you are desiring to have a fun and festive gathering where your guests can mingle and come and go as they please, a cocktail party is your best bet.  This can also be the most cost-effective type of party since guests will not expect to be served a full meal.  You must however, keep this in mind when setting the timeframe for your party.  My favorite is a Drop-In Cocktail Party.  This allows for a variety of hor d’oeuvres to be served which can range from simple items such as a cheese, fruit and or vegetable display where guests can serve themself,  as well as more elaborate options  that are perfect to be passed.

If you will be preparing the food items yourself, start the process early so that you can prep as much as possible ahead of time leaving you to not be as rushed on the day of the event.  Make sure that you have all of your serving pieces out, cleaned and labeled with how they will be used.  This makes the placing of the items on the party day easier so that you will know where every item will be placed and what serving piece will be used.

Of course, you can decide to take the easier approach which is to purchase your party food from your favorite caterer.  At this time of year, many of the local caterers have a special party-to-go menus that you can  pick-up and then take home with minimal set-up or preparation. 

It is advisable to purchase bags of ice and store them in coolers for use in keeping items chilled before serving if refrigerator/freezer space is limited.  You will also need to make certain to have enough ice to sustain the duration of the party for all beverages.

Speaking of beverages, make sure that you provide a variety of alcoholic and  non-alcoholic options.  To keep things festive, I am in love with seasonal varieties such as a Gingerbread or Candy Cane Martini’s.  Another wonderful option which can be served hot or cold is Wassail (hot/cold mulled cider).

In addition to making sure you have all of the food prepared and beverages ready, don’t forget to take one last look in each powder room to make certain that you have the essential necessary items in abundance.  It is my recommendation to hire someone to act as a Restroom attendant during the party so that they can maintain the supplies and cleanliness of the powder rooms.

Speaking of hiring people, it’s also a good idea to hire staff to act as servers and bartenders.  This will allow you to actually enjoy your own party and mingle with your guests.  There are agencies that specialize in providing banquet servers and bar tenders, or you may decide to contact a local college or technical school in your area that offers a culinary program to see if they have students interested in making a little extra Holiday money by working as a server for your party. 

One touch that I think is a necessity is tons of candles.  I personally like scented candles – however, you don’t want to overload the senses with various scents, so select one or two complimenting scents to have placed around your home and use other fragrance-free candles to supplement the supply.

Setting the ambiance.  Whether you decide to have your home stereo system playing,  or you arrange for a group of Carolers, or hire an acoustic guitar player or pianist or even a DJ, keep in mind that the music should be background in nature and not so loud that guests can’t carry on a conversation.

It’s also advisable that you have a designated place for coats and ladies purses to be placed.  One such idea is to empty your coat closet and have hangers available for wraps and the bottom of the closet clear and available for bags.  If this is not possible, set aside one room, perhaps the master bedroom, that will not be used for the party to store your guests personal items.

One of the most important things is to make sure that you are ready to receive guests at the start of the party.  Nothing is worse than having guests arrive and things are in a disarray as it makes the guests feel uncomfortable.

You have checked your list, not once but twice and know that everything is set and ready.  Take a deep breath, and be ready to greet each guest as they arrive.  Have a tray of beverages offered upon their arrival and then have a fabulous party.

All of us at Janice Blackmon Events wish you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Feliz Navidad, or whatever other holiday you celebrate as well as a Happy and Healthy New Year!!!

Cheers!!!

December 9, 2011

A Beautiful DIY Wedding!!!

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 3:35 pm by JBEvents

Regardless of a wedding’s budget, you can always have a beautiful wedding.  Such is the case with Ashley & Jon.

Starting with the personal flowers, the bride and her bridesmaids had a little Bouquet making Party.  Ashley purchased flowers from a wholesale flower outlet and then with instructions from the provider and us, they made the bouquets, boutonnieres and mothers flowers.  They turned out so nicely and offered a substantial cost savings. 

Ashley set her wedding theme as Winter Wonderland ~ which for a Florida wedding is unique in any case.  Her color palette was royal blue, silver and white.  Because she was going to provide all of the decor herself, Ashley began searching for items that would fit into her theme a year in advance.  She found adorable candle stands and small blue and silver ornaments.  To give the idea of snow, she used white sparkly material which was placed in the center of the family style tables on top of which the candelabra and ornaments were placed.  She used blue table cloths for linens.  To enhance the look of the cake and Sweetheart Tables, we provided gorgeous linens from Chair Covers and Linens.  These linens added an extra  special touch to the room and pulled the look together.

The room was further enhanced with blue and silver garland and silver snowflakes!  We even had a Christmas Tree decorated in the same color pattern!  Even though it was 80 degrees outside, guests could get the sense of being in a Winter Wonderland when they entered the reception.

To involve the guests and create a lasting memory, a “photo booth” was set-up where guests could don fun items or just be themself while a photo was taken that will be placed in the Guest Book next to their personal message. 

The guests feasted on pork loin, roasted red potatoes, green beans, macaroni and cheese, rolls and several other items. 

Boxes of candy mints were placed at each guests seat as favors while bowls of M&M’s were on each table for guests to enjoy throughout the reception.

The Matron of Honor and one of the groomsmen offered meaningful toasts to the couple. 

When the time came for the specialty dances, the bride and groom took the floor dancing to “From this Moment” by Shania Twain.  For a sweet twist, the bride then had a dance with her mom to “Mama’s Song” by Carrie Underwood.  The groom and his mom entered the same song half-way through.  To get the crowd on their feet, the Wedding Party was asked to get on the dance floor while the “Theme from Friends” played as all guests were then invited to join in the party.

The couple departed through a path of their family and friends blowing bubbles to wish them well.  As they drove away, they were still smiling after being surrounded by all of the love of those who celebrated their special day with them.

We wish Ashley & Jon a lifetime of Happiness!!!!

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