March 29, 2013

Feature Fri: Wishing you all a very Happ

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:11 am by JBEvents

Feature Fri: Wishing you all a very Happy Easter this weekend! Time for beautiful dresses, bright-colored flowers, fluffy bunnies and chocolate!

March 28, 2013

Thoughtful Thurs: Send handwritten notes

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Thoughtful Thurs: Send handwritten notes to your vendors after your event ~ let them know how they did and if they exceeded your expectations! We love hearing from our clients ~ this is just one of many notes we have received recently!

March 27, 2013

Wed Wisdom:“Dare to live the life you ha

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Wed Wisdom:“Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson / This is my motto and I’m fortunate to be doing my life-long dream ~ planning events!!

March 26, 2013

Tues Tip:Give groomsmen colorful socks

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Tues Tip:Give groomsmen colorful socks &/or ties to wear on wedding day. {one of my recent clients – photo courtesy of Our Labor of Love}

March 25, 2013

Misc Mon: Spring means gorgeous blooming

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:25 am by JBEvents

Misc Mon: Spring means gorgeous blooming Forsythia! Using these in centerpieces brings a ray of sunshine to your event.

March 22, 2013

The Great Znoskey aka Annie & Stephen’s Wedding!!

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:00 am by JBEvents


It was such a pleasure to work with this family and assist with the planning of the 1920’s inspired wedding!  The selection of the venue was important for many reasons, but being able to carry the 20’s theme out with the surroundings led us to one of my favorite hotels, The Georgian Terrace.  With it’s rich history and stunning architecture it was the perfect backdrop for the wedding.

Giving a nod to The Great Gatsby, the couple titled their event The Great Znoskey – which not only set the tone for the theme, but was a cute play on their last names.  The bride even had shirts embroidered with the logo which they wore for many of the pre-wedding festivities as well as during hair and make-up!


Keeping with the 20’s theme, Annie choose a hairstyle that was perfect for the time period as well as her dress.  The Moore Agency provided the Hair and Make-up and did such a wonderful job {as always}.  All of the ladies looked lovely.

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Heidi of Our Labor of Love was on hand to capture the amazing images throughout the day.  She was such a pleasure to work with and I think you will agree the images are stunning!!  Her team also provided the Photo Booth {Smile Booth} which was a HUGE hit during the reception.

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The ceremony was held at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus {formerly Sacred Heart}.  This is such a beautiful church.  The detail inside is so intricate and exquisite.

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One of the brides sisters created the Bridal bouquet which was made of vintage brooches and white feathers.  It was fabulous!  Ann Potter created the floral decor for the wedding.  The bridesmaid bouquets were styled with White Anemone’s and white roses and each bouquet had a vintage brooch incorporated into the design.

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As the couple exited the church, they were greeted by a vintage car complete with a Rumble seat. The couple climbed aboard and departed for the reception.

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Guests arrived at the Georgian Terrace Hotel, and were treated to delicious Hors D’oeuvres and cocktails while the finishing touches were completed on the Ballroom.  The guests were informed of their seating assignments with Escort cards that looked like old shipping labels.  Each card had a vintage styled key attached with a delicate ivory ribbon. The Guest Book was a coffee table book on the Art Deco era – perfect for the theme.

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At the appropriate time, Guests were invited into the Grand Ballroom where servers greeted them with flutes of Champagne.  The Father of the Bride welcomed everyone while the Bride and Groom observed the crowd from the Balcony.  At the end of the Father’s welcome, he toasted the newlyweds as guests turned to see them waving from the Balcony ~ with the Groom properly attired in a Top Hat and stole.

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A delicious buffet was enjoyed by all in attendance and once the guests were full, they took to the dance floor and danced the night away to the  music of  Bogey and The Viceroy’s.  The band was excellent and the guests kept the dance floor full all night long.

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The beautiful cake was provided by For Goodness Cakes.  The designs decorating the tiers were a continuation of the designs used in the stationery suite.

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The Smile Booth kept guests entertained by posing with a variety of props – including boas, crowns, Viking helmet, glasses, as well as long strands of beads and pearls, feather hats and other fun items.  Some guests enjoyed the props so much, they kept them on for the rest of the evening.

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Annie had a dress change mid-way through the reception.  We snuck her out so that she could change into a true 1920’s Flapper dress.  It was a gorgeous dress, heavily beaded and was perfect to carry through the theme.  She also have a vintage ivory sequined coat she wore when they departed.

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After all of the dancing, guests had worked up an appetite and to satisfy that need, they were treated to Hot Dogs and Hamburgers from The Varsity.  What a huge hit!

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When the night drew to an end, the couple made their way to their waiting car amidst the cheering crowd raising sparklers to wish the couple well.






There were so many beautiful touches all throughout the event!!  I hope that you will enjoy viewing more photos from the celebration.  Special thanks to Heidi of Our Labor of Love photographers for providing the majority of the images in this post with the exception of a few snapshots I took during set-up.  

We wish a lifetime of happiness to Annie and Stephen!!!!!  Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your most special day!

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March 21, 2013

Tasty Idea for a Favor!!

Posted in Other Events, Planning Tips and Information tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:00 am by JBEvents

Planning a gathering of close friends ~ maybe a Bridal Shower, Baby shower, Ladies Tea, Small-group meeting, Cooking Club meeting or just a lunch with your best friends ~ whatever the occasion  with a little pre-planning, you can give your guests a take-away that will provide a yummy reminder of the special occasion!!

A perfect way to show your friends they are special, is to share with them a Friendship Bread Starter.  The pre-planning is for making enough of the starter to have for each guest in attendance.  It would be best to have a finished product for everyone to enjoy at the gathering and then surprise them all with a jar of their own starter along with the Directions and Recipe to take home with them.  They will be sure to think of you every time they enjoy the fruits of their labor while also allowing them to share a starter with others in their circle of friends.  It’s a great way to show a kind gesture that can keep on giving!

I’ve participated in several of the “Starters”, but really love the Amish Friendship Bread as it has a dense texture and sweet flavor.  I would often eat a slice for breakfast warmed up with a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar or serve as a dessert.  You can also make variations of the recipe by adding chocolate chips or dried fruit.  So many options!!

Amish Friendship Bread Starter

Amish Friendship Bread Starter

Amish Friendship Bread Starter


Original recipe makes 4 cups of starter

1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

3 cups all-purpose flour, divided

3 cups white sugar, divided

3 cups milk


1.    In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Let stand 10 minutes. In a 2 quart container glass, plastic or ceramic container, combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix thoroughly or flour will lump when milk is added. Slowly stir in 1 cup milk and dissolved yeast mixture. Cover loosely and let stand until bubbly. Consider this day 1 of the 10 day cycle. Leave loosely covered at room temperature.


  • Once you have made the starter, you will consider it Day One.   You can also freeze this starter in 1 cup measures for later use. Frozen starter will take at least 3 hours at room temperature to thaw before using.

  The Recipe

Important Note: Don’t use metal spoons or equipment. Do not refrigerate. Use only glazed ceramic or plastic bowls or containers.

Required Main Ingredient

1 cup live yeast starter (see above)

day 1:

Do nothing with the starter.

days 2-5:

Stir with a wooden spoon.

day 6:

Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk. Stir with a wooden spoon.

days 7-9:

Stir with a wooden spoon.

Day 10:

Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Stir. Take out 3 cups and place 1 cup each into three separate plastic containers. Give one cup and a copy of this recipe to three friends. To the balance (a little over one cup) of the batter, add the following ingredients and mix well.

1 cup oil
1/2 cup milk
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

In a separate bowl combine the following dry ingredients and mix well:

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 – (5.1 oz) box instant vanilla pudding
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup nuts

Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix and pour into two well-greased and sugared bread pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.


I hope you enjoy this personal Favor/Treat for your special gathering of friends!!



Janice Blackmon Events ~ A full-service event planning firm offering a variety of packages so clients can determine the level of assistance they need!  Our philosophy is that with our assistance, your event will be flawless!!!

March 20, 2013

Wed Wisdom: “All I have seen teaches me

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:02 am by JBEvents

Wed Wisdom: “All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson {see also Hebrews 11:1 – The Bible}

March 19, 2013

Tues Tip: Be realistic with your budget.

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Tues Tip: Be realistic with your budget. Prioritize items of importance. Work with a professional planner as we can save you $ by referring to vendors that will work within your budget.

March 18, 2013

Misc Mon:Dress shopping with a new clien

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:45 am by JBEvents

Misc Mon:Dress shopping with a new client today! Will we find the “PERFECT” dress? Remember – be open to suggestions from salons on styles they think might work!

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