May 27, 2013

Happy Memorial Day! As we take a moment

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Happy Memorial Day! As we take a moment to remember all of the brave men and women who have given their lives for OUR Freedom and to those who currently serve, I want to say THANK YOU for your service! Have a safe and Happy Memorial Day!

May 24, 2013

A Memorial Day Celebration!!!

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Ahhh, the beginning of summer, Memorial Day weekend.  Our thoughts turn to grilling out, pool parties, lake and beach outings and celebrating with friends as well as remembering those that have lost their lives fighting for our Country!!!

Set the tone for your Memorial Day Party with the invitations.  This vintage looking invitation is cute.


Decorating with Red, White and Blue can take on many forms.  Whether you use flags placed all around to make the space festive, or you use lanterns, flowers, bandanas for napkins and twinkle lights strung to provide a sparkle and a little light for when the sun goes down – let Patriotic items take precedence in the decor. 

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If you are planning a Memorial Day Party and are still trying to decide what to serve, how about something a little different – Grilled Pizza!!!

Everyone loves pizza and pizza on the grill is delicious!!!  You can choose a variety of toppings to suit the taste of all of your guests.  The pizza cooks pretty quickly and by grilling it, you keep the heat out of the kitchen.  

To round out the meal, perhaps offer a salad and then a yummy dessert.  Some great ideas would be a sheet cake decorated with white icing or whipped cream and topped with red and blue berries to create a flag design.  If you don’t want to decorate a cake, you could opt for cupcakes with berries or even just sprinkles on top.  Another popular idea is homemade ice cream.  

Do as much prep work ahead of time as possible so you can sit back and enjoy the party!!!

You might want to try this Margherita Pizza recipe from Bobby Flay:

Bobby Flay Grilled Margherita Pizza

1 store-bought pizza dough
Olive oil, for brushing and drizzling
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 pound fresh mozzarella, sliced 1/4-inch thick
3 Roma tomatoes, sliced 1/4-inch thick
Handful fresh basil leaves
Prepare the grill for direct and indirect cooking.

Once the grill is hot (you can hold your hands an inch over the grates for no more than 2 seconds), stretch and shape the dough into a 12-inch round on a flat surface. Brush the top with oil, salt and pepper and toss on the grill, oil-side down. Cook until the bottom is golden brown, 1 minute. Check the bottom of the dough to see if it is getting browned. If it is on one part, but not the other, use a spatula or tongs to rotate the dough 90 degrees and cook for another minute. If it is still not beginning to brown, cover the grill and continue to cook a minute at a time until the bottom has browned evenly. (It should only take a couple minutes if you have a hot grill.) The top of the pizza dough will also start bubbling up with air pockets.

Once the pizza dough has browned on the bottom, flip over and grill until golden brown and the dough is just firm, another minute or so. Remove to a sheet pan. Cover the grill so it retains the heat for the next step.

Drizzle the top with more olive oil. Put the mozzarella and tomato slices on top and season with salt and pepper. Return the pizza to the grill on the sheet pan, cover the grill and cook for 3 or 4 minutes to melt the cheese. Remove from the grill and tear the basil leaves over the top. Slice and serve immediately.

How about a nice refreshing beverage to serve your guests.  I thought about Lemonade and decided a “spiked” version might be just the thing for the big party!

Lemonade with Vodka and Thyme

Vodka-Thyme Lemonade


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 12 sprigs fresh thyme (garnish)
  • 4 cups lemon juice (freshly squeezed, 24 lemons)
  • 2 cups vodka


  1. In a small saucepan, combine 2 cups water with the sugar and thyme; bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat; let cool to room temperature.
  2. Pour mixture through a fine sieve into a large glass measuring cup; discard thyme. You should have 2 cups syrup. Cover with plastic; chill.
  3. In a large serving pitcher, stir together lemon juice, vodka, and chilled syrup; garnish with thyme. Divide evenly among eight tumblers filled with ice; serve immediately.


Now to satisfy that sweet tooth:

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However you decide to celebrate, we hope that you will be safe and have a very Happy Memorial Day!!!




Janice Blackmon Events is an Event Planning company that specializes in producing flawless events of any type and size, anywhere!  

May 17, 2013

Today is the rehearsal for tomorrow’s B

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Today is the rehearsal for tomorrow’s Bat Mitzvah!! I am so excited to be celebrating with this wonderful family at this most special time! We have Excellent vendors involved that are all working together to make this an event that no one will soon forget!!!! {Georgia Aquarium, EventScapes, Kristen Alexander, Mark Lotti, Opher Moses}

May 14, 2013

Did you know we provide destination serv

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Did you know we provide destination services for weddings and other events? We can make all of the plans and arrangements for you and you can sit back and enjoy the special time in your life. Contact us today to begin planning your destination event!

May 12, 2013

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonder

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Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful mom’s! Remembering my mom with much love and appreciation for the wonderful example she set for my brother’s and me!!

May 10, 2013

Feature Fri: It’s always an honor to be

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Feature Fri: It’s always an honor to be quoted and it’s happened again in the May 8th edition of the Special Event newsletter. My friend and fellow industry pro, JWilbur of EventScapes was also quoted in the same article. Check it out:

May 9, 2013

Thoughtful Thurs:With Mother’s Day appr

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Thoughtful Thurs:With Mother’s Day approaching I think back to my sweet Mama and wish she were still here, for one more hug, one more kiss, one more phone call. She was the epitome of a genteel, southern lady whose family meant the world to her and she to us! For this Mother’s Day, I wish all Mother’s a very Happy Day and if your mom is still around, give her an extra tight squeeze and let her know how much she mean’s to you!!!

May 8, 2013

Had to get in on the craze, but seriousl

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Had to get in on the craze, but seriously our events are FLAWLESS. If you need help with your upcoming event, contact us!!

May 7, 2013

Tues Tips: Want a creative way to ask yo

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Tues Tips: Want a creative way to ask your friends to be in your wedding? Check out these free downloadable ideas:

May 6, 2013

Misc Mon:It’s always nice to hear from

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Misc Mon:It’s always nice to hear from happy clients as it solidifies WHY I love what I do! Here’s part of a recent note: ” I’m extremely grateful to you for your above-and-beyond service extended to me in the last year. I can not imagine having gone through the wedding planning process without your support, advice, reassurance….everything. When ever I had a meeting or fitting or spoke with a vendor they’d said, “Janice, she’s the absolute best!” I can attest to it first-hand now. Whenever I had a question, you didn’t just get back in a day, but in hours, sometimes minutes. And if you couldn’t get back to me in hours, you told me so. Whenever I had a question, you gave options. I don’t think you missed a single question, and frankly I don’t know how you do it, and then have more than one bride at a time to juggle! Even when problems arose at the last minute with invoices, you were professional and kind. I really felt I was special; taken care of. I told Dean I think you have the hardest job in the world but then I hope the thank-you’s and sense you’re positively impacting a couples start in life together make it rewarding in the end.”

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