December 23, 2020

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

This year has been a crazy one for sure. COVID-19 has affected and touched everyone in some way. Some more than others. The Special Events Industry has certainly been impacted and has caused so much stress. I have been so saddened for my clients that had to postpone their events. However, we are looking forward to celebrating in the New Year!

Christmas has always been a special time for me. My parents always made sure to make this a happy and festive time. I have tried to do the same for my daughters and now my nanababies. It makes me happy to give. Decorating for Christmas in my family usually happened around Thanksgiving. This year though, it happened much earlier. We took down our Halloween decorations and immediately put up the Tree and other decor. I think many people were looking for something to bring them joy with this horrific year we have had. I know I was!!

This year even brought new ways to visit Santa. A wonderful company, JingleRing, created a custom and unique platform for bringing a virtual, interactive Santa visit directly to your computer screen in the comfort of your home. My precious nanababies truly enjoyed visiting with Santa. We even had Mrs. Claus join in on the visit and she and Santa read a classic Christmas story, “T’was the Night Before Christmas”. The JingleRing platform allowed me and my youngest daughter to view the interactive visit and we were just as excited as they were!

What’s Christmas without doing some baking – let’s just add to the COVID 15 we’ve already gained. 🙂 My mom use to make between 15 – 20 different varieties of cookies. She spent hours and hours baking, and she loved it. She would put large trays of cookies together for neighbors and of course, for the family. She received such joy putting her love into baking and then the gifting. And believe me when I tell you, every single cookie was DELICIOUS!!! While I certainly didn’t bake that many varieties of cookies, I did crank out some Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Blossoms (1/2 with Hershey Kisses and 1/2 with Reese Cups), Sitting Pretties and Double Delicious Bars, along with my traditional Pumpkin Bread.

Keeping us in the Spirit is our favorite Christmas music. I love listening to Pentatonix Christmas and I also listen to older recordings like Barbara Streisand, Amy Grant, Mariah Cary, Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, The Carpenter’s and The Ray Conniff Singers (have it on vinyl). What are some of your favorites?

And what is Christmas without Christmas movies? I’ve been watching them all season and still have a few I want to watch before the BIG DAY! There are so many amazing movies out there, but I would have to say my all-time favorite is Elf! Followed closely by The Santa Claus franchise, Rudolf, White Christmas, the hallmark Christmas movies, and a new one this year, Jingle Jangle.

We are still deciding on our actual Christmas day dinner since we will be having our big meal the day after when my oldest daughter and family get down here. 🙂 But top of the suggestion list is Chinese. What special dishes do you have for your Christmas meal? Are there any special traditions that you observe and pass down to your family?

As this year comes to a close (Thank God), we want to thank all of our clients (present and past), vendor partners, friends and family a very Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with Happiness, Prosperity, Good Health and Love to all!

Janice Blackmon Events is an event planning firm, specializing in bringing innovative concepts, creative design and flawless production to every client’s event. Offices in Atlanta, Orlando and Sarasota, services provided worldwide.

February 14, 2020

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

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On this day all about love (and chocolates), I thought I would share a small collection of beautiful images from some of my precious couples weddings! Since a picture is worth a thousand words – I think these images will offer a whole novel of LOVE!!! Wishing a Happy Valentine’s to my amazing clients and all lovers!

Sending much appreciation to the amazing photographers that shared these images!

Laura Tarquino ~ Vosamo

Kristen Alexander Photography

Brandelyn Lee

Paul Perdue

Angela Wilson

Katherine Birkbeck

Brenda Upton

Sarah Ingram

Michelle Landreau

Happy Everything Co.

Laura Stone Photography

Sunny Lee Photography

Life and Love Photography

Angie Webb

Christopher Brock

Ashley Blencoe

Belletti Photography

JVK Photography

Shari Zellers Photography

Janice Blackmon Events is an award-winning special events planning company, specializing in assisting our clients with innovative concepts, creative design and flawless production of their event!

December 26, 2019

So, What Did You Get???

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The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that something special would be in there!

You ran around (whether physically or online) trying to get the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Then wrapped it up in festive paper and placed it under the tree.

The day finally came, anticipation was high. You hope that you didn’t forget anything and that everyone will love their gifts.

The family came over excited to see what treasures they would find in the presents under the tree.

As each gift was opened, you watched with care and hoped they would be happy with the gift that was in there. The expressions on faces as each gift was unwrapped, proved priceless and precious though created quite a mess. The smiles say it all, their faces were so happy, they tugged at my heart, but I won’t get too sappy.

When the last gift is opened and you sit back to reflect, did you start to feel nostalgic from Christmases past? Did you feel a sense of relief that the big day is over? Or did you get that exhilaration seeing Christmas through the eyes of a child? For me, it was a little of all of that.

Growing up, my parents always went over the top with the gifts – but they were always from their heart. My parents were so generous and received such joy giving to their children and later, their grandchildren. I feel the same way — I have always wanted to give my daughters a wonderful Christmas, complete with everything they wanted (or close to it). And now, I also do that for my grandkids.

That being said, it is important to remember, it’s not the gifts that should be the focus, but rather letting each person know they are loved, and you can’t put a price on that, nor can you wrap it up with pretty paper and bows. Love is the best gift, and one that should be given freely, not just at Christmas time, but all year through. The one thing that will linger long after Christmas is gone, is the memories – and for me, I hope that my daughters and my grandchildren will always know that regardless of the gifts they receive, that my love for them is endless and is given to them every day of the year. Those are the memories that I want them to take away from Christmas and every other day!

I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and that the memories you made will be some of your favorite. Thank you for allowing me to share my family with you during this most wonderful time of the year!

Janice Blackmon Events is an award-winning special events consulting and planning company, specializing in creating innovative, creative and flawless events for every client.

December 15, 2019

Surviving the Holiday’s…A Few Tips!

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I think we can all agree that the Holiday’s, although a joyous time, can also be one of the most stressful times of the year.  We are rushing around and trying to get that “perfect” gift for everyone, trying to bake all of the yummy holiday treats, decorating, entertaining and even hosting guests in our home.  All of that is in addition to your daily tasks which already leave you tired, stressed and rushed.  It’s easy to start feeling like time and money are getting away from you.  It’s also a time of year when everyone should be a little more kind and gentle, but it seems like just the opposite happens.  Tempers flare, anxiety heightens, and for many people this is a time of deep depression.

So what can you do to maintain your sanity and enjoy this special time of the year?  Here are a few tips that will hopefully help you.

  1. Be realistic. The holidays don’t have to be perfect.  You don’t have to have the most decorated house in the neighborhood, throw the best party, give the most gifts, or bake the most cookies.  Sometimes, less can be best.  Determine what activities bring you the most joy, and focus on those.
  2. Set aside differences. Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don’t live up to all of your expectations. Set aside grievances until a more appropriate time for discussion. And be understanding if others get upset or distressed when something goes awry. Chances are they’re feeling the effects of holiday stress and depression, too.
  3. Stick to a budget. Before you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend. Then stick to your budget. Don’t try to buy happiness with an avalanche of gifts.
  4. Plan ahead. Set aside specific days for shopping, baking, visiting friends and other activities. Plan your menus and then make your shopping list. That’ll help prevent last-minute scrambling to buy forgotten ingredients. And make sure to line up help for party prep and cleanup.
  5. Learn to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Friends and colleagues will understand if you can’t participate in every project or activity.
  6. Don’t abandon healthy habits. Don’t let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt. Moderation is key – enjoy those tasty treats, but don’t go overboard.  Get exercise – even if it’s just walking an extra lap around the store, or even better outside to get some fresh air. 
  7. Take a “ME” moment. Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm.
  8. Like the song says, Count your Blessings instead of Sheep.  To overcome holiday depression and anxiety, think about the parts of your life that are going well. It can be helpful to list your blessings. When people are stressed and depressed, they tend to focus on the negative things in their lives rather than counting their blessings. There is always something to be thankful for.  I have found that writing down things you are thankful for is a great exercise, because forcing yourself to think of positive things when you are feeling down leads to improving the negative feelings that can consume you.

I hope these tips will help you enjoy the rest of this wonderful season.  My desire for you is that your stress level will decrease and your joy increase, as this truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas / Happy Hanukkah!

Janice Blackmon Events is an award-winning special event planning company, specializing in creating unique, flawless and fabulous events!  

Credit to Mayo Clinic and psycom for information contained in this post.

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