August 28, 2020

We Just Want to PARTY!

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Let’s face it – COVID has completely altered our lives. We are about 6 months in to the pandemic, and we are itching to get back to “normal”. While that is not completely possible, there are some ways to still have a little bit of fun with a celebration or even making an ordinary day feel like a special occasion.

If you are celebrating a birthday, why not elevate the at-home experience with some cute decor. There are many online stores where you can order decor. If you are up to venturing out, then visit your neighborhood Target, Party City or even Dollar Tree. You will be surprised at what treasures you will find without breaking the bank. Of course, we can create an over-the-top design if that’s what you desire. Our preferred vendor partners are ready and able to work with us, from luxury linens, exquisite floral designs, amazing musicians, creative caterers and custom features from the invitations to favors. We can even secure custom face-masks for you in the color theme of the event.

At the start of the party, have a specialty cocktail for the guests. We of course would recommend something theme appropriate.

A cute and safe way to offer hor d’oeuvres would be to have individual containers for each guest with a sampling of the delectable bites. This doesn’t have to be extravagant, but things that are easy to eat and tasty. The presentation will make them extra special!

Next, why not have your meal catered! Many of the caterers that we work with on the old normal events have adapted their business to offer delicious food on a much smaller scale and some will even deliver it to you. This is a fantastic way to support small business and have a delicious meal! There are also Private Chefs available that will come to your home and create the dinner.

What’s a party without music? Quiet! So, create a playlist to go along with the party theme. Before the party officially starts, tell Alexa to play that party playlist. As with any special event, we recommend that the music starts off with some light upbeat music, then a little more calm during the dinner portion and then ramp up after dinner for the true party experience.

Plan some party games! Go old-school, and play charades, Twister, etc. Everyone will enjoy getting in on the fun!

Now for my favorite part – DESSERT!!!!!!! This is another area where you can continue with the party theme. Order a specialty cake from a local pastry chef (again, support small businesses that have been hugely impacted by the COVID pandemic). Cupcakes are also an excellent option – and are already individual servings!

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The end of the party should leave everyone on a high note – so offer your guests a cute, themed favor to remember the special evening. As we always recommend, a consumable item is the best option. :o)

We are available to assist in planning and producing your event – regardless of the size! We have vendors and resources that will work to bring your vision to life and to add a little normalcy to our current situation. What are you waiting for? Let’s plan a party!

Janice Blackmon Events is an award-winning event planning company, specializing in assisting our clients with innovative ideas, creative design and flawless execution of their event! Offices in Atlanta, GA, Orlando and Sarasota, Florida.

June 26, 2020

Announcing our Intimate Wedding Package for the Orlando Area!

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During this time of COVID, so many of our clients have had to postpone and reschedule their weddings. This of course is such a hard situation and very emotional because of all of the planning that has gone into preparing for the wedding you envision. Since it appears that we will have some limitations for the foreseeable future on gatherings, we decided we wanted to HELP couples that decide they want to go ahead and get married, but have the large celebration later.

With that in mind, we have created an Intimate Wedding Package. You can make this a one-stop shop for putting together a beautiful celebration. We have partnered with some of Orlando’s best vendors and venues to bring to our couples special pricing and packages. These are not available to couples on their own or even with another Planner.

So without further ado, here’s the details for your I Do’s!

Janice Blackmon Events  is an award-winning special event planning company that specializes in assisting our clients with innovative concepts, creative design and flawless production of the event.  Because we know that planning a special event can be very stressful, we work in such a way as to provide our clients the tools and services to allow them to enjoy the planning experience and the flawless event. 

Our Intimate Wedding Package contains the following (based on availability):

  • Janice Blackmon Events Pre-planning to consist of a Check List to ensure that all details and tasks are handled.  We are happy to assist with recommending venues/vendors, obtaining contracts from our partner vendors, offering guidance on etiquette, etc.
  • A one (1) hour Final Planning Meeting to discuss the details of the day and creation of the timeline.
  • Communication with your vendors to provide the timeline of the day and provide any additional details.
  • Provide 2 hours of on-site assistance at the venue to ensure all details are handled.  We will:
    • Line up the “wedding party” and send down the aisle.
    • Assist with post-ceremony photos for family and the couple.
    • Ensure beverages and the cake are ready for the ceremonial cutting.
    • Provide a 1 or 2 tier simply elegant wedding cake, adorned with fresh flowers. (Cake size is determined by number of guests)
    • Instruct on cutting the cake.
    • Pack up any of your personal items and make sure they are safely placed in a designated location.
    • Send you off to begin your Happily Ever After!
  • A set of Toasting Flutes as our gift to you!

We create one-of-a-kind events by making sure the clients personality is woven throughout every detail. Contact us today so we can begin creating yours!

Now for the venue!

We have partnered with one of Orlando’s beautiful venues for a spectacular setting for your Intimate Wedding, The Cottage at Lake Fairview. They have offered an amazing special rate for the venue just for our clients. You won’t get this pricing on your own or with another wedding/event planner.

If you are looking for a venue that is unique with beautiful views, then you are going to love this one. Imagine having your ceremony under an arbor with a view of the lake and then having a celebration al fresco under market lights for a magical touch.

For Intimate Weddings of up to a maximum of 50 guests, the venue can be rented for 2 hours on Sunday – Thursday for $2500, or Friday or Saturday for $3500, based on availability. Tables, chairs, chair covers are included. The venue also has some unique and beautiful items that can be rented to enhance your wedding.

Can’t you just imagine a ceremony at sunset overlooking the lake, and then a small celebration under sparkling stars and market lights. It would be so romantic and with the special package, an excellent deal!

We have also partnered with other top-notch vendors who will also offer a special rate for our clients, based on availability.

Photographer – Up to 4 hours of coverage with an internationally published photographer. Her style is editorial, timeless and artistic, with an editorial feel. There will be 2 photographers onsite. You will receive an online gallery delivered 30 days after the wedding that includes rights to the couple for printing.

Officiant – Offering special pricing for our clients. We have officiants that range in price from $200 for a weekday wedding to $250 for a weekend wedding.

Floral Designer – We have one of Orlando’s finest floral designer that will provide a bouquet/boutonniere for the wedding couple in seasonal flowers in your choice of color (or for same-sex couples either 2 bouquets or 2 boutonnieres) and fresh flowers to adorn the wedding cake. Additional flowers can be added if desired to upgrade the floral package.

DJ – We have a DJ that will be available for 2 hours. They will provide the music for the guest seating, ceremony and the post-ceremony celebration.

For additional details, pricing and availability, please contact Dacoda, our Orlando Sales Consultant/Planner.

Dacoda Karvaski | Dacoda@JaniceBlackmonEvents.com | 610.393.1238

Please visit us on our social media platforms:

Website:  www.JaniceBlackmonEvents.com IG:  janiceblackmonevents
Facebook:  @JaniceBlackmonEvents Twitter: JaniceBlackmon Pinterest:  jbevents

If you are looking to plan a wedding or other social celebration for a larger guest count, we offer a variety of packages from a basic package up to a complete luxury, full-service package. Contact us for details and pricing.

Janice Blackmon Events is an award-winning special event planning firm. We specialize in assisting our clients with innovative concepts, creative design and flawless production of your event.

May 13, 2020

Happy Wednesday!

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Hello everyone!

I hope you all are staying safe and healthy as we continue to navigate through this COVID-19 pandemic. This situation has affected us all in one way or another. For weddings and special events, things have drastically changed. My clients with Spring weddings have had to postpone resulting in so many emotions, and my Fall clients are concerned that they will have to make adjustments as well. My heart goes out to everyone that had events planned this year. I do believe we will get back to “normal” or perhaps a new normal, but that we will be back to having amazing and flawless events!

During this time, I have made some changes that I’m so excited about! One is that I am still assisting clients planning events. Virtual meetings have taken the place of in-person, but the service level is still the same – exceptional! The fact is, even though events aren’t taking place now, it’s the perfect time to be planning for the future. Dates in 2021 are filling up quickly due to not only rescheduled weddings and events, but for those clients already planning a 2021 event. If you are ready to plan event, let us help!

The next change that I have made is to open an Orlando, FL division. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this. It’s something that I have wanted to do for quite some time, but now the timing was perfect. With this addition, our services are available in Atlanta, GA, Sarasota/Tampa Bay Area, FL and Orlando.

Please join me in welcoming my Orlando Sales Consultant/Event Planner, Dacoda Karvaski! Dacoda has a B.S. in Hospitality Management. She has used her education working for prestigious employers such as the exclusive Citrus Club, a ClubCorp property, as well as the happiest place on earth, The Walt Disney Company. She has further experience with catering companies. I am thrilled to have her on my Team and can’t wait to see what the future holds!

Dacoda Karvaski
Sales Consultant / Event Planner
Orlando Division

There are other changes underway as well! Stay tuned for the unveiling very soon!!!

Remember, we are here to assist you in planning your event, even during social distancing!! Let us know if you would like to set-up a virtual consultation and let’s get the party started!

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

May 26, 2019

Memorial Day….Remembering the fallen!

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Memorial Day – known as the official start of summer.  Now I’ve always known that the holiday is set aside for honoring those who have served and lost their lives in service to this country, but honestly, aside from having a passing thought, it wasn’t what I “celebrated”.  That is, until this year.

My youngest daughter is a flight attendant and just so happened to have an Atlanta overnight Friday.  This was extremely special as that was the same day my first grandson graduated from Kindergarten!  It was a double bonus to get to go to his school program AND then get to have my daughter come home for the evening.  My grandson LOVES to go to the airport with me to pick up his Auntie A, and so, Friday was no exception.  We made our way to the airport and although her flight had already landed by the time we arrived, we knew we had to wait until she was off the plane-train before we could move up to the baggage claim area to pick her up.  We sat in the cell lot and watched planes taxi and take-off and just enjoyed that time.  I started thinking it was taking her longer than normal to call and say she was off the train and we could begin making our way to get her.  Well, there was a very good reason.

I got a text message from her, and while I expected it to say we could come get her, it instead was a series of photos she took of the plane that was next to hers as a fallen soldier was being taken off of the plane.  Seeing those images, and especially on Memorial Day weekend, was sobering.  I looked at the photos and my eyes filled with tears as the pomp and circumstance of the military procedure of removing the casket from the plane was captured by her camera. She said it was completely silent all around her as passengers, crew and airport personnel stopped while this soldier’s body was unloaded from the plane to be taken to his/her family and final resting place.

This was a huge reminder of why we set aside a day to honor all of those that sacrificed their lives for our safety and freedom.  This country has a lot of problems and issues, and we get so wrapped up in the bi-partisan rhetoric that we lose sight of the fact that as a country we are FREE.  The price to be free has been paid by many.  The men and women that through the years have left their friends and family behind to be of service to their country, deserve to be honored.  Those that lost their lives while doing so, deserve to be honored even more so.  They deserve more than one day set-aside as we get a day off work.  They gave the ultimate sacrifice.  Many never to return home to their friends and family.  Children that didn’t get to grow up with them, parents that had to raise a family alone, parents that spent every day looking forward to their son or daughter returning home, safely, never to do so.

My own father fought in WWII in the Navy.  It was something he was always so proud of doing.  While he didn’t lose his life while serving, many during that time weren’t so lucky.  Since that time, many more men and women lost their lives while serving their country.

Regardless of your views, political party, race, color, economic status, age, or sex, we should all thank those that selflessly give of themselves so that we all can live in a country that has so much to be thankful for.  We are the Land of the Free, because of the Brave!

We don’t know who the fallen soldier was that had their last flight ending in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, May 24th, but I can tell you this, my heart goes out to their family and my view of Memorial Day is certainly different this year.  I hope that each of us take time  during this weekend to stop and remember all of those amazing people that gave of themselves for us.

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John 15:13 King James Version (KJV)

13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

September 24, 2018

A Special Simcha for a Special Family

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It was truly an honor and a privilege to plan and produce the second Mitzvah celebration for this amazing family!  There are just some times that you really click with a client and throughout the process you develop a friendship.  That was the case with this sweet family.  Three years ago I worked with this family on their daughters Bat Mitzvah and now the youngest of the family, Daniel is celebrating his Bar Mitzvah!

We selected the InterContinental Hotel as the venue, which was perfect because many of the family members live not only out of state, but out of the country.  The Hotel would be home away from home while the family came to celebrate this special time.

Let me just talk about family for a moment.  The love that this family has for each other, and actively shows, makes my heart smile.  The siblings are each others biggest supporters and the connection between them is something that you can feel whenever you are around them.  The entire family – immediate and extended – share a love that just makes you feel happy to see it expressed!

The photos below, compliments of the always fabulous, Kristen Alexander, will tell the story for me, but I want to provide just a few details.  

Instead of a full-on theme for the celebration, a color palette was selected.  The honoree’s favorite Soccer team is Barcelona, so their team colors of burgundy, blue and yellow were the basis of the decor. 

For the Kiddush luncheon, we went with a palette of black and white striped linens, paired with yellow and white flowers.  It was a very crisp and clean look.

For the evening party, we paired a contemporary design concept with organic touches for a truly unique and elevated look.  Bringing the concepts and design together was the creative genius of JWilbur of EventScapes.  

One of my favorite parts of a Mitzvah is the candle lighting ceremony.  Hearing the honoree honor their family and friends is touching and inspiring. 

For this party, if you had a sweet-tooth, then you would have been in heaven.  After a delicious dinner, guests were invited out to the garden terrace for mini cupcakes, fresh made hot doughnuts with a variety of toppings and an ice cream bar.  

And if those sweets weren’t enough, then how about a candy buffet featuring Daniel’s favorite treats.

Guests received a commemorative T-shirt as a lasting reminder of the special occasion. 

Now that all of the kid’s in the family have celebrated their Mitzvah’s, we look forward to continued celebrations like weddings, with this wonderful family in the future. 

 

A HUGE Thank you to each vendor that we were honored to recommend and partner with for this fabulous celebration!!!

Synagogue ~ Congregation Shearith Israel

Kiddush Luncheon ~ Gourmet Catering by Alex

Venue ~ InterContinental Hotel Buckhead

Floral Event Designer ~ EventScapes Atlanta

Photographer ~ Kristen Alexander

Videographer ~ Cre8tive Cinema

DJ ~ Marquee Events

Cupcakes ~ Georgetown Cupcakes

Photobooth ~ ShutterBooth

It was indeed an honor and a pleasure to produce this fabulous and flawless celebration for an incredible family!!! 

Janice Blackmon Events is an award-winning event planning firm, specializing in assisting our clients with a stress-free planning process and a fabulous and flawless event!

July 2, 2017

Happy 4th of July!!

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4th of July

 

The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holiday’s.  Summertime, friends, good food and fireworks is the perfect combination for a fun time.  

Some of my fondest memories are from my late teen’s and early 20’s when a friend of mine and I would get a hotel room with a view overlooking the Sarasota Bay and have a few friends over to celebrate the 4th of July and watch the fireworks.  

The 4th of July tends to lend itself to being a great time for gathering with friends.  Barbecues or low country boils are popular themes.  Having activities for the kids as well as games for kids and adults is sure to bring out the competitive spirit in everyone.  The decor for your party can be very simple to elaborate, but having refreshing beverages and yummy food to nosh on are key.  You can get some ideas on my 4th of July Pinterest board.

If you don’t want to host a party at your home, there are many other local attractions that you can attend.  Getting a group together to go watch fireworks is still a favorite activity of mine.  Grab some cold beverages and snacks and put them in a cooler, take sparklers, glow sticks or poppers for the gang to celebrate with while waiting for the show to begin.  Don’t forget to pack the bug spray to keep those pesky little heathens from eating YOU as their snack.  :o)

 No matter how you celebrate, remember the freedoms our Country was built on, which have not come without sacrifice.  These words need to remembered not only on Independence Day, but everyday!

 “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” – Declaration of Independence, July 4th, 1776

Looking for something to do in the Atlanta, Sarasota/Tampa Bay area or Orlando?  Here are a few ideas:

http://www.atlanta.net/events/seasonal/fourth-of-july/

https://atlanta.curbed.com/maps/where-watch-atlanta-july-4th-fireworks-fourth

http://www.visitsarasota.com/blog/celebrate-red-white-and-blue-florida-gulf-coast

http://wfla.com/2017/06/30/fourth-of-july-celebrations-parades-and-fireworks-in-the-tampa-bay-area/

http://www.visitorlando.com/events/holidays/july-fourth-in-orlando/

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/entertainment/4th-of-july-at-walt-disney-world-resort/

I would love to hear your favorite memories or traditions for the 4th!

Wherever you are, whatever you do, I wish a Happy and Safe 4th of July to you!!! 

 

Janice Blackmon Events is an award-winning special event planning company specializing in assisting our clients with innovative ideas, creative designs and flawless execution of their event. 

 

April 12, 2017

Wedding Budget Tips

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You just got engaged and are excited about beginning all of the plans for the wedding.  It’s easy to get carried away with all of the ideas that are going through your head – however, two of the main concerns you need to determine early on is the dreaded, BUDGET and the Guest List!

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The budget will dictate the decisions that will be made and it directly impacts the Guest List.  

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Each person you include on your Guest List has an associated dollar amount connected to them.  That is why it is important to thoroughly vet your Guest List.  Generally the couple and their parents will create the guest list based upon who they feel should be invited.  There is always the “Must Invite” list but many times my clients will create a “B” and even a “C” list.  While it’s usually true that not every guest you invite will attend, you must consider the possibility that they will.  It’s also important to note that if you want to send out Save the Dates, whomever you send them to MUST be sent a wedding invitation, So if you have a “B” and/or “C” list, you need to take that into consideration.   Here’s a good infographic of how to determine your Guest List. 

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Once you have the draft of your Guest List, then you can begin searching for a venue (or let us do that legwork for you).  One of the first questions a venue will ask is, what is your estimated guest count, so that’s why it’s important to work on the Guest List first. Venues have a maximum capacity for their event space, so the estimated Guest count has to be considered to determine the appropriate space for your celebration.

If you hire a professional Planner at the beginning, we can lead you through the details so that you can make great informed decisions. With our experience, we can guide you through the process of planning your wedding while removing much of the stress.  We are familiar with venues and can make appropriate suggestions based upon your budget, guest count and vision.

Contact us for information and let us begin planning your flawless wedding while reducing your stress. 

 

Janice Blackmon Events is an award-winning Event Planning company specializing in assisting our clients with innovative concepts, creative design and flawless production of the event.  

 

September 26, 2016

Venue Spotlight ~ Selby Gardens in Sarasota, Florida

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When planning a wedding or any social celebration, selecting the venue is key.  We assist our clients in determining the perfect venue for them by asking many questions to include among others, anticipated guest count as well as their vision of the theme and atmosphere. When it comes to weddings and social celebrations in Sarasota, there are so many options of venues available, from luxury hotels to historic homes, art museums, botanical gardens or of course, the beautiful beaches.  

One of the gorgeous venues that we love is Selby Gardens.  For historical information on Selby Gardens click here. The stunning beauty of the gardens coupled with the view of Sarasota Bay, creates a magical setting for an unforgettable event.  

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Weddings may be held anywhere throughout the Gardens. The most popular locations are the Schimmel Wedding Lawn and Pavilion, the Gazebo, the Banyan Grove, and The Wedding Oak adjacent to the Christy Payne Mansion. Additional areas that lend themselves to nuptial celebrations are the Great Room by the Bay indoors or outdoors at the Christy Payne Mansion.

Renovations have been underway at the Gardens, but are estimated to be complete by the first part of October which will also include an option for wedding party’s to arrive by boat on the south lawn side. 

The south lawn includes the Gazebo, Children’s Playground, and cocktail area looking over the bay, as well as a dance floor/seating area. This area can accommodate 250+ for a seated event.   There is not a backup plan on this side when it comes to weather, so usually a tent is booked. 

The Great Room by the Bay is smaller, consisting of 3600 square feet, however, for an indoor event it has a lot to offer. There is a large bay view, terrace for band or DJ, and the “wedding oak” which is picturesque for ceremony backdrop. 
Contact us to begin planning your event at Selby Gardens or any other venue in the Sarasota/Tampa Bay area.  

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This space is adjacent to the back of the Gazebo. Perfect for Cocktail Hour with the view of the Bay.

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Back view of the Gazebo looking onto the Great Lawn. Great location for a wedding ceremony.

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View of the Great Lawn while standing in the Gazebo

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This is a private lawn to the side of the Gazebo that is a great space for a Cocktail Hour or small intimate dinner. The mangrove trees are being trimmed down to offer a better view of Sarasota Bay

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View of the opposite side of the Great Lawn. This area accommodates larger events. The concrete Terrace makes a nice dance floor. See the next photo for an event set up with lights in the trees.

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Photo by Cat Pennenga Magical setting under the trees.

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Photo by Cat Pennenga Late afternoon view of set-up under the magnificent Banyan trees

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Another view of the Terrace that is perfect for a Dance Floor. The sectioned off balcony is great for a DJ or Band

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Another view of the Great Lawn. Imagine tables set up throughout the lawn.

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The Wedding Oak. To the right is a lily pond which is usually in full bloom during the peak wedding season.

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Panoramic view of the area. The Wedding Oak in the center. The mangrove trees to the left of the Wedding Oak are being removed which will leave a stunning view of Sarasota Bay. This area is filled with the “old Florida vibe” containing many unique elements of Florida nature.

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View from the Great Room standing right outside the doors. The path to the right leads to the Wedding Oak. This area provides a magnificent view of Sarasota Bay.

Combine this gorgeous venue with our unparalleled level of assistance and service and you have the makings for a truly memorable and flawless event. Let’s begin planning YOUR event now!

 

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

 

June 30, 2016

Happy 4th of July!!!

Posted in Other Events, Planning Tips and Information tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 12:29 pm by JBEvents

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We are less than a week away from one of my favorite Holiday’s, the 4th of July!  The 4th has always held a special place in my heart and remembering back to my teenage and young adult years, I LOVED spending the 4th at Island Park in Sarasota.  There would be a festival taking place all day and then fireworks would be shot off over the bay at dark.  Being with friends celebrating the Holiday made the day all the more special.  When my daughters were young, we would usually spend the 4th with my brother in Orlando.  We would always have a cookout with a group of friends, hang out in the pool and even be able to see Disney’s fireworks from there.  It always seemed magical.  Although I’m not in Sarasota or Orlando this year, I do plan on celebrating locally with friends and family and look forward to watching fireworks to bring the special day to a close. 

If you are getting ready for your 4th celebration, I would like to offer some ideas on decor, food, beverages, crafts and games.  Please visit my Pinterest board for what I hope will be inspiration for your celebration!

Wishing you a Fabulous, Safe and Happy 4th!!!!

 

Janice Blackmon Events is an award winning special events firm with offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Sarasota, Florida offering our clients innovative concepts, creative design and flawless execution of their event!

May 2, 2016

DIY, Pinterest and Stress…What they have in common!

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Since the inception of Pinterest, I have seen a rise in the level of stress my clients endure in the planning of their wedding or special event.  While we can effectively use Pinterest as well as other sources for inspiration it should not be used to create a “must have” for every image or item shown.

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Creating storyboards for clients has been a longstanding method of organizing ideas and visions, however, with many clients living out-of-state from their Planner and other vendors, sharing that board became increasingly difficult.  With Pinterest though, it is an easy process to create a “secret” Wedding Board and share it with only those involved to kick ideas back and forth.  I have used this process with clients to share specific ideas for colors, designs, attire, favors, etc., as well as for those who were having a difficult time narrowing down their specific vision.  Collecting images of various decor components that indicate potential ideas is helpful just as much as indicating styles and ideas that the client doesn’t like.  By determining ideas of interest a more streamlined and detailed outline can be made for the cohesive theme of the event.

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I encourage my clients to share their ideas with me and I love working with them to develop the branding of their event.  While using images as an inspiration, I always recommend putting a unique touch to the overall idea so that it is not just a copy of someone else’s design.  Each client is unique and so their event should also be unique.  One such example of this was the following image that was provided as something the bride LOVED.  I then took that image and worked with the floral designer (Chelsea Floral Design Studio) to create a similar look while staying within the budget and style of the other decor being used. The end result was gorgeous and my client was overjoyed.

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We have discussed some good ideas of how to use Pinterest, but there is also a down side.  This is where the stress comes in!  Finding images of tons of ideas you would like to incorporate and thinking that you must have every single one.  Now, I agree that there are some ideas that you find that would be excellent to incorporate, but just don’t go overboard.  With every idea comes time and money.  Both of which are considered a budget item.  Trying to create or provide every little detail you see will not only create stress, but it can also take away from the overall design and feel of the event.  Remember, keeping things cohesive is what makes an event truly stand out.

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Feel free to Follow us on Pinterest for some inspiration, and contact us to find out how we can assist with planning and producing YOUR special event.

 

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