January 3, 2017

Next in the Series….From Planner to MOB!!

Posted in Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:04 am by JBEvents

Continuing the series “From Planner to MOB” takes us now to what has transpired since the last post.  

Quick recap of where we are — Officially engaged, bridal party selected, dress purchased, venue selected, invitations ordered, caterer selected…!

We have also determined the date and confirmed the venue.  The wedding will be in March {yikes less than 2 months}!  As I mentioned in the first post, originally, my daughter, Jessica, wanted to get married in Sarasota, FL at the beach. Aside from spending so much time there growing up, she was really considering that location because the relationship between she and Rocky blossomed there.  However, after much discussion we determined that it would be best to have the wedding here in the Atlanta area, so the search began.  We considered a variety of venues, but in searching their hearts, they truly wanted to choose a location that had meaning for both of them, so the decision was made to have the wedding at our church.  I admire that they came to the conclusion that the wedding should take place in a significant place rather than just a random venue.

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The groom and groomsmen have selected their tuxes and it seems that the bridesmaids dresses have been decided upon as well.  That was a HUGE decision.

Now from the design perspective, our church doesn’t offer a “beautiful” background like many traditional churches, so my mind is filled with ideas of how to soften the look and make it look more weddingish.

Since the color palette and theme has been selected, I have accumulated a large supply of vases, containers as well as other decor items.  It’s been like a treasure hunt and it’s interesting where you can find perfect pieces!  I am so excited to pull it all together and then to see the final product.  There are some DIY projects that we will be working on to create just the look we want, so I’m sure that will provide a few fun stories to share.  :o)

Sneak Peek at a SMALL sampling of some of my “treasures”

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Vendor selection is well underway and we are super excited about the Team that will be executing our vision!! Keep following as I will be doing a vendor Spotlight on each of them.

Jessica & Rocky are currently working on vows and music selections…..which has turned into a massive undertaking  – but they are making good progress.

They had their Engagement Photos (Michelle Pratt of Elephants and Apples) which turned out great.

The Bridal Shower will be held later this month hosted by her Matron and Maid of Honor.  We are both so excited for that celebration. The invitations are adorable.

Tune in next time for an update on our next steps and a recap of the shower and other details.

 

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

 

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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

 Ingredients 

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

Directions

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.

NOTE:

  • 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!!!

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