December 15, 2019

Surviving the Holiday’s…A Few Tips!

Posted in Holidays tagged , , , , , , , , at 1:00 pm by JBEvents

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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.

April 12, 2017

Wedding Budget Tips

Posted in Other Events, Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:10 am by JBEvents

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.  

 

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