June 23, 2015

Fun Favors!!

Posted in Other Events, Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 1:53 am by JBEvents

When clients ask me what type of favors I recommend for their wedding or event, I always recommend something consumable.  Guests tend to enjoy something they can eat – whether it’s a sweet or a savory item.  The method of presentation can vary depending on the particulars of the event.

Many times, we have placed small boxes of candy at each place setting so guests see them as soon as they take their seat.

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Other times, we would display the items for guests to pick-up as they depart the celebration.

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One fun way to incorporate the favors into the event is to have a late-night snack offered or displayed after the dancing and merriment has ensued.

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We offer a Candy Buffet service that can be personalized for the event whether by selecting a certain color(s) of candy or a special theme (Old Time Candy, Couples Favorites, etc.).  We usually provide a type of cellophane bag – clear or in the events colors – so that guests can make their own goody bag.

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For a truly Southern wedding, particularly in the Atlanta area, clients love to have items brought in from The Varsity.  Whether it’s their famous fried pies or their hot dogs – guests always go wild for these treats. Or what about Krispy Kreme Doughnuts?  These go so fast you would think the “Hot Now” sign was lit above them.

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Who doesn’t love COOKIES?  One of my all-time favorite favors idea was my clients Family Favorite’s Cookies.  Several family members were known for a specific type of delicious cookie that they regularly made, so the bride asked them too make their specialty and then we placed them with labels indicating the type of the cookie and the person who made it.

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Maybe you don’t want to have friends or relatives make their specialty cookies, but you still want to have a cookie display, a great option is to order some delicious cookies and even brownies from The Christie Cookie Co.  They offer a variety of flavors of some of the most delicious cookies I’ve ever tasted.  You can even utilize their products for Guest Welcome bags because you can order their products in a range of  sizes in perfect tins that you can personalize with your wedding logo.

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Since it’s summer, what could be more refreshing than a gourmet Popsicle? King of Pops provides an on-site cart with a variety of flavors. They are always a huge hit. Another hot weather treat is the Dreamy Gelato cart. Guests had a delicious time selecting their flavors and toppings.

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A couple of other fun options that have been well received by guests are a popcorn buffet and a gourmet cotton candy station.  These unexpected treats will please guests, young and old, and will have your guests remembering your event with sweet visions.

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The options are endless for favors, and we are here to assist with ideas to keep your event unique while making sure it is FLAWLESS!!!

When planning your next event, be it a wedding, Mitzvah, or any other social celebration, contact us to guide you through the process. 

{Photo Credits ~ Kristen Alexander Photography, Ric Mershon Photography, Angela Wilson Photography, Robin Nathan Photography, Jessica Williams Studio, Once Like a Spark, 3 Rivers Photography}

Janice Blackmon Events is an award winning event planning company assisting clients with innovative concepts, creative design and flawless execution of their event.  A variety of packages are offered so clients can determine the level of assistance needed.  

March 22, 2011

Celebration Ideas

Posted in Other Events, Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:25 pm by JBEvents


For quite some time, I’ve been throwing ideas around in my head about writing an article on unique themes for celebrations and finally with a little help from W Hotels ~ Buckhead , the ideas have finally been put to paper.

Whether you are planning a Birthday Party, Mitzvah, Groomsmen Grunch, Rehearsal Dinner, Couple’s Engagement, or Post-event After-Party – there are so many fun options. While some people decide to go to places like Dave and Buster’s or Andretti Racing – how about having your OWN Arcade. Your imagination can be your guide to determine what activities you want to include, but to give a few ideas of some favorite games consider some of these.


Air Hockey

Wii Bowling

Video Car Racing

HUGE Chess

Original or Ms Pac Man


Or how about:

Basketball Toss


Dunk Tank

Wii Dance Revolution

Casino games

Even actual carnival rides are available to rent for a party.

Many times my clients will want something to do after their event for those that are just not ready for the party to end – so how about renting a meeting room or another function room at a hotel and have these games and activities brought in. Your guests will have so much fun just letting loose and playing. But in this situation – it’s your own private Gaming Room so you don’t have to worry about tons of other people being around. Who doesn’t like to play games and have fun….especially as adults when so much of our time is spent being professional.

In a wedding situation, this would be an excellent idea for an addition to the Rehearsal Dinner or Post-Rehearsal Dinner activity – and if using a space at the hotel where your guest room block is, makes it very convenient for your guests.

For a Mitzvah, since keeping the kids busy is the key to a successful event, why not have an Arcade Theme event. Instead of taking the party to one of the big complexes where it is sometimes difficult to keep up with everyone – having your own Arcade is the solution.

I’ve been lucky to be the guest at several Arcade themed events, and to watch all of the other adults lose their inhibitions and play like a kid – truly enjoying him or herself is something to behold.

So now you have an idea about games – what about the food? Well, keep in mind things that are easy to grab and eat – like sliders, or a Taco Bar. How about a Hot Dog Stand complete with all the trimmings? Pretzels and popcorn anyone? And if you are up for the true carnival spirit, how about Cotton Candy? The ideas are limitless.


Specialty drinks for the occasion would be another nice touch or keep it super simple with Beer and Wine or for a kid’s party, soft drinks and juices. But to add another fun element, how about a custom smoothie station or a snow cone stand. 


Let’s talk a little about a Groomsman Grunch. Since Bridesmaids have their Bridesmaid Luncheon – why not a special event for the guys? Think Sports Bar for the food idea — wings, burgers, etc., and beer or scotch tasting for another special idea. Many restaurants will offer this type of event – perhaps in a private room – but this can also be done in a host hotel utilizing a small meeting room. Large TV’s could be brought in so that the guys can watch their favorite sports while enjoying the friendship and yummy food. One super cool place that works great for a Guys’ party is STATS  in Downtown Atlanta. Of course, being a sports bar, the atmosphere is already present with TV’s all around – but there are also a few areas within the Restaurant that offer a semi to completely private event.

A very common type of event for couples these days is either an Engagement Party or a Couples Shower. What better way to get the guys excited about the party than have fun, arcade type activities for them to busy themselves with. But don’t think those ladies won’t take a turn or two at the fun games, in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if some light-hearted competition ensues.

The possibilities are endless, so if you are ready to plan your next Party and want to include the Arcade theme – let us know and we will hook you up with the best vendors to provide you the fun games and activities that your guests will appreciate and will truly say that YOUR event was the best one they have ever been to.

Atlanta has several companies that specialize in providing Arcade type equipment. Some of my favorites are: 
CCP Events
Burgess Amusements 
Amusement Masters 
So when you are ready to plan that next Arcade themed event, contact us and we will be sure to make it flawless!!  

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