December 30, 2014

The next in the series….

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 You’re Engaged ~ Now What…

Selecting Vendors

So, now you have your date set, created your budget and maybe have even selected your ceremony and reception venues.  You are on your way. So what do you need to concentrate on next?  We would be delighted to assist you with every detail of the planning, but to give you an idea of other vendors to select, read on!

Save the Date


2 Grooms  Save the Date

2 Brides SAve the Date

I tell my clients that a good rule of thumb is that you should concentrate on the vendors that can only handle one wedding per day or at a given or specific time.  This will include the; Officiant, photographer, ceremony musicians, reception entertainment and videographer.  Many other vendors can handle more than one wedding per day, however, depending upon the specialty of the vendor and their support staff, they may only be able to handle a few weddings per day. As a client of Janice Blackmon Events, you will receive date-specific Check Lists that will keep you on track with all of the details for your wedding ~ whether you choose to do the legwork yourself, or have us handle it for you!  These Check Lists are all-encompassing and take into account how much time there is to plan your wedding — not like the generic check lists you can find in a magazine or online.  

The other vendors you may be in need of are; Hair and Make up artists, caterer, florist/event designer, pastry chef, rental company (ceremony items, chairs, tables, linens, lighting, A/V, photobooth) and transportation. Because of our long-standing reputation in the industry, we have relationships with some of the areas finest vendors that will work together in creating the vision YOU desire!!

Although it is possible to retain certain vendors later in the process, retaining your vendors early on will help to ensure that you get the best choice of vendors available who will work with you to achieve the wedding you desire. 

Atlanta certainly has no shortage of wedding vendors, however, there are many inexperienced people out there that claim to do what true professional vendors do without being able to actually provide the quality of service/product that you deserve. {Not all vendors are created equal!}  I strive to assist my clients in selecting the best vendors available that will work within their budget.  Many of the vendors with whom I have relationships will offer my clients added value to their proposal.  This could mean a discount or an upgrade, etc.  However, even if you are not getting married in the Atlanta area, we are able to assist with retaining vendors in any area as we provide extensive research to determine the best fit for your situation. 

To get the most for your wedding, it is in your best interest to hire us as your consultant early in the process — even if you want to do the majority of the planning and leg-work yourself, because having that relationship will provide you with the information that can save you quite a bit in the long run.  

Now, get out there and get those vendors!! Of course, we should be your first stop!  Stop by our Contact Us page to request information on our packages and services.

Happy Planning!!!!!


Janice Blackmon Events is a full-service consulting firm specializing in assisting our clients with innovative concepts, creative design and flawless production of their event!!!


Photo Credit (ring on the flower):  Nadia D Photography

March 15, 2013

The Luck of the Irish!!!!

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Aside from the wearing of green and tossing back a few brews – I would venture to say that most {OK, many} people don’t know the history behind St. Patrick’s Day!   In addition to providing a few party ideas, I want to share some of the history of the Holiday!

Irish quote

According to, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, the saint’s religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. On St. Patrick’s Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast–on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.

Saint Patrick, who was born in Roman Britain during the fifth century, is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. 


I found it interesting that he was actually kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16. He later escaped, but returned to Ireland and was credited with bringing Christianity to its people. In the centuries following Patrick’s death (believed to have been on March 17, 461), the mythology surrounding his life became ever more ingrained in the Irish culture: Perhaps the most well-known legend is that he explained the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) using the three leaves of a native Irish clover, the shamrock.    

St Patricks clover

Around the ninth or 10th century, people in Ireland began observing the Roman Catholic feast day of St. Patrick.  Since that time, the celebration has certainly changed – at least in the US.  Many cities host parades in honor of St. Patrick’s Day with some of the largest ones being in New York City and Savannah, GA.  The US is where the first parades took place dating all the way back to March 17, 1762.   

Today, people of all backgrounds celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, especially throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. Although North America is home to the largest productions, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in many other locations far from Ireland, including Japan, Singapore and Russia.

In modern-day Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day has traditionally been a religious occasion. In fact, up until the 1970s, Irish laws mandated that pubs be closed on March 17. Beginning in 1995, however, the Irish government began a national campaign to use interest in St. Patrick’s Day to drive tourism and showcase Ireland and Irish culture to the rest of the world. Today, approximately 1 million people annually take part in Ireland ‘s St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin, a multi-day celebration featuring parades, concerts, outdoor theater productions and fireworks shows.

It seems that now-a-days, the overall expectation for celebrating is far from a Religious observance and more along the lines of a drink-fest.  But regardless of how you choose to celebrate, perhaps you will find some ideas below ~ from decor ideas, menu items and even drink recipes. 

Decor Ideas

YES Tablescape in Emerald

Your Event Solution tablescape for the 2013 Annual NACE Design Trends competition. Absolutely STUNNING place setting!!! Pantone color of the year {Emerald} is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

YES Tablescape

Your Event Solution (YES) Tablescape. GORGEOUS GREEN!

YES Chairs at Table Emerald

Your Event solution )YES) table design. This was such a stunning display. The custom chair covers add such a special look and would have your guests jaws dropping!

Unique Event Management White and Green Decor

Unique Event Management white and green design display for the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta would be perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.


Moss table runner with square glass vases and green and white florals make for a lovely St. Patrick’s Day table setting.


White and Green buffet presentation is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.


St. Patrick’s Day wedding.

Candles and green split peas

Simple decor idea ~ place green split peas in glass candle holders, place white candles in vase. Excellent, easy decor for your St. Patrick’s Day party.

Perfect Stem Table scapes

This table setting by The Perfect Stem for the 2013 Annual NACE Design Trends competition would be a beautiful setting for a St. Patrick’s Day meal.

St patricks day wreath

Welcome guests to your home with this festive St. Patrick’s Day wreath.


Green St. Patrick’s Day dessert display.


This dreamy design by Wildflower Linens would be so incredible for a St. Patrick’s Day gathering.


St. Patrick’s Day display that would be a beautiful presentation for your guests. Notice the linen is placed in the shape of a Shamrock.


Easy decor idea ~ wrap Shamrock garland around stems of your wine glasses. Use a green linen, place candles on the table and beautiful china and you are set for an elegant St. Patrick’s Day meal.

St. Patricks Day green-and-ivory-wedding

Classic lines, crisp detail – white and green – perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.


Easy to make frame for your guests to each have their photo taken with. Purchase large frame (poster size works best). Using a large piece of Poster Board,draw and then cut-out the shape of a half of a rainbow with a pot of gold at the end and a leprechaun hat. Paint and decorate as desired. When dry, adhere it to the back side of the frame. Guests hold the frame up while someone takes their St. Patrick’s Day photo. Provide copies of the photos for each guest as a remembrance of the party!

Menu Ideas & Recipes

Clover Quiche

Clover Quiche 1Clover Quiche 2 Clover Quiche 3

 Lucky Spinach Quiche

adapted from Smitten Kitchen 
10 oz frozen spinach, thawed and drained
3 eggs
1/3 cup half-and-half (or milk or cream)
1/2 cup grated Gruyère or cheddar
1/4 cup grated parmesan
3 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup diced onion (white, red, or green onions)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 recipe pâte brisée (recipe below)

Preheat oven to 425ºF. Mix the cream cheese with the eggs, one at a time. Mix in the half-and-half, salt, and pepper. Then add the rest of the ingredients: spinach, Gruyère, parmesan, and onions. Mix. Shape the pâte brisée in either of the two methods described below. After the shape crusts are filled, place the aluminum tins on a baking sheet and bake the quiches for about 20 minutes. Cool for a few minutes.

Carefully remove the quiches from the aluminum tins, line the baking sheet with parchment paper, and place the quiches on the lined sheet. Place the quiches back in the oven for 5-10 minutes until the crust sides crisp up a bit. Let cool for 10 minutes, then serve.

Makes 3 quiches or 12 mini quiches

Pâte Brisée

adapted from Martha Stewart

2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
1 tsp salt
1/4-1/2 cup ice water

Mix the flour with the salt. Cut the butter into the flour with a pastry cutter or your fingers until it resembles coarse meal. Add the ice water, a little at a time, while gently mixing until the dough sticks together. Split the dough in two. Place each half on a piece of plastic wrap and flatten each into a disc. Wrap the dough in the plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour, until ready to use.

Makes 2 9-inch pie crusts

Shaping the Crusts

Method 1 (3 quiches)
3 aluminum pot pie pans

1) Take a pair of scissors and cut at four equally spaced points on the edge of the pot pie tin. One snip on the right, one on the left, one at the top, and one at the bottom.

2) Start pushing the cut edges towards one another. Crease the pan side, right under the cut, so that the crease points inwards. Be careful because the edges are sharp.

3) Start rounding out the rest of the pan edge, curving the pan edge.

4) Repeat with the rest of the pan edges.

5) Lightly spray the pan with nonstick spray.

6) Roll out the dough between two sheets of plastic wrap. Split it into 3 equal squares and place each square in a shaped pan. Have the extra dough stick out inwards at the four points where the pie pan edges overlap.

7) Take some foil and fold 12 little thick rectangles. Spray the rectangles with nonstick spray. Place each rectangle between the extra dough flaps on each crust. Press the dough into the bottom of each pan and around the foil rectangles. Take a fork and lightly prick the interior of each crust. Then use the fork tines to press into the top edge of the crusts. 

8) Refrigerate the crusts for 10 minutes. Then, fill and bake.

Irish Soda Bread


Irish Soda Bread

Instead of using yeast for leavening, most Irish Soda Bread recipes use baking soda and buttermilk for the task.

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/3 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 cups buttermilk
1 cup raisins (optional)
2 tablespoons caraway seeds (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and baking soda. In a separate bowl, blend egg and buttermilk together, then add to the flour mixture. Mix just until moistened. Stir in raisins, if desired. Pour into prepared pan. Sprinkle with caraway seeds, if desired.
  3. Bake for 65 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the bread comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Wrap in foil for several hours, or overnight, for best flavor.

Irish Stew


Irish Stew

Here’s a delicious version of an Irish Stew. Just toss all the ingredients in a slow cooker, and enjoy your day. Then come home to a delicious meal.

1-1/2 pounds beef stew meat
2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed (2 cups)
2 medium carrots, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (1 cup)
1 medium onion, cut into thin wedges
1/2 cup sliced celery
1 9-ounce package frozen cut green beans
1 tablespoon instant beef bouillon granules
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 16-ounce can tomatoes, cut up
1-1/2 cups water


  1. Cut meat into 1/2-inch cubes. In a large skillet, brown meat, half at a time, in hot oil. Drain well.
  2. Meanwhile, in a 3-1/2-, 4-, 5-, or 6-quart crockery cooker, combine potatoes, carrots, onion, and celery. Add frozen beans, bouillon granules, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, salt, and pepper. Stir in browned meat, undrained tomatoes, and water.
  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 10 to 12 hours, or on high-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours. Makes 6 servings.

Green Candied Popcorn

Green Popcorn

Green Candied Popcorn

4 quarts popped corn
1 1/2 Cups sugar
1/2 Cup light corn syrup
2 Tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar (optional, does make mixture slightly more creamy)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
green food coloring

In heavy saucepan on medium heat melt butter then add sugar, corn syrup, cream of tartar and salt. Increase temperature to medium high and bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. Once mixture boils, add in food coloring and stop stirring. Boil for 5 minutes (Do not stir). Mixture should be about 250-260 degrees. Remove from heat and carefully stir in vanilla and baking soda. Working quickly and while mixture is foamy, pour mixture over popped corn and gently stir to coat popcorn. Place popcorn into a large roaster or rimmed baking sheet (lined with parchment paper or sprayed with cooking spray) and bake at 200° F for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

Reuben Sandwich with a Twist


A deli favorite and classic, the Reuben is rye bread spread with Russian or Thousand Island dressing and piled high with corned beef (brine-cured beef brisket that originated in Ireland), tangy sauerkraut and melted Swiss cheese. Whether you’re hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party or making lunch, learn the traditional preparation, then try our easy adaptations.

Classic Corned Beef Reuben
Makes 1 sandwich
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10-15 minutes

2 slices rye bread—Try pumpernickel or marble rye bread.
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2-3 tablespoons Russian or Thousand Island dressing, plus extra for serving
1/4 pound sliced corned beef
2 slices Swiss cheese
1/2 cup store-bought sauerkraut, drained and rinsed
Dill pickles, optional


  1. Spread slices of bread with butter on one side and dressing on the other. Place one slice butter-side down in a skillet.
  2. Layer with sauerkraut, corned beef and Swiss cheese—in that order—then top with the second bread slice, dressing-side down.
  3. Transfer skillet to stovetop and heat to medium-low. Grill, occasionally pressing with a spatula, until the bottom slice of bread is crisp.
  4. Flip the sandwich, then top with a small, smooth-bottomed plate and weight with a canned good. Continue cooking until bread is crisp and cheese is melted.
  5. Slice diagonally and serve immediately with extra dressing and dill pickles.

New Twists on the Classic Reuben

From simple substitutions to lunch-ready wraps, rethink the Reuben:

  • Substitute pastrami for corned beef.To make a variation known as “The Rachel,” also use colorful cabbage slaw (or prepared slaw from your local deli) in place of sauerkraut.
  • Try sliced turkey instead.Swap the dressing for mustard, too—we love using Dijon, spicy brown or whole-grain mustard.
  • Serve it open-faced.Top one thick, toasted slice of rye bread with dressing, sauerkraut, warm corned beef and cheese, then broil in the toaster oven or bake in a 400°F oven until the cheese melts.
  • Choose a different cheese.Go with semi-firm cheeses that melt well, like buttery Gruyère, nutty-sweet Jarlsberg or smoked Gouda.
  • Wrap it up!Spread one whole-wheat tortilla with dressing, add one slice each of corned beef and cheese, plus a heaping spoonful of sauerkraut or slaw, then wrap.

Other Treats

Lucky Charms and Green Milk

Snacks for the Kiddos…Lucky Charms in green cupcake holders and Green colored milk!

Pot of Gold Cupcakes

Pot of Gold Cupcakes

Irish Cream Trifle

Irish Cream Trifle

Ombre cake

Green St, Patrick’s Day Ombre Cake


St. Patrick’s Day “Kiss Me” Hershey Kisses

Fruit Rainbow

Fruit Display in the Colors {and shape} of a Rainbow. Place a “pot” of Chocolate dipping sauce for your Pot of Gold.



Shamrock Shake Up

1½ oz. Absolut Miami
1 oz. simple syrup
¾ oz. lime juice
6 mint leaves
1 oz. soda
Garnish: mint sprig

Muddle mint leaves with simple syrup (equal parts sugar and hot water) and lime juice in a shaker. Add Absolut Miami, shake, and strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with soda, and garnish with a mint sprig.

Green Drink Recipes – St Patricks Day Green Cocktails – Cosmopolitan

Frozen Mojito

Frozen Classic Mojito

1½ oz. white rum
1½ oz. Monin Mojito Mix Syrup
½ oz. lime juice
5 mint leaves
Splash of sour mix
Garnish: lime wheel

Combine all ingredients in a blender, add 16 oz. of ice, and blend on a medium speed. Pour into a Poco Grande glass, and garnish with a lime wheel.

Green Drink Recipes – St Patricks Day Green Cocktails – Cosmopolitan


Irish Julep

2 oz. Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
½ oz. DeKuyper Crème de Menthe
1 oz. half and half
Garnish: mint sprig

Pour all ingredients into a highball glass filled with ice, and garnish with a mint sprig.

Green Drink Recipes – St Patricks Day Green Cocktails – Cosmopolitan

Emerald Isle Drink

Emerald Isle

2 oz. Barrymore Pinot Grigio
4 cucumber chunks
5 mint leaves
¾ oz. lime juice
¾ oz. simple syrup
1 oz. soda water
Garnish: 3 mint sprigs and a cucumber slice

To make simple syrup, mix equal parts hot water and sugar until sugar is dissolved. In a cocktail shaker, muddle cucumber and mint leaves. Fill shaker with ice and add lime juice, simple syrup, and wine. Shake vigorously. Strain into a glass filled with ice and garnish with three mint sprigs and a cucumber slice.

Green Drink Recipes – St Patricks Day Green Cocktails – Cosmopolitan

Green Iced Tea

Green Iced Tea

1 Numi Decaf Ginger Lemon tea bag
3 oz. cucumber juice (put cucumber in blender, blend, and strain.)
1½ oz. tequila
Splash of lemon juice
Garnish: lime wedge

In a glass, infuse one tea bag in tequila for 30 minutes. Remove bag and squeeze out excess. Combine all ingredients in another glass filled with ice. Stir and garnish with a lime wedge.

Green Drink Recipes – St Patricks Day Green Cocktails – Cosmopolitan

Shamrock Shake-up drink

Shamrock Shaker

1½ oz. Familia Camarena Reposado Tequila
½ oz. sour apple liqueur
¼ oz. agave nectar
2 oz. lime juice

Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously, strain into a martini glass, and garnish with thinly-sliced green apples.

Green Drink Recipes – St Patricks Day Green Cocktails – Cosmopolitan

Celtic Sea Breeze

Celtic Sea Breeze

2 oz. lime juice
1 oz. simple syrup
2½ oz. Medea Vodka
Splash of club soda
Garnish: mint

Add lime juice, simple syrup, Medea Vodka, and basil into a shaker filled with ice and shake well. Strain and pour into a highball glass filled with ice. Add a splash of club soda, and garnish with two mint leaves.

Green Drink Recipes – St Patricks Day Green Cocktails – Cosmopolitan

Emerald Crush

Emerald Crush

2 oz. Blue Ice Organic Wheat Vodka
½ kiwi
½ lime
1 tsp. sugar

Peel kiwi and cut lime into quarters. Muddle fruit and sugar in a shaker until well crushed and juicy. Add ice and vodka, and shake vigorously. Pour all contents into a glass and drink with a straw.

Green Drink Recipes – St Patricks Day Green Cocktails – Cosmopolitan



Shot of Bushmill’s Irish Whiskey
½ oz. Crème de Menthe
2 scoops of vanilla ice cream

Combine all ingredients in a blender, blend on medium, and pour into a martini glass.

Green Drink Recipes – St Patricks Day Green Cocktails – Cosmopolitan


Green With Envy

1½ oz. Blue Ice Vodka
½ oz. Blue Curacao
2½ oz. sweet & sour mix
2 oz. orange juice
Garnish: orange slice and maraschino cherry

Combine all ingredients in a blender, add crushed ice, and blend on a high speed. Pour into a hurricane style glass, and garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry arranged on a pick.

Green Drink Recipes – St Patricks Day Green Cocktails – Cosmopolitan


The Shamrock-arita

1 oz. Sauza Blue Gold Tequila
½ oz. melon liqueur
2 oz. lime juice
1 oz. simple syrup

To make simple syrup, mix equal parts hot water and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice, shake, and strain the ingredients into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Green Drink Recipes – St Patricks Day Green Cocktails – Cosmopolitan 


Green Lady

1½ oz. Leblon Cachaca
½ oz. Midori
Sour mix
Pineapple juice
Garnish: sage

Pour all ingredients into a glass, stir, and garnish with sage.

Green Drink Recipes – St Patricks Day Green Cocktails – Cosmopolitan

Luck of the Irish Martini

Luck of The Irish Martini

2 oz. vodka
½ oz. dry vermouth
½ oz. Irish whiskey

Pour whiskey into a martini glass. Then, swirl it around the glass in order to coat the inside, and drain the excess whiskey. Pour the vodka and dry vermouth into a shaker filled with ice, shake well, and strain into the glass.

Green Drink Recipes – St Patricks Day Green Cocktails – Cosmopolitan 


Wasabi Praise

1½ oz. sake
1½ oz. vodka
½ oz. lime juice
Pea size of Wasabi
Garnish: lime wedge

Combine all ingredients in a martini glass, stir, and garnish with a lime wedge.

Green Drink Recipes – St Patricks Day Green Cocktails – Cosmopolitan

Other Ideas

If hitting the neighborhood pub is how you prefer to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day – here in Atlanta, you have quite a few options of true Irish Pubs.  Some of the most popular ones are:

Stout Irish Pub ~ Buckhead at East Andrews

Stout Irish Pub ~ East Andrews, Buckhead

Fado Irish Pub

Fado Irish Pub ~ Buckhead

Murphy's Exterior_New

Murphy’s {Virginia Highlands}


Meehans Public House

Irish Bred Pub ~ Hapeville, Douglasville, Carrollton

Irish Bred Pub ~ Hapeville, Douglasville, Carrollton

However you choose to celebrate, enjoy and be safe!!!  Happy St. Patrick’s Day and  Sláinte {Cheers}!!!

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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