Southern Blues

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wedding horses

This week’s color story isn’t solely about color. Instead, we decided to make it more theme-based, while still incorporating a color into it; that being baby blue. The theme we set was an elegant Southern wedding for a refined couple who loves to ride horses. 

Several of us chose to pair the baby blue we were given with darker shades-from cobalt to navy-and we all liked the idea of using long wooden tables for an outdoor reception on a manicured lawn. Oversized oak trees outside a white plantation, arbors at the end of a walkway on a beautiful spring day; these were just some of the ideas we were drawn to for this particular sort of wedding.  

white hydrangea

Of course there would be a white horse-drawn carriage; whether to deliver the bride to the ceremony or to whisk the newly-married couple away at the end of the night. And peach flowers also lent themselves beautifully to the theme. Long pearl necklaces and oversized Derby hats for the women, and a chapel train for the bride with a floor-length veil.  

Another charming color we thought to match with the baby blue was a light silver-gray, which looked particularly quaint with the patterned blue china and table settings we envisioned. 

Whatever the color, whatever the case, there is no wedding like a Southern wedding, and if you ever have the opportunity to make this your dream, the possibilities for your day are as endless as they will be unforgettable.  

Color Story - Red

Red has long been known as the “color of passion.” Physically and emotionally, it can open your senses and awaken you to creativity and life and feeling. Which might make you think it would be a more common wedding color than it actually is. After all, what better to portray passion and emotion than the marriage of two people who are desperately in love?

Black Tie Affair

When worked in with black and white, a deep crimson can be just about the most striking color you can imagine. It isn’t a common trend in weddings as of late to “put on the ritz” black tie style. Men in penguin suits, women in white gloves and jewels…the kind of scene you would expect on the casino floor of the Mirage or the Grand Ballroom at The Plaza. That’s the funny thing about trends, though.  If you wait long enough, they will eventually come back around. Which tells us we might be seeing more of these fancy affairs soon, and get the chance to bring red back into our centerpieces and chocolate-covered strawberries back to our dessert tables. 

 Roses

The red rose is a timeless symbol of Eros love, and a gorgeous flower to decorate any room. But instead of using crystal vases at a fancy ballroom reception, try hanging them upside down on a wooden fence for an outdoor country wedding. The visual is stunning and unexpected, and every guest will be drawn to them on their arrival. After all, roses don’t only belong in the Ritz. 

Wood and Twine

It is surprising how beautifully red contrasts with textures that have a more natural edge. Twine, stone, burlap, wood; there are many possibilities that are impossibly fun to play around with. White flowers in red vases are always a dazzling way to go, or you can hang wine bottles from a wall filled with red-budded branches. Even try adding a shimmer to your ruby tones and watch your arrangements and decor stand out that much more! 

Americana

July the 4th is an unbelievably popular day to get married. Who doesn't love an over-the-top Independence Day celebration? Red tulips, old Coke bottles, wooden crates and a s'more roasting bonfire. It's a time for family to come together and celebrate our freedom, but it can also be a time for celebrating a new union. Sparks will fly at a Fourth of July wedding where those vintage reds and navy blues set the stage for a lively outdoor ceremony in the sun. So let Old Glory wave tall, and throw a party that no one will be forgetting anytime soon. 

Color Story - Black

This week, we decided to move in a different direction with our color story, and play with the idea of black. While seemingly limited, the possibilities are actually quite extensive, and the more we looked into this classic of classics, the more fun we had with it.

Flowers with Black Centers

Let’s face it: black isn’t often associated with weddings, but bold, exotic flowers certainly are. If you don’t want to don dark tablecloths or chairs at your reception, but you still want a hint of that rich, deep feel, you might want to experiment with using flowers that have black at their center. Red Ranunculus and sunflowers are two that particularly stand out in this way. Arrange them with other contrasting colors, or even throw in those black chiavari chairs. You will love what you see, and you might just rethink your ideas on color schemes. 

A Touch of Lime

Do you have a flare for the dramatic? What better way to put that to use than by choosing bold and daring colors for your bold and daring day? Lime green, for example, paired with black, can be quite the astonishing match. Especially when black and white patterns are used. It might sound crazy, and you definitely have to be willing to make a statement, but your photographer will love you for it and your photos will be second to none. 

Stripes and Sentiment

It's hard to find anything that white spider mums don't instantly make more beautiful, but set them against black and white striped fabric and prepare to be amazed. While you might be familiar with the soft, pretty look they provide just about any arrangement, this one in particular is sure to catch your eye. Add in elegant handmade objects to your centerpiece, (especially those with personal meaning and sentimental value) and be ready for a look you will fall in love with. 

The Natural Look

When you think about black, it is normal to almost instantly pair it with white. The two look so striking together that there are few combinations they won’t improve when brought in together. There is a slight alternative, however, that uses that same premise while moving more in the direction of nature than fine china. Try using more tan, neutral tones instead of stark white, and add in greenery wherever you can. Still artistic and whimsical, but grounded in class.

Bronze

Black and bronze are a stunning duo that often get overlooked when silver and gold are on the table. But if you see this couple matched up right, you might just think twice about the more commonly used metallics. Add in some color with forced branches and small flowers, and set your event up for a truly unique look. After all, who says bronze has to be third place?

Color Story - Metallics

There are few things as r0mantic as adding a metallic overtone to the colors of your wedding. It isn’t always the first option you might think of, but when you see the stunning element it can bring, you might just wonder how you could ever do without them. 

white flowers

Mercury Glass

For the softer pallets, consider using candle holders or vases made of mercury glass that hold a shimmer of color in various pastels. Whatever tones you are using for your day, find them in this unique silver/gold glass and add a touch to your centerpieces that will be sure to draw the eye of every one of your guests.  

Black and Gold

Nothing says “classy” or “sophisticated” like a black and gold reception. From the groomsmen’s apparel to your centerpieces, there are endless ways to display this classic duo. Add in touches of white and get ready to party A-list style. Everyone will feel at the top of their game when they are invited in to this stylish engagement. 

Starry Night

gold and navy table setting

Romantic. Breath-taking. Absolutely timeless. For the star-lovers out there with an appreciation for Van Gogh, orchestrate your day with stunning golds and blues to give a feel for the love that found us in the artist that wandered the streets of Provence. A bold statement, for sure; but one to be remembered. Beauty is revealed by candlelight, and nothing can bring this more to life than an evening wedding that runs into the night…and the dreamers out there who come to life with the stars. 

Antique

If your vision for your wedding is more rustic than bling and shine, consider adding in coppers or metals that are more muted with a vintage touch. Old cigar boxes, metal keys and candle-holders. Anything that has that old world feel with a classic touch of elegance. You will be surprised how much depth it brings to every element you set in place, especially when contrasted with dramatic white flowers. 

Color Story - The Mean Greens

 

Want to incorporate your favorite colors into your wedding, but you aren’t quite sure how to do it? Fear not! There are many creative ways to mix and match colors that wouldn’t normally be paired together by crafting them into your design in creative ways. 

For our “Color of the Week” project, our team was given royal blue and a soft jade green to pair for a wedding we are designing this summer. Ironically, (as has been the case every week we have done this) each of our coordinators went with a completely different method on achieving this goal. 

Bright and Beautiful

Sometimes adding a third color to balance out the two you have in place is an excellent option. 

Lime green, for example, can be an impressive partner to royal blue. At the same time, it can pull in the jade and blend it more naturally into your scheme. You can find these shades of green in many kinds of flowers, and place your arrangements in a royal blue vase (since that particular shade of blue is difficult to find in nature.)  If you don’t want to use a vase, set the flowers against a like-colored wall or surface, or use a blue satin ribbon to tie off your bouquets.  

Another excellent idea (using that same third-color concept) is to bring in a stark contrast to the two colors you are already working with. Coral is a wonderful option in that instance. It isn’t quite as bold as the royal blue or quite as light as our particular shade of jade, but the perfect in-between that creates a fun and summery look to your table settings and décor. 

Shades of Gray

Want to try another angle? Use a light and a dark shade of gray that match with the lighter and darker colors you are already using. Using both tones of the same neutral color will bridge the gap between your green and blue, and also allow each of them to stand out in their uniqueness.  

Keep it Light

There are many colors that harmonize with a green like our jade. Whites, blushes, even pale yellows. Some ranunculus and hydrangeas hold a hint of green that adds tenderness and beauty to your already-romantic ensemble. In cases where you want to keep the feeling light and airy, use the blue as your foundation, your backdrop, your tablecloths and chair covers. But let the accents of your event blossom with pastel perfection.

Color Story - The Not So Mellow Yellows

With spring upon us, our team at Jolly Events is excited to bring yellow into bloom! Whether painting a soft pastel pallet or accentuating the brightness of sunshine into your day, this long-time favorite offers more possibilities than you might realize. 

 

Go for the Bold

For those of us who wouldn’t gravitate toward yellow naturally, you might find that contrasting a color you love like royal blue or a deep, rich purple with sunflowers highlights the tones you already have in place and causes them to truly stand out. Not only will these happy flowers make your blues brighter and your purples richer, the dramatic look of them makes for fantastic centerpieces and bouquets!     

 

Rustic Romance

Twine, dark wood, raffia and burlap. Set the stage for natural beauty by using Billy Buttons and Solidago to add warmth to the look of your countryside wedding. Use simple glass jars wrapped with twine or bundles of these lovely flowers hanging upside down. Any way you display them, these lovely bits of yellow add character and charm.

 

Pretty Pastels

Donning a lighter shade of yellow is perfect for when you want to reflect the softness of spring. Pair it with light green and white, and watch the sunlight pour in through every aspect of your event!

 

Fire Tones

Want a dramatic look that will leave your guests breathless? Use splashes of orange and red with a bold yellow and contrast this trio with turquoise. Not only will the fiery flowers and vibrant colors look beautiful and daring, the crispness of the turquoise will create a fire and ice affect that is sure to fascinate.

 

Going Green

Not so into pastel, but still love the feel of springtime? Try pairing a bright yellow with two different shades of green. Lime will bring a spark of fun while a darker green will ground the arrangement, blending it with every other element of your event. There are so many different greens that can be found in plants and leaves of every sort; we say go nuts and bring as many of them into the mix as you want! The more shapes and textures you have to array, the more it will highlight your yellow.  

Color Story - The New Blues

Navy blue wall
baby's breath
white spider mum
Bar Sign

 

 

Classic. Rustic. Bohemian. Masculine. Just a few words the Jolly team found to describe adding the color navy blue to an event. Navy blue makes a beautiful focal point, a subtle accent color, or a bold statement color. 

Nautical

When paired with white, red, stripes, or gold it’s the perfect nautical design. Using navy blue as your focal point, or including it in patters such as stripes or stars creates a dreamy sea-inspired event.

Adding other sailor décor such as ropes, dark wood, and light pink flowers will add a touch of preppy design that will be sure to anchor the hearts of your guests forever. 

Classic

Navy blue paired with whites or grey creates a classic statement at any wedding. Pairing dark blue table linens with white décor will provide your guests with a stylish way to enjoy their dinner. Adding pops of gold or yellow will give you just the classic twist to an all-time favorite. 

Bohemian

Mixing your Navy Blue into a forest of greenery and wood will create a chic bohemian dream.  Navy blues, greys and rustic barn wood combined will give your guests a rustic bohemian evening filled with love.

Adding greenery to your flowers, centerpieces will really give your navy blue accents the chance to pop and make a big impact on your guests!

Ho Ho Hostess Gifts!

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It’s officially the holiday season which means you probably have a couple holiday party invitations hanging on your fridge. Or perhaps you are newly engaged and visiting the home of your future in-laws. Before you go make sure you don't arrive empty handed. Hostess gifts are such a thoughtful and lovely way to show your appreciation for their hospitality.  

There are so many wonderful gift options for during the holiday season. If you’re not sure what to give your host or hostess here are a few festive ideas: 

  • A poinsettia 

  • Holiday scented candles 

  • Cookies or other baked goods 

  • Christmas tree ornament 

  • Holiday flavored liquor 

  • Hot chocolate mix 

  • Holiday napkins 

  • Candies 

Hosting a party or dinner can take a lot of time and effort. After cooking and cleaning all day, your host will probably be exhausted at the end of the night. Give your host or hostess something they can use the next morning such as homemade banana bread, a fruit basket, an assortment of tea or gourmet coffee. Not only will they appreciate the gesture, but they will love having something delicious for the next morning! 

Some other great gift ideas that are appropriate for any time of the year include: 

  • A fresh bouquet  

  • Potted plant 

  • Soaps  

  • Bottle of wine 

  • Candles 

  • Decorative tea towel 

  • Craft beer  

So if you are wondering whether or not to bring a gift the next party you attend, the answer is YES! 

Fall Recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

Feeling the pressure of hosting Thanksgiving or a fall dinner party this year? Serve your guests this delicious roasted butternut squash soup and they will feel like they're at a five star restaurant! This festive fall soup is so easy to make. You'll be able to spend more time with your family and less time in the kitchen!

My family loves spicy food so I decided to use cayenne pepper and chili powder to give my soup a little kick. If you prefer it mild, substitute the cayenne and chili powder for sage or cinnamon and ginger for a more traditional butternut squash soup.

Ingredients

1 whole butternut squash

1/2 cup yellow onion

2 cloves garlic

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup chopped or shredded carrots

4 cups chicken stock

1 teaspoon fresh or dried thyme

1 teaspoon chili powder

Pinch cayenne pepper

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Cut butternut squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Place on a baking sheet with the inside facing up. Brush with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Place in preheated oven and bake for one hour or until the squash is fork tender.

While the squash is cooling, heat up about 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Chop the onion, garlic, (and carrots if not already shredded) and add to the hot oil. Cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Once the squash is cool enough to handle, scoop out the flesh and add to the sauce pan.

Add chicken stock, thyme, chili powder, and cayenne pepper and stir all ingredients together. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the carrots are tender.

Remove from heat and use a hand blender to blend the soup together OR add the soup to a stand up blender 1 cup at a time and blend until smooth. Return the blended soup to your saucepan to keep warm until you are ready to serve. Garnish with roasted pumpkin or squash seeds and you've got the perfect soup for any fall occasion! 

Bon Appétit!

Engagement Party Planning Tips!

While in the past it was traditional for the bride's family to host the engagement party, many couples are deciding to take on the task themselves. But you may have some questions such as when to have it and who to invite. Not to worry, here are a few tips to help you start planning a flawless engagement party!

When? The best time to throw an engagement party is within two to four months after getting engaged. This will give you time to relax and enjoy the first month of your engagement but will also allow enough time before the serious wedding planning begins. Once you have a date, send out your invitations about a month before to give your guests time to plan ahead. 

Who? If you are hosting your own engagement party, it is a good idea to make sure everyone invited is also invited to the wedding. This will help to avoid any awkward conversations. If you're not sure who to invite, start by creating your wedding guest list and then trim it down to just your wedding party and closest friends and family.

Where? When deciding on a location for your engagement party, it is important to remember you're not only setting the stage for the rest of the party, but the wedding day as well. If you're planning to have a low key backyard wedding, it doesn't make the most sense to have a rooftop cocktail party downtown. You never want to give your guests such high expectations that the engagement party outshines your big day. 

What? What else do you need? Food, drinks and decorations! Buffets and hors d'oeuvres are always a great option because it allows your guests to eat and mingle at their leisure. If you haven’t picked out your wedding colors yet don't worry! The colors at your engagement party don't have to match. Just choose a color pallet to maintain some cohesion between the invitations and centerpieces or any other decorations you might have. 

Why? One of the main purposes of an engagement party is to give your loved ones the opportunity to congratulate you in person! To do so, some of your guests may want to bring a gift. While it may seem a bit premature, it is never too early to start a gift registry. Guests love having that guidance plus it’s much more enjoyable to register before you have to start worrying about final guest counts. Once you answer these questions, the rest of your planning will be a breeze! 

Planning your own engagement party is a great opportunity to get a glimpse into the wedding planning process. Choosing vendors and designing invitations may sound super fun to you, but if just the thought of choosing a florist is completely overwhelming, consider hiring a wedding planner! We want you to enjoy this journey and Jolly Events is here for you every step of the way. 

Hauntingly Easy Halloween Treats

It’s the day before Halloween and you just realized you have to make the treats for a Halloween party. Have no fear, we've got some simple recipes here!

The first recipe is for these adorable Rolo Bats courtesy of A Dash of Sanity. Not only are these Halloween bats cute and delicious, but they only require four ingredients! Anything that easy to make is a win in my recipe book!

bat chocolates

Ingredients

Snyder's Snaps Pretzels

10 ounce bag of Rolos

Wilton Googly Eyes

Black Twizzlers

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees.

  2. Place pretzels on a baking sheet

  3. Unwrap Rolos and place one on each pretzel

  4. Bake in the oven for 3-5 minutes - just enough for the chocolate to get soft

  5. While the pretzels and chocolate are cooking, cut each Twizzler diagonally into 6-8 pieces to make the wings!

  6. Once the chocolate is ready, remove from the oven and immediately push the Twizzler pieces in place and top off with two googly eyes.  *Tip from A Dash of Sanity* Bake just 12 pretzels at a time so you can add the wings and eyes before the chocolate begins to harden.

  7. Let your bats sit for a few minutes before moving them to make sure the eyes and wings stay in place. 

  8. Repeat the steps above until you have as many bats as you want.

bat chocolate

For another simple and spooky Halloween treat, try making these Mummy Rice Krispies Treats!

mummy rice krispies treats

Ingredients

3 tablespoons of butter

1 (10 oz.) package mini marshmallows

8 cups of Rice Krispies

2 cups of white chocolate chips

Small package of M&M's

Popsicle Sticks (optional)

 

Directions

  1. In a medium sauce pan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir over medium-low heat until melted.

  2. Combine the melted marshmallows and Rice Krispies in a large mixing bowl and stir until well coated. **TIP** Spray the mixing bowl and your stirring utensil with cooking spray to prevent the mixture from sticking.

  3. While the marshmallow mixture is still soft, form into round discs and place on a sheet of parchment or wax paper. This recipe makes 10-14 mummy heads depending on how big you make them.

  4. Place white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave, stirring every 10 seconds until the chocolate is completely melted.

  5. Dip the top of each Rice Krispies Treat into the melted chocolate.

  6. While the chocolate is still soft, place the M&M's on top for the mummy's eyes

  7. OPTIONAL: Insert a popsicle stick at the bottom of each treat to make Mummy Pops.

  8. Drizzle the remaining melted white chocolate over each treat. Try not to completely cover the M&M's so the mummies can still see!

  9. Let the chocolate harden for a few minutes before serving and enjoy!

mummy rice krispies treat

Have a Jolly Halloween!

Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Ideas!

With Halloween just a few days away, you may be wondering how you're going to spend the holiday weekend. If you're like me and prefer to avoid all things scary, throw a Not-So-Scary Halloween Party to die for! Like any event, your Halloween party essentials include decorations, food, drinks and favors. Here are just a few ideas for a fabulous Halloween party your friends will love!

These glittered pumpkins make a great centerpiece for a Halloween party or even a fall engagement party! For under ten dollars I was able to purchase the mini pumpkins, glue and glitter to make them sparkle. To create these glamorous gourds simply coat each pumpkin with a thin layer of glue (I used a spray adhesive but you can also use Elmer's Glue or Mod Podge) then immediately cover with you glitter of choice and let dry! Since they last longer than carved pumpkins, you can keep them on display until Thanksgiving!

glitter pumpkins

Food bars are one of the hottest wedding trends this year. From French fries and tacos to doughnuts and pies guests love being able to customize their food. So when I was thinking about Halloween foods that didn’t give me the heebie-jeebies, I thought a caramel apple bar would be the perfect addition to any fall party. Simply place apple slices on skewers and let your guests dip their caramel loving hearts out! Sprinkles, chocolate chips, peanuts, and more! The topping possibilities are endless!

Of course no Halloween party is complete without some chilling cocktails. Brew up a few of your favorite concoctions with a spooky twist. Poisoned Appletinis and a cauldron of Red Sangria are just couple ideas for slightly scary drinks to get the party going.

At the end of the night don't let your guests leave empty handed! Wow them with your own homemade candy to take home. Chocolaty treats such as fudge, peanut butter cups and chocolate turtles are super easy to make and much tastier than anything that comes in a wrapper.

So whether you’re a Halloween fanatic or just love an excuse to throw a party, try a couple or all of these not-so-scary ideas this Halloween!

Jolly Recipe for your 4th of July!

Hello My Lovelies!  It is just days away from the Celebration of our Independence…4th of July and we could not be any more excited because we have SO many parties to go to (and of course host)!  Yippee!  You know us (at least we hope you do or hope we get to know you soon) and in knowing us you know that we LOVE to create experiences!  We are the first ones to put up our hands up to host a party and say “YES” to everything!  Due to our overwhelming ability to pack our days with endless excitement we need simplicity in our recipes!  Now most of the time, we say “let’s hire a caterer” however when it comes to 4th of Jolly (our little party name), we feel that a created recipe straight from our little home is in order!  Today we share with you one of our favorites!  Watermelon Refreshers!  This little gem of a recipe came from a dear friend who inspired us and after simplifying it a little bit (because we’re all about simplicity) …it’s still so yummy!  There is not one person we know that does not salivate at the thought of watermelon on a hot summer’s day…so, why not spice it up a little bit and make the watermelon a little bedazzled?!  Let’s leave an impression!  Here you are!  Enjoy!

watermelon recipe


Your Ingredients:

1 tablespoon grated lime rind

1 teaspoon ancho chile powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

4 watermelon wedges (seeds or seedless your preference)

1 tablespoon fresh cilantro

Instructions:

Place your watermelon wedges on a platter.  In a small bowl combine your lime, chile powder, cumin, salt, and black pepper.  Mix together and sprinkle over watermelon!  You can sprinkle a little or you can sprinkle a lot, whatever floats your fancy!  From there the final touches are the cilantro!  Voilá, done!  You can made a crowd pleaser! 

Enjoy!

Wedding Abbreviations!

A few months ago, my dear hubby and I were traveling and he says “let’s go visit the MOA.”  I turn to him and say “what is the MOA?”  I am thinking that it is a super chic coffee shop (which makes me excited)!  He turns to me, with his head cockeyed (kind of like our Golden Retriever does when he hears the word "outside”) and says “You don’t know what the MOA is?  Aren’t you from the Midwest?”  I begin to get a little defensive…I mean, “technically” I am not from the Midwest, my parents are…so does that justify the fact that I have NO idea what the MOA is?  My love can sense this and explains to me that the MOA stands for Mall of America; it's just is a short abbreviation.  I feel like no one knows this and he continues with a smirk that like everyone in America knows what MOA stands for.  Okay….so I guess I am a part of the 1% that didn’t…so now I do and I feel more complete!  Good thing that I had this “a-ha moment” with my hubby and not in front of a client…because I would have looked so silly…which is somewhat normal.  Anyways…so I thought let me not have this happen to any of my dear couples because in the wedding and event industry we use abbreviations often!!  For instance if I begin to talk about your STD’s I don’t want your mother to think that I am referencing a more private issue (because that would be super humiliating and such an awkward first impression).  So…I have since created a list for you to have in your Wedding Binder just in case you need to reference it and to look super fab (fabulous) as you start to incorporate this into your own vocab (vocabulary)!  Here you go my lovelies!  Enjoy and we look forward to spoiling you soon!

Wedding Abbreviations 101—oh and they are in alphabetical order for you as well…mwah!!

AHR-At Home Reception

AI-All-inclusive

BF-Boyfriend (not to be confused with best friend, BFF, which will be referenced on wedding boards to differentiate)

BIL-Brother-in-law

BM-Best Man or Bridesmaid

BP-Bridal Party

DW-Destination Wedding

E-Party-Engagement Party

E-Ring-Engagement Ring

FFIL-Future Father-in-law

FH-Future Husband

FI-Fiancé

FIL-Father-in-law

FILs-Father-in-Laws

FMIL-Future Mother-in-law

FNF-Friends and Family

FOB-Father of the Bride

FOG-Father of the Groom

FSIL-Future Sister-in-law

FW-Future Wife

GF-Girlfriend

GM-Groomsmen

H2B-Husband-to-be

HM-Honeymoon

IHO-In Honor Of

IL-In-Laws

JP-Justice of the Peace

LDR-Long Distance Relationship

LTBM-Living Together before Marriage

MIL-Mother-in-law

MOB-Mother of the Bride

MOG-Mother of the Groom

MOH-Maid or Matron of Honor

MUA-Make-up Artist

NH-New Husband

NWR-Not Wedding Related

OOTG-Out of Town Guests

OOTB-Out of Town Gift Bags

OTT-Over the Top

RB-Ring Bear

RD-Rehearsal Dinner

SIL-Sister-in-law

SO-Significant Other

STBMrs-Soon to Be Mrs.

STDs-Save-the-Date Cards

WP-Wedding Party or Wedding Planner

As the saying goes…when in Rand (wait, no, that's not right….) 

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This past weekend, my lovelies and I had the pleasure of doing a few venue site tours (as we do with every wedding) to have us visually see every aspect of Your Big Day.  We want to see every crevice of the venue, every smell of our surroundings, and all the details of our environment.  We want to memorize this, soak it in, and become great friends, as we are going to be ONE when it comes to The Day….Your Wedding Day!  To ensure this we always go by the venue in its most raw state….why, because the natural elements are the best to “see” what every day looks like.  We are all at our best when we know someone is watching or they are anticipating us…when we are a Friendly Surprise we get the most “real” and that is exactly what we need to see to really KNOW. 

This past weekend we did a venue site tour in Steamboat Springs and in Rand, Colorado…and what goes best with both….S’mores…so that is what we did…..we had some FUN!  Enjoy some of our pictures…p.s. we are not photographers…just super creative lovelies with a camera (such a big difference).  

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Hello and Happy 2015!!  Today we embrace such warm fuzzy feelings as it has been a blissful year since we officially “launched “Jolly Events!  We reached levels of success in our “first” year (we say first in quotation marks, because really, we’ve been meant to do this all our lives) that we never imagined.  We are beyond grateful for the support, guidance, and unconditional welcome that we received from the most incredibly talented industry professionals that we now call friends and mentors.  We were incredibly humbled by our beautiful clients allowing us the privilege to be by their sides on the Most Special Days in their lives and for this we will be forever impacted in such a meaningful way.  We have grown to new levels with our lovely team aka lovelies, making each day so much fun and inspirational.  We truly love what we do and surround ourselves with delightfully amazing people.  And it’s all thanks to all of you!  We look forward to 2015 being full of optimism, excitement, and know that we are stepping into this year (with stilettos, of course) completely dedicated to spoiling everyone and every moment/event!  We can’t wait to meet you and to have our 2015 be enriched with you being a part of it.  Cheers to you and to those that make your heart full! 

Always,

Emily

Wonderfully Fun Ideas For You and Your Guests During The Holidays

Tis the season to be Jolly!!  And this is SO true and one that we (of course) live by…daily, however during the holiday season this is when our Jolliness is in full effect!  We are addicted to being around others which includes family and friends and children (yours included)!!  So much that sometimes it would be beneficial to have things planned (we love planning) so that each day there is not the silence or “discussions” of what should be do today…because if you are like my super large family sometimes these will take for.ev.er. and by the time we all coordinate you could have watch the whole second season of Sex in the City!  So here are some brilliantly FUN ideas for you and your holiday guests that will include everyone young and wise and won’t cost any money (yeah, because dividing that up can be tricky)!  Cheers to simple, entertaining, and magical memories—

Play Games—Uummm…WOW, Emily that was creative…no silly, not your traditional games (like Monopoly or Apples to Apples, although a total blast), go play games that bring you back (back to when you were a little lovely).  Like Hide and Go Seek, Duck-Duck-Goose, I Spy, or Red Rover…I mean come on, these are PRICELESS games and they will surely make you want to be back in 2nd Grade on the playground.  Not to mention that all can play and nothing but your imagination and happy spirit are required. 

Have a Play or a Talent Show—if you are related to me (you are shaking your head with excitement) as there are definitely some very, very beautiful memories of our plays.  Have one of the older kiddos be the Director of the show and have them organize the flow and rehearsal and then the Grand Show!  While all the creative minds are busy getting all prepared, the adults are given some time to have one on one conversation (which will be much appreciated).  When the show is about to debut, go as far as to sell tickets to the show, have some popcorn ready and don’t forget the camcorder (or your iPhone) …you will not want to miss this!! Yeah memories!!

Be Active—Nothing starts a day off right, than a cup of coffee (haha) AND some outdoor activity of course!  One recommendation for this is don’t make this optional….ALL are to come and ALL are to have fun!  One thing we always do is to look at the tags of our little ones pants to make sure that they are wearing their “happy pants” and if we feel they aren’t we go have them change…too funny, huh?  Anyways, this doesn’t have to be a long journey, but something that will rejuvenate and energize you (or tucker out the little ones because this is always good) for the remainder of the day.  Maybe walk to a park.  Go sledding.  Throw a Frisbee.  Go get active my lovelies…all of you!!

Have a little Friendly Competition—if you are like our family, once the presents are opened there is a tremendous amount of boxes and wrapping paper galore…but, not the energy to clean up (because that would symbolize that it is over), so take all the fixins’ and have a Holiday Fort Competition.  Yes, that is correct!  Divide into {2} teams, delegate a captain and build the BEST Holiday Fort with only the items from the morning…boxes, wrapping paper, bags, tissue paper, etc.  Depending on how intricate you would like to be each team will be giving a pair of scissors, glue, and duct tape, or nothing…I mean there will still be tape on the wrapping paper, right?!  Each team will present their Holiday Fort in front of the judges aka Grandma and Grandpa and the Grand Prize will be lots and lots of hugs (P.S. don’t tell them that LOVE is there reward)!  However, having a tie (because both forts are just incredible) is most definitely okay…and probably recommended to maintain holiday cheer throughout the day. 

Have a Scavenger Hunt—you as the hostess with the mostess will need to create the items, but that will be easy for you…as you are fabulous and can whip this up in no time!!  The items should be very achievable, yet the wiser group should be challenged as well.  For instance:  {3} different flavors of candy canes, a picture of someone in a Christmas Sweater with the first name that starts with “S,” a cup of hot cocoa…etc.  You could even get all the neighbors involved and have a Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt Party…brilliant! 

Sing Christmas Carols—so we never did this growing up, however my hubby is from a very musical family and so this is always a part of our holiday season!  We will gather around the piano and--the sopranos will meet the “out of tuners” and all will be merry and bright!!  You will absolutely feel like you are on a Hallmark movie…which is…so sweet!! 

However you plan on spending your holidays…make sure you always remember that those you spend it with are special and enrich your lives.  Although it may be chaotic at times (because all holiday gatherings are sure to have some moments), those are the “moments” that will forever stand out in your mind for years to come.  Cheers to you and to making more memories this holiday season!  Cheers! 

The {3} Words That Make Every Wedding Planner Turn Into a Gladiator

The {3} Words that make every Wedding Planner turn into a Gladiator

Lovelies!  Those {3} little words that make me go into my magic phone booth and twirl around and come out with a cape (with a proud JE on the back) and shiny new stiletto shoes are…”I am overwhelmed!”  Screech….Wedding Planner to the rescue!  I am not sure if you are as BIG of fan as I am of the TV show Scandal but they have a name for their team - Gladiators.  Where they make everything better.  We are YOUR Gladiator.  Always.  Every moment.  Regardless of these {3} little words…BUT, when we hear these from you lips, our capes of JE Magic are in full gear.  As your Wedding Planner we are fully honored to be there for you on Your Big Day and delighted to be a part of such a raw, special moment.  We do NOT take this role lightly, instead we embrace every moment and want to make it all perfect…For You!!  We want the wedding planning process to be seamless, incredibly smooth, and so, so enjoyable for you.  IF you walk into a wedding venue and start to have an anxiety attack due to all the questions that you still don’t have the answers to (btw this is totally okay), then this is not fun!  You deserve fun!  Wedding Planner to the rescue!  IF you sit down to create Your Wedding Guest List and get to You + Your Love, and find this exhausting and you would rather go clean your bathrooms because that is more relaxing I think this would be a time to reach out to a Wedding Planner (I mean, unless cleaning your bathroom is a way to decompress…some of my lovely Wedding Planners bake to relax and wind down…uuuummmm….what?!  If bathroom cleaning is your thing, great!  Shiny bathrooms are fun!)  Basically, what I am trying to say is…we would be proud to be Your Gladiator aka Your Wedding Planner.  Please enjoy every moment and if you aren’t…maybe it is time to click your heels together {3} times and say “there is no place like Jolly Events.” And we will be there for you!  Capes, stilettos and all!  Have a lovely day my lovelies!

We look forward to spoiling you soon!

Winter Wedding Welcome Bags For Your Guests

Hello lovelies!  Are you getting married soon in a Winter Wonderland?  Then you are probably tired of hearing all about this being Engagement Season and would like some practical guidance on Wintertime Weddings.  Well my dear…here we go!! 

Having a Welcome Bag presented to your guests upon their arrival at your accommodations is such a nice touch!  You will display gratitude and great hostess characteristics right from the start with this.  So…should what you include in the welcome bag be different than those in the summer months…yes!  And here is why…the weather is different, the feeling is different, the environment is different…so naturally, yes the welcome bag contents should be different…there are some definite “must haves” that you no matter what time of year you should include! 

Essentials:

Bottle Water—you know to stay hydrated

Aspirin/Tylenol—to alleviated headaches from dehydration, celebration, or just aches from snowshoeing

Band-Aids—everyone could use this “just in case item.”

Friendly Tips about Elevation—an insert with some common facts about elevation is always nice for your out of town guests, because elevation sickness can be no fun and Your Wedding is all about Fun, so educating is great! 

Boulder Chips—because they are SO yummy—and like a Colorado staple

Micro Beer—see “Boulder Chips”

Now in addition to Essentials here are some Winter Wondrous Items to make your Welcome Bag—Winterrific!! 

Deck of Cards—When it is cold and snowy outside, cozy up with some hot cocoa and a nice game of solitary and call it a Great Afternoon!  Or for those from the Midwest—play a little Euchre—just make sure that you have your alarm set so you don’t miss out on the Wedding Festivities (for those who have played this, you know how much you can get consumed with this)!

Pair of mittens—the small little ones that you can find anywhere and in lots of colors

“Something to warm you up” Package—With an assortment of Hot Tea, Coffee, and Hot Chocolate Packets (maybe even with some little marshmallows)

Chapstick—because no one wants dry lips for a Wedding

Hand Warmers—This would be a perfect addition for all my lovelies that love to have a little DIY project!  You can make this super cute…with the outside fabric being the colors of your wedding or having your names sown into it.  If you want more details…we can get this for you!   

Ornament—Especially around the holidays—grab a box of several gold, silver, and red round ornaments plus a metallic color Sharpie and write a little something special on each one of them.  Make sure you put the date so Your Day will always be remembered and dazzling their tree each year…plus, it is a brilliant way for them to remember your Anniversary!! 

Candy canes—Ummmm because they are FUN no matter what age you are!!

Sparklers---recommended for ADULT ONLY FUN!!  However, if Your Wedding is around the New Year—Yes, great addition!!

Blow Horns/Hats/Confetti—Again great for a New Year’s Eve Wedding!!

There you go my lovelies!  Please, please always stay true to you and Your Love Story—so if there is something that is so “you two,” include it!  No matter what time of year it is…Be You!  If you would like more ideas or would like our team just to design these for you we are here!!  We look forward to spoiling you soon!!  

5 Ways to Rock Your Wedding Speech!

Hello my lovelies—So, You have been The Chosen One…the MOH or the BM!! (Maid of Honor or Best Man, for the uninitiated)  Congratulations (yes, it is confirmed, you are the favorite)!  Well before you let this all go to your head please know that you are now in charge of giving a speech…don’t be nervous; we are here for you…please enjoy these

 5 Tips for a superstar toast:

1.      Don’t procrastinate---whoops kind of notorious for this…well, for this time, my lovely, we suggest that you begin weeks if not months in advance.  We understand that you were a Speech Major in college or that you give presentations for a living…but, this is a toast to be full of heart and soul and one that you can’t “do over”.  This is the one time that I suggest you take your time and do lots and lots of drafts to make it spectacular.  I mean your fabulosity factor must remain intact if not skyrocket after this speech, right?!

2.      Don’t write it word for word---because all you will do is read it, look down, and no one will listen!  No matter how many great, funny jokes you have in there, your guests will just be thinking “goodness, they are reading it” and that is all they will notice.  Use bullet points or cues in your notes if you must write it down.  Or…say it from memory…yes, you will be brilliant!!  One of The Best toasts that I have experienced was from a FOB (Father of the Bride) and the entire time he was looking straight into his daughter’s eyes and saying thoughtful, meaningful words and praise.  It was SO goosebump-tear worthy and believe me his daughter, not to mention every guest there will remember his kind loving words!

3.      Practice—yes!!  Several times!!  This is what you have been waiting for…an actual real life moment to stand in front of the mirror and talk to yourself to see how you look (or am I the only one that does this frequently?) J  Once you have received rave reviews from your friend the mirror, go to your significant other or bestie (not the one getting married, silly) and perform in front of them.  Really, this should be taken as seriously as if you were in a play.  If you take this step to heart and practice…when the Big Time arrives to get on “stage” and the microphone is handed to you, you will pull it off with ease, class and sophistication!  Bam!

4.      Use Props—why?  Because they are fun and are great to incorporate with your stories.  Please remember that you are standing next to The Most Incredible Person you know and therefore have a plethora of things that make your togetherness fun.  For instance a favorite cassette tape that you played on repeat a gagillion times—like Britney Spears—forget the skirt (you all know what I am talking about).  Or, a friendship bracelet or Best Friend Charm Necklace (that you still have in your jewelry box, but your bestie doesn’t know).  Or, better yet…make a slideshow of your shenanigans and how you became a team…a Best Friend Team.  Once you have made the guests LOVE you with your wit, charm and dazzling visuals make sure you always wind it down with some warm and sincere words of how your life is more enriched with them in it.  And always…go to #5 for the grand finale.  

5.      Bring up your glass of champagne—and make sure to conclude with, “please raise your glass and toast to the new Mr. and Mrs. Jones, the most inspirational couple I have ever met….”  This is probably the most forgotten item from all speeches raising your glass and having a toast…which is understandable because you are crying, the Bride and Groom are sobbing and all you want to do is hug them and hand back the mic because you did it (The Speech is over and now you can start to really have fun)!  Just remember this one little suggestion and your speech will be forever one talked about!

Giving a speech can be very scary…but it shouldn't be!  Remember we are here for you and can definitely be there to take care of you.  We look forward to spoiling you soon!