January 24, 2011

Congratulations You Are Engaged...Celebrate With An Engagement Party

Allot of our newest clients were engaged over the Christmas season. Some couples chose to kick off their planning process with an engagement party. Anyone can decide to throw the happy couple an engagement party however if you are not the parents of the couple you should ask both sets of parents before deciding to throw this monumental party. (Typically it is the bride or grooms family that throw the engagement party)

While looking into engagement party tips, I found some info that was quite helpful for couples & their families. You can read the whole article here, but here is a brief snippet;

From The Knot, "here are five things the hosts should keep in mind:

1. Give the couple time to breathe
An impromptu family gathering the weekend after he proposed is the perfect opportunity to break out the vintage champagne, but don't schedule an all-out opulent affair during the engagement's first month.

2. Find out the size of the wedding that the couple has in mind
Everyone who is invited to the engagement party should ultimately be invited to the wedding.

3. Consider what will make the in-laws most comfortable
Since the engagement party custom was actually designed to help you start building bridges between the families, consider their style.

4. Suggest that the couple register beforehand
While traditionally guests have not brought presents to this function, increasing numbers do today, and it's only fair to provide guidance.

5. Remind yourself that there is still a wedding to throw
Every host wants to plan an unforgettable affair, but you never want to upstage the main event.

Circle The Date Events offers a Sensational Soiree Package and we can help you plan a memorable engagement party. "Ring Us" at 928.446.8025 to set up your complimentary consultation.

Until Next Time...Happy Planning

January 21, 2011

Fabulous Friday Find: Woodland Cake Stand

It's no secret that my favorite season is fall. Every year I drag my hubby to Julian and enjoy pie and walking in the leaves. I also love fall and rustic themed weddings. Yes, the theme has been used a lot recently in weddings, but I still love it and I enjoy challenging myself to do something new and unique every time. Owning a event planning and cake stand company really gives me the opportunity to push the envelope. I love anything edgy and different.

I don’t think anything says more "woodland rustic chic" than a cake stand made out of real wood. Are you throwing an indoor wedding and having difficulty bringing the outdoors in? How about surprising guests with 4- 5 log stands on a dessert table with mini cakes and pies on top and flowers scattered everywhere?  While searching for a new spin on my existing line of rustic cake stands I came across this adorable Do It Yourself (DIY) post that I wanted to share with you;

What You’ll Need
A Cross-Cut Wood Plaque (round or oval)
A Cross-Section of a Tree Limb   (Make sure the top and bottom are parallel)
Titebond Ultimate Wood Glue (or a similar extra strong wood glue)
A Large Wood Clamp 
Cross-cut wood plaques can be found in your local craft store or online at Hofcraft.
The come in a variety of sizes ranging from 5 inches to 12 inches in
diameter.   They are usually found in the section with the wood-burning
kits and other wood crafts.  They are clean, sanded and ready to use.
1.  Take your tree limb section and wipe the cut surface clean. 
Put a generous amount of extra strong wood glue on the surface. (see
figure 1)
2.  Place the limb section in the center of the back side your
wood plaque and press down firmly.  Wipe away any excess glue with a
clean, damp cloth. (see figure 2)
3.  Place the two joined pieces in a wood clamp and let dry for at
least one hour.   If you don’t have a wood clamp, you can stack a few
heavy books on top of your pedestal until it’s dry.   (see figure 3)
4.  Use your pedestals to display cakes and desserts (see figure
4) or use as a base for a centerpiece.   If you want to place food
directly on the wood surface, coat it first with a food-safe wood
sealer.  If you would like to keep the wood it’s natural color, place a
piece of parchment paper beneath your cake or dessert.

If you are NOT a DIY bride, then place your order for a ready made stand that will sure to leave your guests talking long after your gorgeous cake has been cut. You can place an order by phone (928.446.8025) or by e-mail (CircleTheDate@ Hotmail.com)

Until Next Time...Happy Planning

January 19, 2011

Unique way to display your wedding cake

I am so excited to show you this very unique way to display 3 cakes by Yuma's own Lisa Brazeel of Fortuna Floral. The cakes were displayed on tall cylinders that looked just stunning. Each cylinder had a tulip, a gerber daisy, a little ribbon, and a hanging crystal.

The wedding  theme was Tiffany blue, black, and white. Jamie Hoffman of Yuma Couture Cakes used fondant bows, pearls and ribbons, and lots of Swarovski crystals to create these pretty cakes.

Both of these talented ladies are Circle The Date Events preferred vendors and we are so proud to work events with them!

Fortuna Floral
Owner: Lisa Brazeel
318 South Main Street

Yuma Couture Cakes
Owner: Jamie Hoffman

Until Next Time...Happy Planning

January 18, 2011

Trend Tip Tuesday:The Come-Back Kid; Drink Stirrers

Remember these little stirrers that also served as favors WAY back in the days? They actually left the scene for several years.

They are back and with a vengence! These little beauties did not only come back with different variations but with tons of style and personality;

If you are looking for a way to make your event stand out from the rest, personalized drink stirrers is one way to accomplish this!

Until Next Time...Happy Planning!

January 17, 2011

Red Balloon Save The Date Stationary

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Years celebrations with your family and friends. We haven't blogged in a while because we have been very busy planning Christmas parties and meeting our new 2011 brides that were engaged over the Christmas holiday season.

One of the first tasks I encourage newly engaged couples to do is send out a Save The Date to all of their guests. (Be sure that everyone who receives a Save The Date will be invited to the wedding, this means you will need to discuss your budget first and know how many people you can afford to invite)

I always encourage my brides to be unique and creative with every aspect of their wedding. I saw this adorable Red Balloon Save the Date stationary on the Oh Happy Day blog! It's soooo unique and creative!
It cost the bride and groom $270.00 for 100 Save The Date Cards;

If you like this idea, you can order your Save The Date Red Balloon cards here

Until Next Time...Happy Planning!

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