June 29, 2011

Decor Ideas for Summer Celebrations

With the 4th of July quickly approaching, no doubt you are planning for or attending a festive celebration somewhere. If you have been procrastinating on what to do or what to bring, why not create some memorable favors or centerpieces for the event. If you are planning the celebration, then your guests will love a momento of the day. If you are attending a celebration, why not make some for your hosts to use as decorative centerpieces.   With all of the preparations they have going on, I am sure they would be most appreciative of your thoughtfulness and creativity. Need some help on something fast and fun, check out these easy 4th of July crafts I found in All You.

All You is one of those great magazines that is chock full of quick ideas, recipes and great tidbits of how to make your life so much easier. If you haven't checked out an issue, it's a must do, especially since it is so affordable.

Star Spangled Sparklers

For the Star Spangled Sparkers  (pictured to the right) you will need :
  • Mailing tubes and plugs in assorted sizes 
  • Red, white and blue construction paper
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Silver tassels
  • Star-shaped paper punch
  • Assorted ribbons and rickrack
1. Cover a tube in construction paper, using glue to secure

2. Use scissors or a knife to carefully make a small slot in one plug. Thread silver tassels through opening and tie in a knot to secure.

3. Decorate by gluing star-shaped cutouts and ribbons on tubes as desired. If you want to use them as party favors, fill with candy.

Decorative Flower Holders made from Cans & Colorful Paper

I hope you all enjoy your time of festivity and celebration. Please, feel free to send photos of your decorative ideas and how you used them for your summer celebration.

Stay tuned for more trendy ideas and inspirations. You don't want to miss a thing so make sure you "follow us" and subscribe. You can find details to the right. See you next time.

June 17, 2011

Guest Book Options

Want something different other than the standard guest book for your wedding or special event? If so, you are in luck. There are so many great, creative options out there now, that you can just about do whatever you want to cherish the well wishes of your family and guests. I love the options where you can incorporate the well wishes and signatures of your guests into the decor of your home. What about the idea of a memory platter because this is something you can display in your home, maybe on an entry table or fire place mantle, near your framed wedding photo.

I really like the idea of personal artwork, created by the bride or groom. It could be a sketch of a tree or home; very simple in design. If you are not the artsy type, you can find beautiful artwork like these on Etsy. But I am sure you can create something personal to share at your wedding or event, to showcase as your own special piece of artwork.

Canvas Wall Art by Cheryl Images
Thumbprint Canvas by CottageCreekArts

I love the idea of this piece. Using ink colors to match your wedding theme, have your guest place their thumbprint on various places on the canvas, creating the look of leaves on the tree. Guest then sign their thumbprint, creating a very personal, touching art piece to be placed in the couples home. This piece is an everyday reminder to the couple of their special day and the people who celebrated with them.

Guest Sign In Photograph by Calla Evans

This idea was genius - take an item that you may use or display in your kitchen - like a Cheeseboard, and have your guests sign it. When hosting parties and guests at your home, seeing it used or on display makes for quite a conversation starter or memory piece.  

Sculpted Puzzle Wedding Guest Book 

There are so many great ideas out there if you want something different. If you want the traditional guest book, there are many beautiful options available. That is the great thing about weddings and events; it's yours to plan, just the way you want, with the things that are important to you.

Stay tuned for more trendy ideas for your wedding or event planning adventures.

Event & Wedding Planner  
Alpha Prosperity Events  
Greater Houston ~ Missouri City ~ New Orleans

June 7, 2011

Travel Planning

I am so excited because I am planning another travel adventure. Nothing as exotic as my recent Caribbean cruise but a travel adventure none the less. We have a family wedding coming up in April 2012 and the wedding is in Alexandria, VA. Now I will be traveling from Houston and the rest of the family will be traveling from New Orleans. So this will be quite an expense for a lot of us, not only getting there but hotel lodging and food as well.
As much as I like to travel, I will never go into debt doing it. I am saver when it comes to stuff I really want and travel is very high on my list of wants. Therefore, I have to save for this trip and realize with 10 months to discipline myself to save, I should have a nice little stash to not only get me to the wedding but to also enjoy some sites and adventures while I am there. I am going to start the 1st of June and save with a "gazelle like intensity" - for all you Dave Ramsey fans out there.
If you are planning a trip, say a honeymoon perhaps, make some decisions about the planning process. Don't approach it with a carefree, no thought concept because this approach will only bring disappointment; if not on the trip itself then for certain when you get the credit card bills or look at your bank statement and you realize that you spent money you should not have spent.

Event & Wedding Planner  
Alpha Prosperity Events  
Greater Houston ~ Missouri City ~ New Orleans