Posts in the ‘Entertainment’ Category
I was just talking to Christine Long-Plotkin, who recently added her wedding photos to our site. She got married in November 2009 in Los Angeles, and threw a $30k wedding on a budget of $13k.
How did she do it? With a "can do" spirit, by finding people who were willing to work within her budget, and by enlisting everyone she knew.
So many of the parties I write about are big parties, so it was fun talking to party planner Chris Nease, owner of Celebrations at Home in Richmond, Virginia, about some of the smaller events she throws, and the creative things she comes up with to make her parties special.
She just put together a candy table for a preteen's birthday, and her inspiration... a shower curtain. She wanted to do something fall and fun, so when she saw the $16 red and brown shower curtain at Walmart she knew she was onto something. Using the colors as her guide, she included chocolate milk (in recycled Starbucks frappuccino bottles), chocolate bars, licorice, Whoppers, Hershey's kisses, and chocolate covered donuts. But the best part, it looked professional and fabulous and cost less than $150 for the whole shebang.
I consider myself a mild foodie, I shop at the farmer's market almost weekly, and I go out of my way to avoid trans fats.
However, my husband and I were recently in North Carolina visiting family and we went to a local Walmart, walked down the snack aisle and couldn't resist the Hostess Cupcakes. I probably hadn't had one in twenty years. But I have to admit, it was pretty darn tasty. That's why when I saw these pictures I had to post them.
I was talking to LA based party planner, Suzanne Carvlin, also known as Suzanne The Party Girl. She specializes in throwing parties that are a little less conventional than your typical hotel ballroom wedding with rubber chicken.
So I asked her some questions to get her expert advice on how to approach throwing a party that doesn't quite stick to the script, and here's what she said...
I was just speaking to Keaton Koechli, VP of Operations at a company called Hoopnotica, which sells hula hoops and hula hoop related products for exercise, dance, and fun.
Keaton told me that for her wedding, she had her company make custom hula hoops in her wedding colors, then put them out for her friends and family to enjoy at the reception. She said it was such a hit, that even her husband's "guy" friends got into the action.
I was just talking to Liz Coopersmith, LA-based wedding coordinator at Silver Charm Events, who is also a wedding officiant and a huge sci fi fan. She's going to Comic-Con July 23rd - July 26th, and has come up with a great idea, to marry a couple on the floor of the San Diego Convention Center.
All she needs to find is an engaged couple who already has tickets to Comic-Con (since the convention is completely sold out). They'll need a marriage license, which Liz can help them get.
Whose family isn't awkward? I just check out the new site Awkward Family Photos and especially loved the the awkward wedding photos and awkward engagement photos. The site is only a month old, so there aren't that many pictures in these categories yet, but the ones that are there are priceless. Here are a few of my personal favorites.