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How to Throw an Intimate Event on a Budget

by Jillian Leslie on

Candy table in red and brown

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.

Forget the Cupcake Cake, What About A Twinkie Cake?

by Jillian Leslie on

Yellow and White Twinkie Cake

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.

Hula Hoops + Wedding = Fun!

by Jillian Leslie on

The bride hula hooping

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.

Who Wants to Get Married at Comic-Con?

by Jillian Leslie on

This could be you!

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.

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