Holiday Party Special
Whether you are looking for a full event planning for your holiday party or just a day of baking, we have it!
Holiday and New Year's Party Full Coordination
So you are thinking of having a wonderful holiday party for Christmas or New Year's but aren't sure where to start or have the time to pull it together? Let our team of experienced professionals take care of every detail! This season we are offering a special which includes our expertise to choose the look and feel as well as set up and clean up after the event. This is for up to 25 guests. All you have to do is relax and enjoy your guests. Dates are limited so contact us today!
Holiday Baking Party
This is a fun way to enjoy some time with friends and family while getting the holiday baking done as well. You choose three holiday treats you would like to learn to make and we supply all of the ingredients. We set up, clean up and supply recipes of everything we prepare with you. Some of our clients make it a girls day, a day with the grandchildren or a family affairs. You simply invite friends or family, give us the recipes you would like to learn and enjoy the day. The cost per person is $15.00. Contact us today to book your date!
Custom Proposal Special
The proposal, a moment you want to be unforgettable. Let our experience create what you have envisioned that moment to be. Whether it is a spectacular, glittering cityscape atop beautiful San Francisco or Los Angeles, a secluded setting on the beach, in the mountains or a family setting. Let our experience create your vision. This package includes an in depth consultation to learn about the two of you and discover what you have envisioned that moment to be. Next we move on to proposal design to actually create that vision. Finally we are on site to coordinate and carry out that vision on the day of the proposal to make it a day for you to enjoy as well while our experienced team handles every detail. This package is normally priced at $350.00 but will be $195.00 through New Year's. This package will only be in place for a short period of time and dates book fast during this season. Please contact our team today to schedule your date!
We enjoyed every moment of being a part of this beautiful wedding for these two wonderful people. Kyle and Carolyn, we wish you a lifetime of happiness and joy.
The key to great memories is of course the choice of photographer on a wedding day and they chose one of the best, Morgan James Photography as always did an amazing job of capturing the day. We also had the pleasure of working with the wonderful Lanny of The Linen Shoppe and Mariah from Simply Flowers. The beautiful cake was created by Eddie's Bakery and the delicious food was provided by Pardini's Catering and Banquets. The fabulous location was The Grand 1401 which is a stunning building like no other in the area. A special thank you to Liz at The Grand for all of her hard work and help throughout the planning.
It was simply a pleasure. The Eclectic Affairs team thanks you for trusting us to be a part of such a special day.
It is always one of the first name's on my lips and the place I go when I am in need of an experienced staff that delivers for me without fail. You see, this is no trendy come lately bridal shop. This is a place I grew up with that has much of the same staff it has always had. There is a reason they have stood the test of time, it is the love and experience. My clients are always impressed with the level of customer service, knowledge and selection at Luftenburg's. If you were to ask me where to look for not just your perfect gown but also attire for the entire bridal party, this is the top of my list. The years come and go but the service here never wavers. Thank you Luftenburg's for your remarkable service.
Let’s talk about table configurations. For years we have become accustomed to the circular tables or tables that seat 8 to 10 spread out around the room. This year I have had an influx of clients with a larger than usual guest list. As we have dealt with the issue of not having enough venue choices to accommodate the large number of guests we have had to find a way to make it work. Now we could cut out a few cousins, people your parents have asked you to invite that you haven’t seen in the past ten years or ask the kids to stay home. With all the room in the world, you might still want to do that! With that in mind let’s say you want to invite 500 people to party and you do have a budget.
After visiting a few vineyards in Northern California and watching as they set up for large luncheons I discovered that most of the time they use long tables. When I say long, I mean they had somewhere between 30 and 50 guests along each side. These were very long tables but the longer they became it seemed the more beautiful and intimate they became as well. It seems that people seated next to each other really can move around well and converse without any issue. This allows for a very clean flow to the room as well as an increase in seating by at least a third. Another huge advantage to this type of set up is the amount of centerpieces and floral needed. We save an average of half when we set up this way. Because you are creating something beautiful in a smaller center area, there is a lot less product needed. We have seen this option at very formal events as well as casual garden settings and both are wonderful. I’ve known this all along but seemed to have forgotten in the years of running around in circles setting circular tables of eight.
There are so many seating options depending on your event venue and guest size. Try to think about your style, the mood you want to create and the comfort of your pocketbook as well as the guests. We just want to make sure that we pass along ideas and information that we see changing a large number of events for the better. This is definitely one of those.
You have five minutes before you need to head for work but you just can’t get up! Why, why can’t you stop yourself? It’s the Pinterest page, and you are mesmerized! This phenomenon has hit blistering heights and it’s hard to stop yourself from frantically pinning every idea out there. I’m not going to lie, I’m there too! It’s all so seductive isn’t it? Before you know it there are hundreds of pins in each of your boards and they all blend together. If you are in charge of an event or a bride trying to pull together your vision, please step away from the Pinterest and re adjust your vision! You have gone to the dark side and we just can’t have you deciding that you need two or three favors or two themes to fit all of the wonderful ideas in. Take a deep breath, I can help.
If you want to pin I think it’s a great idea. Get a cork board, they really do work the best. Start one area at a time of your event such as your attire, food or place settings. Next, pin up to five of your favorites and live with them for a few days. As you do this, you will weed out what doesn’t suite you so much. Once you have a top choice for each needed item in an area, put it in your planner. You can then go on to the next area and not feel so overwhelmed. Trust me, this will make life and sleep so much easier for you.
This is also how I organize an event. Once I know what I want I can then move on to vendors. Since I have a list of vendors with specific strong skills I can then finalize an event. That’s where I come in! Even if you have big boxes of ideas I’ll help you whittle them down and unglue yourself from the Pinterest board. The point is this, planning an event can make you feel like you are long South of sanity. You do not need to swim around the Pinterest pool crying because you know you pinned that great tablescape but now it’s lost forever in the pool of cocktail recipes on the cocktails and sippies board!
So now you have a solution to the insanity and a way to start getting to work on time again. Even if you aren’t a Pinterest user, this is a great solution for you as well. The most important thing is to make sure you have quality vendors to carry out and create your vision. Hand your ideas over to a planner and let them orchestrate a beautiful event full of those wonderful ideas. Happy pinning!
I am in the midst of a busy holiday season as I am sure all of you are. I just wanted to take a moment and tell all of you how thankful I am to have had such a wonderful year at my little business. I enjoy every minute I spend with each of you, even the chaotic snags we have sometimes hit. It has been a pleasure developing the friendships we have over the years. I wish all of you a wonderful, blessed season. I look forward to the new adventures next year bring. Merry Christmas!
_Have you ever gone to bed, cuddled up with your remote and had that overwhelming feeling that there was something very important you are sure you forgot to do? Planning a wedding is the equivalent of that every day from the engagement date on. You are in a constant state of panic over every detail because you fear that guests will walk around judging every detail. In some ways you are right, some will. My advice on that has always been, you are letting them in on a wonderful part of your life, they should just be appreciative. The fact is, the people that love you will just share in your joy without picking your work apart.
With that said, keep you list of to do's in check. I rarely see a bride who is organized and on schedule. The plans they are trying to create are more than they have time for but they are not willing to downscale. This is generally when I get a call and have to put out a lot of fires. I do not mind at all but I feel terrible that they are so overwhelmed. This should be a calm, happy and memorable experience.
Sit down with your groom and discuss a budget, one that you can both live with. I assure you if you take out a loan for a wedding, your first married argument will likely be about money. Consult a planner even if you think you can't afford one. You may be pleasantly surprised that you can or that you can at least afford to hire them for some hectic details. Even if you do not hire a planner it will give you an idea of what you are facing. Stick to your budget, it will be the best thing you ever do for yourself. There are a number of wedding expenses that can be cut without affecting your big day.
Every bride wants the satisfaction of knowing she has included small details in her wedding to wow the guests. Let me say, you are your own worst critic. Make a check list with dates along side of the tasks. Keep a binder of every contract and receipt you receive. If you stick to just these two small organizational tools it will make a world of difference.
The one constant in my job is that every brides worry melts away as she walks down that aisle. It is a moment of absolute joy for me as well. The one thing you need to keep in the forefront of your mind is that you show the person you are about to marry that you have not forgotten what this day is about.
_I have planned just about every size and type of event you can imagine. Along the way my talents as a caterer and baker have integrated into my business as well. I have shared my love of great meals and desserts by teaching small groups in evening dinner parties. I am passionate about every piece of my business and the happiness of my clients.
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