We were lucky enough to be quoted in this past Sunday's News Tribune on a featured in the Style Section called "Be a Party Leader." Be sure to check out this link to read the entire article, which will give you some great tips on how to host a summer party this season!
Did you know the number of Americans who will spend the Fourth of
July holiday at other people's homes is approximately 41 million? That is some
major entertaining going on! Are you planning to invite guests over or will you
be one of the 41 million attending the festivities elsewhere? Either way, I am
sure there will be a lot of grilling going on!
If you're anything like me, you probably need some new and fresh
ideas for this years Holiday.
Here are my 5 tips for Fabulous Fourth!
Start your planning with a buffet menu, one that can easily be set
up and taken down. You will want to include barbecue favorites that you can
easily prepare ahead of time. Items like coleslaw, fruit salad and homemade ice
cream. I like to do all of my prep work ahead of time, either the day or night
before the 4th. This includes shucking corn, marinating chicken and ribs and
slicing some homegrown strawberries. Curious what we are serving this year?
The Bridal Solution's EASY Make - Ahead 4th Menu:
Spicy Honey Glazed Chicken Breasts
Smoked BBQ Ribs
Grilled Corn with Parmesan Butter
Bourbon Baked Beans
and Strawberry/Angel Food Cake Skewers
Homemade Ice Cream
All of these items can be prepared the day before, except for the
grilling and warming of baked beans. Like I said, easy peasy!
Pick your drinks! Don't feel like you have to offer everything,
just choose a few and go with it. Use drink dispensers on the buffet line,
something for the adults and something for the kids. Try pre-mixing margaritas
or sangria and lemonade, or iced tea. No matter what, be sure to have plenty of
water available, especially if you and your guests will be out in the heat most
of the day. Here's Natalie's favorite margarita recipe everyone will LOVE!
1 (6 ounce) can frozen limeade concentrate
6 fluid ounces tequila
2 fluid ounces triple sec
Fill blender with crushed ice. Pour in limeade concentrate,
tequila and triple sec. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.
Set the Table! Trust me on this one, you don’t' need anything
fancy. Little items can go along way if you use them right. For instance,
instead of buying or using a blue, red and white linen, stick to one color. You
can add little pops of color elsewhere to get the effect you're looking for.
Try even a rustic natural look on the table. Add pops of color like using
vintage red lanterns, a few charger plates and bundles of flatware for easy
pick up. Don't forget the lighting. The lanterns will add a little, but try to
use some additional lights if you are staying outside for fireworks. I suggest
uplighting trees and using galvanized buckets with bamboo to string globe
lights on. This will create an intimate setting your guests will not want to
to accommodate your guests and provide entertainment. This can be as easy as
creating a soundtrack and playing it through speakers from your iPod, to
providing games for your guests to play. The Fourth of July is all about being
outside with company, so why not get a game of crochet or volleyball going. Games
like washers or beanbag toss is great too.
I always love
to add a few items around the house to accommodate my guests. Either a tray
with flavored water, chocolate mints in the bathroom, anything to make them
feel more like home. It’s all about the little details!
Plan for the
Fireworks. If you are one of the lucky ones who are able to watch them from
your house, then set up a special viewing area. Bring out blankets and large
pillows to create a comfortable viewing area. Can’t see them from your house?
No biggie? Set up just as you would outside – inside! Last year it was so warm
we all moved indoors, turned out all the lights [except for the TV] and created
stars on the ceiling, just like if we were outside. It was perfection! The
perfect watching fireworks treat? Our family tradition of course! Treat your
guests to homemade ice cream root beer floats …yummo!
Oh how we love these offbeat dresses, out of the norm, but oh so trendy. These floral prints have been making their appearance over the past few years, and this year is certainly no different. We love the idea of mixing and matching and going bold with different prints.
Put an end to the phrase, "just shorten it and wear it again" and REALLY get your bridesmaids a dress that they will love and wear again. While theses dresses due come off as "less formal" they don't lack on their appeal. They are really a great way to incorporate into your vintage, retro or rustic style wedding.
Natalie from The Bridal Solution, YOUR Event Stylist here! We have been planning numerous Weddings and Events over the past few weeks ... Welcome to Wedding Season!
With all the bridal buzz going around I thought it was important to give YOU the insider secrets to having the perfect Wedding Day! Why? Because every bride deserves to have a stress-free day, full of amazing memories! Don't you agree?
Here are The Bridal Solution's TOP 5 Tips for your Wedding Day!
#5. Remember Your Love Story
If you think about it, a lot of your guests may not know exactly your love story, how you both fell in love with each other. So incorporating that into your wedding day, will make guests feel closer to you, and feel "in-the-know." You can do this in a number of ways. Anything from incorporating your story in your ceremony, naming your guests reception tables after vacations you've been on together, toasts or by the favors you choose. No matter how you do it, your guests will love you for it!
#4. Show your Personality thru your Wedding Style
Have you thought about what your Wedding Style is? Are you laid back? Perhaps having a country chic wedding in a barn with mason jars is the look you go for. Are you as a couple more formal and enjoy the finer things in life? Try having your own wine tasting and five course meal in the ballroom of your dreams. Do you love music? Have a battle of the bands during your reception and get your guests on their feet. It's important to stick to your roots and to who you both have become as a couple. When you know your personal style, your wedding style should reflect that!
#3. Share the Details
When your wedding planning ... it's all in the details, so why not get your guests involved! Invite them to invent their own cocktails at the cocktail fusion bar. Why not have a specialty drink that represents who you think you are as a couple. Let your guests have fun with you whether they are in a photobooth, taking their own pictures of the party, filling our song request forms for the DJ's at their table or sharing their feelings through a video guest book. The possibilities are endless!
#2. Say "Thank You" Without saying it!
Remember that as a couple you have grown not only by your love for one another, but because of the support of your family and friends. Don't forget to make them feel special on your wedding day. You can do this by adding a thank you to the end of your programs, letting your wedding party sit with their spouses, including photos of your parents weddings and memorable speeches. One of our favorite weddings last year surprised their grandparents who celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary that very same night with their special song. A little bit goes a long way!
#1. Take Time to Take a Moment ...
During all the hustle and bustle, take a few moments to take it all in. Before your ceremony, enjoy a special moment with your dad before he walks you down the aisle. After your "I Do's" run off with your groom and share a moment, away from your bridal party together. At the reception, take time to eat, take time to check out the surroundings and watch your guests laugh. Take a moment to take it all in, and you wont have any regrets!
Succulents are all rage these days. Your not only finding them in peoples homes, patios and wineries, but we're seeing a lot of them show up at weddings. They create their own personalities in bouquets, and create a warmth on reception tables. Some brides are even giving them away as favors. We can't get over how good they look in these weddings!
Some of the newest trends in weddings over the past year have been Grape Wood and Grape Vines. They are so universal ... you could use them for a beach wedding or a barn wedding, and they would still look great.
Here are some examples on how to use them properly ...
How are you incorporating grape wood or vines into your wedding this year?
It's getting warmer outside, so why not surprise your guests and have an ice cream truck show up? We're so excited to be doing this with a few couples later on this Summer .. but we're not saying which ones ... it's a surprise!