How to Throw a Party Like a #Celebrity

The Great Gatsby Party

The Great Gatsby

With these tips, even a do-it-yourselfer can throw a celebrity-styled party!


Celebrities don’t just invite a few people, they invite everyone! Follow the rules of bars and nightclubs by arranging the furniture so that your guests have to walk sideways past each other, especially near the exit and entry points. People will be more likely to strike up conversations with each other, stay longer, and drink more when they are in close proximity.


Photo by Julie Newman.

Photo by Julie Newman.

Centerpieces serve a few purposes. First, big and bold flower displays or the like add grandeur. Second, they can serve as conversation starters. Third, introverted guests will be more likely to sit at a table together when they realize they are not forced to make direct eye contact with the person across from them; once that comfort level is reached, they will settle right in.


Your party will not be flat when there are sophisticated, fizzy drinks involved! The reasons for serving alcohol at parties speak for themselves, but keep it classy with a sparkling beverage and hide the other liquor bottles.


Make Your Invitation Over the Top

Black and Silver Brocade Musical Invitation

Black and Silver Brocade Musical Invitation

  1. Make the invites shimmer and shine – by using shimmer/glitter papers from a craft store you can do three layer invites. A standard invite is 5×7 (A7). The back layer should be the heaviest stock (usually the glitter stock) and should be cut to 5×7, the middle layer is 4.5 x 6.5 and the face is 4 x 6. You can wrap a ribbon around the face layer and add a lovely buckle (or fake engagement ring) or charm before you glue it to the middle page, and then glue those layers to the back page. Here is a tutorial that would help.
  2. Consider putting the invite inside a glitter envelope. Of course, the glitter envelope can’t go via the mail so you will probably have to slip it inside a larger envelope – maybe a clear vellum would work best so you can still see the glitter inside.
  3. Make the invites musical – you can get sound chips from various places and add them to the bottom of a box that fits the invitation. Or you can have them made – either way, only a celebrity would send an invite that when opened serenaded the guests. To get even more over the top, record your own song to fit the occasion!
  4. Put each invitation in its own “keepsake” box. You can make the boxes special by gluing pearls (remember make macaroni boxes when a kid, same concept), crystals or flowers to the box. Then nestle the invitation inside the slightly larger box with feathers as your “filler”. This can be very “Gatsby” inspired. Or find boxes at antique stores (old candy or cigar boxes for example) and use them to fit your theme. Again, you will need to ship these in an outer box to your guests.

Planning your Sweet 18 Birthday Party

18 is such an important age (mostly for females) in the Philippines. Most of their childhood dreams of wanting to hit puberty and become an adult culminate by turning 18. It’s their “debut” and you can’t have a debut without a debut planner, right? Not exactly. It’s still is a good idea to have a debut party planned but for people on a budget, planning on your own could be an option. Here are some planning options to help you get started.

Of course, anyone’s 18th birthday is important – every birthday is! But this day reflects you’re coming of age as well as a welcome to the adult world. Reflect hard on what defines you as a person and let that show on how you choose to spend your birthday. It could be as simple as a family gathering with a few of your closest friends having dinner and drinks. It could be as elaborate as a cotillion with a theme built around things you are passionate about like art, the sciences—anything goes!

Jade Green Gold and Purple Peacock Musical Wedding or Party Invitation and RSVP Card. Comes in Musical Box that Sings! Singing Music boxed invite in jade. Totally custom, high end/class, couture, elegant invite.

Jade Green Gold and Purple Peacock Musical Wedding or Party Invitation and RSVP Card. Comes in Musical Box that Sings! Singing Music boxed invite in jade. Totally custom, high end/class, couture, elegant invite.

Plan ahead and Budget Well

This is especially true for elaborate debuts as well as birthdays that will be spent out of town. Planning means that you have to canvass for event places, food cost, and amenities (favors, invites, chairs, tables, and man power to name a few). You have to check the budget constantly if it could fit your desired number of guests. Always keep in mind that a more ambitiously themed party will either cost more money or will require you to be more resourceful with the budget you already have. It is a good idea to start planning at least 6-9 months in advance so you can space out all the details. First thing, find a venue that can accommodate your date and your budget, then plan to do one item per week on your to do list. Remember if you want custom invitations, they can take up to 5 months to come in (according to what you want) so after you have chosen your venue and the date; order the invitations next. You might want to consider the latest trend in invites: MUSICAL invitations.


It’s a party—it’s YOUR 18th birthday party. On this day, everyone is looking at you. If you planned properly, you should be all set.  Don’t stress yourself out too much that you can’t have a good time anymore, especially come the day of the event. Some things will mess up. Not everything will fall into place and that’s ok. Don’t let it get you down and instead have fun with what’s working alright. It is, after all, a celebration of your life, so at the very least, bring that life to the party.

These are very basic points to take not of to help you maximize your time and money but don’t let this restrict you to what you think is best for you. Spoil yourself every once in a while. It is your debut after all.

Our Guest Poster is from the Phillippines
Pierre Angela Cruz, is a Marketing Consultant for Ailen Lim Evernts Planner. The leading debut party planner in the Philippines. She can be reached at


4 To-Dos Before You Say “I Do!” #IDo

As the owner of Music Box Invites, I have been working with brides for a little over a year now and I believe a lot of them don’t realize just how long it takes to plan a wedding. One of the main problems is that there are just TOO many options, too much information and brides today are used to living in a world of instant response (text, emails, skype) but the wedding industry is based on custom made goods and that takes longer.

To avoid the inevitable stress, here are some must-have tips every engaged person needs to keep in his or her repertoire – before they even plan the wedding date! So before you say I DO, Do ….

1.   Collect

Before choosing a date or venue, start collecting things you love about other weddings, gowns, tuxedos, venues, etc. You can keep a folder for each wedding item (flowers, invites, gowns, etc) and put the pictures, notes, torn out magazine pages in each folder. Another great place to collect the things you love is on Pinterest. I believe every bride needs a Pinterest board for her wedding. In fact, I suggest one board for each “folder”.  Then you can share that board with prospective vendors (the invitation board goes to invitation designer, flower board to florists, etc).

2.   Involve

Go over your collection of loved items with your spouse to be and get his or her input. I know most men are not that interested but involving them is a great way to get your marriage off to a good start. You guys are a team. At the very least, if he hates something you can take it out of the “folder”.

3.   Plan

After about a month of “collecting”, go back over the folder and narrow it down – decide your theme and colors, what time of the year you want to be married and what type of venue appeals the most to you. Get advice from your “guests to be” before looking at the venues and choosing a date.

Custom Invites can take up to 6 months!

Custom Invites can take up to 6 months!

4.   Schedule

Understand how long things take — gowns can take 6 months to come in, venues and best photographers are sometimes booked a year in advance, custom invitations can take 3 to 6 months. A bride must give herself time to get things done. I suggest assigning only one to two tasks a week to accomplish in order of the items that take the longest. Creating a timeline on excel can help*. Use your “dream” wedding date and then back up each week to see when you would need to start to get everything done without over-stressing yourself.


If you can afford it, seek out a wedding planner before making any decisions (but after your collection of folders). And meet with at least three before making a decision on which one to go with. Get references, read their reviews and see other work they have done.

*Joann Marks has an excel spreadsheet with tabs that will help any bride with their timeline, budget, guest list, etc – available free for the asking.

#Wedding Hacks: Simple Tricks for Your Big Day #Bigday

Wedding Hacks Simple Tricks for Your Big DayEveryone has high hopes for their wedding day. Will the weather cooperate? Is the minister going to show up on time? Will cousin David drink too much at cocktail hour? Some of these wedding day nightmares can be avoided, and some of them can’t, but with a few simple tricks, your wedding day can go as smoothly as possible.

Plan Ahead
When you get engaged, you may have already been planning your wedding in your head for months, or even years so you know exactly what you want. Or, you have no idea where to start. Either way, give yourself some time to make phone calls and schedule appointments. If you have a longer engagement, make a point to visit a dermatologist and Mar orthodontics. You will not regret putting time and effort into improving your skin and smile for your big day. You may even choose to invest in invisible braces in Edmonton, which can be timed perfectly to make your teeth straight and beautiful for your wedding photos.


Pale pink, gold and feather MUSICAL wedding invitations

Make Checklist
It is vital to have a checklist of everything that needs to be accomplished leading up to your wedding day. Have you ever tried going on a big grocery shopping trip without a list? You come home with a bunch of whatever you saw at the moment. Your wedding day is too important not to plan ahead for. As you accomplish the tasks on your checklist, cross them off so you can move on to the next project. For example, did you know that right after you choose your date and venue, you should begin working on your Save the Date and Custom Wedding Invitations?

Follow a Timeline
A timeline of scheduled events is another tool that will keep your wedding weekend running smoothly. Create a timeline of where people need to be, who needs to be there, what they need to be doing what, and what time it needs to happen. This will keep your bridal party from asking you an extra 100 questions when the big day arrives. You will be glad you did this when hair, makeup, and picture plans all have to be scheduled and followed closely. Have a cute time table written up on a blackboard as well, so your guests can follow along with you as you cut the cake, do the first dance and more.

On your special day, you want to be relaxed and enjoy the great event you have planned. It is very important to delegate beforehand, any tasks you need to be carried out so you are not running around trying to do them yourself. A wedding planner is an amazing investment if you can afford one. Just make sure you are clear about your expectations but be understanding if things don’t go exactly as planned.

Your wedding day can be a stress-free, beautiful event if you know a few tricks that will keep things running smoothly. All you will have to worry about is enjoying your time with your new spouse, family, and friends.




Formal Wedding Invitation Wording

According to Emily Post, in accordance with long-standing traditions, the following etiquette guidelines apply to formal wedding invitation wording.

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  • A wedding invitation is issued by the host(s). The hosts’ name(s) are spelled out and include middle names and titles.
  • Titles such as Mr. and Mrs. are not spelled out. Doctor should be spelled out, unless the name would be too long to fit on one line.
  • The phrase “the honour of your presence” is used when the ceremony will take place in a house of worship. Honour is spelled with a “u” in the British fashion. For other venues “the pleasure of your company” is the traditional wording.
  • If the bride shares her parents’ last name, only her first and middle name are used.
  • The groom’s name is spelled out, and is preceded by a title. For example: Mr. Stephen Eugene Hall.

Time and Date

  • The date is also spelled out, as is the year. Note that there is no “and”: two thousand twenty-three.
  • The day of the week and the month are capitalized; the year is not.
  • Use the phrase “half after” when indicating time, rather than “half past” or “four-thirty.”
  • The phrases “in the afternoon” and “in the evening” are not necessary.
  • Provide the city and state of the wedding location. The state is spelled in full, but may be omitted if all guests are local.


  • “RSVP,” which is an abbreviation of the French repondez s’il vous plait, means “please respond.” Each of the following usages is correct: RSVP, R.S.V.P., r.s.v.p., R.s.v.p. and “The favour of a reply is requested.”
  • RSVP is only used on reception invitations or combination wedding/reception invitations; it’s not used on wedding-only invitations. When used, it goes on the lower left.
  • RSVP isn’t necessary to put on the invite itself if you’re including stamped addressed reply cards unless you’d like to give your guests another way to respond, such as an email address or a phone number.

Details and Differences

  • The wording for a Jewish wedding invitation differs only in that “and” is used instead of “to” between the bride and groom’s names.
  • When a Roman Catholic mass is part of the ceremony, invitations may include “and your participation in the offering of a Nuptial Mass” beneath the groom’s name.
  • Do not mention gifts or attire on the wedding invitation. If necessary, “Black tie” may be written in the lower right on a reception invitation.

Choosing the best date for your wedding

imagesIf you have recently decided to marry that special someone in your life, there are many important things to consider. You want the wedding to be very special and memorable, an event that will last a lifetime. Although choosing the appropriate place to have the wedding is very important, along with everything else that goes with planning for a wedding, one of the most important things to consider is choosing the best wedding date. Let’s take a look at a few considerations that every bride and groom should consider when choosing the best date for their wedding.

Time enough to plan

Do you realize how long each wedding item can take? Most bridal gowns can take up to 5 months to come and then you have the fittings and alterations. Custom wedding invitations can take up to 6 months to make. Don’t choose a date until you review a wedding timeline. You can find free timelines on all of the wedding sites and most of them suggest a minimum of one year for planning! So look that list of items to do over before choosing a date or schedule an appointment with a wedding planner first. peacock-purple

Choosing The Best Month

The month that you decide to get married in can be determined by considering a number of different factors. For instance, if you live in an area that is traditionally cold during the winter, you will probably want to choose a warmer months to get married. Spring is traditionally the best time to get married because the longer days, and warmer temperatures, will make it perfect, especially for an outdoor wedding. It’s also a good idea in case people have to travel long distances for this special event. If they get stuck in a snow storm, or their flights get delayed, it can ruin your wedding very easily.

Getting Your Favorite Reception Site

If you are having your wedding in a church, climate and weather will probably not be a problem. However, booking your preferred reception site might be a bit of a problem. Some popular reception sites are booked most of the year, requiring you to be flexible. Therefore, the date of your wedding might be dependent upon the availability of the reception site, especially if this is an important part of your wedding. And remember that if you choose an “off day” like a Friday evening or Sunday, you might be able to get the venue you want at a lower price.

Travel Plans Of Friends And Family

You also want to consider any travel plans that your family members, or close friends, might have throughout the year. Make sure to check with everyone that you want to invite to the wedding and make sure that most of them can arrive. The last thing you want to do is schedule your wedding during a time when these important people will not be around. By planning your wedding with other people in mind, it can ensure that loved ones and best friends will be able to attend.

Sentimental Reasons

Finally, you might want to consider planning your wedding on a date that has sentimental value. You might want to get married on your grandmother’s birthday in honor of her passing. Perhaps you would like to say your wedding vows on the same day that you originally met your spouse to be. If you have a particular date in mind that is very important, you will want to find out if it is possible to have a wedding on that date before planning anything else.

Planning a wedding is something that can be a fun filled time for both the bride and groom. By considering the time of year, availability of facilities, availability of friends and family, and choosing a day that will be meaningful for both of you, you can eventually choose the perfect day to be married to that special someone, hopefully, for the rest of your lives.

Guest Author : Aria Meyer is a freelance write and an active blogger. She writes mainly about fashion and technology, but she also writes about other topics too. She is currently working with several ecommerce websites to help them with content. Aria got her Bachelor Degree from Cal State Long Beach and currently living in Walnut, CA. Right now, she is working closely with Wallao to help them grow the marketing department.

So You’re Married, Now What? 6 Must Do’s After The Big Day

Your wedding is one of the most special times of your entire life. The thrill of the ceremony, reception and honeymoon can leave you absolutely breathless. However, when you are through with the fun stuff, there are a lot of tasks you need to get completed before you can really say your wedding work is over. Here are six necessary items on your After the Big day list …

1. Return the rentals

You need to make sure that all the rental tuxedos that you used for your wedding have been returned. You don’t want to come back from your honeymoon facing late charges for a tux you forgot about returning.

 2. Write the Thank You Notes

Your guests spent money giving you nice wedding gifts. The least you can do is to say thank you. Make sure to take care of this as soon as you get back from the honeymoon. Try to finish this within the first month after you start writing them. If  you got your invites from Music Box Invites, your custom thank you notes will have no additional design fee and you could even record your voices THANKING your guests!

3. Name Change

Many new brides do not realize that there is a process to go through if they want to adopt their husband’s last name when they get married. If you are going to use his name, then you need to get it legally changed on all of your documents as soon as possible to avoid problems.

 4. Talk About Money

If you didn’t do this before you got married, then you need to sit down and do it as soon as you can. You need to talk about whether you are going to be filing taxes jointly. You need to discuss whether you want to have a joint checking account. You also need to sit down and talk about retirement.

 5. Setting up Your New House

Often, newly married couples move into a new place together. If you are doing this, you will have to go through the process up setting up house together. Don’t forget to fill out your change-of-address forms when you are doing this. If you want to get some new furniture that you can’t afford, you could take out power finance payday loans from to get what you need to set up house in comfort.

 6. Have a Party

Taking care of all this stuff is a lot of work. By the time you get through all of these mundane tasks, you will be ready to let your hair down. Throw a party to celebrate your new marriage, and be sure to invite all of your friends to join you.


Our guest poster, Brionna Kennedy is native to the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Washington, then moving down to Oregon for college. She enjoys writing on fashion and business, but any subject will do, she loves to learn about new topics. When she isn’t writing, she lives for the outdoors. Oregon has been the perfect setting to indulge her love of kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking. 

Preparing For Your Big Day: 5 Photographer Tips To Keep In Mind

The big day is approaching fast, and you want everything to be perfect. In the excitement and stress of planning the big details of the wedding, there are some logistical things that are easy to overlook. Wedding photos are a big part of the process, and the afterglow of a beautiful day can be spoiled bad pictures. So here are 5 photographer tips for you to consider:

Choosing Your Photographer

Choosing the right photographer is important to getting the look and feel you want from your photos. Online photography blogs and websites for local photographers will give you a good idea if the photographer’s style matches your own. Make sure you meet with the actual person doing the photography before the wedding; photos are much better with someone you trust.

Get Plenty of Rest

There’s no rule that says you need to overdo it the night before. You’ll find yourself more relaxed, more photogenic, and better able to cope if you call it a night a little early on the eve of the ceremony.

Photo-Readiness on the Day

Aside from getting enough sleep and and staying relaxed, it’s important to be well-groomed. This is no time for home hair cuts; your wedding photos are something you’ll want proud to display for years to come. A professional hair cut, manicure, and shave or trim are in order. They’ll not only help you look great, they’re very relaxing. White teeth are essential for a great pictures. Professional cleaning or whitening gives you a radiant, wedding day smile. The professionals at Drake Dentistry in Charlotte recommend getting your teeth whitened for a brighter smile. Make sure to book your appointments well ahead of time, professional whitening may take several visits. Try to schedule your final visit for a day or two before the ceremony for a fresh, clean look .best-teeth-whitening

Dare to Be a Little Different

Standard wedding photos are beautiful and traditional, but there are some new traditions that will help you get better photos. One new trend is the “First meeting” photos, and they’re a great opportunity to help you and your betrothed relax and enjoy each other and the rest of the day.

The best photos of any event occur when the subjects are relaxed and natural-looking. You’re put-together, looking great, and you’ve hired a professional photographer whose vision matches your own. Smile bright, relax, and let the day happen. Even those inevitable quirky little moments add to the memories you’ll take with you into your life together. The planning is finished, enjoy your big day.



Our guest blogger, Brionna Kennedy is native to the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Washington, then moving down to Oregon for college. She enjoys writing on fashion and business, but any subject will do, she loves to learn about new topics. When she isn’t writing, she lives for the outdoors. Oregon has been the perfect setting to indulge her love of kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking.

Wedding Day: 5 Must-Dos When Planning A Wedding Reception Party

A wedding reception is normally the largest and most expensive party you and your significant other will have to plan. It is the most exciting and enjoyable part of the wedding. The event should be a very happy occasion for the married couple and their guests, so it is crucial that everyone has a wonderful and memorable time. Different variables have to be attended to, such as a date, timings, location, catering, photography and entertainment.

1. Date and Time

Getting married and holding the reception on the weekend or a holiday would be a great idea. This would be more suitable for all the guests to attend. Try to avoid late-night functions. Instead, let the ceremony take place in the morning, afternoon or early evening. Keeping a time line for each ritual and event in the wedding is important. That will help to avoid unnecessary confusion.

2. Reception Location

Picking the right location is a major factor in the overall success of the big day. For those residents in the “Beehive State”, if you plan to have your reception in one of the Utah restaurants, make sure it is warm and impresses as you enter. Restaurants with outdoor patios or verandas with views are always pleasing. Once you have chosen your venue, date and time – start looking at invitations because the nicest ones can take 3-6 months to come in. Consider something really over the top like Musical Wedding Invites to really WOW your guests.

3. Catering

Finalizing the menu for the important occasion and hiring an expert caterer would be beneficial. Many Utah catering companies are dependable and do a wonderful job. A top-notch caterer can be costly, but their food and service is usually great. In addition, all the extra amenities are included in their prices.

4. Top Shelf Photographer

Selecting an experienced photographer with a high rating is very important. You want someone who is professionally dressed, with an efficient and relaxed manner. If possible, make sure the photographer is hired until the reception ends. This may guarantee the special moments, whenever they occur, will not be missed.

5. Entertainment

Try to hire a DJ who knows how to beat mix a two or three song set. Most songs played at receptions are three to four minutes long. Most couples have enough energy to dance ten to twelve minutes. Once the three to four minute song is over, everybody is ready to leave the floor. A DJ who is skilled at beat mixing songs is more likely to keep everybody on the dance floor and keep the energy of a reception going.

Planning a wedding reception way ahead of time is very important for making that special day smooth and happy. Most couples will get reception advice a variety of ways. The tips included above may help them plan their special event so that everyone enjoys it.

DIY Wedding: Five Ways To Incorporate Fun Material Into Your Wedding

Once the wedding proposal has been made and accepted the fun begins. Your wedding day will be a labor of love that is sure to incorporate childhood dreams and a grown-up wish list. And here are some ideas for a DIY wedding!

If you are a bride who leans to the wild side, consider a non-traditional aisle runner for your wedding ceremony. What’s wrong with using a fun leopard print fabric to glide up the aisle on? Leopard print can be purchased in a variety of shades and you can buy extra fabric for pew bows and to embellish candle stands and reception tables.

Anything goes when planning a wedding, so don’t be afraid to embrace a daring theme including lace accents. Bridesmaids can don leather sashes to accent their lacy gowns. Leather and lace touches would be lovely on bouquets, boutonnieres and reception centerpieces. Pair these materials with darker wedding colors like chocolate brown, deep magenta and black.

Lots of brides utilize tulle in their wedding decorations, but consider bumping it up a notch! Purchase three or more colors of tulle for a festive and colorful event. Use the rainbow of tulle to make pew bows, reception table runners and chair accents. You will have instant wedding joy using small layered squares of tulle for candy favors tied up with twine and colorful tags thanking guests for attending.

There is a growing trend of cowboy themed weddings featuring easy cotton wedding clothes, wildflower bouquets and fun calico prints with leather accents. Have crafty girlfriends help make calico print table runners, napkins or place mats for each guest. Top your tables with mason jars, simple flowers and a scatter of buttons for the perfect touch. Using leather products by Rustico, wrap silverware bundles in leather bows and make candy-filled leather pouches as wedding favors.

Let burlap be the unexpected star of your wedding reception. It is lovely to work with, affordable and adaptable. Use it for a wedding aisle runner trimmed with rose petals, as well as for the ring-bearer pillow and chair bows. You can stitch drawstring bags filled with spa products as gifts to wedding attendants.

When planning the perfect wedding it is a wonderful idea to incorporate fun materials as they add interest, rich texture and unexpected touches. Be creative and a little daring and you are sure to be pleased with how your memorable day comes together.

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