Posts Tagged ‘Weddings’

I Found The Coolest Scratch Off DIY Table Place Cards

Thursday, December 24th, 2015
Courtesy of Something Turquoise

Courtesy of Something Turquoise

We found the coolest site to make unique custom made diy (do it yourself) place cards for your next party or event. Our friends at Something Turquoise give step-by-step instructions on how you can make a place card yourself.

These cards have a scratch off that reveals the table number where your guests will be seated.

How cool is that?

They even provide all the instructions necessary to make these adorable place cards. Their directions say to use the template they provide. You set up the name of the guest(s) near the top of the card paper and a one inch circle in the middle of the card.

Once printed, you will apply a scratch off circle on the printed one inch circle. These scratch off circles can be obtained at your local office supply store or on Amazon.

You print – “Scratch off” so you can find your table number – at the bottom of the card so your guests can determine where they are to sit.

After you print the set up sheet, cut out the separate place cards and punch a hole at the top of the card. Tie a string through the hole and attach a small washer (get at a hardware, home improvement or general store with a hardware department). The small washer is used by your guests to “scratch off” the circle so they can again find their table number.

This simple, unique place card is so versatile that it can be used for children and adults alike. It would be ideal for Bar Mitzvahs, Bat Mitzvahs, weddings, anniversaries, birthday parties, sports and corporate events, or any party where you will have assigned seating.

For other ideas about custom guest place cards (you do it or we do it for you), please visit our Custom Place Card page.



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Reasons Why I Feel Bar Mitzvah Thank Your Notes Are Needed

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Thank You NoteIt is true that gifts celebrating Bar Mitzvah and other events should not be given with the expectation of receiving a thank you in return. However a personalized thank you note is always very nice to receive. In our fast paced world thank you notes are often a very welcome surprise.

A written thank you note is a small token of appreciation for that wedding, shower, anniversary, Bar or Bat Mitzvah as well as a birthday gift. If a gift is sent, a thank you note also serves to notify the giver the gift was actually received.

I do not feel it is not old fashioned to send thank you notes. Rather I feel it is the proper thing to do.

It is only common courtesy to spend a few minutes and respond with a written thank you note. You should acknowledge a person who goes out of their way to pick out a gift they feel that the recipient will like and use. It is certainly not acceptable to wait to see if a check was received is by reviewing bank statement to show the check was deposited and cashed. (more…)

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Day Of Event Coordinator For This Bar Mitzvah Saves The Day

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
Challahs For Blessing Of The Bread

Challahs For Blessing Of The Bread

I first met Sandy when she visited our show room with a friend of hers. I was working with her friend on her son’s Bar Mitzvah party celebration.

Later it was Sandy’s turn to plan her son’s Bar Mitzvah to be held in Riverwoods, IL. She called and asked me if I was available for her date. I was and we met to talk about all the details.

Sandy ordered her invitations. We also planned the centerpieces, a sign in board and a special centerpiece for the place card table. Her mom works for a company and does all the day of event coordinating of parties for their special events. Sandy said her mom would be coordinating the day of the event for her grandson’s Bar Mitzvah. She was very excited to do this as a special gift to her daughter and grandson.

About three weeks before the Bar Mitzvah Sandy’s mother became ill. She had to be admitted to the hospital. Sandy’s mom’s only concern was that she would not be able to fulfill her promise to oversee at her grandson’s Bar Mitzvah. (more…)

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What A Day Of Wedding Or Other Event Consultant Does

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015
Day Of Event Party Room Set Up

Day Of Event Party Room Set Up

You are considering whether you need a Day Of Event Consultant to help with your Wedding, Bar or Bat Mitzvah or other special event celebration. It will be a wise decision if you do.

Coordinators help you organize and then help carry out all your wishes for the day of your party. You won’t have to get involved in the minor details at your celebration. Thus you can relax and fully enjoy your guests and the occasion.

A Day of Event Consultant Is A Very Personalized Service.

Although I meet with the party host of the party several times, today I will focus on only our first meeting. Usually at the initial meeting we initially determine the approximate number of guests expected. (more…)

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Day Of Event Coordinators Help You Enjoy Your Special Party

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
Day of Event Wedding Coordinator's Checklist

Day of Event Wedding Coordinator’s Checklist

We often get asked: “Should I have someone oversee my upcoming bar mitzvah, bat mitzvah, wedding, retirement, birthday, etc. party ad act as a day of event coordinator?”

You have planned your special event for a long time, sometimes for several years. You should be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Having to take care of little problems or mishaps can spoil what can otherwise be a wonderful experience. Hiring someone to take care of these little “situations” can ease your mind and create a more peaceful and serene day.

When an experienced professional coordinates the day of your party or event all the major and minor details should be properly handled. Judy meticulously addresses all large and small items on her checklist. She does so with the greatest amount of care, concern and professionalism. (more…)

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What Comprises The DIY Beach Centerpiece?

Sunday, February 9th, 2014
Beach centerpiece

DIY beach centerpiece with palm tree, sun and dolphin

The weather in the Midwest is absolutely dreadful enticing me to think of warm places and sunny spaces. What can I do to brighten up our dreary winter day?  I then thought about our beach centerpiece! Just looking at the centerpiece I can envision a day at the beach and the warmth of the sun on my face. I can feel the warm sand between my toes even as I write this.

What comprises this DIY beach centerpiece you ask? This centerpiece is made with a Styrofoam base ribboned in theme color(s) of the event. A Styrofoam palm tree cut out that has a flexible plastic tube filled with shred, to represent the trunk of the palm tree, adorns the centerpiece.  A bright yellow sun cut out, wearing sunglasses, on a long dowel which is also ribboned in the theme color stretches above the centerpiece.  A dolphin jumping over ready made poofs and play sand covering the Styrofoam base complete the beach theme idea.

palm tree

Styrofoam palm tree on flexible plastic tube with shred in tube.

beach chair

Beach table and chairs with beach umbrella on sand

beach loungechair

Beach lounge chair on DIY beach centerpiece

Other theme pieces can be added to this centerpiece such as a little lounge chair with perhaps a magazine and towel on it. A little table and chair set can be put onto the base and even a glass on the table to represent a cool drink on a very hot day.

The video below shows how you can make this Do It Yourself beach theme centerpiece. This centerpiece is suitable for any event and can be customized for your Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah, wedding, anniversary, retirement or birthday party. Table numbers can be put on the sun instead of the sun glasses or perhaps putting the celebrant’s favorite magazine on the lounge chair should you choose to put one on the centerpiece. There are many things that can be done with this centerpiece.

You are only limited by your imagination so dream on!!!
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Must The Party Invitation Colors Match The Centerpieces?

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
Many ink colors on party invitations

Ink color can match centerpiece color if desired

Invitations are the first thing that your guests will see in regard to your party. They set the tone for the party and give your guests an idea of what to expect when they attend your event. They can be fun or serious, very simple or extremely ornate. Prices can vary also from quite inexpensive to “the sky is the limit” pricing.

Your bar or bat mitzvah party invitation can be in the same colors as you have chosen as your theme colors.  But in all honestly the guests are not going to bring the invitation to your event and say you used a different color for your invitations than you used for your event. Are they?  It is nice to have the invitation in the same color scheme as your centerpieces, but if it is not possible it is not the end of the world.

Many party invitations to choose from

Invitations can range in price and appearance. Photo:courtesy of

Party invitations are available in almost any color so it is possible to have your invitations in your theme colors. Some of the invitation companies can change only the color of the ink and not the paper itself so be sure you know what is available when you are researching your invitation options.

Invitations can be ordered online, as we have available on our website, or they can be ordered in person. Even if someone would like to order invitations on our website, Judy is available to answer any questions that might arise. There are many questions regarding font choice, ink color, which paper to choose or number of layers, etc. when deciding on your invitation. Having someone to guide you through these decisions is a great help.

Your choice of invitations is a very important aspect of your special day.  So whatever your event might be, whether it is a Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah, wedding, anniversary, baptism, Quinceanera, or any other, choose your invitations very carefully.  Always make sure you have ample time to make an educated decision.

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