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WeddingWire, the nation's leading online wedding marketplace, is thrilled to announce that Jennifer Grace, Stylist has been selected as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards® 2013 for Bride's Choice Awards 2013 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The esteemed annual awards program recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network, who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism. Jennifer’s selection as a Bride’s Choice Award 2013 winner was based on the positive experiences expressed by past clients on WeddingWire, the world’s largest wedding review site, with more than one million reviews. While many industry… Read more...

Valentine's Day Your Way

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 10:53
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching! And although this holiday is typically associated with couples and romance, it could be a great excuse for almost any group of people to get together and celebrate different types of love.  Kids – Yes, kids will probably celebrate Valentine’s Day at school with construction paper hearts and gobs of candy. But give them an opportunity to truly spread the love by thinking of others. Gather a group of kids and have them write letters to a grandparent, a friend who has moved, or soldiers abroad. Or have them decorate paper lunch bags for an… Read more...

Entertaining Basics: Setting up a Dessert Table

Wednesday, 02 January 2013 17:13
Dessert tables have been quite the rage at parties for several years now—and there are no signs that this trend is slowing down. From showers to birthday parties, weddings, and the Superbowl, a dessert table could be a functional focal point that effectively conveys any theme. And although dessert-specific tables are the most popular, don’t think that’s the only foods that can be included. I’ve seen tables with veggies or cocktails that are set up just as beautifully!  So I use the phrase “dessert table” loosely! For anyone who has tried to put together their own dessert table, they’ll know it’s… Read more...
The holiday season is under way and there are many things to do, places to go, people to see. This season, try sitting down with a bunch of family and friends, and have a gingerbread house-making party!  From six years old to ninety-two, everyone will enjoy creating a house that expresses their personality and keeps them entertained for hours on end.  Follow these two recipes for easy building and decorating! Make sure to buy lots of colorful, fun, and interesting candy! Gingerbread Recipe Ingredients: 5 cups all-purpose flour  1/2 tsp. baking soda  1 Tbs. ground ginger  4 tsp. ground cinnamon … Read more...

The Babies Take the Cake

Monday, 19 November 2012 17:15
With the social website Pinterest becoming a hot place to look for ideas about anything, this is one idea that could become the new trend in baby shower decorations and gifts. Whether the baby is a boy, a girl, or unknown, these centerpieces could be the absolute talk of the party—as well as completely useful after the shower is over. Baby CakesThe pregnant mom will have a lot of diapers to change, no question! But celebrations come first, and these cute little cakes made out of diapers are made for the occasion! All you’ll need are diapers rolled up in… Read more...

Make Your Next Event Exciting

Tuesday, 30 October 2012 14:23
Keep guests from yawning at your next event. Take, for example, a wedding. The day is supposed to be all about the bride and groom, and yet, when it comes to keeping guests entertained at the reception, there are a few simple touches that will bring the wedding from blah to wow! Stick to the schedule. Not wanting to rush your big day, hosts as well as the guests should have adequate time to go from place to place. That being said, it is also important to keep guests busy while formal photos are being taken. A cocktail hour in… Read more...
Cambridge, Massachusetts-based start-up Vinely, will launch first in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Vinely is a brand new company focused on making it easy for consumers to identify their personal taste palate by simply sipping a few wines. Vinely uses a methodology designed by MIT scientist, and serial entrepeneur Joe Chung of Redstar Ventures. A launch event open to the media and community will be held on Wednesday, October 10 from 4-7 p.m. in the Haworth Showroom space located in Mo/Div at 40 Monroe Street Northwest. “Making wine accessible to all in a comfortable, stress-free environment that simplifies the tasting process in… Read more...

Upgrade Entertainment Spaces

Wednesday, 26 September 2012 12:23
Not satisfied when you entertain friends in your backyard? Try these upgrades! Fire PitA fire pit is perfect in a "mom cave" because it's simple…it's a unique and easy way to get an outdoor living space. Who doesn't love a fire pit and making s'mores? It's a great way to catch up with friends, tell stories with the family, or just hang out. PrivacyPlants can cast a more intimate feel on backyard spaces says Steve Essex of West Olive's Essex Outdoor Design. "Having structure to (your plants) gives you privacy and blocks certain views and highlights others." Use small conical… Read more...

Celebrate the Season's Change

Friday, 14 September 2012 15:55
Get inspired by crisp autumn days and bring the weather's ambiance inside the dining room. Prepare a cozy atmosphere with comfort foods and brightly colored decor to infuse fall into your next dinner party. Put away your bright summer palette of dining wear and turn to autumn's golds, browns, and bronze colors. Try these ideas in your dining room! Decorate with organic materials. Fallen leaves, acorns, and garden vegetables gathered and displayed in a large, clear vase or wide, shallow bowl to decorate your table for fall very literally. Make your centerpiece edible with apples from a local orchard sliced… Read more...

How to Decide Who to Invite

Thursday, 30 August 2012 12:02
No matter the milestone in your life, it is important to celebrate surrounded by those you love. But many events are planned on a budget, and it may not be possible to invite everyone. Being choosy with invites is sometimes necessary and can be uncomfortable, especially when many people who cannot be invited already know the event is happening. Whether it be a birthday party, retirement party, or wedding, here are some tips to help you decide who to include on your guest list. Invite Who You WantThe event you are planning is after all your event, not that of… Read more...

 

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