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You hang up the phone, cheeks sore from smiling (apparently a smile can be conveyed through our voices), throat sore from so much optimism, and then the reality of the call hits–your in-laws are coming for a visit. Your mind instantly goes into list-making mode–groceries to buy, cracks and crannies to scrub clean, and then it goes blank. But before you stress about the impending visit, remind yourself that your in-laws love you, and that's why they're coming to stay (theoretically). Prep work: Your house is a home, not a museum, and chances are, your mother-in-law doesn't really own a… Read more...

Bachelorette Party Etiquette

Wednesday, 18 April 2012 11:44
Spring is wedding season, and whether you are tying the knot yourself or participating in the nuptials of a friend, learn bachelorette party etiquette from a bride-to-be who is days away from the big day.Inviting guests to attend the bachelorette party is time tested, meaning it's a tradition, meaning, to Heather Watkowski, an e-mail invitation won't do. Send invitations to the best friends of the bride, her bridal party, her sisters, and sister-in-law(s) to-be, and depending on the setting, her mother and mother-in-law to-be."It's more appropriate to send actual invitations through snail mail because it makes it more personal and… Read more...

Party Planning Made Simple

Wednesday, 11 April 2012 12:06
Party planning has always been a hobby for Amy Ruis, but her hobby has grown into a career as owner of Art of the Table. But you don’t have to be a pro, party planning is as easy as one two three. According to Amy, there are three parts to any table: the food, beverage, and display. She suggests party planners start with the drinks. What kind of wine or beer do your guests enjoy? Will you need to provide a non-alcoholic alternative? Click here for tips on stocking your bar for the event. Once beverages are covered, move onto… Read more...

Entertain Your Guests and Nature

Wednesday, 04 April 2012 10:57
April showers bring May flowers. The advent of spring has us ooing and ahhing over nature's beauty. Do something to preserve your leafy green view the next time you throw a party. Earth-friendly get togethers are easy on Mother Nature and your wallet. Use recycled products, borrow before renting, eliminate waste, and above all be resourceful in order to preserve resources for years to come. Invitations: Using recycled paper or hand-made paper is a good place to start. If you are throwing a more formal event like a wedding, retirement party, or anniversary party, send your invitations in advance to… Read more...

3 Healthy Dinner Party Alternatives

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 15:32
Entertain your guests with comfort food that doesn't send them searching for their elastic-waist pants. Follow these delicious dinner recipes for flavor without the guilt: Read more...

Cut Your Cake and Eat it Too

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 16:11
Even after delicious meal, refreshing beverages, and boisterous conversation, your party guests will expect something sweet. Follow these cake-to-guest-ratio suggestions and cake cutting strategies to make sure there is enough to go around. The amount of people you are able to serve depends on your cake's shape. Round or heart-shaped cakes will produce fewer slices than similarly sized square cakes. A good rule of thumb is to cut cake slices two inches by one inch. Follow these charts of cake size to guest ratio for an estimate of how much cake your event will require: Read more...

Plan a Successful Launch Party

Thursday, 15 March 2012 11:18
Does your company have something to celebrate? Perhaps you're launching a new product, or commemorating an important milestone. Congratulations! The hard work and dedication required to pull off such a feat should be marked. But where do you begin planning a company party? Kasie Smith, president of Serendipity Media, LLC in Grand Rapids, has a lot to celebrate as of late. WestMichiganWoman.com launch in January, and in August, Serendipity will publish it's seventh print publication–West Michigan Woman Magazine. Kasie is gearing up to celebrate the launch with a party, but there are several factors that go into planning such an… Read more...
Planning a corporate event that entices attendees of all ages and salary brackets can be intimidating, but drawing out the philanthropist in everyone is beneficial for organizations and the community alike. Plan a fundraising event that is fresh, fun, and encourages giving at all levels. Keri Kujala is the coordinator of special events and donor relations at Saint Mary's Healthcare. She is charged with coordinating events from black tie galas to themed groundbreakings. But no matter what the cause, Keri says it is important to keep the audience coming back for more. Keri collects inspiration from everything she sees. She… Read more...

Plan the Perfect Birthday Party

Wednesday, 29 February 2012 14:30
One West Michigan mom started off her son's life of birthday partying with a successful bang. That’s right. You can plan a first birthday party that is fun for guests, your little one, and (surprise!) for you! Jenn's planning revolved around a color pallet–blue, green, yellow, and orange–that she found on Etsy. From there creating a theme was easy. Fill in your own colors to these tips to make your next party a breeze to plan. Invitations Jenn found party invitations she loved, and carried the theme to other aspects of the party, coordinating things like the banner, cupcake toppers,… Read more...

Size Matters (For Wine Glasses)

Wednesday, 22 February 2012 14:14
Cheers to wine lovers everywhere! But are you using the right glass? Enjoy your various taste and color pallets by following this guide to knowing which wine glass to use for each aroma and flavor complexity. Size For dry red and white wines, you need something in which you can swirl (without spilling). For Sherry or other dessert wines, a small glass is just perfect because they are typically consumed in smaller quantities. Red wine glasses should hold at least twelve ounces. For white wines, find a glass that will hold ten to twelve ounces maximum. Sparkling wines will do… Read more...

 

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