WELCOME TO LIAM’S 1ST BIRTHDAY! DECOR This party was a ton of fun to create! We did a lot of hands on work for this event and we stuck to the traditional color palate of red, yellow & black. As the guests … Continue reading
Hey Minnie!!! “I learned to laugh and crawl, then sit and stand. Now I can walk if you hold my hand. But the fun has just begun. Look out, I’m turning One” It’s always a priceless moment when your child … Continue reading
Whether you have found your gown or not, here are some helpful hints to help you get fit for your style dress. If you are interested in the Sheath Style Gown you will want to aim for a lustrous and … Continue reading
When we design events, especially weddings, we try to go out of our way to incorporate memorable details in every aspect. Personally, I think that adding a hint of memorabilia to your wedding will set your wedding apart from the other weddings your guests have attended. Here are some of the trends we’ve noticed in 2013 that are just small personalized touches which really go a long way 😉
- Vintage Frame Escort Cards – Using frames as escort cards holders and/or favors is nothing new, but taking time to select a special variety of small frames takes an old idea up several notches. Plus, this certainly makes for a beautiful display. Just keep in mind that this can get a little pricey so if it doubles up as a souvenir for your guests, it makes better financial sense.
- Personalized Menu Cards – In my opinion, no wedding table is complete without menu cards – and these are such a unique way to showcase what each guest will be served. These can be dressed up or down depending on the style of your event as well.
- Votive Candles – Adding Votive candle whether they are plain, monogrammed, or even engraved with a design, tends to add a romantic feel to the room
- Monogrammed Cupcakes – This idea creates a wonderful opportunity to add excitement to your decor while also offering a sweet treat. It’s a great “Thank you” gift for your guests and would look awesome as part of an elegant dessert or candy bar that matches your wedding colors.
- Be playful! – Weddings can be a little stuffy, so don’t be afraid to add a little twist by hiring a photo booth company to bring in a photo booth with some props. Your guests will walk away with memories of an awesome evening.
- Signature Cocktails – Try to create your signature drink, give them special names like “Yosi’s Pink Paradise” or as a twist to your champagne toast, add cotton candy to it. You can pull your wedding colors into this idea as well. Your guests will love it and will get to try your favorite drinks.
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This is a tough ones ladies, but we have two options…work on getting rid of any back fat that is going to bulge out of your dress….or purchase a bigger dress size. I want to help you start reducing any back fat you may have so that you can look and feel your absolute best in your wedding gown!
If you are working out at home, you will need some dumbbells and a Swiss Ball. Please also keep in mind that your nutrition plays a big role in excess fat. *****Please contact a nutritionist for some health tips and your physician before you start an exercise program especially if you have any health concerns.*****
Here are some of my favorite exercises that helped me achieve the back that I wanted:
Rear Lateral Raise:
- Grab your pair of dumbbells and bend forward at your hips until your torso is nearly parallel to the floor so your body is in a L shape.
- Let the dumbbells hang straight down from your shoulders, your palms facing each other.
- Without moving your torso, raise your arms straight out to the sides until they’re in line with your body.
- Pause, then slowly return to the starting position.
- That’s one rep. Do 12.
- This also helps with your Arm fat you can sneak in some arm circles while you are at it.
Swiss Ball Y Raise:
- Lie face down on top of a Swiss ball with your back is flat and your chest off of the ball.
- Let your arms hang straight down from your shoulders, turning your arms so that your palms are facing each other.
- Raise your arms at a 30-degree angle from your body (so that they form a Y) until they’re in line with your body.
- Pause then slowly lower back to the starting position. That’s one rep. Do 10.
Do 12 Reps of each of the following without resting between sets,
so it’s back to back movement until you do all three steps!
Floor Y Raise
- Lie facedown on the floor with your arms resting on the floor, completely straight and at a 30-degree angle to your body, so they form a Y.
- Your palms should be facing each other, so that the thumb side of your hand points up. Raise your arms as high as you comfortably can.
Floor T Raise
- Perform this like the Y raise, only move your arms so that they’re out to your sides—perpendicular to your body with the thumbside of your hand pointing up—and raise them as high as you comfortably can.
Floor I Raises
- This time, move your arms so that your body forms a straight line from your feet to your fingertips.
- Your palms should be facing each other, with the thumbside of your hand pointing up.
- Raise your arms as high as you comfortably can.
Favors & More is happy to announce that we offer two complimentary Bridal Bootcamp sessions for our brides and we go over all these techniques in our sessions. I really hope you ladies are excited about working out and getting rid of any excess weight you may want to get rid of before your big day! These 5 techniques will make a difference in your life in just a few months! Start today!
Exercise Images & Info from: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/back-exercise
“A persons a person no matter how small!” Dr. Seuss
We are excited to share the Dr. Seuss themed baby shower we were hired to assist in decorating with one of our closest Event Planner colleagues Christopher Valerio. This was a small outdoor baby shower that he planned for his Godmother, so we wanted to make it extra special for her! From Cat in the Hat, to Lorax and everything in between. I got so many inspirations from my sons books and various websites. Here is a view at the different design elements that we created for this special day.
We found a cute little idea on Pinterest that I totally fell in love with so we made an open photobooth type of display. We custom painted a large wooden frame and placed it by the rocking chair with a red and blue boa. The guests were able to take pictures of themselves and with the Mother-to-be. This was a hit!! Here is a picture of Christopher and his Godmother.
These awesome invitations were ordered by one of the family members and they turned out so cute! Check out Memories Bake Shop and Design for more of their work!
Below you can see the complete table setting. Everyone loved it!!
We ordered these fabulous “Thing 1” sugar cookies, cake pops and cupcakes to go with the theme. The baker was Ana Tejeda from Funcakes and More, LLC located in the Bronx. Her work is beautiful and quite delicious!
We designed a small candy display as favors for the guests and made matching labels to go with the theme as well as a Banner that read “Baby Aidric”.
I painted a mini bookshelf and used some of my sons books as well as new books that we bought for the Mom-to-be which really brought the entire table display together!
Here are some images of the guests with the parents-to be!
We just love surprises!
“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”
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One of the most important moments in a woman’s life is when her soul mate asks her to spend the rest of her life with him. Some gentlemen really take this moment seriously because they know how special and meaningful it is for the love of their life to have a memory of a lifetime (it’s all about having a great story to tell all her friends and family!). A lot of planning goes into a moment that will fly by in a blink of an eye, but that very moment will leave a lasting impression in their minds forever.
If you are not already engaged or married, how do you want it to happen?
- Do you want your family and friends there?
- Do you want it to be captured on video or photos?
- Would you want one of those flash mob types of proposals that the world will eventually see on YouTube or something quiet, simple, magical between just the two of you?
- Do you want it to be in a different city or country? While on a special vacation?
- On or near a day that is already special to both of you? Like a Holiday or a Birthday?
- Do you want him to get down on one knee? Sit next to you? Stand in front of you?
If you are already engaged or married, how did it happen?
- How did your fiancé or husband propose to you?
- Did he ask your parents or a special person in your life if he could have your hand in marriage with their blessings?
- Did you have a feeling he was going to do it when he did it?
- Was he nervous?
- Did you hint at the type of ring you wanted?
- Did he talk a lot or did he get right to the point?
- Did you cry? Hug? Kiss? And then say “Yes” or in reverse order?
- Was there music playing?
- Is it a distant memory?
I was perusing the internet and came across some unique proposal ideas for the gentlemen out there…I got these from random websites. Sorry I didn’t cite my sources!!
- Scavenger hunts are always an entertaining marriage proposal idea. Start off with a simple clue to someplace nearby, then get more complicated as the scavenger hunt progresses, and have the final location be a place where you can hide and then pop out and get down on one knee.
- Most movie theaters have repeating advertising slides before the previews that can be purchased. Write her name up in lights, and be sure to get to the theater early enough.
- If your intended flies often, get friends and family to join you at the airport, where they’ll each hold up signs spelling out “Will you marry me?” as your sweetheart disembarks from the plane. Make sure you’re the one holding the “Me” sign!
- Buy fortune cookies and remove the fortunes from them with a pair of tweezers. Replace the fortunes with notes asking her to marry you. You can set it up with a Chinese restaurant to bring them to you after a nice romantic dinner or have them delivered with your take out.
- Put an ad in the newspaper. This is incredibly easy to do and very inexpensive. You can place a classified ad, such as ‘Seeking single female named such-and-such to spend her life with me.’ Or, you could up the ante and place a larger graphical ad with a picture of the two of you and your proposal. Oh and make sure she reads the newspaper!
- Write ‘Will you marry me?’ in luminaries on a hilly road that you can drive up and see.
- Set a reminder to pop up in her Outlook and have it be a proposal (or a wedding date suggestion!). Make sure to have the reminder pop up while you’re around. If it’s at work, have the reminder come up around lunch and be there waiting to give the ring and celebrate with a romantic lunch.
A note to the gentlemen out there….
At the end of the day, the special moment should have her in mind. What would she appreciate? Who would she like to be around when it happens? Would she want to be wined and dined or for it to happen on a walk in a park or at a baseball game? Or at home in your kitchen or living room? Keep in mind her wants, desires, any hints she may have given you along your dating journey and I am sure you will give her a memorable moment in time that she will tell everyone about with a glimmer in her eye.
Stay tuned for an upcoming blog about the big rock!
Check out some pretty interesting proposal stories, pictures and videos here…
What woman doesn’t want sexy legs? Since I love to workout my legs … today was Leg Day for Me!
I try to focus on them at least 3 to 4 times a week at the gym. I know we all want stronger, longer, leaner thighs and there are such easy steps to get them, even in the comfort of your own home! Here are my Top 5 Leg & Thigh Exercises. I did some research to get you all the proper techniques on how to do them, so here they are:
The Flamingo Balance:
- Holding a dumbbell in your right hand, stand with your left hand on your hip.
- Lean forward slightly, lifting your left foot behind you to about hip height. At the same, bring your right arm forward.
- Turn your palm to face the ceiling and do a biceps curl.
- Touch your toes back down briefly, then repeat for 12 reps. Be sure to keep your left leg straight while bending your right knee.
- Switch sides: Stand with your left foot forward. Hold the dumbbell in your left hand, and hinge forward, raising your right leg up behind you to hip height.
- Simultaneously, raise your left arm forward, turn your palm to the ceiling, and do a biceps curl.
- Touch your toes back down briefly, and repeat for 12 reps.
The Single-Leg Circle:
- Lie back on the mat with your arms by your sides and your palms facing down.
- Begin by pointing with your left foot, as if reaching out with your toes toward the ceiling, and rotate your leg slightly outward.
- Inhale, and trace a circle on the ceiling with your left leg, moving your whole leg, but keeping your hips still. Don’t lift your left hip off the floor.
- Trace the circle on the ceiling 5 times in a clockwise direction. Repeat in a counter-clockwise direction.
- Switch legs and repeat 5 times.
Lunges with Dumbbells:
- Stand with your feet hip-width apart, holding a 5- or 8-pound dumbbell in each hand.
- Lunge forward with your left leg, then straighten your leg. When you lunge, your right knee should come to about an inch above the ground without touching it.
- Keep your torso perpendicular to the floor, with your weight evenly distributed between your legs. Align your front knee over your front ankle, keeping the weight in your heels instead of on your toes.
- Continue these lunges for 30 seconds before switching sides and doing another 30 seconds on the other leg.
- Stand with your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart and your toes pointing out.
- Bring your arms out straight in front of you and lower into a squat.
- Come back up and repeat. Go as low into the squat as you can without letting your knees move past your toes.
- Be sure to tuck your tailbone under and contract your glutes. Keep your torso tall, and don’t let your knees creep past your toes.
- Do for 1 minute. (After about 40 seconds, pulse at the bottom of the squat for 20 seconds.)
Outer & Inner Thigh Kick:
- Stand holding the back of a chair. Press your shoulder blades back and down.
- Come up onto the ball of your left foot, and lift your right leg.
- Keeping your abs pulled in, bring your right leg across your body, in front of your left.
- Now, swing it back out to the right, keeping your toes flexed and your toes turned out. Use momentum to swing through your leg as you fire through your left glutes.
- Do 10 reps. Be sure to keep both hips facing forward.
- Come onto the right leg and repeat for 10 more reps, again making sure your hips are facing forward.
- Flex your foot as you use momentum to swing your left leg and fire through your right glutes.
- Take a breather, then do a second set.
*****Please be sure to consult with your physician before you start an exercise program especially if you have any health concerns.*****
All of these workout instructions were found on Fitness Magazine com Website. They have such amazing tips and techniques to keep your workout routine fun & effective!
For more workout tips visit our Source – http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/thighs/exercises/top-thigh-exercises/?page=1
Let’s be honest, besides my beautiful grandmother and probably yours, not many people want to take home party favors after an event anymore. “So what should we give our guests as a ‘Thank You’?” you may ask. Here’s a suggestion…How … Continue reading
We have seen some interesting things happen at weddings during the past couple of years so we’d like to share some Wedding Tips which may help you at the next wedding you attend. Here are some “Wedding Do’s and Don’ts”.
When it comes to clothing, please:
- don’t wear white or red. You never want to take attention away from the bride. White is her color. Try to stay away from ivory, eggshell, cream and absolutely any other shade that might remotely resemble white. Confession: I must admit that I did wear a short off white dress to a wedding once because I wanted until the last minute to buy something. Even though I had a large blue scarf to cover up the dress, I felt like I had made the biggest mistake of my life and still feel horrible about it. :o(
- don’t knowingly wear the same color/style dress as the bridesmaids
- do pay attention to the dress code. If it’s a causal invitation with sea shells and sand dollars, please don’t wear a long silk dress. If the invitation is engraved, scripted and formal, please don’t wear a cotton sundress. If you have to, feel free to ask the bride and groom if something is appropriate or not.
- don’t wear anything revealing or flashy. Sequins? No. Floral Print? No. Lots of cleavage/thigh? Also no. If you look in the mirror and think, “Hmm…is this really OK to wear?” The answer is: No.
- don’t leave your uncomfortable stiletto heels thrown in the hallway or some other random location. If you bring a pair of nice (classy) sandals to change into, please hide your shoes under the table and don’t walk around with Old Navy slippers please! See below for a picture we took at a wedding just yesterday!
When it comes to the Ceremony and Reception, please:
- do send a gift if you can’t attend.
- don’t show up at the reception if your invitation clearly only invites you to the ceremony.
- do get there on time. Check the distance, look into the traffic, don’t overbook yourself and plan to be at the ceremony 20 to 30 minutes early. Confession: I just went to a wedding and didn’t plan head so I didn’t know it would be an hour away. I was incredibly sad to have missed the beautiful ceremony.
- don’t get in the photographer’s way to take your own pictures. The bride and groom paid a lot for those pictures, please let the photographer do their job.
- do put your phone and other electronic device on silent or vibrate.
- don’t talk to the bride and groom for an hour when they are making their rounds. They would love to chat with you, but they have another 134 people to talk to. Keep it short.
- don’t assume you can bring a date. Unless it says “and guest” on the invitation, only you should be attending. And please, DON’T call the bride and ask if you can bring a date, either. If it were in their budget, the bride and groom would’ve extended the extra invitation
- don’t come empty handed, but also, DON’T bring a large gift to the wedding. The last thing the bride and groom need to worry about is lugging home large gifts after such a long day.
- do sit at your assigned seat.
- do sign the guestbook. The wedding is oftentimes a bit blurry for the couple, and they will want to remember everyone who attended. Many brides and grooms have a fear of their guests not having a good time at the reception. Give them some peace of mind by getting out of your chair and onto the dance floor. Also, mingle with new and old friends and smile – no matter how much you hate the Electric Slide.
- don’t get wasted. No need to elaborate here.
- do remember your favor. Even if you HATE it!! The couple probably put a lot of time and money into those things as a way to say thank you for coming. Take it!! Even if you throw it out when you get home.
What are some Dont’s that you’ve seen other people do, or that maybe you unknowingly did when you attended a wedding?
Best of luck!!